News By Charlie Anderson

Surrey

Surrey mayoral candidates trade barbs over closed-door meetings

Ex-Mayor McCallum calls out opponents Hepner and Rasode for 'hypocrisy' [caption id="attachment_776000" align="alignright" width="300"] Doug McCallum is critical of his opponents' stances ...
Retired kabaddi player Lakha, right with the promising Dal, center and organizer Nitu, left at Lakha's Surrey home Wednesday August 28, 2013.   Ric Ernst / PNG

Kabaddi battling steroid use as sport becomes more professional

DAN FUMANO VANCOUVER DESI [caption id="attachment_618089" align="alignright" width="350"] Retired kabaddi player Lakha, right with the promising Dal, center and organizer Nitu, left at ...
Kabaddi

Fiercely competitive kabaddi fast gathering popularity in B.C. (w/ gallery)

[caption id="attachment_613505" align="alignright" width="300"] Competitors clash during the Kabaddi tournament outside the Surrey Bell Centre in Surrey, BC, August 18, 2013. ...
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Chilliwack opium growers will serve sentences in the community

JENNIFER SALTMAN THE PROVINCE Two men convicted of growing an opium poppy crop worth tens of thousands of dollars will serve their two-year ...
Sikh billboard in New Westminster

Disturbing image from India’s 1984 religious war displayed in New Westminster

IAN AUSTIN VANCOUVER DESI A disturbing image from a turbulent time in India’s recent past is now prominently featured on the New Westminster ...
New mosque for B,C,'s Almadiyya community

B.C.’s Ahmadiyya Muslim community finally has its own mosque

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI [caption id="attachment_557965" align="alignright" width="377"] The local and Canada-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim community raised $8 million for its new mosque on ...
Salon Picasso owner Radha Sarn organized an early Mother's Day of pampering for seven-year-old son Gage Staley is fighting cancer.  Sam treated to the single mom  to a makeover followed by a special dinner at The Keg with Gage and his grandmother.

Salon Picasso’s Radha Sarn recognizes a very special mom with Mother’s Day makeover

THANDI FLETCHER VANCOUVER DESI [caption id="attachment_554087" align="alignright" width="188"] Salon Picasso owner Radha Sarn organized an early Mother's Day of pampering for Krystie Biernaczyk, ...
Sachdeva family vigil

‘It just happened in a split second – and everything’s gone’

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI [caption id="attachment_549454" align="alignright" width="369"] Members of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara temple hold a candlelight vigil for the Sachdeva ...
Manjit Gill (left) and Serge Rai attend their human rights tribunal  in Vancouver  on April  30, 2013.   They have a complaint against the Langley Shark Club. (Wayne Leidenfrost/ PNG)

Shark Club bouncer says group turned away because they threatened him, called him racist

[caption id="attachment_547453" align="alignright" width="309"] Manjit Gill (left) and Serge Rai attend their human rights tribunal in Vancouver on April 30, 2013. ...
Ismaili community

Ismaili Muslim community donates treasures to UBC Museum of Anthropology

[caption id="attachment_543621" align="alignnone" width="475"] UBC Museum of Anthropology Director Anthony Alan Shelton (from left to right), Manager of Administration Salma Mawani ...
Surrey Khalsa Day

Sikh youth show Vaisakhi pride through volunteering, taking action (with gallery)

[caption id="attachment_541634" align="alignnone" width="475"] An estimated 220,000 people took part in the 13th annual Surrey Khalsa Vaisakhi Parade in Surrey, B.C., ...
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Times of India Film Awards rehearsals feature more than 70 local dancers going hard (with video)

[ooyala code="h4dzRqYTqg2kGt2w3PSl_tNhKL1ani-V"] LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI More than 70 local dancers are working full days and into the wee hours of the morning preparing ...

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Hands Against Racism

Hands Against Racism: Send us a selfie and make a statement against racism (with video)

VANCOUVER DESI Vancouver Desi’s digital anti-racism campaign, Raise Your Hands Against Racism, officially kicked off Thursday, with people across the Lower Mainland sending in selfies…
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U.S. mom with 2 kids celebrates one-month birthdays of rare identical triplet boys (with photos)

COREY WILLIAMS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. – A suburban Detroit couple who have two older children are adjusting to life after becoming…
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File photo: An Indian Muslim bride, her hands decorated with henna, attends a mass wedding organized by a social service organization in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool

Groom dumped by bride-to-be for a wedding guest accuses her of drugging him before ceremony

VANCOUVER DESI A 25-year-old Indian groom who was dumped by his bride-to-be for a wedding guest after he suffered an alleged seizure has accused his…
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Vancouver woman sues hot yoga guru Bikram Choudhury for sexual assault

SUSAN LAZARUK VANCOUVER DESI A Vancouver woman is claiming the leader of one of B.C.’s largest yoga chains repeatedly sexually assaulted and coerced her over…
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Blogs

Classical music BC

Meet Burnaby-born Indian classical vocalist Akhil Jobanputra

NINA BUDDHDEV SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Born in 1997 in Burnaby, BC Canada, Akhil Jobanputra is an upcoming Canadian Indian classical vocalist of the Mewati…
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Gujarat riots

From Mr. Modi: At last a glimmer of hope

UJJAL DOSANJH SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Some weeks ago I wrote what some felt were scathing bolgs; Modi: A Madari or A Nation Builder? on…
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Punjabi booklet

End Gang Life: How parents can play a role in gang prevention

GEETA REDDY COMBINED SPECIAL FORCES ENFORCEMENT UNIT B.C. SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI It is safe to assume parents only want the best for their children….
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File photo: The Canadian Flag flies over the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill on the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Flag in Ottawa on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

God keep our land glorious and free: Bill C-51 a timely script to end terrorism on Canadian soil

SURESH KURL VANCOUVER DESI I understand life. It is an ongoing struggle for a safe and peaceful survival. I have lived through the 1947 partition…
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Health Check

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Got extra breast milk? Surrey Memorial Hospital NICU acting as dispensary

Fraser Health is making it easier for moms to donate through new program AMY REID SURREY NOW SURREY — Fraser Health is in need of…
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‘Heartbreaking’: Father sobs as children who died in tragic Alberta pesticide poisoning laid to rest

MARTY KLINKENBERG POSTMEDIA NEWS EDMONTON — Her small wooden casket draped in a white shroud, the first of two siblings to die in a tragic poisoning…
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Alberta deaths

Health Canada issues warning about bedbug control products after Alberta children deaths

THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — The federal government is warning Canadians of what it calls the “extreme danger” of using unregistered products to fight bedbugs….
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Alberta-Pakistan-Muslim

Another child from Alberta family dies after being exposed to pesticide

JOHN COTTER THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — Another child has died after being exposed to an insecticide his parents were using to kill bedbugs in…
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triplets

U.S. mom with 2 kids celebrates one-month birthdays of rare identical triplet boys (with photos)

COREY WILLIAMS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. – A suburban Detroit couple who have two older children are adjusting to life after becoming…
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Ontario family files $12.5-million lawsuit against hospital over son’s suicide

Suit alleges 20-year-old was supposed to be checked every 15 minutes but was left unattended for more than 21/2 hours   VANCOUVER DESI A Brampton,…
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Two Fort McMurray children still in critical condition after pesticide poisoning

EDMONTON JOURNAL A Fort McMurray apartment unit contaminated by a dangerous pesticide that killed an infant and sickened four other children tested clear Tuesday, but…
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health

Indian city bans big public gatherings over swine flu fears, as deaths surpass 900 nationwide

R. K. MISRA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AHMEDABAD, India — A west Indian city has banned large public gatherings in an attempt to halt the spread…
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This Nanimo man refused to accept that severed spinal cord would make walking impossible

JULIE CHADWICK NANAIMO DAILY NEWS The flocks of seagulls overhead make for a familiar sight as one rounds the curves of Cedar Road toward the…
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Merck gives free license allowing cheap versions of its HIV drug for children in poor nations

LINDA A. JOHNSON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TRENTON, N.J. — Drugmaker Merck & Co. has granted a free license allowing one of its HIV medicines to…
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