SOUTH ASIAN PULSE HEADLINES APRIL 29TH 2016
- According to a Mainstreet Technologies survey, the Liberal party is still popular and has the support of 49%, the Conservatives have 30%, while the NDP has only 14% support.
- According to Statistics Canada, the Canadian GDP shrank by 0.1% in February after rising for four consecutive months.
- New measures by Revenue Canada Agency helped it collect over $1 billion from tax evaders though it was estimated that in 2014-15, $550 million would be collected.
- Senior senators have said that Mike Duffy expenses matter is closed and will not be referred to the Auditor General.
- The Canadian dollar hits 80 cents against US dollar after North American markets opened on high note. This is the first time it has hit this mark after July 2015. Loonie has been faring well for the last few months.
- The Conference Board of Canada has announced that problems for the oil industry will continue and in fact will increase by the end of this year. However, it will start showing some signs of recovery by 2017. Those who survive by 2020 will reap benefits.
- Several got injured in a clash that took place between Donald Trump’s supporters and those against him during a rally in California. Police has arrested 20 people.
- Eleven people were killed in a helicopter crash in Norway with two still missing.
- Dr Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s envoy at UN has said Pakistan seeks to normalize relations with India but New Delhi only wishes to talks about terrorism.
- Pakistan will have to shell out $700 million for eight F-16s from the US as American Congress withdraws subsidiary. Earlier Pakistan had to pay close to $270 million.
- The US Congress has invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the house. However, Modi still has to accept the invite.
- Replying to media and opposition’s queries on Panama Papers leaks, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has informed those named in the report have been sent notice and strict action will be taken against culprits.
- Congress has alleged that the government is not passing GST bill due to RSS interference. BJP has rubbished the claim.
- To curb violence in West Bengal, Election Commission has taken strict measures. Results will be announced on May 19. The position of Trinamool Congress looks strong however, BJP hopes to win some more seats in the state.
- In wake of drought and heat in India, several hundred people have died. According to recent reports 11 people have died in Jaipur.
- In Maharashra Bombay High Court has given orders to demolish the Adarsh Society building.
- Rift between BJP and Subramanian Swamy seems to be increasing and though the party told him to refrain from making irrelevant comments in Rajya Sabha, Swamy has replied no one even BJP can stop him from speaking out his mind.
- In the case of Augusta Westland, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has alleged had his name appeared in the scandal, BJP would have arrested him by now but no action as yet has been taken against Congress.
- The Supreme Court of India has given relief to Congress leader from Bhadaur for not quashing his seat. In Jalandhar Cantt, Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has announced to cancel the solid waste management project that had to be set up in Jamsher Village that has annoyed MLA Pargat Singh further as he has been demanding for it for long.
- AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has said in 2017 elections the fight will be between AAP and SAD, Congress has no fate in the state.
- After taking oath as Rajya Sabha member, former cricket turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu has said he will bat for Amritsar from that pitch now.
- In IPL match today Rising Pune Supergiants are facing Gujarat Lions.
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