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Kajol: Women Shouldn’t Forget Their Identity after Turning Mother

Posted on 08 August 2018 by admin

Kajol, who will be seen as a single mother in her upcoming Helicopter Eela, feels motherhood can be so consuming that it can make women forget themselves

Actor Kajol believes women need to realise that they have their own identity even after embracing motherhood. Kajol, who will be seen as a single mother in her upcoming Helicopter Eela, feels motherhood can be so consuming that it can make women forget themselves.

“It’s very normal and natural. It happens to everyone, who gets so involved in the tag of being a mother. You become so much of a mom that you forget that a piece of yourself also belongs to you.”

The Pradeep Sarkar-directed film also stars National Award winning actor, Riddhi Sen who will be playing Kajol’s son, along with Neha Dhupia and Tota Roy Chowdhary.

Kajol, who also celebrated her birthday at the trailer launch of “Helicopter Eela”, said motherhood is not about being a caretaker.

“You have to realise that you have an identity of your own, that you have feelings, emotions and everything that makes up a human being. You have to realise that you are not just a caretaker mom,” she said.

Produced by Ajay Devgn, “Helicopter Eela” is set to release on September 7.

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Canada’s immigration detention system unfairly penalizes detainees: report

Posted on 25 July 2018 by admin

Canada’s immigration detention system relies on faulty information and is stacked against detainees, many of whom lack lawyers and are penalized for having severe mental illness, an audit has found.

The findings, by Toronto-based human rights lawyer Kathy Laird, were commissioned last year by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, the independent government agency whose decision-makers oversee detention reviews.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s government has vowed to find alternatives to the indefinite incarceration of non-citizens, who can be held without being charged if they are deemed a flight risk, a danger to the public or if their identity is unclear, according to Canada’s regulations.

People in detention are entitled to reviews of their status but the audit found that process is flawed to the detriment of the people incarcerated.

The audit’s recommendations include reform of the detention review process and an immediate review of “long-term detention files,” starting with the 80 people who have been in detention for more than a year.

Adjudicators frequently made decisions based on factual inaccuracies and speculation, and uncritically accepted the statements of border agents, often without allowing detainees to hear or present evidence themselves, the audit found. Detainees were also frequently without lawyers to advise them.

People with mental illness faced “extra barriers to release,” the audit said, citing the example of one man who spent four and a half years in detention and “suffered a complete mental collapse.” The audit said his mental state was used as a reason to keep him locked up.

The Immigration and Refugee Board said in a statement on Friday that it agrees with the recommendations, which “provide opportunities for positive change.”

Representatives for Canada’s Public Safety Ministry and the Immigration and Refugees Ministry, which oversees the Immigration and Refugee Board, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday.

Lawyer Lobat Sadrehashemi, president of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, said: “The findings are pretty clear that it’s a system that is very unfair for detainees. This has gone on for too long and the consequences are so severe.”

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Minimum wage increases bite into funding boost for Canada Summer Jobs program

Posted on 25 July 2018 by admin

Rising provincial minimum wages have cut into the reach of the Liberal government’s oft-touted increase to summer jobs spending by reducing the number of weekly hours being funded this year.

The Liberals have doubled spending on the politically popular program to approximately $220 million in order to boost the number of available jobs to 70,000 from about 35,000.

Newly released documents show the government was aware in late winter that there would be a drop in the number of hours funded through the program to meet the Liberal government’s summer jobs target.

A mid-March briefing note to Labour Minister Patty Hajdu warned of the planned reduction in the average hours per job funded through the program, moving to a national average of 30 hours a week in 2018 from 35 in 2017.

Officials wrote that the plan could raise concerns from MPs who like to promote the spending, as well as from employers _ particularly organizations that need help paying and attracting seasonal workers.

“The reduction is expected to affect organizations that require more weeks in order to sustain their operations (e.g. summer camp) and to attract enough potential applicants,” reads the briefing note, obtained by The Canadian Press under the access to information law.

Figures provided by the department suggest officials have eased some of the effects, but there has still been a decline in hours across all 10 provinces. There has been no reduction in funded hours in the territories.

A spokeswoman for Hajdu said the government stands by its decision to double the number of jobs through the program, and is “continually looking at ways to improve the program” for students needing “quality summer job experience.”

The annual program provides wage subsidies, targeting mostly not-for-profit groups and small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

The program helps small businesses and organizations manage cash flow in the early stages of a summer placement because students may need time to learn the job before they contribute to an organization’s bottom line, said Ted Mallett, vice-president and chief economist at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

“That’s why these government programs are helpful in overcoming those kinds of start-up difficulties for small firms.”

Demand for funding always exceeds the amount the government spends on the program and this year was no different. The total value of all the applications this year was $68.9 million more than last year, a figure the briefing note chalked up to rising minimum wages, particularly in Ontario, Alberta and B.C. Hajdu was told the increases in minimum wage nationally averaged out to a 13.7 per cent bump in wages.

At a kickoff event for the program in late April, one non-profit group pressed Hajdu about the government’s plan to deal with the effects of minimum wage increases on the program.

Hajdu responded that officials were working with provinces and territories. She added that employers approved for funding would make “decisions and determinations accordingly” about hours and duration of summer jobs.

The department overseeing the program recommended 85,000 jobs for funding this year out of the more than 153,500 requests. Officials recommended more jobs than the expected 70,000 because some employers drop out of the program, while others end up being unable to fill the jobs.

Final Canada Summer Jobs figures won’t be known until later this year.

The Liberals have faced criticism this year from faith-based groups over new funding criteria that required groups to say neither their core mandate nor the jobs being funded actively worked to undermine constitutional, human and reproductive rights.

Many faith-based groups refused to sign the declaration and the government is facing legal challenges to the anti-abortion requirements.

Employment and Social Development Canada said officials have not revoked any group’s funding this year for being in violation of the declaration.

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Rakul Preet Singh to play Sridevi in the NTR biopic

Posted on 25 July 2018 by admin

Biopics are the trendiest plot topics for filmmakers right now. Telling stories of larger than life people in a blend of facts and fiction has become a raging topic for films. One such biopic that’s being talked a lot about since its announcement is South superstar N.T. Rama Rao’s biopic. Nandamuri Balakrishna will be playing the titular roles, while Vidya Balan has been roped in to play NTR’s wife, Basavatarakama.

Talking of the star cast, Rakul Preet Singh, who was last seen in Aiyaary but is a big name in the South, will be seen playing the role of Sridevi. NTR and Sridevi have worked in over 14 films during their career and both were a highly cherished duo on-screen.

A source close to the actor said, “Rakul was approached for the role and the actress was elated to be part of the project. However, the date clash could be a problem. But things are still in the nascent stage and it’s premature to comment.”

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Kangana Ranaut to clash with Hrithik Roshan at the movies

Posted on 25 July 2018 by admin

Manikarnika is based on the life of queen of Jhansi, Rani Laxmibai and Kangana is playing the titular role in this epic periodic drama. Crossing over several hurdles during the shoot of the film, Kangana Ranaut’s most anticipated project finally has a release date. The film is all set to release on January 25, 2019.

Interestingly, Kangana’s Manikarnika is going to clash with Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 at the box-office next year. Directed by Kangana’s Queen director, Vikas Bahl, Super 30 is the biopic of mathematician Aanand Kumar. Hrithik Roshan has been working very hard on the project, leaving no stone unturned to fit perfectly in his character.

Owing to the history these two actors share, a clash at the box-office will surely create buzz for both the films.


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Mahesh Bhatt is SHOCKED after Mallika Sherawat confessed about sexual harassment in Bollywood

Posted on 25 July 2018 by admin

Mahesh Bhatt gave Mallika Sherawat one of the biggest hits of her career with Murder. The actress, who shot to fame with this romantic thriller, continues to share a great bond with the filmmaker whom she considers as one of her mentors. However, when the actress went on to recall her past incidents on how she faced sexual harassment and casting couch incidents in Bollywood, it left Bhatt shell shocked as she never confessed or revealed these details to him despite the great camaraderie they shared.

In recent media reports, Mahesh Bhatt has expressed his shock when he came across the incidents that were revealed by Mallika. He also expressed disappointment over the fact that if he was aware of these incidents, he would have definitely stood up for her, even if it means fighting it out within the fraternity. Continuing to heap praises at his Murder actress, Mahesh stated that she was a strong girl and also expressed his anger over such people who made her a victim of their imaginary power.

Reports also have it that Mahesh Bhatt found it unbelievable that Mallika didn’t share such an important detail with him considering that she often shares a lot of details with the filmmaker due to their rapport. He also reportedly felt upset that he never realized what she was fighting with.

On the other hand, Mahesh Bhatt also reminisced about the time he met Mallika Sherawat for the first time. Mallika met the Bhatts for Murder which featured her as the leading lady. He feels that the actress had the ire in her as she wanted to be the most good-looking and talented actress. The filmmaker stated that in a place like Bollywood, where relations are often tentative, Mallika has stayed in touch in with him. He appreciates her for doing so despite travelling to places from U.S to Paris. Besides all these, Mahesh has also wished her all the luck in reports and also is quite happy about her going to places.


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Isabelle Kaif and Sooraj Pancholi starrer Time To Dance to have EIGHT songs!

Posted on 25 July 2018 by admin

Sooraj Pancholi and Katrina Kaif’s sister Isabelle Kaif will be coming together for the first time for the latter’s Bollywood debut Time To Dance. The film is a dance drama as the title suggests and will feature many intriguing songs in the album. Now reports have it that there will be as many as eight tracks in the film’s album.

Directed by Stanley D’Costa and produced by choreographer turned filmmaker Remo D’Souza, Time To Dance will explore many dance forms. From street style to Latin – ballroom dancing, the film will not just feature different styles of dancing but also music. Keeping in mind the musical backdrop, the songs, we hear, will also be picturized in an elaborate manner.

It is a known fact that Time To Dance went on floor in London last month. Sooraj Pancholi and Isabelle Kaif underwent rigorous training session before they kicked off the film’s schedule. While they are neck deep into filming the scenes, it is being said that producer Remo too has flown down to the Queen’s city for the song sequences. It seems that D’Souza will be choreographing all the tracks of the film.

On the other hand, Sooraj Pancholi too spoke to the media and in recent reports asserted that they have already completed the shooting of three songs. Furthermore, elaborating on it Sooraj stated that one of them is a romantic number between him and Isabelle. Also, he added that the other two songs are complete dance numbers. Amidst all these, the Hero actor also mentioned that the tracks in the film’s albums have been created with the intention of exploring different styles of dances.

Besides the two of them, Time To Dance also stars Waluscha De Sousa who also plays the role of a dancer along with Sooraj and Isabelle. It is also being said that Waluscha and Isabelle may play sisters in the film. The film will also feature Saqib Saleem in a cameo as he will be seen essaying the character of a lawyer.


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Immigration critics urge Liberals to present clear plan, costing for asylum seekers

Posted on 18 July 2018 by admin

House of Commons immigration committee holding a special meeting

Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel has accused the government of normalizing the influx of irregular border crossers and wants an emergency summer session to hold the minister to account.

Calling it a “border crisis,” Rempel is pushing for the immigration committee to study the impact of increased asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the U.S., which would include calling Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen to testify. The committee is holding a special meeting in Ottawa today to decide whether or not to conduct the study.

At a news conference before the meeting, Rempel said the issue has taken on new urgency because many refugee claimants currently housed in university dorms will face eviction in early August. Cities such as Toronto and Ottawa are buckling under the strain of stretched resources, overcrowded shelters and increased demand on food banks, she said.

Rempel accused the Liberal government of accepting the ongoing situation without a long-term, permanent plan to ensure adequate supports and funds are in place to deal with the steady influx. The Canadian public must have the full information to assess what has become a new immigration policy, she said.

“I think it is completely unacceptable for us to normalize the government being able to expend hundreds of millions of dollars in a piecemeal fashion without having that broader conversation,” Rempel said. “This is a big departure from any immigration policy this government ran on.”

Numbers down in June

New numbers released Friday show the volume of people intercepted by the RCMP decreased significantly in June, with 1,263 entering the country outside official border points compared to 1,869 in May.

Immigration committee chair Rob Oliphant said some MPs believe Rempel’s move is a “scurrilous” attempt to play politics, while others see a study as an opportunity to advise the public what action the government is taking to address the situation.

“This is not a crisis. This is a problem and it’s very appropriate for members of Parliament to get a briefing from ministers and other people to make sure everything is in order,” he said.

Hussen’s spokesperson Mathieu Genest said the minister respects the independence of the committee and has always appeared when asked. The government is moving forward with a “clear plan” to address asylum seekers, he said.

“Last month saw fewest number of asylum seekers crossing the border irregularly in the past year. While these numbers are promising, Canadians expect all levels of government to work together to live up to our international and humanitarian obligations,” he wrote in an email. “We continue to engage directly with the municipalities in order to ensure the orderly management of asylum seekers.”

Tense talks with Ontario

Today’s meeting comes after tense discussions between Hussen and provincial immigration ministers Friday, which ended with the minister openly criticizing the Ontario government for what he called a dangerous and unCanadian approach to the issue of asylum seekers.

“They’ve chosen to use false language with respect to so-called queue jumping, when we have told them over and over again there is no such thing,” Hussen told reporters in Winnipeg at the closing press conference. “Asylum seekers are processed in a separate queue at the IRB and all the other regular immigration programs are processed by IRCC, and conflating the two knowingly is irresponsible, it’s divisive, it’s fearmongering and it’s not Canadian, and it’s very dangerous.”

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Mastering the art of the job search

Posted on 18 July 2018 by admin

 Whether it’s your first job out of post-secondary or the next step up the corporate ladder, finding a new job is never easy. If you’ve recently arrived in Canada, the process can be even more daunting. Your day-to-day life, as well as navigating the job market might be quite different from what you are familiar with. Understanding how it works in Canada will help set you on the path towards a fulfilling career.

Here are a few tips to help you along with your job search:

Leveragesocial networks.There are many online platforms that are frequently updated for job seekers, and are available for free. LinkedIn is a popular example where professionals can network, learn more about different industries, search, and or apply for jobs. Having an up-to-date profile with relevant work experience, education and volunteer experience will be an asset when it comestime to applying on this social platform.

Find local resources. Look for free resources available in your neighbourhood. Organizations like ACCES Employment can help you with your job search and so much more. Aside from just helping you search for jobs, community-based companies may also be able to offer skills training, language courses and resume help.

Make time to volunteer. While you settle in and get your job search underway, explore volunteer opportunities. While they may not lead to a full-time job, volunteering is a great way to expand your network and help you hone in on skills or develop your interests.

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Nick Jonas plans beach birthday for ladylove Priyanka Chopra

Posted on 18 July 2018 by admin

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are going great guns. For the past few months, their personal life is making lots of buzz. Their pictures of outing and spending time together has been circulated a lot on media. The couple is very serious about one another and is determined to take their relationship to the next level. Priyanka will be turning a year older on July 18 and Nick Jonas has planned a beach birthday for his ladylove. The destination is kept under wrap.

A leading daily reported, “Nick has apparently made special plans for a quick getaway to one of PC’s favourite beach destinations. He’s already made the bookings, but no one knows of the destination yet.”

Priyanka will soon start the shooting of ‘Bharat’ and ‘The Sky Is Pink’ simultaneously and before she get consumed in work, she took a short break to be with the American singer-songwriter as he won’t be able to travel outside the US due to professional commitments. “So, the actress has taken a few days off from her schedule to be with him,” the source added.

‘Priyanka used the word ‘Beautiful’ to describe her time with Nick in India. Speaking at a dinner gala she attended at The Hamptons, Priyanka told People, “It was really beautiful. He had a great time.”

“We’re getting to know each other and I think it was a great experience for him. That’s what he said. I think he really enjoyed it,” she further said.

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