Mumbai: Beef, the popular red meat, was on Tuesday banned in Maharashtra with presidential assent being accorded to the relevant legislation — two decades after the assembly had passed it during the former Shiv Sena-BJP government in the state. Presidential assent was accorded to the Maharashtra Animal Prevention (Amendment Bill), 1995, which bans even the […]
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Washington: Mukesh Ambani again tops 90 Indian billionaires, 28 of them newcomers, on Forbes’ annual ranking as Bill Gates emerged as the world’s richest person for the 16th time in the last 21 years. With a current net worth of $79.2 billion, up from $76 billion in 2014, Gates for the second consecutive year beat out […]
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Doha: A woman teacher in an Indian school in Qatar’s capital Doha has reportedly been forced to quit her job after she posted a caricature of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on her Facebook page, media reported Thursday. According to the report in The Peninsula daily, the incident took place last week triggering a big controversy […]
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By Subhash K Jha
BOLLYWOOD: So many Indian actors talk of moving West. Not everyone lucks out the way Om Puri, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Shabana Azmi and Anupam Kher did.
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Indian-born Dr. Dhun Noria, the Scarborough Hospital’s chief of laboratory medicine and medical director of laboratories, was presented with the Order of Ontario by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell, at a ceremony, Feb. 3.
Dr. Noria was recognized with this prestigious honour due to her unwavering commitment and steadfast dedication to the hospital, Scarborough and the Ontario medical community.
By Stewart Beck
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was a keynote speaker at Vibrant Gujarat recently, and U.S. President Barack Obama was Chief Guest at India's Republic Day ceremonies last week. My, how the tides have changed in the India-U.S. relationship! It seems like just yesterday that animosity between the two countries reached a peak with the Kobragade affair. Of course, there are larger issues at play, including U.S. support for Pakistan and India's relationship with Russia. But 2015 is off to a good start for the two countries.
The Canada-India relationship also recently turned a positive corner after being characterized for many years by distrust following India exploding a nuclear device using Canadian uranium and technology in 1974 and a perceived inadequate response by Canada to the downing of Air India 182 in 1985. Strong evidence of the new positive era in the Canada-India bilateral relationship is the entry into force of the Nuclear Cooperation Agreement and recent visits to India of Canada's Prime Minister and Governor General.
India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has set the course for improved relations with the U.S. and Canada. But some of the credit for the improving tone in U.S.-India and Canada-India relations must be attributed to the Indian diaspora that has become part of the two countries' fabrics. The diaspora's financial, professional and political success, especially the Gujarati diaspora, makes it a powerful force in Canada and U.S. foreign policy considerations, which are hugely influenced by U.S. and Canadian prosperity agendas.
The highly entrepreneurial Indian diaspora in Silicon Valley has established its influence on the political dynamic in California, and the same is true for the New York and New Jersey diasporas at the U.S. national level. In Canada, the Canada-India Foundation and the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce are two organizations that have done much to change the political and strategic thinking towards India. The influence of the diaspora in both countries has helped reduce geostrategic tensions and paved the way forward for a more constructive dialogue on key economic and security issues.
The improved atmospherics and this Indian pivot towards the US and Canada are vital to Modi's plans for India's economic prosperity. A more trusting relationship is critical to attract and keep foreign direct investment in India, be it Canadian pension fund investment in real estate and infrastructure or investment by U.S. multinationals in the burgeoning Indian domestic economy. (Needless to say, India settling its concerns around foreign investment protection agreements will go a long way to improving the investment environment, as well.)
Reduced tensions will also pave the way for a more robust defence relationship with the U.S., a return to a strong and complementary nuclear relationship with Canada, and, perhaps, a common security and intelligence sharing approach to counter-terrorism on the part of all three countries.
The successful visit of Modi to the United States last September has launched a new era for India's diplomatic relations with Canada's southern neighbour, and his upcoming visit to Canada is an important signal that India is making a much-welcomed pivot toward the northern part of North America. Hats off to Indian diaspora diplomacy.
Stewart Beck is the President of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and former Canadian High Commissioner to India.
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Chandigarh: Having made his millions in the Canadian real estate market, Canada’s first Sikh billionaire, Bob Dhillon, feels India’s real estate market has a lot of potential if the government makes the right moves.
“The Indian real estate market is a developer’s dream. It is fascinating. It can be the No.1 market for growth,” Dhillon, who has charted an amazing success story for himself by becoming the biggest landlord in Canada with nearly 10,000 properties, commented.
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Davos, Switzerland: Fewer CEOs than last year think global economic growth will improve over the next 12 months, though confidence in their ability to achieve revenue growth in their own companies remains stable, say the more than 1,300 CEOs interviewed in PwC’s 18th Annual Global CEO Survey. Results of the survey were released at the […]
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CITIZENSHIP and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar, India, on January 11. The two discussed the strong people-to-people ties and growing economic opportunities between Canada and India, agreed to explore new ways of working together to promote security and combat terrorism, and looked forward to Modi’s first official visit to Canada later in 2015.
NEW Democrats on Wednesday called on Minister of Foreign Affairs to send a clear message to the government of India that the human rights of all those in custody must be respected. Official Opposition Human Rights Critic Wayne Marston in a statement said: “New Democrats are concerned about the condition of Gurbaksh Singh, a peaceful […]
-- Canada's economic development minister Navdeep Bains at a Public Policy Forum economic summit