Published:  12:01 AM, 13 January 2020

Worldwide waffling

Worldwide waffling

Amid consistently dismal news on the economic front, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been, since the last week of December, engaged in a series of meetings with business leaders, entrepreneurs and tech czars on how to address sector specific and macro economic issues. According to top sources in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), the idea for such a series of interactions (eight till now and seven more to follow), came after Mr. Modi addressed the centenary meet of the industry body, ASSOCHAM, on December 20 last year.

Four years after arriving in Canada as a Syrian refugee, a well-known chocolate maker in Nova Scotia is about to become a Canadian citizen. Tareq Hadhad, the founder and CEO of Peace by Chocolate in Antigonish, will be among 50 people taking part in a citizenship ceremony Jan. 15 at Pier 21 in Halifax. Hadhad wrote his citizenship test on Dec. 2 and says he passed with a perfect score. He posted about his results in a video on Twitter that was seen more than 500,000 times in one day. "Can't hide this anymore! I passed my Canadian citizenship test," Hadhad wrote on Twitter, boasting that he made no mistakes. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to the video with a message of congratulations.

Australia's richest woman Gina Rinehart has hit back at comedian Celeste Barber who's raised $47 million in less than a week for the bushfire appeal, saying she's more concerned about the "true cause" of the fires. Earlier this week, Ms Barber called out billionaires, asking why they're not donating to help the Australian bushfire crisis. She directly tweeted at billionaire Ms Rinehart, who has a net worth of about $14 billion, writing: "If you're in Hawaii on a family holiday I'm going to flip a fing table".

Justin Bieber says that he has been battling Lyme disease. In an Instagram post on Wednesday, the pop star wrote that "it's been a rough couple years but (I'm) getting the right treatment that will help treat this so far incurable disease and I will be back and better than ever." Lyme disease is transmitted by Ixodes ticks, also known as deer ticks. Lyme can cause flu-like conditions, neurological problems, joint paint and other symptoms. "While a lot of people kept saying justin Bieber looks like (expletive), on meth etc. they failed to realize I've been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health," Bieber wrote.

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