Month: March 2016

Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi launches the Project of ‘Home for one thousand widows’ at Vrindavan

The Women & Child Development Minister of India, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi today launched the project of construction of a special Home for one thousand widows at Vrindavan, Mathura. The foundation stone for the Home was laid by Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in the presence of Women Welfare Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Smt Syeda Shadab Fatima. Being set up under the ‘Swadhar Greh Scheme’ of the WCD Ministry, this will be the largest ever Home for widows established or funded by the Government.

Speaking on the occasion, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said that the widows’ Home will be constructed fully by October this year. It will be a Home with a difference since here widows will be able to learn and get skill development to enable them to use their time productively. The shelter home will give a new life to widows, the Minister hoped.

Addressing the gathering, Women Welfare Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Smt Syeda Shadab Fatima said that there are 4500 widows living in Vrindavan and the current facility under construction will be able to provide shelter for one thousand widows at a time which is a commendable effort.

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Budget 2016: Catalyst for Change

New Government, new hopes, new promises, new ideas, new beginnings.

Justin Trudeau, our charming new Prime Minister has changed the perception of Liberals throughout the election process and continues to do so. This week’s budget   is an attempt to recreate a party that’s very progressive with hefty commitments.

A lot of things have already been written and spoken about what the Government should and can do or shouldn’t and cannot do. Indeed, every segment of the community has expectations. Nobody wants to pay more in taxes but almost everyone wants more and better services. Even in the best of times, budget-making is a very difficult exercise. Keeping these in mind, the budget that has been unveiled has something for everyone.

The focus of the budget is especially for families with children, and there are new benefits for them. Continue reading “Budget 2016: Catalyst for Change”


TORONTO, CANADA (March 23, 2016): Sanskriti Arts and Imagebuilderz is pleased to announce that one lucky winner will now have the opportunity to exclusively train one on one with ace Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan herself.

The winner will be selected based on the person who buys/ sells the maximum number of tickets for the grand finale performance of Saroj Khan to take place on March 28, 2016 at the Maja Prentice Theatre, 3650 Dixie Road in Mississauga.

“We have had a lot of response for the workshops and we are overwhelmed with the love and gratitude that Torontonians have showered on us. This is just our way of reciprocating our thanks by gifting an incredible and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for one lucky winner,” said Puja Amin, founder of Sanskriti Arts.

Dance Diaries with Saroj Khan is a unique endeavor by Sanskriti Arts and Imagebuilderz for Bollywood dance fans to learn the art of popular dance under the tutelage of one of Bollywood’s best choreographers’ and get a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform with the choreographer on stage during the final showcase.


Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Holi

March 23, 2016
Ottawa, Ontario

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the occasion of Holi:

“This week, Canadians of Hindu faith will join their communities and loved ones in celebration of the fun-filled festival of colours.

“Holi marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. To usher in the new season, families will sing and dance, eat delicacies, light bonfires, and paint each other with brightly coloured powders and dyes.

“This happy holiday is an opportunity to renew friendships and celebrate peace, but it is also a time to reflect on traditional notions of good and evil, and the ultimate triumph of light over darkness. It is a festival that is celebrated by Hindus and non-Hindus alike across Canada, South Asia, and around the world.

“As friends and families come together for this joyous occasion, we must take a moment to recognize the tremendous contributions Canadians of Hindu faith have made to our country. Our diversity is our greatest strength.

“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those marking this occasion a fun, happy and colourful Holi.”

Holi Hai!

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the passing of Rob Ford:


“I first met Rob Ford when I was 22 and running for City Council – two young people interested in municipal politics.  We were connected through my Uncle Joe who was good friends with Rob’s dad, Doug Sr.  Rob was encouraging, kind and supportive. 

 Rob Ford was passionate about people and public service.  I always appreciated that he was unscripted and sincere.  He responded to constituent phone calls like no other politician, and vigorously defended the taxpayer.  Rob Ford redefined how municipal campaigns were run in the City of Toronto.  My heart, thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ford family during this difficult period.”

Bollywood dazzles Dubai with TOIFA 2016

Pan Bahar Presents Times of India Film Awards in Partnership with Gulf Air & Splash in Association with Uttar Pradesh Tourism, Rising Uttar Pradesh, Capital Group & Rach Entertainment, Datsun. Bajirao Mastani wins the maximum number of awards across categories Amitabh Bachchan felicitated with the Living Legend Award Deepika and Ranveer win Jodi of the Year Dubai,

March 18, 2016: TOIFA 2016 – Bollywood’s most celebrated awards show wraps up with a full house at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai Sports City. With the wave of the most popular celebrities at the event, it was a complete entertainment gala for the Dubai fans. Along with the awards, Bollywood celebrities also won the audiences’ hearts with their performances, heartwarming speeches and special tributes. The hosts for the evening, Riteish Deshmukh and Parineeti Chopra had the audience in splits with their perfect comic timing, quirky comments and playful interactions with the celebrities. Speaking on co-hosting TOIFA 2016, Parineeti Chopra said, “I loved co-hosting TOIFA 2016 with Riteish. He is fantastic with his comic timing and I’m sure Dubai had a great time just like I did. Thank you for all the love, Dubai!” Continue reading “Bollywood dazzles Dubai with TOIFA 2016”

Markham’s Thriving Economy Keeps Tax Rates Low

The City Celebrates Growth through Markham 2020 Economic Strategy

Markham’s growth is the envy of many municipalities in Ontario. Our success is by design. Originally launched in 2008, “Markham 2020” remains our blueprint for business success.

Over the past seven years, Markham has added over 22,000 jobs and increased commercial/industrial assessment by 65 percent. This is our economic strategy; Markham 2020 has guided us in establishing Markham as a vibrant centre for business growth and investment.

“The strategy, Markham 2020, is a landmark document for Markham… I see economic strategies all over the world. This is certainly the tightest, the smartest and the best one I’ve ever seen,” said Richard Florida, one of North America’s leading experts on urban development.

The City of Markham has focused on refining and updating its strategy over the past several months. Success breeds success, and Mayor Scarpitti and Council are looking at ways to attract even more high-value businesses and employment to Markham. Continue reading “Markham’s Thriving Economy Keeps Tax Rates Low”