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SOUTH ASIAN PULSE HEADLINES JULY 6TH 2016 

1. Conservative MP Jason Kenney might announce today that he will be running for the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party leadership in Calgary.
2. Home prices in Toronto have jump to 16.8%. Average home price in Toronto stands at $746,546 as demand continues to climb. The price of a detached house has gone up 20%, semi-detached over 16% and that of a condo 7.5%.
3. Peel Regional Police Services Board has inducted a new member, Jack Prazeres. He has replaced former Board chair Laurie Williamson who concluded his six-year term. Commending the move Peel Police Board Chair Ahluwalia has said: “He brings great enthusiasm and an exemplary record of community service to our region. I am confident that Mr Prazeres will be of invaluable assistance to the Board and the police service.”
4. Canada Post yesterday announced a 72-hour lockout notice to its union which means work will stop by Friday if a deal is not brokered by that day.
5. Durham Regional Police has announced that Uday Singh Jaswal, is being made the Deputy Chief of Police in Durham region. Jaswal, a 21-year veteran of the Ottawa Police Service, has been with Ottawa Police since 1995 and studied at the University of Ottawa. He currently sits as Chair of the Youth Services Bureau.
6. In a scathing report released by Sir John Chilcot on Iraq war has blamed former British prime minister Tony Blair for invasion on flawed intelligence that has resulted in current global chaos. The report that has been published after seven years of detailed investigation says the 2013 US-led operation in Iraq that was joined by UK went badly wrong. Current UK prime minister David Cameron has said the report has come with delay but apologized to the families of the fallen soldiers. A tearful Blair expressed sorrow and regret on that decision and took full responsibility for it but said he would do it again. Commenting on the report US Presidential candidate Donald Trump has said Saddam Hussain was 10% better than others as he killed terrorists.
7. In USA a Louisiana shooting video has gone viral that shows a black American Alton Sterling was shot dead as he received multiple gun shots. Protests are going on in Baton Rouge.
8. A 510-foot-long, Noah’s Ark built at the total cost of $100 million in Kentucky has made Christians happy in USA who said biblical stories are correct after all. However, its opponents say the structure is an interference with scientific studies and therefore no tax incentives should be offered.
9. South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in jail for the murder of his girl friend Reeva Steenkamp.
10. Soccer great Lionel Messi and his father have been found guilty on three counts of tax fraud and sentenced to 21 months in jail. The court alleged that 29-year-old Messi defrauded Spain of €4.1 million between 2007 and 2009. Messi has won the Player of the World five times. Talking in the court Messi said that only his father knew about these business deals and he was not aware of them.
11. After the devastating Dhaka attacks, ISIS has claimed this was only a sample and bigger attacks will be planned in coming days.
12. Pakistani Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has pledged once again to support peace in Afghanistan but has asked the Afghan government to reciprocate also.
13. Pakistan has given security assurance to the government of Saudi Arabia after a number of bombings took place outside Masjid e-Nabwi in Madina, Qatif, and Jeddah and in one of the attacks a Pakistani was also involved.
14. Muslims across the globe are celebrating Eid-al-Fitr. Indian Security Forces and Pakistani Rangers exchanged sweets on international border at Jammu & Kashmir. In Pakistan Eid is being celebrated today while India has announced holy festival for Thursday.
15. Media is asking Smriti Irani who from the post of Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has been shifted to the Ministry of Textiles, is a demotion. Irani said it is not demotion at all as she will serve the nation according to the duties given to her by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
16. AAP spokesperson Ashish Khetan has been booked by Punjab Police in Amritsar for hurting religious sentiments. A case was filed against him under Section 295-A for equating Guru Granth Sahib with the party manifesto saying “This is our bible, our Gita and our Guru Granth Sahib.” Though Khetan later apologised saying his comments were not meant to disrespect any holy book but a group from the All India Sikh Students Federation still went ahead and filed a case against him.
17. In the Euro Cup 2016 semi-finals today Portugal will take on Wales. Tomorrow Germany will face France. Final will be played on Sunday, July 10. All matches can be viewed at 3pm, Toronto time.

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