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STATEMENT BY THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION, TOM MULCAIR, ON MELA GADRI BABIAN DA

Ontario, Canada: The leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement on Mela Gadri Babian Da: “On this day of festivities for Canada’s Punjabi community, I would like to send my warmest wishes to all Canadians of Punjabi descent, along with their families.” This time last year, Catherine and I were lucky enough to join in the ...

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Martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev observed

Gurdaspur, Punjab: The martyrdom anniversary of Guru Ar jan Dev, the fifth Sikh guru, was observed with traditional fervour at Gurdwara Singh Sabha here on Sunday. Hundreds of followers paid their obeisance to the gur u and prominent preachers narrated the tales of guru’s life and unfolded details of how he was martyred by the Mughals on the order of Emperor ...

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Dhadi jathas on SAD trail: Religion meets politics in campaign’s music

Bathinda, Punjab: “Shikhar te chadh gayi mehngayi, janta teri payi satayi, Lokan da kadhya kachoomar, kismat jandi dhendi. Indira diye nuhein ladliye, eh kursi nahiyon rehndi,” sings a a dhadi jatha (traditional singing group) campaigning for Shiromani Akali Dal candidate and sitting MP Harsimart Badal in Bathinda. Loosely translated, the verse says, “Prices have touched the sky, people are suffering; but ...

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Baisakhi Mela sans conferences this year

Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda, Punjab: “Mele de tin kamm pakke, dhup, dhud te dhakke.” (A fair has three things to offer for sure — sunlight, dust and jostling). This is what exactly the Baisakhi Mela at Takht Damdama Sahib witnessed today where a sea of humanity turned up to pay obeisance at the Talwandi Sabo Gurdwara and to participate in the colourful ...

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Victim recovers, but Port Orange Sikh shooting remains unsolved

Daytona Beach, US: The man behind the counter at the beach side convenience store smiles easily at the steady stream of customers who parade through his shop. A year ago Sunday, Kanwaljit Singh could hardly move, much less smile, after another motorist shot at his car several times, striking him twice as he drove his small Ford over the Dunlawton Bridge. ...

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