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Canada’s top NAFTA negotiator says U.S. hasn’t proposed changes to thorny issues

Posted on 30 September 2017 by admin

NAFTA negotiator Steve Verheul predicts “good progress” for the next few rounds as key areas for Canada await U.S. specificity.

OTTAWA—Canada’s lead NAFTA negotiator doesn’t expect the United States to make demands for the dairy sector during the third round of talks this week, and said American officials still haven’t proposed changes to some of the thorniest issues of the agreement, including on car manufacturing and dispute resolution mechanisms.

Steve Verheul, chief trade negotiator with Global Affairs, said there is still “plenty to work with for the time being” but stopped short of expressing confidence that the shared goal of a new deal by the end of the year can be met.

“We’ll make good progress for the next few rounds, I think. But the endgame is always the hardest part, and impossible to predict,” he told reporters Sunday afternoon, as Ottawa hosted the third round of talks on the 23-year-old trade deal between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

 “As in any negotiation, there are moments when things get a little heated, but for the most part, I’d say it’s quite constructive,” Verheul said. “We’re making good, solid progress.”

The U.S. government signalled this week that one of its top priorities in the agreement is to increase the rules-of-origin for auto parts — essentially pushing to get more American content in the components of cars made in North America. U.S. President Donald Trump has also criticized Canada’s supply management system that protects its domestic dairy industry, which Ottawa has vowed to support, while the American government stated this summer that one of its goals is to ditch the Chapter 19 dispute panel from NAFTA.

Yet so far, U.S. negotiators have not made specific demands in those areas at the negotiating table, Verheul said.

“We have made a detailed proposal on Chapter 19; we have not seen a U.S. proposal,” Verheul said. One of Canada’s priorities is to preserve that chapter, which dictates how disputes between the trading partners are resolved.

Verheul added that of the 28 negotiating groups working on areas of the agreement, there are a “couple” that could be resolved before the third round of negotiations wraps up on Wednesday, but he would not specify which ones.

As NAFTA is being renegotiated, the director of operations at a Canadian thermoplastics plant in Mexico considers what the trade deal could mean for the manufacturing business. Take a tour of the Exo-s factory in San Juan Del Rio. (The Canadian Press)

The lack of specificity from the U.S. in key areas for Canada had union leaders on the sidelines of the talks accusing the Americans of not taking the renegotiations seriously. For the second day in a row, Jerry Dias, the president of Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union, predicted the talks would fall apart in the coming weeks, with Canada and Mexico walking away from an intransigent American administration.

“It looks as if the tactics (for the U.S.) are: We’re the big player and we’re going to force the agenda and if you don’t like it, too bad. So my guess is that everybody walks away,” Dias said.

“You can go through the charade and see how this thing unfolds, and I believe everybody has to do that, but I’m not expecting anything meaningful by any stretch of the imagination.

“This is a political discussion, not an economic discussion.”

Christopher Monette, director of public affairs for Teamsters Canada, called on the U.S. to engage more seriously with Ottawa’s proposals to bring tougher labour standards into the 23-year-old trade deal.

“The Canadian government is not kidding around in terms of their labour proposals. This is strong stuff that our union both in Canada and the United States strongly supports. We think this needs to be taken more seriously by American negotiators,” Monette said.

Trump has repeatedly threatened to drop out of NAFTA, citing concern about American trade deficits and the loss of manufacturing jobs in his country. Trump has also predicted the renegotiation will fail to produce a new deal, while officials from Canada and Mexico have stated that it is still early in the process that continues in Ottawa until Wednesday, before returning to the U.S. for a scheduled fourth round of talks.

“We’re just starting,” Kenneth Smith Ramos, the lead Mexican negotiator, told reporters here on Saturday.

The agenda for the third round of negotiations, which was obtained by the Star this week, showed that negotiators were scheduled to talk about customs, digital trade, the environment, government procurement, state-owned enterprises and other issues on Sunday.

Key points surrounding the Ottawa round of negotiations include the American demand to change NAFTA’s rules-of-origin component, which dictates how much of certain products must be made in North America to qualify for free trade under the deal. The U.S. has signalled that it wants more American-made content in auto parts, though it has yet to say exactly by how much.

The current North American content rules for auto parts under NAFTA is 62.5 per cent.

Dias, whose union represents autoworkers in Canada, said Sunday that he’s not against raising rules-of-origin in that industry, but cautioned that doing so without bringing tougher labour standards into a new NAFTA could simply mean more manufacturing jobs leave Canada for lower-wage jurisdictions in the U.S. and Mexico.

“There won’t be a trade deal unless Mexico takes Canada’s proposals on elevating the standard of living for Mexican workers in a very serious way,” he said.

He added that despite his doomsaying on the prospects of the renegotiation, he has faith in Canada’s negotiating team and said he’s more hopeful that a deal can be reached sometime next spring, once the U.S. begins to put proposals on the table and is willing to compromise with its NAFTA partners ahead of elections in Mexico and the U.S. next year.

“Ultimately, the U.S. business community is going to need what Canada has to offer. We’re in a very good position, so we should make sure that we carve a deal that’s in the best interest of Canadians,” Dias said.

Canada’s Liberal government has proposed bringing labour and environmental agreements between the three countries, which are currently side deals to NAFTA, into the main body of the accord. Ottawa has also called for an updated NAFTA to be a “progressive” deal with chapters on Indigenous Peoples and gender rights, while reserving the right to pass regulations “in the public interest.”

That last bit is why Rob Cunningham, a lawyer for the Canadian Cancer Society, was on hand Sunday to tout his demand that tobacco products be exempted from the trade deal. That would prevent cigarette companies from using NAFTA to challenge Canada’s health laws as a barrier to fair competition, he said — something that was first threatened in 1994 when Ottawa floated the idea of plain cigarette packaging.

He said Canada should push hard to drop tobacco products from the deal, to protect the government’s ability to pass health regulations for cigarettes and other tobacco goods.

“There’s a very strong case to do this exemption,” he said, pointing out that Canada, the U.S. and Mexico agreed to cut tobacco out of the now-stalled Trans Pacific Partnership agreement.

“It’s not like this is an economic protection measure. It’s an absolutely pure health measure.”

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Trudeau says government will add Ukraine to list of countries Canada exports weapons to

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The prime minister says the government has begun to move forward with the lengthy process that would see Ukraine added to the Automatic Firearms Country Control List.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Canadian government will place Ukraine on a list of countries to which it will permit certain weapons exports.

Trudeau made the comments after a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Toronto on Friday.

Trudeau says the government has begun to move forward with the lengthy process that would see Ukraine added to the Automatic Firearms Country Control List.

Placing Ukraine on the list would allow exporters of certain prohibited firearms, such as automatic weapons, to submit permit applications to the government for the export of the weapons to the country. There are currently 39 countries on the list.

Former prime minister Stephen Harper’s government began consultations on placing Ukraine on the list in 2015, but the process has not moved forward since the Conservative defeat in 2016.

The move comes as both leaders continue to denounce Russian-backed fighters who are involved in a conflict in eastern-Ukraine.

Trudeau said Canada continues to stand with Ukraine against the “illegal, illegitimate incursion of Russia into Ukrainian territory.”

“Absolutely,” Trudeau said when asked if Ukraine would be added to the list. “(It’s) something we’re moving forward on. There’s a process and a series of criteria that have to be reached but it is something we’re working on.”

Trudeau said Canada has also sent both police and military personnel to Ukraine to train local officers and soldiers. Poroshenko thanked the Canadian government for that assistance.

“It has significantly reduced the casualties for the soldiers who pass through this training,” Poroshenko said. “(It) significantly improves the co-ordination and tactics we learn. This is a win, win, win, co-operation because our Canadian partners also learn from us the unique experience from the Russian hybrid warfare.”

Poroshenko and Trudeau are in Toronto for the start of Invictus Games, an international sporting competition for wounded soldiers.

In March, the Canadian military quietly expanded its footprint in Ukraine, giving commanders free rein to send their troops anywhere — except where they might run into Russian forces or separatist rebels.

Canada first deployed about 200 troops to Ukraine in the summer of 2015 to help train government forces in their fight against Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country. Initially, the Canadians were required to stay in the western half of Ukraine, far from the conflict that has continued to rage over the intervening two years, leaving more than 10,000 people dead.

Canada has also provided about $16 million in non-lethal equipment such as helmets, bulletproof vests and winter clothing to the Ukrainian military, and promised another $7.25 million by 2019.

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Key witness at gas-plants case not impartial, defence says

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 “His intimate involvement in key decisions in the case make it impossible for him,” lawyer Scott Hutchison told Judge Timothy Lipson in Ontario Court of Justice, where the defense is pushing to have retired OPP detective Robert Gangnon disqualified from giving his opinion on evidence.

A retired OPP officer who worked on the investigation into deleted emails is too far “inside the tent” to be used as an independent expert witness by prosecutors in the gas plants case, the defence lawyer for a former top Dalton McGuinty aide said Monday.

“His intimate involvement in key decisions in the case make it impossible for him,” lawyer Scott Hutchison told Judge Timothy Lipson in Ontario Court of Justice, where the defense is pushing to have retired OPP detective Robert Gangnon disqualified from giving his opinion on evidence.

The law is clear that expert witnesses must be “independent and impartial,” Hutchison added during day two of the criminal trial of his client, Laura Miller, a former deputy chief of staff to McGuinty as premier, and former chief of staff David Livingston.

They are charged with breach of trust, mischief in relation to data and misuse of a computer system in the alleged wiping of hard drives in the McGuinty premier’s office before Kathleen Wynne became premier in February 2013.

Miller and Livingston have pleaded not guilty. They face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Gagnon testified Friday that he was involved in numerous meetings with investigators and the Crown after concerns were raised at Queen’s Park that emails and documents related to the Liberal government’s controversial decision to cancel gas-fired power plants before the 2011 provincial election had been deleted.

Hutchison noted that Gagnon was pulled out of retirement to handle forensic computer examinations for the OPP after hard drives were seized from the McGuinty premier’s office‎.

 “It’s telling that he was hand-picked for the job for the police and remains the expert of choice,” the lawyer added.

“That expertise is widely available outside the police…there’s no legitimate reason or need to use that witness.”

Gangnon’s own testimony last Friday that he was only paid for 15 hours a week because of payment caps under his police pension but actually worked longer hours “for free” shows he is loyal to the prosecution and should not be considered an independent expert witness, Hutchison added.

It was also Gagnon who suggested the additional charge of mischief in relation to data against Miller and Livingston, Hutchison said in his submission to the judge, who is expected to rule Wednesday on Gagnon’s suitability as an expert witness.

The Crown will make submissions later Monday on why Gagnon should not be excluded from giving his opinion on the witness stand.

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College faculty union seeks strike date as talks continue

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OPSEU says it could be in a strike position by mid-October.

With talks continuing but little progress made, the union representing 12,000 Ontario college faculty is now seeking a “no-board” report — which would put instructors in a strike position by the middle of October.

On Friday, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union — which represents full-time professors and those teaching a “partial-load” — said it had made the request to a conciliator to put pressure on the colleges and “trigger real negotiations.”

But Sonia Del Missier, who heads the colleges’ bargaining team, said “continued threats by the union to strike are not going to help us reach a negotiated settlement.

“The union repeatedly states that it wants to avoid a strike. Yet, after just two days of bargaining (last week), the union chose to start the strike countdown clock.”

The two sides continue bargaining on Monday and are expected to meet all week.

The College Employer Council, which bargains for all 24 public institutions in Ontario, has said the union’s proposals would cost $400 million a year, and lead to thousands of lost contract jobs.

The union’s demands “are not the basis for settlement,” said Del Missier.

But for the union, bolstering the ranks of full-time positions, instead of the more precarious contract work, is a priority, as well as giving academic staff a say in how the colleges are run by creating a governing body similar to university senates.

Faculty have voted 68 per cent in favour of a strike, with about 60 per cent of full-time and partial-load instructors — who teach from seven to 12 hours weekly — casting ballots.

JP Hornick, head of the union’s bargaining team, recently told reporters at Queen’s Park the colleges were “stonewalling” negotiations, and has accused them of demanding concessions.

Del Missier, however, said the colleges’ proposal contains no concessions, offers a lump-sum payment as well as improvements to benefits.

“We do have a good offer on the table,” she said in a phone interview. “We remain committed to achieving a negotiated settlement, one that is fair to faculty, but, at the same time, affordable and responsible.”

The schools, represented by the College Employer Councilhave offered a 7.5 per cent raise over the next four years, putting the highest-paid professors at about $115,000.

Del Missier said any decision about creating a senate is outside of bargaining parameters. As well, the union’s current position on staffing ratios would bring 2,840 new full-time positions, but at a cost of 7,120 contract jobs.

But for OPSEU, the move to add more full-time jobs “is about creating stability in the system,” said Hornick.

The OPSEU union local represents professors and “partial-load” instructors, among others. Of its 12,000 members, 7,500 are full-time, and 4,500 partial-load.

OPSEU does not represent part-time or sessional faculty, though a union drive is underway.

In 2011, colleges faced a strike by support workers, and in 2006 a lengthy job action by instructors.

The colleges say full-time faculty cover 49 per cent of all teaching hours, and partial-load, 22 per cent. The remaining 29 per cent are covered by part-time and sessional faculty.

While the union has warned that the college system is nearing its breaking point, the College Employer Council says 83 per cent of grads have landed jobs six months after earning their diploma, and colleges have high approval ratings from employers and students themselves.

The colleges also say their offer is comparable to that reached by OPSEU support staff.

Since 2010, colleges have created 1,000 new academic positions — about half of them full-time.

During Wednesday’s Question Period, NDP education critic Peggy Sattler said the province’s 24 colleges “have seen an alarming rise in precarious work,” something post-secondary minister Deb Matthews said the government recognizes is an issue.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, Matthews noted that while the government is not at the table, “nobody wants a strike — I think everybody wants what’s in the best interest of students.”

Academic college staff represented by OPSEU include:

•          Full-time college academic staff including permanent professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians. Their maximum salary is $107,000, but the average is closer to $90,000 a year.

•          Partial-load instructors who teach anywhere from seven to a maximum of 12 hours a week, and earn an average of $104 an hour for teaching. They are not paid for prep time, marking or for meeting with students outside of class. They are considered contract and reapply for their jobs every four months.

OPSEU is also hoping to soon represent:

•          Part-time faculty, who are on contract and teach less than six hours each week. They earn about $60 an hour, and are not paid for time spent preparing and marking. This group encompasses those who teach continuing education courses. They also must reapply for their jobs.

•          Sessional faculty, who are also considered contract faculty, with a 12-month maximum contract within a two-year time frame. They earn about $60 an hour, and can carry a full-time teaching load. They may also teach continuing education courses. They too reapply for their jobs.

 

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Three arrested after boy stabbed, another tasered and beaten in park near downtown high school

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Bickford Park is a few blocks away from Central Toronto Academy, where one of the victims fled to get help, said police.

Three suspects are in custody after one boy was stabbed and another tasered and beaten in a park near a downtown high school Thursday, Toronto police said.

Police and paramedics were called to Central Toronto Academy, on Shaw St., just north of College St., at 12:40 p.m., for reports that a boy had been stabbed outside the school. Police later found the stabbing had actually happened at Bickford Park, a few blocks east at Harbord and Grace Sts.

“The boy retreated into the school to get help,” Toronto police Const. David Hopkinson said.

Paramedics estimated the boy is about 15, and said his injuries were serious.

“I don’t believe it’s life-threatening,” Hopkinson said.

Police and paramedics later found a second male who appeared to have been tasered and beaten with a metal object, Hopkinson said. Paramedics said the second victim was either 17 or 18, and his injuries were less serious.

“They were together,” Hopkinson said of the two victims.

Paramedics said they also transported a woman who witnessed the incident to hospital for assessment.

The school was locked down for about an hour after the incident and the boy’s parents have been contacted, the Toronto District School Board tweeted.

Police didn’t share a suspect description, but just after 3:30 p.m., Hopkinson said three people were in custody. He declined to say how old the suspects are or their genders, as they haven’t formally been charged.

Central Toronto Academy — formerly known as Central Commerce before a name change in 2014 — was the alma mater of former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman.

In recent years, the school has undergone sweeping changes as the Toronto District School Board began modernizing its curriculum, offering advanced placement courses and arts and culture-centred majors.

 

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CREA expects Canadian home sales to drop to three-year low

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The association projects home sales in British Columbia and Ontario will fall by 10 per cent in 2017, compared to 2016′s record highs.

MONTREAL—Canadian home sales are expected to drop to their lowest level in three years in 2018, driven largely by a decline in Ontario, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) said Friday.

The association expects that 495,100 homes will be sold next year after downgrading its sales forecast for 2017 on a 9.9-per-cent drop in August compared with a year ago.

It expects sales will fall 2.3 per cent in 2018 following a 5.3-per-cent decline this year to 506,000, or 20,000 fewer than previously forecast in June.

Seasonally adjusted sales in August rose 1.3 per cent from the prior month, due to a 14.3-per-cent boost in the Greater Toronto Area. Still, sales in this area were down 35 per cent from a year ago.

Benjamin Reitzes of BMO Capital Markets said the August data suggests the worst may have passed for the GTA following Ontario policy changes to restrict foreign buyers, but the future is unclear.

“The Bank of Canada’s rate hikes should help contain any renewed exuberance, but if things do heat up again, expect policy-makers to step in before too long,” he wrote in a report.

CREA projects sales in British Columbia and Ontario will fall by about 10 per cent in 2017, compared to record highs set in 2016.

The association said sales in August were down in nearly two-thirds of all local markets, led by the Greater Toronto Area and nearby housing markets.

In Vancouver, August sales were up 7.3 per cent from July and 21.3 per cent higher than a year ago.

“Experience shows that homebuyers watch mortgage rates carefully and that recent interest rate increases will prompt some to make an offer before rates move higher, while moving others to the sidelines,” stated CREA President Andrew Peck.

The average price for a home sold last month was $472,247, up 3.6 per cent compared to a year ago. Greater Toronto was up 3.1 per cent and Greater Vancouver 17.9 per cent.

Excluding these regions, the national average price was $373,859.

The national average price is forecast to rise by 3.4 per cent to $507,700 in 2017, lower than its prior forecast because of fewer luxury home sales in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario.

However, it is expected to dip by 0.6 per to $503,500 next year largely reflecting that a record number of high-end home sales around Toronto earlier this year likely won’t be repeated in 2018.

Newfoundland and Labrador sales this year are forecast to decrease by 8.1 per cent and Saskatchewan 4 per cent.

Alberta is projected to have the country’s largest increase at 7.4 per cent, but that’s still below the provincial 10-year average.

Sales are forecast to grow 5.4 per cent in Quebec and 5.7 per cent in New Brunswick.

Manitoba and Quebec are the only two provinces expected to set new annual sales records in 2017, while sales in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are on track to come up just short of all-time record levels.

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Canadians benefit from new jobs, skills and business opportunities through innovation

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Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan creates the middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow

September 18, 2017 – Ottawa – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Canadians will benefit from new jobs, skills and business opportunities as a result of the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to turn more promising ideas into market-ready innovations.

That was the message delivered by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, at The ONE National Conference—a gathering of chartered professional accountants and senior financial leaders from across the country to discuss issues of importance to the profession and to the public, presented by CPA Canada and CPA Ontario.

Through the Innovation and Skills Plan, the Government is supporting the growth of Canadian companies by encouraging the public and private sectors to collaborate in bringing more early-stage research to market. Specifically, the Government is:

•          investing $1.4 billion in new financing for clean technology providers;

•          investing $1.2 billion in the Strategic Innovation Fund and $950 million in the Innovation Superclusters Initiative to increase business investment in research and development, which accelerates innovation and creates highly skilled jobs;

•          providing Canadian companies with faster access to top talent from all around the world, under the Global Skills Strategy, to support the scale up of high-growth companies and keep the jobs they create in this country;

•          investing $125 million to launch the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy; and

•          creating the conditions for big-data analytics to drive innovation and job creation.

By providing more direct support for business innovation, the Government plays a key role in creating entirely new industries as well as companies that have the potential to become global brands. And as these companies grow, they will create more middle-class jobs for Canadians.

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“Where innovation happens is where the middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow are created. Our government is making smart and responsible investments in innovation that will result in better jobs and opportunities for all Canadians and help equip Canadians with the in-demand skills for the jobs of today and into the future. That’s how innovation leads to a better Canada.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“Innovation and skills development play key roles in building a strong and resilient economy, one that values sustainability and social development. Collaborating with employers and other stakeholders, including governments, allows us to adapt and evolve our education programs and professional development offerings to ensure that the knowledge and skills of our members continually meet the needs of the marketplace. Change is rapid. As new technologies and issues emerge, our profession is playing an active role in helping organizations stay ahead of the curve and achieve long-term success.”

– Joy Thomas, President and CEO, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada

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MP Ruby Sahota Marks Diwali with Canada Post and India Post

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Joint stamp issue is a historic first for these two postal services

Toronto, Ontario – Ms. Ruby Sahota, Member of Parliament for Brampton North, on was hand as the federal representative as Canada Post and India Post join together to issue stamps that celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, an important annual observance for many Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains in Canada and around the world. The joint stamp issue is a historic first between these postal services and reflects our country’s diversity in the year of Canada 150

The stamps were unveiled today at Toronto City Hall by Canadian Member of Parliament for Brampton North, Ruby Sahota, Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra; His Excellency, Mr. Vikas Swarup, the High Commissioner of India to Canada; and His Worship John Tory, Mayor of Toronto.

“In Canada, we are afforded the right to take pride in our faiths, customs, and celebrations; as a Canadian of Indian origin, I am proud to be present as Canada Post and India Post unveil their joint Diwali stamps,” says MP Ruby Sahota. “Canada and India share a very strong relationship and it is only fitting to celebrate that relationship with a historic first like this.”

 About a month ahead of Diwali celebrations, which will be held from October 19 to 23, two domestic-rate stamps are available in Canada. A stamp with a red background is the Canadian design, while one with a gold background was designed by India Post. The souvenir sheet has a Canadian international rate stamp and an Indian stamp.

 Diwali, a five-day celebration, begins on the 15th day of Kartika in the Hindu calendar. Its main theme is the triumph of light over darkness. The celebration traditionally includes fireworks. In Canada, people often light candles in their homes, while in India, they light small clay lamps filled with oil; illumination is believed to ward off evil and attract happiness and good fortune. Believers also display colourful geometric rangoli patterns to decorate entrances. Families and friends also share sweets and gifts with one another and with those in need.

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Rishi Kapoor reacts to Ranbir Kapoor – Mahira Khan’s leaked New York pictures

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It was a calm week until Ranbir Kapoor and Mahira Khan‘s pictures smoking outside a restaurant in New York City took social media by storm. The duo was spotted in NYC catching up late night and enjoyed a conversation over a smoke.

Pakistani actress Mahira Khan was subjected to slut-shaming over her backless dress and smoking. Ranbir Kapoor, on the other hand, also got a lot of reactions on social media. Soon, everyone was keen to know Rishi Kapoor‘s reaction to it.

Reacting to the pictures, Rishi Kapoor simply said that he had seen the pictures in the morning itself on Friday and it did not concern him. He wanted to be kept out this and asked the media people to contact the person who was seen in the pictures. Rishi Kapoor further added that Ranbir was an unmarried young star and was allowed to meet anyone he wanted to. He said that it was not ok to invade his privacy. He further added that he was a young man who had a choice to meet any girl. Rishi then wondered why people have been wondering if there is more to those pictures. He said that they could have met just outside the restaurant or were having dinner and came out to smoke.

The speculations around Ranbir Kapoor and Mahira Khan dating began when they met in March this year at the Global Teacher Prize Ceremony in Dubai. They were the guests and walked the red carpet together.

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Karni Sena members burn posters of Padmavati in Jaipur

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In January this year, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was attacked in Jaipur when he was shooting for his grand period film Padmavati. The attack was carried out by members of Karni Sena who alleged that Bhansali has distorted Rajput history with this film. The director then reached out to senior members of Karni Sena and it seemed like the matter ended there.

But that’s not the case. In Jaipur, the members of Karni Sena assembled in front of Raj Mandir theatre and shouted slogans against Sanjay Leela Bhansali. They also tore the posters of the film.

Narain Singh Divrala, district president Jaipur of the Karni Sena told the media that Sanjay Leela Bhansali had assured after the attack that he’ll show the film to them. But he claimed that he neither showed them the film, nor contacted them. They also threatened that if he doesn’t show Padmavati to them and if they find anything objectionable in it, then they won’t allow the film to release.

Padmavati stars Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor. It releases on December 1, 2017.

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