BRAMPTON “HONOUR KILLING”? Sukhchain Brar charged with murder of wife found in scorched truck

Brampton man charged with murder of wife found in scorched truck

OPP found body of Gurpreet K. Brar in vehicle on westbound Highway 402 at 3:15 a.m.

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Police say the body of 37-year-old Gurpreet K. Brar was discovered inside the scorched truck, and was sent to the Office of the Chief Coroner for examination.

A Brampton man has been charged in his wife’s death following a tractor-trailer fire near Sarnia on Sunday, police say.

The OPP responded to reports of a vehicle fire in the westbound lanes of Highway 402 near the Camlachie Rd. overpass at 3:15 a.m.

Police say the body of 37-year-old Gurpreet K. Brar was discovered inside the scorched truck, and was sent to the Office of the Chief Coroner for examination.

On Wednesday, police arrested Sukhchain Brar, 50, and charged him with first-degree murder.

Lambton OPP Const. Chris Doupe confirmed the accused and the deceased were spouses.

Brar is due to appear in Sarnia court Thursday.

Journalist Baltej Pannu granted bail in India

Punjabi-Canadian journalist Baltej Pannu granted bail

A fixture on GTA radio and televisions, his colleagues hope Baltej Pannu can soon return to the airwaves.

 Punjabi-Canadian journalist Baltej Pannu has been granted bail in India.FACEBOOK

Punjabi-Canadian journalist Baltej Pannu has been granted bail in India.

Punjabi-Canadian journalist Baltej Pannu could soon be free from jail after an Indian high court approved his bail application on Wednesday, according to his family.

Pannu, a former Brampton resident who still appears regularly on GTA radio and television, was arrested in Punjab in late November on charges of rape, cheating, and intimidation.

Supporters are adamant the charges against Pannu — a journalist, social activist and political satirist — are politically motivated.

“He was confident that he would get bail from the high court and he was confident in the judicial system of India,” his son Jasdeep Pannu told the Star from Surrey, B.C.

Jasdeep has not been in touch with his father since he was arrested, but said his mother, who lives in Punjab, has visited her husband regularly in jail.

The couple have lived together there for the last five years, reuniting after Pannu spent 25 years living in Canada.

She reports her husband is in good health and “very strong morally,” Jasdeep said.

He’s looking forward to a chance to speak with his father after months of being cut off.

“I have a lot of things to say and words are gong to be left,” he said. “When you talk to a person twice a day, and then you suddenly can’t talk to them for 67 days it’s a weird feeling.”

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CBC airs Scaachi Koul ranting about how white people disgust her

CBC airs Scaachi Koul ranting about how white people disgust her 

Morning rave, or boring rave? Scaachi Koul investigates

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/schedule-for-tuesday-february-2-2016-1.3429170/morning-rave-or-boring-rave-scaachi-koul-investigates-1.3430109

By Audrey Davis

February 03, 2016

Scaachi tells Shad what happened when she tried (really tried) to stay positive for a whole week.

Scaachi Koul and Shadrach Kabango Source

First of all, the title is grossly misleading the readers as Koul doesn’t make an investigation, but only shares  a personal  rant about an event she chose to attend.

Her rant goes on for about 8 minutes and, in spite of trying to be funny, her true colours pierce the thin layer of failed jocular approach and leave the listener wondering if taxpayers fund CBC for such trash shows.

I am not judging her professed dislike of white people as everyone is entitled to show and support ethnic solidarity.

What is disgusting about her rant is her general tone that projects not only a sense of ethnic superiority, but also a rather disturbing mindset: she really feels unsafe in the middle of a group of white people, but, curiously, she chooses to live in Canada instead of actually moving to her parents’ country of origin for a few months at least. You know, to recharge her batteries.

Indian Scaachi Koul shares her disgust of white people, calling any white gathering a “cult”

Scaachi says her usual face is "expensive and time consuming". Hear what happened when she ditched makeup for a week. http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/schedule-for-tuesday-february-2-2016-1.3429170/morning-rave-or-boring-rave-scaachi-koul-investigates-1.3430109

Indian Scaachi Koul shares her disgust of white people, calling any white gathering a “cult”.

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/q-guinea-pig-scaachi-koul-tries-a-morning-rave-1.3430205?autoplay=true

Deepan Budlakoti’s appeal to be declared Canadian citizen dismissed by Supreme Court

Deepan Budlakoti’s appeal to be declared Canadian citizen dismissed by Supreme Court

Federal Court of Appeal had ruled against Deepan Budlakoti in June 2015

CBC News Posted: Jan 28, 2016 12:25 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 28, 2016 12:25 PM ET

Deepan Budlakoti, pictured outside the Supreme Court building in Ottawa in June 2014, had his citizenship appeal dismissed with costs on Thursday.

Deepan Budlakoti, pictured outside the Supreme Court building in Ottawa in June 2014, had his citizenship appeal dismissed with costs on Thursday. (The Canadian Press)

Canada’s top court on Thursday dismissed, with costs, the case of a twice-convicted Ottawa man who was born in Canada but was never granted Canadian citizenship.

Under Canadian law, citizenship by birth doesn’t apply to people whose parents were in Canada as diplomats or representatives of a foreign government, or whose parents were employed by such a person, at the time of their birth.

When Deepan Budlakoti was born in Ottawa in 1989, his parents were both Indian nationals working for the Indian High Commission.

In 1992, Budlakoti’s parents were granted permanent resident status. They applied for citizenship for themselves but not for their son. Their application was accepted.

Former UBC president Arvind Gupta breaks silence about mysterious resignation

Brian Hutchinson: Former UBC president breaks silence about mysterious resignation

Brian Hutchinson | January 29, 2016 6:10 PM ET
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Former UBC president Arvind Gupta: “I decided a public confrontation would not be in (the university’s) best interests.”

Arlen Redekop/Postmedia News/File Former UBC president Arvind Gupta: “I decided a public confrontation would not be in (the university’s) best interests.”

VANCOUVER – Another month, another screwup at the University of British Columbia, where internal investigations, apologies and loss of face now seem as routine, and unwelcome, as frosh week hazing.

One of Canada’s largest post-secondary institutions, UBC has seen four separate investigations in the past six months alone, including such serious matters as sexual assaults on campus.

This week, another controversy that had been simmering for months boiled over when the school’s gaffe-prone administration made public certain documents it wanted kept secret.

The “private” material formed part of a larger package shared by UBC on Wednesday in response to freedom-of-information requests; these related to the sudden departure of Arvind Gupta, the university’s short-lived president.

Gupta resigned his position last summer, after just 13 months on the job. He quit without offering any explanation to the public, UBC faculty members or the school’s 60,000 students. Alarm bells rang: As an academic institution, UBC is supposed to cherish transparency.

Into the information vacuum rushed speculation. One UBC professor suggested that Gupta, a soft-spoken computer scientist, had lost a “masculinity contest” to certain members of the school’s board of governors. Board chairman John Montalbano, a Vancouver-based businessman, took umbrage. He called out the professor; this led to another kerfuffle. And, eventually, to Montalbano’s own resignation as UBC chairman.