AMARJIT KAUR MANGAT, 54, wife of Sardar Dilbagh Singh Mangat, passed away on March 28. She was originally from Mangat village in Nawanshahr district of Punjab, India.

Her funeral service will be held on Sunday, April 6 at 12 p.m. at Five Rivers Funeral Home in Delta.

Bhog and Antim Ardaas will be held at 2 p.m. at Gurdwara Sukh Sagar in New Westminster.

Contact: 604-325-8874 or 604-338-4471.





It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of SURINDER KAUR LITT in England. She was the wife of Sardar Manjit Singh Litt, former resident of England, now residing at 13822 Marine Drive, White Rock.

The family requests all to attend the Bhog ceremony for her at Gurdwara Sahib Brookside at 8365 140th Street in Surrey at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 6.

For more information, please call Manjit Singh Litt at 604-518-9098 or 604-535-9040.








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Canada Cancer Society


Help us build our Daffodil Campaign in April in the City of Surrey and Abbotsford community. We are looking for volunteers to donate 2 to 4 hours on weekends throughout April. Please call 604-837-6837 to volunteer in Surrey, call 604-533-1816 to volunteer in Abbotsford.



Surrey Libraries: Filing Personal Tax Return


Surrey Libraries are offering free clinics for those eligible, at City Centre, Guildford and Strawberry Hill branches. A volunteer from DIVERSEcity, trained by the Canada Revenue Agency, will help prepare & electronically file (if eligible) your tax return. You must be a Surrey resident and your income falls within these guidelines: Single Person: $30,000. Single parent with child: $35,000. Each additional child: $ 2,500. Couples: $40,000. Investment income under: $ 1,000. You have a simple tax return (no self employment, no bankruptcy, no forms for deceased, no capital gains / losses and no rental income). The clinics operate on a first come, first serve basis. For details, visit the Libraries or www.surreylibraries.ca


Richmond Library: Free Income Tax Clinics


Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Family Christian Fellowship, is offering free Income Tax Clinic to help those with a low income file their income tax returns. The clinics take place on Saturdays: April 5, 12, 19, and 26 between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch located at 7700 Minoru Gate. If you’re a single person with a maximum income of $30,000, a couple with a maximum income of $40,000, or an adult with one child and a maximum income of $35,000, then you qualify for this free service.  Sessions are 45 minutes per person and couples must sign up for one time slot each. To register, call 604-231-6413 or visit the Brighouse 2nd floor information desk. Bring all relevant documents such as T4 and T5 slips.


South Asian Seniors: Filing Income Tax Returns Free


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey informs South Asian seniors that during the tax filing period we can help you to file your income tax returns for the year 2013 free of cost from now to April 20 if you are living in Surrey / Delta. The eligibility criteria are as follows: 1. Single individual with annual income limit up to $30,000. 2. Couples with annual income up to $40,000. 3. Adult with one child annual income up to $35,000, add the income limit by $2,500 for each dependent child. Interest income not over $1,000 and this income will be included as total eligibility. With no investment income, no rental income and no partnership income, SIN card and photo identity will be required to prove the documents. If you are eligible then contact Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945.


Free Tax Clinic


Eligibility: Low income Permanent Residents who have been in Canada for 5 years or less. Locations: MOSAIC Burnaby Centre for Immigrants, 5902 Kingsway; MOSAIC Vancouver, 2nd floor, 1720 Grant Street. Service dates: March and April. Appointments: Have your PR number ready and call required: 604 254 9626 (Vancouver) or 604 438 8214 (Burnaby).


Ugadi 2014 Sambaralu


Vancouver Area Telugu Association (VATA) invites all Telugu families and students to Ugadi Celebrations with your friends on Saturday, April 5 at Royal Palace Banquet Hall, 7845 Edmonds Street, Burnaby. Doors open at 5 p.m. Enjoy the cultural presentations, delicious food & wish the Telugu New Year brings happiness and success to our community. Come early to be eligible for ‘early bird’ draw.


Muslim Association of Canada Vancouver 


Youth Vancouver would like to invite you to Sisters United’s biweekly girls Halaqa for girls in Grades 7 to 12 at Islamic Information Center, 3127 Kingsway (Main Floor), Vancouver, on Saturday, April 5, 5-7 p.m.


8th Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival


Sakura Days Japan Fair in partnership with the Japan Fair Association of Vancouver on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, 10 a.m.-5p.m., at VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street (37th & Oak), Vancouver. This fun two-day celebrates the cultural arts and age old traditions of Japan, allowing everyone to try their own hand at origami, calligraphy, ikebana and other Japanese arts and crafts demonstrations. Purchase advance tickets. Experience the special ritual of the Japanese tea ceremony, Japanese festival food, sample premium sake, guided Tree Talks and Walks to the cherry trees, and haiku readings. Experience Japan through performances including Japanese classical dance, taiko drumming, the Cherry Blossom Dance, soothing tones of shakuhachi (bamboo flute), martial arts performances, anime, the Kid’s Tent and more. Presented by Japan Fair Association of Vancouver (JFAV) and hosted by VanDusen Botanical Garden. For more info, visit www.vcbf.ca 


South Asian Seniors: Bone Health & Managing Skills


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members as well as non-members to a presentation on Bone Health & Managing Skills by Amit Kumar, consultant occupational therapist, on April 6 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. There will be a question-and-answer session after the presentation. Tea and light snacks will be served. Contact Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for further information.


Girl Empowered Leadership Workshops


Surrey Libraries has partnered with Plan in support of the Because I am a Girl campaign which is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of girls and women both locally and globally. The Strawberry Hill Library will be hosting free motivational workshops for girls ages 10-14 to help raise awareness of issues girls face and inspire them to create change of their own. Tuesdays, April 8 and 15 – 5-6:15 p.m. Snacks provided. Workshop Themes: * April 8: Because I am Socially Responsible: I Want to Make a Difference * April 15: Because I am Cooperative: I Will Work as a Team. For more information, contact Jaskirat Sahni atjaskiratsahni@gmail.com. Register at the Strawberry Hill Library or call 604-501-5838. http://www.surreylibraries.ca/5252.aspx


Surrey Libraries: Know Your Legal Rights


April 7-11 is Law week. To keep you informed of your legal rights, Surrey Libraries have partnered with People’s Law School to provide free information sessions. Get answers to any questions you may have. Registration required. * Consumer Law & Scams to Avoid: Tuesday, April 8, 7-8:30 p.m. Semiahmoo Library. Register at 604-592-6908. Wednesday, April 9, 7-8:30 p.m. Guildford Library. Register at 604-598-7366. * Immigration Law: Thursday, April 10, 7-8:30 p.m. City Centre Library. Register at 604-598-7427. * Landlord & Tenant Rights: Tuesday, April 8, 7-8:30 p.m. Guildford Library. Register at 604-598-7366. * Power of Attorney: Thursday, April 10, 7-8:30 p.m. Ocean Park Library. Register at 604-502-6449. * Wills & Estates: Monday, April 7, 7-8:30 p.m. City Centre Library. Register at 604-598-7427. Thursday, April 10, 7-8:30 p.m. Fleetwood Library. Register at 604-598-7346. www.surreylibraries.ca


MOSAIC’s 3rd Annual Job Fair


April 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Croatian Cultural Center, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver. A record 50 employers participating. Includes organizations in the areas of business, trades, finance, hi-tech, retail, foodservice, hospitality and more – even the police and the City of Vancouver will be recruiting. Most of the organizations indicated they have multiple positions to fill and all are hoping to meet some great candidates. In attendance for the first time will also be the skills and trades sector, with 16 organizations looking to fill positions ranging from welders and glaziers to engineers and estimators. Job postings call for apprentices and journeymen through to supervisors, managers and directors. The Job Fair is open to all job seekers and admission is free.


UFV: Research Lecture Series


At the University of the Fraser Valley on Wednesday, April 9 at 5 p.m. – at Abbotsford Campus Lecture / Theatre Room B101 – featuring a talk by Dr. Amandeep Sandhu, BC Regional Innovation Chair in Canada-India Business and Economic Development at UFV. Dr. Sandhu will be discussing How the Globalization of Service Jobs Will Determine Your Career and Life through the ‘now rising practices of outsourcing white collar jobs.’ This talk is free, all community members are invited to attend and refreshments will follow the lecture and discussion. There will also be an opportunity to networking with businesses and business organizations from the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland.


Shree Mahalakshmi Temple


From now until April 9: 6:30 p.m. – Chaitri Navaratri, Gudi Padva. 467 E 11th Avenue Vancouver. Phone: 604-874-0175. shreemahalakshmi@gmail.com


Social Media for Job Searching


Are you unemployed? Learn how to use social media to help you find the job you are looking for. Surrey Libraries & Back in Motion are offering a free workshop on Using Social Media for Job Searching at the Newton Library on Friday, April 11, 10 .am.-12 p.m. Basic knowledge of computers required. Register at 604-598-7406. Surrey Libraries also offer free Career / Job Search Workshops and Resume Clinics throughout the year to help you access the hidden job market. Visit the libraries or www.surreylibraries.ca for details.


Khalsa Diwan Society: Vaisakhi Day Celebration


Saturday, April 12: The timeline: * 7-9 a.m. – Kirtan * 9-9:30 a.m. – Reception for dignitaries * 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Speeches * 10:45 a.m. – Ardas. * Parade departs from Ross Street Gurdwara Sahib at 11 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m.


Canadian Cancer Society Fundraiser


Spring cleaning for your mind, body & soul: An exciting interactive event, supporting small local businesses, community organizations, groups and clubs that promote health and wellness for all ages. Up to 35 exhibitors, eight demos, children’s activity zone and live Spring Shave from 3-4 p.m. Everyone welcome. Date: Sunday, April 13. Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Venue: River Market at Westminster Quay. Free admission. * Demos & activities for all ages * Gift bags for first 100 families. * Spring Shave & Raffle with all proceeds donated to Canadian Cancer Society.


Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar: Vaisakhi Celebration


Saturday, April 19: Parade Route: The Vaisakhi Parade is scheduled to begin at about 9:30 a.m. at the Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar, located at 12885-85 Avenue. It will conclude there at about 4 p.m.  Main Stage Timeline: * 11-11:45 a.m.: Traditional Sikh hymn singers * 11:45 .am.-12:45 p.m.: Ceremony honoring community volunteers * 12:45-1:30 p.m.: Speaker series.

For more information about the event including the parade route visit: www.surreyvaisakhiparade.ca.


Annual Plant, Bake and Craft Sale


Plants in Real Time: Check out the Reality of the BC Fuchsia and Begonia Society, at the VanDusen Botanical Garden Floral Hall, 37th Ave and Oak Street, Vancouver. Saturday April 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission. Face painting for kids of all ages. China painters. Unique vendor items. Prize draws. Home baking. Refreshments. Great variety of plants. Some hardy fuchsias. Vendor tables available: call Sylvia and Derek at 604-277-2905. For information call Sandy & Ruth at 778-881-0175 Everyone welcome. Wheel chair accessible.


South Asian Women’s Networking Group


BYOBF Network 2-Year Celebration at Ginger 62, 1219 Granville Street, Vancouver on Thursday, April 24, 8-10 p.m. Tickets: $20 Early-bird, $25 Regular. Ticket includes complimentary canapes and a networking reception. For more information: http://byobfnetwork.com. The BYOBF Network is Metro Vancouver’s first South Asian women’s networking group that provides the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded professional women who also share and celebrate each other’s success.


Lyme Disease Awareness Seminar


Free Lyme Disease Awareness Seminar on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at Semiahmoo House, 15306 24th Avenue, Surrey. Speakers: Dr. Ernie Murakami and Gwen Barlee.  Symptoms, treatment and prevention of this multi-system dysfunction epidemic.


Earth Day Pilgrimage to Burns Bog


On April 27. The annual pilgrimage engages several ethnic and religious people in a spiritual journey to connect with the environment and to celebrate the sacred ground of Burns Bog – the largest dome-peat-bog on the west coast of North America and the largest wilderness area in the urban setting of North America also. It is a home of hundreds of species of plants and animals. Join us in protecting it. All are welcome. The event will begin at 1 p.m. at the entrance to the Delta Nature Reserve (beside Planet Ice Delta) with a gathering followed by pilgrimage. For further information, call Dara at 604-572-0373, Rob Dainow at 604-523-0123 or Acharya Dwivedi at 604-507-3099.


Vancouver Satsang Cultural Society


2014 South Asian Heritage Musical Celebration. Come and celebrate the struggle and successes of Indians from Canada, Guyana, Trinidad, Surinam, Mauritius and Fiji on Saturday, May 3 at 6 p.m. at 2215 Pender Street East in Vancouver. Free admission. Dinner included. Contact Chamaylee at 604-945-9510 for complementary tickets.


Shakti Dance


Presents “Five Faces’ – a montage of five unique Bharata Natyam dance performances by Anusha Fernando and Sujit Vaidya. Written and narrated by Anusha Fernando.Visual art by Sue Leibik. On Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver. Tickets: $20 / $15 for children, seniors and arts workers. Tickets available at Banyen Books (604) 737-8858 and Gaia’s Fair Trade (604) 886-7117. For information, contact shaktidance@shaw.ca or (604) 733-3439.


Mother’s Day Celebrations: Charitable Society


Fun filled celebrations with live entertainment during Mother’s Day weekend: Saturday, May 10 at 6 p.m. at Riverside Banquet Hall, 14500 River Road, Richmond. Tickets: Adults: $25. Tables of 10: $225. Children under 12: $10. Gujarati style meal. Cash Bar. All net proceeds to serve homeless in Vancouver and less fortunate in India and Uganda. For more info, contact Vasant Lakhani at (H) (604) 987-1925.vasantlakhani@gmail.comwww.indoafricacharity.comwww.vasantlakhani.com


Quran Memorization Competition


Muslim Association of Canada is holding the 12th Annual BC Quran Memorization Competition: * Preliminaries: Saturday, May 17 * Finals: Saturday, May 24. At MAC Masjid & Community Centre at 2122 Kingsway, Vancouver. The competition is open to participants of all ages, males and females, from all parts of the province. Participants may register for both memorization and recitation. Sponsors needed for the Quran Competition Awards – call 604-434-7526 or email: mac.centre.vancouver@gmail.com. Registration deadline: May 10 at 11:59 p.m. Information and registration: quran.islamicinfocenter.org.


7th Uganda Medical Mission


Indo-Africa Charitable Society (Canada). Venue: Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited – Lugazi: medical, dental & eye camp from August 4-15 to provide primary examinations and treatments to needy Ugandans. Donation: US$650 (non-refundable) or equivalent in other currencies per person. Register by May 31 by contacting Vasant Lakhaniv(H) (604) 987-1925, vasantlakhani@gmail.comwww.indoafricacharity.com,www.vasantlakhani.com. All participants arrive by August 3 committed fully till the end of the mission.


Canada India Education Council


Presents “The Business of Education” dinner event at Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver, on Friday, June 6, 5-9 p.m. Learn about BC’s new education quality assurance standards (EQA) and examine the confluence of ‘business’ with education.  How do we measure ‘ROI’? BC is committed to increasing international students by 50% by 2016. Interesting in attending / sponsoring?  To view the agenda / speaker profiles, visit: http://canadaindiaeducation.com/bc/