Indian Government launches Ten Year Multiple Entry Visa for Canadians

10-Year multiple-entry Tourist and Business Visa is being introduced for Canadian nationals with immediate effect, announced Mr. Vishnu Prakash, the Indian High Commission in Ottawa.

“Fulfilling a promise made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his recent historic visit to Canada, the Government of India is now accepting applications for ten year multiple entry visas for Canadians,”  says Minister of National Defence and Minister for Multiculturalism.

Prime Minister Modi made the commitment while joined by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in front of a crowd of over 10,000 Canadians of Indian origin in Toronto in April of this year.

Tourist Visa


The Tourist Visa (TV) is meant for visiting India for recreation, sightseeing or meeting friends and relatives, but for no other purpose.

Apparently the Indian government has been angry about some people using their visa to carry out journalist assignments and indulge in other activities without permission.


* Duly completed visa application form.

* Two recent passport size (51mm x 51mm) colour photos showing full frontal face against a white background. One photo needs to be pasted on the application form and other enclosed separately.

* Passport with minimum of six months’ validity and at least two blank pages.

* Proof of address.

* For persons who have held an Indian passport in past – proof of renunciation of Indian citizenship and immigration status at time of arrival in Canada.

* Fees: $202 plus processing fee of BLS International Services Canada Inc.


Business Visa


The Business Visa (BV) is meant for visiting India for business and trade purposes.


* Duly completed Business Information Sheet.

* A letter of request from the applicant’s company / organization in Canada.

* An invitation letter from Indian company indicating the nature of applicant’s business with India, probable duration of stay, the places and firms to be visited in India.

* Fees: $308 plus processing fee of BLS International Services Canada Inc.

* Requirements as given above for Tourist Visa.

* More details about BV are available at


Important Information and Highlights


* The period of continuous stay during each visit will not exceed 180 days.

* Registration with concerned FRRO / FRO will be required for continuous stay exceeding 180 days.

* It is advisable to apply for visa at least 15 days before your intended date of travel.

* Online Visa application form is available on website

* Submit the printout of the duly completed and signed online visa forms along with supporting documents at one of the offices of the Indian High Commission’s outsourcing agents, BLS International. Their office addresses, timings phone numbers and e-mail address can be found at

* The duration and number of entries of the visa issued is completely at the discretion of Indian High Commission / Consulates.

* You may also visit High Commission of India, Ottawa’s website, Consulate General of India, Toronto’s website and Consulate General of India, Vancouver’s website or the outsourcing agency M/s BLS International Services Canada Inc. at their website for details.


Diabetics face thousands of amputations each year


All kinds of Canadians neglect their feet, but that can be a life-altering decision for people with diabetes.

The chances of having a toe or foot amputated due to an infected wound are about 20 times higher for a diabetic. And a lower limb amputation often starts a spiral of decline: up to two-thirds of patients die within a year.

“There’s a high risk of death following amputation. In fact, the mortality rate is greater than some cancers,” explains Dr. Jan Hux, chief science officer for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

That organization is on a mission to remind the growing number of people with diabetes to baby their feet like never before. Thousands of Canadians are expected to lose their toes or feet each year despite advances in care that have brought the rate of amputations down among diabetics. That’s because the sheer number of people diagnosed is forecast to rise to 4.2 million by 2020.

There were 4,400 diabetes-related amputations across the country in 2008, the last year for which reliable data are available. That marked a small increase from 4,020 10 years earlier, according to the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System.

The road to the operating room starts with foot numbness called diabetic neuropathy.

“Pain is an important defence mechanism. If you or I had a pebble in our shoe, we wouldn’t walk three steps without taking it out. The person with diabetes will walk on it all day,” says Hux.

That creates a sore that remains unnoticed because nerves to their feet have been damaged due to high blood sugar and a lack of oxygen from poor blood flow. That same lack of circulation — again coupled with high blood sugar — creates the perfect environment for infections to grow.

“They’re more likely to get an injury and they’re less likely to be able to heal it,” says Hux. That’s why diabetes accounts for up to 70 per cent of all non-traumatic limb amputations.

Wayne Sidsworth, a 56-year-old management consultant from Hamilton, Ont., watched the process claim his foot in a matter of days. He had been diagnosed at 37 with type 1 diabetes and thought he had it under control. It turned out that a blockage in the main artery of his leg — likely formed before he knew he had diabetes — couldn’t be repaired through several surgeries.

He knew then his lower leg would have to come off, but was unprepared to watch a tiny cut on the sole of his foot transform from a dime-sized sore to a gangrenous limb over the course of a weekend. A surgeon removed it in an emergency operation on the Monday morning.

“I woke up at 9 o’clock without my leg,” Sidsworth recounts. “I got through that part OK. The hard part was rehabilitation, learning how to walk again.”

His advice to others? Get diagnosed. Sidsworth believes he could have avoided some of the damage by getting his blood sugar down from its sky-high levels earlier.

Hux agrees, but goes further. The CDA says 57 per cent of diabetics don’t follow doctors’ orders because they can’t afford the medical supplies to monitor their blood sugar levels or the medications that can help. As a result, only half of Canadians with type 2 diabetes have their blood glucose levels under control and therefore run the risk of slow-healing wounds along with heart diseasekidney damage and blindness. That’s why the CDA endorses proposals for a national Pharmacare program to make sure low- and middle-income patients receive proper care.

“If people can manage their blood sugars well and have the resources they need to do that, then the damage to the nerves won’t happen. This cascade can be avoided where a barefoot walk in the park leads to a below-the-knee amputation,” says Hux.

Sole searching

Foot care advice from the Canadian Diabetes Association:

  • Wear shoes that fit with clean socks.
  • Avoid going barefoot — even in the house — or wearing flip-flops or footwear that presses in one spot.
  • Check your feet daily for cuts, sores and cracks, using a hand mirror to see the bottoms if needed.
  • Don’t use over-the-counter corn and wart removers.
  • Seek help if you notice a wound. Foot specialists can offer advice for protecting a sore.
  • The CDA’s Clothesline program is collecting gently used shoes to distribute to homeless shelters across Canada. For more information call 1-800-505-5525 or download the Clothesline app to find the nearest drop box.

Diabetes in brief

Blood sugar. The key factor in all diabetes is the body’s inability to process sugar. It can be caused by a lack of insulin — the hormone produced by the pancreas to regulate it — or insulin resistance, which is a key indicator of pre-diabetes. Regular finger-prick blood tests throughout the day show diabetics their blood sugar levels so they make changes in food intake, exercise or medication to keep them stable. Uncontrolled high blood sugar causes damage throughout the body. Prolonged high or low blood sugar can cause a diabetic coma.

Type 1 diabetes. Also known as juvenile diabetes, the disease is often diagnosed in children and teens and typically require insulin injections to stabilize blood sugar. It accounts for about 10 per cent of cases and is a serious chronic illness that requires a lifetime of attention.

Type 2 diabetes. This condition is a fast-growing plague in North America that now makes up 90 per cent of all diabetes. It can be brought on by carrying extra weight, a lack of exercise and poor diet. It can sometimes be controlled by lifestyle changes. Damage to the body accumulates the longer it goes uncontrolled.

The epidemic. In 2000, 1.3 million Canadians had diabetes. Ten years later that number more than doubled to 2.7 million. It affects every sphere of society, but has hit First Nations particularly hard, with prevalence about 40-per-cent higher than the rest of Canada.

Sources: Canadian Diabetes Association, National Diabetes Surveillance System

Indian-American man donates $1.5 mn for Sikh studies

New York: An Indian-American cardiologist has donated $1.5 million to the University of California-Irvine to create a Chair for Sikh studies within the school, media reported on Tuesday.
Harvinder Sahota donated the money to the university that will now teach Sikh studies as a regular course. The department will be named after Sahota’s mother, Bibi Dhan Kaur Sahota, India West reported.

“My mother taught me never to degrade anyone and respect everyone,” Sahota was quoted as saying. “I still abide by the lessons she taught me as a child. I wanted to honour my mother for the woman she was and the man she helped me turn out to be,” he said.
Classes in the department are expected to begin in September, 2016

Surrey trucker Dhillon faces multiple charges after U.S. crash kills woman


Surrey -A Surrey, B.C., truck driver has been charged in connection with a fiery crash that killed one person and injured numerous others on an Ohio highway last month.

Rahmatkarn Singh Dhillon, 24, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and a traffic violation.

On the afternoon of July 31, Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to a six-vehicle crash on Interstate 76 (also called the Ohio Turnpike) in Austintown Township.

According to a police news release, all vehicles involved were travelling west on the turnpike when the crash happened. Three vehicles in the left lane had slowed and two in the right had stopped due to a lane closure, but a Volvo tractor-trailer unit driven by Dhillon apparently failed to stop and drove down the middle of both lanes, striking three vehicles — one of which hit a fourth — and then plowing into a Dodge Caravan.

The Caravan, which had two adults and two children inside, was pinned against the right side bridge wall by the trailer and caught fire. The trailer also caught fire.

According to reports, bystanders helped remove the driver of the minivan, Michael Gardner, and his children from the vehicle. His wife, 44-year-old Stacy Gardner, was trapped in the rear of the van and died at the scene.

Eight people were injured, including Michael Gardner and his children. Dhillon and two others were uninjured.

On Aug. 3, bond for Dhillon was set at $150,000 cash or surety. According to court records, that bond has not yet been posted.

The case has been bound over to the court of common pleas in Mahoning County, Ohio, to await the action of the grand jury.

According to Facebook, Dhillon received his Class 1 driver’s licence in January.

A person named Rahmatkarn Dhillon who is also 24 years old has had three violation tickets in the past two years, according to online court records.

On April 6, 2013, he was issued a ticket in Richmond for failing to wear or improperly wearing a seatbelt.

He was also ticketed in September 2014 for speeding and passing on the right in Hope.


Fake officer tries to pull over off-duty cop, gets arrested

NORTH KINGSVILLE, Ohio — A man pretending to be a police officer was caught and charged because the driver targeted by his bogus traffic stop was a real officer.

Police in North Kingsville, Ohio say an off-duty officer was stopped Sunday night by the alleged impersonator, who was driving a black sport utility vehicle with red and blue emergency-style lights. Village police Chief Hugh Flanigan tells a local newspaper that the unarmed man in civilian clothes repeatedly tried to convince the officer that he was a real lawman, but eventually drove away.

Flanigan says the officer contacted village police, who found the suspect within minutes. A prosecutor says the 42-year-old man faces a misdemeanour charge of impersonating an officer.

Drug-related arrest warrant issued for Sacramento slumlord

George Warren, KXTV8:37 p.m. PDT September 5, 2014

PLACERVILLE, Calif – Drug agents on Friday raided two rural properties in El Dorado County owned by a Sacramento man whose previous conflicts with authorities have generally involved code violations with homes in urban neighborhoods.

Meantime, a warrant has been issued in Nevada for the arrest of Raghvendra “Raj” Singh on drug-related charges there.

Outside Placerville, agents with the Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team served search warrants at a 10-acre parcel with a mobile home on Yearling Trail and 42 acres of raw land on Muleskinner Road.

Both properties are held in the name of Kiran Rawat, but multiple sources say they are controlled by her husband, Raj Singh.

Agents seized roughly 100 marijuana plants on Yearling Trail, where a neighbor told News10 he had seen Singh during an earlier harvest. A tenant living in the mobile home was not arrested.

A smaller number of plants were taken from the property on Muleskinner Road.

News10 has identified other rural properties in El Dorado County owned by Singh that have been involved in marijuana cultivation, but they were not targeted in Friday’s raids.

Singh owns 10 acres of vacant land on Rock Creek Road where a neighbor complained that pot growers broke into his pump house last year to steal well water.

Singh paid $35,000 for 10 undeveloped acres on Jeff Road two years ago, apparently unaware the property was landlocked with no water or power.

“He walked up and was very friendly,” said a neighbor who did not want to be identified. “And then he said that I would sell him power and I would give him water from my well. And I said, ‘No. Actually I won’t.'”

The neighbor said no marijuana was ever grown on that property.

Friday’s raids in El Dorado County follow a raid on Tuesday at a run-down motel Singh owns in Mineral County, Nev.

Sheriff’s deputies, tribal police and the Nevada Highway Patrol seized nearly $500,000 worth of marijuana plants, processed marijuana and hashish oil from the Roadrunner Motel, which Singh bought last year for $105,000.

Mineral County Sheriff Stewart Handte said an hour-long phone conversation with Singh on Wednesday convinced him that Singh was aware marijuana was being produced at the motel.

In previous conversations with News10, Singh has acknowledged being involved in marijuana cultivation in El Dorado County– but he insisted the activity is protected by California’s medical marijuana law.

But it’s a different story across the state line.

Handte said cultivation for any reason is illegal in Mineral County and there’s a felony enhancement because the motel is less than 1,000 feet from an elementary school.

Notorious Sacramento property owner arrested on Nevada drug charges

A Sacramento property owner News10 has investigated since late last year was arrested Wednesday September 10th in connection to a pot-growing operation at a motel he owns — in Nevada.News10/KXTV

George Warren, KXTV7:24 p.m. PDT September 10, 2014

SACRAMENTO – A Sacramento man whose previous conflicts with authorities have generally involved code violations with homes in urban neighborhoods was arrested Wednesday afternoon on drug charges stemming from a motel he owns in the Nevada desert.

Singh was taken into custody outside his midtown Sacramento four-plex by Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies shortly before 1 p.m.

An investigator said if Singh is able to post $50,000 bail he would be released pending an extradition hearing, although the jail website showed a no-bail extradition hold.

Mineral County, Nevada Sheriff Stewart Handte obtained the arrest warrant for Singh Friday, three days after a raid on the Roadrunner Motel in the small community of Schurz resulted in the seizure of a half-million dollars’ worth of marijuana plants, processed marijuana and hash oil.

Handte said a telephone conversation with Singh last Wednesday convinced him Singh was behind the drug operation at the motel.

Following Singh’s arrest, Handte praised Sacramento authorities for actively pursuing him.

“Teamwork got it done. He’s in custody, and now he has to face the consequences of the legal system,” Handte said.

California drug investigation

Singh is also the subject of a drug investigation in Northern California.

A state and local task forced known as the Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team raided two of Singh’s properties outside Placerville on Friday, seizing scores of pot plants at both locations.

Handte said he was working with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorney’s office in Reno to explore whether federal drug charges might be pursued because of the interstate issue.

Fraud and forgery

Singh faces a separate criminal investigation in Sacramento County for allegedly forging an attorney’s signature on more than two dozen court documents in an apparent attempt to skirt rules established to prevent frivolous lawsuits.

The California court system and U.S. Bankruptcy Court have identified Singh as a vexatious litigant, meaning he must get prior court approval before filing a new lawsuit without an attorney.

In July, Singh was fined $15,000 by the California 3rd District Court of Appeal for pursuing a meritless lawsuit.

Code enforcement battles

Singh has also been involved in long-running battles with code enforcement authorities in Sacramento County and the city of Sacramento.

A fire last December in one of his boarded-up houses at 4510 Stockton Blvd. killed a woman who was initially identified as a squatter.

Singh later admitted he had allowed Rosalea Trejo to live in the house.

An analysis of tax records shows Singh owns at least 28 properties, most of them paid for with cash and all of them held in the names of various trusts or his wife, Kiran Rawat.

In an extraordinary move, the Sacramento City Council Tuesday approved billing Rawat over $10,018 in fees and penalties as a personal debt for a substandard house on 7809 Cotton Lane that was demolished in June.

Code enforcement assessments are generally recovered by placing liens on the property, but city building official Ron O’Connor said that tactic has not worked with the Singhs.

The Singhs, who file their income taxes jointly, face hundreds of thousands of dollars in IRS liens that take priority.

“We’re trying a different way to get our money,” O’Connor said.



Man arrested after jumping White House fence

Washington:A man was apprehended on Wednesday night after he jumped the White House fence.

It is the second such incident since last month when an armed man managed to sneak into the White House before he was detained.

According to Politico, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said a man he identified as Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, climbed the north fence line at about 7:16 p.m. and was taken into custody immediately by uniformed agents and K-9 teams that constantly patrol the grounds.

The intruder was reportedly unarmed at the time of his arrest.

Barack Obama calls Stephen Harper to express support

WASHINGTON — Following Wednesday’s shooting in Ottawa

that claimed the life of a Canadian soldier, U.S. President Barack Obama phoned Prime Minister Stephen Harper and pledged that the U.S. is “going to do everything we can to make sure we are standing side by side with Canada during this difficult time.”

Obama told reporters at the White House that he gave his condolences to the families of the soldier killed earlier this week and of the soldier killed Wednesday while guarding the National War Memorial as well as to the Canadian people.

“We don’t yet have all the information about what motivated the shooting,” he said. “We don’t yet have all the information about whether this was part of a broader network or plan or whether this was an individual or series of individuals who decided to take these actions.

William Marsden

Toshiba, United Technologies ink agreement for global growth in HVAC solutions

Hartford (Connecticut), Oct. 17 (ANI): Toshiba and United Technologies have signed a new agreement for enhancing global growth in HVAC solutions.

Toshiba Corporation (Tokyo: 6502) and United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) announced plans to enter into an agreement to strengthen strategic collaboration between the two companies through their joint venture, Toshiba Carrier Corporation (TCC).

Toshiba Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer and provider of electric and electrical products and systems; and United Technologies Corporation (UTC), which is a part of Carrier Corporation the world’s largest provider of building technologies.

The agreement outlines the next stage of cooperation between Toshiba and UTC in the field of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning solutions through TCC. The companies have set a target to accelerate growth and double the unit’s $1.6 billion annual revenues by the next decade.

The deal will expand engineering and sales resources outside Japan, and will include the establishment of engineering centers in the United States and Europe to strengthen development activities and sales engineering support for these regions. The companies will also explore new opportunities for overseas manufacturing in India and North America.