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In this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, file photo, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri attends the NCAA college basketball game between Syracuse and North Carolina State in Syracuse, N.Y. AP Photo/Nick Lisi

Miss America asks U.S. high school to reconsider suspending student who asked her to prom (w/ gallery)

[imagebrowser id=773] THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  YORK, Pa. — Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a high ...
In this photo combo are seen the Aga Khan, imam of the Ismaili Muslim community, on Sept. 6, 2004 in Berlin and his then wife Begum Inaara Aga Khan on May, 20,2004 in Madrid. AP Photo/Jan Bauer, Paul White

Aga Khan, his 10-year divorce battle and a deal for nearly $100 million

[caption id="attachment_732343" align="alignright" width="300"] In this photo combo are seen the Aga Khan, imam of the Ismaili Muslim community, on Sept. ...
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Pakistan willing to do business with controversial Hindu nationalist, says minister

DAVID BLAIR THE DAILY TELEGRAPH Pakistan would be willing to “deal with” Narendra Modi if the controversial Hindu nationalist wins the forthcoming general ...
Pakistani rescue workers investigate the site of a grenade attack on a crowded movie theater that killed and wounded many people in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. About 80 people were watching a movie called “Yarana,” which means friendship in Pashto, said an official. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which come days after Pakistan began a peace process with Taliban militants fighting in the country’s northwest to end the violence that has killed more than 40,000 people in recent years. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

Bomb attack on Pakistan city’s last porn cinema claims 13 lives

[caption id="attachment_716626" align="alignright" width="300"] Pakistani rescue workers investigate the site of a grenade attack on a crowded movie theater that killed ...
Jagrup Singh Baidwan at Delta Courthouse in 2002. Artist sketch by Felicity Don. Province staff photo by David Clark

Murdered Langley man’s family fear day parole could delay deportation of his killer

JENNIFER SALTMAN  [caption id="attachment_698712" align="alignright" width="300"] Jagrup Singh Baidwan at Delta Courthouse in 2002. Artist sketch by Felicity Don. Province staff photo ...
Harpal Dhaliwal is wanted on outstanding warrants for criminal negligence causing bodily harm, carrying a concealed weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless use of a firearm, possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition in connection to the shooting from Jan. 7.

Suspect in Surrey convenience store shooting identified by police

[caption id="attachment_695845" align="alignright" width="239"] Harpal Dhaliwal is wanted on outstanding warrants for criminal negligence causing bodily harm, carrying a concealed weapon, ...
Sanjeevani Wijenaike came from Sri Lanka in 2010 and has found temp work. She offers advice and suggestions to other immigrants looking for work in the area. Kim Stallknecht/PNG

Immigrant Expo aims to help newcomers find what they need to get started, including a job

[caption id="attachment_677898" align="alignright" width="300"] Sanjeevani Wijenaike came from Sri Lanka in 2010 and has found temp work. She offers advice and ...
Pictured here is Dara Mothada, past president of Vancouver and Surrey-based sports club, Azaad Kabaddi B.C. Indian police are alleging he is one of 40 Indo Canadians involved in an international drug smuggling ring in India. Mothada denies the claims and has not been charged. HANDOUT photo

Richmond man accused of having drug ties says Indian police trying to smear his name

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI [caption id="attachment_663888" align="alignright" width="175"] Pictured here is Dara Mothada, past president of Vancouver and Surrey-based sports club, Azaad Kabaddi ...
In this Oct. 11, 2013, file photo Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old girl from Pakistan, who was shot in the head by the Taliban last October for advocating education for girls, speaks on occasion of the International Day of the Girl at the World Bank in Washington. Malala has inspired the development of school curriculum encouraging advocacy. George Washington University announced Monday, Oct. 14, that faculty members are creating curriculum tools to accompany her book, "I Am Malala." Several faculty members will pilot the curriculum early next year for both college and high school instruction. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

U.S. university develops advocacy curriculum inspired by Pakistani teen shot by Taliban

BY KIMBERLY HEFLING  [caption id="attachment_650023" align="alignright" width="400"] In this Oct. 11, 2013, file photo Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old girl from Pakistan, who ...
Tracy Dignum and son Thomas relax at home in West Vancouver on October 17, 2013. They are part of the Night of Miracles event. (Wayne Leidenfrost/ PNG)

Thomas’ miracle recovery will highlight Night of Miracles fundraiser (w/ video)

[ooyala code="w4Y2MwZzrFVIsaQoVUgSMYrS4n0pv5YP"] LARISSA CAHUTE  VANCOUVER DESI  West Vancouver’s Tracy Dignum can still vividly recall the day her youngest son suffered a severe stroke. While at ...

Visiting Sikh priest received 90 days in jail for sex assault

GURPREET SINGH AND STEPHANIE IP   [caption id="attachment_648555" align="alignright" width="400"] FILE PHOTO: A visiting Sikh priest from India has been sentenced to prison ...
Fehmina Chaudhry, 27, who was based in Singapore, disappeared last week while house-hunting in the capital for her mother. (news.ninemsn.com.au)

Pakistani model kidnapped then murdered

BY DEAN NELSON THE DAILY TELEGRAPH  [caption id="attachment_647794" align="alignleft" width="444"] Fehmina Chaudhry, 27, who was based in Singapore, disappeared last week while house-hunting ...

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Bride dumps addict NRI groom on wedding day

VANCOUVER DESI In Jalandhar, a  city dominated by NRIs, a woman dumped her newly wedded NRI husband after becoming suspicious that he was a drug…
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Justin Bieber

Narendra Modi gets more ‘NO’ votes than Justin Bieber in TIME poll

IANS New Delhi – BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had many more “NO” votes than Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber and polled far fewer…
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British tourist to be deported from Sri Lanka for sporting a Buddha tattoo

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lankan authorities will deport a British tourist for having an image of Buddha tattooed on her arm,…
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Indian student granted asylum in Australia because he’s gay

IANS Sydney – A gay Indian student, who fled his country to escape his oppressive family and an arranged marriage, has been granted refugee status…
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Rolling Dreams: Watched a Book, Read a film

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Indian Congress Party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi gestures to supporters during a rally in New Delhi on April 6, 2014. Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Democracy: A blessing with a touch of curse

SURESH KURL VANCOUVER DESI  It was an irresistible sunny winter morning of 1956. Civics teacher Ras Bihari Johri invited us – the grade eleven students…
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Gallery: Bollywood stars keep their date with the ballot box

VANCOUVER DESI Bollywood stars Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and hubby Abhishek Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar and Sonam Kapoor were among a…
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Narendra Modi

110 million vote in India, BJP says it’s ‘Modi tsunami’ (w/gallery)

IANS New Delhi – Nearly 110 million people peacefully voted Thursday in 117 Lok Sabha constituencies in 12 states in a staggered election that will…
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Justin Bieber

Narendra Modi gets more ‘NO’ votes than Justin Bieber in TIME poll

IANS New Delhi – BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had many more “NO” votes than Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber and polled far fewer…
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Arvind Kejriwal

Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal, Arundhati Roy among Time’s 100 most influential people

ARUN KUMAR IANS Washington – Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal have made it to Time…
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Bollywood film actor Vivek Oberoi, who voices the villain in Hindi, poses with an actor dressed in an original Spiderman costume from Hollywood during the footage screening, trailer and music video launch and press conference for the film 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' in Mumbai on April 18, 2014. STR/AFP/Getty Images

Vivek Oberoi supports Narendra Modi, calls him karma yogi

IANS Mumbai  – Actor Vivek Oberoi has come out in support of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and says he is…
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Gallery: Weird Indian political party names and symbols

VANCOUVER DESI In a country with over 800 million eligible voters, which symbol you vote for is very important. The largest political parties have simple…
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Investors hope India elections will bring new government to break deadlock, revive growth

KAY JOHNSON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MUMBAI, India — India’s stock market has hit several new highs in the last month and the once-struggling rupee has…
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