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  1. Property prices in GTA rose to 13% in April compared to the same period last year. The price of average home stands at $508,097 due to an upward trend that has been seen in Toronto and Vancouver. Experts say if these two markets are knocked out, the price of an average home is $370,000, however even this number indicates an 8.5% increase.
  2. In Ottawa, Minister of Science and Innovation Navdeep Bains today announced at a news conference that 46-year-old astronaut David Saint-Jacques from Quebec will visit the International Space Station for six months. He will be the ninth astronaut to visit the station.
  3. Matthew de Grood, 24, goes on trial in the murder of five university students in Calgary. The incident took place on April 15, 2014.
  4. A 33-year-old pregnant woman was shot at near Rexdale. She was rushed to the hospital where she died but her baby who was delivered by emergency C-section is in serious condition also.
  5. Commenting on Donald Trump’s resolve to ban Muslims if he becomes the next US president, British Prime Minister David Cameron has said it is not right. A defiant Donald Trump has said he does not care for British Prime Minister Cameroon or the London mayor. It is worth noting that US President Barack Obama had also recently mentioned in an interview that Trump was not equipped to be the next head of the state.
  6. Abu Sayyaf, the terrorist group from Philippines has given June 13 deadline to the Canadian government saying he will be killed if $16 million ransom is not paid. Abu Sayyaf has already killed one Canadian John Ridsdel. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has already said no ransom will be paid to captors.
  7. Iran state police cracks down on models posing their images online without a headscarf.
  8. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while addressing the National Assembly said a joint committee will be formed to probe Panama Papers so that the judicial commission holds a detailed inquiry. He said the names of his sons have been mentioned in it but they are doing legal business abroad. Though his name has not been mentioned directly, Sharif said his legal team advised him to explain his position. While he was making the announcement, the opposition started walking out of the house and held a separate press conference questioning if such a committee would be able to investigate properly or not. Opposition leader Syed Khursheed Shah said the PM’s speech was unsatisfactory and though it talked about 70 other things but did not reply to the seven questions asked by them. PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan also inquired about the purchase of PM’s London flats. PTI leader Imran Khan also asked the PM to explain his family’s offshore wealth.
  9. India has successfully tested a multi-layered Ballistic Missile Defence system. Sartaz Aziz, Special Adviser to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said this test will create defence imbalance in the region.
  10. USA has said China might construct a naval base in Pakistan.
  11. According to exit polls, BJP is slated to win in Assam; Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal and Congress in Puducherry. Results of these elections that are taking place in these states along with Tamil Nadu and Kerala will be announced on May 19.
  12. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said the CBI will hold an inquiry in the murder case of Rajdev Singh Rajan, bureau chief of Hindustan Times, killed in Siwan. He was talking to journalists in Patna. The CBI investigation was requested by Ranjan’s family who pointed out the hand of Siwan MP Mohammed Shahabuddin in this regard. Opposition is questioning his hand in the murder though how he is in jail and pressurizing the ruling party to hold probe saying jungle raj is back in Bihar. Defending these comments, Kumar has said there is no jungle raj in Bihar.
  13. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said talks are on with the British government to bring back Vijay Mallya to India.
  14. About 15,000 AAP workers protested outside the house of Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal but police stopped them from getting too close to the chief minister’s residence. They were protesting against Punjab government’s over IRs12,000 crore foodgrain scam. However, a small AAP delegation led by Bhagwant Mann, Sucha Singh Chhotepur and Sanjay Singh were allowed to meet the CM. Earlier section 144 was imposed in Chandigarh as a precautionary measure. Earlier Punjab government advertisements claimed that procurement for foodgrain was done with the consent of centre and such negative comments are made by anti-Punjab elements who are trying to destroy the government’s name. The CM on Monday cancelled all engagements saying he will be at home and meet anyone who wishes to see him.
  15. AAP leader Sanjay Singh has told media that the Shiromani Akali Dal rule in Punjab SAD has been unsuccessful and his party will bring their truth in front of people.
  16. Akal Takht Sahib has asked members of Gurdwara Singh Sangat of Virginia to appear in front of them and explain the maryada violations.
  17. An ASI was held captive in Batala as area residents said helped the culprit escape who was involved in the death of a 17-year-old boy. The culprit had crushed the young boy under his tractor trailer.
  18. As parole given to Davinder Singh Bhullar ended today at 5pm, he was sent back to Amritsar Central Jail.
  19. Raptors defeated Miami Heat and have reached the Eastern Conference finals.


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