Bihar's Super 30 coaching idea wins high praise in Canada

Vancouver, Feb 21 - Super 30, Bihar's free coaching centre which helps poor students crack the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE), has won high praise in Canada.

Super 30 founder Anand Kumar was felicitated "for his remarkable way of spreading the light of education in the darkened corners of the society" at a function organized by South Asian Cultural Society in Vancouver, British Columbia, last week.

Kumar's Super 30 initiative has been getting great appreciation in Canada, including in the legislature of British Columbia province with the minister of advanced education, Naomi Yamamoto, calling him a "gifted teacher".

US, Canada unveil new measures to facilitate trade

US, Canada unveil new measures to facilitate tradeWashington, Dec 8 : Declaring job creation as his highest priority, US President Barack Obama has unveiled new measures with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to facilitate trade and travel between the two neighbours, who are each other's biggest trading partner.

Appearing from his talks with Harper at the White House, Obama told reporters Wednesday that "our focus today is on our highest priority, and my top priority as president, that's creating jobs faster and growing the economy faster".

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Hindu girls tie rakhis to police officers in Canadian town

Hindu girls tie rakhis to police officers in Canadian townNevada (US), August 17: Young Hindu girls tied rakhis on the wrists of police officers in London (Ontario) town of Canada while celebrating the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan, according to reports.

London Police Services welcomed few dozen members of Hindu community to police headquarters on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, thus recognizing the cultural diversity of the city.

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Started with borrowed money, Apple becomes world's No. 1 company

Indo-Canadian CEO to head top tech bodyToronto, Aug 11 - Indo-Canadian CEO Karna Gupta, who made headlines in 2009 in stopping hostile takeover of his encryption company by BlackBerry, has been appointed the president and CEO of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC).

The apex body of the Canadian information and communications technology industry, ITAC member companies generate $155 billion in revenue each year.

Gupta has been the CEO of the Toronto-area Certicom Corporation which is a leader in encryption technology.


Pakistani terror suspect arrested in Canada

Pakistani terror suspect arrested in CanadaToronto, July 24 - A Pakistani man was arrested in Canada Saturday for war crimes and terror links.

Arshad Muhammad, who was arrested from the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, has reportedly been linked to a Pakistan-based Islamist organisation.

The 42-year-old man, who has been evading arrest for years, was nabbed after police spotted him in a convenience store in Mississauga which is home to a huge population of Indians and Pakistanis.

Now Apple goes after BlackBerry's enterprise base

Apple, BlackBerryToronto, July 12 : As BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) co-CEOs face jittery investors Tuesday at the annual meeting amid the company's declining market share, Apple has stepped up efforts to steal BlackBerry's corporate client base.

Corporate executives and leaders favour BlackBerry because of its security encryption.

But the onslaught from Apple's iPhone and Google Android devices has pushed BlackBerry from the top to the third slot in the US smart phone market in a matter of months.

As the Canadian wireless giant struggles to replace its aging handsets, Apple has taken aim at its enterprise base by targeting them with a back-page ad in The Economist.

Apple, Intel join Google in bidding for Nortel patents

Apple, Intel join Google in bidding for Nortel patentsToronto, June 28 : Auction for thousands of wireless technology patents belonging to failed telecom giant Nortel began Monday.

The bidding process for 6,000 patents and patent application began in April, with Google offering a $900-million stalking horse bid. If no other player had entered the bidding process, auction would ended June 20.

But because of the entry of other bidders, including Apple, Intel and Ericsson, Nortel delayed the auction by a week. The highest bid placed Monday will be reviewed by a US bankruptcy court in Delaware July 11.

BlackBerry co-CEOs told to loosen grip on RIM

BlackBerry co-CEOs told to loosen grip on RIMToronto, June 28 : BlackBerry co-CEOs were Monday asked to loosen their hold on the company to reverse its declining fortunes.

As investors put pressure on the top technology company for changes in management, the US-based Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) Monday asked RIM to split the roles of chief executive officer and chairman to save itself.

BlackBerry inventor Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie are co-CEOs as well as co-chairmen of the board of directors. They also have the largest individual shares of 10 percent. Thus, the two men control management as well as the board of directors.

Google Android smart phones top as Nokia, BlackBerry sink

Google Android smart phones top as Nokia, BlackBerry sinkNew York/Toronto, June 1 : Google's Android devices have become most popular smart phones in the US, said a Nielsen survey Tuesday, a day when Nokia shares tanked more than 15 percent on weaker quarterly outlook.

Nielsen said Tuesday its April survey of 65,000 users showed that 36 percent mobile consumers now use an Android device, compared to 26 percent who use Apple iPhones and 23 percent who use Blackberry.

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Toyota cuts in US, Canada to hit small car buyers

Toyota cuts in US, Canada to hit small car buyersToronto/New York, April 20 : Toyota is further cutting its production in North America plants because of shortage of parts caused by the March 11 disaster in Japan. The auto major also said for the first time that there could be short supply of its vehicles this summer.

The shortage of small Toyota cars in North America could come at a time when vehicle production in Canada and the US has risen 17 percent in the first quarter of this year compared to the output last year.

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Toyota, Honda announce production cuts in North America

Toyota, Honda announce production cuts in North AmericaToronto, April 9 : Toyota and Honda Motor Company Friday announced production cuts at their assembly operations in Canada and the US because of the shortage of parts caused by the disaster in Japan.

Toyota said it is adjusting North American production due to parts shortage following the March 11 earthquake.

As a result, all its Canadian and US assembly plants will be shut for five days - barring the Kentucky plant that will close for four days - between April 15 and April 25.

Apple's new iPad today to kick off tablet war

Apple's new iPad today to kick off tablet warToronto/New York, March 2 : With 2011 touted as the year of the tablet, the tablet war begins this week with Apple unveiling its new iPad Wednesday and BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) following soon with its PlayBook.

Extending its tradition of updating its products every year, Apple is all set to unveil the iPad2 at an event in San Francisco.

In fact, the new tablet comes less than a year after its money-spinning iPad which has sold more than 15 million units so far and accounts for 15 percent of the revenue of the world's most valuable technology company.

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HP, BlackBerry, Wal-Mart sink as markets retreat over Libyan crisis

HP, BlackBerry, Wal-Mart sink as markets retreat over Libyan crisis  Toronto/New York, Feb 23 : Global giants sank as stock markets tumbled in Toronto and New York Tuesday as oil prices surged amid worries over continuing unrest in Libya.

A member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Libya daily produces over 1.7 million barrels of oil. Oil for March delivery jumped 8.6 percent to $93.57 a barrel in New York - the highest price in more than two years.

On the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE), the composite index retreated 159.43 points to slip below 14,000 and closed at 13,963.68 points.

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Indo-Canadian doctor held on drugging, rape charges

Toronto, Feb 21 - An Indo-Canadian doctor and his colleague have been arrested here for allegedly drugging and raping a young woman in a downtown hotel.

Amitabh Chauhan and Suganthan Kayilasanathan, both 32, who were arrested at the weekend, appeared in a city court Saturday to face charges of drugging and sexual assault. Their bail hearing was adjourned till Wednesday.

According to police, Chauhan and Kayilasanathan met the 23-year-old victim in a hotel bar. As the two men chatted with her while drinking, they offered to help her with some career advice.

Arcelor, partner in virtual takeover of iron-ore giant

Arcelor, partner in virtual takeover of iron-ore giantToronto, Feb 19 - With their final offer of buying the remaining common shares expiring Thursday, ArcelorMittal and Nunavut Iron Ore Acquisition have almost acquired total control of Toronto-based Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation.

In a statement Friday, the two joint owners said they now control 93 percent stake of iron-ore rich Baffinland. The over 90 percent stake allows them to force the remaining shareholders to surrender their stake.

A shareholder vote will be taken to approve the forced purchase of the remaining shares not tendered by Thursday.