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Midweek Headlines – Nov 10 

  1. Though economists had predicted the Canadian GDP will grow by 1.2% this year but have slashed economic growth to 1.1% in 2015. This fact will increase challenges for the newly elected Liberal government.
  2. Experts have estimated that oil prices will not go beyond $60 even by 2020. A BMO report also says Canadian economy in the last six months slowed down due to this factor.
  3. Though the newly elected Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship John McCallum has once again reiterated the government’s resolve to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada, many are questioning what plans the government has for refugee resettlement as till December 31 only 50 days are left.
  4. In an article published by Toronto Star today, a Peel police officer of South Asian descent has said he was constantly humiliated by fellow officers.
  5. Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne is terming her China mission as very successful because new deals worth $1.7 billion were signed.
  6. A new report says colon cancer is increasing and about 40% Ontarians are not getting themselves screened.
  7. British Prime Minister David Cameroon has said that the European Union requires major reforms otherwise the 28-country bloc would not be able to perform effectively.
  8. In India, though defence minister Manohar Parrikar is considering settlement of OROP his and BJP government’s greatest achievement, ex-servicemen are not happy and are still protesting.
  9. In Bihar elections on one side BJP is looking at the causes of its defeat and on the other hand some party officials have objected to the meeting of Shatrughan Sinha with Nitish Kumar. Defending his actions Sinha said his meeting with Kumar is being politicized for no rhyme or reason as he is a BJP loyal.
  10. New data shows that about 58% of Bihar MLAs have criminal cases against them.
  11. After the Bihar fiasco, veteran leader LK Advani has said it seems the BJP has not learnt any lesson from failure in Delhi.
  12. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said his Diwali gift to the nation is liberalization in FDI norms. He said his government is committed to reforms in this respect that will benefit everyone in India.
  13. A new report on climate change has stressed on preventing global warming and has warned if temperature rises only by one degree, stopping its disastrous affects would be tough.
  14. The huge congregation called Sarbat Khalsa has appointed Jagtar Singh Hawara as Akal Takht’s new jathedar. It has also withdrawn the titles of Fakre-e-Qaum and Panth Rattan awards given to Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal. The move is not supported by the chief minister or the deputy chief minister of Punjab. Meanwhile, Punjab BSF head Avtar Singh Karimpuri who attended the event, has said his party stands with the Sikh community.


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