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Canadian employees behind China, India in Internet access, smart phones

Posted on 10 May 2012 by admin

Recent surveys conducted by international staffing firm Randstad reveal that Canadian workers are less likely to have access to the Internet at work or have a smart phone — either their own or one provided by their employer — than workers in developing countries such as China and India. The surveys found that 76 per cent of Canadian workers polled had access to the Internet at work, while in China and India, this number was 93 per cent. Other Asian countries also registered high Internet rates at work; Japan was at 83 per cent, while Malaysia was at 89 per cent. Belgium had the lowest rate among the 32 countries measured at 66 per cent. The survey found 13 per cent of Canadian workers polled were provided smart phones with email capability by their employers, while 47 per cent own their own Smart phones.

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Canada to end bilateral aid programs in eight countries

Posted on 10 May 2012 by admin

Canada will end bilateral aid programs in eight countries and refocus its efforts in five others due to “high operating costs.” The move is expected to affect some of the poorest countries in the world. The Canadian International Development Agency (Cida) will end bilateral programming where aid efforts are affected by high operating costs. These countries include Nepal, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Niger, Cambodia and China. The agency will also reduce and concentrate its bilateral programming in Mozambique, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Pakistan. The changes are a result of the federal government’s plans to cut $319m dollars (£200m) from Cida’s funding over the next few years. More details about how the 2012 budget is to be implemented will be released in the coming weeks.

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World’s poorest nations to be hit hard by Canadian aid slash

Posted on 19 April 2012 by admin

The federal government’s decision to cut $377 million in foreign aid over the next three years will affect 12 of the world’s poorest countries, according to news reports. These include Afghanistan, Pakistan and seven African countries. According to sources within the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Benin, Niger, Cambodia, China, Nepal, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe are expected to lose virtually all Canadian aid funding. Reductions are planned for five major aid recipients: Afghanistan, Bolivia, Mozambique, Pakistan and Tanzania. The government’s job cuts have put the jobs a quarter of CIDA’s 2,000 employees on the line. Until recently, Afghanistan was the largest recipient of Canadian aid in the world, receiving more than $200 million per year by 2011. This money was spent on projects such as building and repairing schools, training Afghan civil servants and providing polio vaccines.

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Female feticide maybe a reality in Ontario suggests new study

Posted on 19 April 2012 by admin

A newly-released study, still inconclusive, sheds light on whether women from certain ethnic communities are undergoing abortions upon finding out the sex of their fetus. Conducted by St. Michael’s Hospital, the study analyzed 766,688 births in Ontario and found mothers born in South Korea and India was “significantly” more likely to have boys for their second child. In the case of a third child, the male-to-female ratio was even more unbalanced for Indian-born mothers, who had 136 boys for every 100 girls. In contrast, the ratio for Canadian-born mothers was 105 boys for every 100 girls — regardless of whether it was their first, second or third-born. The study also says “in the absence of another plausible explanation, male selection remains the most likely reason for the higher male-female ratios.” Interestingly, however, male-to-female ratios for second and third remained largely the same for mothers from Pakistan — India’s neighbor. According to the study, this could be because abortion is religiously prohibited in Pakistan, a Muslim country for the most part.

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Wire-transfer service targets Toronto’s Bangladeshi community

Posted on 19 April 2012 by admin

Bangladeshis in Toronto have been preyed upon by a money wire transfer service called Doulat Enterprise Inc. The company’s owner and two employees are suspected of ripping off clients for transferring money to Bangladesh. Toronto police investigated the case following several complaints from the Bangladeshi community accusing the company’s owner Doulat Khan of pilfering their monies for private gain. Close to $130,000 was taken from clients and police suspect that more victims have been deceived. Last week the three suspects, Doulat Khan, 58, Amanot Khan, 55, and Leeton Elahi,42, all from Toronto, were charged with fraud, and laundering the proceeds of money. They have to appear at the Eglinton Avenue East court on May 15 to face the charges.

 

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Pakistan President meets Indian Prime Minister

Posted on 11 April 2012 by admin

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last Sunday. This is the first visit to India by a Pakistani head of state in seven years. According to both the leaders, their brief meeting was satisfactory. Zardarialso extended an invitation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singhfor a reciprocal visit. Singh and Zardari said their talks covered all bilateral issues between their countries. Prime Minister Singh said both nations were willing to find “practical and pragmatic” solutions to issues between them. Following his talks with Singh, the Pakistani leader travels to Ajmer Sharif, the shrine of a revered Sufi saint in Rajasthan state. The private tour comes in the wake of Pakistan’s recent promise to grant India “most favored nation” trading status. Engagements between the two neighbors were suspended in November 2008 after the terrorist assault on Mumbai, which left more than 160 people died in 2011, New Delhi and Islamabad agreed to resume talks.

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Soldiers, civilians buried by avalanche in Pakistani army base

Posted on 11 April 2012 by admin

An avalanche came down on a Pakistani army battalion headquarters near the Indian border last week, burying 124 soldiers and 11 civilians, with no sign of survivors. The snow deposited by the avalanche was up to 25 meters deep over an area a kilometer wide according to army spokesman, Major-General Athar Abbas. The victims were trapped in one of the harshest environments on earth, at an altitude of 4,500 meters near the Siachen Glacier in the Karakoram mountain range. The area is one of the world’s most militarily tense frontiers, where the Indian and Pakistani armies have confronted each other over disputed territory for decades. The army listed the names of the missing soldiers and civilians on its public relations website.

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