Sikh Man Establishes Gurdwara at His Truck Stop in America

A news story of 30,000 Sikh trucker drivers joining the American Trucking industry in the last two years has gone viral on social media. The CBS News Story has shown the new face of the American Trucking industry which is a turbaned and bearded Sikh.

According to Freightwaves:

The U.S. is home to half a million Sikhs, of which the Sikhs Political Action Committee estimates that around 150,000 of them work in the trucking industry – which makes the sector an overwhelming favorite amongst their populace. The statistics are interesting, to say the least. 90% of all the Sikhs in the trade are truckers, and Indians, in general, are ahead of other Asian nations, controlling nearly half of all Asian-owned trucking businesses in America. And as per the findings of the North American Punjabi Trucking Association (NAPTA), California is the ground zero of the Punjabi bulwark, with 40% of truckers in the region being Sikhs.

The migration of Punjabis straight into the U.S. trucking lore was by all means gradual. Before there was any visible mark of Punjabis in the U.S. trucking trade, its peer far north inside the Canadian borders was feeling the surge. The initial migration of Punjabis into North America began in the early 20th century, with the first immigrants settling down in British Columbia. Nearly 5,000 South Asians made their way to Canada before their immigration was banned in 1908 – of which 90% was the people were Sikhs. However, over the years, once immigration laws were amended again, scores of Sikhs descended upon Canada, with them now constituting about 28% of the Indo-Canadian population.

One Sikh from the Trucking Industry has taken things to the next level by making a Gurdwara at his truck stop due to large portion of his customers being Punjabi.

HM King bestows Bike Un Ai Rak t-shirts

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn has graciously bestowed t-shirts and drinking water for the benefit of participants in the upcoming Bike Un Ai Rak event. The ceremony was held at the 606 Building of the Royal Household Bureau in Sanam Suea Pa . Presiding over the dedication ceremony on behalf of His Majesty the King was ACM Satitpong Sukvimol , the Director-General of the Crown Property Bureau and Lord Chamberlain. The Supreme Commander, Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office and Governors from all 76 provinces of the Kingdom received the t-shirts, which will be distributed to the participants in the nation-wide biking event on December 1st and 2nd. Cyclists can collect their t-shirt at the time and place nominated by the registering official of their respective racing venue. His Majesty personally designed the t-shirt. It has the text “BIKER” printed on the front with a backdrop of the hand-drawn logo of the ‘Love and Warmth at Winter’ End, the River of Rattanakosin’ festival, and the signature of His Majesty. According to data from the Interior Ministry, Nakhon Ratchasima has the highest number of registrants at 25,517, followed by Udon Thani at 21,058 and Sakon Nakhon at 18,751. Officials at three biking routes have extended the registration period due to public demand. These venues are the 24.3-kilometer route on Intharapithak Road, the 23.7-kilometer Route that starts at Prapadang Arcade , and the 23-Kilometer course at Suphanawa Group Warehouse. Registrations at these three venues can still be made at www.bikeunairak2018.com.

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10th anniversary of Mumbai terror attacks observed in Embassy

Embassy of India, Bangkok commemorated the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks and remembered late Ms Jirachat Kanmanee, a resident of Phuket, who was one of those tragically killed in the attacks on 26 November 2008. Representatives from MOFA, Thailand, Royal Thai Police, diplomatic corps in Bangkok and the Indian community participated. Ambassador Suchitra Durai spoke on the occasion and paid respects to late Ms Kanmanee. A few of participants shared their thoughts on the terrorist attacks.

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26/11 Attacks: 25 Photos That Show What Mumbai Went Through

It has been 10 years since the deadly terror attack that claimed more than 160 lives.

Smoke billows from under the main dome of the Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai on 27 November 2008.
Hindustan Times via Getty Images Smoke billows from under the main dome of the Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai on 27 November 2008.

On the night of 26 November 2008, news channels began flashing reports of shots being fired at Mumbai’s upscale Taj Palace hotel in Colaba. As horrified Indians huddled around screens to watch visuals of police teams reaching the hotel, they saw reports of shootings at the bustling Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) station and Oberoi-Trident hotel in Nariman point.

A few hours later, it had become clear that these attacks weren’t isolated—they were all connected and, as we learnt later, well-planned. The terrorists targeted The Taj Hotel, CST, Oberoi Trident, Leopold Cafe, Nariman House and Cama Hospital. Explosions also took place at the Mazagon dock and a taxi in Vile Parle.

While the situation at most of the targets was neutralised soon, security forces fought for three straight days to clear out the Taj Palace Hotel, where guests and staff were either held hostage or trapped by gunfire.

In all, around 166 people died in the attack.

A photo of Ajmal Kasab, the lone gunman who was caught alive, at CST became one of the most unforgettable images of the attack.

Here are 25 photos that show how terrifying those days were:


What began as news of one shooting soon turned into a three-day nightmare
Arko Datta / Reuters Gunmen held several people hostage during a three-day siege at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel.
As security forces arrived, people tried to escape
AFP via Getty Images Guests use curtains to escape from the Taj Mahal Palace hotel during the siege.

 

The events played out live on 24/7 news channels

India Today Group via Getty Images Journalists covering the attacks lie on the ground outside the Taj hotel.

The siege left the iconic Taj hotel burning
INDRANIL MUKHERJEE via Getty Images Smoke billows out of The Taj Mahal Hotel during the rescue operations.

 

Just a glimpse of the aftermath

Getty Editorial A room inside the Taj Mahal Palace after the armed siege. The hotel suffered severe damages and many guests and employees lost their lives.

 

Meanwhile, in Nariman Point

ASSOCIATED PRESS Indian army soldiers climb onto their vehicle outside the Trident-Oberoi Hotel, where terrorists were holed up.

 

Another fight ensued

Hindustan Times via Getty Images A fire broke out after an explosion inside the Trident-Oberoi Hotel.

 

A peek at the mayhem

Hindustan Times via Getty Images The siege led to massive damage inside the Trident-Oberoi hotel as well.

 

People escaped in small groups

SAJJAD HUSSAIN via Getty Images
Two foreigners who were held hostage by gunmen for nearly 24 hours after their release from the Trident-Oberoi hotel.

 

Security forces were everywhere

Hindustan Times via Getty Images
An Anti-Terror Squad officer runs for shelter, while his companions lie on the ground.

 

Scenes of destruction

Hindustan Times via Getty Images
A view of the damage inside the Trident-Oberoi Hotel

 

Some were trapped

Hindustan Times via Getty Images
A guest at the Trident-Oberoi hotel looks out from a broken window amidst the siege.

 

Others were relieved to go home

ASSOCIATED PRESS
An unidentified guest gestures while speaking on his phone as he sits inside a bus after being rescued from the Trident-Oberoi.

 

Police in action at Nariman House

PRAKASH SINGH via Getty Images
Security forces escort hostages from Nariman House in Mumbai.

 

Standing guard

Uriel Sinai via Getty Images
Soldiers outside Nariman House at Colaba Market during the siege.

 

Scenes of relief

PRAKASH SINGH via Getty Images
Security force personnel look on as a released male hostage speaks on a phone and two released female hostages comfort one another.

 

Security forces used all means to take on the attackers

PEDRO UGARTE via Getty Images
A Indian National Security Guard  commando abseiling from a helicopter onto the rooftop of Nariman House.

 

Many lives were lost

ASSOCIATED PRESS
The interiors of Nariman House, Mumbai headquarters of the ultra-Orthodox Chabad Lubavitch movement, after the commando operation.

 

Caught on camera

Government of India CCTV footage.
Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist who was caught alive, at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

 

Scenes from the train station

India Today Group via Getty Images
Luggage and belongings of commuters littered across the CST as they fled to save their lives.

 

When maximum city was forced to stop

ASSOCIATED PRESS
A cart amidst shattered glass on an empty platform at CST.

 

Forces patrolled the station for days

Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Commandos stand guard at a deserted CST..

 

Three days later, it was finally over

Hindustan Times via Getty Images
National Security Guard commandos inside a bus after the end of the gunbattle.

 

The people who saves the day

Hindustan Times via Getty Images
One of the commandoes with a rose given to him by citizens after the siege ended.

 

Mumbaikars say thanks, and bid farewell

Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Security forces from across the country had been brought to Mumbai during the siege. People showed their gratitude by cheering them on as they left.
FAQ – Emigration Check Not Required Registration

(Last updated on 22nd Nov 2018)

Question 1: What is this recent Advisory is all about?

Answer 1: As per the MEA’s advisory dated 14th Nov 2018, ECNR Passport holders travelling to 18 ECR Countries on Employment Visa have to Register in eMigrate system, at least 24 hours prior to their departure. Their registration confirmation would be verified by Bureau of Immigration (BoI) at emigration counters prior to their departure. One may go through the Advisory for more details.

Question 2: Is it applicable to those who are already working in these 18 notified countries? If yes, how and when should they register?

Answer 2: No. Those already working overseas are not required to register while they are overseas. However, if they come on vacation and are returning back, on the same employment they would need to register. This is only required one time for a given employment duration.

Question 3: Do investor visa holders also need to register on the online portal?

Answer 3: No. Only travelers on Employment Visa need to register on the emigrate portal.

Question 4: Will it affect when they go on vacation?

Answer 4: If the emigrant has already provided the duration of his employment at the time of initial registration, and the vacation falls within the contract period, he/ she is not required to register again. But in case one has not registered at the time of initial departure, he/ she may register at the time of return from vacation.

Question 5: What happens to ECR category when they get ECNR passport after working overseas for three years?

Answer 5: They will register like all other ECNR passport holders going for employment to ECR countries and they will not be required to obtain EC.

Question 6: Do they have to register again though they might have come through emigrate while having ECR passport? Many of them would not be computer literate.

Answer 6: If they had gone initially thru’ eMigrate, they must have gone through EC route while holding ECR passport. No registration is required for them unless they replace their passports with an ECNR category one.

Question 7: I understand the registration should be done between 21 days to one day before the planned departure. Is that correct

Answer 7: The requirement is to register at least 24 hours prior to departure to allow sufficient time for information to be passed on to the emigration counter for verification.

Question 8: Could you elaborate on the reasons for implementing this new rule and what benefits Indian workers will receive?

Answer 8: The objective for this registration is to capture the data of Indian emigrants so that they can be reached without delay in case of any eventuality. Implementation of this registration is only phase I of the plan so as to ensure that the system works smoothly and there r are no hiccups.

Question 9: What are the main details that they have to provide for registration and how will you ensure that there is no contract substitution or other types of exploitation?

Answer 9: The information required to be filled is minimal, like name, passport number, country of employment, FE name. This registration has no bearing on employee’s contract. As regards exploitation, any Indian faced with any distress situation already has access to MADAD, eMigrate and 24×7 Pravasi Bharatiya Sahayata Kendra (PBSK) to register their complaint/ grievances.

Question 10: Is there any fee involved? If yes, how much and when this should be paid?

Answer 10: Registration is free of cost.

Question 11: Will this cause any concern to the foreign employers?

Answer 11: The registration process is as unobtrusive as it could be, with no impact to the employment contract. There is absolutely no reasons for the Foreign Employers to be concerned about the process or its objective.

Question 12: Once applied, can someone cancel the Registration?

Answer 12: Cancellation of Registration is not allowed.

Fans Go Gaga As Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh Make Their First Official Appearance As ‘Husband And Wife’ At Their Bengaluru Reception

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  • Fans are going gaga as the much loved Bollywood couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh made their first official appearance as ‘husband and wife’ at their reception bash at The Leela Palace in Bengaluru.
  • The pictures of the newlyweds went viral on social media. While Deepika dazzled in a golden saree gifted by her mother, Ranveer complemented her look in a gold embroidered chocolate Sherwani.

 

Fans are going gaga as the much loved Bollywood couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh made their first official appearance as ‘husband and wife’ at their reception bash at The Leela Palace in Bengaluru. The pictures of the newlyweds went viral on social media. While Deepika dazzled in a golden saree gifted by her mother, Ranveer complemented her look in a gold embroidered chocolate Sherwani.

Here’s take a look at how fans are reacting:

The much-loved Bollywood couple Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone tied the knot on November 14 and 15 in a private ceremony in Lake Como in Italy. The private ceremony was attended by their close family and friends. The grand Bollywood wedding was a perfect blend of cultures as the couple got hitched in both Konkani and Sindhi styles, keeping up with the cultures of both the families. The ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela’ stars who kept much of their wedding under wraps released the first official pictures from the wedding on Thursday, November 15 with similar Instagram posts. They posted two pictures- one from their traditional Konkani wedding and one from the Anand Karaj and captioned it with a red heart emoji.

Several Bollywood celebrities including Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra, Karan Johar, among others congratulated the couple following the same. Again, giving their fans a sweet surprise, the pair on Tuesday, November 20, shared numerous other pictures from their wedding ceremonies on social media.

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