The Hindustan Times – Amritsar boy who saved 15 kids to get National Bravery Award

The teen, who was also in the bus and injured, showed great courage and helped other children to come out of the water-filled bus.

HT Correspondent

Amritsar-Panjab-India, 18 January 2018. Seventeen-year-old Karanbeer Singh from Amritsar, who rescued 15 children from a school bus that had plunged into a drain, will be among the 18 children to receive the National Bravery Awards this year.

Singh, who was also in the bus and injured, showed great courage and helped other children to come out of the water-filled bus.

“He (driver) was driving rashly. I had warned him about the narrow bridge ahead that doesn’t have railings but he didn’t listen. Suddenly the front tyres were in the air and we landed in the drain,” said Karanbir.

He added that doors were jammed and he had to smash a window glass to come out and rescue the students.

A rashly driven school-van had fallen into a drain from a bridge at Muhawa village, 35 km from Amritsar, killing seven children on 20 September 2016. The van was taking students back home from DAV Public School, Neshta, when the accident took place five km from the school.

The awards, divided into five categories, Bharat Award, Geeta Chopra Award, Sanjay Chopra Award, Bapu Gaidhani Award, and General National Bravery Awards, will be given away by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 24. Karanbeer will receive the Sanjay Chopra award.

President Ramnath Kovind will host a reception for the awardees, seven girls and 11 boys, who will also be participating in the Republic Day parade on January 26.

18-year-old Nazia from Uttar Pradesh, who helped local police capture perpetrators of an illegal business of gambling and betting will be given the most coveted Bharat Award.


The Tribune – Harinder Kaur Malhi is Ontario’s first Sikh woman minister

Lawmaker had moved 1984 ‘genocide’ motion last year

Toronto-Ontario-Canada, 18 January 2018. Harinder Kaur Malhi, who had moved the 1984 Sikh “genocide” motion in the Ontario Assembly in April last year, has been given a Cabinet berth, making her the first Sikh woman minister in the Canadian province.

The 38-year-old daughter of Canada’s first turbaned MP Gurbax Singh Malhi was sworn in as Minister of the Status of Women here today.

The decision to elevate Malhi was taken by Premier Kathleen Wynne. Ontario goes to the polls in June.

Malhi represents the Punjabi-dominated “riding” (constituency) of Brampton-Springdale in the Assembly, whose members are called MPPs (members of Provincial Parliament).

She joins another Indo-Canadian woman minister, Dipika Damerla, in the Ontario Cabinet.

It is being speculated that because of her “genocide” motion, Malhi can help her Liberal Party retain Sikh votes which may drift to the New Democratic Party (NDP), which has elected Jagmeet Singh as its national leader.

After her “genocide” resolution, many in the Sikh community view her as the champion of the cause in the community. Her party may also benefit from her father’s huge hold over Sikh voters.

As a member of the Ontario Assembly, Jagmeet had also introduced a similar motion on the anti-Sikh riots, but it failed. He was also denied visa to visit India in 2013.

Brampton, on the outskirts of Toronto, has the second largest concentration of the Sikh community in Canada after Surrey (British Columbia).

Malhi’s motion in the Assembly read:

“That, in the opinion of this House… should reaffirm our commitment to the values we cherish, justice, human rights and fairness, and condemn all forms of communal violence, hatred, hostility, prejudice, racism and intolerance in India and anywhere else in the world, including the 1984 genocide perpetrated against the Sikhs throughout India, and call on all sides to embrace truth, justice and reconciliation.”

The motion was passed by 34-5 votes in a House of 107 members.

India had rejected it, calling it a “misguided motion based on a limited understanding of India, its Constitution, society, ethos, rule of law and the judicial process.”

Meanwhile, Kathleen Wynne was quoted as saying by The Star newspaper: “The knowledge and skills they bring to these roles will be crucial as we continue our work to create more fairness and opportunity for the people of Ontario.”

“In a changing economy, our plan is about making sure everyone has a fair shot at getting ahead,” she said.

“That’s why it is also important to me that this updated Cabinet continues to reflect both the diversity and the geography of our province,” Wynne added.

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Glasgow Live – The story of Glasgow’s Sikh volunteer group who are helping the city’s homeless

Seva Scotland are at work in Glasgow’s city centre two nights a week, helping the people who need help most.

Claire Hutchison

Glasgow-Scotland-UK, 19 January 2018. The smell of food wafts down Cadogan Street in the heart of the city centre, cutting through the cold. It’s 9pm and the temperature has dropped again.

Soon you hear the clanking of plates and pots, chat and laughter as a group of volunteers serve up hot meals and a line begins to form. Some of those in the queue are homeless, others are hungry and struggling to pay their bills and put even one square daily meal on the table. Seva Scotland serves them all.

Seva is a Sikh volunteer group set up to feed the homeless in Glasgow. They are out on Cadogan Street every Monday and Tuesday at around 9 pm, not only helping their fellow Glaswegians but putting their faith in action.

Seva, means “selfless service” and is an important part of the Sikh religion and as volunteer, Rajpal Singh, explained: “We are an organic, grassroots movement. We have a bit of banter and do everything with a smile.

“Four years ago, we started off with three volunteers. Then we just grew and grew. Now we’ve got about 20 volunteers at any one time.”

Seva Scotland cook vegetarian meals such as pasta, pizza and curry, gathering together at the Sikh temples or Gurdwaras on Albert Drive and Berkeley Street to cook the food.

On a typical evening, around 30 hot meals are prepared and handed out to vulnerable people and each comes with a snack pack.

While many people who receive the meals are homeless, the group serves anyone in need.

Rajpal said: “There are people out there who do have a roof over their heads, but they may have limited income. So whoever comes along, we give food to them.”

As the frost has set in, Seva Scotland have also handed out free sleeping bags, blankets, hats and gloves.

On Christmas Day, the group even spread goodwill by handing out presents to vulnerable people.

And while their main aim is to help people who need it most, their work is a perfect example of their faith in action.

Volunteer, Satnam Singh added: “The group is important as it helps build familiarity with Sikh faces for anyone in Glasgow.

“If anyone sees a Sikh, they know that they can approach that person for help.”

Seva Scotland is self funded and is always happy to accept food donations.

Anyone who wants to help can donate non perishable items such as pasta, canned sauce and rice. You can find Seva Scotland here on Facebook or visit their website here.

The Hindu – Tibetan leader cautions India against China’s ‘Doklam plans’

Special Correspondent

New Delhi-India, 18 January 2018. India should be worried about China’s continued military build up in Doklam, said Lobsang Sangay, president of the Central Tibetan Administration in India.

Dr Sangay made his observations on the Doklam issue while announcing the upcoming events to mark the 60th anniversary of the arrival of the Dalai Lama and Tibetans in India.

“India has to be cautious about China’s plans in Doklam. China has traditionally maintained that Tibet is the palm and the five fingers are Bhutan, Nepal, Arunachal [Pradesh], Ladakh and Sikkim. Therefore its actions in the Doklam region should be taken seriously,” Dr Sangay said.

Dr Sangay announced that the Tibetan community in India will hold a major inter-religious event in New Delhi to commemorate March 31, 1959 arrival of the Dalai Lama in India. “We expect a representative of the Indian government to attend the event,” he said.

The Tibetan leader pointed out that Bhutan should also express concern about the Doklam situation. “Going to the UN is definitely one of the options for Bhutan,” he said.