first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2018 – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today it is accepting submissions for the 2019 JUNO Awards. Submissions are open from Monday, October 1, 2018 to Friday, November 9, 2018 at www.junosubmissions.caIn order to be considered for nomination for the 2019 JUNO Awards, national music release dates must fall between the eligibility period of September 1, 2017 and November 9, 2018.Key submission dates and deadlines:October 1, 2018 – Submissions openOctober 19, 2018; 5 p.m. EST – Deadline for discounted early-bird submissionsNovember 9, 2018; 5 p.m. EST – Deadline for submissionsNovember 30, 2018 – Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year openJanuary 4, 2019; 5 p.m. EST – Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year close For full submission eligibility requirements click here.CARAS has also introduced the following changes this year:Streaming Only ReleasesMusic only available via a recognized national music streaming provider will now be eligible. Product must be released via a nationally accessible streaming service that has paid subscriptions, full catalogue, or on-demand streaming. Eligible streaming services are Canadian versions of Amazon Music, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Napster, Slacker, Soundcloud PRO, Spotify, Tidal.Rap Recording of the YearThe nominees for Rap Recording of the Year will now be determined by equal weight of consumption and judge vote.Jack Richardson Producer of the YearIf an artist submits their own work to the category, they must have also produced another artist’s work (one track minimum) within three years of the current eligibility criteria deadline (proof may be required).Artist and Group of the YearIn order to submit in these categories, qualifying artists must have been previously recognized by The JUNO Awards.PwC is the Official Ballot Accountants for the 2019 JUNO Awards.Web Links:Official JUNO Awards website:www.junoawards.caJUNO AwardsTwitter: @TheJUNOAwardsInstagram: @TheJUNOAwardsFacebook: @TheJUNOAwardsHashtag: #JUNOS Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Movie Theatre (Syda Productions/ Shutterstock) Cineplex wants you to treat yourself to a free movie day on October 27.For the eighth consecutive year, Cineplex Community Day will treat guests to a selection of popular movies.All proceeds from donations and select concession sales will support the WE Charity(formally known as Free the Children), a family of organizations that makes doing good, doable. Advertisement Popcorn, drinks, and select candy will be available to purchase at $2.50, a reduced price.“Community Day is a great opportunity for families and friends to enjoy some quality time together in support of a great cause,” said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex. “WE is dedicated to inspiring and empowering our youth and as one of the country’s largest employers of young people, we are proud to play a continuous role in positively shaping their futures.”This year’s line-up of freebie movies includes popular release from Paramount Pictures for movie-goers all ages.Sherlock Gnomes (2018)Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)Book Club (2018)All participating theatres will be selling a variety of movie-themed merchandise including plush toys, action figures, keychains, accessories, drink toppers and popcorn holders.Cineplex theatres across the country will open their doors at 9 am (local time) and movies will begin at 9:30 am. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.Films will be shown in English and French, depending upon the market and guests are encouraged to visit the website for a full list of participating theatres, showtimes and available languages.Cineplex Community Day 2018When: Saturday, October 27Time: 9 am – 11 amWhere: Cineplex theatres across Canada, check website for more info and updates Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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first_img Facebook On Monday, July 15, we kicked off our program year by welcoming 31 new residents from three different programs to the CFC – the 2019 residents of the CBC Actors Conservatory, the Slaight Music Residency, and the producers, writers, editors and directors from the Cineplex Film Program.After an action-packed first day, all of the residents and some key mentors gathered at a welcome reception, where Kathryn Emslie, Chief Programs Officer, CFC, shared some key advice. “Focus on, and enjoy, the process of creation, even more than the end results. One of the opportunities these programs offer is the chance to work together and form a community of peers who support one another through the highs and lows at the CFC and beyond.” Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National newsTwo British Columbia chiefs have joined together to launch a class action suit over what they claims is glaring hypocrisy.Hundreds of their members were ineligible for residential school compensation only because they were allowed to return home at night.These students are known as day scholars and the chiefs are fighting on their behalf.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has this story.last_img

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first_imgCara McKenna APTN National NewsThe leadership of two northern B.C. First Nations are enacting their own laws to protect their territories in a move that could have a far-reaching impacts on Indigenous rights and resource development across Canada. Chiefs and councillors from the Nadleh Whut’en and Stellat’en First Nations proclaimed the province’s first Aboriginal water management regime in Vancouver last week. They are believed to be the first communities in B.C. to ever put their time-old tribal laws to paper.Nadleh Whut’en elected Chief Martin Louie, speaking on behalf of hereditary leaders, said the decision was triggered by the nations’ fight with Enbridge to protect its land from the company’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.But the legislation applies to numerous other projects including mining and the massive Site C hydroelectric dam.“If anyone wants to do business in the Nadleh Whu’ten land and territory, you’ll abide by our laws,” he said.“For the last thousand years, we haven’t changed in any way, the only change that you see today is that our laws are on paper.”The written legislation outlines the consultation, assessment and management that the leaders believe will be necessary to protect the water in salmon in their territories’ numerous freshwater lakes, rivers and streams.Both communities are already feeling the impacts left behind by big industry and their leaders say that now any future projects must follow their rules.Stellat’en Coun. Tannis Reynolds (Dzih Bhen) said her community is trying to find energy alternatives because there is already so much damage in their territory from the Endako Mine and Rio Tinto Alcan’s Kenney hydroelectric dam.“Even our tap water isn’t good, it’s contaminated with arsenic, people have skin deficiencies, they’re losing their hair,” she said.“We need clean water in our communities. It’s so important on so many levels, and we’re all hoping and praying that this will make a difference.”Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Grand Chief Stewart Phillip said the policy is a reflection of a multitude of Supreme Court decisions for Indigenous rights that culminated with the landmark Tsilhqot’in Nation land claim victory in 2014.The high court decision to give Tsilhqot’in rights to more than 1,700 square km of land was hailed as a game-changer for bands across Canada, and the residual impacts of the case are now beginning to be seen.“The Tsilhqot’in decision was half of the story,” he said.“This is the other half of the story, where the principles of the Tsilhqot’in decision are incorporated into tribal indigenous nations standing up their own traditional laws. “The one word to describe this document is consent, and it’s going to have an enormous impact on major resource development.”last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government is on track to run deficits nearly $8 billion deeper than expected over the next two years, the federal budget watchdog said Monday in a new report.The parliamentary budget officer estimated the Liberals will post a $22.1-billion shortfall this fiscal year, which would be $4 billion more than the projection of $18.1 billion in the federal government’s February budget.For 2019-20, Jean-Denis Frechette’s team predicted a $21.4-billion deficit, $3.9 billion higher than the government’s forecast of $17.5 billion.“We believe that the deficit is going to rise somewhat above what the government was assuming in the budget,” Mostafa Askari, the deputy parliamentary budget officer, said in an interview.The report’s release comes two months after the Liberal government introduced a budget that predicted deficits across the planning horizon, until 2022-23, with no timetable to return to balance. During the 2015 campaign, the Liberals had vowed to keep annual deficits at no more than $10 billion and to balance the books by 2019.Finance Minister Bill Morneau has argued the shortfalls will help Canada make investments to raise long-term economic growth.Any hope of returning to the black any time soon is remote, the budget office said Monday. It predicted there’s approximately a five per cent chance the federal budget will be balanced or will show a surplus in 2020-21.The blows to the federal bottom line will come from several sources, the independent budget office said.“Our higher deficit forecast largely reflects our higher projections for public debt charges, direct program expenses and children’s benefits,” the PBO wrote in its report.The analysis predicted the government will spend a total of $19.5 billion more than it had forecasted in the budget to service the federal debt between 2017-18 and 2022-23. Askari noted the discrepancy between the estimates is mostly due to the fact the PBO used a higher projected interest rate for its calculation than the budget predicted.The government’s fiscal position is also expected to take a hit — a total of about $1 billion over the next five years — from a higher-than-anticipated cost for its budget commitment to expand benefits for the working poor, through its Canada Workers Benefit. The details were included in a separate report also released Monday by Frechette’s office.The federal budget projected the Canada Workers Benefit, a rebranded version of a program introduced by the Harper government, would have a fiscal impact of about $831 million between 2018-19 and 2022-23. The PBO believes otherwise, saying it will come in at $1.84 billion over that period.Most of the extra cost, the PBO said, will come from the government’s effort to make more people eligible for the benefit and to allow the Canada Revenue Agency to automatically enrol those who qualify. That tweak alone is expected to add 300,000 more workers.The PBO also predicted the federal government’s forthcoming carbon price tax would lower the country’s real gross domestic product by 0.5 per cent, or $10 billion, in 2022.The carbon price is set to rise from $10 per tonne per year until it reaches $50 per tonne in 2022.“Implementation of the federal government’s carbon pricing levy will generate a headwind for the Canadian economy over the medium term,” Frechette’s report said.To make its assumption, the budget office based its estimate on an analysis by the Ecofiscal Commission.“The carbon levy will generate significant revenues over the medium term,” the PBO said. “As has been noted by the Ecofiscal Commission, the impact on the economy will depend on how those revenues are used.”Among Monday’s projections, the PBO also predicted that over the next five years, Canada would generate about $70 million less in revenue from cannabis taxation than the federal government is expecting.Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre called the PBO’s findings “damaging” for the government, citing the impact of larger deficits, higher debt payments and a carbon tax that he says will erase at least $10 billion per year from the national economy by 2022.“In other words, we will be spending — under this government’s plan — more for nothing,” Poilievre said in Ottawa.“More debt interest, higher taxes and smaller GDP. That is the Liberal plan. It is a failed plan and we need a change.”A spokeswoman for Morneau disagreed, saying that since the Liberals came to office, the economy has created more than 600,000 jobs and the unemployment rate has been near its lowest level in about 40 years. On the PBO reports, Chloe Luciani-Girouard said in an email that findings can vary because they’re sometimes based on different methodologies.Morneau told reporters Monday that while he respects the work of the PBO, the financial expectations remain the same as those laid out in the budget.“We’re in a very positive situation economically, with more Canadians working, with a strong level of growth, and we’ll continue to have an approach to fiscal conservatism that shows a declining debt-to-GDP over time,” said Morneau.He defended the government’s carbon-pricing plan as the right approach to ensuring Canada has both a good economy and a healthy environment over the long term.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration has told Congress that it’s reached a deal that would allow Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. to stay in business, a source familiar with the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a confidential matter said Friday.A resolution of the ZTE case could clear the way for the United States to make progress in its high-stakes trade talks with China. But news of the agreement drew immediate fire on Capitol Hill.Under the agreement, ZTE would oust its management team, hire American compliance officers and pay a fine. The fine would come on top of the roughly $1 billion ZTE has already paid for selling equipment to North Korea and Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.In return, the Commerce Department would lift a seven-year ban on ZTE’s purchase of components that the Chinese firm depends on from U.S. companies. The ban, imposed earlier this month, threatened to put ZTE out of business.“This is a law enforcement action being handled by Commerce,” said Lindsay Walters, the deputy White House press secretary. “We are making sure ZTE is held accountable for violating U.S. sanctions, pays a big price and that we are protecting our security infrastructure and U.S. jobs.”The Commerce Department did not immediately respond to a call seeking further details about the agreement.On Capitol Hill, one senior congressional source said leaders have not yet received formal notification.Lawmakers have warned the administration not to go easy on a company that brazenly violated U.S. sanctions against two rogue nations that were pursuing nuclear weapons production.“If the administration goes through with this reported deal, President Trump would be helping make China great again,” said Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York.Schumer added: “Both parties in Congress should come together to stop this deal in its tracks.”“ZTE presents a national security threat to the United States — and nothing in this reported deal addresses that fundamental fact,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. “If President Trump won’t put our security before Chinese jobs, Congress will act on a bipartisan basis to stop him.”Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida tweeted: “It is a great deal … for #ZTE & China … Many hoped this time would be different.”Congress, Rubio said, “will need to act.”Trump responded to his critics late Friday, saying Democrats had done nothing to rein in ZTE. “I closed it down then let it reopen with high level security guarantees, change of management and board, must purchase U.S. parts and pay a $1.3 Billion fine,” he tweeted.The Commerce Department last month blocked China’s ZTE from importing American components for seven years, having concluded that ZTE deceived U.S. regulators after it settled charges last year of violating sanctions against Iran and North Korea. The ban amounted to a virtual death sentence for ZTE, which relies on U.S. parts, and it also hurt ZTE’s U.S. suppliers.On the eve of broad trade talks last week with a Chinese trade envoy, Trump waded into the ZTE case: He tweeted that he was working with President Xi Jinping to put ZTE “back in business, fast” and save tens of thousands of Chinese jobs.He later tweeted that the ZTE talks were “part of a larger trade deal” being negotiated with China.Word of a reported ZTE agreement comes nearly a week after the U.S. and China suspended plans to impose tariffs on as much as $200 billion of each other’s goods. In doing two, the two nations pulled back from the brink of a trade war over Chinese demands that U.S. companies hand over some of their technology as the price of doing business in China.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is scheduled to travel to Beijing on June 2 for further discussions over China’s aggressive push to challenge U.S. technological dominance. Resolving the ZTE case — a company that employs more than 70,000 Chinese — could make the talks go more smoothly.___AP Staff Writers Lisa Mascaro and Zeke Miller contributed to this report.last_img read more

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first_imgWASHINGTON – The fresh round of U.S.-Canada negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement generated hopeful signals from both camps Wednesday that a deal could be struck by the end of the week.A day after the two neighbours restarted intensive, face-to-face negotiations on NAFTA, both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump expressed optimism a new continental accord could be reached by Friday.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, emerging Wednesday evening from her second meeting of the day with her U.S. counterpart, said officials would be working late into the night — and possibly all night — on potential “landing zones” where both parties can agree. She and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and their teams will meet again Thursday to review the progress made.“This is a very intense moment in the negotiations and we’re trying to get a lot of things done very quickly,” she said.“I feel that both parties are coming to this stage of the negotiation with a lot of goodwill … There is a good atmosphere, we’re working productively.”The 24-year-old NAFTA, which also includes Mexico and is integral to the continent’s economy, has been under renegotiation for more than 12 months.Canadian officials say an agreement announced earlier in the week between the U.S. and Mexico, which includes common ground on the difficult issue of labour within the auto sector, has broken a logjam in the talks.Trump added a layer of urgency to the negotiations Monday after announcing his deal with Mexico — with an ultimatum that Canada would have to join their pact by Friday or suffer the consequences of punishing tariffs on its auto sector. He also warned that the U.S. and Mexico would move forward bilaterally without Canada.By Wednesday, after round-the-clock talks among officials from all three countries, a cautious Trudeau said it was possible for a new three-country treaty to come together by week’s end — but he added Canada refused to be rushed into a poor deal just to meet Trump’s deadline.To get to a deal, Canada is under pressure from the U.S. to compromise on key issues — from opening access to its protected dairy sector, to getting rid of NAFTA’s dispute settlement system, to introducing a clause that would call for the deal to be renegotiated again every 16 years.“We recognize there is a possibility of getting there by Friday, but it is only a possibility because it will hinge on whether or not there is ultimately a good deal for Canada, a good deal for Canadians,” Trudeau said at an event in northern Ontario.“I’ve said from the beginning no NAFTA deal is better than a bad NAFTA deal. And we are going to remain firm on that principle because Canadians expect us to stand up for them.”Trudeau’s office sent out a signal later Wednesday that NAFTA 2.0 talks were progressing.His office said the prime minister will hold a call Thursday afternoon with premiers to discuss the NAFTA negotiations. Freeland will be on the call, as will Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, and Dominic LeBlanc, the federal minister responsible for intergovernmental affairs.Trump, too, was confident Wednesday that a deal could be on the way.“They want to be a part of the deal and we gave until Friday and I think we’re probably on track,” Trump told reporters of Canada’s negotiating team.“We’ll see what happens. But in any event, things are working out very well.”The U.S. president also noted it would be a bad idea for Canada to let this opportunity to join the U.S.-Mexican trade agreement slip away.“I think it’s going to be obviously very good for Canada if they do (join) and I think it’s probably not going to be good at all if they don’t,” Trump said.Freeland, who has been leading Ottawa’s negotiating team this week in Washington, said she’s optimistic about the “intense” talks now under way in the accelerated search compromise on NAFTA.But she also cautioned that more tough talks lie ahead.“When it comes to specific issues, we have a huge amount of work to do this week at the ministerial level and also officials are really grinding through extremely intensively,” the minister said as she emerged from her first meeting of the day with Lighthizer.When pressed by reporters, Freeland would not provide details of what Canada might be putting on the table, saying she and Lighthizer have agreed not to negotiate in public. Trudeau similarly refused to get into details.However, Freeland did suggest Canada has not budged on its insistence that a new NAFTA must include an independent dispute settlement mechanism. Canada’s view on that subject is “well known,” she said, when asked if she’s prepared to drop that demand.She credited the Mexicans for their difficult decision to compromise on labour and wages as part of its auto rules-of-origin talks with the U.S., saying it has cleared the way for more substantive talks between Washington and Ottawa.“This is a really important step for us and it has set the stage for very intensive conversations and negotiations that we’re going to have this week,” Freeland said.For now, Canadian negotiators are primarily focused on bilateral talks with the Americans.Freeland cancelled her trip to Europe this week to return to the NAFTA bargaining table after the U.S. and Mexico agreed on numerous trade issues throughout their bilateral, summertime talks.Asked to comment Wednesday about how he’s feeling about his trading partners, Trump said: “I love Canada. You know what? I love Mexico too.” Asked which one he likes better, he said, “I like ’em both the same.”last_img read more

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first_imgROME — Italy’s Catholic Church says it will open talks with the government to respond to a European Court of Justice ruling that says Italy has the right to recover millions of euros in property taxes.The Luxembourg-based court on Nov. 6 overturned a 2012 decision by the European Commission that said it would be impossible to recover tax revenue that non-profits including the Italian church were exempted from paying for certain properties.A Montessori school and the owner of a bed and breakfast had argued that the tax breaks the church received for money-making properties offering similar educational and hostel-like services were unfair.The head of the Italian bishops’ conference, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, said Thursday that no talks with the government have begun but “certainly some contacts will be necessary.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_imgThe winner of the contest will be announced on Monday, March 19th at 11:00 a.m. local time on CBC Radio One’s q. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Dawson Creek-based Scarlet Sway was announced yesterday as one of the Top 10 finalists in the CBC Music 2018 Searchlight contest.The group, which has performed at Northern GrooveFest, CanolaFest, and GrizFest in addition to a number of other local music venues, made the Top 10 after placing in the top five for number of votes out of the Top 100 that were announced last week. Searchlight is an annual competition by CBC Music to discover up-and-coming musicians from across the country, with the winner partaking in a residency at the National Music Centre in Calgary, as well as getting to perform at JUNOFest 2019.Scarlet Sway is joined in the Top 10 by two other bands from B.C.: Vancouver-based The Kwerks who also placed in the top five for votes, and Victoria-based Fallbrigade which was chosen among the other five on the list by CBC Music producers. The contest’s panel of judges, which includes Universal Music Canada V.P. Kristen Burke and Juno Awards President and CEO Allan Reid, will now decide which of the Top 10 artists will be the ultimate winner of Searchlight 2018.last_img read more

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first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Opposition leader Jason Kenney says it’s time to take immediate action on the oil-price differential before it leads to further job cuts and losses to the province’s core industry.Kenney says he will work with Premier Rachel Notley’s government to fast-track a new law that would order companies to cut production by 10 percent.He says it’s a drastic solution but one that is necessary. Alberta oil is now selling at sharply discounted prices due in part to bottlenecks in pipelines.Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd says her department is open to all ideas.But she says opinion is divided on whether legislated cuts to oil production are the answer.Premier Rachel Notley has been searching for solutions to get more oil to market and her government is now in negotiations to buy rail cars for increased transport.last_img read more

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first_imgMohali: India made 358 for nine against Australia in the fourth One-day International here Sunday. Opener Shikhar Dhawan was back amongst the runs with 143 off 115 balls while Rohit Sharma made 95. Brief scores: 358/9 in 50 overs (Dhawan 143, Rohit 95; 5/70 Cummins). Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat in the fourth ODI against Australia here Sunday. For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K L Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Yuzvendra Chahal came in for Mohammed Shami, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Marcus Stoinis and Jason Behrendorff made way for Ashton Turner and Nathan Lyon in the Australian XI. India lead the five-match series 2-1. Teams: India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah. Australia: Aaron Finch(capt), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has allowed state governments to put to “public use” some enemy properties that were left behind by people who migrated to Pakistan since the Partition and to China after the 1962 Sino-Indian war, officials said Monday. The move comes amid the central government’s efforts to sell more than 9,400 enemy properties, worth over Rs 1 lakh crore, and Rs 3,000 crore worth of enemy shares.The guidelines for disposal of the Enemy Property Order, 2018, has been amended to facilitate “usages of enemy property by the state government exclusively for public use”, according to a notification issued by the Home Ministry. Enemy properties are those properties that were left behind by the people who took citizenship of Pakistan and China.There are 9,280 such properties left behind by Pakistani nationals and 126 by Chinese nationals, an official of the ministry said. Of the total properties left behind by those who took Pakistani citizenship, 4,991 are located in Uttar Pradesh, the highest in the country.West Bengal has 2,735 such estates and Delhi 487. The highest number of properties left by Chinese nationals is in Meghalaya (57).West Bengal has 29 such properties and Assam seven. “The estimated value of all enemy properties is approximately Rs 1 lakh crore,” Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir had told the Rajya Sabha last year. The central government last month had constituted a high-level committee to recommend the quantum and price or price band for sale of enemy shares, worth Rs 3,000 crore. A total 6,50,75,877 shares in 996 companies of 20,323 shareholders are under the custody of the Custodian of Enemy Property for India, another official said. Of these companies, 588 are functional or active companies, 139 of these are listed and the remaining are unlisted. The Enemy Property Act was enacted in 1968 and it regulates such properties and lists the custodian’s powers. The act was amended in 2017 to ensure that the successors of those who migrated to Pakistan and China will have no claim over the properties left behind in India.last_img read more

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first_imgNEW DELHI: Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s #VoteKar campaign, the AAP on Monday asked how can people vote when the BJP “gets their names deleted”. Modi Sunday appealed to public to vote in record numbers in the upcoming elections and launched the #VoteKar campaign on Twitter. The prime minister also urged personalities from the fields of sports, entertainment, and media to create increased voter awareness. The AAP said while Modi wants people to vote, his party is getting names deleted from Delhi’s voters’ list. In a statement, the AAP alleged that the BJP has engineered a massive voter deletion scam in Delhi where more than 30 lakh voters’ names have been deleted from the electoral rolls. “The deleted names mostly include traders, Purvanchalis and minorities, all of whom have serious reasons for disenchantment with the BJP,” the AAP claimed. The AAP has been alleging “deletion” of names of 30 lakh voters since the 2015 Assembly election in Delhi, claiming that the BJP was behind it.last_img read more

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first_imgThe steamy scenes from ALT Balaji’s Gandi Baat 2 made Anveshi Jain an internet sensation overnight. Her bold and sensuous performance in the web series won her the tag of ‘Most Googled Woman’, which in turn gave a major lift to her career.But all good things come with a price. Though Anveshi looks happy with the popularity and love coming her way, the insensitive trolling and harsh criticism can become a stumbling block for her. In an exclusive interview, the actress talks about her reaction to such trolls and to what extent it affects her: Also Read – An income drop can harm brainYour performance In Gandi Baat 2 was appreciated as much as it was criticised by a section of people, who in fact created controversies. Does that bother you? No, it doesn’t bother me at all. I have always believed that ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ and I am only getting better at it. I am appreciating all the positive things happening in my life…there is so much to be grateful for. Such things are way too small to sweat about as I know what I did and where I am headed. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award Do you believe that Indian society has become more accepting of sexual fluidity? Absolutely they have. With the constant exposure to international content, with easy accessibility to the net, and technology making the sharing of information and content easy, it was something that was bound to happen. Plus, the millennials as a generation are also maturing a lot faster and early. Social media connectivity helps in the collective consciousness, which questions social mores a lot more vociferously. We don’t seem to have a myopic moribund approach to sex and it’s expression on celluloid anymore. It doesn’t shock us or make us curious, we are fairly casual about it. Having said that, portrayal of sex to shock and awe won’t work anymore either, it has to be a part of a coherent narrative for it to work. Was Gandi Baat 2 the turning point in your career? How did things change after the success of that web show? Yes, No matter how much I would want to deflect the reality but it surely became a turning point in my life. Before ‘Gandi Baat’, I was video blogging about human behaviours and dating advice but none of that gave such boost to my career. After the success of ‘Gandi Baat’, life has become easier in terms of work projects. I am getting the kind of work that I always wanted to do. I am busy doing travelling and hospitality shows, movies and web projects. You have signed a Gujarati and Kannada movie. Do you think it would be a good decision to step into films when you are doing extremely good on web platform? Why not? As an actor I feel so privileged and lucky to have the opportunity to express myself through all mediums. For me, what eventually matters is the content and storytelling, and the fact that I am straddling two totally different cinematic diaspora just excites me further. In fact, I wait for the day when I can do multi lingual projects so that I reach out to newer audiences every time. I want to do good work, whatever be the medium. What are the other projects in the line? You are going to see me next in ALT Balaji’s ‘Boss- Baap of Special Services’. Post that I will be doing four more projects including a Gujarati movie, a Zee 5 show, and a web series with Rajpal Yadav and Vijay Raj, but I can’t reveal much details about it.last_img read more

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first_imgHyderabad: Attacking both the BJP and the Congress, TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has turned out to be an “utter flop” despite having a complete majority in the Lok Sabha.People had seen the governments of Congress and BJP, but development had not taken place as it should have been, he charged. “Definitely, a good government needs to come if good is to happen in this country. We have seen both parties. We have seen Congress party and also BJP party. People had lot of hopes from Narendra Modi. But, he has also been an utter flop,” Rao said. “Modi ji has been Prime Minister for the last five years with complete majority and complete opportunity. But what (good) happened I am asking,” he said, He also said while Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged TRS was with Modi, the prime minister alleges it was with Congress. But, TRS was not with anyone and was the agent for the people of Telangana, he said. “Telangana people are the bosses for TRS,” he said at election meetings near Andole under Zaheerabad and Narsapur in Medak Lok Sabha constituencies. Noting that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi came up with the slogan ‘Garibi Hatao’ in 1970s, he said her grandson Rahul Gandhi (Congress president) was still talking about eliminating poverty through ‘NYAY’ scheme. “How many decades will these slogans be? How long do people have to witness such drama?… It is the same slogan from grandmother’s time to grandson, how bankrupt is their thinking,” he said. Referring to Modi government’s reported promise to bring back the black money stashed abroad and deposit Rs 15 lakh in the bank account of every citizen in 2014, he alleged that no sincere efforts had been made. Rao urged the people to elect TRS candidates in 16 Lok Sabha seats in the state (leaving Hyderabad represented by AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi) in the coming elections.last_img read more

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first_imgNagpur: There are possibilities of a government changing every five years and social organisations should not depend on it for help, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Monday.Addressing an event to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Mahamahopadhyay V V Mirashi, Bhagwat said social and research organisations should work towards a strong and permanent source to carry out work for the welfare of the society. “Those who want to speak to government should approach it. But, I don’t feel that social organisations should be dependent (“aashrit”) on government. Because, governments keeps changing, earlier the royal (“rajwati”) government used to change in 30 to 50 years. Now, there are possibilities of a government changing in five years. Hence, there is no faith, until it is there, utilise it,” he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Bhagwat highlighted the importance of research and knowledge for the welfare of the people. “Presently, gaining knowledge can be for various purposes. Gaining knowledge could be for self interest or for welfare of the society. Knowledge is the way for eternal life. Actually, knowledge is for eternity and giving eternity to all,” he said. Bhagwat further said that Britishers did a lot of research for modern India. “The country’s population census and geography still runs on the basis of their research. But, their research cannot be said as ‘Sanshodhan Maharishi’ as their purpose was selfish and not for the welfare of the people,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgLos Angeles: Actor-singer Mandy Moore’s This Is Us has been renewed for three more seasons. NBC recently announced that the network has renewed its hit drama series ‘This Is Us’. The renewal will take the show through its sixth season, aiming to wrap up in 2022, reports people.com. The show’s creator Dan Fogelman tweeted: “Three years ago, we were live tweeting the premiere of our TV show, hoping someone, anyone might watch.” Fogelman, who shared a photograph of stars Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K Brown, Chrissy Metz, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson and Justin Hartley, added: “Today our friends at NBC picked up ‘This Is Us’ for three more seasons, bringing us to six.” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”In a television landscape with nearly 500 original scripted series, there are very few, if any, that have the critical and cultural impact of ‘This Is Us’ and we couldn’t be more proud to bring fans three more seasons of a show that so well represents the NBC brand,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Presidents of Scripted Programming for NBC Entertainment. News of the renewal is also a bittersweet reminder that the hit series will most likely end at season six.last_img read more

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Rabat – Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, the young Saharawi who was held against her will in the Tindouf camps in Algeria, managed to escape from the camps on Tuesday, according to El Mundo.As soon as she left the camps, the young Spanish citizen took refuge in the Spanish consulate in Algiers. She is expected to return to Spain later today.Mahjouba retrieved her freedom with the help of a group of friends who drove her by car from the Tindouf camps to an Algerian gendarmerie located outside of the camps, according to Spanish website 20minutos.es. The 23-year old woman was held by her biological parents since last August. Mayhuba, who was born in the Tindouf camps, settled in Spain in 1999 after she was adopted by a Spanish couple. In 2002 she became Spanish citizen. Ever since she has been visiting her family every summer.The young woman was supposed to return home on August 18, but few days before her return, her biological family told her that she would never go back and they locked her. They also stripped her of her phone, though they allowed her to use it for some days in order to communicate with her family in Spain.The case has also been widely denounced by Spanish civil society who pressured the Spanish government to take the necessary steps in order to help the Mahyuba retrieve her freedom.A petition has been addressed to the Spanish Ministry of foreign affairs in order to take the necessary steps toward bringing the young woman to back to Spain. read more

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