TIFF 2016s cantmiss movies

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first_imgCannes critics were divided over the wisdom of its nearly three-hour running time and plotless perambulations, but there’s no questioning the casting of Andrea Arnold’s U.S. road trip odyssey. Shia LaBeouf reminds us his early claim to stardom as Jake, the hot seller of an itinerate crew of magazine peddlers. Newcomer Sasha Lane and fast-rising Riley Keough also impress, making this sweetly lensed film by British writer/director Arnold (Fish Tank) more than the sum of its many parts.P.H. Advertisement Twitter drama – American Honey – U.K./U.S.A. Facebook What we think you should see: thriller – Elle – France drama – The Birth of a Nation – U.S.A. Advertisement Isabelle Huppert’s furious energy powers this rape revenge thriller by Dutch director Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Showgirls). No stranger to excess or controversy, Verhoeven seeks adrenaline junkies and avid discussion with this film, based on a popular French novel. Huppert plays a videogame company CEO who seeks violent payback after she is raped in her home by a masked stranger, in a story that challenges genre conventions and also notions of the “correct” response to sexual assault.P.H. documentary – The Eagle Huntress – U.S.A.center_img Login/Register With: Girl power soars on the wings of eagles in this stunning documentary set in mountainous western Mongolia about 13-year-old Aisholpan, determined to push past generations of male-dominated tradition to become an eagle hunter. Family encouragement combines with Aisholpan’s strength as this remarkable girl masters the centuries-old, sacred skill of capturing and training a massive golden eagle as a hunting partner. Executive producer Daisy Ridley provides the narration, Sia the closing song and Aisholpan all the inspiration.L.B. drama – Aquarius – Brazil/France Strength of story, strength of history, strength of vision: Nate Parker’s slave rebellion drama surely testifies. Parker manifests destiny with this fact-based tale of Nat Turner, an American-born slave turned rebel leader in 1800s Virginia. It’s even more intense than 12 Years a Slave, with brutal images that are harder to watch, but it’s a must-see regardless. Parker commands the frame as Turner, also writing/directing/producing, but he gets strong support from Aja Naomi King, Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley and Gabrielle Union.P.H. Advertisement drama – Christine – U.S.A. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The mystery 1974 on-air suicide of Florida TV newswoman Christine Chubbuck, long the stuff of grim speculation, becomes the story of a flesh-and-blood woman in Rebecca Hall’s superb title rendering. This fact-based drama by Antonio Campos (Simon Killer) rings with emotional truth in the absence of hard facts, turning a probing and revelatory lens on the soul-destroying task of chasing ratings with sensationalistic news, long before clickbait became a journalistic mission rather than a punchline.P.H. As surely as a bud unfurls to rose, a Brazilian neighbourhood reveals its secrets and truths, in this empowerment drama from the country’s Kleber Mendonça Filho (Neighboring Sounds). Sonia Braga is superbly forceful and sexy as the widowed Clara, a retired music journalist and mother of three meddling adult children, who refuses to be wooed or kicked out of her waterfront apartment by a determined developer. She also isn’t about to let age cool her bedroom ardour.P.H.last_img read more

When the music stops the legacy of charity benefit concerts

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first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement But any philanthropic project must have clear goals, he noted, whether it’s simply to uplift those affected by tragedy or to raise accessible funds in a timely manner — like how streaming profits from What the World Needs Now Is Love (which raised $100,000 US, plus more than $55,000 after a related benefit show) quickly got to the LGBT Center of Central Florida following the Pulse nightclub shooting one year ago. Login/Register With: Ariana Grande is back on tour, but her One Love Manchester benefit concert will likely leave a lasting memory about the power of philanthropy on the young pop star.“Everybody wants a way to be able to help when [a tragedy] happens…but a lot of times performers and people don’t know how to make that happen,” said Van Dean, whose label Broadway Records regularly participates in charity benefit projects.“In the arts world, there is already an affinity towards community,” Dean told CBC News, “so I think the idea of getting together to do something for the greater good is very much ingrained in everyone.” Advertisement Another imperative: after the stars go home, campaigns should follow-up with donors and be transparent about exactly where the money went.“In the case of charitable endeavours, you want to know that it’s doing good,” Dean said, noting that the Orlando LGBT Center shared stories with him and his team about how the donations specifically helped shooting victims and family members.“When you know the results of what you’re doing, you’re more inclined to do it again if there’s another situation that calls for it.”Here’s a look back at a few notable charity benefits — and their legacies.Concert for BangladeshEx-Beatle George Harrison and Ravi Shankar’s Concert for Bangladesh is widely acknowledged as the original benefit show, with the dual New York concerts staged in 1971 to support refugees of what would become Bangladesh (a group also hard hit by the Bhola cyclone). The event would serve as an inspiring template for countless others.Performers: George Harrison, Ravi Shankhar, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Ringo Starr and more.Charity: UNICEFREAD MORE Ariana Grande, second from left, performs alongside fellow musicians during her recent One Love Manchester benefit concert, including (from left) will.i.am, Taboo, Katy Perry, Niall Horan, Miley Cyrus and Imogen Heap. (Dave Hogan/One Love Manchester/Getty Images) Twitter Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

CTVs Delectable New Original Series MARYS KITCHEN CRUSH Begins Production

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first_imgAdvertisement Twitter TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2018 – CTV, in association with Proper Television, announced today that production has begun on MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH. The all-new, thirty-episode, half-hour series will air on CTV, Gusto, and ultimately stream on demand from the new CTV Super Hub, as part of the new lifestyle brand, CTV Life.MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH features Canada’s culinary sweetheart and MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 3 winner Mary Berg as she shares her delicious twists on home-cooked classics inspired by her family and friends. The series, produced by Proper Television, is currently shooting in Toronto and will premiere as part of CTV’s 2019 midseason schedule. MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH is currently available for customized brand partnership opportunities.“MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH is the latest example of our strategy to double down on the lifestyle category, creating new, sponsor-friendly programming that will drive linear ratings and digital demand,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Mary Berg’s passion for cooking is the most important ingredient in the culinary masterpieces that she creates,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. “We are delighted to welcome MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH to our portfolio of original programming, and we are excited to share this 30-course celebration of food with our audience.  We know they will love it.”“Since winning Season 3 of MASTERCHEF CANADA, Mary Berg has earned a committed and ever-growing culinary following with her creativity, skill, warmth, and humour,” says Cathie James, Co-President of Proper Television. “MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH is inspiring, informative, and celebrates creativity and connection through food.”“MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH is all about food, friends, family and having fun in the kitchen,” said host Mary Berg. “Food is the one thing that has a magical ability to bring people together and convey so much love in just a few bites. I’m so excited to share my table with everyone.”Mary Berg has spent most of her life cooking and baking for those she loves and building a strong appreciation for the connective powers of beautiful, home-cooked food. In each episode of MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH, she demonstrates her culinary skill and creativity with three to four original recipes – inspired by someone who has made a meaningful impact on her life. The resulting meal is like an edible love letter for family members and close friends. We’ll hear about the memories that motivated her menu choices as she guides viewers clearly through her recipes, offering up plenty of illuminating tips, and take-aways. Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Racism thriving in Canada

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first_imgAPTN National NewsTake a quick look at the comment section of online media outlets and you see it.Racism.It’s thriving in Canada.So some people got together at Ryerson University last week to brainstorm on how to overcome it.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has the story.last_img

Race between Bellegarde and Picard for national chief wasnt close after all

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first_imgAPTN National NewsGhislain Picard is a 30-year veteran in First Nations politics.Heading into the election for national chief it was too close to call.Rumours didn’t stop swirling Wednesday as chiefs and proxies cast their votes.But at the end of the day it was not close after all.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.last_img

Federal Conservatives offer prayers and condolences to La Loche

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first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA—Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose offered up prayers and condolences to the Dene community of La Loche, Sask., which is reeling from a tragic mass shooting which left four people dead and seven people wounded.A 17-year-old charged in connection with the shooting, which occurred at a residence and a school, is scheduled to appear in court Monday. The 17-year-old male cannot be named under Canada’s young offender legislation.Two teens, Dayne Fontaine, 17, and Drayden Fontaine, 13, were found dead in the residence. Teacher Adam Wood, 35, and teaching assistant Marie Janvier, 21, were shot and killed at the school.“It is a horrifying event,” said Ambrose. “All Canadians who followed this tragedy or who learned about it later were completely horrified by the violence and have been heart-broken by the young lives that were ended so early.”Ambrose said it was difficult to “imagine your pain,” but she said prayers would be offered for the survivors.“We will pray for you, our prayers are with those who were wounded,” said Ambrose. “In a small community, everyone will feel the impact of this tragedy. As Canadians we offer our support and hope that your community will recover.”news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Trudeau backs away from election pledge on First Nation veto

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first_img(Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during APTN’s virtual town hall hosted by anchor Cheryl McKenzie during the 2015 federal election.)Watch the virtual town hall interview hereAPTN National News EDMONTON—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared to back away Wednesday from an election pledge that First Nations would have a veto over natural resource projects on their territories.Trudeau was in Edmonton to meet with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley whose provincial economy has been crippled by plummeting oil prices.Alberta’s economic woes are also being felt across the country and it has increased pressure on Ottawa to back pipelines that will move Alberta-mined bitumen to tidewater.During a joint press conference with Notley, Trudeau was asked whether he would still stick to his pledge that a First Nation’s no meant “no” on TransCanada’s proposed cross-country Energy East pipeline project and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project in British Columbia.The prime minister responded saying that he was committed to a “renewed relationship” with First Nations that “respect inherent and treaty rights.” He said the federal Liberal government looked to “First Nations and Indigenous peoples as partners in all that happens in this land.”In an APTN virtual town hall held during the election campaign Trudeau was asked by anchor Cheryl McKenzie whether a no would “mean no under your government?”Trudeau responded, “Absolutely.”news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Nunavut nursing students want to apply skills at home

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first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut has a nursing shortage and getting northerners to work in northern hospitals has been a challenge.But on Wednesday, the Nunavut government presented a group of high performing Nunavut students with nursing scholarships.As APTN’s Kent Driscoll explains, that’s important because in Nunavut’s remote communities, local experience is key.last_img

Simone Sanderson remembered as a fighter as murder trial begins

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first_img(The body of 23-year-old Simone Sanderson was discovered in September 2013. Photo: Facebook)Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsOutside a Winnipeg courthouse, Betty-Ann Sanderson stood with many of her family and called her granddaughter Simone Sanderson a ‘fighter.’“I know she fought for her life,” said Sanderson.The trial for the man accused of killing the 23-year-old mother of one began on Monday.Kyllan Ellis has pleaded not-guilty to second-degree murder in connection to Sanderson’s death in 2012.Sanderson’s body was found in a vacant lot in Winnipeg’s North End on Sept. 2, 2012. She was last seen walking in the area on Aug. 26.In opening statements, Crown lawyer Joanna Kostiuk said Sanderson’s death was considered a cold case until 2014.Winnipeg Police received some information which pointed them toward Ellis.After a two-year investigation police arrested and charged Ellis in 2016.On Monday Kristy Donald was the first to testify in front of a 12-person jury.Donald found Sanderson’s body while she and her then partner were searching the area for empty beer bottles and cans.Donald says she found a bottle sitting on top of a flattened piece of cardboard. When she lifted the cardboard she found Sanderson’s body.“She was face down,” said Donald. “There was dried blood in her hair and cuts and bruises.Donald then called the police.Constable Doug Singleton was one of the police officers who first arrived on the scene.He testified Sanderson’s body was in ‘advanced stages’ of decomposition. He said she had various cuts and bruises on the back of her legs confirming Donald’s assessment.Singleton also testified police found a filet knife about five feet away from the body with hair and blood on it.The trial is expected to last until June 1.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

Indigenous activists eye oil spill at Kinder Morgan pumping station

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first_imgAPTN NewsIndigenous activists are keeping a close eye on an oil spill near Barriere, B.C., days before Kinder Morgan’s so-called deadline on its $7.4-billion Trans Mountain expansion project.On Sunday, the provincial Ministry of Environment said a flow meter leaked about 100 litres of crude oil into the ground at the Darfield Pump Station.Crews started cleaning up the site and monitoring the area.“The station was quickly isolated and as a precaution, the main Trans Mountain Pipeline was shut down,” a statement reads, adding crews started the pipeline just before 3:30 p.m. that day.Kanahus Manuel, who’s spearheading the Tiny House Warriors movement in an attempt to block the pipeline, was on site during the cleanup – and plans to keep monitoring the area.“When the pipeline spills like that on our land, if we don’t mobilize and if we don’t go there and if we don’t show our presence, then they can continue to do this and get away with it,” she said.Kinder Morgan has threatened to back out of the expansion project by May 31 if Ottawa, B.C. and Alberta can’t come to an agreement. Meanwhile, a B.C. court quashed two legal challenges by the City of Vancouver and Squamish Nation, but a number of other lawsuits are still pending.Meanwhile, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May pleaded guilty to criminal contempt after she protested at the Kinder Morgan construction site, violating a B.C. court injunction. She must pay a $1,500 fine.“I made a promise to the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueum First Nations that I would stand with them in opposing this disastrous pipeline and tanker project,” she said in a press release. “To keep that promise, I made the choice to undertake an act of civil disobedience. I knew the consequences and, in pleading guilty today, I accept the consequences of my actions.”On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated that his government is “going to get this pipeline built,” but offered no news on the matter days before Kinder Morgan’s deadline.“We continue to engage in financial discussions on the way we are going to do that,” he said. “When we have something to announce you can be sure we will announce it.”Until then, Kinder Morgan has stopped all non-essential spending on the pipeline expansion project that will triple the flow of diluted bitumen from Edmonton to Vancouver.Manuel is preparing for a battle this week, as she expects the federal government will manage to greenlight the project.“They’re going to go full force,” she said. “They want to see this pipeline completed.And we’ll do whatever it takes to stop it and block it.With Files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Saks Fifth Avenue opens in Calgary

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first_imgLuxury shoppers have a new destination in Calgary, Saks Fifth Avenue.The new 115 thousand square foot department store officially opens Thursday in the Chinook Centre.The two level space features women’s and men’s items along with luxury handbags, footwear, and accessories.There is also a private jewelry viewing space, beauty treatment rooms, and private shopping suites.A ribbon cutting ceremony at Saks Calgary takes place at 10 a.m.It’s the third Saks Fifth Avenue to open in Canada.last_img read more

Corus shares soar after it reports 40M Q2 profit beats expectations

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first_imgTORONTO – Shares of Corus Entertainment Inc. soared in trading Thursday after the company beat expectations as it reported a second-quarter profit of $40 million.The shares closed up almost 20 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the television and radio broadcaster says the profit amounted to 19 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Feb. 28.That compared with a profit of $24.9 million, or 12 cents per diluted share, a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Corus said it earned 20 cents per share, up from 13 cents per share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected an adjusted profit of 11 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.“We are pleased with this quarter’s results and the steady progress we are making against our strategic plan,” Corus chief executive Doug Murphy said in a statement.“Moving forward, Corus remains focused on maximizing and monetizing our high-value audiences, and we have a solid roadmap in place to position the organization for success over time within a changing media landscape.”Revenue in the second quarter totalled $369.5 million, up from $368.2 million a year ago.The increase came as television revenue totalled $336.2 million, up from $335.9 million a year ago, as lower advertising revenue was offset by gains in merchandising, distribution and other revenues.Radio revenue amounted to $33.2 million, up from $32.3 million.Shares in the company closed up $1.14 at $7.35. Despite the gains in the stock on Thursday, Corus shares remain well off their 52-week high of $14.10.The stock plunged in January after the company reported disappointing first-quarter results due to a weak television advertising market.Corus owns radio stations as well as conventional and specialty television services across the country including Global Television.Companies in this story: (TSX:CJR.B)last_img read more

Yellow vest movement abates at start of winter holidays

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first_imgPARIS — The number of yellow vest protesters demonstrating on Paris’ Champs Elysees on Saturday is down sharply on recent weeks.Several yellow vest groups had called for a sixth straight Saturday of protests across France, but their call appears to have fallen on deaf ears in the capital at the start of the Christmas break.In a stark contrast to the chaos of previous weekends, groups of tourists strolled down the avenue near the Arc de Triomphe and the road remained open for traffic.In a protective move, the palace of Versailles just outside Paris will be shut for the day after yellow vest protesters said they will hold a demonstration at the famous chateau that was home to succession of French kings until the French Revolution in 1789.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Firstever ALS walk in Fort St John raises over 60k

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The head of the ALS Society of B.C. says that the turnout at Fort St. John’s first-ever Walk for ALS was incredibly inspiring, and that the inaugural event was a massive success.ALS Society executive director Wendy Toyer says that an incredible 261 walkers came out to the green space at the corner of 100th and 100th on Sunday for the walk. Toyer said that she was blown away to learn that the event raised over $60,000 for the ALS Society to help fund research into a cure for ALS, which is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Toyer said that the event’s volunteer coordinator Audrey Jones is a teacher at Charlie Lake Elementary School, which raised over $15,000 of the $60,000 total. “I couldn’t believe it, it was just incredible,” said Toyer. “It was a magical day, it was so well-organized, it was so well-attended. It was over the top.” Toyer said that she was blown away by all the donations that were brought in, including a barbecue, raffle, auction, and 50/50 draw. She added that the Society is incredibly excited to host the Walk for ALS in the Energetic City next year, and hopes that the 2019 Walk will beat this year’s fundraising tally.last_img read more

MEG Energy CEO says Husky can pay a lot more in its

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first_imgMEG announced Thursday it has signed a three-year deal with Cenovus Energy Inc. to move 30,000 barrels per day through its Edmonton-area crude-by-rail loading terminal to markets in the U.S. Gulf Coast where it expects to get better prices.The Calgary-based company reported record production during the third quarter ended Sept. 30 of almost 99,000 barrels per day of bitumen, up from 83,000 bpd in the same period last year.Evans said it will advance a 20-day maintenance shutdown scheduled for next year to the current quarter to avoid current low prices, likely reducing fourth-quarter output by 4,000 to 6,000 bpd.“We believe that MEG offers one of the greatest value propositions in the Canadian oil and gas business so it’s not a surprise that a company like Husky would see that value and want to participate in our assets, technology, people and our upside,” he said.“The fact that Husky by their own statement has agreed just how valuable we are is flattering. However, everything comes at a price.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – The CEO of MEG Energy Corp. says shareholders should continue to ignore a hostile takeover bid by Husky Energy Inc. because “by their own admission, Husky can afford to pay a lot more.”Derek Evans, on his first financial reporting conference call since being named CEO earlier this year, says Husky’s $11 per share cash-and-stock offer made in September is actually now worth just $9.61 because of changing share values.He says the offer is opportunistic because MEG produces only raw bitumen from its steam-driven oilsands wells, making any production that can’t get to U.S. markets subject to severe, but temporary, price discounts for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend crude.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP looking for missing 14yearold

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first_imgCaucasianBrown HairGreen eyes5″2′115lbsTattoo on the left wrist with the word “Stay”Wearing green jeans, a pink sweater, and a black hatThere is a concern for Jordyn’s well-being. The RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible. If you have any information about her whereabouts, please contact Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700.If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com. UPDATE – Grande Prairie RCMP would like to advise that Jordyn McCartney has been located.  She is safe and unharmed. RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.Grande Prairie, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Jordyn McCartney (14). She was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on Feb. 25, 2019.Jordyn is described as:last_img read more

BC Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund Board to hold public meeting July

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund Board is hosting a public meeting this Friday, July 5.The B.C. Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund is governed by a regional decision-making board, responsible for overseeing the management and disbursement of the fund.As part of the Site C Agricultural Mitigation and Compensation Plan, a $20 million fund has been established to support agricultural production and related economic activity in the Peace Region. The Board has 10 members and is comprised of six members that are appointees of regional agricultural associations or the Peace River Regional District.The Board and Northern Development Initiative Trust worked together in fall 2018 to develop a financial management plan for the fund, with a goal of preserving the $20 million capital investment and using investment returns for grants for the first five years.The B.C. Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund Board public meeting is July 5 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Northern Grand Hotel.For more information, you can visit the Site C Project website.last_img read more

Rahuls promise proves original Garibi Hatao drive had failed

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first_imgNew Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday described the poll promise of Congress President Rahul Gandhi to dole out Rs 72,000 each to poorest families every year as a “bluff announcement”, saying no other political party has betrayed India for more than seven decades. Jaitley said the Congress has given to the people many slogans but very little resources to implement its election promises.”If the Congress Party’s announcement is tested on simple arithmetic, Rs 72,000 for five crore families works out to be Rs 3.6 lakh crore, which is less than 2/3rd of what is being given (by the current government) — A bluff announcement,” Jaitley said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIn a Facebook post titled Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi already giving to poor much more than what the Congress promises?, Jaitley said no political party has betrayed India for more than seven decades other than the Congress. “It gave to the people of India many slogans and very little resources to implement them.” “In 1971, (late Prime Minister) Indira Gandhi gave her legendary slogan ‘Garibi Hatao’. Her economics was not about increasing production and generating wealth, but only about redistribution of poverty. She supplemented her 1971 slogan while promising in election after election, the welfare of the largest number,” wrote Jaitley. Accusing the Opposition of sabotaging the pro-poor initiatives of the NDA government, Jaitley said, “If the Congress party and its friends have so much concern for the poor in India, why is it that its states are going slow in certifying the list of small and marginal farmers who are entitled to receiving the instalment of PM KISAN?”last_img read more