Omantribune
Oman Tribune
Omantribune
Omantribune Search News
Web Oman
    Google Search Button
      Tribune
- Oman
- Soccer World Cup
- Other Top Stories
- Middle East
- Business
- Sports
- India
- Pakistan
- Asia
- Europe
- Americas
- Columnists
- Editorial
- Oman Mirror
- Special Features
- Cinema
- PDF Pages
- Weather
- Travel
- Currency Rate
- Hospitals
- Pharmacies
- Services
- Flight Timings
- Museum Timings
Omantribune Home Omantribune About Us Omantribune Advertising Information Omantribune Archives Omantribune Subscribe-Form Omantribune Jobs Omantribune Contact Us
Monday, September 01, 2014  

Harper wants ties to have happy ending like in a Bollywood movie
GURGAON Drawing a parallel between Indo-Canadian ties and Bollywood romances, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday said both the countries need to overcome obstacles quickly, as hero and heroine do, for building a stronger relationship.

“I believe there is a kind of a parallel to Canada and India and the typical Bollywood ploy. Two young people meet, they know they are meant for each other, but they have obstacles to over- come,” Harper said at the World Economic Forum on India meeting here.

A self-confessed Bollywood fan, he added: “They do, in fact, overcome those obstacles and the happy ending ensures and they do so before the viewers lose interest.”

Stressing the need for Canada and India to take a cue from such happy endings, Harper said: “It’s a bit like how I see the relationship between Canada and India. We have to work hard to overcome the obstacles and we have to work quickly, if we are to get to the happy ending that we both want. It won’t be easy but can be done. So let’s get it done quickly.”

While the two countries have completed a social security agreement, they are still engaged in extensive negotiations for a free trade pact and investment protection agreement. Pointing out that the reforms taken up by New Delhi are increasingly expanding the country’s economy, Harper said Canada attached great importance to relationship with India, but the two countries are yet to fully exploit the potential.

“The untapped economic potential between us is massive and undeniable. But massive and undeniable as that potential is, it will not develop itself. It will take consorted effort on both of the countries,” said Harper, who also met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his India visit.

Although there were reports last week that Harper may not stop at a dhaba (roadside eatery) in Chandigarh over security concerns, officials of that country now say Harper is likely to savour dhaba fare.

There is still no clear indication, however, which dhaba might get to host the visiting Canadian prime minister. Pal Dhaba in Sector 28 was earlier reported to be playing host to the foreign guest. However, security arrangements are also being made at Deluxe Dhaba, down the road from Pal, in the same Sector 28 market which is otherwise famous for its automobile accessories and motor parts shops.

Harper, who arrived in Chandigarh on Wednesday afternoon from New Delhi, is on a day’s visit to Punjab and Chandigarh. He will offer prayers at the Takht Keshgarh Sahib, the second most important Sikh shrine after the Golden Temple, at Anandpur Sahib, 80km from here.

Last week, after information that the Canadian prime minister would stop at a dhaba here was “leaked” to the press, officials had said that the visit has been cancelled over security concerns.

Harper will be staying at the upscale JW Marriot Hotel in Sector 35 here. He is expected to stop for an early dhaba dinner. He is also likely to be entertained by Bhangra dancers during this visit.

While Pal Dhaba is a popular eatery, with seating arrangements along the pavement, Deluxe Dhaba is not quite a real dhaba, owned as it is by one of the city’s leading restaurateurs.

Agencies
NEWS UPDATES
Oman
Number of visitors to Salalah rises 3.9pc, stands at 415,209
Sultanate to host office of Unesco water resources wing
ISG carnival a big hit
Jabel Sifah dive centre opens
SQU BSc Chemistry stream gets boost
Forum on teaching science, maths opens tomorrow
Other Top Stories
US planes hit rebels near Iraq’s Amerli
4 Lebanese soldiers, cop freed
Libyan militiamen enter US embassy
Israel to acquire 400 hectares of Palestinian land
Shabaab rebels attack Somalia intelligence HQ
India
No white flag if truce violations continue: Rajnath
Adityanath remarks on riots leave Congress, Left angry
After petrol, Rajnath hints at diesel price cut
Storm brews in Bihar BJP over bid to project Sushil as leader in poll
Modi to win over Kerala Dalits
CRPF to go hi-tech to protect VIPs
States pull out all stops to help kids interact with PM
Assembly election in 4 states to be de-linked: Poll panel
J&K has final say in pandits’ minority status
CBSE evaluation system, teachers’ training need thorough review
Ganesh tweet puts Varma in dock
Pakistan
Imran vows ‘fight until death’
Resolve crisis politically, says army top brass
Sindh polio drive put off over lack of vaccines
Journalists rally, seek protection
IDPs forced to leave as schools set to reopen after vacations
Middle East
IS brutality, rigour attract youth, says German spy chief
Syria refugees turn unwelcome in Turkey
US wages digital blitz on social media to combat IS militants
Tunisia finds 42nd shipwreck victim
Australia ‘will help US’ to arm Kurds in Iraq
Filipino UN force safe after ‘greatest escape’
Asia
HK braces for stir as China rules out democracy move
Bangla strike over TV anchor’s murder hits transport services
China arrests 6 OSI officials over tainted meat scandal
MI6 ‘funded’ anti-Maoist operation in Nepal, helped torture rebels
3 in dock in Singapore for killing Indian
N. Korea slams UK TV show on nukes
Business
ECB under pressure for more stimulus amid deflation fears
HSBC revamps management with new faces
India better prepared for Fed rate hike, says Rajan
Several Swiss banks pull out of US tax programme
Bad loan levels at Indian banks not scary: Rajan
Batelco to pursue $212m claim against former partner Siva
India deal market grows 12% to $22b, says EY
Private equity investments in Indian realty sector hit $2b in H1
Funds bet on Saudi stocks despite high valuations
Merkel ‘unhappy’ with Draghi over stimulus thrust
China’s shale gas prospects look up
Shell gears up for Alaskan Arctic drilling in ’15
EU to hold meet on growth, job creation
Europe
Putin backs east Ukraine ‘state’
Cameron glad about Tusk’s reform plan
Arrested kin of UK boy with brain tumour to appear in Madrid court
Fairhead first woman boss of BBC Trust
Tusk a symbol of shifting balance of power in Europe
Sports
Dominant Marquez on roll with 11th win
Top three starting slot for Al Harthy and Caine in UK
Gasol sizzles as hosts Spain down Iran
Atletico begin La Liga on winning note
Allegri begins Juve title defence with win
Monaco held in Falcao’s absence
Djokovic, Murray march on in US Open
Dhoni surprised by turn in pitch during third ODI
Marin stuns Li to lift women’s singles crown at worlds
Oman U-16 begin training ahead of AFC tourney in Thailand
Zimbabwe pull off shock win over Aussies
Liverpool thump Tottenham, Arsenal held 1-1 by Leicester

Sports


International

© 2013 Oman Tribune. All rights reserved. Best viewed in 800 X 600 resolution