Guru Nanak South-hall Havelock Rd

Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall moved to its current location in 1997 and was inaugurated by His Royal Highness,

Ealing Council has announced the renaming of part of Havelock Road in Southall to Guru Nanak Road.

Following the decision by cabinet on 14 July to celebrate and commemorate the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, it has been decided to make an order to rename part of Havelock Road. 

The part of the road to be renamed lies between King Street and Merrick Road and includes the location of the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall. 

Consultation took place with residents and businesses directly impacted by the change, the Royal Mail and the emergency services. 

The decision to make the change is also being taken in accordance with the Street Naming Protocol which confirms that any change proposal should ‘respect and balance cultural and historical identities, sensitivities, and heritage’.

The name change will come into effect early in 2021 and the council will be writing to households, businesses and organisations impacted in advance of the change.

Councillor Kamaljit Dhindsa, cabinet member for business and community services said: “I welcome this change.  Ealing’s diversity is our strength and we have to make sure that the places we live reflect that diversity through our street names and buildings.”

The council has also put in place an equality commission which will report back to the council by May 2021 with a review of all structural inequalities in Ealing. 

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council said: “Ealing’s independent equality commission will explore what residents and businesses believe can be done to reduce inequality while improving outcomes. It will look at education, employment, crime and justice, health and housing, among others.  The decision to rename one of Ealing’s roads reflects the importance of celebrating the borough’s diversity and is a timely celebration of Guru Nanak’s birthday on 30 November.”

Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall moved to its current location in 1997 and was inaugurated by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales. It is the largest Gurdwara organisation outside of India.

The free kitchen on the site offers thousands of free meals seven-days a week to local residents in need.


Rahul Roy suffer brain stroke

Rahul Roy, Bollywood debut at the age of 22 in the Mahesh Bhatt-directed Aashiquiand went on to work with the filmmaker on 1990s films like Junoon and Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee.

“He is safe and recovering well. The recovery will take sometime,” Family said.

Aashiqui star Rahul Roy hospitalised following brain stroke. He is safe and recovering well, a family source said

Cinestar Actor #RahulRoy suffers brain stroke while filming in Kargil.

The extreme weather conditions that caused Rahul Roy’s stroke. He was rushed from Kargil to Srinagar and then to Mumbai’s Nanavati hospital in ICU.

Aashiqui fame Rahul Roy has been hospitalized after suffering from a brain stroke. The actor was admitted to the ICU two days ago.



IISF-2020 Curtain Raiser

CSIR-IITR, CSIO and IMD organize IISF-2020 Curtain Raiser events to generate awareness

India International Science Festival-2020 will showcase 41 events highlighting multi-dimensional aspects of science, technology and innovation in India

Posted On: 29 NOV 2020 3:13PM by PIB Delhi

Several curtain raiser events are being organized for generating awareness about the 6thIndia International Science Festival (IISF-2020) to be held virtually this year.

At such an event at CSIR – Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow,  Dr Shekhar C Mande, Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and Chairman, Steering Committee, IISF – 2020, in his key note address, said that this is a much awaited annual event and in spite of the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 global pandemic the event being organized itself signifies the indomitable spirit of nurturing and celebrating scientific temperament among all the stake holders.The theme of IISF 2020: “Science for Self Reliant India and Global Welfare is expected to deliberate on the role of Science, Technology and Innovation to build an Atmanirbhar Bharat and also provide solutions to global problems, he said.

Smt Neelima Katiyar, Minister of State for Higher Education and Science & Technology, Government of Uttar Pradesh was the Chief Guest of the function and Smt.Sanyukta Bhatia, Mayor of Lucknow graced the event as the Guest of Honour.

Earlier welcoming the participants, Dr Saroj K Barik, Director, CSIR – IITR said that the festival is an opportunity for young scientists to interact, share ideas and collaborate for greater global benefits.

Shri Jayant Sahasrabudhe, National Organizing Secretary and Sri Shreyansh Mandloi, Organizing Secretary Awadh Prant, Vijnana Bharti also interacted with the participants through the online mode and urged the schools and colleges to participate in large numbers and use the IISF platform to understand the intrinsic role of science and technology in our daily lives.           

            In another function, CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow organised an online curtain raiser ceremony. In this programme, Dr. S.K. Barik, Director, CSIR-NBRI gave opening remarks and the Organizing Secretary, VIBHA-Awadh Prant, U.P. Er. ShreyanshMandloi delivered a lecture about the significance of the IISF. Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, Director General, CSIR and Secretary, DSIR delivered the keynote address. Shri Brijesh Pathak, Cabinet Minister, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, was the Chief Guest of this event.

In Chandigarh, CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), also organised a pre-event curtain raiser to IISF-2020. Dr. Suresh Kumar Chaudhari, Deputy Director General, ICAR, New Delhi was the chief guest of this virtual event. Dr. Nagendra Prabhu, Associate Professor, S.D. College, Allepy, Kerala and Dr. Brajendra Parmar, Principal Scientist, ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad delivered the key note lectures.  The central theme of this program was “Science for Sustainable Agriculture and Environment”.

Similarly, India Meteorological Department (IMD), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) organised the IISF’s Curtain Raiser event on YouTube Channel. MoES is one of the organisers of 6th India International Science Festival. Dr. M. Mohapatra, DGM, IMD delivered welcome address. Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Former Secretary, MoES was the chief guest of this event. Theme of this programme was “Weather and Climate Services for Self Reliant India & Global Welfare”. Dr. Sathi Devi, Dr. D.S. Pai, Dr. R.K. Jenamani, Shri K.N. Mohan, Dr. A.K. Mitra, Dr. S.D. Attri, Dr. Ashok Kumar Das and Dr. R.K. Giri were the other speakers of this programme.

India International Science Festival is a unique combination of seminars, workshops, exhibitions, discussions and debates with several interactive forms of engagement including hands on demonstrations, dialogues with experts and scientific theatre, music and Poetry. 41 events have been identified to be held at IISF-2020.This year the festival begins on December 22, 2020 and culminates on December 25, 2020, the birthdays of world renowned Indian Mathematician Srinivas Ramanujan and former Prime Minister of the country Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, respectively. Both these stalwarts were deeply committed to the belief that Science and Technology will always be at the core of the nation’s progress.


Moderna Covid Vaccine

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Production capacity in 2021: Oxford-AstraZeneca: 3 bn doses, Pfizer: 1.3 billion Moderna 1 billion

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Britain secures additional two million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.

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SCO Summit

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to Chair 19th meeting of SCO Council of Heads of Government to be hosted by India in virtual format on Nov 30. It’ll be first time that Summit-level Meeting will be held under India’s Chairmanship, since it gained full-membership of organization: MEA

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to Chair 19th meeting of SCO Council of Heads of Govt to be hosted by India

SCO Heads of Govt to meet Monday. First ever SCO Online Exhibition on Shared Buddhist Heritage.

He said that the heads of delegations will exchange views on deepening cooperation in the trade, economic and investment spheres, in the context of overcoming the negative consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. He informed that the countries will review the activities of the SCO Business Council and Interbank Association.

“As a result of our joint work, we have developed an Action Plan for implementing the Program of Multilateral Trade and Economic Cooperation, which will be adopted at the upcoming meeting of the Council of Heads of Government. I believe that the action Plan will help boost economic growth in our countries,” he said. 

“The first meeting of the Consortium of economic analytical centres, held in August this year, served as a platform for studying and comprehensive analysis of factors affecting economic interaction within the SCO, taking into account global and regional processes,” he added.

He made special mention of PM Modi’s proposal at this year’s SCO Summit of creating a working group in the field of traditional medicine. At the Summit, PM Modi also proposed to create a special working group on innovation and start-up that could share India’s rich experience in the field of start-up eco-system. Mr. Norov said that the issue of creating a working group on Startups is being considered.

Under India’s chairmanship, the first ever SCO Start-up forum was also launched this year. SCO Secretary General said that the SCO Startup forum, which was held in October, and the Conclave of Young Scientists, held from November 25-28 this year, are aimed at encouraging young talents and realizing the huge potential of 800 million young people in the SCO space. 

He also noted the first ever SCO Digital exhibition dedicated to the common Buddhist heritage, which will open in New Delhi on November 30, 2020, coinciding Heads of Government meeting will boost the people to people linkages in our region. The National Museum will present the online exhibition LIVE at from 1000 hrs (IST) on 30th Nov 2020.


WH:All-Women Team

Joe Biden to nominate Indian-American Neera Tanden as chief of budget team

Indian-American Neera Tanden likely to be the Director of Office of Management and Budget

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden Joe Biden intends to nominate Indian-American Neera Tanden as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, a top position inside the White House responsible for managing the administration’s budget, according to local media reports on Sunday.

Joe Biden announces all-women White House communications team

US President-elect Joe Biden has appointed an all-women White House communications team. He has chosen former Barack Obama administration’s State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki as his White House press secretary. Psaki currently oversees the confirmation team for the Biden-Harris Transition. During the Obama-Biden administration, Psaki held several senior roles, including White House Communications Director and State Department Spokesperson under then-Secretary of State John Kerry.

Mr Biden’s communications team will be led by Kate Bedingfield, who will serve as the White House Communications Director. Bedingfield has served as Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director for the Biden-Harris Campaign.


EAM S Jaishankar calls,UAE PM

EAM S Jaishankar calls on UAE Prime Minister; hands over personal communication from PM Modi

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has called on UAE Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and handed over a personal communication from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

During the meeting, both ministers underlined India’s role as a reliable partner in all respects and discussed prospects for economic cooperation in the post-COVID era. He also thanked the UAE Prime Minister for taking care of the Indian community in UAE. Dr Jaishankar also visited the India pavilion at Expo 2020 site in Dubai and was briefed by India’s Ambassador to UAE Pavan Kapoor.

The minister reviewed the progress of India pavilion in showcasing India and UAE’s strength in innovation and technology. Dr Jaishankar recently embarked in a three-nation tour to Bahrain, UAE and Seychelles.


OIC Incorrect Resolution on India

India rejects ‘factually incorrect’ references to Jammu and Kashmir in OIC resolutions.

India strongly rejects factually incorrect, gratuitous and unwarranted references to India in resolutions adopted by OIC  57 countries has asked India to refrain from taking any steps to alter the existing demographic structure of the disputed territory of JK.

India has strongly and categorically rejected the factually incorrect, gratuitous and unwarranted references to India in resolutions adopted by the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) at the 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers in Niamey of Niger.
The session was held on 27th to 28th of this month. External Affairs Ministry in a statement said that India has always maintained that OIC has no locus standi in matters strictly internal to India including that of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inalienable part of India.
The Ministry said, it is regrettable that OIC continues to allow itself to be used by a certain country, which has an abominable record on religious tolerance, radicalism and persecution of minorities, to indulge in anti-India propaganda. The Ministry has strongly advised the OIC to refrain from making such references in future.


Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrations

Devotees offer prayers at Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) in Amritsar on the occasion of 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji.

Guru Nanak Jayanti being celebrated with traditional fervour across the country & abroad

Havelock Road in Southall – London’s ‘Little India’ – is finally to be renamed Guru Nanak Road.

Guru Nanak Jayanti or Gurpurab is being celebrated with religious fervour across India and the world today. It marks the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak, who laid the foundation of Sikhism. This year marks the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

On this day, devotees around the world offer prayers. The Golden temple in Amritsar celebrates Gurpurab with much aplomb.

President Ram Nath Kovind has extended his greetings and best wishes to all the citizens living in India and abroad, especially the brothers and sisters of the Sikh community on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

In his message, Mr Kovind has said that the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev are an inspiration for all human-beings. He showed people the path of unity, harmony, fraternity, comity and service, and gave an economic philosophy to realize a lifestyle based on hard work, honesty and self-respect.

The President said that Guru Nanak Dev gave the basic mantra of ‘Ek Onkar’ to his followers and insisted on treating all human beings equally, without discriminating on the basis of caste, creed and gender. Mr Kovind said that his message of ‘Naam Japo, Kirat Karo and Vand Chhako’ contains the essence of all his teachings.

The President said, on the sacred occasion of Guru Nanak Dev’s birth anniversary, we should resolve to conduct ourselves in a manner so as to emulate his teachings.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has also greeted the nation on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti. In his message, Mr Naidu said that the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji has remained an icon of truth, compassion, and righteousness through his noble life. He has a unique place among the spiritual leaders, preceptors, reformers and saints of India.

Mr Naidu said, his teachings have universal appeal and would forever inspire us to follow the path of compassion and humility and to show respect for all humankind, irrespective of caste, creed or religion. Vice President said that Guru Nanak Jayanti is always an occasion for family and friends to come together and celebrate. But this year, given the unprecedented health emergency due to COVID-19, he urged his  fellow citizens to celebrate the festival by adhering to COVID health and hygiene protocols.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the occasion. In his Mann Ki Baat programme, Mr Modi said he is deeply inspired by the noble ideals of Guru Nanak Dev. Prime Minister Modi said, the world over, the influence of Guru Nanak Dev ji is distinctly visible.

London, Ealing Council officially approved a proposal that Havelock Road in London’s Southall district should be renamed Guru Nanak Road. Guru Nanak is the founder of Sikhism and is the first of the ten Sikh Gurus. Havelock Road was initially named after Major General Sir Henry Havelock KCB, the colonial British general who fought in the Sikh wars and later suppressed the 1857 Uprising. It is home to London’s largest gurdwara, a place of worship and assembly for the Sikh communities.


Covid Vaccine Mission 900Cr

Govt. announces Rs 900 crore package for COVID-19 Vaccine Development Mission

The Ministry of Science and Technology said that this will help accelerate development of approximately 5 to 6 vaccine candidates. This will also ensure that these are brought closer to licensure and introduction in the market for consideration of regulatory authorities for introduction in public health systems, to combat further spread of COVID infection. Phase-I of the COVID Suraksha Mission has been allotted 900 Crore rupees for a period of 12 months. 

The Ministry said that a total of 10 vaccine candidates have been supported by the Department of Biotechnology so far at both academia and industry and as on date. Five vaccine candidates are in human trials including the Russian Vaccine Sputnik-V with at least three more in advanced stages of preclinical to enter human trials shortly.