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Midweek Headlines – Dec 9 

1.      As many as 2,000 taxi drivers converged upon downtown Toronto protesting against Uber. Cab drivers are asking the city of Toronto to enforce city bylaws on Uber. The protest that started at 7:30am in the morning today was held at four places in the city before headed Downtown to Queen’s Park and City Hall.

2.      Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum during a press conference today announced Canada’s plan regarding Syrian refugees. He informed 1,400 permanent visas have been issued and they will start coming to Canada within hours.

3.      Despite Liberal government’s plan to facilitate the aboriginals, First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA) lawyer Robert Hladun has said the government must release a $1.6million fund that is still being withheld.

4.      World’s eyes are on Canada as Central Bank Governor Stephen Poloz has announced that Canadian financial market can function in a negative rate but clarified currently the bank has no intention to do so.

5.      The Mike Duffy trial resumes.

6.  Questions are being raised on a tax hike of 4.9% on home owners as being proposed in Brampton city’s 2016 budget

7.      The remarks of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump against Muslims have drawn global condemnation. But Trump is absolutely unapologetic about them saying he is not ready to back away from them. Even Pentagon has said such rhetoric will undermine national security. However, a recent survey shows Trump leading the presidential race.

8.      Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during her meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said it is time both nations display maturity and self confidence to do business. Both nations have decided to start comprehensive bilateral dialogue. Not only Pakistani leadership has commended the efforts of both countries to normalize relations but former Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri has termed this meeting as fruitful.

9.      Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has informed that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Pakistan next year for Saarc summit.

10.  Shiv Sena has called the India-Pakistan dialogue pointless adding no amount of talks can resolve the strained ties between the two nations.

11.  In the National Herald case, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has said there is no political vendetta against Sonia or Rahul Gandhi but culprits must be punished.

12.  Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has accused the PMO for adopting pure political vendetta. Rajiv Pratab Rudy has dared Rahul to prove his allegations against the PMO.

13.  Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu has said Congress party is disrupting parliamentary session, thus threatening democracy.

14.  Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has said the chances of holding India-Pakistan series is getting slimmer. Though it was being thought that cricket will be brought up in the Sushma-Aziz meeting but the issue was not discussed.

15.  The chief justice of India has given green signal to AAP’s plan to restrict the number of private cars on Delhi roads to improve the quality of air in the city. The move is also appreciated by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu.

16.  Though Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has said Tamil Nadu government is providing massive relief to flood-hit areas of Chennai and has appreciated the role of Indian army and navy in their rescue efforts, people have accused relief is not reaching them.

17.  Talking to workers in Patiala, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has said Akali Dal will outdo Capt’s rally.

18.  Punjab Congress Chief Capt Amarinder Singh has said the government is trying to fail Congress in the province.

19.  Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has written a letter to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari drawing his attention to the need of constructing a new four-lane bridge over Sutlej.

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