Archive | April, 2013

Delhi again shamed with the barbaric rape of a five-year-old

Posted on 24 April 2013 by admin

Divya Kaeley

The nation has been shamed again, this time over the savage rape and assault of a five-year-old girl child in East Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar area. While the accused has been arrested, the nation is demanding answers from the political class as to when women and children be safe in India.
As protests against the gruesome rape on a five-year-old girl here intensified, India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently said collective efforts were needed to root out such “depravity” from society. An anguished Singh also said that “vast improvements” were required to ensure women’s safety in the country. “The gruesome assault on a little child a few days back reminds us of the need to work collectively to root out this sort of depravity from our society,” he said. It is widely accepted that, as a country, we have vast improvements to make in these (safety, security and status of women) areas. These issues came into sharper focus after the horrific gangrape incident in Delhi last December,” the prime minister added.

Delhi was again rocked by angry street protests on Saturday against the barbaric rape of the five-year-old who doctors said has suffered serious injuries to her private parts. The girl, a resident of east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar, was abducted by Manoj, a labourer, who lived on the ground floor of the same house in the working class neighbourhood. He kept her hostage for two days without food and water and subjected her to brutal repeated rape.
She was rescued when her family members heard her screams Wednesday, police said. The accused had locked the door from outside and fled, thinking that she had died. The rape victim continues to fight for her life at AIIMS.

Protest intensified across India on Sunday over the rape of five-year old girl. People continue to stage demonstrations outside the Delhi Police headquarters, demanding the removal of Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar. Dozens of BJP women activists Sunday marched to Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s house and broke barricades on the way to denounce the brutal rape as protests raged for a second day in the capital.

As the nation continues to be furious over the brutal rape of the five-year-old girl in the national capital, a sensational revelation regarding the rape accused Manoj Kumar has come to the fore. The rape accused Manoj, who is in police custody, had also raped his wife before marriage. The village panchayat had then ordered Manoj to marry the girl. A joint team of Delhi and Bihar Police succeeded in nabbing the rape accused, Manoj Kumar, 22, from his in-laws house in Chitkouna village in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on Saturday. He was flown to Delhi in a chartered plane and is being interrogated by police.

 As the national capital continued to witness protests against rising rape cases, reports on Sunday claimed that the five-year-old girl ‘Gudiya’ was gang-raped by two people. Investigators on Sunday launched a hunt for a second person in the rape of a five-year-old girl after an arrested man spoke about the role of another man in the incident over which protests here demanding the removal of Police Commissioner erupted for a third day. It is being said that the accused – Manoj Kumar, who was arrested from Bihar, told police that one of his accomplice Pradip Kumar was also involved in the horrendous incident.

 The 22-year-old man, arrested for allegedly raping a five-year old girl, was sent to judicial custody till May 04 on Sunday, according to Delhi Police. The police had earlier said that Manoj Kumar would not be produced in court today but later he was brought before duty magistrate Sanjay Kumar who sent him to judicial custody for 14 days.

BJP leader Sushma Swaraj’s demand for death penalty to child rapists on Sunday got the backing of CPI(M) which said it was open to the idea. ”We are willing to discuss and consider this because what happened in this Delhi rape case is gruesome. There is something seriously wrong in the society and there is no fear of the law,” CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury reportedly told reporters. He was asked to react on Swaraj’s demand that the new anti-rape law be made more stringent and provide for death penalty in cases of rape of children and those involving brutality and barbarity.

Expressing displeasure with parties like the BJP “politicising” the brutal rape of a five-year-old girl in Delhi, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh Sunday called for the growing incidence of child sexual abuse to be looked in “totality” with the help of social activists, law makers and enforcers.
“I think we strongly condemn all such incidents. Unfortunately political parties are politicising this dastardly act,” he told reporters.

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A gorgeous and breathtaking Sridevi shines in her new jewellery ad

Posted on 24 April 2013 by admin

New Delhi: Sridevi is one of those gifted Bollywood heroines whose awe-inspiring looks even at 50, continue to charm the men and the women alike.

In a recent photo shoot for a jewellery brand she has been signed to endorse, her diva effect is such that it is difficult to keep one’s eyes off her beaming picture.

 In one of the pictures, Sri has posed wearing an orange chiffon saree and a beautiful gold necklace and earrings. While in the second picture, she is looking lovely in a deep pink saree and a well-crafted neckpiece and earrings.

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Salman Khan’s ‘Mental’ loses 12 days and Rs 25 crores

Posted on 24 April 2013 by admin

New Delhi: Salman Khan – who has had his fair share of controversies in the past – is going through a rough patch on his career front this year.

According to a leading daily, with an impasse over the clash between stuntmen from the South and Mumbai, the King of blockbusters has lost almost 12 days of shooting for ‘Mental’ and has also incurred a loss of a whooping 25 crore. Sohail Khan – the producer-director of ‘Mental’ – has hired a leading South Indian fight master for his upcoming flick abiding by the All India Film Employees Confederation (AIFEC), according to which 70% of the fighters have to be local and 30% from the region of the fight master. In case of ‘Mental’, fighters from the South refused to shoot and demanded that 50% of their men be hired for the action scenes.

“The unit had to return within a week even though it was a 15-day schedule in Kolhapur because the fighters refused to shoot. There was another schedule in Lavasa, which was a continuity sequence from a Dubai shoot that needed the same fighters. There too, the Film Employees` Federation of South India (FEFSI) refused to send their stuntmen,” a source said.

Dharmesh Tiwari, President of AIFEC, said “The FEFSI is not ready to follow the rule passed in March 2013, and they are forcing the producer to take 50% of their fighters.”

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Kim Kardashian, Humphries settle divorce, avoid trial

Posted on 24 April 2013 by admin

Reality television star Kim Kardashian and NBA basket ball player Kris Humphries have finally settled their divorce, avoiding a trial that was set for next month, a Los Angeles County Superior Court spokeswoman said on Friday. Judge Hank Goldberg approved the divorce settlement for the couple, who broke up after just 72 days following their made-for-TV wedding in August 2011. Celebrities usually settle their divorces through negotiation rather than at a trial that can fuel publicity.

Humphries, 28, had been demanding an ann u l m e n t , alleging that Ka r d a s h i a n , who cited irreconcilable difference when filing for divorce, had no intention of keeping to the marriage, which was filmed as part of her reality show. Terms of the divorce were not made public. Kardashian, 32, attended the hearing, but Humphries, who plays for the Brooklyn Nets, did not. Kardashian’s publicist declined to comment on the settlement. Humphries’ spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Undeterred by challenges: Bahi Krishnakhanthan

Posted on 17 April 2013 by admin

‘It’s important to stay connected with our Higher Self’


 Bahi Krishnakhanthan is an enthusiastic motivation speaker, facilitator and psychotherapist. Her transpersonal and transformational approach to therapeutic counselling and a client-centred therapy help people deal with issues that prevent them from living a fulfilled life.

Bahi has been awarded the ‘2008 Caring Canadian Award’ by the Governor General of Canada, and the ‘2005 Woman Of Distinction’ in the Region of Durham among several high calibre women. She was also presented ‘2006 National Leadership Award’ from Canadian Federation for Business & Professional Women, for her exemplary leadership of improving the economic, political, employment and social conditions for women.

Bahi’s compassion and an upbeat attitude make her a great role model for many. In a conversation with Generation Next, she talks us through the several challenges she faced in Canada – cultural, language, gender and as a single parent – and the success story that she is today.

 1.   When did you come to Canada?

 I came to Canada in 1982 from Sri Lanka. I left Sri Lanka for better economic conditions and further my accounting career. I was surprised when I was selected by the Canadian government on “Merit Point system” and was issued “Landed Status” visa to come here.

 2.   You’ve been a single parent and a victim of domestic abuse. Tell us about your journey to being a motivation speaker, facilitator and psychotherapist today.

 I met someone here in Canada and got married within three years of being here. I came to Canada on “Merit Point System” all alone from Sri Lanka in 1982. My marriage lasted for 2 short years. In the first year, I had a baby daughter and she died. In the second year, I had my infant son and flee from my own home because of domestic abuse for our safety.

 It was difficult being a single parent without any family here. Having to support my infant all alone without any financial or other help was challenging. I returned to work within 3 weeks of delivering my infant son (after Caesarian surgery) to support us. During tough times, I was promoted in my accounting job to financial controller, became self sufficient and bought my own home, etc. I also met two missionary families who gave spiritual support and stood by me through the challenging times. It was Grace (unmerited favor of the Universe) was working in my life like everyone else.

 Somehow it appeared that the challenges seemed to continue. One winter snow storm day, I met with a life threatening car accident and lost my health. Though it took many years of rehabilitation therapy, my return to job with Canada Revenue Agency as a Corporate Tax Auditor was unsuccessful and I lost my job. I felt a great loss once again.

 My spiritual quest gave me much strength, a new direction and aliveness. I went to school and became a Spiritual Psychotherapist. I joined international speaking organization and was honored as Public Speaking Champion within short period because of my story. I also enjoyed taking volunteer leadership with non-profit organizations and it led me to receiving Governor General’s award, Woman of Distinction Award, National Leadership Award – for improving economic, employment, social and political conditions of women, etc. In fact, when I surrendered to the Universe – Life Force, my life took on a new direction and propelled me.

 3.   Tell us something about your initial days in Canada as a new immigrant. How did you sail through?

 I faced cultural, language, social, gender and other barriers as a new immigrant. Winter weather was also challenging in Edmonton, Alberta. However, my dreams were bigger than the barriers that I faced, which helped me to sail through.

I found mentors who helped me find success. I took risks to leave my City job in Edmonton to take a job in Ontario and moved. I found ways to integrate into the community. I joined recreational organizations and participated in new recreational activities. I joined non-profit organizations and volunteered in the community. I took evening and weekend courses to get my Canadian accreditation here.

 4.   What advice would you give to newcomers who face a tough time getting their degrees recognized and eventually getting their dream jobs? What are the qualities they should possess?

 It is important to stay focused in what they want. If their dreams are bigger than the barriers they are likely to succeed. Finding mentors can be helpful. Talk to other immigrants who have gone through tough times. In fact, I had additional challenges being a single parent, coming out of a bad marriage, living in fear, living alone, health challenges, etc.

 It is important for us to stay connected to our Higher Self (divine) through this process. We will get directions, comfort, meet right people, engage in right activities, be protected, etc.

  5.   Do you think the Canadian policies towards immigrants’ especially foreign trained professionals are fair?

 Some leave their country by choice and others leave out of necessity due to major disasters in their homeland. It takes time and patience to settle in a new country. This could be frustrating to some foreign trained professionals based on their profession. In most professions, the regulating body gives some exemptions to foreign trained professionals resulting in fewer courses to take. This was my personal experience.

 6.   How do you deal with immigrants who are frustrated when they are unable to find a foothold in Canada?

 Several cultural, immigrants, religious and other organizations did invite me to speak at their events. Schools and colleges also did invite me to speak at their special or regular events. I have shared my personal experiences, struggles, triumphs, etc.

 It’s through listening to their frustrations, strategizing their priorities with time lines, connecting with relevant organizations and groups, finding their core problems, reconnecting with their self, finding ways to nurture them through this difficult times, etc.

 7.   What in your opinion are the key needs of new immigrants today, and how do you think they can be addressed.

 I find the key issues are culture shock, language and social barriers and finding the right job. The new immigrants need to find the right support system through their cultural, social and other organizations to integrate into the community and finding hope in the Canadian system.

8.   Your vision for future.

 People realize their true identity by recognizing how they may have contributed through false concepts, beliefs, notions, conditioning, habits, etc. leading to a contracted life. This can lead them to finding the essence and living an expanded life.

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Congratulations to Justin Trudeau – Bob Rae

Posted on 17 April 2013 by admin

The outgoing interim leader of Liberal Party of Canada congragulated neweley elected Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.

He said “Justin’s victory is a testament to his industriousness, personal appeal and the resonance of his message that with hope and hard work we can make our Party and our country better.”

Speaking of 2011′s worse defeat, Mr. Rae said “While the 2011 election may have been the toughest moment in our Party’s history, it also helped us rediscover why we are Liberals: we believe in the dignity of each person and understand that freedom is a core value of our society; we believe in the importance of policies based on evidence, science and open debate; we understand prosperity must be both sustainable and widely shared; we know that good public policy and effective politics can help people reach their full potential; we want Canada to play a positive role in the world; and we understand that we must work with Canadians to restore their faith in our institutions and our politics once again.”

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Cricket Encourages Healthy Activities – Mayor Ford

Posted on 17 April 2013 by admin

Mayor Rob Ford and Amal Ratnayake, Chair of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), officially launched the third annual CIMA Mayor’s School Cricket Tournament.

Also taking part were Raza Hasan, Senior Vice-President, CIBC; Doug Hannum, Cricket Canada; Ben Kavenagh, International Cricket Council (ICC); Chris Bolton, Chair, Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and Ann Andrachuk, Chair, Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB). Dwight Drummond, CBC Toronto News host, was the event’s MC.

“The launch of the third annual tournament gives Toronto’s young cricketers an opportunity to participate in a tournament of their own,” said Mayor Ford. “Cricket helps young people develop sport and leadership skills, and encourages them to stay involved in healthy activities.”

The 2013 tournament will be held on May 13 to 17 at the Eglinton Flats Park, G. Ross Lord Park, Centennial Park and Sunnybrook Park. The final games of the tournament will be held on June 1 at Sunnybrook Park. Tournament registration:

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Rana Celebrates “Rajasthani Festival Gangour”

Posted on 17 April 2013 by admin

Gangaur is traditional festival of Rajasthan, mainly for women folk.

RANA Ladies came in traditional colourful attire of Rajathan to perform Gangaur Pooja. The event was sponsored by Gauri Goel , Chair Rana Ladies Club & Taruna Poddar. Hansa Heda & Newly Wed Shipra led the Pooja.

Rajasthani Canadians have been a growing presence in Canada’s diverse cultural landscape, adding their strong values and determination to our common effort to enhance the diversity and prosperity of communities throughout the country. As Prime Minister Harper stated: “Our incredible cultural diversity is one of Canada’s greatest assets. The harmony and vitality that characterize our Canadian diversity are part and parcel of what defines us as a free, democratic country. Together, we are building a stronger and more united Canada.”

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Talavya Unleashes the Power of Indian Percussion

Posted on 17 April 2013 by admin

The tabla evokes and invokes. It can playfully mimic a cricket bowler’s moves or capture the sensual arc of deer’s leap. Now a familiar sound in the West thanks to lightning-fast masters like Zakir Hussain and innovators like Talvin Singh, the essential Indian classical instrument was traditionally on the sidelines, its emotional power harnessed to support other performers.

No longer. Tabla comes center stage in the hands of the young, highly trained players of Talavya, an ensemble brings a dynamism to the art of tabla, infusing it with the power of rock drumming while respecting the ethos and tradition of the classical art form. Performing as a trio or quartet, the percussionists distill the age-old spirit tabla into a high-energy performance and demonstrate how the drum is truly capable of anything.

Talavya is the brainchild of Indian music maestro Pandit Divyang Vakil, and was created with the goal to present Indian classical music in a contemporary language. “The language of tabla is really graceful, full of different tempos, energies, and emotions,” explains Rushi Vakil, performer and group leader. “We are showing how all the shades of music can be found in it.”

Performing around the world, Talavya have become ambassadors for Indian percussion. The group has been infusing their sound with artists from all backgrounds and performing with Fishtank Ensemble – a Balkan gypsy music band, blues singer Shakura S’Aida, famed percussionist Mickey Hart, and Malian singer Sidi Toure. These collaborations only further the group’s goal to expand the audience for classical percussion.

It’s easy to understand why they’ve been receiving thundering appreciation for their work. Each concert moves between rousing peaks and slower, smooth meditative passages. It’s not uncommon to catch audience members—from teenage hipsters to cosmopolitan professionals—bopping along to the pulse, or in tears or in awe after the journey through different tempos and timbres.

Don’t miss this rhythmic journey when Talavya returns to Toronto on Saturday April 27, 2013 at Cyril Clark Library Theatre in Brampton.

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How to Become a Guidance Counsellor

Posted on 17 April 2013 by admin

Requirements to Become a High School Guidance Counselor

High school guidance counselors help students assess their skills and interests as well as helping them develop academic and career goals. These professionals typically evaluate students through counseling sessions, interviews, and aptitude tests. Counselors may also help students with social and behavioral problems.

A master’s degree and a state-issued credential are required to become a high school guidance counselor. The following table outlines common requirements to become a high school guidance counselor as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

At the undergraduate level, aspiring high school guidance counselors typically earn 4-year degrees in psychology, counseling, or education. Foundational courses in these programs cover topics in child and adolescent development, cognitive psychology, and personality theory. Programs may also include studies of psychological testing and the statistical methods used in research.

As students advance in their respective majors, they take specialized courses. For example, while psychology students may take classes in abnormal psychology, education majors may learn more about curriculum development.

Success Tip

  • Take liberal arts and communications classes. Since communication is an essential part of a high school guidance counselor’s job, aspiring counselors can benefit from taking elective courses in liberal arts and communications to improve their communication skills.

Step 2: Complete a Master’s Degree Program

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a master’s degree is the typical education requirement to become a high school guidance counselor. Students can choose from master’s degree programs in secondary school counseling or in education. Such programs focus on developing the skills and techniques needed to help young adults identify the source of their problems and find a coping mechanism. Courses may cover topics ranging from family therapy to cultural diversity.

Success Tip

  • Complete an internship. An internship can help an aspiring counselor log required practicum hours for credentialing and earn first-hand experience working with students in a school counseling setting. An internship may even be required, depending on the school or the program.

Step 3: Acquire a School Counseling Credential

Many states require high school guidance counselors to obtain school counseling credentialing, which may be referred to as a license, certification, or endorsement. While the requirements for credentialing vary, most states require applicants to hold master’s degrees, complete an internship, and pass a state exam.

Step 4: Obtain a Teaching License

Some states require counselors to earn teaching credentials to work in school settings. In some such states, this may entail completion of a teacher education program, teacher certification through an alternative program or several years of teaching experience. The American School Counselor Association provides counselors with professional development resources, including a list of state-specific licensure requirements.

Step 5: Continue Education

High school guidance counselors may be required to renew credentialing regularly by earning continuing education credits. Continuing education can also help a high school guidance counselor stay current on industry trends and advances in counseling methods. A guidance counselor can complete their continuing education training through classes, workshops, seminars, and online coursework.

Success Tips

  • Join a professional organization. Joining a professional organization, such as the American School Counselors Association (ASCA), can provide guidance counselors with access to a number of continuing education resources.

Consider earning professional certification. High school guidance counselors may benefit from earning professional certification through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). The NBCC awards the National Certified Counselor (NCC) designation to qualified candidates who pass a certification examination. Select states accept NCC certification in lieu of passage of a state licensing exam. To qualify for NCC certification, applicants must have master’s degrees as well as 100 hours of supervision and 3,000 hours of counseling experience within two years of graduating.

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