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Midweek Headlines – Nov 5 


  1. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported the death of a Canadian, John Robert Gallagher while fighting against ISIS along with the Kurdish and Syrian Democratic Forces. The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs has said it is aware of the report.

  2. After stepping down yesterday as Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper and the Conservative caucus are holding a meeting to look at the causes of loss of power in the recently held elections. The caucus will also decide on the party’s interim leader.

  3. The Liberal Party cabinet has started work after being sworn-in yesterday. According to details the parliament will resume on December 3. Throne Speech will be given on December 4.

  4. Right after the wearing-in ceremony yesterday, journalists asked several questions from Liberal party leaders that will be facing major challenges. The questions were related to economy, Syrian refugees and marijuana.

  5. Telus has decided to cut off 1,500 jobs.

  6. According to the recent Treb report home prices in GTA have gone further up. In October this year, compared to 2014 the price of an average house has reached $630,876 while in October 2014 it stood at $557,598.

  7. TransCanada Corp has confirmed it is not building the Energy East port.

  8. A US analysis shows that the Russian plane that crashed in Egypt was bombed by the ISIS. British Prime Minister David Cameroon has said his country has evidence that an explosive device was planted inside the plane at the Sharm el-Sheikh airport that caused the blast. However, both Russia and Egypt are dismissing these reports. Whereas Russia says its initial investigation does not indicate towards such a possibility, the Egyptian authorities have denied the reports also saying security at their airports is very tight.

  9. In Lahore, Pakistan 25 people died and 100 others got injured when a four-storey factory building collapsed.

  10. The Times Now CVoter exit polls have predicted the Nitish-Lalu alliance moving ahead. Meanwhile, the RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has claimed they will win 190 seats in Bihar.

  11. Chhota Rajan has been deported to India after some delays.

  12. US defence chief will visit the South China Sea to resolve issues. USA has said not only China and Japan will be roped in for talks but has asked India’s assistance as well.

  13. In the third and final Test, Pakistan beat England by 127 runs and won series 2-0. With this victory, Pakistan now stands at number two position in ICC Test rankings. In wake of all these triumphs PCB has asked Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq to consider playing for the team for some more time. Also, Younis Khan returns to Pakistan’s ODI squad.

  14. In the first Test being played between India and South Africa at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, the guests have made 28 for 2 in reply to India’s first innings score of 201.

  15. In the first Test being played between Australia and New Zealand in Gabba, the former made 389 for 2 against opponents on the first day.

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