The Star (Nairobi)

18 September 2012

Kenya: The Guru Sahib's 408th Celebration

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The Guru Granth Sahib is truly unique among the world's great scriptures. It is considered the supreme spiritual authority and head of the Sikh religion, rather than any living person. It is made up on 1,430 pages written in the language known as "gurmukhi" which forms the basis of the Sikh language of "Punjabi". Last Sunday was its 408th birthday. The day was marked with celebration at the Sikh Temple Pangani, Nairobi. The East African Ramgarhia Board and the Ramgarhia Youth Association celebrated the birthday with a three-day prayer known as "akhand path" and had a huge participation from the community in preparing the meals and attending prayer sessions.

Razia Khan in Kenya

Razia Khan is no stranger in the business world. She is the Standard Chartered Bank's London-based head of Macro-Economics and regional head of research for Africa. She currently works both in the African regional office, advising the executive committee on matters relating to Africa, and at the Wholesale Bank, where she provides in-depth analysis on African economies to the bank's clients.

The Economic Council of Oshwals hosted Razia Khan on last Wednesday at the Oshwal Centre, Nairobi. She interacted with them and gave a talk on all matters business. The general manager East Africa and CEO Richard Etemesi of Standard Chartered Bank was also among the guests.

Of horse riding and go-karting

After a long week at school, there is nothing more fun than horse riding or go-karting. The Hindu Religious and Service Centre organised a day of fun for the children on Sunday at the Jamhuri High School, Nairobi and set the tone for the 150th birthday celebrations of Swami Vivekananda who was born on January 12, 1863. He is seen as a simple person with big accomplishments in the light of inter-faith and bringing the Vedic or Hindu Religion to the Western world including the philosophy of Yoga. There will be several other both cultural and traditional events that will be held until January which will mark the big day for his followers around the world.

The Muslim Luhar Wadha Jamat elect Chairman

It is one of the largest communities in Mombasa and successfully elected a new Chairman, Shabbir Hassan Talab on September 9. The Muslim Luhar Wadha Jamat has been a well-known friend of the community that promotes cultural and social achievements and issues. Talab had been a past vice chairman for three years and is keen to promote three main objectives, which include equal rights and participation for women, better education and health opportunities for the community.

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