Month: July 2016

Tokyo elects 1st female Governor

fbJapan’s capital and largest city Tokyo  elects its first female Governor.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, warmly congratulated Tokyo Governor-elect Yuriko Koike on election victory, thus creating history of becoming Tokyo’s first woman Governor.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that Koike’s election had raised new hope and was a significant step for gender equality. She should now deliver on changes she campaigned for and on the promises made, Zed noted.

Rajan Zed hoped that Koike would successfully address various pressing challenges faced by Tokyo, take on special interests, pursue clean politics, press for equal employment opportunities for women, regain the lost trust of Tokyoites, improve the image of Tokyo, stay out of financial trouble, and make lives of Tokyoites better and shining.

About 13.6 million people reside in metropolis Tokyo and its annual budget is said to larger than the country of Sweden.

How He Fell in Love in Toronto on August 5

Indie Romance, How He Fell in Love, starring Matt McGorry comes to Toronto on August 5, 2016

“Absorbing and complex” – The Huffington Post

The type of mature drama that’s rarely seen in American movies – LA Daily News

“Powerful and convincing, a remarkable stroy that goes in unexpected directions and finds new depth.” – The LA Beat

levelFILM will release the romantic drama, How He Fell in Love, onAugust 5, 2016 and on VOD/Digital on September 13, 2016.

The film stars Matt McGorry (Orange is the New Black and How to Get Away with Murder), Amy Hargreaves (Homeland) and Mark Blum (Crocodile Dundee).

Travis (McGorry), a struggling young musician, crosses paths with Ellen (Hargreaves), an older, married yoga instructor who is in the process of adopting a child. Travis and Ellen begin an affair that slowly deepens into something more intimate and profound. As their encounters continue, Travis must face the consequences of infidelity while Ellen is confronted with her crumbling marriage. Continue reading “How He Fell in Love in Toronto on August 5”


BRAMPTON, ON – City Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon hosted a successful ‘Municipal 101’ session for Brampton residents, to better inform and educate them about how the City of Brampton operates, including the services and resources it provides residents.

“I feel it’s very important for our residents to remain engaged with their local government and understand what services and resources are available to them,” said Councillor Dhillon.

“When our residents are properly informed on how the City of Brampton and its Council operates, they have the power to hold the City accountable and ensure they receive the best and most efficient services.”


Bollywood Monster Mashup entertains thousands with once-in-a-lifetime, spontaneous fusion performances

MISSISSAUGA, ON: The largest South Asian festival in Canada, Bollywood Monster Mashup presented by TD, brought together international and homegrown fusion acts in Mississauga Celebration Square on July 22 and 23. This year featured the first-ever Canadian performance by Aishwarya Nigam, the voice of Salman Khan in the hit song “Munni Badnaam Hui,” from the movie Dabangg. Inspired by the local talent, Aishwarya decided to invite Canadian artists to perform with him for his blockbuster numbers.

“The turnout this year was incredible,” says Bollywood Monster Mashup Executive Director Vikas Kohli. “When a high-caliber international star like Aishwarya Nigam spontaneously invites our local artists to perform with him onstage, it reaffirms the world-class talent we present year after year to our massive audience.”

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“When The Ocean Met The Sky” Summer Release


The Orchard Distribution and Image Nation Films announce the digital release of award-winning independent film When the Ocean Met the Sky, an emotional story of self-discovery about three estranged brothers who lose their parents and must retrace a back-country journey their parents took decades earlier in order to receive their inheritance. The film is available digitally through iTunes and Vimeo On Demand worldwide now. This film, shot on-location deep in the old-growth forest of British Columbia, explores the beautiful physical landscape as well as the more tumultuous landscape of human emotions and family.

When The Ocean Met the Sky is, pro snowboarder turned filmmaker, Lukas Huffman’s feature film directing debut, his short film Five Ways to Leave Your Lover screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner in 2012. When the Ocean Met the Sky features powerful, stripped down performances from actors Phillip Thomas (Five Ways), Aren Buchholz (Way of the Wicked) and Spencer Foley (April) as the brothers, and Terry Field as their ineffectual guide.
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Canadian badminton team nominated for Rio 2016

fb1 Michelle Li of Markham, Ont. celebrates her gold medal in badminton finals play at the PanAmerican Games in Markham, Ont., Thursday, July 16, 2015. Photo by Mike Ridewood/COC

 Two badminton athletes chosen to represent Canada

 On Saturday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Badminton Canada

named the two athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in badminton at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.

The two athletes selected are Michelle Li and Martin Giuffre. The team is coached by Ram Nayyar, Badminton Canada’s High Performance Director.

Both athletes earned their nominations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by accumulating world ranking points in numerous international competitions throughout the season.  Li, who currently holds the 19th position in the world ranking (as of July 21, 2016), is the most successful Canadian female badminton player to date. She will participate in her second consecutive Olympic Games after placing fourth at London 2012 in women’s doubles with former partner Alex Bruce. She is the reigning Canadian  champion, Pan American Games champion and Commonwealth Games champion. Martin Giuffre, ranked 76th in the world (as of July 21, 2016), has won numerous titles at national and international events such as the Pan Am Junior Championships. He is also following his career goal of studying medicine and becoming a doctor. Having qualified for Rio 2016 with impressive wins at the Trinidad and Tobago International and Jamaica International, he is determined to reach for a medal in Brazil.

Badminton is the fastest racquet sport in the world: the shuttle can reach an impressive speed of 400 km/hour during a game. And as a surprise to many, badminton is the second most played sport in the world following soccer.

The badminton competition will take place at the Riocentro Pavillon 4, August 11-20, with five events: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of approximately 314 athletes. Continue reading “Canadian badminton team nominated for Rio 2016”

Yoga benefits diabetes patients

Researchers at China’s Binzhou Medical University, Xuzhou Central Hospital and Donghua University have concluded that yoga benefits adult patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), said to be one of most frequently encountered metabolic syndromes worldwide.

An abstract of the article “Effects of Yoga in Adult Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Meta-Analysis” published online at Journal of Diabetes Investigation stated: “A meta-analysis was performed to evaluate the efficacy of yoga in adult patients with T2DM”.

Researchers (Jie Cui, Jun-Hong Yan, Li-Ming Yan, Lei Pan, Jia-Jin Le, Yong-Zhong Guo) summed up in this article accepted on June 29: Based on the evidence, yoga significantly reduces fasting blood glucose (FBG) levels and alters other significant clinical outcomes in patients with T2DM. These results support the idea that yoga-based training is a possible alternative exercise for T2DM management.

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