Monday, July 31, 2006

MEET THE PRESIDENT:multicultural garden party at the Áras an Uachtaráin - the official residence of the President of Ireland

The Áras an Uachtaráin - the official residence of the President of Ireland

It has been a while that President of Ireland, Marry McAleese played host to 'New Irish' at her official residence. The day was Friday, June 14, with excellent sun in the sky. There was good gathering, around 400-500 people from every community. Although most of them (around 80%) were from african continent... and five from Sikh Community! Like Everybody else, we also reached Cross car park in Phenix park, where buses were waiting to take 'guests' to president's residence. As we reached president's residence (hardly 2mitues drive), President and her husband received all the guest on one to one basis and exchanged 'pleasentries' with visiting dignitaries! :)

(LtoR) Bhai Harpreet Singh, Dr Martin McAcleese, President McAleese, Bibi Jaskiran Kaur and me. Bibi Jaskiran Kaur presented flowers to President while we all posed for this important pic!

Me and Bhai Harpreet Singh in The Francini Corridor.

Person who were guiding us through President's residence explained so about this .....all i can say now is this very rare and precious object!

This is State Dining Room, which was built in 1849 for a visit by Queen Victoria. The table, u see was made in 1927 and brought to this place in 1960. The Very first meeting of new Governments is usually held around this table after Ministers have received their Seals of Office from the President. Also, all the visiting dignitaries held their discussion with president in this room!

This is Council of State Room. The furniture in this room is replicas of Louis XIV furniture. The painting you see on the top is of the first meeting of the Council of State, the President’s advisory body, presided over by Douglas Hyde in 1940 and is by Simon Coleman RHA. The other oil paintings in this room are 18th and 19th century landscapes on loan from the National Gallery of Ireland.

Kids Entertainers! Keeping kids busy by painiting their faces with coulours.

Photo with some members of Singing group . Their performance was simply awesome!
This Gentleman from some east european country(forget name) was too impressed with Sikhi Saroop that decided to have photograph with us! amazing isn't!

Bibi Jaskiran Kaur having talk with a member of Musical band. While enjoying straberries (see right hand!)

I forgot this group's name, but their singing coordination was amazing, their voices varied as if they were being remote controlled!

African dancers - Good performance too! Majrity of people present there were from African continent.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Life is the coffee.....................!

From email..........

Life is a lot like drinking coffee, or tea, in oriental culture. We sometimes be distracted by the cup which holds the coffee.but the thing is the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases, it's just more expensive and in some cases even hides ,what we drink. What all of us really want is coffee, not the cup, but lots of us consciously go for the best cups.

Life is the coffee, and the jobs, money and position in society, and all or the 'luxuries' are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life, and the type of cup we have does not define nor change the quality of life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us.

Written by Lin li(London)

Sikh Soldiers in Lebanon!

U.N. peacekeepers from India carry the body of one of the U.N. observers who was killed in Israel's airstrike in southern Lebanon on Tuesday. Complete Story @

All the networks are repeatedly showing the footage on T.V. where peace keepers from India (including Sikhs) are assisting in the aftermath of the bombing in Southern Lebanon. Pictures courtsey,,

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Top 10 US Employers in Ireland

Ireland is currently home to 620 US companies, which employ more than 100,000 people directly and a further 250,000 indirectly through related industries and services. The US is Ireland's single largest source of inward investment, making Ireland the 4th most popular destination for US manufacturing investment overseas!

The following is top 10 US employers in US:

  1. Intel : 5,000
  2. Dell : 4,300
  3. IBM: 3,200
  4. Wyeth: 3,090
  5. Boston Scientific: 2,600
  6. Hewlett-Packard; 2,500
  7. Jassen Pharmaceutical: 2,200
  8. Bausch & lomb: 1,800
  9. Analog Devices: 1,500
  10. EMC Ireland: 1,400