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Family dispute grounds for getting refugee status By: Umendra Singh Canadians have long been under the mistaken impression that those who get refugee protection here are fleeing persecution based on race, political belief, religion, ethnic and, lately, sexual orientation, based on United Nations conventions. A decision this week by Immigration and Refugee Board in Manitoba makes it clear that now refugee protection is being granted in Canada for basically any reason, including if one is involved in a Continued on Page 7... family dispute over inheritance.

India and Pakistan clash for Champions Trophy Put out more flags. Dust the cobwebs from your blue and yellow BCCIissue jester’s hat. Pencil the words “Pakistan Zindabad!” across the plastic George Cross on the sill of your smudged white van. It’s coming home. It’s coming home. The near-defunct ICC Champions Trophy (2017 edition) is coming home. Just not, as it happens, to England. They play for the trpohy on Saturday night (Canada time).

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A political storm in BC By: Umendra Singh There seems to be storm clouds brewing in the political paradise that is the BC NDP and BC Greens. And the storm (more like a storm in tea cup) is brewing over the question of who is going to be elected the Speaker of the BC Legislature when the BC NDP, supported by the BC Greens, topple the BC Liberals and, possibly, form

government. Every good plot in a story has a weak link. Same in this political drama. BC Liberals won 43 seats, NDP 41 and BC Greens 3. The BC Greens agreed to prop up a NDP government -if some of its policies were implemented into laws - and a formal agreement was signed by the two sides. But there could be a problem. Continued on Page 9...

Del Manak appointed new police chief in Victoria after Twitter scandal Victoria officially has a new police chief, nearly a year and a half after the force’s former leader stepped aside amid a misconduct investigation involving inappropriate Twitter messages. The Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board says in a release that Del Manak has been permanently appointed chief constable of the Victoria Police Department. Continued on Page 8...

Indian High Commissioner in Surrey The Indian High Commissioner, Vikas Swarup, visited Metro Vancouver last week. But he had to cancel one of the highlights of his tour last week after threats of protest. He was supposed to visit Gurdwara Dukhnivaran in Surrey but the visit was cancelled at the last minute due to threats of protests. The

Gurdwara management also came under pressure from other Gudrawaras and religious bodies, questioning why a representative of the Indian government was being honoured. The high commissioner also cancelled a meeting with South Asian press but he did attend all other events, including a reception in Surrey last Sunday.

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Jas Johal sworn in as part of Christy Clark’s minority cabinet Premier Christy Clark has unveiled her new cabinet, which includes five new members and a raft of returning faces for the few weeks before her minority government is expected to be challenged by the NDP-Green alliance. Two newly-elected MLAs are joining cabinet: Ellis Ross, a former chief councilor for the Haisla Nation, and Jas Johal, a former TV news reporter and LNG industry spokesman. Also joining cabinet are Sam Sullivan, the former Vancouver mayor and MLA for Vancouver-False Creek, Jordan Sturdy, the former Pemberton mayor and MLA of West Vancouver-Sea to Sky, and former speaker and long-serving Richmond MLA Linda Reid. The new cabinet includes: Rich Coleman: deputy premier, Energy and Mines. Mike de Jong: Finance. Andrew Wilkinson: Attorney General and Justice. Mike Bernier: Education. Mary Polak: Health. Todd Stone: Transportation and Infrastructure. Mike Morris: Public Safety and Solicitor General.

Laura Miller quits BC Liberals Laura Miller has parted ways with the BC Liberals after an election result that appears set to force the party from power and several months before she is scheduled to stand trial in Ontario for charges related to that province's gas-plant scandal. Ms. Miller, who joined the BC Liberals just before the 2013 election and returned this year as campaign director, announced her departure on Twitter: "I am moving on professionally and geographically." She leaves as the party faces almost certain defeat in the legislature. The May 9 election left her party, which has held power for 16 years, reduced to 43 seats. The NDP and the Greens, with a combined 44 seats, have reached a deal to topple the Liberals at the first opportunity. Premier Christy Clark appointed a new postelection cabinet this week, but acknowledges that in the wake of the election, she expects to lose a vote of confidence in the House later this month. The Premier has not acknowledged the election result as a loss and her party said in a statement that Ms. Miller's departure was always in the works: "Laura signed on to see the party through the 2017 campaign, and now is transitioning out of her role as planned," a party official said in a statement. Ms. Miller has become a controversial figure in Ontario and B.C. She is scheduled to go to trial this fall in Ontario on a criminal charge of breach of trust stemming from the deletion of e-mails about the Ontario Liberals' costly decision to cancel two gas plants before the 2011 election. Ms. Miller has said she plans to mount a vigorous defence and has raised nearly $80,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to pay her legal costs.

Jordan Sturdy: Environment. Stephanie Cadieux: Children and Family Development. John Rustad: Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. Norm Letnick: Agriculture. Shirley Bond: Jobs, Tourism and Labour. Steve Thomson: Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Ellis Ross: Natural Gas Development, Housing. Linda Reid: Advanced Education. Coralee Oakes: Small Business. Sam Sullivan: Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Michelle Stilwell: Social Development and Social Innovation. Jas Johal: Technology, Innovation and Citizens Services. Donna Barnett: minister of state for rural economic development. Clark had six spots to fill left vacant by

members who retired, including former health minister Terry Lake, or who were defeated, including former justice minister Suzanne Anton. The job of emergency preparedness minister, previously held by former North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA Naomi Yamamoto, was not filled. Clark said it was necessary to do a complete swearing-in of herself and the cabinet, despite the fact she expects to lose a confidence motion later this month that would likely result in the NDP forming government. “Our advice from the ministry of justice is yes, everybody needed to be sworn in again,” she said. “We have a responsibility ... to be prepared for that outcome, and to be prepared if we don’t face that outcome. We’re in caretaker mode. We’re not proposing new policy changes ... but we do have a responsibility to be in the house, and to be able to answer questions in the house for the

length of the session, as long as it lasts.” The legislature will convene on June 22 and a speech from the throne will be given by Lt.Gov. Judith Guichon. While there had been speculation no one from the B.C. Liberals would run for Speaker: thereby heightening the potential of government paralysis: Clark said Monday her party would provide a candidate. “Whichever side of the house is in government has a responsibility to ensure a Speaker. As long as we’re in government, we’ll ensure there’s a Speaker,” she said. Left unsaid was how long her party would be in government.

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Liberals won’t ‘prop up’ NDP government with a Speaker: De Jong British Columbia Liberal House Leader Mike de Jong says it is not his party’s responsibility to provide a Speaker in order to “prop up” an arrangement between the NDP and Greens. New Democrat Leader John Horgan has suggested that if his party were to form a minority government with the support of the Greens, a Liberal Speaker could remain in the seat to avoid tie votes in the legislature. De Jong said outside the Vancouver cabinet offices Thursday that the request is “bizarre” and signals a sense of desperation from the opposition.

He said he thinks the NDP and Greens are now realizing how unstable a government would be if they go ahead with plans to vote out the Liberals in a confidence motion. “The practical workability of that agreement is very much in doubt,” he said. No party won a majority of seats in the 87-member legislature in last month’s election. Because the Liberals won the most seats, at 43, the party gets the first chance at forming government. The New Democrats won 41 seats, while the Greens took three, and the two parties

reached an agreement to work together in a minority government. If another election is called because the government fails, de Jong said it would stem from the instability created by the NDP-Green agreement. At a news conference in Victoria following de Jong’s comments, Green Leader Andrew Weaver said a Speaker is supposed to be an independent officer of the legislature and de Jong’s assertions that the Speaker would either help or hinder a governing party is an example of the Liberals’ political games. Weaver said the Liberals are creating a “distraction” by raising the issue of who should fill the role in a transition government. “This is nothing more than to work the people of British Columbia into a

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Family dispute grounds for getting refugee status Continued from Page 1... Razak Iyal, originally from Ghana, was granted refugee protection because he feared his four brothers - who, he says, are engaged tin a dispute with him over his fa ther’s inheritance in Ghana. Ghana is not known as a hot bed of racial discrimination or government persecution based on race, religion or political belief. So why is Razak Iyal being granted refugee protection in Canada ? You may recall that Iyal was in the news late in December, 2016, because he lost all his fingers to frostbite after walking into Canada illegally from the United States on Christmas Eve, with a friend. Iyal and his friend, Seidu Mohammed, walked through snowy farmers’ fields to get to Manitoba, fearing deportation in the United States, where they had been living. Afraid of new President Donald Trump’s threat to deport people living illegally in United States, Iyal and Mohammed fled to Canada - where there is no danger of being deported for crossing the border illegally. Mohammed claimed he is a bisexual and therefore feared for his life based on discrimination against gays in a conservative Ghana, which is Islamic. Canadian IRB had no hesitation in granting him protection . But Iyal denied he was gay and, instead, claimed he feared his siblings in a dispute over his father ‘s inheritance. IRB did not in hesitate in granting him refuge protection. Good luck to him but what about those hundreds of thousands of people who are legally trying to come to Canada? Unlike Mohammed and Iyal, who crossed into Canada illegally and were instantly rewarded by the IRB, those hundreds of thousands who follow Canadian laws are still waiting. It is time Prime Minister Trudeau and his Immigration Minister started rewarding those who follow Canadians laws - not reward only those who come into Canada illegally .

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that comes across”, ”Also I would advice the new comers to have patience and take one step at a time because you cant reach the topmost ladder without climbing all, and it’s a stepwise process”, he smiled. He has come to Canada for his performances in BC and Alberta and people have welcomed him whole-heartedly. “When I was coming here, it was kind of unpredictable thing, as I was not too sure what would be the reaction of the audience but I was overwhelmed by the response and love that people have given me in BC; especially to my song Gaddian Wali Taaro “, told Ramuwalia.

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“Punjabi is my mother tongue, and this language is the reason for me to be renowned amongst the masses. I owe to this language and I am ready to contribute towards the development and promotion of Punjabi till the last day of my life”, he smiled. He loves reading good books and is a huge fan of poetry, which can be seen in his personality. “ I am about to finish my book of Hindi Ghazals. I think it is a way to share your thought process most beautifully and simply.

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Del Manak appointed new police chief in Victoria after Twitter scandal Continued from Page 1... Manak has been acting as head of the force since December 2015, when former chief Frank Elsner stepped aside while investigations were conducted into allegations that he’d sent Twitter messages to the wife of one of his officers. Elsner was suspended last April and officially quit last month.

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Home sales across Canada register biggest monthly decline in nearly 5 years Home sales across the country dropped sharply last month, driven by a plunge in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) after the Ontario government imposed a tax on foreign buyers aimed at cooling the red-hot market. The number of residential properties sold nationwide fell by 6.2 per cent in May compared to April, the largest month-tomonth decline in nearly five years, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Thursday. The industry group, which represents real estate agents, brokers and salespeople in Canada, noted sales were down a whopping 25.3 per cent month-over-month in the GTA. The data showed that while real estate may be local, the impact of changes in a market the size of Toronto can have a sweeping effect nationally. “This is the first full month of results since changes to Ontario housing policy made in late April. They provide clear evidence that the changes have resulted in more balanced housing markets throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe region,� CREA chief economist Gregory Klump said in a statement. “For housing markets in the region, May sales activity was down most in the GTA and Oakville. This suggests the changes have squelched speculative home purchases.� The Ontario government introduced more than a dozen measures, including a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers, aimed at stabilizing Toronto’s blistering housing market. Prices have spiralled out of reach for many potential

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Big bust on BC/Washington border when drugs found in hidden compartment U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Pacific Highway Border Crossing have announced the seizure of seven packages of Methamphetamines, also known as MDMA, weighing more than 50 pounds. The statement says, it happened around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday June 10, when a 40-year-old man driving an SUV attempted to enter the United States at the Blaine,

Washington border crossing, saying he visiting the U.S. for pleasure. He was referred for further inspection, where officers discovered the large amount of MDMA in a hidden compartment in the vehicle. The vehicle and the illegal drug were both seized, the driver was arrested, and the case has been handed over to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Seattle.

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Sawinder Singh Bains appointed head of Fraser Valley Correctional facility Correctional Service of Canada has appointed Sawinder (Sav) Singh Bains the Warden of Fraser Valley Institution He becomes the first turbaned Sikh warden in Canada to head a federal prison. Bains has held numerous senior posts in the Canadian Public Service, including positions at the Regional Head Quarters and National Head Quarters in Ottawa. In many positions, he has been the first Turbaned Sikh to hold these senior posts. Sawinder (Sav) Singh Bains also spends considerable amount of his time representing CSC in the media, as well as different forums across the country. He has been a visible representative for the CSC and him being a Turbaned Sikh has given great exposure of the diversity of the CSC, and the CSC is very proud of his work. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is the federal government agency responsible for administering sentences of a term of two years or more, as imposed by the courts. CSC is responsible for managing institutions of various security levels and supervising offenders under conditional release in the community. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is a key partner in public safety. On a typical day, the CSC manages approximately 15,000 offenders placed within 43 institutions and more than 8,500 offenders under

supervision in the community. The CSC is building a strong, vibrant, and diverse team of professionals. CSC has been widely recognized as an international leader in correctional justice. The Pacific Region of the Correctional Service of Canada operates 8 federal institutions, including one facility for women offenders, a Community Correctional Centre and five parole areas in British Columbia including the Yukon Territory. On December 20, 2016 a Change of Command Ceremony took place at Fraser Valley Institution where the Commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada Mr. Don Head officially handed the responsibility of Fraser Valley Institution to Mr. Bains. The Regional Management Committee, Deputy Commissioner for Women, and various Senior Executives were in attendance to witness the ceremony. The Change of Command ceremony is a formal, symbolic passing of responsibility, authority, and accountability of command from one leader to another. Mr. Bains has a Bachelor degree from Simon Fraser University and began his career with CSC in 2002 as a Correctional Officer at Matsqui Institution. Sawinder (Sav) Bains was born and rasied in Canada, but his ancestral home is village Bhatla in District Hoshiarpur in India.

2 Canadians sought by DC police over beating of protesters during Turkish leader’s visit Two men from Canada have been charged with alleged assaults at a protest in Washington, D.C. last month that saw Turkish government security officials punch and kick protesters. Warrants have been issued for the arrests of Mahmut Sami Ellialti and Ahmet Cengizham Dereci, the Metropolitan Police Department said Thursday. Both face charges of assault causing significant bodily injury. “Our understanding is those two individuals have Canadian addresses, but we’re unable to confirm if they’re in fact citizens,” a police spokesperson said. They were among 18 charged over the May 16 incident. Police said the suspects were identified from videos filmed at Sheridan Circle in D.C.’s diplomatic row after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had met with U.S. President Donald Trump. As Erdogan arrived at the Turkish ambassador’s residence following the White House meeting, his security staff

began beating protesters, injuring nine. Video showed Erdogan watching as beatings took place. Two men were arrested at the time and two more were picked up on Wednesday. Another 14 are still wanted on warrants,

including a dozen Turkish security officials and the pair from Canada. Ellialti has also been charged with aggravated assault while Dereci faces a charge of misdemeanor assault or threatened assault in a menacing manner.

Arrest of China’s Anbang chair won’t affect sale of BC retirement-home chain

The Trudeau government’s point man on foreign takeovers said he’s disturbed by news that the chair of Chinese conglomerate Anbang has been arrested by Beijing, but he will not reconsider Ottawa’s decision to allow the insurance titan to buy a stake in British Columbia’s health-care sector. Earlier this year, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains green-lighted the sale of one of British Columbia’s biggest retirement-home chains to Anbang, an insurance-holding company with

a murky ownership structure, in a deal that gave China a foothold in Canada’s health-care sector. The deal – believed to be worth in excess of $1-billion – gave Anbang control of Vancouver-based Retirement Concepts, which is B.C.’s highest-billing provider of assisted-living and residential-care services. The B.C. government paid Retirement Concepts $86.5-million in the 2015-16 fiscal year, more than any other of the 130 similar providers.


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B.C. NDP softens position on speculative real estate tax A two-per-cent tax on speculative realestate investment in B.C. that was a key part of the NDP’s election platform may not be a sure thing, says the party’s spokesman for housing. “Taxes are one tool, but there are other

tools available to policy-makers,” David Eby said Thursday. “Taxes aren’t always the right response — there may be others that are more appropriate to deal with flipping or speculative investment in our real estate market.” Eby’s comments come one day after Gregory Klump, chief economist with the Canadian Real Estate Association, said during a roundtable discussion in Toronto that he wouldn’t be surprised to see policy-makers in Ontario introduce a tax on speculative home purchases in the fast-growing Greater Golden Horseshoe region, which includes Toronto. The Ontario government introduced policies in April aimed at cooling the realestate market in that region, including introducing a 15-per-cent, foreign-buyer tax

similar to the one B.C. brought in almost one year ago. Klump said he believes that a speculation tax would be misguided because such measures typically do little more than temporarily change market sentiment — pushing buyers to the sidelines for a bit while they wait to assess the impact. Loopholes could also allow some speculators to get around paying the tax, Klump said. Eby encouraged people in Ontario to take recommendations from the real estate industry with a grain of salt because “time and again the information is inaccurate or misleading.” “It’s been incredibly disappointing to see the real estate associations’ behaviour in British Columbia,” Eby said. “They have difficulty seeing beyond their own interests.” However, he conceded that a new tax may not be the right way to tamp down the speculation the NDP believes is helping heat up the market. “We don’t want to be forced into pursuing a tax. If experts say a tax isn’t going to address the issue, then we’ll look at other options — it doesn’t have to be a tax,” Eby said. “But the outcome has to be that this kind of speculative action in the market has to end.” The power-sharing accord between the NDP and Greens doesn’t go into specifics about how it would make housing affordable,

simply that they would “take action to deal with the speculation and fraud that is driving up prices.” However, the party platforms go into more detail. The NDP is proposing a two-percent tax that would affect people who buy property in B.C. but don’t live or work here and leave their property empty, and be based on assessed value. All revenue collected will go into a B.C. Housing Affordability Fund.

The NDP predicted that the tax would bring in about $200 million per year. Last March, the NDP introduced the Housing Affordability Fund and Speculator Fee Act in the legislature, but it didn’t make it past first reading. Green party Leader Andrew Weaver, who couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday, said earlier this week that the Green plan deals with speculation “front and centre.”

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Homeless campers ordered to leave Main Street tent city Residents of Vancouver latest tent city at 950 Main Street have been served a notice of trespass and given just hours to leave the property. The campers are required to remove their tents and personal belongings by 7 a.m. Friday. On April 28, a locked chain-link fence was breached at the unoccupied cityowned lot on Main Street and a number of

people entered the site to establish the tent city. A social housing project is planned for the site. The development, run by the Lu’ma Native Housing Society, would see 26 units of social housing built. It is one of four sites in which a total of 600-700 social-housing units are to be built for aboriginal households. The notice delivered to the campers on Thursday came from the Lu’ma Native Housing Society who signed a 60-year lease with the city on the property on Thursday. The notice issued “formal notice under theTrespass Act that you are committing the offence of trespass.” Tent-city resident Evan Marshall, 31, an overdose prevention worker who became

homeless in March due to issues related to his addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder, said he was appalled by the trespassing notice. “It’s utterly ridiculous because you’re giving less than 24 hours notice to people who are elderly, pregnant, transgendered… who have all of their worldly possessions with them and have no money,” Marshall said. “How are we supposed to move everything and do it in a safe fashion within that kind of time frame? It’s impossible. And with what money?” Marshall said many people living in the tent city aren’t on welfare and for those who are, it’s the end of the cheque cycle and their resources are depleted. “They are literally throwing us out into the rain with no option on how we can possibly keep ourselves and our possessions safe,” he said. “That is utterly ridiculous.” Marshall said residents will not leave tomorrow at 7 a.m. “We want to find a way to work with everyone involved – the city, B.C. Housing and Lu’ma Native Housing Society – so that we as people and our possessions can get housed.” Marshall said that after B.C. Housing found housing for 147 residents evacuated from The Balmoral Hotel, there’s no reason they can’t house the 55 tent-city residents. A BC Supreme Court judge denied the City of Vancouver an application for an injunction to remove the camp in midMay.

BC cities clamp down on short-term vacation rentals British Columbia cities and towns are taking their fight to regulate short-term vacation rentals to an aggressive new level. Some, such as Revelstoke, have started requiring owners to rezone their properties and go through lengthy public hearings to do so – a move that has created painful divisions as neighbours end up in disputes with each other. Others are pushing to have shortterm rental homes wholly or partially recategorized as businesses, as Victoria council began considering this week. Owners would have to pay the much higher business rate on their property taxes. Instead of waiting for complaints, they are paying an outside agency to find out how many listings are being advertised on the Internet for their towns, and are going after those that haven’t complied with local regulations. For all of them, a big driver is the desperate housing shortage in their communities, which is being exacerbated by conversions of longterm rentals to vacation rentals. “We just heard too many stories of ‘I got kicked out of my suite because the landlord is changing it to vacation rental,’” Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne said. None wants to ban short-term vacation rentals completely, but many mayors said the rentals need to be regulated and paying their fair share of taxes. “We understand this is part of the new economy, but there has to be a balance and we want to make sure people are safe,” said Nelson Mayor Deb Kozak, where the city has capped rentals at 110 annual licences, which can be rented out 120 days a year – 40 during

the summer. The city has licensed 41 operations and believes about another 50 are operating illegally. Councils are being urged on by local and provincial hotel and tourism associations, who say that one of the biggest issues for their businesses is attracting employees, because affordable housing is in such short supply.

That’s especially true for ski towns and summer-vacation areas. This summer promises to be worse than even the recent few years, said Walt Judas, CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of BC. “You try to bring people in. You can even attract them, but they can’t find a place to stay,” Mr. Judas said. “This is happening in communities all over the province.” Cities and towns that have brought in regulations, or are planning to, also include Whistler, Vancouver, Kelowna, Penticton, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Kamloops and Fernie. Although Tofino, a popular touristdestination town on Vancouver Island’s west coast, established rules for vacation rentals in 2005, city council decided to move to more energetic enforcement this year. It doubled fines, which can run as high as $750.


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BC doctors forced to repay millions as province grapples with double-billing practice B.C. doctors have been forced to repay more than $21-million in fees over the past five years based on public complaints about inappropriate billing to the province’s medical-services plan. The Ministry of Health provided the figures to underscore its efforts to rein in illegal billing by physicians media reports into double-billing found the practice is most prevalent in British Columbia, where 30 private surgical and diagnostic clinics – the largest number of any province – are charging patients for access to everything from medical appointments to operations. The province has done 135 audits since 2012 under its Billing Integrity Program, leading to the recovered payments. The audits look at concerns ranging from extra billing to claims for services not rendered. Premier Christy Clark says her government has been serious about upholding the Canada Health Act and is prepared to do more to protect the public health-care system. She said her former health minister – who was replaced in a cabinet shuffle on Monday – “has been doing a lot of work … making sure that we are doing the audits that are required.” She said the government is ready to beef up those audits if necessary.

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Vancouver city council votes down 12-storey Chinatown tower A much debated proposal for a 12-storey tower in the heart of Chinatown was voted down by Vancouver city council Tuesday afternoon. The 105 Keefer Street development was rejected by a margin of 8-3, with Mayor Gregor Robertson and five of six Vision Vancouver councillors joining NPA Coun. George Affleck and Green Coun. Adrianne Carr in opposition. The development was ​ pitched by the Beedie Development Group in 2013 as a residential project. Since then, it has been the subject of many public hearings, protests and redesigns, with the final proposal including 106 market-priced units and 25 “low-tomoderate income” seniors units, along with some communal spaces. Those in favour of the project said it would bring more non-market housing to the neighbourhood, while those against said it would raise rents in the surrounding area and indirectly displace the community. “In my almost nine years as mayor, no issue or project has yielded such a passionate,

emotional response as this rezoning application,” said Robertson in a statement. “The Beedie group put significant effort into this project over the years ... and went to extraordinary lengths to adjust and revise the project based on public and community

feedback. “Yet, council heard overwhelming opposition from several generations of Vancouver residents on the rezoning for 105 Keefer, and concern about how to manage Chinatown’s pace of change. For that reason, I voted “no” to this rezoning proposal.” After the vote was cast, Beddie vicepresident Houtan Rafii lamented what he characterized as misinformation about the proposal but accepted council’s decision.

2 targeted shootings in Surrey caused school closure An investigation into two targeted shootings in Surrey caused the temporary closure of J. T. Brown Elementary School Tuesday morning.

Surrey RCMP said officers received a report of shots fired involving two vehicles near 125th Street and 80th Avenue around midnight. When police arrived the vehicles were gone, but bullet casings were found on the scene. Minutes later, Surrey RCMP were called to the 13200 block of 67B Avenue after a drive-

by shooting, where it appeared a parked vehicle was the target. No injuries were reported at either scene. The investigation led police to a residence in the 12500 block of 58B Avenue, in the vicinity of J.T. Brown Elementary School. The school was closed as a precaution, and is scheduled to re-open at 12:25. In a release, Surrey RCMP said the two shootings are believed to be linked, and that the parties involved are likely known to each other. No one is in custody and no charges have been laid. Resham Sandhu, who lives in the area, said he was woken up at 6 a.m. by police sirens. “Usually you see two or three police cars if they want to arrest somebody, but there were at least 20 of them and they had a big, bulletproof car,” he said. “It’s kind of sad. I don’t know why it’s happening in this neighbourhood,” he said.

Delta Police conducted annual Commercial Vehicle Enforcement & Inspection Project Delta Police Department Traffic Section in partnership with the provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Branch (CVSE) recently have enlisted the support of policing and regulatory enforcement agencies from across British Columbia for an annual three day Commercial Vehicle Safety Project. “This is our eleventh year for this initiative and we love doing it for road safety and we are cherished to have CVSE on board with us”, said Cst. Ken Usipiuk with Delta Police Department. Delta has one of the highest, if not the highest, ratio in BC of commercial vehicles transiting its roads on a daily basis. This

joint operation is one the largest initiatives of its type in the province. The focus of the project is on business vehicles that may not be properly maintained and could ultimately pose a danger on our roads. The Delta Police Department is one of the very few police departments that maintain a dedicated team of Vehicle Inspectors. The DPD Vehicle Inspection Unit also thanked all of the officers, their organizations, and the volunteers that participated in this event. This is a great example of Federal, Provincial, and Municipal agencies working together with community support to increase the safety on our roads.

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RCMP wants to stop gifting pyramid scheme Coquitlam RCMP Economic Crime Unit (ECU) investigators are hoping to put a stop to a new pyramid scheme that targets lawabiding citizens who have no idea they are breaking the law. The Gifting Pyramid Scheme usually targets groups of law-abiding women who are convinced to recruit their friends or acquaintances. New members have to pay their recruiter a $5,000 ‘gift’ to join. In turn, each member is expected to recruit eight new people so everyone can end up with $40,000. Recruiters try to legitimize the buy-in payment by calling it a ‘birthday gift,’ a ‘transaction,’ or ‘a gifting circle’ and insisting that the payment is not taxable or illegal because it’s only a gift. “We are finding people getting caught up in this pyramid scheme who have no idea that

it’s illegal,” says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP, “one of our Coquitlam RCMP ECU investigators was even asked if she wanted to join. The sad truth is that pyramid schemes always fall apart and the people at the bottom- your friends and family-lose their money.” You might be reluctant to talk to police because your friends are involved or you feel ashamed but Coquitlam RCMP’s ECU needs your help to spread the word and prevent more people being victimized. If you have any information about a Pyramid Gifting Scheme call your local police. For Pyramid Gifting Schemes in Coquitlam, or for any non-emergency crime, call the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550.

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Husband of gas-and-dash victim killed in highway crash, two years to the day after his wife died A man whose wife was run over while working at a Calgary gas station two years ago died last week in a collision on a B.C. highway. Ahmad Shallo was killed about two years to the day Maryam Rashidi died, while he was travelling back to Calgary to mark the anniversary of her death, friends said. “I’m still trying to convince myself it’s a dream,” said Gina Masnadi, a close family friend. “They were both gone on the same day. I

thought, my God, it couldn’t be real, it couldn’t be. But at least they’re both together now.” Shallo, who moved to B.C. following Rashidi’s death, was driving with his sevenyear-old son, Koorosh, and his new wife when the collision occurred Thursday. Masnadi said the woman suffered serious injuries and had to undergo surgery, but the boy, who was sitting in the back seat, escaped harm. She said Koorosh is now back in Vancouver with family friends while the

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extended family discusses what to do next. “Koorosh was so attached to his dad after Maryam passed. It’s going to be hard, very hard for him,” Masnadi said. “We just hope that he will be strong through these hard days.” Rashidi was run over by Joshua Mitchell on June 7, 2015, after he and a passenger stole gas and tried to drive away from the 16th Avenue N.W. Centex gas station where she worked. She died in hospital two days later. Mitchell was convicted in May of manslaughter in the death. Masnadi said she has been working since then to obtain a visa for Rashidi’s mother, who lives in Iran, to come to Calgary to attend the sentencing

in August. She said the Persian community in Calgary is prepared to rally around Koorosh and the extended families to provide any assistance necessary. “It’s not easy when you immigrate here and

you don’t have anybody,” Masnadi said. “You come with a big hope for your life, for yourself and your kid, and to end up being like this is a tragedy.”

Cops for Cancer From past 11 years, VPD is actively supporting Canadian Cancer association and their initiative towards pediatric cancer research. The campaign named Cops for Cancer is not new to anyone and like every year their Celebrity jail and Bail was kick started at the Robson street, where renowned members from the local business community challenged each other for attaining the target amount of $25000. The amount is going to be used by the Canadian Cancer Society to make life better for the kids living with cancer. The top fundraisers were rounded up by the cops and then thrown in the slammer in the middle of Robson Street for all to see.

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CRTC bans cellphone unlocking fees, orders all new devices be unlocked The era of having to pay cellular providers to unlock your cellphone will end this year. As of Dec. 1, cellphone customers can ask their provider to unlock their phones free of charge, the CRTC announced Thursday. At the same time, it said, all newly purchased mobile devices must be provided to customers unlocked. “It’s a big step forward,” said Rose Behar, senior reporter for the tech site MobileSyrup in Toronto. Telecoms often order locked phones from manufacturers that are programmed to work only with their service. Then they charge a fee — typically $50 — to unlock the phone if a customer wants to switch providers. “Essentially a locked phone did keep consumers tethered to their service provider,”

because they faced paying a fee to flee, said Behar. “Now there’s going to be so much more flexibility in being able to jump from plan to plan, from carrier to carrier. That will likely spark more competition.” The unlocking fee has always been unpopular with customers. It has even been referred to it as a “ransom fee.” When the CRTC reviewed its wireless code earlier this year, it invited the public to comment online. Many took the opportunity to gripe about unlocking fees. “Now after paying for the phones we are held ransom to unlock them to go to another provider. Totally ridiculous,” stated one person. “Excuse me, but I own the phone.” “That’s called a ‘Ransom Fee’ or ‘Hostage Fee’ in any other business,” wrote another

individual. “It is unbelievable how the government allows these companies to extort money like this!” In March, the CRTC

reported that Canadian telecoms made a total of $37.7 million last year by charging customers to unlock their cellphones — a 75 per cent jump in that source of revenue compared with 2014. During a February CRTC hearing, Bell,

Rogers and Telus all stood by their unlocking fees. The big three warned that if they didn’t charge an unlocking fee for the few customers who want it done, the cost would have to be passed on to everyone. “We think it’s a lot more appropriate that people who actually have their device unlocked bear the cost of the unlocking,” said Howard Slawner, vice-president of regulatory telecom at Rogers. The CRTC’s decision on unlocking fees came out of a review of its 2013 wireless code created in part to help limit costly cellphone fees for consumers. As part of the review, the commission also announced that only the account holder can consent to data overage and additional roaming charges in a family-shared cellphone plan. Other plan members will only be able to give consent if the account holder grants them approval.

Brace for a possible tax on Toronto speculative home purchases

The chief economist of the Canadian Real Estate Association says homeowners in the Greater Toronto Area should brace themselves for a possible tax on speculative home purchases. Gregory Klump says he would not be surprised to see policy-makers roll out such a measure just as the market begins to recover from the most recent round of changes. “I don’t think they’re done yet,” Klump said during an Economic Club of Canada roundtable in Toronto Wednesday. The Ontario government introduced a suite of policies in April aimed at cooling runaway house prices in the fast-growing Greater Golden Horseshoe region, including a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers and expanded rent controls. Home sales in the GTA plunged by 20.3 per cent in May, the month after the new rules took effect, suggesting that the measures are having the desired impact. However, some economists say the impact may be short-lived like it was in Vancouver, where the introduction of a foreign buyer tax caused a temporary pause in sales activity before the market picked up again. Klump says he could see it taking about six months for the housing market in the Toronto area to gather steam again, provided that no new measures are introduced between now and then. He says he believes that a speculation tax would be misguided because such measures typically do little more than temporarily change market sentiment — pushing buyers to the sidelines for a bit while they wait to assess the impact. Loopholes could allow some speculators to get around paying the tax, Klump says.


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Hate crimes against Muslims in Canada up 60%, StatsCan reports The number of police-reported hate crimes against Muslims jumped by 60 per cent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to Statistics Canada. New data released Tuesday show there were 159 anti-Muslim incidents reported to police that year, up from 99 the year before. National Council of Canadian Muslims vice-chairman Khalid Elgazzar called 2015 a “difficult year” for Muslim Canadians, as two terrorist attacks in France inflamed anti-Muslim sentiment and former prime

minister Stephen Harper made a woman’s right to wear a veil at citizenship ceremonies a “central issue” of the election campaign. “The Canadian Muslim community bore the brunt of sinister political rhetoric surrounding the federal election which

painted Muslims as terrorists or terrorist sympathizers as well as being antiwomen,” he said during a news conference on Parliament Hill. He stopped short of blaming the Conservative campaign for the rise in hate crimes, but said the campaign rhetoric was “a factor.” Elgazzar said many victims of hate crimes do not report to police because they are fearful of further victimization or don’t think police will do anything. He called on governments at all levels to boost funding for police investigations and data collection to better understand the scope of the problem. Farhat Rehman, of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, said there must also be more money spent on education to curb the “disturbing” trend. “All levels of government need to step up with more resources and act quickly to allocate urgently needed funds to school programs and agencies involved in education, public awareness and prevention of conflict and violence in our communities,” she said. The Statistics Canada data show the number of incidents targeting Jewish people declined to 178 in 2015, compared to 213 the previous year.

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Banking industry has lobbied officials, MPs hundreds of times Canada’s big banks and the association that represents them have lobbied government officials hundreds of times since the last election – including the watchdogs charged with policing them and members of the parliamentary committee now examining their practices. An analysis of reports filed with the Commissioner of Lobbying’s office found that there have been 581 individual contacts between top government officials and representatives of the banks or the Canadian Bankers Association (CBA). On average, that works out to eight contacts every week between the banking industry and federal government officials. The data shows that lobbying by Canada’s big banks has also risen sharply since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government was sworn into office on Nov. 4, 2015. Communication reports to the lobbying commissioner’s office, which often list more than one person contacted, are up 60 per cent over the previous 18-month period during Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government. In all, 410 communication reports have been filed since the election by the six largest banks or the CBA, compared with 256 during the previous 18 months. While communication reports filed by Canada’s six biggest banks are up 52 per cent, the number of reports filed by the CBA are up 74 per cent.

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Bank of Canada signals likely rate hike in ‘hawkish’ speech about growth The Bank of Canada is encouraged by a broadening of economic strength, which includes gains across 70 per cent of industries, a top official said Monday, in what was widely seen as a “hawkish” speech from the country’s central bank. Senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins said the gains are something Canada hasn’t seen since before the oil-price collapse nearly three years ago. Analysts said these and other comments suggest the central bank is beginning to assess when, not if, the bank might introduce its first rate increase in nearly seven years. For nearly two years, the rate has been locked at the very low level of 0.5 per cent as a way to help lift the economy.

“As growth continues and, ideally, broadens further, (the bank’s) governing council will be assessing whether all the considerable monetary policy stimulus presently in place is still required,” Wilkins said in a speech delivered at the Asper School of Business in Winnipeg. “Just think about it, if you saw a stop light ahead, you would start letting up on the gas so that you could slow down smoothly. You don’t want to have to slam on the brakes at the last second. Monetary policy must also anticipate the road ahead.” But despite the bank’s brightening outlook, Wilkins underscored several lingering uncertainties that suggest it won’t be ready to raise its benchmark as early as its next scheduled

announcement July 12. She pointed to unknowns surrounding U.S. economic policy and Canada’s recent belowtarget inflation readings, as well as employment weaknesses in wage growth and the number of hours worked. Experts noted Monday how the speech was filled with optimism about the economy’s trajectory. “The hawkish nature of the speech is the first acknowledgment from the bank that the next move is likely to be a hike,” CIBC’s Royce Mendes wrote in a research note

to clients. TD senior economist Brian DePratto wrote: “Rather than signalling imminent action, today’s remarks are more likely to be aimed at preparing markets for eventual monetary tightening.” He added that TD is predicting the next rate hike in early 2018. Looking at the positives, Wilkins credited strength in consumer spending, the services sector and the housing markets for helping carry Canada over the last few years.

Canada is Turning 150: Celebrate with a Trip to a Bank Near You The Canada 150 commemorative bank note is now making its way to a financial institution near you. On 1 July, Canada will celebrate 150 years of Confederation, and the Bank of Canada is marking this milestone with a special $10 bank note. It came into circulation officially on 1 June, and you can get one simply by visiting your local financial institution. Most branches will have a supply of notes to distribute over the counter for a period of time. The Bank will issue a total of 40 million of these notes and has worked with financial institutions to make them available to Canadians across the country. The commemorative note will circulate alongside the current $10 note in the Polymer series. The existing note will continue to represent the majority of $10

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Asylum seeker who lost fingers to frostbite granted refugee status over family dispute More than five months after he almost froze to death walking across the Canada-United States border, eventually losing his fingers to frostbite, Razak Iyal was granted refugee status Tuesday. “If I go back to Ghana, I might lose all my life. But here I am, I just lost my fingers, but I’m still part of the society,” Iyal, 35, said after his closed-door Immigration and Refugee board hearing. “I thank God that I’ve been accepted to stay in Canada, to be a Canadian. And what

I have in me, I’ll make sure I share it with the community, with the people.” Iyal was among the first in the recent wave of refugee-claimants sneaking across the border from the United States out of fear of being deported back to their home country. After meeting up with another man from Ghana, Seidu Mohammed, at a bus station in Minneapolis, the two men took a bus to Grand Forks, N.D., and then a taxi to an area near the border. It was Christmas Eve and the overnight windchill dipped to –30 C as the men walked though snowy fields in the darkness for

hours. They were not dressed for such an excursion, and suffered severe frostbite before being noticed by a trucker after crossing into Canada. They would spend weeks recovering in hospital. Iyal lost all his fingers but kept his thumbs. Mohammed lost all ten digits. “I can do a lot of things that people who have fingers can do,” said Iyal, who dreams of bringing his wife to Canada and opening an electronics business similar to one he had in Ghana. Iyal said he fled Ghana because his five siblings were out to kill him in a dispute over the inheritance of his late father’s property. A local politician was involved, he said. After he arrived in Canada, some media reports in Ghana said he was a homosexual. It’s not true, he said, but the reports added to the danger he would face if returned home due to the African nation’s treatment of gays and lesbians. “There is no place in Ghana, which is geographically a very small country, that he could ever be safe,” his lawyer, Bashir Khan, told reporters. Iyal and Mohammed both had their claims for asylum rejected in the United States, so they would have been turned back at an official border crossing under the CanadaU.S. Safe Third Country Agreement. Like hundreds of others in recent months, they opted to try to sneak across the border, knowing that they would get a refugee hearing if they made it on to Canadian soil before turning themselves in. Mohammed, who is bisexual and a professional soccer player, had his refugee claim approved last month.

Trudeau says U.S. was consulted before approving Chinese takeover of Norsat Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that Ottawa consulted the United States and other allies before approving the sale of a Canadian satellite technology firm to a Chinese communications giant, but he would not say whether the U.S. raised any objections. “Every transaction of this type that falls under the Investment Canada Act is carefully assessed by all national security agencies,” Mr. Trudeau told the House of Commons. “On top of that, we do consult with our allies, and in this case directly consulted with the United States on this situation.” The government conducted a routine security analysis but did not proceed with a full-fledged national security review. Ottawa has made closer ties with China, including a potential free-trade deal, a cornerstone of its foreign policy – and China has publicly deplored Canada’s national security reviews as protectionism. Mr. Trudeau told MPs the government had concluded the takeover of Norsat International did not affect national security – despite warnings from a U.S. congressional watchdog that the sale jeopardizes U.S. security interests because the Vancouver firm sells its technology to the American military. The White House, the U.S. Department of Defence and the U.S. Treasury Department did not respond to requests about whether they were consulted and had raised any concerns with Ottawa. The U.S. embassy provided a curt statement. “Having checked with Washington, we are not in a position to provide any further information at this time,” a spokesperson said.

Opposition party leaders have challenged the sale of Norsat International to Hytera Communications and have demanded a formal and comprehensive national security review. The issue dominated Tuesday’s Question Period after The Globe reported that the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission warned the takeover “raises significant national security concerns” for the U.S. military.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, who approved the takeover, refused to say if Canada’s allies had given the thumbs-up to the transaction. “These are national security conversations, so I am not going to divulge the specifics of the engagement with our allies,” Mr. Bains told reporters. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which reports to Congress, told The Globe on Monday that “the U.S. military and other domestic clients of Norsat should immediately review their purchases as well as the exposure they have to existing products from the company they use to determine what security risks might arise.”

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IS militants killing, enslaving civilians: Philippines Islamist militants holding parts of a Philippine city are killing civilians who try to flee while using others as orderlies and cooks, authorities said Tuesday after the gunmen boasted of executions. There are up to 1,000 people still trapped in the parts of Marawi city that the militants control, the government said, three weeks after fighting erupted with gunmen going on a rampage and flying black flags of the Islamic State (IS) group. The militants have defied a US-backed military onslaught, which has seen relentless bombing of the residential areas of Marawi where they are holed up. Authorities say 400 gunmen are estimated to be still there and to be using civilians as slaves. “Based on the revelations of the trapped civilians we have recovered (rescued), they are being used as orderlies to cook their food, to carry their munitions,” local military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jo-ar Herrera told reporters. At least 26 civilians, 58 police

or soldiers and 202 militants have been killed, according to the government. Five of the civilians were killed on Monday as they made a dash for safety when the militants discovered their hiding place, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters in Manila. “They were going to the river but the militants ran after them and indiscriminately fired at them, killing five and taking the remaining eight as hostages,” Abella said. IS also released a video on Monday via its Amaq propaganda news agency which it said showed jihadists shooting six Christians in Marawi, according to the US-based SITE monitoring service. A voiceover suggested further executions had taken place off-camera, SITE reported. There were tearful scenes in Marawi on Tuesday morning after five Muslim policemen and five Christian construction workers sprinted about two kilometres (1.2 miles) from the militant-controlled areas to safety.

Kabul will host a multinational peace conference on Afghanistan Tuesday, as the capital reels from a wave of bombings and clashes that left more than 100 people dead and hundreds wounded in the last week. Much of Kabul remains on lock down ahead of the conference, labelled the “Kabul Process”, with tighter than usual security including more armed checkpoints and armoured vehicles patrolling the streets, and tight restrictions on civilian traffic. Representatives of around two dozen countries will attend the meeting, which aims to build international support on ways to restore security in the conflict-torn country, the government said on Monday. “The Kabul Process is meant to reach a consensus with the region and the world for peace in Afghanistan,” said presidential spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi. Kabul has been on edge since a truck bombing last Wednesday in the highly fortified diplomatic quarter killed at least 90 people and wounded hundreds, the deadliest attack in the city since 2001.

ISIS and Taliban battle for Osama bin Laden’s cave hideout The Islamic State group said its fighters have captured Osama bin Laden’s infamous Tora Bora mountain hideout in eastern Afghanistan but the Taliban on Thursday dismissed the claim, saying they were still in control of the cave complex that once housed the former al-Qaida leader. Earlier, IS released an audio recording, saying its signature black flag was flying over the hulking mountain range. The message was broadcast on the militants’ Radio Khilafat station in the Pashto language late on Wednesday. It also said IS has taken over several districts and urged villagers who fled the fighting to return to their homes and stay indoors. A Taliban spokesman denied IS was in control, claiming instead that the Taliban had pushed IS back from some territory the rival militants had taken in the area. The Tora Bora mountains hide a warren of caves in which al-Qaeda militants led by bin Laden hid from U.S. coalition forces in 2001, after the Taliban fled Kabul and before he fled to neighboring Pakistan. According to testimony from al-Qaeda

captives in the U.S. prison at Guantamo Bay, Cuba, bin Laden fled from Tora Bora first to Afghanistan’s northeastern Kunar province,

before crossing the border into Pakistan. He was killed in a 2011 raid by U.S. Navy SEALs on his hideout in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad. Pakistan complained the raid violated its sovereignty while bin Laden’s presence _ barely a few miles from the Pakistani equivalent of America’s West Point military academy _ reinforced allegations by those who accused Pakistan of harboring the Taliban and alQaeda militants. Pakistan denies such charges, pointing to senior al-Qaida operatives it has turned over to the United States.

Four more people were killed Friday when hundreds of protesters incensed by the bombing clashed with police, prompting officials to beat them back with live rounds in the air, tear gas and water cannon. The protesters, holding a sit-in for a fourth day Monday near the bombing site, have demanded the resignation of Afghanistan’s

security chiefs, including national security adviser Hanif Atmar. And on Saturday, at least seven people were killed when suicide bombers tore through a row of mourners who were attending the funeral of one of the protesters, the son of an influential Afghan senator.

Rescuers aid 4,500 homeless after deadly Bangladesh mudslide Rescuers recovered the body of a woman from the mass of mud that collapsed onto a village in southeastern Bangladesh, and were searching on Thursday for several more missing after landslides killed at least 141, officials said. Officials said the six or so people were still missing in the worst-hit region of Rangamati. “We will continue our search and rescue program today, said Jasim Uddin, a deputy director of the fire department in the worst-hit district. “We are looking for them.’’ The government, meanwhile, turned its focus to providing food and other aid to some 4,500 people whose homes were swamped by mud and debris unleashed by the landslides on Tuesday. Families were also receiving cash and materials to help them build new homes. “Still, we are alert’’ for news of more residents missing or in need of rescue, said Shah Kamal, secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management. Kamal said soldiers, firefighters and volunteers were still working to restore access

to the remote, hilly areas, where roads have collapsed or been blocked by mud. Soldiers erected a portable bridge to reach landslidestricken communities in Rangamati. With power cut off in the region since Tuesday, information was slow to trickle out. Villagers were helping in cutting fallen trees and clearing debris in areas where rescuers have been unable to get heavy machinery. Officials reported 104 dead and at least 5,000 homes destroyed or damaged in Rangamati district, where mostly tribal villagers live in small communities near a lake surrounded by hills. Another 28 were killed in the coastal Chittagong district, six died in Bandarban, two in Cox’s Bazar and one in Khagrachhari. The delta nation of Bangladesh is frequently hit by strong storms, flooding and landslides. Experts said this week’s tragedy was also the result of uncontrolled denuding and soil harvesting on hills above unplanned settlements. Many people in hilly regions ignore authorities’ calls to avoid constructing homes on slopes.

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Rohit Sharma stamped his class with an authoritative hundred in the company of magnificent Virat Kohli as India annihilated Bangladesh by nine wickets to set up a bumper summit showdown with arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, here on Thursday. The lazy elegance of Rohit (123 no off 129 balls) coupled with the unmatched swagger of skipper Kohli (96 no off 78 balls) ensured India treat Bangladesh’s attack with utter disdain, knocking off a modest target of 265 in 40.1 overs. This was after some inspired bowling changes from Kohli, including the introduction of part-time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav, which changed the complexion of the game with Bangladesh managing only 264 for seven in 50 overs. A miracle was needed for the over-rated mediocre pace attack to stop the Indian lineup. That didn’t happen as Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan (46) added 87 for the opening wicket. And then came skipper Kohli, who treated the opposition attack as a bunch of net bowlers, adding 178 runs for the second wicket off 153 balls. The Indian captain also reached a personal milestone of 8,000 ODI runs in his 183rd match. Rohit’s innings will be remembered for those pull shots and the amount of time he had to execute each one of them.

14 Naxalites held in connection with Burkapal attack As many as 14 Naxalites, mostly lower rung cadres, allegedly involved in the deadly attack on CRPF personnel in April this year, were on Thursday arrested from two places in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. “While six cadres were apprehended from Chintagufa police station area by a joint team of DRG and District Force, eight others were held from Chintalnar police station limits by a squad of CoBRA and DF,” Deputy Inspector General of Police (Dantewada range) Sundarraj P told PTI. Separate teams of security forces were out on search operations in the forests of Chintagufa and Chintalnar, around 450 kms away from here, he said. Of the arrested, seven were active as janmilitia members, six as members of Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisaan Mazdoor Sangthan (DAKMS) — a frontal wing of Maoists and another as janmilitia deputy commander, he said. They all were allegedly involved in the attack on Central Reserve Police Force personnel, belonging to 74th battalion, on April 24 last, in Burkapal area under Chintagufa police station limits wherein 25 troopers were killed, the DIG said. Besides, they were also allegedly involved other Naxal incidents, including loot, arson, murder and triggering IED blasts, he said.

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UP government announces dissolution of Shia, Sunni waqf boards The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday announced dissolution of the Shia and Sunni waqf boards in the state in the wake of corruption charges against them. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has assented to the dissolution of the boards, Minister of State for Waqf Mohsin Raza said here. The dissolution process has been started after taking into account all legal aspects, the minister said. There have been serious allegations of corruption against the Shia and Sunni waqf boards related to their properties. An inquiry conducted by the Waqf Council of India had also found many irregularities in this regard. The role of the chairman of the Shia Waqf Board, Wasim Rizvi, as well as the minister

for waqf in the previous Samajwadi Party government, Azam Khan, had come under scanner after the inquiry by the Waqf Council of India. Barely a fortnight after the SP suffered a humiliating defeat in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, a report by the factfinding committee of the Central Waqf Council (CWC) indicted Khan—one of

the controversial ministers in the erstwhile Akhilesh Yadav government—of corruption, mismanagement and misuse of office. The fact-finding committee, constituted after the CWC received several complaints from UP, was headed by Syed Ejaz Abbas Naqvi, who is also the in-charge of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand waqf boards. Raza had recently handed over separate reports of the Waqf Council with regard to the two boards to the Chief Minister. The committee in its report elaborated on how Khan as minister allegedly misused his position to grab properties under the boards. It said Khan made a trust—Maulana Johar Ali Education Trust—and diverted funds from waqf properties to it. The report pointed out discrepancies in maintaining rent collection records on Waqf properties.


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Hang those who eat beef: Sadhvi Saraswati A sadhvi attending a conclave of various Hindu outfits here has said those who eat beef should be hanged in public, sparking a row amid the raging debate over cattle slaughter and consumption of beef. The remark made by Sadhvi Saraswati on Wednesday evening was condemned by the Congress, whose leaders demanded that the BJP-led government in Goa lodge an FIR over the “hate speech” and put her under arrest. “I would recommend the Government of India that those who consider it as a status symbol to eat the meat of one’s own mother should be hanged in public. Then only people will realise that it is our duty to protect ‘gau mata’,” the sadhvi said during the inauguration of

the All India Hindu Convention at Ramnathi village here. She also exhorted the Hindus to keep arms at their homes to protect themselves. “If we do not stock arms, we will be destroyed in future,” she said. “Today Bharat is under attack from all directions. “Efforts are being made to separate Kashmir from Bharat and also stop the Amarnath pilgrimage. BharatmataGaumata are under attack,” she added. Slamming the demand by some political parties to ban the right-wing outfits calling for the creation of the “Hindu rashtra”, she said they should realise that no power in the country can prevent the Hindus from establishing the “Hindu Nation.”

Neeru Chadha first Indian woman to be member of top UN body In a significant victory for India at the UN, international law expert Neeru Chadha has won a crucial election to a top UN judicial body that deals with disputes related to the law of the sea, becoming the first Indian woman to be appointed a judge at the tribunal. Chadha, an eminent lawyer and the first Indian woman to become the chief legal adviser in the ministry of external affairs, won the election on Wednesday to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) for a nine-year term from 2017 to 2026. Chadha got 120 votes, the highest in the Asia Pacific group and was elected in the first round of voting itself. The candidate from Indonesia got 58 votes, Lebanon 60 and Thailand 86. All three candidates went to a second round of voting in which Thailand won the other seat in the Asia Pacific group. Election was held here for a total of seven seats. India’s Permanent Representative to the

UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin expressed gratitude for the broad support of countries that resulted in Chadha’s “emphatic success” at the elections to the ITLOS. “It reflects both an appreciation of India’s global standing in matters of international law and the recognition for Chadha’s expertise as a lawyer and negotiator on contemporary issues related to the Law of the Seas,” Akbaruddin told PTI. “The Tribunal is composed of 21 independent members who are elected from among persons enjoying the highest reputation for fairness and integrity and of recognised competence in the field of the law of the sea,” according to the information on the ITLOS website. Meanwhile, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson in New Delhi hailed Chadha’s election to the ITLOS saying, “Indian expertise on ITLOS stage! Neeru Chadha elected as 1st woman on Int’l Tribunal 4 Law of Seas w/most votes in Asia Pacific Group.”

Congress targets Modi over failure in job creation The Congress on Thursday accused the Narendra Modi dispensation of failing to fulfil its promise of creating two crore jobs every year, and asked the prime minister to make his position clear on BJP president Amit Shah’s claim that it had never made such an electoral promise. Senior Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma also raised apprehension about the changes in H-1B visa rules by the US administration, and asked Modi to raise the issue with US President Donald Trump and seek credible assurances from him during his visit later this month. He dubbed as “futile” the prime minister’s “much-delayed cosmetic” exercise of holding a meeting with Niti Ayog, the government’s policy think-tank, on job creation and said

it came after the government realised the seriousness of the crisis. “The prime minister should make it clear whether he agrees with his party president Amit Shah that the BJP had never promised to provide jobs or to create jobs. He should make his position clear. He cannot remain silent and if Amit Shah is right, this means another false promise and the complete betrayal (of the people) by the BJP,” he told reporters. He said the prime minister should stop making false claims and he must realise after three years in power that the time for propaganda and publicity was over. “Did the prime minister not talk about job creation for the youth of the country? When it is time for giving answers, they are making excuses,” Sharma said.

Russia made no offer to mediate on Indo-Pak issues India on Thursday said Russia had not made any mediation offer to it to resolve Indo-Pak issues, and asserted that Moscow was “well aware” of New Delhi’s position of bilateral resolution of all such matters in a terror-free environment. The remarks by External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay came following reports in the Pakistani press that Russia expressed its intention to mediate between the two countries.\A senior diplomat in the Russian embassy in New Delhi also rejected the reports and said it was Pakistan’s “wishful thinking”. The Pakistani media quoted Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria as saying “we welcome UNSC Permanent Member Russia’s attention and intention to play a role in this long-standing issue on the UNSC agenda”. Zakaria was asked about reported offer

made by Russian President Vladimir Putin during his meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the SCO Summit earlier this month. Asked for his reaction, Baglay said, “No offer of mediation was made by Russia to India. Russia is very well aware of India’s consistent position to address all outstanding issues with Pakistan bilaterally in an environment free of terrorism and violence.” The senior diplomat in the Russian embassy also rejected reports of any mediation offer. “We do not have any information of such an offer made by our president. Russia is clear in its position that Indo-Pak issues need to be resolved, bilaterally, and we will never ever suggest anything contrary to that. “It seems wishful thinking on part of Pakistan,” said the diplomat, on the condition of anonymity.


PUNJAB

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10 Amritsar pilgrims killed in bus accident in Kangra Ten pilgrims from Punjab were killed and 45 others were injured when a bus carrying them rolled down a gorge on a sharp curve near Dhaliara

in Kangra district, about 60 km from Dharamsala, on Thursday. The pilgrims from Amritsar were on their way to the Jawalaji shrine in Kangra district. Sources said the driver of the bus lost control as he tried to save the bus from a collision with a Maruti car coming from the opposite side. He hit the car but no harm was caused to the car occupants. The bus rolled down into about thirty feet gorge. The pilgrims in the bus were traders from Amritsar who came to pay obeisance at Chintpurni Mata temple in Una district and Jawalaji Mata temple in Kangra district on

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every ‘Sagrandh’ (full moon night). Today the pilgrims were coming towards Jawalamukhi after paying obeisance at Chintpurni temple when the accident took place. The sources here said that 10 pilgrims died on the spot. Some of the deceased got trapped in the mangled remains of the bus. The locals reached the spot and were first to help out the injured. The injured were shifted to the Dehra government hospital. Three deceased have been identified as Shiv Kumar (40), Charan Kaur (53) and Santosh (60). Seven others are yet to be identified. Most of the injured have been shifted to Tanda Medical College. We are waiting for information from the kin of the injured and the deceased. “The place where the accident occurred is an accident-prone site spot as there is a very sharp turn on the road there. The PWD authorities have been directed by the authorities to remove the black spot,” he said

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Contrary to Punjab Power Minister Rana Gurjit Singh’s claims that those awarded mining contracts in Nawanshahr and Mohali were his former employees, not only the minister but his entire family was in business with all four companies in which his cook Amit Bahadur and another employee Balraj Singh were directors. Documents with The Tribune reveal that Rana Gurjit got loans and advances totalling Rs 25 crore from the four companies in which Amit Bahadur and Balraj Singh were directors. In response to a report published in The Tribune in this regard (May 25), Rana Gurjit had said the two were his former employees and that they had quit in April. The mines were auctioned on May 19 and 20.

Amit Bahadur and Balraj Singh were joint directors in three companies — Flawless Traders Private Limited, Century Agros Private Limited and RJ Texfab Private Limited. Also, Balraj Singh was one of the directors in Rana Sugar & Power Private Limited. After the controversy, both quit the companies, except RJ Texfab Private Limited. Till March this year, Rana Gurjit owed Rs 16.22 crore to Flawless Traders, Rs 5.46 crore to RJ Texfab, Rs 1.75 crore to Century Agros and Rs 87 lakh to Rana Sugar & Power Private Limited. His family, including his wife Rajbans Kaur and sons Rana Inderpratap Singh and Rana Veer Pratap Singh, received crores as loan from the four companies. Rajbans Kaur obtained loans worth Rs 5.8 crore.

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Move over beacon ban, vehicles to flaunt VIP numbers About two months after banning red beacons, the state Transport Department today started the process to allot VIP numbers to vehicles of all senior officers at the district level so that they get hassle-free passage at police barricades and toll barriers. The VIP numbers will be allotted under a new registration series. State Transport Commissioner (STC) Tanu Kashyap today sought the details of all government vehicles at the district and state level in the offices of Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, District and Sessions Judges and heads of government departments. “As there are complaints of senior officers facing problems at police nakas and toll barriers after the removal of red and blue

beacons, special registration numbers will be allotted to government vehicles (old and new),” Kashyap said. She further said, “We have called a list of all vehicles in government offices at district and state level. After getting the list, the existing registration numbers of the vehicles will be replaced with new ones of a special series.” After dissolving the post of District Transport Officer (DTO), the department today asked Subdivisional Magistrates (SDMs) to train at least two officials in their offices to deal with the registration of non-commercial vehicles. The district transport offices have been asked to assist these employees in learning the process of registering non-commercial vehicles and making driver’s licences of these vehicles, reads a letter of the STC to DCs.

SGPC to install portraits of innocents killed in Bluestar The SGPC has decided to install photographs of all innocents killed in the Golden Temple during Operation Bluestar. In a meeting of the executive held here today, the committee decided that photographs will be installed in the basement of the memorial already erected in the memory of militants and other innocent Sikhs killed in the military action. “The committee has taken the decision after Damdami Taksal chief Baba Harnam Singh recently moved a proposal in this regard”, said SGPC chief Prof KS Badungar. The committee would reach out to members of Sikligar community residing in parts of Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Maharashtra. “The SGPC will invite 100 children of this community to Punjab and impart technical education to them in colleges being run by the SGPC. Besides, we will open 10 sewing

schools for girls of Sikligar community in these states”, Badungar added. The SGPC has also decided to provide free legal aid to members of the Sikligar community living in other states. It has also decided to provide Rs 1 lakh financial assistance to families to victims killed in the 1991 Pilibhit fake encounter. Badungar also said some Congress leaders were indulging in the affairs of historical gurdwaras of the state. “The apex court has decided cases of Gurdwara Sahib Bhai Rupa, Gurdwara Tambu Sahib, Mall Dogar (Moga) and Gurdwara Sahib Maur Kalan (Bathinda) in our favour. Still, the Congress is patronising the elements who have grabbed lands of the gurdwaras. We are giving a deadline till June 20 to the government to act against such individuals,” he warned.

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Police still searching for Basa AKA ‘Q’ in relation to Tukavesi drug raid Police are requesting members of the public for any information on the whereabouts of Sakiusa Basa Viaviaturaga who is the key suspect after the drug raid in Tukavesi in the Northern Division. Chief of Operations ACP Rusiate Tudravu says that police are still looking for him and anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 919 or they can report to their nearest police station.

1,012 plants believed to be marijuana were uprooted from what Police believe to be Sakiusa Basa’s farm on Wednesday afternoon. Tudravu says Sakiusa Basa is currently on bail for various other offences and was spotted at the farm. Basa was arrested in Kadavu in 2015 with more than 600 plants believed to be marijuana. He was also on the run in August 2015 after escaping from the Nasinu Magistrates Court.

FEA workers to share $1.5M as special bonus Good news for all Fiji Electricity Authority workers as they will be sharing a sum of $1.5 million as special bonus. While making this announcement Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says they have done this because FEA has done well in making a high level of profit. Sayed-Khaiyum says this bonus will be

shared equally amongst everybody and each worker will get approximately $1,000 to

$1,500 each. Meanwhile the Acting Prime Minister also announced that for the first time ever, FEA will be paying a dividend to the government. He says FEA’s dividend payout to government will be $20 million which will be done by August. While speaking to FEA workers at the bonus payout announcement, SayedKhaiyum says Fiji has enormous potential to do a lot better then what it is doing and the fact is that it is in a better place than where it used to be 10 years ago. FEA Chairman Dakshesh Patel says this is a historic moment for FEA and the CEO of FEA Hasmukh Patel had come up with the idea of distributing the bonus equally.

Business woman charged with bribery A businesswoman charged by FICAC with two counts of bribery appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court earlier this afternoon. It is alleged that Anita Ranjini Mala between 21st November 2016 and 7th February 2017, whilst being the proprietor of Celsius Fire Protection and Pest Control, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, offered an advantage of $500 to $800 to Inia Saqanamua who was an inspector with the Ministry of Labour, on account of Saqanamua performing an act in his capacity as a public servant.

It is also alleged that Mala on 24th November 2016, offered an advantage of $500 to Anare Macedru who was a technical officer at the Ministry of Labour, on account of Macedru performing an act in his capacity as a public servant. Anita Mala has to produce two sureties by 3.30pm today or she will be remanded in custody till Monday. There is a bail bond of $10,000 and a travel ban has also been imposed on her. The matter has been adjourned to 4th September for plea to be taken.

DPP’s Office says procedures in place to protect alleged vulnerable rape victims The Office of the Director of Prosecutions says the state makes applications for screens to be put up for alleged vulnerable rape victims when they give evidence in the trials to ensure that they do not have to see the accused or members of the public cannot see the alleged victims. The DPP’s Office says during the beginning of the trial of the Leader of Jezreel Lion of Judah, Jone Cokanauto, the state had organised for the screens to be put up while the witnesses gave evidence however it was the witnesses who informed the court that they prefer to confront the accused and did not want the screen and this was approved by the judge. The court has also provided a private room for the witnesses to stay during the duration of the trial. They are accompanied by two CID officers

Teenage pregnancy on the rise Minister for Education Dr Mahendra Reddy says the teenage pregnancy issue in the country is a social issue. Dr Reddy was responding to questions by this newspaper regarding the statistics released by the National Substance Abuse Advisory Council (NSAAC) which revealed 28 cases were recorded for teenage pregnancy in secondary schools and 19 for primary schools. He said the school system was equipped to deal with these issues. “In the school system we taught healthy living curriculum and we are talking to our children to ensure that they don’t behave or conduct themselves in a manner which can destroy their future,” he said.

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who escort the witnesses to and from the court. There is also a name suppression order in effect and also taking of pictures of the witnesses is prohibited within the court vicinity. This applies to the general public as well as the media. Fijivillage raised the question as there are a number of people, including Cokanauto’s Jezreel Lion of Judah supporters, coming in to listen to the evidence in the Cokanauto trial and many are also standing around at the main entrance of the court room. We asked what is being done to ensure that the alleged rape victims are protected and whether they are being accommodated in a private room and are coming through the side door of the court room rather than through the main entrance of the court room.

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Man sentenced to death for alleged insult on social media against Prophet Mohammed An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has sentenced a man to death for allegedly insulting the Prophet Mohammed during an argument on Facebook, the first time the death penalty has been handed out over comments on social media. Taimoor Raza, 30, was found guilty of blasphemy after he insulted the prophet and “disseminated offensive pictures”, according to anti-terrorism court officials in Multan, Punjab province. He was also convicted of “making comments against Sunni Muslim religious leaders” and insulting the prophet’s wife, they said. The case marks the latest example of sweeping curbs on social media in Pakistan, where unfounded allegations of blasphemy have led to vigilante justice. The exact content of the Facebook messages

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remains unclear — court officials in Multan refused a request to clarify the comments, saying they were too offensive to repeat. Raza must now appeal against his case in Pakistan’s High Court, and failing that the Supreme Court, or face becoming the first person in Pakistan to be executed for blasphemy on social media. Shafiq Qureshi, a local prosecutor, told The Daily Telegraph Raza was arrested at a bus stop after police caught him playing “offensive material” on his mobile phone. He said the phone was confiscated, which led to police discovering the social media posts and bringing blasphemy charges against him. Raza’s brother alleged he was ensnared by counter-terrorism officials who led him into a “sectarian debate on Facebook”.

China denies snubbing Pakistan As China denied rumours of a rift with Pakistan, its state media on Tuesday slammed South Korean Christian missionaries for

causing the murder of two young Chinese people in Balochistan and added that ‘iron brother’ Pakistan is not to blame for the incident. Late on Monday, Islamabad said the murdered duo were preachers+ working for a South Korean Christian organization. Chinese state media outlet Global Times

also hit out at India’s media for “exaggerating” the impact of the murders by ISIS on SinoPak relations. It said the unfortunate killings cannot “drive a wedge between China and Pakistan”. The reference was to reports of a purported snub to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by Xi Jinping at a summit last week in Astana. At a press briefing on Monday, China’s foreign ministry spokesman too denied as “pointless and baseless” reports that Xi and Sharif didn’t meet+ at a summit in Astana last week. Further, the Global Times article was at pains to establish that the killings - claimed by ISIS - were due to religious reasons and not because anyone in Pakistan opposes the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is appearing before a Supreme Courtappointed team investigating allegations against his family’s offshore companies and money laundering. Authorities have made strict security arrangements at a building where Sharif will appear before noon Thursday. His two sons have already testified and denied the allegations against their family’s financial affairs. Sharif, who says he never

misused his authority to enrich himself, has been under pressure to resign since reports based on documents leaked from a Panamabased law firm indicated his sons owned offshore companies. The Supreme Court, after hearing petitions for months against Sharif and his family, has ruled there was not enough evidence to remove him from office but ordered an investigation team to look further into the allegations.

PM Sharif says he and his family have done nothing wrong Embattled Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today said he and his family have done nothing wrong as he lashed out at “some unseen elements” for hatching conspiracies against his democraticallyelected government. “Today, I have just presented my stance before the JIT,” Sharif told reporters after appearing before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing his family’s alleged corruption as was reported by the Panama Papers leaks. The 67-year-old PML-N leader, who became Pakistan’s first sitting premier to depose before such a panel, said that these allegations have nothing to do with his tenure as the prime minister and are not charges of corruption. “It should be noted that these allegations have nothing to do with my tenure as the prime minister and are not charges of corruption. They are charges against me and my family on a personal level about the family business,” Sharif said after nearly

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Woman raped by Uber driver in India sues firm for breaching privacy

A woman who was raped by an Uber driver in India in 2014 has filed a lawsuit against the ride-hailing company and its embattled chief executive Travis Kalanick for “unlawfully”

obtaining and sharing her medical records related to the sexual assault. The woman, identified only as Jane Doe in the lawsuit filed in federal court in California, said in the complaint that she was “violated physically” when she was brutally raped in Delhi by her Uber driver in December 2014.

“Sadly, in the United States, Uber executives violated her a second time by unlawfully obtaining and sharing her medical records from that vicious sexual assault and have failed, as of the date of this filing, to apologise to her for this outrageous conduct,” the lawsuit said. The lawsuit has been filed against Uber, Kalanick, Uber’s former Vice President for Business in Asia Eric Alexander and the company’s then-Senior Vice President for Business Emil Michael. The lawsuit has been filed days after it emerged that Alexander had obtained medical records of the 26-year-old woman and had shown them to Kalanick and Michael. It is also alleged that numerous executives at the car-hailing company were either told about the records or shown them by this group and Alexander had carried around the document for “about a year” before other executives, “presumably the legal department, obtained the report and destroyed his copy”.

Indian-origin man elected Ireland’s PM Shubhada Varadkar is wondering what she can gift to her cousin Leo Varadkar, who has taken over as the new Prime Minister of Ireland. Having gifted books to her cousin earlier, she said now the situation has changed. “We watched the oath ceremony on TV yesterday (on Wednesday). We were almost glued to the television. It is indeed a moment full of joy, happiness and pride for the entire Varadkar family,” Shubhada, who lives in Mumbai suburb Borivali, said. “I am planning to visit the UK in August, and hopefully I will get a chance to (go

to Ireland and) meet him, now the prime minister of Ireland. “In one of our previous meetings, I had gifted him (Nehru’s) ‘Discovery of India’, and I was pleased to know that he knows a lot about India as a democratic country and its historic moments. “But I am wondering what should I gift him now, as a PM whether he would find the time to read... And as a PM, he can get anything whenever he wants,” she said. He is the youngest and the first openly gay prime minister of the Catholic-majority country.

Team with Indian-origin scientist creates AI system to achieve maximum Pac-Man score Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) system that can achieve the maximum possible score of 999,990 on the popular video game Pac-Man. The team from Canadian startup Maluuba used a branch of AI called reinforcement learning to play the 1980s arcade game Ms Pac-Man perfectly. “Figuring out how to win these types of videogames is actually quite complex, because of the huge variety of situations you can encounter while playing the game,” said Rahul Mehrotra, a program manager at Maluuba, which was aqcuired by Microsoft earlier this year. Doina Precup, an associate professor at McGill University in Canada

said that is a significant achievement among AI researchers, who have been using various videogames to test their systems but have found Pac-Man among the most difficult to crack. To get the high score, the team divided the large problem of mastering Pac-Man into small pieces, which they then distributed among AI agents. The method, which the Maluuba team calls Hybrid Reward Architecture, used more than 150 agents, each of which worked in parallel with the other agents to master Pac-Man. For example, some agents got rewarded for successfully finding one specific pellet, while others were tasked with staying out of the way of ghosts.

Google hires Indian-origin chip architect Google has hired Indian-origin chip architect Manu Gulati, who was working with Apple for the last eight years, in a key role to build its own chips for the upcoming Pixel phones, media reports said. According to a report in Variety, Gulati had been spearheading Apple’s chip development and has now joined Google. Gulati announced his new job on his Linkedin profile, stating that he now works as Google’s Lead SoC Architect. His LinkedIn profile shows that he has also worked for nearly 15 years at chip makers AMD and Broadcom, giving him a total of 27 years of experience in the industry. Gulati was instrumental in Apple’s efforts to build custom chips for iPads, iPhones and Apple TV.

With Gulati now part of its team, Google can have an edge over other companies while it comes as a significant blow to Cupertinobased Apple. “Apple filed a total of 15 chip-related patents that credit Gulati as one of the inventors. Some of these filings describe fundamental chip architecture, while others are more specific to certain applications,” the report noted


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WHAT? This Bollywood Singer Attended A Wedding Wearing Just A Towel... Well, we are talking about Aditya Narayan, who confirmed this incident and told a section of media, “I follow this ritual of checking into a hotel in the city once every year to unwind. During one such stay, I’d come out of the bathroom in a towel and instead of getting dressed first, I decided to place the dirty dishes outside the room. But the moment I stepped out, the door closed behind me and I was locked out of my room. The only solution was to go down to the reception and get a new key. So, down I went, clothed in just a towel. Unfortunately for me, there was a big wedding happening at the hotel. The guests recognised me and I was dragged to the venue. Even before I could understand what was happening, I found myself sitting between the bride and the groom, clad in nothing but a towel.”

Rishi Kapoor On Ind Vs Pak Final: May Pakistan Win But End Terrorism No one can beat Rishi Kapoor when it comes to voicing his opinion. And this time, it’s about the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. After India’s victory against Bangladesh in the semi-finals, yesterday, Rishi Kapoor could not contain his excitement and took to Twitter to share his happiness. He wrote, “We don’t need to say anything more! Tradition of destroying the opposition, as has always been the case, will continue! Blues are invincible!” After this, Kapoor went ahead to write about the ICC Champions Trophy finals which will take place on Sunday between India and Pakistan. Here’s what he wrote: “PCB. Cricket team bhejna please.Earlier Hockey ya Kho Kho team bhejin thin. Kyon ki 18th

June(Fathers Day) Baap khel raha tumhare saath lol!” As he expressed his thoughts about India beating Pakistan in the finals, trollers started slamming Rishi Kapoor for his view points. Not the one to stand people pointing fingers at him, Rishi started replying to his haters. He tweeted: “Why do you people divert from the main contention. For me Cricket is huge. Talk on that, don’t digress. I know and my country knows who I am!” “Ye sab tum sab ko pata chalega 18 ko. He who laughs, laughs the last. O sorry angrezi Hai, tum kya samjho! Idiots” After a series of tweets, finally Rishi Kapoor rested his case and said it’s OK with him if Pakistan wins as far as they stop terrorism.

Tanuj Virwani Plays A Casanova In Farhan Akhtar’s New Web Series, Is It Based On Yuvraj Singh? Inside Edge, the upcoming web series based on the murky backstage dealings of the Indian Premiere League, seems to be the stuff headlines are made of. First there was that bondage sex scene between Vivek Oberoi and Richa Chadha. The twist is that Richa’s character was said to be based on Preity Zinta even though the series director Karan Anshuman denied any similarities. Now another real life character is being compared to a character on the show, none other than Yuvraj Singh, the former captain of Preity’s team King’s XI. The character of a bratty cricketer with a weakness for women, played by Tanuj Virwani, is reportedly based on cricketer Yuvraj Singh. The storyline is that Richa Chadha is the owner of the team that Tanuj Virwani belongs to. Tanuj’s character’s name is Vayu, similar to Yuvraj’s pet name, Yuvi. Tanuj, who is seen having sex with a cheerleader on the show, is said to be a

ladies-man. Inside Edge will stream on Amazon Prime Video. Tanuj Virwani’s last big screen outing was One Night Stand, the erotic thriller which saw him opposite Sunny Leone. The film was panned by the critics and then sank at the box-office.

Since then, we have not heard much about the young son of Rati Agnihotri. And now he is reportedly stepping into Yuvi’s shoes! Well, we wonder what Yuvraj Singh has to say about that!

Saif Ali Khan To Team Up With Kabir Khan For The Forgotten Army For a long time now, speculations have been rife that Saif Ali Khan might team up with good friend Kabir Khan for a web series titled, The Forgotten Army, which will be based on Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army. Now, we can tell you that Saif is officially on-board and will soon begin shooting. Saif will essay the role of a soldier in Bose’s troupe. This web series will have nine to 10 episodes and will also cover aspects such as women soldiers’

involvement in the INA. The screenplay is ready, and the film’s scale is being touted as grander than any of Kabir Khan’s feature films. It is said that Kabir was toying with the idea from his documentary days and finally things are taking shape. Int e r e s t i n g l y, Kabir Khan’s first project ever was also titled The Forgotten Army. This documentary explored the war times of the INA. It won the Grand Jury Award at the South Asian Film Festival in Kathmandu in 1998.


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Veteran TV producer Gajendra Singh (Antakshari, Music Ka Maha Muqqabla and Sur Kshetra) isJune launching a music reality show, Suron Ka Ekalvya. It will Saturday, 17, 2017 air on Doordarshan later this month and pay tribute to musical stalwarts

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The countdown for Salman Khan’s Eid release has begun — it is exactly a week away. Fans have been surprised to see Sallu stare at them from billboards at Times Square, New York. Salman is now among a select group of B-Town folk to have had their face plastered across the Big Apple hotspot. In 2015, it was Priyanka Chopra, days before her American television show, Quantico, went on air.

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Tubelight off in Pakistan Pakistani filmmakers have opposed the release of the upcoming Salman-starrer. They feel Tubelight will affect the business of two

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Pakistani films — Yalghar and Shor Sharaba — scheduled to release on the same day. They want Tubelight to release across the border at a later date.

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Priyanka Chopra has become social media’s favourite celebrity face leaving behind Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot and Baywatch co-stars Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel. She is No. 1 on Hollywood Reporter’s Top Actors chart, which blends social engagement with weekly additions of followers.

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Usha Jadhav and Amitabh Bachchan shared screen space in Nitish Tiwari’s Bhootnath Returns (2014). The National Award-winning actress recently launched her website. She was taken aback when the Big B extended support to her by tweeting about her new endeavour. He posted, “Usha is a brave, independent exceptional artiste, strong and determined. The website is simple, easy to use and well made. Usha manages to impress yet again (sic).” The versatile actress could not have asked for a better beginning to her ‘stay connected’ attempt.

John Abraham and Diana Penty were spotted at the Jodhpur airport yesterday. The two, in colour-coordinated outfits, flew in for the shoot of Parmanu – The Story of Pokhran. PIC/PTI

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Firefighters braved the inferno at Grenfell Tower in London on Wednesday in a bid to rescue those trapped inside. Lauding the heroic operation, Rishi Kapoor took to Twitter yesterday to say, “The real heroes. 9/11 firefighters entered Twin Towers knowing imminent death. Now Grenfell Tower where again the braves have entered. Singing songs, romancing or fighting in films is no heroism. The real heroes are the firefighters, police and the medics. I was no hero! Sorry! (sic).” That’s Chintu shooting straight from the heart, again.

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Ishita Dutta and her co-stars, including veteran actor Aanjjan Srivastav, who feature in Kapil Sharma’s upcoming production, Firangi, have been asked to remain tightlipped about the film. Directed by Rajiv Dhingra, the action comedy has wrapped up, but Kapil does not want any details about the project getting out. Ishita, who was seen in the Ajay Devgn-starrer Drishyam (2015), is Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2005) actress Tanushree Dutta’s sister.

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Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai actor Karan Mehra and wife Nisha Rawal were blessed with a baby boy on Wednesday. Better known by his screen name Naitik, Karan took to Instagram to share his joy with a photo of the newborn’s feet. He wrote, “The littlest feet make the biggest footprints in our hearts; this is something that cannot be expressed in just words. We are ready for this new journey with our little blessing that has arrived in the form of a beautiful baby boy.”

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Hardly A Bankable Comedy itself into. The genre of bank robberies, serious or comedic (take Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon or Woody Allen’s Small Time Crooks, call for at least a shred of understanding for Hell’s bells. Infantile humour is sought to be milked at the expense of a horde of reallife people ranging from Arvind Kejriwal and the late Amjad Khan to Deepak Tijori, if you please. Hmm, wonder if censor chief, Pahlaj Nihalani, asked for no-objection certificates to be obtained from Mr Kejriwal, Mr Tijori and Mr Khan’s family. Obviously, he didn’t. Anyway, what’s in a name really? Indeed the title Bank Chor was clearly employed for a pun intended, a la the D.K. Bose song from Delhi Belly. Director Bumpy aka Vivek Bhushan, comedy ke liye kucch bhi karega. But the whole thing is that the system of this B. C. is juxtapositioned by the haemoglobin of the atmosphere. And the atmosphere is strictly more depressing and punny than exuberant or funny. For the life of me, I can’t fathom why producer Aditya Chopra elected to greenlight this asinine heist caper. Or why Riteish Deshmukh assented to get involved in the silly shenanigans. Deshmukh’s sense of humour, as evidenced in adult sex comedies and house foolish franchises, has never been – dare I use the word? – classy. Under the stewardship of Mr Bumpy (of MTV Roadies, and Luv ka the End which almost killed Shraddha Kapoor’s career in the start-up stage), the screenplay by Baljit Singh Marwah is so laparwah that you clutch your skull out of sheer grief. If this is supposed to be entertainment, take a break please. Ah, wistful thinking! Over then to the three new self-willed 3 Idiots on the block. Namely Mumbaikar Champak (Deshmukh sir), abetted by Gulab (Bhuvan Arora) and Tenda (Vikram Thapa) from the satellite townships of Delhi. Endowed apparently by woefully low Iqs, the trio – one impersonating a swami, the other sporting elephant and horse heads -set off to rob a bank. Terrible timing it turns out to be. The hostages are a pack of jokers, encompassing an overwrought housewife, rapper Baba Sehgal (on a go-back trail), a kooky chef, a cop who may or not be what he seems to be, and what-nought. Believe me, your tolerance level is about to be blown to smithereens. Meanwhile, outside that sad bank, superduper cop Amjad Khan (Vivek Oberoi hiding behind goggles) is more than ready to use his gun and bullets, as if lethal weapons were no more dangerous than toothpicks. Inevitably, the manic media arrives on the spot to cover the event, the stereotyped hysterical bunch pivoted by a Ms GaGa (uff) fashion-tracker-turned-crimereporter (Rhea Chakraborty). Now you can’t decipher whether that’s a professional downor upgrade. Hence, let it be. Under the guise of zaniness, the plot is as empty as an ATM machine during those early-remonetisation days. The threesome want out, negotiate with Mr Khan to pardon their botched-up chori. Next: ever so desperately, the 120-minuter mad-athon strives to climb out the hole it has dug

the characters driven to crime. What you get here, however, is rank tomfoolery and the lame excuse that money is needed asap for the bypass surgery of Champak’s daddy-o. Okay, forget parallels with the American products. Even Bollywood’s derivative bank hold-ups like Aankhen, Kaante and Dhoom, by comparison, strike you as way superior, cooler flicks.

All seen and suffered, how you wish Riteish Deshmukh who undoubtedly has a intuitive sense of timing and a flair for deadpan expressions, snags a film which he deserves. The Marathi hit Lai Bhaari had raised his market equity, pulled down several notches by the no-show of Banjo. Now, with Bank Chor he proves that jejune jabs at the ha-ha stuff can be a dead bore. More’s the pity.


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Yoga Horoscope Aries

Libra

March 21 - April 20

Sept. 24 - Oct 22

A trip to visit relatives should be rewarding. Organize your day well if you wish to accomplish all you set out to do. Lovers may no be truthful. You can get a great deal accomplished if you bring work home. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.

Uncertainties regarding your love life will surface if you have neglected your mate. Your emotional partner will push the right buttons this week. You can meet potential new mates, but make sure that they aren’t already committed to someone else. Partnerships will be successful. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.

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Scorpio

April 21 - May 20

Oct 23 - Nov 22

Enjoy a quiet dinner for two and discuss some of the plans you have for the future. Don’t push your luck with authority. Be careful when dealing with investments. Trips should be your choice. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.

You can make new friends and get involved in new hobbies successfully. You can make a huge difference to children if you are able to put yourself in their shoes. Your charm will be captivating. You may become rundown if you take on too much. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.

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Sagitarius

May 20 - June 21

Nov 23 - Dec 22

You need to get out and have some fun to reduce tension. Someone you live with will be quite unreason able this week. Start sending out those resumes. In-laws may cause difficulties. Travel should be considered. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.

Cancer

Money problems will get worse if your partner hasn’t been playing by the rules. Changes in your domestic situation will prove to be favorable in the long run. Don’t delay; go to your physician or dentist and get to the bottom of the discomfort. Do not react too harshly when dealing with partners. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.

Capricorn

June 22 - July 23

Dec 23 - Jan 20

Your self confidence will attract members of the opposite sex Try to concentrate on research and acquiring information that will be of value in your chosen field. Be creative in your pursuits. You may be able to get some good advice about your personal problems. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.

Leo

Your ability to stand out in a crowd will bring you the recognition you desire. You may not be happy if members of your family are not pulling their weight. It’s time to get yourself back on track. Try to be honest when dealing with your mate. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.

Aquarius

June 24 - August 23

Jan 21 - Feb 19

Don’t vacillate about asking for assistance if you need it. You need to make changes that will raise your self esteem, such as a new hairstyle or a new image. Follow your gut feeling regarding your business ventures. Someone you live with will be quite unreason able this week. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.

Virgo

Heed the advice given by family or old reliable friends. Use your better judgment before you sign up for a costly venture. Get involved in fitness programs that will bring you in contact with new friends. Family outings will make you feel secure and happy. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.

Pisces

August 24 - Sept 24

Feb 20 - March 20

Lovers will be demanding. You are best to sign your partner up for activities that will be tiring. Your involvement in interest groups may bring you popularity. Don’t make those you live with feel unloved or unworthy. You are best to do your research before taking on such a venture. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.

Yoga’s importance from an expert’s pen

You can bet that someone in a higher position is watching to see how busy you are. Check into art objects or precious stones. You can do well in group endeavors. You can make a difference if you take a position of leadership. Seminars will provide you with knowledge and amusement. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.

Jun 22 is celebrated as International yoga day, so, we thought to bring to our readers an informative piece that focuses on to the importance of yoga and delivers the technique of a simple yet beneficial yogasna. Here is the expert’s point of view on yoga with details of High Crescent Lunge Have you noticed how fast the days, the hours, the weeks, and the years seem to be going by? It’s like, if you blink too long you may miss out on another moment. What could we attribute to the pace of our lives? Is it because things seem to move faster as we get older? Is it because we are getting busier and busier with the demands and obligations of our daily lives? Or maybe things seem to be moving faster because we are having so much fun. Our entire lives may seem like a race against the clock; a race we cannot win. At the end, we face the risk of being exhausted, feeling like we just fell off the hamster wheel. The only thing we can do is to enjoy the moments while they last. Yoga is a great way to maximize the quality of our time by synching our mind, body, and spirit as one. This creates a balance that will neutralize the chaos and stress of our lives. You don’t have to be flexible or athletic to benefit from yoga. The most practical poses are the ones you can do anytime and anywhere. One of my favourite poses is

the High Crescent Lunge. So many of us work behind desks or look down at our cellphones all day, creating a poor posture. A poor posture will inhibit your breathing and lead to emotional ailments. This posture lengthens and strengthens the body in all the right places so you have a stronger posture. Try this one at your desk or while cooking and see how you start to radiate great energy. High Crescent Lunge Instructions:

Step your left foot back and raise your arms to the sky with the palms facing inward. Keep the right knee bent so the knee is directly over the heel. Keep your left leg straight with the heel pointing up. While keeping the stomach strong, slide the arms behind the ears and pull your shoulders down and back. Hold this for 30 seconds. When you are done bring the arms down and step forward. Don’t forget to do the other side. Credits: Paul Nijar

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Planning to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday? Here’s your option!

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tarting on June 17th, the National Historic Sites in the Greater Montreal region Site will begin welcoming visitors for the 2017 season. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government is offering free admission to all Parks Canada places in 2017. The FREE Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass provides unlimited opportunities to enjoy national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas across the country. Canada’s historic sites play a big part in

picnics at the Coteau-du-Lac and the Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Sites, an old-time gardening workshop at the Sir Wilfrid Laurier site, and a historical chocolate tasting at the Sir George-Étienne Cartier site. · On August 13th, there will be a Village Festival at Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site. · On August 19th, a historical re-enactment of a country market at Coteau-du-Lac will take place. · Every weekend in August, to celebrate

the celebration of Canada 150. Regarding the National Historic Sites located in the Greater Montreal Region, a wide variety of programs is offered to the visitors once again this year. Some of the highlights include the following: · On July 1st, all of the National Historic Sites will mark Canada Day with entertainment and cake tastings. At the Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site, a historical re-enactment, fireworks and a musical performance will be added to those programs. · The 8th of July will mark the Centennial of Canada’s National Historic Sites. In the Greater Montreal region, celebrations will take place on July 8 and 9 juillet and will include: family

Archaeology Month, a range of special activities will take place at the Coteau-du-Lac and the Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Sites. New this year! Launching on July 1st of the exhibition at the Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site entitled Imagine a country/Rêver un pays. This hands-on exhibition invites visitors to dream up and share how they imagine the ideal country. For more details on offered experiences and hours of operation, visitors are encouraged to plan their visit ahead of time through the Parks Canada’s website to ensure the best possible experience. - Chhavi Disawar

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The 10 Best Cities To Live In The World Right Now 1. Vienna, Austria Renowned Austrian private tour guide, Diane Naar-Elphee tells Telegraph UK that it is “a city that charms and seduces from scratch, but even more the longer you stay.” 2. Zurich, Switzerland Divided by the River Limmat, the city sits along the northern shore of Lake Zurich, from where it gets its name, and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. 3. Auckland, New Zealand This is what celebrity chef, Monica Galetti, who grew up in the city says about it. 4. Munich, Germany Aside from the fact that Oktoberfest starts right here, Munich is easily one of Germany’s most sophisticated and refined cities, what with the abundance of a thriving culture at every nook and corner, the way the city embraces change every Autumn and manages to look completely different and mesmerizing at the same time. 5. Vancouver, Canada At last year’s Telegraph Travel Awards, more than 70,000 readers rated Vancouver as the second best city on Earth, after Cape Town. 6. Dusseldorf, Germany Telegraph’s very own travel writer, the well-known Simon Horsford says, “Art is big in Dusseldorf. 7. Frankfurt, Germany The city is nicknamed ‘Mainhattan’, and is inspired by Frankfurt’s skyscrapers. 8. Geneva, Switzerland Sophie Butler, a specialist in travel consumer affairs, tells the Telegraph, “Geneva has a rich and colourful history of

religious turmoil and revolution, a handful of fascinating museums and grand monuments. 9. Copenhagen, Denmark The capital city of Denmark is home to one of the world’s greatest chefs, Rene Redzepi’s landmark, Noma which, albeit is closed now, inspired the creation and flourishing of various other popular food restaurants and cafés in and around Copenhagen; earning the city the title of one of the world’s best destinations for a thriving food culture.

10. Basel, Switzerland One of the relatively smaller cities in Switzerland, Basel is known majorly around the world as the hub of Baselworld, an annual event that sees the art and craft of watchmaking at its finest, come together from different parts of the world.


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‘Might just die playing Qandeel’ Hindi Medium’s Pak star Saba on playing slain model Baloch as show’s poster triggers online abuse FROM playing the antagonist in Pakistani series Maat, to her Bollywood debut as a mother in Hindi Medium, Pakistani actress Saba Qamar has been uninhibited in her choice of roles. She instantly came on board when asked to play Pak social media sensation, Qandeel Baloch, who was murdered last year allegedly in an honour killing by her brother. Titled Baaghi, the television series is scheduled to release in Pakistan this August. Talking exclusively to mid-day, Saba says, “I can do regular roles at any point in my career, but it’s good to do something my fans will remember me for.� The 33-year-old openly backs Qandeel, criticism against whom, she says, was misguided. “The perception was that Qandeel Baloch made inappropriate videos, but no one knows why she did it... She did it to earn money and support her family. She wasn’t educated, but

dreamt of becoming famous. She didn’t have any other option to fulfill her dream apart from taking to social media. She tried to do regular jobs, but wherever she went, she was exploited.� Despite flooding her social media pages with controversial videos, comments and images that proved unnerving for the conservative section of the Pakistani community, Qandeel was still followed by many. Saba asserts that the people of Pakistan, who criticised her for her widespread reach, were the ones who gave her that platform. “If anyone, it’s the people who need to be blamed for making Qandeel a social media sensation. If no one had followed her, she would not have made what she did. It’s they who are responsible for her death.� The first look of the biopic has earned Qamar severe criticism, and reactions that she terms “very strong�. “When we released the poster, the abuses poured in.

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Baloch (left) was someone who showed little regard for norms to speak her mind. Her stints on social media involved her promising to strip dance for the nation and dedicating it to cricketer Shahid Afridi if Pakistan won the Twenty-20 match against India in March 2016. She was vocal about the plight of women in Pakistan, even releasing a music video that mocked the restrictions they struggled with. She had named Sunny Leone, Rakhi Sawant and Poonam Pandey as her inspiration. In July 2016, she was killed by her brother, who apparently said she brought “disrepute to our family’s honour�. If they are expecting an entertaining show, they will be disappointed. We are going to showcase the difficulties she

faced, not glorify her. Either this show manages to change the way our community thinks, or I die doing it.�

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SRK’s notes to Kabir’s rescue Shah Rukh Khan, who has a cameo in Kabir Khan’s Salman Khan-starrer, Tubelight, has known the filmmaker for long. “I have known him since college. He had given me his notes to study. I cleared my masters

in filmmaking with his notes. We were in the same school. He was senior to me by two years. Gauri [Khan; SRK’s wife] and I were dancing partners in a production called Westside Stories,” says Kabir.

Last week, Deepika Padukone found herself being slut-shamed by ‘sanskaari’ netizens for a sizzling magazine photoshoot. Now, word comes in that the sexy snaps have got Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s goat. The filmmaker has Dippy playing the titular role in his period drama, Padmavati, and is apparently fuming over the bold photos. The upcoming film has already run into trouble with fringe outfits that vandalised the sets twice — in Jaipur and near

Kolhapur, fearing inaccurate portrayal of the Mewar queen. Bhansali is concerned that the actress’ sultry shots may invite unwanted attention, leading to more trouble.

Going down the retro route Kirti Kulhari’s look in Madhur Bhandarkar’s upcoming film, Indu Sarkar, which is set in the ’70s, has been inspired by the styling of the actresses of that era. Make up man Vikram Gaikwad and costume designer Amrita Sarkar drew inspiration from Zahida and Priya Rajvansh. Says Kriti, “It’s something that Madhur’s team had researched and I had to pretty much follow it. But, for me, the way my character has to look in every scene is important

Shweta bani heroine Shweta Rohira, who Salman Khan considers his rakhi sister, makes her acting debut in producerdirector Sunil Thadani’s short film, Parineeti. She will play the title role with seasoned actors like Kitu Gidwani and Kanwaljeet Singh as co-stars. Says Shweta, “It was a mindblowing experience. Thanks to the team, I was comfortable and able to do justice to my role.” Shweta was earlier married to actor Pulkit Samrat.

and I always add my own inputs and understanding to it. I loved looking like a ’70s woman. In fact, I felt like a different person altogether.”

In step Saqib Saleem, who was last seen in Dobaara with sister Huma Qureshi, has started prepping for his next. He is learning kathak for his character in a short film, Aamad, directed by Neeraj Udhwani. Neeraj was the writer of Saqib’s 2013 film, Mere Dad Ki Maruti. His new project will be centered on a father-son relationship.

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Pedal power Salman Khan is a trendsetter. Whatever he does or endorses becomes an instant hit. And it looks like Amyra Dastur has been inspired by the superstar. The petite actress was recently spotted riding a bicycle. On enquiring, we found out that the actress is shooting for her upcoming South projects and cycling is part of her new fitness regimen, given that the gym is far from her shoot location.

TV actor Gaurav Khanna, who plays the lead in Prem Ya Paheli Chandrakanta, seems to be insecure about his leading lady. A source says that the actor is unhappy with the starry treatment that his co-star, Kritika Kamra, enjoys on set. “She gets Sundays off, has flexible timings, is being promoted more than Gaurav and is also paid better. He seems to be envious of her.”

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Pitt turns morbid weatherman BRAD Pitt returned to the Tuesday episode of The Jim Jefferies Show to give yet another hilariously bleak report as the weatherman. “Carbon dioxide is slowing turning our planet into an uninhabitable wasteland, and half the population doesn’t believe it,” he said.

While delivering the depressing message, he ensured he had a big smile on his face. Pitt’s comment was a subtle dig at US President Donald Trump’s recent withdrawal from the Paris Accord, which sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid climate change by limiting

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global warming. “The Lord saw the wickedness of man was great, and the Lord said, ‘I will destroy man, who I have created, from the face of the Earth.’ So don’t forget your sunscreen,” Pitt added. The 53-year-old actor had previously appeared on the comedian’s late night news program last week, where he joked there was “no future” in the wake of Trump.

Kate needs no help OSCAR-winning actress Kate Winslet refuses to employ domestic staff since she wants her children to have an ordinary upbringing. The 41-year-old has two teenage children and one young son, but insists on carrying out motherly duties on her own. “Just because I am in a position where I can have those things [domestic staff], it doesn’t mean that I have to,” said Kate. Agencies


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immediate vacancy for Framer Helper. Job Title: Framer Helper Number of Vacancies: 1 Location of work: Job requires on-site at various job sites within the lower mainland. Job Type: Full time, permanent position with 30-40 hours per week. Overtime at the rate of 1.5 times after 40 hours per week. Compensation: $20 per hour Benefits: WCB Coverage with 4% vacation pay Key duties: • Load and unload construction material and taking them to job site, • Move tools, equipment from storage to job site; • Assist framer with forming and framing related work; • Help put up, level, and install building framework • Remove rubble and clean work areas, machines and equipment to maintain a clean and safe jobsites • Perform other related job duties as required Job requirements: Some experience as a labourer will be an asset but not mandatory. Training provided on site. Work conditions: • Physically demanding, handling heavy

NOW HIRING Bus Driver Gobind Sarvar School, located at 8820 – 168 Street, Surrey, B.C. is looking for a school bus driver living in Abbotsford area. If you are licensed to drive a school bus, please email your resume and driver’s abstract to: info@gobindsarvar.ca or call Jaspreet at 604-930-2122 for further details.

loads, combination of sitting, standing and walking • Able to work long hours, weekends and outdoor in various weather conditions Contact: If you meet the requirements, please send your resume at mnframing@ hotmail.com. Only those who our basic expectations will be contacted for an interview. We thank you for your interest in our company! ------------ Mar 09-2017 Vacancies for Framer-Carpenter MN Framing Ltd. located at 6281 Knight Street, Vancouver BC V5P2V9 has immediate vacancies for Framer-Carpenter. Job Title: Framer-Carpenter Number of Vacancies: 2 Location of work: Job requires on-site at various job sites within the lower mainland. Job Type: Full time, permanent position with 30-40 hours per week. Overtime at the rate of 1.5 times after 40 hours per week. Compensation: $26 per hour Benefits: WCB Coverage with 4% vacation pay Key duties: • Read & Interpret blueprints, drawings & sketches to determine specification; • Estimate height, width, length & other

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Indian director. Sona had collaborated IF rumour mills are to be be- with Diljit for a music video lieved, Sonakshi Sinha and in the actress’ last release, Diljit Dosanjh are pairing up Noor. Titled Move Your for a Bollywood project. Re- Lakk, the party number was liable sources suggest the rendered by the duo with duo has been approached Badshah rapping in certain by Vashu Bhagnani for a portions. When we reached out to film to be helmed by a South

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Tennis ace Sania joins Farhan’s anti-women harassment crusade; shoots Father’s Day video

RK Studios’ heir Ranbir says Jagga Jasoos will be his first and last film as individual producer WHEN Ranbir Kapoor dipped his toes into production with Jagga Jasoos, there was buzz about the actor planning to revive RK Studios established by his late grandfather and Bollywood’s original showman, Raj Kapoor. However, by the end of his first and much-delayed co-production, the 34-year-old seems to be done with filmmaking. Speaking to mid-day, Ranbir confesses that he doesn’t wish to produce any more films: “I have realised it’s not my cup of tea. This [Jagga Jasoos] is my first and last

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FARHAN Akhtar has always been a vocal critic of gender inequality, and his social awareness campaign, MARD (Men Against Rape and Discrimination) bears testimony to that. In March, the actorfilmmaker launched another initiative under its aegis, Bus Ab Bahut Hogaya – Enough is Enough, which is primarily a filmmaking contest. Now, tennis champion Sania Mirza has joined hands with Farhan to attack gender bias by shooting a special video with her father, Imran Mirza. Directed by Ashish Sawhny, it throws light on the fatherdaughter bond and will release on Father’s Day (June 18).

Says Sania, “I was happy to shoot this video with my father since it summarises our (her and sister Anam) relationship as friends. Our mother is also a strong female figure in our life and has helped us become who we are today. This video will send out a strong message to all those who equate a daughter to a curse. Gender violence and prejudice exist in our society; we have to recognise it and put an end to it. A change needs to take place and that is why I am happy to be part of this initative.” The Bus Ab Bahut Hogaya campaign has several aspects to it, including a filmmaking contest that is open to college students across the country. The winner will receive R3 lakh while the first and second runners-up will take home R2 lakh and R1 lakh respectively. Winners will be awarded on October 2, to mark Gandhi, Jayanti, given the freedom fighter’s non-violence ideals.

film as a producer. I am happy being an actor. I am lazy and don’t think I am cut out to be a filmmaker. I am glad, though, that I have been credited as producer for Jagga Jasoos.” Discussing the multiple hurdles and delay that the upcoming film encountered, the star says he cannot pinpoint one person or reason behind it. “None of us knew that the film would take so much time. I think it’s everyone’s mistake and we are all to be blamed for the delay,” Ranbir Kapoor he adds. Jagga Jasoos is an attempt at tor Anurag Basu] and I got into a an out-and-out family-oriented discussion almost three years ago, movie, he says. “When dada [direc- we realised that we don’t have specific films in India for children. So, we wanted to make one that families would enjoy. It’s a visual treat with thrilling elements; it’s a cute father-son story.” While Ranbir has always managed to earn praise for his performances, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) was his first hit in three years since Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013). Ask him if box office success is sine qua non for stardom, he says, “I act not to impress myself, so I need all my films to do well. When a film works at the box office, it reflects the fact that people are watching the film; to have that understanding as any actor is Sania Mirza mid-day Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | www.mid-day.com | twitter.com/mid_day | epaper.mid-day.com really important.”

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Glossy’s gala launch CINEBUSTER Magazine had an extravagant launch in the presence of personalities from the world of films, television, fashion, business and politics. Salman Khan graces the first cover of the fortnightly trade magazine that will reflect latest developments in the fields of media, entertainment and Fashion business in India and

overseas. Ronnie Rodrigues, founder-chairman of Pearl Group Of Companies and owner of Cinebuster, hosted the grand launch attended by Lalit Pandit, Rakesh Paul, Rajeev Paul, DJ Sheizwood, Mitaali Nag, Shilpi Sharma, Deepshikha Nagpal, Bob Brahmabhatt, Shewta Khanduri, Rohit Verma, Adi Irani,

Vikas Verma, Aditya Singh Rajput, Sandip Soparrkar, Sharbani Mukherjee, Sunil Pal, Madhushree, Anjum Rizvi, Sawan Kumar Tak and Gunjan Utreja. Jyothi Venkatesh is the editor of the glossy, the first of its kind that will donate 30 per cent of profits towards medical aid, underprivileged kids and old age homes.

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Bing Wei Li, Royal Pacific Realty, and Jun Mo Zheng, a businesswoman who AEWill alleges backed out of a deal to buy a $1.08-million condo. As part of a subjectless contract made on May 10 to purchase a loft unit in Yaletown’s Metropolis building, Zheng was to deliver to Royal Pacific Realty a deposit of $50,000, legal filings say. A bank draft was given to Li, who is also known as Lilian Li, according to the claim. As the realtor, Li had a “statutory obligation (under the Real Estate Act) to deliver the bank draft to Royal Pacific Realty for deposit into its trust account promptly” the claim

he $240-million Credit Suisse/ SwissReal tower in the heart of downtown Vancouver will be completed in less than a year, but so far, only one tenant has signed up to move in. The tenant has committed for a 10th of the 370,000 square feet – leaving a state of emptiness that is unusual for an office skyscraper in this city. Even so, a huge shift in business tenancy is expected as the region experiences something it has not seen before: an office-tower building boom much of which is speculative construction rather than for specific committed tenants. “This is kind of uncharted territory for Vancouver,” said Mehdi Shokri, a principal with the capital markets team at Avison Young. “But I don’t see a big disaster occurring.” The Credit Suisse tower is only the most visible and furthest along of a second wave of new office towers planned for Vancouver and some key suburbs. A first cluster of towers – some two million square feet – was built downtown in the past three years. Another 11 office developments are proposed within blocks of Credit Suisse’s Exchange tower at Howe and West Pender streets, even while the office-vacancy rate in the region continues to inch up as a result of the first wave of building. But commercial brokers say the city is not about to be populated by ghost towers.

Mr. Shokri and others say they expect many of the new towers to start signing tenant leases as they get closer to completion. That is partly because companies in Vancouver, which do want to be in new, energy-efficient buildings, tend to operate on short timelines. As well, he said, prices in the new buildings will likely come 4 i Saturday, July 25, 2015down in the

next two years due to competition. The landlords who will likely suffer as a result of the current boom are owners of older buildings, Mr. Shokri said. As well, new developments in the suburbs, which have already experienced higher vacancy rates in recent years, may have trouble as they compete with each other. In Vancouver, the co-developer of the Cred-

states. The sale contract “became binding and enforceable when it was executed” on May 10, the claim states, and the contract “prohibited Royal Pacific Realty from releasing the bank draft to Ms. Zheng except with the consent of the (seller) or to comply with an order of the court.” But on May 12, Li advised AEWill that her client Zheng did not intend to complete the contracted sale, according to the claim, and Li returned the bank draft to Zheng. “Ms. Li permitted Ms. Zheng to take back the bank draft,” the claim states, while “Ms. Li and Royal Pacific owed a duty to AEWill to hold the bank draft in trust.” The claim seeks a judgment against Zheng for breach of contract, forfeiture of the $50,000 deposit, and a judgment for damages for breach of trust and conversion. AEWill is also seeking a judgment against Li and Royal Pacific for “breach of trust and conversion.” None of the allegations has been proven in court and none of the defendants has yet responded to the statement of claim. According to the claim, AEWill has suffered damages from loss of value of the condo unit, and the carrying costs associated with maintaining the property until it is sold to a new buyer. According to an MLS advertisement, the one bedroom, 1,045-square-foot loft apartment, is now on the market for $968,000.

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Mr. Shokri and others say they expect many of the new towers to start signing tenant leases as they get closer to completion. That is partly because companies in Vancouver, which do want to be in new, energy-efficient buildings, tend to operate on short timelines. As well, he said, prices in the new buildings will likely come 4 i Saturday, July 25, 2015down in the

next two years due to competition. The landlords who will likely suffer as a result of the current boom are owners of older buildings, Mr. Shokri said. As well, new developments in the suburbs, which have already experienced higher vacancy rates in recent years, may have trouble as they compete with each other. In Vancouver, the co-developer of the Cred-

it Suisse tower is optimistic his building will start to fill as the completion date gets closer. Franz Gehriger, the CEO of SwissReal Group who bought the original historic stock-exchange building in 2002 before partnering with Credit Suisse to develop it, said the main group interested in leasing Vancouver office space these days is the technology sector. Those companies make their deci-

An interesting eye catcher for sale: A 1782 fixer-upper with thick granite walls, 1950s decor, and armed 24-hour security provided by both Canada and the United States of America. The almost 7,000-square-foot house, cut into five currently vacant apartments, is on a lot of less than a quarter-acre that, along with the building itself, straddles the border between Beebe Plain, Vermont, and Stanstead, Quebec. Selling a home in two countries is proving to be a challenge for the couple who owns it. The structure, which has an estimated rebuild cost of about $600,000, is on the

market for $109,000. It’s structurally sound but needs lots of work. And then there’s that international border. “In the day, it was a normal and natural thing,” Brian DuMoulin, who grew up in the house and was accustomed to life literally on the border at a time when no one thought twice about crossing from one country to the other. “Now it stresses everyone out.” A merchant built the home, known locally as the Old Stone Store, so he could sell to farmers in both Vermont and Quebec. Brian and his wife, Joan DuMoulin, inherited it about 40 years ago. Now the couple, in their 70s, who have dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship and a home in nearby Morgan, Vermont, are hoping to sell it so they can move to Ontario to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Beebe Plain is a community in the Vermont town of Derby, which along with Stanstead, about 60 miles (96 kilometres) northeast of Montpelier, or 75 miles (120 kilometres) southeast of Montreal, have become the cliche of security changes on the U.S.-Canadian border brought on by the 9-11 attacks on the United States. Residential streets that used to be open were blocked by gates. The back doors of an apartment building straddling the border in Derby Line village have been locked shut. The street next to the Haskell Free Library and Opera House, deliberately built in both countries, is blocked by flower pots,

although Canadians are still allowed to walk to the library’s U.S. entrance without going through a border post. The DuMoulins’ house is directly across Stanstead’s Rue Principale from the port of entry staffed by agents of the Canada Border Services Agency and adjacent to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection post. Troy Rabideau, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection assistant port director for the area that includes Beebe Plain, said the agents know who live there, but keeping track can be a challenge. “It’s always a fine line,” Rabideau said. “We do the best we can to keep an eye on it. We do what we have to do, security first, but we also want the support of the locals.” The DuMoulins’ house has entrances from the United States and Canada. Agents have come to know the people who live in the house, currently vacant, and allow them to move back and forth freely as long as they stay in the house or the tiny front or backyard. There’s a small granite border marker just outside the front door. There is a gate hidden in a backyard hedge. DuMoulin said U.S. agents wanted to be sure the gate was wired shut. It is. Rosemary Lalime, their real estate agent, said that between the time the house was listed around the turn of the year and the end of May when a Canadian magazine noted its odd location she showed it 10 times. In the last two weeks she’s shown it six times and has six more appointments. All but one person has come from the United States. One man called from Toronto. “He was inquiring more about the border situation and if he bought it, what are his rights,” Lalime said. “I put him in touch with the Border Patrol.” Brian DuMoulin said that usually the agents from both countries know who they are, but he told of a time when a new Canadian border agent saw him, his wife and her sister standing in front of the house, “a good 18 feet into the States.” He demanded they report to the Canadian border post. “He simply didn’t know,” DuMoulin said, noting it took about 45 minutes to resolve the situation after the agent called his superiors. “That’s the awkwardness,” he said. “If there is an awkwardness, it’s that you can’t just go this way or this way, you’ve got to go through (the ports of entry) and then back through.”

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Greater Vancouver’s Home Prices Rose 5.2% in May In May, home prices in the Greater Vancouver area increased 5.2% year-over-year to an average of C$1.11 million (US$840,000), as housing supply could not keep pace with strong demand, according to a report out Tuesday by the British Columbia Real Estate Association. Meanwhile, the number of sales dropped to 4,425 units, down 9.9% from a year ago. But sales-to-inventory ratio was 52%, meaning more than half of the 8,816 homes on the market during the month were sold, according to the association’s monthly report. Generally, a sales-toinventory ratio in the range of 15% to 25% suggests a balanced market. Any ratio above 25% indicates an upward pressure in home prices. The market condition in Greater Vancouver area was representative of the entire province of British Columbia. In May, there were 12,402 residential sales recorded by the the province’s Multiple Listing Service, falling 7.9% from the same period last year, while average home prices reached C$752,536 (US$568,875), a 4.2% increase year-over-year. “Market conditions have tightened considerably this spring as an upturn in consumer demand has not been accompanied by a rise in homes listed for sale,” said Cameron

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Muir, the association’s chief economist. According to Mr. Muir, the supply of homes for sale in the province has decreased 50% over the past five years. With a shortage of housing supply, home prices will continue to

trend higher in the near term, he added. Total active listings in the province were down 11.1% to 28,404 units from May 2016. Victoria, another hot housing market in the province, saw an 15% increase in home prices in May, averaging at C$674,237 (US$509,993). Sales dropped 22.3% to 956 units. The salesto-inventory ratio was almost 70%, suggesting that seven out of homes listed were snapped up in the month. Separately, a report released earlier this month by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver showed benchmark home prices in Metro Vancouver reached C$967,500 (US$731,817) in May, an 8.8% increase from a year ago. Compared to April, it was up 2.8%.


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Garry Grewal

Vol. 6 No. 31

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Spectacular! Estate home on 14.827 Acres of high yield blueberry farm. Luxury unfolds with the stunning front foyer, dual staircases, and elevated catwalk. The regal great room is situated next to a gourmet chef kitchen w/ separate wok kitchen & walk in pantry. A media room, yoga/ exercise room, 8 bedrooms & multiple entertaining rooms round out this spectacular home. Gaze out upon south views of Mt. Baker or the north views of the North Shore Mountains from outdoor patios situated both upstairs and down. This is true luxury at its best! The farm features healthy mature blueberry varieties Duke, Elliott, and Reca ensuring steady crops throughout the season. Fully automated irrigation. Too much to list! Book a showing today! Asking $4,999,900

Business with property. Ideal development/holding property opportunity! This lot is currently C-1 zoning. Excellent exposure corner lot. Ample parking. Currently a well established Grocery/Convenience store with attached 4 bedroom 2 bath living accommodation. High traffic area an ideal investment opportunity. Please contact ONE INAsking $999,000 A MILLION BUSINESS OR ALE S for more details. A very rare opportunity to own a beautiful Parisian feel Salon/Café in

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quality meats that has built a reputation in the local area. Easy to run, excellent lease, well established sales make this an ideal opportunity not to be overlooked. Contact for more details. Asking $199,000

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he $240-million Credit Suisse/ Mr. Shokri and others say they expect SwissReal tower in the heart of many of the new towers to start signing tenant downtown Vancouver will be leases as they get closer to completion. That completed in less than a year, but so far, is partly because companies in Vancouver, only one tenant has signed up to move in. which do want to be in new, energy-efficient The tenant has committed for a 10th of buildings, tend to operate on short timelines. the 370,000 square feet – leaving a state of As well, he said, prices in the new emptiness that is unusual for an office sky- buildings will likely come 4 i Saturday, July 25, 2015down in the scraper in this city. Even so, a huge shift in business tenancy is expected as the region experiences something it has not seen before: an office-tower building boom much of which is speculative construction rather than for specific committed tenants. “This is kind of uncharted territory for Vancouver,” said Mehdi Shokri, a principal with the capital markets team at Avison Young. “But I don’t see a big disaster occurring.” The Credit Suisse tower is only the most visible and furthest along of a MASTER second wave PLATINUM of new office towers planned for VancouAWARD AWARD ver and some key suburbs. A first cluster of towers – some two million square feet – was built downtown in the past three years. Another 11 office developments are proposed within blocks of Credit Suisse’s Exchange tower at Howe and West Pender streets, even while the office-vacancy rate in the region continues to inch up as a result of the first wave of building. But commercial brokers say the city is not about to be populated by ghost towers.

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Attention Truckers! Permitted use for Transportation Industry and more. IL zoned land available. Two side by side lots that are to be sold together. House is since demolished. Commercial Land only. Please contact for more details. Asking $649,000 each.

public transportation, restaurants, of�ice and retail shops. Established recently the spa and salon offers modern décor up to REDUExcellent date equipment/furnishings. CED turn key operation. Asking $60,000

SURREY VERAS BURGER FRANCHISE FOR SALE

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Well established Vera's Burger Franchise located on busy Fraser Highway in Cloverdale. Well maintained establishment full turn key operation ready for you to be your own boss! Contact listing realtor for more details. Price : $199,000

AUTO /TRANSMISSION/CAR REPAIR IN LOWER MAINLAND

Over 37 year well established Auto repair / Transmission Repair / car repair in the Lower Mainland. Large shop, 3 Bays, ample storage space available. Currently services all makes and models of re manufactured transmissions, automatic and standard, clutches, differentials. This is a confidential listing and NDA will be required. Please contact for more details. Asking $229,000 16/06

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