World Premiere of Music Video on December 16

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MY ROOM by JUNO AWARD NOMINEE, Tony Singh

By A Correspondent

South Asian community events coordinator spend huge amounts every year to showcase superstars from India in North America, however, what goes missing is support for local talent who deserve a similar platform. 

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An Affair With The Arts

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Markham Arts Council’s Fundraising Gala Raises over $20,000

By A Correspondent 

It was a memorable evening for many of Markham’s dignitaries, business owners, artists and residents. An evening of glamour and glitz, where many gathered to support the inaugural fundraising initiative of the Markham Arts Council, helping raise over $20,000 to support Markham Arts Council’s diverse arts and cultural programs.  

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15th National Diwali Celebration on Parliament Hill

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By A Correspondent

Hon. Deepak Obhrai, P.C., M.P. hosted the 15th National Diwali Celebration on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on November 17 evening.

He was joined by Hon. Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Opposition, Parliamentarians, members of the Ottawa diplomatic corps and an enthusiastic crowd of more than 500 people from Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal.

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TCF’s 10th Annual Fundraising Dinner Raises $40,000

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By Rudro Chakrabarti *

The Toronto Calcutta Foundation’s (TCF) 10th annual fundraising dinner took place at the Hilton Garden Hotel, raising $40,000. This marks another great success for the charitable organization.

Current TCF President Arun Palit began the evening with a few words before passing the microphone on to the emcees for the evening, Saswati Deb, and Sujoy Chatterjee. Shortly after their opening remarks, the national anthems of India and Canada rung out through the hall. Entertainment came in the form of Shirsha Chakraborty, who performed two beautiful songs.

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INDIA: News Briefs

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Islamic State (IS) presence in Bangladesh will pose threat to North East India, says report: Efforts by Islamic State (IS/ISIS) to establish bases in Bangladesh may pose a serious security threat to the North East region of India in the days to come. According to reports, security agencies are of the view that the possibility of the dreaded terrorist outfit making attempts to spread towards Assam cannot be ruled out. The IS recently made public its intention of spreading towards Bangladesh and security sources are of the view that if the outfit manages to achieve its goal, the security scenario in the North East will face a serious threat. Assam Tribune, November 30, 2015.

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Similarities Between Paris Attacks and Mumbai 26/11

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Suicide assailants in both cities hit public places frequented by civilians, aiming to kill as many people as they could before being neutralised.

By Sandeep Unnithan

In the concluding lines of my book ‘Black Tornado: the three sieges of Mumbai’ I wrote how, at a time when terrorist groups like ISIS had demonstrated their ability to capture and hold territory and attract global recruits, swarm attacks like those in Mumbai could prove to be their weapon of choice to inflict global terror.’

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Paris Attack: Why India Should Be Worried

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By Rakesh S

The present government needs to ensure that the pluralistic fabric of India is preserved. It should not allow the fringe elements to take the centre stage. The government should make sure that, the party or its members are not involved in creating an ‘atmosphere of intolerance’ and painting ‘shades of authoritarianism’. Multiculturalism is the essence of Indian society and it should be preserved in all possible order to bring all section of the society in the mainstream

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In UK, Modi Sells Indian Industry

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While being grilled about intolerance, 2002 riots

By Shoaib Daniyal

The first Indian prime minister to visit Britian since 2006, Modi teamed up with British counterpart David Cameron to announce trade deals worth £9 billion on Thursday. This includes enhanced defence and strategic partnership as well as a civil nuclear agreement. BAE Systems will sell India 20 Hawk trainer aircraft and will manufacture them in India. London, meanwhile, is expected to be help by marketing offshore Indian-rupee bonds to finance railway expansion and housing in India. The UK also promised to invest in three Indian smart cities.

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After Bihar loss, Narendra Modi gets 'not welcome' message in UK

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India Today

A day after the NDA was defeated in the Bihar elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi found himself unwelcome in the UK where he is scheduled to land on November 12.

On Sunday evening, Indians in Britain projected the words "Modi not welcome" on the Houses of Parliament building to lodge their protest against Modi's upcoming visit. The protest against Modi's UK visit is being led by the Awaaz Network which has been mobilising people to join them in a protest planned for the day Modi will speak at the British Parliament.

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Modi Gets a Taste of What Independent Media is Truly Like

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By Rajeev Sharma

The prime minister must have been stunned by the sheer directness of the questions from British media.

It was the first time ever in his nearly 18-month tenure as prime minister that Narendra Modi faced a fiercely independent press on foreign soil when he addressed a joint press conference with his British counterpart after their talks in London on Thursday. Modi had a taste of how brutally frank and incisive the British media can be. 

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Modi-fication of India

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By Ummer Wani

The Modi-fication of constitutionally endorsed secular India under the BJP regime is suffocating the various forms of freedoms a citizen is, otherwise, entitled to in a democracy. It is seeable from the hate-speeches that have emanated, time and again, from various BJP leaders, during the last two years of their election-campaigning and government, who are hell-bent in distorting the secular fabric of Indian constitution.

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MAY 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 10










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