CANADA

  • Air India bombing accused faces $5.2 million bill April 22, 2011

    Vancouver: In a major decision on Thursday, the Canadian supreme court allowed the government to recover of legal fees of $5.2 million from Air India Kanishka bombing accused Ripudaman Singh Mailk who was acquitted in the case in 2005. A Vancouverbased millionaire businessman, Malik had expressed his inability to pay his...
  • Pakistanis happier than Indians, Danes happiest April 21, 2011

    Washington: India has ranked 71st in happiness with only 17 per cent people describing themselves as "thriving" in a new study of wellbeing that gives Denmark the top spot among 124 countries surveyed. With Danes ranked the most contented people on the planet with a whopping 72 per cent of residents...
  • 'Vote mobs' aim to shake Canadian elections April 19, 2011

    Ottawa: Wearing neon colours, dancing and flashing "I vote" signs for video cameras, students in Canada's capital on Monday joined a growing movement of youth "vote mobs" aimed at shaking up the May 2 national election. The flash rally at Carleton University in Ottawa was the latest in a series of...
  • Canadian govt falls, snap polls expected in May March 26, 2011

    Toronto: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's minority Conservative government was toppled by opposition after Parliament passed a noconfidence vote and the country appeared headed for elections in May, the fourth in seven years. The snap polls was forced following the passage of the noconfidence vote against the minority government engineered by...
  • Canada suspends diplomatic ties with Libya February 27, 2011

    Ottawa: Canada has suspended its diplomatic presence in Libya and evacuated its embassy staff from the strifetorn north African country, an official said in Ottawa. "The government has decided today to suspend its diplomatic presence in Libya and has instructed all Canadabased staff to depart Libya," Dimitri Soudas, communications director for...
  • Canadian paraplegic cyclist tours India February 25, 2011

    Mumbai: Beautiful, strong, brave and paralysed waistdown, Morgan Van Breda, a 32 year old Canadian woman is cycling through India to raise funds and awareness about spinal cord injuries. At the age of 24, Morgan suffered a T12 injury, when a soccer post collapsed on her back, shattering her T...
  • Canada bars entry of 1984 IA hijacker February 24, 2011

    Toronto: Canada has refused to readmit the mastermind of the 1984 Indian Airline hijacking who was deported to India last year. Parminder Singh Saini, 47, who was the leader of five Sikh militants who hijacked the SrinagarDelhi flight to Lahore July 6, 1984, had filed a plea in a federal court...
  • India tops as Canada admits record immigrants February 14, 2011

    Toronto: India and China lead the pack as Canada welcomed the highest number of immigrants in more than 50 years by admitting 280,636 permanent residents in 2010. This new number is about 60,000 higher than the average annual intake of permanent residents in recent years, according to a statement by Immigration...
  • ProBinayak demonstrations in US, Canada, UK February 2, 2011

    Washington: Supporters of Binayak Sen, the jailed human rights activists, over the weekend held peaceful demonstrations in about a dozen cities in US, Canada and Britain, demanding the Indian Government to release him immediately. The Free Binayak Sen Coalition a broad coalition of 55 civil society groups from the United...
  • Canada to extradite relative of Tunisian leader January 29, 2011

    Toronto: Canada has said it will comply with the new Tunisian government's request to extradite the brotherinlaw of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Belhassen Trabelsi, a billionaire Tunisian businessman and brother of former first lady Leila Trabelsi, reportedly arrived in Canada last week with his family. Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence...
  • 'Free Binayak Sen' campaign gains pace overseas January 28, 2011

    Washington: A broad coalition of 55 civil society groups from the US, Britain and Canada are coming together to demand the immediate release of jailed Indian rights activist Binayak Sen, who was recently given a life sentence by a Chhattisgarh court. In a statement, the coalition on Thursday demanded the repeal...
  • Biggest daterape drug seizure by Canada January 27, 2011

    Toronto: Canadian police have made the biggest date rape drug seizure in the country's history with the arrest of five Chinese smugglers. Making the announcement in Vancouver on Wednesday, police said they have seized over 1,000 kg of the date rape drug ketamine, valued at $15 million, from a container that...
  • Canadian man takes sex dolls on world tour January 26, 2011

    London: A Canadian man is on a tour across the world and imagine who is accompanying him six sex dolls, each wearing glamorous outfits, lingerie, wigs and stilettos. Dave Hockey, 57, has taken his 'silicone beauties' on trips across Britain and the US and insists his wife 'doesn't mind'. He has...
  • Canadians the most Webaddicted in the world December 29, 2010

    Toronto: Canada is the most webaddicted nation on the planet. Canadians spend more time on the web and its offshoots Facebook, YouTube and Twitter than people anywhere else in the world. They are neck and neck with Indians for the number of Facebook accounts, says a report. According to comScore,...
  • Canada invites its honorary citizen Suu Kyi December 28, 2010

    Toronto: Prime Minister Stephen Harper has invited Myanmar's prodemocracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Canada. The Nobel peace laureate, who was freed from house arrest by the military junta on November 13, is an honorary Canadian citizen along with other famous leaders such as Nelson Mandela, the Aga Khan...
  • Mummified forest provides climate change clues December 17, 2010

    Los Angeles: On a remote island in the Canadian Arctic where no trees now grow, a newly unearthed mummified forest is giving researchers a peek into how plants reacted to ancient climate change. That knowledge will be key as scientists begin to tease out the impacts of global warming in the...
  • Yemen bomb plot: Govts review air security November 2, 2010

    London: Governments, airlines and aviation authorities around the world were reviewing security on Monday after USbound parcel bombs sent by air from Yemen were intercepted in Dubai and Britain. In London, Prime Minister David Cameron convened a crisis committee to decide Britain's response after one of the packages was found on...
  • Dalai Lama pitches for female successor October 25, 2010

    Toronto: The Dalai Lama, who wound up his threeday visit here by leading prayers at the newly opened Tibetan cultural centre, doesn't rule out a female successor. The purpose of the Dalal Lama's reincarnation is to serve the Buddha, the 14th Dalai Lama told a weekend audience of more than 15,000...
  • Canada offers $ 25,000 to each Kanishka victim October 23, 2010

    Toronto: The Canadian government has reportedly offered $ 20,000 to $ 25,000 to families of each Air India Kanishka victim 25 years after all 329 people on board Flight 182 from Montreal to New Delhi perished when it was blown off midair near the Irish coast June 23, 1985. A...
  • Canada's privacy watchdog bites Google October 20, 2010

    Vancouver: Canada's privacy watchdog accused Google Inc on Tuesday of violating the rights of thousands of Canadians by inappropriately collecting their personal information in building its Street View service. Google must tighten its privacy protection systems to prevent a repeat of the incident, blamed on a careless software engineer, and should...
  • Teachers let students keep iPods in class October 18, 2010

    In a new way to keep students interested in class, teachers in Canada have allowed the students to let them use their cellphones and iPods. ...
  • Jailed Indian filmmaker still to leave Canada September 18, 2010

    Ottawa: Indian filmmaker Vijay Kumar is still not free to leave Canada. He has been detained since Wednesday and questioned by immigration authorities in Canada. Kumar has not been charged yet but will be defending himself in court for deportation. The filmmaker was detained in Canada just a day after being...
  • 'Indian' superbug found in US and Canada September 14, 2010

    Boston: An infectiousdisease nightmare is unfolding: Bacteria that have been made resistant to nearly all antibiotics by an alarming new gene have sickened people in three states and are popping up all over the world, health officials reported on Monday. The US cases and two others in Canada all involve people...
  • Canada 'pleased' with reprieve for BlackBerry August 31, 2010

    Toronto: BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) Monday refused to comment on concessions it has granted India in getting a 60day reprieve for ban on its services from Aug 31. But Canadian International Trade Minister Peter Van Loan was "pleased" with the developments between RIM and the Indian government. "We'll let...
  • 3 Canadians held in Ottawa for alQaeda links August 27, 2010

    Toronto: Three Canadian citizens were charged for an alleged terror plot with links to senior alQaeda figures in the AfghanistanPakistan border. Hiva Mohammad Alizadeh, and Misbahuddin Ahmed: believed to be born in India, both from Ottawa and Khurram Syed Sher, of London, were charged on Thursday for an alleged terror plot. The...
  • Indian linked to alQaeda plot unearthed in Canada August 26, 2010

    Toronto: An AlQaedalinked terror plot was unearthed by Canadian security agencies on Wednesday, with one of the suspects reportedly hailing from India. Under what is curiously called "Operation Samosa,'' the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested two suspects early on Wednesday. One of them said to be named Misbahuddin Ahmed...
  • Our MPs earn 13 times less than US lawmakers August 20, 2010

    New Delhi: Even after a threefold pay hike, Indian MPs still rank much below their fellow parliamentarians in other major countries in terms of their monthly salaries. With the Cabinet giving its nod on Friday to the MPs' pay rise besides doubling several other emoluments, the basic monthly salary of Indian...
  • Women in burqa pass security, Canada fumes August 2, 2010

    Toronto: A YouTube video showing two niqabwearing Muslim women being allowed to board a flight at Montreal airport without being subjected to any security checks has outraged Canadians. The incident, which was captured by a British passenger of Air Canada's flight from Montreal to Heathrow last month, violates international standards, which...
  • Canadian jets intercept Russian bombers July 31, 2010

    Toronto: In yet another incident reminiscent of the Cold War, Canada on Friday revealed that two Russian bombers were intercepted trying to enter its airspace. Defence officials in Ottawa said that two Canadian CF18 fighter jets had confrontation with two Russian TU95 Bears when they flew into their "area of interest"...
  • Romance costs top Canadian commander his job July 10, 2010

    Toronto: Just a month after it sacked its top commander in Afghanistan for having a romantic affair with a female trooper, Canada has kicked out its top military man in Haiti for his involvement in 'inappropriate' sexual relations. Colonel Bernard Ouellette, who is the chief of staff to the United...