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Punjabi Diary: Ayodhya verdict, Kartarpur Corridor made the news this week

The much-awaited inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor and the verdict on the Ayodhya Ram Janmbhoomi case ruled this week's headlines, not only in Punjab but the rest of India as well.

Visitors to Nankana Sahib share their emotions and experiences with SBS Punjabi - Visitors to Nankana Sahib share their emotions and experiences with SBS Punjabi

SBS Punjabi program crossed live to Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, where thousands of pilgrims had thronged from around the world, to celebrate Guru Nanak's 550th birthday. - SBS Punjabi program crossed live to Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, where thousands of...

'Ik Onkar' sculpture to be unveiled in a public space in Australia for the first time

Iqbal Singh Gill has made sculptures about Sikh history and culture for many gurdwaras around the world, including neighbouring New Zealand.  He has sculpted the symbol 'Ik Onkar' which translates to 'There is only one God' for Australia as well.

'When I came to Australia 60 years ago, there was no Sydney Opera House let alone many Indians' - '60 ਸਾਲ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਜਦੋਂ ਮੈਂ ਸਿਡਨੀ ਆਈ ਸਾਂ ਤਾਂ ਇੱਥੇ ਓਪੇਰਾ ਹਾਊਸ ਵੀ

When Rani Khurram migrated to Sydney as a student in the 1960s, she desperately missed Punjabi culture, food and friends. She is excited by the changes she's seen during this time and now wishes to see the development of a Punjabi education centre in A...

Young overseas Sikh leaders invited by Indian government to conference on Guru Nanak

As part of the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak, India's Ministry of External Affairs has invited young leaders of the Sikh community from 10 countries to a seminar on the teachings of the guru, visit Rashtrapati Bhawan and gurdwaras ...

OCI fiasco continues, some passengers contemplate legal action

As Australian citizens who hold life-time visas called Overseas Citizen of India cards continue to be refused boarding on flights to India, some affected passengers are looking for a legal redressal. Meanwhile, a number of offloaded travellers bound fo...

‘Remain indoors, wear masks and get flu shots’: Doctors' advice for families going to India

As Delhi chokes and north India reportedly reels under dengue, malaria and chikungunya outbreak, doctors in Australia are advising families with young children to preferably ‘delay travel plans’ or take ‘appropriate precautions’ to minimize health risk...

‘World’s Largest Soccer Lesson’: Melbourne-based Punjabi family among those who broke Guinness World Record - ਗਿੰਨੀਜ਼ ਵਰਲਡ ਰਿਕਾਰਡ ਬਣਾਉਣ ਵਿੱਚ ਸ਼ਾਮਿਲ ਹੈ ਮੈਲਬੌਰਨ ਦਾ

Over 800 people came together for the ‘World’s largest soccer lesson’ at Woodlea in Melbourne’s west last week. Click on the player to listen to the complete conversation with Mandeep Singh, who took part in the ‘lifetime opportunity’ along with his fa...

Winds blow away a bit of Delhi’s pollution, a lot still left

Fresh winds have helped to clear some of the air pollution choking New Delhi, India. Despite improved visibility, the air remains at a hazardous level leaving the city's population of more than 20 million people at risk.

$83,000 annually: Are tradies Australia's new rich?

Latest data from SEEK reveals air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanics are Australia’s richest tradespeople, snapping nearly $83k annually, closely followed by electricians, fitters, turners and machinists.

Back to the basics: Can a simple Indian diet replace protein powders?

The trend of consuming protein powders and replacing meals with chemicals is unmissable. Is this trend healthy? Should we choose a simple Indian diet over these packaged chemicals?

Kartarpur and Nankana Sahib ready to welcome pilgrims from around the world

With a week remaining for Guru Nanak's landmark 550th birth anniversary celebrations, the Kartarpur corridor is ready "in record time", and arrangements are in place to welcome a record number of pilgrims visiting Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru ...

Common problems faced by multicultural Australians in aged care facilities - ਬਹੁ-ਸਭਿਅਕ ਆਸਟ੍ਰੇਲੀਆ ਦੀਆਂ ਏਜਡ ਕੇਅਰ ਸੰਸਥਾਵਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਭਾਰੀ ਸੁਧਾਰਾਂ ਦੀ ਲੋ

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission received 7,828 formal complaints in 2018-19, and 73 per cent of all complaints were about residential care. The most common problems were medication administration and management. - ‘ਦਾ ਏਜਡ ਕੇਅਰ ਕੂਆਲਟੀ ਐਂਡ ਸੇਫਟੀ ਕਮਿਸ਼...

When and how do elderly migrants become eligible for Aged Pension?

Do you know at what age will your parents become eligible for a fortnightly aged pension in Australia? Did you know that citizenship isn't an essential criterion - and parents can receive hundreds of dollars a week even if they have permanent residency...

Should Australia’s visa processing be outsourced?

Migration experts have warned a multi-billion-dollar plan to outsource visa processing threatens the integrity of Australia's migration system. The Department of Home Affairs stresses no jobs will be cut, but critics argue the move will do nothing to c...

An Australian solution for a problem faced by Indian dairy farmers

A Perth-based startup named Mooo Farms has won a World Bank award for its work and is gearing up to collaborate with Microsoft to enhance the productivity of India’s dairy farming, using artificial intelligence.

Book review: Dukh Da Suraj by Pakistani Punjabi poet Khalid Javaid

In our fortnightly literary series, we review poetry collections of Punjabi poets from Pakistan. This time around, we discuss 'Dukh Da Suraj' by Khalid Javaid for you. 

Warning to asthma sufferers amid bushfires, thunderstorms - ਦਮੇਂ ਦੇ ਮਰੀਜ਼ਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਸਾਵਧਾਨ ਰਹਿਣ ਦੀ ਚਿਤਾਵਨੀ

A severe asthma warning has been upgraded in parts of the country with authorities concerned air quality could pose health concerns. - ਸਿਹਤ ਅਧਿਕਾਰੀਆਂ ਵਲੋਂ ਹਵਾ ਦੀ ਗੁਣਵੱਤਾ ਬਾਰੇ ਚਿੰਤਾ ਜਾਹਰ ਕਰਨ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਅਦ, ਦੇਸ਼ ਦੇ ਕੁੱਝ ਹਿੱਸਿਆਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਦਮੇਂ ਦੀ ਗੰਭੀਰ ਚਿਤਾਵਨੀ ਨੂੰ ਅਪਗ੍ਰੇਡ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ।

Migrant chef paid $12 an hour, takes employer to court

A chef who claims he was underpaid while working at the Rockpool restaurant in Melbourne has taken his claim to the Federal Court. Chef Rohit Karki began working at the restaurant in 2012 and claims he was sometimes forced to sleep at work when rostere...

'If anti-India elements enter India from Kartarpur, Pakistan can't be blamed': Pakistan Punjab governor

Celebrations of Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary began on Thursday at the Wagah-Attari border, ahead of the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor on November 9 and the main event on November 12 at Nankana Sahib.

How to get help if you’re a victim of sexual harassment at work? - ਕੰਮ-ਕਾਜ ਵਾਲੀ ਥਾਂ ਤੇ ਜਿਣਸੀ ਸ਼ੋਸ਼ਣ ਗੈਰ ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਹੈ; ਆਪਣੇ ਹੱਕਾਂ ਬਾਰੇ ਜਾਣੋ

Being sexually harassed at work is still too common in Australia, but there are ways to ensure your rights are respected. - ਕੰਮ-ਕਾਜ ਵਾਲੀ ਥਾਂ ਤੇ ਹੋਣ ਵਾਲੀ ਜਿਣਸੀ ਛੇੜਛਾੜ ਨੂੰ ਕੋਈ ਵੀ ਪਸੰਦ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਦਾ, ਪਰ ਫੇਰ ਵੀ ਅਜਿਹਾ ਅਕਸਰ ਵਾਪਰਦਾ ਹੀ ਰਹਿੰਦਾ ਹੈ।

Motichoor Chaknachoor - a wedding comedy

Marriage is proverbially compared to a 'Laddoo' - whether you eat it or you don't, you end up repenting either way. Hear about the latest Bollywood film to showcase this, along with other news from India's film world.

'The accidental local' spreading love in Victorian country town, one scoop at a time

Meet Dhami Singh - the ‘most-loved’ ice cream man of Shepparton who has been serving scoops of love since 2010.

‘Honest’ Uber driver praised for returning passenger’s purse containing $10,000 - ਆਸਟ੍ਰੇਲੀਅਨ ਸਿੱਖ ਊਬਰ ਡਰਾਈਵਰ ਨੇ ਸਵਾਰੀ ਦੇ $10,000 ਵਾਪਿਸ ਕਰਕੇ ਕਾਇਮ ਕੀ

Melbourne-based driver Gurbrinder Singh is being hailed for his honesty after he reunited a passenger with her purse that contained $10,000 in cash, amongst other valuables. - ਮੈਲਬੌਰਨ ਦੇ ਊਬਰ ਡਰਾਈਵਰ ਗੁਰਬਰਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਦੀ ਇਸ ਗੱਲ ਲਈ ਪ੍ਰਸ਼ੰਸਾ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਉਸਨੇ ਆਪਣੀ ਸਵਾਰੀ ਦੇ 10,000...

This Melbourne council conferred citizenship on over 600 migrants in a single day

More than 600 migrants have been formally granted citizenship at ceremonies in Melbourne's West, on a day many have called Super Saturday. Brimbank City Council has sworn in the new citizens on a day many are calling "Super Saturday", with the total du...

'Nothing to apologise for', says Peter Khalil MP on his comments about Kashmir

ALP's federal Member for Wills, Peter Khalil has been criticised in recent days for his comments at a recent Melbourne event about the current situation in Kashmir. Speaking to SBS Punjabi about this, Mr Khalil has described himself as 'a friend of Ind...

Water safety awareness should be part of visa processing:Turbans 4 Australia - ‘ਪਾਣੀਆਂ ਦੀ ਸੁਰੱਖਿਆ’ ਨੂੰ ਵੀਜ਼ਾ ਪ੍ਰਣਾਲੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਸ਼ਾਮਲ ਕੀਤੇ ਜਾਣ ਦੀ ਮੰਗ

The number of lives lost in Australia’s waters is increasing every year and a big percentage of them are newly arrived migrants and students. Turbans 4 Australia has produced two Water Safety videos for migrants coming from Indian sub-continent. - ਸਾਲ ਦ...

Perth, Gold Coast dump 'major cities' tag to attract more regional migrants, international students - ਪਰਥ ਅਤੇ ਗੋਲਡ ਕੋਸਟ ‘ਪ੍ਰਮੁੱਖ ਸ਼ਹਿਰਾਂ’ ਵਾਲੀ ਸ਼੍ਰੇਣੀ ‘ਚੋਂ ਬਾਹਰ,

The federal government has revised its regional migration programme - which includes Perth and the Gold Coast no longer being classified as "major cities" for migration purposes. It says the change will help to ease congestion across the country. - ਫੈਡਰ...

Steve Waugh wishes ‘hardworking and global’ Sikh community ahead of Guru Nanak’s landmark celebrations

Steve Waugh has launched 'Divine Steps Festival' which is being held in Sydney to celebrate Guru Nanak’s life and message of universal harmony, evoking his personal connections with Sikhs in the cricket fraternity and beyond.

First Home Buyers: Know about major changes coming your way - ‘ਫਰਸਟ ਹੋਮ ਬਾਇਰਜ਼’ ਸਕੀਮ ਵਿੱਚ ਲਿਆਂਦੀਆਂ ਜਾਣ ਵਾਲੀਆਂ ਅਹਿਮ ਤਬਦੀਲੀਆਂ

First home buyers hoping to take advantage of a new government scheme allowing them to have just a five per cent deposit, have learned the maximum cost of the property they will be able to buy. The government has revealed state-by-state price caps, as ...

‘King of jokes’ Tarlok Singh Chugh is solving world problems with laughter

Known for his singsong style of telling jokes, this Canadian-Punjabi septuagenarian has quickly become a household name in Punjabi cyberspace.

Australians are travelling to India for organ transplants

India has emerged as one of the preferred destinations for Australians in need of organ transplants, but a study finds most of them risked receiving organs with serious infections.

Re-imagining aged care in Australia - ਆਸਟ੍ਰੇਲੀਆ ਵਿਚਲਾ ਬਜ਼ੁਰਗਾਂ ਦੀ ਸੰਭਾਲ ਵਾਲਾ ਸਿਸਟਮ ਕਿਹੋ ਜਿਹਾ ਹੋਵੇ?

With one in three older Australians born in a non-English speaking country, how equipped are our nursing homes in tailoring to the specific cultural needs of residents with dementia who may have reverted back to their mother tongue? - ਆਸਟ੍ਰੇਲੀਆ ਵਿਚਲੇ ਤਿੰਨਾਂ ਵਿੱਚੋਂ ...

Who is the selfie expert here?

Bollywood megastars have celebrated the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi in style with PM Narendra Modi. 

‘Heart swells with pride’: How bus driving is revving up Amandeep Kaur’s life

“My heart swells with pride when my passengers greet me with a smile and walk off the bus with a polite thank you," Ms Kaur told SBS Punjabi. 

‘My home at the Intersection’ – Indian theatremaker has a story to tell at OzAsia Festival

Abhishek Thapar is a Netherlands-based Punjabi theatre-maker who will present two shows at the OzAsia Festival, My Home at the Intersection – a reflection of Punjab’s recent history and Surpassing the Beeline. Listen to this conversation to know more a...

First student rep in curriculum body to push for 'global issues' in education

19-year-old medical student Aayushi Khillan says she'll strive to make the curriculum more interesting and malleable for students with varied interests. 

Why are so many Indians shifting from Australia to Canada?

Hardik Rao had migrated to Australia nearly thirteen years ago, in the hope for greener pastures, but is now busy wrapping away his work and life to start afresh, this time in Canada and he is hopeful it would be his and his young family’s ‘ultimate ho...

'Diwali is a festival being celebrated by all Australians'

SBS Punjabi spoke to many visitors at Bella Vista Diwali festival who shared their thoughts on how they would like to celebrate Diwali in Australia. Many had invited their friends with non-Indian heritage, and they celebrated the day with as much fervo...

How to prevent drowning this summer?

With another scorching summer approaching, authorities are pleading with swimmers to use caution as the number of people drowning has jumped by ten per cent since last year.

‘We’ll have no water’: Australia's blueberry farmers fear 'big losses' if drought continues

Blueberry farmers in NSW's Mid North Coast produce 80 per cent of Australia's blueberry supply. But with the worst drought in over 50 years stretching to the coastal area of Coffs Harbour-Woolgoolga, farmers fear their next crop will take a big hit if ...

Wage theft: are Australian businesses exploiting migrants to make profits?

Every year, thousands of newcomers to Australia are exploited by their employers. Experts say it's a problem that is all too common and one of the major contributors to the billions of dollars of unclaimed wages each year. Last month, the Fair Work Omb...

Dilpreet Dhillon and Jordan Sandhu speak about their singing careers and social media reflections

Well-known Punjabi singers Dilpreet Dhillon and Jordan Sandhu joined us in the Melbourne studio to speak about their singing career and the role of social media in the Punjabi music industry. 

Australian Sikh footy commentator wins this year’s Antenna Award

Melbourne-based Harbir Singh Kang has won the Antenna Awards top gong in the Best Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Personality for his presentations on the Multicultural AFL Football TV Panel Show. Listen to this conversation to find out more deta...

India v Pakistan match 'impossible' until semi-finals of T20 Cricket World Cup

In exactly a year from today, the first match in the men's T20 Cricket World Cup will get underway in Australia. But Team India won’t be taking on either Pakistan or Australia in the group stage due to a 'mathematical impossibility', CEO of T20 World C...

Diaspora welcomes increasing flight connections to Amritsar

The Indian diaspora settled in major cities of Australia, New Zealand and other south-east Asian countries is enjoying better connectivity to Amritsar airport than ever before. Reportedly, passengers are arriving at Shri Guru Ramdas Jee International A...

Guru Granth Sahib's 'parkash' inside Australian federal parliament for historic 550th celebrations

'As far as we know, this will be the first time in Australian history, that Sri Guru Granth Sahib's 'parkash' will take place inside the federal parliament,' says Harkirat Singh Ajnoha from the Australian Sikh Council, which has a special celebration p...

'We've never had such a low pathway to permanency in Australia': Michelle Rowland

'I can’t fathom why Australian can’t open its arms to more people who make a conscious choice to become Australian citizens', says Michelle Rowland MP,  the former Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism.

Victorian Premier confident of holding the 'biggest celebration outside India' for Guru Nanak's 550th anniversary

Speaking during a session of the Victorian parliament, Premier Daniel Andrews said that the upcoming celebrations of Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary "Is also an occasion to recognise the remarkable contributions of our Sikh communities," before ou...

Kartarpur Corridor: Pakistan has accepted most of the conditions set by Indian government

Pakistan has handed over the final agreement to Indian government. As per final agreement the visitors will be charged $20 per head, 5000 pilgrims can visit per day.