SOUTH ASIAN PULSE HEADLINES MARCH 7TH 2016
1. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory participated at the Toronto zoo ceremony to name a pair of panda cubs. The two were named Canadian Hope and Canadian Joy.
2. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend state dinner at the White House on Thursday.
3. The CBS programme – 60 Minutes – mixed up Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mother Margaret Trudeau to Kim Cattrall.
4. As MPs return this week to House of Commons, the Liberal government will clarify in its 2016 federal immigration plan on the number of refugees, skilled workers and the total number of permanent residents Canada is expected to accept in the coming year.
5. During the PC convention in Ottawa, attended by 1,600 delegates, PC leader Patrick Brown said he is in favour of carbon pricing as climate threat is real but he does not support the Liberal plan of cap-and-trade. He said Liberal’s cap-and-trade plan, that is expected to generate in $1.9 billion in revenues but any pricing on carbon should be revenue neutral. The party also unveiled the party’s new logo that has blue, green and red colours.
6. During the PC convention in Ottawa, MP Rick Dykstra was elected the president of the party and Jag Badwal the first vice president.
7. In Vancouver, BC’s Supreme Court has started murder trial in the case of Maple Batalia and is expected to sentence boyfriend Gurjinder ‘Gary’ Dhaliwal today. Gary was originally charged with first-degree murder but has pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder. Dhaliwal’s friend, Gursimar Bedi was also charged with manslaughter.
8. Amber alert in Ontario was cancelled after a small boy was found and was safe.
9. Two Canadians including a Toronto boxer died in a Ferrari crash in Dubai.
10. EU and Turkey are holding a crucial summit in Brussels to deal with the refugee crisis. EU is asking Turkey to host some more migrants in return for a $3.3 billion in aid to stop their entry in Europe.
11. In western Sydney, two people died and two got injured when a gunman opened fire.
12. North Korea has threatened both USA and South Korea of nuclear strikes.
13. About 45 people died in Tunisia when extremists attacked a police station.
14. A hurt MQM has said the party will remain with or without dissident leader Mustafa Kamal who decimated party chief Altaf Hussain, cut his ties and formed his own political party.
15. A suicide bomber killed 17 people at a Charsadda court in Pakistan. TTP’s Jamatul Ahrar has claimed responsibility.
16. Pakistani delegation is in India to assess security arrangements for the country’s cricket team before their T20 World Cup clash at Dharamshala.
17. Pakistan has shared intelligence with India informing 10 terrorists have entered India and planning attacks during Mahashivratri.
18. Slamming Muslim Law, a Kerala judge has questioned why a Muslim woman cannot have four husbands if Muslim men can have four wives.
19. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has said PDP-BJP alliance was her father’s decision but the deal was brokered for the welfare of people.
20. Family members of a doctor killed in a road accident have alleged HRD Minister Smriti Irani did not help them.
21. ED has registered a case of money laundering against Vijay Mallya saying he cannot access the IRs 515 crores from Diago until a loan default case with SBI is settled.
22. Pathankot once again is under high terror alert as suspected activity has been detected in the area. Chandigarh also is under high terror alert.
23. In Ludhiana, a 15-year-old Jhanvi Behal has challenged Kanhaiya Kumar and called him for a debate saying she does not agree with him. Jhanvi was honoured for contribution to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. She condemned use of abusive language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi adding such acts will malign the image of India in the whole world.
24. India won the Asia Cup 2016 for the 6th time over the weekend after defeating Bangladesh.
25. Australia beat South African in a T20 match by five wickets.
26. Pakistan has recalled batsman Khurram Manzoor and replaced him with Ahmed Shehzad.