Saturday, August 15, 2020

Two Sikh Youths Turned Dream Into Reality – From Maruti-800 To ‘Dracula-800’

                                          ‘Dracula S-800’

Davinder Singh(20)and Harsimran Singh(18) of Gehlran village in Bhogpur, Punjab: Made Motorcycle ‘Dracula S-800’With Maruti 800 Engine 200 kmph

Two young Sikh friends in Punjab built themselves a big cruiser at home. They called it the Dracula S-800. The duo spent about one month, spending some Rs 2 lakh on the project for the transformation job

The biggest highlight is the engine that comes from a Maruti 800, along with the differential. The Singh duo used parts and components from various vehicles for the Dracula. According to the two, the Dracula will do speeds of up to 200-220 km/h if given enough space to stretch its legs.

Davinder and Harsimran both attend different Engineering colleges but it was the common love for motorcycles that brought them together and has now resulted in homemade motorcycle, which quite frankly appears to be a great effort for the very first attempt at bike building.

Any sort of vehicular modification is banned in India but has a flourishing market internationally. That, however, does not stop bike builders in India from holding back from creativity.

Davinder and Harsimran may not be able to take the Dracula S-800 for a spin on highways but it surely a project they can learn from and have even more finesse in their next build.

They rented a small space for Rs 35,000 per month in their village and started working on the bike there. They finished the designing phase and started working on the bike. The work started on 1st July and the bike was ready by August 8.

Dr.Gurdeep Kaur
Associate Professor
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College
University of Delhi

"Tera Hi Tera" : Super Specialty Mission Hospital Opened In Chandigarh

Super specialty Tera Hi Tera Mission Hospital opened in Chandigarh No matter how much is the price, the medicine will be available only Rs 13 per day.


Taking another step forward in the public  service, Guru Ka Langar Eye Hospital Sector 18 Chandigarh has started Tera Hi Tera Mission Super Specialty Hospital today in Sector-45.

This charitable super specialty hospital will provide a specialized team of doctors of diabetes, Kidney, Orthopedic, Depression consultancy, Urology and Gynecology under one roof who will see people for free.

Here, even if the medicine is worth 500 rupees, the patient will get only at Rs 13 per day. This hospital was inaugurated by Shri Arvind Kukreti, Deputy Drug Controller of India. On this occasion, the General Secretary of the mission Hospital, Mr. Harjit Singh Sabharwal was also present. Shri Kukreti appreciated this effort of the institution and said that every section of the society would benefit from it. Experienced doctors of reputed institutes like PGI will see people for free and medicines will be available to people at a very nominal rate.

These characteristics of this mission hospital – Ultrasound will be performed here starting Rs. 113. At the same time, MRI (3 Tesla) will be done at Rs. 1313. The city scan will start from just 313. Apart from this, other laboratory tests will also be done at a cheaper rate than the market. 

On this occasion, Mr. Sabharwal told that following the message of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, we have made this effort for public service. He said that the patient should not have any inconvenience in taking medicines, so we have made Tera Hi Tera Medicos in our hospital premises. Most of the medicines written by our doctors will be available here. Mr. Sabharwal asserted that high-tech machines are being used in the test laboratory.

This organization is also running "Guru Ka Langar" Eye Hospital in Sector 18, Chandigarh where all patients are treated absolutely free. Till date this institution has seen more than 4 lac patients and has done free operation of about 40,000 patients.

For the treatment of diabetes and kidney Dr.Ashok Agarwal, former doctor of PGI will see the patients. Dr. S.S. Gill, Orthopedic expert, who has served in the PGI for a long time will also joined the hospital. Dr. Paramleen Kaur will be the depression consultant who has served in GMCH Sector 32 for a long time. Urology related problems will be treated by Dr. M.S. Randhawa who is also Ex PGI. Cardiology patients will be treated by Dr. Karandeep Singh Sayal, who is a Gold Medalist. Dr. Harpreet Kaur will treat Gynecology related problems. Skin diseases will also be treated here. Gold Medalist Dr. Simplepreet Kaur will treat skin diseases.

Sikh Mission Foundation :Appreciation Certificate to Corona Warriors of Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Mohan Garden, Uttam Nagar, New Delhi

Sikh Mission Foundation, Delhi President Inderjeet Singh Vikas Puri & Jagdev Singh Vikas Puri giving Appreciation Certificate to all Sewadars of Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Mohan Garden, Uttam Nagar New Delhi  doing Great Sewa of Langer & Sanitation during Lockdown & After lockdown.


Sikh mission Foundation is thankful to all for their effortless services during and after Lockdown :Jagjit Singh Kalsi (President ), Sarabjeet Singh( General Secretary), Gurpal Singh ( Cashier ), Inderjeet Singh (Chairman ), Narinder Singh Sethi ( Secretary ), Parabjot Singh Gandhi ( Sr Vice President ),Gurvinder Singh,Manmeet Singh,Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Mohan Garden, Uttam Nagar, New Delhi

Sikh Mission Foundation
Inderjeet Singh Vikas Puri

Septuagenarian Gurdip Singh :Family Lost in Partition, He hopes to Visit Ancestral Village In Chappa village,Pakistan


“Tusi kehanday ho yad aandi hai, sanu tay yad bhuldai hi ni, jado log August 15 diyan khushian manaday nay, saadiyan akha vich athru hunday nay"

August 15 is a day when Indians celebrate their independence from the British, but for septuagenarian Gurdip Singh, the day marks the most painful chapter of his life as he had lost 18 members of his family, including his father and grandparents, in the riots during the Partition.

                              Chappa Village,Pakistan

Gurdip, then four years old, lived in a joint family at Chappa village, now in Pakistan. His father Labh Singh, a teacher, commanded respect in Chappa and nearby villages.

“My maternal village is Modhay, near Attari in India, while Chappa went to Pakistan with a single stroke of pen. Both are almost at the same distance from the international border,” Gurdip says. As he was very young at the time of the Partition, Gurdip remembered only a few things, but he could join the missing pieces of their history with the help of the stories narrated by his mother and his individual research.

“When our family came to know about the Partition, the local villagers suggested to my grandfather to relocate to Modhay, but he was so confident that he refused to believe that the people who respect and love him could cause harm,” the septuagenarian says. However, his grandfather made Labh to go to the nearby village along with his wife and two sons, Gurdip adds.

The whole atmosphere was vitiated when the rioting began. “We came to know that my grandparents and many other relatives had been killed. My father went back to Chappa to find their bodies where many of his friends and villagers advised him to immediately rush back to Modhay,” he says.

Gurdip says while on way to Modhay, the Baloch army shot his father dead and injured his mother. “My mother even pleaded to them to kill her, but she was somehow allowed to live. I lost my younger brother Gurdial Singh, who was later found after six months, and my mother was unable to move due to a bullet injury,” he adds.

It was a miracle, when a cyclist saw his mother with a child lying near the bodies and offered to give her a ride to Attari hospital, Gurdip shares. “My mother’s clothes were torn, and she was hesitant to go with him. But that gentleman gave her a piece of cloth to wrap herself and dropped her at the hospital,” he says.

Asked whether he remembers his village, he says, “Tusi kehanday ho yad aandi hai, sanu tay yad bhuldai hi ni, jado log August 15 diyan khushian manaday nay, saadiyan akha vich athru hunday nay (You are asking whether I remember, but I have never forgotten. When people celebrate August 15, I have tears in my eyes),” says Gurdip.

Gurdip shares that he had visited Pakistan twice, but couldn’t visit his village due to visa restrictions. With tears in his eyes, he urges the government to issue special visas to people like him so they can at least visit their ancestral homes and villages for the last time in their lives.

Only a handful of us would be alive and everyone must be willing to visit their houses and villages as I do,” says Gurdip.

Dr.Gurdeep Kaur
Associate Professor
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College
University of Delhi

Hurshneet and Pravneet Chadha :Two Young Sikh Brothers Making/Sending Hundreds of Homemade Smile Cards To COVID-19 Patients

Two young Peoria(Arizona) Brothers are Hoping to Bring Smiles to COVID-19 Patients by Sending Homemade Cards to Valley Hospitals.

Hurshneet and Pravneet Chadha said they created "Project Smile AZ" to spread positivity. They got the idea after listening to their parents , who are both doctors, )Manpreet, an oncologist, and dad, Krishdeep,) a gastroenterologist, speak about COVID-19 patients going through treatment alone in hospitals.

"We wanted to make them feel accompanied on their journey to get better," said 15-year-old Hurshneet. "We want to make sure everyone is fine, and we want to make sure everyone is happy."

When they started, they delivered 150 cards to Banner Health. The response was so great that they decided to keep going.

"We've had many people reach out to us to send cards to our PO box, as well as hospital CEOs have reached out to us, sending us thank you letters to our email so that made us very proud," he said.

Now, they've distributed 1,200 cards to the Navajo Nation, Circle the City, a nonprofit, and several hospitals in the Valley.

"It helps the patients when we give it to them, and they're saying they put a smile on their faces when they receive them as well, so that's my favorite part," said 12-year-old Pravneet.

Through social media, they've gotten classmates and other groups to donate cards, but they make most of them in their living room.

"We come up with anything that we think would inspire the patient," said Hurshneet. "We put ourselves in the patient's shoes--what would we like for someone to write on a card and what would inspire us in that situation?

The brothers want to keep growing and said they'll continue to make "smile cards" as long as there are COVID_19 patients who need them.

Dr.Gurdeep Kaur
Associate Professor
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College
University of Delhi

New Jersey,USA Students Raise Over $10K For Charity Through Virtual Summer Science Camp

ScioCamp Virtual Summer Camp

Sehej Singh Bindra Teaches A Meteorology Lesson At ScioCamp Virtual Summer Camp.

ScioCamp Virtual Summer Camp

ScioCamp co-directors Aryvn De, Sehej Bindra and Josephine Wang (clockwise, from top left) on a virtual conference call

The outbreak of the Coronavirus has caused countless students around the state to miss out on attending a summer camp this year.

However, a group of New Jersey students created a virtual science camp that will provide younger kids with an engaging science camp experience while also raising helping raise over $10,000 for those in need.

ScioCamp, a virtual summer science camp for middle-school-aged kids, was launched by West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North students Sehej Bindra, Arvyn De and Josephine Wang.

Charging $40 per person to attend the three-week camp, the trio raised $10,500 that will be donated to a charity involved in fighting hunger.

The students are all members of the West Windsor-Plainsboro North Science Olympiad team, which is a state powerhouse and one of the best in the nation.

ScioCamp Virtual Science Camp

Daphne Hao (top) and Josephine Wang (bottom) teach an Anatomy & Physiology class at ScioCamp virtual summer camp.

Bindra said “So when we found out that we couldn’t teach this summer, we thought that it would be interesting if we could somehow take that same teaching format and put it into a virtual medium.”After the team of instructors was assembled, co-director Wang crafted a virtual flyer that was then spread around via local group chats and social media.


Dr.Gurdeep Kaur
Associate Professor
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College
Univerity of Delhi

Harkishan Singh Sanam :Sikh youth emerges as singing sensation with unique blend of Punjabi-Kashmiri music in J-K's Pulwama

A 28-year-old Kashmiri, Harkishan Singh Sanam, has emerged as a singing sensation in the Valley while surprising many with his soulful blend of Punjabi and Kashmiri musical styles.

                            Harkishan Singh's Latest Song

A postgraduate music student at the Shri Guru Granth Sahib World University in Punjab, Harkishan hails from the Tral area in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. Due to a penchant for music ever since he was a child, Harkishan has created a stir in the Valley with his unique talent.                

"I have been interested in music all my life. I used to initially sing Urdu ghazals and Bollywood Punjabi songs until a few years ago when I was highly appreciated by elders from the nearby mosque. Our village has both Muslim and Sikh people. Every morning, sounds from the mosque could be heard in our temple, and our prayer songs could also be heard by them. They would often compliment my voice and give me their blessings," says Harkishan.

He added that his family and friends have been supporting him throughout his life. "I was very active in my school's cultural activities and my teachers and peers gave me a lot of support.

My biggest support system, however, is my mother. She has been instrumental in my musical journey. She was the one who first put my hand on a harmonium and got me my first piano. I went to the music classes because of her and thereby the umpteen numbers of opportunities opened up with massive support from my teachers," he said.

Harkishan's song covers have also received much praise from his audience on Facebook, garnering thousands of likes and shares on other social media platforms as well. His style of singing has helped to popularise many old school songs, particularly among the young generation in Kashmir.

Dr.Gurdeep Kaur
Associate Professor
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College
University of Delhi

DSGMC : Humbled to Bring Back To India 48 Hindus and Sikhs Who Have Faced Persecution And Life Threats In Afghanistan

DSGMC is humbled to bring back to India 48 Hindus and Sikhs who have faced persecution and life threats in Afghanistan. Their stay and other arrangements of resettlement are being done by DSGMC.

Their Air tickets were funded by Vikramjit Singh Sahney( a recipient of the Padma Shri and International President of the World Punjabi Organisation (WPO)).Paramjeet Singh Bedi and Daleep Singh Sethi made arrangments for  their transfer and other facilities. 

Pics. Courtsey,
Mr.Manjinder Singh Sirsa

Friday, August 14, 2020

No Spectators At Independence Day Function At Attari Wagah Border In View of The Coronavirus Pandemic

Jessica Chadha,PHD Research Scholar,University of Siegen,Germany At Attari Wagah Border.

In the first week of March, the BSF restricted the entry of visitors at the JCP to witness the Beating the Retreat Ceremony.

The Independence Day ceremony at the joint check post (JCP) of the Attari-Wagah border will be held without spectators for the first time since it started in 1959 this year.

In addition to organising a band display on August 14 (Friday evening), BSF personnel will hold a parade on August 15 evening. “BSF’s Director General Surjeet Singh Deswal, along with other senior officials, will be present during the parade on August 15. 

No visitor will be allowed to visit the JCP due to the pandemic. Only men in uniform, wearing masks and gloves will be there,” said a senior BSF official, who didn’t wish to be named.

It will be the first time in the history of the JCP that the Independence Day functions will be organised without spectators. The ceremonial drill might have been suspended after the 1971 War, but not on Independence Day.

In the first week of March, the BSF restricted the entry of visitors at the JCP to witness the Beating the Retreat Ceremony, a daily drill performed by the BSF and the Pakistan Rangers. With the infection not abating, only flag lowering ceremony is being observed at the border on a daily basis.

The BSF official added, “Due to the coronavirus, neither our force nor they (Rangers) will distribute sweets on the occasion of Pakistan and India’s Independence Days.”

 Forces on both sides had been following the tradition of exchanging sweets and gifts on festivals like Diwali and Eid, as well as on Independence Day and Republic Day functions.

Dr.Gurdeep Kaur
Associate Professor
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College
University of Delhi

Muslims Perform Last Rites of Sikh Man in J&K Amid The Coronavirus –Induced Lockdown

Setting an example of communal harmony, villagers of Khrew Pampore in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district performed last rites of a non -Kashmiri man from Sikh community.

Tahil Singh, 79, a resident of Qadin village of Gurdaspur Punjab, died on intervening night of Monday and Tuesday in his rented room at Khrew village of Pampore.

Soon the news about his death spread, local residents from Khrew assembled at his rented room and started arranging for his last rites, Mohammad Ashraf, a local resident said.

They also informed management of Gurdwara Sahib Srinagar and Gurdwara Sahib Awantipora and sought their help in performing last rites of the deceased.

With the assistance of a few volunteers from these two Gurduwaras , the locals consigned him to flames today morning.
Singh was a cloth pedlar living in a rented accommodation in Khrew since 1985.

They locals desired to send his body home but couldn’t due to ongoing lockdown.

Dr.Gurdeep Kaur

Associate Professor
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College
University of Delhi