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An Indian-origin Sikh woman, Ms. Palbinder Kaur Shergill, sole practitioner with Shergill & Company and human rights activist, has been recently appointed a judge of the Canadian Supreme Court of British Columbia in New Westminster.  The appointment of the Indian-origin Sikh woman as Supreme Court Judge of Canada is considered as a milestone for the Sikh community in Canada.  Importantly, this is a first such appointment of a turbaned Sikh woman anywhere in the world.  A sole practitioner…

An Indian-origin Sikh woman, Ms. Palbinder Kaur Shergill, sole practitioner with Shergill & Company and human rights activist, has been recently appointed a judge of the Canadian Supreme Court of British Columbia in New Westminster. The appointment of the Indian-origin Sikh woman as Supreme Court Judge of Canada is considered as a milestone for the Sikh community in Canada. Importantly, this is a first such appointment of a turbaned Sikh woman anywhere in the world. A sole practitioner…

The Intellecap CEO Ms. Nisha Dutt gets social entrepreneur of year award, becomes the first Indian woman leader to have been honored.  Ms. Nisha Dutt, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Intellecap has become the first Indian woman leader to have been conferred with the “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” award. She received the award at The 7th Asian Awards in London. The 39-year old Indian female entrepreneur has been honored in recognition of her work in making Intellecap a globally known…

The Intellecap CEO Ms. Nisha Dutt gets social entrepreneur of year award, becomes the first Indian woman leader to have been honored. Ms. Nisha Dutt, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Intellecap has become the first Indian woman leader to have been conferred with the “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” award. She received the award at The 7th Asian Awards in London. The 39-year old Indian female entrepreneur has been honored in recognition of her work in making Intellecap a globally known…

Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Orissa has become the first Indian city to win Pierre L’enfant International planning excellence award-2017.  Instituted by the American Planning Association (APA), Orissa’s capital Bhubaneswar was recently chosen for Pierre L’enfant International planning excellence award-2017. The Bhubaneswar city was honoured at the Awards Luncheon at APA’s National Planning Conference in New York on May 8th, 2017. The city bagged the prestigious award for its good and…

Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Orissa has become the first Indian city to win Pierre L’enfant International planning excellence award-2017. Instituted by the American Planning Association (APA), Orissa’s capital Bhubaneswar was recently chosen for Pierre L’enfant International planning excellence award-2017. The Bhubaneswar city was honoured at the Awards Luncheon at APA’s National Planning Conference in New York on May 8th, 2017. The city bagged the prestigious award for its good and…

UK recently got its first female Sikh MP and first turban-wearing MP as the UK general election results threw up a small increase in the number of Indian-origin MPs in the House of Commons.  In a first Ms. Preet Kaur Gill, winning from Birmingham Edbaston has become the first Sikh woman to be elected to the British Parliament’s House of Commons. Similarly, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (also known as Tan), has won from the Slough constituency, becoming the first turban-wearing Sikh to be elected to…

UK recently got its first female Sikh MP and first turban-wearing MP as the UK general election results threw up a small increase in the number of Indian-origin MPs in the House of Commons. In a first Ms. Preet Kaur Gill, winning from Birmingham Edbaston has become the first Sikh woman to be elected to the British Parliament’s House of Commons. Similarly, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (also known as Tan), has won from the Slough constituency, becoming the first turban-wearing Sikh to be elected to…

Ms. Sahithi Pingali, a teenage researcher from Bengaluru will get a minor planet in Milky Way named after her as a reward for developing an integrated mobile phone app and lake monitoring kit to monitor pollution in water bodies. This 16-year old, 12th standard student, had developed an app to collect data on the frothy, polluted lakes of Bengaluru through crowd-sourcing.   While, there is no doubt that the froth on Bangalore’s Varthur Lake has generated a lot of interest, but interestingly…

Ms. Sahithi Pingali, a teenage researcher from Bengaluru will get a minor planet in Milky Way named after her as a reward for developing an integrated mobile phone app and lake monitoring kit to monitor pollution in water bodies. This 16-year old, 12th standard student, had developed an app to collect data on the frothy, polluted lakes of Bengaluru through crowd-sourcing. While, there is no doubt that the froth on Bangalore’s Varthur Lake has generated a lot of interest, but interestingly…

NASA has selected 12 new astronauts including an Indian-American, Lt Col Raja “Grinder” Chari, 39, commander of the 461st Flight Test Squadron as well as the director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.  Importantly, this is the largest group of astronauts NASA has selected in almost two decades. The 12 candidates selected from around from 18000 applications, include six military officers, three scientists, two medical doctors, a lead engineer at SpaceX…

NASA has selected 12 new astronauts including an Indian-American, Lt Col Raja “Grinder” Chari, 39, commander of the 461st Flight Test Squadron as well as the director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Importantly, this is the largest group of astronauts NASA has selected in almost two decades. The 12 candidates selected from around from 18000 applications, include six military officers, three scientists, two medical doctors, a lead engineer at SpaceX…

Post the twin attacks in London – the first one in Manchester and then in London Bridge and the Borough Market, witnessed a lot of SIKH hospitability. The Sikh community opening its doors to those caught up in the terror attacks.  The Sikh temples in Manchester, Ramgarhia Sikh Gurdwara Temple, Singh Sabha Gurdwara North East London and Khalsa Centre and the Tooting Gurdwara offered food and shelter to people left stranded by the bombing that struck young music fans as they left an Ariana…

Post the twin attacks in London – the first one in Manchester and then in London Bridge and the Borough Market, witnessed a lot of SIKH hospitability. The Sikh community opening its doors to those caught up in the terror attacks. The Sikh temples in Manchester, Ramgarhia Sikh Gurdwara Temple, Singh Sabha Gurdwara North East London and Khalsa Centre and the Tooting Gurdwara offered food and shelter to people left stranded by the bombing that struck young music fans as they left an Ariana…

Three Indian-origin scientists have been elected as the Fellows of The Royal Society, a premier scientific academy of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, for their “outstanding contributions to science“.  Importantly, eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from or living and working in the UK and the Commonwealth nations (including India) are elected annually as the Fellows of The Royal Society. The Royal Society is a self-governing fellowship society of the world’s most…

Three Indian-origin scientists have been elected as the Fellows of The Royal Society, a premier scientific academy of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, for their “outstanding contributions to science“. Importantly, eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from or living and working in the UK and the Commonwealth nations (including India) are elected annually as the Fellows of The Royal Society. The Royal Society is a self-governing fellowship society of the world’s most…

Mr. Leo Varadkar was born in Dublin is the son of an Indian doctor and an Irish nurse. He came out publicly as gay in the run-up to a 2015 referendum that legalized same-sex marriage in Ireland. He is highly likely to become prime minister in Ireland’s coalition government, although not immediately.  Ireland's governing Fine Gael party recently elected the Indian-origin Leo Varadkar as its new leader. Following his election as party leader, the 38-year-old gay son of an Indian immigrant is…

Mr. Leo Varadkar was born in Dublin is the son of an Indian doctor and an Irish nurse. He came out publicly as gay in the run-up to a 2015 referendum that legalized same-sex marriage in Ireland. He is highly likely to become prime minister in Ireland’s coalition government, although not immediately. Ireland's governing Fine Gael party recently elected the Indian-origin Leo Varadkar as its new leader. Following his election as party leader, the 38-year-old gay son of an Indian immigrant is…

India’s TT players Manika Batra (21) and Mouma Das (33) have created history by becoming the first Indian pair to reach the quarterfinals of the World Table Tennis Championships. The pair received a walkover from their opponents Li Jie of the Netherlands and Li Qian of Poland as Li Qian had suffered a stomach problem. The event is held in Dusseldorf, Germany. The duo will now take on the No. 1 and 2 Chinese players, Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen in an upcoming match.  The 33-year-old Das said, "I…

India’s TT players Manika Batra (21) and Mouma Das (33) have created history by becoming the first Indian pair to reach the quarterfinals of the World Table Tennis Championships. The pair received a walkover from their opponents Li Jie of the Netherlands and Li Qian of Poland as Li Qian had suffered a stomach problem. The event is held in Dusseldorf, Germany. The duo will now take on the No. 1 and 2 Chinese players, Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen in an upcoming match. The 33-year-old Das said, "I…