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Mandip “Manny” Mann appointed Surrey RCMP Investigative Services Officer, promoted to superintendent »

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01:56 pm | First South Asian RCMP superintendent in B.C.     SURREY RCMP on Wednesday announced the promotion of Inspector Mandip “Manny” Mann, Senior Investigator of the Major Crime Section, to the rank of superintendent…

May 27 2015 / Read More »

Commemorating the Komagata Maru incident »

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02:13 pm | THE completion of the centennial anniversary of the Komagata Maru was commemorated with a weeklong series of events held across Metro Vancouver sponsored by the Government of India’s Ministry of Culture. The first…

May 26 2015 / Read More »

Alberta human trafficking case involving Varinder and Ravinder Sidhu adjourned to June 30 »

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01:34 pm |   Alleged abuse of eight temporary foreign workers   THE human trafficking case involving Varinder Sidhu, 49, and Ravinder Sidhu, 46, of Red Deer, Alberta, was on Tuesday adjourned to June 30 as…

May 26 2015 / Read More »

A very exciting year for the Punjabi Language Education Association »

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10:28 am | BY BALWANT SANGHERA   THE past year has been a very exciting year for the Punjabi Language Education Association (PLEA) and well-wishers of Punjabi. Some concerns regarding Punjabi signage at Vancouver International Airport…

May 26 2015 / Read More »

Sgt. Parmvir (Parm) Prihar new district commander at Surrey RCMP’s Newton District Office »

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03:21 pm |   SURREY RCMP on Monday announced the appointment of Sgt. Parmvir (Parm) Prihar as the new District Commander for the detachment’s Newton District Office located at 7235 137th Street. Prihar brings 21 years…

May 25 2015 / Read More »

Kabaddi organizers form single federation in B.C. to prevent fraud and unite community »

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03:02 pm |   BY RATTAN MALL   DEVINDER Shory, Conservative MP from Calgary Northeast (Alberta), was in Surrey on Sunday to unite three groups of kabaddi organizers into a single new federation – the Kabaddi…

May 25 2015 / Read More »

More than $100,000 raised for PICS’ multicultural long term care home »

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01:27 pm | OVER $100,000 was raised at Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society’s gala event last week for their multicultural long term care home project. The event was emceed by Shachi Kurl, Senior Vice President,…

May 25 2015 / Read More »

Additional arrests, charges in $1.2-million romance and investment fraud investigation involving Salim Damji »

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01:01 pm |   THE York Regional Police Major Fraud Unit has charged three additional men in connection with a romance and investment Ponzi scheme where twenty victims lost approximately $1.2 million. Investigators believe there are…

May 25 2015 / Read More »

Irfan Sabir appointed Alberta’s Minister for Human Services »

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07:48 pm |     BY RATTAN MALL   ALBERTA’S NDP Premier Rachel Notley and her 11 cabinet ministers were sworn in on the legislature steps in Edmonton on Sunday and they included Irfan Sabir (Calgary-McCall),…

May 24 2015 / Read More »

Independent television producer Neil Chandran fined $400,000, permanently banned by Alberta Securities Commission »

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08:17 pm | THE Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) has found that independent television producer Neil Suresh Chandran, Energy TV Inc., Chandran Holding Media, Inc., also known as Chandran Holdings & Media Inc. (Holdings), and Neil Suresh…

May 23 2015 / Read More »

Kulshan Kaur Gill among the first-ever class of foreign-trained doctors to receive naturopathy degree in Canada »

Kulshan Kaur Gill receives her degree from CCNM Dean Nick De Groot at the University of Toronto's Convocation Hall in Toronto on May 21. 

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09:08 pm |   KULSHAN Kaur Gill of Edmonton was one of 18 international medical graduates (IMGs)who  were recognized as the first-ever foreign-educated doctors to receive a degree in naturopathy from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine…

May 21 2015 / Read More »

South Asians seem to be deserting sinking Liberal ship in Vancouver South as prominent figures openly support Wai Young »

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12:14 am | BY RATTAN MALL   POOR Lieutenant-Colonel Harjit Singh Sajjan! Ever since his boss Justin Trudeau parachuted him into the Vancouver South riding last year in blatant disregard of decent democratic norms thanks to massive…

May 21 2015 / Read More »

Chandanjot Singh Gill, 18, and Munroop Singh Hayer, 21, arrested and charged in connection with recent Surrey-Delta drug war »

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04:22 pm | POLICE announced on Wednesday that they arrested and charged Chandanjot Singh Gill, 18, and Munroop Singh Hayer, 21, both of Surrey in the ongoing Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC (CFSEU-BC), Surrey…

May 20 2015 / Read More »
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ME THINKS … by Rattan – News behind the news: Week of Saturday, May 23 (updated constantly) »

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05:20 pm | WEDNESDAY, MAY 27     GIVE DEEPAN BUDLAKOTI A LAST CHANCE     IN the past I have written…

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11th Annual City of Bhangra Festival kicks off Thursday (May 28) »

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04:50 pm | PRESENTED by ZEE TV Canada, VIBC’s City of Bhangra Festival returns for its 11th year thisThursday, May 28. Every spring,…

May 27 2015 / Read More »

Redevelopment of B.C.’s oldest hospital – Royal Columbian Hospital – set to begin »

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02:42 pm |   A new mental health and substance use facility, outpatient clinics and better care for seniors are part of…

May 27 2015 / Read More »

“Anything Can Happen: An Evening with Anupam Kher” at Indian Summer Festival – after Om Puri drops out »

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11:53 pm | Sunday, June 14 at 6 p.m. at SFU Woodward’s   FROM the lovable, comic father in Kuch Kuch Hota…

May 26 2015 / Read More »

Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with the Aga Khan »

Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with the Aga Khan at 24 Sussex Drive. 


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04:38 pm | PRIME Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday held a meeting with the Aga Khan, who was visiting Ottawa in his…

May 26 2015 / Read More »

The new public face of Surrey RCMP: Cpl. Scotty Schumann »

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01:49 pm |   SURREY RCMP on Tuesday formally introduced the detachment’s new Media Relations Officer, Cpl. Scotty Schumann. Coming from Surrey…

May 26 2015 / Read More »

Profiles of 11 South Asians who figure in Surrey’s Top 25 Under 25 Awards »

12:43 pm | HERE are the profiles of the 11 South Asians who figure in the 5th Annual Surrey’s Top 25 Under…

May 26 2015 / Read More »

Canadian rock royalty Blue Rodeo to headline Surrey’s 2015 Canada Day Celebration »

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12:03 pm | THE City of Surrey is set to welcome Canadian rock royalty, Blue Rodeo, to headline its annual Canada Day…

May 26 2015 / Read More »

Iqbal Hessan, 22, arrested in relation to property damage at Mississauga church and school »

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09:56 am | ONTARIO’S Peel Regional Police have arrested 22-year-old Iqbal Hessan of Mississauga in relation to damage to property at a…

May 26 2015 / Read More »

RACISM ISSUES: UBC researchers find how racial stereotypes impact the way we communicate »

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09:20 am | RACIAL stereotypes and expectations can impact the way we communicate and understand others, according to UBC research. The new…

May 26 2015 / Read More »

Government reopens Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program »

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03:55 pm |   THE Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program – a program which will reportedly ensure that immigrants who…

May 25 2015 / Read More »

Series of taxi cab robberies in Surrey, RCMP seek public help »

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03:41 pm | SURREY RCMP’s Robbery Unit is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying suspects involved in a series of taxi cab…

May 25 2015 / Read More »

Vancouver Police Change of Command Ceremony: New Chief Adam Palmer takes over »

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03:30 pm | THE transfer of command from outgoing Vancouver Police Chief Constable, Jim Chu, to the new Chief Constable, Adam Palmer,…

May 25 2015 / Read More »

Chief Jim Chu becomes first commissioned municipal police officer in B.C. »

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11:22 am | RETIRING Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu has received a new provincial honour in recognition of his decades of distinguished…

May 25 2015 / Read More »

Another shooting incident in Surrey; Sims asks federal government when 100 new RCMP officers will arrive in Surrey »

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11:00 pm | SURREY RCMP said that shots were fired in the 13400-block of 70B Avenue at about 8 p.m. on Sunday…

May 24 2015 / Read More »

MP Devinder Shory receives NRI Pravasi Rattan Award »

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06:14 pm | DEVINDER Shory, Conservative MP for Calgary Northeast (Akberta), was awarded the NRI Pravasi Rattan Award during the Non-Resident Indian (NRI)…

May 24 2015 / Read More »

Yosef Gopaul pleads guilty to manslaughter and robbery in death of Julie Paskall »

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12:17 pm | YOSEF Jomo Gopaul on Friday pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter and one count of robbery in a…

May 22 2015 / Read More »

Prashant Tiwari’s family alleges son died while Brampton hospital staff held potluck lunch, criminal charges now being explored »

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09:12 am | THERE are new developments in the $12.5 million wrongful death and breach of privacy suit filed against Brampton Civic…

May 22 2015 / Read More »

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2015 Chevrolet Tahoe: All you need to get the job done! »

03:23 pm | The Chevrolet Tahoe is often seen towing a boat, trailer home and filled to the gills with family and their road trip stuff. And it’s no wonder as with space for up to eight or nine passengers depending on the model, a big powerful V8, the Tahoe is a good choice for the large family…

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Delhi assembly rejects Centre’s notification; it’s AAP vs Centre »

04:10 pm | New Delhi (IANS): The Delhi assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution against the Centre’s decree giving Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung the power to post and transfer bureaucrats in the capital, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of nurturing dictatorship. The strongly-worded resolution passed by the Aam Aadmi Party-dominated assembly has now…

May 27 2015 / Read More »

International soccer officials indicted in U.S., ‘deep-rooted’ corruption, racketeering alleged »

12:45 pm | THE U.S. government on Wednesday unsealed indictments in a New York federal court against high-ranking officials and corporate executives affiliated with FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, for their roles in a decades-long scheme to corrupt the sport through bribes, kickbacks, and other criminal activity aimed at controlling lucrative marketing rights to international tournaments…

May 27 2015 / Read More »
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French movie Dheepan wins Palme d’Or at Festival de Cannes »

07:09 pm | Cannes (IANS): French movie Dheepan, directed by Jacques Audiard, won the Palme d’Or for the Best Film at the 68th Festival de Cannes on Sunday, while the Best Director Award was given to Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Dheepan is about the story of a former soldier, a young woman and a little girl pose as a family…

May 24 2015 / Read More »
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Toronto Police ask for public’s help in murder of Nitiyand “Gary” Singh »

02:58 pm |   TORONTO Police homicide investigators are asking for help from the public to find out how and why a 22-year-old man was killed in an east-end park. Homicide Detective Sergeant…

May 27 2015 / Read More »

Power utility in Sarnia-Lambton fined $120,000 in electrocution death of worker »

02:48 pm | SARNIA: Bluewater Power Distribution Corporation, the utility providing electricity distribution and related services in the Sarnia-Lambton area, has been fined $120,000 in…

May 26 2015 / Read More »

Rouge Valley welcomes four physician specialists »

11:53 am | TORONTO: A respirologist, an anesthesiologist, a neurologist and an intensivist have recently joined the team of care providers at both hospital campuses…

May 26 2015 / Read More »
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BJP, government enlist achievements, Congress hits back »

02:53 pm | New Delhi (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a channel dedicated to farmers to mark his government’s first anniversary while…

May 26 2015 / Read More »

Jaitley happy with Swiss naming black money account-holders »

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10:55 am | Karnali (Gujarat) (IANS): Expressing satisfaction with Swiss authorities sharing the names of two Indian nationals in connection with black money stashed abroad,…

May 26 2015 / Read More »

AAP tears into Centre’s notification, right to impeach LG sought »

10:52 am | New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) A resolution against the Centre’s decree giving Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung the final say in transfers and…

May 26 2015 / Read More »

AAP lists 100 days achievements, Kejriwal slams Modi »

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11:31 am | New Delhi (IANS): Delhi’s AAP government on Monday listed 11 focus areas of its work on completion of 100 days in office…

May 25 2015 / Read More »

Delhi assembly rejects Centre’s notification; it’s AAP vs Centre »

04:10 pm | New Delhi (IANS): The Delhi assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution against the Centre’s decree giving Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung the power to post and transfer bureaucrats in the capital,…

May 27 2015 / Read More »

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