Archive | November, 2014

Priyanka Chopra: ‘Bajirao Mastani’ role one of my hardest ever

Posted on 27 November 2014 by admin

BOLLyWOOD actress Priyanka Chopra says her character in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming love saga ‘Bajirao Mastani’ is one of her most difficult roles and working on the film is draining.

The 32-year-old ‘Mary Kom’ star is currently shooting for the period romance, which also stars Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.

The film is based on the love story between Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao I (Ranveer) and his second wife Mastani (Deepika).

Priyanka plays Kashibai, the first wife of Baji Rao. The actress took to Twitter to share her experience of filming the movie. “Didn’t even realise how tired I was till I touched my bed. ‘Bajirao Mastani’ is so intense that I’m depleted!

Kashi is one of my hardest parts!” she posted on her Twitter page. This is the second time that the actress is working with Bhansali, after her special appearance in his last movie ‘Ram Leela’, which also starred Ranveer and Deepika.

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When Shraddha surprised everyone on the sets

Posted on 27 November 2014 by admin

Shraddha Kapoor recently surprised everyone by calling for cupcakes on the sets of a magazine shoot.

The actress was shooting for a magazine when she decided to treat everyone present there. She secretly ordered for cupcakes on the sets while everyone was busy with their work.

The team was taken by surprise and was very touched by this sweet gesture of the actress as they were not expecting it. They were all working very hard and took a little break to enjoy this sweet surprise.

Shraddha has a sweet tooth for the delectable dessert and she indulges in them on occasions.

However this time around she did not eat the cupcakes as she has been prepping, shooting and practicing for ABCD 2 and she also has been on a strict diet for the film.

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Are Bollywood heroes avoiding Sunny?

Posted on 27 November 2014 by admin

‘Pizza 3D’ actor Akshay Oberoi turned down two films opposite Sunny Leone. He was offered ‘Leela’, but he said no as it was clashing with ‘Pizza 3D’ promotions.

Recently, Akshay was offered ‘Beimaan Ishq’ again with the former adult actress, but as he was busy with the Indo-British film ‘Bomberia’ he had to let it go.

Will Akshay be third-time lucky or he doesn’t want to enter Sunny’s space of films?

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Boxing is an art Amir Khan, World super lightweight champion

Posted on 20 November 2014 by admin

My mother doesn’t like to see the fight as it involves blood. She doesn’t like when I get hit, like any mother she would not bear his child get hit.

Before 28 I want to fight the world’s best fighter Floyd Mayweather, Jr. And after retiring, I will switch to training and would like to train kids. And do lots of charity work.

We went to meet Amir Khan, the celebrity in the field of boxing at the famous gym Wild Card in Los Angeles.

Amir was born in Bolton, England. As a kid, he was very hyper active and naughty. So, his father decided to send him to the boxing club which was not far from his house. Joining the boxing club completely changed him to a different person. He became disciplined, dedicated and well behaved. He enjoyed boxing so much that he continued boxing and decided to become a boxer.

His family stands behind him like a strong pillar and supports him fully, accompanies him to all his fights to give him extra strength. Amir also regularly helps his community by donating money to various charities during earthquake and tsunami disasters in South Asia.

He has also opened a gym for kids who are interested in boxing called gloves gym in 2007 in Bolton. He has a huge fan base in the U.K Now; he is ready to take off in North America. His success has not changed him, he is still the same. He lives at home with his parents in Bolton, hangs out with same friends.

His recipe for success is praying to the god, respecting his parents and hard work.

Here’s our chat with this successful young man:

How did you get into boxing?

I was very naughty when I was a kid. My father made me join boxing club at the age of 8 to burn off some energy. I enjoyed boxing so much that I never looked back afterwards. Later on, I become more disciplined in life and also started respecting people.

Did you have any other backup plan in your mind besides boxing?

I always wanted to do something in sports field .If I wasn’t a boxer I would have been involved in sports medicine or physiotherapy.

When did you make sports a profession from yourself?

At the age of 18. I went from amateur to entering into the professional world of boxing. And I won the world title the age of 22.

Did you parents support you when you took boxing as career choice?

 My parents have been supportive. My father has always been with me to all my fights. Since, I started boxing at the age of 8. Although my mother being a South Asian sometimes gets upset when I get hit..I know South Asian parents want their children to become doctors or engineers. But I believe they should support their kids in what they want to do. Because, everyone is good at something or the other. Once they know, what that is they can setup their goals from their own.

South Asian mothers are very protective of their kids. What does your mom say on when it comes to your fights?

 My mother doesn’t like to see the fight as it involves blood. She doesn’t like when I get hit, like any mother she would not bear his child get hit. She usually stays in the hotel during the fight and prays for me.

Who is your favorite boxer?

Mohammed Ali has always been my favorite.

Describe your training week?

My training camp is usually 10 weeks. I have to wake up at 5.00 in the morning during training camp. Go for a run. My training includes sparring sessions, strength training and speed training. I also had to eat right kind of food at the right time. And try to focus on myself fully during training without any distractions.

When you hit your opponent in a fight, does it involve any pity or leniency?

Not really! Because, if the other person is hitting me then why should I be lenient towards him. And after all boxing is a sport. It’s your job. Once you are in the ring you are there to fight and you can put your emotions aside.

Do you think boxing is a sport which can be only seen through a violent eye?

 No! Boxing is more of an art. It requires skills. I always tell kids if they want to fight they should fight in the ring not outside. If I see fights on streets, I always walk away.

What motivates you, when your self esteem gets low?

My family support motivates me to do better and better every single day. I am not scared of getting hit, but losing the fight scares me the most. I don’t like losing and I try to make sure I am 100 percent focused during my fights. Also, living up to fans’ expectation is a huge responsibility that gets me going.

 What do you like to do when you are not training?

I like to go on holidays with friends and I like to completely relax during holidays which involves not getting up at 5.00 in the morning and also no dieting. I can eat all kinds of food.

Ok I heard many athletes do take steroids and additional supplements. What’s your take on it? Is it essential in a field if you are to excel?

No! In boxing you get drug tested prior to your fight. If you get convicted, one conviction can destroy your whole career.

Fans can follow me on twitter @Amirkingkhan and also at my facebook official page https://www.facebook.com/AmirKhanTheOfficialPage

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Canada Needs a Plan to Address Violence Against Immigrant and Refugee Women

Posted on 20 November 2014 by admin

Recent changes to Canadian immigration policy mean fewer social and health supports for immigrant women with a precarious immigration status — putting them at an increased risk of violence, researchers say.

“Between 2008 and 2013, the Canadian government introduced an unprecedented number of legislative and regulatory changes that have affected immigrants’ and refugees’ access to legal representation, access to social and health services, and pathways to permanent residence,” said Associate Professor Rupaleem Bhuyan of the University of Toronto’s Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.

Bhuyan is the lead author of “Unprotected, unrecognized: Canadian immigration policy and violence against women,” 2008-2013. The study is part of the Migrant Mothers Project, a collaborative research project led by Bhuyan in partnership with a network of community groups working to address violence against immigrant women.

The report calls for a national plan to address violence against immigrant and refugee women and immigration policies that better support immigrants in precarious circumstances. It calls on the federal government to abolish the two-year conditional status for sponsored spouses, reinstate access to the Interim Federal Health program to all refugee claimants and uphold the privacy of all people who have access to social and health services.

More than one million people live in Canada on a temporary visa, as international students, temporary foreign workers or refugee claimants, Bhuyan said. They are regularly turned away by service providers in health care, women’s shelters and other support services because they are not permanent residents or convention refugees and, therefore, not eligible for services.

“For women who are facing violence, access to shelter, income support and legal assistance can often be the difference between returning to an abusive situation and independence from a violent relationship.”

“After being denied refugee status, the mother and her child struggle to build lives without proper identification,” said Bhuyan. “They are nobody in the eyes of the state.”

Grassroots groups and anti-violence against women organizations have been vocal in their opposition to policies that increase immigrant women’s vulnerability to domestic violence, Bhuyan said, but don’t feel the non-governmental sector has been consulted in a meaningful way.

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Canadian Association of South Asian Lawyers (CASAL), meet with the Attorney General of Canada and Minister of Justice

Posted on 20 November 2014 by admin

A group of about 15 South Asian lawyers had the privilege of meeting with the Honourable Peter MacKay, the Attorney General of Canada and Minister of Justice for a round table discussion is Mississauga, Ontario.

 During this unique opportunity, CASAL members had the opportunity to discuss several issues of importance, most importantly, South Asian representation on the bench, Clerkship opportunities, and what steps our membership can take to advance the best interests of our clients, when before the Court, from the Court’s perspective.

 This was a productive and positive first meeting. It is our intention to continue this dialogue in the future with the Attorney General and Minister of Justice and his office.

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Improved Public Transit For Brampton

Posted on 20 November 2014 by admin

Ontario Continues to Improve Transit, Creating Jobs

Ontario is providing $9,619,595 in gas tax funding this year to the city of Brampton. In total, the province is investing $321.5 million in 96 municipalities this year to help expand and improve public transit.

 The permanent Ontario Gas Tax Program helps municipalities increase accessibility, buy more transit vehicles, add more routes and extend hours of service, making it easier for people to use public transit. It will also help ease traffic congestion and reduce air pollution.

Ontario’s Gas Tax Program is helping people in Brampton get out of their cars and onto public transit.

For the 11th consecutive year, the Ontario government is providing support to Brampton to improve its public transit system for families. With this support, Brampton and GO Transit has:

  • Added new routes
  • New terminal hub at Main street
  • New buses for GO transit
  • New parking lots for GO stations

 Expanding public transit is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

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Joe Oliver’s $800-Per-Table Fiscal Update Raises NDP Ire

Posted on 20 November 2014 by admin

Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s decision to deliver his fall economic update in front of a $800-per-table Canadian Club crowd has raised the ire of the opposition New Democrats, who say the move could constitute contempt of Parliament.

“As legislators, MPs must have access to this information to be able to do their job,” Cullen told the House of Commons Monday. “We must be able to analyze the state of the finances of this country.”

By sharing the details of those finances at a private lunch, Cullen said, the minister not only “impeded our access” to the information, but also “flouted the democratic principle stating that elected officials should have access to this information before bankers and other financiers.”

Among the revelations aired before the blue-chip crowd, according to Cullen, were the potential risk of falling oil prices to the treasury, as well as the projected rise in personal income tax as a percentage of the GDP.

That, Cullen said, is information that should have been shared in the Commons and not at an “exclusive” Bay Street event.

‘Standards of truthfulness’

In front of an $800-a-table group of Bay Street bigwigs, the finance minister is not even held to the same standards of truthfulness as he is in this place,” Cullen argued.

“For him to choose to deliver such an important economic update when we, as parliamentarians, cannot ask questions, cannot examine the information in the presence of the minister and Finance Canada representatives, cannot even hear for ourselves these important declarations, forced to rely on a press release and media coverage, is simply outrageous.”

Cullen wants House Speaker Andrew Scheer to send the matter to the procedure and House affairs committee for further study, which could result in a recommendation that Oliver’s out-of-town appearance be formally sanctioned by the House.

In response, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan pointed out that a fiscal update “is not a budget,” and pointed to past examples of such information being made public outside the House, including at the House finance committee.

“It’s not a budget or a ways and means motion,” he said, nor are any such motions expected to flow from what was announced in the minister’s speech.

He also reminded the House MPs are free to question the minister — and other members of government — on the federal books during question period.

Van Loan also reserved the right to return to the Commons with additional arguments, as he said he wasn’t given notice that the point of privilege was coming.

For his part, Deputy Speaker Joe Comartin took the matter under advisement, and promised to return to the House as soon as possible.

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KASHMIR AND THE CURRENT CRISIS IN PAKISTAN-INDIA RELATIONS

Posted on 20 November 2014 by admin

Dr. Hasan Askari

  Kashmir is once again figuring in Pakistan-India relations. Both countries have returned to their traditional stands on Kashmir. India is describing repeatedly that Kashmir is an integral part of India and that Pakistan should quit the areas it took over in 1947-48. Pakistan is calling for the implementing the UN resolution of 1948-49 on Kashmir that call for holding a referendum in Kashmir for letting its people decide if they want to join India or Pakistan.

  Kashmir is drawing attention for another reason. There are regular incidents of firing of bullets and bombs across the Line of Control in the Jammu-Sialkot sector. Pakistan describes this LoC as the Working Border which separates Kashmiri territory from Pakistani mainland. India is using heavy fire across the Working Boundary on almost daily basis because this enables India to use Kashmiri territory to hit Pakistani mainland. Pakistan’s paramilitary forces and the Army are responding to Indian attacks.

 The ceasefire on the Line of Control in Kashmir was agreed to by India and Pakistan in the last week of November 2003. It was generally respected during 2003-2012 with some minor incidents from time to time. However, since January 2013, ceasefire violations by India have increased. The latest trouble on the LoC/Working boundary started in August 2014 and it has continued since then with some quiet days. Two meetings and telephonic talks between the army officials of two countries have not restored peace.

 This has brought the relations between Pakistan and India to a very low point. The foreign policy and national security civil and military leadership in Narendra Modi’s government comprises the BJP hawks who believe in playing tough with Pakistan and keeping it under military pressure. The current violence in the Jammu-Sialkot sector is a well-planned Indian strategy of using Kashmir to attack the mainland Pakistan in a manner that it does not provoke a major war.

 Further, India knows that the Pakistan military is busy fighting terrorism in the tribal areas and it is working towards strengthening its security on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on a priority basis. India wants to avail of the Pakistan military’s engagement on the western borders to pursue its politico-strategic agenda against Pakistan.

 The BJP knows that the Kashmir Issue cannot be settled on the basis of its traditional position. However, it continues to insist on that in order to appease the Political Far-Right and Hindu-hardline groups that are affiliates of the BJP. This policy of building domestic support by taking a hard line towards Pakistan manifested in India’s decision to make a strong objection to the meeting of Pakistani High Commissioner with the Kashmiri leaders. This was not for the first time that Pakistani High Commissioner has met with them. However, Indian reaction was belligerent as it cancelled the Foreign Secretary level talks in protest. This satisfied the political far-right and the people with religious orientations who wanted India to act strong against Pakistan.

  India has shifted the focus of the bilateral dialogue from 8 issue areas to a single issue. India wants Pakistan to satisfy it on terrorism if it wants to hold talks on other issues. However, India maintains interest in trade with Pakistan without meeting with the complaints of Pakistani business and trading community about its no-tariff obstacles for Pakistani exports to India. This policy may help the BJP to win state elections and share power in India-administered Kashmir as a coalition partner after the forthcoming state elections.

 If the BJP government is appeasing the political far-right, religious hardliners and ultra-nationalists, the Nawaz Sharif government in Pakistan is playing a similar game. Like India, the Sharif government has returned to Pakistan’s traditional position on Kashmir, i.e. its future should be decided on the basis of the UN resolutions of 1948-49 that call for holding a referendum in Kashmir to decide if the people want to join India or Pakistan.

  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave more space to the Kashmir problem in his address to the UN General Assembly in September 2014 than was the case last year. The policy of highlighting the Kashmir issue at the international level won much praise in Pakistan

 Special Assistant to Pakistan’s Prime Minister has recently rejected the work done for evolving a workable solution of Kashmir on the basis of the four-point formula during 2004-2007 (the Musharraf years). He asserted that Pakistan would insist on its traditional demand of referendum under the UN supervision in Kashmir. India has also rejected the work done in the past for evolving a working solution of Kashmir.

 Pakistan’s Foreign Office needs to undertake a dispassionate review of the current trends in global politics to judge how much support it can mobilize for its demand for implementation of the UN resolutions on Kashmir. No country, including the Islamic states, made any statement in the UN General Assembly favouring Indian or Pakistani position on Kashmir.

 If Pakistan cannot mobilize support for its demand on Kashmir at the international level, especially from the five veto-wielding powers in the Security Council, how would it resolve the issue?

  China, other big powers and most other countries expect India and Pakistan to take up the Kashmir issue at the bilateral level and evolve a mutually acceptable solution. The international community will help to implement such a solution. However, it will on its own neither implement the UN resolutions nor force India to give-in to Pakistan demand on Kashmir. Their main interest is that India and Pakistan should not go to war on Kashmir.

 If Pakistani rulers are confident of their diplomatic clout they need to formally invoke the Security Council for implementation of the 1948-49 resolutions on Kashmir. If this is not possible, Pakistan can keep the Kashmir pot boiling but the Kashmir problem will not be resolved.

 The insistence on the referendum demand is not enough. Pakistan must take steps to build support for this at the international level. The unfortunate aspect of Pakistan’s Kashmir policy is that even the Muslim countries are not prepared to extend practical support to Pakistan on implementation of the resolutions. If the required diplomatic support is not available at the international level, the slogans on Kashmir within Pakistan may win some support for Nawaz Sharif but the Kashmir problem will not be resolved.

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Trade with India on agenda as Narendra Modi set to make historic address to Federal Parliament

Posted on 20 November 2014 by admin

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi will this morning deliver a historic address to Federal Parliament which is expected to focus on his country’s “re-engagement” with Australia and its businesses.

For the third time in less than a week a foreign leader will address a special joint sitting of Parliament.

Like the speeches delivered by British PM David Cameron and Chinese president Xi Jinping, Mr Modi’s address is expected to be dominated by trade and security.

Trade Minister Andrew Robb said Australia had already begun discussions with India about a possible free trade agreement.

“India’s at a stage which is not where China is at the moment and there’s lot of protection, there’s lot of bureaucracy, there’s a lot of hurdles to jump in this trade deal but there are 1.2 billion people,” Mr Robb told ABC News Breakfast.

“They’re our second-biggest market now for foreign students, there’s a lot of Australian-Indian residents making a big contribution. They are a big tourism market already.

“There’s a lot of incentive for us to try and ease our way into India and build the relationships, build the contacts, build the investments between our two countries.

“I think it will help consolidate Australia’s business prospects and job prospects for decades to come.”

Mr Modi will be the first Indian leader to address Federal Parliament in 28 years.

He began the day with a wreath laying at the Australian War Memorial alongside Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

Mr Modi was given a rock star welcome in Sydney by 15,000 supporters who gathered at Olympic Park to hear him speak.

Some travelled from interstate in specially chartered trains such as the “Modi Express”.

Mr Modi paid tribute to the strength of democracy in India and said the country would once again lead the world, as a young and energetic country with “2,500 million arms”.

“If there was no height of democracy, do you think I would have been here?” he said.

Mr Modi also acknowledged the poverty of his country and the difficulty of providing jobs when there were still many without basic infrastructure.

“After so many years of independence, not getting clean drinking water or electricity not available, not only that, even toilets are not there,” he said.

“Many people held dreams of doing many great jobs. They may have their dreams.

“But I have to do small jobs for smaller people… and [make] the small people big.

“That is what I want to work for.”

 

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