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Nihaal: An Initiative of Selfless Service to Humanity

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Canada: The Sikh Student’s Association of UBC, SFU and UFV came up with a unique collaboration, Nihaal, back in 2013. And this year again, they are organizing Nihaal’16.

The event will comprise of skits incorporating comedies and speakers to represent a discourse on rarely discussed issues particularly faced by the Punjabi community. The show will be an interactive one, which will concentrate on topics and raise awareness to it. The points will be made on gender issues, elder respect, and suicide.

They have decided to team up with Sikhi Awareness Foundation (SAF) this year, and the spotlight will be on ‘farmer suicide’.

Conceived on 2014, SAF, which is a Canada based non-profit organization work on the lines of selfless service to humanity according to Sikh principles. They help the destitute families in Punjab by aiding them financially in an effort to tone down the alarming rate of depression and suicides among the farmer classes.

They have also provided the children from the marginalized communities with education, helped the community to have provision to safe drinking water by installing water filters and rebuilt houses both in Punjab and Jammu.

The organization which works both in India and Canada has conducted three emergency missions during Jammu and Kashmir floods, the Assam floods, and the Nepal earthquakes. The impressive thing is that they have help to rebuild an entire village consisting of 106 houses, registered over 40 children in educational programs and opened 3 Gurmat Academies.

The official Nihaal trailer for 2016, creating awareness, can be watched here:

The event will be taking place on 13th March at Bell Performing Arts Centre, Newton. (Input from agencies)

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Heroin worth Rs. 100 crore seized by BSF in Punjab

22kg heroine was recovered during a combat between Pakistani smugglers and BSF troopers

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22kg heroin seized in Punjab
BSF recovers heroine worth Rs. 100 crores from Pakistani smugglers. Wikimedia Commons.

In a joint operation, Border Security Forces (BSF) troopers and the Punjab Police have recovered 22kg of heroin in Punjab’s Ferozepur sector following exchange of fire with Pakistani smugglers near the international border, a BSF officer said on Saturday.

The encounter took place late on Friday following a tip-off that smugglers were trying to send heroin consignment into India.

At least one Pakistani smuggler was injured in the exchange of fire as blood stains were found during search of the area on Saturday, BSF officer D.S. Rajpurohit said.

The BSF recovered a pistol and one Pakistani Sim card.

The BSF also arrested three Indian smugglers who were waiting close to the border fence to collect the heroin consignment.

The smugglers were trying to smuggle the heroin consignment using a plastic pipe across the border fence.

The heroin is worth nearly Rs 110 crore in the international market.

The Ferozepur border is around 275 km from here.

Punjab shares a 553-km-long barbed-wire fenced international border with Pakistan. (IANS)

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