September, 2017
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Defying Gravity – Dr Shawna Pandya

Meet Dr. Shawna Pandya, a general physician by profession, whose job titles at times have included  runway model, neurosurgical resident, entrepreneur, taekwondo champion and now, citizen-scientist astronaut candidate By Surbhi Gogia History is witness to superhumans born with gifted powers to acquire multiple academic accolades or excel in their fields at a very young age. These were the people who ... Read More »


CANADA Day celebrations in Vancouver were well attended, with an estimated 350,000 to 400,000 people at its peak. Larger crowds arrived downtown earlier than initially anticipated for the family-oriented event, likely due to the beautiful weather. “We had a visible presence, and worked closely with our fellow first responders, event organizers, and transit,” says Vancouver Police Constable Jason Doucette. “We were ... Read More »

PICS offering Workplace Integration for Mature Individuals

PICS Society is providing an employment program called Workplace Integration for Mature Individuals (WIMI 45+), offering classes in the following: Resume and cover letter building Strengthen job search experience Mentorship in pairing with local professional of your original profession Job placement assistance and follow up support Develop Work Action Plan and employer engagement This program partners with local community and ... Read More »

New to Canada? Avoid unexpected bank charges

By Arjun Singh As an immigrant, one of the first things you have to do after landing is to open a bank account. Only after having a bank account in Canada can you proceed with other applications for services to settle down here. The banking system, products and regulations between banks in your home country and Canada are very different. ... Read More »

Chef Vikas Khanna — Creating food for thought

By Surbhi Gogia Chef Vikas Khanna’s journey from a small Indian city to New York is a rollercoaster with many ups and down that has rocked the world with flavours. He was recently named one of the top chef’s of the world Though today you are a lonely buried seed You feel you’re lost in this whole stampede At the ... Read More »


Women in Punjab flaunt their curves in style Being plus size is nothing new. However, what is, is that Northern India hosted their first beauty pageant on May 12 for plus size women in Punjab. With only a criteria of a 34” + waist and aged between 21 to 40 years, this was certainly a chance for Northern Indian women ... Read More »

Progressing with community

By Surbhi Gogia In an interview with Desi Today, PICS new CEO Satbir Singh Cheema talks about the changing role of the organization and his vision Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) is a household name for new and old immigrants living in Metro Vancouver. The non-profit organization has been serving the community, especially the South Asian community, under its founder ... Read More »


Muslims around the world are celebrating the blessed month of Ramadan. With longer days and higher temperatures, it’s important to be well-prepared. After all, we want to enjoy and make the most of this blessed month, and keep our focus on religious observance and self-reflection. Eating a balanced and colourful diet that includes a variety of unrefined carbohydrates, proteins, and ... Read More »

A New Generation of Punjabi Voices

By Harman S. Pandher On May 25th, the Surrey School District held it’s 3rd annual Punjabi Speech Fest for elementary school students in grades 5, 6 and 7. Four schools – Green Timbers, Newton, Strawberry Hill, and this year’s host school, Beaver Creek – participated, with around 300 students in total either giving Punjabi speeches or performing Punjabi cultural items ... Read More »

International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) lifts ban on religious headwear

IN a game-changing move, FIBA, the world governing body for basketball, unanimously approved a new rule Thursday that will lift its ban on observant Sikhs and others wearing religious head coverings. For three years, the Sikh Coalition helped lead an advocacy campaign to fix a FIBA policy that forced observant Sikhs off the court in international competition. “There is zero ... Read More »