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Midweek Headlines – October 27 

  1. People are questioning Ontario government’s dole out package of $7.1 million given to teachers’ unions and school boards. An education ministry letter showed school boards will receive $4.6 million in addition to the $2.5 million that was paid to high schools, Catholic and French board teacher unions. Education Minister Liz Sandals and Ontario Premier Kathreen Wynne have defended the move saying there is a cost attached to negotiations. PC leader Patrick Brown mocked and said the amount must be paid for pizza and other meals.
  2. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister-designate is meeting Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, at Queen’s Park today.
  3. Canadian Forces ombudsman will review the Canadian Rangers programme after deaths were reported among members.
  4. Detailed investigation in the death of five British nationals in British Columbia is being launched.
  5. Just yesterday WHO released a report that excessive use of processed meat can cause cancer but even after the passage of 24-hours, food experts doubt those used to eating this kind of food would change their habits.
  6. Alberta’s NDP government is all set to present its first budget.
  7. On October 27 last year, the three mayors won elections. These are Toronto Mayor John Tory, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey.
  8. Brampton Council will make a decision on LRT Link today. Members will present their views also. Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey is favouring the LRT as it will help bring businesses and even a university to the city.
  9. General Motors has recalled 1.4 million cars from across the globe due to oil leaks that can cause fire. The move will affect India and other countries.
  10. The earthquake that jolted South Asia was reported to have a magnitude measuring 7.5 on richter scale earlier but experts are saying in fact its magnitude was 8.1. Meanwhile, 248 have died due to this national calamity. Relief work in Afghanistan and Pakistan continues.
  11. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said not only Pakistan military has been mobilized to help those affected by the recent earthquake but the government will also offer a big relief package. Meanwhile, cricketer Shahid Afridi has reached Peshawar where he met with the affectees and offered PRs 50 lakhs to help them.
  12. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed the grand alliance in Bihar as ‘3 Idiots’. Opposition has objected at prime minister’s remarks.
  13. Arun Shourie of BJP has been ousted from the party.
  14. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said after Chhota Rajan, the government will leave no stone unturned to bring back Dawood Ibrahim.
  15. As tension in Punjab is receding, Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has said it is hosting the Second Progressive Punjab Investors Summit to attract investment in the province. Meanwhile the Industries and Commerce Minister Madan Mohan Mittal has said the summit will start tomorrow in Mohali and benefit industry and jobs.
  16. Pakistani bowler Yasir Shah has risen to the second position in Test rankings due to his brilliant spin bowling in recent matches. It is worth noting that Shah’s outstanding show against England has resulted in Pakistan’s fabulous Test performance against opposition.


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