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1 Thawing Of Relationship Between Fiji And Australia Good For Poll


From Australia and New Zealand, their support has been an ongoing one. Australia for instance has been providing technical assistance at the Elections Office over the past two years. Assistance Dr Tarte said Fiji would need a lot of assistance and support as it prepares for the elections. Australia and New Zealand are an obvious source of support they know a lot about elections; and it is clearly a priority to their governments that the elections proceed smoothly, she said. But it is going to be up to the Fiji Government to decide what assistance to solicit and from which sources. Obviously the sooner this is done, the better. Australias support continues, despite the sanctions that are still in place. Sanctions Following the 2006 military take-over, Australia has prohibited: - Individuals travelling to or transiting Australia, who are members of, or associated with, the Fiji military or senior members of the Fijian Government; - The supply, sale or transfer to Fiji of arms and related material; - The provision of technical advice or a financial service related to military activities; or - Any activity involving the supply, sale, transfer, manufacture, maintenance or use of an export sanctioned good for Fiji. Continued on Page 3

Australias acting head of mission, Glenn Miles, greets President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau at the years Australia Day celebration at the Australian High Commission on Tuesday A Fijian academic says the thawing of relations between Fiji and Australia is a good sign as the country heads to the general elections later this year. Dr Sandra Tarte says the improving of relations is a good sign because it will
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all the support it can get to prepare for credible elections. With a little over seven months to when elections must be held, monetary and technical assistance has been welcomed by the Fijian Government.

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Police Prepare For Elections, Thawing Of Relationship Between Fiji And Australia Good For Poll More Registered For Fiji Election
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Flexible But Australia has begun to be more flexible with its travel sanctions by approving some Fijian Government members visas. This was highlighted last week during Australia Day celebrations by the Acting Australian head of mission, Glenn Miles. His invitation to the Prime Minister and senior Government officials to be part of last weeks celebrations also signals a significant step by Australia in trying to move towards restoring relations between the two countries. Dr Tarte said: These invitations are a tangible signs that Australia is moving closer to normalisation. The fact that so many ministers and senior officials accepted the invitations (although not the Prime Minister) is indicative that the process is being welcomed by Fiji. Pessimistic However, Dr Tarte was pessimistic about Fiji and Australia enjoying the pre- December 2006 relations they once enjoyed. It is unlikely that full normalisation will take place until the elections are held; but it will be a step by step process. This is the case for other relationships as well, including with the Pacific Islands Forum. But normalisation does not necessarily mean a return to business as usual (pre-December 2006). She said the political relationship will probably never be the same. Although it has certainly survived difficult times in the past, the recent shifts in Fijis foreign policy are likely to be more long-term and mean that the Australia-Fiji partnership is less dominant than it used to be. Dr Tarte also predicted some Australian sanctions that remain, especially relating to military and defence ties, will not change until an election is held. The Fiji Police Force is gearing up for the national elections due by September this year. Acting Commissioner Ravi Narayan says theyre now putting together all the logistics to ensure that polling runs smoothly. ACP Narayan also says its important that every police man and woman knows his or her role during elections. We are designing an action plan. There are a few issues we need to sort out in terms of the methodology of the elections but on the other part its my duty to start gearing up and acquiring all the resources and foresee what we will come across during elections. The Acting Commissioner has been in constant discussions with the Minister for Defence Joketani Cokanasiga about national security looking after the safety of hundreds of thousands of Fijians will be out to casting their vote on Election Day. Meanwhile, 885 more Fijians have

registered for the 2014 elections, bringing the total number of Fijians registered for polls to 543,288. Of the newly registered Fijians who were registered between 1 January 2014 and 31 January 2014, 822 were registered during the recent drive in Lau. Others were registered at the five permanent centers that are open country wide. Next week, the registration drive starts in Australia, for 10 days starting on February 14. Interested voters have been reminded to carry valid Fiji passports. For those Fijians whose passport have expired or is due to expire within the next six months, have been advised to make arrangements for renewal. This will be the second such attempt to register Fijians residing overseas following registrations in New Zealand in October where 588 people were registered. The final timetable of registration dates and venues in Australia will be released later.

A woman who was found with serious burns in western Sydney last month has died in hospital. Monika Chetty, 39, was found in bushland at West Hoxton with horrific burns to 80 per cent of her face and body. When she was first found, Ms Chetty managed to tell police a man had thrown chemicals at her in Liverpool sometime before New Year's Eve. She was taken to Concord Hospital in a critical condition and yesterday died of her injuries. Police have been baffled by the case. So far they have been unable to prove or disprove Ms Chetty's account of the attack. Ms Chetty had been estranged from her husband and children for several years, police said. Their investigations are continuing and a report will be prepared for the

Monika Chetty Dies In Hospital A Month After Being Found With Burns To 80Pc Of Face And Body
coroner. Earlier this month, Detective Superintendent James Johnson said there had been a flood of witness reports since Ms Chetty's plight came to light. Superintendent Johnson said Ms Chetty had been seen around Sydney, including begging in Parramatta. "A lot of callers have reported seeing her over some period of months and [what is] more interesting is that she has been seen wearing bandages and with burns sometime prior to New Year's Eve," he said. "That adds to the mystery of all this because for a person to suffer 80 per cent burns to her body for such a period of time, she must have been in agony." Superintendent Johnson said based on witness reports the burns may have been suffered weeks or up to two months earlier.

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PAFCO Opens For Business


The Pacific Fishing Company Limited, Fijis premier fish processing company, resumed production after a seven-week temporary shutdown necessary for annual maintenance. The normal shutdown period is two or three weeks. However, because of the identification, just before the shutdown period, of unscheduled urgent upgrading required for its cooling system that uses ammonia gas, and its inability to source required parts from Australia and New Zealand over the Christmas holiday season, upgrading work in this area by MILMEQ, a specialist company from New Zealand, did not start until mid-January 2014. Upgrades included training on ammonia safety and awareness using material from Ammonia Technicians Association of New Zealand (ATANZ). The training was attended by two representatives from the Ministry of Labour. Over the past few weeks certain local fish suppliers have forecast an imminent collapse of the tuna industry because of certain changes within the industry. PAFCO is not affected in any way by what is happening because nearly 90 per cent of its production is contract processing of fish supplied by the client. Fiji Fish, one of the companies behind the news items, has not sold fish to PAFCO in the past five years. Solander, the other company behind the news item has supplied very little fish to PAFCO in the same time. It has extracted figures to prove this. Tuna bought by PAFCO directly is used for canning for local and export purposes. PAFCO will continue to purchase from the same suppliers as it has done in the past. PAFCO wishes to assure its valued customers and the people of Levuka and Lomaiviti province that the companys business and the livelihood of its 80 plus workers are well maintained and secure.

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Fijis Prime Minister Commodore 4 Voreqe Bainimarama says his soon to be formed party will fight a battle of ideas to determine the future of the country. Speaking at the Chinese New Year celebration in Suva, Commodore Bainimarama said he will be asking every Fijian- no matter who they are to join him. As you know, in some weeks I will stand down from the Military and a job I have dearly loved. I will be forming a political movement and I will be asking every Fijian no matter who they are to join me. Together, our task will be to fight a battle of ideas to determine the future of our nation. And in that battle of ideas, we intend to win. We will not do so with arrogance. We will not do so by lying about the past or the future for that matter. On the contrary, we will offer a fresh vision for every Fijian and humbly seek their support. That vision will be laid out in detail during the election campaign, he said. But I can tell you now that its foundation will be continuing stability, a healthy and vigorous economy and a climate that encourages new investment to create and sustain." The foundation of this stability is the

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new Fijian constitution which amongst with every Fijian 18 years and over other things creates common and equal having an equal say for the first time citizenry a prerequisite to any modern our revolution will be largely complete. and successful nation-state. But I want to stress that the task of Our young people of course want building our new and better Fiji will interesting, satisfying jobs. They want be only just beginning. The foundation to travel, to see the world, to have will have been laid but the real hard their horizons broadened. They want work is still to come, Commodore satisfying, fulfilling lives. They want to 4 Bainimarama said. make a difference. They care about our Fiji will head to the polls in September environment. They want sustainable and to date four political parties namely development. They are our future the 4 the Fiji Labour Party (FLP), National new Fiji and we must work as hard as Federation Party (NFP), Social we can, with them, to see their dreams Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) fulfilled. and the Peoples Democratic Party He said his governments initiative (PDP) have registered to contest the to allow young people to have equal general election. opportunity to attain the highest level Meanwhile, Peoples Democratic Party of education is not a handout but is (PDP) founder and spokesperson a leg-up as it empowers the youth to Nirmal Singh has resigned from the build individual and national capacity. party and says he will be announcing Commodore Bainimarama said his his future political plans in due course. government has achieved significant Singh said he informed the interim goals in the past eight years and the PDP president Adi Sivia Qoro of his challenge would be to build on the decision. progress so far. My reason for resigning from the The coming weeks and months party is based on a fundamental promise to be challenging and also disagreement with several issues. As immensely exciting. Everything my you would have noted, there have been Government and I have worked for several conflicting statements released over the past seven years is coming to a from the party in recent times and this climax with the general election before does not augur well for the reputation, the end of September. well-being and unity within the party, When the new Parliament is chosen he said.

We have been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons and this is affecting PDPs profile and credibility among our people." "I am dispensable the party is indispensible!." I must admit here that the policies of the party expressed so far in the media were mostly articulated by me and this has not gone down well with some founding members and this was done in absence of party having any firmed up policies. I take responsibility for uttering those policies and will leave up to my promise to the people to deliver on those policies once I decide my political future. I strongly believe that we have to serve the people of Fiji and not one segment of the society, no matter who was instrumental in forming the party. We must represent the interest of all the people of our country. For sake of unity in the party, for the sake of consistency in the party and for the sake of the interest of the people we serve it is important for me to step aside, which I am doing so with immediate effect. Singh added that he will continue to speak up on issues important for the country and strive towards the goal of encouraging a new generation of leaders to take the political leadership of this country.

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Patients To Be Screened Before Surgery


The ministry takes precautionary measures before they allow someone to go under the knife in open heart surgeries, says Minister for Health, Dr Neil Sharma. His comments come ahead of a visit to the country by a team from the Sahyadri group of Hospitals in India next week to conduct cardiology (Coronary Artery Bypass surgery). The surgery is scheduled from February 10-21 at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva. Dr Sharma said any individual that wanted surgery would need to be assessed by the ministry. This included assessing the patients ability to pay for the treatment. If the person is in a position to contribute, then the individual pays a certain percentage and the balance is paid by government, Dr Sharma said. He further said government would make provisions for those patients who cannot pay. However he says people need to understand that the program has just started. If an individual goes overseas they would pay a substantial amount of money. Previously a patient would pay $10,000 because a relative would be going and they would also consider accommodation and meals. Dr Sharma said Indian surgeons were chosen because India was the most economical place to be treated. We have to look at low cost and high tech, but you have to understand that there is a medical board that makes the decision based on age and extent of disease. He further said if the board disapproved a request for surgery, individuals would need to understand because a human life "is not a cut and paste.

The first batch of RFMF soldiers who left the country for the Israeli-Syria border to keep the peace and help stop an all-out war will return in June. Land Force Commander LieutenantColonel Mosese Tikoitoga said the rotation of replacement troops for the

Golan Heights would begin in the same month. "We are negotiating with the UN on how many flights to complete the rotation," Lt-Col Tikoitoga said. He said deployment of personnel to the Golan Heights was no different from

Troops To Return In June

deployments to Iraq and Sinai. They will return to the country after one year of peacekeeping duties, he said. Fiji' contributes to the UN Disengagement Force's UNDOF efforts to maintain a ceasefire between

Israel and Syria as prescribed by the 1974 Agreement of Disengagement. Four hundred and ninety Fijian troops are in the Golan Heights. They make up a Northern Infantry Battalion, Transport Platoon and Force Headquarters Company.

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A family in Makoi, Nasinu, is thankful that no one lost their life after a fire claimed their rented four-bedroom house. House owner Ashmit Kaur of Vula Street, Makoi, said it was fortunate that she was at home with her young son, who had missed school because of sickness. 6 Lucky I never left my son if not he would have burned inside the house, 6 she said. Ms Kaur said she was about to leave home and fetch her daughter from a kindergarten nearby when the neighbour. My son did not go to school because he was not feeling well so I told him to stay home and when I return with my daughter we will then go to the hospital, she said. I was about to leave when my Roselyn Lata is being comforted by firefighter Joeli Naivolasiga after she lost neighbour shouted fire and I ran out and her belongings in the fire at Vula Street, Makoi, Nasinu saw that there was smoke coming out of our landlords house and I shouted told that the house was on fire and I Valelevu, Suva and Nausori fire and told my son to throw the clothes was hoping that no one was inside the stations responded but when the first outside. house, she said. fire truck arrived the fire had already Veena Singh, a member of the Luckily no one was injured because engulfed the corrugated iron portion of landlords family, said she was called lives of the people are more important. the house, he said. by a neighbour who told her that the National Fire Authority Chief Our priority was to prevent the fire house was on fire. Executive Officer John OConnor said from spreading to the double-storey I came as fast as I could when I was three fire stations responded to the fire. house next door.

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New Owner Welcomed


FIJIANS are naturally hospitable and this gift resonated deeply in a traditional ceremony in which landowners embraced the new owners of Castaway Island Resort as one of their own. In an emotional event at Solevu Village on Malolo Island, Tui Lawa Ratu Sevanaia Vatunitu Lalabalavu welcomed 80-year-old Dr Richard Kelley in a ritual usually reserved for chiefs. Dr Kelley and his son Charles were part of an entourage from Hawaiibased Outrigger Enterprises a family-owned and -operated company that last week took over the popular Mamanuca property. "You are part of our community, you are part of our chiefly family," the Tui Lawa's herald told Mr Kelley. "The chief and the people welcome you." The first meeting of these two major stakeholders was a bittersweet one, as also in attendance was former owner Geoffrey Shaw, whose popularity in the industry is no secret. The Tui Lawa said he hoped his great working relationship with Mr Shaw would continue. Mr Shaw informed the landowners he was not severing ties as he would remain as a consultant for the next five years. Dr Kelley's said Outrigger Enterprises was a family-owned company and shared the values espoused by Mr Shaw. He said growing up in the Pacific, his family had a deep appreciation for indigenous traditions and culture. Outrigger Enterprises has also bought Mr Shaw's majority stake in the Coral Coast-based Outrigger on the Lagoon.

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Businesses To Be Monitored On Minimum Wage


Fijis Labour Minister Jone Usamate says businesses thinking of decreasing the wages of their employees to the newly established national minimum wage rate to gain more will need to prove to the Ministry of Labour that they cannot pay more. Mr Usamate said businesses may have to open up their books to prove to the ministry they could not afford to pay more than the $2 per hour rate. For the sectoral minimum wages we have had a system whereby any employer that felt that it was not able to pay the minimum wages for that particular sector had the option of opening up its books to the ministry to show why it could not pay the wages, Mr Usamate said. Meanwhile, the Fiji Trades Union Congress maintains the $2 minimum wage undermines the value of work produced by Fiji workers. FTUC national secretary Felix Anthony said its "grossly inadequate and will perpetuate continued poverty and hardship on workers and their families." However Mr Usamate said that the $2 per hour wage rate was a start to cater for and lift the wages of people working in the informal sector whose wages fall below the established minimum wage rate. The purpose of the NMW is to try and raise the income levels of those earning the least in our society. Already in the media, some are saying that the NMW is too low, Mr Usamate said. Many workers who will benefit from the new National Minimum Wage ( NMW) work in the informal sector. He further said careful consideration was done to arrive to the $2 per hour rate by making sure the small and micro enterprises (SMEs) could also afford it. The intention of my ministry is that the lowest paid workers in Fiji get at the very least $2.00 per hour. I expect that most small and medium enterprises will be paying wages higher than this NMW, and that they continue to do this.

Two Families Lose Homes In Fire


Two families lost everything they had when fire gutted their homes at Cunningham Stage Four in Suva. The owner of one house, Swastika Swagni Lata, 27, said while cooking in her kitchen at around 8am she heard a loud explosion. She ran to the sitting room and saw their sofa on fire. She claimed the electricity meter box had exploded. I tried to put the fire out but could not and I took my baby and ran outside and was unable to save anything, she said. Ms Latas 55- year old mother-in-law also tried to stop the fire from spreading but burned her hands and was taken to Colonial War Memorial Hospital. The fire spread to neighbour, Baram Deos two-bedroom house, which was also destroyed. The 48-year-old said no one was at home when the house caught fire. I was in the hospital when I received a call from a friend of mine that my neighbours house was on fire and was spreading to my house, said Mr Deo. I was worried because my daughterin-law was at home with my grandson, but when I arrived I was informed that they were not at home when the fire started. The National Fire Authoritys chief executive, John OConnor, said they arrived as quickly as they could to the scene when they were called. We received the call at 8.23am and we arrived at 8.32am and we tried to prevent the fire from spreading and to contain the fire, said Mr OConnor. The NFA is investigating the cause of fire.

Man Sentenced For Raping Niece


A 22-year-old man was sentenced to 13 years in jail by the High Court of Lautoka for sexually assaulting and raping his niece. The man was charged with one count of sexual assault and three counts of rape and has been sentenced to 13 years, 7 months and 15 days imprisonment by Justice Sudharshana De Silva. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges laid against him. However following a four-day trial from January 27, 2014, he was found guilty by the court. On the day of the incident, the accused had assaulted the 7-year-old victim and then forcibly raped her on September 17, 2012, in Nadi when she returned from school. Justice De Silva said the man had shown no remorse for his action and had traumatized the life of the victim. The man will not be eligible for parole until he completes serving 12 years and has 30 days to appeal to the Court of Appeal.

Disasters Worry Farmers


Ashok Kumar and Mohini Lata have been living in farming communities for as long as they can remember. At 54, both are still coming to terms with the hardships faced by farmers, especially during natural disasters. Mr Kumar, of Lokia in Sigatoka, said last week's flood hindered the flow of their farming business. "Every time there is heavy rainfall our farms get flooded and business is affected because we're left with nothing to sell," he said. "Another problem is that we have to buy seedlings at such a high cost. "A small packet of cabbage seedlings costs up to $20 and when it floods, all our hard work is wasted. "We suffered extensively during the last flood as well and now, we hope something is done about this problem before another flood hits." He said they were hoping for continuous good weather for the rest of the hurricane season.

Swastika Swagni Lata with her two-year-old son Shan Sharma

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Fijians can look forward to a significant increase in the amount of Indian investment in the country after the Attorney-General and Minister for Industry and Trade, Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum, signed a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) with the Government of the Republic of India. Speaking from New Delhi, India, the Attorney-General explained that the DTAA will prevent Indian investors from being taxed in India on business profits earned in Fiji, making it much more appealing for them to invest in the country, growing the economy and creating jobs for ordinary Fijians. He said the same is true for Fijian investors in India. "This agreement has the potential to

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Electoral Commission chairman, Mr Chen Bunn Young is encouraging Fijians in Australia to register to make their voices heard in the 2014 Elections when registration starts next week in multiple locations across the country. In a statement, the Elections Office confirmed that the registration drive scheduled for February 14 to 22 February will take place at multiple locations across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, including Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane. The teams will also be visiting other major towns and cities in these three states, such as Penrith, Griffith, Ballarat, Banyo, and Cairns. I urge them to take advantage of the opportunity, Mr Young said. Details of the registration drive is

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seriously boost the Fijian economy by encouraging a stronger flow of investment, technology and services between Fiji and India, one of the world's largest and fastest growing economies and the second most populated country in the world," he said. 8 The Attorney-General said that with this agreement in force, the generous investment incentives offered by the 8 Bainimarama Government would be much more attractive to Indian investors, ultimately leading to more jobs for ordinary Fijians. "With the signing DTAA, now, Indian investors have clear and transparent rules regarding taxes, bringing about Ali surety Shamima and certainty," he said. agreement will also help prevent tax any taxes owed to Fiji, by individuals The Attorney-General said that this evasion and false investor declarations. or companies residing in India," said The agreement signed with India is the Attorney-General. fair, balanced and progressive, unlike The CEO FRCA, Mr. Jitoko Tikolevu, agreements we have with some of the other Permanent Secretary and for Industry countries," said the Attorney General. and Trade, Mr. Shaheen Ali, Fijian The Indians have been most High Commissioner to India, Mr. accommodating. The DTAA spares Yogesh Karan, Chair Investment Fiji, available on the Elections Office Fijian students that are studying in Mr. Truman Bradley and Deputy website or from the Fiji High India from paying taxes, if they choose Secretary Industry and Trade, Mr. Commission in Canberra. to work whilst studying. Under the Maciu Lumelume were present with Mr Saneem encourages people to check DTAA, the Indian Revenue and Tax the Minister for Industry and Trade, the program to know when a team will Authority will assist FRCA to recover during the signing. be visiting a town or city near them. The registration drive in Australia will comprise five teams from the Elections Office headed by acting Principal Administration Officer Asenaca Kolinivala. Immigration Counsellors Ltd. Every Fijian over the age of 18 is being encouraged to come forward and is required to produce a valid Fijian passport. The campaign of registering Fijian WE KNOW IMMIGR ATION MAT TERS! voters living abroad began in October WE ARE AN EXPERIENCED AND last year in New Zealand. After FULLY QUALIFIED CERTIFIED TEAM Australia, voter registration teams OF IMMIGRATION EXPERTS. will travel to the west coast of North America and Britain.

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The Attorney-General and Minister for Industry and Trade, Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum, officially launched the IndoFiji Business Promotion Association, in New Delhi, last Friday, as an organisation to promote and facilitate trade and investment between the two countries. The Business Association will allow the Fijian and Indian business communities to communicate directly, share market intelligence and facilitate business and joint ventures. The Association will also enable the flow of technology, capital and experts. The Attorney-General said that the Business Promotion Association will contribute to improving the business and commercial relationship between Fiji and India. "With the new tax agreement, many opportunities have emerged for both Fijian and Indian investors. This association is designed to help potential investors identify these opportunities and take advantage of them, similar to associations in India such as the Indo-China Business Promotion Association," he said. The Attorney-General explained that the long standing diplomatic relations between Fiji and India has never translated into real benefits in terms of trade and investment. "Until now, there was little motivation for the business communities in both Fiji and India to get together and explore new opportunities, said the Attorney-General. "That's all changed. Now, the Fijian Government is serious about putting in place appropriate measures and support to encourage our business communities to take advantage of the incentives and linkages, including those that have resulted due to our visit

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Suhada Kalyana Gamlath of Sri Lanka takes the oath of office as a new judge The President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, years, he started his career as a State welcomed Justice Suhada K. Gamlath Counsel of the Attorney Generals and Justice Dealmeida J. Guneratne Department in Sri Lanka for six during the swearing in ceremony at years and progressed to be Additional Government House. Solicitor General in charge of the The judges from Sri Lanka took the oath Criminal Division before taking up the of office in the presence of the Chief position in Fiji. Justice Anthony Gates, the president Justice Guneratne graduated with LLM of the Fiji Court of Appeal, Justice in 1984 and attained Attorney-at-Law William Calanchini, the Resident in 1977 together with completing his Court of Appeal Judge, Justice Suresh LLB in 1975 in Sri Lanka. In 1997, he Chandra and the chief registrar of the graduated with a Ph.D from Hawaii. High Court, Yohan Liyanage. Among Justice Guneratnes notable Justice Gamlath studied law at Sri achievements include being Legal Lanka Law College from 1978 to 1980 Consultant to the Law and Society and continued with LLM (Masters Trust of Sri Lanka and the Asian of Law) from Aberdeen University, Human Rights Commission based in United Kingdom. Hong Kong. Having practiced law for the past 30 They will serve a three-year term.

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Staff of the Australian Governments Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Fiji has been offered voluntary redundancy packages. The offer applies to all local DFAT staff outside of Australia. This includes Fiji. However, the High Commission in Fiji maintains that this is a voluntary process. The voluntary redundancy offer was made last week to all local staff of the Australian Governments Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at its posts overseas. This also includes locals at the Australian High Commission in Suva. A spokesperson for the Australian High Commission says this is in line with the departments integration of the aid programme adding that the offer to local staff is an extension of the same offer made to all Australian based DFAT staff. The spokesperson says these staff was given the option of expressing interest in the voluntary redundancy. The High Commission maintains that this is a purely voluntary process and no staff cuts were being made. This process is not expected to affect the High Commissions daily operations. It adds that this was an internal process and that no specific directive on the issue was made. The spokesperson says all offers adhere to our labour laws. While not indicating how many Fijians working at the High Commission will be affected, the spokesperson only says that no concerns have been raised so far. Expressions of interest for the voluntary redundancy are expected by mid this month. Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has called for submissions for the build of its AUD$216 million replacement global communications network. Funding was allocated for the new

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The Fiji Police Force is gearing up for the national elections due by September this year. Acting Commissioner Ravi Narayan says theyre now putting together all the logistics to ensure that polling runs smoothly. ACP Narayan also says its important that every police man and woman knows his or her role during elections. We are designing an action plan. There are a few issues we need to sort out in terms of the methodology of the elections but on the other part its my duty to start gearing up and acquiring all the resources and foresee what we will come across during elections. The Acting Commissioner has been in constant discussions with the Minister for Defence Joketani Cokanasiga about national security looking after the safety of hundreds of thousands of Fijians will be out to casting their vote on Election Day. Meanwhile, 885 more Fijians have registered for the 2014 elections, bringing the total number of Fijians registered for polls to 543,288. Of the newly registered Fijians who were registered between 1 January 2014 and 31 January 2014, 822 were registered during the recent drive in Lau. Others were registered at the five permanent centers that are open country wide. Next week, the registration drive starts in Australia, for 10 days starting on February 14. Interested voters have been reminded to carry valid Fiji passports. For those Fijians whose passport have expired or is due to expire within the next six months, have been advised to make arrangements for renewal. This will be the second such attempt to register Fijians residing overseas following registrations in New Zealand in October where 588 people were registered. The final timetable of registration dates and venues in Australia will be released later.

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fulfilled." Mr Cook said between $20m and $30m had also been set aside for bridge replacements around the country. "Eleven bridges have been earmarked to be part of the replacement program and this will take a few years. "We are just waiting on our bridge designers to finish their design processes as our team aims to produce bridges that can withstand pressure for a long period of time. "Eleven tender packages for eleven bridges around the country have already been advertised and we are currently waiting on replies from those interested." Mr Cook said an extra $15m to $20m had also been set aside for the maintenance of jetties nationwide.

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The officials inspected his baggage during processing and came across the substance, which was found concealed in a black plastic, stacked in a false wall around his suitcase. A number of field tests were carried out by inspection officers and initial results indicated that the substance contained methamphetamine. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the suspect was being questioned and investigations were continuing.

Thirteen thousand families categorised as the poorest of the poor are expected to be assisted by the $22million budget in the Poverty Benefit Scheme (PBS). Director Social Welfare Rupeni Fatiaki said the Poverty Benefit Program is provided for a maximum of three (3) years and able bodied individuals in the household will be identified for skills training and Welfare Graduation Program. He said under Poverty Benefit Scheme anyone can apply, however eligibility is subject to the score card developed through the proxy means testing. The PBS has got a budget allocation of $22million and coverage capacity is 13,000 households. Maximum of 4 people in a household will be assisted under this program and with maximum of $120 provided as monthly allowances and $30 food voucher. Under FAP assistance was limited because it was category based and only those who are 65 years above or permanently disabled or chronically ill could qualify for the assistance, there were errors of inclusion and exclusion," Fatiaki said. All application under PBS requires home visit by welfare officers to verify the type of house you live in, the number of electrical appliances you have, household expenditure and

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information about land and property ownership. The system is very objective and those who dont meet the threshold will not be assisted. All approved applications are recorded under the head of the household and payments will be done electronically," Fatiaki explained. The 5 other major programs for social welfare and budget allocations for this year are: -Care & Protection (C&P) has a budgetary allocation of $4.53million, currently there are a total of 4608 recipients -Social Pension Scheme has a budgetary allocation of $3million and total number of 8406 senior citizens who are currently assisted through $30 monthly pension -Food Voucher Program there are total of 24, 234 beneficiaries and budget is included in PBS and C&P programs -Bus fare & Taxi Concession, currently a total of 37,654 beneficiaries consisting of senior citizens (65 years and above and persons living with disabilities). Budget of $150,000 for this program -Expanded Food Voucher Program for pregnant mothers in rural areas, budget of $1.4 million and 4000 pregnant mothers will be assisted with $30 monthly food voucher for up to 10 months.

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Bill Gates Steps Down As Microsoft Chairman As Satya Nadella Named New CEO
Microsoft has named company veteran Satya Nadella as its next chief executive officer and announced the company's founder Bill Gates would step down as chairman and assume a new role as a technology adviser. The confirmation of Mr Nadella as CEO ends a longer-than-expected search for a new leader after Steve Ballmer announced his intention to retire in August. Mr Nadella is only the third CEO in Microsoft's 39-year history, following Mr Gates and Mr Ballmer. Microsoft also said John Thompson, lead independent director, would succeed Mr Gates as chairman. Mr Gates "will devote more time to the company" in his new role on the board as "founder and technology adviser," a company statement added. Shares of the world's largest software maker were up 1.1 per cent in premarket trading following the news. The choice of Mr Nadella was widely expected, and investors and analysts are already weighing how effective the 22-year veteran will be in re-igniting the company's mobile ambitions and satisfying Wall Street's hunger for cash. Microsoft faces a slow erosion of its PC-centric Windows and Office franchises and needs to somehow challenge Apple and Google in the new realm of mobile computing. At the same time, some investors are campaigning for retrenchment and a bigger cut of the company's massive cash pile. Most agree that Mr Nadella's background in creating Microsoft's internet-based, or "cloud," computing services makes him a safe pair of hands to take the company forward, but there remains a question over his ability to make Microsoft a hit with consumers or with impatient shareholders.

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Cancer has surpassed heart disease as the biggest killer in Australia, according to a new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO's World Cancer Report found 8.2 million people died from cancer globally in 2012, including 40,000 Australians. The report was last released six years ago and this is the first major international update on the disease since then. It found that cancer surpassed heart disease as the world's biggest killer in 2011, with 7.87 million cancer deaths compared to 7.02 million from heart disease. Stroke was considered separately. In Australia and other Western countries, the rise in cancer cases has been attributed to ageing populations and increased screening. Lifestyle has also been highlighted as a major factor, with cancer particularly prevalent in countries where people have a poor diet and inactive lifestyles, and countries with high smoking rates. Doctors predict global cancer rates will increase by three-quarters over the next two decades and they expect 20 million

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new cases by 2025. Prevention is better than cure The report says 3.7 million cancer deaths could have been avoided by lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake and maintaining a healthy weight. "About 5 per cent of all cancers is due to alcohol consumption - that's an important part of the preventable cancer story," said Cancer Council Australia's Terry Slevin. "Let's make no bones about it, alcohol is a class one known carcinogen, it's listed by the World Health Organisation as such." Research shows women's risk of breast cancer can increase by having as little as one alcoholic drink a day. For men, the risk of tumours increases with two to three drinks a day. Lung cancer was the biggest killer globally. It was also the biggest killer among men, while breast cancer killed more women. Mr Slevin said lung cancer was an area where treatments were less successful than other areas. "That's why prevention, when it comes to lung cancer, is so important," he said. Melanoma continued to be more of a problem in Australia than overseas, with Australians and New Zealanders twice as likely to be diagnosed than anywhere else in the world. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in Australia, with the Cancer Council putting the number of diagnoses in 2009 at 21,800. Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia chief executive Anthony Lowe says more than 3,300 Australian men die from the disease each year and one in four men over 85 will develop it. "Many cancers including prostate cancer are disease of ageing and the population is ageing," he said. "Unfortunately the lifestyle that we live in Australia - lack of exercise, poor diet and high alcohol consumption are certainly risk factors." Worldwide there are more than 14 million cancer diagnoses each year, the report found, and it costs the world more than $1 trillion each year. It says one-fifth of that could be avoided by investing in prevention strategies. Cardiovascular disease as a whole still the most common cause of death

The Heart Foundation says while cancer may have overtaken heart disease as Australias biggest killer, when cardiovascular disease is looked at as a whole, it adds up to be the most common cause of death. Heart Foundation national director Dr Rob Grenfell says cardiovascular disease, which includes strokes as well as heart and vascular diseases, killed 45,622 people in 2011. It was closely followed by cancer, which claimed the lives of 43,721 Australians. Heart disease alone killed 21,500. Dr Grenfell says cancer and cardiovascular disease have common risk factors such as smoking, obesity and inactivity and could be tackled together. "As a group of diseases, cancers and cardiovascular diseases are attributable to 60 per cent of the country's deaths and both are largely preventable," he said. "If we were to have a coordinated approach to the management of these risk factors we would reduce the prevalence of preventable deaths."

In a bizarre case, a Chinese man bought a first-class plane ticket and re-booked it 300 times to have free meals at the VIP lounge of an airport in the country. The frequent diner purchased the firstclass, fully refundable ticket aboard Eastern China Airline and then rebooked his ticket over and over again to have free meals. He used the ticket to gain access to

Chinese Man Re-Books Plane Ticket 300 Times To Get Free Meals At VIP Lounge
the Xi'an International Airport's VIP lounge, where high-rolling travellers dine for free, according to a report in the Chinese-language newspaper. The man flashed his ticket to lounge staff at the Shaanxi province airport before his trip, ate a meal just like any other first class traveller and instead of getting on the flight he would change his flight's departure to another day. The next day he would show up with his newly issued ticket for the revised date, eat and then again change his ticket date. He did this over and over again. Eastern China Airlines officials only recently figured out the man's scheme after noticing his single ticket being rebooked 300 times over one year. Airline officials admitted there was nothing they could do to stop the

frequent diner, the New York Daily News reported. A spokeswoman for the carrier called the man's free-meal scheme a "rare act". Eastern China Airlines officials confronted him and the human meal ticket was stopped. The freeloader ended up cashing in his fully refundable ticket and getting back all his money.

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Winter-Weary US Struck By Another Big Storm


Winter-weary Americans are bracing for another massive storm that is expected to dump as much as 30 centimetres of snow and a dangerous mix of freezing rain and sleet on a huge swath of the United States. People barely had time to finish clearing their driveways from the last big storm when the warnings came that another whopper was headed their way. "A winter storm moving across the Midwest eastward through the Northeast will be followed by another plunge of Arctic air into the centre of the country," the national weather service warned. "The south-western US will be the only area of the country spared from this Arctic blast." Temperatures have already been so unusually cold this winter that supplies of propane - which many homes and livestock farmers use for heating - are dangerously low. The governors of seven midwestern states sent president Barack Obama a letter on Tuesday asking for help in relieving the shortages. The central plains states of Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska were the first to be hit by the latest storm on Tuesday. By the evening commute, freezing rain had already knocked down power lines and snarled traffic as far east as Arkansas and Tennessee. The storm was set to reach the east coast on Wednesday, with a low pressure system forecast to bring warmer air that would turn the heavy snow into freezing rain in the Appalachians and southern New England. The weather service warned it could also cause flash flooding. Schools across the region sent children home early or cancelled classes completely and scores of government offices and businesses were also closed. Authorities issued please to motorists to stay off the roads, citing the risk of traffic accidents. The Kansas Highway Patrol filled its Twitter feed with photos of trucks, busses and cars which had slid off snow-covered roads. When 'polar vortex' headed south In early January, a so-called polar vortex dropped over the United States and Canada, bringing life-threatening freezing temperatures to large parts of North America. A polar vortex is a powerful circular wind that is normally penned in over the Arctic. However, it can spill southward, bringing exceptional snow and chill to middle latitudes, driven by the difference in air temperature between the two areas.

Police Recover Woman's Remains, Believed To Be Helena Rocha, In Parmelia

Helena Rocha A 42-year-old Perth man has been charged with the murder of missing mother Helena Rocha. The charges follow the discovery of what police believe are Ms Rocha's

remains at the man's house in Parmelia. Officers from the Major Crime Squad and forensic officers spent the day digging up the backyard. The 40-year-old mother of two has not been seen since she left her Willagee home with a man on September 26, last year. Officers believe Ms Rocha visited the suburbs of Parmelia, Kwinana and Orelia that afternoon. Her disappearance was treated as a homicide inquiry after Ms Rocha did not access her bank accounts or make contact with her family which was out of character for her. There were earlier searches of bushland in Bertram and Kwinana but police returned to the Parmelia house.

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In a significant step towards liberalization of the visa regime, the government on Wednesday cleared two initiatives: visa on arrival and electronic travel authorization for all countries barring eight "prior reference'' countries including Pakistan, Iran, Sri Lanka and China. ETA will allow foreign travelers to apply for a visa from home and receive an online confirmation in five working days. "We have decided to extend visa-onarrival to tourists from 180 nations. It will take 5-6 months to put the infrastructure in place. We hope to implement this from the next tourist session beginning October," planning minister Rajiv Shukla said. Visa-on-arrival at 9 airports initially The extension of visa-on-arrival and electronic travel authorization to citizens of 180 countries will be implemented initially at nine airports including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad, Goa and Trivandrum. Both facilities are likely to be implemented by the end of the year.

India Extends Visa-On-Arrival Facility To 180 Countries

India currently offers visa-on-arrival to tourists from 11 countries like Finland, the Philippines, Singapore and Japan. The decision was taken in a meeting convened by the Planning Commission that included representatives from the PMO, ministries of home affairs, external affairs and tourism. ETA will be available for a 30-day period from the date of the tourist's arrival in India while VoA will also be for the same period for a single entry. The move, aimed at boosting the tourism sector, would not need the Cabinet's nod, Shukla said, adding that the home ministry would notify the same at an appropriate time. "The facility will provide a major boost to the country's tourism sector. This is historic," Shukla said. A separate website would be set up for extending the facility to foreigners intending to visit India as tourists. To get a visa, they would need to apply on the designated website along with the required fees. They would be granted an electronic version of the visa within three days.

There is a growing number of requests in Britain for what the country's funeral directors are calling "unusual" send-off ceremonies. From Wild West themes to a convoy of cranes leading the cortege, the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) says people are increasingly making bizarre final requests. Other uncommon requests include a Morris dancing-themed funeral, a farmer being asked to be buried at the highest point on his land and a company director being buried at the end of his garden next to his beloved golf course. And instead of being buried with sentimental jewellery, people are increasingly opting to be laid to rest with unusual items including tea bags, yoghurt pots, horse chestnuts, cigarette packets and bottles of champagne. The NAFD says unusual requests are becoming increasingly common as more people are willing to talk about their funerals. Seven in 10 NAFD members said they

were finding that people are becoming more comfortable in talking about their death and funerals, according to a poll by the organisation. The organisation has teamed up with the Dying Matters coalition to develop a new guide, My Funeral Wishes, to encourage people to write down how they want their funeral or cremation to be carried out. NAFD chief executive Alan Slater said: "My Funeral Wishes is a great tool for taking the guesswork out of a situation at a time of grief and when families are already under a great deal of stress, and help ease that emotional burden. "Having a written guide from the person who has died affords grieving families great comfort that they are putting on a ceremony that is relevant and that their loved one wanted." Eve Richardson, chief executive of Dying Matters, added: "You don't have to be unwell or dying to plan ahead, and recording your funeral wishes can help ensure you get your wishes met and makes it easier for your family."

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Aries

Nothing outstanding or remarkable is going to happen this week. Regardless of whether you are a professional or a businessman, things will go on smoothly, as long as you keep your temper in control. Many of your ongoing tasks will be completed. On the financial front, money that has been outstanding for a long time is likely to come in, and with it you will gain more liquidity, which will tempt you to buy luxury items to improve your standard of living. If you are a businessman, you may spend quite a bit on revamping the interiors of your office. On the personal front, the academic performance of your children will give you great joy, even though your efforts at inculcating self-discipline in them may not bear the desired results. Health-wise, you will be fit and fine.

However, some of the work will be very interesting, which you will not only enjoy doing, but which, instead of draining your energy, will actually make you feel more energetic. Be careful about colleagues who may be jealous of you for some reason or the other, and may try to impede your progress, so keep your distance from such elements. Back at home, you will tend to be very emotional, and your equation with some of your relatives may take a hit, but make sure you dont hold a long-term grudge.

now, your situation will become even worse. However, things are expected to be far better on the personal side. You shall share a good rapport with your life-partner. If you are single and in a relationship, go with the tide but dont try to push it, even if you feel it is a soul mate relationship.

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Be mature and responsible this week, dont try to avoid any kind of work that comes your way, even if you need to put in more than your 100 percent, and even if you have to learn new things to be able to accomplish it. However, do it all with a cool mind, without getting agitated by anything, and you will be surprised at your own capabilities. If possible, at least until your work gets done, avoid contact with your superiors; at any rate avoid arguments with them. If you are a businessman, you will get good business from traveling to different places and promoting your products. Domestic life will be smooth, though again, as long as you avoid arguments. You may be a bit hard up for cash. Health will demand attention.

This week you should focus more on drawing up your blueprint for the future instead of trying to implement half-baked ideas, because the planets suggest that the time is ripe to sow the seeds for new ventures. On the personal front, things appear to be somewhat tricky. Your near and dear ones may resent the fact that you are not able to give them quality time, as also the fact that interaction with you may be leading to inconsequential arguments. Be warned that if you dont control this tendency to get into arguments, you are likely to find yourself at the receiving end. You would be much better off if you deflate your bloated ego. This does not mean you must shun socialising, but on the contrary you should mix up with people and try to increase your contacts base.

Usually you are rather quick on the uptake, but in the early stages of this week you may be a bit dull, and may not readily understand people or the events taking place around you. Because of this, there is the possibility that you may not understand what others are trying to convey to you and vice-versa. Businessmen are likely to make progress, but not at the expected pace. However, the progress will be steady. If you have meetings scheduled with the top brass in client companies, you are likely to make a good impression and the meetings may result in concrete benefits for your company. As a professional, too, you will be making slow but steady progress, and trying to hurry up things will be an exercise in futility. The stars indicate that this week you may receive your due financial benefits.

expectations. Maintain the status quo till then, and give your best shot to your job, because for all you know things could turn in your favour soon. If you happen to be a businessman, avoid entering into new partnerships or starting new projects at this stage. Otherwise, business will be booming, but focus properly on the financial and legal aspects. Back home, you will become more aware of your duties towards your near and dear ones. By the time the weekend comes you will be filled with a sense of satisfaction that you have done both your personal professional work well.

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Your morale is likely to dip this week, owing to the fact that your ability to analyse things may lose its usual sharpness. Also, your communication abilities will take a beating, as you may not be able to convey your thoughts properly, and people around you are consequently likely to misunderstand you and your motives. Therefore you speak less, and let your work do the talking. You should also postpone the signing of any new contracts or deals till a little later when the stars are more favourable for you. Whether you are a professional or a businessman, work shall be too hectic and may leave you Libra fatigued, which will take a huge toll on Be very careful on the professional your health, so make sure that you take front this week as things are likely to get small breaks whenever possible. Dont a bit dicey. If you have been planning ailable Estate only) be(Against reckless withReal your money, but try to to change your job or even if you have another job offer in hand you save as much as possible. rtgages at competitive rates are advised to stay put where you are, Cancer for the time is not favourable for a job The rate at which your workload r further information: is increasing, you may burn out change. This despite the fact that you ndingcentre@gmail.com very soon, so learn the subtle art of may not be getting the due recognition saying No whenever you feel that or rewards for your efforts in your the work being assigned to you is present job, meaning to say that grin beyond your capacity to accomplish, and bear the circumstances wherever especially within the given time-frame. you are, because if you change your job

Gemini

You may feel a bit under the weather this week as the stars are not much in your favour. Your health and work both may be adversely affected, which will disrupt your meticulously laid plans and cause you great frustration. Consider it a blessing in disguise, and that the cosmos may be trying to teach you to be more flexible. On the romantic front, things are likely to hot up, and you will spend some very exciting time with your sweetheart. Though you are not a very demonstrative lover, your lover will understand your subtle affectionate gestures. You will be very serious about your relationship and will nurture it with the long-term in view. Money will not pose any problems, and though you may not exactly be overflowing with cash, you will spend quite a lot on entertainment.

This week you are likely to be very methodical in your approach to work, and life in general. This is going to help you increase your concentration levels, which in turn will benefit you both in your personal as well as in your professional life. If in certain areas of life, things have gone haywire, you will succeed in bringing them back on track. Your communication skills too will be very sharp and you will have no problem in persuading others to toe your line. You will be very energetic and pursue your goals with great zest and enthusiasm. However, be careful about people who may try to derail your efforts deliberately or may even go to the extent of maligning your fair name. So use your discretion to keep your distance from such elements.

This week, your plate will be so full that you will have to push yourself to your limits to deliver the goods. Be realistic, though, and dont work so hard that it spoils your health, which eventually will be counter-productive both for you and your company. This is definitely not a week in which you can afford to socialise, so avoid it. Businessmen will be happy to note that things are flowing smoothly, but at certain times it may appear that your plans are going off-track. Do not get dejected at such times, but stay calm, analyse the situation properly and take the required steps to get things back on track. On the personal front, too, there is nothing very exciting on the cards. Married couples will enjoy conjugal bliss, but dont become too possessive.

Pisces

Capricorn

You may feel inclined to leave your job as the stars are not favourable this week, and it could take a long time to find another job which suits your work profile, experience and salary

Your gut feeling will be very strong this week, but you will have to be extremely careful about not taking impulsive decisions, or being over-emotional. If you express your feelings too freely, or indiscriminately, you may be shocked to see how many people try to take advantage of it. They will construe it for weakness and try to exploit you. So before you open your heart, make sure the person you are confiding in is not going to abuse your confidence. As for work, the pressure on you is likely to increase, but you will be energetic enough to manage it. On the financial front, too, things will be smooth. On the personal front, singles may expect an exciting week ahead as you are about to make new and interesting friends from the opposite sex.

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Nelson Mandela Leaves $4.7M Eight People Crushed To Death In Estate To Family, Staff And ANC India Cave Collapse
Eight people have been killed in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh after the wall of an ancient cave leading to a Hindu temple collapsed, police said. The accident at the Bildwar cave in Surajpur district late on Tuesday may have been triggered by blasts at nearby coal mines, officials said. Police said three of the dead were girls aged between 10 and 13. Three others were injured after being pulled from the rubble. "Frequent blasts are carried out in the nearby coal mines and that could be the reason for the cave-in," Chhattisgarh

Home Minister, Ram Sewak Pekra told the AFP news agency. He added that an investigation into the collapse would be carried out. Some residents of a nearby village told local media they had warned the authorities about cracks in the cave walls, which they believed had been caused by mining blasts. Senior Surajpur official S Bharti has reportedly announced a relief fund for the families of those who died. The Bildwar cave is a popular attraction and the temple is visited by worshippers throughout the year.

Drunk Woman Tara Anne Mackay Bit Air New Zealand Flight Attendant
Former South African president Nelson Mandela has left his $4.7 million estate to family members, the African National Congress, former staff and several local schools, according to a reading of his will. Deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke told reporters the division of the estate, which was provisionally valued at 46 million rand ($4.7 million) excluding royalties, had been accepted by Mandela's family with no contestation so far. Mandela's third wife, Graca Machel, may waive her claims to the estate, Mr Moseneke said at a news conference where he summarised parts of Mandela's 40-page will. Mr Moseneke said some of the estate would be split between three trusts set up by Mandela, including a family trust designed to provide for his more than 30 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mandela gave about $5,100 each to members of staff, including long-time personal aide Zelda la Grange. The will also gave more than $102,000 each to Wits and Fort Hare universities, and the same amount to three other schools. The reading of Mandela's will was expected to set off another round of squabbling among members of his large and factious family over the antiapartheid hero's financial legacy. Mandela, who died in December at the age of 95, left behind an estate that includes an upscale house in Johannesburg, a modest dwelling in his rural Eastern Cape home province and royalties from book sales, including his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. The African National Congress, which Mandela led to victory in the first democratic elections in 1994, will receive a portion of his royalties. More visibly, his legacy includes a potent political and moral brand that some of his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren have already used to market everything from clothing to reality TV. Some of his grandchildren have started a line of caps and sweatshirts that feature his image under the brand Long Walk to Freedom. Two of his US-based granddaughters starred in a reality television show called Being Mandela. Such marketing, along with reports of fighting among family members over Mandela's money, have fuelled the impression in South Africa that some have exploited their famous relative.

A NEW Zealand woman who bit an Air New Zealand flight attendant and kicked another in the testicles has been ordered into alcohol counselling Tara Anne MacKay, also known as who reported the matter to cabin staff. Tara Anne Laidler, 28, of Dunedin, The cabin crew asked MacKay to come appeared in the Dunedin District Court to the back of the plane so they could and admitted that she assaulted Susan speak with her but she threw her drink Lawson-Hurst with intent to injure in the flight attendant's face and then her on August 17 last year. She was locked herself in the toilet. sentenced to 300 hours' community When she refused to come out the flight crew work and 12 months' supervision, with got the captain's permission to unlock the drug and alcohol counselling. toilet and they physically removed MacKay. MacKay was flying with her partner to She was restrained and put in handcuffs Bali and admitted that she had too much to but Mackay bit hard down on the hand of drink on the flight but says she would have Ms Lawson-Hurst. She tried to break free calmed down if cabin crew left her alone. but MacKay bit her another two times. On the international flight, MacKay She then kicked a male flight attendant began yelling and swearing loudly, hard in the testicals. repeatedly spilling her drink. Her Ms Lawson-Hurst suffered bruising behaviour scared a nearby passenger and a suspected hairline fracture.

A Houston furniture store owner is out of pocket by about $US7 million ($8 million) due to the Seattle Seahawks' win in the Super Bowl on Sunday after losing a bet with customers. Jim McIngvale, known as "Mattress Mack", ran a 10-day promotion at his two Gallery Furniture stores promising customers their money back if the Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos in the National Football League championship. To win, customers needed to have purchased $US6,000 worth of furniture

Texas Mattress Merchant Loses $8 Million Super Bowl Bet With Customers
and had it delivered before kickoff on Sunday night. Mr McIngvale said about 1,000 people participated, buying an average of $US7,000 worth of furniture. "It's a big hit, but it's a marketing expense. But more importantly, it's a brand-builder," Mr McIngvale said. The loss makes up about 6 per cent of the annual income of his privately owned company, which Mr McIngvale put at about $US120 million. The 62-year-old Texan was hoping for some word-of-mouth buzz to make up for his lost millions. "The customers who have won this are tweeting about it, they're Facebooking about it, they're talking about it to people at work," he said. "That type of viral media, you can hardly put a price on it." Earlier this year, Mr McIngvale gave back about $US685,000 in refunds to customers who chose the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos as playoff victors. The publicity stunt is nothing new for

the businessman, who has run similar promotions, although not with as large a refund. Mr McIngvale is well known in the Houston area for attention-grabbing commercials over the past three decades. In December, he was honoured for his anti-drug efforts by former president George H.W. Bush with a Points of Light humanitarian award. Mr McIngvale has given talks to generations of Houston-area youth about his experience with addiction.

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Border Officers Guns Drawn 216 Eight New Court Rooms Coming Times In Six Years To Surrey
Canadas border officers have drawn their guns 216 times since the government began arming them in 2007. However, in only three cases were guns actually fired and in each case, it was to put down a wounded animal, the Canada Border Services Agency said Tuesday. Spokeswoman Patrizia Giolti wouldnt say why officers drew their weapons in the other cases, but the union representing border officers said officers might draw their weapons to the low-ready position if they come across a firearm or other potentially dangerous weapon when searching a vehicle. The presence of a firearm indicates a threat, said Jason McMichael, first national vice-president of the Customs and Immigration Union. Giolti said each time a gun is drawn, its recorded as a use-of-force incident. Each case is reviewed to ensure standards were met. No disciplinary issues or concerns resulted from these incidents, she said. CBSA officers are prepared and trained to deal with a broad range of options when responding to potentially dangerous situations, and they assess situations, using their skills, training, tools and judgment, she said. The agency is in the midst of a 10year, $1-billion program to train and arm its frontline officers. Initially, the agency hoped to arm 4,800 officers by March 31, 2016. Now that number has increased to 6,700 due to demographics growth and attrition, Giolti said. As of Tuesday, 3,678 border officers across the country were armed. The decision to arm the officers followed a recommendation in a 2005 Senate committee report that said arming officers would help deter aggressive and illegal behaviour, including attempts to crash through the border, and continue the evolution toward putting a new emphasis on security at crossings. The union representing border officers had also pushed for the change to improve officers safety. The dangers of the job were highlighted in October 2012 when officer Lori Bowcock was shot in the neck by a driver entering Canada at a B.C.Washington state border. The gunman, Andrew Michael Crews, committed suicide. Bowcock, who was not armed, survived. Training of officers has proven to be a logistical challenge, according to documents obtained under the accessto-information law. There was a four-year delay in opening the main firearms-training facility in Rigaud, Que. Also, finding qualified instructors to deliver the training was more difficult than anticipated. Six years after the program was implemented, the number of qualified instructors in the entire country was in the low 30s. Further, the reluctance of CBSA officers to undertake firearms training and the degree to which officers have failed to qualify in shooting had not been anticipated at the rate to which it has been experienced, the documents state. Officers must complete a 15-day course before being issued a duty firearm. Briefing notes say the success rate for officers taking the course has been 90 per cent on the first try and 95 per cent on the second. They then must complete a one-day firearms recertification every year. Every three years, they must complete a five-day recertification process that not only tests their firearms skills but also control and defence tactics. A community-type court system appears to finally be coming to Surrey, as the city and province strike a steering committee ahead of its creation. The City of Surrey has been waiting for such a court since 2007, when it unveiled the Crime Reduction Strategy, of which a community court is key. The court would hear cases involving drug offences, mental health problems or family matters such as domestic abuse. Instead of just locking people in jail, where appropriate, they would be referred for support services, including drug and alcohol treatment, mental health care or anger management programs. The details will be determined by the steering committee. Mayor Dianne Watts said shes been in discussions with B.C. Attorney General Suzanne Anton for about eight months. Watts said she received an assurance from Anton Wednesday morning that a facility dedicated to those services in on the way. This is one of the key elements of our Crime Reduction Strategy, Watts said. Its important to come to a holistic approach and get to the root causes (of crime). The promise of a community-type court came the same day Anton announced there will be 29 new court rooms added to the Lower Fraser Valley over the next two decades, including eight in Surrey. In April, 2013, five municipalities, including Surrey, Abbotsford, the City and Township of Langley and Chilliwack, entered into a memorandum of understanding with the province for the provision of more court rooms over 20 years. Those municipalities have now completed their plans and have presented them to the province for consideration for future funding. The plan calls for high-priority projects to be completed by 2018. They include: five court rooms for Surrey ($26.2 million); and a 14-court room integrated courthouse, with five Supreme and nine provincial courtrooms, in Abbotsford ($63.7 million). Longer-term projects include: a fivecourt room provincial courthouse in Langley ($21.2 million); three more court rooms for Surrey ($8.7 million); and an expansion of Chilliwacks courthouse by two court rooms ($8.2 million). The five municipalities in this region have worked hard to come up with a strategy that will improve court operations in the Lower Fraser Valley for decades to come, Anton said. Watts said the new facilities are welcome on this side of the Fraser River. Surrey fully supports the addition of 29 court rooms south of the Fraser, Watts said. This addition will most definitely improve access and reduce wait times. Supreme Court hears serious adult criminal, civil and family cases, and these matters are currently held only in Chilliwack, New Westminster and Vancouver. Demand for these cases is largest in Surrey, followed by Abbotsford, Langley and Chilliwack, according to the report. The plan will now be presented to the government for future capital funding approval.

Bigger Jail In Surrey Opens


A new 216-cell pretrial expansion in Surrey is now open and is already taking prisoners from throughout the region. B.C. Attorney General Suzanne Anton announced the opening of B.C.'s largest corrections centre, located in the 14300-block of 57 Avenue. The Surrey Pretrial Services Centre (SPSC) currently houses about 240 inmates, but over the first few months of this year, that number will nearly double on a gradual basis. There are two major pretrials in the region, the North Fraser Pretrial Centre in Port Coquitlam and Surrey's expanded centre, which will serve areas south of the Fraser. The new cells are contained within six living units, each containing 36 cells. Anton, making the announcement of the opening in Surrey on Wednesday, noted the demographic of inmates has changed in recent years, with more gang members than ever being incarcerated and an increase in the number of people who need to be held in solitary confinement. The facility is also expected to relieve overcrowding at Surrey's old pretrial centre, where inmates were often double-bunked. The building was constructed to meet LEED Gold certification, the highest level of sustainability ever for a B.C. correctional facility.

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It's not just farmers that are feeling the impact of California's record-breaking drought, as experts warn that food prices in Canada could be poised to increase by as much as 20 per cent. Canada imports more than $5 billion worth of produce from California yearly, and much of those fruits and vegetables cross the border during the winter months. But as California endures the most severe drought to hit the state in 500 years, strains on water supplies are expected to force farmers to leave fields unplanted, which will create a ripple effect through the food system. University of Guelph economics professor Sylvain Charlebois says the price of food products imported from California could soon increase by as much as 20 per cent. "Couple that with (Canada's) weak currency, and that might actually exceed 20 per cent," Charlebois told CTV News Channel on Wednesday. He said the average Canadian buys about $500 worth of food from California yearly,

California's Drought Expected To Impact Food Prices In Canada

and that amount jumps for Canadian consumers who purchase organic food. "About 80 per cent of the organic food we eat in Canada is imported, and a lot of it comes from California," Charlebois said. "For organic product fans, you're likely to pay more for next few months." The U.S. government has announced $20 million in aid for California's droughtstricken farmers, which will be used for improvements in irrigation and water systems. But some farm communities are already bracing for unemployment to soar. "Right now when it comes to water scarcity, the situation in California is dire," Charlebois said. "For many municipalities, they are about 100 days away from running out of water, literally, for humans, let alone for livestock and plants." On the bright side, he said the drought could actually present some opportunities for Canadian farmers. "For Canadian agriculture, this could be an opportunity for us to export into California," he said.

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Canada Expenses Row: Harb And Brazeau Charged With Fraud

Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau was among three senators suspended last year over the expenses row The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have charged Senator Patrick Brazeau and ex-Senator Mac Harb with fraud, saying they claimed improper living and travel expenses. Mr Brazeau, who was already suspended from the senate, and Mr Harb, who resigned in August, were also charged with breach of trust. They, along with two other senators, were the focus of outside audits of their expenses last year. The two men deny the charges. Authorities say the senators claimed reimbursement for travel and housing expenses for secondary residences near the national capital, Ottawa, even as they in fact lived there full-time. "Canadians expect the RCMP to be exhaustive and unbiased in our investigations," Gilles Michaud, the RCMP's assistant commissioner, said in a statement on Tuesday. "These investigations were detailed and involved careful consideration and examination of evidence." Mr Harb, a Liberal Party senator from Ontario and former MP, left the Senate in August 2013, dropping his challenge against an order that he repay 231,000 Canadian dollars ($220,000; for improperly claimed expenses. The remaining three, Mr Brazeau, Mike Duffy, and Pamela Wallin, all Conservatives, have been ordered to pay back thousands in expenses and were suspended from the chamber by a vote in November. Mr Harb and Mr Brazeau, who represents the Repentigny, Quebec, division, were the only two charged on Tuesday. It is unclear if RCMP officials will bring charges against Mr Duffy, representing Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, or Ms Wallin, representing Saskatchewan, in the future, but Mr Michaud said the RCMP was continuing its investigation. Mr Harb's lawyer, Sean May, told broadcaster CBC it was "disappointing that charges are being laid. He's going to be prepared to respond in court and he looks forward to that." Mr Brazeau has previously said he will fight any charges. Canadian senators are appointed by the governor general of Canada - the Queen's representative - on the advice of the prime minister. They typically join either the government caucus or the opposition caucus, or sit as independents.

Marvin Hunt is stepping down as city councillor to spend more time focusing on his job as MLA for Surrey-Panorama. Hunt, elected as B.C. Liberal in the last provincial election, had planned on staying on as councillor for the love of the job. He was not being paid for that position. On Monday, he announced tearfully that he was resigning as city councillor. "I was fine until I was actually saying it, and then you get a little emotional, because it has been just over 23 years," Hunt said Tuesday. "It's been a phenomenal experience, it's been awesome to serve the citizens of Surrey on Surrey council." The mayor and council jokingly said they would not accept his resignation, saying his would be large shoes to fill. Hunt said that his commitment to his provincial role would keep him away from council until June. Under the Municipal Act, his council seat would become vacant if he missed four consecutive council meetings, if that absence was not due to sickness. So, rather than be pushed, he jumped. The 23-year veteran of city council said he'll miss representing Surrey in its entirety, but noted he will still be here looking out for the people of Panorama Ridge. He leaves knowing there are challenges that remain ahead for this city.

Marvin Hunt Steps Down From Surrey Council

Veteran Surrey councillor Marvin Hunt is stepping down from his municipal role after 23 years "The big challenges are of course all big city challenges that now come with the turf," Hunt said. "That is the constant challenge of crime, the constant challenges of transportation those are just two massive challenges that are going to constantly be there." Neither one has a fast fix, he says. "You want to be focusing on the long term, the next generation, so we can break the cycles that some generations get themselves into," he said. Because he is stepping down in the same calendar year as a civic election (this November), a byelection will not be necessary.

Snowstorm Coming For B.C. Family Day Long Weekend


Environment Canda issues special weather alert Environment Canada says it's expecting a snowstorm on the Family Day long weekend that should hit around Sunday into Monday. The timing, potential accumulations and affected areas are still not clear, but the weather service says the storm is headed directly at B.C's south coast and the southwest interior of the province. Environment Canada says it will issue further information Friday and will update warnings within 24 hours of the first flurries. While the details are still unclear, forecasters say they are confident this storm will 'greatly impact' the south coast and the southwest interior of the province. "We suggest that everyone potentially affected by this storm through travel or otherwise begin making plans' b' and 'c' for the weekend," Environment Canada said in a written statement to meteorologists.

Marnetta Felix was driving her intoxicated boyfriend home when he grabbed the wheel and they crashed A designated driver who was badly On Monday, a B.C. Supreme Court injured in a crash caused by her justice ruled in favour of the insurance drunken passenger has been denied firm because Felix was not covered ICBC compensation, following a B.C. by third party insurance. Unless she Supreme Court ruling on Monday. appeals and wins, she will receive In 2006, Marnetta Felix was driving her nothing. intoxicated boyfriend Kevin Hearne "We want people to be designated home from a soccer tournament when drivers, but you don't want to put he grabbed the steering wheel from yourself in a dangerous situation," the passenger seat. The move caused said B.C. Justice Minister Suzanne the couple to crash on Highway 1 Anton. near the Peardonville Road overpass Meanwhile, Felix still suffers from the in Abbotsford. Hearne was killed and injuries she endured in the accident. Felix was badly injured. "She's able to function in the sense Five years later, Felix went to court and of she's not bedridden, but the critical won $800,000 from Hearne's estate, issue is that she's not able to work and which she argued ICBC was required this is an ongoing source of difficulty to pay. And she's been fighting them in her life," said MacAdams. every since. It is unclear how Monday's ruling "A person whose inhibitions are lower, which was made available may do something silly, something online Wednesday will impact stupid, something dangerous. The risk organizations that offer rides to people of the injuries that might happen falls who have been drinking. Operation Red on you as the designated driver and not Nose said it is reviewing the decision, the person who is the passenger," said as are Mothers Against Drunk Driving Felix's lawyer Douglas MacAdams. and ICBC's legal team.

No ICBC Payout For Designated Driver Injured In Crash

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Radio Wars: B.C. Stations Vie For FATCA Tax Deal With U.S. Takes Some Heat Off Canadian Banks Coveted Licenses

Controversial FATCA tax-compliance law could catch Canadians in its net

Hundreds pack a CRTC panel hearing in Surrey. Local broadcasters are competing for new FM and AM frequencies and the promise of lucrative advertising dollars. CRTC hearings in Surrey hear from 13 competing broadcasters for the Vancouver-Surrey market Hundreds of people packed a CRTC frequency of the two available for panel hearing in Surrey as broadcasters Surrey. jockeyed for new FM and AM The hearings even had a little drama. frequencies for the Vancouver-Surrey A Punjabi singer opposed one South radio market and the promise of Asian broadcast applicant, alleging the lucrative advertising dollars. station told him to buy advertising in Gurdial Badh's Radio Sher-E Punjab exchange for air play. already broadcasts from Washington Former attorney general Wally Oppal State, but he wants a stronger signal. made a surprise appearance, acting as "We're asking to reward our listeners a lawyer for another contender, New by helping a station that they hold dear, Vision, which hopes to broadcast in provide a better signal on a Canadian Punjabi. transmitter," he told the CRTC panel. "Many of the social issues that arise RED FM general manager Bijoy dowries, violence against women Samuel wants the same thing. He told those often involve people who speak the hearing, his station has repatriated a limited amount of English and a large tens of thousands of Canadian listeners, amount of Punjabi," Oppal told the who were tuning into U.S. stations hearing. aiming their broadcasts towards Pardeep Sahota, with South Asian Link Canada. radio, had a bit of a twist to her request. But now, he says, a Bellingham radio "We applied for a station that will be station's more powerful transmitter broadcast in a Canadian Punjabi that is overpowering RED FM's weaker we fondly call Punglish." signal. He's asking for the 107.7 The CRTC is taking a few months to frequency, which the CRTC says is consider the various applications, with the strongest and most sought-after a decision expected in April.

A 32-year-old woman was charged under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act after a small child was left alone in a vehicle on Monday night. Edmonton Police were called to a parking lot near 39th Avenue and Calgary Trail around 6:30 p.m. by someone who saw the two-year-old girl alone in the vehicle. Officers broke the window and got her out.

Woman Charged After 2-Year-Old Left In Vehicle

The temperature at the time was -17 C. The car was not running and witnesses say the child had been there for about 40 minutes. When the woman returned to her car shortly afterwards she was charged with causing a child to be in need of intervention. The girl was cold but was determined to be in good health.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty Canada has finalized a deal with the Canada also successfully negotiated U.S. government that takes a lot of heat exemptions for most of the registered off of Canadian banks but could accounts held by Canadians. spell big problems for thousands of Prior to the agreement, IRS did not their customers. recognize registered disability savings Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and plans, registered education savings National Revenue Minister Kerry- plans, or tax-free savings accounts, Lynne Findlay have signed the and treated them as off-shore trusts agreement to implement the U.S. and taxed them accordingly. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. The new agreement states Canadian Introduced in the U.S. in 2010, the law registered accounts "shall not be treated is meant to track down U.S. tax cheats as U.S. Reportable Accounts under the living abroad. But it has also caught Agreement," but it's not clear if that up an unknown number of people who exempts Canadian citizens who have didnt realize the U.S. is one of only U.S. ties from reporting them as well. two countries in the world that require The IRS did not immediately reply to a their citizens to file taxes no matter request for clarification. where they are living. While banks say they will still be left on Catches 'accidental Americans' the hook for the enormous compliance It has also caught accidental Americans, costs of tracking and reporting all this people who didnt realize becoming additional information on some of their a citizen of another country doesnt clients, this agreement spares them the supersede their U.S. citizenship, or that penalties the U.S. was threatening for nonthe U.S. automatically confers citizenship compliance; a 30 per cent withholding tax on anyone with at least one U.S. parent. on all of their U.S. transactions. It is estimated one million U.S. citizens Allison Christians, the Stikeman chair live in Canada. The rules affect each of in tax law at McGill University, said them, their children and anyone with Canada gets virtually nothing out of whom they may hold a joint account or this deal, "The U.S. is attempting to co-own a business or property. do what it has tried to do for over a Canada is the last G7 country to sign an hundred years, which is impose a taxagreement with the U.S. to implement base that cannot be imposed without FATCA, in part because government the help of other countries." officials say they spent a long time Flaherty has raised objections to negotiating exemptions for Canada. FATCA from the beginning, saying Although the most contentious the existing Canada-U.S. tax treaty aspects of the law remain intact the allowed the U.S. to do all it needed to. requirement for financial institutions The protests, however, fell on deaf to flag the account information of ears, which left Canadian financial U.S. persons for the U.S. Internal institutions in a tough spot: forced Revenue Service to then verify if all either to pass along customer taxes have been paid the agreement information to the IRS and likely face allows the Canadian banks to provide court cases for violating privacy, or the information to the Canada Revenue get hit with the withholding tax Agency instead of the IRS directly. something the Canadian government Using the CRA as a "go-between" warned could have a negative impact allows a mechanism for Canadians who on the Canadian economy. feel they have been wrongly flagged Flaherty issued only a brief statement to appeal, and also avoid an almost on the topic: "Canada has engaged certain breach of Canadas Privacy in lengthy negotiations with the U.S. Act had banks been sending customer government to address our concerns information to a foreign government. and, as a result, significant exemptions RDSPs, RESPs status unclear and other relief were obtained."

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Finance Household Budgeting Tips


Check on prescription drugs to make sure using your health plan saves you money. Only wash full loads. Only have one extra set of sheets for each bed size in the house. This helps in terms of clutter also. Sell at a kids consignment shop and buy what looks good. If you have a son heading toward 13, don't buy ahead because they can virtually skip sizes. Learn to cook food that doesn't come in frozen trays. Water is not just for bathing, try some instead of that next Coke. Borrow books from the library (and whatever else they offer). Avail yourself of free community concerts. Volunteer to usher at your local performing arts center so you see the shows for free. Make frugal choices you can live with so you don't feel deprived. Learn the popular size of a product because it may be your best buy (often 18oz jars of peanut butter are loss leaders). If movies are part of your life, down scale to matinees or the $1.50 theaters. Tips on Saving Money Ask yourself "Do I need it?" "Do I need it now?" Pre-allocate money so that you can take advantage of any savings offered by prompt payment. I save a significant amount on oil that way as well as property taxes. Pay your bills over the Internet - many of the banks provide for online banking. There is no postage, no cheque writing fee, and all transactions and their clearance dates are clearly listed on statements and user generated reports. Most banks software will also export and download files for use in your software.

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Match your long distance company with your calling habits. If most of your calling is done in the evenings, get a plan that gives you unlimited evening and weekend calling. Turn off lights and anything electrical behind you. Cook with covered pots. It takes much less energy to cook if the pot is covered. Plan meals for the weeks / month ahead prior to going to the grocery store. Make a shopping list and stick to it. Buy store brand foods instead of national name brands. Use coupons. Shop on double or triple coupon days. Shop for groceries on a full stomach. When replacing light fixtures, consider compact fluorescent. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.

Learn how to budget by following these steps on how to bring your spending under control. Spending beyond your limits is Budgets are a necessary evil They're the only practical way to get a dangerous grip on your spending - and to make But if you do, you've got plenty of sure your money is being used the way company. Government figures show that many households with total you want it to be used. Creating a budget generally requires income of $50,000 or less are spending more than they bring in. This doesn't three steps - Identify how you're spending money make you an automatic candidate for bankruptcy - but it's definitely a now. - Evaluate your current spending and sign you need to make some serious set goals that take into account your spending cuts. Beware of luxuries dressed up as long-term financial objectives. - Track your spending to make sure it necessities If your income doesn't cover your stays within those guidelines. costs, then some of your spending is Use software to save grief If you use a personal-finance program probably for luxuries - even if you've such as Quicken or Microsoft Money, been considering them to be filling a the built-in budget-making tools can real need. Tithe yourself create your budget for you. Aim to spend no more than 90% of Don't drive yourself nuts One drawback of monitoring your your income. That way, you'll have spending by computer is that it the other 10% left to save for your bigencourages overzealous attention to picture items. detail. Once you determine which Don't count on windfalls categories of spending can and should When projecting the amount of money be cut (or expanded), concentrate on you can live on, don't include dollars those categories and worry less about that you can't be sure you'll receive, such as year-end bonuses, tax refunds other aspects of your spending. or investment gains. Watch out for cash leakage If withdrawals from the ATM machine Beware of spending creep evaporate from your pocket without As your annual income climbs from apparent explanation, it's time to keep raises, promotions and smart investing better records. In general, if you find don't start spending for luxuries until yourself returning to the ATM more you're sure that you're staying ahead of than once a week or so, you need to inflation. It's better to use those income increases as an excuse to save more. examine where that cash is going.

Steps To Making A Financial Budget

Best practices for planning and budgeting


Everyone believes that cost-cutting in their daily lives is a tough job and can never be fun. But if you're a working parent, it's essential to save money to ensure a stable and secured future. While it's great to invest in policies and Another great option is potluck with your schemes, we share some simple money- colleagues - not only will it build your saving tips that you can follow in your rapport with your team members, you'll day-to-day life, without feeling the pinch. also get to sample a variety of cuisines! Travel wise: With fuel prices having Indulge in outdoor entertainment: sky-rocketed, if you're travelling alone, You've probably not realised, but a it's advisable to take public transport, large part of your income often goes in like the bus or train. This way, you will paying astronomical cable and satellite also get time to read a book or listen bills. That's because more and more to your favourite music. If that's not an families today, spend all their free time option, you can always carpool to work being glued to the idiot box. Instead, with colleagues who live nearby. go outdoors for entertainment. Parks, Get you own lunch: Instead of spending public libraries and museums, are a money on lunch every day at work, great source of education. If you have pack a lunch box from home. Not only a club membership, make use of it, by is it a healthier option, but you will save taking the kids swimming. more money than you can imagine. The options are endless.

Be A Smart Saver

Work tips Pretend the vending machines at the office don't exist, or never have change. Sometimes I think that my best investment ever was a Thermos bottle. Take your own coffee. Bring your lunch to work rather than eat out. Car tips Car pool if possible. If you drive an older car, consider carrying only liability insurance if you can assume the risk of loss. Maintain your car. Get the cheapest price possible on auto insurance. Know your gas stations and fill up when you're near the cheap one. Use public transit. And then call your auto insurance agent. Plan your trips to save gas. Price shop. Buy used cars; the original owner pays for the new car's depreciation.

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Creating Healthy Sleep Habits

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Even when they no longer need nightly feedings, some babies have trouble falling -- and staying -- asleep. Here are some strategies for solving the sleep problem. Breaking Bad Habits Once a baby is 3 months old, he no longer has physiological need to be fed during the night. But at 5 months, a fair number of infants are still experiencing problems (or even developing new ones) falling asleep at bedtime or after waking in the middle of the night. Often, well-meaning parents take too active a role in soothing their babies to sleep. The result is a baby who can nod off only with a parent's help and two adults who are absolutely desperate for a good, uninterrupted night's sleep. Mercifully, most sleep difficulties can be solved relatively easily by following some basic rules. But don't put the task off. Sleep problems become more ingrained as children get older. Help your baby break the habit of falling asleep only with your assistance. Many new parents assume that rocking, nursing, or singing a baby to sleep is what being a loving mother or father all is about (and these activities can be very pleasurable for both of you). But if you always let your little one nod off in your arms, she will come to expect it. Then, when she awakens during the night, she'll feel helpless and will cry for assistance. You do not have to eliminate bedtime rituals altogether. You can rock or nurse your baby until she gets drowsy. The point is to put her in her crib while she's still awake, so that the last thing she sees is her mattress-not you. Then when she wakes in the middle of the night, she'll be so accustomed to this familiar sign that she'll probably fall back to sleep. If your baby is already addicted to your arms, however, she's sure to cry if you put her in her crib awake. You'll have to muster a lot of emotional strength to wean your baby of this habit. Begin by putting her down and comforting her for about five minutes, then leave the room. If she cries, let her

do so for about five minutes, then go back in and soothe her, but don't take her out of the crib. When she's calm, leave the room again. If she begins to cry, wait another five minutes before you return and calm her down always leaving her in the crib. Repeat this procedure until she falls asleep herself. And for the next few weeks, gradually lengthen the time between soothing. Basic Dos & Don'ts Don't put your baby down with a bottle. Like rocking and nursing, giving your baby a bottle at bedtime creates a dependency: He will get accustomed to sucking and find it difficult to nod off without his bottle or to settle himself back to sleep during normal night awakenings. You may also have to change him regularly during the night, since his diapers will most likely be soaked. Allowing a baby to fall asleep with a bottle can also cause physiological problems that interfere with his sleep. The extra calories may stimulate his digestive system and throw off his natural body rhythms, causing him to wake from hunger. Ear infections may result if formula pools in your baby's inner ear, as may happen when fluid enters the eustachian tube, which connects the baby's mouth and ear. And baby-bottle mouth can develop once your infant has teeth. To wean your baby of his bottle-in-bed habit, steadily decrease the amount of milk, formula, or juice in the bedtime bottle and eventually eliminate it. Or replace the fluid entirely with plain water. A child who is getting only water from a bottle will soon give it up altogether, usually in a week or two. Don't bring your baby into your bed in hopes of solving a sleep problem. Studies show that both adults and children sleep better alone-your movements and arousals are likely to disturb your baby's sleep, and vice versa. More important, teaching your baby to sleep alone is an important part of her learning to separate from you without anxiety. Some parents, however, prefer the "family bed" concept practiced in

other cultures, and that's fine if it's part of your value system and you're willing to forgo the lack of privacy that accompanies it. But experts advise that it's a mistake to bring your baby into your bed solely to solve a sleepingthrough-the-night problem; it's more likely to exacerbate the situation. Do help ease the transition. A fear of being separated from one's parents often begins to surface around 6 months of age and can trigger new sleep problems. So that your little one doesn't feel abandoned when you put him down for the night, spend 10 or 15 minutes with him in the nursery before bedtime so that he comes to identify your presence with the room. This transition time will also give baby a chance to become comfortable with his surroundings. When you do

place him in the crib, don't leave posthaste. Instead, spend another 5 minutes talking softly to baby and perhaps gently stroking him, then quietly leave the room before he falls to sleep. If you try these methods and your baby's sleep problems persist, you should speak to your pediatrician. The great majority of babies have the ability to fall asleep on their own and stay asleep through the night, but in rare cases a disturbance could signal a medical problem. All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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Friday February 7, 2014

Some Ways To Control High Blood Pressure Without Medication


If you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure (a systolic pressure the top number of 140 or above or a diastolic pressure the bottom number of 90 or above), you might be worried about taking medication to bring your numbers down. Lifestyle plays an important role in treating your high blood pressure. If you successfully control your blood pressure with a healthy lifestyle, you may avoid, delay or reduce the need for medication. Here are some lifestyle changes you can make to lower your blood pressure and keep it down. 1. Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline Keep a food diary to estimate how much sodium is in what you eat and drink each day. Read food labels. If possible, choose low-sodium alternatives of the foods and beverages you normally buy. Eat fewer processed foods. Potato chips, frozen dinners, bacon and processed lunch meats are high in sodium. Don't add salt. Just 1 level teaspoon of salt has 2,300 mg of sodium. Use herbs or spices, rather than salt, to add more flavor to your foods. Ease into it. If you don't feel like you can drastically reduce the sodium in your diet suddenly, cut back gradually. Your palate will adjust over time. 5. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink

Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. Losing just 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) can help reduce your blood pressure. In general, the more weight you lose, the lower your blood pressure. Losing weight also makes any blood pressure medications you're taking more effective. You and your doctor can determine your target weight and the best way to achieve it. Besides shedding pounds, you should also keep an eye on your waistline. Carrying too much weight around your waist can put you at greater risk of high blood pressure. In general: Men are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 40 inches (102 centimeters, or cm). Women are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 35 inches (89 cm). Asian men are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 36 inches (91 cm). Asian women are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 32 inches (81 cm). 2. Exercise regularly

By making these 10 lifestyle changes, you can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease can lower your blood pressure by 4 to 9 surprising light on your true eating millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). And habits. Monitor what you eat, how it doesn't take long to see a difference. much, when and why. If you haven't been active, increasing Consider boosting potassium. your exercise level can lower your Potassium can lessen the effects of blood pressure within just a few weeks. sodium on blood pressure. The best If you have pre-hypertension source of potassium is food, such systolic pressure between 120 and as fruits and vegetables, rather than 139 or diastolic pressure between 80 supplements. Talk to your doctor about and 89 exercise can help you avoid the potassium level that's best for you. developing full-blown hypertension. If Be a smart shopper. Make a shopping you already have hypertension, regular list before heading to the supermarket physical activity can bring your blood to avoid picking up junk food. Read pressure down to safer levels. food labels when you shop and stick to Talk to your doctor about developing your healthy-eating plan when you're an exercise program. Your doctor can dining out, too. help determine whether you need any Cut yourself some slack. Although the exercise restrictions. Even moderate DASH diet is a lifelong eating guide, activity for 10 minutes at a time, such it doesn't mean you have to cut out all as walking and light strength training, of the foods you love. It's OK to treat can help. yourself occasionally to foods you But avoid being a "weekend warrior." wouldn't find on a DASH diet menu, Trying to squeeze all your exercise in on such as a candy bar or mashed potatoes the weekends to make up for weekday with gravy. inactivity isn't a good strategy. Those 4. Reduce sodium in your diet sudden bursts of activity could actually be risky. 3. Eat a healthy diet

Regular physical activity at least 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week

Eating a diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products and skimps on saturated fat and cholesterol can lower your blood pressure by up to 14 mm Hg. This eating plan is known as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. It isn't easy to change your eating habits, but with these tips, you can adopt a healthy diet: Keep a food diary. Writing down what you eat, even for just a week, can shed

Even a small reduction in the sodium in your diet can reduce blood pressure by 2 to 8 mm Hg. The recommendations for reducing sodium are: Limit sodium to 2,300 milligrams (mg) a day or less. A lower sodium level 1,500 mg a day or less is appropriate for people 51 years of age or older, and individuals of any age who are African-American or who have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease. To decrease sodium in your diet, consider these tips: Track how much salt is in your diet.

Alcohol can be both good and bad for your health. In small amounts, it can potentially lower your blood pressure by 2 to 4 mm Hg. But that protective effect is lost if you drink too much alcohol generally more than one drink a day for women and men older than age 65, or more than two a day for men age 65 and younger. Also, if you don't normally drink alcohol, you shouldn't start drinking as a way to lower your blood pressure. There's more potential harm than benefit to drinking alcohol. If you drink more than moderate amounts of it, alcohol can actually raise blood pressure by several points. It can also reduce the effectiveness of high blood pressure medications. Track your drinking patterns. Along with your food diary, keep an alcohol diary to track your true drinking patterns. One drink equals 12 ounces (355 milliliters, or mL) of beer, 5 ounces of wine (148 mL) or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor (45 mL). If you're drinking more than the suggested amounts, cut back. Consider tapering off. If you're a heavy drinker, suddenly eliminating all alcohol can actually trigger severe high blood pressure for several days. So when you stop drinking, do it with the supervision of your doctor or taper off slowly, over one to two weeks. Don't binge. Binge drinking having four or more drinks in a row can cause large and sudden increases in blood pressure, in addition to other health problems.

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The liver is a major organ responsible for various digestive ad metabolic functions of the body. It is one of the organs, which helps the body to eliminate toxins from the body. A small damage to this organ can be life threatening. Syeda, Certified Holistic Nutrition Therapist, SNHS , UK. Certified Health Coach, IIN, US, shares the top 9 causes of liver damage and tips to avoid harming your liver. # 1: Sleep deprivation

Top Causes Of Liver Damage

Always have a good and healthy breakfast in the morning. A good breakfast will help you stay fuller for a longer time and also avoid liver damage. 5: Consuming too much medication

Excessive consumption of oil can create heart and liver problems. So, stay away from them as far as possible or use healthy oil variants like olive oil and sesame oil. # 8: Raw food

# 3: Eating too much

When it comes to popping pills, always consult your doctor. Excessive consumption of medications can damage your liver gradually. # 6: Stay away from fake food Consuming half cooked food or overly cooked food also can cause liver damage. Choose fresh foods always. # 9: Alcohol consumption

Our body goes into a repair process, when we sleep. So, make sure you get a good 8 hours of sleep. Lack of sleep will ruin your elimination process and damage your liver. # 2: Not urinating in the morning

Eating in excess will do more harm than good It will harm your waistline and your liver as well. # 4: Skipping breakfast

Fake with preservatives, additives, food colouring and artificial sweeteners, can cause liver damage because they contain chemicals in them. # 7: Unhealthy oil

It is very important to urinate as soon as you get up. Getting rid of toxins from the body in the form of urine, will help to remove the bodily toxins, which are built overnight.

Too much alcohol is not good for your overall health as well as your liver. So, always drink alcohol in moderation.

Cold Shower May Be Secret To Burning Fat, Research Reveals


It may not be the perfect start to the morning, but a cold shower might be just what the doctor ordered. New research being published in a United States journal shows that 10 to 15 minutes of shivering can provide the same results as an hour of moderate exercise. One of the researchers, endocrinologist Dr Paul Lee from Sydney's Garvan Institute, and has been taking cold showers for six years as part of his work on brown fat. While white fat stores excessive calories which can lead to obesity, brown fat burns energy off. Both are in our bodies and white can be converted into the good brown fat. Dr Lee has just returned from two years at the National Institute of Health in Washington which delved into the theory that cold exposure increases brown fat activity. "We invite individuals, healthy individuals, and expose them to cold temperatures from 18 degrees Celsius all the way to 12C until they shiver and measure the hormones levels in their body," he said. "And we found as the temperature dropped, the individuals started to shiver and two hormones in the body increased." The two hormones they looked at included FGF21, found in brown fat, and irisin, which is produced by muscle. These are also increased during exercise. While the hormones were known to exist, what Dr Lee and his colleagues found was the way that the hormones communicated to generate the conversion. "In essence, this is a hormone system which allows muscle and fat to communicate and in this process the hormones are capable to convert ordinary fat cells into beneficial brown fat cells," he said. Hormones 'become very clear therapeutic targets' Dr Lee says scientists will look at creating a drug which can mimic this behaviour. "On the one hand I think there's no doubt that mild cold exposure (to cold) could activate brown fat," Dr Lee said. "But I guess the question is, how practical is this? "I mean, nowadays we all prefer central heating and we all prefer to dress up sufficiently in winter. "So is there a way that we can harness these benefits but without the cold exposure? "And I think now with the identification of the actions of these hormones, they become very clear therapeutic targets." For those who cannot wait for the lotion or tablet, there is some caution as to how you might expose yourself to the cold. Dr Lee suggests like exercise, it requires training. He is also maintains it will not be the whole solution. "I cannot emphasise enough: diet and exercise are still the two most effective treatments that we know of in helping us to fight obesity, diabetes and a range of disorders," Dr Lee said. "In addition to concentrating on exercise and diet, perhaps looking at the indoor temperature that we adjust buildings to may be a very simple way to combat obesity."

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John's), Nova Scotia (Halifax), New Brunswick (Fredericton) and Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown). c. Newfoundland and Labrador (St. John's), Nova Scotia (Halifax), New Brunswick (Fredericton) and Quebec (Quebec). d. Nova Scotia (Halifax), New Brunswick (Fredericton), Quebec (Quebec City)and Ontario (Toronto). 4. One third of all Canadians live in which province? a. Quebec. b. Ontario. c. Northwest Territories. d. Manitoba. 5. What are the three parts of Parliament? a.The Sovereign, Governor General and Prime Minister. b.The House of Commons, the Legislative Assembly and the Senate. c. The Queen, the Legislative Assembly and the Senate. d. The Queen, the House of Commons and the Senate. 6. Which of the following sentences best describes the War of 1812? a. Napoleons fleet was defeated by the Royal Navy in the war. b. The USA became independent from the British Empire after the war. c. The USA invaded Canada and was defeated, which ensured that Canada would remain independent of the United States. d. Canada joined the United States after the war. 7. Who is General Sir Arthur Currie? a. A military leader of the Mtis in the 19th century. b. A great frontier hero. c. An explorer of western Canada. d. Canadas greatest soldier in the First World War. 8. In Canada, are you allowed to question the police about their service or conduct? a. No, police service and conduct is not open to discussion with Canadians. b. Yes, you can question their service but not their conduct.

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c. Yes, you can question their conduct but not their service. d. Yes, if you feel the need to. 9. Why is the battle of Vimy Ridge important? a. It was a key position of the German line in Northern France. b. Canadian Corps secured its reputation for valour and bravery. c. It was the "hinge" of the German line as it protected the newly constructed Hindenburg line. d. Once Canadians fought at Vimy they knew they would be heading home. 10. What is the name of the Premier of British Columbia? a. Premier Adrian Dix b. Premier David Anderson c. Premier Ujjal Dosanjh d. Premier Christy Clark ANSWERS 1 D 6 C 2 A 7 D 3 B 8 C 4 B 9 B 5D 10D

1.Which province has the most bilingual Canadians? a. British Columbia. b. Prince Edward Island. c. Nova Scotia. d. Quebec. 2. Which province is the only officially bilingual province? a. New Brunswick. b. Quebec. c. Ontario. d. Prince Edward Island. 3. What are the provinces of the Atlantic region and their capital cities? a. Nova Scotia (Halifax), New Brunswick (Fredericton), Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown) and Quebec (Quebec). b. Newfoundland and Labrador (St. Continued From Last Week By private boat If you are arriving by private boat, proceed directly to a designated marine telephone reporting site and call the CBSA Telephone Reporting Centre (TRC) at 1-888-226-7277 to obtain CBSA clearance. Certain private boaters may now present themselves to the CBSA by calling the TRC from their cellular telephones from the location at which they enter Canadian waters. Required identification Make sure you carry proper identification for yourself and any children travelling with you to help confirm your legal right to enter Canada. The Government of Canada recommends that Canadian citizens travel with a valid Canadian passport because it is the only reliable and universally accepted travel and identification document available to Canadians for the purpose of international travel. International transportation companies such as airlines may require travellers

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Akshay Kumar or John Abraham who will bag the third installment of Hera Pheri
There seems to be a lot of confusion when it comes to the lead role in the third installment of popular Hera Pheri series Earlier it was rumoured that John Abraham has replaced Akshay Kumar to be a part of the famous trio in the third installment of Hera Pheri. However, it looks like those were just rumours as the Madras Cafe actor has not yet signed on the dotted line. In fact producer Firoz Nadiadwala, is still contemplating on who will direct the film. This will ultimately decide as to who will play the main lead John or Akshay. Confused? Well, lets clear all the confusion then. The third installment of the film, which is tentatively titled as Hera Pheri 4, will star Akshay if it is directed by Neeraj Vora, who had written Hera Pheri and Phir Hera Pheri. However, rumours are also afloat that Anees Bazmee might direct the film. And if that happens, then John is more likely to be cast in the lead role. If I direct the film, it will star Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal the original cast of Hera Pheri. Of course, producer Firoz Nadiadwala will take the final call, Vora was quoted by a tabloid. On the other hand, Bazmee, who is currently directing Welcome Back also produced by Firoz said, Firoz and John are very keen that I direct the film and I would love to do so. But before that I want to finish work on Welcome Back and start shooting for No Entry Mein Entry. However, if another speculation is to be believed, then both John and Akshay might be together in the film and that the Dostana actor will be the fourth member in Akshay, Suniel and Pareshs gang. We wonder, if its really going to happen or is just another rumour. After all, why else would the makers name the film Hera Pheri 4, when logically, it should be called Hera Pheri 3. Hmmm guess all we can do is wait and watch, no?

The latest song from Gulaab Gang composed by Soumik Sen is powerful and high on energy Its Madhuri Dixit-Nene versus Juhi Chawla, a war between good and the evil in the movie, Gulaab Gang. The title track from the film gives an insight into what to expect from the film itself. Its stays true to the nature and the plot of the film its dramatic, poetic and has heavy dose of politics and action! While Madhuri Dixit looks every bit the energetic social crusader, the one who kickstarted the gulaabi war, Juhi plays the dirty politician to the T. She looks wicked, conniving and very shrewd. The once superstars come face to face and this is a face off nobody would wanna miss even if its on screen. Both hold their own position and make their presence felt through this song and the trailers. The song is rendered in a rustic tone, with lyrics that fit easily into the backdrop and theme of the film. Malabika Brahma and Shilpa Rao offer an energetic number that will remind you of songs sung by Shubha Mudgal, we would love to hear this song in the Ab ke saawan singers voice too. Even a Vasundhara Das would have easily upped the energy of this unique treat.

Its An Open War Between Madhuri Dixit-Nene And Juhi Chawla

Sargun has competition at home! The judges of Boogie Woogie have Naved Jaffrey. promised to consider Sargun Mehtas The judges were so impressed by his husband and actor Ravi Dubey to performance that they said they will anchor the next season of the dance consider his name for anchoring in the reality show. next season of Boogie Woogie. So does Sargun is hosting the current season of that mean Sargun is being replaced? Boogie Woogie, while Mr Dubey had We asked Mrs Dubey the story behind hosted Indias Dancing Superstar. the rumours? She said, Nono! He came on the show to perform for Thats not happening . He came on one a special episode called Teen Ka of the episodes and charmed everyone. Tadka. He not only performed with So I was telling him that you have to two contestants on the song Ahun ahun stop doing this or you will replace me. ahun from the movie Love Aaj Kal, Well if you ask us, the couple should but also mimicked Hrithik Roshan and try hosting the dance reality show rapped like Jaaved Jaffrey, who judges together. Wouldnt that make it an the show along with Ravi Behl and interesting watch?

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Who Will Emerge A Winner At The Box-Office

Amitabh Bachchan Or Rajinikanth

Akshay To Start 'Self Defence' Classes For Women

South superstar Rajinikanth will compete with Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan on April 11. Kochadaiiyaan and Bhoothnath Returns will release on the same day and guess what, it not just a war between Bachchan Sr and Rajinikanth but also between ex-lovers Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor. While Dippy will romance the Thalaivaar, Kapoor Jr has a cameo in the Bachchan film. But who will emerge a winner

Its the clash of the titans and everyone is waiting for the result

Ace choreographer Saroj Khan will be teaming up with filmmaker Indra Kumar in his next, 'Super Nani' for a classical song. Khan has worked with the director in many of his hit projects like 'Dil', 'Beta', 'Raja', 'Ishq' and others. And now after 16 years, the duo has reunited to bring back the magic of the glorious 90s as Khan choreographs Kumar's daughter Shweta for 'Super Nani'. "It is a lovely classical number and I thought she would be best to choreograph this song. Saroj Khan is the master of all dances. She was overjoyed and elated to come on board. She has given me my most memorable songs and I'm looking forward to see my daughter Shweta dance to her magic as well," Indra Kumar said. With the first shooting schedule complete, the second shooting schedule is poised to take off early next week and it will flag off with a song sequence with Shweta. The film, which also stars Rekha, Sharman Joshi, Randhir Kapoor and Anupam Kher is about a grandson inspiring his grandmother to do something worthwhile in life. The film is likely to release in May this year.

Saroj Khan To Choreograph For Rekha

after this big face off? While this isnt the first time that industry biggies will take on each other, it will be interesting to see the anjaam. These superstars share a mutual admiration club and a great friendship. Both have great regard for each other. But we have seen their big fight at the box-office. The first round was won by Sivaji The Boss while Big Bs Jhoom Barabar Jhoom failed to sizzle. So, who will be the winner in the second one?

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar is all set to launch a martial arts school to give self-defence training to women in suburban Mumbai by May this year. Akshay has joined hands with Yuva Sena Chief Aditya Thackeray for the social initiative and by May, they will inaugurate a martial arts training institute for women in Mumbai. "I am thankful to Aditya Thackeray for coming up with the idea and also lending his complete support. This initiative is very close to my

heart," Akshay said. The first one should be operational by the end of May at Andheri sports complex in suburban Mumbai. It's a training school for self defence for women. It will be a three month long course and will be free of cost, he said. Back in the 1980s, after Akshay got a black belt in Taekwondo in India, he travelled to Bangkok to further study the martial arts. After learning Muay Thai combat sport in Thailand, he returned to Mumbai and became a martial arts trainer.

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Labor Day (PG)****


Beware of strangers. Sound advice like this, likely learned from one's parents, could well come in handy in Labor Day. Developed by the brain trusts at Paramount Studios this smart close to the bone thriller boasts strong performance and an undercurrent of tension. Not knowing what will come next is the hallmark of a thriller or a good suspense tale. Get ready for some bumps in the night sprinkled with liberal twists and turns for audiences at Cineplex theatre across B.C. Based on a popular novel this 110 minute tale of struggle, secrets and hidden desire is a superior romantic drama. Danger follows a criminal on the run being tracked by the authorities. Man of the hour Frank decides his best laid plan involves hiding out at an innocent woman's house. Hot off his impressive tale as a prisoner confined to a box in Oldboy Josh Brolin ditches

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the violence for a more standoffish presence as a con on the lam Unlucky is the woman whose home he invades. Titanic sensation Kate Winslet comes off strong as a divorced woman doing her vest to raise a young son. Little so the pair know the peril they face when a stranger comes a calling. Something strange happens during the "hostage taking" as the trio learn a lot about themselves and each other during the ordeal Small town hospitality is alive and well as depicted in Labor Day which includes iPad impressive performance from Gattlin Griffith as young son Henry. Canadian born director Jason Reitman (Out of the Air) continues to grow and shine as a director here helping and writing a drama with well drawn out characters that blossom on screen. Despite a few all too easy intrusions Labor Day is one fine film indeed.

Bollywood Condoles Philip Seymour Hoffman's Sudden Death


Bollywood celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Mira Nair and Shekhar Kapur expressed shock over the sudden demise of Hollywood actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman, 46, widely known for his Oscarwinning role in 'Capote' and memorable performances in films like 'The Master', 'Moneyball'and 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire', was found dead in his New York City apartment of an apparent drug overdose on February 2. WHAT! Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead. In 2005, Hoffman won the Oscar and the Golden Globe Award for 'Capote'... Exceptional artist," tweeted Amitabh Bachchan. Superstar Shah Rukh called Hoffman 'great actor'. "It's so difficult to accept that great actors are mortals. Thank you for the rides and the excitement Mr Philip Seymour. RIP," Shah Rukh posted. Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur remembered meeting Hoffman very recently in New York. "Remember long wonderful meeting with him in NYC. A man so incredibly humble about his genius. He was only 46. What a loss." "Shocked to hear about the passing of @PhilipSeHoffman - he lived to make art and died for it. Terrible when the great ones leave us," tweeted director Mira Nair. Actress-director Pooja Bhatt too expressed her grief. "Just heard the most tragic news-Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46. What a terrible,terrible loss.'My soul is in good shape' Philip Seymour Hoffman. RIP," said Bhatt. Actor Arshad Warsi feels his death is a waste of good talent. "What a waste of good talent, such a fine actor.... Please say no to drugs... RIP Phillip Seymour Hoffman," posted Arshad. "RIP Phillip Seymour Hoffman- you'll always shine wherever you are," tweeted Aditi Rao Hydari "Philip Seymour Hoffman... Wanted so much more of you.. always sad to say sudden & early goodbyes. Warmest hug to you wherever you're shining now," posted Shahana Goswami Uday Chopra condemned the used of drug by the actors. "Cannot believe Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away... Successful, talented, young... Then dies of a drug OD what's going on with Hollywood. RIP," he wrote.

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The thought that every zit, eruption, or boil on your skin is a pimple or acne is untrue. There are a lot of skin conditions that are caused due to allergies, cosmetics, sun damage, stress, puberty or even pollution. Dr Rickson Pereira, Consulting Dermatologist, M.D. (Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy) from Dr Minals Dermatherapie Centre talks about 10 unusual skin conditions that people generally ignore. Keratosis pilaris is identified as skincoloured or slightly red bumps on the skin. It starts during adolescence and affects the outer arms, back and thighs and rarely the face. It occurs because the unshed skin forms hard plugs in the opening of the hair follicle. The skin has an uneven and spiny feel. It can be treated with moisturisers and exfoliating treatments containing alpha hydroxy acids. Milia are tiny, pearly, keratincontaining cysts that appear just under the superficial layer of the skin. They can appear at all ages, but more in those who have sun damaged skin. They can be removed easily by a dermatologist. A retinol containing cream can reduce the formation of new ones. Polymorphous light eruption (PMLE) is an abnormal response of the skin to sunlight. It can appear as whitish to slightly reddish itchy patches on the face, neck and outer side of the arms. PMLE needs a dermatologists attention. It may heal with some residual marks. A broadspectrum sunscreen (both UVA & UVB blockers) can prevent recurrences. Pityriasis alba is a common skin condition seen in children and adolescents. It presents as dry, pale patches on the face and can be confused with fungal infections (pityriasis versicolor) or vitiligo. It is a benign, self-limiting condition. A dermatologist can confirm the diagnosis. It responds to treatment with moisturisers and mild steroid creams. Pigmentary demarcation lines (PDL) are natural patterns on the skin, composed of dark-coloured areas with abrupt transition into light-coloured skin. This occurs on the face, arms, chest and legs. PDL of the face is a frequent concern among women and appears as tanned patches on the cheeks (bat-wing pattern), forehead and under eye area. Avoiding undue sun exposure, use of a sunscreen and combination of skin-lightening creams, peels and Q-switched lasers can lighten

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these lines. Acanthosis nigricans is a condition presenting as dark brown to black, velvety patches of skin in the body folds such as undereyes, neck, underarms, groin, elbows, knees and fingers. It may be familial and the condition worsens with weight gain. It is the most common cause of darkening underarms and neck and sometimes dark under eye circles. Exercise, weight loss and dietary modifications improve the appearance. Mild peels, Q-switched Nd-Yag laser or fractional laser in combination with skin-lightening creams can give good results. Macular amyloidosis appears as brown-grey, rippled patches on the upper back, outer arms, elbows and rarely, the face. Vigorous scrubbing of the skin, constant friction, prolonged sun exposure and occasionally, an underactive thyroid can be associated with this condition. Combination of exfoliating creams, peels and lasers can be beneficial in this condition, though it cannot be eliminated completely. Dermatosis papulosa nigra (DPN) is a skin condition presenting as numerous, small, brown-black, dot-like growths on the face, neck and dcollet. They usually appear during puberty and increase with age. A family history may be present. They are benign, and can be treated to address cosmetic concerns by radiofrequency cautery. Rosacea is a common skin disease and manifests as an easy tendency to blush or flush easily with or without acne-like breakouts, large pores and a coarse skin texture. Skin may be very sensitive and sting and burn. Stress, sunlight, spicy foods, alcohol and many skin care products can aggravate or trigger rosacea. Oral and topical anti-inflammatory medications are needed to treat an episode. Avoid the trigger factors and use skin care products designed for sensitive skin to avoid flare-ups. Sensitive skin type is a skin condition in which skin is prone to itching, burning and transient redness when using cosmetics and toiletries. Individuals may also report intolerance to facials and other dermatological procedures. Opt for sulphate-free cleansers and use moisturisers compatible with sensitive skin. Also, avoid skin care products containing alcohol, alpha hydroxy acids and salicylic acid. Mineral sunscreens and make up suitable for sensitive skin.

Relationships

What is a best friend? We list a few ideas on who could be that 'best' friend you are searching for... Many times it happens that you term 4. She might be a busy career woman your school friends as the only best and not have time to gossip with you friends you have, and as you progress anymore, but when you are looking in life, you realize they have changed for advise she is all ears! She will also and you are not on the same page refer you at the right places for a job with them. Then again you meet new and look after your good interests. people, form new associations and you 5. Your friend refuses to give you a ride make newer best friends. Very often in his car because he has to run other you confuse the qualities of a best errands but he feels that 'guilty' pangs friend with someone who will be there when he comes face-to-face with you in your life for a reason or season but and tries to make it up in some other later for no reason might just disappear way. from your life. That does not mean he 6. Your friend is running a busy ceases to be a friend, but it becomes schedule at work, late night shifts, necessary to understand who exactly is stress and all...but he still finds time to your 'best' friend. Here we give you a share a few moments after work to tie few pointers who can qualify as your that friendship band on your hands. best friend: 7. You keep on giving him or her calls 1. He is not always free every weekend and he fails to respond. You feel this to chat with you and have a cup of is the 'end' and friendship has hit rock coffee! But when you are lonely, and bottom but he suddenly again emerges you call him in the middle of the night, and surprises you on your birthday he will rush to you, specially during a with a big birthday cake. festival holiday. 8. You feel that there is a distance with 2. You shouted at him/her for making your friend now that she is married things dirty in your house and taking and busy with a life of her own, but you for granted but the next day if you in parties or social groups, when other apologise, he will forgive you for your people are trying to criticize you or bad behaviour. make you feel bad, she is there to take 3. You are going through a heartbreak your side and protect you. and shout at the top of your voice to be 9. You meet a nice, handsome guy "left alone" your friend still goes with or a beautiful girl, and the name that you and gives you company till you are registers on your mind to call and talk to finally okay. her or him about it, is your best friend!

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There are somethings that a man will never tell you. But these things would help you understand your partner better and improve your relationship. Read on to know a few of his secrets... - We want you to like our friends, but not love them: A man would want his girlfriend to get along with his friends, but he may not like you hanging out with them all the time. Also, don't make statements professing your love for his friends. - We don't like it when you go gaga over anyone else: Be it Brad Pitt or Salman Khan, we don't like it when you drool over their bulging biceps or six-pack abs. Don't be surprised if we start praising Jessica Alba or Katrina Kaif out of the blue. - We worry that you will find someone

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better: It's not just women who worry about losing their guy to some hotter chick, even men suffer from pangs of insecurity. Just that they are better at hiding it than most women. - We don't cuddle hoping for sex... well not always: It's not just women who like to just hold hands or relax in her partners' arm. A guy will never admit to this but he loves cuddling too. It doesn't mean that he doesn't have naughty things on his mind, but there are some exceptions to the rule. - Don't expect us to tell you what we do on a boys' night out: Whether it's girls, sports, cars or bikes, don't expect a guy to reveal any of the things that he has discussed with his buddies. It's probably better that way!

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It's time for a new slim-down mantra: Eat more to weigh less. The right foods help you drop up to two pounds a week by revving your calorie burn and curbing cravings. Continued From Last Week Pomegranates

Superfoods For Weight Loss

The juice gets all the hype for being healthy, but pomegranate seeds deserve their own spotlight. In addition to being loaded with folate and disease-fighting antioxidants, they're low in calories and high in fiber, so they satisfy your sweet tooth without blowing your diet. Pop the raw seeds on their own (many grocery stores sell them preshucked) as a snack at your desk. Use them in salads instead of nuts. They're especially delicious on raw baby spinach with lemon-poppy seed dressing. Chillies

Drop that rubbery lowfat cheese and pick up the real stuff. Women who had one serving of whole milk or cheese daily were less likely to gain weight over time.Grate Parmesan over roasted vegetables. Or snack on a 1-ounce portion with an apple or a pear. Avocado

Dietitians often refer to plain yogurt as the perfect food, and for good reason: With its trifecta of carbs, protein and fat, it can stave off hunger by keeping blood sugar levels steady. Use lowfat plain yogurt instead of mayonnaise in chicken or potato salad, or top a baked potato with a bit of yogurt and a squeeze of lemon juice. You'll save 4.7 grams of fat per tablespoon. Look for Greek yogurt, which has more protein than other versions. Quinoa

One reason to spice up your meals: You'll crank up your metabolism. A compound in chiles called capsaicin has a thermogenic effect, meaning it causes the body to burn extra calories for 20 minutes after you eat the chiles. Stuff chiles with cooked quinoa and marinara sauce, then roast them. To mellow a chile's heat, grill it until it's almost black, peel off charred skin and puree the flesh. Add the puree to pasta sauces for a one-alarm kick. Or stir red pepper flakes into any dish you enjoy. Yogurt

These tiny fish are the unsung stars of the sea. They are high in protein and loaded with omega-3s, which also help the body maintain muscle. And they're low in mercury and high in calcium, making them a smart fish pick for pregnant women. If the flavor doesn't appeal to you, soak them in milk for an hour; it will remove any trace of fishiness. Use sardines in recipes you like that call for anchovies, including Caesar salad and stuffing. Or make a sardine melt: Toss whole sardines with chopped onions, fresh herbs and diced bell peppers. Put the mixture on top of a slice of pumpernickel or rye bread, cover with a slice of cheddar and broil. Tarragon

Don't let the fat content of an avocado (29 grams) scare youthat's what makes it a top weight loss food. The heart-healthy monounsaturated fat it contains increases satiety. And it's terrific party food. Add avocado to your sandwich instead of mayo for a creamy texture and a shot of flavor. Avocados do contain a lot of calories, so it's best to watch your portions. Olive oil

Curbing hunger is as easy as piling your plate with this whole grain. It packs both fiber (2.6 grams per 1/2 cup) and protein, a stellar nutrient combo that can keep you satisfied for hours. Serve quinoa instead of rice with stirfries, or try this take on a scrumptious hot breakfast: Cook 1/2 cup quinoa in 2/3 cup water and 1/3 cup orange juice for 15 minutes. Top with 1 tbsp each of raisins and chopped walnuts. Sardines

You can use this herb, a staple in French cooking, in place of salt in marinades and salad dressings. Plus, tarragon lends a sweet, licorice-like flavor to bland foods. Rub 2 tbsp dried tarragon on chicken before baking or grilling. Or make a tasty dip by mixing 1 tsp chopped fresh tarragon into 4 oz lowfat plain yogurt and 1 tsp Dijon mustard. Parmesan

Like avocados, olive oil has healthy fat that increases satiety, taming your appetite. But that's hardly its only slimming feature. Research shows it also has anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation in the body is linked to metabolic syndrome. Drizzle your salad with olive oil and you'll increase the antioxidant power of your veggies, a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition notes. Or toss pasta with a few teaspoons of olive oil, fresh basil and sauteed garlic.

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Beckham Exercises Option To Purchase Miami MLS Franchise


David Beckham hopped onto the stage, his back to sun-splashed Biscayne Bay, and a pack of photographers jostled for position as admirers cheered and chanted. "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. The sport moved a step closer to returning to South Florida on Wednesday, when Beckham confirmed he has exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Miami. The deal will be finalized when the former English national team captain can secure a financing plan and location for a new stadium. Beckham attended a news conference with MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to discuss their progress. "This is an exciting time, and something we're really looking forward to bringing to Miami," Beckham told a crowd of more than 300 people on a downtown museum plaza. The event was frequently interrupted by cheers for Beckham, who's popular around the world and especially in celebritysmitten Miami. The retired soccer icon has scouted possible stadium sites and is seeking investors to assist with startup costs such as construction and player acquisitions. Among those who might become involved is Miami Heat star LeBron James, who has had recent conversations with Beckham about bringing a team to Miami. "LeBron has become a friend over the last few years," Beckham said. "We spoke about this on the business side and also as friends. He's very interested in this." Beckham, looking the part of a "People here love this sport," Garber said. "We together have no doubt it will be a very successful MLS team." Beckham said he also wants to start a children's soccer academy in Miami. Shareholders in the team will include Beckham's business partner Simon Fuller, the "American Idol" creator who is the driving force in franchise negotiations, and Marcelo Claure, president and CEO of Brightstar Corp. Beckham said he'll finalize his group of investors over the next couple of months. He declined to say what players he would like to bring to the team. "We have a list," he said. "We want to bring some of the best players in football to Miami to play on this team. I've seen what happens to teams when you bring great players in. I'm talking about the Heat." That brought cheers from the crowd. James and the Heat have won the past two NBA titles. Beckham laughingly ruled out hiring his former manager, Alex Ferguson, to coach the team, but said he has ideas regarding that search, as well. "I kind of know what makes a great coach and what doesn't," he said. "We'll have a good coach here." Beckham praised the growth in recent of years of MLS and said he's optimistic about the league's direction. Regular-season attendance increased from an average of 15,504 in 2006 to a record 18,807 in 2012 before dropping slightly this season to 18,594. "I've seen the change in this league," Beckham said. "I've seen the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona come over to America. They want to play against the MLS teams. They're interested in this league, and that's what's changing."

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businessman in a suit and tie, said city officials have promised the team's stadium will be downtown, which is his preference. "We don't want public funding," Beckham said to applause. "We will fund the stadium ourselves. We have worked very hard to get to this stage where we can fund the stadium ourselves. We want to create a football club that is the people's football club." Gimenez -- who at one point referred to Beckham as "Beckman" -- said there's political support for a plan. "We started our negotiations last week," Gimenez said. "We have to get rolling. There's a time crunch. We are willing partners. We are very grateful that Mr. Beckham and MLS have chosen Miami as the site for their next franchise. We're going to do all in our power to make sure we get the stadium built in the right place as quickly as possible."

New teams have been announced for 2015 in New York City and Orlando, Fla., increasing the league's total to 21. Beckham declined to offer a timetable regarding when Miami might play its first game, but a likely target is 2017. The former Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Los Angeles Galaxy and Paris Saint-Germain star has the right to an expansion team at a discount fee of $25 million. MLS's Miami Fusion played in Fort Lauderdale from 1998-01 before folding because of poor attendance, but this time, Beckham's star power could make a difference. "Miami is a vibrant city with a lot of passion," he said. "I know this city is ready for football -- soccer -- this time around. I know this is going to be successful." The crowd at the news conference included a throng of chanting, singing fans.

NHL star Steven Stamkos will not be joining Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics, the Tampa Bay Lightning confirmed on Wednesday afternoon. "I honestly believe that we did everything possible in order to have my injured leg ready in time for the Olympics, but I realize you can't force healing. I know, in the best interest of my long term health, I cannot represent Canada in Sochi, as much as I would like to," Stamkos said in a statement.

Steven Stamkos Not Going To Sochi Olympics, Tampa Bay Lightning Confirm
Stamkos suffered a broken right leg in November and could've been out for as long as 12 weeks. He is widely considered one of the best forwards in the game scoring 90 points in three seasons. Team Canada will now have to seek a replacement for Stamkos. Names that have been thrown around include Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux and Stamkos' linemate Martin St. Louis.

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The Fiji National Football League will be in full force when the OFC Champions League arrives in April for the group stages of Oceanias prestigious club competition. For the two local sides competing, Ba and Nadi, the clash has prompted Ba to seek special permission from the Fiji FA allowing them to miss part of the season in order to focus on participating in the Champions League. Fiji FA President Rajesh Patel says the matter was discussed during the Fiji FA board and council meeting in Nadi on Sunday, with both parties approving the proposal. He now expects Nadi to make a similar request. In principle we have granted Nadi time off for a certain period also, Patel

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says. But they need to get the request across to us. To complete the National League schedule Ba and Nadi will be required to play mid-week fixtures following the conclusion of the Champions League. Nadi played in the inaugural edition of the competition in 1999 when it was known as the Oceania Club Championship. They lost 5-1 to South Melbourne in the final at Prince Charles Park. Ba reached the final of the 2007 Oceania Championship League losing to Waitakere United on the away goals rule. The Men in Black have since featured in the 2008, 09, 12 and 13 editions of the OFC Champions League.

Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar receives the "Bharat Ratna" award from Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi Retired cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has been given India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna. Tendulkar is the first Indian sportsperson to receive the honour. And at 40 years old, he's also the youngest-ever recipient. Tendulkar was congratulated by President Pranab Mukherjee during a brief ceremony that saw thunderous applause at the presidential palace. The cricketer announced his retirement from the game in November, ending his 24-year career during which he became the world's leading scorer in both Test and one-day cricket. In retirement, he has begun promoting social causes such as sanitation and has been named a member of the upper house of the Indian Parliament. It's led to speculation he might one day enter active politics. In 2008, he received the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award. C.N.R. Rao, 79, who heads the prime minister's scientific advisory council, was the other civilian who received the Bharat Ratna this year for his contribution in the field of science.

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Stk #: 354989

$21,995

Auto, Low KMS, Loaded, Sunroof, Leather


Stk #: 455691

Auto, Touring, Leather, Sunroof

$15,900

Stk #: 126684

$12,595

Auto, Hatchback, 84,200 KM


Stk #: 074734

2010 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SXT

2006 SMART CAR FOR TWO

2004 AUDI A4 -AWD

2008 VW JETTA - TRENDLINE

2009 HONDA CIVIC DX-G

Auto, Loaded, DVD, Sirius Radio, Bluetooth, Balance of Factory Warranty

$13,998

Stk #: 207766

Good Credit, Bad Credit

$6,988

Cabriolet, Diesel, Conv, A/C One Owner, Heated Seats, Pwr Windows
Stk #: 235711

Auto, Excellent Condition, Sunroof Fully Loaded, New Tires

$9,800

Stk #: 045668

$10,988

Auto, Power Group, Automatic, Local Car


Stk #: 060265

13495 King George Blvd, Surrey BC V3T 2T8 Ph: 604.498.3222

*ALL PRICES INCLUDE DOCUMENTATION FEES*

Bankruptcy, New Immigrant

$12,595

Auto, Low KM 1.8L Only 39,270KM


Stk #: 007997