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1,800-year-old dot is the first ‘zero’, say researchers

Scroll containing the mathematical symbol was found in a village in northern Pakistan.


dot on a third-century manuscript considered to be the first recorded use of the mathematical symbol for ‘zero’, 500 years earlier than previously thought. Scientists from the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, have used carbon dating to trace the figure’s origins to the famous ancient Indian scroll,� the university said in a statement. The birch bark scroll is known as the Bakhshali manuscript, named after Bakhshali village in Pakistan near Peshawar,

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India mourns death of war hero Arjan Singh


Last minute reprieve for Jassi’s mom & uncle

Mom & uncle of slain BC woman taken off BECOME A CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT the plane as judicial review approved A B.C. mother and uncle accused in an honour killing in India had already boarded a plane to be extradited to India when that extradition was suddenly halted Thursday. Malkit Kaur Sidhu, 67, and Surjit Singh Badesha, 72, are accused of ordering the 2000 death of Jaswinder (Jassi) Sidhu, Malkit Sidhu’s daughter. Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court

of Canada ruled the pair should be extradited to India to face trial. But on Thursday, the Department of Justice confirmed that their surrender order had been stayed, because the pair has filed an application for a judicial review. Sidhu and Badesha had already travelled from Maple Ridge to Vancouver and then flown to Toronto. But while they

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Arjan Singh Tributes are being paid to Marshal Arjan Singh, India’s last five-star officer and the only member of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to be awarded the accolade. Singh died of a heart attack on Saturday at an Army hospital in the Indian capital Delhi. He was 98. A state funeral was held on Monday in Delhi, with the national flag lowered to half-

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End result never justifies the means, Mr Premier Taking tax payers money to fund political parties is plain wrong. No matter how Premier John Horgan and his minions spin it, the truth is that taxpayers hard earned money will be handed out for political parties to pay for their operations. Imagine your tax dollars being used to pay for rent, phone, staff and other expenses of a political party that you don’t even like or


support. Well, too bad because that is exactly what Premier Horgan and his NDP-cum-Green Party government are proposing to do. Horgan, who had claimed during the election campaign that he will do no such thing, is saying that the end justifies the means. You do whatever you want to as long as the end result is good. His government is proposing as had also been promised by the previous Liberal government), to remove business and union

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Pictured above are people celebrating Navratri festival in Surrey on Thursday. Puja and festivities will go on until September 29, 2017

Inflation heats up to 1.4% in August, pushed higher by gasoline, airfares


anada’s inflation rate inched up to an annualized 1.4 per cent in August, as gasoline prices and airfares got more expensive. Statistics Canada reported that transportation costs rose by 2.8 per cent in the year up to August. That’s up from a 1.9 per cent annual increase the previous month. Gasoline prices were a major driver of the increase, up 8.6 in the past year. In addition to prices at the pump, Canadians paid more to fly during the month. “Air transportation costs grew at a greater rate on a year-over-year basis in August than in July,” the data agency said. Food prices, meanwhile, which had been getting cheaper earlier this year because

of the rising loonie have now reversed course and are getting slightly more expensive again. The price of meat has increased by 1.1 per cent, on average, in the past 12 months. Fresh fruit prices are up by 5.6 per cent over the same period, and food at restaurants has gone up by 2.6 per cent in the past year, Statistics Canada reported Friday. “Grocery price deflation has now officially ended, with prices poking into positive territory after nearly a year in decline,” BMO economist Sal Guatieri noted. After hitting a two-year low earlier this summer in June, the cost of living is ticking steadily higher, and at least one economist expects that trend to continue. Downward pressure

Sam Sullivan is first to announce bid for BC Liberal leadership Dianne Watts and Andrew Wilkinson expected to enter race in coming days


LA Sam Sullivan has become the first person to announce plans to run for the leadership of the province’s Liberal party and others are expected to be lining up soon. Sullivan, a former Vancouver mayor, who was first elected to the legislature in 2012, said Thursday in a news release he had formally filed his application for the party’s leadership and vowed to bring more urban and youth support to the party. His announcement preempted those of former Surrey mayor Dianne Watts and MLA Andrew Wilkinson, who are both expected to enter the race in the next

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End result never justifies the means, Mr Premier

donations to political parties from BC politics. But the NDP Premier does not want political parties, including his own, to suffer from lack of cash flow while transitioning from the days of large union and corporate/business donations to days of operating without such union/corporate donations and limited individual donations.. So what to do? Dear God what to do? What will happen to our political parties and all those hard working political staffers loyal to Premier Horgan and other party leaders. Snap! Here is an idea! Pull the cash out of the taxpayers wallet and put it in the political parties bank accounts ! Ingenious ! There may be some outcries about lying and political promises broken but, hey, the Premier’s poll numbers did not dip much when his government broke other campaign promises - such as $10 a day daycare, $15 an hour minimum wage, rent rebate among many others. So the poor, stupid BC taxpayers will learn to live with this initiative also. It would be awesome if the NDP government

could somehow manoeuver to leave out the BC Liberals and BC Conservatives and other such parties out of this taxpayer funded largesse but that would be inviting a lawsuit. And, anyways, the BC NDP and BC Greens will benefit most from this deal. So let’s go for it. It is still wrong, Mr Premier. Means do not justify an end - no matter how good the end result is. Saying the federal political did a similar thing does not make it right. The new law will end the BC Liberal Party’s fundraising advantage and likely leave the NDP, which receives a greater number of small individual donations than the other parties, with a financial advantage over its competitors. The bill also provides for five years of transitional public funding for political parties and reimbursement of 50 per cent of allowable election expenses. Based on 2016 donations, the new limits and public subsidy would leave the NDP with about $5.8 million to spend each year, the Liberals with $4.9 million and the Greens with $1.6 million.


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Each party could also get up to about $4.35 million to cover campaign costs in the next election if the party has a full slate of 87 candidates and spends the maximum allowed. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver said public funding for political parties wasn’t his party’s idea, though he supported the plan. “All I can say is we didn’t push for the subsidies,� Weaver said. “We didn’t bring subsidies to the table.� IThe bill’s provisions will likely cause the largest loss to the BC Liberal Party, which in recent years has received far more, far larger donations than the others. In 2016 the BC Liberals collected $8.4 million in donations that would be prohibited under the new rules, most of it from corporations. They also received 399 donations that exceeded $1,200, five of which were for $100,000 each. About $1.75 million came from individuals whose contributions would have exceeded the new cap. In total, if the new rules had been in place in 2016 the Liberals would have been unable to accept about $10.15 million in contributions — about three-quarters of the party’s take.

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1800- year-old dot is the first ‘zero’: researchers

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where it was found buried in 1881. It has been held at the Bodleian Libraries since 1902. “The creation of zero as a number in its own right, which evolved from the placeholder dot symbol found in the Bakhshali manuscript, was one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of mathematics,” said Marcus du Sautoy, a mathematics professor at Oxford. “We now know that it was as early as the third century that mathematicians in India planted the seed of the idea that would later become so fundamental to the modern world,” he said. The Bakhshali scroll was already recognised as the oldest Indian mathematical text but its exact age was widely contested, and researchers used carbon dating to trace it back to the third or fourth century. The text was in fact found to contain hundreds of zeroes, representing orders of magnitude in the ancient Indian numbers system. The earliest recorded example of the use of zero was previously believed to be a ninthcentury inscription on a wall in a temple in Gwalior, India. Several ancient cultures, including the Mayans and the Babylonians, used the zero placeholder but the dot used in ancient Indian mathematics is the one that ultimately evolved into the symbol used today. Librarian Richard Ovenden said the discovery was of “vital importance to the history of mathematics and the study of early South Asian culture”.

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Mom & uncle of slain BC woman taken off the plane From page 1 for a connecting flight to India, they learned the B.C. Court of Appeal had accepted their judicial review request, halting the extradition. Badeshaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawyer, Michael Klein, says he requested the judicial review after receiving new and relevant information. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was material before the minister that we thought the minister needed to review to determine whether or not these two people should still be surrendered to the Republic of India,â&#x20AC;? Klein said.. SCC rules for extradition of accused in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;honourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; killing â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t discuss the nature of the material. But what happened in court today was as a result of filing that material.â&#x20AC;? Authorities in India claim Sidhu and Badesha ordered the murder from Canada and paid the equivalent of $10,000 to have the killing carried out. They allege the pair was angry that




Jassi had secretly married Mithy Sidhu, an Indian rickshaw driver, against the wishes of her family, because she had already been â&#x20AC;&#x153;promisedâ&#x20AC;? to a wealthy, older man. An India court has already convicted the pair of murder. Authorities now want to try them for conspiracy to commit murder. The pair has fought extradition for three years, arguing they would face substandard prison conditions in India. Sidhu and Badesha say they are in poor health and will require medical care in custody. Eleven other people stood trial in India for the murder. Initially, seven were convicted and four acquitted, but four more were acquitted on appeal. Three people are currently serving life sentences for their roles in the attack.

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mast across all government and also was part of the team that assisted the buildings in the city. Paying advance of allied forces to Rangoon in today’s tribute to Singh, Indian Prime Minister Myanmar. For his role in successfully leading the Narendra Modi said the country remembered squadron during combat, Arjan Singh received his “outstanding service to the nation.” Born the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1944. on April 15, 1919 in Lyallpur, now known as As India declared its Independence on 15 Faisalabad in Pakistan, Singh was chosen for August 1947, Singh led the fly-past of more than a pilot training course at the Royal Air Force a hundred IAF aircraft over the Red Fort in the College Cranwell in Lincolnshire, England, at national capital. the age of 19. After Independence, he took command of His training was cut short because of World Air Force station in Ambala, and later in 1949 War I and he returned home before being posted he took over as the Air Officer Commanding of to the North Western Frontier Province, present Operational Command, which later became the day Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan, Western Air Command based in Delhi. He led the as a member of the No. 1 IAF Squadron. Command during 1949In 1944, Singh led 1952 and again from his squadron in combat 1957-1961, thus setting during the Burma a record for leading the Campaign, in which crucial command for the forces from what was longest period. then the British Empire, After the Air Force sat the Republic of China out of the 1962 war with and the United States China, during which defeated the Japanese. He India was humiliated, received a Distinguished Singh was appointed the Flying Cross for his role Deputy Chief of Air Staff Arjan Singh in the fight, and was later and became the Vice Chief promoted to Wing Commander. of Air Staff by 1963. When India became an independent nation On August 1, 1964, Singh took over as the Chief on August 15, 1947, Singh led a fly-past of over of Air Staff (CAS) in the rank of Air Marshal. 100 aircraft over Delhi’s Red Fort to mark the In September 1965 when Pakistan launched end of British colonial rule. Operation Grand Slam, in which an armoured A national hero thrust targeted the vital town of Akhnur, Singh In the following years, Singh quickly rose up was summoned to the Defence Minister’s office the ranks of independent India’s new air force. with a request for air support. When asked how In 1964, at the age of 44, he was appointed Chief quickly the IAF will be ready for operations, of Air Staff with the rank of Air Marshal. Singh said in his characteristic nonchalance,”in Over his long career, Singh flew more than 60 an hour”. IAF struck the Pakistani offensive in an types of aircraft, from pre-World War 2 planes to hour. the more modern Gnats and Vampires. In 1965 Throughout the 1965 war, Singh showed he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s exemplary leadership, and was awarded the second highest civilian honor, for his leadership Padma Vibhushan for his leadership during the and became the first Air Chief Marshal of the war and subsequently the rank of the CAS was IAF that same year. upgraded to that of Air Chief Marshal. Singh thus Following his retirement in 1969, Singh was became the first Air Chief Marshal of the Indian appointed as India’s Ambassador to Switzerland Air Force. in 1971 and concurrently served as the After his retirement in July 1969, he was Ambassador to the Vatican. He became India’s appointed Indian ambassador to Switzerland. envoy to Kenya in 1974. In January 2002, he was conferred the rank of In 2002, the Indian government gave him the the Marshal of the Air Force in recognition of his rank of Marshal of the Air Force, making him unparalleled contribution to India. Till date he is the first and only ‘Five Star’ rank officer of the the only Air Force officer to have been promoted IAF. to the five-star rank. The Indian Armed Forces have had only three In his unparalleled career, Singh flew over 60 Marshal rank officers, the highest honorary different types of aircraft from Pre- World War II rank given. era biplanes to the more contemporary Gnats & The first, Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, led Vampires, besides transport aircraft. the military operation that led to creation of Questions over the deathThe legendary career’s Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan, in 1971. He end was marred by some questions over the way died in 2008 at the age of 94. the government went about announcing his Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa, the first death. Commander-in-Chief of the Army, died aged Minister of State for External Affairs General 94 in 1993. VK Singh had tweeted about his death, only to be During World War II, Arjan Singh flew close contradicted by the IAF on Saturday evening. support missions during the Imphal Campaign Both the Prime Minister and Defence Mnister visited Singh in the hospital.

Red Scorpion member Konaam Shirzad shot dead in Kamloops A founding member of the Red Scorpion gang was killed in whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s believed to be targeted shooting in Kamloops, B.C. on Thursday. Konaam Shirzad, 34, was found dead on Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay Trail at 7:20 p.m., according to RCMP. Police said that another 28-year-old man was also found with nonlife threatening injuries and taken to hospital. Investigators found a burning vehicle on Odin Court off of Whiteshield Crescent shortly after the shooting, but officers say they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t confirmed if the fire is related to the killing.

Gang history The Red Scorpions were formed by a group of gangsters doing time at a youth detention facility around the year 2000. During the Surrey Six murder trial gang members identified Shirzad as on of the gangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founding members, and BC provincial court records show that he faced dozens of criminal charges since then.

ancouver Film School executives realized that it had reached the point where it made more sense to take Hollywood North to Bollywood, rather than try to recruit more Indian students to its Vancouver campus. So VFS has just reached an agreement to export its services to India in the form of two campuses there as public-private partnerships, one in Mumbai and one in Hyderabad, Diwakar Gandhi, the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of international strategy, said Tuesday at the B.C.-India Partnership Summit in Vancouver. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at India in a very, very different terms,â&#x20AC;? Gandhi told the group of business, government and educational officials. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gone are the days when we looked at India and (and thought) â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bring 150 students to Canada and teach them.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, we realize

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PICS, Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society celebrated its 30th anniversary in Vancouver last week. Highlights of the evening were the wards, entertainment, dinner and dance. Pictured above are the guests and organizers.




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rogressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society held a gala dinner to celebrate its 30th Anniversary on September 16th in Vancouver. The evening was filled with more than 700 people who shared in a vision of supporting PICS programs that create an inclusive and mutually respectful society. PICS Society was embraced by different religious temples including Ross Street Gurdwara, Khalsa Diwan Society, and Sri Guru Singh Sabha Temple. A certificate of Appreciation was presented to PICS Society by Councilor Yousef Barakat, President of the Canadian Arab Forum of BC. PICS

also received generous support from business organizations who sponsored the event including Vancity, and Khalsa Credit Union. Other participating businesses included the City of Surrey, Envision Financial, RBC, Canadian Western Bank, Remedy Pharmacy, AMC Insurance, Cooperative Insurance, Standard Insulation and the Indian business community at large. Their contributions enable PICS to continue providing services and programs for the community. The mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continuous support over the years is incredibly appreciated by all at PICS Society. You are a voice for us to reach out to the community.

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Former head of Human Rights Commission says the Commission should have full independence ‘I would like to see a society where there’s no need for a commission, there’s no need for a tribunal” Now, as the NDP government employer and service provider, makes early moves to keep one accountable to human rights standards. “I would like to see of its campaign promises by a commission report directly restoring BC Human Rights Commission, the former head to the legislature, just like the of BCHRC, Harinder Mahil ombudsman does, just like the (pictured) is calling for a fully auditor general does, so that it truly is independent,” he said. independent commission with Mr Mahil said there are major a broad mandate to protect British Columbians. Mr Mahil was running differences between the BC Human Rights the BC Human Rights Commission until it Tribunal, which acts like a court and has was dismantled by the Liberal government in a mandate to rule on decisions put before 2002. “We don’t have the kind of society that it but not to investigate beyond individual A commission would likely be we would like to have. I would like to see a cases. society where there’s no need for a commission, charged with investigating systemic issues there’s no need for a tribunal. We treat each within organizations that lead to ongoing other with respect, but that’s not where we are,” discrimination, he said. In a tribunal setting, Mahil said. “Discrimination is still the reality employers and employees often reach a for a lot of British Columbians.” BC launches settlement and that’s the end of the story. public process to re-establish Human Rights “The system stays as it is,” Mahil said. “The Commission. Mahil said ‘a new commission commission, if it was around, would look at should be fully independent from the whether the system as a whole needed to be government in order to hold it, as both an changed.”

TransLink to roll out double-decker bus pilot project this fall Double-decker transit buses are popular in Victoria and Seattle, and will soon be coming to the Lower Mainland. TransLink, the regional transit authority, will test two double-decker buses this fall to see if they are a good fit for the Metro Vancouver area. According to a report from CEO Kevin Desmond, TransLink expects to receive the buses from manufacturer Alexander Dennis in about a month, at no charge. The buses will be based out of the Richmond Transit Centre and piloted for two months on three highway routes: the 351 between Crescent Beach and Richmond, the 354 between White Rock and Richmond, and the 555 between Langley and Coquitlam. “It gives the mechanics and the folks at (Coast Mountain Bus Company) the chance to drive them, kick the tires. It gives our customers a chance to experience them, get some feedback from customers,” said Desmond. This week, TransLink has run a funny-looking test bus fitted with a frame to mimic the profile of a double-decker bus along the routes to make sure there is enough

clearance for the pilot buses and that cables, power lines and tree branches won’t get in the way. TransLink is currently running a test bus fitted with a frame to mimic the profile of a double-decker bus to make sure there is enough clearance for an upcoming double-decker bus pilot project. TransLink is currently running a test bus fitted with a frame to mimic the profile of a doubledecker bus to make sure there is enough clearance for an upcoming double-decker bus pilot project. Geoff Cross, TransLink’s vice-president of policy and planning, said the highway coach fleet is aging — many are 17 to 18 years old — and it’s time to replace them. He said the need to replace the buses has provided an opportunity to explore new options, like the double-decker buses. Cross said they are more comfortable than the usual highway coaches because they have more seating — 80 seats as opposed to 47. They also have lower emissions per passenger than traditional buses. Desmond has experience with the double deckers from his time working at a transit authority in Washington state.

Judge throws out evidence seized during meth lab raid due to police misconduct A judge has thrown out evidence, including a loaded firearm, that was seized during a raid on a meth lab at a Vancouver home after finding police had violated the rights of two residents charged in the case. After B.C. Supreme Court Justice Nigel Kent concluded that the evidence was inadmissible, the Crown dismissed charges that had been laid against Shu Tshung Wong and Lena Truong. The accused were charged with seven drug and firearm offences following the discovery of the methamphetamine lab and the handgun at their home in the 2900-block East 15th Avenue on June 15, 2012. During

the execution of a search warrant, members of the Vancouver police and the RCMP clandestine lab team found in the upstairs of the home items associated with the manufacture of meth, including Reactine pills, pipes used for smoking meth and several baggies containing about 28 grams of meth. In a bedside table police located a Glock firearm in a gun case, with a magazine loaded with 17 cartridges. Other meth lab equipment, including glassware, precursor chemicals and air filtration masks, was also located in the home.





South Asian youth is a double sport star For the time being at least, Sammy Sidhu is at home with the gridiron and grappling. The Grade 12 stars at both running back and linebacker for the New Westminster Hyacks, the No. 2 ranked triple-A football team in the province, according to Howard Tsumura’s Varsity Letters, which have a showdown on the road Friday with the No. 4 Mount Douglas Rams of Victoria.

company in that regard, it would seem. For instance, Sidhu beat Sam Steele, who also plays football for the St. Thomas More Knights, in his wrestling gold-medal match last year. “There’s not a better sport to help develop football players than wrestling,” said Lalji, whose combination competitors over the years have included the likes of 2017 Province Head of the Class member Connor Pattison, who’s now grappling at SFU. “Because of the contact. Because there’s a dynamic element to the body that you’re moving. You’re not moving a static object. You’re moving a body that’s moving around. “I just think there’s such a natural, practical strength and functionality that comes from wrestling that really applies on the football field.” Academics will play a major role in where Sidhu decides to go next year. The son of two teachers, Sidhu says he plans New Westminster Secondary school’s Sammy Sidhu to study engineering at university. Lalji is a sport athlete. admits he’s receiving some inquiries about Sidhu, 17, was also part of the New the 5-foot-11, 185 pounder from Ivy League Westminster wrestling team that claimed the schools. “Why engineering? I like math,” provincial boys’ title last March in Salmon Sidhu explained with a shrug. Lalji added: Arm. He won the 84-kilogram class. He “He’s a multi-sport kid who manages good is receiving scholarship interest from both grades and he’s still part of the social scene. sides of the border. He says his plan is to give It’s impressive. I know of people now who up wrestling to focus on football at the next feel that you can’t have a social life in high level. “There are some people who want me school and still do all the rest, but he’s proof for both,” he explained, “but I want to just do that you can. He’s a well-raised kid and he’s football. I like the team aspect of it.” got his head on straight.” Part of what’s going Farhan Lalji, head coach of the Hyack through that head right now is helping New football squad, says he and his assistants Westminster take a run at the B.C. title. have been trumpeting to their players the History suggests they have a legitimate shot. idea of taking part in wrestling in the winter The Hyacks won the Subway Bowl junior season for some time now. They have some triple-A provincial crown two years ago,

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Vancouver cops catch distracted driver twice in 8 minutes, issue $736 in fines A $368 ticket clearly wasn’t enough to like increased garbage collection, policing, teach a distracted driver a lesson about or firefigthing. Of the 362,216 tickets issued using an electronic device at the wheel. in 2015, more than 86 per cent have been The very same driver was issued a paid but nearly 48,000 remain outstanding second $368 ticket only minutes later for and the fines add up to more than $6 million the very same offence. The Vancouver dollars. B.C. judge rules even looking at Police Department’s traffic unit tweeted on your phone is distracted driving Distracted Wednesday night that a driver was ticketed driving numbers up in Saskatchewan twice within eight minutes, six blocks apart, on Wednesday. The first incident happened at 2500 Granville Street, Vancouver near the intersection with West Broadway. The car was a grey Hyundai Accent that was rented from Avis Car Rental for $79, according to police. After eight minutes Ontario wants to suspend the licences of distracted drivers, not the second incident in BC. happened at 3100 Granville Street, Vancouver where the same driver was also, These recent incidents came just issued a second ticket. over a month after BC Attorney General The driver ultimately faced fines of $736 David Eby said he wants to see ICBC use and a deduction of eight points. VPD Sgt. technology that could help to crack down Jason Robillard said the driver was from on distracted driving. That could include the U.S. and he was advised about the city’s tools that would lock a driver’s cellphone, distracted driving rules during the first stop as well as emergency braking. “[It’s] and was issued a second ticket moments something that we need to get a handle on, later. In Vancouver in 2015, there was $6 and if technology can help us do that then million dollars in outstanding parking and that’s good news for ratepayers, it’s good traffic bylaw fines. That money could go news for drivers, because our roads will be into general revenue for services the city safer,” Eby said.



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TransLink looking for new source of funding to pay for Pattullo Bridge After months of uncertainty, TransLink hopes to have funding in place for a new Pattullo Bridge and a slew of major transit projects by the end of this year. The regional transit authority is counting on money from the provincial government to move ahead with the bridge and the second phase of a 10-year transit transportation plan, but the outcome of the May provincial election and subsequent political upheaval left many mayors anxious about meeting timelines associated with the projects. At a meeting on Thursday, TransLink staff told members of the Mayorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Council on Regional Transportation that plans appear to be on schedule. Geoff Cross, vice-president of planning and policy, said the Pattullo replacement is considered TransLinkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most pressing concern because the bridge is at the end of its useful life. The NDP has promised to kick in 40 per cent of the capital cost of the bridge replacement project. TransLink is also looking for a subsidy to replace the tolls that were eliminated Sept. 1. The transit authority had been counting on tolls to pay for up to two-thirds of the cost of the new Pattullo, which was estimated at about $1 billion in 2014. The amount of the subsidy

has not been determined. The goal is to have financial analysis done around the end of this month, conduct consultation in October and begin procurement in November. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is an ambitious schedule,â&#x20AC;? he acknowledged, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the one weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been working toward for several years now.â&#x20AC;? In this springâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s federal budget, the government committed capital funding of

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about $2.2 billion for three major projects in Phase 2 of the 10-year plan: the Broadway subway, Surrey light rail and the SkyTrain upgrade strategy. That money will be confirmed once the business cases are finalized this fall. During the election, the NDP committed to providing funding for 40 per cent of the capital costs.

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Foreign workers allege â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;life savingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; paid for Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jobs that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist Foreign workers who allege they paid thousands of dollars to secure non-existent jobs at Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s convenience stores have had their claims certified as a class action lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court. The four workers named in the suit allege they paid as much as $8,500 each in illegal fees to Surrey-based immigration consultant firms to obtain jobs as temporary foreign workers in Western Canada, according to court documents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shortly after arriving in Canada, each of the [representative plaintiffs] learned that there was no job for them at Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s,â&#x20AC;? Justice Arne Silverman wrote in his reasons for certifying the suit. Under Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s temporary foreign worker program, immigration consultants are not permitted to charge fees for job placement and any recruitment costs must be paid by the employer. The workers allege that as many as 450 people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; mainly from Nepal and

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2nd trial began for James Jian Hua Wu who was found beside

the body of his wife in 2014 For the second time in a year, a Richmond man is standing trial for the second-degree murder of his wife, a killing that happened on their two-year wedding anniversary. On May 4, 2014, the body of Jin Jenna Cheng was found with multiple stab wounds in the hallway outside the apartment unit where she lived with her husband, James Jian Hua Wu. Wu was found next to her body and was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. His trial began in September of 2016 at the B.C. Supreme Court in downtown Vancouver. Six weeks later, the jury began deliberations. However, after 13 days, the panel was unable to reach a verdict and a hung jury was declared. The trial began with opening statements from Crown lawyers Jenny Machek and Jeremy Hermanson. Machek warned the jury that some of the details of the case will be graphic and, at times, difficult to listen to and look at. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Crownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theory is this is a case of extreme domestic violence, and that

the accused intentionally caused the death of his wife in anger following ... a difficult frustrating period in their marriage,â&#x20AC;? said Machek, who mentioned in her opening statements that police had visited the same apartment on Granville Street before the incident. Machek said the evidence will show Wu was found in the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hallway next to his wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s body, and a bloody cleaver was found not far from her head. She said police will testify the first officers on scene asked Wu â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who did this?â&#x20AC;? To which he responded: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did.â&#x20AC;? What the jury will have to decide, according to the Crown, is what Wu intended to do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We expect that the principle issue that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to consider is what the accusedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state of mind was,â&#x20AC;? said Machek. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In other words: what did he intend to do to cause Chengâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death.â&#x20AC;? Machek said the Crown will call 17 witnesses including a forensic pathologist, RCMP officers who were first on scene, as well as neighbours who witnessed the incident through the

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Bacon is back in prison after strip club arrest Notorious gangster found associating with a man tied to BCs illegal drug trade Jarrod Bacon is back in prison after police not associating with persons involved in found the gangster breaking the conditions criminal activity or the drug subculture. of his statutory release. In 2012, Bacon was sentenced to 12 years Parole Board of Canada documents say minus time served after he was caught that on July 10 Bacon was intercepted by trying to smuggle 100 kilograms of cocaine officers in an undisclosed into B.C. strip club known to be Because of safety frequented by members of concerns related to his organized crime. At the gang affiliations, he was time Bacon was also found transferred to Quebec to be in the company of where he served five another man who is well years. Bacon is a past known in B.C. and Alberta member of the Bacon for his involvement in the Brothers and Red illegal drug trade. Scorpions gang, and According to the has been associated documents, when police with members of the approached Bacon he first Hells Angels. He is the tried to sneak away before middle of three brothers giving a false identity. who were allegedly Jarrod Bacon While sitting in the police involved in a deadly car he became agitated and gang war in the Lower tried to kick out a rear door window. Bacon Mainland. His younger brother, Jamie had been living in a supervised halfway Bacon, is charged in the 2007 Surrey Six house at an undisclosed location after his slayings, which left six dead in a Surrey statutory release from a Quebec prison in highrise. The eldest brother, Jonathan February of this year. Bacon, was killed in a targeted shooting in Conditions of his release included Kelowna in 2011.

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Syrian family targeted by a graffiti A Syrian father in Winnipeg who woke up to find hateful graffiti on his fence earlier this week telling him to leave Canada was also beaten recently, and says his children have been bullied by kids who threatened to torch their home. Speaking through a translator, Mannan Hamrasho told CBC News that in recent months his two kids had been threatened by other children who said â&#x20AC;&#x153;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll burn your lifeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll put fire in your house.â&#x20AC;? A house next door to the Hamrasho home caught fire about a month ago. The fire was so severe a window in the Hamrasho home blew out. The family doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if the fire is connected to the threats. Six Syrian families live on the Dufferin Avenue block where the graffiti appeared, so Hamrasho said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not sure if it was his family that was specifically targeted or all six. He also said he had to be hospitalized two months ago with broken bones after he was beaten by a man who punched him in the face and took his phone. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had his car broken into as well. Hateful graffiti was found on a fence at the home of a family of Syrian refugees living in


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Man beat his girlfriend to death and lived with dead body for several weeks, court told A Vancouver man beat his girlfriend to death in his apartment and then lived with the decomposed body for several weeks, attempting to conceal the murder, a prosecutor said on Monday. Daniel Alphonse Paul, 45, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the 2015 death of Crystal Rose Paul, 36, a mother of five, in the accusedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apartment on East 22nd Avenue near Main. In his opening statement to a jury, Crown Counsel Daniel Mulligan said that Paul, who was not related or married to the victim although they share the same surname, inflicted a severe beating on his girlfriend some time after Jan. 29, 2015. The couple both accessed the internet from the same IP address on the day that Rose Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facebook activity stopped on Jan. 29, 2015, suggesting that they were in the same place, said Mulligan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be obvious that Mr. Paul continued living in the suite with Rose Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decomposing body in the bedroom

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of air freshener in the suite. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Rose Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter, Renee Peters, contacted Mr. Paul to ask why she had not heard from her mother, he offered excuses for her lack of communication even though she was already dead,â&#x20AC;? said the prosecutor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Renee Peters suggested they file a missing personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report, Mr. Paul replied that that would be silly.â&#x20AC;? Mulligan said that on March 1, 2015, a month after Rose Paul was last heard from,

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Crab poaching is a problem in Lower Mainland: biologist Earlier this month, claws from undersized Andrew Newman was and female crabs. The Department of dismayed to witness two people rip the claws off Fisheries and Oceans undersized crabs in White says Hsin Chan and Chun Li were charged Rock, and toss them back into the ocean. Newman, and ticketed under the federal Fisheries Act the owner of White Rock Sea for fishing without a Tours and Whale Watching, described the scene as an act licence and harvesting Local BC crabs. of â&#x20AC;&#x153;greed and crueltyâ&#x20AC;? and undersized Dungeness called authorities. He later posted a video crab on Sept. 7. Pair accused of breaking of the RCMP bust that resulted in fines for claws off live crabs two people accused of removing the meaty


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NDP unveils corporate and union donation legislation NDP government brought in a bill to ban corporate and union donations, but flip-flopped on a pre-election promise not to stick taxpayers with the cost of subsidizing political parties. Premier John Horgan introduced the bill on Monday to reporters at the legislature, which sets donation limits but also creates new public subsidies for parties that total $27.5 million over the next four years, with an option to continue or eliminate them after year five. “This bill is what we committed to pass. This bill is what we campaigned on. This bill will come forward and be done in the days and weeks ahead,” said Horgan. “The legislation will make sure that (the May provincial election)

is the last election dictated in Monday’s legislation. by the size of a party’s Horgan refused to take finances.” However, Horgan questions Monday at a told Kamloops radio station media briefing. AttorneyCHNL seven months ago General David Eby that the public would not admitted the bill was “the have to subsidize political subject of discussion and consultation on principles parties in exchange for with the Green party.” The reforming the system. NDP has a power-sharing “What we propose is that David Eby agreement with the Greens that Elections B.C. will look across the country and around the world at the best gives it the votes required to govern. way to make sure that only individuals David Eby said the public subsidy are paying for our political process and was selected because of the significant election process,” he said on the radio, shift in electoral financing rules that while rejecting the idea taxpayers will leave B.C. with the second-lowest would foot the bill. The Elections individual limits in Canada. But he also B.C. review he promised also wasn’t acknowledged the move will be

contentious and said he would welcome the debate in the legislature. Green party leader Andrew Weaver, whose party stands to earn approximately $825,000 in public subsidies in 2018, called it a “historic day” and pointed out “the consultations on this bill began months ago” with the NDP. The bill contains a subsidy of $2.50 per vote in 2018, which declines slightly by 2022, when it will be reviewed by an all-party legislative committee to determine whether it should continue. In the first year, the NDP and Liberals each receive $1.8 million. Over four years, the two major parties would receive $6.8 million each, and the Greens $2.8 million.

BC Green Party’s imprint on union and corporate donations ban Green Party in BC worked with the NDP on the new rules and is expected to support them. Once they are voted into law, the use of all restricted or banned donations made after May 9, 2017, the last provincial election, will not be allowed in future elections. “We’re reforming campaign finance rules to make sure government’s actions and decisions benefit everyone, not just those with deep pockets,”

said Premier John Horgan. The legislation will be debated in the legislature before it is officially passed into law. The wide ranging legislation was a major part of the power sharing agreement between the B.C. Greens and the B.C. NDP. The proposed legislation also caps contributions to third-party election advertisers and will require public reporting of all fundraisers attended by major party leaders, cabinet ministers and

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parliamentary secretaries. To crack down on so-called “cash-for-access” fundraisers at private residences, the government is imposing a donation cap of $100 per person. Former premier Christy Clark was criticized for attending fundraisers at private homes where donors paid more than $10,000 to be there. “These unprecedented changes will not only end the “Wild West” of campaign fundraising, they are an important step in modernizing our democracy,” said Eby. The most recent Elections

B.C. report shows the NDP raised $9,442,746 and the Liberals, $7,934,581, from the beginning of the year up until Andrew Weaver election day. The B.C. Green Party, which refused to accept corporate and union donations during its campaign, raised $869,308.

Surrey drivers targeted for testing US road pricing program Road pricing is still very much a hypothetical in Metro Vancouver, but dozens of Surreyarea residents will be getting a sneak peek next year as part of an experiment in Washington State. The Washington Road Usage Charge Pilot Project is seeking between 50

Some of Surrey-area drivers will be getting a sneak peek next year as part of an experiment in Washington State. and 200 people from Surrey and surrounding cities to volunteer as test drivers for a mobility pricing scheme meant to eventually replace the state’s current gas tax. “We’ve kind of determined that it will generate the revenue needed and it is feasible,” Reema Griffith, executive director of the Washington State Transportation Commission said. “The real test is will the public accept it and will it work for drivers on a daily basis?” The problem that Washington faces is a steep decline in gas tax revenues as cars become more fuel efficient and drivers switch away from vehicles powered by fossil fuels. The state’s gas tax is constitutionally mandated to be used for roads “If that revenue starts to turn down, we face a real problem in terms of being able to take care of our infrastructure into the future,” Griffith said. The average personal vehicle in the state currently gets about 20.5 miles per gallon — approximately 8.7 kilometres per litre. By 2035, fuel efficiency is expected to rise to an average of 35 miles per gallon, or about about 14.9 kilometres per litre. “The result of that would equate to about a 45 per cent reduction in gas tax revenues for our roads,” Griffith said.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Toronto real estate agent laughed at gunman before being fatally shot in restaurant A real estate agent shot at a crowded Toronto restaurant over the weekend laughed at his attacker right before bullets were fired, the establishment’s owner recounted on Monday. “Ha ha, very funny,” Simon Giannini said moments before a gunman started shooting at him, restaurant owner Michael Dabic told reporters. “He thought it was some joke,” Dabic said. Giannini was at Michael’s on Simcoe, a restaurant in downtown Toronto, on Saturday night with a friend when a man in a hoodie and baseball cap walked inside and briefly looked around, Dabic said. Police said Giannini, 54, was targeted.

About 140 patrons packed the restaurant at the time, Dabic said, the entire area busy with the Toronto International Film Festival in swing nearby. Dabic said one of his managers immediately approached the suspect when he entered the restaurant shortly before 9 p.m. because his clothing didn’t fit the upscale restaurant’s dress code. “He said he was just looking for a friend,” Dabic said. The suspect then strode directly to Giannini, who was sitting with his back to the approaching man, Dabic said. Dabic’s daughter, who works at the restaurant, was standing several metres from the table when she heard Giannini’s comments before bullets flew, he said.

Investigations into fentanyl shipments from China lead to arrests, charges in Canada The RCMP has launched “It’s not just at least 20 investigations Canada, it’s the U.S., involving dozens of and it’s all the other vendors shipping fentanyl countries as well that from China as Canada are putting a lot of grapples with a record pressure on China,” number of illicit opioid Goupil said, adding deaths, the force’s director Mounties have of serious organized crime met with Chinese says. “Most intercepts are Seized bags of fentanyl on display at a press officials twice since done here in Canada,” Sgt. November 2016. conference in Vaughan, Ontario. Yves Goupil said, adding “When we were arrests have been made and charges will be there in April we basically provided them laid. Goupil said their investigation has only with a lot of intelligence as to all the seizures uncovered Chinese suppliers of fentanyl for we had made,” Goupil said from Ottawa, the illicit market. adding that about 100 seizures of fentanyl were made up to then by the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency. Chinese officials could no longer ignore their country’s role in Canada’s growing opioid epidemic, he said. “We suggested a course of action for China to actually stop and disrupt the influx of shipments of fentanyl. We want to make sure that China assists us once we identify vendors.” Goupil said the Mounties, along with the CBSA and Canada Post, have worked together to identify the best way to flag parcels arriving from China at three international mail-sorting centres — Montreal, Mississauga, Ont., and Vancouver, which gets most of the mail going to destinations across the country.

Vancouver Police Department gets three new leaders The Vancouver Police Department getting a trio of new leaders. VPD chief Adam Palmer announced Monday that Supt. Howard Chow is being promoted to deputy chief constable and inspectors Marcie Flamand and Martin Bruce are being promoted to superintendent. Chow will take over for retiring deputy chief Warren Lemcke as head of the operations division. Lemcke is retiring at the end of the month. Flamand and Bruce are both long-standing officers. Flamand has been leading the diversity and indigenous relations section while Bruce has been heading up the organized crime unit. Their new roles as superintendents are yet to be determined, a police spokesperson said in an email. The department has three deputy chief constables at any one time; the other two divisions are investigations and support services. There are six superintendents who report to the three deputy chief constables. According to a media release from the VPD, the selections were made after an internal completion was held for the three positions following recent retirements. Deputy Chief Constable Howard Chow VPD “I am very proud to welcome three great leaders into key leadership roles,” Chief Palmer said in the release. “Our new Deputy Chief Constable Howard Chow is a skilled and experienced police officer, and an innovative and respected leader. He has been with the VPD for 28 years and has worked in numerous sections – from the Dog Squad to Professional Standards. He has advanced his leadership skills through formal and informal education while continuing with his work with the community.” is


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Surrey Public Market building comes down One of Surrey’s most notorious eyesores is finally being torn down. Over the weekend, demolition crews arrived at the Surrey Public Market — which has sat vacant at the corner of 64 Avenue and King George Boulevard for nearly two decades — and began to rip down what’s left of the old building. “It’s been 19 years that we’ve been looking at this place just Surrey Public Market building on King George Blvd., decay and crumble,” said and 64th Avenue was torn down. Jude Hannah, who lives space and more than 80 apartments — on nearby. The market was once a hotspot for shoppers — especially on a parcel of land to the north. The project is weekends — but it has been left to rot since expected to go to council for final approval it closed in the late 1990s. Hannah watched in early October. “I can see with my own the building deteriorate as it was sold from eyes that it’s happening and I couldn’t one owner to another. Over the years, there be happier,” Hannah said. Hannah says have been several development proposals the only downside to tearing down the for the site, but they have all died for one building is the fear that rats will flee into the reason or another. Finally in October, 2016, neighbourhood. Project architect Wilson Surrey city council signed off on a plan to Chang says he’s confident there will be no build dozens of townhomes and apartment pest problem. “We have a company that units on the southern part of the property. specializes in pest control doing that,” he The developer also wants to build a mixed said. “That’s very important to us.” use development — including commercial

BC senator ready to lead Independents, says ‘he’s no sympathizer of communist China’ A senator from BC who last year was accused by Conservatives of being a sympathizer with communist China is the sole candidate in the running to lead Independents in the Senate. Yuen Pau Woo, who was born in Malaysia was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in last November, has put his name forward to lead the Independent Senators Group (ISG), which is expected to soon become the largest bloc in the Senate, displacing the Conservatives for the first time. Woo sponsored the government’s budget bill in the Senate last spring and successfully fended off attempts to split the Canada Infrastructure Bank. Prior to joining the Senate, Woo was a senior fellow in public policy at the Asian Institute of Research at the University of British Columbia, and is the former president of

Fraser Valley homelessness up 75% : report Long-serving MP Nathan Cullen endorsed Jagmeet Singh (pictured) for the NDP leadership on Wednesday, praising the candidate’s “enormous energy” and ability to connect with a broad and diverse range of Canadian voters. The New Democrat from British Columbia said he arrived at the decision after much contemplation, but ultimately concluded that Singh’s presence on social media and ability to draw crowds are “fundamental criteria to modern politics,” and that — unlike Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — Singh would not abandon progressive pledges like electoral reform if he wins power. Cullen added that he was also enticed by Singh’s proposals for the environment and Indigenous peoples. “We have a candidate here who at this moment in our time, in our history as a party, ticks

all the boxes for me,” Cullen told reporters at a joint press conference with Singh on Wednesday. “In the end, I knew what this party needed, I knew what this country needed, and it’s a leader like Jagmeet Singh.” Cullen is a prominent member of the NDP caucus who represents a large riding in northern B.C. and was first elected in 2004. He ran for the federal leadership in 2012 when Tom Mulcair took over the party after Jack Layton’s death, and recently completed a cross-country tour to voice outrage over the Liberal government’s abandonment of its promise to change the voting system. Singh has already declared unequivocally that he will win the NDP leadership race — “I will win,” he said in a recent Montreal debate — and spoke again Wednesday as if his victory were a foregone conclusion.

NDP’s Jagmeet Singh gets key endorsement from a BC MP Long-serving MP Nathan Cullen endorsed Jagmeet Singh (pictured) for the NDP leadership on Wednesday, praising the candidate’s “enormous energy” and ability to connect with a broad and diverse range of Canadian voters. The New Democrat from British Columbia said he arrived at the decision after much contemplation, but ultimately concluded that Singh’s presence on social media and ability to draw crowds are

“fundamental criteria to modern politics,” and that — unlike Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — Singh would not abandon progressive pledges like electoral reform if he wins power. Cullen added that he was also enticed by Singh’s proposals for the environment and Indigenous peoples.

the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He has long been a supporter of closer trade ties between Canada and China. Other candidates for the top job must come forward by Friday. Another would-be contender, Sen. Larry Campbell of B.C., has pulled out. Campbell, a former mayor of Vancouver who was appointed as a Liberal in 2005, recently suffered a heart attack. The current caucus leader, Elaine McCoy, has signalled she will not reoffer. How independent is the Senate under Justin Trudeau’s rule? Woo is a political neophyte, but has already faced attacks from Conservatives over his perceived ties to the Chinese regime. Conservative MP Peter Kent called Woo an “apologist for the Chinese dictatorship,” after the senator spoke against a motion that would condemn China for territorial encroachments and a massive military

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Canada is ‘work in progress,’ PM Trudeau tells UN General Assembly Describing Canada as a “work in progress,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the UN Thursday about the country’s failures and mistakes in its historical relationship with Indigenous people and his hope to right the wrongs of the past. “There are, today, children living on reserves in Canada who cannot safely drink, or bathe in, or even play in the water that comes out of their taps,” Trudeau said in a speech to the UN General Assembly. He said Indigenous families putting their kids to bed at night are beset by worry that their children will run away before morning or

commit suicide in the night. “And for far too many Indigenous women, life in Canada includes threats of violence so frequent and severe that Amnesty International has called it ‘a human rights crisis,’” Trudeau said. The prime minister said his government was working with Indigenous leaders to improve the situation and address gender-based violence as well the lack of safe drinking water and affordable housing on reserves. PM Justin Trudeau says ‘the world benefits’ with Canada on UN Security Council Meetings, speeches and rallies fill Justin Trudeau’s day in New York

Dissenting doctors write open letter in support of federal tax reforms Doctors across Canada who support differently. They argue that scrapping the Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposed current system will promote tax fairness and tax reforms say they want their voices to give the government more money to spend be heard above the din of criticism from on health care. colleagues and medical societies. To “We need adequate tax revenues to fund make their point, they have been putting social programs such as affordable housing, signatures on a letter they plan to send to pharmacare, social assistance, legal aid, Morneau this week. “We were really fed and the health-care system itself,” the letter up with the narrative that our colleagues states. “These programs directly impact the were putting forth and that our medical health of our patients, and we believe it is associations were putting important for us to forth as the only opinion out contribute to their there,” said Dr. Sarah Giles. sustainability through “We’ll probably have friends an adequate tax base.” never talk to us again. People Giles, who does are ridiculously emotional stints working with about this.” Among other remote Indigenous things, Morneau wants to communities and Doctors Ritika Goel (left) Sarah stop allowing some tax- Giles(centre) and Rita McCracken (right). abroad with Doctors saving mechanisms through incorporation without Borders, said diverting dollars from that physicians say are essential given doctors toward improved care would benefit that they have no access to benefits her money-strapped patients far more than other employees enjoy. Angry medical it would harm physicians. associations say doctors will leave Canada Liberal MP Iqra Khalid, who brought for the U.S., and female physicians will be forward the motion to combat Islamophobia, disproportionately hurt. The president of said quite clearly, “M-103 is not an attempt the Canadian Medical Association said in a to create Sharia. I vow to oppose any law recent statement that a delegation had told that threatens our multicultural society.” Morneau that doctors rely on the measures M-103 study should explore how now in place for working capital needed for Islamophobia is a form of racism: Paradkar expanding their practices and, among other Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien things, to deal with “unanticipated costs, told MPs that Canadians should assess sick or parental leave, staff turnover, and the “risk tolerance” they have to their other business requirements.” Signatories information being examined by U.S. officers to the open letter, a copy of which was before travelling with their cellphones, obtained by The Canadian Press, see it much laptops and tablets.

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Weaving Canada’s indigenous traditions into the Canada 150 bank note The Canada 150 bank note celebrates Confederation with a unique design depicting our history, land and culture. Tightly woven into our history, and the story told on this special note, are several elements depicting Indigenous traditions and culture. In addition to the portrait of Senator James Gladstone, who represents the role of Indigenous peoples in government, the Canada 150 note incorporates the artwork Owl’s Bouquet by acclaimed Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak and the distinctive Assomption sash, an important cultural symbol of the Métis people. James Gladstone or Akay-na-muka (his Blackfoot name) was a member of the Kainai First Nation (Blood Tribe). In 1958, he became Canada’s first senator of First Nations origin. He is also the first Indigenous person in Canada to appear as a portrait subject on a Bank of Canada note. Gladstone committed himself to the betterment of Indigenous peoples. At the time of his appointment to the Senate, he, like all Status Indians, did not yet have the right to vote. He advocated for this right, which was won in 1960, when the right to vote was extended to all Indigenous Canadians. He also advocated for improved education, economic opportunities, equality

and greater self-determination for Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Gladstone served in the Senate until 1971, the year of his death. A bronze bust of Gladstone is displayed in the antechamber to the Senate in the Centre Block of Parliament Hill. It shows him wearing a feathered headdress and acknowledges his significant contribution to the Senate and to Canada.The distinctive pattern featured across the top and bottom of the Canada 150 note is based on the Assomption sash, also known as the arrow sash. The long, fingerwoven sash, most commonly worn tied around the waist, is part of a tradition integral to the history of Canada. Colourful sashes were worn by French-Canadian habitants and became a hallmark of the voyageurs and fur traders, who carried them westward at the end of the 18th century. Traders from the Hudson’s Bay and North West companies regularly offered the sashes as gifts to First Nation peoples, with whom they became popular adornments. Since then, the sash has become an important cultural symbol of the Métis people and is the centrepiece of the “Order of the Sash” ceremony, during which a sash is presented to an individual in appreciation of a significant contribution to the Métis nation.

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Back to school Back to school September means new teachers, new classes – and new stuff, like shoes, bags and school supplies After being away for two whole months, kids go back to school in September, which they may not appreciate, but parents sure do. Across Canada, September is the month when the new school calendar begins, when students start new grades, maybe even new schools – and it can be a costly one for parents and caregivers. Families face expensive school bills Kids grow like weeds, so just about every year they need bigger shoes, clothes and jackets, plus backpacks, books, paper and lots of other supplies to pursue their important studies. Whether in primary school, high school, college or university, the average Canadian family spent $1,540 on education in 2015. And in countries around the world, families also face expensive bills in September as they

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Sonam Kapoor says she has signed up two new films


onam Kapoor is a busy bee these days. After wrapping up work on the Twinkle Khanna production ‘Padman’ and filming her

part in the Sanjay Dutt biopic, the National Award winning actress has begun work on her third project costarring Kareena Kapoor and Swara Bhaskar titled ‘Veere Di Wedding’. Sonam Kapoor is very active on social media too, dropped a surprise

announcement revealing that she has signed her two projects for 2018. According to Sonam Kapoor’s Twitter post, she has signed two new Bollywood projects which she will start working on next year. Sonam’s tweet read, “Padman, Dutt and Veere Di Wedding. The filming gets done this year and they release next year! And next year I’m starting two new films!” She also tweeted about her next projects, “Some exciting announcement coming soon! Hope you guys won’t be disappointed! Have worked super hard this year!” We wish Sonam the best for all her upcoming projects. Get latest news & live updates on the go on your pc with News App. Download The Times of India news app for your device.

Self-made stars of Bollywood


) Shah Rukh Khan’s story is nothing less than some magical-mystical ride. Who knew that an ordinary Delhi boy would come to the city of dreams and become the Badshah of its most glamorous industry. Shah Rukh who started his career with television eventually graduated to films and now is a global phenomenon whose fan following knows no boundaries. Today Shah Rukh’s stardom is so vast that there’s no one close to him. ) Kangana Ranaut Born in Bhambla, a small town in Himachal Pradesh, Kangana Ranaut rose to fame with her very first film ‘Gangster’ which released in 2006 and even earned


her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Hailing from a nonfilmy family Kangana faced a lot of stiff opposition when she decided to

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Harbhajan Mann announces ‘Satrangi Peengh – 3’ Launch New Music Label


arbhajan Mann’s Satrangi Peengh 3 releasing 27th September Worldwide. Punjabi singer-actor Harbhajan Mann

along with lyricist writer Babu Singh Mann officially launched the poster and release date of Mann’s upcoming full length album “Satrangi Peengh 3- Jinddriye” in an event in Mohali.

Bipasha Basu, hot property on Instagram


ipasha Basu has been treating her fans and followers on Instagram of late with her sizzling and droolworthy photographs. After posting a series of hot monochromatic pictures giving out retro vibes, the actress posted another latest picture where she stuns in black and white attire. The close-up picture has the actress posing casually in style. While she wears in what seems like black and white attire, she completes the look with black glasses, pink lips and a simple neck piece. Bipasha had recently posted throwback pictures of herself with husband Karan Singh Grover where she mentioned that she is missing him. Karan is currently away from home shooting for his upcoming film ‘Firrkie’. It seems the Bollywood diva can’t wait any longer to see her loving husband and is therefore off to meet him. She captioned the picture saying, “Off to see my baby#monkeylove.”



Saturday, September 23, 2017

‘Shraddha gave her consent before we drafted contract’ Designer lashes out at actor for backing out from promoting brand, claims she incurred 40 lakh loss MOHAR BASU TWO days before the release of her film Haseena Parkar, Shraddha Kapoor finds herself in controversy. Clothing manufacturer M&M Designs, under its label of AJTM (AJ Mistry and Thea Minhas), has filed a complaint against Kapoor and the film’s producer, Swiss Entertainment, accusing them of cheating and criminal breach of trust. The designers were entrusted with designing the looks of eight characters in the film, including that of Kapoor, Siddhanth Kapoor and Ankur Bhatia. The complaint has been filed against the lead actor for allegedly not promoting the fashion label during the promotional activities of the film, violating their agreement. Speaking to mid-day, Minhas said, “I have incurred a loss of 40 lakh. Shraddha had consented personally to everything, before we drafted the contract. We’d discussed [the clauses] with her. In fact, she was not comfortable [with certain clauses] and we removed them from the con-

Shraddha Kapoor; (right) Thea Minhas; (above right) a snapshot of the contract drawn out between designers and production house

tract. The barter deliverables included that she wear our creations to at least 30 per cent of the film’s promotional events. She was also supposed to shoot a special video at the store and inaugurate the Haseena line of clothing at my store.” The designer added that Kapoor was supposed to walk the ramp for the brand at a recently-concluded fashion week in the city, but backed out at the last minute. “It was right in the middle of her film promotions, so she could have accommodated it. I feel hurt and cheated.” Minhas alleged that the production team stopped taking their calls once the shoot was wrapped up. “Apoorva Lakhia [director of the film] is the only one who kept coordinating between Shraddha and us, before he got busy with promotions. We have decided to take legal recourse because it’s clear they [the actor and the production

Hacker demands role as ransom for Veere account Film’s Instagram handle compromised, thief offers to return access for a scene in Bebo-Sonam starrer



Lipstick Under My Burkha *ing: Konkona Sen, Ratna Pathak



Umeed *ing: Freddy Daruwala, Anjali Patil

Sonam Kapoor; (right) Kareena Kapoor Khan; (above left) a snapshot of the hacked Instagram account

New Released Bollywood Films Sep


Haseena Parkar (2017) *ing: Shraddha Kapoor, Siddhanth



Bhoomi *ing: Sanjay Dutt, Aditi Rao Hydari


Hackers love Bollywood  In September 2016, Hrithik Roshan’s Facebook page had been hacked. An ‘enterprising individual’ went live on his feed for a few minutes.  He can split a bullet into two but can’t avert hackers. In August 2016, Rajinikanth fell prey to online theft when his Twitter account was hacked. His daughter, Aishwarya, took to her handle to inform fans of the development.  In August 2015, hackers cracked the code to acquire access to Amitabh Bachchan’s Twitter handle. Links to adult sites were apparently shared on his feed.


ported the hacking to the Instagram headquarters in Mumbai and retrieved [control of the account]. It was hacked IT was a chase right out of a for about 90 minutes, alBollywood film. A property, legedly by a resident claiming vital to the makers of Veere Di to be Pakistani. He went live Wedding, was ‘abducted’, with and spoke mainly in Urdu, the demand of a ransom. Only, announcing that he’d return the property in question was the account if the producers the official Instagram account gave him a role in the film.” of the Kareena Kapoor and The social-networking comSonam-starrer, and the ransom, a role in the film. On Fripany also traced the hacker’s day, the cast and crew of the Pakistan flag, the updated de- origin to the neighbouring Ekta Kapoor production were scription was amended to country. in the midst of filming when read: “I am paki papu bhai While social media handles they noticed something amiss (sic).” of celebrities have been hacked Speaking to mid-day on in the past, the incident marks with the film’s offical Instacondition of anonymity, a the first time a Bollywood film’s gram account. The makers grew suspicious member of the film’s digital account has been comproafter they noticed that the pro- promotion team says, “We had mised. Co-producers Rhea file image had been changed noticed the development and Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor reto a sketch of a monkey. Apart others had also informed us mained unavailable for comfrom featuring an emoji of the about it. We immediately re- ment.

house] won’t keep their end of the promise.” Meanwhile, sources from the production house maintained that there was no official contract, siding with Kapoor whilst calling Minhas’s claims bogus. “We don’t want to give them publicity,” says a production insider, requesting anonymity. However, mid-day is in possession of a copy of the contract drawn out last year, between the two parties. Advocate Rizwan Siddiquee, who is representing the designers, said, “It is shocking to note that Ms. Shraddha Kapoor’s team has given a media statement, claiming that Shraddha does not even know my clients. My clients have sufficient corroborative evidence to prove every claim as made in the Criminal Complaint.” The case is up for hearing on October 26. Kapoor remained unavailable for comment till the time of going to press.


Newton (2017) *ing: Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi

Saturday, September 23, 2017



will Sanjay Dutt possibly achieve stardom again?

‘Bhoomi’ marks Sanjay Dutt’s comeback in which he plays a doting father to Aditi Rao Hydari. The film is an emotional revenge drama focusing on the father’s fight for justice for his daughter.

The album begins with a romantic number featuring Aditi and Sidhant Gupta romancing around picturesque locations that add to visual appeal. The song is a honeyed piece spelling out the lover’s tale. Trippy Trippy’ is an item

People see me differently after ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’



riti Sanon says “People will see me differently after film ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ An image-breaking project like ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, devoid of portraying her in the trappings of an urban Bollywood heroine, is just what Kriti Sanon was looking for after featuring in movies like ‘Heropanti’, ‘Dilwale’ and ‘Raabta’. Kriti has won hearts with her de-glam and spirited role in the rustic and entertaining drama ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari. “I think the response (to my de-glam role has been) great, and it’s something I was looking for. It takes one person to believe in you and believe in the actor in you rather than the person they see on screen, where you’re playing a glamorous role and urban roles.

number featuring Sunny Leone with inebriated lyrics which try and rhyme ‘hickey’ and ‘trippy’. While the song meanders around an intoxicated lover, a few words from the popular Bhojpuri song ‘Lollypop Lagelu’ has been incorporated to make it zany. This number is composed by SachinJigar and features an ensemble of singers including Neha Kakkar,

Benny Dayal, Brijesh Shandilya and Badshah. After the peppy song is ‘Kho Diya’ crooned by Sachin Sanghvi. It’s a song with heartfelt lyrics and soothing background score that makes it a winner. ‘Will You Marry Me’ is an upbeat proposal song with catchy lyrics. Jonita Gandhi and Divya Kumar’s zealous vocals get the energy levels soaring and

add a humorous character to this track. Owing to its lyrics and music, it’s a sure-shot earworm. Sukhwinder Singh’s voice has always been a delight to hear and this song is no different. A situational song Daag spells out the pain and scars and adds to the story. But this song does give you a feeling of deja vu.


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      general. And with ideas from magazines or your own imagination, you can have a lot of fun with DIY and craft projects. In fact, the new moon in this same zone on Tuesday could coincide with a decision to make a fresh start, perhaps by introducing a pet or moving to a new home. As of Friday, leisure and pleasure         


state of the art studioâ&#x20AC;? says Rishi Kapoor. Son of the studioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founder legendary Raj Kapoor, Rishi said on Tuesday, expressing

his sadness and added that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;scarsâ&#x20AC;? of the incident, that took place on September 16 in Chembur here, shall remain. He shared a photograph of the studio post the accident. â&#x20AC;&#x153;2017 September 16. Gutted by a devastating inferno. Scars shall remain but will build a state of the art studio,â&#x20AC;? he added. The 65-year-old also shared a black and white photograph of the studio which was being readied for an inauguration with the film â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Awaaraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; starring Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Prithviraj Kapoor, Leela Chitnis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;1950. R.K. Studios stage No: 1 being readied for Dusserah inauguration with the film â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Awaaraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Dream sequence was to be shot,â&#x20AC;? Rishi captioned the image. The blaze gutted one of the main shooting venues -- the set of dance reality TV show â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Super Dancer Season 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, but the shooting was not underway. R.K. Films has given Bollywood titles like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Barsaatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (1949), â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Awaaraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (1951), â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Boot Polishâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (1954), â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Shri 420â&#x20AC;&#x2122; (1955) and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jaagte Rahoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (1956).

Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a focus on your sector of goals and ambitions this week. A new moon in this zone early on indicates an opportunity could represent a fresh start for you. You could impress all the right people with a proactive stance, charm, and willingness to go the extra mile for others. But make room for social events, as your social life could have extra sparkle over the coming weeks. The chance to get to know someone better could lead to a supportive new friendship.


June 22 - July 23

Dec 23 - Jan 20

This can be an excellent week for networking and connecting with like-minded others. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re eager to promote a project, a marketing plan can help. If you want to make new connections on social media, getting up to speed here can be very positive. But as the glowing sun moves into Libra and your home and family sector on Friday, it might be time to step back a little and enjoy some extra nurturing and pampering if possible.


Being willing to move outside your comfort zone can allow you to sample some wonderful opportunities, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier said than done. With feisty Mars in your sector of travel and exploration, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have the courage if you can           $ 

  note, if you decide to take advantage of someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suggestion, make sure itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reliable. Misinformation could be a problem over the coming days. As of Friday, your ambitious side can come to the fore.


June 24 - August 23 This week brings an opportunity for a new beginning. You might be ready to start


           commit to earning more. This lunar phase can            on or after September 19. On Friday, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shift as the cheery sun moves into your sector of communication for a four-week stay. This can be an opportunity to connect with like-minded people and expand your networking options.

Jan 21 - Feb 19 The potential for inner transformation is strong now. You may feel called to explore issues that have been holding you back. This is all good, as by gently unpicking and working with intense feelings, things can begin to ease and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to release this matter. From Friday, you might also seek lighter and brighter options in the form of a short break or a trip to a place you       % &        



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Saturday, September 23, 2017 From page 1

Self-made stars of Bollywood

become an actress. She solidified her reputation as a leading lady who can shoulder mainstream films, with hits like ‘Queen’ and ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ series. ) Priyanka Chopra, who is living her life in a suitcase at the moment is a great example of hard work, talent, and good looks. Coming from a nonfilmy background Priyanka established herself in not only in Bollywood but also in Hollywood. The winner of the Miss World 2000 pageant stepped into Bollywood ‘The Hero: Love Story of a Spy’ and today is a producer, actress, singer and a philanthropist. She is one of India’s globally recognized star who has a vast fan following which 4) Vidya goes beyond boundaries.


Balan, who hails from a non-filmy Tamilian family started her career with television show ‘Hum Paanch’, is acknowledged in the media for pioneering a change in the concept of a Hindi film heroine. Vidya, who had no connections in B-town soon began modeling and appeared in many TV commercials but her Bollywood debut took a lot of time as she had to go through several auditions and look tests. Finally, she got a breakthrough in Pradeep Sarkar’s 2005 film ‘Parineeta’ and

Sunny Leone’s birth-control ad stirs up a controversy


rand ambassador for a birth-control condom manufacturer in India, Sunny Leone is a bis in the eye of another storm for featuring in a Navratri-themed condom ad. In Gujarat dozens of billboards tore down after a slew of complaints about an ad featuring Sunny Leonne promoting the use of condoms ahead of the festival of Navratri. Local authorities in Gujarat, removed the ads as controversy mounted. The image of Leone, advertising contraceptives ahead of the religious celebration proved to be too much for some in the state. Although the ad featuring no image of a condom, it stoked outrage for its slogan, “Play with love this Navratri”. In a written complaint, the Confederation of All India Traders accused the condom manufacturer behind the risque ad of taking marketing “to an all-time low”.

How to dress up like Bollywood this Navratri

Bollywood’s message for the day. It’s that time of the year again when India dances to the tune of dandiya. Add to that a glamorous fashion and you can be the life of the party. Want to learn a thing or two about dolling up this Navratri? Just follow Bollywood’s lead. It’s the time to ghagra! dig out all the flowy desi skirts in the closet, the more gher the better. Or just keep it bright, keep it festive.

since then has gone on to do some path-breaking roles like Reshma in ‘The Dirty Picture’ and Vidya Bagchi in ‘Kahaani’. ) Bollywood’s Khiladi Akshay Kumar whose real name is Rajeev Bhatia worked as a waiter and chef in Bangkok before stepping into Bollywood. Before making his debut in Bollywood with ‘Saugandh’ Akshay modeled for several brands and even worked as a background dancer in various films. Today, Akshay has an



illustrious career which spans over 25 years and has over 100 films under his belt. GOVINDA Poupularly known as Chi chi in the film industry, Govinda is known for his comic roles. Having worked with the most popular actresses of the times, Govinda is a very respected name in Bollywood. It is said that Govind’s father had come to Mumbai to work as an Actor but he




Saturday, September 23, 2017

Malaika to judge India’s top model It’s a homecoming of sorts for Malaika Arora, who had started her television career as a V5 with MTV. Almost two decades later, she will be seen as a judge on the channel’s fashion reality show, India’s Next Top Model as it en- ters its third season.

An apt choice, one would say, considering Arora is a former model and one of the most fashionable ladies in showbiz. “A supermodel, for me, would be someone who effortlessly pulls off the latest trends — be it the squiggle eyebrows or sky-high

heels with utmost grace,” she says. However, Arora has a sharp eye for tal- ent, if her last few stints as judge on several dance reality shows are any- thing to go by. Arora is glad to judge the fashion- based show at a time when body positivity is encouraged and plus-size models are sashaying down

the ramps in New York. The dancer-producer insists that the hunt will go beyond good looks. “We are not looking for a pretty face, but a face that embodies the essence of human expression. I will be judging the girls on several parameters, most importantly, the ease with which they carry them-selves.

HOT WHEELS Shah Rukh Khan enjoys a ride in his snazzy new car. Boys and their toys, we tell you!


Known to be thick as thieves, Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh catch up for dinner at a suburban eatery

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Anushka Sharma sure knows how to make an entry. Phata poster, nikli heroine!

JUST IN Celebrating excellence BHARAT Maa Shaheed Samman Trust, an NGO led by Sanjay Dalmia, recently organised an event to celebrate Maratha achievers from different walks of life. Those honoured in-

BACK IN ACTION Salman Khan returns to the bay with brother Arbaaz, after wowing his fans with his London concert. The Sallu mania doesn’t spare anyone

cluded Maharaja Samarjitsinh Gaekwad and Maharani Radhika Raje Gaekwad of Baroda, Uday Mahurkar, Vijayendra Ghatge, Ujjwala Raut and Nachiket Barve.

CHEAT DAY? NO WAY! Kareena Kapoor Khan doesn’t allow herself a day off from the gym, even on her birthday. That svelte figure doesn’t come easy, girls

(From left) Aarti Surendranath, Sanjay Dalmia, Maharaja Samarjitsinh Gaekwad, Radhika Raje Gaekwad and Jai Madaan


Saturday, September 23, 2017


‘MY FOOT HAS SWOLLEN ALMOST LIKE A FOOTBALL’ Hurt on the set of his upcoming web series, Saif says fear of injuries doesn’t deter him from performing stunts in his projects SONIL DEDHIA SUCH things keep happening,” said Saif Ali Khan, pointing to his right leg that is currently in an orthopedic cast. The actor recently injured himself while shooting an action sequence for Sacred Games, the Netflix original based on Vikram Chandra’s novel by the same name. “My foot was swollen like a football. The doctor told me it was a minor ligament tear. It was terribly painful, but it’s getting better now.” While most actors would take time off to recover from the injury, Khan could not afford to. Vikramaditya Motwane (one of the directors of the series) did not flinch from continuing the shoot. “I thought I’ll be out of action for some time, but that was not the case. Despite the injury, Vikram made me shoot an action sequence in a bathroom,” he laughed, the irony of the situation not lost on him, before adding, “Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I am a fast healer.” This is his second accident in a little over a year. The actor underwent a thumb surgery in June last year, after injuring himself during the shoot of Kaalakaandi. However, such mishaps haven’t deterred him from performing stunts. “I have always

got hurt because of my carelessness, and not because of someone else. I don’t mind being injured as long as I can walk and be on my own.” While he will be seen on the big screen soon with Chef, the actor is enjoying exploring the digital space. Talking about how a web series offers more freedom compared to a film, he said, “One of the best things about it is being mobile, so you can shoot at amazing locations. When we are shooting a film, it’s mostly in a controlled environment of the set. Here, we are shooting in raw and real locations. The material is powerful and we have one of the finest teams coming together, so I am sure the result will be interesting.” With his injury, he may not have been in a position to throw a grand bash for wife Kareena Kapoor Khan’s 37th birthday. But he delighted her yesterday with just the kind of celebration she likes — intimate and low-key. “This time, the mood at home is sombre, given what happened at RK Studios. So, it was a quiet celebration with family and friends.”

Baba misses baby Trishala SHAHEEN PARKAR SANJAY Dutt is a relieved m Bhoomi, his much-discussed Bol wood comeback — after he was leased from prison in February 20 following his conviction in the 19 Mumbai serial blasts case — is o today. Though his wife Maanay and kids Shahraan and Iqra are by side on his big day, the actor mis sharing the joy with daughter T ishala Dutt (from first wife, late Ric Sharma). “Trishala is unable to come dow as she is busy with her studies,” ru the actor before adding with a sm “But, she is sending all her love Papa dukes — that’s what she ca me.” Staying true to the father-daugh drama, in a sentimental move, D had released the trailer of the film Trishala’s birthday (August 10). Trishala’s recorded message w played at the event, which had l him teary-eyed. “It gives me so mu joy to know that you’ve chosen a fi based on a father-daughter relatio ship as your comeback film. I proud of you Dad,” she had said. Dutt’s last stint in front of the ca era was PK (2014). About the expe ence of facing the camera after a lo haul, Dutt says, “ h


Saturday, September 23, 2017


DARPANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 8th Annual Extraordinary Achievement Awards - A Grand Success The DARPAN Extraordinary Achievement Awards recipients of 2017 are:


ARPAN magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 8th Extraordinary Achievement Awards held on September 15, at Aria Banquet Hall once again showcased the accomplishments of the South Asian community with magnificence. Members of the South Asian community extending beyond BC, were part of this annual event that recognizes the gems of South Asian community that are going out of their way in contributing to the larger Canadian society. The Preston Cadillac sponsored red carpet was buzzing

International Sensation Ravi Singh

Corporate Engagement Manjit Minhas

Advancing Philanthropy Sardul S. Gill

Heritage Defender South Asian Arts

Artistic Visionary Vic Sarin

Industry Marvel Dr. Nemy Banthia

Breaking Barriers Ken Herar

Spirit of Sport Eric Basran

Community Crusader Jag Khosa

Young Wonder Ali Janjiana

with prominent members of the community, political dignitaries and socialites; the lively cocktail lounge sponsored by Handy Appliances had guests mingling and enjoying the hospitality; the fashion show and entertainment further added glamour to the evening. As always, the awards ceremony stood out as the highlight of the evening. Ten extraordinary individuals from the South Asian community

were recognized for their achievements and for reflecting their heritage in a remarkable way. These 10 South Asians, identified as leaders, who embody the spirit of community and give back to greater Canadian society, were honoured with the prestigious Darpan Extraordinary Achievement Award. Photos by: Amastermedia, Rosa portrait studio, Silvester Law






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Vol. 8 No. 34 - Saturday - September 23, 2017

Luxury real estate market heating up in Montreal area

Montreal is emerging as a luxury real estate “hot spot,” while Vancouver and Toronto sales should pick up this fall after somewhat sluggish times, according to a new report. Sotheby’s International Realty Canada’s rosy outlook comes despite a slew of policy changes, including some from Ottawa and a couple provincial governments designed to cool the country’s hot housing markets. However, Canada’s strong economic performance will boost the market in the coming months, says the real estate sales and marketing company. “The psychological confidence that people had in the marketplace was shaken by all of the different factors that were put in there,” said Brad Henderson, CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, of a recent drop in sales in properties of more than $1 million in Toronto. In July and August, sales of condominiums and houses over $1 million in Toronto fell 27 per cent compared to the same months the year before, according to the report. Transactions of properties over $4 million in the city fell by nearly the same amount — 28 per cent. Part of that drop came as buyers and sellers in Ontario grappled with a new 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers of properties in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region, which includes Toronto and several nearby areas, introduced by the provincial government in late April. Ontario followed British Columbia’s footsteps in the policy. The B.C. government implemented a similar levy on foreign buyers in the Metro Vancouver area in August 2016, and the province experienced a drop in luxury property sales shortly thereafter. Continued on page 15

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Local real estate agent facing fines, suspension, after shadow flipping attempt A realtor with Richmond-based New Coast Realty has been fined $8,000 and suspended 45 days by the Real Estate Council of British Columbia. In an agreed statement of facts both Xiao Zhong (Jordan) Guo and his company, Jordan Guo Personal Real Estate Corporation, were cited for professional misconduct for more than a dozen infractions of the Real Estate Services Act involving properties in Burnaby, Richmond and West Vancouver. The misconduct included everything from failing to disclose that he was acting for both sides in a property sale to trying to flip a multi-million dollar Richmond property before he legally owned it. Representing both

buyer and seller In a 2015 case involving the sale of a Burnaby property Guo was found to have backdated contracts, failed to provide required strata documentation, and failed to provide records to his managing broker. He also acted as agent for both the buyer and seller without disclosing he was doing so to either party, according to the documents. At that time it was acceptable for a realtor to act on behalf

Luxury real estate market heating up in Montreal area also From page 13 In Vancouver, the report says, sales of luxury real estate over $1 million dropped 23 per cent in the first half of the year compared to 2016. But, sales increased five per cent during July and August, compared to the same months last year. Sotheby’s anticipated the Toronto market would pull back not only due to the impact of its foreign buyers’ tax, but also because of a move to stricter lending rules by the federal government last year, and two recent hikes in the benchmark interest rate from the Bank of Canada. While that tempered the psychological confidence in the Toronto market, Henderson said, it boosted people’s confidence in Quebec, where the provincial government has yet to intervene. In Montreal, sales of condominiums and homes over $1 million jumped 60 per cent year over

year this July and August. Sotheby’s forecasts Montreal will “emerge as a strong leader on Canada’s luxury real estate landscape this fall,” according to the report. Henderson rejects the idea that growth is primarily coming from foreign buyers who have shifted away from the newly-taxed Vancouver and Toronto markets. Though, the report cites some anecdotal evidence of “an uptick in interest from foreign buyers seeking residences.” Instead, Montreal is an attractive place to live and work, Henderson said, with the added bonus of having comparatively less expensive real estate prices. Sotheby’s also anticipates “a brisk and active” market for luxury real estate in Toronto this fall and for Vancouver to regain momentum as a strong Canadian economy is expected to boost confidence and

of a buyer and seller — a practice known as double agency — but only if agreed to by all parties. Earlier this month the new B.C.’s new superintendent of real estate introduce new rules to ban the practice that will take effect in January 2018. Guo’s actions came to light after the property owner, who was leasing to Guo at the time, complained that Guo had assigned the lease to a new buyer without informing, or getting consent, from the actual owner. “Licensees must act honestly and with reasonable care and skill,” the disciplinary decision says. “Mr. Guo’s actions show that he failed to do this.”

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Nepal in final phase of local election Nepal saw a high turnout of nearly There were 37,236 candidates 73 per cent polling in the final phase of in the fray, authorities said. the local-level elections in a MadhesiMore than 60,000 security personnel were dominated province, close to the border deployed to ensure security. The Election with India, as the nation took a crucial Commission said border points with India step towards cementing democracy had been closed as a precautionary measure. amid political turmoil. Barring some sporadic The government incidents, the third phase had announced on which was postponed February 20 its plan twice due to opposition to hold the local by Madhesi parties, polls on May 14. passed off by-and-large The Madhes-centric peacefully in 136 local parties, however, units of eight districts opposed the polls under the province. arguing that the Voters queue to cast their ballots on the Polling for the Constitution outskirts of Kathmandu elections, being should be held for the first time in two decades, amended to prior to the elections. began at 7am and continued until 5pm. Considering this challenge, the The turnouts were around 73 per cent, election body conducted the local according to the election commission. elections in two phases in other This phase would elect 6,627 provinces except for Province 2. representatives. Eight candidates The polls were held in provinces 3, 4 have been elected unopposed. and 6 on May 14 and in provinces 1, 5 There are one metropolitan city, three and 7 on June 28. The Rastriya Janata sub-metropolis, 73 municipalities and 59 Party-Nepal, formed after the merger of rural municipalities in the eight districts six Madhes-based parties, had boycotted of the province in southern Nepal. the first and second rounds of polls.

Rohingya refugees suffer amid heavy rainfall Bangladesh: Army troops ordered to take up a role in helping hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Buram who have fled worst kind of violence in their own country, amid warnings it could take six months to register them as refugees. In Cox’s Bazar roops would be deployed immediately near the border areas where more than 420,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived from Burma since August 25, said Obaidul Quader, a senior minister of govt. Soldiers would help build shelters and for thousands of refugees still sleeping in the open sky and rains, Quader said. “The army presence is especially needed on the spot to construct their shelters, which is a very tough task, and ensure sanitation,” he said. The soldiers would also ensure order and assist with distributing relief, a chaotic process that has seen stampedes as donors hurled food and other staples from moving trucks. Previously, troops had been tasked with transporting foreign relief supplies from the country’s port city of Chittagong to Cox’s Bazar where the overcrowded camps are located. As the handful of ill-equipped camps rapidly reached capacity, Bangladesh announced it would create a new site capable of housing

‘Verified’ Rohingya refugees will be allowed to return, says Suu Kyi and to ask (those who stayed In the wake of the mass exodus back) why they have not of Rohingya refugees, Myanmar fled, why they have chosen leader Aung San Suu Kyi said to remain in their villages.” that her government “does not “Nevertheless, we are fear international scrutiny” concerned to hear that and is making every effort to numbers of Muslims are restore peace and normalcy. fleeing across the border to “We condemn all human Bangladesh,” she said. “We rights violations. We are Suu Kyi want to understand why committed to peace and (the) this exodus is happening. rule of law. The security forces have been advised to adhere to (the) code We would like to talk to those who have of conduct; to exercise all measures to avoid fled as well as those who have stayed.” Even as Suu Kyi delivered her address, collateral damage. We feel deeply for the suffering of all people who have been caught the first on the issue, foreign minister in the conflict,” Suu Kyi said in an address Sushma Swaraj met Bangladesh PM in the Myanmarese capital Naypyitaw. Sheikh Hasina in the US, where the two are Suu Kyi spoke indicating the speech was attending the UN General Assembly session. mainly meant for international consumption. MEA officials said the Rohingya issue did “If you are interested in joining us in our not come up during the conversation. Swaraj endeavours, please let us know,” she told had a telephonic conversation with Hasina foreign diplomats gathered for her speech. last week during which she said India would “We can arrange for you to visit these areas pressure Myanmar on the refugee issue.

some 400,000 refugees within 10 days. Extra water pumps have been installed at some locations and concrete rings for latrines stockpiled along the roadside. But there were few signs of major construction work underway, with many refugees complaining they were being ordered to move on without any idea where to go. “We don’t know where would we go. We are poor. We managed to buy the bamboo and tarpaulin with people’s help, and now I have to relocate again,” said Mujibur Rahman, a 48-year-old Rohingya. The government has been trying to herd refugees into designated areas, fearful that nearby cities could be overwhelmed if they are left unchecked. “I tried to go to the place where the Bangladeshi government said they set aside land for us. But locals drove us out asking for money to settle us down,” a Rohingya community leader, Yusuf Majhi told media. Local authorities have set up a dozen relief centres and several emergency kitchens to streamline aid distribution. But efforts by the army to officially register the new arrivals amid the crowded camps has been moving at a glacial pace.

China to open dual-use highway to Nepal via Tibet both economic and China has opened defence terms” and a strategic highway in being a forerunner Tibet to the Nepal border to a railway line which could be used connecting Nepal. for civilian and defence Geographically, purposes, a move that any extension of the Chinese experts say will road and railway enable Beijing to make connectivity to South forays into South Asia, Highway to Nepal via Tibet Asia is through according to a media report on Monday. India, Bhutan to Bangladesh. The 40.4-kilometre highway in Tibet and Chinese officials have said in the past between Xigaze airport and Xigaze city centre officially opened to the public on that the projects are feasible and could Friday with a short section linking the become a trade corridor for India and national highway to the Nepal border. China if New Delhi comes on board. The new road runs parallel with the The highway will shorten the journey from an hour to 30 minutes Xigaze-Lhasa railway and links the city’s between the dual-use civil and military ring roads with the 5,476-kilometre G318 airport and Tibet’s second-largest city. highway from Shanghai to Zhangmu State-run ‘Global Times’ quoted experts on the Nepal border, the report said. as saying that the highway “will enable As part of G318, the highway connects China to forge a route into South Asia in the border town of Zhangmu with

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600 skeletons could be buried at dera Sacha Sauda Dr PR Nain, senior vice-chairperson of Dera Sacha Sauda, disclosed during questioning by an SIT of the Sirsa police yesterday that around 600 skeletons could be buried in the dera.

Dera ‘sacha sauda’ However, Dr Nain said these were bones of devotees who were buried by their family members in the dera out of faith for “Moksha” (salvation). “They have a complete record of the persons whose bones were buried in the dera headquarters. Nain also submitted a list to the police,” said Kuldeep Beniwal, DSP, who heads the SIT that questioned Nain. A day before the search operation began in the dera under the supervision of AKS Pawar, Court Commissioner appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Dera Sacha Sauda’s mouthpiece “Sach Kahoon” had admitted that human remains were buried on the dera premises. The newspaper, while defending the action of the dera management in burying human remains, claimed that this was done as sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh encouraged his followers to donate their remains to the sect for burial and prevent these from being immersed in rivers, causing pollution. It stated human remains were buried on the dera premises and trees were planted on these. Nain’s revelations assume significance in the light of allegations levelled by Khatta Singh, a former driver of Ram Rahim Singh, that several people were murdered at the instance of the dera head and their bodies buried in the dera. Khatta Singh had served as a Ram Rahim’s driver for 9 years. He has moved an application before the Special CBI Court to allow him to depose as a witness in the two murder cases against the dera head being heard these days. He revealed that a teenage boy, Gora Singh, was among those who were murdered at the instance of Ram Rahim. He was shot dead and then his body was buried

Student dies in fight over smoking in public A young man hailing from Punjab succumbed to his injuries while his friend remained in critical condition after both were run over in a road rage case by an inebriated man in south Delhi three days ago, police said. Police said Gurpreet Singh, 21, and his friend Maninder Singh, 22, students of a photojournalism institute, had gone to scout for a location for a documentary near the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) late Sunday night. Having scoured the place for shooting a documentary titled ‘Night life of footpath people in Delhi’, Gurpreet and Maninder were standing near a roadside eatery when they had a heated exchange with accused Rohit Krishna Mahanto after he began smoking near them, police said. “Rohit abused them and hurled antireligious remarks. Rohit, a resident of Defence Colony and a native of Assam, also threatened to kill them. He later chased

in the dera. Chandigarh: Some mediapersons, who went to Dera Sacha Sauda for coverage on Wednesday, alleged in a police complaint that some Premis blocked their way to harm them. Arun Bhardwaj, a local journalist who was among nearly 10 mediapersons from TV channels to visit the dera, said had they not sped away in their vehicles, they could have been harmed. “We went to the dera to shoot the area where its authorities said human bones were buried and trees were planted. As we were filming the area, a group of 10 to 12 dera followers blocked the road for our exit with drums and a bicycle. As they were busy calling other devotees, we managed to escape in our vehicles,” he said.


Dera Sirsa empire fortunes Rs 2,000 cr The authorities have assessed the worth of jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief ’s Sirsa empire, including cash in banks and movable and immovable property, at Rs 2,000 crore. “Details have been prepared on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and a report submitted through the Court Commissioner,” said Sirsa Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh. After the violence that followed Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s conviction on August 25, the High Court had ordered that the loss incurred be recovered from the dera. The district administration has already frozen the dera’s more than 90 bank accounts. The exact amount in these accounts could not be ascertained. But one public sector bank said the dera had deposited Rs 40 crore in its Sirsa branch. The dera, being a charitable trust, was exempted from paying income tax. Hence,

salaries of employees in its newspapers, film production units and those working in its educational institutions, were deposited directly in their accounts. Dera Sacha Sauda owns over 900 acres of prime land on the Sirsa–Nathusari Chopta–Bhadra road, stretching from Begu village at one end up to Nejia village on the other. “Going by the current market rate, the cost of the land alone should be Rs 600 crore to Rs 800 crore. It was, of course, much higher five years ago,” said sources. The sect has several prime properties — a five-star hotel, a cinema hall, a multispecialty hospital, eight educational institutions, a shopping mall, a cricket stadium, palatial houses and 30 units making biscuits, candies, mineral water, pickles, juices, cosmetics, seeds, pesticides and fertilisers. Some of these units have state-of-the-art equipment.



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Govt schools to enrol 3+ kids Enrolment in pre-primary classes for the next academic session is all set to start in government schools across the state this month, with the Cabinet giving its nod to a proposal in this connection today. With this, schools will start enrolling children more than three years old in preprimary classes. At present, rules permit government schools to admit children six years of age and above. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh suggested improvement in the curriculum, with references to historical events and heroes added to the curriculum. Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu suggested inclusion of cultural topics in the syllabus. The Cabinet approved an amendment to the Punjab School Education Board Act, 1969, to abolish the post of Senior Vice Chairman. It decided that no person will

be appointed as Chairman or Vice Chairman unless he or she has served with the Centre or the state government or both on a gazetted post for not less than 15 years. With this, the government scrapped the criterion of 10-year experience approved during the previous SAD-BJP government. Concerned over the growth of fraudulent financial establishments, the Cabinet approved the introduction of a fresh Bill in the Vidhan Sabha to protect the interests of depositors against default. The government has withdrawn the Punjab Protection of Interests of Depositors (in Financial Establishments) Bill, 2015. It was sent to the Centre for obtaining the assent of the President. The move follows complaints against several financial establishments that allegedly fleeced depositors by offering huge and unrealistic returns.

Gov’t announce Umbrella scheme for rural poor Congress government in Punjab announced a scheme to benefit 18 marginalised sections living in rural areas. The scheme, Mahatama Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojana, will be an umbrella scheme that would dovetail 14 different existing welfare schemes run by various departments. There will thus be no financial implication.

The challenge would be its proper implementation. The scheme is meant to benefit debt stressed farmers, poor families that have a woman as sole bread earner, families of AIDS patients, out-of-school children, martyred soldiers, differently-abled, abandoned old persons, drug addicts among others.

Owner arrested after fire cracker godown blast Police registered a case against the godown said, “There are only two licences, under the owners of crackers and firework where a blast names of Bhagirath Ram and Gandhi Ram, occurred last night, even as the number of to store crackers in Sular Gharat. But we have casualties rose to five. Pardeep Kumar and found that five godowns were operating in the his father Gandhi Ram, owners of the godown town. One was destroyed in the blast, while at Sular Gharat in the the rest have been sealed. district, were booked We are trying to trace the under Sections 304, owners of these godowns.” 308 and 427 of the “We have confiscated seven IPC, Sections 9-B of machines from a godown the Explosives Act, on the Maura road. it seems and Sections 3 and these were being used to 4 of the Explosive manufacture crackers,” said Substances Act. The ADC Upkar Singh. Seeking police sealed four other a high-level inquiry, Harpal cracker godowns in Cheema, AAP MLA from the township. Deputy Dirba, said the storage of Godown of crackers in Commissioner APS crackers on such a large Sangrur district after the blast. Virk has ordered a scale in a township was not magisterial inquiry into the incident. He has possible without the involvement of officers formed a committee including ADC (General) concerned. CM announces Rs 1 lakh each Upkar Singh, SDM Sunam Rajdeep Brar and for kin Chandigarh: Chief Minister Capt Dirba DSP Yogesh Kumar and sought a report Amarinder Singh on Wednesday ordered within a week. The deceased were identified an investigation into the cracker godown as Gurpiar Singh (24), Karamjit Singh (20), blast, while announcing Rs 1 lakh each as brothers Swarnjit Singh (20) and Gurjant compensation to the families of those killed. Singh (22) and Gursewak Singh (19). Five The CM directed the district administration persons were injured, of which four were to ascertain the cause of the incident and take admitted to the Sangrur Civil Hospital and one remedial measures to prevent its recurrence. to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala. He also ordered stringent implementation of Families of deceased initially refused to fire safety rules/guidelines in the operations allow the post mortem of deceased, but later of all business establishments and industries after the assurances from DC for adequate using hazardous and highly inflammable finical compensation , they agreed. The DC material.

ASI’s ‘bribe’ demand triggers CPM protest Leaders and workers of the CPM staged a protest outside the city police station today. They accused an ASI of demanding bribe from a local resident. Sarabjit Singh, CPM tehsil secretary, had accompanied a party worker to the police station earlier this month over a property dispute. Sarabjit said: “My intervention led to a compromise between the two parties. However, ASI Gurtej Singh said we would have to pay Rs 1,000 as ‘jurmana’ (penalty).

When I questioned him, he failed to give a satisfactory reply. Later, we approached his seniors, but no action was taken against him.” Bhup Singh Channo, district general secretary of the CPM, said: “Cops are not mending their ways. Corruption is on the rise in police stations.” “It all happened due to a misunderstanding. The matter has been sorted out,” said Satnam Singh, Additional SHO. Protesters lifted the dharna after Satnam promised to look into the matter.

Cabinet clears crop loan waiver scheme With an eye on the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha byelection slated next month, the Punjab Cabinet today gave its approval to notify the crop loan waiver scheme for small and marginal farmers. With the model code of conduct currently in force, the Council of Ministers led by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh directed the Chief Secretary to seek the Election Commission of India’s approval to issue the notification. The Congress government had in June announced waiver of the entire crop loan (up to Rs 2 lakh) of all small and marginal farmers (with landholding up to 5 acres) and a relief of Rs 2 lakh to the remaining marginal farmers irrespective of the loan amount. The scheme will directly benefit nearly 10.25 lakh farmers across the state. Claiming that the government was keen on releasing the amount, Finance Minister Manpreet Badal said arrangements had been

made to start the release of funds as soon as the EC gave its nod. The relief amount will comprise outstanding liability under crop loan (principal and interest) as on March 31, 2017 in addition to the outstanding interest from April 1, 2017 till the date of notification. The decision to take over the outstanding interest of farmers from April 1, 2017 till the date of notification will lead to an additional benefit of Rs 400 crore to farmers. The Finance Minister said the interest component would be in addition to around Rs 9,600 crore outstanding crop loan of small and marginal farmers with scheduled commercial banks, cooperative credit institutions, including urban cooperative banks and regional rural banks — collectively called “lending institutions”. The government had allocated Rs 1,500 crore for loan waiver in its 2017-2018 budget.


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Heavy rains shut down Mumbai again Afraid of a repeat of the deluge on August 29, panic-stricken Mumbaiites stayed put indoors as heavy rains pounded the city today. As many as 180 flights were cancelled due to bad weather. The administration had asked schools and colleges to shut down after the IMD warned of heavy rains. With major roads in the city flooded since Tuesday night, most residents chose to take the day off and stay at home. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local trains which Heavy rain in Mumbai on Wednesday. were running slower by half-anhour in many places had fewer and got stuck on the mud late Tuesday night. people travelling. Though a few services were The authorities diverted more than five dozen cancelled, the suburban train services of both international and domestic flights to various the Western and Central Railways were plying airports across the country. normally, officials from both organisations said Later in the day, the secondary runway of the this afternoon. According to the weather bureau, airport was made operational. Airport officials the city received 304 mm of rainfall in the 24 said normal services were likely to resume later hours ending 8 am today. This was only slightly on Wednesday afternoon. lower than the 316 mm of rainfall reported on August 29 this year. However, the intensity of the rainfall tapered down towards the afternoon. Worst hit were flights to and from Mumbai after a SpiceJet aircraft skidded off the runway

India prevented 10 lakh child deaths since 2005


Joblessness behind the rise of Modi & Trump, says Rahul Gandhi People around the world are electing leaders like Narendra Modi and Donald Trump due to frustration over growing unemployment, Congress vicepresident Rahul Gandhi said today while acknowledging that his party lost the 2014 General Election as it failed to create enough jobs. Gandhi, 47, who is in the US on a two-week tour, during his interaction with students at Princeton University Rahul Gandhi (middle) with students at Princeton University said employment was an allin New Jersey, USA on Wednesday. encompassing means to empower, enfranchise and involve Indians Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a large part of our populations that in the nation building process. simply does not have jobs and cannot see a â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the central reason why Modi future. And, so they are feeling pain. And rose and to an extent why Trump came, is they have supported these type of leaders,â&#x20AC;? the question of jobs in India and in the US.


Since 2005 India has averted 10 lakh deaths of children under age five by reducing mortality from pneumonia, diarrhoea, tetanus and measles. Had the rate of child death reduction stagnated at 2000 to 2005 levels, India would have seen 30 million under-five child deaths between 2005 and 2015. It actually saw 29

million, says a new study published in The Lancet today and authored by Dr Prabhat Jha, Head, Centre for Global Health Research of St. Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital in Toronto and Dr Rajesh Kumar of PGI, Chandigarh. The study shows that neonatal (first 28 days of birth) mortality rate (deaths of children per 1,000 lives) in India fell from 45 in 2000 to 27 in 2015. Mortality in 1 to 59 month olds fell from 45.2 per 1,000 live births in 2000 to 19.6 in 2015. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girl deaths among 1 to 59 month olds fell particularly fast with an equal number of under-five boy and girl deaths now,â&#x20AC;? Jha said. The study is part of Registrar General of Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Million Death Study (MDS) in which health workers physically visited 1.3 million homes over the past decade to ask parents what caused their childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death. The research showed the child mortality reduced as neonatal infections fell by 66%; birth asphyxia fell by 76%, tetanus fell by over 90%. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Among children aged 1 to 59 months, largest reduction in mortality came as pneumonia fell by 63%, diarrhea by 66% and measles by 90%,â&#x20AC;? Dr Kumar said. Despite gains, one in five global child deaths still happens in India

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Global kid bride racket busted in Hyderabad as 8 sheikhs arrested An international child bride racket was busted in the city with the arrest of 20 people, including five Omani sheikhs, three Qataris and three qazis -the kingpin being a chief qazi of Mumbai, Farid Ahmed Khan, who brokered illegal contracts with forged nikahnamas. Twelve minors were freed from the clutches of sheikhs from the city late on Tuesday. The crackdown followed a spate of child marriages in Old City and a tip-off from a reluctant 16-year-old girl, who was interviewed by a 50-year-old sheikh for marriage. This led police to four lodges in the city, which turned out to

be den of human trafficking. An Omani sheikh was caught red-handed, while he was about to wed a teenage girl on Tuesday night. Five local middlemen and four hotel owners were also arrested. The accused were identified as Al Mayahi Habib Ali Issa, Al Salhi Talib Humeid Ali, Al Ubaidani Juma Shinoon Sulaima, Al Salehi Nasser Khalifa Hamed and Al Qasimi Hassan Mazaaul Mohamed from Oman, Omer Mohammed Seraj Abdal Rahman, Hamad Jabir O Al-Kuwari and Safeldin Mohamed Mohamednour Salih from Qatar. Mumbaibased qazi Farid Ahmed Khan would charge

UP Govt introduce penalties for those responsible of illicit liquor deaths The Uttar Pradesh Government approved changes to the excise law to introduce death penalty and life imprisonment for those responsible for deaths due to illicit liquor. A Cabinet meeting approved changes to the UP Excise Act, 1910, to include harsher punishment for illicit liquor manufacturers. With the addition of Section 60A to the Act now, those guilty of causing Patients suffering from the effects of illicit liquor death or permanent disability due to illicit liquor could be imprisonment drawing board and would be ready in the next for life or have to pay Rs 10 lakh or both or even six months. As per the proposal mooted in face death sentence. the cabinet last night, the government would The Cabinet meeting presided over by CM amend various sections of the UP Excise Act, Yogi approved over 20 amendments to Act. 2010, and add a new Section 60(A) for the The measure would act as a deterrent, said purpose. The amendment would also make the UP Excise Minister Jai Pratap Singh. offence non-bailable. All readers are invited to After Delhi and Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh post comments responsibly. Any messages with would become the third state where bootleggers foul language or inciting hatred will be deleted. might be sent to the gallows, if consumption of Comments with all capital letters will also be spurious liquor led to loss of life. “Since the state deleted. Readers are encouraged to flag the legislature is not in session, an ordinance will comments they feel are inappropriate. be brought and when the House meets, a Bill The views expressed in the Comments can be passed,” Singh said. The death penalty section are of the individuals writing the post. provision would be applied depending upon The Tribune does not endorse or support the the intensity of the case, he said. The minister views in these posts in any manner. also said a new state excise policy was on the

Rahul attacks Central BJP gov’t over intolerance, says divisive forces ruining nation Rahul Gandhi in a veiled attack on Narendra Modi’s government said that incumbently divisive politics is being practiced in India. While addressing a gathering at Times Square in New York, Gandhi said that people around the globe are questioning that why tolerance level in India is reducing and where is that harmony which once prevailed. Asserting that for 1000s of years, India has had a reputation of peace and harmony Gandhi noted that recently few forces which are trying to divide the nation are ruining nation’s peaceful image. “The single biggest thing most people told me and the questions raised outside India is what has

happened to the tolerance that used to prevail in India? What has happened to the harmony in India? There are couple of challenges that India is facing. There is a divisive politics going on in India,” said Gandhi. “For 1000s of years, India has had a reputation of peace and harmony. There are forces dividing India and ruining our reputation abroad. . And it is very dangerous for the country,” he added. Gandhi further said India comprises of people of various religions and all are living happily because of Congress and its ideas. “Some people View India as a Piece of Land, But I view India as a set of Idea, we have many religions, many languages, every one of them living happily that is due to idea of Congress,” Rahul said.

Calcutta High Court flays Gov’t over immersion ban of Muharram The Calcutta High Court told the Bengal government that it could not block a citizen’s constitutional right to practice religion on the mere assumption that there could be disruption of law and order. “Let them (Hindus and Muslims) live in harmony, do not create a line between them,” acting chief justice Rakesh Tiwary said, referring to the government’s decision to disallow the immersion of Durga idols in October and when Muslim holy day of Muharram would be observed. The acting chief justice asked the state government to provide a “concrete ground” for its decision to stop immersion of Durga idols after 10 pm on September 30 (Vijaya Dashami day) and disallow it completely on October 1. “The administration is hiding its inability by imposing restrictions,” he said. The bench hearing three PILs, which have

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challenged the restrictions imposed on immersion of idols, is expected to give its verdict on Thursday. But its observations on Wednesday were categorical: a mere assumption that a law-and-order situation might arise because Dashami and Muharram fell on consecutive days could not be the basis of imposing curbs on immersion timings. “If you say there is complete harmony, are you (the state administration) not creating a line of division between the two communities by your action?” asked Justice Harish Tandon. “People have the right to practice their religious activities, whichever community they may be from, and the state cannot put restrictions unless it has a concrete ground to believe that two communities cannot live together,” the acting chief justice said.

Retired HC judge wanted in corruption cases CBI registered an FIR against a retired judge of the Orissa High Court and five others in an alleged corruption case and carried out searches at eight places. Justice Ishrat Masroor Quddusi (retired) has been booked on corruption charge, along with BP Yadav and Palash Yadav of the Prasad Educational Trust that runs a medical college in Lucknow, Biswanath Agrawala, a middleman, and two others—Bhawana Pandey and Sudhir Giri. Justice Quddusi (retired) was a judge in the Orissa High Court between 2004 and 2010. A CBI spokesperson said the agency carried out searches at eight locations here, including the residence of the former judge. Searches were also carried out in Bhubaneswar and Lucknow. According to the CBI FIR, the Prasad Institute of Medical Science, Lucknow, was among the 46 medical institutes barred by the government from admitting new students because of shortcomings in infrastructure. The issue was challenged in the Supreme Court by the college. The court directed the government to consider the material on record afresh. The government heard the matter and debarred the college from taking admissions for 2017-18 and 2018-19. It also authorised the Medical Council of India to encash college’s bank guarantee of Rs 2 crore. The matter was being pursued by the Prasad Education Trust in the apex court where it had filed a writ petition. BP Yadav got in touch with Justice Quddusi (retired) and Pandey through Sudhir Giri of Venkateshwara Medical College, Meerut.


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Head teacher in court for sexual assault A PRIMARY school head teacher is facing sexual assault charges after he is alleged to have assaulted six students from the school. According to a police statement the accused is charged with one count of sexual assault,

three counts of indecently annoying and two counts of annoying any person. The accused will be produced at the Nausori Magistrates Court today.

Man freed from prison A MAN who was serving a 12-yearsentence for two counts of rape has been freed after the Fiji Court of Appeal quashed his conviction and acquitted him of the offence accordingly. D i n e s hw a r Prasad was earlier convicted for raping a 21-year-old university student at an apartment in Suva on March 8, 2012 on two occasions. Mr Prasad was sentenced on October 13, 2013 with a non-parole period of 10 years. He then filed an application for a special leave to appeal and leave to appeal out of time against his sentence and conviction under five grounds, which were all thrown out and refused by the trial judge. Lautoka lawyer Iqbal

Khan then filed another appeal before a Full Bench at the Fiji Court of Appeal on behalf of Mr Prasad. Mr Khan filed seven grounds to appeal against Mr Prasad’s conviction and sentence. On the first ground, the appellant claimed the learned trial judge erred in law and in fact in not adequately, sufficiently, referring, directing, putting and considering himself or the assessors the medical report of the complainant. For more on this story, pick up a copy of today’s edition of The Fiji Times or subscribe to our E-edition.the fact a single judge of the Court of Appeal had earlier found the appellant’s five grounds of appeal unarguable.

School teacher charged for bumping a 37-year-old-farmer A 31-year-old school teacher has been charged for allegedly bumping a 37-year-old-farmer in Savusavu causing his death last Sunday. Police Spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the accused had initially reported finding the victim lying motionless along the Hibiscus Highway. “Investigators however managed to gather information that the accused had allegedly bumped the victim before reporting the matter to Police,” she said. “He has been charged with one count of dangerous driving occasioning

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Only a matter of time before skeptics realise that climate change is real - PM Fiji Prime Minister will inevitably be asked by and Conference of Parties the people who put them 23 President Voreqe there, “Why did you ignore Bainimarama believes it is all the signs? Why did not only a matter of time before you act decisively to save us?” the doubters, the sceptics Bainimarama says climate change spares no one, whether of climate change are won over to their cause because it is the extreme weather the science is conclusive. events whose terrible force we While speaking at the United are currently witnessing, rising Nations Foundation’s dinner, sea levels or the changes to Voreqe Bainimarama agriculture that threaten our Bainimarama says as that evidence mounts, politicians who ignore it economies and food security.

Lal calls on political parties to keep religion out of their political campaigns The Shree Sanatan Dharam had made these remarks while Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji’s General introducing Prasad, Chand Secretary Virendra Lal is calling on and Singh at the Rishikul political parties to keep religion out Sanatan College and likened of their political campaigns. them to three Hindu Gods. His comment comes after When contacted, NFP’s Leader Professor Biman National Federation Party’s Prasad says Sami had General Secretary, Jagannath Sami General Secretary had stated during a Talanoa Session never said that the three Virendra Lal that NFP parliamentarians Biman NFP parliamentarians are Prasad, Parmod Chand and Prem Singh can be equivalent to God. He says Sami was just called the Trimurti which are the three Hindu acknowledging the contribution of the three Gods. Lal says they will discuss this matter in NFP parliamentarians. Prasad says when a meeting and see whether any action will be people quote from religious scriptures to taken. He says this act has brought disrepute make a point, it does not mean they are using to their religion and is requesting political religion or they are portraying people as parties to do away with this. Jagannath Sami Gods.

I never had the intention to kill my son - Devi 25-year-old woman who is alleged to had torn a piece of bed sheet and tied it to have attempted to kill her 4-year-old son the rafter. The woman says she did all this to just in Nakasi last year has told the Suva High Court that she never had the intention to kill scare her mother-in-law who always used to start arguments in the her son. Shahista Devi house. Devi says her took the stand today mother-in-law used to after High Court Judge spoil her son and she Justice Riyaz Hamza would not allow him ruled that Devi has a to go with his parents if case to answer for the they were visiting their charge of attempted murder while he has relatives. However, Devi told the court that ruled that there is no Shahista Devi when her son used to case to answer for the count of criminal get sick, her motherintimidation. Devi told in-law would bring the the court that she only 4-year-old to her and wanted to scare her mother-in-law as she say that she can’t look after him as she has was not leaving her son alone. She says she body aches. The trial continues.



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Arrest warrants issued against finance minister Ishaq Dar


our issued arrest warrant against Finance Minister and relative of former disqualified PM Nawaz Sharif, Ishaq Dar and ordered police to produce him before the court on September 25 after he failed to appear in a corruption case linked to the Panama Papers notorious money laundering scandal.

The accountability court, which is hearing the graft cases filed by top anti-graft watchdog National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on September 8 against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his children and Dar, expressed anger at the absence of 67-year-old minister.

US and Pak willing to ‘stay engaged’ even after Trump’s tough talks NEW YORK: Breaking the ice for improving ties with Pakistan US agreed to “stay engaged” and carry forward the relationship that has been under strain after President Donald Trump warning to Pakistan against providing safe havens to terrorists. This was decided when Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met US VicePresident Mike Pence on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly here on Tuesday, Pakistan’s Foreign Office said. “It was a good meeting,” Pakistan’s foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua told reporters on the 45-minute meeting between Abbasi

and Pence. She termed the progress made at the meeting as an ‘ice-breaker’. She said it was agreed that the United States would send a delegation to Pakistan in October to continue the talks.

Nuclear weapons to counter India’s ‘Cold Start’ doctrine: PM Shahid Khaqan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on his country has developed short-range nuclear weapons to counter the ‘Cold Start’ doctrine+ adopted by the Indian Army. Abbasi was also assertive of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenals being safe and secure. “We have a very robust and secure command-and-control system over our strategic nuclear assets. Time has proved that it’s a process that is very secure. It’s a process that has complete civilian oversight through the NCA,” Abbasi said in response to a question at the Council on Foreign Relations, a top American think-tank.

The Nuclear Command Authority (NCA) of Pakistan is the authority responsible for command, control and operational decisions regarding the country’s nuclear arsenals. India’s ‘Cold Start’ doctrine: All you need to know “As far as tactical nuclear weapons (are concerned), we do not have any fielded tactical nuclear weapons. We have developed shortrange nuclear weapons as a counter to the ‘Cold Start’ doctrine that India has developed+ . Again, those are in the same commandand-control authority that controls the other strategic weapons,” he said.

Dar’s protocol officer appeared on his behalf and informed the court that the minister was out of the country and would appear on his return. However, he failed to give any specific date for the return of Dar who is accused of possessing assets beyond his known sources of income.

NAB Prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar urged the court to issue arrest warrants, which the court accepted. Judge Mohammad Bashir directed police to arrest Dar and produce him on the next hearing on September 25. However, the minister can avoid arrest by submitting a surety bond worth Rs 1 million.

Four people killed along Indo-Pak border Four more people killed along the border at Working Boundary in the village Bini Sulariyan in Charwa Sector. Across border firing and violations killed four village residents including two women on Thursday. According to a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations of Pakistan (ISPR). “Indian border security forces started unprovoked firing of mortars killing civilians along the Working Boundary in village Bini Sulariyan in Charwa Sector,” the ISPR statement said.

Pakistan R a n g e r s responded on posts targeting (the) civilian population,” the statement added. H e a v i l y militarised Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary have witnessed sporadic firings, fights and artillery encounters since alleged Indian ‘surgical strike’, in violation of the 2003 Ceasefire Agreement signed by both countries.

Pakistan raises objection with US over greater role for India in Afghanistan Pakistan has raised objection India in his new Afghan policy, foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua said. Janjua’s with US over President Trump advocating greater role for India meeting with Pence was the highest in Afghanistan, foreign secretary contact between the two countries since Donald Trump announced his Tehmina Janjua said. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi new policy on Afghanistan and South during a meeting with US VicePrime Minister Asia on August 21 in which he had warned Pakistan for its continued President Mike Pence on the Shahid Khaqan sidelines of the United Nations support to terrorist groups and warned General Assembly expressed concern over Islamabad of consequences if it continues to the greater role that Trump advocated for do so.

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3 Indian students to join as Scholastic kid reporters Three Indians figure in a list of 44 kid reporters selected to cover current events, breaking news, entertainment stories, and sporting events from around the world this school year. Ananyaa Chopra (from Delhi), Roopkatha Roy (Kolkata) and Rohan Saketh Devulapalli (Bengaluru) were selected from more than 400 total applicants to report from India. The student reporters for the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps are aged between 10 and 14. Suzanne McCabe, editor of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, said by reporting “age-appropriate, high-interest news stories”, the kid reporters are “helping their peers gain an appreciation for quality journalism and a broader understanding of the world so that they can become well- informed

community members and voters of the future”. In the 2016-17 program year, the kid reporters closely covered events, including the US presidential election, the International Consumer Electronics Show, and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Kid reporters also interviewed notable public figures such as conservationist Jane Goodall, tennis player Andy Roddick, actress Glenn Close, author and actor Chris Colfer, actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg, author and illustrator Dav Pilkey, and skateboarder Tony Hawk among others, Scholastic said. Oonly hindu kids do well...baaki communities are fit for menial jobs only.American Modi member The other student reporters in the list are from the US, the UK, Australia, China, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Indian-origin MP lobbying for direct flights between Amritsar and UK between Amritsar and UK. After raising the issue of Speaking to TOI on Sunday resumption of direct flights from UK, Dhesi confirmed between Amritsar and UK with that he was citing Manpreet ministers in the Indian government Badal’s offer to consider the and Punjab government, Slough waiver if international airlines MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi is would come up with proposal now lobbying with airlines in to resume the direct flights UK and urging them to start the from Amritsar. “I shall meet direct flights. During his meetings officials of other airlines also in with the senior officials of the airlines, he also quoted Punjab Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi the next few days,” he said. “As I met Virgin Atlantic’s Senior Finance Minister Manpreet Badal’s assurance that if any international airlines Manager External Affairs and soon-to-be Head wished to resume flights from Amritsar, the of India Operations David Hodges, I presented state government would consider forgoing the various facts and figures about the potential state aviation tax. In the last few days, Dhesi of a very lucrative route to the global tourist has met Virgin Atlantic and Air India senior capital Amritsar, visited by millions each year. I officials in UK and buttressed his argument also highlighted the incentives being offered by with facts and figures about the commercial the Punjab government and the overwhelming potential in case they would start direct flights wishes of the Punjabi diaspora within my

India-born Sriram Krishnan joins Twitter as senior director be a part of it. A well-known India-born Sriram Krishnan, product executive around a former top executive from Silicon Valley, Krishnan has Facebook and Snap, has been hired primarily focused on ad by Twitter as its senior director of technology. Now he is taking product. Krishnan will be joining on a consumer product role, Twitter from October 2 where he the report said. “So... excited will be responsible for a lot of the to have you Sriram! Welcome core features inside the main app, home,” tweeted Twitter CEO internally referred to as “Bluebird,” Jack Dorsey late last night. including timeline, direct Only hindus do well when they messaging and search, technology Sriram Krishnan go abroad be it indra nooyi or news website Recode reported. “I’m going to be joining Twitter and become sundar pichai...enough examples. Non-hindus a part of #theflock to work with the fantastic are only fit for menial jobs when abroad. Krishnan left Facebook in February 2016 product team there,” Krishnan tweeted. I’m going to be joining Twitter and become to help lead advertising efforts at Snapchat’s a part of #theflock to work with the fantastic parent company Snap. He quit Snap in product team there. It is something I deeply February. care about and I couldn’t pass up a chance to

Youngest Indian pilot to fly single-engine plane in UAE Airport thereby accomplishing DUBAI: A 14-year-old his first solo flight,” the solo Indian-origin schoolboy in the flight certificate issued by AAA UAE has become one of the Aviation Flight Academy on youngest pilots to fly a singleAugust 30 stated. Mansour engine aircraft, according to a claimed that he had also set a media report. Mansour Anis, record of being the youngest a class IXth student at Delhi pilot to fly solo with the least Private School in Sharjah, number of training hours, the received a certificate for his report said. His solo flight was first solo flight from an aviation Mansour Anis, a class IXth about 10-minute-long during academy in Canada last week, student at Delhi Private School which he taxied the aircraft from Gulf News reported. “Let it be in Sharjah, received a certificate the parking bay to the runway, known throughout the aviation for his first solo flight from an took off for a flight of about five world that Mansour Anis at aviation academy in Canada minutes and landed back, the the age of 14 years successfully report said. Mansour, who flew a took off and landed from Langley Regional Cessna 152 aircraft during his solo flight, now has a student pilot.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Adrian Dix includes key NDP allies in health authority appointments BC Attorney General David Eby has called for an independent review of money laundering controls in B.C. casinos due to concerns about Chinese high-roller VIPs gambling with massive cash buy-ins that could be “proceeds of crime,” the Vancouver Sun has learned. These concerns that threaten the “integrity of gaming in B.C.” are revealed in a damaging confidential report about casinos overseen by BC Lottery Corporation. The report was released Friday by the provincial government in connection to freedom of information requests by the Vancouver Sun. “We are serious about doing everything we can to identify money laundering activities, and ensure policies are in place to prevent it from occurring in B.C. casinos,” Eby said in a statement Friday morning. “We will bring in the best experts available to assist us, and I am confident we will succeed.” In the coming weeks, Eby will name an independent expert to review concerns on money laundering in Lower Mainland casinos, the statement says. The report released Friday was commissioned in 2015 by B.C.’s gaming policy enforcement branch (GPEB) and focuses mostly on allegations of “unsourced cash” flowing into Richmond’s River Rock casino. Auditor MNP explains reasons for its report, noting that GPEB “compiled a document which identified approximately $13.5 million in $20 bills being accepted in River Rock in July 2015.” “Law enforcement intelligence has indicated this currency may be the direct proceeds of crime,” the MNP report states. The majority of cash is presented to casino staff by “high-roller Asian VIP clients” who have travelled from China or recently immigrated from China, the report says. Investigations and interviews showed that VIPs have been allowed to purchase gambling chips at River Rock with more than $500,000 in small bills per single “buy-in” and “with no known source of funds.” In its report, MNP says it looked at the actions of the gaming regulator GPEB, which is an arm of the Ministry of Finance, casino overseer B.C. Lottery Corporation, and B.C. casino operators. MNP’s report notes

that “all parties” — including the provincial government — have an interest in the massive gambling revenues pouring into B.C., but the gaming system is at risk of being corrupted. “GPEB has an interest in reducing the influx of unsourced cash into gaming facilities in B.C.,” the report states. MNP concluded there must be “acknowledgement, from all parties, that the proceeds of crime may be being injected into the gaming system despite the controls put in place.” The report says that River Rock’s staff have “fostered a culture accepting of large bulk cash transactions.” Because the majority of VIPs buying in with cash are from China or have recently acquired resident status in Canada, it is difficult for staff to build “open source” client profiles to judge if their wealth is legitimate, the report says. Also, given the high volume of cash flooding River Rock, the casino doesn’t have enough staff to follow anti money laundering controls and investigate risks, the report says.

BC Attorney General David Eby has called for an independent review of money laundering controls in B.C. casinos due to concerns about Chinese high-roller VIPs gambling with massive cash buy-ins that could be “proceeds of crime,” the Vancouver Sun has learned. These concerns that threaten the “integrity of gaming in B.C.” are revealed in a damaging confidential report about casinos overseen by BC Lottery Corporation. The report was released Friday by the provincial government in connection to freedom of information requests by the Vancouver Sun. “We are serious about doing everything we can to identify money laundering activities, and ensure policies are in place to prevent it from occurring in B.C. casinos,” Eby said in a statement Friday morning. “We will bring in the best experts available to assist us, and I am confident we will succeed.” In the coming weeks, Eby will name an independent expert to review concerns on money laundering in

Lower Mainland casinos, the statement says. The report released Friday was commissioned in 2015 by B.C.’s gaming policy enforcement branch (GPEB) and focuses mostly on allegations of “unsourced cash” flowing into Richmond’s River Rock casino. Auditor MNP explains reasons for its report, noting that GPEB “compiled a document which identified approximately $13.5 million in $20 bills being accepted in River Rock in July 2015.” “Law enforcement intelligence has indicated this currency may be the direct proceeds of crime,” the MNP report states. The majority of cash is presented to casino staff by “high-roller Asian VIP clients” who have travelled from China or recently immigrated from China, the report says. Investigations and interviews showed that VIPs have been allowed to purchase gambling chips at River Rock with more than $500,000 in small bills per single “buy-in” and “with no known source of funds.”

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Woman dies after being bumped by mobility scooter in Coquitlam An elderly woman has died after being bumped by a mobility scooter in Coquitlam, and police are seeking help identifying the operator. The 86-year-old fell to the ground after she was struck by the electric scooter at about 10:20 a.m. on Sept. 15 at the corner of Austin Avenue and Westview Street, according to a written statement from the RCMP. Investigators believe she died of injuries caused by the fall. “At this point, this looks like a tragic accident with no criminal intent,” RCMP Cpl. Michael McLaughlin said in a news release. “But we still need to talk to the operator of the scooter to hear his side of the story.” Witnesses describe the man operating the scooter as white, 40 to 50 years old, of average build, with a full head of grey hair and possibly slurred speech. The scooter is said to be silver or grey with no basket on the front. Anyone with information about the man is asked to call Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550.

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