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That was around 6 p.m. on Tuesday (September 15) at the house in a cul-de-sac at 75th Avenue and 124th Street beside Strawberry Hills Elementary School. The utter brazenness of the criminal elements involved in the shooting has shocked the residents of that cul-de-sac. One of them told The VOICE that normally at that time he plays with badminton with his kids in front of his house that is just next to the one that was hit by that bullet. Fortunately, he had gone out that day. When he tried to return home, he complained to me that the police did not let him go back to his kids for a couple of hours although he showed his ID. He said other residents too were told they could not go back to their homes. THIS was the third shooting incident since last Saturday in Surrey. Surrey RCMP said one person was injured following a confrontation between two groups in two vehicles in the area. Police were contacted by BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) who had received a call from a gunshot victim. Police were on scene within a few minutes and located one person with an apparent gunshot wound in the area. RCMP said the victim is a 22-year-old male known to police. He was transported

by BCAS to a local area hospital. Although serious, the victim’s injuries appeared to be non-life threatening. Several bullets struck the elementary school behind the houses in the cul-desac as one gunman apparently chased the victim who ran through a narrow passageway between two houses towards the school. DURING that chase, one bullet ripped through that house at the side of the passageway. Samina Sufi narrated her family’s terrifying experience to me as she pointed out the bullet holes inside her house as her mother looked on. She said that her family had been living in the house for the past year and were to move out at the end of this month as they had just bought their own house. This was the last thing they could have imagined. She said that it took them all some time to figure out what exactly had happened. When the bullet crashed through the bedrooms and fell behind the bed, they thought that there was some electrical problem that had caused something to fall down. She was in an adjoining room and thought the sound was that of her neighbour, who was working on the balcony on top of their suite in the back,

falling down. She went out to check on him and he warned her to get back inside as one man was chasing another man and shooting away. “We had never heard the sound of firing before,” she explained. Within minutes, the place was flooded with police officers. SURREY RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann said on Tuesday: “The investigation is in its infancy and it’s too early to make any connections to other Lower Mainland shootings. We can say that the incident appears to be targeted given just two vehicles were involved. Our Major Crime Unit, patrol officers, and Integrated Forensic Identification Services are all on scene conducting a thorough examination of the area. The neighborhood is also being canvassed for witnesses and any other evidence. We’re hoping that anyone with information about these two groups will come forward and help us advance the investigation.” As a result of this incident, Surrey RCMP cordoned off Strawberry Hill Elementary School and the 7500 block of 123A Street on Tuesday evening in order to collect and search for evidence. On Thursday, Schumann pointed out to The VOICE, in answer to my question about the incident being possibly linked to the

ongoing turf war between two groups of low-level drug traffickers in Surrey, that police have to first identify all the people involved in the incident before they can conclusively say it is or it isn’t connected to that conflict. Police haven’t yet identified the men inviolved. Previous shootings MONDAY: Three or four shots were fired by occupants of a white jeep at a black Chevrolet Corvette in the 13200-block of 89th Avenue around 5:14 p.m. on September 14. Surrey RCMP said they received several phone calls from witnesses about a white jeep chasing a black Corvette in the area of 132nd Street and 89th Avenue. Police went into action immediately with a large number of members; however, they couldn’t track down the vehicles. Police said they found evidence in the area showing shots had been fired. They could not find anyone who had received injuries and there were no signs of damage. Surrey RCMP’s Major Crime Unit is following up on leads in this case. No arrests have been made. “The investigation is still in its early stages, but initial indications are that this incident is targeted and that the parties involved likely knew each other. It is too early to tell if this

incident is linked to any other conflicts in Surrey,” said police. SATURDAY: There was a shooting incident involving two vehicles on September 12 in the 6800-block of 128th Street shortly after 6:35 p.m. Police recovered evidence of shots fired in the 6800block of 128th Street, but couldn’t find anyone connected to the shooting. They had rushed to the scene after receiving several reports of shot being fired. Then Surrey RCMP received another call from a male who said that he was driving on 128th Street approaching 68th Avenue when another vehicle pulled besides him and fired several shots at his vehicle. He drove a short distance away and then called the police to report it. Police said that this shooting did not appear to be a random act. However, they were unable to say whether this shooting is linked to any other shootings. Occupants of the vehicle provided very limited information to the investigators. If anyone has any information about these shootings, they are asked to call 604599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.


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Jarrod Sidhu joins dad in Vancouver Police Department

Jarrod Sidhu and family members with Vancouver Police Chief Constable Adam Palmer. IT was a day of great pride for the Sidhu family on Thursday as Jarrod Sidhu was sworn in as one of the 13 newest members of the Vancouver Police Department, joining his dad Vancouver Police Sergeant Tej Sidhu. The Class of 149 also included: Lianne Araki, Jason Barham, Renan Cabrera, Daniel Cameron, Michael Duff, Devon Golchin, Justin Kurtz,

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degree in criminology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and worked in the service industry managing a large restaurant. In 2013, Jarrod was hired as an auxiliary community safety officer and jail guard with the Vancouver Police Department, and has volunteered with the Delta Police Department. Jarrod speaks Punjabi.

20-year-old male shot in Richmond in targeted hit on Monday night A 20-year old male was found suffering from gunshot wounds and was taken to hospital for treatment just before 11:30 p.m. on Monday (September 14) after Richmond RCMP responded to calls about shots fired at an address in the 13000-block of Vulcan Way. He has been subsequently released. A second male was involved but neither has been entirely cooperative with police. No other injuries were reported. A silver vehicle was seen fleeing the

scene. This vehicle is believed to be the car found set ablaze a short distance from the scene of the shooting. “We are very thankful that no one else was injured in this incident. The Richmond RCMP Serious Crimes Unit has taken custody of this investigation. Our officers will continue to work with the victim in an attempt to gain his cooperation. He is known to police and we believe this was a targeted incident,” says Corporal Dennis Hwang.

Richmond RCMP continues to work with partner agencies in the Lower Mainland to determine if there is a connection to other shooting incidents. Police continue to seek witnesses who may have been in the area. If you have any information on this crime, contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212. To leave a tip on this crime, email Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or, to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Harpreet Singh Vaid, 21, faces 14 charges in Abbotsford pellet gun attacks, second person yet to be identified ABBOTSFORD Police announced on Thursday that their investigation into the pellet gun attack spree last July has resulted in 14 charges being approved against 21-yearold Harpreet Singh Vaid. The accused faces seven counts of discharge of an air gun with intent to injure and seven counts of assault with a weapon. Police thanked the many individuals who provided information and witness accounts to police that contributed tremendously to the identification of the suspect and the subsequent charges. However, police still haven’t been able to track down a second person.

pellet gun attacks at various locations in the city between July 18 and 27, Constable Ian MacDonald had said: “Our work is continuing as we seek to identify and locate at least one other person involved in the assaults and mischief. Recent video footage obtained by police clearly shows a

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Conservative minority projected as federal NDP falters IN a random sampling of public opinion taken September 14-15 by the Forum Poll among 1,402 Canadian voters, close to one third will vote Conservative in the coming federal election (32%), compared to 3-in-10 who will vote NDP (30%) and just fewer who will vote Liberal (28%). These results represent a sharp loss of vote share for the NDP since last week (September 10 - 36%). At the same time, there has been a slightly smaller increase for the Conservatives (from 28%). Few will vote Green (6%) or Bloc Quebecois (4%) or for other parties (1%). If these results are projected up to the 338seat House of Commons, the Conservatives would take 138, 32 seats short of a majority, while the NDP would be the Opposition with 113 seats. The Liberals would hold the balance of power with 86 seats, the Greens would seat their leader and no other party would be represented. Conservatives lead in Ontario, prairies, Alberta; NDP in Quebec, BC

The Liberals dominate in the Atlantic provinces (45%) and the other two parties tie for second (Conservatives - 24%, NDP 26%). In the prairies, the Conservatives lead again (42%) and the Liberals (27%) and NDP (28%) tie for second. In Alberta, it’s all Conservative (52%), and the Liberals (22%) and NDP (20%) vie for distant second. The NDP leads in BC (38%), and the Conservatives (29%) and Liberals (24%) strive for second place. Switchers in each party One quarter of those who voted Liberal in 2011 will vote NDP now (24%), and a fifth of past New Democrats will vote Liberal this time around (21%). Just fewer Conservatives from 2011 are voting Liberal this time (16%) and a tenth are voting NDP (9%). Very few past Liberals or New Democrats will vote Conservative, though. Conservative voters the most committed

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The Conservatives (29%) and NDP (28%) are equally likely to be seen as the victors in this electoral contest, while the Liberals trail (23%). This represents improvement on this predictive measure for the Conservatives since last week (September 10 - 26%) and a corresponding drop for the NDP (from 33%). Tom Mulcair still seen as best PM Three-in-ten voters see Tom Mulcair as the best Prime Minister (30%), while one quarter think this description fits Stephen Harper (25%). Fewer select Justin Trudeau (19%). These results represent a slight decrease for Trudeau (from 22%). Harper’s approval up sharply

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How compassionate is Harper Government when it comes to visa for attending funeral in Canada? DALJIT Kaur Sahota of Surrey lost her only brother as a result of a brain hemorrhage a few weeks ago and she sponsored her sister to come to Canada from India to attend his funeral. However, her applications for a visitor's visa were refused twice for reasons which she says defy any rationale. She says: “We are not the first family to undergo this kind of inconsiderate treatment from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration who have consistently shown a total lack of compassion for bereaved families. We wrote to Minister Chris Alexander requesting him to look into our issue of visa refusal, but we got back a stock reply saying his office will not respond to any queries pertaining to visa refusals.” In her grief and anger she fired off this letter to Alexander: Dear Sir, I would like to bring to your attention how your ministry has let down our family in our darkest hour. It seems the Canadian Consulate staff in Chandigarh and Delhi, India, are devoid of any compassion or grossly incompetent. My sisters and I lost our brother, Harjap Singh Mahil, tragically to a brain hemorrhage last month. Harjap Singh Mahil was the only brother of 5 sisters, three of whom are residents of Canada. All the family members are very distraught and grief stricken. Our elderly parents are in a state of shock and inconsolable. I had sponsored my sister, Rajwinder Kaur, who lives in India to come to Canada to attend our Brother's funeral but her TRV application (V306683908) was refused. We then approached Jinny Sims, our local Member of Parliament and requested for her assistance in securing a Temporary Resident Visa for my sister. She was kind enough to visit our grieving family to offer condolences and provided us a support letter. To our dismay and utter disbelief, my sister Rajwinder's visitor's visa application (V306706978) was refused again for reasons which give the impression that the visa officer did not even bother to open and read the file. Reasons for refusal given were:1. Purpose of visit: Is attending the funeral of your loved one not a valid reason to travel to Canada? Are we not allowed to grieve together as a family? My parents are elderly and grief stricken and not in a condition to travel and it is unbelievable that Canadian Consulate staff could be so inconsiderate, insensitive and utterly lacking in compassion.

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Raj Brar’s frankness and honesty about his past alcoholism inspires South Asians in Surrey

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Community Policing Day Festivities Combined Community Policing Day Open House and Grand Opening celebration of the South Vancouver Community Policing Centre’s (SVCPC) new office space on Saturday, September 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 5435 Victoria Drive in Vancouver. Expected guests and dignitaries include Vancouver Police Chief Constable Adam Palmer, and local MLAs and MPs. Activities planned include interactive educational crime prevention games and activities, as well as displays featuring programs and services provided by the SVCPC. South Asian Seniors: Misconceptions of Health Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members as well as non-members to attend a presentation on Misconceptions of Health by Dr. Holly Fourchalk on

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Indo-Canadian Voice | Saturday, Sep. 19, 2015 w w w. p a k i s t a n i c a n a d i a n s . c a ) . Contact: Chin at 604-421-6752 or Shahzad at 604-613-0735. Downtown Surrey BIA: Federal All-Candidates Meeting Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association event: The community is invited to participate in the Federal All-Candidates meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on September 21 at SFU Surrey: Room 2600. Prior to the All-Candidates Meeting, the candidates were provided with a list of questions. The answers will be posted on the Downtown Surrey BIA w e b s i t e , www.downtownsurreybia.com, as they are submitted. All candidates have been invited to participate and the NDP, Green Party, Liberal Party, and Christian Heritage Party candidates have already confirmed their attendance. Bring your questions so they can be answered by participating candidates. Global Peace Alliance Global Peace Alliance, Surrey Society, celebrates International Day of Peace

2015 on Monday, September 21, 5:30-8 p.m., at Surrey City Centre Library, 10350 University Drive, Room 120. Speakers: Dr. R.B. Herath, Founding President of Global Peace Alliance, Surrey Society; Patrick O’Connor, retired trade unionist and peace activist; Comfort Ero, Founder and Artistic Director of African Stages; and Ana David, Founder and Executive Director of Latinos In Action Vancouver Foundation. The day’s program will include few key speeches, some peace songs in between them and after, and lots of interacting activities for both children and adults. Will also have an ‘Open Mic” time for impromptu speeches, songs, dances or any other entertaining items from interested persons in the audience. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Email: info@peacealways.org. Website: www.peacealways.org Surrey Libraries Maker Showcase Join us on Saturday, September 26, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at City Centre Library for this inaugural free community

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event. All ages welcome. Surrey Libraries Maker Showcase is aimed at bringing together the Surrey community of makers, doers, and creatives to network, showcase projects and talents, and to foster and grow the maker community in the City of Surrey. The showcase will feature individuals, hobby clubs, makerspaces, and community groups. Learn about 3D printing, interactive arts, Meccano, digital video and more. Drop by and be surprised by interactive exhibits and speakers. www.surreylibraries.ca 8th Annual Retail Job Fair Metropolis at Metrotown will hold its 8th Annual Retail Job Fair on Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the shopping centre’s Atrium and Grand Courts. Over 30 retailers will be participating in this year’s Job Fair including Hudson’s Bay, H&M, Toys “R” Us, Sephora, Forever 21, Michael Kors, Banana Republic, Winners HomeSense, T&T Supermarket, Sears, and Chipotle Mexican Grill. With the busy holiday season just around the corner, retailers will be looking to fill over 500 parttime, full-time, entry-level, or managerial positions. Hundreds of young job seekers are expected to attend, many of them seeking their first job experience. Candidates are encouraged to bring several résumés and make a list ahead of time of the retailers they are interested in visiting. As some retailers will hold on the spot interviews, candidates should arrive prepared for discussion with hiring managers and dress accordingly. For a complete list of participating retailers visit www.metropolisatmetrotown.com. Naad Festival 2015 Naad Foundation presents a two-day Naad Festival of poetry, music, dance & films on September 19 and 27. * Saturday, September 19 – Poetry Festival at 6 p.m. at Crossroad United Church at 7655, Scott Road, Surrey. Poetry recital by popular and prominent poets of Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi and Persian. * Sunday, September 27 – Folk Music and Film Festival at 6 p.m. at Surrey Arts Centre at 13750 88th Avenue, Surrey. Tickets: $20 and VIP. * Tabla Ensemble and Folk Music - Students of Naad. A short film "Run Along Robert" - Directed by Gurleen Kaur. Folk Music - Gagandeep Singh live in concert with Naad Fusion Band. Flute and Bass (Dr. Bruce), Drums (Surinder Khaira), Dilruba / Taar Sehnai / Sarangi (Baljit S), Tabla (Amarjeet S), Guitar (Sukhjinder Sandhu), Keyboard (Anthony Boughen). For more info and tickets: 778- 883-2627 or 604-725-8700 at Kamal's Video Palace (604-592-9777) or Box office of Surrey Arts Centre (604-501-5566). Website: www.naadfoundation.ca Bharata Natyam Performance Mandala Arts and Culture Society in partnership with Roundhouse Community Centre presents a Bharata Natyam performance by Kiruthika Rathanaswami (www.kiruthika.net ) recipient of the 2012 city of Vancouver "Mayor's Arts Award - Emerging Artist / Dance." The event will be held on September 19 and 20 at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Aside from many performances in Vancouver, Kiruthika has also performed in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Edmonton. "Double bill" South Indian Carnatic music. Vocal: Lakshmi Menon. Mridangam: Sayenden Supramaniyam, followed by Bharata Natyam. At Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181


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vs State Interest” - A talk by Karamat Ali. Poetry: Irfan Malik. September 20 at 2 p.m. in Room 120 of Surrey Centre Library, 10350 University Drive, Surrey. Karamat Ali is a founder and Executive Director of Pakistan Institute for Labour Research and Education (PILER). Born in Lahore, Irfan Malik is currently the Artistic Director of South Asian American Theatre in Boston. He writes in Punjabi, Urdu, and English. Organized by South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD: www.sansad.org) and Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC). Contact: Chin: 604-421-6752 or Shahzad: 604-6130735. Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies is inviting the public to three programs taking place at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford. * Exhibit Launch: Betrayed - Portraits of Strength: This exhibit is based on the stories of sur-

vival from human trafficking cases around the world featuring the photography of Tony Hoare. Launch date and reception for the exhibit on Monday, September 21 at 4 p.m. in front of the Library in G Building (Abby, UFV Campus). The exhibit will be available for viewing in the library rotunda from September 21-30. Hoare will be available on the launch date. * 100 Year Journey: Conversations Along the Way. A panel dialogue with early Punjabi migrants featuring: Gurbaksh Dhaliwal, Mo Dhaliwal, Nash Gill, Wally Oppal and Ossie Thandi on Saturday, September 26, from 3-6 p.m. in the UFV Theatre Room, B101. All parking fees at UFV will be waived on this day. For more information, contact satwinder.bains@ufv.ca South Vancouver Neighbourhood House Information on Canadian citizenship: Useful for applicants who have to appear for a written test or for an interview with a citizenship judge.

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Electronic Recycling & Hard Drive Shredding Day Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) has partnered with the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) to host an electronics collection and data destruction event for students, residents and businesses of Surrey. Individuals are invited to bring in unwanted electronic equipment to be confidentially recycled. ERA will have an AmeriShred hard drive shredder onsite to physically destroy hard drives. The KSA’s REBOOT computer repair service will on-site offering advice for repairable computers. Any member of the community can bring computers, laptops, printers, keyboards, mice and cellphones for recycling to the event. For more details on accepted items see www.era.ca. On Thursday, September 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Main Courtyard, Surrey Campus, 12666 72nd Avenue. For anyone unable to attend the event, the KSA has ERA secure drop bins on the KPU Surrey and Richmond campuses until September 30. Any items accepted by ERA for recycling can be dropped in the bins during business hours at KSA REBOOT offices (Cedar 1225, Surrey Campus and in the KSA Lounge adjacent the Library on Richmond Campus). Surrey Board of Trade: All Candidates Business Dialogue The Surrey Board of Trade, in partnership with the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, is holding a Federal Election All Candidates Business Dialogue on Thursday, September 24 at 5:30 p.m. at Eaglequest Golf Course, 7778 152nd Street, Surrey. Registration: 6-8 p.m. Free, but registration required at i n f o @ b u s i n e s s i n s u r r e y. c o m . Candidates from five ridings will dialogue on their views on what’s best for Surrey. How will they address Surrey’s concerns on crime, transportation, international trade, social policy, environment, arts and health? What are their plans to support business – small and large? PICS 8th Annual Mega Job Fair Organizers of PICS 8th Annual Mega Job Fair and BC Small Business Expo are requesting job seekers to come to the fair with multiple copies of their resumes because a large number of companies have indicated that they will hire people on the spot. Some of the companies who are looking to hire 100 plus people on Thursday, September 24 at Aria Banquet Hall are: * EV Logistics * Subway & TacoDelmar * Ingram Micro * Compass Group * Ledcor Technical Services * Sky Zone * Staff management Solutions * Delta Controls * UPS Canada. Sponsored by Vancity, the fair will be of great benefit to both job seekers and to businesses. Job seekers will get to explore job opportunities and make career choices with employers such as big box stores, banks, credit unions, schools and colleges; crown corporations. Small businesses will find value in the excellent networking and marketing opportunities to showcase their products and services. This is a free event for attendees. For more information about the fair or for exhibitor information, visit www.megajobfair.pics.bc.ca or call 604-596-7722 and speak with Sunil Rawat at ext. 128.

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WE WILL MISS YOU ALWAYS LT. COL. HAZARA SINGH, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Swarn Kaur, son of Sher Singh of Chohka village of Hoshiarpur district, Punjab. Lt. Col. Hazara Singh, a distinguished soldier, joined the Indian Armed Services during WWII and took active part in various battles in North Africa including the famous battle of ElAlamein. After commission, he served in various capacities in command and staff appointments in the Corps of Signals. Post-retirement, he settled in Sector 33-B, Chandigarh, and was an active social and religious figure, He was one of the founder presidents of Guru Teg Bahadur Gurudwara Sahib, Sector 34, Chandigarh. He left for his heavenly abode peacefully at the ripe age of 93 on 23rd August 2015 and will be fondly remembered and missed by family and friends. Contact: Heer family at 604-327-5516

LOCAL South Asian writers participated in the book launch of the anthology “Rainbow” on September 12 at Strawberry Hill Public Library hall in Surrey. It is for the first time that selected literary pieces of the South Asian writers of Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Bangla languages were translated into English and put together in an anthology. The South Asian Literary Society of Canada (SALSOC) has already published two anthologies, but in those books the original scripts of the writers - Devnagri (Hindi), Urdu, Gurmukhi (Punjabi) and Bangla were used. To reach out to mainstream people and young IndoCanadians also it was decided by the executive of SALSOC to publish the works of writers in the English language. This book contains literary works of 35 writers from across Canada. Some of the writers translated their own work while others got it translated. Any translation cannot escape the impact of the translator's own opinions and notions. Another problem is the use of slang, idiom and folksy words. Also, most of the South Asian languages use various degrees of gender while in English it is used in a limited way; then the problem is from gender using to non-gender using language. Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Bangla languages originated in India where they were developed. They use a lot of common words and are all influenced to some extent by a common culture. But when we translate these writings into English, then we have to make some sacrifices and compromises. M. Rafiq, Secretary of SALSOC, welcomed the guests. Acharya S.P.Dwivedi spoke on the theme of translation and M. Afzal Malik, Vice President, outlined the vision and activities of organization. Basant Bath of Basant Motors, who financed the publication of Rainbow, was the chief guest. He launched the book and recited a few lines of his newly composed poem. Ashok Bhargava, one of the members of Editorial Board, emphasized that writers should write fearlessly without care of others’ comments or reaction. The Kavi Darbar was chaired by poet Narinder Bhagi “Barham.” Other poets who participated: Nadeem Parmar, Suresh Kurl, Herdev Sodhi 'Ashak', Janardan Pandey, Brajinder Dhillon, Madhu Varshney, Anand Jain, Akter S.

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The automobile of 1964 and the time of unlimited optimism

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THE conclusion of this year’s US Open tennis tournament held in Flushing MeadowsCorona Park at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center has coincided with publication in Canadian newspapers of the New York Times obituary for Irving Harper. Mr. Harper died, aged 99, on August 4th at his home in Rye, New York. The connection? In 1963, Irving Harper was the director of design at George Nelson Associates, the firm hired to design the Chrysler Pavilion for the 1964 World’s Fair in Queens, New York —the sight that today houses—amongst other facilities including Shea Stadium—Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The Chrysler Pavilion, the smallest of the ‘Big Three’ car company pavilions at the 1964/65 fair has nevertheless managed to hold its own in the history

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frog and others guarded by a 22-foot zookeeper, all made entirely of car parts. On Operations Island 10 ‘showmen’ statues in an enclosed, semi-circular stage each told a story about “a special facet of Chrysler activities— Space, Missiles, Defense, Amplex, Airtemp, Parts, Chemical, Marine, Industrial Products and International.” The fifth island contained ‘Show-Go-Round’, four separate auditoriums blended into one huge structure, the white roof of which formed a huge ‘Pentastar’, “the symbol of Chrysler Corporation activities all over the world.” Each of the four separate audiences could simultaneously watch a different part of the fourphased performance mounted on a 70-foot revolving stage concluding with the unveiling of a completely-assembled puppet-built “experimental car” designed by a young genius auto designer featured in the film portion of the performance. Interviewed about the Chrysler Pavilion project in 2014, Mr. Harper recalled he considered taking up knitting or any activity that would “take his mind off the stress— something repetitive and soothing he could do at home in the evening.” And thus were born Mr. Harper’s small ‘jaw-drop-

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