Ismaili Muslims in B.C. Prepare for Aga Khan Visit

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Spiritual leader visits Vancouver on May 5 as part of diamond jubilee tour

By Zahra Premji · CBC News

Thousands of Ismaili Muslims in Metro Vancouver are preparing for the arrival of their spiritual leader, the Aga Khan.

Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, the 49th hereditary leader of Nizari Ismailism, a branch of Shia Islam, is coming to Canada to celebrate 60 years — his diamond jubilee — as Imam.

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Nuclear Waste Disposal is 'An Accident Waiting to Happen'

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CBC Radio – The Current – Transcript - · April 23

'People are gambling with people's lives,' says grand council chief of the Anishinabek Nation

Plans to build nuclear waste facilities near First Nations communities should be a concern for all Canadians, not just the people living there, according to one Indigenous leader.

The proposals for a permanent storage facility near Kincardine, Ont., are on hold while Indigenous groups consider the ramifications. Meanwhile, nuclear waste from the reactor at Chalk River Laboratories, a research facility north of Ontario that closed in March, is being trucked to South Carolina through populated areas.

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http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/nuclear-waste-disposal-in-canada-is-an-accident-waiting-to-happen-says-indigenous-leader-1.4629258

Is the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline in the 'National Interest?'

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CBC Radio – The Current – Transcript - · April 16

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has insisted the Trans Mountain pipeline is in the "national interest," but there's no doubt that it has put a strain on national unity.

An emergency meeting on Sunday ended without consensus, and the B.C. and Alberta premiers are still at loggerheads over environmental concerns versus provincial prosperity.

Deron Bilous, Alberta's Minister for Economic Development and Trade, said the money generated by the pipeline would benefit all of Canada.

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http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/is-the-kinder-morgan-trans-mountain-pipeline-in-the-national-interest-1.4621220

Can Canadians Spot a Political Bot? Fair Elections May Depend on it

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CBC Radio – The Current – Transcript - · April 13

Do you know what a bot looks like?

Most people don't, according to Ben Nimmo, and as they become more prevalent in Canadian politics, that might be a problem.

Bots are fake accounts online, created to look like normal users, for example, on Twitter. They are then used to like or retweet something, often in the thousands (also known as a bot herd). Real people pick up on the tweet, sharing it further, and pushing it to the top of trending lists, putting it in front of even more people.

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http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/can-canadians-spot-a-political-bot-fair-elections-may-depend-on-it-1.4617028

Sanjay Sharma: Embracing the Odds

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By A Correspondent

Sanjay Sharma was a happy go lucky kid in school and interested in everything co-curricular. He had no goal in life as such. Then one fine day, his “brainwashing” started. He was in a school which had uniform and had a kind of military discipline; it also had strict teachers as also officers of the Armed Forces such as Colonels, Squadron Leaders, Commanders and Captains of the Indian Navy, Air Force and the Army. He was made to focus on only one thing and that was Defence Forces. He got used to this indoctrination technique, where everyone one met did not ask you how one was, but how well your preparation for joining the defence forces was. He did not disappoint anyone as he joined the illustrious institution.

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Rare Exhibits in Toronto: May 15 - August 5

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By A Correspondence

Two equally amazing and unusual photo exhibitions of seldom seen art and artifacts as well as historic 19th century samurai will consecutively be showing at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Court, North York, ON M3C 1Z5):

I. Signs of the Intangible:     15th May - 27th June

Highlighting 1400 years of continuity in Japan’s performing arts, 68 outstanding photographic images of rare artifacts and dance performances taken by Tokyo-based photographer extraordinaire, Miro Ito, including sculptures and masks never before exhibited outside Japan as well as topical film shorts of hers are presented.

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Toronto Netralya Lions Club Gala on May 5, 2018

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To Support Eye Health for Toronto’s Indigenous Community

By A Correspondent

Members of Toronto Netralya Lions Club (TNLC) invite the community to join them for the 2018 Lions Gala for Sight on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 6 pm at the AVANI event centre in Vaughan.  Net proceeds from the event will be donated to Anishnawbe Health Foundation (AHF) to support an Eye Exam Room and Diabetes care for Toronto’s Indigenous community.  Information on tickets and sponsorships are available at www.netralyalions.com.

“The Gala expects to attract nearly 500 people and will include a fabulous reception, gourmet dinner, raffle draw, door prizes and entertainment, blending the Club’s South Asian culture with performances from Toronto’s Indigenous community,” says Lion Kanta Arora, Founding Member, Club President and Gala Chair.

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Massive, Diverse Lineup for IFFSA 2018 at Colourful Launch

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THE SONG OF SCORPIONS, by the internationally renowned director and writer Anup Singh, opened IFFSA Toronto 2018 on April 12. Starring Irrfan Khan, Golshifteh Farahani and Waheeda Rehman, the film has been called one of the most poetic and inspirational of contemporary world cinema. The film tenderly touch upon the fundamental motives behind human behavior: love, vengeance and the sense of wonder. Anup Singh along with producer Shahaf Peled will be attending the North American premiere.

Full lineup of this year’s festival was unveiled at a colorful launch event organized at Living Arts Centre, Mississauga. 150+ films and 50+ events will take place from May 10 to 21 during 12 days of continuous excitement.

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India Draws the Focus for South-South Cooperation

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By Jaya Ramachandran

NEW YORK (IDN) – The India-UN Development Partnership Fund, a dedicated facility within the United Nations Fund for South-South Cooperation established in 2017, has drawn the focus following the announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the launch of a US$50 Million Commonwealth window.

This support, announced at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 on April 19 in London, is in addition to US$100 million pledged in 2017 for the Fund, thus increasing India's multi-year contribution to US$150 million. The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) manages the Fund.

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https://www.indepthnews.net/index.php/the-world/asia-pacific/1839-india-draws-the-focus-for-south-south-cooperation

India Elected To Key United Nations ECOSOC Committees

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By Santo D. Banerjee

UNITED NATIONS (IDN) – India has been elected to several important subsidiary bodies of the 193-member UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) which is at the heart of the United Nations system to advance the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental.

It is the central platform for fostering debate and innovative thinking, forging consensus on ways forward, and coordinating efforts to achieve internationally agreed goals. It is also responsible for the follow-up to major UN conferences and summits.

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https://www.indepthnews.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1819:india-elected-to-key-united-nations-ecosoc-committees&catid=9:un-insider

Nuclear Deterrence Policy Gathering Steam in India

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By Sudha Ramachandran

BANGALORE (IDN) – "Though India is a reluctant nuclear power, nuclear deterrence will continue to play a crucial role in India's national security strategy over the next few decades," says Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal, Distinguished Fellow at India's Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA).

In his recent book 'Sharpening the Arsenal: India's Evolving Nuclear Deterrence Policy', he explains the reason: "Only when India's adversaries are convinced that India has both the necessary political and military will and the hardware to respond to a nuclear strike with punitive retaliation that will inflict unacceptable loss of human life and unprecedented material damage, will they be deterred."

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https://www.indepthnews.net/index.php/the-world/asia-pacific/1718-nuclear-deterrence-policy-gathering-steam-in-india

JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12










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