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SOUTH ASIAN PULSE HEADLINES MAY 18TH 2016 

  1. In Fort McMurray the fire is spreading north and has destroyed 655-unit camp. This and a dozen other camps have been evacuated as fire is encroaching towards other oil and gas facilities. Fire has engulfed as big an area as Calgary.
  2. In Ottawa, at 3:15pm today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make a formal apology in the House of Commons for the Komagata Maru incident followed by a Komagata Maru Apology reception at 7pm. Prior to this the prime minister will hold meetings with national caucus members and the President of European Parliament.
  3. In Ottawa, the Liberal government has introduced the new transgender bill and reports are that Conservatives will support it. In 2013 some Conservative members such as Tony Clement and Rona Ambrose objected but might support the bill now as even mentioned by Ambrose yesterday. The NDP support or opposition does not matter and the bill will be passed due to Liberal party’s majority in the parliament.
  4. According to a TransUnion report debt on Canadians is increasing and has gone up by 2.7% from the first quarter of 2015. An average Canadian’s debt has risen to 21,348 sans mortgage loans. The largest increases were recorded in Alberta and Saskatchewan. In Alberta this debt has gone up by $27,803 which is the most while Quebec recorded least loan of $17,612.
  5. In Calgary, the court continues hearing of Matthew de Grood in the murder of five university students.
  6. Hamilton court continues trial in the Tim Bosma case. Both accused Mark Smich and Dellen Millard involved in Bosma’s murder are being questioned. New developments in the case have been witnessed.
  7. In Rexdale, a woman died in a three-storey Seniors Apartment that caught fire.
  8. On Bloor Street in Downtown, Toronto police has found the body of a man who was attacked with a sharp weapon.
  9. Ontario Police has identified the body of a woman killed on Hwy 1 in Whitby as Nadia Saleem.
  10. In Sri Lanka 22 people have died in floods and landslides. Rescue operations are on.
  11. In USA, Hillary Clinton has declared her financials. She earned $5m in book royalties and received $1.5m as speaking fees. She challenged Donald Trump to reveal his wealth as well.
  12. Debate in Pakistan’s assembly on Panama Papers heats up as opposition is still criticizing the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif saying he is not answering their questions. But all the parties have agreed on the formation of a 12-member committee that will soon decide terms of reference as well.
  13. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has told media he is pursuing full statehood for the state. He has already drafted a bill and will soon hold a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard. He said to manage Delhi better, it is essential that Delhi police, municipal corporation, and bureaucracy comes under its control.
  14. Results in the recently held elections in five Indian states will soon be announced. According to exit polls BJP hopes to form government in Assam but in Kerala government might change hands. Exit polls have not predicted anything for Tamil Nadu but have indicted victory of Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool Congress in West Bengal.
  15. In Ludhiana, Punjab police has acquired footage of a CCTV camera to investigate a murder attempt on the life of Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale and made some arrests. Police says all culprits will be fully identified soon. According to details the vehicle of Dhadrianwale was attacked by 40 men who chased is car for four kilometers and fired shots. The young baba Bhupinder Singh died in the incident but Dhandrianwale stayed unharmed.

 

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