Archive | April, 2014

SuNNy LeoNe is back on the small screen

Posted on 24 April 2014 by admin

After her ‘Bigg Boss’ outing in 2011, Sunny Leone returns to television as host of the reality show, ‘Splitsvilla’ After her Bigg Boss outing in 2011, Sunny Leone returns to television as host of the reality show, Splitsvilla. The former adult actress took time off from her Bollywood assignments to shoot for the promo of the show which is a dream sequence where Sunny plays a princess in search of her Prince. The youthcentric show is slated to air in June. Shreyas Talapade returns to the small screen as host of a Marathi reality show, Zhunj Marathmoli. The actor will take celebrity Maharashtrian contestants on a road trip across the state to rediscover their roots. Shreyas’ rugged look for the show has been styled by his wife Deepti.

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Truth out In open: Why Shilpa postponed her vacation?

Posted on 24 April 2014 by admin

Shilpa Shetty postpones Walt Disney World trip to stay in Mumbai on voting day As an actress-turned-entrepreneur-and-producer, Shilpa Shetty juggles many roles. in fact, the mother to two-year-old Viaan Raj has been deftly dividing her time between her duties as a mother and her professional commitments.

However, of late, her work has been eating into her personal time. For instance, Shilpa had promised her son Viaan a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida a few months ago, but she had to postpone the trip, as she was busy with the brand endorsements and promotions for Dishkiyaaoon, the first film under her home production.

Now it appears that this trip will be delayed once again as Shilpa has decided to stay put in the city in order to cast her vote. Says a source close to Shilpa, `She could have gone to the uS, but she has now postponed the trip again because she wants to vote. The actress feels strongly about this issue and has decided to take Viaan to Florida after the elections.`

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Rivalry out: Sonam and Deepika are each others enemy

Posted on 24 April 2014 by admin

LASt year when Sonam Kapoor hosted a party for her cousin Arjun Kapoor’s birthday (June 26), Deepika Padukone, his co-star from Finding Fanny, was very much present. It is being suggested in gossip circles that Sonam is now draggers drawn with her once-good-friend Deepika reports times of India.

Not only does she have a professional rivalry going with the current hot favourite in Bollywood, she also has no personal equation with Deepu. the candid Sonam has been taking subtle potshots at Deepika’s dress sense and her overall demeanour on camera.

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Siloni Waraich talks inclusiveness

Posted on 16 April 2014 by admin

Samuel Getachew

Toronto

When Siloni Waraich was elected as School Board Trustee with the Niagara South School in 1994, she had made history as its youngest member. A few days ago, the ambitious South Asian reached yet another milestone as she became the first South Asian woman (Yasir Naqvi was the first South Asian ever) President of the Ontario Liberals.

Waraich has had a rich history with the party. She was an active with the Ontario Young Liberals and has served as Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff of then opposition leader, Dalton McGuinty. Once the party formed a majority government in 2003, she became a special assistant for ethnic media outreach and ultimately a senior adviser to a Cabinet Minister. Since 2005, she has held various senior roles with The Tarion Warranty Corporation.

She reflects with me on her long involvement with the party, looks ahead on her new role and gives advice to those who may want to emulate such a public career.

Congratulations on becoming President of the Ontario Liberals. Please tell me about yourself? Why the Liberals?

Thank you for your well wishes, Samuel, and for the opportunity to speak with you about my new role. I’m quite excited and honoured to be the new President of the Ontario Liberal Party!

I was born and raised in Niagara Falls. My parents still live there, and that’s where my Liberal roots are. In my high school years, it was my parents who encouraged me to volunteer on a local Liberal campaign. I caught the political bug very quickly! I realized that the basic values that my parents were trying to teach me at home, is really what the Liberal Party embodies: that is, standing for, and working towards, a better and stronger Ontario, for us and our families.

For over 20 years, I have volunteered for the Liberals in various capacities. I’ve knocked on many doors, hammered in many election signs, and also traveled the province to help develop and implement grassroots training initiatives. I’ve also had the privilege of working at our party headquarters and at Queen’s Park, both in opposition and in government. I felt that it was time for me to step up and serve my party in a new capacity.

Why the Liberals? We have always believed and continue to believe in building stronger communities. We believe that accessibility to our healthcare and education systems are essential for all Ontarians. We are the party that speaks to generations of Canadians as well as newer Canadian families. We have a strong record of leadership and fighting for what will benefit Ontarians in the national and global arenas. Most of all, we are inclusive.

What are some of the initiatives you hope to bring to your new mandate as President?

We are very lucky as a political party to have such a committed and talented pool of volunteers that truly believe in our brand! Our new Executive Council, of which I am part, is comprised of such a wide variety of professional backgrounds: finance, journalism, economic development, management consulting, etc. I’m very excited to be working with them, and more importantly, in developing a strategic plan that we can stand behind and fully implement to better serve our members.

The new Executive Council had a very successful first meeting, and we all agreed that communications is our top priority. The Ontario Liberal Party is a grassroots, volunteer membership-driven organization. Each and every single member is an ambassador for our leader, our local candidates, for our policies and everything we believe in! We need to make sure that we provide them with the right tools to continue to be effective ambassadors, and communications plays a huge role in that. Stronger communications will strengthen our riding efforts, which ultimately leads to better prepared local election campaigns.

Another key initiative that is very important to me personally is training. I have lots of experience in developing training programs and in training our troops on the ground. I have seen first-hand the positive results of regular, ongoing training programs. The more resources we develop for our members across the province, the more motivated they are and the better-equipped they are to build vibrant riding associations and to win an election!

South Asians have been loyal to the Liberal brand for a long time (perhaps) starting from the Trudeau years of the late 60’s and 70’s. Why do you think the Liberal brand is still an attractive option for South Asians and the emerging immigrant population in Ontario and across Canada?

As the child of ‘Trudeau Liberals’, I believe that generation really felt that the party that brought in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was all about being inclusive, made them feel welcome in their new country and local communities and most of all, very quickly felt proud to be Canadians. Imagine coming to a new country and realizing that each community is encouraged to celebrate its own successes, intertwined with celebrating the larger society’s successes.

I believe the Liberal brand has continued to evolve to speak to the needs of all Canadians, and Ontarians, whether from a particular diverse community or as a very new-Canadian. Our party has always pushed for improving our healthcare and education systems, to make them more accessible and globally-competitive. These types of policies have played a big role in why many families from across the world, have chosen Ontario as their new home.

Liberals have always worked hard to make sure that local settlement programs exist and flourish, and to help newer Canadians in their beginning days in our wonderful province. The Liberal brand continues to be very accessible and inclusive, and frankly, has encouraged South Asians to truly become integral, active, vibrant members of our local communities and the political process.

You were once elected as a trustee of Niagara South Board of Education at a young age. To young South Asians who may want to emulate such a public career, what advice do you have for them?

Get involved in a cause or an issue that gets you excited! Any involvement in your community, partisan or not, will be a fulfilling experience. You will learn a lot, you will bring a unique younger perspective and energy to whichever cause or initiative interests you, and you have the opportunity to improve something that you are passionate about, in your very own community. Take a look at your municipality’s website or pay a visit to your local MPP’s office. Even if you aren’t looking to get involved with them directly, they are always good resources about which local organizations or boards are actively looking for volunteers.

When I put my name forward to become a trustee with the Niagara South Board of Education, it was because I thought there needed to be more people around that table making decisions who had more recently been through our education system. I was very interested in being an integral part of the decision making process that impacted my local community, the schools that I went to, and the curriculum that I had recently experienced. Not only did I feel that my perspective brought value to the policy-making discussions, but it was a tremendous learning experience for me and continued to fuel my interest in being involved in the political realm.

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Gas Prices Expected To Rise In Canada This Summer

Posted on 16 April 2014 by admin

Gasoline prices in Canada are climbing to two-year highs, and could be going higher, according to industry watchers.

In Toronto, gas prices are at 137.9 cents a litre, the highest they’ve been in two years, according to TommorowsGasPriceToday.com. At the beginning of the year, gas was 10 cents a litre cheaper.

Doug Porter, chief economist at the Bank of Montreal, says the rising price of crude oil is part of the reason gas prices are going up.

So far this year, the price of a barrel of oil has risen more than five per cent, “and then when you tack on another three per cent drop in the Canadian dollar this year, it leaves oil prices up more than eight per cent in 2014,” Porter said in an email.

Crude oil is the most significant component of gasoline prices. According to a report by industry group M.J. Ervin & Associates, crude oil made up 53 per cent of the cost of gas in March.

Porter added gasoline prices tend to be seasonal, and as prime driving season starts up, prices will continue to rise. Porter says gas prices could stay strong until the second half of the year if the global economy keeps improving.

Dan McTeague, a former Liberal MP and founder of price-tracking and forecasting website TomorrowsGasPriceToday.com, says some of the bigger corporate-run stations in Toronto have increased their profit margins.

According to McTeague, those margins have increased to eight cents per litre, up from 6.5 cents per litre 10 months ago.

According to M.J. Ervin, those margins are the smallest component of gasoline prices, at about 7.7 cents per litre in March.

Another major component is taxation, which varies from province to province. Some municipalities, including Vancouver and Montreal, impose their own gas taxes.

McTeague also says part of the increase, particularly for crude oil and wholesale prices, is being driven by speculators in the U.S.

“There’s a perception that the U.S. economy is getting back on track,” McTeague said.

As a result, speculators are betting prices will rise, figuring that if more Americans are working, “there will be enough demand to justify the higher price.”

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Moving Ontario Forward With Large New Investment

Posted on 16 April 2014 by admin

Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced the Ontario government’s plan to build a seamless and integrated transportation network across the province — Moving Ontario Forward — to create jobs, boost productivity and help every part of Ontario grow and prosper.

The robust plan would put in place dedicated and substantial funding for public transit and transportation infrastructure. It would make nearly $29 billion available over the next 10 years for investments in priority infrastructure projects across the province such as public transit, roads, bridges and highways. The province would create two dedicated funds – one for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) with up to $15 billion available for investment in transit and one for the rest of the province with nearly $14 billion available for investment in roads, bridges, transit and other critical infrastructure.

Funding sources for Moving Ontario Forward would include new revenues measures, repurposed revenues and a responsible level of debt financing, when needed. Measures would include:

  • Repurposing the existing Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) that is charged on the current provincial taxes on gasoline and road diesel.
  • Redirecting 7.5 cents of the existing gas tax. This would be over and above the permanent two cents that goes directly to municipalities to fund transit infrastructure.
  • The value resulting from a review of key government assets would go to the proposed Trillium Trust and be directed towards this plan, as would
  • Proceeds from the previously announced Green Bonds program.

Modernizing public infrastructure is part of the government’s economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario’s greatest strengths — its people and strategic partnerships.

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Canada Announces Support for Religious Freedom in Pakistan

Posted on 16 April 2014 by admin

Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, concluded a successful visit to Pakistan where he announced two projects to be supported by the Religious Freedom Fund.

“Pakistan is a country with a multi-faith and multicultural character, which is similar in ways to Canada’s,” said Bennett. “We remain very concerned by repeated incidents of religiously motivated violence in Pakistan and the callous disregard of extremists for the rights of individuals of all faiths to practise their religion in peace and security.”

The two projects, which promote dialogue and greater recognition of Pakistan’s religious diversity, will encourage discussion within the Pakistani Parliament and broaden awareness of religious freedom.

“Terrorist attacks against Pakistan’s religious and ethnic communities highlight the need for the Pakistani government to take swift and unerring steps to bring terrorist groups, including those that equip, train and deploy them, to justice,” said Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. “Canada will continue to work with its allies to help the people of Pakistan address the challenges they face and to encourage freedom throughout the region.”

The Religious Freedom Fund, which is managed by the Office of Religious Freedom at Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, aims to increase the capacity of organizations in various countries to directly address violations of freedom through a variety of activities, including awareness-building initiatives, legal and legislative training and support for the promotion of freedom of religion and pluralism.

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A TRIP TO QUEEN’S PARK by Khalsa School Malton (in Malton Guru Ghar) students and staff

Posted on 16 April 2014 by admin

A delegation of students of grade 5, International Baccalaureate grades 6 and 7, Principal Dr. Soni, and nine Faculty members of Khalsa School Malton (in Malton Guru Ghar) visited Queen’s Park. This trip was planned by Hon Harinder Takhar MPP.

The Delegation was received by Honourable Harinder Takhar MPP at the entrance of Queen’s Park in Toronto.

The delegation lined up for Security check and went to the Public Gallery to attend the “Questions/Answers Period”. Before “the Questions Hour proceedings”, Hon. Harinder Takhar MPP introduced the Khalsa School Malton delegation and congratulated the students and staff for their top ranking in Ontario in the Fraser Report based on EQAO results of grades 3 and 6. The students enjoyed the proceedings in the Public Gallery for an hour.

After the “Question Hour” the delegation was led to “The MacDonald Block” where our Honourable MPP’s Mrs. Amrit Mangat, Mr. Jagmeet Singh, Mr. Vic Dhillon arrived to meet and greet the Khalsa School Malton students and staff.

Later on Honourable Premier Kathleen Wynne arrived and was duly greeted by the MPPs and the delegation of students and staff of Khalsa School Malton, Mississauga, their Principal, Dr. Soni.

The Principal introduced Premier Wynne with his staff and explained to the Premier the progress of Khalsa School Malton in two years. The enrolment of students increased from 42 to over 360, implementation of high school (grades 9-12) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years (grades 6-10) programs. Next year, the school is planning to implement Primary Years (grades JK to grade 5) PYP IB program. The school is also looking for IVY League Universities (grades 11-12) program and partnership with business companies. The school was ranked first time in Fraser Report 2014 and scored 10 out 10 in EQAO Test for grades 3 and 6 students.

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Rupee gaining ground but what does it mean for Pakistan’s economy

Posted on 16 April 2014 by admin

Dr. Hasan Askari

Lahore

 Nawaz Sharif’s federal government has a comfortable majority in the National Assembly. It therefore faces no threat from within the National Assembly. It has been successful in securing monetary donation from Saudi Arabia and loans or commitments for new loans from international financial institutions. It floated Euro-Bonds which have secured targeted amount of two billion dollars.

  These financial measures have increased the value of Pakistani Rupee against dollar and other foreign currencies. This means that the Pakistan government has some financial space available to address the current economic problems. However, it must be remembered that the availability of foreign aid or loan does not automatically benefit the economy. These funds have to be used for important economic development projects with no wastage and no corruption. If this is not done the current economic relief will prove temporary.

 The federal government is also launching new projects for electric power generation. But we would know the reality of these projects when these start producing electricity. The PPP government (2008-2013) also talked about setting up new electric power projects but most of these did not materialize. Now, given the bitter experience of the past, we will have to wait and see if the electric power generation projects by the present Pakistani government actually reduce electricity shortages.

 The new financial resources have to be used with caution and in a judicious manner. Most of the new funding, including the Euro-Bonds, are loans which Pakistan will have to return with interest. The quantum of foreign loans on Pakistan will increase by the time Pakistan receives all loans. Therefore, it is important to use these loans and grants to revive the economy, especially industry, electricity and gas. If this happens a large number of jobs will be created.

 Up-to-now, the increase in the exchange value of Rupee and availability of new loans has not translated into any relief to common persons. In fact, the prices of goods for kitchen and household have increased in the last two months.

 Pakistan grows enough food to feed its people and some of it is exported. However, despite this blessing there are people who go hungry and cannot have two full meals. This is only because they cannot afford to buy food. If the prices of basic food items like wheat and flour, rice, lintels, milk, sugar and cooking oil are kept under check, it will be a major relief for common people.

 The future of the Nawaz Sharif government will be determined mainly by four major factors.

First, how to ensure that the common people benefit from the economic relief Pakistan is now getting from the international community? If the prices of essential commodities continue to rise no one will accept the government’s claim that the economy is improving. No doubt salaries and income of the people in government and private sector jobs have increased over the last seven years. But the prices of all commodities and over-all cost of living have increased more than the rise in the salary. Moreover, what about those who do not have regular jobs or they are jobless? Their miseries have increased manifold.

Second, the federal government continues to be optimistic about the positive outcome of its talks with the Pakistani Taliban. It enjoys the support of Islamic parties and Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf who view the Taliban as friends of Pakistan. All other groups and political analysts are not hopeful about the outcome of the talks. There are no indications that the Taliban will accept the primacy of the Pakistani state and agree to work within the framework of the constitution. The Pakistani Taliban are talking with the federal government like a state and want to determine the terms and conditions of the interaction between them and Pakistan rather than working within the framework of law and constitution of Pakistan. These talks cannot go on for an indefinite period. If there are no positive results by the end April, the Nawaz Sharif government will be under strong pressure from the military and a large section of politically active circles to abandon the talks.

 Third, law and order situation needs to be addressed as a priority. The killings in Karachi have become a regular feature of civic life. It is generally known which organizations engages in sectarian and other killings but the state is too afraid of taking a firm action. The madrassas linked with violent sectarian organizations and the Taliban are known. In fact, now in Pakistan, a good number of people and groups openly support Taliban and raise questions about the constitutional and legal system of Pakistan as being un-Islamic.

 Four, the current strains in the relations between the federal government and the Army top command relate mainly to the handling of the Musharraf case by the federal government. The federal ministers and the Nawaz League leaders are unable to recognize that in their bid to condemn Musharraf who dislodged their government in October 1999, they end up dragging the military as a whole. Despite the subtle warning by the Army Chief for avoiding this trend, some of the federal ministers continue to maintain that they are criticizing only Musharraf.

 There is a need to understand that the reaction of the Army towards the issues pertaining to the Musharraf case will not be determined by how the Nawaz League people see and view the Musharraf case. The Army’s reaction will be shaped by how the Army officers and jawans interpret the Musharraf case and the on-going political propaganda.

Currently, it is widely known in the societal circles and the media that the Army as a whole is upset but the Nawaz League leadership is unwilling to recognize this. They think that the anti-democracy and pro-dictators circles are circulating these rumors.

 The Nawaz League leaders are making a wrong assessment of the situation. They need to take steps to defuse tension between the military and the civilian leadership. At this stage this tension is manageable provided the ruling party recognizes its limits and takes the reaction of the military seriously on the Musharraf case and the talks with the Taliban.

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CM Modi for PM Modi – Conservatives rally to support Modi’s prime ministership in Toronto

Posted on 16 April 2014 by admin

Over 500 Indo-Canadian led by Canadian businessman with roots in India, Laj Prasher, President and CEO of Broad-Connect Telecom, Mukund Purohit, a pioneer in Saskatchewan-Gujrat relations and MP Patrick Brown, a great friend of Indo-Canadian ,endorsed and promote Chief Minister Narendra Modi for Prime Minister of India, at a rally. The other present at the rally were: Sh Tarsem Lal Prasher, 95 year old father of Laj Prasher, Senator Asha Seth, former Senator Con DiNino, Vasu Chanchlani, Ramesh Chotai, Ranvir Dogra, Beant Singh Dhaliwal, Gurdev Singh Mann, Vijay Pandya, Rakesh Gupta, Roashan Lal, and Ram Murti Joshi.

Canadian MP Patrick Brown and former Senator Consiglio DiNino endorsed and got counted in those who are Friends of Chief Minister Modi in Canada . During his speech, MP Patrick Brown stressed the need for a strong and visionary leadership which cares about the future of India and feels that under the leadership of Narendra Modi, Canada India friendship will gain new heights. MP Brown talked about his experience of 2011 Vibrant Gujrat and told the audience about his positive experience with CM Narendra Modi and people of Gujrat and asked everyone to visit Gujrat.

Former Canadian Senator Consiglio DiNino told his story to an applauding audience when he along with MP Patrick Brown, took first step to visit Chief Minister Modi during their bold visit to Gujrat.

President of Akali Dal Canada, Sardar Beant Singh Dhaliwal praised Chief Minister Narendra Modi in a typical Punjabi style campaign speech, to a thunderous audience. Mr. Dhaliwal stressed the achievements of Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Gujrat and a desperate need for Modi Vision in rest of India.

In a highly energetic and Charged speech, Laj Prasher described Chief Minister Narendra Modi as a Visionary and strong leader.

 During his speech Mr. Prasher quotes Toronto Star of April 5, 2014, Toronto star states that the youth of India talks about having Clean water, health care for all, food for all, safety of women better education and better jobs; Mr. Prasher strongly believe that the leader who could deliver all these needs , is Chief minister Narendra Modi as he has demonstrated and established his track record in the state of Gujrat.

He stressed the presence of people from Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian and jewish faith here under one roof who came to support CM Modi’s Vision for India and joined Canadian Friends of CM Modi.

 

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