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SOUTH ASIAN PULSE HEADLINES AUGUST 22ND 2016 

1. In Ottawa, Green Party leader Elizabeth May has announced she will continue to lead the party and has support of his colleagues. She also clarified that she will not join any other party.
2. The Liberal cabinet is holding retreat in Sudbury. Issues for the fall parliamentary session will be discussed. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will talk to media at 2pm. At 6pm he will attend at community BBQ. As he will be attending G-20 summit in China and tour Chinese cities looking for business opportunities, Trudeau will also announce strategy of relations with China.
3. One person has died and five others got injured in an attack on ARY News Karachi office. The channel has allegedly blamed MQM for it. Police has acquired the CCTV footage and started investigation. The channel has said it hopes action will be taken against culprits.
4. One person was found shot dead in a condo parking lot in Toronto at King St W. The man has been identified as John Ignagni, 33. Police is looking for a man on bicycle and described as a white man wearing a dark helmet.
5. In USA, a step mother has been charged in the murder of 9-year-old, Ashdeep Kaur.
6. In Turkey, over 50 killed have died in an attack on a Kurdish wedding ceremony. The attacker has been identified as a 12 to 14-year-old boy. The victims of the attack mostly were women and children, some less than 14-year-old.
7. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani today jointly inaugurated Kabul’s Stor Palace via video-conference. India has already invested IRs300million on Friendship Dam in Herat also. Last year, in Dec India helped in the construction of Afghan Parliament and was jointly inaugurated by Afghan President and Modi.
8. In an interview on an Indian TV channel, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said he supports India’s stance on Kashmir and Baluchistan.
9. In Pakistan’s Khyber area, a military operation not only killed 40 terrorists but eliminated 40 hideouts.
10. In Pakistan, a number of Baluch leaders who favoured Modi’s speech were booked and cases registered against them.
11. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for a Kashmir dialogue. Under a high level sitting organized by the prime minister, development remained at the top of agenda in the valley. He said not only a dialogue is required but the woes of Kashmiris must be listened at centre. However, the issue will be resolved according to constitution.
12. AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has claimed in Goa, AAP is gaining ground and will win 35 seats out of the 40 in upcoming elections. He said AAP does not much sufficient funds like traditional parties and that is why the party is fighting elections in selective turfs.
13. Though Navjot Singh Sidhu has still not decided on joining AAP or any other party, Congress is sending him messages to join its party and trying its best to bring him in its fold.
14. AAP and Congress have targeted the ruling Akali Dal for increasing Orbit bus accidents in Punjab.
15. Akali Dal and SGPC have commended government efforts to clear the names of a number of Sikhs from the NRI black list cut. Though the intelligence bureau warned the move could be damaging, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after meeting Sikh community members in Canada and USA Sikhs decided to remove some names from hat list.
16. Punjab Brahim Maha Sabha has extended its support to AAP though a small number of party members wish to support BJP.
17. In Punjab, Congress leader Capt Amarinder Singh has said, all the left parties need to forge an anti-Badal alliance and jointly fight in upcoming elections against Akali Dal and BJP.
18. In New Zealand, Yuvraj Singh Mahil, a Hamilton Sikh councilor was shocked when his billboard was tagged with words ‘ISIS’.
19. Rio Olympics concluded yesterday and USA won the highest number of medals: 121 out of which 46 were gold followed by Great Britain that secured 67 medals, China got 70 and Russia 56. Canada clinched 22 medals. Canadian flag was carried by Penny Oleksiak at the closing ceremony. She won a gold, a silver and two bronze. India won two medals. Sakshi Malik carried Indian flag at the closing ceremony.
20. Shuttler PV Sindhu reached Hyderabad to a hero’s welcome. Her coach Gopichand was also given warm welcome. It has been decided that Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar will be given Khel Ratna while Ajinkya Rahane be conferred upon Arjuna award.
21. India’s OP Jaisha, female marathoner at Olympics said she could have lost life as she fainted at the marathon because no Indian official provided her water or energy drinks. She ran in scorching heat but fainted and remained unconscious for four hours.
22. In USA, the Dream Team received overwhelming response. The team comprised filmmaker Karan Johar, Katrina Kaif, Varun Dhawan, Siddarth Malhotra, Badshah and Parineeti Chopra. Katrina Kaif and Siddarth Malhotra’s Kala Chasma song rocked the floors.

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