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Ottawa, Feb 24 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was greeted by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi Feb. 23 on his arrival at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, media reports said.
In the Friday meeting at New Delhi Modi and Trudeau reportedly agreed to fight terrorism and those who misuse religion to divide people.
Near the end of a trip to India by Trudeau and his family, Trudeau reportedly had been criticized that his trip that was mostly a Trudeau family vacation in fancy Indian clothing.
As well, a former extremist, Jaspal Atwal was invited by a Member of Parliament to a Trudeau reception, to dine with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a formal event hosted by the Canadian High Commissioner Thursday in Delhi.
This had alarmed Trudeau as he was unaware of his being invited.
The Vancouver-born Sarai is one of 14 MPs travelling with Trudeau on his official visit.
Trudeau assured that he will look into the matter and the Randeep Sarai would reportedly have to bear the consequences.
Throughout his India tour, Trudeau had reportedly been under pressure to answer Indian concerns about Sikh separatism in Canada.
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On Friday's meeting, he was asked about the public display of "martyr" posters honouring Talwinder Parmar, the leader of the 1985 Air India bomb plot, which took 331 lives.
"I do not think we should ever be glorifying mass-murderers," Trudeau said, "and I'm happy to condemn that."
Trudeau's Friday's meeting reportedly included discussions of the issue and the meeting concluded by the their mutual agreement to counter terrorism and violent extremism.
In this reportedly sixth meeting there were clear signs of affection between Modi and Trudeau, and Modi commented that Trudeau's visit was long awaited and very pleasant.
Trudeau accompanied by his wife and three children attended the welcome ceremony where, three-year-old Hadrien, putting his hat over his face during a family photo and shaking hands with everyone in the receiving line won the heart of the audience, .
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#GfKKnowledgeNetworks, #USguns, #guncontrol, #US
Washington,Feb 23 (Canadian-Media): An internet-based survey fielded by the survey research firm GfK Knowledge Networks between March 15 and April 13, 2016, revealed 54 percent of gun owners reported not storing all their guns safely, media reports said.
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his survey is reportedly the first nationally representative sample in 15 years to examine gun storage practices in U.S. households.
The survey definition based on research practices says that safe storage is when all guns stored in a locked gun safe, cabinet or case, locked into a gun rack or stored with a trigger lock or other lock.
The findings will reportedly be published Feb. 22 in the American Journal of Public Health.
“Storage Practices of U.S. Gun Owners” was written by Cassandra Crifasi, PhD, MPH, Mitchell L. Doucette, MPH, Emma E. McGinty, PhD, MPH, Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH, and Colleen Barry, PhD, MPH.
“Household gun ownership can increase the risk of homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings in the home, but practicing safe storage for all guns reduces these risks. The survey findings indicate a real public health emergency. More than half of gun owners in the U.S. are not storing all of their guns safely...with a trigger lock.” Cassandra Crifasi, PhD, MPH, an assistant professor with the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and lead study author was reported to state.
The survey also revealed that children below 18 years of age were present in approximately one-third of the homes.
In 2016 there were reportedly 1,637 firearm deaths among children under the age of 18; 39 percent of these deaths were due to suicide.
When respondents were asked about factors that influenced their gun storage practices, 43 percent said they were concerned about home defense, a gun safety training course by 35 percent, and family discussions by 30 percent.
A reportedly decreased risk for self-inflicted injury among adolescents when guns are stored safely.
“It’s encouraging to see the positive associations between safety training and reporting safe storage practices,” said study co-author Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. “Requiring gun purchasers to take safety training classes, as a handful of states already do, might lead to more gun owners storing their guns safely.”
The survey also found that gun owners who reported that their storage decisions were influenced by concerns about home defense were 30 percent less likely to practice safe storage for all their firearms.
Gun owners when questioned about the best safety procedures taken by them it was revealed that
77 percent of respondents selected law enforcement, followed by hunting/outdoor organizations (73 percent), active duty military (73 percent), military veterans (72 percent), and the NRA (71 percent). Physicians and celebrities scored lowest (19 percent and 11 percent, respectively).
Funding for the research came from grants to the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research from the Simmons Foundation.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Ottawa, Feb 15 (Canadian-Media): The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), formerly known as the TPP. would be signed on March 8 by Canada's minister of international trade, Francois-Philippe Champagne, media reports said.
According to official reports, the day following the signing of the deal, Canada's delegation would reportedly fly over the Andes to Asuncion, Paraguay, to launch free trade talks with the Mercosur bloc of nations.
Mercosur a trade bloc, reportedly the largest trade bloc in this hemisphere after NAFTA, was formed in 1991 by Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Canada wanted to further enhance business perspective with Mercosur market, where Canada's two-way trade runs to only about $8 billion Cdn. and Canadian officials reportedly said all four Mercosur member-nations have expressed strong interest in free trade with Canada.
Canada wants a progressive deal that includes real, enforceable labour and environmental standards, with the objective of levelling the playing field between the two sides.
Mercosur nations already have strong labour unions and some, such as Argentina, have strong labour laws.
But Canada also would probably want to discuss health and safety, gender and environmental issues, as it has in other recent trade negotiations.
Sectors of the Canadian economy that could stand to gain the most from the deal include mining, auto parts, financial services and forestry, say Canadian officials.
Another area that interests Canada is infrastructure and government procurement, though the Canadian side recognizes those might be tough sells for their Mercosur counterparts.
The Trudeau government has insisted that it is not negotiating new trade deals as an alternative to NAFTA, but rather as part of an ongoing mission to expand Canada's trading opportunities around the globe.
And Mercosur would fit into Canada's longstanding goal of trade diversification.
It also could provide an outlet for Canadian sectors that feel threatened by U.S. demands in the ongoing NAFTA talks.
Auto parts makers, nervous about their continued access to the U.S. market, could find a welcome alternative in supplying the auto industries of Brazil and Argentina. Canadian auto parts are currently subject to a punishing 35 per cent tariff in Mercosur nations.
Together, Argentina and Brazil produced about 2.6 million vehicles last year (more than Canada), including brands such as Honda, Renault, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai and Toyota.
But it's unlikely the volume of auto parts trade with Mercosur would ever rival the access Canada enjoys through free trade with the U.S. — a country with a $20 trillion US economy that produces over 12 million vehicles annually.
If NAFTA talks fail and Mercosur talks succeed, Canada could find itself with free trade deals with almost every American nation except its original partner, the United States.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Washington, Feb 10 (Canadian-Media): The second United States (U.S.) shutdown lasted only a few hours early Friday morning, after U.S. president Donald Trump signed a spending bill to add hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending on the military, domestic programs and disaster relief, media reports said.
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Trump tweeted that he signed the bill, officially ending the brief shutdown.
The second U.S. shutdown, within a month of the last shutdown, had occurred reportedly when a bill to fund the federal government until Feb 16 failed to receive the required 60 votes.
The shutdown was so unanticipated that the Office of Management and Budget didn’t tell federal agencies to prepare for it until Thursday evening.
The brief closure reportedly did not have much impact on federal workers and the public.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)