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Three-year-old girl killed in car crash

Saltspring Islanders have come to the aid of a local family who lost their three-year-old daughter following a tragic collision Tuesday.

Kilaya Singh was killed after the car her mother Naomi was driving lost control and spun out on a wet, windy Island road at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

They were rounding a corner in the 2300-block of Fulford-Ganges Road at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when their Volkswagen Jetta spun 180 degrees on the slick road and smashed into an oncoming GMC van.
The back seat where Kilaya and her five-year-old sister Nayoki were sitting suffered the most damage.

Kilaya had no vital signs at the scene but was briefly revived and airlifted to B.C. Children’s Hospital, where she died later that day.

Singh and her daughter Nayoki remain in hospital in Victoria with serious injuries, her partner Kreuger Singh by their side.

The driver of the van suffered minor injuries.

Police say heavy rains created extremely poor driving conditions.

More than 250 people have donated to an Island crowdfunding campaign on Sharespring.ca, raising $18,000 as of Friday morning, far exceeding the initial $15,000 goal.

“Our ability as a community to rally around each other in times of need may be our greatest strength,” Sharespring’s site stated.

The brand new website was supposed to launch this week with two other projects. Instead, its creators are focusing on sparing the Singhs from adding to their grief with financial hardship.

According to Sharespring, Naomi ran a small catering company, Omja. To make ends meet she also sold samosas at the Island’s Saturday market and worked at a local restaurant.

“This accident will put enormous strains on the family,” the website continued. “Sizable costs will be incurred with Kreuger needing to cover all the family’s bills here on the island, travel costs back and forth to the hospital in Victoria, food and accommodation expenses … to be near his family, and sadly … funeral costs.”

Local residents can also donate at the Island Trust to the Singh Family Fund. Learn more at Sharespring.ca.

UK asks India to return organs of 8-year-old, mother says ‘India killed my daughter’

British councillor Narinder Kaur Kooner has written to the Indian government asking that the organs of eight-year-old Gurkiren Kaur Loyal be returned to her family to carry outa proper cremation of their daughter.

Gurkiren, a resident of Birmingham, died in mysterious circumstances during her first family holiday to Punjab in April.

Later, when her body was returned to the family in the UK after a postmortem, it was found that her internal organs were missing. Subsequently, the Sikh family claim that their daughter was murdered by health workers as part of an organ trade racket.

Gurkiren Kaur Loyal’s family said she was being treated for a simple case of dehydration when staff at a clinic gave her a mystery injectionwhich took her life.

The foreign office has confirmed that Gurkiren from Hockley died in India on April 2.

On Friday, Gurkiren’s mother Amrit Kaur Loyal said: “India killed my daughter. She was perfectly healthy. Despite several inquiries, we have not heard from the doctors in India or the British high commission what that mystery injection was that killed her and why was it given. My daughter was perfectly healthy and perfect.”

“The doctors in India didn’t think that I would carry out a second post-mortem, but we did when we received the body in the UK. The coroner told us that there were no internal organs. Her funeral is incomplete. We want our daughter’s organs back so that we can carry out a proper funeral,” Amrit Kaur said on Thursday.

Councillor Kooner from Hockley said “We are helping the family get justice. What they went through during their trip to India is horrific and has caused outrage in England. Getting Gurkiren’s organs back is the first priority.”

Gurkiren was subjected to a post-mortem examination during which all her major organs were removed in a bid to hide the truth of how she had been killed, the family says.

Gurkiren’s family said the Indian police and medical authorities made little attempt to investigate the death. Only her eyes remained, they said.

Recalling the horrific incident, Amrit Kaur who was on a trip to India with her postal worker husband Santokh Singh Loyal and 17-year-old son Simran, claimed Gurkiren’s medical records were disposed of and the family were not asked to pay for the blood tests, drip or the injection she received.

“Gurkiren was fine, she was chatting to us and planned to buy some gifts for her cousins. While we were talking, an assistant came up carrying a pre-filled syringe and reached for the tube in her hand. I asked what was the injection for, but he gave me a blank look and injected the liquid into her.”

“Within a split-second Gurkiren’s head flipped back, her eyes rolled in her head, and the colour completely drained from her. I knew they had killed her on the spot. I knew my innocent child had been murdered.”

Gurkiren, described as a “bright and bubbly pupil” at Nishkam School in Soho Road, Handsworth was on her first foreign holiday visiting her frail grandmother, who later died, over the Easter break.

Irish court rules Sikhs can’t wear turban at work

Ireland is once again in the eye of a storm involving an Indian citizen.

Still reeling under a controversy surrounding Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar, an Irish court on Thursday has squashed an appeal by a Sikh man to be allowed to wear the turban while on duty for that country’s police force.

High court Judge Kevin Feeney in Ireland dismissed the appeal by Ravinder Singh Oberoi to be allowed to wear the turban while on duty for the Garda Reserve, a volunteer group formed to assist the police force of Ireland. Garda Reserve comprises around 1,000 volunteers.

Oberoi appealed under the country’s Equality Acts after he completed all the three stages of his training but was told that he has to take off his turban as it does to comply with the full Garda uniform. Oberoi also complained of being “treated less favourably” for wearing the turban in the job market.

The ruling was given in favour of the Garda and will not allow Oberoi to wear his turban.

However, Indian Sikhs based in the UK — a large vote bank that will have a major say in the next British general elections in May 2015 – have found more support from British MPs on the controversial issue of wearing the turban and kara in airports or to work and also carrying the Kirpan to public places.

A one-and-a-half-hour debate in Westminster Hall at the Houses of Parliament recently saw Don Foster, the minister for communities and local government in David Cameron’s cabinet saying “UK is working very closely with European colleagues to persuade them to accept the Sikh identity.”

VIBC festival getting ready to rock

VANCOUVER: bhangraThe organisers of the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration (VIBC) festival are bursting with excitement as the Festival is only 2 days away and they want this year to be the biggest one yet. VIBC have put together a variety of free shows at all times of the day for your viewing pleasure. Bring your friends and your family! VIBC want to see those familiar faces again this year, so come stop by for our Lunchtime Concerts, check out Downtown Bhangra (Friday) or Downtown Bhangra (Saturday), which are some of the largest and not to mention FREE celebrations the Festival has to offer! Be part of the music, the movement and the history of Bhangra.
UK native, and one of our amazing international artists this year, Sunil Kalyan has worked his way up in the industry. His dedication and passion for his craft has led him to develop his own percussion style that infamous worldwide. He is returning to the HSBC City of Bhangra Festival for the second consecutive year. His talents have been utilized by producers such as Punjabi MC in the Bhangra industry, featuring him on “Beware of the Boys”, and Timbaland in the mainstream Hip Hop industry, featuring him on “Get Ur Freak On” by Missy Elliott.

This year he will be performing at rePercussion in Vancouver on the opening night on May 30th In Vancouver and at rePercussion in Surrey on June 6th. You can also catch him at Downtown Bhangra (Friday) on June 7th and Downtown Bhangra (Saturday) on June 8th!
Hundreds of dancers, dozens of musicians and thousands of attendees converge for Downtown Bhangra. Stretching over two days, Downtown Bhangra brings together many local artists, including Inder Kooner, Sukhraj, Dave Bawa, Vancity Bhangra, UBC Bhangra, and a special performance by the HSBC Bank Canada Bhangra Team and more! Downtown Bhangra offers the best of the best. International performances this year will be by Finnish Bhangra group Shava, UNC Bhangra Elite, Cornell Bhangra, Bhangra Knightz, Bhangra Empire, and more. The best Bhangra groups from across the world have flown here to be a part of this Festival.  Experience the energy that Downtown Bhangra brings to Vancouver

A World of Smiles Telethon Raises $335,000 for BC Children’s Hospital

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Shaw Communications, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and members of British Columbia’s South Asian community organised –A World of Smiles– telethon on May 26 that raised $335,693 for BC Children’s Hospital.

These Funds will benefit BC Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and the Child & Family Research Institute, supporting research, equipment and clinical care needs at the facilities. Each year, more than 81,000 children and their families from across the province visit BC Children’s Hospital for highly specialized care.

Hosted from Shaw’s Coal Harbour studios in Vancouver, A World of Smiles telethon was aired on the Shaw Multicultural Channel in Metro Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler and carried on local Shaw TV stations throughout British Columbia and on Shaw Direct channel 299. The telethon featured homegrown music and dance performances, local celebrity guest appearances and the inspiring stories of youth and their experiences at BC Children’s Hospital.

“Giving back to and making a difference in the communities we live in is part of who Shaw is as a company. We are proud to support the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation through A World of Smiles telethon,” said Brad Shaw, CEO, Shaw Communications Inc. “This year, in the Telethon’s 15th year, we are once again overwhelmed by the generosity of British Columbians and their support for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

World Partnership Walk in Vancouver a Huge Success

More than 7,500 people took part in the 29th annual World Partnership Walk in Stanley Park on Sunday in which $ 1.75 million were raised towards removing world poverty. The walk began and ended at Luberman’s Arch in Stanley Park.

walkkkThe money raised from the walk ($1.75 million) has been earmarked for projects throughout Asia and Africa, such as in-factory daycares for textile workers in Bangladesh.

“The funds raised in Canada in the last five years helped 9,000 children get a better start at early-child education,” said Shakeel Bharmal, director of operations for the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, which organized the walk.

Without the intervention, “those children end up staying at home and they are not getting stimulated intellectually. And 47 per cent of those children will actually drop out of primary school,” said Bharmal.

“So by having an early childhood education centre actually in the factory, children go to work with their mothers, then they graduate and go to primary education centres … and then by seven or eight the chances of them actually succeeding in primary school have tripled.”

The walk, which attracted almost 40,000 Canadians in 10 cities last year, started in Vancouver 29 years ago and is now one of the largest single-day fundraising events in the country.

The success of the walk is attributed to the effectiveness of the foundation in leveraging the funds raised.

“One hundred per cent goes to the cause; that is the most important thing,” said Zahir Karim, a longtime supporter and fundraiser of the walk. “People understand how the funds are used and the benefits of those funds. It’s just phenomenal, incredible.”

The Aga Khan Foundation has field offices in communities around the world, so solutions are generated at the local level, said Bharmal.

Since it began in 1985, the walk has raised more than $75 million to fight global poverty.

 

Chennai Super Kings enter IPL final

New Delhi–Blistering unbeaten knocks by David Hussey and Suresh Raina took two-time champions Chennai Super Kings to their fifth Indian Premier League (IPL) final in six seasons with a comprehensive 48-run win over Mumbai Indians in the first qualifier at the Ferozeshah Kotla.

Hussey struck an unbeaten 86 off 58 balls, with the help of 10 boundaries and two sixes, and Raina, who remained not out on 82 off 42 balls – hitting five fours and five sixes – set-up the win with their 140-run unfinished stand for the second wicket that took Chennai Super Kings to a mammoth 192 for one in 20 overs.

While chasing it looked Mumbai Indians, sans Sachin Tendulkar out with a palm injury, would pull off a stunning as Dawyne Smith gave them a flying start with a 28-ball 68 but then they suffered a middle-order collapse and their innings folded up for 144 with eight balls to spare as Super Kings reached their fourth consecutive IPL final.

Mumbai Indians will now face the winner of the eliminator between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second qualifier.

It was a clinical performance by the Chennai Super Kings bowling and the pick of the lot was pacer Dwayne Bravo, who picked up three for nine and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja got three for 31.

Fast bowler Mohit Sharma also got two for 32 while South African pace duo Albie Morkel and Chris Morris got wicket apiece.

Mumbai Indians lost opening batsman Aditya Tare (7) early in the second over with Murali Vijay taking a straight forward catch at mid-on off Morkel.

Followed next was a stormy innings from Smith, who tore apart the Super Kings attack with his whirlwind 28-ball knock that was studded with six fours and five sixes.

Smith broke free in the with two consecutive sixes of pacer Mohit Sharma and followed it up by spanking Albie Morkel for three fours in the next over as 56 runs came up in six overs.

Smith came down hard on Chris Morris hitting him for two sixes in the seventh over and introduction of spin also didn’t yield much as Ravichandran Ashwin came in for some harsh treatment and conceded 14 runs in his first over.

Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s ploy to operate with pacers in the first seven overs didn’t work much as 72 runs were scored in no time.

It was left-arm spinner Jadeja, who gave Super Kings the second crucial break through by getting rid of Smith, who spooned an easy straightforward catch to Raina.

As long as Smith was batting, Mumbai Indians were on course as they were 86 for one after eight overs. But Smith’s dismissal triggered a batting collapse and Mumbai Indians lost next three wickets for just 14 runs on board.—IANS

Sreesanth bought clothes worth Rs 2 lakh, gifted expensive phone to girlfriend: Police

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NEW DELHI: Sreesanth bought designer clothes worth Rs 1.95 lakh in Mumbai in a single day and gifted a costly smartphone to his girlfriend using the money he allegedly got from spot-fixing in IPL matches, Delhi Police claimed on Tuesday as it added criminal breach of trust charge against the pacer in the case.

It also formally arrested a former domestic player Babu Rao Yadav, who was picked up from Delhi on Monday and questioned for his links with arrested player Ajit Chandila, in the case. With this, 18 people have been arrested for their alleged roles in spot-fixing in IPL matches.

A day after seizing Rs 20 lakh from Chandila’s cricket kit from his aunt’s house in Haryana’s Palwal, police claimed it recovered the clothes bought by Sreesanth in Mumbai and the Blackberry Z10 model costing around Rs 42,000 he gifted to his girlfriend.

“He made cash payment for buying clothes,” a senior police official said.

Police also said they have collected voice samples of nine of the 18 accused, including that of Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Chandila. They are also in the process of taking handwriting samples of the three players.

Investigators added Section 409 (criminal breach of trust) to the case against 18 players and bookies arrested in the scandal after IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals filed a formal complaint with Delhi Police.

The official said investigators took Sreesanth to Jaipur last evening and brought him back earlier in the day to produce him in court as his remand ended on Tuesday.

“Sreesanth gifted the mobile phone to his girlfriend. We recovered it at the instance of the cricketer. We went to the house where the woman lived after Sreesanth talked about this during interrogation,” the official said.

Police claimed he bought the phone using the money he earned from spot-fixing.

“He also bought clothes, including denims, worth Rs 1.95 lakh from Diesel Store in Mumbai. He paid the full amount in cash. We have recovered these clothes. We have documents to prove that he used the money from spot-fixing to buy these articles,” the official said, adding that the store manager was quizzed.

Asked why Sreesanth’s voice sample was taken, police sources said he was using the phone of Jiju Janardhan, who was the conduit between the cricketer and bookies, and they had to match his voice.

Police sources said Sreesanth’s girlfriend has no role in spot-fixing and she was unaware about his dealings.

“Sreesanth was also not in touch with Chandila. We do not have any phone conversations between the two players talking about fixing matches,” the official said.

The official also said they were trying to find out from where all Sreesanth made the purchases.

Sources said Sreesanth was also taken to Marriott Hotel in Jaipur by Delhi Police.

Spot-fixing taint reaches Bollywood, Dara Singh’s son Vindoo arrested

MUMBAI: IPL spot-fixing stainedBollywood when police arrested Vindoo Randhawa, son of late wrestler-actor Dara Singh, for his alleged association with bookies, busting the first filmdom link to the scandal.

The Crime Branch of Mumbai police also arresteda hawala operator and a conduit of a betting syndicate as it widened its probe into the racket, taking the number of those arrested by it in connection with the spot-fixing case to nine since the May 14 arrest of Ramesh Vyas, the alleged kingpin.

Virendra Darasingh Randhawa alias Vindoo was picked up from his suburban Juhu residence and arrested this morningfor his alleged links with the bookies, who were already arrested by the crime branch. Vindoo was also into betting, Joint Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy told reporters.

“Vindoo was questioned after he was found to be in contact with the bookies and subsequently arrested today. His custodial interrogation will continue,” Roy said after a metropolitan court remanded him and two others in police custody till May 24.

A Mumbai-based hawala operator Alpeshkumar Patel, who ensured inflow and outflow of money from Pakistan to India via Dubai for the purpose of betting, was apprehended from his office in south Mumbai’s Kalbadevi area.

Rs 1.28 cash and two mobile phones were recovered from him, Roy said. Patel was actively involved in the hawala transactions for which he used to charge anything between 0.25 and 0.5 per cent for each transaction.

Prem Taneja, a conduit for bookies, was arrested from immigration area at the Mumbai international airport while he was trying to flee to Dubai. Taneja was in close contact with Vindoo.

Crime Branch sources claimed that 49-year-old Vindoo, winner of reality television show Bigg Boss season 3, was in touch with some bookies arrested in the scandal and was himself into betting. He was on many occasions spotted watching IPL matches and attending post-match parties.

His arrest is the first from Bollywood in connection with the latest scandal to hit Indian cricket.

Father gets eight years jail for repeatedly raping daughter

New Delhi–A Delhi court sentenced a man to jail for eight years for repeatedly raping his 17-year-old daughter and threatening her not to tell anyone.

Pronouncing the sentence, Additional Sessions Judge T.R. Naval said the one who was supposed to protect his daughter, had repeatedly committed the crime when her mother, who later died, was admitted in a hospital.

The court in the order said: “Keeping in view the submissions and all relevant factors and circumstances in which the accused committed crime, it would be just and appropriate if deterrent view in sentence is taken as the father, who is supposed to protect his daughter, has committed sexual assault on her repeatedly particularly when the mother of the victim was seriously ill and lying in a hospital.”

It added: “Accordingly, the convict is sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for eight years for the offence under section 376 (rape) of the IPC.”

A fine of Rs.7,000 ($130) was also imposed on the convict, the court said, adding that if realised, Rs 5,000 ($90) be given to the girl as compensation.

“Besides this compensation, she will also be entitled to get other compensation, if available to her under other laws,” the judge said.

The incidents took place when the girl’s mother, who was suffering from tuberculosis, was admitted to hospital and the victim, after taking care of her mother, used to return home at night in June 2011, as per the prosecution.

The victim had told the court that on the night of June 17, 2011, her 38-year-old father raped her and threatened to kill her if she disclosed the incident to anyone.

According to the prosecution, the victim said that the accused, father of two other children, continued to rape her nightly for about a month. Following her mother’s death, the victim disclosed her ordeal to her aunt.

When the accused found out, he fled.

On Aug. 8, 2011, the aunt called the accused to her house on the pretext of meeting him and he was then arrested by Gokulpuri police, the police said.

The court rejected the plea of the accused that he was falsely implicated by his daughter at the instance of his sister-in-law as there was a delay in lodging a police report.–IANS