New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi turned 49 on Wednesday and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of the first political leaders to greet him on his birthday.In his response, Gandhi thanked Modi and said he appreciated the prime minister’s greetings. A host of Congress leaders and workers also wished Gandhi, as he met many of them at the party headquarters here on Akbar Road. Some leaders also wished Gandhi in Parliament. Modi took to Twitter to convey his birthday wishes to Gandhi. “Best wishes to Shri Rahul Gandhi on his birthday. May he be blessed with good health and a long life,” he tweeted. Gandhi replied on Twitter, saying, “Thank you for your greetings narendramodi ji. I appreciate them.” Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaThe two leaders were locked in a bitter war of words in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, in which the BJP-led NDA returned to power with a massive majority. Gandhi earlier met his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her residence and later arrived at around 10 AM at the Congress headquarters where party leaders and workers gathered in large numbers to wish him. Gandhi received flowers from his partymen and offered them sweets. Among those who wished him at the AICC office were former prime minister Manmohan Singh, his sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. “Thank you all for your best wishes and greetings on my birthday. I’m overwhelmed and grateful for your love and affection,” he later tweeted and posted some pictures on the micro-blogging site of him meeting the party leaders and workers. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahCalling Gandhi his “good friend”, DMK chief M K Stalin took to Twitter to extend his birthday wishes. Stalin also shared a photo of him shaking hands with Gandhi at a meeting in the past. “I wish my good friend @RahulGandhi a very happy birthday. I wish you many more years of public service. #HappyBirthdayRahulGandhi,” the DMK chief tweeted. The DMK and the Congress joined hands in February this year to contest the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as allies. Stalin had even proposed Gandhi’s name as the Opposition’s Prime Ministerial candidate ahead of the polls, but the idea did not cut much ice with Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav. Gandhi, who was in a joyous mood, shared some light moments with the workers and media persons at the party headquarters. He also offered sweets to those wishing him on his birthday. Party leaders said no cake was cut and the celebrations were low key in view of the death of over 100 children due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Bihar. However, youth Congress workers had put up many hoardings of Gandhi at the party office and elsewhere in the capital. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wished Gandhi good health and a long life. “Wish you a very happy birthday, dear @RahulGandhi. Proud of who you have become over the years; I see my dear friend (late) Rajiv (Gandhi) in you,” Singh tweeted. “May God bless you with a long, healthy and prosperous life,” the chief minister added.
NANAIMO, B.C. — Cannabis producer Tilray Inc. says it has signed a deal to acquire Alberta cannabis retailer Four20 in an agreement valued at up to $110 million.Calgary-based Four20 owns and operates six stores in Alberta and has secured 16 additional store locations.Under the terms of the agreement, Tilray will pay $70 million in Tilray class 2 common shares when the deal closes and an additional $40 million in common shares subject to the achievement of certain performance milestones.Tilray is making the acquisition through its High Park Holdings Ltd. subsidiary.The company says it plans to use Four20’s retail expertise to help expand into other provincial markets where licensed producer retail ownership will be permitted in the future.The deal is subject to regulatory approval and subject to customary terms and conditions, including approval by Four20 shareholders and court approval of the arrangement.The Canadian Press