Sikhs protest against death penalty in India

Thousands of Sikhs gathered at the Manukau Square in Auckland on March 25 to protest against the death sentence awarded by an Indian court to a fellow Sikh. Community spokesperson Daljit Singh told the gathering that the decision of the Indian court was shocking and that it contradicted the worldwide campaign against capital punishment and India’s avowed principles of non-violence.…

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Awards motivate SMEs to lift performance

Potential entrants in the various categories of the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards (IBA) 2012 will have the benefit of expert advice from a number of sponsors who offer specialist services to their clients. Among them are Title Sponsor (and Sponsor of the ‘Best Large Business’ category and ‘Supreme Business Year of the Award’) BNZ Partners, KPMG New Zealand (Sponsor…

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Initiative to preserve Indian languages

The campaign to preserve vernacular mother tongues and make knowledge accessible to students through translation across the linguistic arc has taken a big stride with a new bilingual dictionary series in Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada from the source language, English. An initiative of the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), National Translation Mission, Regional Institute of South…

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Tribunal censures immigration adviser

The Immigration Advisers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal has censured an Indian immigration adviser, upholding two complaints brought against him by his clients. Auckland based Rajesh Kumar has had his immigration adviser licence suspended for two years and was ordered to pay his complainant Paramjit Singh $8276 as compensation, in addition to a penalty of $4000. A notification issued by the…

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South Auckland Muslims take to social network

One of the largest Muslim organisations in Australasia is to employ state-of-the-art technology and social networking sites to promote its activities and interact better with its members and the communities in general. The South Auckland Muslim Association (SAMA) will also use Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites to propagate the teachings of Islam, the Holy Quran and highlight its programmes…

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New measures to attract Indian students

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is working with Education New Zealand to develop a partnership agreement to strengthen the framework of the New Zealand Specialist Agents (NZSA) programme. Undertaken as a part of the efforts to deliver higher quality service to the education sector, the initiative would enable INZ to foster its network with specialist agents and lift the confidence of…

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