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Shushma Datt of Spice Radio is gearing up for the Raise Your Hands Against Racism campaign. (Arlen Redekop, Vancouver Desi)

Campaign against racism invites all to raise their hands this Holi

[imagebrowser id=1243] LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI Inspired by India’s Holi festival, which celebrates diversity in an explosion of colour to bring the different ...
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Surrey Hindu temple ordered to hold election in Supreme Court ruling

[caption id="attachment_798584" align="alignright" width="322"] There will be a court-ordered election at Surrey’s largest Hindu temple on Sunday, after a B.C. Supreme ...
Satpal Singh Jhatoo

Contract killer who murdered mom of 6 gets day parole, but likely on his way out of Canada

JENNIFER SALTMAN VANCOUVER DESI A contract killer who bludgeoned a Matsqui mother of six to death in 1985 has been granted day parole, ...
A family member of a passenger from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 waits for news at the Lido Hotel on March 22, Beijing China. The search to identify whether two large objects spotted via satellite in the Indian Ocean are related to missing flight MH370 continues today, for the third day, with no results. The airliner went missing two weeks ago carrying 239 passengers and crew en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Agonizing wait drags on for relatives of missing on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

By Christopher Bodeen THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BEIJING — Like other relatives of passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Wang Zheng's frustration and anger ...
A woman writes on a board of messages and well-wishes dedicated to people involved with the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370, Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Sepang, Malaysia. The Malaysian passenger jet missing for more than a week had its communications deliberately disabled and its last signal came about seven and a half hours after takeoff, raising the likelihood it was hijacked.

Investigators now believe Malaysian Airlines jet was deliberately diverted, either by hijacker or crew

IAN MADER and EILEEN NG THE ASSOCIATED PRESS [caption id="attachment_731917" align="alignright" width="375"] A woman writes on a board of messages and well-wishes dedicated ...
A grandfather tells his granddaughter about a long-lost friend in a moving film from Google that shows the power of its search engine.

Moving Google promotional video shows the power of search to unite — even across contentious borders such as India and Pakistan

DAN FUMANO VANCOUVER DESI A poignant new video from Google India is racking up millions of views and bringing tears to viewers’ eyes ...
The team from Princess Margaret Secondary become the first Canadian team to win NASA's International Space Settlement Design Competition earlier this month.

Surrey students return from NASA design adventure as winners

CHRISTOPHER POON SURREY NOW Houston, problem solved. A team of Surrey students have put Canada on the galactic map by becoming the ...
Surjit Bhandal, 83, received word Friday that Citizenship and Immigration Canada will allow her to stay in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. Lyle Stafford/Times Colonist files

Elderly Vancouver Island aunt allowed to stay in Canada after five-year fight

KATHERINE DEDNYA  VICTORIA TIMES COLONIST [caption id="attachment_554989" align="alignright" width="402"] Surjit Bhandal, 83, received word Friday that Citizenship and Immigration Canada will allow her ...
Surrey Khalsa Vaisakhi

Surrey Vaisakhi Parade 2013 draws an estimated 220,000 people

The annual parade and community party that fills the streets of Surrey with sights, sounds and the smell of delicious Indian ...
Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade and Celebration

Vancouver celebrates Vaisakhi with a hearty parade (with video, gallery)

[ooyala code="11eWN5YTrR_nSRJ6dNEotGYSAVghzJ8d"] LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI [caption id="attachment_536266" align="alignright" width="311"] The annual Sikh Vaisakhi parade rolls through Vancouver, B.C. to the delight of thousands ...
All India Sweets feat

All India Sweets to get plaque honouring Vancouver’s fast-vanishing Punjabi Market

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI [caption id="attachment_535424" align="alignright" width="266"] All India Sweets & Restaurant received the historical plaque on behalf of the entire Punjabi ...
A campaign image from Avaaz.org, which is trying to reverse a Maldives decision to whip a 15-year-old rape survivor for having consensual premarital sex with another man.

Rape horror in paradise: teen victim ordered to be whipped in Maldives

VANCOUVER DESI [caption id="attachment_524799" align="alignright" width="400"] A campaign image from Avaaz.org, which is trying to reverse a Maldives decision to whip a ...

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100 year journey

Naranjan Singh Mahal voted for the NDP in the 50’s election “since they were the only party fighting for our rights”

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Naranjan Singh Mahal “I came over with my dad in 1931 when I was 14. I went to school for a…
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Salman Khan

India’s conjoined twins Saba and Farah stop eating after Salman Khan’s verdict

IANS Patna – Bihar’s conjoined twins Saba and Farah — ‘Rakhi-sisters’ of Bollywood actor Salman Khan — have begun a fast to express their solidarity…
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Michelle Harlington put an ad on Craigslist offering $200, beer and cab fare to any band that would come to her home and wake up the offending South Surrey neighbours. Gerry Kahrmann, The Province

Desperate Surrey mom makes Craigslist plea for band to get back at noisy neighbours

IAN AUSTIN VANCOUVER DESI A Morgan Creek mom’s Craigslist plea for some quiet revenge is creating a lot of noise online. Frustrated (like many of…
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obesity

Obese Canadians should be granted legal protection from discrimination, professor says

SHARON KIRKEY NATIONAL POST With rates of severe obesity quadrupling in Canada, a provocative line of thinking is emerging to give groundbreaking new human rights…
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Blogs

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The Jago!

KIM TREHAN VANCOUVER DESI Hi lovelies, It’s time again to tackle the “traditions” series of Indian weddings.  I must firstly apologize for taking a long…
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End Gang Life: Problems surrounding gun violence run deeper than skin colour or culture

SGT. LINDSEY HOUGHTON SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Kids are shooting at each other.  The violence these children are engaged in with each other has now…
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You're pretty cool for an Indian girl

You’re pretty cool for a brown girl

You are pretty cool for a “brown” girl. Interesting statement or is it the latest pick up line? This is a statement I have been…
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Manjula's Kitchen-Taste India

Taste India: Gujarati masala khichdi is a delight for the senses

ALMAS MEHERALLY VANCOUVER DESI When I say khichdi, you must be thinking of the simple sick man’s food. But no, that’s not what I’m talking…
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Pioneers

100 year journey

Naranjan Singh Mahal voted for the NDP in the 50’s election “since they were the only party fighting for our rights”

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Naranjan Singh Mahal “I came over with my dad in 1931 when I was 14. I went to school for a…
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100 year journey

Mahindar Kaur Berar was “exposed to a blend of both Canadian and Indian culture” while growing up in Victoria

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Mahindar Kaur Berar says that while she was growing up in Victoria during the 1940s and 1950s, most of her family’s…
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100 year journey

During the Second World War, Jab Singh Sidhoo served in the Canadian Air Force

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Jab Sidhoo was only seven years old when, leaving his mother and siblings behind in Punjab, he made the long sea…
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100 year journey

Ishar Singh “Odaroo” Banns was known for his adventurous spirit and activism

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Ishar Singh Banns was among the best known and most intriguing members of the Indo-Canadian community of B.C. In fact, his…
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DEDAR SAHOTA

Punjab’s Dedar Sihota was B.C.’s first Indo-Canadian teacher

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Dedar S. Sihota When Dedar Sihota emigrated from Punjab to Canada with his family in 1936 at the age of 12,…
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Health Check

obesity

Obese Canadians should be granted legal protection from discrimination, professor says

SHARON KIRKEY NATIONAL POST With rates of severe obesity quadrupling in Canada, a provocative line of thinking is emerging to give groundbreaking new human rights…
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sex determination

Opposition attacks Indian yoga guru Ramdev’s medicine that promises male child

VANCOUVER DESI Opposition members in India have demanded the ban of a product by yoga guru Ramdev’s Divya Pharmacy that promises a male child, Indian newswire…
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critically ill

Critically ill Indian boy becomes police chief for a day

IANS Jaipur – A 10-year-old boy suffering from chronic kidney disease had one of his wishes fulfilled on Thursday when he was made the police…
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Naked, superhuman paranoids begging police to save them from imaginary mobs? That’s flakka!

CURT ANDERSON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — One man ran naked through a Florida neighbourhood, tried to have sex with a tree and…
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