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Punjab Abroad- Canada

Health Canada bans some drug imports from India; cites quality concerns

Health Canada says it is banning imports of some medications and drug ingredients produced in India due to concerns about quality.The agency took the action against Apotex Pharmachem India, Apotex Research Private Ltd. and IPCA Laboratories.

Nanaimo's Sandy Sidhu to appear in film at VIFF, but the actress is still waits for her big break

It took years for Nanaimo's Sandy Sidhu to admit that she was an aspiring actress.Enrolled at UBC for cell biology and genetics- "I'll just go to school and become a doctor," an unsure 20-something Sidhu decided at the time - it didn't take long for her to notice "this gap" in her life.

Dhahan prizes for Punjabi literature announced

Vancouver’s Barj Dhahan is doing what he can to preserve the Punjabi language, not only in Canada but around the globe. According to Dhahan, the United Nations has claimed Punjabi language is at risk of extinction within the next 50 years because of the dominance of English.

Surrey poet explores the migratory depths of the Komagata Maru story

Coming from an immigrant family, Surrey poet and writer Phinder Dulai has always been fascinated with stories of migration. "The idea of migration - journey, exile, settlement - those are large, really rich themes that are actually a part of a lot of people's lives," Dulai, whose family immigrated from Punjab to Kenya to Canada, told Vancouver Desi.

Man jailed for murder of Vancouver girlfriend wants to withdraw his guilty plea

A man who spent 12 years on the lam before being convicted in the fatal shooting of his teenage girlfriend wants to withdraw his guilty plea. Ninderjit Singh says that the plea entered in BC Supreme Court for the 1999 second-degree murder of 18-year-old Poonam Randhawa was not voluntary or unequivocal.In a notice filed in the BC Court of Appeal against the conviction and sentence, he claims that Justice Bruce Butler erred in several ways, including failing to make an adequate inquiry before accepting the guilty plea.

Vancouver teen’s music video gets over 300k views in less than a week

A video released by a vancouver teen crossed over 300,000 views within one week of being uploaded on Youtube. This is the third video of aspiring musician Sid Bhullar.

Anti-immigration flyer targeting Sikhs surfaces in Brampton

A flyer targeting immigrants and Sikhs has surfaced in Brampton. A line on the flyer says, “Stop the Madness,” and asks Brampton residents, “say no to the massive third world invasion of Canada,” saying immigrants will reduce white Canadians to a minority.

Sikh wedding shooting trial postponed for a year

The trial over a prominent Surrey broadcaster's connection with a shooting at a 2010 Sikh wedding came to an abrupt halt Thursday as it was adjourned until next year.

Former president of Surrey Sikh temple charged with wife's murder

Baldev Singh Kalsi, former president of a Sikh temple in Surrey, has been charged with the second-degree murder of his wife, Narinder Kaur Kalsi. Narinder, who suffered severe injuries in an alleged domestic dispute last week, died in a hospital after she was taken off life support on Sunday, police said.

Surrey Sikh temple president charged with attempted murder as wife battles for her life

The aggravated assault charge against the president of Surrey’s Brookside Sikh temple was upgraded to an attempted murder charge on Tuesday, according to a tweet from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

Vikram Vij's South Surrey restaurant officially opened

Vancouver's renowned Indian chef Vikram Vij has officially opened to his highly anticipated South Surrey restaurant.

Komagata Maru: Canada observes 100 years

On May 23, 1914, the Japanese ship, Komagata Maru, arrived at Burrard Inlet outside the city of Vancouver in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Jassi Sidhu’s husband hopes his wife’s killers get punished

The widower of a young British Columbian 'honour' killing victim is one step closer to justice, as the duo accused of arranging his late wife’s murder were ordered extradited to India by a BC Supreme Court judge on Friday.

Canada orders mother, uncle extradited to India

The mother and uncle of a young Canadian woman who was the victim of an alleged "honour killing" have been ordered extradited to India. Malkit Kaur Sidhu and Surjit Singh Badesha stand accused of killing Jaswinder Sidhu who was stabbed to death in Punjab in June 2000.

Bhupinderpal Gill charged with 1st-degree murder of wife

The husband of homicide victim Jagtar Gill has been charged with first-degree murder on Monday more than two months after her body was found in the home they shared. Bhupinderpal Gill, 38, appeared briefly in court Monday in a courtroom packed with relatives and friends of the Gill family.
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