SOUTH ASIAN PULSE HEADLINES MAY 27TH 2016
1. US President Barack Obama first sitting head of the state who visited Hiroshima to pay tribute to thousands of Japanese who died in a US atomic bomb attack in 1945 during Second World War. Though he did not apologise but said it is a moral awakening and such acts should not be repeated. He was accompanied by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Survivors protested Obama visit.
2. G7 summit has concluded and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called it successful. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he hopes promises made at the summit will be fulfilled. He also urged G7 heads of states to spend more to boost economy. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel talked of restraint in these tough times bt she appreciated Canada’s efforts in refugee crisis. Almost all leaders agreed with Canada not to offer ransom to kidnappers. The G7 leaders looked concerned on UK’s stance of leaving EU saying the decision will hit global economy badly. Trudeau also urged UK to stay with EU. UK will decide on this issue on June 23.
3. .Former PM Stephen Harper did not offer any apology for loss in last year’s election at Vancouver policy convention. He gave farewell speech as it is being said he will resign soon. He said the party has performed well and will do well in the next elections. About 3000 members attended the event. Peter MacKay appreciated Harper’s leadership and said the party is ready to contest in 2019.
4. Today Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders will inform why yesterday some marijuana shops were raided and if any arrests were made.
5. IOC has tested 23 athletes positive for drugs in London Olympics. Samples were taken from 265 athletes of London Olympics. The committee however has not revealed the names and nationalities of those players.
6. Iran says Chabahar port agreement signed between Iran, India and Afghanistan not limited to three countries only and does not pose any danger to Gwadar Port. Talking to media in Islamabad, Mehdi Honerdoost, Iranian ambassador to Pakistan, has informed the deal was first offered to Pakistan and China but they rejected. When the idea was proposed to India, it accepted it.
7. Jamaat-ud-Dawa held a memorial for Mullah Mansour, the Taliban leader killed in a recent US drone attack in Balochistan. Thousands of party members participated in the event.
8. Mamata Banerjee swears in for a second term as West Bengal Chief Minister. The event was attended by thousands of supporters and important personalities. It is being said she might lead a bigger anti-BJP front in future. After winning, when asked by media if she aspires to be the country’s prime minister, Mamata told the journalist to contest for the post as she was not interested. The oath taking ceremony was attended by Akhilesh Yadav, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Farooq Abdullah, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, and Nitish Kumar. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated her on this victory saying he wishes to work with her.
9. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to take ahead the development issue in north eastern states to solidify BJP’s control there after winning in Assam.
10. On the issue of RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, Narendra Modi has urged media not to pay too much attention to it. It is worth mentioning that BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has been urging Modi to immediately remove Raghuram Rajan from his post.
11. For the upcoming elections in UP Modi has started flagging that he is “an Uttar-Pradesh wala.” Though earlier BJP was flagging the issues of Ram Mandir and uniform civil courts but now it seems to be moving back from this stance and now only stressing upon development. This was recently highlighted by BJP president Amit Shah also.
12. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India and Pakistan can be good friends if terrorism is rooted out. He said India was ready to help Pakistan in this respect.
13. In Jaipur, Rajasthan 11 people have dead in an accident.
14. Police three water cannons on 400 Congress workers who were protesting against the deteriorating law and order situation in Punjab.
15. About 39 people were injured when a bus collided with a truck on the Jalandhar-Amritsar highway.
16. Once again Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale has demanded a CBI probe in the May 17 attack in which Bhupinder Singh died. He has already turned down Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh’s proposal for a compromise between him and Damdami Taksal head Harnam Singh Dhumma.
17. Damdami Taksal head Harnam Singh Dhumma has denounced the state government and Akal Takht for not taking any action against Dhadrianwale and stopping him from making irresponsible statements.
18. Though BJP has said that Shiromani Akali Dal is its elder brother and for the 2017 elections it will follow SAD’s policies, but one after the other BJP leaders are visiting Punjab. The newest visit would be by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
19. Six militants and an army soldier killed in two separate gunfights in north Kashmir’s Baramulla and Kupwara districts.
20. In IPL today Sunrisers Hyderabad takes on Gujarat Lions in 2nd qualifier. Winner will take on Royal Challenger Bangalore on Sunday in finals.
21. Raptors will face Cleveland Cavaliers in an all important match today in Game 6. Cavaliers are already leading series 3-2.
22. Pakistani bowler Wahab Riaz has said his side will do well during England tour but they need to get used to English conditions.