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UK Sikh association receives 450,000 pounds to fund research
Report dated 23/10/2013 @ 3:30 PM
The Heritage Lottery Fund, a body that distributes a share of its income from the national lottery to projects that preserve the nation's heritage, has given the United Kingdom Punjab Heritage Association (UKPHA) a sum of 450,000 pounds to fund research into the regimental histories o Sikh soldiers in the British Indian Army during World War I.
Though Sikhs made up only 2 percent of the population of British India, they formed 20 percent of the British Indian Army, yet their role is a largely unknown aspect of the Allied war effort and the British story.
The UKPHA has embarked on an ambitious and wide-ranging project on WWI to reveal the men's untold stories and shed light on both Sikh soldiers' sacrifices and the contribution of all the non-white Allied forces of the British Empire.
NRI struggles to find burial place for wife's ashes in Hong Kong
Report dated 22/10/2013 @ 2:57 PM
Mariasusai Andrews, a Christian, has been hard put to find a place to bury his late wife Nirmala's ashes, even 6 months after her death at age 51 from lung cancer.
Andrews was unable to secure a spot in a lucky draw allocation for government-run cemeteries because he was sent a letter in Chinese asking for an explanation, when he had in fact filed the application in English.
The family is not permitted to use the Hindu cemetery as they belong to the Christian community, and the church in the city is not a member of the Chinese Church Alliance that controls Christian cemeteries in the city. Chinese Permanent Cemeteries also turned down his request because according to law, their cemeteries only accept Chinese applicants.
The chairman of the Chinese Equal Opportunities Commission said he had written to the department in charge of government cemeteries and the family will get another chance at the new lucky draw. The department apologised for sending a letter in Chinese to the family, and they were told cemeteries and burial grounds are exempted from the anti-discrimination ordinance and can refuse applications based on race or religion.
Andrews and his family have been living in Hong Kong for 30 years and made it their home, so he does not want to take the ashes of his late wife to India.
India police arrest crew of US owned ship
Report dated 19/10/2013 @ 2:39 PM
India police confirm they have arrested the 35 member crew of US owned ship MV Seaman Guard Ohio, which was detained recently, and is currently anchored at Tuticorin port. The crew includes Indians, Britons, Ukrainians and Estonians and the ship's owner AdvanFort said the vessel was involved in supporting anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean.
Police found weapons and ammunition on board that had not been declared and the vessel was not authorised to carry arms in Indian waters, and did not produce the necessary paperwork.
Owners AdvanFort thanked India's officials who allowed the vessel to enter the port to refuel and shelter from a cyclone that hit India's eastern coast. They stated there were privately contracted security personnel on board the Sierra Leone registered MV Seaman Guard Ohio. They also said the men routinely provide counter-piracy protection and the on-board protective equipment is properly registered and licensed to it.
The US embassy has not commented thus far. The British High Commission in Delhi said consular officials were in touch with the crew members who are Britons, but they were still trying to clarify exactly what had occurred.
Indian air travellers want 'child free zones on planes
Report dated 18/10/2013 @ 1:21 PM
According to a survey by travel search site Skyscanner, 73 percent of travellers, mostly men, want airlines to ban children under age 12 from certain areas of a plane, and what's more they are ready to pay up to a 10 percent premium for the privilege.
Of 1000 air travellers surveyed, 400 men and 330 women were in favour of separate areas which come with special ambient lighting to provide a more relaxing atmosphere which comes at a cost, which most were willing to pay to be away from noisy children, and preferred peace and quiet.
Women on the other hand seemed to empathise with families with young children and said the noise did not bother them.
Airlines in other countries are also considering introducing child free zones, mainly to provide a more comfortable trip to business people and older travellers.
Indian Haj pilgrim presumed dead is found alive
Report dated 17/10/2013 @ 2:33 PM
Barkatullah of Chennai went with his wife Badarunnisa to Mecca for the Haj. They were separated on the first day of the pilgrimage and after four days of searching for him, his wife presumed he had died. Others in her group thought the same and the family made arrangements for ceremonial final rites in Chennai, as the devastated Badarunnisa prayed for her husband.
The tide turned when an India Fraternity Forum volunteer Ashraf found an older man in the ICU of King Abdullah Medical City. The hospital authorities tracked down Badarunnisa in Mina and informed their son in India about his father's condition.
Badarunnisa praised the Saudi authorities for providing such a high degree of care to foreign pilgrims.
Barkatullah was taken to Arafat in an ambulance and Saudi paramedics helped him perform Haj.