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SOUTH ASIAN PULSE HEADLINES MAY 12TH 2016 

  1. In Hamilton in the Tim Bosma murder trial, both accused Dellen Millard and Mark Smich, have pleaded not guilty. Giving details, Mark Smich said Bosma was murdered the same night while on a test drive. He further said, Millard looked like a mad man after killing Bosma.
  2. In Fort McMurray, people are queuing in long lines to get fund transferred to their accounts. The Alberta government has announced to provide $1250 per adult and $500 per child. Meanwhile, the Red Cross will distribute $50m to evacuees. Meanwhile. Alberta premier Rachel Notley has said those who have an emergency should get funds before urging others to wait.
  3. Yesterday the Minister of Democratic Reforms, Maryam Monsef announced to introduce new electoral reforms and a new committee in this regard has been formed with 10 members – six from Liberals, three Conservatives, one from  NDP, Greens and Bloc Quebecois each. Only the Liberals, Conservatives and the NDP will have voting rights while Greens and Bloc Quebecois without the right to vote.
  4. Ruby Sahota, Member of Parliament for Brampton North, was declared Vice-President of the Canada-India Parliamentary Group at a meeting held recently. Historically, the Canada-India Parliamentary Friendship Group has been very active and plays an important role in supporting on-going parliamentary relations with India. This Friendship Group also provides an opportunity for parliamentarians interested in learning about India’s great diversity and strengthening their relations with key stakeholders.
  5. The Mississauga City Council has put a ban on Uber ban with 10 voting against this service while only two favouring it. The city will initiate a pilot project to see if ride sharing services can co-exist with traditional service.
  6. In Toronto on construction sites, now work can continue for 24 hours to complete 85 projects on war footing. An amount of $550 million has been invested in these projects and currently work is closed at 7pm to 9pm. It has been decided to continue work on a few projects for 24 hours and extend hours on other sites.
  7. In Brampton, a man got serious injured and was taken to hospital in an accident on 410 and Queen Street.
  8. On Derry Road a motorcyclists got seriously injured and was taken to the hospital.
  9. In USA, Donald Trump has taken a u-turn on his comment that a complete ban should be placed on Muslim entry in America. Now he is saying he only made a suggestion and will only be implemented if agreed by the congress. On the question of banning entry of Sadiq Khan, the new Pakistani-origin London mayor to USA, Trump said exception can be made in his case. Today Trump is in Washington where he will hold meeting with top Republicans leadership.
  10. Zabol in Iran has been considered to be the world’s most polluted city as it suffers from dust storms for three to four months in summer. Four Indian cities are also named in the report with Delhi ranked at number 9.
  11. Pakistan’s General Raheel Sharif has confirmed death sentence of five hardcore terrorists. They were involved in an attack on bus in Karachi that killed 46 people and involved in the killing of social worker Sabeen Mahmud.
  12. IMF is ready to pay Pakistan an aid tranche of $510 million soon.
  13. The abducted son of former Pakistani prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilan’s son Ali Haider Gilani is back from Taliban captivity after three years and media is anxious to know what happened with him while he was there. However, Ali currently is thanking God to be back and not ready to share details of his kidnapping yet.
  14. An audio footage of a conversation between Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and General Raheel Sharif has leaked where the General is pressing the prime minister to take action against those named in Panama Papers. However, the date of the video cannot be confirmed.
  15. In Tamil Nadu, elections will be held on May 16. On May 19 results will be announced.  Along with DMK and AIADMK, a Punjabi is also contesting on the BJP ticket.
  16. The railways department has sent a bill of IRs4 crores to the district collector for transporting water to Lathur due to water scarcity in that state.
  17. Fight between Kerala state and the centre on the issue of bringing Indians from Libya has intensified as India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said the money was given by the centre. On the other hand Oommen Chandy has clarified that out of the 19 Indians, 16 were Keralites and so the Kerala government spent money to bring them back.
  18. Though Mulayam Singh Yadav asked for an inquiry in UP in the custodial deaths during 1994 but nothing came out of it. Thus plea for an inquiry has been asked once again. Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has also asked the centre to bring truth in front of the public.
  19. Kumar Vishwas’ song and video on the issues of Punjab has gone viral. Reacting on the song Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has said the song wrongly depicts Punjab farmers.
  20. Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar has been elected ICC Chairman.
  21. India-Australia is contemplating to play day and night matches in 2017. The first day and night matches were played between Australia and New Zealand. India can also experiment the same during New Zealand’s tour of India. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka might play a day and night match soon also.
  22. Bollywood movie Azhar that is being released tomorrow is based on true story of former cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin. In 2000 on the allegations of match fixing, BCCI placed life ban on Azharudding. Critics are waiting to see if the movie will reveal truth through this film.

 

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