Muslims Fastest Growing Religious Community in Canada
By A Correspondent
Muslims are the fastest growing religious community in Canada, according to the National Household Survey released Wednesday by the country’s statistical agency, Statistics Canada.
MP Gill’s Anti-Gang Recruitment Bill Passed
“A new tool to combat the threat posed by gangs in our communities.”
By A Correspondent
Law enforcement agencies across the country will soon have a new tool to combat the rapid growth of street gangs in their communities, after the House of Commons voted to pass a bill introduced by MP Parm Gill designed to target those who recruit new members.
Healthcare for All Torontonians Irrespective of Immigration Status!
By A Correspondent
In another landmark decision, City of Toronto councillors on May 9 voted in overwhelming support of recommendations by the Board of Health to provide improved access to healthcare services for its medically uninsured residents.
Globally Conscious Canadians Walk to Fight Poverty
By Dilshaan Panjwani
On Sunday, May 26, Torontonians walked to end global poverty and generously contributed to the World Partnership Walk, which is an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC). The Walk is held annually in ten cities across Canada, attracting thousands of globally conscious Canadians who value Canada's noble tradition of caring about peace, prosperity, stability and development of the global communities.
Bahadur Madhani Elected as Chair of YMCA Canada
By Dilshaan Panjwani *
Bahadur Madhani was unanimously elected Chair of the Board of Directors of YMCA Canada at the YMCA Canada’s 101st National Annual General Meeting held recently in Toronto.
“Bahadur’s dedication, honesty and respect exemplify what Canada is all about,” said Scott Haldane, President and CEO of YMCA Canada. “He is a knowledgeable and engaging leader and we are fortunate that he has agreed to serve as our Board Chair. We look forward to continuing to fulfill our mission of strengthening the foundations of our communities in Canada.”
INDIA: News Briefs
CPI-Maoist active in nine Assam Districts, says Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi: Chief Minister (CM) Tarun Gogoi on May 30 stated that Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) are active in nine Districts of the State. The CM commented, "We are concerned over Maoists activities in the state and have been keeping a close tab on them since 2006. Our sustained vigil has failed the Maoists elements to set up a statewide base so far though they have become active in certain pockets in nine of the districts of the State". Shilong Times, May 31, 2013.
Accountability A Casualty: From Bofors to 2G
By Arun Kumar *
The parliamentary committees on the howitzer scam and the stock market scandal protected the powerful and failed to fix accountability. The same is true in the spectrum case.
The current political situation brings back memories of 1989. The Prime Minister then was under a cloud in the Bofors scam. Many of his close associates like Lalit Suri and Ajitabh Bachchan were accused of wrong-doing.
Anti-Maoist Operations Vital Intelligence
By Fakir Mohan Pradhan
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
Inflicting significant losses on the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), the Greyhounds commando Force of the Andhra Pradesh Police (AP), on April 16, 2013, shot dead at least nine Maoists in a fierce encounter at Puvarti village in the Sukma District of Chhattisgarh, close to the Inter-State border with Andhra Pradesh. Acting on specific information, the Greyhounds personnel trekked nearly 35 kilometres under the cover of darkness and crossed over to the Chhattisgarh side of the border, where the encounter took place early in the morning.
Opinion: The Wages of Self-Deception
By Ajai Sahni
Editor, SAIR; Executive Director, Institute for Conflict Management and SATP
The Maoists are currently in a phase of tactical retreat, focusing on a reconsolidation of strengths, the enhancement of recruitment to the PLGA, the construction of alternative communication channels to prevent leakage of information, the intensification of propaganda through mass contacts, and escalating overground activities and protests... The state must not mistake the decline in intensity of violence as a destruction of capacity of the Maoists to engage in violence.
Maoists: Tactical Retreat, , March 11, 2013
Modi Still Barred from US
By Ram Puniyani *
Mr. Narendra Modi, for whom some countries are warming up to relate to him in Europe and in the East; the latest report from US must be very disheartening. Despite a strong lobby for pressurizing to grant him Visa, the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), has called on the Obama administration to maintain a visa ban on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his role in the pogrom of 2002 that claimed over 2,000 lives and displaced over 150,000 people, many of whom are still in makeshift houses.
Why Does India Remain Poor and Backward?
Analysis by Arun Kumar in his book
Arun Kumar is currently the Sukhamoy Chakravarti Chair Professor in the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has been teaching Economics in this Centre since 1984. He has a Ph.D. in Economics and a Masters degree in Physics.
This book presents a historical and political survey of India's economic development since independence. It analyses the post-independence developments in the context of the preceding British rule.