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    Amin Dhillon
    Crowned Miss                       Meira Kumar Makes History As                                                                California                          14 Locations And ONE
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                                                                                                                                 Passes Kirpan
  India Worldwide                       India's First Woman Speaker                                                              Education Bill
     Canada 2010                      New Delhi: Will be
                                      remembered as a golden
                                      letter day in the country’s
                                      history when Ms Meira
                                      Kumar became the first                                                                                                           Need A
                                      woman to be appointed
                                      as the Speaker of the Lok                                                                                                        Mortgage?
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                                          This former bureau-                                                 Story page 3                                             Cell: 416.992.7265
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 Winnipeg: Amin Dhillon, a                                                                                                                                             Email:
 stunning model and marketing                Dera Leader Sant                                                                    assembly has passed a bill that
                                                                                                                                 makes it mandatory for the state      Website:
 professional, has won the title of
 Miss India Worldwide Canada               Rama Nand Cremated
                                                                                                                                 to train law enforcement agen-
                                                                                                                                 cies about the Sikh symbol kir-       Clarity Financial
 2010. Amin was selected by the                                                                                                  pan.                                     50 Sunnyvalue Gate, Unit 6,
 IFC, producers of the Miss India     Ballan: Dera Sachkhand leader Sant Rama                                                        The bill AB-504, which was             Brampton, ON L6S 0C4
 Worldwide pageant, to represent      Nand, whose death in a shooting incident                                                   passed unanimously by the
 Canada at the 19th Annual Miss       in Vienna triggered large-scale violence in                                                assembly Monday, will now go
 India Worldwide Pageant to be        Punjab, was on Thursday cremated with                                                      to the state senate for its nod
 held on Saturday, March 27,          full state honours at the sect headquarters                                                before      Governor     Arnold
 2010, at the International           here amidst tight security.                                                                Schwarzenegger signs it to make
 Convention Center in Durban,            An unending stream of devotees and a                                                    it a law.
 South Africa.                        host of politicians including Uttar                                                            Enjoying bipartisan support,
    Amin makes history as the         Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, Punjab                                                    the bill was passed 59-0 by the
                                      Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and
            Continued on page 4       senior Congress leader Amarinder Singh                                    Story page 5               Continued on page 5

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                                                                                                                                                                             FRONT PAGE
 MEIRA KUMAR - from page 1
     be hailed as the Congress-led UPA gov-
 ernment’s yet another bold initiative
                                                   Australian Envoy Admits Attacks On Indian Students Racist
 towards the empowerment of Indian                 New Delhi: Overseas Indian Affairs Minister                                                                 English. Racism may be an element in the
 woman.                                            Vayalar      Ravi      met      Australian      High                                                        recent attacks but they were primarily criminal
     The Congress party, which was instru-         Commissioner John McCarthy in New Delhi                                                                     in nature. Some amount of racism exists in every
 mental in making Pratibha Devi Singh              urged him to ensure the safety of Indian stu-                                                               country," said McCarthy.
 Patil as the first woman President of the         dents studying in Australia.                                                                                   Earlier, Ravi had said that the Union
 country, clearly got an edge over other              While McCarthy admitted that there was an                                                                Government would keep track of all students
 political parties by appointing Meira             element of racism involved in the attack on                                                                 studying in Australia.
 Kumar as the first woman Speaker of the           Indians, most of the attacks were primarily                                                                    At least nine Indian students have been
 Lok Sabha.                                        criminal in nature.                                                                                         attacked in the past one month with the latest
     The Congress party insiders believe              He assured Ravi that measures are being                                                                  case coming to light on Tuesday when a 21-year-
 that Meira Kumar emerged as an obvious            taken to ensure the safety of Indian students.                                                              old was slashed with a box-cutter by a group of
 choice for the post after a large section of         "Our universities are world standard and                                                                 men on a college campus in Melbourne, the
 it opposed the candidature of V Kishore           Australia is still one of the safest countries in the   elling at certain places at certain times. Help     capital of Victoria where most of the attacks
 Chandra Deo from Andhra Pradesh for               world. Student must exercise caution while trav-        lines are also being set up for them in Hindi and   have occurred.❑
 the same especially as his ST status was
 under scanner.
     The senior Congress leader, who now
 shoulders a great responsibility to main-
 tain the integrity and the sanctity of the
 House, is all set to follow the foot prints of
 her distinguished predecessor Somnath
     The MP from Sasaram in Bihar faces a
 tough task as a woman Speaker to main-
 tain order in the 545-member House,
 which often erupts into chaos at the slight-
 est provocation.
     However, a woman adorning the ‘chair’
 for the first time is also expected to bring
 a pleasant change in the environment
 inside the Lower House where our law-
 makers will be seen referring to "Madam
 Speaker" instead of traditionally prefacing
 their speeches with "Mr Speaker, Sir or
 Honourable Speaker Sir."
     Meira Kumar’s felicitation as the
 Speaker of Lok Sabha is yet another indi-
 cation of country’s robust democracy
 based on the principles of equality, as she
 was backed by all top parties including the
 main opposition BJP for the top job.
     The Congress-led UPA decision of
 picking Kumar as the party's top con-
 tender to be the presiding officer of the
 Lok Sabha also reflects the Grand Old
 party’s serious efforts aimed at wooing the
 Dalit voters.
     This is evident from the fact that Prime
 Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, in his sec-
 ond innings, has nine Dalit leaders in the
 Council of Minister. Among them, four
 are from the Congress party and hold cab-
 inet rank while the one other belongs to
     Krishna Tirath is the sole Dalit leader
 from Delhi, who is one among the seven
 Ministers of State with independent
     Congress party, following its stunning
 comeback in politically significant states
 like UP, has now shifted its focus on the
 marginalised and so-far neglected Dalits
 voters, who are now drifting away slowly
 from the Mayawati’s BSP.
     According to political analysts, the
 appointment of Meira Kumar- a Dalit
 leader - on one of the top constitutional
 posts, will establish Congress party’s cre-
 dentials as the party providing equal repre-
 sentation to Dalits.
     The Congress high command’s deci-
 sion to appoint Dalit leaders on top posi-
 tions of authority and responsibility also
 aims at providing an alternative option to
 the Dalit community, which has so far
 found solace in the BSP camp.
     The Dalit community, which has been
 relying on Mayawati as the only leader to
 fight for its causes, is currently dissatisfied
 with BSP’s poor performance and failure
 to deliver its promises for the uplift of
 Dalits. The Congress party cannot afford
 to lose the Dalit vote bank, which can fur-
 ther revive its fortune especially after its
 stunning victory in UP in the recently
 concluded General Elections.
     The bitter rivalry between SP and the
 BSP and right wing leader Kalyan Singh
 switching sides to Mulayam Singh has
 already distracted the traditional Muslim
 vote bank of the two parties towards the
     If the Congress manages to make
 inroads into the Dalit bastion of the SP
 and BSP, then the Grand Old party will be
 unstoppable in the next assembly elec-
 tions. ❑

  Archie Andrews                                                            Two Indians
   Finally Makes                                                              Awarded
    His Choice
 Toronto: The age-old love trian-
 gle of Archie comics has finally
 been broken, after Riverdale's
                                     lisher sent speculation swirling
                                     when it announced a special
                                     marital-themed storyline for
 ultimate     playboy
 Andrews picked the vixen

 Veronica over girl-next-door
                                     release in August, but didn't
                                     reveal the lucky lady.
                                     The wedding will take place after
 Betty to be his wife.               the gang graduate from college,     Toronto: Two Indian doctoral students are among 37
 So what if Betty was a blonde,      and venture out into the work-      international researchers who have been awarded
 loyal and kind- when it came to     ing world.                          Canadian scholarships.
 popping the question Archie         However, the response to the           The two Indian recipients for the Vanier Canada
 chose the raven-haired, charm-      proposal has been markedly          Graduate Scholarship for 2009 are Niladri
 ing and rich Veronica.              divided-Betty fans are outraged     Chattopadhyay, who will pursue cancer research at the
 After 67 years of being in a        that the girl next door has been    University of Toronto, and Atam Kapoor, who will work
 dilemma, Archie is all set to tie   ditched yet again for the beauti-   in the field of chemical engineering at the University of
 the knot with the vixen-a choice    ful, yet spoilt, Ronnie.            Alberta, an official statement said Thursday.
 that left many Archie comic fans    While many fans are questioning        The awards will entitle them to $50,000 each per year
 in gasps.                           whether Archie should marry at      for up to three years.
 Archie Comic Publications           all, because it could mean a pos-      Once at full capacity, the programme will support up to
 announced on May 27 that the        sible end to the enduring comic-    500 new students annually.
 flighty redhead from Riverdale      book soap opera.                       The scholarships were announced by the Canadian gov-
 picked Veronica over Betty          The cover of Archie Comics          ernment in budget 2008 and are awarded to the world's
 Cooper.                             (issue 600) shows Archie propos-    leading doctoral students hailing from across Canada and
 Already in mid-May, the pub-        ing to Veronica. ❑                  abroad.
                                                                            Announcing the scholarships in Ottawa, Canada's
                                                                         Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary
                                                                         Goodyear, said: "The recipients of these scholarships are
                                                                         the world's leading doctoral students and the next genera-
                                                                         tion of researchers, professors and industry leaders who
                                                                         will make considerable economic and social contributions
                                                                         in Canada and abroad."
                                                                            The scholarship programme aims to attract and retain
                                                                         world-class doctoral students by supporting students who
                                                                         demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in
                                                                         graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, nat-
                                                                         ural sciences and engineering, and health, as well as lead-
                                                                         ership skills. ❑

                                                                          AMIN DHILLON - from page 1

                                                                            first Manitoba woman to win the Title of Miss India
                                                                         Worldwide Canada. Amin beat out thousands of girls
                                                                         across Canada to capture the title of Miss India Worldwide
                                                                         Canada. She will use her newly crowned position to travel
                                                                         across Canada to support various charity causes and edu-
                                                                         cate woman today.
                                                                            The Miss India Worldwide pageant is the only interna-
                                                                         tional Indian pageant with over 25 countries participating.
                                                                         Previous winners have achieved success in Bollywood, busi-
                                                                         ness and politics.
                                                                            Previously, there have been two former Miss India
                                                                         Worldwide Canada winners to win the Miss India
                                                                         Worldwide crown: Poonam Chibber in 1997 and Melissa
                                                                         Bhagat in 1998.
                                                                            Amin, 24 years old, attended the University of
                                                                         Manitoba at the I.H. Asper School of Business where she
                                                                         obtained a Bachelor (Honours) degree. She has been active
                                                                         in her community by participating in student politics and
                                                                         on various fundraising committees.
                                                                            During her reign as Miss India Worldwide Canada,
                                                                         Amin will be available to support and appear at various
                                                                         charity and cultural events across Canada. Amin is deter-
                                                                         mined to support various national and international chari-
                                                                         ties during her reign and use her position to raise commu-
                                                                         nity awareness. Interested parties may contact Amin for
                                                                         appearances through the official Amin Dhillon website
                                                                         ( Amin will be utilizing a blog on
                                                                         her website to keep fans and supporters up-to-date on all of
                                                                         her activities during her reign.
                                                                            Currently, Amin and the 2010 Miss India Worldwide
                                                                         Canada Committee are seeking sponsorship to assist Amin
                                                                         in preparing for South Africa. Interested parties may obtain
                                                                         more information at the official Amin Dhillon website,
                                                               ❑                                                                                                                                                   THE WEEKLY VOICE, SATURDAY, JUNE 06, 2009           A-5

                                                                                                                                                                                      FRONT PAGE
   CREMATED- from page 1                      London Tube Now Offers Ticket                                                                                                           KIRPAN - from page 1

                                            Instructions In Hindi, Urdu, Bengali
                                          London: The next time you buy tickets         guages - English, French, German,           many of our staff speak foreign lan-
                                          to travel on the London Underground,          Italian, Japanese and Spanish.              guages, we have increased language
                                          you will be able to follow instructions           Now, as part of Transport for           translations on our ticket machines to
                                          on the ticket machines in Bengali,            London's Investment Programme, the          make it easier and quicker for tourists,
                                          Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu.               upgrade means all touch screen              and those from London's diverse com-
                                              LU authorities have upgraded              machines in every station will also offer   munities whose first language isn't
                                          touch-screen ticket machines at its sta-      Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Greek,            English, to travel on the Tube." He
                                          tions to feature 17 languages, making         Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Tamil,    added, "By increasing the number of
                                          life easier for the capital's Tube trav-      Turkish and Urdu.                           language translations, more customers
                                          ellers.                                           Wayne Trevor, LU's accessibility and    will be able to travel with confidence by
                                              Some machines already had six lan-        inclusion manager, said, "Although          using our ticket machines."❑
    turned up at the sect head-                                                                                                                                                    assembly in the California capital of
 quarters to pay their last respects
 to the sant as his mortal remains
 were kept at Satsang Bhawan for
                                               US University Given Grant                                                                                                           When it finally becomes a law, it will
                                                                                                                                                                                be the first such legislation in any US
                                                                                                                                                                                state to train law officers about the Sikh
 public viewing after being flown
 inhere in a chopper in the morn-
                                                To Promote Hindi, Urdu                                                                                                          religion and kirpan.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Apart from being victims of hate
                                                                                                                                                                                crimes after 9/11, many Sikhs have
    The area, about 15 kms from            Washington: Indiana University in                                                        semester of university-level instruc-
                                           the US has been given a government                                                       tion. Between June 22 and July 17,          been stopped at airports and other
 Jalandhar, was virtually convert-                                                                                                                                              places for wearing kirpan.
 ed into a cantonment as on each           grant of $119,999 to educate mid-                                                        students will meet in 20 hours of
                                           dle and high school teachers and                                                         classes each week and participate in           Many of them were also denied
 and every point to the entry                                                                                                                                                   entry or arrested for carrying kirpan in
 towards Ballan, large posse of            students in Hindi and Urdu, two of                                                       cultural activities.
                                           the three "strategic languages spo-                                                         They will go on field trips to cul-      public places in violation of concealed
 cops was deployed to avert any                                                                                                                                                 weapons laws.
                                           ken in some of the most populated                                                        tural sites and learn about the south
 untoward incident.                                                                                                                                                                Various Sikh organisations, led by
                                           countries."                                                                              Indian classical dance bharat-
    Brought by a special aircraft                                                                                                                                               the Sikh Coalition, lobbied with state
                                              The University's India Studies                                                        natyum, south Indian carnatic
 from Vienna to New Delhiin the            Programme has been given the                                                             music, yoga, and even popular               legislature and senate members to pass
 wee hours, the mortal remains of          grant from the "Startalk" funding                                                        sports such as cricket and kabbadi.         the bill introduced by assemblyman
 the deputy sect head were                 for a four-week residential immer-                                                          "Our goals are for the participat-       Warren Furutani of Long Beach.
 received by Union Ministers               sion programme for high school                                                           ing students to acquire the linguistic         Under the law, California would
 Ambika Soni, Kumari Selja and             students in Hindi and Urdu, two                                                          and cultural competence to com-             incorporate training about the kirpan
 Parneet Kaur along with former            languages largely spoken in India                                                        municate successfully in the lan-           in the curriculum for law enforcement
 Punjab minister Bikramjit Singh           and Pakistan.                                                                            guage, and obtain various learning          officer training.
 Majithia and Rajya Sabha MP                  The Startalk programme of the                                                         strategies and skills," said Sungok            "It is the legislature's goal to pro-
 Naresh Gujaral, sources said.             National      Security     Language                                                      Hong, a lecturer and Hindi-Urdu             mote education and awareness of the
    The pyre was lit by local Dera         Initiative (NSLI) seeks to expand                                                        language coordinator in the India           carrying of the kirpan by Sikhs in
 leaders Sant Surinder Das Ji              and improve the teaching and learn-                                                      Studies Programme.                          California," says the preamble of the
                                                                                        tors and for a new four-week lan-                                                       bill. Law enforcement officers will be
 Bawa and Sant Surinder Das                ing of strategically important world         guage programme for 20 secondary               "Students will have a deeper
                                           languages that are not now widely                                                        understanding of the culture and            trained "how to recognise and interact
 (Kathar Wale).                                                                         school students.
                                           taught in the United States.                                                             learn the importance of culturally          with persons carrying a kirpan", the
    Mayawati was the first among                                                           The two centres last year received                                                   preamble adds.
 political leaders to reach the cre-          It has also awarded IU's Centre           total, initial Startalk funding of          appropriate behaviour."
                                           for Chinese Language Pedagogy two                                                           Twenty students from Indiana,                 "Our hope is that being educated
 mation venue to pay her obei-                                                          about $204,000. Both student pro-                                                       about the kirpan and its religious sig-
 sance to the departed Sant fol-           Startalk grants totaling $169,993 to         grammes begin on June 22 at IU              Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
                                           continue a teacher training pro-                                                         Wisconsin, California and Hawaii            nificance will decrease the number of
 lowed by Punjab CM Parkash                                                             Bloomington. The free summer                                                            wasteful arrests," the Sikh Coalition
 Singh Badal and his deputy                gramme in Mandarin Chinese for               intensive program for Hindi and             have been accepted for the Hindi
                                                                                                                                                                                said. The bill was introduced in the
                                           20 middle- and high school instruc-          Urdu provides the equivalent of one         and Urdu programme. ❑
 Sukhbir Badal.❑                                                                                                                                                                assembly in February. ❑

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 FRONT PAGE                                                                                                                                                                                   Sri Lanka
                                       India Rejects Travel                                                                                                                                     Plans
                                    Advisory Issued By The US                                                                                                                                  Victory
                                   New Delhi: India Thursday con-
                                   veyed its objections to the US over a
                                                                              embassy, said the advisory was based
                                                                              on reports in the Indian media that
                                                                                                                         there has been a fall in numbers.
                                                                                                                         There was a 17.6 percent dip record-
                                   travel advisory that warned of a ter-      spoke about imminent terror attacks        ed that month with 487,262 foreign                                   Colombo: Sri Lanka would
                                   ror threat across the country and          in the country. "It's justified. The       tourists coming to the country.                                      hold a national victory parade
                                   asserted that it was "completely           advisory accurately reflects percep-           However, in April, some improve-                                 Wednesday to mark the crush-
                                   safe."                                     tion of terror threat in India,"           ment was witnessed with 370,756                                      ing of the rebels of the
                                      This was conveyed to the US             Schwartz said.                             tourists visiting India - a dip of just                              Liberation Tigers of Tamil
                                   when Foreign Secretary Shivshankar            India is also upset that the adviso-    3.5 percent.                                                         Eelam (LTTE), officials said.
                                   Menon met Charge D' Affaires A.            ry tends to cloud public perception            The US advisory posted on the                                    A military parade will be held in
                                   Peter Burleigh in his office.              by equating India with Pakistan            website Tuesday specifically asked                                   a ceremony attended by
                                      "I want to reassure everyone that       where the military is waging an            Americans in India to be vigilant at                                 President Mahinda Rajapaksa at
                                   India is a safe country. If any coun-      offensive against the Taliban mili-        all times, monitor local news reports                                the Galle Face Green, a sea
                                   try has a problem, we will address         tants, reliable sources said.              and vary their routes and times while                                front ground in Colombo,
                                   their security concerns bilaterally,"         The advisory, India fears, can hit      carrying out daily activities.                                       Wednesday morning.
                                   said External Affairs Minister S.M.        the inflow of tourists that was pick-          "Americans should consider the                                   The military will display some
                                   Krishna.                                   ing up after a down-slide following        level of security present when visit-                                of the equipment captured from
                                      Home Minister P. Chidambaram            the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai         ing public places, including religious                               the rebels as well as the tanks,
                                   also rejected the advisory that has        that India says was perpetrated by         sites, or choosing hotels, restaurants,                              multi barrel guns and rocket
                                   the potential to deter western             Pakistani militants.                       entertainment and recreation ven-                                    launchers used against the
                                   tourists from visiting the country.           Defence Minister A.K. Antony,           ues," the advisory warned.                                           rebels in the fight which lasted
                                      "I don't think there is any justifi-    whose home state Kerala is a hot               "As terror attacks are a serious and                             nearly three years before the
                                   cation for the advisory... India is a      favourite with tourists, said: "India is   growing threat, US citizens are urged
                                                                                                                                                                                              rebel leadership was killed on
                                   completely safe country. India is a        the safest country."                       to always practise good security,
                                                                                                                                                                                              May 18.
                                   safe place, it is safer than any other        "We will ensure the security of         including maintaining a heightened
                                                                                                                                                                                              On this occasion, the com-
                                   country in the world. Thousands of         our foreign guests. A lot of internal      situational awareness and a low pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                              manders of the Army, Navy and
                                   tourists come to India and we look         and external security measures (are        file.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Air Force will officially hand
                                   forward to welcoming them," said           being taken) for the safety of                 "The media attention of and pub-
                                   Chidambaram.                               tourists," Minister of State for           lic reaction to the Mumbai attack                                    over a scroll to the president,
                                      They were reacting to an 'Urgent        Tourism Sultan Ahmed said at a             could prompt other terrorist inci-                                   conveying the message of the
                                   Warden Message' posted on the US           function here.                             dents. Future attacks may also target                                conclusion of the North East
                                   embassy site, urging its citizens liv-        Ahmed said although after the           public places frequented by                                          war against terrorism and the
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 funded agencies will vie each other in the 1st        lunch, an all day mural project. “Judging from
 Dodgeball Immigrant Youth tournament this             their enthusiasm, we know there will be fierce
 Saturday at Ryerson University’s main gym. The        Dodgeball out there”, say Atif and Terence,
 tournament will help youth from all over GTA          Youth Coordinators from PMC and NCP.
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 and youth culture. HOST youth programs are            tunity to participate in a guided tour of the
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 immigrant youth in Canadian society and pro-          will have a champion by 4PM.
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 tunities. The ten participating agencies are Peel     the action. Host program is a Citizenship and
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                                               talented artistes engaging a massive audience at
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                                               South Asian Music festival.
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                                               thrilled by the turnout. “Getting thousands of
                                               people out from of all backgrounds really says a
                                               lot about Toronto,” said Bala. The festival went
 Toronto: CP24 and GO Transit have             national this year visiting Ottawa, Montreal
 announced an exclusive partnership that       and Vancouver besides Toronto. The organizers
 will provide CP24 viewers and CP24            said their vision was to create mainstream
 1050 listeners with live GO Transit           opportunities for South Asian artists and South
 updates throughout the morning and            Asian inspired music. "Through RBC
 evening rush hours. Effective immediately     desiFEST, we are helping to strengthen local
 GO Transit presenters Diane Bedard,           communities, inspire youth and support the
 Erica Hawkshaw and Karen Warner join          arts community in Canada."
 the CP24 team every weekday, delivering          The highlight of the festival was crossover
 commuter news live from the GO Transit        artist Raghav. He showcased his single "My               was discovered by Panjabi MC who featured
 Centre in downtown Toronto.                   Kinda Girl," on stage, a track that defies con-          tracks from one of Blitzkrieg's mixtapes. He
    "This exclusive partnership allows us to   ventions with a fresh mix of HipHop thanks to            received two UK Asian Music Award nomina-
 deliver more breaking transit news than       Redman, club beats, R&B, Bollywood horns,                tions for Best Newcomer and Best Urban Act
 any other broadcaster in the GTA," said       and sweet pop vocals. The 27-year-old is almost          with his premier album
 Bob McLaughlin, Vice                          ready to release his second album, Identity, fol-           Other desi artistes who entertained the
    President of CP24. "Torontonians trust     lowing up his first album Storyteller.                   crowd included Sathish Bala (aka SATSB),
 CP24 as the city's No.1 source for               Parichay impressed the crowd with his music           Amanda Davids, A-slam, Baba Kahn, Sunny
    breaking news, weather and traffic         that coupled genres and languages. He began              Brown & Lomaticc, Canadian Desi Idol, Falak,
 updates and this is another example of        his career as the winner of the music TV show            Jay Deala, JT and MC JD Roadshow,
 how our programming is only getting bet-      Antakshari and has been a popular face world-            Kazak,Logun, Prita Chhabra, Saima Khan,
 ter."                                         wide since then, with a prolific internet pres-          SGPD, Sukhdev Darapuria, and Sumeet.
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 ture," said Gary McNeil, GO Transit's         album No Boundaries that will be out in India            included dozens of acts, food, vendors and var-
    Managing Director. "GO Transit and         and the UK this summer.                                  ious other activities. Vendors included
 CP24, two of the Toronto area's most             En Karma, a recently formed (2006)                    Pondicherry      Caterers,      Jaipur/Sapphire
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    GTA."                                      other major Bhangra acts like Malkit Singh,              Roast          Corn, Konkan              Delite,
    The commuter updates will take place       RDB, and Jassi Sidhu, featured an instrumental           A.R.International, Day Miniatures & col-
 twice every half hour period during           variety of keys, drums, dhol, dholak, bass gui-          lectibles, First Fashion, Desiwear, Monno
    CP24 BREAKFAST and once every              tar, and vocals.                                         Canada, Banglez and the Heart & Stroke
 half hour period throughout CP24's               Storming the stage as the prominent South             Foundation.
 evening rush hour programming.❑               Asian HipHop artist of the fest is Blitzkrieg. He                              Pictures by Aman Bhalla
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                                                Sadhu Vaswani Mission Strives To Serve
                                                tributed regularly to the inmates of vari-                  service-oriented institution with patient-                 the Institute attracts referrals from across
                                                ous charitable institutions in Pune                         centric approach to health care. The                       the state and is the only center in Pune
                                                including hospitals, orphanages, homes                      Institute aims to provide excellent                        equipped with Linear Accelerator, the
                                                for the aged, schools for the blind, men-                   patient care, at affordable or no cost, to                 gold standard for radiation therapy. It is
                                                tal hospitals, institutions for the disabled                all sections of society.                                   also one of the few centers in the state
  Dada J P Vaswani
                                                and leprosy asylums as well as day care                         Inlaks & Budhrani Hospital is a full                   equipped with Bone Marrow Transplant
 “To do as much good as we can, in as           centres and creches for the children of                     fledged multi-specialty hospital with 30                   Unit, Thyroid Cancer Treatment Unit
 many ways as we can, to as many people         labourers. Hundreds of needy families                       departments, 86 Consultants in OPD                         and Brachytherapy for treatment of
 as we can' - That has been the teaching        receive monthly rations, household                          and 24 hour Ambulance, Casualty,                           tumors. The K K Eye Institute is a cen-
 of Dada J P Vaswani, the current head of       necessities like electricity and gas connec-                Pharmacy and Blood Bank facilities and                     ter of excellence in eye care services and
 the Sadhu Vaswani Mission. The                 tions, furniture items etc.                                 state of the art operation theatres. The                   provides expert ophthalmic care with                           Sadhu Vaswani
 Mission has various programs where it              One of the key services of the Sadhu                    M.N.B Cancer Institute is one of the                       quality and compassion.
 seeks to contribute to the society.            Vaswani Mission is health care.                             premier cancer treatment establishments                        The Mission serves people and              Dada J P Vaswani - "To Be Happy, Make
     The Sadhu Vaswani Mission is a                 Sadhu Vaswani Medical Complex is a                      in India. The Radiation Department at                      observes one of the key teachings of           Others Happy”.
 renowned humanitarian organization
 with its headquarters in Pune and its
 centres all over India as also in the East
 and West. The Sadhu Vaswani Mission
 concentrates its efforts in four directions
 namely satsangs, educational services,
 Sheva and Service and Medical Services.
     The spiritual head of the Mission is
 Rev. Dada J P Vaswani.
     “All lives deserve to be respected and
 all beings need to be loved”. This forms
 the very core of world-renowned
 philosopher Dada J. P Vaswani’s teach-
 ings. His teachings are consolidated into
 a way of life, a code of living. They are
 not constrained to a particular religion or
 sect. His philosophy encompasses the
 essence of every religion, presenting a
 unified approach to all belief systems of
 humanity. In fact, his profound knowl-
 edge of scriptures-be it the Vedas, the
 Bible or the Quran –has mesmerized and
 captivated his listeners, both in the East
 and West.
     Rev. Dada’s speeches are a perfect
 blend of logical reasoning as well as pro-
 fundity. His words are backed by the wit-
 ness of his life in day-to-day living. His
 words touch many hearts due to his deep
 understanding and insight into all
 spheres of life and spirituality interwoven
 by his gorgeous sense of humour. Dada
 J. P Vaswani is, indeed, a man in a mil-
 lion or a “smile – millionaire” as admir-
 ers refer to him.
     He was a brilliant student and was
 given a number of double promotions,
 which enabled him to pass the B.Sc;
 examination at the young age of 17
 years. For his Master’s degree, his thesis
 on The Scattering of X-rays by Solids
 was assessed by the scientific genius, Sir
 C V Raman.
     A powerful orator, Dada J P Vaswani
 has spoken from various platforms – At
 the UNO, New York, at the World
 Parliament of Religions, Chicago and
 South Africa, at the House of
 Commons, London, at the Global
 Forum Of Spiritual and Parliamentary
 Leaders on Human Survival, Oxford and
 Kyoto, Japan, at The World Vision
 2000, Washington, at the World Hindu
 Conference, Sri Lanka and USA and a
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 NAAC and has also received an award
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                                                            Karygiannis Urges Govt To
                                                              Expedite Sponsorship
                                                           Applications From Sri Lanka
                                                       Ottawa: The Honourable Jim Karygiannis,               approach to immigration applications from Tamil
                                                       Member of Parliament for Scarborough-                 Sri Lankans. While innocent people are dying,
                                                       Agincourt, called on the Harper Government to         immigration application processing times have
                                                       expedite Family Sponsorship Applications from Sri     increased by over three hundred percent; taking up
                                                       Lanka. As the internal situation in Sri Lanka has     to three years to re-unite spouses.
                                                       deteriorated, innocent civilians are suffering             “Canada must make every effort to ensure that
                                                       unspeakable hardships.                                all the necessary security precautions are taken
                                                            “People in the refugee camps have little or no   when assessing immigration applications.” Mr.
                                                       medical assistance, clean drinking water or food.”    Karygiannis commented. “However, applicants
                                                       said Mr. Karygiannis. “There are reports of mass      from Sri Lanka are undergoing extraordinary back-
                                                       graves and over 20,000 people are reported miss-      ground checks, which are taking an abnormal
                                                       ing. There are also reports of women being raped,     length of time. This has increased wait times sig-
                                                       children being separated from their parents and       nificantly.”
                                                       men been segregated separately from their wives            Spousal Sponsorships are mandated, by the
                                                       and families.”                                        Department of Citizenship and Immigration, to
                                                            Since the Conservative Government listed the     be finalized within six to eight months. Spousal
                                                       Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a ter-     Applications from Sri Lanka are taking up to three
                                                       rorist organization on April 8, 2006 and the World    years. People are undergoing two and three inter-
                                                       Tamil Movement (WTM) on 13 June, 2008, the            views in order to be able to emigrate to Canada
                                                       Harper Government has taken an oppressive             and join their families.”❑

                                                         Gujarat Day To Be
                                                        Celebrated On June 7
                                                       Toronto: Gujarati Business Association is proud to    Kanan Bhatt for her contribution to the field of
                                                       announce Gujarat Day celebration and gala event       dancing and Mr. Chandrakant Thaker, who is pro-
                                                       on June 7, 2009 in Toronto. Mukund Purohit,           moting Gujarati folk music in Canada for the past
                                                       President of the association said that the function   30 years. The function will be graced by the pres-
                                                       will be graced by business delegation of leading      ence of Consulate General of India, Preeti Saran,
                                                       Gujaratis representing the Gujarat Chamber of         Minister of Small Business and Consumer Service
                                                       Commerce and dignitaries representing the Indo-       Harindar Takhar. Minister of Citizenship and
                                                       Canadian Business Fraternity.                         Immigration Michael Chang, Minister of
                                                          On this occasion Sunita Williams will be award-    Saschetyavan Lyle Stuart, among other prominent
                                                       ed with 'Vishwa Gujarati Pratibha Award'. Ms.         personalities. Gujarati Business Association aims at
                                                       Aishwarya Majmudar will receive 'Gits Gujarat         bringing awareness to the Canadian citizens in the
                                                       Gaurav Award' and Mr. Rameshbhai Chotai will be       main stream about the recent development of
                                                       honored with 'Samaj Sevak Award'. Other leading       Gujarat through this program and also showcase

  VOICE 2x A WEEK!                                     Gujarati’s settled in Canada will also be honoured
                                                       with Proud Gujaratis of Toronto Award during the
                                                       celebration. The dignitaries include Mr. Jay Gajjar
                                                                                                             the various business opportunities Gujarat has to
                                                                                                             offer. The event is also expected to strengthen the
                                                                                                             trade relations of Canada and Gujarat and facilitate
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 Telus Mosaic Kicks Off Festival With 'Bazgasht'
 Mississauga: Telus Mosaic 2009 and Art        from UK in the maiden Canadian full band    firework show, 12 food vendors and 16 rock      Mosaic is a completely free festival, open
 Gallery of Missisauga hosted the official     performance and Kathak dance duo from       bands at “Rock the Coliseum”. South Asian    to all, and free parking is available. Please go
 opening of Bazgasht: Traditional Methods      India.                                      Film Festival by FILMI will showcase free    to website for more
 and Modern Practices. Bazgasht is the open-      This years festival will also include    movies at Mississauga Central Library dur-   information and also to enter your name for
 ing act for TELUS Mosaic 2009 festival,       Carnival and Midway Rides, Saturday night   ing 17th, 18th and 19th of June.             a gate prize of Return Air Ticket to India.❑
 now in its 4th year and attracting
 thousands of people to the Mississauga
 City Centre every summer.
    Bazgasht, which means echo or the
 likeness of something that repeats
 itself in Persian, is the AGM’s latest
    Fluently reviving miniature paint-
 ings from South Asia, curators Ali Adil
 Khan and Asma Arshad Mahmood
 were beaming with pride amid artwork
 dating back as far as the seventeenth
    “What we’ve done here is hand-
 picked 51 paintings from all over the
 world,” explains Khan, who describes
 the miniature painting style as a prac-
 tice where artists make brushes out of
 squirrel tail hairs, use opaque mineral
 pigments, and paint on wasli (layers of
 paper bound together with glue).
    “Perfection and detail are the hall-
 marks of miniature painting. What we
 want to do is share the tradition –
 there’s a huge revival of miniatures tak-
 ing place right now.
    Contemporary artists are learning
 the technique and applying subjects
 like issues related to the wars in Iraq,
 terrorism, homophobia in South Asia
 and feminism,” says Khan.
    And clearly, the evening's full house
 experienced the essence of miniature
    “It’s really good to see some of the
 art from as far as the 1600s,” said show
 attendee Sukhwant Thethi, who was
 taking a closer peek at Nawab Sir
 Nisar Ali Khan Qizilbash, a six-inch
 intricate painting of a young boy in a
 garden, circa 1909.
    Other notable paintings included
 Portrait of a Lady by Pakistan’s Ayesha
 Durrani, which highlighted the lack of
 respect for the female mind, as well as
 Cole Swanson’s Exaltation (Two
 Squirrels and a Junkie).
    “This is the first of a new body of
 miniature paintings I’m working on,”
 reveals Toronto-based Swanson, who’s
 also a curator at the Living Arts
    “I’ve taken an old painting of an
 emperor and replaced it with myself to
 show how self-absorbed artists can
    Bazgasht is on display at the AGM
 until July 12. Admission is free. The
 AGM is located at 300 City Centre
    For more information, visit
 Telus Mosaic 2009 outdoor festival
 opens on June 19th at the Civic
 Square at 300 City Centre Drive
    This years festival will start with
 screening of “Singh is King” on the
 largest outdoor screen ever used in
 Mississauga for such purpose. The fes-
 tival includes headliners such as RDB
 & Nindi Kaur in their first ever full
 band performance in GTA, SWAMI
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    Toronto's Deepa Mehta, Vittal,
 Saldanha Among ‘Top 25 Immigrants’
     Toronto: A human rights defender,       the centre.                               Vancouver. The philanthropist is also
 a filmmaker and a scientist are among           Baltej Singh Dhillon of Surrey, BC,   consul general for Uganda.
 the winners of the first-ever Top 25        is the RCMP sergeant best known for           Narinder Dhir of Burnaby, BC, is a
 Canadian Immigrants awards. The             being the first RCMP officer to be        retired businessman and former gover-
 national awards program, which is           allowed to wear a turban. He's current-   nor in counsel on the Multicultural
 being presented by Canadian                 ly a member of the guild of speakers      Advisory Council that formed the
 Immigrant magazine and sponsored            with Passages to Canada and director      multicultural policy for British
 by RBC, seeks to uncover and cele-          of 3HO Organization in Vancouver.         Columbia. He also helped found the
 brate the untold stories and remark-            Hari Varshney of Vancouver, BC, is    first Hindu temple in B.C.
 able achievements of outstanding            a venture capitalist and heads his own        Ujjal Dosanjh of Vancouver, BC, is
 Canadian immigrants and inspire oth-        family-owned Varshney Capital             currently a member of Parliament and
 ers.                                        Corporation. As a philanthropist, he      community activist. He is a former         Ten Ontario winners of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants awards, along
     The winners were selected by more       has donated $1 million to his alma        attorney general and premier of British    with the award presenting guest Mr. Jason Kenney, Minister of
 than 10,000 Canadians who voted             mater, University of British Columbia.    Columbia, and a former federal minis-      Citizenship and Immigration and Ms. Andrea Metrick, Head of Client
 online for their favourites. Winners            John Halani of Vancouver, BC,         ter of health.                             Strategy and Multicultural Markets at RBC.
 will be honoured this week in               from Uganda founded the Ethno                 Girish Agrawal of Calgary, AB, is an
 Vancouver (May 25) or Toronto (May          Business Council and owns two hotels      award winning financial adviser and and in the June edition   tificate and lapel pin as well as a $250
 28) at ceremonies hosted by                 often used as temporary accommoda-        community leader.                          of Canadian Immigrant magazine.        donation toward an authorized
 Citizenship and Immigration Canada.         tions for newcomers landing in                Winners are featured on canadian-      Winners receive a commemorative cer-   Canadian charity of their choice.❑
     “It is exciting to celebrate the con-
 tributions that immigrants make to
 the social, economic, and political fab-
 ric of our country,” said Jason Kenney,
 Minister of Citizenship, Immigration
 and Multiculturalism, who will attend
 the Toronto ceremonies on Thursday.
 “As Canadians, we have found great
 success in the coming together of
 diverse cultures. Celebrations like this
 remind us how very fortunate we are
 to live in a country that embraces the
 many traditions of the world."
     The awards program launched in
 November 2008 with a nation-wide
 call-for-nominations, garnered hun-
 dreds of submissions over a two-
 month period, from which 75 semi-
 finalists were shortlisted by a panel of
 Canadian Immigrant judges. Voting
 was then opened online at canadian- for the public to select
 their favourites among the 75 semi-
 finalists. From February to April,
 2009, more than 10,000 Canadians
 voted for the Top 25 winners.
     “RBC has been looking after the
 needs of new immigrants to Canada
 for over seven generations,“ said
 Andrea Metrick, head, Client Strategy
 and Multicultural Markets, at RBC.
 “On behalf of all RBC employees, we
 want to extend our warm congratula-
 tions to each of the winners and our
 appreciation to all nominees and vot-
 ers who participated in this inaugural
     Among the winners of this distin-
 guished award, 11 comes from South
 Asian community.
     Anupama Vittal of Mississauga,
 ON, is the president of the Mississauga
 Art Society and also the CEO and
 founder of the Bean Bag Factory Inc.
 and Artescape Anua.
     Birinder Singh Ahluwalia of
 Toronto, ON, is the president of BSA
 Diagnostic Ltd., one of the largest
 radiological diagnostic centres of its
 kind in Canada. He's a philanthropist
 who freely supports community proj-
 ects as well as cultural and educational
     Colin Saldanha of Mississauga,
 ON, is a medical doctor who present-
 ly works at the Peel Travel Clinic,
 which provides medical advice to trav-
 elers. He's also worked as an immigra-
 tion medical officer with the Ministry
 of Citizenship and Immigration, an
 aviation medical examiner with the
 Ministry of Transportation and a des-
 ignated physician for the RCMP.
     Deepa Mehta of Toronto, ON, an
 internationally acclaimed filmmaker,
 was nominated for an Oscar in best
 foreign language film category, making
 it Canada's first non-French-language
 film to be selected.
     Naseer Ahmad of Vaughan, ON,
 oversaw the construction of Canada’s
 first Islamic residential subdivision
 with homes surrounding a mosque in

 Road Today Truck Show Draws 8,000 Visitors
 Toronto: Despite strong winds, cold         tainment and an ethnic food court          engines and power train components,       International in the Entrepreneur,      Moonstone       Transport,     Avaal
 temperatures and an early evening           featuring South Asian foods.               servicing equipment and supplies,         Owner Operator and Technician of        Technology      Solutions,    CWC
 rain storm, the inaugural Road Today             The motto of the Road Today           tires, fuels and fuel additives, finan-   the Year categories respectively. The   Immigration, Day and Night Cargo,
 Truck Show attracted over 8,000 vis-        Truck Show was to Inform, Educate          cial and computer services as well as     mega prize of 2 free air tickets to     Sailthru Truck Lube to name a few.
 itors to the Powerade Centre in             and Entertain. The participants, dis-      numerous other products and servic-       India was won by Sandeep Singh          The South Asian Trucking
 Brampton on May 30-31, 2009. The            plays and activities of the show were      es employed in the trucking industry.     Sidhu.                                  Association and the South Asian Press
 largest truck show of the year to be        tailored to give life to this motto.       The variety of activities for all age        Prominent sponsors of the show       Club of Canada also endorsed the
 held in the GTA featured activities of          The event generated great interest     groups allowed families to attend and     included SelecTrucks of Canada,         Road Today Truck Show.
 interest for attendees young and old,       from all sectors of the trucking and       enjoy the event.                          Arrow Truck Sales, Western Toronto         Entertainment at the show fea-
 including an indoor and outdoor             transportation industry. The event              Linda Jeffrey, MPP for Brampton      International, Diesel Truck Centre,     tured Punjabi singer Gill Hardeep,
 Trade Show, a show and shine com-           allowed around 100 exhibitors to           Springdale and Brampton Mayor             Centerline Truck Lube, TransCore        local artists and South Asian
 petition, job fair, a pit crew challenge,   showcase the latest in trucks, trailers,   Susan Fennell formally opened the         Link Logistics, Bluelake Enterprises,   dancers.❑
 a children’s play area, children’s enter-   heavy duty parts and accessories,          truck show . Gurbax Malhi, Member
                                                                                        Parliament for Bramalea-Gore-
                                                                                        Malton and Harinder Takhar,
                                                                                        Ontario Minister of Small Business
                                                                                        and Consumer Services visited the
                                                                                        show Saturday and presented Road
                                                                                        Today Trucking Excellence Awards to
                                                                                        participants in three categories.
                                                                                        Andrew Kania, Member Parliament
                                                                                        for Brampton West, John Sanderson,
                                                                                        Regional Councilor, Gary Collins,
                                                                                        CEO, Brampton Board of Trade and
                                                                                        Larry Zacher, Executive Director,
                                                                                        Brampton Safe City also attended the
                                                                                        event. The closing ceremonies on
                                                                                        Sunday were presided over by Ruby
                                                                                        Dhalla, MP for Brampton-
                                                                                        Springdale, who presented apprecia-
                                                                                        tion awards to exhibitors and spon-
                                                                                             The Show and Shine Awards
                                                                                        were won by Sukhwinder Atwal (Best
                                                                                        Light Show), Vic Pannu (Best
                                                                                        Chrome), Dan Prentice (Best Truck
                                                                                        in Show), Harjeet Singh (Best
                                                                                            Avtar Chauhan (Best Dump
                                                                                        Truck) and John Composeo (Best
                                                                                        Owner-Operator Truck). The Pit
                                                                                        Crew Challenge was won by JBH
                                                                                        Truck Centre. The trucking excel-
                                                                                        lence awards were presented to Dara
                                                                                        Nagra of Avaal Technology, Harnek
                                                                                        Kang of Ontario Best Carrier and
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  Indian Curry Can Keep                                                                                                           Sweet Amerika Hits GTA Theatres
                                                                                                                                     Toronto: Sweet Amerika, written and
                                                                                                                                  directed by award winning Vancouver-
                                                                                                                                                                                Set in New York City, Sweet Amerika
                                                                                                                                                                            is the moving story of Sikh shop owner

    Alzheimer's Away
 London: Eating Indian curry meal                  commonly-used spice in the              your food," said Doraiswamy.
                                                                                                                                  based Canadian journalist R. Paul
                                                                                                                                  Dhillon, stars Bollywood icon Gulshan
                                                                                                                                  Grover. The hard-hitting film is pro-
                                                                                                                                  duced by Vancouver-based businessman
                                                                                                                                                                            Balbir “Bobby” Singh (Gulshan Grover),
                                                                                                                                                                            an American Sikh who is kidnapped and
                                                                                                                                                                            tortured by a hateful and misguided
                                                                                                                                                                            gang who seek reprisals following the
 regularly can help prevent the                    Indian curry - often dubbed                "Studies looking at populations     and South Asian arts-impresario Bobby     terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
                                                                                                                                  Nagra and Dhillon under their MMM         The film is inspired by true events such
 onset of Alzheimer's disease or                   Britain's national dish for their       show that people who eat a curry
                                                                                                                                  Films banner.       Toronto: Canadian     as the murder of an Arizona-based Sikh
 dementia,       an     Indian-born                popularity.                             meal two or three times a week         writer/director R. Paul Dhillon’s debut   businessman Balbir Singh Sodhi. Co-
 researcher has told a meeting of                      Doraiswamy revealed laborato-       seem to have a lower risk for          feature film Sweet Amerika will hit       writer/director Dhillon deliberately puts
 British psychiatrists.                            ry and animal studies in America        dementia.                              Toronto theatres on June 5. The film,     the characters and the action on a slip-
    Prof Murali Doraiswamy of                      have already produced strong evi-          "Those studies seem to show         produced by Bobby Nagra and Dhillon       pery slope. There are no real heroes here
 Duke University in America told                   dence that curcumin combats             that you need only consume what        under their MMM Films banner, is          as the world becomes unhinged follow-
 members of the Royal College of                   dementia and that a clinical trial is   is part of the normal diet - but the   being distributed by CSS Releasing.       ing these earth-shaking events.❑
 Psychiatrists at their annual meet-               now under way in California to          research studies are testing higher
 ing in the city of Liverpool that                 test the effects of curcumin on a       doses to see if they can maximise
 curcumin, an ingredient in                        group of Alzheimer's patients.          the effect.
 turmeric can prevent changes in                       "There is very solid evidence          "It would be equivalent of
 the brain by blocking the spread                  that curcumin binds to plaques,         going on a curry spree for a
 of amyloid plaques - toxic protein                and basic research on animals           week."
 deposits thought to play a key role               engineered to produce human                He said research had also exam-
 in Alzheimer's.                                   amyloid plaques has shown bene-         ined turmeric's therapeutic poten-
    Amyloid plaques, along with                    fits."                                  tial for treating conditions such as
 tangles of nerve fibres, are                          "You can modify a mouse so          cancer and arthritis, but stressed
 thought to contribute to the                      that at about 12 months its brain       that eating a curry could not
 degradation of the wiring in brain                is riddled with plaques. If you         counter-balance the increased risk
 cells, eventually leading to symp-                feed it a curcumin-rich diet it dis-    of dementia associated with a
 toms of dementia - brain disorders                solves these plaques. The same          poor diet.
 that progressively worsen and are                 diet prevented younger mice from           Dr Susanne Sorensen, head of
 eventually severe.                                forming new plaques," he said.          research at the London-based
    Speaking to a largely British                      "The next step is to test cur-      Alzheimer's Society, said: "Indian
 audience      Wednesday,       Prof               cumin on human amyloid plaque           communities that regularly eat
 Doraiswamy, who heads the                         formation using newer brain scans       curcumin have a surprisingly low
 Mental Fitness Laboratory at                      and there are plans for that."          incidence of Alzheimer's disease
 Duke University's Department of                       Doraiswarmy said rates of           but we don't yet know why.
 Psychiatry, suggested eating a                    Alzheimer's are known to be low            "Alzheimer's Society is keen to
 curry meal once or twice a week to                in South Asian communities with         explore the potential benefits of
 stave off Alzheimer's - a form of                 turmeric-rich diets. One study in       curcumin in protecting the brain
 dementia.                                         Singapore showed that regular           and we are conducting our own
    And he predicted it might be                   curry eaters were at least half as      research into this area.
 possible to develop a curry pill                  likely to develop the disease as           "A cheap, accessible and safe
 which had the same therapeutic                    people who avoided curry.               treatment could transform the
 effect.                                               "If you're not a fan of curry       quality of life of thousands of peo-
    Turmeric or 'haldi' is the most                you can try putting mustard on          ple with the condition." ❑
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  Anti-India Movement Foreign Students Get Taste Of
   Brewing In Nepal   Good Old Punjabi Hospitality
 Kathmandu: Nepal's ruling            ties said in a joint statement      before it are in the offing with
 Communist party and the              that they were forming a com-       12 student organisations affili-   Chandigarh: Practising racial tolerance and       studying in Australia and with their parents in
 Maoists Thursday joined forces       mittee to monitor the situation     ated to 12 political parties       treating foreign students to some good old        India," said Walia.
 to condemn the growing               in the border areas and suggest     Thursday announcing a              Punjabi hospitality - that's how the students        Simin Anbarshahi, president of the foreign
 "encroachment" of the repub-         measures to alleviate the dis-      protest movement.                  of Panjab University (PU) are setting an exam-    students' association of PU said: "We want
 lic's border areas by India and      tress of the displaced villagers.      The student groups said         ple amid reports of alleged racist attacks on     peace to prevail all over the world and espe-
 "atrocities" by India's border           Gautam said encroachment        they will submit a memoran-        Indians in Australia.                             cially in educational institutions. Indian stu-
 security forces while student        by India has also been reported     dum to the prime minister as          Nearly a dozen students from countries like    dents are always very kind and helpful and
 organisations said it would          in Bara district in southern        well as to the Indian ambassa-     Afghanistan, Yemen, Canada, Iran and Nepal        they should also be treated equally if they go
 launch street protests.              Nepal.                              dor to Nepal, Rakesh Sood.         participated in the lunch Tuesday that was        to any other country."
     "Nearly 6,000 people have            The Indian embassy in              In the farwest, a group of      organised by Students' Organisation of Panjab        Anbarshahi, who is from Iran and is pursu-
 been displaced from Dang dis-        Kathmandu said it has received      people have started a campaign     University (SOPU), a students' political party.   ing her doctorate in English here, said: "The
 trict," former deputy prime          no intimation from the Nepal        `Mato Bachao Abhiyan' - Save          Students of the campus, under the leader-      environment here is very congenial. There are
 minister and home minister           government on this issue.           our soil.                          ship of SOPU, Wednesday also appealed to          around 200 foreign students studying in PU
 Bam Dev Gautam of the ruling             On      Wednesday,        the      Led by a writer, Hembabu        the dean (foreign students) of the varsity to     and its affiliated colleges and we have not
 Communist Party of Nepal-            Maoists, who blame India for        Lekhak, the group is cam-          submit a memorandum with the Australian           come across any such racial attack here."
 Unified Marxist Leninist             the fall of their nine-month        paigning in Kalapani, the dis-     High Commission requesting them to take              Foreign students were greeted by garlands
 (UML) told journalists after 18      government, raised the issue in     puted 372 sq km area at the        action against the culprits in Australia and to   and offered sweets. They also participated in
 parties met Thursday to discuss      parliament, accusing the new        junction of India, Nepal and       safeguard the rights of Indian students study-    the peaceful protest march along with other
 reports in the local media of        government of Prime Minister        China that Nepal says has been     ing there.                                        students on the campus, followed by a lunch.
 widespread displacement in           Madhav Kumar Nepal of being         taken over by Indian security         Shelly Walia, dean (foreign students), PU         Brinder Singh Dhillon, president of SOPU
 more than 20 villages in the         a `puppet' that had failed to       forces.                            told IANS Wednesday: "We respect and sup-         party, said Wednesday: "This was our way to
 district since the past two days.    protect its own people.                Nepal's home ministry said      port the gesture of our students. We strongly     retaliate to the attacks on Indian students. We
     "Indian security forces have         With the growing allega-        it has asked the chief district    condemn the attacks on Indian students in         do not want to harm anyone but we want to
 been coming over to Nepali           tions, the Indian embassy in        officer of Dang to submit a        Australia. Such incidents are quite unfortu-      win the hearts of foreign students studying
 land with arms, assaulting vil-      Kathmandu is under mount-           report on the alleged atrocities   nate and should not happen anywhere in the        here so that they take away good memories
 lagers and raping women," the        ing fire. On Wednesday, five        by India's Seema Suraksha Bal,     world."                                           and healthy message from here."
 former minister said.                small parties demonstrated in       a border force, and the ensuing       "We would certainly do the needful in this        "In future, we would continue to felicitate
     Calling it a serious attack on   front of the Indian embassy at      exodus of panic-stricken vil-      regard in the next few days. We express our       the foreign students in the same way," he
 Nepal's sovereignty, the 18 par-     Lainchaur. More protests            lagers. ❑                          deep solidarity with the Indian students          added. ❑

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    Obama Calls For Fresh Thousands Turn Out In
  Ties Between US, Muslims Hong Kong To Mark
 Cairo: Quoting from the Quran for
 emphasis, President Barack Obama
                                                                                                                              Tiananmen Crackdown
 called for a "new beginning between
                                                                                                                             Beijing: China aggressively deterred dissent in the capital on
 the United States and Muslims"
                                                                                                                             Thursday's 20th anniversary of the crackdown on democracy activists
 Thursday and said together, they
                                                                                                                             in Tiananmen Square. But tens of thousands turned out for a candle-
 could confront violent extremism
                                                                                                                             light vigil in Hong Kong to mourn the hundreds, possibly thousands,
 across the globe and advance the
                                                                                                                             of demonstrators killed.
 timeless search for peace in the
                                                                                                                                The central government ignored calls from US Secretary of State
 Middle East.
                                                                                                                             Hillary Rodham Clinton and even Taiwan's China-friendly president
    "This cycle of suspicion and dis-
                                                                                                                             for Beijing to face up to the 1989 violence.
 cord must end," Obama said in a
                                                                                                                                In Beijing, foreign journalists were barred from the vast square as
 widely anticipated speech in one of
                                                                                                                             uniformed and plainclothes police stood guard across the area, which
 the world's largest Muslim coun-
                                                                                                                             was the epicenter of the student-led movement that was crushed by
 tries, an address designed to reframe
                                                                                                                             the military on the night of June 3-4, 1989.
 relations after the terrorist attacks of
                                                                                                                                Security officials checking passports blocked foreign TV camera
 Sept. 11, 2001, and the US-led war
                                                                                                                             operators and photographers from entering the square to cover the
 in Iraq.
                                                                                                                             raising of China's national flag, which happens at dawn every day.
    The White House said Obama's
                                                                                                                             Plainclothes officers confronted journalists on the streets surrounding
 speech contained no new policy
                                                                                                                             the square, cursing and threatening violence against them.
 proposals on the Middle East. He
                                                                                                                                Tourists were allowed in Tiananmen as usual, though security offi-
 said American ties with Israel are
                                                                                                                             cials — paramilitary, police and plainclothes officers — appeared to
 unbreakable, yet issued a firm, even-
                                                                                                                             outnumber the visitors.
 handed call to the Jewish state and
                                                                                                                                The repression on the mainland contrasted starkly with Hong
 Palestinians alike to live up to their
                                                                                                                             Kong, where tens of thousands of people bearing white candles
 international obligations.
                                                                                                                             chanted slogans calling for China to own up to the crackdown and
    In a gesture to the Islamic world,
                                                                                                                             release political dissidents. It was the largest commemoration on
 Obama conceded at the beginning
                                                                                                                             Chinese soil.
 of his remarks that tension "has
                                                                                                                                Organizers estimated the crowd at 150,000 — the largest rally
 been fed by colonialism that denied
                                                                                                                             since the first anniversary vigil in 1990 — while police put the num-
 rights and opportunities to many           reverse. "Just as Muslims do not fit a   positive response from corners of       ber at 62,800.
 Muslims, and a Cold War in which           crude stereotype, America is not the     the world not given to compliment-         "It is the dream of all Chinese people to have democracy!" the
 Muslim-majority countries were             crude stereotype of a self-interested    ing the United States.                  crowd gathered in Hong Kong's famous Victoria Park sang in unison.
 often treated as proxies without           empire." Obama's remarks were tel-          "There is a change between the          A former British colony, the territory has retained its own legal sys-
 regard to their own aspirations."          evised on all radio and television       speech of President Obama and pre-      tem and open society since reverting to Chinese rule in 1997. Those
    "And I consider it part of my           stations in Israel, and with Arabic      vious speeches made by George           killed in the violence were eulogized as heroes of the push for democ-
 responsibility as president of the         voice-over translations by Arab          Bush," said Fawzi Barhoum, a            racy in China, their names read aloud before the crowd observed a
 United States to fight against nega-       satellite stations Al-Arabiya and Al-    Hamas spokesman in Gaza.                minute of silence in their memory.
 tive stereotypes of Islam wherever         Jazeera, Egyptian TV and Al-Manar,          But he complained that Obama            "It's time for China to take responsibility for the killings," said Kin
 they appear," said the president,          an outlet for the militant group         did not specifically note the suffer-   Cheung, a 17-year-old Hong Kong student. "They need to tell the
 who recalled hearing prayer calls of       Hezbollah. The speech was not            ing in Gaza following the three-        truth."
 "azaan" at dawn and dusk while liv-        broadcast in Iran, where the gover-      week Israeli incursion earlier this        On the mainland, government censors shut down social network-
 ing in Indonesia as a boy.                 ment jammed signals to block satel-      year and did not apologize for U.S.     ing and image-sharing Web sites such as Twitter and Flickr and
    At the same time, he said the           lite owners from watching.               military attacks in Iraq and            blacked out CNN and other foreign news channels each time they
 same principle must apply in                   The president drew a somewhat        Afghanistan.❑                           aired stories about Tiananmen.❑

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                                                                                                                                               WORLD NEWS
   Air France Airbus May
  Have Been Flying Too Slow
 Fernando De Noronha, Brazil:       reducing speed too much can           ty to finding bodies, but as we
 Brazilian navy ships stepped up    cause an aircraft's engines to        haven't found any we have time
 their ocean search for debris      stall.                                to collect the debris," Air Force
 and bodies from a crashed Air          The Air France A330-200           Brigadier Ramon Borges
 France plane on Thursday amid      was en route from Rio de              Cardoso told reporters in the
 speculation it may have been       Janeiro to Paris when it plunged      northern coastal city of Recife.
 flying through a storm at the      into the Atlantic four hours          "If we find bodies, we will stop
 wrong speed.                       into its flight. Air France has       everything and bring them
     Citing sources close to the    told relatives of the 228 people      here."
 inquiry, French newspaper Le       on board there is no hope of              From a base on the islands of
 Monde said the plane's maker,      survivors.                            Fernando de Noronha, a
 Airbus, was preparing to issue a       Experts have been mystified       sparsely populated volcanic
 recommendation advising air-       by the sudden crash of a mod-         archipelago 370 km (230 miles)
 lines that fly the A330 of opti-   ern airliner operated by three        from Brazil's coast, 11 air force
 mal speeds during poor weath-      experienced pilots, with theo-        planes have been carrying out
 er conditions.                     ries on the cause ranging from        search operations over a 6,000
     Airbus declined to comment     extreme turbulence to a loss of       sq km (2,300 sq mile) area.
 on the report and the French air   cabin pressure to possible com-           Among the debris found on
 accident investigation agency,     puter system faults.                  Thursday were yellow, brown
 which has to validate any such         Three Brazilian navy ships        and white items that appeared
 recommendations, was not           have arrived in the search area       to come from the inside of the
 immediately available for com-     about 1,100 km (680 miles)            aircraft, Cardoso said. Searchers
 ment.                              northeast of Brazil's coast, but      have found several debris sites
     Pilots often slow down when    have yet to reach the debris.         spread out over 90 km (56
 entering stormy zones to avoid     Searchers have seen no traces of      miles), possibly indicating that
 damaging the aircraft, but         bodies. "We were giving priori-       the plane broke up in the air.❑

 Bin Laden's New Tape Inflames
     Hatred Towards The US
 Cairo: Osama bin Laden threat-     touched down in Saudi Arabia at       ber of displaced people from
 ened Americans in a new audio      the start of a Mideast visit. He is   Swat Valley." Pakistan launched
 recording aired Wednesday, say-    trying repair relations with the      in April a military offensive to
 ing President Barack Obama         Muslim world frayed under the         expel the Taliban from Swat
 inflamed hatred toward the US      previous Bush administration.         Valley after the militants aban-
 by ordering Pakistan to crack          "Elderly people, children and     doned a peace deal with the gov-
 down on militants in Swat Valley   women fled their homes and            ernment that gave them control
 and block Islamic law there.       lived in tents as refugees after      of the region.
     Bin Laden claimed US pres-     they have lived in dignity in their       The offensive, strongly
 sure led to a campaign of          homes," bin Laden said. "Let the      backed by Washington, is seen
 "killing, fighting, bombing and    American people be ready to           as a test of Pakistan's resolve
 destruction" that prompted the     reap what the White House             against militants in the north-
 exodus of a million Muslims        leaders have sown," he added.         western border region near
 from Swat in northwest
 Pakistan. The message was
 broadcast for the first time on
                                    "Obama and his administration
                                    have sown new seeds to increase
                                    hatred and revenge on America,"
                                                                          Afghanistan. Pakistanis tired of
                                                                          militant attacks in the country
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   Mumbai Office Space Among World's Costliest Despite Fall In Rents
   New Delhi: There's both good and           the consultancy's latest list of           a reduction in demand," said             ranked as the world's most expen-          "The great global recession has
   bad news for people looking for            world's most expensive office mar-         Anshuman Magazine, chairman              sive office market, with an annual         clearly taken its toll on the world's
   commercial space in Mumbai.                kets, from the fourth most-costly          and managing director of the con-        occupancy cost of $183 per square          office markets, particularly those
   Average office rental has fallen in        rank it was accorded in the previous       sultancy's South Asia operations.        feet followed by London's West             with significant concentrations of
   the past six months, but it is still the   report.                                    At the same time, Magazine said,         End at $172, Moscow at $170 and            financial industry employers," said
   sixth highest globally - reflecting an     The latest CB Richard Ellis report         "Mumbai continuing to be in the          Hong Kong at $150 per square feet.         Raymond Torto, global chief econo-
   acute space shortage in India's            said average occupancy cost in             top 10 and Delhi at the 12th slot        According to the report, major             mist at CB Richard Ellis.
   financial capital.                         Mumbai has slid to $131.04 per             reflected the shortage of prime          global office markets in many cases        "The most expensive office markets,
   According to international realty          square feet annually in the six            office space supply in India".           have seen occupancy costs fall by 20       as measured in dollars, are consider-
   consultancy CB Richard Ellis,              months ending March 31, from the           "To reduce office occupancy costs        percent or more over the past 12           ably less expensive than a year ago
   which tracks office occupancy costs        $170.85 commanded in the previ-            further and facilitate more supply of    months.                                    and occupiers are now in a strong
   in more than 170 cities across the         ous six months.                            office space we need to urgently         Across the 170 cities that the con-        position to procure prime space at
   world, commercial rentals contin-          Delhi was ranked 12th with an              improve our infrastructure and           sultancy tracks, office rentals fell 2.8   attractive costs," Torto said.
   ued to witness a correction globally       annual occupancy cost of $86.94            amenities. This would bring our          percent over the 12-month period           "For instance, a year ago, office
   between October 2008 and March             per square feet.                           world rankings down further and          ending March 31, 2009. Singapore           space in London's West End was
   2009.                                      "This ranking highlights the               make India more competitive," he         had the largest year-over-year             nearly $300 per square feet, while
   Rates in Mumbai too dropped in             decrease in rentals we have wit-           said.                                    decrease in occupancy costs, regis-        today that space goes for $172 per
   tandem, falling to the sixth slot in       nessed in the last six months due to       Tokyo's Inner Central District was       tering a drop of 34 percent.               square feet."

      Oil India
       IPO By                                                       GM India Hasn't
 New Delhi: Oil explo-
 ration major Oil India
 Ltd (OIL) is likely to
                                   He pointed out that
                                OIL's disinvestment had
                                been in the pipeline for a
                                                                   Lost Its Spark Yet
                                                               New Delhi: US auto behemoth General                                                                      Moreover, it is also drawing up plans to
 launch an initial public       long time, but was post-       Motors Corp may have filed for bankruptcy                                                             develop a new Rs.2-lakh small car - its cheap-
 offering     (IPO)     in      poned repeatedly due to        protection, but its Indian arm is all set for the                                                     est globally - which will be placed a rung
 September, Petroleum           adverse market condi-          launch of a new variant of its popular small                                                          below the Spark.
 Secretary R.S. Pandey          tions. OIL chairman            car Spark.                                                                                               According to reports, the company plans
 said here Tuesday.             N.M. Borah said the               General Motors India, which operates out                                                           to make India the lead market for the R&D
    He, however, ruled          company board had              of Halol in Gujarat and has a second plant in                                                         of the new car, which could also be marketed
 out disinvestment in           been informed of a             Talegaon in Maharashtra, will unveil the new                                                          in South America, Eastern Europe and
 other state-owned oil          roadmap for the IPO.           model Friday.                                                                                         Africa. High riding fuel prices in the first half
 giants Indian Oil Corp            Besides OIL, the gov-          GM Corp filed for Chapter 11 bankrupt-                                                             of 2008 crippled demand for the large SUV
 (IOC) and Oil and              ernment is also planning       cy protection Monday after a government                                                               range that GM had built in the US with con-
 Natural Gas Corp               to sell stake in a few         bailout of $19.4 billion failed to resurrect the                                                      siderable investment; it is also one of the
 (ONGC).                        other state-run entities       100-year-old auto giant choking under a debt                                                          biggest reasons for its crash.
    "There is no plan to        to raise resources to fund     of over $37 billion.                                                                                     The company has already started the
 divest stake in IOC and        infrastructure projects.          The Chapter 11 process is expected to free       business to China's Sichuan Tengzhong             process of closing down 14 under-performing
 ONGC," Pandey told                In the interim budget,      the automaker of non-performing assets and          Heavy Industrial Machinery Co.                    plants and other facilities and putting three
 reporters, adding: "But        the government had cal-        liabilities and help it go for restructuring.          However, making slight of what's happen-       more on stand-by.
 we expect an initial pub-      culated that it would             The automaker has also agreed to sell off        ing in the US, the Indian subsidiary remains         GM is expected to cut 20,000 jobs during
 lic offering of Oil India      generate Rs.1,120 crore                                                            upbeat with the automaker launching a new
                                                               its Hummer sports utility vehicle (SUV)                                                               this process. ❑
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   Kingfisher Gets Crucial
 Rs 2,000 Crore From Banks
 New Delhi: Vijay Mallya-pro-
 moted Kingfisher Airlines has
 got crucial funding of Rs 2,000
 crore from State Bank of India
 and a consortium of other
 banks to meet working capital
    While Rs 950 crore has been
 given by State Bank of India,
 the rest of the amount has been
 arranged from Bank of India,
 Bank of Baroda and Punjab
 National Bank, according to
    When contacted, the com-
 pany spokesperson said: "Fund         Breweries Holdings had sought         Kingfisher has also been tar-
 raising is an ongoing process         shareholders' approval to          geting an equity infusion of
 and because we are bound by           authorise the board to provide     around Rs 2,000 crore through
 confidentiality/non disclosure        corporate guarantee worth up       strategic    and       financial
 agreements, it will be inappro-       to Rs 12,000 crore to lenders of   investors. The equity invest-
 priate to comment at this             UBH's subsidiary Kingfisher        ment will be used to de-lever-
 stage".                               Airlines (KFA), by pledging        age the balance sheet, the com-
    Earlier this year, the airline's   shares and mortgaging its mov-     pany told investors in
 parent company United                 able and immovable properties.     January.❑

             PepsiCo Gets
           Cracking In India
 New Delhi: Frito-Lay, the food division of
 beverage major PepsiCo India, plans to
 spend about Rs.500 crore over the next three
 years to push Aliva, a new baked savoury
 cracker that it launched here Thursday.
    "We want the new product to get as big as
 Kurkure (PepsiCo's popular snack),"
 Gautham Mukkavilli, Frito-Lay India chief
 executive and PepsiCo India president told
    "We will be investing about Rs.500 crore
 on it over three years," Mukkavilli added.             ing unit in Pune for the new cracker, which
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