Archive | February, 2015

Why is Poonam Pandey trending on twitter?

Posted on 26 February 2015 by admin

Even as Poonam Pandey is readying herself to shoot for her next film, the actress who became an overnight sensation after her bare dare attitude during India’s campaign at the Cricket World Cup, has started trending again after India performed creditably during the India South Africa one day international beating the Proteas Fair and Square.

The hashtag #Poonam-pandeykobulao was trending alongside every other cricket topic on twitter as cricket fans do not seem to have got enough of this dusky beauty who made her cinematic debut a few months ago with Nasha seems to have become an addiction of sorts for cricket lovers for whom the word strip has become a lot more than the 22 yard strip.


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Kriti Sanon on a repeat mode

Posted on 26 February 2015 by admin

This is an extremely special year for Kriti Sanon.

The actress has been bagging most of the awards this season for her debut in the super successful film Heropanti. She delivered an excellent performance in the film and garnered audience appreciation for her acting talent and skill.

And now she has been receiving numerous awards for her impressive debut. Since Kriti’s family is in Delhi, her

parents could not be present with her at the award shows.

They wanted to capture all the memories for life. So even though they watched the telecasts of the award

shows, they even recorded them. They want to be able to revisit these proud moments.

Kriti has been constantly receiving congratulatory messages from her friends and family. She is inundated

with calls and her family is very happy with the kind of recognition she has been receiving? Kriti Sanon shares, “My parents couldn’t be here with me for the award shows but they were very happy to see me go up on stage each time in the telecast.

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Is Evelyne fed up of her image?

Posted on 26 February 2015 by admin

Actress Evelyn Sharma, known for her glamorous roles in films like “Yaariyan” and “Main Tera Hero”, says she will stun the audiences with her completely different avatar in her first solo film “Ishqedarriyaan”

Evelyn was present at the poster launch of film “Ishqedarriyaan” here Saturday. When asked to reveal something about her character, she said: “It’s a completely different character from what I’ve played so far, but actually I have found myself in this role. Loveline, the character is much closer to the real Evelyn than most of the other roles which I’ve played so far.”

“Because I actually grew up in a small town and I am not really the bikini girl when it comes to my private

life, so playing the role of Loveline was really beautiful and completely different experience,” she added.

“Ishqedarriyaan”, directed by VK Prakash, stars Mahakshay Chakraborty in the lead role.


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Diversity, and hiring the best of the best, is key for our future Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon

Posted on 19 February 2015 by admin

Gurpreet Dhillon has been known to the South Asian community for volunteerism, helping at-risk youth, distinguished basketball player, business analyst and much more.

The father of the two ran for a provincial office from NDP unsuccessfully, however he has been victorious in representing residents of Ward 9 and 10 of City ofBramptonat Brampton City Council.

Councillor Dhillon is known in the community as an individual who has his pulse on the issues of the community. Not only does he understands the challenges faced by community, Mr. Dhillon has also made strides to resolve issues of the community.

With his passion and dedication to public service, Councillor Dhillon is sure to be a rising political star at the Brampton City Council.

Here’s Generation Next’s interview with Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon:

How was running for a council different from running for a provincial seat?

I believe this was much more challenging, because there is no party support. As well, there is less voter turnout, so getting out the vote is much more difficult.

Did you find that the issues at two levels of governments are different in terms of residents’ understanding of those issues?

I think there is a general level understanding of both levels of governments by residents. However, being an elected official, its my duty to inform them as much as possible, and be out in the community, because many residents are busy in daily life- it’s tough for them to keep track of every issue. This is why I’m posting on social media everyday, and going to as many events as possible.

What do residents of Ward 9 and 10 complain about the most?

Currently it’s the snow. We don’t have a perfect system, and something we need to improve on, however we do have a very capable staff who is as efficient as possible within the resources provided to them. I am currently in the process of reviewing our system compared to other municipalities to see where we stand and how we can improve.

How do you resolve these issues?

I like to research as much as possible on each issue, and make sure I’m up to date. I want to make sure that when debate arises in Council Chambers, I’m able to not only speak on it, but make sure that the voice of the Ward 9 & 10 residents is heard loud and clear.

How do you (at a personal level), and the City help at-risk youth especially when majority is new to Canada and not familiar with what resources are available out there?

I currently brought up a new summer jobs program for at-risk youth, which we will be trying to get implemented soon by working with the school board. By giving at-risk youth jobs, they not only get a sense of self-worth and dignity, they will have a good work ethic instilled in them going forward, and they will then take these throughout life. Programs like this have been extremely successful in many American inner-cities where the crime rate has decreased in the areas where this program was implemented.

Are you confident of Mayor Jeffrey’s leadership?

I’m confident in her vision, as well as her experience in both provincial and municipal politics. The residents ofBramptonspoke loud and clear that they wanted change, and I’m hopeful the entire council can work together to maintain their confidence.

Doesn’t it seem like taking a wage cut is symbolic when in fact that does not make a big dent in the city budget?

A wage cut for council members is symbolic, in my opinion. Essentially every tax dollar we pay in the city goes to paying city staff salaries. There was a big issue on the severance pay for outgoing councillors, which I also had issue with, however some of our staff’s severance is much more than that. What we have asked as a council is for a report on how issuing a city wide freeze on salaries would affect us from the manager level up. I think its important we show residents that we get our house in order starting from city hall.

Mayor and councillors get elected on the promise that there will be no increase in property tax and yet there is always some increase in property tax every year. Is there something that residents don’t know or understand about these promises?

I am not for tax raises, however considering the decisions our previous council made- our financial flexibility has been hampered going forward. Thus, I would prefer them to stay at or lower then the rate of inflation. We have hundreds of millions of dollars in upcoming infrastructure repairs, $250 million in debt when the last council said we had none, and according to the latest audit by former provincial auditor Jim McCarter, and we are going to have to make serious decisions in our upcoming budget. People work hard for their money, I’d like to see as much as possible of it staying in their own pockets.

City of Brampton has about 65 per cent visible minority – we should probably call it a majority – yet only one councillor from visible minority serves in the Council. What do you think is going wrong here?

The people spoke, and I think the council we have will make great strides to makeBramptonbetter. However I do believe we will continue to see more reflection of this diversity going forward. There were some good young candidates who narrowly lost who will have great futures, whether in municipal or higher levels of governments.

What should be done to promote diversity at all levels of government, and in city jobs?

What I have done is to ask the staff for a review of our hiring practices, and how it compares to other levels of government, as well as privates companies, to see how we compare to them. I think diversity, and hiring the best of the best, is key for our future.

Some people say that Brampton is being ‘ghettoized’. How do you respond to that?

As one of the fastest growing cities inCanada, we will always see new challenges arise, but overall we are a safe city and have very hard working citizens. Those less fortunate usually tend to come to bigger, growing cities, and our job in council is to help them prosper. That is done by creating an environment for business to succeed, which will then create as many opportunities for jobs as possible so that everyone has a fair chance at being successful.

Can you point out some of the issues that federal and provincial members from Brampton should look after, the issues that are impacting residents at a municipal level? (immigration, education etc?)

I think inBramptonauto insurance is one of the major issues we would like to see resolved. We are paying a much higher rate than other cities, and we are really feeling the effects of it. I would like to see the provincial government really take a leadership role and finally get a resolution to this issue.

Premier Wynne recently announced that Ontario students should learn about sexual consent in grade 1. As a father and as an individual of South Asian background, do you think this will be welcomed by parents in Brampton and in religious communities across Ontario?

Though the curriculum isn’t out, I don’t agree with some of the things I have heard, if they are true. I believe kids should be allowed to be kids, and that late in middle school might be a more appropriate time to teach them. Kids in lower grades are still young and developing, and we might place them in a situation where they become confused. I think the government should have consulted with more than just the 4000 parents who received a survey. This is an issue that needs to be debated throughout the province with parents, but also with community, cultural and religious groups as well.

Will you be considering to run for provincial or federal seat down the road?

I am enjoying my new position, and really feel it is a blessing to be working at the local level because so many of our issues day to day are resolved here, municipally. It’s a very busy position, however I do not see myself in the near future running at provincial or federal level.

At the end of your four years as a councillor, what do you realistically hope to accomplish? And what do you wish to accomplish?

I wish to bring immediate change, and I feel that this council is off to the right start.

 We are back at the table for all-day 2-way GO from downtown Toronto to Brampton and back; we are forming a new university committee which will examine and exhaust all options in bringing a university here; we are re-examining salary structure city wide to make sure we are prudent with tax payer money; and we have vowed to be more transparent than any other council before us- which is being shown by our inclusiveness of the public in our budget deliberations by having numerous ‘open houses’.

 I have been very active in all of these matters, and will continue to fight for making city hall a more fairer and equitable place to work.

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Anti-vaxers are wrong

Posted on 19 February 2015 by admin

The ignorance and poor judgment of anti-vaccine parents put their own children and the general public at significantly increased risk of sometimes deadly diseases. Anger is a reasonable response, and efforts should certainly be made to persuade all parents to vaccinate their kids save in rare cases of medical exceptions.

While anti-vaxer ignorance has caused great damage, the vast majority are not, in fact, especially selfish people, and characterizing them as such just feeds into their mistaken belief system. Put another way, the parents who vaccinated their children, were not acting selflessly or sacrificially to protect the herd. They were appropriately confident that vaccinating their kids would significantly increase rather than reduce their chances of surviving and thriving in this world.

Well-informed selfish people get vaccinated!

As a disincentive to this sort of thinking, folks on the right and left would do well to reflect on the fact that the ideology of anti-vaxers doesn’t map neatly onto the left or right, with the former willing to use state coercion and the latter opposing it.

When it comes to measles, the best way forward is to downplay the polarizing debate about coercion, wherever one stands on it, and to focus on the reality that ought to make it unnecessary: the strength of the case for vaccinating one’s kids, as demonstrated by the scientific merits of the matter as well as the behavior of every pro-vaccination elite with kids of their own.

Anti-vaxers should not be pandered to but neither should they be callously abused. Neither of those approaches achieves what ought to be the end goal here: persuading enough people to get vaccinated that measles once again disappears.

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Posted on 19 February 2015 by admin

The Hon. Ralph Goodale


 While Stephen Harper revs up his election themes about fear, insecurity and lower expectations, Justin Trudeau’s core message is about economic growth, fairness and better opportunities. The contrast is powerful — in Mr. Trudeau’s favour.

 Mr. Harper is saying that Canadians need to settle for mediocrity. He’s been in office for more than nine years now. Nearly six years have passed since the end of the 2008 recession. And most people are still struggling.

 On Mr. Harper’s watch, annual economic growth has averaged just 1.7%, the worst record of any Prime Minister in 80 years. Job creation is anemic. Job quality is declining. Middle-class earnings are flat, and for every dollar of disposable income, the average household is carrying $1.64 in debt.

Three-quarters of those working in the private sector don’t have a company pension. Of those within 10-years of retirement, the vast majority have savings of less than $100,000. The average 35-year old today is able to save only about half of what their parents did.

A majority of parents are worried about affording post-secondary education for their kids, whether that’s at university, college, technical school or apprenticeships. Many also have significant family care expenses, either for young children, elderly relatives, or both.

In 40% of “empty-nester” households, their adult children have moved back home (or never left) because they haven’t been able to make a go of it on their own. The Bank of Canada says more than 200,000 young Canadians are jobless or under-employed.

According to the Conference Board, a majority of Canadians believe the younger generation today will not be able to do as well as their parents. The expectation of progress — of upward mobility — from one generation to the next cannot be taken for granted anymore.

So for most Canadians, much of the past decade has been disappointing. And the same is true of Mr. Harper’s reaction. He denies the realities confronting the middle-class and all those working so hard just to get there. He shirks federal responsibilities in such serious fields as health care, pensions, services to veterans and public safety. And he contrives special tax breaks skewed for the wealthy.

That’s just not good enough.Canadaneeds a plan to drive greater growth and fairness.

That means investments in better access to higher learning, science and innovation, effective trade and marketing, the smartest possible intersection between energy development and the environment, and truly transformative public infrastructure.

Who says so? The G-20, the International Monetary Fund, the Bank of Canada, the Parliamentary Budget Officer, the Premiers, Municipalities, every major think-tank from the C.D. Howe Institute to the Canada-West Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce, the Council of Chief Executives, the Canadian Labour Congress … the list goes on.

They all identify investments in public infrastructure as crucial. With interest rates so low, former Bank of Canada Governor David Dodge says this is an historic opportunity to convert that unique cost advantage into long-term capital assets — stimulating good jobs today and laying the foundation for a better economy tomorrow.

StatisticsCanadasays whenever investments in public infrastructure go up, so does Canadian productivity. Even the federal Department of Finance has identified building essential infrastructure as the single most cost-effective way to drive jobs and growth.

And for fairness, a good start would be dropping Mr. Harper’s ill-conceived Income Splitting scheme that will provide it’s biggest $2000/year tax break to those earning $233,000.

Only 14% of Canadian households can ever qualify for Mr. Harper’s scheme. But Income Splitting will cost all other taxpayers more than $12-billion over this government’s planning cycle.

As the late Jim Flaherty said, it is far too expensive and grossly unfair. And it does nothing for greater growth.

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Why Christine Elliott Should Be the Next Ontario PC Party Leader

Posted on 19 February 2015 by admin

By Samuel Getachew


Christine Elliott should be the next leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.

Now that the last remaining attractive and competent candidates, Vic Fedeli and Lisa Macleod, are out of contention and are endorsing Elliott, there should be neither competition nor hesitation as to who is the best candidate. It is indeed Elliott. She is an admired, respected, experienced and likable person and the party is lucky to have her as a member, let alone, be interested in leading it.

Upon the unexpected withdrawal and endorsement from Fedeli, the affable Finance critic of the party, Elliott announced how “Both of us understand that good economic policy enables good social policy”. She added, “We also believe that fiscal responsibility and social compassion can and must go hand-in-hand.”

When Macleod withdrew and endorsed her, she reflected how, “We need new and innovative solutions to strengthen our economy to not only helpOntario’s families find the well-paying jobs they need, but also fund the high-quality social programs they deserve.”

She is the opposite of departing leader,Tim Hudak, and that is a good thing.

Hudak brought the party to a humiliating defeat by proposing radical American right wing ideas that seemed remote and, in the recycled words of Stephen LeDrew, “dumb as a bag of hammers”. Elliott is a thoughtful Red Tory that comes from the much admired middle-of-the-road and moderate wing of the party. If one was to look at the history of the party, especially the 42 straight years of uninterrupted Ontario Tory dynasty of the past, moderation was what distinguished it.

Elliott understands that and Hudak never did and that is why he failed as a leader. The inexperienced life-time career politicians, Patrick Brown and the not-ready-for-prime-time, Monte McNaughton, do not certainly understand that reality.

Elliott has been endorsed by the respected Bill Davis and McNaughton by Rob Ford. She has been endorsed by the majority of her caucus from Queen’s Park and Brown byTorontoCity Hall’s extreme right wing lone wolf, Denzel-Minnan-Wong.

When you think of Elliott, think of moderates like Leslie Frost, John Robarts and when you think of either Brown or McNaughton- think of neo-cons such as Frank Miller and Mike Harris.

Before being elected, Elliott was a highly respected attorney and volunteer in her community. She was a founding partner of a respected law firm and widely recognized for her pro bono work. She was instrumental in starting theAbilitiesCenterthat, according to its founding principles, “delivers enriching sports, fitness, arts and life skills opportunities for people of all ages and abilities”.

In addition, she has volunteered with the Lakeridge Health Whitby Foundation, the Durham Mental Health Services and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She has been recognized as the recipient of theWhitby’s Peter Perry Award for her exemplary citizenship.

She has had a distinguished life besides politics and believes in a tolerant society, diversity in people and knows government and indeed politics can play a positive role in our lives.

Above all else, she is one with a rare chance to reclaim the centrist ground for the party and bring it from the ditch that it is obviously in. She is exactly the ideal person – experienced, personable and moderate – we need in politics and as potential Premier. Both Brown and McNaughton are no match to her many attributes, stature and I hope members of the party will recognize that in the weeks and (short) months ahead.

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Posted on 19 February 2015 by admin

Dr. Hasan Askari


 Pakistan, China and Afghanistan are increasing mutual cooperation for countering terrorism. This is a new development whichPakistanappreciates.

Two major developments in the second week of February 2015 show their new policy of consultation on regional security and stability issues.

 The first round of their trilateral strategic dialogue was held inKabulon February 9.Pakistanwas represented in the dialogue by its Foreign Secretary. Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister andAfghanistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister represented their respective countries.

Second important development was Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi’s visit toPakistanon February 12-13. He was conferred “Hilal-i-Pakistan” award by the President of Pakistan. After visitingPakistanthe Chinese Foreign Minister went to theUnited Arab EmiratesandIran.

  These two developments show thatChinawants to be actively involved in economic reconstruction ofAfghanistanand it wants to help the Afghan government in securing peace and stability inAfghanistan. It agreed to fund a 15000 megawatt power project at theKunarRiver. It also showed a keen interest in improving road link betweenPakistanandAfghanistanand establish railway link between these two countries. As early as 2007 a Chinese company obtained a copper mining contract inAfghanistan. However, not much work was done on this project. As time passesChinais expected to undertake more economic development projects inAfghanistan.

Chinaalso wants to help a dialogue between the Afghan government and the Afghan Taliban. In fact a delegation of Afghan Taliban visitedBeijingon the invitation of the Chinese government. This is part of the Chinese effort to defuse internal conflict inAfghanistan.

It needs to be mentioned that the Torkham- Jalalabad road was constructed byPakistan. It seems thatChinawill extend this road toKabul. The proposal for a railway links between Chaman andKandaharwas initially floated byPakistan. However, nothing was done byPakistanon this project. Now,Chinais expected to help build railway link betweenPakistanandAfghanistan.

 China’s Foreign Minister on visit toPakistanoffered to facilitate a dialogue with Afghan Taliban and theKabulgovernment. He promisedChina’s support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned dialogue between theKabulgovernment and the Afghan Taliban. He declared that the states of the region must helpAfghanistanto overcome its challenges.

 Given the trust betweenPakistanandChina,Pakistanis happy thatChinais now taking active interest in socio-economic development ofAfghanistanand the strengthening of internal security and stability. This will also reduce the role ofIndiainAfghanistanbecauseChinasharesPakistan’s concerns aboutIndia’s role inAfghanistan.Pakistan’s official civilian and military circles claim thatIndiaprovides financial support to Baloch separatist elements and some Pakistani Taliban groups for keepingPakistanunder pressure.

 The bilateral relations betweenPakistanandAfghanistanhave also gradually improved since the assumption of Presidency of Afghanistan by Asharaf Ghani in September 2014. He discarded former president Hamid Karzai’s policy of publicly accusingPakistanof supporting Afghan Taliban and thatPakistandid not want stability inAfghanistanexcept on its terms.

 President Ashraf Ghani has a better understanding of regional and global politics and he is free from the personal biases of Hamid Karzai. He has worked consistently for improving relations withPakistanduring September 2014-February 2015. He has visitedChina,Saudi Arabia,Pakistanand the UAE but has not so far gone toNew Delhiwhich speaks of Ashraf Ghani’s political priorities.

 During his visit toPakistanin 2014 President Ashraf Ghani made it clear that his government would like to expand relations in all fields of mutual interest, especially for countering terrorism.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister visitedKabulto call-on the Afghan President.Pakistan’s Army Chief has visitedKabulmore than once during the last five months. The ISI Chief and the Commander of Pakistan’s Southern Command, Lt-General Naseer Khan Janjua also visitedKabul. The Corps Commander Peshawar also visitedKabul. Several Afghan delegations have also visitedPakistanover the last five months, includingAfghanistan’s Army Chief and a delegation ofAfghanistan’s border police.

  Pakistanmade several offers for training Afghan Army officers to the Karzai government. It did not respond to this offer. This policy has now been changed. In February 2015,Pakistanreceived first batch of six Afghan Army cadets for training inPakistan’s Army institutions. This cooperation is expected to increase over time.Pakistanwill be willing to offer training facilities forAfghanistan’s civilian officers.

  The policies of the Afghan government changed over time mainly becausePakistan’s Army’s security operations inNorth Waziristanhas dislodged Afghan Taliban and Haqqanis who had entrenched them there. This removes the Afghan complaint thatPakistansupported Afghan Taliban’s efforts to threaten theKabulgovernment.

 Afghanistanexpects thatPakistanwould encourage the groups among the Afghan Taliban to hold serious dialogue with theKabulgovernment for political accommodation.

 Currently the security establishment ofPakistanandAfghanistanare working hard to secure the Afghanistan-Pakistan border so that the two-way movement of the Taliban and their allies is curtailed. The intelligence and military establishments of the two countries are now sharing information on terrorists and their allies.

 The leaders ofPakistanandAfghanistanhave come to the conclusion that instability in one country will have negative implications for the other country. IfAfghanistanneedsPakistan’s cooperation for containing Afghan Taliban,Pakistanis now seeking theKabulgovernment’s cooperation for dislodging the top leadership and other activists of Pakistani Taliban based inAfghanistan.

 Afghanistan’s security authorities have cooperated withPakistan’s security establishment for arresting those that planned and implemented that attack on theArmyPublic School,Peshawar.

 The changed policies ofAfghanistanandPakistanreflect the growing realism in their foreign policies. If these trends continue, the distrust betweenPakistanandAfghanistanwill be reduced. Their bilateral cooperation will increase.

  However, if internal security situation deteriorates inAfghanistanduring this summer, it is quite possible that theKabulgovernment may return to the old policy of blamingPakistanfor all kind of troubles.

 Pakistanmust quickly complete the security operation in North Waziristan, establish control over the tribal area and expel as many Afghan Taliban as possible fromPakistan. In fact, asChinais expected to restrainIndia’s role inAfghanistan, it is also expected to discouragePakistanfrom using militancy as an instrument of foreign policy.

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India’s Arvind Kejriwal makes an epic comeback

Posted on 19 February 2015 by admin

As political comebacks go, Arvind Kejriwal’s is surely epic.

Written off by his rivals and the media after suffering a drubbing at the hands of Narendra Modi’s resurgent BJP in last May’s general elections, India‘s most famous anti-corruption campaigner has bounced back.

The former tax inspector took on a ruling party at the peak of its power and felled it in the national capital. For sheer symbolism, Mr Kejriwal’s victory in Delhiis astounding, the proverbial David slaying the all-mighty Goliath. The scale of the BJP’s defeat makes Mr Kejriwal’s win truly extraordinary.

How didIndia’s most powerful and richest party – with its charismatic leader, fabled organisational skills and political nous – get it so wrong?

A little over a year ago, the BJP picked up 32 of 70 seats in hung elections to theDelhi state assembly. Last May, it took all seven of the capital’s parliamentary seats, as well as bordering the capital. It rolled out the heavy artillery against Mr Kejriwal inDelhi – Mr Modi himself led the campaign, helped by nearly two dozen federal ministers and 120 MPs. But to no avail. “This is not just a defeat for the BJP, this is a decimation in a high-profile election,” says Swapan Dasgupta, a columnist who is no admirer of Mr Kejriwal.

For one, Mr Kejriwal launched his campaign to regain Delhias early as last July. Most believe the anti-corruption campaigner’s masterstroke was telling people that he was sorry for quitting in haste after a chaotic 49-day stint in power following an impressive debut in the December 2013 state polls. He went to every neighbourhood and slum to beg forgiveness. “We have made a mistake”, he told people, “but we haven’t sinned.” In a country where politicians are increasingly seen as aloof and arrogant, Mr Kejriwal’s atonement worked wonders. Every comeback needs true believers, andDelhi’s voters believed him.

Mr Kejriwal also drove a positive – and populist – campaign focusing on Delhi. The BJP surprised many by running a personal campaign against Mr Kejriwal. It was, most said, bound to backfire.

The fact that Mr Kejriwal’s party won more than half of the popular vote – the highest by any party in Delhi ever – also points to the fact that his supporters transcended class and religion: the poor and the minorities appear to have backed him, and a large section of the middle class, which had deserted him, returned. One young professional, who voted for the BJP in May, told me he was voting for Mr Kejriwal this time because he was unnerved by Mr Modi’s failure to gag his party’s radical fringe.

But more importantly, say analysts like Neerja Chowdhury, “voters in Delhialso reacted to the BJP’s arrogance of power”. The BJP is a cadre-based party with deep roots in Delhi. Analysts say voters did not take kindly to former policewoman Kiran Bedi being introduced at the last-minute as the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate. Also, Mr Kejriwal represents what many say is a refreshing brand of unostentatious politics, far removed from the flashy political culture associated with both the BJP and Congress. “Hope has returned,” said AAP leader Yogendra Yadav.

It won’t be easy. Mr Kejriwal faces considerable challenges in governing one of the world’s megacities. Although petty corruption was kept in check, his shambolic 49-day government did not inspire much confidence.Delhiis a complex city-state where 40% of the people are migrants and faces serious problems with water, electricity, housing, air pollution and choking traffic. Can Mr Kejriwal shed his activist mode and make the kind of compromises that come with governance? Analyst Ashish Nandy says the AAP’s win is a “return to politics of populism”. But just how much populism canDelhi- andIndia- afford?

For Mr Modi and the BJP, defeat marks the end of the honeymoon period and they are stripped of their aura of invincibility.

Now, fractious – and largely discredited – opposition parties across the country will be emboldened and begin believing they can take on the BJP. That will be easier said than done. Congress, which has drawn a complete blank for the first time inDelhi, appears to be facing an existential crisis. “This is a big morale booster forIndia’s opposition parties,” says Neerja Chowdhury. But it will take a lot more effort to translate that spirit into votes against the BJP across the country.

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Tips to Consider When Pursuing an Inter-Office Romance

Posted on 19 February 2015 by admin

With approximately 2/3 of one’s day being spent at work it’s only natural that relationships will develop within the workplace. Working with others to successfully complete projects, taking lunch breaks together and working in a close environment on a regular basis are definite ways to assist in the development of sparks! recently polled over 100 Employers throughout the GTA and found that over 36% of those surveyed have admitted to have had or are currently engaged in an office romance with a co-worker.
Given this statistic, we at felt that we should share our top tips to consider when pursuing an office romance:

1. Investigate Company Policies: It’s a good idea to find out what the organization’s take is on inter-office dating before jumping into a relationship with a co-worker. If the connection is serious it’s a good idea to let your boss know before they find out by way of the “water cooler gossip”.

2. “Breaking up is Hard to Do”: Dating a co-worker or boss might seem like a great idea at first, however, think about the repercussions if the relationship ends in failure. Entering into a relationship with someone you work with that ends on a sour note could lead to awkward boardroom meetings and tension in the workplace.

3. Do your Research: You may work with your colleague but how much do you know about them outside of work? It’s a good idea to do some research on your potential “love interest” to ensure they aren’t married with children or living a secret life you may not know about.

4. Play it Safe: Starting a relationship with a co-worker may have to be kept a secret. Between the hours of 9-5 be prepared to act as if nothing is happening between each other. Avoid intimate contact and make sure guidelines are set up front to ensure you are both on the same page to ensure that problems don’t arise that may affect your job.

5. Keep Social Networking in Mind: In today’s society information travels fast. Ensure that your professional and personal profiles are kept separately on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking tools. You never know who might be connected to you that could break the silence of your new relationship.


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