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Stephen Harper’s budget helps those who need it least

OTTAWA – Stephen Harper’s tenth budget gives the most to Canadians who need it the least. It is time for a better plan that invests in jobs and growth for the middle class and those working hard to join it, said Liberals' Justin Trudeau.

“Canadian families deserve a real and fair chance at success, but Mr. Harper’s priority is $2 billion for income splitting and doubling the TFSA limit. In fact, he is paying for this TFSA increase by taking away tens of thousands of dollars in Old Age Security from seniors,” said the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, ... Read More

Why Are We Sending This Attack Helicopter to Pakistan?
By Husain Haqqani
Past behavior indicates Islamabad won�t use the Viper and other U.S. weapons against jhadists.

The Obama administration�s decision this month to sell almost $1 billion in U.S.-made attack helicopters, missiles and other equipment to Pakistan will fuel conflict in South Asia without fulfilling the objective of helping the country fight Islamist extremists. Pakistan�s failure to tackle its jihadist challenge is not the result of a lack of arms but reflects an absence of will. Unless Pakistan changes its worldview, American weapons will end up being used to fight or menace India and perceived domestic enemies instead of being deployed ... Read More

Nitish Kumar announces pre-poll bonanza for upper caste students
Patna: With an eye on the forthcoming assembly polls in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday announced a Rs 10,000 incentive for upper caste students who passed their matriculation examination with a first division, and regularisation of contractual employees.

He also announced the decision to include the Teli caste under the most-backward caste category. The Chief Minister informed the assembly about these decisions through a statement during Zero Hour.

The opposition BJP was not impressed. Leader of Opposition Nand Kishore Yadav dubbed the doles offered to upper castes as "a tool to win elections" and said these decisions including the ... Read More

'Nothing is greater than human life': PM Modi on Gajendra Singh suicide
(See India-National section for further info)
Apr 23, 2015

17:12 (IST)

Three Samajwadi Party MPs sleep as Parliament discusses farmer's suicide

Even as the discussion on farmer Gajendra Singh's suicide rocked Parliament on Thursday, three MPs were caught dozing off amid the din.

While farmer's suicides has been an issue that has plagued the country, CNN-IBN reports that Samajwadi Party MPs were seen sleeping as the discussion went on.


We have to assess what we've done, says PM Modi

After demands from the Opposition that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should issue a statement on Gajendra Singh's suicide, PM Modi addressed the House briefly and said ... Read More
Many Deaths as Earthquake Strikes Near Nepal’s Capital


NEW DELHI — An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.9 shook Nepal on Saturday near its capital, Katmandu, flattening sections of the city’s historic center and trapping sightseers in a 200-foot tower that crumbled into a pile of bricks. People in the capital described scenes of panic and collapsed buildings, and the United States Geological Survey predicted severe damage to villages near the quake’s epicenter, about 50 miles from Katmandu.

A spokesperson for Nepal’s Home Ministry, Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, said that the preliminary death toll stood at 686, nearly all in the valley around ... Read More
Modi Calls Emergency Meeton Nepal Tragedy: 10 Developments

New Delhi: A powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, causing massive damage in the capital Kathmandu with strong tremors felt across large swathes of Northern India for nearly a minute.

Following are the 10 latest developments:

More than 650 people are killed in Nepal, according to police and government officials cited by different agencies. In India, 34 people have died in Bihar; 40 children were injured when a part of their school collapsed in West Bengal's Malda. Television footage showed that large numbers of offices and homes had collapsed in Kathmandu, while roads had been split in two by the force ... Read More
17 dead, 48 injured in earthquake in Bihar
Source : PTI

Patna: At least 17 persons were killed and 48 injured in roof and wall collapse in Bihar after a high intensity earthquake rocked several parts of the country and Nepal today.

Special Secretary, State Disaster Management Department, Anirudh Kumar told PTI that six persons died in East Champaran district, while four others lost their lives in Sitamarhi, both sharing borders with Nepal, the epicentre of the quake.

Other deaths have been reported from Darbhanga (2), while one death each has been reported from Supual, Araria, West Champaran, Sheohar and Saran, he said.

The Disaster Management Special Secretary said 48 persons have ... Read More
GST bill moved in Lok Sabha, Opposition walks out
New Delhi: The long-pending Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill was on Friday moved in the Lok Sabha for consideration amid stiff resistance by several Opposition parties, even as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said it is a "win-win" measure and states have nothing to fear.

Members of Congress, led by Sonia Gandhi, along with those of TMC, Left and NCP staged a walk out after their plea for referring the Constitution Amendment Bill to the Standing Committee was not accepted. AIADMK and BJD also opposed its consideration but did not walk out.

The Opposition members, which alleged that the government was "bull-dozing" ... Read More
Farmer's death: I made a mistake, says Kejriwal
Source : ANI
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the tree from which farmer Gajendra Singh hanged himself during the party's 'Kisan Rally' was not clearly visible from the stage.

"When we reached the stage on the day of the rally, the tree was at a distance from the stage. We all were present there. All the media persons were standing on the platform and the tree was behind it. The tree had banners hanging on it and because of its thick foliage, we could not see what was happening inside that tree from the stage," Kejriwal told ... Read More
Canadian Immigrant Concerns Addressed In Federal Budget
Some concerns among newcomers to Canada were addressed in the government of Canada’s annual budgetrecently.

Pilot loan program made permanent

A pilot program launched three years ago to help internationally-trained individuals get their skills up to Canadian standards by providing small loans will now become permanent. The issue of foreign credential recognition as one of the most persistent and prominent barriers to the economic success of skilled immigrants to Canada.

The Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Loans Pilot Project initiative aimed to address the underemployment of internationally-trained skilled immigrants to Canada, as a number of immigrants may not have the financial means to ... Read More
No cow slaughter ban in NE: BJP
Andrew W. Lyngdoh
Shillong, April 22: The BJP today indicated that the cow slaughter ban would remain alien to the Northeast. It also reassured that every religious community would live with utmost "peace, safety and security" in the country.

The assurance came from BJP general secretary Ram Madhav who accompanied party president Amit Shah during his maiden visit to Meghalaya.

Shah arrived here amid a 12-hour shutdown called by the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council in Khasi-Jaintia hills and a protest staged by a civil society group in Shillong, to address party workers and hold discussions with representatives from a cross-section of society. ... Read More
Malaika Arora Khan wardrobe malfunction on India's Got Talent
New Delhi: Malaika Arora Khan surfaced a tragic wardrobe malfunction on the sets of India's Got Talent. The sexy judge took it to the stage to perform on her hit number - 'Munni Badaanm Hui' and succumbed to the terrible incident.
... Read More
Women Reservation Bill will be tabled in Parliament
New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government may not introduce in Parliament the Women's Reservation Bill, which seeks to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies for 15 years, in the immediate future.

Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda informed Lok Sabha that it has been the endeavor of the government to provide for reservation of one-third seats for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

"The issue involved needs careful consideration on the basis of consensus among all political parties before a bill for amendment in Constitution is brought before Parliament," Gowda said in a written ... Read More
Christians protestors hit streets in Lucknow
A Christian delegation had on April 20 met Governor Ram Naik and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in this regard, and conveyed to them the problems being faced by the members of the community.
LUCKNOW: At least 100 minority-run institutes including schools, colleges and hospitals in Lucknow remained closed (barring emergency services of the hospitals) on Thursday owing to the rally called by Christians protesting against the attacks on the community members in the country and also in the state. The protest was called by the members of Uttar Pradesh Masihi Association (UPMA), who converged at GPO Park and demanded ... Read More
AAP to give Rs 10 lakh as compensation to Gajendra Singh's family
New Delhi: Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party announced on Thursday a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to farmer Gajendra Singh's family who killed himself at a party rally on Wednesday.

Making the announcement, Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh said that his party activists tried but failed to save Gajendra Singh after he hanged himself from a tree at Jantar Mantar.

He added that Delhi Police were very much to blame for the death on Wednesday because they failed to intervene despite repeated appeals from AAP leaders.
AAP to give Rs 10 lakh as compensation to Gajendra Singh's family

AAP leader Sanjay Singh said ... Read More
Al Jazeera penalised for showing wrong map of India, off air for 5 days
New Delhi: International news channel Al Jazeera was on Wednesday forced to go off air in the country for five days as the government penalised it for repeatedly showing wrong maps of India.

Al Jazeera today only showed a blank screen with a message saying that "as instructed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, this channel will not be available from 00.01 hours on 22nd April till 00.01 hours on 27th April 2015."

Earlier in an order, I&B Ministry had said that it had come to its notice that Al Jazeera had shown a wrong map of India in some of ... Read More
Visas upon arrival in India for IndoCanadians: MP Shory
April 17, 2015

Vancouver – Devinder Shory, Member of Parliament for Calgary Northeast thanked the Indo-Canadian community for their exceptional hospitality during Indian Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Canada:

“As part of the official Canadian Government delegation during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Canada, and being an Indo-Canadian Member of Parliament, I was very proud of the hospitality and the enthusiasm shown by Canadians during Prime Minister Modi’s visit.”

“The executive of National Alliance of Indo-Canadians did an outstanding job organizing the community event at the Ricoh Centre in Toronto. My sincere thanks to Dr. Azad Kaushik and his entire team for ... Read More
'Fate changing visit': Chinese president arrives in Pakistan
Source : IANS
A policeman stands guard next to giant portraits of Pakistan's President Hussain, China's President Xi, and Pakistan's PM Sharif, displayed along a road ahead of Xi's visit to Islamabad

Islamabad: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Islamabad on Monday on his maiden visit to Pakistan.

The much-anticipated visit is the first by a Chinese president after nine years, Dawn online reported.

The Chinese president was received at the Noor Khan air base by President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, Defence Minister Khwaja Asif and members of the prime minister's cabinet.

Xi's trip has ... Read More
Destroyer INS Visakhapatnam launched in Mumbai
Mumbai: Indian Navy's new destroyer, Visakhapatnam, with enhanced capability to operate in nuclear, biological and chemical atmosphere, launched in Mumbai on Monday.

The ship is the first of the four follow follow-up order of the Kolkata class warships and will give a major flip to India's maritime capabilities when it is inducted in 2018.

Launch of the ship means that it is being put into the sea. The total cost of the project is little over Rs 29,600 crore.
Navy's new stealth destroyer INS Visakhapatnam launched in Mumbai

The ship, named Visakhapatnam (Project 15 B) is 65 per cent indigenous and has a number ... Read More
Congress protests 'white-skinned' remarks against Sonia; Giriraj regrets
Source : PTI
Congress party chief Gandhi, her son Rahul and India's outgoing Prime Minister Singh attend the CWC meeting in New Delhi

New Delhi: Congress today raked up the issue of Union minister Giriraj Singh's remarks against party president Sonia Gandhi in the Lok Sabha, forcing the senior BJP leader to regret his statement.

As soon as the House met for the day, Congress members raked up Singh's remarks against Gandhi, terming it as an attack on womanhood.

Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said BJP MPs and ministers have continuously been making unwarranted and irresponsible statements. Such remarks create fissures ... Read More

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