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Racism in Paradise: An interview with victim's grandson

Jaswinder Singh Toor’s grandfather wanted to come to Canada to pursue higher education. Instead, he got a lesson in racism. It was 1914 and Puran Singh Janetpur, then 24, had excelled at school. He convinced his family to let him leave Ludhiana to do postgraduate studies at UBC.

Jassi Sidhu’s husband still waiting for justice

More than 10 years after a young Maple Ridge woman’s ruthless so-called honour killing, her husband is desperately waiting in India for the day justice is served — if it ever comes. Jassi Sidhu, 25, was found slain in a canal in India in June 2000 while she was visiting the country in an attempt to bring her husband, Sukhwinder (Mithu) Sidhu home to Canada.

Indo-Canadian man gets 12 years in prison for stabbing father to death

An Indo-Canadian man, who has admitted to fatally stabbing his father 31 times in March last year, was handed 12 years in prison by British Columbia Supreme Court. The accused Jaipreet Singh Toor, 46, had pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder, after which the court announced the verdict.

Accused killer berated cousin for talking to police about Brittney Irving’s death

Joey Verma’s text messages became increasingly hostile after his cousin told police their activities the day Brittney Irving disappeared. Jason Labonte, the Crown’s star witness at Verma’s murder trial, testified Verma asked him to drive up to a remote part of McCulloch Road and haul out his borrowed truck, which had stuck in the mud.

Facing extradition, victim's mother cites passport to avoid

The passport record of an Indian-Canadian woman facing extradition to India on the charge of honour killing shows that she was not in India at the time of her daughter's murder.

Indo-Canadians spread AIDS awareness

Hundreds of Indo-Canadian youths participated in a campaign to spread awareness about AIDS and raise funds for a charity for HIV-infected people.

Community to mark Maple Batalia’s second death anniversary with candlelight vigil

The second death anniversary of Maple Batalia, who was shot multiple times in the parking lot adjacent to Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus, will be marked with a candle light vigil on September 28 at 6 pm.

Multiculturalism minister dons Sikh head scarf in Twitter pic

Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has posted a picture on Twitter showing him wearing a Sikh head scarf. This comes just days after he said the federal government is ready to go to court over Quebec’s proposed charter of values.

Man accused of killing his sister pleads not guilty to second-degree murder

Harmohinder Singh Khosa's lawyer is arguing that his client should be found not guilty of second-degree murder. Khosa, 43, is accused of murdering his 34-year-old sister Amarjit Kaur Khosa, whose body was discovered at her Abbotsford basement suite on the evening of July 21, 2010.

Former Abbotsford priest sentenced for sexual offences

A former Hindu priest who committed sexual offences involving teenage members of his Abbotsford congregation has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.

Indian MP calls on Surrey residents to uphold secular values

A visiting Member of Parliament (MP) from India has called upon the South Asian diaspora to uphold secular values of the Ghadar Party. Speaking at a seminar that was held to celebrate the 100 years of the Ghadar Party in Surrey, comrade Sitaram Yechury, a member of the upper house of the Indian parliament urged everyone to work together to defeat the "nefarious designs'' of the sectarian and fundamentalist forces that are bent upon dividing people on religious lines.

Kabaddi battling steroid use as sport becomes more professional

He was one of the very best in the world. But even the great Lakha — “the Wayne Gretzky of kabaddi” — had to walk away from the game he loves when he saw the steroids and other drugs around him spiralling out of control.

Parole denied for Surrey driver who killed couple

Three sisters whose parents were killed in a horrific hit-and-run crash in Surrey five years ago say the Parole Board of Canada made the right decision when it denied day and full parole for Ravinder Singh Binning.

Kabaddi fast gathering popularity in British Columbia

The collisions are fast and fierce, the athletes powerful and imposing, and the traditions run deep. Kabaddi, an Indian team sport, is getting bigger, more professional, and more popular in BC.

Canadian firm wants to help derail India's cancer train

A Vancouver based homegrown company, Zecotek Phototonics, is planning to provide high performance, cost effective positron emission tomography (PET) medical scanning device configuration aimed at BRIC nations, especially the Indian and the Chinese markets.

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