Bollywood actor

Ranbir Kapoor teams up with online digital music company Saavn

IANS Mumbai – Bollywood heart-throb Ranbir Kapoor has joined hands with Saavn, a US-based digital music company known as the leader in digital streaming for…
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Rani Mukerji prays at famous Kalighat temple in Kolkata, urges women to be brave

IANS Kolkata – Days ahead of her next release “Mardaani”, Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji Tuesday sought blessings at the famed Kalighat temple here for the…
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India’s chief film censor arrested for allegedly taking bribes for film certificates

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW DELHI — Police say they have arrested the head of India’s film censorship board for allegedly taking bribes in exchange for…
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Om Puri

Older couples too can have a love story: Om Puri

IANS Mumbai – The star of parallel cinema, Om Puri, romanced Oscar-winning British actress Helen Mirren in the gastronomic love story “The Hundred Foot Journey”….
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Bollywood Kabaddi

Abhishek Bachchan in film on kabaddi?

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS Mumbai, Aug 19 (IANS) — Actor Abhishek Bachchan, who owns Jaipur Pink Panthers, a franchise of the Pro Kabaddi League, may…
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Desi beauty Parsi New Year

Gallery: Top five Parsis who have entertained us in Bollywood

VANCOUVER DESI Monday was Parsi new year. While the world’s Parsis celebrated this day, we were shortlisting some of our favourites from Bollywood who have…
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Indian Rambo

Sylvester Stallone wishes luck to ‘Indian Rambo’ Ajay Devgn

IANS New Delhi – Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables 3″ is set for Friday release in India and the Hollywood action star wishes “luck” to “Indian…
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Bipasha Basu feels remuneration disparity between actors and actresses will not change

IANS Mumbai – Actress Bipasha Basu says the remuneration disparity between actors and actresses will not change in filmdom, adding that she doesn’t loose sleep…
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Photo Galleries

Annu Gaidhu

Mississauga beauty Annu Gaidhu crowned Miss India Canada (w/gallery)

VANCOUVER DESI Mississauga’s Annu Gaidhu was crowned Miss India-Canada at the 24th annual pageant in Toronto Saturday evening. The 23-year-old yoga instructor and aspiring child…
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Best and worst places to live

Vancouver named among the best places to live, Karachi among the worst: The Economist (w/gallery)

LINDA NGUYEN THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Three Canadian cities — Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary — have been named as some of the best places…
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American Horror Story

World’s shortest woman from India is newest cast member on American Horror Story (w/gallery)

VANCOUVER DESI The world’s shortest living woman from India, Jyoti Amge, is all set to make her U.S. drama debut with the fourth season of…
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Gallery: Indian Independence Day celebrations a show of culture, pride

VANCOUVER DESI Indians marked Independence Day with cultural programs showing off their daredevilry, art and pride in the heritage of the country. Check out photos…
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VanDesi Bloggers


Seeking balance and well-being: A mind-body approach to depression

NIRMALA RANIGA VANCOUVER DESI While the world mourns the passing of Academy Award-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams, the global conversation turns to the topics…
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The Art of being a Guest – at a Sikh Ceremony

KIM TREHAN VANCOUVER DESI With wedding season in full swing, surely you must be attending at least one Sikh ceremony.  These family and fun oriented…
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Photo credit: BBC News 2013 Demonstrators outside Delhi court 'deserve death penalty'

Capital Punishment, is that the answer?

SUNNY MANGAT VANCOUVER DESI Today August 14, 2014 marks the ten year anniversary of the hanging of convicted rapist and murderer Dhananjoy Chatterjee. On May…
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Indian government has a firm plan to eliminate sexual violence against women — build five million new toilets

SUNNY MANGAT VANCOUVER DESI The Indian government has a firm plan to eliminate sexual violence against women and that is… to build five million new…
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Here Come the Newly Weds!

KIM TREHAN VANCOUVER DESI Men dressed in bright uniforms, playing the traditional tune of the Bollywood hit song “Mere yaar ki shaadi hai” (It’s my…
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Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center Blog: Using Nonviolent Communication To Nurture Your Relationships

NIRMALA RANIGA VANCOUVER DESI “When all your desires are distilled You will cast two votes:
 To love more. And be happy.”
~Hafiz Human beings are social…
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It’s a girl! Those words were a death sentence for 37 million girls and counting in India

SUNNY MANGAT VANCOUVER DESI It’s a girl! Unfortunately for approximately 37 million girls in India- these words were their fate. According to the 2011 Census…
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Fitness Facts – Benefits of Indian Lassi

In the age of shakes made of every vegetable and fruit imaginable or protein powder power drinks – let’s take things back to a time…
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Gaza Strip

Will Israeli and Palestinian children ever find peace?

SUNNY MANGAT VANCOUVER DESI The Israeli-Palestine conflict has been an ongoing struggle that began around the mid-20th Century. BBC UK has reported in the past…
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Indian chicken recipe

TASTE INDIA: Recipe for Lamb and Blueberry Rogan Josh

BC BLUEBERRY COUNCIL It’s blueberry season in B.C. again, and this year we’re expecting one of our province’s most bountiful crops yet. So heat things up…
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Treasure hunter finds 50 pieces of jewellery on Mont Blanc from 1966 Air India crash (w/video)

VANCOUVER DESI A French treasure hunter has found 50 pieces of jewellery, including bracelets and necklaces on Mont Blanc belonging to passengers of an Air…
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Toilets-Narendra Modi

Six Indian brides leave in-laws’ homes over lack of toilets

IANS Lucknow – Six newly-wed women in Uttar Pradesh walked out of their in-laws’ homes rather than walk into the fields to ease themselves. Taking…
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Love thyself: Sikh woman appears in photography exhibition celebrating best beards

IANS London – Appearing in a photography exhibition celebrating the world’s best facial hair, a British Sikh woman, who has grown a beard for seven…
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York University students condemn ‘blatantly racist flyers’ that surfaced around campus

VANCOUVER DESI York University students condemned “blatantly racist flyers” that surfaced around the university campus and surrounding areas last week. The university has been pulling…
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A U.s. morgue attendant admitted to having sex with 100 corpses while high on drugs and alcohol.  File/ARLEN REDEKOP / PROVINCE

U.S. morgue attendant admits having sex with 100 women’s corpses

IANS New York – An morgue attendant in the US state of Ohio has admitted to having sex with up to 100 corpses, media reported….
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UBC, six other Canadian universities on tour to woo Indian students

IANS New Delhi – With a large number of Indian students going abroad for studies, most notably to the US, a delegation of Canada’s top…
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Surrey News

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Surrey resident frustrated with neighbouring homes used as ‘banquet halls’

AMY REID SURREY NOW NEWTON — A resident in Newton’s Panorama Ridge area says big parties in the neighbourhood are driving locals crazy. But they’re…
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Surrey wrestler

Surrey wrestler Amar Dhesi eyes Olympics after winning silver at junior world championships

KYLE BENNING SURREY NOW CONTRIBUTOR NEWTON — Thirty-eight years ago, Balbir Dhesi opened Khalsa Wrestling Club, the first Indo-Canadian wrestling club in Surrey. Today, he…
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Surrey crime

Surrey bowling alley owner jailed 45 weekends for groping teen girl

JENNIFER SALTMAN VANCOUVER DESI SURREY — A Surrey bowling alley owner who groped a teenage girl will spend the next 45 weekends in jail. Thomas…
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Surrey RCMP seek help to identify 4 suspects in 2013 assault

VANCOUVER DESI Surrey police are seeking the public’s help to identify four suspects involved in a 2013 assault that left a man with a skull…
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Metro Vancouver’s BJP supporters to celebrate Indian Independence Day on a grand scale

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI Indians around the globe will be raising their country’s flag and showing national pride Friday as they mark the 67th anniversary…
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Surrey man charged with second-degree murder in father’s death

Tuesday’s homicide in Newton is Metro Vancouver’s third in as many days STEPHANIE IP VANCOUVER DESI  UPDATE (Wednesday, 1:20 p.m.): Ryan William Beauchamp, 29, has…
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Film Reviews

Ajay Devgn

Singham Returns: It notches above regular fare (w/trailer)

TROY RIBEIRO IANS  Film: “Singham Returns”; Cast: Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Amol Gupte, Zakir Hussain, Dayanand Shetty, Sharat Saxena, Mahesh Manjrekar; Director: Rohit…
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Entertainment: Woof, Yeh Mohabbat!

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS Film: “Entertainment”; Cast: Junior, Akshay Kumar, Tamannah, Mithun Chakraborty, Krushna Abhishek; Director: Sajid-Farhad; Rating: *** The canine-hero’s name in the list…
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The Hundred-Foot Journey: Visually brilliant, lacks drama

TROY RIBEIRO IANS  Film: “The Hundred-Foot Journey”; Cast: Manish Dayal, Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Charlotte Le Bon, Michel Blanc, Farzana Du A Elahe, Dillon Mitra,…
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Kick: Salman Khan, Sajid Nadiadwala kick up a storm

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS  Film: “Kick”; Cast: Salman Khan, Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Jacqueline Fernandez; Director: Sajid Nadiadwala; Rating: **** “Kick toh banta hai,…
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22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street: A run-of-the-mill comic caper

TROY RIBEIRO IANS  Film: “22 Jump Street”; Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Peter Stormare, Wyatt Russell, Amber Stev ens, Jillian Bell, Ice Cube, Keith Lucas,…
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Bobby Jasoos

Bobby Jasoos: Vidya’s scene-stealing act makes this film special special

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS  Film: “Bobby Jasoos”; Cast: Vidya Balan, Ali Fazal, Kiran Kumar, and Rajendra Gupta; Director: Samar Shaikh; Rating: *** 1/2 This is…
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Health Check


Doctors remove unborn child’s skeleton from woman’s womb after 36 years

VANCOUVER DESI In an unusual surgery, doctors in India removed the skeleton of an unborn baby from its mother’s womb after 36 years, the Press…
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Nigerian woman suspected of Ebola dies in transit on her way to India

ADAM SCHRECK THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A Nigerian woman who arrived on a flight to the United Arab Emirates capital of…
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8,000-year-old gene key to Tibetans’ high altitude adaptation, study finds

IANS Washington – In a major breakthrough, US researchers have found a genetic cause – a single DNA base pair change that dates back 8,000…
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Female doctor who alleged torture by a patient’s relatives for delivering stillborn baby boy made it up to get boyfriend back

CEN AGENCY Mexican police say the alleged torturers who mutilated a gynaecologist and left her for dead never existed and that the female victim made…
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Canada to donate experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO

IANS/EFE Toronto – Canada has said it will donate to the World Health Organisation (WHO) up to 1,000 doses of an experimental vaccine against the…
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Female doctor brutally tortured and left to die after delivering stillborn baby boy

CEN AGENCY Torturers who mutilated a gynaecologist and left her for dead are believed to be relatives of a woman whose baby was delivered stillborn…
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Sexual enhancement foreign products

Health Canada issues warnings over use of five foreign sexual enhancement products

VANCOUVER DESI Health Canada has issued an alert over use of five foreign sexual enhancement products that may cause life-threatening side effects. These natural health…
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Infectious disease specialist Florian Steiner wears protective clothing as he works in a laboratory for blood tests during a demonstration of the proceedings at the quarantine office of Berlin's Charite hospital on August 11, 2014. TIM BRAKEMEIER/AFP/Getty Images

Mumbai man who recently travelled to Nigeria admitted to hospital with Ebola symptoms

VANCOUVER DESI A man in Mumbai who travelled to West Africa last month has voluntarily admitted himself to a local hospital after experiencing Ebola symptoms,…
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File photo: A woman is seen by a midwife in a routine checkup, in Santiago, on July 13, 2012. CLAUDIO SANTANA/AFP/GettyImage

Watermelon-sized tumour found in Mumbai woman during emergency caesarean section

IANS Mumbai  – A team of doctors at Mumbai’s Sion Hospital performed a rare and unexpected surgery as they were forced to remove a 2.5…
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Spiritual guru Deepak Chopra leads Guinness World Record meditation attempt (w/ photos)

LAUREN LAROSE THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Famed spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra sought to unite a mass global audience in quiet moments of personal reflection…
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Case of abandoned baby with Down syndrome casts light on unregulated surrogacy business

GRANT PECK and KRISTEN GELINEAU THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BANGKOK, Thailand — For thousands of well-off childless couples, the dream of having a baby is often…
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birth defect

Nurse unknowingly lived with an electrical wire in her heart since birth

IANS New Delhi – Doctors at a city hospital found an electrical wire in the heart of a nurse who has been living with it…
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