Desi Talk – that’s all you need to know 16 CITY VIEWS January 8, 2021 Cook County, Illinois Treasurer Congratulates Desi Talk O n the first day of the 117th Congress, a Republican Con- gressman introduced a bill in the United States House of Repre- sentatives to terminate the designation of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally. Congressman Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, introduced the bill to remove the designa- tion of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally, a status that allows for various benefits such as access to excess US defense sup- plies and participation in cooperative de- fense research and development projects. “On the first day of the 117th Congress, my staff and I have hit the ground run- ning, working hard for the great people of #AZ05. Today, I reintroduced 28 bills that keep the promises I’ve made to my con- stituents and help to reduce the size and scope of the federal government.,” Biggs wrote in a tweet on Jan. 4, 2021. According to the bill, the US President cannot issue a separate designation of Pakistan as a major NATO ally unless a presidential certification that Pakistan continues to conduct military opera- tions that are contributing to significantly disrupting the safe haven and freedom of movement of the Haqqani network in Pakistan. The bill noted that Pakistan has taken steps to demonstrate its commitment to preventing the Haqqani network from us- ing any Pakistani territory as a safe haven and that the Pakistan government actively coordinates with the Afghanistan govern- ment to restrict the movement of mili- tants, such as the Haqqani network, along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The bill asks the president to certify that Pakistan has shown progress in ar- resting and prosecuting Haqqani Network senior leaders and mid-level operatives. -ANI Photo Congressman Andy Biggs, R-Arizona. Arizona Congressman Introduces Bill To Terminate Pakistan Status Of Major Non-NATO Ally NATIONAL AFFAIRS Chicago Sikhs Serve Christmas Lunch At Salvation Army Site D espite the ongoing pandemic, in the Sikh spirit of “Langar” the Sikh youth of Chicago area, under the auspices of Sikh Religious Society of Chicago, served food to needy families on Christmas day December 25, 2020 at the Salvation Army Center in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to the traditional Christmas lunch, those coming to the venue for food also received cookies, bagels, cakes and toys for the kids to take home. The Sikh community of Chicago has been actively associated with this service since 1992. Due to the pandemic and to observe social distanc- ing, it was not a usual sit-down meal but only to take home. Even though it is a Christian celebration, people of many faiths contribute money and volunteer time for this event to help the homeless and the needy families enabling them to celebrate Christmas. This year, A.D. Singh Chawla, his family and friends donated a skid load of canned food and essential items both on Thanksgiving Day, and also for Christmas. The coordinator Sarwan Singh said, “As Sikhs it gives us a lot of personal satisfaction and spiritual upliftment to share with and serve those who are going through tough times during Christmas,” noting that selfless ser- vice was the creed of Sikh religion and practice. Members of the Sikh community also made a collec- tion and handed over $1,201 to Captain NathanWelch and Captain Jennifer Clanton of the Salvation Army center. Major Nancy Powers of the Salvation Army thanked the members of Sikh community for their contribu- tions and said that the Salvation Army has over the years developed a very friendly relationship with the Sikh Community. The community has been providing cooked lunches to the Salvation Army every Saturday since the pandemic began. “Sikh Religious Society thanks all who contributed their time and hard-earned money for this noble cause. MayWaheguru bless all for their contribution,” a press release from the organization said. By a Staff Writer Photo: Sikh Religious Society of Chicago Photo: Sikh Religious Society of Chicago Sikh youth from the Sikh Religious Society in Chicagland, served food to the needy during Christmas. Members of the Sikh Religious Society of Chicago at a Salvation Army center on Christmas Day 2020, to serve food to the needy in the spirit of their tradition of ‘langar’ at gurdwaras, also handed a check to the Salvation Army.