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SOUTH ASIAN PULSE HEADLINES AUGUST 18TH 2016 

  1. Police in Ottawa has issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for Mustafa Ahmed, 28, who is wanted for second-degree murder in the death of 33-year-old Omar Rashid-Ghader. Omar was killed sover the weekend. Police says Mustafa might be in GTA.
  2. Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott who paid on March 31, $1,700 along with a tip of $223 for limousine service has agreed the cost for a one-day trip in the GTA is high. She explained that she was busy and had multiple meetings and had to be transported from Markham-Stouffville to Hamilton, then Toronto and back to Markham. Conservative party has said the Health Minister must return the amount and apologise for it also. Meanwhile, the owner of the limousine service has said he is ready to return the amount to the minister.
  3. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be on an official visit to China from August 30 to September 6. He is going there on the invitation of Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang. Trudeau will participate in the G20 Leaders’ Summit on September 4 and 5 in Hangzhou, China. He will also visit Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Hong Kong and meet Chinese leaders, businessmen and public at large. He will be accompanied by some Chinese businessmen from Canada.
  4. In Turkey a bomb attack has left at least 10 dead and 200 injured. The attack was targeted towards security forces. Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said those responsible will be punished.
  5. In Syria, a five-year-old boy Omran Daqneesh has been saved from rubble but his haunting image is circulating in international media. International community is showing concern how the US and Russian airstrikes against ISIS are creating problems for civilians.
  6. Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri has clarified no one has endorsed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments on Balochistan. While addressing a rally in Quetta he also said Balochistan should not be compared with Kashmir.
  7. Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was expected to make announcement of joining AAP on August 15, has still not done so. The main reason behind this delay is that Sindhu wishes AAP to declare him as the CM face ahead of the assembly elections in 2017. Also, Sidhu wanted a ticket for both himself and his wife, MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu but AAP is not keen to do so as it follows the policy of one family, one ticket. According to details Sidhu also has an offer from Congress but he has still not commented of these developments.
  8. AAP has released a second list of 13 more candidates for Punjab polls. Prior to this a list of 19 candidates was released earlier. Taking to media on this occasion AAP leader Bhagwant Mann said AAP is benefitting in constituencies where it has named candidates. Also present on the occasion was party’s Punjab in-charge Sanjay Singh.
  9. Pavitar Singh from AAP’s national council has alleged that party’s Punjab in-charge Sanjay Singh and senior leader Durgesh Pathak asked for Rs50 lakh as donation for issuing his wife party ticket from the Phillaur Assembly segment. Both Sanjay Singh and Pathak have rubbished these allegations saying.
  10. AAP legal head cell Himmat Singh Shergill has told media that the party will file a defamation case against its national council member Pavitar Singh and his wife Lakhwinder Kaur for alleging that party leaders Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak had demanded Rs50 lakh as donation for issuing ticket to Pavitar’s wife. Meanwhile, Pavitar Singh said he campaigned hard for Kejriwal in last elections and is associated with the party for a long time so such an action against him is not justifiable.
  11. Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal said in Gidderbaha today there is a massive wave in the state that is favouring SAD and if elections are held today, Congress and AAP will lose badly. He said as Congress is losing its grip in the rest of India, it is in Punjab as well. He also said AAP has no standing in Punjab and so both – AAP and Congress – will lose badly in the next elections. He also announced setting up of a 66 KV grid at a cost of Rs4 crore and widening of the Gidderbaha-Doda road at a cost of Rs12 crore.
  12. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has taken in its possession land belonging to Maninder Singh Aulakh alias Bittu Aulakh, co-accused in the Bhola drug case.
  13. Shuttler P.V Sindhu wins from Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the semi-final of the women’s singles event at the Rio Olympics today.

    The Fourth Test between India and West Indies is in progress. If India wins this Test also, it will remain the no one Test side.

  14. Pakistan is playing its first ODI against Ireland today. Pakistan has made 337/6 in 47 overs.
  15. Andre de Grasse and Usain Bolt are set to clash once again in the 200m finals at Rio Olympics today. Elaine Thompson of Jamaica gets gold in 200m at Rio Olympics. She has already won gold in 100m race at the Olympics.
  16. Rio Olympics: Argentina takes on Belgium in men’s field hockey final today.
  17. Wrestler Sakshi Malik got India’s first medal at Rio Olympics after winning bronze yesterday.

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