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Kohli breaks Lara’s record of most Test double tons as skipper

New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) Virat Kohli on Sunday broke the record of West Indian legendary batsman Brian Lara in registering scores of more than 200 six times – most as a More »

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Those opposing bullet train can take bullock carts: Modi

Bharuch (Gujarat), Dec 3 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said those opposing the bullet train project should travel on bullock carts. Modi made the comment while lashing out at the More »

Jerusalem

Arab League warns against US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Cairo, Dec 4 (IANS) The Arab League (AL) warned on Sunday against the “hazardous consequences” if the US recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “If implemented, it would mark a change More »

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Russia continues to bomb IS terrorists in Syria

Moscow, Dec 4 (IANS) Russian strategic bombers continued to strike Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Syria on Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Six Tu-22M3 long-range bombers took off from Russia and More »

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Public Engagements Will Help Shape Future ofStudent Assessment

Toronto –Beginning in November,Ontario students, parents, teachers and education partners,have an opportunity for the first time in 20 years to help transform the way student success is assessed and reported. While we More »

Odd-even scheme to be back in Delhi next week

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New Delhi, Nov 9 (IANS) With the national capital facing an environmental emergency as pollution levels worsened, the Delhi government has decided to implement the third phase of the odd-even traffic rule from November 13 to 17, state Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said on Thursday.

“Air pollution in Delhi has crossed the ‘severe’ level. That’s why we are bringing back the odd-even plan,” Gahlot told media persons here.

He said the modalities of the scheme would be the same as earlier, with similar timings and exemptions: private vehicles with odd registration numbers would be allowed on odd dates and those with even numbers on even dates between 8 a.m and 8 p.m, and there would be no restrictions on weekends and public holidays.

“We don’t have a lot of time left to design the whole programme, hence we are going ahead with the rules that were imposed in the previous two phases,” he said.

The first phase of the odd-even rule was implemented by the Delhi government from January 1 to 15 and the second phase from April 15 to 30 last year.

The rule would not apply to the CNG and electric cars, two-wheelers and the cars driven by women with a male companion not above 12.

Vehicles for medical emergencies, occupied or driven by people with disabilities, VVIPs and enforcement cars would also be allowed to run on all days.

Gahlot cited increasing public transport facilities as one of the ways to help the public during the upcoming five-day traffic rationing scheme.

“DTC will hire 500 buses from private vendors at the previous rates. We have also requested the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to push the feeder bus service,” he said.

Gahlot informed that Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) stickers for cars would be available 2 p.m onwards from Friday at 22 CNG stations across Delhi and urged the people to cooperate in the implementation of the scheme.

“I appeal to the people, all agencies and the police to cooperate in these hours of crisis,” he said.

The Supreme Court-appointed environment body Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) and the Delhi Lt. Governor on Wednesday instructed the Delhi government to stay prepared to roll out the odd-even car rationing scheme, with air pollution levels reaching alarming levels.

Emirates Airline posts $452mn profit

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Dubai, Nov 9 (IANS) The world’s biggest long-haul carrier, Emirates Airline, on Thursday said it has posted a profit of $452 million, an 111 per cent increase, in its first six months of fiscal 2017-18.

The Dubai government-controlled airline attributed the increase to the easing of the US dollar and “enhancement of efficiency”, reports Xinhua news agency.

About 29.2 million passengers were carried from April to September, a 4 per cent increase. Emirates is the top client of the Airbus A380 Superjumbo.

Didn’t realise how far we have come: SRK to Karan Johar

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Mumbai, Oct 28 (IANS) Superstar Shah Rukh Khan says he did not realise how far his partnership and friendship with filmmaker Karan Johar has come with the upcoming film “Ittefaq Se” being the duo’s tenth co-production.

Featuring actors Sidharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha and Akshaye Khanna, “Ittefaq Se” has been co-produced by SRK’s Red Chillies Entertainment and Karan’s Dharma Productions.

On Saturday, Karan tweeted: “‘Ittefaq Se’ is our 10th collaboration together Shah Rukh. My family, my friend and with ‘Ittefaq Se’ my true partner in crime! Love you Bhai!”

In response, Shah Rukh wrote: “Wow so many works together didn’t realise how far we have come. May our partnership flourish.”

They have earlier collaborated for films like “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…”, “Kal Ho Naa Ho”, “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna”, “My Name Is Khan”, “Student Of The Year” and “Dear Zindagi”.

Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh continues

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Dhaka, Oct 28 (IANS) The influx of Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar continued on Saturday despite the two countries signing an agreement to stop the exodus.

“I do not see that the Rohingya influx has stopped. Normally, 1,000 to 2,000 Rohingyas enter Bangladesh daily, and it is continuing,” Shah Kamal, secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, told Efe news on Saturday.

“The influx did not stop. We cannot even say it has slowed down.”

According to the official, at least 500 Rohingyas entered the county on Friday.

He said that in the last four to five days, 500-700 Rohingyas had been arriving every day.

“We do not see any change in the number of Rohingyas entering Bangladesh after the agreement.”

In its latest report on Friday, the UN Inter Sector Coordination Group said that around 605,000 Rohingyas had arrived in Bangladesh in the last two months, excluding around 1,125 who had arrived a day before and had not been counted as they were still in transit.

The crisis began on August 25 when an insurgent group of the Rohingya Muslim minority staged a series of attacks on police and army posts in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, to which the Myanmar military responded with an ongoing large-scale offensive.

Myanmar does not consider the Rohingyas to be citizens, while Bangladesh, where around 300,000 Rohingyas were living before the start of the current crisis, also treats them as foreigners.

Massive military action if Pyongyang attacks: Mattis

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Seoul, Oct 28 (IANS) Visiting US Secretary of Defence James Mattis warned on Saturday that North Korea will be defeated with a “massive military response” if it attacks his country or its allies.

He said he “can’t imagine” accepting North Korea as a nuclear power, reports Yonhap News Agency.

“Make no mistake, any attack on the United States or our allies, will be defeated,” he said at a joint press conference with his South Korean counterpart Song Young-moo after their talks here.

“Any use of nuclear weapons will be met with a massive military response.”

His remarks came after the conclusion of the 49th annual Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) between the US and South Korea, held at the Defence Ministry.

He pointed out the allies’ coordination has taken on new urgency as North Korea has accelerated its threats with “illegal” and “unnecessary” nuclear and missile programmes.

The North’s military is overmatched by the allies’ combined defence posture, he stressed.

“If it remains on its current path of ballistic missiles and atomic bombs, it will be counterproductive, in effect, reducing its own security,” the Pentagon chief said.

Prabhu takes up H-1B, L-1 visa issues strongly with US

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New Delhi, Oct 28 (IANS) Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu strongly took up Indian concerns over the H-1B and L-1 visas with the US, and pointed out the contribution of skilled Indian professionals to make US companies more competitive, an official statement said on Saturday.

“The minister for Commerce and Industry strongly took up the Indian concern with regard to problems faced by Indian services companies in obtaining H-1B and L-1 visas. He requested the US to ease the movement of skilled professionals, which has over the years contributed towards making US companies more competitive,” the statement said.

During the 11th Trade Policy Forum (TPF) meeting, held in Washington on Thursday, Prabhu also took up the issue of mismatch between the US visa and the US social security regimes, wherein Indian professionals making social security contributions do not receive their due benefits upon their return to India.

Prabhu urged the US to revisit its position and work towards achieving a “totalisation agreement”.

The Minister discussed the issues with US Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer and his team.

Prabhu pointed out that as the Indian economy grows, and with the renewed emphasis on reviving US manufacturing, there will be greater opportunities for US exports to India.

“In this context, he pointed out that India has already started to import crude oil and new Liquefied Natural Gas exports are expected to commence early next year,” the statement said.

On market access in areas of interest to each other, Prabhu noted progress on issues like ground handling operations, import regulations relating to poultry, export of pork to India, that have been raised by the US side. He also sought easing of procedure for export of Indian mangoes and pomegranates and market access for table grapes from India.

While responding to the US concerns on price controls on medical devices, the Minister explained the need to bring about a balance between the demand for optimum medical facilities and affordable healthcare to Indian citizens.

Note ban, GST destroyed economy, says Chidambaram

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Rajkot, Oct 28 (IANS) Former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday asserted that demonetization and Goods and Services Tax (GST) have had a “sledgehammer” impact on the small and medum businesses as well as slowing down job growth in the country.

In “Samvad”, an interaction with businessmen in Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupanis’ hometown, he said the twin measures had destroyed the economy completely.

Questioning the description of demonetisation as “a bold step”, he said it was actually reckless and foolish.

“What’s a bold step? A farmer who commits suicide is also a bold step? Do you welcome it? Committing suicide also requires courage. I call it rash, reckless and an adventurous step. Demonetisation has destroyed lives.

“For two to three months, millions of people stood in queues to exchange notes. Nearly, 140 people lost their lives. Carpenter, rickshaw pullers, plumbers, who depend on daily cash earnings, went without business for two months. Demonetisation was a foolish step.”

The Congress leader said the note ban had failed to achieve its much-touted objectives like ending black money and curbing terror funding, adding India did not have black money but a tax-evading “shadow economy”.

“There is nothing like black money but merely income which is taxed and income that is taxable but escapes the tax net. India’s shadow economy is around 12 per cent. There are many European countries whose shadow economy is more than 12 per cent. Even the US has around eight per cent shadow economy. What is shadow economy? It is income that your tax system is not able to capture,” he said.

“The answer to shadow economy is to make your tax system more efficient. If you put cruel tax rates, people will avoid it. People will say why should I pay. If you make the tax system friendly, they will pay.

“The answer is not demonetisation. It’s like saying there is a mosquito in my house, so I am going to burn down my whole house,” he added

On the GST, Chidambaram said it was a good move but hastily implemented, while the requirement to file three returns online every month had forced small and medium businesses to shut down.

Attacking the government over lack of employment generation, he said: “There are no jobs today. Jobs will be created only if small and medium businesses grow. To help them grow, small businesses should not be required to register. Medium businesses must be given the right to self-certification.”

Ridiculing the government’s claims that the economy was on a strong wicket, he asked why it had announced the Rs 5 lakh crore Bharatmala project and bank recapitalisation all of a sudden.

“In your heart, you know things are not good. In the last six quarters, the growth rate has gone down from 9.1 per cent to 5.7 per cent, a drop of 3.4 per cent.

“India doesn’t deserve growth rate below 5.7 per cent and it is possible to take it up by taking right steps and not taking wrong steps. But for that to happen, the government must acknowledge that they committed a mistake through demonetisation and GST. The government must hire someone from outside to correct the mistakes. Those in government can’t do it as they are the ones who have committed the mistakes.”

On agricultural distress in Gujarat, he claimed that 1,326 farmers committed suicide in the state over the last four years.

Join in the Diwali celebration this year

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Known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali unites people from around the world in a celebration of the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and hope over despair. Many South Asians celebrate and this year it is on October 19.  No matter your faith, everyone can share in the joy of Diwali by coming together with family and friends.

 

Here, Anjum Choudhry Nayyar, award-winning journalist and editor-in-chief of Masalamommas.com, gives her advice and tips for those celebrating for the first time this year.

 

Sharing the light. True to its name, Diwali is a time when those celebrating the occasion decorate their homes with lit diyas and other festive lights. Light is a symbol of unity and an invitation for everyone to share in the joy of the festival. If you’re attending a Diwali celebration, consider taking a personally designed diya or another light source as a gift to the host. It is also customary to celebrate with neighbours with some backyard fireworks.

 

Get cooking. A meatless celebration, Diwali is known for its sweets, snacks and savoury treats. Mithai and samosas are among the many food items that are typically prepared, along with sweets such as mohanthal and patishapta. These may sound difficult to make, but finding the ingredients is as easy as visiting your local Real Canadian Superstore or No Frills locations where you can pick up authentic South Asian brands along with the rest of your groceries at low prices.

 

Prepare your home. The lead up to Diwali includes a thorough cleansing of the home, so why not use it as an opportunity for a fall cleaning? Take inventory of what you need and what you can part with. It’s a Diwali ritual to clean and decorate with flowers and candles or even fresh paint. During Diwali, celebrants pay particular attention to the rangoli, which is the entrance to a home, and often decorate it with vibrant colours or flowers. A bright potted plant at your front door is the perfect Diwali addition.

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Cairo, Dec 4 (IANS) The Arab League (AL) warned on Sunday against the “hazardous consequences” if the US recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “If implemented, it would mark a change in Washington’s historical stance that sees the holy city as an occupied Palestinian city and an integral part of the occupied Palestinian lands,”...
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Kohli breaks Lara’s record of most Test double tons as skipper
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Farhan urges sexual harassment victims to open up
Mumbai, Nov 8 (IANS) Multi-talented Bollywood celebrity Farhan Akhtar, who is vocal in his support for gender equality, says there is no point in targeting only the film industry for perpetuating sexual harassment as it exists everywhere. However, he urged the victims to come out and talk about it openly. Farhan, along with film director...
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Toronto –Beginning in November,Ontario students, parents, teachers and education partners,have an opportunity for the first time in 20 years to help transform the way student success is assessed and reported. While we have one of the best education systems in the world, we must continue to pursue excellence and adapt to a rapidly changing world....
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Los Angeles, April 23 (IANS) People magazine has named actress Sandra Bullock the “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” for 2015. “No, really. I just said, ‘That’s ridiculous’. I’ve told no one,” Bullock said. The news was announced on NBC’s “Today”, reports eonline.com....
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Kim Kardashian films breakup scene with Kanye West
Los Angeles, April 2 (IANS) Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has reportedly filmed for a breakup scene with her husband and rapper Kanye West. The popular couple have reportedly been facing turmoil in their relationship since Kim’s Paris robbery. According to a source, Kim alongside her mother Kris Jenner filmed the scene for their family...
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New York, April 9 (IANS) Now you can also access Facebook Messenger on the web and chat from your desktop computer. But one can already chat with contacts while using Facebook on the web — so what’s the novelty? Well, according to Facebook, the Messenger tool will help users chat “without distractions” that may come on...
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Emirates Airline posts $452mn profit
Dubai, Nov 9 (IANS) The world’s biggest long-haul carrier, Emirates Airline, on Thursday said it has posted a profit of $452 million, an 111 per cent increase, in its first six months of fiscal 2017-18. The Dubai government-controlled airline attributed the increase to the easing of the US dollar and “enhancement of efficiency”, reports Xinhua...
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