It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Mata Harbans Kaur Ranauta, formerly of Abbuwal village, Ludhiana district, Punjab, who was residing in Richmond, passed away on August 12 at 1 a.m.

Her funeral services will be held at Five Rivers Funeral Home in Delta on Sunday, August 16 at 10 a.m.

Antim Ardaas will take place at Gurdwara Khalsa Darbar, East 62nd Prince Edward Street, Vancouver, at 1 p.m.

For more information, please contact sons:

Nachchatar Singh Ranauta at 778-861-1346

Harjit Singh Ranauta at 604-616-5018

Surinder Singh Ranuata at 604-780-0736 / Home: 604-273-7059

(The late Harbhajan Singh Ranuata)








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Consulate General of India: Independence Day Celebrations




The 69th Independence Day of India will be celebrated on Saturday, August 15 at the Consulate General of India, 201-325 (3rd floor – Conference Hall) Howe Street, Vancouver. The flag hoisting ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. The national anthem, reading of President of India’s address to the nation and a brief reception over simple refreshments will follow. The Consulate General of India, Vancouver, cordially invites all Indian nationals, people of Indian origin and friends of India to participate in the Independence Day celebrations.


India Day Celebration


At Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, 8321 140th Street, Surrey on Saturday, August 15. India Day program from 11 a.m. onwards. India Day Parade at 1 p.m. Wrestling at 2 p.m. Kavi Sammelan at 6: 30 p.m. Free food stalls. Rides for kids. Chief Guest: Dr. Subramanian Swamy. For more info, contact Satish Kumar at 604-618-5114, Vinay Sharma at 604-782-7624 or Mahesh Gupta at 778-928-5270.


3rd Youth World Cup Live Painting Competition


At the Richmond Olympic Oval located at 6111 River Road, Richmond, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on August 15. The Awarding and Closing Ceremony at the River Rock Theatre located at 8811 River Road, Richmond, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on August 18. The 3rd Youth World Cup live Painting Competition & The One Dollar for One Poor Child Charity Event is a global charity event that is hosted by The Canada Youth Arts Development Foundation and strongly supported by UNICEF Canada. It is a global painting competition for children and youth artists ages 4 to 25 across the world. Thiscompetition has so far attracted entries from over 34 countries. There are also regional winners from overseas that are coming to join the final live competition. Locally, over 140 elementary schools, high schools and universities in the Greater Vancouver area have been invited to submit their art works to participate. Link:



Surrey: Movies Under the Stars


Grab some chairs or a blanket and bring the family to Surrey’s Holland Park at 13428 Old Yale Road in Surrey every Saturday in August and watch some of your favorite family-friendly movies: * How to Train Your Dragon 2 on August 15 * Cinderella on August 22 * Big Hero 6 wraps up the summer on August 29. The event is free. Activities and entertainment start at 5 p.m., movie starts at dusk. But everyone is invited to arrive early to participate in fun activities and watch great performances by local entertainers. Staff from local branches of Prospera Credit Union will be handing out free popcorn (by donation to the Surrey Christmas Bureau) as attendees settle in to enjoy the movie. If you come early, bring a picnic dinner or support the North Surrey Lions Club, who will once again be barbecuing hamburgers and hot dogs, with proceeds donated to local charities.


SANSAD and CPPC Joint Public Forum


On the 68th anniversary of the end of British colonialism in the subcontinent: “Race, Class, and Empire” on August 15, 2-5 p.m., at Room 120, Surrey Centre Library, 10350 University Drive, Surrey. Speaker: Arun Kundnani. Panelists: Harsha Walia, Indira Prahst, Itrath Syed. Moderator: Zahid Makhdoom. Arun Kundnani teaches at New York University and is the author of “The End of Tolerance: Racism in the Twenty-First Century” (2007) and “Muslims are Coming: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror” (2014). Harsha Walia is the author of “Undoing Border Imperialism” (2013). Indira Prahst teaches in the Department of Sociology, Langara College. Her book, “Media, Bridging the Gaps in Perception,” is forthcoming.  Ithrath Syed is doing her PhD at Simon Fraser University. Zahid Makhdoom is a defender of human rights. Organized by South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD, www.sansad.org) and Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC). Co-sponsored by No One Is Illegal (NOII). Contact: Chin: 604-421-6752; Shahzad: 604-613-0735.


Beer & Burger Bash: Federal Political Debate


Saturday, August 15 at St. Alban’s Church, 7260 St. Alban Road, Richmond: Beer & Burger Bash is a federal political debate fundraiser event with primary emphasize on young adults and young working professionals to be more active in politics in a fashionable way. All proceeds after expenses will be donated to the St. Alban’s Outreach Program. This is a beer and burger dinner fundraiser for the St. Alban’s Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Program, the only homeless outreach program in Richmond. The event is open to everyone. The itinerary: 4:45 – 5:20 p.m.: Reception and Political Mingling * 5:20 – 5:30 p.m.: Opening Remarks * 5:30 – 7 p.m.: Political Debate and Dinner * 7 – 9 p.m.: Bash. The main event features a political debate, as local candidates from the Liberals, NDP, Conservatives and Green Party will each answer questions and oppose the stance of another party. The Bash will feature various games and opportunities to interact with candidates. Tickets are $25 each, and include 1 beer ticket or 3 non-alcoholic drinks plus all you can eat BBQ. Beer will be purchased during the event.


Pakistan Festival


The Pakistan Festival Organizing Committee (Pakistan-Canada Association, Pakistani Canadian Women’s Society, Pakistani Youth Council and Consulate General of Pakistan) bring you Pakistan Festival featuring Shehzad Roy on August 16 from noon to 8 p.m. at Surrey’s Holland Park: music, fashion, food, games, activities, cultural artifacts and much more await you. A free event for the entire family.


Richmond Police and Fire Team: “Camp Courage” for Youth


The Richmond RCMP, Richmond Fire-Rescue, and the City of Richmond are teaming up to deliver one-day camps this summer that will afford children the opportunity to find out what it’s like to be a police officer and firefighter. Children will learn about the training, responsibilities, skills, and equipment involved in policing and firefighting through demonstrations and hands on activities. Camp Courage is a great opportunity for police and fire personnel to communicate with youth and their parents, acting as positive role models, and mentoring youth towards goals of social responsibility and civic mindedness. The camps take place from: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates and locations: * August 19 at South Arm Community Centre * August 26 at Cambie Community Centre. The camps are open to children aged 9 to 12. A small fee of $10 per child covers a T-shirt, supplies, and pizza lunch. Space is limited. Register your child through: * Online anytime at http://www.richmond.ca/parksrec/about/registration.htm * Call the Richmond Community Services Registration Call Centre at 604-276-4300, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. * In-person at Richmond’s recreation and cultural facilities


SAFA: Outdoor Bollywood Movie Screening


South Asian Family Association is holding its annual Bollywood Under the Stars event on Friday, August 21 at Unwin Park in Surrey. The society will be screening the 2001 smash hit Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. With an outstanding cast including the iconic Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan starring together after 18 years, the classic on screen coupling of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol and the refreshing Kareena Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan, this movie is packed with Bollywood heavyweights. This is a free, family-oriented event. Guests are encouraged to join us at 5 p.m. with your picnic stuff, lawn chairs and blankets. Dance performance, DJ and picnic starts at 5 p.m. Movie starts at about 6:30 p.m.


Mosaic of Seniors 2015: Multicultural Seniors Day


Over 300 seniors, their families, and caregivers are expected to attend the 4th Annual MOSAIC of Seniors event on Saturday, August 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bonsor Recreation Complex Banquet Room, 6550 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby. The free event will feature West African, Filipino and Taiwanese international folk dance performances, stage presentations on elder abuse, community resource tables and a light lunch. Awards will also be presented to recognize seniors who have been active in their communities. Volunteers will be on-site to provide language support in Arabic, Cantonese, Farsi, Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.


15th Annual Langley International Fest


On August 22 & 23: The Langley’s International Festival Society will celebrate its 15th annual festival at the ‘Willoughby Community Park’ just outside the Langley Events Centre, located at 7888 – 200 Street. Both days will be full of entertainment as hundreds of dancers and musicians from different cultures will perform on the main stage. There will be numerous fun-filled performances and other activities in the Children Chalet including dances, singing, music, face painting, balloons, and the Fraser Valley Regional Library’s booth for the multicultural crafts, surprise gifts, giveaways, draws, etc. At the Food Pavilion, you will find many food vendors with different cultural foods, and at the International Market, over 60 vendors from around the world selling items like handmade jewellery, clothing, and gifts, and there will be many other activities such as International Pavilions, Cultural Art Gallery, rides, Parade of Nations, and so on. Everyone is invited. The entry will be by donation $2 per person or $5 per family. For further details, or sponsoring / having your booth, or volunteering, visit www.internationalfestival.ca or email at marketplace@nternationalfestival.ca or call 778-298-7703.


MLA Sue Hammell’s BBQ


Join us for a free BBQ on Thursday, August 27, 4-7 p.m., at Surrey-Green Timbers MLA Sue Hammell’s community office at 9030 King George Boulevard, Surrey.


Richmond Multicultural Community Services


Are you looking for a job? Do you need free help to settle in Canada? Contact Karamjit  at 604-279-7160 or email: karamjit@rmcs.bc.ca. Karamjit Jagdeo, South Asian Settlement Worker.


Metropolis at Metrotown: Interactive “Lightroom”


Now until September 7: 12-7 p.m. at Metropolis at Metrotown – Grand Court, Lower Level. Cost: Free. Celebrating the International Year of Light with an exciting digital and visual experiential event. Inspired by artist Yayoi Kusama’s mirrored infinity room and the Social Soul experience at the 2014 TED Conference, the “Lightroom” is a unique and artistic installation comprised of a 60-second walk-through experience tied to social media.  The Lightroom measures 20 feet by 35 feet and will immerse the customer in an illusion of thousands of twinkling lights. Customers who upload a photo of their #METlightroom experience to Twitter or Instagram will be entered for a chance to win weekly gift card prizes, VIP tickets to the Celebration of Light fireworks show, and a $1,000 grand prize shopping spree. A stunning 70-foot interactive light curtain will also be on display over the Grand Court elevator. Website:



Surrey Libraries: Summer Reading Club


This year’s theme is Build it! Kids of all ages can build an amazing summer with great books, special programs, contests, and more free family fun. Sign up at any of Surrey Libraries’ 9 branches and get a reading record to keep track of summer reading, collect stickers, participate in games and contests, and earn a reading medal. Free. http://www.surreylibraries.ca/5370.aspx


Richmond World Festival


Off-the-chart sounds from around the world will power the inaugural Richmond World Festival at Minoru Park this Labour Day long weekend. Located in the heart of Richmond’s City Centre, this free, day-long celebration of music, food and culture takes place Saturday, September 5, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Joining the headliners, Matt and Kim from Brooklyn, is Grammy / Juno award-winner, Alex Cuba. Other confirmed festival acts performing on the YVR Mosaic Main Stage include Bhangra chart toppers, En Karma; Kata Kata Afrobeat Group; Songpati Latin Band; Purple Rain; and Roku Sichi Taiko drummers.

There will also be the Festival of Flavours featuring 35 international food trucks, and the Richmond Centre Culinary Stage, featuring notable local chefs including Master Chef Canada contestant, Tammy Wood. Many other festival attractions. For more festival news visit www.richmondworldfestival.ca.


Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association: Home Reno Show


Home Reno Show on September 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam. Cost: Free. This is your one stop shop to bring your renovation plans and Ask-A-Pro in a free one-on-one consultation. Visit 50 booths of industry experts between attending the ongoing complimentary educational seminars. The more seminars you attend the more chances to win a Dream Renovator’s Prize Package.


Volunteers for PICS Mega Job Fair & BC Small Business Expo


Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society is inviting volunteers to apply for numerous positions to help organize the PICS Mega Job Fair & BC Small Business Expo 2015 on September 24 at Aria Convention Centre, Surrey. The Expo is slated to be one of the biggest job fairs south of the Fraser with over 100 exhibitors showcasing their businesses and over 8,000 people expected to visit this year. To register or for more information, call Sunil Rawat / Jagtar Dhaliwal at  604-596-7722, or email at sunil.rawat@pics.bc.ca / Jagtar.dhaliwal@pics.bc.ca.