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Canada’s Sikh community offers support to Syrian refugees
Toronto– The Sikh community in Canada came together to offer services to support the Syrian refugees who are expected to arrive in the area over the next few months.

Randeep Sarai

Randeep Sarai

The Sikhs in Lower Mainland — name commonly applied to the region surrounding and including Vancouver, British Columbia — offered help with housing, schooling, food and clothing to the Syrian refugees coming to Canada, CBC News reported on Monday.

“The Sikh community themselves have come to Canada in many different ways from the early 1900s and onwards,” said Randeep Sarai, Surrey Centre MP. “Welcoming others, newcomers, was part of their life, whether they (Canadian people) knew them or not. Whether immigrants came from India, or whether they were refugees in tumultuous times during the ’80s, the Sikh way, the Canadian way, was always to give them a home, help them at the temple and help feed them,” he said.

Government officials estimated that around 2,500 Syrian refugees could land in the region within the next few weeks. These refugees have left Syria because of the ongoing civil war. Some Sikh organisations expressed a desire to help in resettling the refugees. Services like free tuition for 1,000 students at Khalsa School for one year, free meals, clothing and blankets for 2,000 refugees from many gurdwaras, transportation and medical services would be offered to the refugees.

The federal government plans to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the New Year.

Indian-origin man’s firm raises funds for diabetes cure

Abu Dhabi–An Indian-origin man’s company organised a diabetes awareness walk in Dubai and raised funds to support on-going research to cure the disease, a media report said.
Landmark Group, a retail and hospitality group and Fitness First, a Britain-based health club group organised “Beat Diabetes Walk’ on Friday in a bid to raise awareness about the condition and promote the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, Khaleej Times reported. Nearly, 17,000 residents joined the seventh edition of the programme and took part in spot fitness challenges, in addition to yoga and body balance classes.
“We are grateful to the people of the UAE and the wider region who stepped out of their homes to join the Beat Diabetes Walk,” said Renuka Jagtiani, vice-chairperson of the Landmark Group. The initiative raised 350,000 dirhams ($95,296) and the money will be donated to Al Jalila Foundation — a global philanthropic organisation dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research.

Indian in UAE jailed for killing roommate

Abu Dhabi–A Dubai trial court has awarded seven years’ imprisonment to an Indian worker for killing his roommate, a media report said on Monday.

The Dubai Court of First Instance also ordered his deportation at the end of his jail-term.The 29-year-old Indian worker had a heated argument over switching on the light on April 9. The argument soon turned into a physical fight and the Indian worker stabbed his roommate multiple times causing his death, Khaleej Times reported.

An Indian driver, a witness in the case, said he came to know about the fight in Jebel Ali town of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from another worker. “I learnt that they fought after the defendant turned off the light and the victim turned it on again several times. They were engaged in a physical fight before the accused stabbed the victim. The accused was not injured,” the witness said. “I entered the room and saw the victim spitting blood,” he added.

The driver called the ambulance but by the time the paramedics arrived, the victim had already died.

Indians lying to get student visas for New Zealand

Wellington– New Zealand immigration officials have received many fraudulent applications from Indian students for visas to study in the country, a media report said.

The would-be students from India are lying in their immigration applications and misrepresenting their financial situation in order to get student visas, Immigration New Zealand’s India office said on Sunday.

According to Radio New Zealand, the laws require that students should prove they have enough money to finance their studies in New Zealand.

Indian students who arrived with too little money were at risk of exploitation that could harm the reputation of New Zealand as an education destination for foreign students, the department noted.

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