A powerful 7.9-magnitude earthquake epicentred near Kathmandu in Nepal, the himalayan nation ripped through the upper part of the South Asian peninsula on Saturday, rattling the landscape from Myanmar to Punjab, leaving more than 1,700 dead in Nepal alone and flattening cities and towns. As rescue operations, mostly aided by Indian armed forces, mounted in the Himalayan foothills, the toll in India crept towards 100.
Nepalese police spokesman Kamal Singh Bam told journalists the quake, with its epicenter about 80km from the resort town of Pokhra and about 200km west of Kathmandu, was the worst earthquake in Nepal since 1934. The quake was shallow, meaning close to the surface of the earth, making it deadlier than those which convulse the earth deeper down.
Today, the chief Bhai Saab*, Mr. Dalbir Singh of the Sikh Temple in Wellington accompanied by a young member of the congregation Sachram Singh (10), were among the many people who laid a wreath to honor the ANZAC soldiers.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Nirmal Singh, the President of the Society whose family has been in New Zealand for nearly a hundred years, said that the Society has been participating in the wreath laying for the last 7 years. Mr. Singh said that over a million Indian soldiers participated in World War 1 and about 2.5 million in World War II. In the Battle of Gallipoli, about 15,000 Indian soldiers participated. Of these about 1,500 were killed and about 3,500 wounded.
Many of the soldiers came from North India particularly from the Punjab. Mr. Singh said that they were pleasantly surprised to find out recently that Sikhs from New Zealand and Australia had fought for ANZAC forces in the First World War. 3 who fought for New Zealand had come from Trentham, Wellington. This finding has piqued the interest of the Society and there is now desire to find out more of the 3 soldiers and also if there were others who had fought for New Zealand.
In addition to the wreath laying, the Society will also be having prayer for the ANZAC soldiers at their weekly Temple ceremony on Sunday.
Mr. Dalbir Singh who comes from India and has been the Bhai Saab at the Temple for the last 3 years, said that it was indeed a privilege for him to take part in the ceremony and to pray for soldiers of both sides who had participated in the war. He said that his prayer was for God to protect the world from such tragedy from ever happening again.
Dr Parmjeet Parmar is Now New Zealand List MP from Mt. Roskill. She is a scientist, businesswoman, broadcaster and community advocate with over 20 years professional experience.
She was born in India and migrated to New Zealand in 1995. A proud mother of two, she lives in Auckland with her husband Ravinder.
Dr Parmar holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Auckland, as well as Bachelor and Masters degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Pune in India.
More recently, Dr Parmar has been the Operations Director of her family’s Auckland-based Kiwi Empire Confectionery, a confectionery and natural health product manufacturing enterprise. She knows first-hand the challenges running a small business brings.
Naturally community-minded, Dr Parmar before being named as National List MP candidate was serving as a Families Commissioner, she resigned after being name as National list MP.
She was a Community Representative on the Film and Video Labelling Body, and as Chair of the NZ Sikh Women’s Association.
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, has got another 3 years as New Zealand's MP.
He has been National List MP for Manuaku East for the last 6 years.
Kanwaljit Bakshi was born in India and belongs to New Delhi.
Mahesh Bindra, Ranked 11th on New Zealand First's list, was the final candidate to make the cut after the party polled 8.9 per cent in the election.
He is the 3rd Indian to become MP of New Zealand in 2014 elections.
He was NZ First list MP from Mt. Roskill and secured 607 votes.
Mr Bindra moved to New Zealand in 2002 with his wife, twin daughters and son.
He graduated from Mumbai with an engineering degree.
The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ).
Two men were arrested by Police in the Motueka area this morning and have made their first appearance in Nelson District Court. No pleas were entered and they were bailed until next Thursday, 4 September.
The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. Trafficking in persons is punishable under the Crimes Act with imprisonment for up to 20 years, a fine of $500,000 or both.
One of the defendants has also been charged, along with a third defendant who was arrested in Auckland this morning, under the Immigration Act 1987 in relation to false refugee claims they organised and lodged for the 18 Indian nationals once they arrived in New Zealand. The maximum penalty is up to seven years’ imprisonment and / or a fine not exceeding $100,000.
The third defendant has been bailed to appear at Nelson District Court on 4 September.
INZ’s Assistant General Manager, Compliance and Border Operations, Peter Devoy, says the prosecution is an extremely significant development.
“It shows how seriously we treat such allegations and the fact this is the first prosecution for people trafficking in New Zealand sends a very strong message that we will thoroughly investigate any other cases,” Mr Devoy says
Former lawyer Richard James Martin, ofAlbany, has been found guilty of 93 immigration-related charges at Auckland District Court today.
Charges include: providing immigration advice when neither licensed nor exempt, forgery, and supplying false or misleading information to an immigration officer.
By law, anyone providing NewZealandimmigration advice must be licensed by the Immigration Advisers Authority, unless exempt. Exempt people include lawyers who hold aNew Zealandpractising certificate. Mr Martin previously surrendered his practising certificate.
In the new world of technology, television is not just for watching. It is also watching you.
So-called smart TVs being unveiled this week at the International Consumer Electronics Show offer technologies that watch the viewer, in an effort to offer more relevant programming.
The idea may sound eerie to those familiar with George Orwell's novel "1984" but people in the industry say this is the next step in the evolution of TV viewing.
Chinese manufacturer TCL unveiled at the show a new TV and set-top box to be sold later this year in the US using the Google TV platform which recognizes who is watching in order to suggest potential programs.
According to statistics published by Immigration New Zealand on 9 January 2013, applicants from India are at the top for Permanent Residence under Skilled Migrant Category in New Zealand in the last fortnightly selection of Expression of Interests filed with Immigration New Zealand.
In the last fortnight ending 9th January 2013, Expression of Interests of 27% applicants from India were selected from the pool for invitation to apply for Permanent Residence followed by 12.5 % from UK and 8.5 % from China........
KOLKATA, 5 JAN: India is expected to start building the world's largest solar telescope on the icy heights of Ladakh to study the sun's atmosphere and understand the formation of sun-spots and their decay process.
The Rs 300-crore project is expected to come up at either Hanle or Merak, which is very near to the Ladakh's Pangong lake along the Line of Actual Control with China.
Immigration Advisers Authority New Zealand have struck off the name of a Licensed Immigration Adviser from the register of Licensed Immigration Advisers maintained by the Immigration Advisers Authority.
In a media release by the IAA, it has been stated that Mr Richard Uday Prakash of Vital Consulting 2007 Limited will be stripped of his licence from 25 January 2013, after withholding a client's passport in lieu of fees.
The Immigration Advisers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal found Mr Prakash was not entitled to the fees he claimed he was owed and should not have withheld the migrant’s passport under these or any circumstances.
Mr Prakash was asked to apply for a migrant’s work visa and tried several times without success. .........................
With a view to remove misconceptions among many workers of Indian origin holding temporary visas in NewZealand, the Immigration department have issued clarification on its website to Indian applicants holding work visas in New Zealand.
The Immigration department has clarified that there is no change in policy of work visas for Indian workers in New Zealand. However, following recent media coverage regarding preventing many Indians from boarding aircraft to come to New Zealand even after holding valid work visas........
An high level investigation is being conducted by Immigration department against few kiwi fruit contractors in Bay of Plenty who are carrying out a widespread and well-organised rort of the student and work visa system.
Reports have indicated that many young people from India who are not educated got student visas and start working in Kiwi orchards under these contractors on under-the-table jobs within a week of arrival in New Zealand.
There are over 5000 Indian youth on international student visa to study in New Zealand, but they are working illegally in Bay of Plenty orchards while supposedly studying business, IT and cookery. The contractors pick the students from Auckland in their vans, provide them ..............
Many holders of temporary visas in New Zealand often face difficulty in bringing their spouse into New Zealand to stay with them. Repeated applications and supporting documents generally fail to satisfy immigration officials regarding the relationship being “genuine” and “stable”.
New Zealand Immigration’s policy under WF instructions relating to applications by spouse of temporary visa holders state that the immigration officer must be satisfied that the relationship between the applicant and the sponsor is genuine and stable and sustainable for long term.
Majority of applications under family (partnership) category are declined on the sole ground of “non-satisfaction by INZ about the genuineness, stability and long term susta........
By C.L Garg
Science has confirmed that everything in the Universe, including you, is pure energy vibrating at different frequencies. Everything is made up of energy. Your body is made up of same energy.
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Disputes Tribunal is a very simple and effective tool to settle consumer grievance. It is not a court The tribunal hears disputes over faulty goods, poor workmanship, pricing, fencing of boundaries, car accidents, and loss or damage to other property, breach of Hire Purchase contracts, car repairs and even quality of ear piercing.
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