IndiaTimes.Live is a well-known Canadian digital news magazine that was launched in 2018 from Toronto.
IndiaTimes.Live as the name states has a clear journalistic mandate of covering Indian news that matter to globally settled Indians and bring to the digital space all Canadian News that matter to fellow Indians in Canada and in India.
Thus, IndiaTimes.Live is a platform that every Indian and Canadian-NRI should follow to be completely in touch with what’s happening in his two countries of importance.
We choose to pursue journalism as a tool of truth and factual reporting to give honest and unbiased insight to masses!
The venture has a seasoned, professional and committed team that’s driven by sheer passion to report, analyse and create opinion. This is how IndiaTimes.Live has carved a niche for itself in the global digital community within no time. We are known for our unbiased news reporting and honest opinion and editorials on Canadian and Indian politics.
Publisher & CEO
Our Publisher, Mr Snawar Dhillon, an entrepreneur whose dreams for his community and country have seen light through his varied endeavours, across a span of 25 years of structured professional experience.
He started his journey in a small factory in the late nineties and since 2005 he has been ruling the real estate financial markets. Mr Snawar’s vision is very clear and his passion for youth welfare and community betterment has been acknowledged on many platforms.
Organising special welfare counselling events and mentoring youth is his passion and this is what takes most of his time, efforts and resources. With IndiaTimes.Live, Mr Snawar is committed to running an honest platform of news that gives to the Indian and Canadian Society the real picture of their communities and create awareness for bettering their co-existence and nurture positive synergies.
Ms Ritu Ghai is a respected expert in the field of mass media. As our Editor-at-large, she brings with her expertise gained over 24 years across all fields of mass communication, with digital, print, radio and TV journalism (in that order) being her strength areas.
The seal of recognition for pathbreaking concepts for Community Radio stations by Limca Book of Records, Indian Edition, has been the most important. She was also the part of the team that was awarded by the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for the record breaking anti-drug campaign.
Besides others, Big FM (Reliance Group) and MY FM (Dainik Bhaskar Group) in radio and Khurki.net and Punjabikhurki.
Ms Ritu began her career as a copy editor with The Indian Express and steadily progressed to become chief copy editor with Hindustan Times, before venturing out to create ripples in the field of Radio. Private production of content for All India Radio came easy with some very innovative programming being created. Subsequently, Ms Ritu spearheaded the launch of three private radio stations of Dainik Bhaskar, MYFM in Punjab region.
The transition from radio to news television was but natural. Hosting/anchoring and producing for the Chandigarh-based TV channel for two years.
She has been a visiting faculty to lot many Media Institutes across North India, moderated many panel discussions and has been a key speaker in various political and social forums.
For IndiaTimes Live she is covering important issues that affect the Indo-Canadian community.
Our Editor-in-Chief Ms Richa Sharma is a seasoned mediaperson with a career line of almost 20 years in the Indian circles, during which she gained expertise in every sphere of mass communication.
A multi-talented professional-cum-educationist, as she is known for in the journalistic circles, Ms Richa is an award-winning media specialist. Limca Book of Records, Indian Edition, recognised Ms Richa for her ideation, concepts and execution in the radio industry.
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, awarded radio programmer and UNESCO-certified community radio reviewer, Ms Richa started her career as a Cub Reporter with The Hindustan Times. She has to her credit many groundbreaking, award-winning and impactful works.
In 20 years, she has mastered all possibilities not only in print journalism but also Radio, Advertising, Public Relations and Digital medium.
In her last role in the Indian media industry, Ms Richa was instrumental in changing the face of Digital media in the North Indian market.
The launch of punjabikhurki.com and khurk
Ms Richa gained a name for herself as a crisis management expert by her deft handling of 2G Scam clients for a National level PR company.
She goes by the belief of giving back one’s valuable learnings to budding professionals and holds sessions across different universities and other educational institutes. Besides, Ms Richa also shares her expertise in career, behaviour and personality development among students in schools.
Our Guest Editor Ms Savita Bhatti is an actor, writer and social activist. Having graduated in English (Hons) from Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University, she did her B.Ed from CIE, Delhi University. She is also a trained journalist from the Deptt of Mass Communication from Panjab University and a position holder in MA (English) from Panjab University.
Ms Savita has featured in all the works of Jaspal Bhatti Productions and has also worked in several Hindi films. She headed the panel of judges for “Laughter da Master”, a comedy stand up reality show and Miss PTC Punjabi.
Ms Savita started the Jaspal Bhatti Humour Festival in 2016 in find memory of her husband, where the top-notch talent in comedy takes stage for 3 days. The Fest is unique because it is multi lingual and explores all genres in comedy.
Ms Savita has been the executive producer of Jaspal Bhatti Productions. It has to its credit, top hit TV shows like Flop Show, Ulta-Pulta, and Full Tension. It has contributed to combining humour with social awareness by making films on leprosy for the BBC, spots/ads on petrol conservation for the Petroleum Conservation Research Association, spots on the girl child for the Punjab Health Systems corporation, stage shows on polio eradication for the WHO, spots on Aids awareness for the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India.
Ms Savita has headed Mad Arts, a film school from 2007-2015. Under her auspices, the school produced two award-winning films ‘Nanhi Chidiya’ focusing on the ill effects of female foeticide and ‘Bunty’s Tree’ on the growing perils of disturbing the environment.
Ms Savita is also a freelance writer, currently contributing to Dainik Bhaskar. She has been a regular contributor to India Today, Ajit, Delhi Press, Dainik Jagran, Punjab Kesari, Deccan Herald, Khurki (online portal) and Sunday Guardian more prominently.
Our Associate Editor for India Ms Sheeba Aslam Fehmi, who was once honored for being the youngest Managing Editor in the year 1992-93, is a well known face in journalism and activism for the rights of the marginalized. She started her journey as a media planner in an advertising agency and soon went on to bring her own English daily.
After shifting base to the national capital New Delhi, she has edited two magazines and is a regular contributor in various national newspapers, magazines and TV News shows.
Besides journalism, she is a serious academician as well and pursuing her PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is a well-traveled person and has been invited at many international conferences as a participant on the themes of marginalized, subaltern rights, gender and social movements.