SOUTH ASIAN PULSE HEADLINES MAY 13TH 2016
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Fort McMurray along with Premier Rachel Notley to witness the devastation there. He will also address a press conference there but all eyes will be on more federal aid.
- BC has declared state of emergency after drugs abuse increases though efforts are afoot to reduce it but death rate is constantly rising.
- In Brampton yesterday, a man got injured in a shooting incident. In another incident a pedestrian was hit in which he got serious injured and was rushed to the hospital.
- Sophie Trudeau faces backlash of opposition after saying she requires more staff to keep up with her heavy workload. Whereas NDP has said she does not know the struggles of a common man, PC has criticised her decision as well.
- Baba Hardev Singh, spiritual head of Sant Nirankari Mission died in a road accident in Montreal today. Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have sent condolences.
- In a bomb blast in Iraq, 13 people have died. Once again ISIS has taken responsibility.
- The Chief Justice of Pakistan has said the commission formed to probe Panama Papers should have all the authority to execute cases. He said he will not be part of any commission that has no powers.
- The Afghan ambassador in Pakistan met with General Raheel Sharif to discuss border issues and devising a plan to fight against Taliban.
- In wake of security concerns, Pakistan has been playing its home series in UAE. However, it is proposing Sri Lanka for its forthcoming home series against West Indies.
- Pakistan-US relations are at all time low. Commenting on the current situation, Sartaj Aziz, Special Advisor to Pakistani Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs has agreed in the last three months relations between the two allies have been tense. The main cause being the issue of F-16 sale and funding along with some others. He said since 2011 the relations have seen lows and highs due to various incidents such as WikiLeaks and the Abbottabad operation in which Osama bin Laden was killed. Pakistan also rejected US pressure to hand over Shakil Afridi who helped trace Osama bin Laden. On this issue US officials have said this is being done to appease the Haqqani network. Aziz rubbished the allegation saying even after asking for proofs, the US government has not provided any evidence.
- In the 2008, Malegaon bomb blast, NIA has given clean chit to Sadhvi Pragya and dropped the MCOCA charges against 10 other accused including Lt Col Prasad Shrikant.
- India has introduced the new National Intellectual Property Rights Policy and the finance ministry has informed media about it.
- On the issue of blacking out a TV channel in Punjab, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal has said it is a fight between media and a cable company and the Punjab government has got nothing to do with it. Talking about AAP, Sukhbir Badal said the party has included those who will take Punjab in a wrong direction.
- BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal held a joint sitting and discussed plan for the upcoming elections in Punjab. The portfolio of some cabinet minister might also change.
- The new WHO report ranks Ludhiana on the 12th position as one of the highly polluted city of the world which is in sharp contrast to the government resolve to make it a smart city.
- Talking against AAP, some quarters in Punjab have said its party leader Arvind Kejriwal is an outsider. Denouncing the mindset, AAP hit back saying Congress is led by Sonia Gandhi who is originally from Italy.