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Walmart-owned Flipkart has asked India's Supreme Court to restrain the country's antitrust body after it asked sensitive questions in what the firm called an "invasive" investigation of its e-commerce operations. The request, in a court filing more than 700 pages long that has not been made public, illustrates the e-commerce giant's level of concern over the investigation, which has prompted public spats between U.S firms and the Indian government. In its investigation, which includes Amazon.com Inc, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) sought a list of Flipkart's top sellers, online discounts and pacts with smartphone makers, among 32 questions it asked on July 15.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk collapsed on the show's New Mexico set on Tuesday and had to be hospitalized. Crew members called an ambulance that took the 58-year-old actor to a hospital, where he remained Tuesday night, a person close to Odenkirk who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter told The Associated Press. It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse, or how long Odenkirk might be hospitalized. “Better Call Saul,” the spin-off prequel to “
The air quality in Sudbury and surrounding districts is expected to fluctuate over the next few days due to active forest fires in northwestern Ontario and eastern Manitoba. Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement on Sunday for Greater Sudbury and vicinity, including Manitoulin Island, West Nipissing, French River, Espanola and Killarney. The health risk in Sudbury was low on Monday afternoon, and it is projected to be moderate through to Tuesday. Public health officials recomm
A legal battle is brewing between the City of Toronto and the owner of a 250-year-old heritage tree who is refusing to sell the property where it stands — the latest snag in a years-long community push to protect the famous red oak. The city entered an agreement with the home's owner, Ali Simaga, in December 2019 to purchase the North York house for $780,000 with certain conditions, including that the community raise $400,000 within a year to go toward the purchase and maintenance of the tree, a
LONDON (Reuters) -England will allow fully vaccinated visitors from the European Union and United States to arrive without needing to quarantine from next week, in a huge and long-awaited boost for airlines and travel companies. Britain's travel industry has criticised the government for being too slow to open up, saying it has squandered its lead in the global vaccine rollout and given the EU a headstart in attracting tourists. Now, from Aug. 2, travellers with U.S. and EU-approved vaccines will not have to quarantine.
OTTAWA — Canada's labour minister was told earlier this year that efforts to provide free tampons and pads in federally regulated workplaces could cost employers more than $1 million annually to become a reality. The March briefing note to Filomena Tassi estimated the annual employer costs would likely be $1.17 million to provide free tampons and pads, based on an annual, per-employee cost of almost $60 and assuming a 50-per-cent take-up rate. A 100-per-cent take-up rate would put the cost close
The slow speed movement is not catching on in Nelson. The exploration of reducing the speed limit in Nelson across its road network was recently evaluated by city staff in a community consultation Thought Exchange, part of the Active Transportation Implementation Plan, and delivered to city council Tuesday night at its committee-of-the-whole meeting. Although it was proposed to drop the city-wide speed limit from 40 kilometres per hour to 30 — research has shown that a pedestrian struck at 30 km
Adecco Group has agreed to buy AKKA Technologies in a deal worth 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion), it said on Wednesday, the biggest deal in the Swiss staffing company's 25-year history. The acquisition of Belgium-based AKKA will make Adecco the world's largest provider of temporary staffing by revenue, overtaking Dutch rival Randstad. Adecco will combine AKKA with its science and IT staffing business Modis to boost its services providing engineering, technical and R&D staff to automakers and aerospace companies.
When an unprecedented heat wave "cooked" the cherries growing at his family's farm in Oliver, B.C., Pravin Dhaliwal tried to see past the financial loss to the passion that spurred him to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. "Seeing those trees go from seed to budding to leaves to fruit and actually eating that fruit is a rush, and that's why I'm in farming as well," he said. But scorching temperatures that recently hit a record 41.5 C in the Okanagan region and even higher els
An Israeli woman has donated a kidney that ended up going to a 3-year-old boy from the Gaza Strip. She says she didn’t hesitate, even though her family was initially opposed to the donation. (June 28)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's self-portrayal as champions of law and order is colliding with searing testimony from police officers themselves. Officers on Tuesday described in vivid, personal terms the terror of defending the U.S. Capitol from violent insurrectionists inspired by then-president Donald Trump on Jan. 6. Will it matter in next year's elections? Heading into the 2022 midterms, the GOP is seeking political advantage in Americans' concern about rising crime nationwide. But
OTTAWA — A requester seeking access to a week's worth of emails and messages from the head of a federal agency embroiled in controversy has been told to wait five years or more for a response under Canada's information law. The applicant recently asked the Public Health Agency of Canada for emails, texts and messages that president Iain Stewart had sent or received from June 14 to 21. The Access to Information request was prompted by curiosity about Stewart's refusal to provide a House of Common
Looking for something to do this August long weekend? Check this list to see what will be open for business, and what's closing down for Monday, Aug. 2, also known as Colonel By Day. Shopping malls The Rideau Centre will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The ByWard Market will be open, but some businesses may be closed. Bayshore Shopping Centre will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. St. Laurent Shopping Centre will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Place d'Orléans will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. T
WARNING: This story contains distressing details. A Vancouver woman was shocked to discover that a photograph showing her in a private moment of mourning for Indigenous children who died at a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., is being licensed to news outlets without her consent. Loretta John, who is a member of the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation near Prince George, B.C., and a housing worker in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, attended a public memorial outside the Vancouver Art Gallery
Recent developments: Health units ramp up efforts to vaccinate youth before school starts. Ottawa reported three more COVID-19 cases Tuesday. Ontario logged 129 new cases. What's the latest? The first day of classes for most publicly-funded schools in Ontario is just under six weeks away. Health units are ramping up youth vaccination efforts, using prizes and social media, as the window quickly closes for students to be fully immunized by the time school starts. The Ontario NDP called on Premier
KABUL (Reuters) -China told a visiting Taliban delegation on Wednesday it expected the insurgent group to play an important role in ending Afghanistan's war and rebuilding the country, the Chinese foreign ministry said. Nine Taliban representatives met Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin on a two-day visit during which the peace process and security issues were discussed, a Taliban spokesperson said. Wang said the Taliban is expected to "play an important role in the process of peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction in Afghanistan", according to a readout of the meeting from the foreign ministry.
Telefonica Deutschland said it was raising its outlook for revenue and core profit this year to show slight growth after posting the strongest first-half growth since the merger that created the company in 2015. The unit of Spain's Telefonica said second-quarter revenue rose by 5.7% to 1.9 billion euros ($2.25 billion), driving growth in adjusted core profit of 10.8% to 612 million euros. "We developed very well in the first half of the year and achieved record growth in revenue and operating profits," CEO Markus Haas said in a statement.
British Columbia is "significantly ahead" of the 10-year average in terms of the number of fires and the area that has been scorched so far this year, says the director of fire centre operations at the BC Wildfire Service. Rob Schweitzer said Tuesday the province has seen 1,230 blazes resulting in 4,250 square kilometres of land burned since April 1 and it's only halfway through the wildfire season. The 10-year average for the same period is about 642 fires and 1,050 square kilometres burned, he
TORONTO — Before he moved to the United States to become a comedy writer on late-night talk shows and "The Simpsons," Tim Long was a self-described nerd in an Ontario town dubbed "home of the white squirrel." Exeter, Ont., has had so many white bushy-tailed critters — relative anomalies compared to their black and brown cousins — the town mascot is a giant squirrel named Willis the White Wonder, and the focus of an annual festival. Naturally, when Long loosely based his new Canadian comedy film
Newly released data from Statistics Canada shows significant drops in serious crime in Ottawa — but nearby Kingston, Ont., was identified as one of few places in Canada where crime is on the rise. Statistics Canada's Crime Severity Index weighs police-reported crime by its seriousness, producing a score using a benchmark of 100, which is equal to 2006 crime rates. Since 2006, serious crime has decreased significantly across the country, but the five years leading up to 2020 saw a gradual increas