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  1. That's a shame, he seemed to be very pro-Punjabi
  2. Those of you who follow Indian politics more than I do, what do you think of Yogendra Yadav, the politician who has been joining in with the farmers' protest since the early days I have seen him speak and he seems very intelligent. Is he genuine, or just an opportunist ? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogendra_Yadav
  3. @jkvlondon Would like your opinion. Just was thinking about the supplements industry , e.g. vitamins and minerals. Does GM food and the food we generally consume have enough of most nutrients that we need? I am sceptical about need for supplements, but since they are big money, then the companies could be working hand-in-hand with the farming companies who would not care about quality of food and the nutrients availale from them
  4. A quick google search does not confirm that
  5. Cannot post the article as site won't let me, it's from October Read more at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/78581067.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst Alternative link Online petition against Cllr Kamaljit Chana over Islamophobia By Adam Shaw @adamshaw41Local democracy reporter Cllr Kamaljit Chana https://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/18762459.online-petition-cllr-kamaljit-chana-islamophobia/ More than 6,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the Conservative Party to “take action” against a councillor who made Islamophobic comments. The petition, launched on change.org, asks Harrow Council and the borough’s Conservative Group to “expel” Pinner South ward councillor Kamaljit Chana from their organisations. As part of an employment tribunal against Dyson Technologies LTD, Cllr Chana, who worked as a senior technical project manager, was found to have made a string of offensive comments, including calling Muslims “violent”, discussing 9/11 and terrorism, and suggesting “Pakistani men are grooming our girls”. The case, heard by the Bristol Employment Tribunal, found in favour of an ex-Dyson employee, who resigned in 2018. The petition suggested Cllr Chana broke Harrow Council’s councillors’ code of conduct with his comments and called for an immediate investigation. It also urged the Conservative Party to “do more to stamp out all forms of discrimination as discrimination of any type cannot be tolerated in any part of society let alone from those who represent us as public servants”. The campaign follows condemnation of Cllr Chana’s actions from the Labour Party in Harrow and the Muslim Forum of Middlesex. Cllr Graham Henson, leader of Harrow Council, said: “I and the entire Labour Group believe that Islamophobia or any other form of discrimination has no place in Harrow. “We have raised (this issue) with the council’s legal officer, who will investigate as part of the councillor standards and complaints procedure.” And a letter from the Muslim Forum pointed out the incident was particularly upsetting given Harrow’s position as one of the most diverse areas in the UK. The Harrow Conservative Group said: “The first we heard of these allegations and the Tribunal decision was on Sunday morning (September 20) from reading the Sunday Times. “We take these allegations extremely seriously, we are investigating them and following due process. We will not hesitate to take firm action accordingly. We await publication of the tribunal judgement and we will scrutinise the ruling.” Following the result of the tribunal, Cllr Chana said he hopes Dyson consider an appeal, however, there is no evidence to suggest one will be lodged. He said: “As a British citizen, I expect everyone to follow the British values. This includes having mutual respect & tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. “There were discussions about factual news events which took place at that time. “I do not accept the behaviour of those who aim to destroy British values, via calculated horrendous events. Nor do I accept any support shown towards those who commit such acts. “My comments were not about whole community groups. This would be entirely unjust.” Dyson’s Automotive Function closed over a year ago and Dyson’s promotion process and internal HR processes were not found to be discriminatory by the tribunal. Dyson says that its internal disciplinary procedure upheld the discriminatory allegations made, except for the allegation of the anti-Muslim conversations. A year later, the Islamophobia was brought up to HR and serious disciplinary sanction, short of dismissal, was issued to Kamaljit Chana at the time in relation to bullying.
  6. Covid: Fake news 'causing UK South Asians to reject jab' By Sima Kotecha BBC News Published 15 January Sharemedia captionAt Fullwell Cross Medical Centre, north London, they are now vaccinating almost 1,000 people a week Fake news is likely to be causing some people from the UK's South Asian communities to reject the Covid vaccine, a doctor has warned. Dr Harpreet Sood, who is leading an NHS anti-disinformation drive, said it was "a big concern" and officials were working "to correct so much fake news". He said language and cultural barriers played a part in the false information. A GP in the West Midlands told the BBC some of her South Asian patients had refused the vaccine when offered it. Influencers Dr Sood, from NHS England, said officials were working with South Asian role models, influencers, community leaders and religious leaders to help debunk myths about the vaccine. Much of the disinformation surrounds the contents of the vaccine. He said: "We need to be clear and make people realise there is no meat in the vaccine, there is no pork in the vaccine, it has been accepted and endorsed by all the religious leaders and councils and faith communities." "We're trying to find role models and influencers and also thinking about ordinary citizens who need to be quick with this information so that they can all support one another because ultimately everyone is a role model to everyone", he added. "There's a big piece of work happening where we're translating information, we're making sure the look and feel of it reaches the populations that matter." WhatsApp rumours fear over BAME vaccine take up Clinics urge Asian community to take up vaccine The vaccines explained in five South Asian languages Some of the disinformation seen by the BBC on social media and on WhatsApp is religiously targeted. Messages falsely claim the vaccines contain animal produce - eating pork goes against the religious beliefs of Muslims, as does eating beef for Hindus. Dr Samara Afzal has been vaccinating people in Dudley, West Midlands. She said: "We've been calling all patients and booking them in for vaccines but the admin staff say when they call a lot of the South Asian patients they decline and refuse to have the vaccination. "Also talking to friends and family have found the same. I've had friends calling me telling me to convince their parents or their grandparents to have the vaccination because other family members have convinced them not to have it". Dr Harpreet Sood Reena Pujara is a beauty therapist in Hampshire and a practising Hindu. She said she's been bombarded with false information. "Some of the videos are quite disturbing especially when you actually see the person reporting is a medic and telling you that the vaccine is going to alter your DNA," she said. "For a layman it is very confusing. And also when you read that the ingredients in the vaccine derive from a cow - and as Hindus the cow is sacred to us - it is disturbing." About 100 mosques have a joined a campaign to counter vaccine disinformation and persuade their communities to take the vaccine. They've said they'll use their Friday sermons to urge people to have the jab. "There should be no hesitation in taking [the vaccine] from a moral perspective," said Qari Asim, chair of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB), which has organised the campaign. "It is our ethical duty to protect ourselves and others from harm." Why 'disappearing' vaccine needles aren't a scam No, it won't alter your DNA - vaccine rumours debunked Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi told the BBC's Asian Network that faith and community leaders had a big role to play in ensuring a high take-up of the vaccine. He said he had met with more than 150 leaders from Sikh, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim communities who were taking the message out "that it's the right thing to do". He added that the government was taking steps to tackle online disinformation around the vaccine, as well as making sure vaccine guidance was available in many different languages. A recent poll, commissioned by the Royal Society of Public Health, suggested just over half of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people would be happy to have the coronavirus vaccine. It found 57% said they would take the vaccine - compared with 79% of white people. Relate
  7. Bump It's unfortunate for Jaggi's case that at this time Sikhs are focused on the farmers' rights issue
  8. I would guess somewhere halfway is the reality. All are equal so all deserve equality (communism) but then efforts/actions should be rewarded/punished (capitalism) Although what is 'good' or 'bad' is not always simple and we cannot know the reasons for why things are why they are
  9. Sunak is of Hindu Punjabi background. I doubt he is anti-Sikh, doesn't seem the type.
  10. A high proportion of those seem to be those living outside of Punjab/urbanites , the types who wear multicoloured pagri and wear India tops and sit in crowds at Indian national cricket team matches
  11. Are there many 'majority' areas in Canada, or just streets ? There are lots of large areas in UK with large minority Sikh populations like in Ilford/Barking E London, Gravesend in Kent, much of Midlands and parts of Yorkshire
  12. Just wear a smaller Kara I think that would be the best solution
  13. Millwall fans seem to like us, but some of it is because of the drinking by Punjabis https://millwall-forum.vitalfootball.co.uk/threads/sikhs-helping-out-n-w.46031/
  14. maybe it is cover story to appease Islamists that Manpreet has converted But this is what he looks like when not at wedding
  15. The NHS gender identity service is seeking leave to appeal against a High Court ruling that restricts children under 16 from accessing "puberty-blocking" drugs. The NHS service says the move harms young people with gender dysphoria. Doctors and parents have told the BBC the ruling could put already vulnerable trans teens at risk. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/education-55369784 And trans young people have been giving their reaction, with one calling the ruling "honestly terrifying". Gender dysphoria is when a mismatch between a person's sex assigned at birth and their gender identity causes them distress. Accessing puberty blockers is currently one of the first steps in treatment for young people wishing to transition. Earlier this month, three High Court judges ruled that children under 16 with gender dysphoria are "unlikely to be able to give informed consent to undergo treatment with puberty-blocking drugs". Dame Victoria Sharp, sitting with Lord Justice Lewis and Mrs Justice Lieven, said: "It is highly unlikely that a child aged 13 or under would be competent to give consent to the administration of puberty blockers. "It is doubtful that a child aged 14 or 15 could understand and weigh the long-term risks and consequences of the administration of puberty blockers," she added. As a result, trans children under the age of 16 will now need a clinician to apply to the High Court to be able to access puberty blockers, and all current referrals and appointments have been paused. The BBC understands that clinicians may also seek guidance from the High Court for all trans young people under 18. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust runs England and Wales' only children's gender identity service. It is now seeking leave to appeal the High Court decision, along with University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust. What are puberty blockers? High Court rules on puberty blockers for under-16s Theo, a 14-year-old trans boy who suffers from extreme gender dysphoria, came out as trans when he was 11. He is still waiting to see a gender specialist, and last year he tried to take his own life. He wanted to "disappear", he said, after being left to go through female puberty while stuck on a "never-ending" NHS waiting list. "I felt like I wanted to be dead rather than waiting. I spend a lot of time wishing I could be a normal boy and there is no help for me. "I have support around me, but my gender dysphoria feels like I'm not me in my own body," he says. "It can make me really depressed. I hate seeing my body, so I can barely have a shower or a bath." Theo's mum, Loreto, says that even when Theo was lying in intensive care "connected to pumps and with tubes through his nose", she could not secure him any gender identity help. "It was a very dark moment, but Theo still hasn't been given any gender support from the NHS," she says. "I still have a child who can't go outside. I have to constantly check how he's dealing with life, and tell him to focus on the positives." Responding to the ruling, Theo says he should be able to decide what happens to his body. Image captionThe NHS Gender Identity Development Service is based at the Tavistock and Portman Trust "People think that trans kids are lunatics who have no idea what's going on in the world. People think trans kids are just handed medication without any questions asked, but that's not true at all. "We have to read a lot, we have to ask questions, we have to fight. We're forced to be a lot more mature than most kids I know. This ruling is honestly terrifying," he tells the BBC. The NHS Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) website states: "This judgment and the revised NHS England service specifications for GIDS raise a lot of questions and may be the cause of anxiety and distress for our patients and their families/guardians. "We also appreciate that this comes at a time when our waiting times have never been longer, and amidst a pandemic." While the NHS gender identity service says that access to any medication will not be "automatically withdrawn" as a result of the ruling, they confirmed that no new referrals are being accepted. A spokesperson for the NHS Trusts involved told the BBC this is a "temporary pause". Image copyrightEMMA WILLIAMS Image captionEmma (left) supports her trans daughter Emily (right) at LGBT Pride events Emily, a 12-year-old trans girl from Liverpool, was first referred to the Tavistock by her GP in May 2017. After being assessed over 12 appointments, across two years, involving Emily and her parents, she had just been recommended for puberty blockers by the service. Emily's mother, Emma, fears her daughter "will not make it through" male puberty. "Emily is running out of time. We will have to figure something out, and fast," she says. "She's already so uncomfortable in the body she's got, and if it becomes more male, she won't be able to tolerate it." In October 2020, Emily's NHS psychotherapist wrote: "I am satisfied that Emily, with the ongoing support and guidance of her parents, has a good understanding about the potential side-effects of this treatment." A clinician who currently works within the NHS GIDS, told the BBC her patients are now being left alone to deal with distress. "The young trans people I'm talking to now are experiencing deeply distressing mental health problems," she says. "To be a young trans person nowadays requires a bigger fight than ever, but most of the trans people I see do not have any fight left in them." The clinician wanted to remain anonymous, because of the backlash that could come as a result of her speaking out. She says: "I know of several young people who have tried to take their lives, some successfully, and that was before these legal challenges which will only slow down and block our services even more." Trans hate crime reports have quadrupled Trans teen taking legal action against the NHS Dr Adrian Harrop, a GP from Liverpool who has defended the right of children to begin transitioning, says trans young people have now had "the rug pulled from underneath them". "It makes me terribly worried that there is now nothing there for those children, and nothing that can be done to help them. "Parents are being left at a point where they're having to struggle to cope with these children who are in a real state of distress and anxiety. Sadly, there is a very real risk of seeing more suicides," he adds. In a letter seen exclusively by the BBC, GenderGP - one of the only private healthcare providers for transgender people in the UK - calls on NHS England's Medical Director for Specialist Services, James Palmer, to take urgent action. The letter asks him to provide "interim solutions to prevent harm". It adds: "The mental health implications of this cannot be underestimated, and the risk of self-harm and suicide must be acknowledged." GenderGP is a private company founded by Helen Webberley, who was suspended by the General Medical Council for running an unlicensed transgender clinic. She is challenging the decision. Clarification and update 23 December: We have made some changes to this article which include amending its opening line to make clear that the NHS gender identity service has not appealed against the High Court ruling but is seeking leave to do so. We have also added a paragraph which provides further background information on GenderGP and included links to the BBC Action Line.
  16. I think not as many people are willing to have the vaccine as ‘they’ want. Joe Biden and Mike Pence have been having the vaccine on live TV. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/covid-vaccine-rollout-speed-up-david-salisbury-b454310.html Millions more could get Covid vaccine if first doses were ‘aggressively’ rolled out, says Professor David Salisbury Tony Blair has also called for a ‘radical acceleration’ of mass vaccinations Millions more people could get the Pfizer jab more quickly if the vaccination programme was dramatically speeded up by giving just one dose in a first wave, an immunisation expert has said. Professor David Salisbury, in charge of immunisation programmes at the Department of Health until 2013, said on Wednesday by just using one dose the vaccine could be administered much more “aggressively” to combat coronavirus. He insisted it would only reduce protection from 95 per cent of people to 91 per cent. His comments were echoed by former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who set out a series of suggestions to prevent the “colossal damage” that would be caused by delayed mass vaccination.
  17. Are there any ‘ethical ‘ dairy places ?
  18. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-55370482 Blindian Project: Celebrating black and South Asian relationships Blindian Project: Celebrating black and South Asian relationshipsClose 'How do I introduce my partner to my parents?' That is the question Jonah Batambuze always gets from Asians who contact him. So he has started running workshops to help couples prepare for tricky introductions. He is the founder of Blindian Project, an online platform celebrating black and Asian relationships. He says anti-black racism within the South Asian community can be the biggest challenge for couples. But recent events in the United States - Black Lives Matter protests and the election of Kamala Harris as US vice-president - are starting to shift attitudes in the South Asian community. Produced by BBC Asian Network's Nalini Sivathasan. Additional filming by Baldeep Chahal and Suhail Patel.
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