Archive | June, 2016

Priyanka Chopra: Showing the world what Bollywood can do

Posted on 29 June 2016 by admin

Priyanka Chopra won the Best Supporting Actress gong at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards on Sunday – but she hasn’t yet signed up for any more Hindi films.

Instead, Chopra has spent most of this year in the US, shooting for her debut Hollywood movie – the Baywatch reboot – opposite Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and ZacEfron.

She has starred in more than 50 Indian films since being crowned Miss World in 2000.

After a short stint as a Universal Music Group recording artist, Chopra found wide fame in America when she signed a talent holding deal with ABC Studios, leading to her television debut in Quantico.

The crime thriller has been renewed for a second season and bagged Chopra the Favourite Actress in a New TV Series gong at this year’s People’s Choice Awards.

But despite her success, Chopra says she wouldn’t describe herself as “a Hollywood star” just yet.

“I’m still very new, I’m not even a year old in America,” she told the BBC. “I may be on the cover of Time [Magazine] because of 100 most influential, People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards but I think there is such a long way to go.” ‘Indian actors are not a joke’ Chopra now hopes that she can use her wider profile to make Indian Cinema more accessible in the west.

“To convince another part of the world that Bollywood is not just jokers who break in to song and dance was very difficult. I’m literally ploughing the ground and making people understand that Indian actors are not a joke.”

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Yami Gautam ready to DUMP Pulkit Samrat?

Posted on 29 June 2016 by admin

So we’ve just got to hear that Yami Gautam and Pulkit Samrat are soon parting ways. Yes! Our reliable source exclusively reveals to us that the couple has been facing major differences since the past few weeks and Yami has finally given up. Turns out, she doesn’t want to continue being with someone who cannot resurrect his career, while she has been getting rather good films including her next film Kaabil opposite Hrithik Roshan.

Speaking of which, our source informs that Yami strongly feels her link up with Pulkit will only hamper her success. And also for the fact, how Pulkit has still not divorced his wife Shweta Rohira, makes her belief even more stronger. Now will Pulkit be able to sort things out? Will he able to convince Yami to give their relationship a second chance? Only time will tell!

But Yami has made up her mind and there’s no looking back for her.

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IIFA 2016 leaves Madrid with Bollywood high

Posted on 29 June 2016 by admin

From Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone to Hrithik Roshan — the IIFA 2016 gala, which concluded on Sunday (June 26), seemed like a big budget multi-starrer Bollywood film, with the colours, magic and drama that the country’s movie industry exudes.

The 17th edition of the big fat Bollywood affair, organised by the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), saw mesmerising performances by Hrithik, Priyanka, Deepika and Salman to business forums held to strengthen bonds between India and Spain — which are celebrating 60 years of diplomatic ties.

The four-day gala, which started on June 23, saw the presence of several film celebrities and scores of their fans.

The opening day witnessed the official unveiling of Mirzya, which marks the debut of Anil Kapoor’s son Harshvardhan. Here, Shilpa Shetty took to the stage and gave Madrid a dekko at her famous thumkas.

Joining them on stage were stars like Salman, Priyanka, Farhan Akhtar, Shahid Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Deepika who expressed their excitement at being in Madrid to celebrate the power of Bollywood. Every year, IIFA organisers explore an international destination for the extravaganza with the aim of popularising the Hindi film industry, and other things Indian.

For instance, fitness freak Shilpa hosted a mass Yoga Masterclass, involving several people to know more about the ancient art form and its benefits.

The IIFA gala was timed right to integrate with the city’s Mulafest — a Movement of Urban Life and Arts event and exhibition — which is Madrid’s annual culture fest that brings together music, art and food all in one place.

Adding an Indian musical touch to the Mulafest were Raghu Dixit Project, Midival Pundits, Karsh Kale and Nucleya, who got the party grooving.

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Take advantage of your social voice as a musician: Shilpa Narayan

Posted on 23 June 2016 by admin

Pop/R&B singer-songwriter Shilpa Narayan launched her music career in 2013 by partnering with MySpace and releasing her debut single “Renegade,” an instant breakout hit that not only resonated with global audiences for its electro-tribal dance beat, but also its message of perseverance in overcoming a destined standard, a battle Shilpa herself has fought being an Indian woman in the music industry.

Along with her upbeat pop, soul infused ballads and stripped down acoustic medleys, the Atlanta, GA native released her first album Stand Alone (2012), with the self-title single “Stand Alone” and “Change Your Mind,” as well as her second album Through Haze (2015) including “Baby Go Home” and “Pinch Me.”

Her music has already generated buzz on MTV, VH1, BBC Radio, Yahoo! Music, MTV Indies, AOL Music, Vibe Magazine (Named Artist to Watch), OkayPlayer,,, ChannelOne News, ArtistDirect, as well as praise from The Voice producer and host Carson Daly, who handpicked Shilpa’s submission to be sent directly to the show’s producers for consideration.

Even with her initial success, Shilpa realizes she still has a long road ahead. “I don’t think I knew going in, how difficult it would be and how eye-opening of an experience it would be,” recalls Shilpa about her first experiences with the music industry. “It really forces you to grow up and also become comfortable with who you are and the life decisions you make. My music truly reflects a lot about that inner struggle I’ve had, and I’m hoping others will relate to it.”

Here’s Shilpa’s interview with Generation Next:

Please tell us a bit about your academic/family background?

My parents are South Indian and I have one older brother who also lives in New York with me. My dad is an engineer and my mom is a journalist. In college at Georgia Tech I studied Business, Marketing and IT, not really being sure what profession I would get into after that. I often wish I had gone to school for music, but unfortunately I didn’t really start singing until almost my final year of college…I was a late bloomer :)

Why be in the arts?

I’ve always been a little bit on the introverted side, and for me music is my mode of expression. It’s a beautiful way to convey your emotions and hope that others can relate to your story. Being in the arts has taught me the importance of confidence, perseverance and allowed me to appreciate different forms of music from around the world.

What is it for you? American music or Indian music?

I get inspired by both but listen more to American music.

Why do you think many modern songs & music videos are not like evergreen songs & music videos of the past?

I think as a society, we’ve changed so much in the past 30 years, and modern songs and music videos reflect that. Listeners want to hear sounds that are different, we thrive off the change, and we’ve finally come to a point where all music is appreciated and embraced.

Do you believe art is for entertainment or for social awareness? One can argue that with so much disturbance in life, people would like to enjoy art for relaxation purpose only.

I think it’s a mixture of both. We are lucky enough to have freedom of speech and be able to use music as a platform for social awareness and change. I think it’s important to take advantage of your social voice as a musician, and project what others may not be able to. That doesn’t mean you also can’t make beautiful music at the same time!

What’s your family’s reaction to your profession choice?

I’ve been super lucky to have a very supportive family, who respect my decision to pursue music. At the same time, they’ve also always kept me grounded and I think it’s always important to have a Plan B.

Is it a profession where you can make money?

It’s definitely a profession where you can make money but is really different than other professions. For musicians, you actually lose money for a while, as you need to invest in studio time, instruments, lessons etc.

There isn’t a defined amount of time until your next paycheck, and it takes years of determination and patience before you might even get paid for a gig.

 I don’t think any musician ever does it for the money. It’s a passion and if you happen to get paid along the way, that’s great, but if not being able to do what you love is payment enough.

Do good looks matter? Do they get you into the door?

I want to say that they don’t matter, but unfortunately it’s an industry where imagine is very important. I don’t think you necessarily have to be “good looking” but I think you have to have some sparkle/ “it” factor that makes you appeal to larger audiences. I think that may help get you in the door but I firmly believe if you have the talent, nothing else should matter.

How do you keep yourself fit?

I actually have struggled with my weight since I was a kid, so it’s always been a challenge! I workout 5-6 times a week doing a combination of plyometrics, running, boxing and strength training. The gym has become one of my favorite places and I think it’s important for my mental health as much as my physical health.

 How much time do you spend on social media?

Probably about an hour a day – I’m constantly checking snapchat, instagram and facebook! It’s not the best habit but I mainly use it to see what’s trending and what people are listening to.

Is the industry different for men vs. women?

I think so, yes. I think women are a little more pressured to have the perfect image then men are. I think it can be hard for a woman to be known as a singer rather than by her looks first.

What was the hardest for me when I first started, is that I trusted everyone who said they were a “producer” and could help me in my career, not realizing that many of them were trying to take advantage of me. I don’t think guys face that same challenge as often.

What and who do you turn to when depressed?

I turn to my guitar and my mamma, who are both the best therapists out there.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Hopefully still writing, creating, and being inspired.

Your favourite male artist

Right now – probably James Bay.

Your favourite female artist

Tie between Adele and Beyonce (QUEEN BEEE!)

 What are you currently working on, and what’s coming up in the future?

I’m currently working on a new song with the incredible Rishi Rich and also a remix of an old song from the 90’s, which I’m super excited to share in the next couple months! For more info visit

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Expensive loophole underscores urgent need for tax review

Posted on 23 June 2016 by admin

Lest there be any doubt about the political sway of corporate Canada, consider the ironic case of Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs). Originally designed as a way to crack down on individual tax cheats, the deals were transformed by the Harper government, at the urging of the business lobby, into a loophole that legalizes large-scale corporate tax avoidance.

The original intent of TIEAs was to make tax havens like the Cayman Islands and the Isle of Man more transparent by compelling them to share secret banking information on scofflaws with the countries being cheated. But when the Harper government started to pursue these deals in 2010 it also tweaked the tax code to turn TIEAs into a boon for business: any multinational corporation earning profits in a partner country could now bring the money home tax-free.

A joint investigation by the Star and the CBC has found that, since the first TIEAs were signed in 2011, the deals have allowed corporations working in low- or no-tax zones like Bermuda, the Bahamas and Panama to avoid paying taxes on some $55 billion in profits. If earned in Ontario, that money would have yielded more than $14 billion in tax revenue. That’s the equivalent of nearly half of this year’s projected federal deficit.

The government’s rationale? “They were persuaded by industry that it was necessary to be globally competitive,” according to Arthur Cockfield, a Queen’s University law professor who was hired by the finance ministry to write a report on the proposed loophole at the time.

It would appear that the federal government made a trade-off: it allowed corporations to escape taxes, ostensibly to get information on rich individuals illegally doing the same. Given the scale of the lost revenues, and the questions of fairness raised, Canadians need clarity on the real benefits of these agreements.

Yet we know very little about the upside of TIEAs, if there is one. The Canada Revenue Agency refuses to say whether the deals have ever been used to obtain information on tax cheats or to recoup money. And some experts claim record-keeping in most tax havens is so shoddy that Canada wouldn’t get useful information if it did request it.

The Liberal government has declared tax fairness a priority and pledged $444 million to beef up CRA tax enforcement. But when asked about this loophole, Finance Minister Bill Morneau did not offer much clarity, saying only that the agreements would be evaluated in the course of the government’s planned comprehensive review of tax policy.

The Canadian tax code, which has grown rapidly more complex and tangled in recent decades, is rife with loopholes that undermine the fairness of the system. As the Parliamentary Budget Officer warned last year, the costs of many of these policies are unknown even to the government, never mind the public. The Liberals, as they look for a way to fund their ambitious investments, will need to address loopholes like the TIEAs that deprive them of the revenues they need and corrode Canadians’ trust in the tax system.

The government is right to promise a review. But the mere promise will do only for so long. The TIEAs alone stealthily snatch billions of dollars from the public purse every year. Yet it’s only through strategic leaks and investigative reports that we have glimpsed both the enormity of the problem and its urgency.

Ottawa should get on with the review. The longer we wait, the higher the cost.

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Trudeau condemns killing of 14 Canadian Embassy security guards in Kabul

Posted on 23 June 2016 by admin

The Canadian Embassy in Kabul confirms what it calls a “cowardly attack” on its security company.

A suicide bomber killed 14 Nepalese security guards who were on their way to work at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul on Monday.

The guards were en route to the embassy in a minibus when the explosion took place, according to a Nepalese guard who was wounded in the attack.

The Canadian Embassy in Kabul confirmed what it called a “cowardly attack” on its security company, but noted that there had been no attack on its embassy premises.

The Canadian Embassy tweeted: “@CanEmbAFG confirms that today’s cowardly attack targeted our security company. Our thoughts with families and friends of victims.”

The bombing was also condemned by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“Today’s attack on security workers in Kabul is appalling and cowardly,” he tweeted. “Our thoughts are with the victims as we stand with the Afghan people.”

The bomber was on foot when he struck the minibus carrying the guards, said Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, the city’s police chief. He did not identify the foreign security company the guards work for.

The Afghan Interior Ministry confirmed that all 14 killed were Nepalese citizens, describing the attack as the work of a “terrorist suicide bomber.” It said the explosion also wounded nine people, five Nepalese employees and four Afghan civilians.

Amrit Rokaya Chhetri, a Nepalese guard wounded in the attack, told The Associated Press they were on their way to the Canadian Embassy when the blast took place.

“Many people died,” Chhetri said from his hospital bed, his head covered with bandage. “I say to my family, I am ok and I will come home.”

A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement to the media.

But in a conflicting statement, Afghanistan’s Daesh (or Islamic State) affiliate also claimed responsibility for the Kabul attack, identifying the suicide bomber as Erfanullah Ahmed and saying he carried out the attack by detonating his explosives’ belt. The conflicting claims could not immediately be reconciled.

The attack was the latest to hit Kabul as the Taliban have stepped up their assaults as part of their summer offensive.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a bomb rigged to a motorbike killed 10 Afghan civilians during morning rush hour in a busy market in a province in the northeast, and also wounded 40 others.

And later Monday in Kabul, a second Taliban bombing killed an Afghan civilian and wounded five people, including a provincial council member who was the intended target of that attack, authorities said.

Afghan President Asharf Ghani condemned all three of Monday’s attacks, according to a statement from the presidential palace.

It quoted Ghani as saying that “terrorists do not hesitate to kill people even during the holy month of Ramadan” and that they are seeking to “create fear among the people.”

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World Refugee Day 2016: 4 MPs Reflect On What It Meant To Be Embraced By Canada

Posted on 23 June 2016 by admin

They came to Canada with precious little and now exemplify what’s possible in this place.

On Monday — World Refugee Day — the Liberal party released a short video online showcasing four MPs who understand better than most what it’s like to start over in a strange place.

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef found safe haven after escaping Afghanistan, while Toronto MPs Garyanada Sangaree, Arif Virani, and Ahmed Hussen came to Canada from Sri Lanka, Uganda, and Somalia, respectively.

In the clip, Monsef notes that Peterborough, Ont. “seemed like heaven” when she arrived in 1996. Both Sangaree and Hussen remember the cold and the snow that marked their arrival.

All suggest that what makes Canada special is the way it embraces diversity.

“Everything was orderly, everyone got along,” says Hussen, who arrived in 1993. “There were people of many faiths and ethnicities and yet there was harmony and cohesion.”

“You can come from any part of the world, you can love anyone, you could be whatever you are… and still be the same,” Sangaree says.

Virani says it’s all part of what makes Canada “par excellence.”

“A country that allows you to be whatever you want to be.”

 Monsef said the warm embrace of neighbours in her Ontario city made her family feel like they weren’t alone when she arrived at the age of 11, homesick and unable to understand English.

Those who helped her widowed mother get by also showed Monsef and her sisters “that we had a community … that it was going to be OK, [and] that we belonged there.”

“Twenty years later … that kindness stays with me, and I hope that as a member of Parliament, I can repay some of that through my service,” she said.

‘Somber milestone’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also released a statement Monday, calling World Refugee Day a “somber milestone” because of the estimated 60 million people — more than half of them children — who are refugees, internally-displaced persons, or asylum-seekers.

New figures from the United Nations’ refugee agency put that number at more than 65 million.

“In a time of economic uncertainty and tightening security, it is easy for countries to shy away from the plight of those seeking shelter from conflict and persecution,” Trudeau said in the release. “We must do better than that, and lead with open minds and warm hearts, not closed borders and cold indifference.”

Canada was built by those who fled war and oppression, he said, and remains a nation of immigrants.

Trudeau lauded the fact that 25,000 Syrian refugees have been welcomed in Canada since December, with another 15,000 privately-sponsored refugees still to come.

But Trudeau also used the occasion to note “regrettable moments” when Canada has turned away those in need, from the Chinese Exclusion Act to the Komagata Maru incident, for which he formally apologized in the House of Commons last month.

“Today, tomorrow, and all the days to come, let us show the world that Canada truly is the compassionate, generous country that we know it to be,” he said.

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Canada Pension Plan: Liberals Reach Agreement With Provinces On Reform

Posted on 23 June 2016 by admin

Most of Canada’s finance ministers reached an agreement in principle Monday to revamp the Canada Pension Plan, although Quebec and Manitoba have not signed on to the deal.

Under the agreement, which would go into effect in 2019, an average Canadian worker earning about $55,000 will pay an additional $7 a month in 2019. That would increase to $34 a month by 2023.

Once the plan is fully implemented, the maximum annual benefits will increase by about one-third to $17,478.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the deal will improve the CPP in a way that will make a difference to working Canadians.

We have come to a conclusion that we are going to improve the retirement security of Canadians, we’re going to improve the Canada Pension Plan that will make a real difference in future Canadians’ situations,” he said.

Morneau said Quebec, which has its own pension plan, and Manitoba continue to be part of the process, despite not signing on to the agreement.

“Quebec is in a different situation,” he added. “The Quebec pension plan is a different vehicle. The costs are different than the Canadian Pension Plan. The idea that more analysis is required is something that we completely understood around the table.”

For Manitoba, Morneau said the deal comes too soon for the province’s new Tory government.

“Manitoba is a brand new government. They’ve been in power for four weeks, so they were a productive voice around the table, a voice of continued interest in working together, but of course this comes pretty fast and hard for them.”

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said young Canadians will reap the benefits from Monday’s decision.

“Today, this federal government has shown great leadership and great desire to do something of great benefit for our young people.”

Sousa said the plan would replace the one his government had been working on.

British Columbia Finance Minister Mike de Jong, who had reservations about expanding the CPP, said he came on board because the plan is affordable for employees.

“I think we have reached a balanced approach to setting the objectives that were set out.”

A change to the CPP needs the consent of Ottawa and a minimum of seven provinces representing at least two-thirds of the country’s population.

Heading into Monday’s federal-provincial meeting, it was still unclear whether Ottawa would piece together the minimum required provincial support for change. Saskatchewan, for example, did not support CPP enhancement.

Sources say Ottawa made a major 11th-hour push in hope of securing enough country-wide support to boost the CPP and suggest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was involved in the extra effort.

There hasn’t been such a level of consensus on CPP reform at a national scale since the 1990s.

Morneau has argued that enhancing the CPP is critical to ensuring future generations will be able to retire in dignity, no matter the state of their finances.

However, critics have warned that expanding the CPP would squeeze workers and employers for additional contributions — and hurt the still-fragile Canadian economy.

The federal government intensified its lobbying efforts over the final days and hours of ongoing meetings in Vancouver as it tried to attract support from enough provinces to ensure a CPP upgrade, said sources with knowledge of the talks.

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Posted on 23 June 2016 by admin

 Dr. Hasan Askari

 The border security forces of Pakistan and Afghanistan fired at each other in the Torkham area of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border earlier this month. There were several firing incidents. One Pakistani officer of the rank of Major was killed and a couple of others were injured. On the Afghan side, one soldier was killed and several others were injured. The Afghan security forces opened fire when Pakistan began the construction of a gate well inside Pakistani territory to regulate the traffic between the two countries. Afghanistan did not want this gate to be constructed because it was opposed to Pakistani plans to control the movement of people and good across the Pakistan-Afghan border.

Afghanistan complains about the Taliban activists coming from the Pakistani side and engaging in violence in Afghanistan. It wants Pakistan to use all kind of force against these Taliban within Pakistani territory but it does not want to join hands with Pakistan for effective border control for stopping these elements from crossing the border.

The movement of people across the Pakistan-Afghanistan border is both ways. The top leadership of Pakistani Taliban is based in Afghanistan and their activists enter Pakistan to resort to violence against state institutions and citizens. Similarly, some Afghan Taliban come to Pakistan, stay here for some time and then go back to Afghanistan in order to fight against the Kabul government. Pakistan suggested to the Kabul government for an effective joint control of the Pakistan-Afghanistan so that the two-way unauthorized movement of people is controlled, if not totally eliminated. However, Afghanistan does not show interest in it. Nor it talks about taking action against the Pakistani Taliban based in Afghanistan. Instead, it wants Pakistan to use force against the adversaries of the Afghan government that happen to be in Pakistan.

Pakistan decided to adopt border control measures on its own. It placed the restriction of visa or travel documents for anybody crossing the border in either direction. The Afghan authorities did not like this restriction and the Torkham border was closed for a few days. Within a week of its reopening, Pakistan informed Afghanistan of its decision to construct a new gate to regulate incoming and outgoing traffic. As it began work on the new gate, the Afghan border security forces launched an attack and the Afghan government protested against the construction of a new gate.

In 2015, Pakistan faced a similar Afghan opposition when it excavated a big size trench on the Pakistani side of the Pakistan-Afghan border in the Balochistan area. This deep tunnel covers a major part of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in the Balochistan area, restricting the movement of people on that border. It may also be mentioned that India has covered most of the Line of Control in Kashmir and the international border in the Punjab sector with high fence and flood-lights that are kept on during night time. Now, when Pakistan has decided to take physical measures like gates, fence and other steps for increased monitoring of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Afghanistan has raised objections.

In Afghanistan, four categories of people are opposed to any effective control of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. First, the ruling class of Afghanistan is opposed to any restriction on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border because they can easily blame Pakistan for their failure to control the Afghan Taliban. Whenever there is a violent incident in Afghanistan, even when the incident takes place in Afghanistan’s northern areas, the Afghan government claims that these trouble makers came from Pakistan. Once the border is controlled this argument becomes irrelevant.

Second, the Afghan and Indian intelligence agencies want to keep the border open. This makes it easy for these intelligence agencies to send their agents into Pakistan for promotion of subversion and violence.

Third, the economic activity in Kabul, Kandahar, Jalalabad and the adjacent areas is linked with Pakistan. Goods of daily use and a number of food items come from Pakistan either by regular trade or through smuggling. If the border is put under strict monitoring, there will be serious shortages in Afghanistan. The smuggling networks are opposed to restricted movement across the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Fourth, the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban and other militant groups are opposed to strict control of the borders. They want to move freely from one country to another.

The Kabul government knows that restrictions on movement across the Pakistan-Afghanistan border will increase its economic problems. It cannot provide jobs to Afghans who will not be able to go to Pakistan for jobs and daily work. Similarly, the Kabul government will not be able to get Pakistani personnel for construction work in Afghanistan.

Another Afghan argument is that the ruling circles do not recognize the Pakistan-Afghanistan border as the international border. The permanent fixtures will make this a permanent border. This is a flawed argument because if Afghanistan does not want to accept this as border it can continue to do even after monitoring of the border is increased.

No matter what Afghanistan thinks of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, it serves as the official dividing line between the two countries. Afghan security operates on the Afghan side of this border and it cannot enter into what is viewed as Pakistani territory. The international community, including the U.S., recognize the Pakistan-Afghanistan border as an international boundary. Afghanistan’s current rulers will not gain anything by living in a state of denial.

The trouble in the relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan has revived the discussion about the future of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. There are about 1.67 million registered refugees and over one million unregistered refugees. There is an increased demand in Pakistan to send most of them back if the Kabul government continues to blame Pakistan for all ills in Afghanistan and challenges Pakistan’s right to erect fence and other arrangements for strict border control.

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International Yoga Day Canada

Posted on 23 June 2016 by admin

International Yoga Day Canada ( celebrated the 2nd Annual International Day of Yoga at the Port Credit Memorial Park in Mississauga, Ontario with the support of Consulate General of India and in partnership with The Mississauga Waterfront Festival ( from 9 am till Noon.

United Nations declared June 21st of each year (the summer solstice) was going to be celebrated as the Day of Yoga. Over 180 countries are participating in the event this year. Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, was instrumental in obtaining this recognition for Yoga.

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