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John McCallum, refugees and citizenship minister of Canada recently acknowledged the fact that international students are being cheated by unfair laws and schemes

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November 12, 2016: Refugees and Citizenship Minister of Canada, John McCallum has recently acknowledged the fact that international students are being cheated by unfair laws and schemes of the government, which makes it more difficult for them to attain citizenship. Therefore, he has promised to change things soon.

McCallum also admitted that the international students who were not being treated properly are actually the most promising class of immigrants. McCallum promised that “We’re going to give them more points under express entry and make it easier for them to become permanent residents,” mentioned HT.

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The ceiling for immigrations was kept at 300,000 in 2017 similar to that in 2016. On the other hand, the limit for refugees was lowered and the targets for economic and family unification classes were raised.

India was a priority country in Canada’s education policy in 2014. Universities Canada (the Association of all Universities and Colleges in Canada) played a key role in the International Education Strategy that accentuated the universities’ dedication towards a diverse approach to international education including joint academic programs, research, etc.

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They observed that the emerging economies (India, Brazil, China etc) were building relationships and partnerships with other emerging ones.

Convocation hall, University of Toronto. Wikimedia
Convocation hall, University of Toronto. Wikimedia

Various initiatives are in progress to make the students aware of the country’s high quality of education, diverse and the welcoming environment.

According to the HT report, the number of international students in 2013-14 has doubled since 2004-05, from 66,000 to 124,000.  The population between 2004-2005 and 2013-2014 grew 88% even as the number of Canadian students grew by 22%. The top five individual source countries for Canada in 2013-2014 were China (34.1%), France (7.6%), US (6.2%), India (5.7% and Saudi Arabia (4.5%).

The most popular fields of study among full-time Indian students were: architecture, business, management and public administration (22%), computer and information sciences (12%) mathematics, engineering and related technologies (37%), and physical and life sciences, and technologies (11%).

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Canada has been attracting students for a lot of reasons. The institutions are recognized worldwide for the high quality of education despite the location, size or area of focus at affordable costs.

Accorfing to HT report, even the quality of lifestyle is commendable in Canada. Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary were present in the top five most livable cities in The Economist 2015 list. Although, the weather conditions might be a little difficult to bear as it is really cold in same places. Even the university is a serious issue. Shilpa Isabella, a ‘Banglorean living in Toronto’ responded on Quora saying that the passing grade at her university was 70% while in India it is considered a distinction. She said that regardless of the course we opt for each class will demand a 100% commitment.

– prepared by Shivam Thaker of NewsGram. Twitter: @Shivam_Thaker

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Popular Indian Family Sitcoms ‘Hum Paanch’, ‘Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain’ All Set to Go West: ZEEL

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Hum Panch and Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain
Hum Panch and Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain

Sep 21, 2017: Hugely popular Indian family sitcoms “Hum Paanch” and “Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain” are set to get a British and Anglo-Spanish adaptation respectively, Indian entertainment conglomerate Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) announced on Thursday.

ZEEL has set up ZEE Studios International in Canada to produce global content for audiences across the world.

A few of the initial productions that are in the pipeline include adaptations of “Hum Paanch”, which is being produced in its British version as “Lala’s Ladiez”, and an Anglo-Spanish sitcom adapted from “Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain”. Its working title is “Love Thy Neighbour”, read a statement.

Based in Vancouver, the studio will create global content and formats for international markets in their local languages, many of which will be based on successful Indian ideas and concepts.

It will initially focus on developing content for television and digital platforms as well as original formats and homegrown remakes, with a plan to venture into film production at a later stage.

The content developed will have scripted and unscripted formats across an array of genres, ranging from reality, game and dance shows to shows in the fictional crime drama, sitcom, sci-fi, horror and paranormal space.

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Commenting on the new initiative, Amit Goenka, CEO at International Broadcast Business, ZEEL, said: “ZEE has always been a cultural ambassador of India, taking its rich and engaging content across the world. In yet another major milestone, we are now set to launch our production company, ZEE Studios International, in Canada.

“Canada is known as a large production hub for various Hollywood companies, as the country offers the requisite infrastructure, talent pool, scenic locales as well as a favourable government incentive scheme. After a series of discussions with the government of British Columbia, Canada, we were invited to set up a production company in Vancouver. Our endeavour through this venture is to produce global content for mainstream audiences across various international markets as well as take care of our domestic requirements.”

The studio will be led by Subhadarshi Tripathy.

(IANS)

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World Suicide Prevention Day: Bollywood celebrities Hrithik Roshan and Karan Johar lend their support to suicide prevention

Hrithik said, "On World Suicide Prevention Day, make a pledge to listen, and save a life"

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Hrithik Roshan and Karan Johar support suicide prevention. IANS
  • Hrithik shared a link of a video which depicted that one should listen to a person for saving lives
  • In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day join the #EarForYou movement. Listen it can save a life
  • Empower individuals and their families dealing with mental health disorders

Mumbai, September 10, 2017: Bollywood celebrities Karan Johar and Hrithik Roshan have come out in support of preventing suicide in the country on the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day 2017.

Hrithik on Saturday shared a link of a video, which depicted that one should listen to a person for saving lives.

“On World Suicide Prevention Day, make a pledge to listen, and save a life,” Hrithik captioned the video.

Karan also shared the same link and wrote a similar caption for the video. He also tagged Neerja Birla, Founder, and Chairperson of Mpower, The Aditya Birla World Academy, and The Aditya Birla Integrated School.

Neerja Birla has started with the campaign and wrote on her Twitter account: “In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day join the #EarForYou movement. Listen it can save a life.”

According to the official page of Mpower, their aim is “to empower individuals and their families dealing with mental health disorders by raising awareness, alleviating stigma, advocating prevention, fostering education, and providing world class holistic services, so that they can lead meaningful and productive lives, with respect and dignity.” (IANS)

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Assam Government signs a MoU with Google India to expand Internet Connectivity

It will provide Internet connections to 26,000 villages and 1,500 tea garden areas in Assam

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Assam Government has signed MoU with Google India to expand Internet Connectivity
Assam Government has signed MoU with Google India to expand Internet Connectivity. Pixabay

Guwahati, Assam, September 8, 2017: The Assam government on Thursday signed a MoU with Google India to take Internet connectivity to the remotest part of the north-eastern state.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the government would work to provide Internet connections to 26,000 villages and 1,500 tea garden areas in Assam under the MoU and thus increase digital literacy.

Information Technology Secretary Nitin Khare and Google India Country Head (Policy) Chetan Krishnaswami signed the Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of Sonowal.

“Technology rules the roost in the 21st century and the state government has upped the ante to use technology to carry forward the fruits of development to the remotest parts of Assam,” the Chief Minister said.

He said the ties with Google was a way forward to strongly pitch Guwahati as a natural gateway to the South-East Asian countries.

Sonowal said his government in sync with the Centre was working for the success of Startup initiative but the success of such programmes sans technology would be a distant dream.

“The MoU will be used as a launchpad to achieve the state government’s vision of women empowerment, skill development, and universal education,” he said.

The Chief Minister asked the Information Technology Department to take steps to make technology acceptable and favourable among the rural populace so as to catalyse rural development. (IANS)