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SOUTH ASIAN PULSE HEADLINES AUGUST 16TH 2016 

  1. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, who recently toured five African countries has said the atrocities being committed in those states cannot be ignored and pose challenges. He said Canada is committed to renewing UN peacekeeping mission and will soon send its forces there. However he did not give the exact number of troops that will be sent to Africa.
  2. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced an infrastructure fund of $238 million for Nova Scotia in Bridgetown today. When asked by media how does the government intend to tackle the issue of terrorism, Trudeau said a monitoring committee will soon be set up and new measures be put in place. The question was in regards to the killing of terror suspect Aaron Driver by RCMP. Trudeau will leave for Prince Edwards Island later this afternoon.
  3. Calgary’s federal Conservative leader MP Jason Kenney has opened PC leadership office but still has not made any announcement regarding his manifesto.
  4. Ontario doctors have rejected the deal reached between Ontario Medical Association and the provincial government. About 63.1% were against the deal while 37.9% were in favour. About 55% OMA members include 42,000 physicians, medical students and residents.
  5. A people’s survey was conducted on Canada’s 15 bigger city to know which cities are considered the safest or dangerous by the Canadians. The results showed Canadians think Ottawa is the safest followed by Charlottetown, Moncton, St. John’s, and Quebec City. The most dangerous city was considered to be Winnipeg while Toronto was one step above it at 14th. Montreal, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Regina and Calgary also fell in the same category. A total of 4,213 Canadians were asked this question.
  6. A Toronto woman, Maria Mughal has allegedly that she was assaulted by an Uber driver. The whole incident was caught on camera by another woman Nusrat Shafi.
  7. While in New York to lead India’s 70th Independence Day celebrations, M J Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs said India is a nation that believes in faith equality and not supremacy of any faith. He said he is a proud Indian and a proud Muslim and lives in a country where azaan is being heard from the last hundreds of years. He said freedom is enshrined in the Indian constitution and in the next 70 years India will be a very prosperous country. This, he called nationalism.
  8. Russia has carries out strikes against ISIS targets from Iranian bases in Syria.
  9. Pakistan’s COAS has given orders of death sentence for 11 hard core terrorists who were found involved in various terrorist activities.
  10. Pakistan army has launched an operation along Pak-Afghan border targeting high mountains and Khyber Agency.
  11. Chinese media has informed that the government has rejected India’s request on CPAC and clarified that it will continue economic relations with both countries. However, China will not take sides on Kashmir. The government has already told India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj about it.
  12. In new violence in Kashmir, five people have died. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has asked the J&K government to restore peace and avoid casualties.
  13. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Arvind Kejriwal on his birthday. Greetings were also sent by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee, senior leaders, and some Bollywood celebrities.
  14. Commenting on the future of AAP in Punjab, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has admitted though it is a young party but its popularity is growing at a fast pace. He was addressing gathering in Ludhiana. He said AAP poses challenge but in fact only Congress poses real competition to SAD-BJP alliance as only this party has a cadre working in Punjab. AAP lacks it. Similar sentiment was voiced by Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal earlier.
  15. Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has said AAP has done nothing to protect the causes of Punjab in Delhi and so has not been able to win the hearts of Punjabis. Thus it will lose in Punjab in 2017 elections.
  16. Australia and Sri Lanka are playing third Test. In first innings Australia made 379. In reply Sri Lanka made 355; in the second innings it has made 312. Sri Lanka has already won the first two Tests.
  17. Rio Olympics: Canada’s women soccer team will play today semi-final against Germany at 3pm. The second semi-final will be played between Sweden and Brazil. Canada’s women soccer team topped in its pool and in group match, defeated Germany.

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