360° Coverage : World's second oldest, Britain's oldest woman dead at...

8 Updates
World's second oldest, Britain's oldest woman dead at 115
Photo Credit: BANARAS KHAN, Getty Images

World's second oldest, Britain's oldest woman dead at 115

Jul 23 2013, 10:48am CDT | by IANS

London/Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) The world's second oldest living woman and the oldest in Britain, Sant Kaur Bajwa, died in West London aged 115 years and 199 days last Friday, an official statement released by her family said Tuesday.

London/Mumbai, July 23 — The world's second oldest living woman and the oldest in Britain, Sant Kaur Bajwa, died in West London aged 115 years and 199 days last Friday, an official statement released...

Filed under: news

 
 
 

1 year ago

World's second oldest, Britain's oldest woman dead at 115

Jul 23 2013, 10:48am CDT | by IANS

London/Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) The world's second oldest living woman and the oldest in Britain, Sant Kaur Bajwa, died in West London aged 115 years and 199 days last Friday, an official statement released by her family said Tuesday.

London/Mumbai, July 23 — The world's second oldest living woman and the oldest in Britain, Sant Kaur Bajwa, died in West London aged 115 years and 199 days last Friday, an official statement released by her family said Tuesday.

She was born Jan. 1, 1898 in in Monde ke Mazeera village, Sialkote, Punjab, now in Pakistan.

Her birth came before the world learnt about awesome inventions like the aircraft or radio transmission or the discovery of Penicillin which helped save millions of lives globally.

Bajwa's last rites were performed in a private ceremony organised by her large family in London Tueseay afternoon.

During her life spanning three centuries, Sant Kaur Bajwa witnessed history in the form of two World Wars, the industrial and technical revolutions, outlived six British monarchs and 27 prime ministers.

Her life was a saga of struggle right from the early days when she lost both her parents at a tender age. She was raised by an older sister.

She was married off at the age of 16 to farmer Munsha Singh in 1914 and gave birth to four children.

Disaster again befell when she became a widow just six years after her marriage.

However, undeterred by the tragedies, Bajwa decided to give her children a fair chance in life despite her struggles against society as a widow who was treated as an outcaste in those days.

After India's Independence in 1947, she migrated to Shukarpur in Indian Punjab, but during that traumatic journey, lost one of her children.

Bajwal somehow managed to reach Indian Punjab with sons Iqbal and Avtar and daughter Surjit and started life afresh after the Indian government provided widows with sewing machines.

She learnt to stitch and sell clothes and with financial support from a brother, managed to educate her three children.

In 1966, she migrated to Southall in London to live with daughter Surjit and her son-in-law Ajit Singh Rai.

Barely six years later, Surjit was diagnosed with kidney failure and died in 1972.

For Bajwa, at the age of 74, it was another herculean determination on her part to raise four minor children (her grandchildren) left behind by Surjit, including a set of twins only six years old - Jim and Bob.

After overcoming so many personal tragedies and challengies, years later, when she turned a healthy hundred in 1998, Bajwa was a little amused to see the world worried about issues like a new millennium and the Y2K threats!

Jim and Bob fondly describe her as a formidable woman, who suffered more than her fair share of tragedies during her lifetime.

"Through her life, it was her resolute belief in Sikhism and God that encourage her will to live, she was a religious activist visiting a gurdwara daily and chanting 'Waheguru' for her own tranquility," said Jim in a statement.

"It was her inner strength and resolve that carried her forward, she fought and stood tall as the matriarch of the family. She will be sorely missed and we will never forget her flamboyant yet modest personality," Bob said.

Bajwa who died of natural age-related factors, leaves behind her 12 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren who treated her funeral as "a celebration and reflection of her incredible life."

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
8

6 weeks ago

Christian couple killed for 'desecrating' Quran

Nov 4 2014 12:18pm CST | Source: WND

(AFP) LAHORE, Pakistan: An enraged Muslim mob beat a Christian couple to death in Pakistan and burnt their bodies in the brick kiln where they worked Tuesday for allegedly desecrating a Quran, police said. The incident took place at the town of Kot Radha Kishan, some 60 kilometers southwest of the city of Lahore, and is the latest example of mob violence against minorities accused of blasphemy. “A mob attac ...
Source: WND  Full article at: WND
 

 
Update
7

6 weeks ago

Pakistan offers assistance to landslide victims

Nov 4 2014 6:04am CST | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

The first consignment of relief goods gifted by the Government of Pakistan to Sri Lanka as assist to the Koslanda landslide Relief Operations arrived in t ...
Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense   Full article at: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense
 

 
Update
6

7 weeks ago

Now Pakistan cares about ISIS

Nov 1 2014 9:18pm CDT | Source: WND

(New York Post) Pakistan is now wide awake where the Islamic State is concerned. Two weeks ago, The Post reported that “Pakistan isn’t losing any sleep over ISIS,” featuring a photograph of the terror group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, dressed all in black, before a microphone. Days later, in a speech before the Security Council, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations struck a much different tone, demanding that ...
Source: WND  Full article at: WND
 

 
Update
5

7 weeks ago

Pakistan civilians flee as military steps up Khyber offensive on Taliban

Oct 30 2014 3:29am CDT | Source: Townhall's

By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR Pakistan (Reuters) - Twenty-nine people were killed and thousands of civilians forced to fle ...
Source: Townhall's   Full article at: Townhall's
 

 
Update
4

7 weeks ago

Drone strike kills 2 militants in NW Pakistan

Oct 30 2014 12:55am CDT | Source: Townhall's

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani intelligence officials say suspected U.S. drone-fired missiles have hit a hous ...
Source: Townhall's   Full article at: Townhall's
 

 
Update
3

7 weeks ago

Drop In Vaccinations Linked To Spikes In Preventable Diseases Around The World

Oct 27 2014 6:40pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

A growing anti-vaccination movement, coupled with ongoing difficulties in reaching underserved populations, is taking a global toll on efforts to eradicate infectious diseases, new data from the Council on Foreign Relations suggests. Polio, measles, mumps, rubella and whooping cough are all preventable with safe, low-cost vaccines. Yet the council’s Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks Map shows hundreds of ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
2

7 weeks ago

Afghan trainee chef has the recipe to make it in Hungary

Oct 26 2014 7:00pm CDT | Source: UN High Commission on Refugees

Six years ago, Zia Karimi was a teenager in Pakistan, his life in turmoil after fleeing Afghanistan. Now he is a trainee chef in a top Budapest hotel with a career pl ...
Source: UN High Commission on Refugees   Full article at: UN High Commission on Refugees
 

 
Update
1

8 weeks ago

Police: Gunmen kill 8 Shiite Muslims in Pakistan

Oct 23 2014 12:43am CDT | Source: Townhall's

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A police official says gunmen have killed eight Shiite Muslims in southwestern Pakistan.Operations police ...
Source: Townhall's   Full article at: Townhall's
 

 
 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

School headmaster shot dead in Pakistan
Islamabad, Dec 4 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen Thursday killed the headmaster of a private school in Pakistan's Balochistan province.
 
 
Four more bodies recovered from sunken South Korean ship
Seoul, Dec 4 (IANS) Four more bodies were recovered Thursday from a sunken South Korean fishing ship in the Bering Sea, the foreign ministry here said.
 
 
Lesbian couple asked to desist in London restaurant
London, Dec 4 (IANS) A lesbian couple in a London restaurant was asked to desist by a staff member, who asked them to "stop what you are doing".
 
 
Oxford Dictionaries to add 1,000 new words
London, Dec 4 (IANS) 'Mamil' (middle-aged man in Lycra), 'silvertail' (a person who is socially prominent or who displays social aspirations) and 'crony capitalism' are among the 1,000 new words to be added to OxfordDictionaries.com, the free online dictionary, in its largest quarterly update so far.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Australian researcher discovers first artwork by early human
Sydney, Dec 4 (IANS) An Australian researcher has discovered what is believed to be the first artwork created by a human. The simple zigzag pattern found on a fossilized shell from the Indonesian island of Java has...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Insects compete with rats to clear garbage
New York, Dec 4 (IANS) Insects play a very important role in cleaning up cities and they compete with other pests like rats and pigeons in their endeavour, a study has said. Scientists sampled arthropods - such as...
Read more on Business Balla
 
School headmaster shot dead in Pakistan
Islamabad, Dec 4 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen Thursday killed the headmaster of a private school in Pakistan's Balochistan province. Police officials said the armed men opened fire at the vehicle of Zahid Ali,...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Four more bodies recovered from sunken South Korean ship
Seoul, Dec 4 (IANS) Four more bodies were recovered Thursday from a sunken South Korean fishing ship in the Bering Sea, the foreign ministry here said. This increased the toll to 16, including six South Koreans and 10...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Lesbian couple asked to desist in London restaurant
London, Dec 4 (IANS) A lesbian couple in a London restaurant was asked to desist by a staff member, who asked them to "stop what you are doing". Lydia Cawson, 29, said that she and her girlfriend were asked by a staff...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Oxford Dictionaries to add 1,000 new words
London, Dec 4 (IANS) 'Mamil' (middle-aged man in Lycra), 'silvertail' (a person who is socially prominent or who displays social aspirations) and 'crony capitalism' are among the 1,000 new words to be added to...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Oceans play key role in global 'warming hiatus'
London, Dec 4 (IANS) Increased heat uptake across three oceans - North Atlantic, the Southern Ocean and Equatorial Pacific Ocean - is the likely cause of the 'warming hiatus' -- the current decade-long slowdown in...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Novel imaging to identify if TB drugs are working
Washington, Dec 4 (IANS) Tuberculosis patients who are not cured of the infection can develop multi-drug resistant TB and have to take as many as six drugs for two years. Now, researchers at University of Pittsburgh...
Read more on Business Balla
 
PM makes first appointment to High Court of Australia
Canberra, Dec 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government Thursday appointed former Victorian Supreme Court judge Geoffrey Nettle as the next Justice of the High Court of Australia. Attorney General George...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
18 suspected militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes
Islamabad, Dec 4 (IANS) At least 18 suspected militants were killed Thursday in airstrikes conducted by Pakistan Air Force fighter jets in North Waziristan. According to officials, the airstrikes were conducted in...
Read more on Politics Balla