first_imgNew Delhi: Nearly 8,000 guests will attend the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday, making it the biggest-ever event held in the historic premises. While the guests attending the event will be treated to high tea, President Ram Nath Kovind will host a private dinner for the leaders from Bimstec countries as well as Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov and Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth – who have all confirmed their presence. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Steel magnate L.N. Mittal is also expected to be present. “It will be the biggest-ever event at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. 8,000 people are coming,” Ashok Malik, Press Secretary to the President, told IANS. The size of the gathering is seen as a reflection of the massive mandate received by Modi government in the Lok Sabha elections. Both the BJP and NDA have improved their tally compared to 2014. The swearing-in will be held in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the same venue as in 2014. The event then was attended by about 5,000 guests. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The high tea will have snacks, including samosas, and paneer items apart from sweets, while at the President’s dinner, the visiting foreign dignitaries will be treated to “Dal Raisina” – a special delicacy of the Rashtrapati Bhavan that takes 48 hours to cook – among other delicacies. The Prime Minister will also attend the dinner, along with some officials. With the swearing-in scheduled for 7 p.m., dinner will be light as it will be served a little late in the evening. The dinner will have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options and include soup, fish, chicken, vegetables and the “Dal Raisina” – a variant of popular ‘maa ki dal’. “It is a speciality of our kitchen. Its special recipe was developed here in Rashtrapati Bhavan. It takes 48 hours to prepare. The process of preparing it started on May 28 and it will be ready by tomorrow (Thursday),” Malik said. The Bimstec leaders attending the event include Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Myanmarese President U Win Myint, Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering. Thailand will be represented by its Special Enovy Grisada Boonrach. The event will also be attended by leaders of political parties, Ambassadors and diplomats and celebrities from various fields.last_img read more

by CKOM, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 15, 2016 9:32 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 15, 2016 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SASKATOON – A petition signed by more than 36,000 Canadians is calling on the mining company Cameco (TSX:CCO) to face the taxman.The Saskatoon-based firm has been in a dispute with the Canada Revenue Agency for years.The CRA contends that a Swiss subsidiary set up by Cameco in the late 1990s was effectively a shell company used to funnel profits offshore and dodge as much as $2.1 billion total in Canadian taxes over a 13-year period.Cameco has maintained it has paid all the taxes it owed.The petition was delivered Wednesday to the company’s Saskatoon headquarters and another copy was dropped off on Parliament Hill.The petition is spearheaded by Sum of Us, an activist organization that says it wants to rein in corporations that don’t pay their taxes.Spokeswoman Rona Kourie said the petition is meant to pressure the federal government not to settle before a Tax Court of Canada trial expected to begin in late September.“We want to see this case come to court. We want to see Cameco pay all its back taxes, just to make sure there isn’t a sweetheart deal,” she said.Cameco spokesman Rob Geraghty said the company maintains its position that the arrangement with its Swiss arm was legal.He said there is a mediation process available in these types of disputes, but neither Cameco, nor the CRA have asked to use it.Geraghty said the company is as eager as anyone to have the dispute come to an end.“From our perspective, we’re heading to court at the end of September (or) early October. That’s basically the path that we’re on.”Geraghty said a decision in the case would likely come about 18 months from the start of the court case.(CKOM) Petition calls on Cameco to pay up in tax dispute with Revenue Canada read more