Saturday, July 11, 2020


Dubai gurdwara re-opens after 110 days

DUBAI: After 110 days, the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara in Dubai has re-opened following the lifting of the suspension of places of worship in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More Indian flights from UAE announced, bookings to open

DUBAI: India has announced nine more repatriation flights from the UAE, ticket sales for which will open later on Friday.

Indian origin cardiologist to pay $400K to settle false billing allegation

NEW YORK:  An Indian origin cardiologist and the administrator of her company have agreed to pay $400,000 to settle allegations that they submitted irregular billings to Medicare, the government health insurance programme for senior citizens, according to officials.

NAPA chapter in United Kingdom condoles death of Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan

JALANDHAR: US Based North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) today expressed grief over the tragic demise of Sikh pilgrims in a bus-train collision in Pakistan’s Punjab. While expressing condolence on this tragedy  Balraj Kaur  Chairperson of NAPA chapter in the UK  said that we are pained by the tragic demise of Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan.

Dubai-based Indian woman helps stranded expats in UAE

DUBAI: A Dubai-based Indian woman is helping scores of stranded fellow Indian expatriates amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Arab Emirates, a media report said.

Raj Damaraju selected chairman of newly formed Virginia YCA

MARYLAND USA): The Virginia Youth Cricket Association (VYCA) last week came into existence as its member organizations voted to adopt its constitution. The charter members of this newest state youth cricket association are the Washington Cricket Academy, Richmond Strikers and Southwestern Youth Association. The VYCA has selected Raj Damaraju of the Washington Cricket Academy as its first chairman.

Indo-Canadian businessman stripped off top award for admission fraud

VANCOUVER: Indo-Canadian businessman and former national football player David Siddo has been stripped off the Order of British Columbia for his links to the US college admissions scandal of 2019.

Church of Greece declared yoga “incompatible” to lives of their followers

NEVADA: The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece has pointed out that yoga had no place in the lives of their followers and completely incompatible with their faith tradition.Hindu leaders are upset over branding yoga as incompatible.

Canada based NRI couple murdered in Phagwara

PHAGWARA: Canada Based NRI Couple was reportedly brutally murdered with sharp-edged weapons at their local residence in Onkar Nagar late Saturday Night. Senior Superintendent of the Police Satinder Singh while confirming it told UNI here tonight that SHO City Onkar Singh Brar has rushed to the spot.

1793 Indians still languishing in 95 Jails for illegal crossing US border

Navy, IAF get ready to evacuate stranded citizens from Gulf nations

NEW DELHI: The government has directed the Indian Navy to get their big sailing engines ready to bring back citizens stuck in the Gulf countries due to the coronavirus induced lockdown.

UAE-based Indian witnessed father's funeral on FB Live

DUBAI: An Indian woman based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had to see her father's funeral on Facebook Live due to the coronavirus pandemic, a media report said.

Singapore-based Indian-origin Sikh appointed high court judge

SINGAPORE: Singapore President has appointed Indian-origin Judicial Commissioner Dedar Singh Gill as a judge of the High Court from August 1, the Prime Minister's Office said.

Indian film maker promoting Sikh Culture, Art in US

CHANDIGARH: California based Sikh filmmaker - Hansjeet Duggal, hailing from Chandigarh, has been telling stories of the Indian & Punjabi diaspora and telling the stories of their contributions, achievements & struggles to the communities abroad and at large in the United States. 

Sikh non-profit 'United Sikhs' launches food bank in Canada

OTTAWA: A Sikh non-profit has launched an emergency food bank in Canada to assist with the overwhelming demand for food, supplies and hygiene products to help those in need amid the coronavirus pandemic, it was reported.

US-based Indian techie's death leaves family facing deportation

WASHINGTON: The sudden death of a US-based Indian techie, who was in the country on a H-1B visa and his wife on a dependent visa, has led to his family face deportation as he was the sole provider, a media report said.

US based NRI Kirpal Singh Sihota elected Punjab NRI Sabha president

JALANDHAR: US based NRI  Kirpal Singh Sihota, a resident of village Bara Pind, today registered massive win in the elections of NRI Sabha Punjab by trouncing his nearest rival  Jasbir Singh by a margin of 160 votes.

Indian student in Dubai tests positive for Covid-19

DUBAI: An Indian student in Dubai has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in the United Arab Emirates to 27, health authorities said.

Sikh boy from Haryana in India, a store clerk shot dead in LA

LOS ANGLES: An Indian-American clerk was shot dead during an attempted robbery in in a convenience store at a Los Angeles suburb, it was reported.

Indian couple in UAE donates late daughter's kidney to boy

DUBAI: An Indian couple based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has donated their late daughter's kidney to a seven-old-year boy who had been on dialysis for the last five years, a media report said on Friday.

Number of Indians getting permanent residency in Canada increases

WASHINGTON: Disenchanted by the restrictive visa policies in the US, the number of Indians getting permanent residency in Canada increased by 105 per cent in the first 11 months of 2019 alone, the Virginia-based National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) said in a report.

California gurdwara pays unique tribute to Kobe Bryant

LOS ANGLES: Hundreds of Sikh worshippers turned up wearing the Lakers colours -- purple and yellow -- at the Gurdwara Nanaksar in Fresno, California, in a special prayer meet for the late basketball great Kobe Bryant who was killed in a helicopter crash last month, a media report said.

First-ever national gatka refresher and coaching course in New York

NEW YORK:  Gatka Federation USA in collaboration with Gurudwara's Committee. organized its first-ever  two-day National Gatka Coaching and Refresher course at Gurudwara Sikh Cultural Society here on January 18 and 19.

16 individuals and organizations were honored at the 15th Annual Champions of Diversity Awards Dinner

INDIANAPOLIS: Mumbai-born Rupal Thanawala was among 16 individuals and organizations, who were felicitated at the 15th annual Champions of Diversity Awards Dinner, hosted by Recorder Media Group which is the 3rd largest minority magazine and newspaper in its 125th year,  in Marriott Downtown, Indianapolis, on Friday night.

Historic victory: Sikhs to be counted as separate ethenic group in USA census 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C: On January 6, 2020, a follow-up meeting at San Diego State University with the U.S. Census Bureau leadership was conducted as a part of an on-going series of meetings since 2010 asking for the Sikhs to be recognized as a separate ethnic group. UNITED SIKHS today is proud to announce that the United States 2020 Census will include coding for Sikhs, which means that Sikh Americans will be counted as a separate ethnic group. This announcement is a milestone for America's Sikh Community, as this will be the first time the minority group will be counted and coded in the decennial U.S. Census that is conducted every 10 years.

HTCI member Bengaluru-born Melkote K. Ramaswamy dies

INDIANAPOLIS: Melkote (Mel) K. Ramaswamy, who originally hailed from Bengaluru, passed away on  January 1, 2020 peacefully at his home in Westerville, OH, surrounded by his loving family. He was a 40+ yr resident of Indianapolis / Carmel / Westfield (Indiana) before moving here in June 2019, according to a communication received from Hindu Temple of Central Indiana.

Indian-origin teen survives fall from US peak

OTTAVA:  An Indian-origin teenager from Canada survived a 150-metre fall from the top of Mount Hood in the US state of Oregon, it was reported.

Copy of US Senate resolution recognizing Sikhs' contributions presented to Akal Takat Jathedar Harpreet Singh

INDIANAPOLIS: Sikh Political Action Committee founder and chairman Gurinder Singh Khalsa presented a copy of United States Senate Resolution 393 recognizing the historical, cultural and religious significance of the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak and the contributions and sacrifices made by Sikhs of the United States, to Jathedar Shri Akal Takat Sahib, Amritsar (India) ) Harpreet Singh.

Sikh Uber driver racially abused, strangulated by passenger in US

WASHINGTON: A Sikh Uber driver in the US was racially abused and strangulated by a passenger, a media report said.

Amit Shah, Dhindsa, Capt Amarinder, Sukhbir Badal congratulate Ghoman Property Group

INDIANAPOLIS: Ghoman Property Group's new venture Delta Hotels Marriott was formally inaugurated on Saturday at 5360 Fortune West Indianapolis Airport Area here amidst Sikh prayers, led by Head Granti Pritam Singh of Gurdwara Sikh Satsang, Acton Road, Indianapolis.

Mayor Hogsett proclaims Nov 1 as 'Jathedar Tara Singh Day' in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS: City of Indianapolis on Friday night honored Jathedar Tara Singh, member of the Executive Committee of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) at a  function function organised by Sikh community at the residence of Baldev Singh Sallan here.

Young and Cardin introduce Resolution Honoring Sikh Community

INDIANAPOLIS/WASHINTON: U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today introduced the first Senate resolution honoring Sikh Americans. The resolution works to further diversity and afford all Americans the opportunity to better understand, recognize, and appreciate the rich history and shared experiences of Sikhs.

1984 Sikh Genocide Memorial' in US removed after India protests

NORWICH (Connecticut, US): About three months after a e1984 Sikh Genocide Memorial to the Sikhs victims of the 1984 riots in India was installed at Otis Library here, the memorial was removed in the part following request from the Indian government.

First Time Ever in US History, the US Senate session Starts with a Sikh Prayer

WASHINGTON DC: With the Collaborative efforts of American Sikh Caucus Committee (ASCC) and Sikh Coordination Committee East Coast (SCCEC), US Senate and House of Representatives introduce resolutions to declare the 550thBirth Anniversary of Guru Nanak as “World Equality Day”

Indian doctor to head oncology dept in cleveland clinic (LEAD)

NEW DELHI:Jame Abraham on Tuesday was inducted as the head of the Hematology/Medical Oncology Department at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, US.

US announces sanctions on Gupta brothers of South Africa

WASHINGTON:The US Department of Treasury on Thursday announced it had imposed sanctions on the high-profile Gupta brothers - Ajay, Atul and Rajesh - of South Africa and their associate Salim Essa for corruption.

Indian girl flew to Abu Dhabi 'for love'

ABU DHABI: A 19-year-old Delhi-based Christian girl who flew to Abu Dhabi earlier this month and embraced Islam, has rubbished reports that she has been abducted and coerced into joining a terrorist group, adding that she came to the UAE for love.

Houston's first Sikh Deputy shot dead

HOUSTON: Sandeep Dhaliwal, the first Sikh Deputy in Houston's Harris County Sheriff's Department, was shot dead multiple times in the head from behind during a mid-day traffic stop, authorities said.

Indian-origin man jailed for robbery in Singapore

SINGAPORE: An Indian-origin man in Singapore has been sentenced to 11 and a half years after being convicted of robbery at a petrol station in 2017 and admitting to drug consumption and possession, the media reported on Friday.

Indy Festival of Faiths: Embracing Religious Diversity

INDIANAPOLIS: The 7th Annual Indy Festival of Faiths was a 'sangam' (confluence)  of many cultures and religious traditions. Organized by Center for Interfaith Cooperation at Veterans Memorial Plaza, Downtown, Indianapolis, the Religious Diversity festival attracted a large number of visitors and participants from all major religions of the world and interfaith communities.