Singapore senior minister visits Naam Ras 2016

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| Singapore | 1 Jan 2017 | Asia Samachar |
Singapore senior minister Indranee Rajah (right) visited Naam Ras 2016 in her capacity as the president of Singapore Indian Development Association (Sinda) – PHOTO / HARPREET SINGH

Singapore senior minister Indranee Rajah visited the Naam Ras 2016, a four-day Sikh festival or kirtan, discourse, and exhibition, held at the Singapore Expo last week.

Indranee, the senior minister of state for law and finance, came in her capacity as the president of Sinda is the Singapore Indian Development Association (Sinda), a government established self-help group catering to the Indian community.

She had also joined for Guru Ka Langgar.

Along with the Naam Ras organising team, some leaders of local Sikh organisations also joined to greet the minister. They included Singapore Sikh Education Foundation (SSEF) chairman Gurdial Kaur, Sikh Advisory Board (SAB) chairman Jarmal Singh, Khalsa Dharmak Sabha president BG (Rtd) Sarbjit Singh, Young Sikh Association Singapore (YSA) president Malminderjit Singh and Sikh Welfare Council Singapore (SIWEC) chairman Gurdip Usma.

Also present was Sinda CEO K Barathan.

Naam Ras, the largest biennial Sikh kirtan festival in Singapore, started on 23 Dec 2016. As in past events, it attracted participants from neighbouring Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, as well.

MINISTER COMES CALLING: Singapore senior minister Indranee Rajah (middle). Standing to her right are Sikh Advisory Board (SAB) chairman Jarmal Singh, YSA president Malminderjit Singh and SSEF chairman Gurdial Kaur. To her left: CSGB president Gurcharan Singh Kesail, Sinda CEO K Barathan, Bikram Singh Thakral, SIWEC chairman Gurdip Singh Usma and Khalsa Dharmak Sabha president BG (Rtd) Sarbjit Singh – PHOTO / HARPREET SINGH, NAAM RAS 2016

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