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Vol.8 , No. 1080

Thursday, June 16, 2011

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Fear of household debt impact

OTTAWA — The federal government and the Bank of Canada are again sounding the alarm over growing household debt as two new reports suggest the problem is worsening in the face of a weakening economy. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tabled a budget implementation bill Tuesday he says will formalize his powers to intervene in Canada's hot housing market to restrain borrowing. And on Wednesday, Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney is expected to warn Canadians against taking on too heavy a debt burden that they won't be able to afford once interest rates start rising. He is speaking in Vancouver, Canada's poster child for a housing bubble that could pop with any hikes to interest rates or a downturn in the economy. "We have very low interest rates in Canada," Flaherty said. "We need to remind Canadians that historically low interest rates will not be there forever, that interest rates really only have one way to go and that's up," Flaherty said. "So Canadians in terms of their most important -- their largest debts, residential mortgages, need to be aware that their monthly payments are going to go up when interest rates go up over time." The trouble is that Carney is hand-cuffed in his ability intervene with the only tool he has -- interest rates -- by a recovery that is slowing. The TD Bank said Tuesday it is now unlikely Carney will be able to start raising interest rates until early next year, and when he does, they will be more modest than many expect.

"The (central) bank isn't as confident ... that everything will go smoothly and the economy will be at full potential by the middle of next year," said Craig Alexander, TD's chief economist. "They need to be sensitive to the (fact) the economy is probably more sensitive to interest rate changes than at any

eral Accountants Association suggests 58 per cent of indebted respondents are taking on more debt just to pay for daily living expenses like food, housing and transportation. The report indicated that while the average family of four owes about $176,000, some owed much more, and

point in the past because of the high consumer indebtedness and the housing boom we've had." Raising interest rates would be doubly effective in slowing the economy in a high indebtedness environment because households would need to devote more scarce resources to interest payments. Higher rates could not only scare consumers off buying homes, but deprive them of resources for other purchases, like cars, TVs, appliances, clothes slowing economic activity. That already appears to be happening. A survey by the Certified Gen-

single-parent families, retired Canadians and those with income of $50,000 or less were seriously struggling. Canadian household total indebtedness reached a record $1.5 trillion in the first quarter of this year, Statistics Canada has reported, or 147 per cent of disposable income, another record. "The financial situation of certain groups of households is much worse than average and continues to deteriorate," said Rock Lefebvre, vice president of research for the general accountants group. "It's important that the dynamics of household indebtedness remain high on the radar of policy-makers."

Flaherty has tightened mortgage requirements three times since 2008, but did not say whether he was considering another turn of the screw. For now, many analysts believe what Flaherty and Carney are doing -- issuing warnings -- is likely the best approach, since action might be too strong medicine. Tightening mortgage rules further, or raising rates or both, could result in an overshoot and send the housing market crashing. On the other side of the issue, however, is that many Canadians could be financially hurt if they proceed on the assumption interest rates and carrying costs, will remain at current levels for years. TD Economist Alexander said without an accompanying strong recovery, which is looking increasingly unlikely, consumers could find themselves tapped out for some time. The chartered bank's new forecast is for modest growth as far as the eye can see, with the unemployment rate hovering above seven per cent until after 2013. What's more, says TD, the downside risk to the economy is far greater than the upside odds. Alexander says Canada's economy is believed to have already slowed to 1.3 per cent growth during this current quarter that ends at the end of the month, one third the pace of the first quarter's 3.9 per cent gain. The rest of the year will see growth crawl along between two and 2.5 per cent, the bank says. The next two years will see more of the same, TD says, with growth rates of 2.4 per cent in 2012 and 2.1 per cent in 2013.


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Sikh Population Around The World The Sikh homeland is the Punjab, in India, where today Sikhs make up approximately 61% of the population. This is the only place where Sikhs are in the majority. The existance of Sikh communities throughout the world presents a fascinating story of an immigrant community which originated in the Punjab, India, more than five hundred years ago. As

for being extremely brave and loyal Sikhs are not ubiquitious worldsoldiers. wide in the way that adherents of larger The Sikh homeland is the Punjab, world religions are, and they remain priin India, where today Sikhs make up ap- marily an ethnic religion. But they can be proximately 61% of the population. This

Places With the Highest Percentage of Sikhs in the Population Place Punjab, India Haryana, India British Columbia, Canada French Guiana Rajasthan, India Himachal Pradesh, India United Kingdom Alberta, Canada Ontario, Canada Fiji Uttar Pradesh, India Manitoba, Canada

Percent 61.00% 5.81 2.30 2.00 1.48 1.01 1.00 0.54 0.50 0.50 0.49 0.32

everyone knows, male Sikhs are easily recognized by their turbans and beards.(But all men wearing turbans are not Sikhs.)Over the centuries, they have acquired a reputation for being sturdy, hard working and adventrous; they are a people who have earned the reputation

Number 11,000,000 956,836 100,000 1,200 649,174 400,000 500,000 13,600 50,100 4,000 675,775 3,500 is the only place where Sikhs are in the majority. Sikhs have emigrated to countries all over the world - especially to English-speaking and East Asian nations. In doing so they have retained, to an unusually high degree, their distinctive cultural and religious identity.

found in many international cities and have become an especially strong religious presence in the United Kingdom and Canada.

World Sikh Population ASIA (Punjab, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, etc) = 24,938,000 NORTHERN AMERICA (Canada, USA) = 614,000 EUROPE (UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, etc) = * 241,000 AFRICA (Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, etc) = 61,700 OCEANIA (Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, PNG, etc.) = * 25,400 [* Figures for Europe and Oceania not properly shown]

3. HINDUS 871,982,000 4. CHINESE Universists 386,666,900 5. BUDDHISTS 382,542,000 6. SIKHS 25,880,000 7. JEWS 15,118,000 Word enshrined in the Guru Granth Sahib” as well as to practice the “Sikh Reht Maryada” published and propagated by the SGPC.

Apart from English & any other local language, we should also Learn SIKHS IN AUSTRALIA: On the basis Punjabi, Speak Punjabi and Write Punof the CENSUS held on 8th August jabi in Gurmukhi script. It will help us 2006, to understand Sikhs’ Sacred Scripture. there are “26,429” Sikhs in Australia. {87 million persons speak ADHERENTS OF THE SEVEN Punjabi Language globally. But within MAJOR RELIGIONS ARE: Australia, Punjabi speaking persons are: 1. CHRISTIANS 2,173,183,400 23,164} 2. MUSLIMS 1,335,964,000

Relationship with food:

Chicken with ginger Ingredients 375 g (12 oz) boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 tablespoon dry sherry 4 spring onions, chopped 2 large carrots, thinly sliced 2.5 cm (1 inch) piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped 1 tablespoon oil 1-2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 celery sticks, diagonally sliced 1 small green pepper, corned, deseeded and sliced 1 small yellow pepper, cored, deseeded and sliced 2 tablespoons light soy sauce 2 tablespoons lemon juice grated rind of 2 lemons 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder

Directions Cut the chicken into 7 cm (3 inch) strips. Combine the sherry, spring onions, carrots and ginger, add the chicken and toss well to coat, then set aside for 15 minutes. Heat the oil in a large nonstick frying pan or wok. Add the sliced garlic, celery and green and yellow peppers and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the chicken pieces and their marinade and cook for 3 minutes more. Stir in the soy sauce, the lemon juice and rind and the chilli powder and cook the mixture for a further 1 minute. Divide between 4 warmed serving plates, and serve immediately.

Turning thirty is a milestone for most people. Women in particular should be aware that this is the time to take control of your body. It is unfortunate, but true, that most women wait until they are fifty plus to start exercising and eating properly. The benefits of exercise in the battle against aging are phenomenal. With the right exercise routine and diet women cannot only feel their Physical exercise for women over thirty is any activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health or wellness in the human body. Reasons for exercising include strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system, improving athletic skills, weight loss, and for enjoyment. It also improves mental health, helps prevent depression, helps to promote or maintain positive self-esteem, and can even enhance an in-

A rolling factor in weight loss We all have relationships: with our parents, children, partners, and co-workers. We have also seen that, for better or worse, we have a relationship with our food. To have a healthy relationship with food means that one is able to eat for the reasons of physiological rather than emotional hunger and to stop eating at a point when the body and mind are truly satisfied. In order to have a healthy relationship with food, one must first have permission to eat. Our diet mentality has robbed us of even having permission to eat. Many of us don't even know when we're hungry or comfortably satisfied. If our urge to eat is triggered by external situations such as the time of day or the availability of food, we may lose the awareness of our body's messages of hunger. If eating is our primary coping mechanism for dealing with uncomfortable feelings, we may never experience physical hunger since we are medicating ourselves with food before we even experience the sensations of hunger. When you watch inner signals of hunger you tend to make food choices without

dividual’s body image. Women can greatly benefit from any of these positive changes. Before you start an exercise program it would be a good idea to talk to a doctor, especially if you have not been active in a while. After receiving doctor’s approval you should start your workout slowly by

feeling guilt; honor hunger, respect the fullness and enjoy the pleasures of eating. A healthy relationship with your food begins by paying attention to what you eat. This simple beginning accomplishes several things at once.You begin to eat smaller bites. Focus more on quality than quantity, and Enjoy what you eat even more.

while you are doing your chores. To maximize your chances of sticking with your new routine try to choose activities that you enjoy such as swimming or riding a bicycle. Switching these activities up can also improve your chances of success. Go biking one day and swimming the next. Find a friend or a loved

a great cardiovascular workout. Aerobics and walking can be intensified by carrying hand weights or wearing leg weights. Once you feel comfortable with these lighter exercises you can begin high impact exercises such as jogging. These exercises will promote lean muscle mass in women and higher metabolic rates. The entire point of exercise is to improve your health. Women should exercise at least 3 times a week for no less than 30 minutes. The thirty minutes can be achieved in one session or can be broken down to three ten minute intervals. It is important to get an accelerated heartbeat because that is what causes the burning of fat. Don’t forget to stretch during all of this. Stretching promotes flexibility and reduces injuries. Women can’t control aging, but they can control the rate at which it occurs with proper exercise.

Exercise Tips for Women Over 30 beginning with maybe a brisk walk. It is entirely possible to simply sneak exercise into your day. Small things can add up to big results. For instance take the stairs instead of the elevator or park your car at the edges of parking lots, instead of finding that close space. If you work outside of the home, utilize your lunch break and go walking rather than sitting. If you stay at home, just increase the pace you move

one to share these activities with. It is often found that people can exercise longer when in the company of someone else. Don’t forget to make exercise enjoyable. Put on some of your favorite music or even watch a television show. Low impact exercises such as aerobics and walking are great exercises for women over thirty. They increase the body’s ability to use oxygen making them

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Shanghai Cooperation Organization The 10th annual meet of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, being currently held in Astana, Kazakhstan, may bring peace to Afghanistan/Pakistan & a Gas pipeline to Indian Occupied Sikh Punjab from Turkmenistan by Dr. Amarjeet Singh Top leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan (all full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization – SCO - an Asian equivalent of NATO) started their 10th annual meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, yesterday (June 14, 2011), along with representatives of four ‘Observor states’ (Pakistan, India, Iran and Mongolia who hope to become full members) which get-together will have far reaching geo-strategic implications for South Asia in general (and Afghanistan/ Pakistan/India in particular) as these three countries are interested in a gas pipeline from the Gas Fields of Turkmenistan to Afghanistan to Pakistan and then on to Hussainiwala in Indian occupied Sikh Punjab. SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) is an intergovernmental mutual-security organization which was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Except for Uzbekistan, the other countries had been members of the Shanghai Five, founded in 1996. After the inclusion of Uzbekistan in 2001, the members renamed the organization as Shanghai Cooperation Organization – SCO. Sri Lanka, and Belarus are also participating in the Astana summit as Dialogue Partners while Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and a representative of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) are attending as guests. Its six full members account for 60% of the land mass of Eurasia and their population is a quarter of the world’s. With observer states included, the affiliates of SCO account for half of the human race on this planet. Mongolia became the first country to receive Observer Status at the 2004 Tashkent Summit of the SCO. Pakistan, India and Iran received Observer Status at the 2005 SCO summit in Astana, Kazakhstan on July 5, 2005. Pakistan currently has observer status in the SCO. Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf argued in favor of Pakistan’s qualification to join the organization as a full member during a joint summit with China in 2006. Factors working against Pakistan’s joining the SCO as a member include its persistent military rivalry with fellow SCO-observer India and strained relation with Russia because of the latter’s strong relations with India. China has said that it would convey Pakistan’s desire to all SCO member states. In turn, Musharraf was formally invited to join the sixth summit of the SCO as a guest, which took place in Shanghai in June 2006. The current Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousaf Raza Gillani, has also been arguing in favor of Pakistan’s qualification to join the SCO organization as a full member. India, currently has observer sta-

tus in the SCO like Pakistan. Russia has encouraged India to join the organization as a full-time member, because they see it as a crucial future strategic partner in the process delaying Pakistan’s obtaining full time membership. Factors working against India joining the SCO is its long rivalry with Pakistan and Islamabad’s close ties to China which has also troubled ties with India carried forward from the Sino-Indian War of 1962 in which India was defeated. In 2010, India showed a keen interest in joining the group, “We are interested in SCO membership. It is a very important organization concerning the region,” sources within the Indian government are reported to have said. Additional factors working in favor of India joining the SCO are it’s military presence in Central Asia, its close military ties with several Central Asian countries (especially Tajikistan and Russia) and also its deep interest in the region’s energy resources. Iran currently has observer status in the organization, and applied for full membership on March 24, 2008. However, because of ongoing sanctions levied by the United Nations, it is blocked from admission as a new member. The SCO stated that any country under U.N. sanctions cannot be admitted . The category of Dialogue Partner was created in 2008 in accordance with Article 14 of the SCO Charter of June 7, 2002. This article regards Dialogue Partner as a state or an organization which shares the goals and principles of the SCO and wishes to establish relations of equal mutually beneficial partnership with the Organization. Sri Lanka was granted Dialogue Partner status in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at the group’s 2009 summit in Yekaterinburg. Sri Lanka is located in an extremely strategically valued location in the world. China is currently building a harbor in the Sri Lankan town of Hambantota, widely seen as a naval base. Chinese ships re-fueling and protecting its naval interests. Sri Lanka recently defeated the separatist LTTE with the cooperation of Shanghai Cooperation Organization Members like China, Pakistan and Russia. Belarus was also granted dialogue partner status in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at the group’s 2009 summit in Yekaterinburg. Belarus applied for observer status in the organization and was promised Kazakhstan’s support towards that goal. However, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov voiced doubt on the probability of Belarus’ membership, saying that Belarus was a purely European country. Despite this, Belarus was accepted as a Dialogue Partner at the 2009 SCO Summit. Afghanistan, while not an observer or Dialogue Partner is currently part of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group. The

Contact Group was established in November 2005, and serves as a mechanism for SCO member states to jointly contribute to reconstruction and stability in Afghanistan. In May 2011 Afghanistan voiced interest in becoming a SCO observer state. An interesting article has been published recently by Pepe Excobar, (the author of the book, “Obama Does Globalistan - Nimble Books, 2009) who also writes as a roving correspondent for Asia Times. In his article headlined, “America’s loss is China’s gain — China is adamant that the West ‘must respect’ Pakistan’s sovereignty,” he writes that, “The message was delivered during Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani’s recent four days visit to Beijing, which celebrated no less than six decades of Pak-China strategic relations – involving, among other issues, nuclear collaboration and support over the ultra-sensitive Kashmir question. The Times of India reconstructed the message as a stark warning that: ‘any attack on Pakistan would be construed as an attack on China’. Chinese diplomacy dwells on too much sophistication for such a crude outburst; but even enveloped in red velvet, the message — in view of the non-stop U.S. drone war over Pakistan’s tribal areas, not to mention the ‘get Osama’ raid in Abbottabad — was indeed a bombshell. Whatever the merit of charges that Islamabad helps some Taliban factions — such as the Haqqani network in North Waziristan — the Pakistani politicosecurity- military establishment has had enough of being treated by Washington as a mere satrapy, or worse, a bunch of punks. Pakistani popular opinion, from urban centers to tribal areas, roundly abhors Washington’s drone war. And even before the Navy SEALS raid to get Osama bin Laden from Abbottabad, the sordid Raymond Davis case was configured as the ultimate humiliation. Raymond Davis, a CIA asset, shot two Pakistanis dead in broad daylight on a street in Lahore; an American “extraction team” killed another one who was trying to save Davis from arrest; and then the CIA paid blood money to finally extract Davis out of the country. Sovereignty? What sovereignty?” “There’s frantic spin in the U.S., especially among the right, that Pakistan must be taught a lesson because it ‘harbors terrorists’. The mighty conceptual leap would be for these righteous, misinformed, armchair warriors to advocate teaching China a lesson. So if you break the balls of the Islamabad establishment to a tipping point, the Taliban networks will have a free hand at attacking U.S./ NATO convoys heading from the port of Karachi to Afghanistan, to Kingdom Come. Compare it with Beijing acknowledging Pakistan’s ‘contribution and sacrifices in the war against terrorism’. Washington may

still have a sterling opportunity to get the message next month, when the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meets in Astana, Kazakhstan. There’s a strong possibility that Pakistan may be enthroned as a full member. Then there is Gwadar an ultrastrategic deepwater port in the Arabian Sea, in Pakistani Baluchistan, not far from the Iranian border and only 520 km away from the hyperstrategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. Beijing financed close to 80 percent of the construction of the port via the China Harbor Engineering Company Group. The port is currently managed by Singapore. The lease will end soon — and it will go to China. Sleepy (for now) Gwadar has been building up for years as the key node of the IP (Iran-Pakistan) pipeline, which used to be the IPI (Iran-PakistanIndia) or ‘peace’ pipeline, before New Delhi got cold feet. For Washington, the prospect of a steel umbilical cord linking Iran and Pakistan has always been anathema. What Washington wants — and has wanted badly since the Bill Clinton years — is the TAP (Trans-Afghan) pipeline, which then became TAPI (TurkmenistanAfghanistan-Pakistan- India). Even millennial rocks in the Hindu Kush know TAP or TAPI will only be built when the war is over in Afghanistan, with the Taliban an inevitable part of the government. In this ongoing, epic IP (or IPI – IranPakistan-India) versus TAP (or TAPITurkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India) battle, what is never mentioned is that the winner after all may be… China. For obvious reasons the Pentagon cannot use Chinese or Iranian seaports to supply no less than 100,000 U.S. troops, 50,000 NATO troops and over 100,000 private contractors in Afghanistan — legions of mercenaries included — which dabble in over 400 military bases all across the country. Nearly 80 percent of this monstrous quantity of supplies transit through Pakistan. And that means, essentially, Karachi. So one cannot imagine the “kinetic military action” (White House copyright) in AfPak without a non-stop serpent of trucks leaving Karachi and entering Afghanistan via Torkham or Chaman every single day.” Pepe Excobar concludes his essay with the following words:“The above means, in practice, that any attack on a member state of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is an attack on them all, a la NATO. Pakistan as a member of the still embryonic Asian answer to NATO. An attack on any NATO member is an attack on them all, according to its charter. The same would apply to the SCO. Ladies and gentlemen, draw your conclusions — and start dancing to the sound of the Sino-Pak shuffle”. End quote. Khalistan Zindabad

Syria on the boil- Repression can’t continue forever After Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Bahrain, it is the turn of Syria now. Anti-government protests in Syria are becoming more widespread with every passing day. The Syrian army has taken control of Jisr AlShughour, the town which has been in the news for intense protests for a long time against the Bashar Al-Assad government. The region where the town is located has been known for rebellion against the rule of the Alawite minority. Bashar’s father, Hafiz Al-Assad, also had to use force to quell protests against his rule in 1980. Many people lost their lives then. In the current agitation, over 1200 protesters have been done to death by the armed forces of the regime. Yet the unrest is not under control.

The Syrian regime has been known for its repressive policies. It has done little to end corruption, which is rampant at every level in the government. There is an acute job shortage and prices are skyrocketing. People have been leading a miserable life in this West Asian country. The pro-democracy protests in other countries in the region

provided them an opportunity to raise their voice against the incompetent and repressive regime. The government was forced to end the emergency, which it had imposed a long time back to punish people on any pretext. But it has taken no serious step to go into the grievances of the protesters. Thousands of people have

crossed over the borders to find refuge in the neighbouring countries. The indiscriminate use of force may compel more people to leave their homes. But this will not end the trouble in Syria. The unrest has acquired a sectarian complexion. The Sunnis, who have never been comfortable with the rule of Damascus, have been at the forefront of the protests because the ruling family belongs to the Alawite Shia sect. The rebellion is unlikely to come to an end so long as there is no regime change. President Bashar Al-Assad should know this and start preparing for introducing democracy in Syria. Otherwise the continuing protests will lead to the country getting ruined.


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Politics of blackmail

Bribery and corruption in India Dr. Solomon Naz ( 416-661-7272+3) These are some staggering statistics to show that there are 30% police officers who take bribe, 33% are government officers who take bribe and 10% are provincial officials who get your work done after taking bribe. Infact, corruption in various form has taken roots in Indian administration. Even an ordinary street vendor cannot sell his stuff without bribing the Police man. Right from the the bottom to the Sate Minister they take bribe. If you ask is there any solution? The answer would be big zero! In fact, after effects of any Slave Nation are always portrayed in its moral and spiritual corruption. This slave mentality is engraved in Indian psyche since years and years; even before the advent of British Raj. The subsistence level of such a society; divided between divergent religious and social values; make this Nation slave to their on whims and prejudices. Under these divides their survival falls to the level of their low level existence. They live for their own self and none else. This notion gives birth to an other level of existence of corrupt moral values. I have seen with my own eyes the the proliferation of teen age sex trade in provinces like MahaRashter, Bihar, Orissa and Chhatisgarh; and in many other Metropolitan Cities. In Official cycles and in Police department this “ body bargain” is worst type of corruption than the bribery of money. These helpless girls pay in kind than the funds. No one cares. It is a survival. It is a worst kind of bribery when she has to offer herself to please the officer to get her work done. Apart from the official circles the Ministers and Members of Parliaments are taking bribes in Millions and are robbing their own country. Corruption in food products and its poisonous products produce prolonged effects on the health of the Nation. On one hand the country is boasting as the third biggest economy of the World, yet it has maximum poor of the World. The biggest illiterate population of the World lives in India. HIV Infected and the most disease ridden country of the World is India still. Imagine; if the Ministers of country are corrupt and scandalous, what can you expect from its administrative paraphernalia. Sustainable and balanced growth of both Industry and agriculture was the slogan of the country in all its Five year Plans. The Dream of its care and developing the poor of the country is lost in the haze of the competitive values it stands for today. It is a known fact that the people, Nations, Civilizations and the countries perished not because of some extraneous infilteratrtion but due to the fact that it caves in due to the erosion of its moral values. The stalwarts of the such values who propagate it in India; are themselves fallen prey to its degradation. Apparently they talk about the erosion of these moral values, but inherently are themselves opposed to what they say. There is always a political agenda behind. Their motives are different than their objectives. This is where the campaign of Baba Ram Dev slogged down. A glorious start fizzled away in the multitude of political motives. Not only India but the whole World is lost in the race for individualism and its selfish gains. Particularly, India in struggle for development. Once it put up a slogan against poverty the ace enemy of the corruption, yet failed badly in its persuite for its changing values . The hard fact is; that India is sold within itself in the hands of a few hundred big business tycoons and the rest of the population spend their life in slums. We do believe that the salvation of this country lies not in its lofty statistics, but in its care an concern for the poor and lowly. This is where the root cause of its corruption breeds and the exploiters flourish.

by B.G. Verghese MF Husain, a highly respected and loved Indian, died in enforced exile in London last week, mourned by millions, a cruel victim of crude, “cultural-nationalist” blackmail. There were many protests. But who in “civil society” undertook a “fast unto death” or otherwise against this symbolic murder by some of these self-same elements of “civil society” of the Idea of India, which, of course, lives on? Consider more recent times. The DMK was quick off the block to call an executive meeting and let it be known that withdrawal of its ministers from the Union Cabinet might follow as Kanimozhi had been denied bail in the 2G spectrum. No anxious call from Delhi ensued. The bluff was called. There is perhaps a lesson here. Meanwhile, the Ramdev circus took a not unexpected turn with the Baba’s most zealous followers twisting in the wind from the sixth day of the “indefinite fast” to get him off the hook. The issue here is not a brave fight against black money. His demands include a mixed bag of the frivolous and irrelevant. He seeks kudos in the furtherance of a political agenda with gleeful support from the Sangh Parivar. He has vouchsafed a declaration of his Trust assets but not of his commercial companies, extensive lands and a private jet in which he travels. What does he have to hide? Ramdev sought police permission for a yoga camp for 5000 persons at Delhi’s Ramlila Grounds but did not spend a minute in yoga instruction. The question asked of the government is that, knowing much of this, why did it depute four ministers and the Cabinet Secretary to Delhi airport to negotiate with him? The government admittedly acted ham-handedly and failed to explain its conduct. What has been informally suggested is that after the Anna Hazare ruckus, the object was to inform the Baba of the steps taken and contemplated to deal with black money and thereby dissuade him from further agitating the matter by going on a fast. Over the next two days, Ramdev was largely persuaded and said he would only undertake a token 36-hour fast and then ask his people to disperse. The matter was reduced to writing by the Baba’s aide but on this being made known, he resiled from the agreement and accused the government of a conspiracy by cheats and liars. The Baba and his audience at the Ramlila Grounds became abusive and hysterical with the media projecting a live national Press conference to air all manner of comments from the crowd and from distant locations crosscountry. Nevertheless, talks with the government continued late into the night to no avail. Ramdev appeared adamant on fasting along with many of his followers. With tensions mounting and many more thousands likely to join the gathering the following day, the authorities decided to revoke the permission granted for a yoga camp as this had now clearly become a pumped up political rally with people like Sadhvi Rithambara on the dais. The police moved in after midnight. Ramdev jumped off the dais into the crowd, sought refuge among women acolytes, dressed as one of them and was finally caught while fleeing when his disguise gave way. The drama ended not with a bang but a whimper. Some, including police personnel, were hurt. References to Jallianwala Bagh, “a second freedom struggle” and the Emergency are laughable. Critics bemoan the fact that a “peaceful, sleeping crowd” was attacked and plead the fundamental right to freedom of assembly, citing Article 19(b) of the Constitution. Would they but read Article 19(2) they would find the answer. The government acted pre-emptively to prevent a possibly explosive situation developing on the morrow with sundry political elements eager to fish in troubled waters outside and beyond the fiction of a “yoga camp”. Had anything gone wrong, these same critics would have come down heavily on the government for not taking timely, anticipatory action. Heads I win. Tails you lose! The Baba’s response from Haridwar: “I shall raise a self-defence force of 11,000 youth”. Now to Anna Hazare, a simple man increasingly in danger of going overboard. His definition of “civil society” is self-centred. Recourse to an “indefinite

REMEMBERING MY FATHER ON FATHER'S DAY He is always in my heart. I will always love him forever... and I have so much pain in my heart. I couldn't believe I lost him, just like that. My heart will never heal. Underneath the calm and happy mask, pain and turmoil continues to churn. As this weekend we celebrate Father's Day, the pain of having lost my father overwhelms me. As I remember my father, tears well up in my eyes and stream down my face. My dad always wanted to move to Canada so he could provide better education and a better life for his kids. He wrote a letter to one of my uncles in Toronto for help. My uncle was more than willing and got in touch with an immigration office, successfully getting

a visit visa for my dad. So the day came when he flew to Canada, in pursuit of a better future for his kids. I was only five years of age,. After a few months dad

Surjit Singh Flora wrote us a letter saying he's fine and happy. That letter and its many fellows down the years-- all with the same content-- kept coming to our doors for 11 years. Yet, even as he lived on here in Canada, his health was failing him-- but fearing we would worry he never let on about his ill health. Finally after 11 years when he got his landed immigrant papers, he wrote us saying he is coming to visit us and that all of us will be moving to Canada.

The day never came... but we were not to know it then. We were all happy that we would finally be together. It was to be a huge family reunion. Sadly my father did not live to see his family together as hesuffered a fatal heart attack. We were shattered, in pain and in tears. And we were starving for our dad's love. My mother sacrificed all her life to take care of us and give us everything we needed. My uncle who had helped dad get to Canada once again came into our lives as an angel. While we were in India he wrote us a letter, full of love and affection-- love that I longed for. So touched, and then wrote him a letter addressing him as 'Dad.' ------------------------

The succession syndrome Most institutions are being increasingly afflicted by what, for want of a better term, I can only call the succession syndrome. There was a time, when all CEOs, both incoming and outgoing, worked on the assumption that each CEO tried to do his best by his institution, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. But the failures were never due to a lack of good intentions. As a result all CEOs were very firm in quashing any criticism that was offered either about their predecessors or about their successors Now, barring a few exceptions, all new CEOs spend most of their time finding fault with their immediate predecessors and criticizing them at every opportunity. A few, for good measure, criticize all their predecessors! Outgoing CEOs, in turn, keep a careful watch on their successor and gleefully pick holes in everything and anything that he is trying to do. They talk about it openly to anyone who is willing to listen. Both patterns of behaviour are born from a strong sense

of insecurity. The new CEO feels that by criticizing his predecessor and belittling his achievements he is proving his own superiority. While the outgoing CEO feels that by running his successor down he is ensuring that his achievements are not forgotten. Both individuals forget that the outgoing CEO is now history, nothing that is said can add to what he did for the institution and no amount of criticism can detract from his achievements. What is also forgotten is that this constant carping is counterproductive: all that it achieves is to lower both the individuals in the esteem of their listeners. Another aspect of the succession syndrome is the compulsive need that the new CEO feels to change everything that his predecessor had done as quickly as possible. There is always need for change. In fact a new CEO is brought in with the hope that he will bring in these changes. But change, merely for the sake of change, can only be disastrous for the institution. The

by Harish Dhillon

new CEO does not give himself time to understand the system he has inherited. He sweeps out all that is old, including the tried and tested. Some of these changes work but most of the time the devastation caused is similar to that caused by a rampaging bull in a china shop – utter confusion, the destruction of valued and valueable traditions and the alienation of the staff. The outgoing CEO, though seething inwardly with envy, studiously ignores the changes that have been successfully implemented. Instead he focuses on the ones that have gone wrong and gloats openly over the damage they have wrought. Much is being done today by way of workshops and seminars and self renewal programmes, which all institutions subscribe to whole heartedly. I wish someone would devise a programme to build up awareness about the pitfalls of the succession syndrome. I know that I would be one of the first to enroll for such a programme!


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Feds could legislate Canada Post back to work Prime Minister Stephen Harper says striking Canada Post staff could be ordered back to work within the next two days if no agreement is reached between the postal service and the union. Citing economic concerns, Harper said in Parliament Wednesday that the two sides have not been able to come together on a plan to get back to work, meaning the government has been forced to step in. Labour Minister Lisa Raitt had previously said she preferred to see Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers come to a negotiated settlement. But after Canada Post locked out its 48,000 urban postal workers, Raitt said earlier on Wednesday the situation needed to be reassessed by her staff. However, opposition critics say the government has been inconsistent in dealing with both the Canada Post strike and the Air Canada strike. NDP MP Yvon Godin accused the postal service of "creating a crisis" by locking out workers, forcing the government to act.

Defence Minister MacKay Give Air Canada, union defends Libya extension time to negotiate: Layton One day after Parliament voted overwhelmingly to extend Canada's mission to Libya by several months, Defence Minister Peter MacKay acknowledged many questions remain around what a future democratic government might look like in Libya. Canada is part of a NATO mission that began in February to enforce a no-fly zone and protect civilians, but that has ultimately become a mission to remove leader Moammar Gadhafi from power. Canada announced on Tuesday it was formally recognizing the rebel National Transitional Council as the legitimate government of Libya. There have been questions, however, about who comprises the NTC and what its longterm goals for Libya might be. MacKay told "there are

still some unknowns" when it comes to the disparate rebel group, but the decision to back the NTC was the right one. "Democracy isn't always, shall we say, clearly defined," MacKay told. "But it is a reaction to the people of Libya who were in the streets, and as we've seen in other countries throughout the region they wanted a change. They were no logger going to accept the repression, the violence that their own government was perpetrating against them." Canada got involved in Libya under the premise of protecting civilians. The goal has now shifted dramatically, with Canada taking part in air strikes against compounds belonging to Gadhafi and his loyalists. MacKay said that achieving the United Nations' long-term goals for Libya, such as ensuring

the safety of the population and allowing humanitarian aid to enter the country, can only occur after Gadhafi is removed. "We are trying to attempt to stop an atrocity, that is what we are there to do," MacKay said. "We are there to protect human life and to allow this transitional council to do what they have to do to bring about a kind of functioning and stable society so that they can go forward without living under the heel of Gadhafi." Canada currently has 650 military personnel in the region, many of them aboard the HMCS Charlottetown. Canada has so far spent about $23 million on the mission, but the cost could climb to an estimated $60 million if Canada remains in Libya until the end of September.

Opposition Leader Jack Layton lashed out at the Conservative government's plan to legislate an end to a strike by Air Canada employees on Wednesday, calling it a "draconian measure" that abuses the government's role in labour talks. Layton said the government's decision to seek a forced end to the strike, which came just hours after some 3,800 call centre staff and check-in agents walked off the job at midnight Tuesday, suggested it had no interest in allowing the union to negotiate for a better deal. "Here we have, moments after a labour conflict reaches the point of a work stoppage, the government is bringing in back-to-work legislation," Layton told reporters on Wednesday. "This shows the government is not serious about allowing people work things out at the table. They are standing very clearly on the side of the company." Labour Minister Lisa Raitt has given notice that the federal government would table legislation to end the strike within 48 hours. The call came just hours after some 3,800 call centre staff and check-in agents walked off the job at midnight Tuesday. The move, she said, would be aimed at ensuring the strike does not harm Canada's economic recovery. Both the union and Air Canada have said a negotiated settlement would be preferable to being forced back to work, although they remain divided on how to get there.


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Home prices remain steady despite Vancouver pull Canadian resale home prices held steady in May compared to last month despite strong sales in Vancouver and Toronto, according to data released on Wednesday by the Canadian Real Estate Association. The reason: many large cities have posted price declines over the past year, Pierre Leduc, spokesperson for the CREA, told on Wednesday. For example, in Calgary, the average sale price was $414,296, down 2.9 per cent from last month. And in Halifax, the average price was $246,709, down 1 per cent from April. The result is a skewed national average, says Leduc. According to CREA, the average price of a home sold in May in Canada was $376,817, down 1 per cent from April Vancouver number keeps climbing," says city's 8.7 per cent year-over-year price but up 2.7 per cent from a year ago. Leduc. And in Toronto, developments gain, he adds. "If you look at the pricing data, the along the waterfront are helping with the According to the Ottawa-based

group, last month, the price of home sold in Vancouver was $812,326, while in Toronto the posted average price was $473,337. There is a confluence of factors driving the upward trend in these cities, says Leduc including strong investor demand and job availability. The news of climbing home prices in these cities is not new. Despite new mortgage regulations that came into effect last month that have sidelined many first-time homebuyers, CREA reported a boom in sales of multimillion dollar properties, largely in the Greater Vancouver area. According to CREA, home prices rose 8.6 per cent from the previous year; but if Vancouver is removed from the data the year-over-year price increase was just 5.6 per cent. Take out Toronto as well, and it was 3.7 per cent.

Quebec asks May to help quickly pass mega-trials bill

Kay Blair named Chair of Osler Board of Directors

OTTAWA — Quebec's justice minister made a quick trip to Ottawa to lobby Green Leader Elizabeth May and, apparently, failed Tuesday to get her support for the instant adoption of a so-called "mega-trials" bill. May continues to argue that the government's newest justice legislation needs serious study and should not be rushed. Quebec was recently stunned when a judge allowed 31 suspected Hells Angels to go free, after the costly and complicated trial was plagued by delays. The province's justice minister, Jean-Marc Fournier, urged May to help the federal bill get unanimous consent so that it might be fast-tracked through the House of Commons. But the Green party issued a statement later in the day saying it would not be pressured into moving quicker. The party said it had concerns about the bill's use of preferred indictments, which would make it easier to skip through the process of a preliminary

inquiry. "A preliminary (inquiry) allows As for the Quebec government's the accused to test the evidence and to argument that this needed to be done imcross-examine key Crown evidence be- mediately, May urged caution. "There is an old legal adage that hard cases make bad law. The government is rushing because 31 Hells Angels were let out of jail. This bill does not put them back in jail," May said. "It may not speed trials as much as people hope, and we don't want to compromise future criminal trials. We cannot afford to move rashly on an issue of this importance." May says the legislation could still pass through the House of Commons by the end of June, even if it proceeds through standard procedures. Quebec's justice minister, for his part, was philosophical about the whole thing. "I came to explain the importance fore a trial," May, her party's lone MP, of this (legislation) to her. She undersaid in a statement. stands," Fournier said. "The strength of a prosecution "She agrees that it should be case may change at this stage... These are adopted before the session ends (for Parvery specific changes that could have liament's summer break). She hopes to larger implications and need to be exam- have very, very quick hearings. So at this ined in committee." point, I'll leave it to parliamentarians."

Etobicoke – Kay Blair was named Chair, Board of Directors, William Osler Health System today replacing long-time Board Chair Duncan Glaholt, who retired after 10 years of volunteer service. “I’m stepping into some pretty big shoes; we will miss Duncan’s guidance,” said Blair. “At the same time, I am looking forward to meeting with front-line Osler employees, the community and with healthcare partners and stakeholders over the coming weeks and months as we continue to strengthen Osler’s presence in the community.” Blair was named Chair at Osler’s 2011 Annual General Meeting held at Etobicoke General Hospital, Wednesday evening. She takes on the top job after serving on the Board since 2009, most recently as Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee. Recognized for her many achievements by peers, opinion leaders and the Office of the Premier of Ontario, she brings a wealth of experience and ideas to her role as Osler Board Chair.

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Hundreds Of Canadian Sikhs Rally To Save Professor Bhullar From Death Row Toronto: - On a call given by "Sikhs For Justice" a human rights advocacy group, during Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention (PBD Canada 2011), Several hundred Canadians including Sikhs, Muslims and Christians gathered in downtown Toronto to voice their support for Professor Devin-

Bhullar may get German help to fight death row

Germany: FOR MERCY Bhullar's 1995 deportation was declared illegal by German court 2 yrs later; law there bars deporting individual to country where he may get death penalty.The German government is "actively considering" to take up the issue of death row convict Prof Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar with India through diplomatic channels, whose mercy petition was rejected by President Pratibha Patil last month. The German link to Bhullar, a mechanical engineer, dates back to 1995 , when he was deported from Frankfurt after his application seeking political asylum was rejected by the authorities. The decision to deport him was declared illegal by a Frankfurt court two years later. The German link to Bhullar, a mechanical engineer, dates back to 1995, when he was deported from Frankfurt after his application seeking political asylum was rejected by the authorities. The decision to deport him was declared illegal by a Frankfurt court two years later. The rejection of Bhullar's mercy petition has led to fresh questions being raised by human rights organisations in Germany about the decision to deport him to India, since the German law prohibits deportation or extradition of individuals to countries where they could be

given a death sentence and tortured in custody. "Our foreign office has assured us that they are familiar with the case and it is under active consideration. We are following the developments from our side," the German justice ministry told HT in an email response. The ministry, however, declined to comment on the decision of the Frankfurt administrative court decision on 1997, which had declared the German government's move to deport Bhullar to India as "illegal," though he was kept in detention for a month before being sent back. The opposition coalition has asked the government to take steps to ensure that the death sentence against Bhullar is not executed. "It would be a violation of German laws and human rights. We are in the forefront of advocating abolition of death penalty and any aberration will not send a correct signal," said C h r i s t o p h Strasser, the coordinator of the working group on human rights for the opposition alliance in the the German parliament. In a related development, a nongovernmental organisation, Lawyers for Human Rights International, have filed a review petition before President Pratibha Patil, asking her to reconsider her decision.

der Pal Singh Bhullar, who has been unjustly sentenced to death in India. Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Vayalar Ravi, along with several other MP's and high officials were supposed to attend the Indian-Canadian business leaders conference at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas but, all except Ms. Perneet Kaur backed out at the last minute and no reason was given for this abrupt change of plans by the office of the Indian High Commissioner in Canada. Earlier this year, the Indian government declared 2011 as the Year of India in Canada. The PBD Convention was supposed to be the largest meeting of the Indian diaspora in North America. Professor Bhullar's case has brought the international community's attention to the plight of the Sikhs in India. Being convicted under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities act (TADA), an act which was criticized by the UN and later abolished due to its unconstitutional nature, Canadian Sikhs rallied and demanded that their elected officials and business community members raise Professor Bhullar's issue with the Indian delegation present. Professor Bhullar's wife, Navneet Kaur, says he is sure to be executed unless Canada and other foreign governments pressure India to commute his death sentence. A Canadian citizen, Kaur came from her home in Surrey, B.C., to rally for justice outside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre today where Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty was meeting with business and political leaders from India. "I am making a desperate appeal to any Canadian politician to step forward to

help me save my husband, who is an innocent man," said Kaur, choking back her tears. "I have sent a letter to Prime Minister Harper, the Governor General and the Premier of Ontario begging them for their help. My husband was falsely accused, forced to confess and has been imprisoned for 16 years for a crime he did not commit." "There is no justice Prof. Bhullar's case," said Gurpatwant S. Pannun, legal advisor to Sikhs for Justice (SFJ). "Professor Bhullar was tortured into giving a confession and there is no other evidence against him. "We urge the Governor General, the Premier and politicians of every stripe to raise this dire matter with the visiting Indian Ministers". Attorney Pannun stated

that "India is not a signatory to UN Convention Against Torture and it has been documented by a number of human rights organizations that the Indian police have tortured people under its custody to extract confessions. Bhullar's case demonstrates that Sikhs are being subjected to ‘judicial murder' in India." "We need Canada and other foreign governments to intervene." "India often lays claim to being the world's largest democracy, but the claim rings hollow," said Jatinder Singh Grewal, Youth Coordinator for SFJ Canada. "I'm not sure who said it, but the true measure of a democracy is the way it treats its minorities - whether they be Sikhs, Muslims or Christians. "If Canada is going to do business with India, then our leaders must ask the tough questions on human rights. We know Sikhs who ask for equality or justice in India are routinely persecuted. We want justice for Professor Bhullar and the Sikhs of India." "Sikhs For Justice" the human rights advocacy group behind today's massive "Justice Rally" is planning to file a petition that will be presented in the House of Commons demanding Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Canadian Government to intercede. The rally to save Prof. Bhullar was supported by the Ontario Gurudwaras Committee (OGC), Ontario Sikh and Gurudwara Council (OSGC), umbrella organizations of Ontario Gurudwaras, United Front of Sikhs, Shiromani Akali Dal Panch Pardhani, Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar, Gurudwara Jot Parkash Sahib, Gurudwara Mississauga Sahib and several other Sikh Gurudwaras from Montreal and Ottawa.

On Hunger Strike... 08

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Insurance is TOO high in Ontario, Gas Prices are sky rocketing. These are the reason that members of NFCA decided to go on hunger strike. A discredited, pro conservatives Dr. Bikram Lamba is in lead with backing of radio producer Ranbir Chouhan. Speaking on Rangla

Punjab radio, Baltej Pannu clearly sided away from their method of agitation. Mr. Pannu said that there are other ways to raise awareness. Hunger strike is last resort to turn to. Pannu`s views were echoed by Dr. Sharda. The group is facing criticism because of their secret decision

of going on hunger strike. Many people disapprove of it, though everyone believes that the issues for the strike is just. Everyone is urged to come and show their support by gathering at Queens park at 12:30 -1:30 everyday. The buzz is that these people have gone on hunger

strike for all of us, so showing support is our duty. Strikers are on their third day without eating anything as they claim. Without enough support this movement will die in a day or two and that will be the end of NFCA.If you care, be there at 12:30 today.

Bruins beat Canucks 4-0 to win Stanley Cup Vancouver- The Vancouver Canucks won't be bringing the Stanley Cup home to Canada this year. The Boston Bruins grinded their way to a 4-0 win over a frustrated Canucks team, that despite many shots, had few chances to score. And when they did, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was there to stop them. At 37, the seemingly ageless netminder stopped all 37 shots against him. Thomas, who finished with a .967 save percentage in the finals, was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP. The Bruins got two goals each from Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Boston went up 3-0 in the second period when Patrice Bergeron scored on a shorthanded breakaway, and the Canucks never looked the same again. Bergeron was hauled down but his momentum carried the puck into the net, and after a review, it was deemed a good goal. Earlier in the second, Brad Marchand snuck in a wraparound goal that just trickled in over the line. He added an empty netter late in the third to make it 4-0. The Bruins opened the scoring in the first on forward Patrice Bergeron's one-timer goal from the top of the crease in the first. Bergeron's goal came on a pass from Marchand on a broken play in Vancouver's end that took Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo by surprise. The goal came at 14:37 in a tight first period that saw end-to-end action but

few scoring opportunities. Bruins forward Mark Recchi, 43, won his third Stanley Cup -- his first as a Bruin. He promised to retire from the NHL if the Bruins won. He finished with an assist in Game 7 and seven points in the finals. Unlike the tense 1994 Game 7, in which the Canucks lost to the New York Rangers 3-2, Vancouver never seemed to

be able to find its stride this Game 7. Vancouver had few scoring chances, but one shot in the second did beat goalie Thomas only to be blocked by the behemoth body of defenceman Zdeno Chara. The Canucks' gifted forwards, particularly the Sedin twins, had few opportunities and for much of the game they seemed invisible. The Sedins each finished -4

in Game 7. Before the game, injured Bruins forward Nathan Horton added a little Boston water from a squeeze bottle to Vancouver's ice surface at the Rogers Arena for good luck. Vancouver has not won the Cup in its 41-year history. The Bruins last lifted Lord Stanley's mug when Bobby Orr was their star player, in 1972

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2011 Jaguar XJ Supersport Review

By: Lyndon Conrad Bell Sir William Lyons, founder of Jaguar, coined the phrase “space, pace and grace” to define the characteristics of the sedans (saloons, for those of you well versed in English-English) his company built. With the emergence of the Jaguar XJ Supersport, his successors have taken that phrase and expanded upon it in a most magnificent fashion. Jaguar’s top performing five-passenger four-door sedan features a 510-horsepower supercharged 5.0liter V8 producing 461 ft-lbs of

4.7-second 60— though we achieved four-second 60s quite consistently in our testing. On winding roads, the XJ Supersport takes to the corners with the same verve exhibited by its XK sibling. A flick of the paddle shifter behind the steering wheel commands the transmission to downshift after blipping the throttle to match revs and releasing a gloriously sonorous blat from the Jaguar's cavernous tailpipes. Immaculately balanced, the XJ claws into cor-

lieve. Accelerating off the corner, the big cat scats (you had to know that one was coming) toward the next apex as if being chased by a pack of snarling Dobermans. Thing is, this cat has more than enough scratch to turn and send those hounds howling home to their mothers. And while this is an experience one expects from a two-seat sportster whose rough ride and minimal comfort and convenience features are accepted as the price of its abili-

Jaguar XJ’s—is altogether supple and comfortable. That the Supersport conveys both palatial comfort and outstanding dynamics is wholly reflective of Sir William’s dictum. Bottom line; in their quest for outsized pace, Jaguar’s engineers kept the grace and space firmly in place. Befitting its role as Jaguar’s flagship, the XJ Supersport's roster of standard equipment is outstanding. Everything in the car is either wrapped in leather or accented with aluminum and

torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission programmable for both comfort and sport operation. Jaguar quotes a

ners, holds on tight and screams toward the exit, emitting a deep guttural baritone growl from the V8 you’ll have to hear to be-

ties, we’re talking about one of the world’s foremost luxury sedans here. The ride—while admittedly tauter than the standard

the finest woods available. We’re not talking just plain old leather either; this is leather so smooth and soft it makes a baby’s

Available only by special order, Jaguar XJ Supersport pricing starts at $109,150. butt feel like Keith Richard's face. A 30-gig hard disc drive and a media hub—supporting every imaginable audio source— feed a 1200-watt audio system. All seats are both heated and cooled and the front seats adjust twenty ways. Meanwhile, the automatic climate control system assuages any remaining temperate discomfort of four different people— individually and simultaneously. Commanding a place of honor in the center stack, an eight-inch touch

screen monitor controls the audio, navigation, climate, and communications systems. And while we appreciate the convenience it confers, we do find it a tad slow to respond. Instead of reacting to a touch, it prefers your finger to linger on the screen before it responds. Given the alacrity with which the rest of the Su-

persport reacts to inputs, waiting for a touch to register can be a bit trying. Still, the English clubroom atmosphere of the XJ Supersport’s interior is absolutely intoxicating. In fact, were it not in a motorcar (a bit more English-English there blokes) the XJ’s cabin would be an ideal place to enjoy a brandy, a cigar and some

jovial conversation with a few mates. But saloon or no, introducing alcohol to a situation this potent—well— let’s just say some cocktails are better left to the imagination. Befitting the regality of its status, Jaguar does nothing overt to inform passersby of the amazing potential of this iteration of its flagship. Subtle Supersport badges on the trailing edge of the XJ’s wings (front fenders Yanks) and 20-inch wheels are the only visual cues announcing the limited production Jaguar’s potential prowess. Available in both standard and long wheelbase configurations, the Jaguar XJ Supersport is today’s ultimate iteration of Sir William’s philosophy.

BMW Enters the Superbike War

BMW's first real entry into the superbike class was introduced in New York. The menacing S 1000 RR produces 193 horsepower, which is more than the original BMW M3! This 404-pound rocket redlines at 14,200 rpm and puts the power to the road through a six-speed transmission. Pricing has been set at $13,800.


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Iifa Announces Visiting Luminaries Who Will Take Part In The Videocon D2h Iifa Weekend In Toronto TORONTO/MUMBAI-- The green carpet will be sparkling with the best and brightest of Indian Cinema when the Videocon d2H IIFA Weekend kicks off in Toronto from June 23-25, 2011. The spectacular three-day event features the IIFA Film Festival, IIFA World Premiere presented by Infiniti, the FICCI Global Business Forum, IIFA Music Workshop, IIFA Rocks presented by The Bay and the Floriana IIFA Awards. This extraordinary celebration of Indian Cinema and culture is hosted by Government of Ontario and presented by CIBC. For the first time in North America, Indian Cinema fans can see their favourite actors, directors and producers in person, at a variety of events throughout the province of Ontario, and designed to bring the magic of this unique cinematic genre to fans everywhere. IIFA is pleased to welcome the following actors, directors and

producers to the CIBC presents 2011 IIFA Celebrations in To r o n t o : Vi k a s Bahl; Arjan Bajwa; Bipasha Basu; Vishal Bharadwaj; Priyanka Chopra; Bobby Deol; Esha Deol; Sunny Deol; Ritesh Deshmukh; Dharmendra; Neha Dhupia; Boman Irani; Javed Jaffery; Karan Johar; Anil Kapoor; Neetu Kapoor; Rajiv Kapoor; Randhir Kapoor; Rishi Kapoor; Arbaaz Khan; Fardeen Khan; Malaika Arora Khan; Sonail Khan; Zayed Khan; Madhavan; Hema Malini; Dia Mirza; Dino Morea; Kangana Ranaut; Shankar-EshaanLoy; Mallika Sherawat; Shilpa Shetty; Ranveer Singh; Shatrughan Sinha; Sonakshi Sinha; Ramesh Sippy; Sonu Sood; Arshad Warsi; Preity Zinta Additional talent announcements are forthcoming.The Flori ana IIFA Awards is the most prestigious ceremony honouring excellence in Indian Cinema. 22,000 people will see the spectacular

Sikh professor teaches religion at CLU Rahuldeep Singh Gill tends to stand out at California Lutheran University, where he is the only religion professor who is not Christian. Gill is a Sikh, a popular religion in the Punjab state of India, where he was born. And he wears a dastar, or turban, setting him apart both on campus and in the community. On campus, Gill uses those differences to encourage others to examine their biases, his own open mind serving as an example, said Rudy Lugo-Rios, 20, a junior majoring in psychology. “He takes that first impression and works with it,” Lugo-Rios said. “He turns it into a lesson about how we think — that we need to look at our own assumptions, that we need to look beneath the surface.” Gill also allows students and colleagues to understand another

religion through the eyes of a believer — a valuable asset, said R. Guy Erwin, a CLU professor of religion and history. “He’s a visible witness to us of the diversity of the world,” Erwin said. Gill is in his second year at the Thousand Oaks university, where he teaches several survey courses, including Introduction to Christianity and Introduction to the Study of Global Religions. He’s also taught courses that reflect his own interests. Last semester he taught Songs of Indian Saints, where students read Hindu, Muslim and Sikh poetry from the Medieval period. This semester, he’s teaching The Sikh Tradition: A Case Study in Global Religions. “I love the American university,” he said. “I believe it’s the freest place on Earth.”

and presentation ceremony live at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, with a broadcast audiearly 700 million viewers worldwide. Viewers in North America can also tune in via Pay-PerView. In Canada, the collaboration between Wizcraft and OMNI Rogers will bring this celebration of Indian Cinema and culture, in unprecedented style, to television screens around the globe. The live, Pay-PerView event will be broadcast by Multivision Media across the United States. Infiniti is the Presenting Sponsor for the IIFA World Premiere (Double Dhamaal) as well as the Official Automotive Partner IIFA 2011. Cineplex is the Official Cinema partner of IIFA 2011. OMNI Television is the Official Canadian

business leaders have enjoyed IIFA Celebrations in Sun City, Malaysia, Dubai, Amsterdam, Singapore, Yorkshire, Bangkok, Macau, Johannesburg, and Colombo. The CIBC presents 2011 IIFA Celebrations in Toronto, Canada are expected to draw approximately 40,000 visitors to Ontario. Conceptualized and produced by Wizand craft International

Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and supported by the key members of the Indian film fraternity, IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy. The IIFA Awards is India's biggest media event. With a viewership of nearly 700 million, it is among the world's mostwatched annual entertainment spectacles. From a one night celebration in 2000

at the Millennium Dome, London, the last ten years have seen the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) movement grow into a cine-packed weekend of filmfestivals, workshops, exhibitions, film-showcases, global business forums and sporting events, all of which climax into the highlight of the Weekend, the IIFA A w a r d s .

Broadcast Partner celebrities of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) 2011. It will broadcast unprecedented coverage of the three-day long weekend and awards celebration Bring your family and friends for a Sat. June 18, 9 am – 9 pm and Sun. June 19, 12 noon – 6 pm to Canadians when weekend of fun, food and festivity. Come and say Hello to our “Walking Surf the internet or check your email in it makes its North the air conditioned auditorium at the American debut in Books” at the Flower City Parade on Sat. June 18 from 2-3 pm Four Corners Library on Ontario this June. Bring your children to the dual language Sat. June 18, 10 am – 5 pm and Sun. ABOUT IIFA The first IIFA storytime at the Gage Park in the Gazebo June 19, 1 – 5 pm Visit Brampton Library to check out the Awards were held on Sat. June 18 from 10-10:30 am and Bollywood DVDs that are nominated for at the Millenium the IIFA award. Visit Dome in London, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Get the books at the Library book sale the website and vote for your favourite UK in 2000. Since then, millions of In- and carry them in the Brampton Library IIFA nominated films at dian Cinema fans, bag on filmmakers,

Brampton Library will be participating in the IIFA Buzz Brampton Festival

June 16, 2011

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Confession time? The news of actors about her. As a girlfriend she an ideal girl for him. John's Bipasha Basu and John Abra- was a caring and nice person. dad maintained that he should ham's break-up came as a She was very homely unlike settle down with any girl he shock to most as the felt happy with and also Actor John Abraham aptwo were dating for said that he liked Bithe past eight years. pasha. John's mother parently has come clean Though Bipasha has said that her son needed been vocal about her on his split with long-time a more homely and carfeelings, John regirl, who undergirlfriend, Bipasha Basu ing fused to comment on stood her son. She the relatioship until clearly ignored Bipasha on a chat show now. He has apparin her talks and not ently poured his heart out on the image created by people. even once referred to her." a chat show (the episode is But the problem he felt was However, now rumour mills yet to be aired) recently. that they were both head- are abuzz that John is quite A source says, "When asked strong. He went on to say that enjoying his single status and about his relationship status, as much as men say they be- has been hitting it off quite John said that after being in a lieve in women's liberation, well with women around him. relationship for eight years they are chauvinistic. He And one name that seems to you want to try out every- added that he cared about the be topping the list is that of an thing to make it work. And women in his life and would upcoming model apparently when it still isn't working out, not like it if they were in any called Priya. In fact, John has it's still not easy to break up problems. Therefore he main- been spotted having coffee instantly as you have some tained the 'no comments' and on another occasion dinreally fond memories with the stand." ner with her. Now, John are person. He added that Bi- The source further adds, "On you still going to maintain a pasha was a very strong per- the show John's parents were 'no comments' stand? son and that's what he loved asked who they feel would be

Preity believes in love stories

Rom-coms have always seemed to work in favour of actor-turned producer Preity Zinta. After all, films like Saalam Namaste and Dil Chahta Hai were some of her biggest hits till date. So, when she turned producer, it was perhaps only natural that Preity was biased towards this genre to kick start her production house. A source close to Preity says that chances are high that her debut film as a producer will also be a breezy romantic-comedy, which will give the audiences enough chances to flash their own dimples. "Preity thinks that today's audience connects with rom-coms and that they are ageless. She has finalised on such a script that will be directed by Prem Soni. The film is fresh in its idea and, of course, Preity thinks that this is going to work with the audience," says the friend. The actor is also apparently considering making another film which she doesn't want to discuss because it is still in the planning stage. "The second film that she will be making is a little different and is still in the planning stage, so she doesn't want to talk about it yet. But Preity doesn't want to move drastically away from formula films. Preity wants to make out-andout commercial films for the time being," the friend adds.

One really can't blame you if you really thought that actor Kareena Kapoor is seeking actor Salman Khan's blessing in this picture, considering Salman's renewed status as the box-office king following his latest hit. But it's just a photograph taken during a scene being shot for film Bodyguard in Patiala. However, considering that the actor is being called the Rajinikanth of Bollywood, it won't be a surprise if people really do line up for Bhai's (as he's fondly called) blessings in the coming days. He's really riding a success wave and it seems can do no

wrong. Whether it's in giving hit films with record-breaking collections (Wanted, Dabangg and Ready), anchoring successful reality shows (Dus Ka

look for the film, which is traditional and close to her look in film Jab We Met. As for Salman, the actor who was once dropped off endorse-

"Ya doing well, a friend of mine said that Ready is like HAHK on

Ke picture bolta hai Look what we found... Is that actor Salman Khan blessing his heroine Kareena Kapoor? Dum, Bigg Boss) or introducing sensations (Katrina Kaif and Sonakshi Sinha). The latter reason, one should say, can actually not be a bad reason if Kareena does seek Salman's blessing. But what the picture really does is reveal the heroine's

ments at the slightest scandal or fisticuffs and replaced by contemporaries like Akshay Kumar is considered 'solid wicket' this time around. The actor, himself, apparently seems amused by people's reaction to his success.

steroids hehehe. Thought it was funny," he tweets. For those in the dark, the HAHK that he mentions is Hum Aapke Hain Koun, a phenomenal success to his credit in the nineties. If one recalls,

he had apparently told one of his heroines in the nineties, "I'll still be playing the hero while you may go on to do older roles." Guess, no one predicted his success better than him!


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