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Midweek Headlines – Dec 18 

1.      The Canadian CF-18 jets and Kurdish troops repelled a massive ISIL attack in northern Iraq. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan though has appreciated the professionalism of Canadian Special Forces but has clarified once again the government position of withdrawing the CF-18 from combat mission.

2.      In November inflation rate in Canada jumped to 1.4% bringing it closer to the Bank of Canada’s target of two per cent in wake of high food prices. In October the overall national inflation rate was at 1%. Overall food prices are up 3.4% compared to last year.

3.      Canadian dollar has tumbled further against US currency.

4.      Shaw Communications Inc has become the fourth biggest wireless service provider in the country.

5.      In three different incidents in GTA, a 38-year-old victim was taken to hospital in Mississauga who was shot at. Police was called shortly afterwards in North York for another shooting occurrence followed by a stabbing incident that took place in Scarborough at Danzig Street and Morningside Avenue.

6.      In the gas plant scandal in which two sides of Dalton McGuinty are charged by OPP, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has said she will continue to work to earn people’s trust.

7.      Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited global investigators to study the black box of its combat jet shot down by Turkey some time back.

8.      The Met Office has predicted that 2015 will be the warmest year in history.

9.      Transport Canada has given green signal to Bombardier’s C-Series to enter into commercial service after long delays.

10.  At least six people got injured due to multiple bomb blasts inside a Bangladeshi naval mosque.

11.  In Pakistan, Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control has presented the names of 58 organisations in Senate that have been banned to carry out their activities in the country while Jamaat-ud-Daawa (JUD) is under observation.

12.  Veteran Indian star Om Puri who is visiting Pakistan these days has said the Indian majority holds no grudge against Pakistanis.

13.  Intensifying its criticism against Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, AAP leadership during a press conference has posed five questions to him related to its allegations of corruption in DDCA case saying Jaitley must take responsibility for his actions.

14.  Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said Kejriwal is trying to defend his own man which is wrong.

15.  In the Nirbhaya case, the Delhi High Court has decided to release the 18-year-old juvenile from jail and even extended a financial grant. He was only 16 when he committed the crime. Nirbhaya’s mother said on this occasion: “Today crime won.”

16.  The Indian government has given its nod to buy Russian air missile system worth Rs 40,000 crores.

17.  On the issue of GST, political parties could not develop consensus in Rajya Sabha though it was decided to pass several bills before the conclusion of winter session on December 21.

18.  US President Barack Obama has promised to look into removing curbs on Sikhs in US military.

19.  With more than 1.8 lakh Indian students currently studying in various universities of the USA, their number has jumped by 20 per cent.

20.  Amid deteriorating law and order situation in the province, opposition especially Congress is criticising Punjab government for not controlling situation. Meanwhile, Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh has shown the intention to bring back all veteran Congress workers in the fold. He also aims to talk to Pratab Singh Bajwa in this regard to win in Punjab in next elections.

21.  Pakistan’s T20 captain Shahid Afridi has given green signal for the return of Mohammad Amir in the country’s cricket squad. Amir was banned from cricket after spot-fixing scandal in London.

22.  Players like Ravindra Jadeja, Murli Vijay, Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma are expected to make a comeback in Indian squad for Australia tour.

23.  At stumps on first day of the second Test Sri Lanka scored 264 for 7 wickets in Hamilton against New Zealand. New Zealand leads series 1-0.

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