Ontario: Doug Ford and Cabinet Sworn-in

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By A Correspondent

Doug Ford joined thousands of people on the front steps of Ontario's legislature as Ontario's first ever Government for the People was sworn in.

"I will never forget why I'm here: to work for the people of Ontario," said Ford. "I promised the people that I would help make our great province the best place in North America when it comes to business, creating jobs and raising a family. And I am going to keep my promise."

As the Premier-Designate, Ford met with The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to present his recommendations for appointments to Ontario's Executive Council. 


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Canada’s Military Involvement in “Troubled Areas of the World”

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By Jim Miles

Canada is maintaining its superficial idealism of peacekeeping as it commits 250 military personnel to Mali, relying on “faith” (rather than respect), operating for “human rights” with an initial goal of “stability.” [1] In spite of a peace deal being signed by various groups five years ago a status quo of corruption, internal fighting, and crimes against citizens are ongoing. Well over one hundred UN “peacekeepers” have been killed in Mali since the beginning of the mission.

All that idealism and resolve on Canada’s part is well and good, but what is missing is the historical context within which Canada also participated. While the news and the political talk shows mention the disruption in Libya as playing a role in that situation, they do not mention Canada’s role in Libya.

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Train With The Legendary Pandiit Birju Maharaj

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A Unique opportunity to train with the mo
st extraordinary artist in the history of Kathak dance

After the phenomenal success of Dance Workshops with the legendary Saroj Khan in 2016, and Shampa Gopikrishna in 2017, Sanskriti Arts (www.sanskritiarts.ca) is all set to present Dance Diaries 2018 with Legendary Pandit Birju Maharaj and Saswati Sen. 

Pandit Birju Maharaj, an icon in the space of Kathak dance in India, is from the Maharaj family of Kathak dancers.  He began teaching the dance form at the age of 13 at Sangeet Bharti followed by the Bharatiya Kala Kendra and the Kathak Kendra in New Delhi where he was Head of Faculty, and opened his own dance school, Kalashram, after retirement.  He has choreographed Kathak dance sequences for many Bollywood films including Dedh Ishqiya, Umrao Jaan, and Bajirao Mastani directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and won many awards over the years including the Padma Vibhushan


Money In Swiss Banks Rises 50% To Over Rs. 7,000 Crore

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Press Trust of India

ZURICH/NEW DELHI: Money parked by Indians in Swiss banks rose over 50 per cent to 1.01 billion Swiss francs (Rs. 7,000 crore) in 2017, reversing a three-year downward trend amid India's clampdown on suspected black money. In comparison, the total funds held by all foreign clients of Swiss banks rose about 3 per cent to 1.46 trillion Swiss francs or about Rs. 100 lakh crore in 2017, according to the official annual data released today by Swiss National Bank (SNB), the central banking authority of Switzerland.

The surge in Indian money held with Swiss banks comes as a surprise given India's continuing clampdown on suspected black money stashed abroad, including in banks of Switzerland that used to be known for their famed secrecy walls for years.

The Indian money in Swiss banks had fallen by 45 per cent in 2016, marking their biggest ever yearly plunge, to 676 million Swiss francs (about Rs. 4,500 crore) -- the lowest ever since the Switzerland began making the data public in 1987.

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Northeast: Insecure Border

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By Giriraj Bhattacharjee
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On June 17, 2018, militants of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) laid an ambush near the Tenyak River on the outskirts of Aboi Town in the Mon District of Nagaland, along the India-Myanmar border, killing two Security Force personnel. The deceased were identified as Hawaldar Fateh Singh Negi (Assam Rifles) and Hongnga Konyak (164thBattalion, Territorial Army). Another six troopers were injured in the ambush. One of the injured personnel identified as Alom Hussain belonging to Assam Rifles (AR), succumbed to his injuries on June 18. The NSCN-K, however, claimed that six Indian soldiers were killed.


Cannabis Law Approved: Legal October 17, 2018

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By Carmel Kilkenny

Canada’s upper chamber, the Senate, approved Bill C-45, on June 19 night by a vote of 52-29 vote with two abstentions.

The proposed bill had gone back and forth between the House and the Senate with requests for changes to the law.

But finally in the vote the law was passed.

It ends 95 years of prohibition of cannabis in Canada, and positions the country as the only industrialized nation to legalize cannabis production and recreational use.

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Project India 2019: How PDP Ended up Losing the K Plot

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By Neerja Chowdhury

Some people will respond to the breakup of the government in J&K with a “yeh tho hona hi tha”. It was seen as an unnatural alliance when PDP and BJP came together in 2015, with the state having thrown up a fractured mandate. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had himself called it the coming together of “the north pole and the south pole”.

But the PDP patriarch, schooled in the pragmatic politics of Congress and wanting to leave an enduring legacy, had opted for it, even while admitting “my biggest opposition comes from within” (referring to his daughter Mehbooba Mufti). As destiny willed, she had no option but to continue the coalition after his sudden death, or the PDP might have split.

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Can Rahul Gandhi’s Congress Be Anything More Than ‘Not-BJP’?

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By Rohan Venkataramakrishnan

What does Rahul Gandhi’s Congress stand for? The Bharatiya Janata Party, especially under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has an unmistakable ideology. This may be less so for the Communists, who have been shoehorned into small corners of the electoral map, but if you were asked what the Left represents, it would still be possible to offer an answer. 

The so-called regional parties, the Janata Dals and Samajwadi Parties and Shiv Senas of the world, may have been shaken by the inexorable rise of the BJP, but their core formula of pandering to a specific caste or community and building around that remains. Even the Aam Aadmi Party, which spread itself too thin too quickly to have a coherent identity, has constructed an image that rests on Arvind Kejriwal’s adversarial nature and some sensible policies on healthcare and education.

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A Brief Discourse on Naga’s Struggle for Self-Respect and Freedom

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By Aniruddha Vithal Babar

Indo-Naga Conflict has earned a significant place in the Military history of the world. It is not just an Armed Battle between two political enemies within the geo-political boundaries of India, but also an all-out war between two distinct ‘nations’. It is not simply a ‘problem’ of law and ‘disorder’ of order in some distant part of India, but a suffering of unfortunate souls who are victimised by the history. The impact of Indo-Naga conflict has not been confined to the political boundaries of India but also affected the politics of entire East Asia. The story of Nagaland does not start with the Political Freedom of India, it does not even start with the formation of the State of Nagaland in 1963, but it started thousands of years back when the ancestors of the Nagas finally settled in today’s Naga Inhabited Region including present state of Nagaland which was then absolutely unknown, untouched, ungoverned, virgin hilly region.

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India Has 130 – 140 Nuclear Warheads, Pakistan 140 – 150: SIPRI

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Pakistan continues to be ahead of India when it comes to possessing nuclear warheads, with China having double the quantity, according to a report by a leading Swedish think-tank. Pakistan is believed to have 140-150 nuclear warheads this year, 10 more than last year. In contrast, India is said to have 130-140 nuclear warheads, according to the annual nuclear forces data by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

"India and Pakistan are both expanding their nuclear weapon stockpiles as well as developing new land-, sea- and air-based missile delivery systems," it said. "China continues to modernise its nuclear weapon delivery systems and is slowly increasing the size of its nuclear arsenal," SIPRI said.

JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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