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Midweek Headlines – Dec 11 

  1. RCMP is on high alert as media has reported of terror attacks against major Canadian cities such as Vancouver and Ottawa from Switzerland. RCMP has said in a statement the safety of the Canadians is of upmost importance to them and so they are being vigilant against any potential threats.
  2. The federal government is making mortgage rules more stringent to slow down the housing market of Toronto and Vancouver. Starting from February 15, 2016 buyers will be required to make a down payment of 10% for a 500,000 house.
  3. The first batch of 163 Syrian refugees reached Toronto’s Pearson International Airport yesterday. They were greeted by the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne among others on arrival.
  4. The spokesperson of taxi drivers has said traffic will not be disrupted now. Meanwhile, they are holding meeting with Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders to get something productive.
  5. A latest Forum Research survey shows that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau still enjoys strong support in people and has an approval rating of the 57%. It further revealed if elections are held today, 46% would still vote for the Liberals who would win 224 seats of the 338 seats in the House of Commons – 40 more than they won in the October 19 elections. The study shows this boost is on the expense of NDP’s slipping popularity that only has 13% support in Canada. Conservatives still have the support of 32%, unchanged since election.
  6. Russia has said only the Syrian people can decide the fate of their President Bashar al-Assad.
  7. In a statement today Pentagon has informed that Isis’ financial chief has been killed in a US-led coalition’s air strikes.
  8. Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) called on the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and invited him to Pakistan. Welcoming the recent meetings between the two sides, Imran hoped this will lead to improved ties between the two countries.
  9. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called the Indo-Pak talks a breakthrough and informed foreign secretaries of both countries will soon schedule a meeting.
  10. Pakistan has successfully test-fired nuclear-capable surface to surface ballistic missile, Shaheen-III.
  11. Opposition parties in Pakistan have welcomed resumption of comprehensive dialogue between India and Pakistan but said the joint statement released after the meeting is more in India’s favour.
  12. Delhi’s decision to ban diesel vehicles in the capital to tackle the city’s growing pollution but a recent poll shows the decision is not being received well by city dwellers.
  13. In the National Herald case attacks on Congress have escalated. BJP has published a booklet to inform its party members about the subject.
  14. Congress president Sonia Gandhi has been authorised by MLAs to pick up a new CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi. Congress wishes to install a young team in assembly to create a second line of leadership for future.
  15. Farmers in Bathinda are quite annoyed as police foils protest bids by their unions.
  16. Akali Dal received a jolt when mini bus operators announced they will not ferry people free of charge for the party’s rallies.
  17. Ex DGP Jails Shashi Kant has once again said a senior Punjab police officer, infamous for committing atrocities on people who was thought to be dead is alive and living in Canada.
  18. India and Pakistan will clash in the World T20 2016 Cup on March 19.
  19. Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli has said he has much to learn especially the composure of MS Dhoni. Many sectors think Kohli should lead the Indian squad in the World T20 2016 Cup but ex cricketers believe Dhoni still needs to captain the team during this major event. Yesterday Kohli lashed out at critics for not giving the team its due credit for the series win over South Africa.

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