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  1. Samoa´s government said the mobile vaccination teams had succeeded in ensuring 90 percent of the 200,000-strong population was immunised, up from around 30 percent when the epidemic began in mid-October. Photo: FileAPIA: A devastating measles outbreak has continued to spread in Samoa, with the death toll reaching 70, as the United Nations on Monday released $2.6 million in emergency aid to combat the epidemic.Official figures showed there were 112 new cases in the 24 hours to Monday morning, despite a massive immunisation drive last week that saw the entire Pacific nation shut down for two days.In New York, the UN undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, Mark Lowcock, announced the aid had been released."The people of Samoa will not fight this outbreak alone," Lowcock said in a statement. "We can and must move swiftly to stop this deadly outbreak in its tracks."The funds will go towards vaccinations, obstetric and neonatal care for infected mothers and newborns, clean water and public health information campaigns, the UN said.Samoa's government said the mobile vaccination teams had succeeded in ensuring 90 per cent of the 200,000-strong population was immunised, up from around 30 per cent when the epidemic began in mid-October.However, the vaccine takes 10-14 days to take effect, meaning it is too early to say whether the outbreak has peaked.The total number of cases was 4,693, with 229 people currently in hospital, including 16 critically ill children.Infants are the most vulnerable to measles, which typically causes a rash and fever but can also lead to brain damage and death.Among the 70 dead, 61 are children aged four or under.Health authorities have blamed "anti-vaxxers" spreading conspiracy theories for the low immunisation rate that left Samoa´s children so vulnerable to a measles outbreak.Outbreaks elsewhere in the Pacific, including Tonga, Fiji and American Samoa, have been easier to contain because of higher immunisation rates, with no deaths reported.
  2. Khalsa Aid and humanity are synonyms that are omnipresent in times of grief and trouble. The non-profit organisation is always one of the first few measures of help when problems come knocking anywhere in the world. Last year, the volunteers helped the flood stricken parts of Kerala, recently the organisation was in Odisha helping people after the cyclone took a toll on the lives. Currently, not many are aware of the water crisis that has affected many parts of Maharshtra. The state is drought stricken and people are dying. The Khalsa Aid is currently providing 6,000 litres of water every day to help the situation. Maharashtra Drought: Our @khalsaaid_india team is providing water to the people of #Maharashtra (India ). The drought has hit many areas, our teams are stepping up the water supply. @CMOMaharashtra @thetribunechd @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/itOJejdFVJ — Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa_Aid) May 20, 2019 Around 22 lakh people have been affected with the situation and the team has been in Nasik for over a week. Besides arranging water tankers and providing clean, drinking water to the remote parts of the state, the volunteers are also sanitising water well with purifying tablets and other aids. Maharashtra Drought: Our @khalsaaid_india team continues to provide water to those affected by the severe drought in the Indian state of #Maharashtra @CMOMaharashtra pic.twitter.com/W2sUBX0CyI — Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa_Aid) May 24, 2019 Humanity is the biggest religion and one doesn't need political parties or money to save lives. Sometimes all we need is a little reminder that we all are humans and we are all that we have.
  3. Cyclone 'Fani' is one of the biggest disasters that has struck the state of Odisha. More than 10 lakh people have suffered the consequences of the damage caused by the cyclone as locals are desperately trying to get back to a state of normalcy. © Twitter In times of need, one set of good Samaritans who are omnipresent at the time of need are the Khalsa Aid volunteers. The organisation always extends help in every way across the globe and this time yet again, they are in Odisha to help people get clean water and food. The volunteers have tied up with the local gurudwaras and have been preparing 'langar' for everyone there. East India Cyclone : @Khalsa_Aid team is in Puri to provide aid to the victims of Cyclone Fani. We will set up a community kitchen (Langar) for the displaced victims of the cyclone. Stay tuned for more updates. #cyclonefani #volunteers #disaster #khalsaaid @RaviSinghKA pic.twitter.com/iRW5WZqLuk — Khalsa Aid India (@khalsaaid_india) May 6, 2019 Cyclone Fani (Odisha): @Khalsa_Aid team is in Puri preparing fresh hot meals for the victims of cyclone Fani. The local Gurudwara Sahib along with local volunteers are assisting our team in the preparations. #khalsaaid #sewa #Odisha #cyclonefani @AkbaruddinIndia @arrahman pic.twitter.com/YIL5ocqW8e — Amarpreet Singh (@amarpreet1313) May 6, 2019 Needless to say, people on the internet are full of praises for these heroes. Weldone Khalsa Aid . Where there is a disaster, Khalsa Aid puts its efforts to their level best to reach there to render help. Keep it up .ð — Col Beant Singh(Rtd)à¨à¨°à¨¨à¨² ਬà©à¨à©°à¨¤ ਸਿੰà¨(ਰਿà¨à¨¾:) (@colbeant) May 6, 2019 Here they come, our super heroes Bole so nihaal sat shri akal ððð — Gurvinder Singh‏ ‏گرÙÙدر سÙÚ¯Ú¾ (@iofficialguri) May 6, 2019 Even last year, during the Kerala floods, the heroes of this non-profit organisation were present there to ensure that they did their bit. Humanity is still alive in this world, and it's people with hearts like theirs, who teach you to try and live selflessly.
  4. Post the deadly Pulwama terror attack, the entire country is left in a state of horror and shock. Over 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives and we're still trying to put the pieces together, all across the country, not sure if they'll fit anymore. But an international humanitarian organisation by the name of 'Khalsa Aid' and some local Gurudwaras and individual Sikhs helped the Kashmiri population who were trying to escape vigilante mob attacks all across the country and we know for sure there is still some faith left in humanity. © Twitter The organisation gave protection, food and shelter to many stranded Kashmiris and helped them reach back safe to their homes in Kashmir. The violence erupted all over North India where many Kahsmiri students were being attacked in retaliation to the attack on the 14th of February and with the help of Khalsa Aid, they've all made it back home safe. © Twitter As a mark of gratitude and in order to thank the Sikh communities, the Kashmiris have now expressed their love for the Sikhs for helping them out in times of need and have offered free services to the Sikhs, namely medical treatments and education and free snow bike rides in Gulmarg. © Twitter So much so, a cartoon caricatured by a Kashmiri cartoonist by the name of Suhail Naqshbandi has gone viral on social media. The sketch depicts a Sikh offering a helping hand to a drowning Kashmiri, narrating the benevolent services and gratitude towards the brotherhood. Sardar means a leader and they lead by example. Hats off to them for being everywhere to help the humanity. @Khalsa_Aid #kashmirisindistress #kashmir pic.twitter.com/H6kUfIVlzk — Suhail Naqshbandi (@hailsuhail) 20 February 2019 The cartoonist tweeted: “Sardar means a leader and they lead by example. Hats off for being everywhere to help.” The post went viral on Twitter and was re-tweeted many times. The cartoon was also shared by former Jammu & Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah. I salute our Sikh brethren who came to the aid of young Kashmiris all over the country. Admire their exemplary spirit to serve with utmost dignity & fortitude. https://t.co/rOGN4mS2PA — Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) 20 February 2019 This cartoon is very apt. The Sikh sangat has gone above & beyond the call of duty in reaching out & helping Kashmiris in distress, whether in Jammu or outside the state. A special thanks to @capt_amarinder Sahib for his statesmanship in ensuring security & safety for Kashmiris. https://t.co/QRPsTf1JoI — Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) 20 February 2019 Although, the Khalsa Aid CEO Ravinder Singh corrected the former CM from the National Conference for giving credit to the Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and over a tweet told him the effort was made by the Gurudwaras. With due respect the initiative was taken by the GURDWARAS in Chandigarh and then the @khalsaaid_india team funded & coordinated the 20 buses for the students. It was the Panjabi people's love for humanity ðð»ðð» @OmarAbdullah https://t.co/L4BIkhHvrP — ravinder singh (@RaviSinghKA) 20 February 2019 A lot others took to the internet as well, to express their gratitude. No one in #Punjab can harm any #Kashmiri..strong message from #SikhCommunity to mindless mob after #PulwamaTerrorAttacks .Thanks to Sikh Community. Other must learn form them.#Pulwama #PulwamaEncounter #KashmiriMuslims #Kashmir pic.twitter.com/lNyAacSuig — Manzoor Shah (@manzoorshah_JK) 19 February 2019 Appreciations,⤠n respect being paid to the Sikh community from #Kashmir. Discount on shopping, free admissions,free coaching, free gifts n what not. Request every Kashmiri to donate wholeheartedly 4 @Khalsa_Aid international who r always there to help irrespective.#pulwama — Firdous Shah (@shah__firdous) 21 February 2019 Kashmir is indebted to our Sikh Comunity Khalsa Aid & sm gud souls who hv com frwd to help Kashmiris stuck in other States and wr in dire need of help post Pulwama Attack Salutes to you all ð#HumanityStillExists#ThankYouFromKashmir@Shehla_Rashid @SagrikaKissu @KangriCarrier — Ali Irfan (@AliIrfan_09) 20 February 2019 Sikhs always stand against tyranny, oppression and discrimination. Thank you @Khalsa_Aid, @amarpreet1313 and @RaviSinghKA, alongside local Gurdwaras and local Sikhs, for exemplifying this after #Pulwama. ðð½ðªð½ pic.twitter.com/0l8G571CCm — Jaskaran Sandhu (@jaysingh_01) 21 February 2019 A Srinagar based restaurateur, Java Parsa was among the stranded Kashmiris and he recounted his experience with the Khalsa Aid community and took to Twitter too to express his gratitude towards then. He said the Sikh community " fixed my heart and restored my faith in humanity". He helped give aid to a lot of stranded students as well. Zindabaad @Khalsa_Aid pic.twitter.com/PtqO2lLSv1 — Javid Parsa (@parsa_javid) 18 February 2019 #KashmiriStudents thanks for #Sikh community in #India after situation of hate & fear created by some goons after #PulwamaAttack. Those chanting #IndiaWantsRevenge and #BadlaKab #Badla should learn some #Humanity. If U want #Kashmir but Hate #Kashmiris. #Shame #WednesdayWisdom pic.twitter.com/4fPCiqgVA0 — Mehreen Chisti (@mehreen_chisti) 20 February 2019 Thanks to Sikh community and @Khalsa_Aid for helping and rescuing Kashmiris. pic.twitter.com/PPLTxslgWF — Daanish Bin Nabi (@DaanishBinNabi) 20 February 2019 Many Kashmiris also recounted how many Sikhs stood outside college and universities, guarding students from the vigilante mob. Sikhs guarding one of the college in Punjab at night. Sikhs in groups went from college to college in Punjab to look for Kashmiri students and help them out following mob attacks on Kashmiris at many places. pic.twitter.com/nHbq1bfrjI — Muhammad Raafi' (@MohammadRaafi) 19 February 2019 © Twitter Truly, kindness and a helping hand at such tough times is all we need to restore our faith in humanity and Khalsa Aid along with many other Sikhs have gone beyond just giving a helping hand. They've taught us what true brotherhood really looks like. We at MensXP would like to extend much gratitude towards the community and we hope they continue such good and kind work always.
  5. The Pulwama terror attack has left the entire nation in a state of horror and shock. Over 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives in the terrorist attack and a state of grave remorse and grief has struck everyone. © Twitter In the aftermath of the Pulwama attacks, a lot of Kashmiri students across the country have been under threat of verbal and physical violence and even though communal hatred is not something that is preached in a democracy, it is sad to know and witness that something like this can still fall upon us. As a result, many Kashmiri students are trying to run back home but it is not possible to be dislocated for something they are not even responsible for, right? In North India, Delhi and Dehradun have reported a big number of retaliation attacks on Kashmiri students. Khalsa Aid organisation has come forward to offer help to all distressed students and is even helping students go back home. In the midst of angst & hatred @Khalsa_Aid stands out for love & humanity This pic showing transportation of Kashmiri students by Khalsa Aid volunteers from Dehradun & Chandigarh @BDUTT @Nidhi @ReallySwara#Pulwama #PulwamaAttack #Kashmiri #KashmirTerrorAttack pic.twitter.com/YBihZ90Dh5 — Angad Singh (@Angad_Pb) February 19, 2019 We are all kashmiris thanks to @Khalsa_Aid proud on you #seikhcommunity help our students provide shelters foods.. Alhamdulillah all kashmiris feel safe in #Gurudwara Really Singh is king Humanity example Brotherhood pic.twitter.com/7yVD0eys4x — Liaquat Tanha (@liaquat_tanha) February 19, 2019 Besides providing transportation and helping the students relocate, the good Samaritans at Khalsa Aid are ensuring that they are provided with all sanitation needs and food as well. There are so many Muslim organisations in India be it Jamat-e-Islami Hind, Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind, Owaisis, Madnis and all. Nobody came to the rescue of Kashmiri students But Sikh organisations @Khalsa_Aid did... Sikh friends in Punjab did a commendable... Allah bless you all pic.twitter.com/X73WeprKi8 — Liaquat Tanha (@liaquat_tanha) February 19, 2019 More than 20 buses have been arranged and funded for Kashmiri students to travel from Punjab to Kashmir. Kashmiri Students : Our India team continues to assist the Kashmiri students with safe evacuation. We have so far funded 20 buses from Panjab to Kashmir. Our Tnx to all the amazing volunteers who assisted @amarpreet1313 with this task...@RisingKashmir pic.twitter.com/UDO2tQYK0r — Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa_Aid) February 19, 2019 Needless to say, nothing at all is done to earn goodwill or prove a point. The point here is simple: humanity is the biggest religion of them all. If we can learn from this example and do our bit, then we succeed as humans. For all @Khalsa_Aid has done for Kashmiri people in the past few days deserves our utmost respect. The Sikh brethren has come to our aid when we needed them the most. They represent the difference between the educated people and the literate people. — Sheikh Hamzah (@sheikh_hamzah) February 19, 2019 This is creating the real goodwill, brotherhood. The Kashmiris can only offer â¤â¤â¤ @Khalsa_Aid https://t.co/4FkoQBwm0M — Ishfaq Tantry (@ishfaqtantry) February 18, 2019 I am thankful to all Sikh Community @Khalsa_Aid behalf of me, behalf of Whole Kashmiries for protecting our sisters and brothers in India.. our prayers and love will remain with you.. thank you so much. â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/IcPZXrEXDw — Liaquat Tanha (@liaquat_tanha) February 19, 2019 Let's try to unite and deal with the problem at hand like a nation should. Driving away students in the name of communal hatred gives no results. The Khalsa Aid has always proved to be a stellar example of humanity and the organisation consists of true heroes who believe in the concept of 'seva'. Kashmiri students,who studies in punjab,dehradun nd other states,came to gurudwara singh shaheeda bcoz of insecurities faced.all facilities provided to them nd @Khalsa_Aid provided them transportation to j&k nd assured security frm punjab police#PulwamaAttack#Prabhas pic.twitter.com/VI8Wij43VE — Harpreet Kaur Narwal (@HarpreetPrabhas) February 19, 2019 Fixed my heart, restored my faith in humanity and said my thanks. Zindabaad @Khalsa_Aid Khudayas Hawale! ð pic.twitter.com/rKS57xQqwR — Javid Parsa (@parsa_javid) February 18, 2019 Together we can and we will make a difference, if only we truly want it.
  6. No one's talking about the devastating floods in Kerala anymore, but that doesn't mean everything there has been fixed and restored, it just means that people have seemingly stopped taking an interest since it has become 'old news' now. But, the Khalsa Aid is always there to help, no matter what. We have already heard so many great things about this organization, that tirelessly and selflessly helps anyone in need, but they always surprise us even more. Tweeting about how the Khalsa Aid workers are still in Kerala helping in rehabilitation, they made sure to remind people that they would never simply walk away just a few days after a disaster. We are STILL in Kerala after the floods last year ! We don't walk away few days after the disaster... We remain committed. #Kerala #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/Ly5f45SNAV — Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa_Aid) January 3, 2019 Now that really is commitment! Talking to IndiaTimes, Amarjeet Singh from Khalsa Aid said, “Currently, we are helping people resurrect their broken lives and for that, we are rebuilding houses and other amenities in Alleppey district. Currently, a team of five members is looking after the rebuilding work and we want to ensure that people's lives get back to normal as soon as possible.” He added, “Currently, we have adopted two local schools completely devastated in the floods and we are on revamping the schools so that the children can get back to their studies as soon as possible.” Everyone is praising and applauding them, and rightly so. Thank you bros for staying and inspiring !! â¤ï¸ — AJ (@ann_08__) January 5, 2019 Good job, indeed. Good job khalsa aid â¬ð — ਦà©à¨¦à¨¾à¨° ਸਿੰਠ(@agwsftdzpLndZA3) January 3, 2019 Good job as always. As requested multiple times, can you start accepting donations in INR and possibly also get the donations tax-exempt ? — Jaspreet Singh (@jaspreet20) January 3, 2019 It really is. True commitment ðhttps://t.co/AY7wW9ojwv — Chitra Narayanan (@ndcnn) January 5, 2019 It's proving Humanityðð¹ð https://t.co/DFJcLGCwW8 — mohari pj adidela (@mohariecopal) January 4, 2019 Exactly. भà¤à¤µà¤¾à¤¨ à¤à¤¸à¤¾ साहस सबà¤à¥ दॠ। https://t.co/ZlxWhByJSP — Singh Parminder Singh (@just_Param) January 4, 2019 Yep. That's what Khalsa does. #KhalsaAid @Khalsa_Aid https://t.co/LpTTbD4nO5 — Manvir Singha (@RoyalSinghh) January 4, 2019
  7. Ever since his appointment as captain, Virat Kohli, owing to his hard work and dedication to cricket, has been an example for his Team India mates. His leadership has allowed Indian cricket to scale new heights, while his artistry with the willow has impressed all. The Indian captain's focus on fitness, too, has inspired his teammates to step up their game in the gym. A brilliant batsman, great leader and a fitting role model for the youth; Kohli has checked all those boxes over the years. But, recently, far away from the cricket field, the Delhi cricketer showed everyone that he is also considerate and a good human being. In a touching gesture for his teammates, Kohli along with his wife Anushka Sharma - who are also celebrating their first wedding anniversary today - happily gave away their cosy business class seats to the Indian seamers during their trip from Adelaide to Perth. Witnessed @imVkohli & his wife give up their Business class seats to allow the Quicks more comfort & space on the trip from Adelaide - Perth !! Danger Australia .. Not only are the quicks more relaxed .. The Skipper is managing his troops with great human touches #AUSvIND — Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 11, 2018 Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan, who is also in Australia as a cricket pundit, revealed that both Kohli and Anushka produced the heartfelt gesture for the Indian pace battery to ensure they felt more comfort during their flight to Perth. "Witnessed @imVkohli & his wife give up their Business class seats to allow the Quicks more comfort & space on the trip from Adelaide - Perth !! Danger Australia. Not only are the quicks more relaxed. The Skipper is managing his troops with great human touches #AUSvIND," former England captain tweeted. © Reuters Earlier, during India's memorable 31-run triumph over Australia in Adelaide, Kohli added yet another feather to his cap. For a man who has witnessed a marauding run this year, Kohli couldn't do much with the willow as he managed to score just 3 & 34 across two innings. But, even if his bat couldn't breathe fire, Kohli, with his impeccable leadership skills, still clinched the unique feat of becoming the first-ever Asian captain to win a Test match in at least South Africa, England and Australia. Though there are still three more Tests to go Down Under and Australia, despite the absence of their stalwarts Steve Smith and David Warner, still pose threat to India, the Kohli brigade, for now, can bask in the glory of a brilliant team effort that has allowed them to take a crucial 1-0 lead in what promises to be an exciting series.
  8. Arguably one of the most popular cricketers and one of the successful Indian captains, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his ever-growing stature needs no introduction to cricket. While his leadership skills allowed the Indian cricket team to scale new heights, his batting prowess saw him being hailed as one of the best finishers of the game. He might have renounced his captaincy to pave way for Virat Kohli, but there is little doubt over his popularity amongst cricket fans. For a man who has aided Indian cricket for a really long time now, Dhoni often attracts criticism which is generally focussed on his batting slump and age. His inconsistency with the willow has given the critics enough arsenal to fire verbal volleys at him. The most recent being his low strike-rate during the second ODI against England where India failed to chase down the target of 323 runs. Coming in to bat at a time when India had lost skipper Kohli and the asking rate consistently rising, Dhoni could only manage to score 59-ball 37 which included just two boundaries. He was eventually dismissed in the 47th over by Liam Plunkett as India succumbed to a 86-run defeat. © Reuters The third ODI, eventually a series decider, once again saw Dhoni failing to hit the ground running with the willow. The Jharkhand cricketer scored 42 runs off 66 deliveries as India could only amass 256 runs in 50 overs. In reply, England chased down the target with eight wickets and 33 deliveries to spare, eventually clinching the series 2-1. Dhoni's mediocre performance attracted heavy criticism from fans and pundits alike. Many even went on to speculate that Dhoni's illustrious career was probably coming to an end. For someone who has been closely watched throughout his career, criticism was nothing new for Dhoni but his batting slump in England was probably not his doing. Before going to England, Dhoni had enjoyed a good run in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he led the returning Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their third title triumph. He scored 455 runs in 18 matches at an average of 40.16 and a strike-rate of over 130. There was no shortage of big hits either as Dhoni smashed 24 fours and 30 sixes in the tournament. So what really went wrong for the CSK captain in England, you'd ask? Well, it's his batting position. © Reuters Playing for CSK in IPL 2018, Dhoni ripped the opposition bowlers apart and got his team over the line consistently by batting at the No. 4 position. It allowed him the time to settle in and build the innings before going hammer and tongs at the opposition bowlers in the death overs. But, during the limited-overs series against England, the hard-hitting Dhoni we all saw in the iconic yellow CSK jersey was nowhere to be found. With the Indian middle-order packed with specialist batsmen carrying out their respective roles, Dhoni came to bat down the order and had comparatively lesser balls to face. He might have enthralled us all by going big right from the word go in the past, but if we're being practical, Dhoni is neither the same finisher, nor he is young. From being an aggressor, Dhoni has transformed into an accumulator for Team India. And, that's exactly why the 2018 Asia Cup is a perfect opportunity for this old warhorse to win over the fans and critics. Ahead of this year's Asia Cup, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had decided to rest skipper Kohli for the tournament. While Kohli's absence didn't really go down well with host broadcaster Star, it seems to be a blessing in disguise for Dhoni. With Kohli unavailable for the No. 3 slot, Dhoni now has a chance to come up the order - probably at No. 4 - to anchor the innings for his side before accelerating in the final overs. © Reuters A vital cog in Team India's batting line-up, Dhoni will be crucial for keeping the middle-order intact at the Asia Cup. With India's most consistent batsman Kohli missing out, India's opponents will fancy their chances and could potentially target the team's shaky middle-order in a bid to produce an upset. And, this is where Dhoni's experience will come in handy for Rohit Sharma-led India. Going into the tournament, Dhoni has another confidence booster in the form of his Bradman-esque average in Asia Cup. The right-hander has been unbeaten in his last 7 innings in the tournament, scoring 113 runs at a strike-rate of 213.21. Among the batsmen who have scored more than 500 runs in the competition, Dhoni has the highest average of 95.16 in the history of Asia Cup. Apart from silencing his critics, the Asia Cup can also prove to be a platform for Dhoni to cement his position in the side for the coveted 2019 ICC World Cup in England. As India gear up to defend their Asia Cup title this year, Dhoni will be eager to make the opportunity count on the back of a prolific showing with the willow.
  9. From Shah Rukh Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput to Amitabh Bachchan, actors are donating huge amounts of money to help Kerala battle one of the worst floods in history. In fact, they are continuously urging their fans to contribute to relief funds as well. © Reuters While, most celebrities are helping Kerala financially and raising awareness on social media, what actor Randeep Hooda is doing for the flood victims is truly commendable and a noble gesture. Instead of just posting messages and prayers on social media, actor Randeep Hooda has actually travelled to Kerala to provide help to the flood victims and actively participate in the relief work. #EidMubarak ð and thank you for all the wonderful blessings and wishes for my birthday.. feeling blessed to be a part of @Khalsa_Aid team of volunteers helping in #KeralaFloodRelief .. every little step counts.. to help https://t.co/xQXd7ikrus ð pic.twitter.com/eUWEWGfbz2 — Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) August 22, 2018 Hooda has joined as a volunteer with the Khalsa Aid group, a non-profit organisation that has time and again rescued and provided help to people across the world. Recently, Khalsa Aid group posted a picture on Insatgram where the actor is seen serving food to people at the langar. Bollywood actor @randeephooda joins the Khalsa Aid team in #Kerala ! It's great to see celebrities on the ground and not just simply commenting on social media. #KeralaFloods #Seva #Langar #Kerala #KhalsaAid #Humanity #RandeepHooda #OneLove #SarbatDaBhalla A post shared by Khalsa Aid (UK) (@khalsa_aid) on Aug 22, 2018 at 7:48am PDT A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with freedom! #KeralaFloods2018 #KeralaFloodRelief #Kerala #JammuAndKashmir #Mumbai #humanity #RealHeroes #KhalsaAid #motivation #RandeepHooda @Khalsa_Aid pic.twitter.com/qtw8OknZjj — Randeep Hooda FC (@Randeep_HoodaFC) August 23, 2018 They even wrote, "It's great to see celebrities on the ground and not just simply commenting on social media." Through organising langars, the group has served food to thousands of people. Randeep Hooda at Kerala serving food, providing relief and helping the flood victims with the volunteers of @Khalsa_Aid#KeralaFloodRelief #RandeepHooda pic.twitter.com/ZiEQ8eYAFL — Randeep Hooda FC (@Randeep_HoodaFC) August 22, 2018 What Randeep is doing for Kerala flood survivors has left his fans beaming with pride and joy. In all honesty, he truly deserves all our respect for his noble and brave gesture. This isn't the first time that Randeep has volunteered with Khalsa Aid. Last year, after Ganpati visarjan he helped clean the grabage from Mumbai's Versova beach.
  10. While the torrential rains seem to have stopped in Kerala right now causing the water levels to subside slightly, the devastating damage that the deadly floods have left in its wake continues to take a toll on the life of the people in the state, who are trying to rebuild their lives now. With family members missing, homes completely razed to the ground, unimaginable loss of property and the death toll rising by the day, the natural calamity is truly a tragedy that has shaken up the entire nation. © Facebook Thanks to social media, a lot of people are now donating whatever they can to help the victims and while few celebrities and influencers continue donating, most are restricting themselves to raising awareness on social media only. One doesn't become a hero simply by starring in a fictional project but by doing what a hero is supposed to do. Once again, the Khalsa Aid Organization came on board with its team of stellar volunteers to do their bit in providing help in Kerala. © Facebook © Facebook The volunteers have been relentlessly cooking meals for people stuck with no food and drinking water, as over 8000 people are being served by them and they continue to do their bit. The organisation is also constantly purchasing more food and other items with the help of donations coming its way. In case you wish to contribute and help them continue their sewa, here are the details that will help you in your donations. Real heroes don't wear capes or star in glitzy movies, they are actual people who come to the aid of their fellow humans, when they are in need.
  11. Representational image. Photo: AFPSupplying clean water and toilets for all could take hundreds of years in countries like Eritrea and Namibia unless governments step up funding to tackle the problem and its harmful effects on health, an...
  12. The current flood situation in Assam has created havoc and claimed many lives. The topography of the state makes it vulnerable to this similar situation every year, thus making the living conditions for the locals extremely tough. Amidst this sad situation in the state, the Khalsa Aid volunteers from Punjab are helping the people stranded in the area. Besides helping people evacuate, the volunteers are also providing the victims with food and other basic ammenties. They hired boats to help people leave the area and provide them with sanitary items and groceries. Hi @KapilSharmaK9 our @Khalsa_Aid team is distributing food & water in floods hit Assam. Much more to do #Humanity. pic.twitter.com/th2xrPosr3 — ravinder singh (@RaviSinghKA) August 2, 2016 The Khalsa Aid has always been one of the few organisations in the world who has never failed to instil our faith in humanity. This is a stellar example of what humanity can do when humans lead the way to help others. People are spreading the movement on social media so that more volunteers can join the team. @Khalsa_Aid Team delivering aid to the villages affected by floods in Assam. These villages were submerged underwater and have lost their contact with nearby areas, our team arranged boats to deliver aid here. #Assam #floods @CMOfficeAssam @abpnewstv pic.twitter.com/1hIR1dorR6 — Gurpreet Singh (@2Gurpreet_KA) June 22, 2018 In case you want to help in anyway or wish to donate towards their cause and help them save more lives, then you can donate here .
  13. St. George ship is docked at the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen, November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad/Files WASHINGTON: The United States warned Monday that aid must flow through the Yemeni port of Hodeida amid reports that Emirati forces...
  14. ISLAMABAD: Members of the opposition parties Friday expressed concerns over deteriorating relations between Pakistan and the United States and called for expulsion of US nationals working in Pakistan with different non-government organisations...
  15. Pakistan Navy ship ALAMGIR providing logistic assistance to sailing yacht BENYLEO 2. Photo: Pakistan NavyA Pakistan Navy ship on Wednesday provided logistic assistance to Portugal?s sailing yacht which was in need of fuel near North East of...
  16. Facebook is among over 30 companies which signed the pledgeSAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft, Facebook and more than 30 other global technology companies on Tuesday announced a joint pledge not to assist any government in offensive cyber attacks.The...
  17. Scientists say they have uncovered genes linked to hair colour which could advance knowledge on skin cancer and other diseases. Photo provided by AFPScientists on Monday said they have uncovered more than 100 new genes linked to hair colour, a...
  18. Patient Maziar Hashemi (L) ? who has the cancer Myelodysplastic syndrome ? and his wife Fereshteh talk after meeting with his transplant doctor at a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, US, March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder NEW YORK: The US State Department granted a visa to a man in Iran hoping to donate bone marrow to his US citizen brother with blood cancer, obtaining a rare waiver to President Donald Trump?s travel ban, the family?s lawyer said on Thursday. Mahsa Khanbabai, a lawyer based in Massachusetts, said she received a call on Thursday from the consulate in Yerevan, Armenia where Kamiar Hashemi had applied for a visa in February after he learned he was a rare 100 percent match for a transplant that could potentially save his brother?s life. The status of the visa application was ?refused? on the Department?s website but Khanbabai said she was told on the call that a waiver had been granted, two days after Reuters first reported on the case, and that Hashemi should make arrangements to travel to Armenia to pick it up. The State Department through a spokeswoman said it was unable to comment on a specific visa case. Trump?s travel ban, which the US Supreme Court allowed to go into effect on December 8 after months of legal wrangling, puts permanent bars on most travellers to the United States from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, and North Korea, as well as certain government officials from Venezuela. Although the ban allows for case-by-case waivers to be granted, attorneys and applicants say the process is opaque with few clear guidelines on how to apply and why waivers are, or are not, granted. Since the ban took effect, the State Department told Reuters more than 375 waivers have been approved, but declined to say for which countries and out of how many applications. ?It?s unfortunate that so much effort had to go into getting just one, clearly urgent, visa approved,? said Khanbabai. ?There are thousands of people are stuck, also with urgent cases, with no idea what is happening.?
  19. The Pakistan Navy provided medical aid to fishermen on a Yemeni boat on Saturday. According to a spokesperson of Pakistan Navy, the Yemeni boat, Al Barq, had 16 passengers on board and had called PNS Shamsheer for help. On receiving the request, the staff en voyage of the PNS ship reached the Yemeni boat and helped the passengers. In February this year, PNS Shamsheer provided medical assistance to a crew of Iranian fishermen in open sea, according to reports.
  20. When the name Shahid Afridi comes to mind, it's safe to say that cricket never has and never will see another like him. To say he is an all-rounder is to say Albert Einstein was a scientist; it tells a criminally bare story. His devil-may-care batting and lethal leg-spin bowling aided Pakistan for many years in international cricket. And, when it comes to fan-following, no one comes close to the kind of popularity Afridi continues to enjoy even after his retirement. He may have called time on his international career, but Afridi's all-round abilities continue to help numerous T20 sides across the globe. © Instagram/safridiofficial If his ageless contribution to cricket wasn't enough, the Shahid Afridi Foundation - aimed at improving the lives of the underprivileged through various efforts - goes on to highlight his character and says a thing or two about him as a human being. His efforts to help the vulnerable once again came to the fore after he stepped forward offering help to Pakistan's hockey great Mansoor Ahmed - best remembered for saving the last penalty in the 1994 Hockey World Cup final against Netherlands, securing the win for his side. The former Pakistani goalkeeper has been suffering from a heart ailment for the last month and has been advised by doctors to travel abroad for treatment.' The man who made us World Champion of Hockey last time in 1994 one & only Olympian Mansoor Ahmed is looking for Government help but PM doesn't have time for National hero, must listen him & retweeet for his help. جس ÙÛ Ø¯Ù Ø¬ÛØªÛ Ø§Ø³ کا د٠دھÚÚ©Ùا ÚÚ¾ÙÚ Ø±Ûا ÛÛ... ÙزÛراعظ٠Ùدد کرÛÚº pic.twitter.com/47bvEtoXNQ — Shoaib Jatt (@Shoaib_Jatt) March 17, 2018 According to reports, Ahmed's heart is functioning at 20 per cent, while his other organs have also started failing. During an interview, Ahmed had appealed to the Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasai for medical assistance. "I will always be there for our National Heroes and support them. You have made us proud and hoisted our flag internationally. Will always stand by your side in these difficult times. Together we are #HopeNotOut @SAFoundationN" https://t.co/72MtWxUklV — Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) March 19, 2018 But, before a response from Pakistan's PM, Afridi stepped in and announced that his NGO would bear all expenses of the hockey great's medical treatment. “Shahid Afridi Foundation will bear all expenses of Mansoor's treatment and won't let him down,” Afridi said. Here's how the cricket fans reacted to Afridi's heartfelt gesture on the social media: That's a great effort and support. Well done Lala may Allah bless you Ø¢ÙÙÙ — M A Goraya (@AitsamGoraya) March 19, 2018 May Allah Pak give you jaza e khair for that lalaðð» — Syeda Bushra Aamir (@BushraAamir) March 19, 2018 Massive respect Lala — Junaid Abbassi (@janab_abbasi) March 19, 2018 We Love You Lala....I Will Be In Qadafi Stadium Only For You...ððððªðª — Wadana Farooq (@WadanaFarooq) March 19, 2018 So proud of you #Lala ð — Fariii (@Fairyfariya) March 19, 2018 So proud of you champ! you'r doing sucha fabulous job. may Allah bless you with the best. keep it up broo. ðâ¤â¤â¤ — Liza | kings (@Afridilicious_) March 20, 2018 Well done. Probably one of the best deed u hv ever done — Qamar Zia Ahmad (@onlyqamar) March 20, 2018
  21. A boy stands as an aid convoy of Syrian Arab Red Crescent drives through the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria March 5, 2018. REUTERS BEIRUT: An emergency aid convoy crossed front lines into the besieged rebel enclave of eastern Ghouta and delivered its supplies on Friday, braving shellfire and air strikes in the area amid a fierce government offensive. The 13 food trucks allowed into the town of Douma subsequently returned to government-controlled territory, a Red Cross official in Syria said, after a senior UN official said that the bombardments had put the convoy in danger. In less than two weeks, the Syrian army has retaken nearly all the farmland in eastern Ghouta under cover of near ceaseless shelling and air strikes, leaving only a dense sprawl of towns - about half the territory - still under insurgent control. The onslaught has killed more than 1,000 people, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday. The war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, on Friday gave a death toll of 950 civilians in the campaign. For eastern Ghouta?s civilians, trapped in underground shelters but deprived of food and water, there is a constant dilemma - whether to seek supplies or stay inside. ?People were hopeful after the bombardment decreased and went out onto the streets. But then air strikes began again, and there are still people under the rubble that we couldn?t get out,? said Moayad al-Hafi, a man in the town of Saqba. Damascus and its main ally Moscow have both said the assault is needed to stop militant shelling of the nearby capital Damascus and end the rule of insurgents over civilians in eastern Ghouta, where some 400,000 people live.
  22. Smoke rises from the besieged Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria. ? Reuters GENEVA: A Russian plan for a five-hour pause in fighting in Syria?s eastern Ghouta needs to be expanded to allow aid deliveries to enter and civilians and urgent medical cases to leave, United Nations officials said on Thursday. In one of the fiercest onslaughts of Syria?s seven-year civil war, hundreds of people have died in 11 days of bombing of eastern Ghouta, a swathe of towns and farms outside Damascus that is the last major rebel-controlled area near the capital. The Syrian army and its allies launched ground assaults on the edge of eastern Ghouta on Thursday, backed by a bombardment the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said killed 11 people. ?You are failing to help us help civilians in Syria,? UN humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland told diplomats from 23 states attending a weekly meeting in Geneva. ?Eastern Ghouta is devoid of respect for international law.? Some 400,000 people trapped in government-besieged eastern Ghouta need life-saving aid, and the only convoy allowed so far this year was a small one in mid-February with aid for just 7,200 people, Egeland said. UN satellite analysis has shown significant damage across much of eastern Ghouta since Dec 3, though the enclave has been subjected to regular bombardment throughout the conflict. Russia, a strong ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has called for daily five-hour local ceasefires to establish what it calls a humanitarian corridor so aid can enter the enclave and civilians and wounded can leave. But the first such truce on Tuesday quickly collapsed when bombing and shelling resumed after a short lull. ?We were not involved in the talks that led to the declaration of a five-hour pause. And if we had been we would say that it is not enough,? Egeland said. Trucks on standby Egeland said a ?two-way? humanitarian corridor was needed, with several convoys each week into eastern Ghouta, while 1,000 priority medical cases must be evacuated for treatment. ?I have to say I know no humanitarian actor... who thinks the five hours is enough for us to be able to deliver relief into eastern Ghouta and to organise orderly medical evacuations out,? he said of the Russian unilateral declaration. Moscow, which says the rebel groups based in eastern Ghouta are terrorists and not covered by the UN resolution, said they had stopped people leaving by attacking a safe route out of the enclave. The rebel groups, which have said they would accept a full ceasefire, deny preventing civilians leaving the area. They say people fear arrest or conscription despite Russia?s pledges that anyone who surrenders to the Syrian government would be safe. Assad?s other major ally, Iran, said it would continue to support his war effort. Tehran has deployed an alliance of militias in Syria since early in the conflict. ?The enemies cannot do a damn thing if we fulfill our duty,? Iran?s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted by state television as saying. ?Iran will continue to support the Syrian government.? Taskforce During Thursday?s meeting of the humanitarian taskforce in Geneva, the United Nations received notice that it may get permission from Damascus to go to Douma in eastern Ghouta. ?We have 43 trucks standing by to go there and full warehouses to load into the trucks as soon as we get the permit,? Egeland said. UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura told reporters the world body would not give up seeking a full 30-day ceasefire, as mandated by the UN Security Council last Saturday. ?We are determined because otherwise this becomes the copycat of Aleppo,? de Mistura said, referring to a battle for besieged rebel-held eastern Aleppo in late 2016. Ghanem Tayara, chairman of the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations (UOSSM) working in Syria, said some 1,123 patients needed evacuation from eastern Ghouta, where two hospitals had been bombed since Saturday?s resolution. ?That means these people will die during the next few days if we don?t take them out. They need intensive care units. We don?t have them.?
  23. We are at a juncture of humanity where the world has been stripped from having any hope for war-torn Syria. People dying by the minute, innocent lives being tossed away, children being separated from families, it's a world crisis like no other. While the media is highlighting what this civil war is leading to and celebrities are urging people to pray for Syria, let's face the reality. How does an Instagram post about your heart bleeding for the war victims actually helping them? Amidst this social media chaos, the Khalsa Aid is what heroes are made of. It is an international organisation which has always been volunteering whenever a country has been hit by a tragedy. The volunteers of Khalsa Aid are currently in Syria and doing whatever they can for the people there. Supporting children of #Syria Khalsa Aid has been supporting the #Syrian refugees since 2014. These beautiful Syrian twins were in great discomfort due to skin disorder. We funded the medical treatment. Our work continues .. pls support. pic.twitter.com/RqxraUuarW — Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa_Aid) February 28, 2018 Syrian Refugee Children. We have been assisting #Syrian refugees since 2014 in 4 countries Inc Lebanon & Turkey. We have recently set up a breakfast program for 3-5year old Syrian children in Lebanon with @JusoorSY #Syria pic.twitter.com/1CADUeQ41A — Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa_Aid) February 27, 2018 The Khalsa Aid has been helping people in Turkey and Syria since 2016 and volunteers of all faiths and communities travel together to make life liveable for the victims of civil war. Needless to say, they are winning every heart on the internet today. Where there is a need, guru's Sikh @Khalsa_Aid is there. War reasons could be any, but where there is a need of 'Langer' , @RaviSinghKA and team act for wellness of survivors. Thanks to @Khalsa_Aid @JustinTrudeau @HarjitSajjan @randeepssarai @JarnailSinghAAP @ArvindKejriwal pic.twitter.com/4xXpDNSDUB — Baljinder Singh Ubhi (@Ubhicanada) February 28, 2018 Hats off to you ððð @Khalsa_Aid@LangarAid @RaviSinghKA for rescue in syria रबà¥à¤¬à¤¾ à¤à¤¢à¤¼à¤¦à¥ à¤à¤²à¤¾ बà¤à¥à¤¶à¥ ðð#SaveSyrianChildren #StopKillingInSyria pic.twitter.com/TTcRSywfBD — Manjeet Kaur (@Manjeet64576767) February 28, 2018 @Khalsa_Aid is doing a commendable job against all odds. Hats off to you guys for being at the front line of every human catastroph, be it in myanmar or syria. May the almighty allah bless you in all your efforts & hard work for humanity ððð https://t.co/Bea0j1aGB5 — ikhtisar (@ikhtisar1) March 1, 2018 In case it strikes a chord with you and you wish to help, one can donate here (https://www.khalsaaid.org/donate). We need to understand that this is a war we need to fight as humans and helping hands are any day better that just praying lips.
  24. An Oxfam shop is seen in London, Britain, February 11, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls LONDON: The aid sector needs an independent database and whistleblower system to stop workers accused of sexual misconduct hiding such allegations to find jobs with other charities, experts said, as a *** scandal sparked by Oxfam ricochets through the industry. Senior aid officials have been able to duck complaints and confirmed cases of sexual harassment and abuse, and continue to work in the sector knowing charities might hide such information for fear of losing support and funding, industry experts said. The deputy director of the United Nations children?s agency UNICEF, Justin Forsyth, resigned on Thursday after apologizing for inappropriate behaviour towards women in 2011 and 2015 in his previous role as chief executive of Save the Children UK. On Friday, the UN agency for HIV/AIDS said deputy head Luiz Loures had decided not to renew his contract when it ends in March. A spokesman said it was not reasonable to link his departure to an unsubstantiated allegation of sexual harassment. Charities are pledging to overhaul their approach to dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct in light of a scandal that hit headlines after reports that staff at British charity Oxfam paid for *** while working in Haiti after an earthquake in 2010. Yet reforms must go beyond individual charities and lead to sector-wide action to stop ?serial perpetrators floating around the system,? said Megan Nobert, founder of Report the Abuse, a group that collects data on sexual abuse against aid workers. Reducing risk ?We need to figure how we develop mechanisms where we can share information,? said Lindsay Coates, head of InterAction, a 180-strong alliance of US-based charities and aid groups. ?(We need to) reduce risk so that individuals are not shifted from one organization to another,? she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. An independent whistleblowing mechanism would allow the ?vast majority of good aid workers to report the horrible actions of their colleagues,? said Andrew MacLeod of Hear Their Cries, a charity fighting *** abuse in the aid sector. The ex-Oxfam official at the heart of the *** abuse scandal, Roland Van Hauwermeiren, got a job with Action Against Hunger in 2012 despite being fired from medical charity Merlin in 2004 and investigated for sexual misconduct by Oxfam in Haiti in 2011. In the case of Forsyth, UNICEF said it had not been aware of the complaints made against him at Save the Children ? where internal reviews led to ?unreserved? apologies to the women. A Save the Children spokeswoman said the charity gave basic information about Forsyth?s employment history, and that there had been no findings of misconduct or sanctions against him. ?It has become increasingly obvious in the last few weeks that the charity sector needs a more robust system,? she said. Britain?s aid ministry and charity watchdog say they will next month hold a safeguarding summit to meet with aid groups and discuss measures such as an aid worker accreditation scheme. More than 120 staff from leading global charities were fired or lost their jobs last year over sexual misconduct, found an exclusive survey this week by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. ?via Thomson Reuters Foundation
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