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SOUTH ASIAN PULSE HEADLINES AUG 29TH 2016 

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  1. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has left on China tour where he will not only visit various cities but hold meetings with the President and the Prime Minister. Whereas the main agenda would be trade, many are questioning if Trudeau will raise the issue of human rights with the Chinese government.
  2. Three Canadian have been charged with drug smuggling after Sydney police allegedly found 95kg of cocaine in the cabin luggage of their cruise. These drugs are valued at Australian dollars 31 million. Andre Tamine, 63, Isabelle Lagace, 28, and Melina Roberce, 22, were arrested over the weekend.
  3. Canada post union has extended its strike deadline for 24 hours and it is being thought a deal might be struck between administration and the union.
  4. Three Ottawa men have pleaded guilty to terrorism-related charges. Suliman Mohamed was given seven years imprisonment while 24-year-old Ashton Larmond 17-year jail sentence and his brother Carlos Larmond sentenced to seven years.
  5. PC leader Patrick Brown is promising if PC party wins in 2018, it will acrap the controversial sex curriculum in Ontario. He was meeting community members in the Scarborough-Rouge River area.
  6. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is in USA where he met US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter. 
  7. Bangladesh police raided a house and killed three suspects including a Canadian Tamim Chowdhury involved in July 1 Dhaka café attack. Another Canadian was arrested by police and is still in police custody.
  8. Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaaf has filed a petition in Supreme Court against Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif saying he should be disqualified as in Panama Papers Leak, he, his son and daughter have been found involved in corruption.
  9. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the Pakistan-China economic corridor will create jobs in Pakistan and will not only benefit his country but the region.
  10. Supreme Court in Pakistan has upheld terrorist conviction by military courts for. However, the convicts’ counsel has alleged they were not given fair trial.
  11. In Pakistan, Pemra has fined 13 TV channels for spreading wrong rumours of PTI chief Imran Khan’s wedding.
  12. China has banned visitors from five Muslim countries which are Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey and Pakistan. When asked China’s foreign ministry has denied hearing of. But it is being said these steps have been taken keeping in view the upcoming G-20 summit.
  13. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi under Mann Ki Baat said India’s daughters have made the country proud and hoped men will also perform well in next Olympics. He met with the winning athletes of Rio Olympics and congratulated them. He said the government has set up a committee to prepare athletes for the next three Olympics.
  14. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said his government’s Kashmir policy will be based on unity and compassion as violence does not benefit anyone.
  15. Congress has projected Sheila Dikshit as its chief ministerial candidate in Uttar Pradesh but it has not in Gujarat saying chief ministerial candidate will be announced after victory.
  16. The West Bengal Assembly has passed a resolution and proposed the state name be changed to ‘Bangla’ in Bengali or ‘Bengal’ in English.
  17. Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma has asked foreign tourists not to wear skirts. When asked that Indian girls also wear skirts, he said they can but foreign tourists should not.
  18. Music director and singer Vishal Dadlani has said he is leaving AAP on his own after offending the Jain community but he still considers AAP his family. However, the monk has said he is not annoyed with Vishal.
  19. Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij has donated IRs50 lakh to Dera Sacha Sauda for promoting sports in Haryana. The action has drawn flank from media.
  20. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has asked Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said to hold an inquiry in AAP’s funding by radical groups.
  21. Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu has said Congress is not a good match for him. Also Congress is not an alternative to bringing change in Punjab and under Capt Amarinder Singh it is not possible. She appreciated AAP and said that the party manifesto is prepared by intellectuals and she said she admires and hopes work for people. Earlier Kejriwal in a twitter post had said that Sidhu placed no pre condition for joining AAP.
  22. Police successfully averted a clash between pro and anti-Kejriwal supporters in Dinanagar. Amandeep Singh Gill, a loyalist of Sucha Singh Chhotepur led a march of 200 supporters to the venue where Kejriwal’s followers were holding a meeting and raised slogans against them. The situation was defused after SSP Jasdeep Singh sent a police team to ensure that both groups remained separated by nearly 100 meters. 
  23. Harcharan Singh Bains, Akali Dal has said AAP should leave Punjab to Punjabis as they will never allow UP gangsters or their Haryana chieftain to rule over their state.  He said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is drumming up a civil war among Punjabis and Sikhs and so he must stop.
  24. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has said tug of war in AAP has exposed that its leadership is power hungry. He made this statement during a Sangat Darshan saying there is no hope of good work from AAP in the state and even Congress is anti-Punjab.
  25. AA leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira going against party lines defended Sucha Singh Chhotepur saying there can be a conspiracy against him but dismissed Chhotepur’s claims that Kejriwal was anti-Sikh. He stressed AAP’s central leadership should allow Punjab’s unit to have a greater say in state affairs.
  26. AAP has said Sucha Singh Chhotepur has been axed from the party on the basis of proofs. An NRI has also alleged that Chhotepur asked him to pay IRs60 lakhs for party ticket, then it was agreed that IRs30 lakhs will be given. He said later three lakhs were given back to him but one lakh is still with him.
  27. Himmat Singh Shergill, head of AAP’s legal cell has said why was Chhotepur silent on making comments against Kejriwal till now? He said these baseless allegations have been made by Chhotepur when he was caught red-handed and was exposed.
  28. Congress has alleged that Sucha Singh Chhotepur has been ousted from AAP Punjab cadre as the party wishes to make Kejriwal its Chief Ministerial candidate in the state.
  29. BJP’s national vice-president, Prabhat Jha, has said his party would continue to contest on 23 seats in Punjab but might swap a few with Shiromani Akali Dal as both parties are very close. 
  30. The first T20 match was won by West Indies by 1 run against India. The second match was washed out and so West Indies won series 1-0. However, there is no change in West Indies’ ICC rankings and so it stays at third position while India is number two team.
  31. Sachin Tendulkar has given BMWs to VP Sindhu, Dipa Karmakar, Sakshi Malik that is being highlighted in media. Tendulkar said sports personalities other than cricketers must be encouraged.
  32. VP Sindhu, Dipa Karmakar, Sakshi Malik and Jitu Rai have been conferred upon Khel Ratna awards.
  33. Four players of India’s women hockey team had to travel on train floor as no prior reservation was made.

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