Koenigsegg- the fastest car- first time in Canada!

–by Lachman Balani

For the first time in Canada, the recently concluded annual Canadian International Auto Show showcased a car from Swedish sports car manufacturer Koenigsegg.

And they pulled out all the stops by bringing in not just any of their high-performance models but THE highest performance and fastest car in the world today- the Agera RS! It was definitely the show stopper! This beauty broke the world record in going from 0-400 km/h in 33.29 seconds! It also achieved the highest speed ever on a public road, namely 457.94 km/h!

The Canadian International auto show has in recent years accelerated in grandiosity by bringing not just everyday cars like the Civic  Honda, the Chevrolet Cruze or the ubiquitous SUVs , pickups, jeeps and trucks but has gone beyond by bringing in exotic cars, flashy cars and concept cars (yet to be manufactured ). Each year brings in more and more audience participation because of these snazzy hot rods pandering to the fancies of the public.

There were sports cars from McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari. Maserati, Mercedes and many others including Porsche which was this year’s feature occupying a whole room to itself by celebrating 70 years of wonder and telling its story from 1948, when their first road car was made, to today. Continue reading “Koenigsegg- the fastest car- first time in Canada!”

Ontario Ban on Door-to-Door Sales in Effect as of March 1st

Starting March 1, 2018, Ontario will ban unsolicited, door-to-door sales of certain household appliances to better protect consumers from aggressive and misleading contracting at home.

Businesses will only be able to enter into a contract in the consumer’s home if the consumer has contacted the business ahead of time and invited them into their home for the purpose of entering into a contract. Contracts that are in violation of the new rules relating to door-to-door contract solicitation will be considered void, and consumers will be able to keep the goods and services with no obligations.

The new rules will apply to:

  • Air cleaners
  • Air conditioners
  • Air purifiers
  • Duct cleaning services
  • Furnaces
  • Water filters
  • Water heaters
  • Water purifiers
  • Water softeners
  • Water treatment devices
  • Bundles of these goods and services

In addition, businesses will be required to keep a record of how contact with the consumer entering the contract was made, and all contracts signed in the home for these goods and services will also have a 10-day cooling-off period, allowing consumers to cancel the contract for any reason without penalty. Continue reading “Ontario Ban on Door-to-Door Sales in Effect as of March 1st”


The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) announces the date for its 20th anniversary Gala Benefit Celebrations on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Notables from the art, film, fashion, academia, corporate, medical and entertainment industries will gather at Pier 81 to celebrate this special occasion. Salman Rushdie, Mira Nair, Madhur Jaffrey, Aasif Mandvi, Consul General of India Sandeep Chakravorty and Indian Ambassador to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin will be among the IAAC’s longtime supporters, proud to show their invaluable support for the IAAC and its artists.

Now in its 20th year, IAAC was founded by four individuals:  Late Gopal Raju (Editor India Abroad), Talat Ansari (Sr. Partner Kelly, Drye & Warren), Jonathan Hollander (Artistic Director, Battery Dance Co), and Aroon Shivdasani (Executive & Artistic Director IAAC). This presenting organization pioneered a movement that gave birth to myriad Indian arts organizations that have sprouted up all over the United States, in every artistic discipline.

“In 1998 Indian artists were invisible, unknown and unappreciated in North America. For well over 20 years, we have blazed a trail promoting, showcasing and building an awareness, in North America, of the hitherto invisible arts of India through presentations of Indian film, dance, art, music, theatre, literature & fashion. The IAAC has also raised money and awareness of social causes, natural disasters and other issues Continue reading “INDO-AMERICAN ARTS COUNCIL CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF GIVING! “

Iconic Mississauga Sports Complex Gets New Name As of July 1

The City of Mississauga’s iconic sports complex, currently called the Hershey Centre, will soon bear a new name and logo. The multi-purpose sports arena and entertainment venue will undergo a name change just shy of its 20th anniversary. Hershey Canada Inc. decided not to renew the naming rights agreement set to expire on June 30, 2018.

“The City has a great long-standing business relationship with Hershey Canada. We understood that this was a difficult business decision for the company,” said Shari Lichterman, Director, Recreation. “We’d like to thank Hershey Canada for their partnership over the last two decades and wish them well with their future ventures.”

Hershey Canada’s decision not to renew prompted the City to look for a new sponsor late last year. Paramount Fine Foods (Paramount) expressed interest and opted to purchase the naming rights through a new ten-year agreement.

Lichterman added, “We’re excited to be working with Paramount on this agreement. With final approval from Council, we look forward to fostering this partnership and the opportunities it will bring to the city. As we approach the July 1 transition date, we will begin to update signage, websites and other facility assets to help local sports clubs, residents and fans around the city adjust to a new name.”  Continue reading “Iconic Mississauga Sports Complex Gets New Name As of July 1”

The CAS Felicitates IAF Young Achievers in the Field of Sports

 Motivates them to Focus on Olympics 2020

In an impressive ceremony organised by the Air Force Sports Control Board in New Delhi on 12 Feb 2018, sportspersons who have achieved laurels for the nation and for IAF were felicitated by Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, Chief of the Air Staff.  The ceremony was attended by top IAF officials.

During his address, the CAS expressed his happiness on meeting with the achievers and advised them to keep the momentum going on.  He told that the strong will power and desire to succeed combined with the correct technique is the mantra of success at International level competitions.  He further emphasised on the importance of possessing high degree of fitness, zeal, enthusiasm and a strong will in order to sustain and achieve excellence in the field of sports in today’s competitive world. He praised the hard work of young achievers and motivated them to focus on Olympics 2020.   He said that world class sports infrastructure has been developed at many AF stations for utilisation by our sportspersons and promised that all the required support will be rendered by the IAF in their quest to clinch glory for the nation. Continue reading “The CAS Felicitates IAF Young Achievers in the Field of Sports”


TORONTO, February 15, 2018 – Among the big names on hand during media preview day at the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow (Feb. 16-25), perhaps none stood out as much as Toronto Maple Leafs star William Nylander.

Nylander, a native of Sweden and Volvo brand ambassador, participated in the unveiling of the 2019 Volvo XC40 and received a key to the first unit in Canada.

On sale across Canada this spring, the XC40 sets a new benchmark for safety, design and connectivity in the compact SUV segment. The stunning new vehicle offers versatility, functionality and significant storage capabilities designed to incorporate the active lives of today’s drivers.

Earlier, at the Chevrolet stand, the fastest car the brand has ever built was revealed in Canada for the first time.

“The new [2019] Corvette ZR1 is the fastest and most powerful Chevrolet ever,” said Jamie Dewhurst, brand manager for Chevrolet Cars in Canada. “This combination of design, engineering and racing technology establishes a new global benchmark in performance, putting other supercars on notice.”
The Corvette ZR1’s exclusive LT5 supercharged engine, is rated at an SAE-certified 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque, delivering an incredible 0-60 in under 3 seconds. Continue reading “TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS SUPERSTAR WILLIAM NYLANDER ACCEPTS KEY TO FIRST NEW VOLVO XC40 IN CANADA”


Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL), the nation’s gateway holds great significance in aiding the metropolis to sustain its fast paced growth. The highly awarded MIAL is a benchmark for its infrastructure, facilities and services to match global standards. These consistent efforts have been rewarded time and again. The latest one being the Mumbai Duty Free receiving recognition as one of Asia’s 100 Greatest Brands for the year 2017, at the recently held second annual edition of the prestigious, ‘Asia’s Greatest Brands and Leaders Awards’ presented by well-known AsiaOne Magazine & URS Media at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

Understanding the Indian traveller who seeks best value for his purchase, Mumbai Duty Free launched a global first marketing campaign, ‘Mumbai Duty Free is now Free’. The campaign aimed at providing discount vouchers, redeemable coupons and complementary experiences from partner brands which the customer can use for making purchases in India. With double the value back from partner brands, a customer’s purchase at Mumbai Duty Free technically becomes free.

Asia’s Greatest Brands is a mission where leading global brands are identified after extensive research by experts. The shortlisted global brands are put on deserving pedestals for admiration of the world. The winners are adjudged on the basis of research across 16 industries, 1200 brands and 62 sub-categories from multiple sectors, with the process being reviewed by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). The summit has become one of the distinguished platforms to honour the greatest brands and leaders from across Asia for their contribution as growth engines of the world. Continue reading “DUTY FREE AT CSIA RECOGNIZED AMONGST ASIA’S 100 GREATEST BRANDS”

Prime Minister concludes visit to the United States

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today concluded his visit to Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. During his visit, the Prime Minister met with several political and business leaders to underscore the importance of the Canada-US relationship, and create more opportunities for Canada’s middle class.

In Chicago, the Prime Minister met with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel to discuss the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), as well as climate change, cross border tourism, and the energy sector. He also spoke to students at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, where he stressed the importance of civic duty, youth engagement, gender equality, and multiculturalism.

In San Francisco, Prime Minister Trudeau met with global business leaders to promote Canada as one of the best places to invest. He met with Chief Executive Officer of Salesforce Marc Benioff, who announced that his company would invest US$2 billion over the next five years in Canada. This investment will expand Salesforce’s client relationship management services and lead to the creation of thousands of good, middle class jobs. The Prime Minister also met with AppDirect President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel Saks, who announced that he would create 300 new jobs and expand the company’s footprint in Canada.

The Prime Minister also held meetings with Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, AMGen Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert Bradway, and eBay President and Chief Executive Officer Devin Wenig. Continue reading “Prime Minister concludes visit to the United States”

Markham to host 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships


The City of Markham is set to host the 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships from November 5 to 18, 2018 at the Markham Pan Am Centre in partnership with  Badminton Canada and  Badminton Ontario.

The Markham Pan Am Centre is recognized as a world class venue that hosted four sold out events during the  2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games, including badminton. Celebrating our Canadian identity through sport unites our community and makes the City an international sports destination.

“Let’s cheer on Team Canada as we welcome the world to Markham,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Our state of the art facility, which was built with badminton in mind, is the perfect venue to watch the world’s best compete. Markham loves badminton, and this competition will not only create a strong sense of community, it will inspire young athletes to pursue excellence in sport.”

For the 600 athletes from over 55 countries, this is a rare opportunity to showcase their skills while competing on Canadian soil. This is only the third time in the history of the sport that Canada has hosted a World Badminton Championships.

“It is another opportunity to promote badminton in one of our developing confederations and I am sure Markham will be a great host,” says Poul-Erik Hoyer, President, Badminton World Federation (BWF). Continue reading “Markham to host 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships”

West Virginia University offering free yoga classes to reduce students’ stress

West Virginia University (WVU), a public research-intensive university in Morgantown, is offering free yoga and meditation classes to reduce the increasing stress experienced by students; and are urging all US universities/colleges to offer such free yoga-meditation programs.

“Yoga and meditation have been proven to reduce stress levels, help with academic performance, and promote overall emotional and physical well-being”, the WVU announcement says. Classes being offered include Body Flow, Guided Meditation, Power Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Vinyasa Flow. The University will also provide yoga mats, meditation cushions, and chairs at no charge.

According to US National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. According to a “2016 Yoga in America Study”, about 37 million Americans (which included many celebrities) now practice yoga; and yoga is strongly correlated with having a positive self image.

Founded in 1867, WVU offers 340+ majors and has been ranked “among the top 1.5% of universities in the world”. Its students come from 107 countries and all 50 US states. E. Gordon Gee and William D. Wilmoth are the President and Board Chairman respectively. Shannon Foster is Interim Director of WELLWVU, whose mission includes “to foster the complete well being of our students”.

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