Indian Surgical Strikes Against Terrorists in Pakistan

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What We Know, What We Don’t Know

By Siddharth Varadarajan – The Wire

    “Based on very credible and specific information which we received yesterday that some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launch pads along the Line of Control with an aim to carry out infiltration and terrorist strikes in Jammu & Kashmir and in various other metros in our country, the Indian army conducted surgical strikes last night at these launch pads.”

With these words, spoken shortly after noon on September 29, 2016, India went public with what appears to be a paradigm shift in the country’s war against terrorist groups operating from bases on the Pakistani side of the Line of Control (LoC) dividing Jammu and Kashmir.

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Small is Big as Modi Connects with Pint-sized Nations to

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Make G-five walk the talk on terror

By Prabhu Chawla
Editorial Director, The New Indian Express

Disruptionist diplomacy is the guerilla art of reshaping reality with ingenious moves and coups. A political heavyweight, reputed for laying modern roads and creating massive ports, is asked by PM Narendra Modi to visit an island famous for sun, sand and baccarat. A corporate whiz-turned-politician is seemingly directed to visit a country, which has hardly any commerce with India. Another leader, who is in his early 60s, is told to take a flight to a cricket-loving city known for hosting the World Cup. A minister, who has hardly any love for bikinis or burkinis, is sent to explore a country whose landscape is marked by pristine beaches and dense forests.

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Media Clampdown: Modi Regime And Broadcast Journalists

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By Sabrangindia staff

Since the campaign to push and promote Narendra Modi as a prime ministerial candidate began, and was remorselessly funded by corporate houses from 2013 on, the current dominant Indian political regime’s relationship with an autonomous media has been the subject matter of furious debate. Heavy corporate investment in the election campaign and the same corporate share in television network holdings have given a further twist to the debate. Now, in 2016, even a Canadian Radio network appears to have succumbed to pressures to stifle free expression.

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Minister McCallum Launched the Canada: Day 1 Exhibit at UN

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By A Correspondent 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum concluded a recent visit to New York, comprised of two days of meetings focused on the ever-growing global refugee and migrant crisis.

While in New York, Minister McCallum participated in numerous events on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), including the High-Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants where he delivered the plenary address for Canada. He also participated in a roundtable discussion on how nations can work together to address refugee crises around the world.

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Refugee Resettlement through Private Sponsorship

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Canada, UNHCR & the Open Society Foundations Seek to Increase 

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The Government of Canada, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Open Society Foundations have agreed to launch a joint initiative aimed at increasing private sponsorship of refugees around the world. Research demonstrates that privately sponsored refugees tend to have relatively early, positive integration and settlement outcomes, thanks in part to the social support provided by sponsors.

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Is the Loonie Leveling?

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By Peter G. Hall
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada

Canadian exporters are inquisitive. I personally hear a lot of your questions, mostly at conference Q&A sessions, but also through direct conversations. Without hesitation, the top issue is our dollar: why is it where it is at the moment, and where is it going. There are lots of other concerns too, but this one is critical because, no matter what’s being bought and sold, our currency is a key determinant of the price. Concern has been elevated lately because our dollar has been all over the map. Many have intimated stability is actually more important than the level of the loonie. Is it finally settling down, or is turbulence here to stay?

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Trade’s Fall Hotlist

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By Peter G Hall
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada

If you followed the ‘sell in May and go away’ adage, you were likely shocked when you powered up this week. As summers go, this one this has been a pretty eventful one for country issues. We were barely into the lazy, hazy days before they indeed got a bit crazy. The Brexit vote on June 23 rattled markets. Just three weeks later, heading home for the weekend the airwaves were buzzing with news about an attempted military coup in Turkey. This came only days after Canada signed a free trade agreement with Turkey’s troubled neighbour to the north, Ukraine. With these events as a backdrop, what international trade issues are on the hotlist for the fall season?

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Migrant Workers Call for Permanent Status and Rights

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In wake of Temporary Foreign Worker Review

By A Correspondent

The Federal government’s acknowledgement of the need for reforms of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program today is a result of years of migrant workers advocating for themselves and fighting against against denial of their human and labour rights. Migrant workers members of Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights Canada (CMWRC), the representative body for migrant workers in Canada, are calling on Minister McCallum and Minister Mihychuk to now swiftly introduce legislation for permanent immigration status for Seasonal Agricultural Workers, Caregivers and Temporary Foreign Workers in low-waged categories. As an interim measure, CMWRC is calling for open work permits, and end to Harper era restrictions, including the 4 and 4 rule, and licensing of recruiters.

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WSO Condemns Racist Posters at Univ of Alberta Targeting Sikhs

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" a pathetic attempt at drawing the spotlight..."- WSO President Mukhbir Singh

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The World Sikh Organization of Canada condemns racist posters distributed by the group “Immigration Watch Canada” targeting Sikhs at the University of Alberta.

The poster titled “FU*K YOUR TURBAN” features a picture of a turbaned Sikh man and states, "If you're so obsessed with your third-world culture, go the fu*k back to where you came from!"

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Meet Dilkhush D. Panjwani of Toronto

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By A Correspondent

“Dr. Panjwani is one of those unsung heroes whose community services cannot be truly quantified; but the quality of his work and community service is exemplary. He has transcended cultural and religious boundaries and has demonstrated his “faith in action” by practicing the true ethics and values of Islam in our pluralistic civil society.”  - The Honorable Jean Augustine, PC, CM, CBE, MEd, LLD (Hon.)

Dr. Dilkhush Panjwani, MBBS, DPM, MD, MRCPsych, FRCPC, is the winner of the highly prestigious 2016 Prix d’excellence - Specialist of the Year Award of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada for Royal College’s Region 3 (Ontario and Nunavut). He is a role model for excellence in patient care and has shown outstanding service and impact to the communities he serves.

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Belief: Mayank Bhatt’s Debut Novel

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TERRORISM: What makes young people give up their secure, sheltered lives and take up causes that are sure to lead to catastrophe, for others as well as themselves? This is a burning question that plagues our times.

Rafiq is a young man whose family fled the 1993 violence against Muslims in Mumbai. His father Abdul is a sceptic in religious matter and a liberal, a former labour activist in India. His mother Ruksana is devout and practicing though also a former activist who worked with poor women. The family was reduced to humble circumstances after arriving in Toronto and with Rafiq working as a web-designer, is only now beginning to look up. They proudly own a house in Mississauga.

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OCTOBER 2017

Vol. 12 - No. 3










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