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SOUTH ASIAN PULSE RADIO HEADLINES APRIL 5TH 2016 

  1. On the issue of wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, PC party interim leader Rona Ambrose and NDP interim leader Tom Mulcair addressed the parliament. Trudeau said the nation is united in this difficult time. Trudeau also crossed the floor and hugged Ambrose after her emotional speech. About 88,000 people are evacuating the area and mostly heading towards Edmonton. A state of emergency has been declared in Alberta. The government has announced to pitch in same number of dollars donated to Red Cross. The inferno is reaching the eastern part of the country and near the airport.
  2. Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli apologized after using an offensive work against NDP leader Andrea Horwath.
  3. Toronto Mayor John Tory has said change in the city’s rules regarding the taxi industry and Uber were essential as they will strike the right balance. Tory also appreciated introduction of bike lanes on Bloor Street.
  4. Michael Ford, nephew of the late Rob Ford will contest Ward 2 by-election in Etobicoke on July 25.
  5. Brampton City Council tensions increased when during a Corporate Services Committee meeting Mayor Linda Jeffrey asked councilors to reduce healthcare spending.
  6. A Brampton couple – Mandeep Kaur Punia, 39 and her husband Sikander Punia, 45 have been found guilty in the murder of Poonam Litt, 27. The court hearing has been scheduled for May 27.
  7. McMaster University is holding a conference on the Air India tragedy that took place on June 23, 1985 killing all 323 passengers. The conference in being orgainsed by Chandrima Chakrobarty, English professor at the Department of English and Cultural Studies to prompt a dialogue and see if the accused were punished. The gathering will be addressed by relatives of victims’ families along with Susheel Gupta.
  8. A 16-year-old girl in Pakistan was burnt to death by a tribal council for helping a couple to elope.
  9. Pakistan is looking for a head coach for its cricket team after Waqar Younis stepped down due to the team’s bad performance in World T20 Cup.
  10. Court has issued arrest warrants against former Pakistan senate chairman Nayyar Bukhari and his son as a CCTV footage showed him pushing a police constable while his son slapped him.
  11. Tension between USA and Pakistan has intensified on the issue of F-16 fighter jets with USA saying to review while Pakistan has warned of looking elsewhere.
  12. Over 75% voter turnout was recorded in the fifth and final phase of Bengal polls.
  13. Four people have been given life sentence in a double murder case in Mumbai.
  14. CBI has summoned Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat in a corruption case.
  15. Congress says Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat has been summoned due to the problem created in the state on the issue of President’s rule. BJP has denied saying CBI works independently.
  16. JNU union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who is on hunger strike for the last one week, has been hospitalized.
  17. In the Augusta Westland case, ED has asked all financial agencies to provide details.
  18. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is asking Delhi University why they are not bringing in front of the public Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BA degree.
  19. Though a third has been arrested in the Germany Gurdwara attack but people in India Punjab are asking for detailed investigation.
  20. State hospitals in Indian Punjab are in bad shape and require immediate funding.
  21. Though news of throwing bottles on Congress leader Capt Amarinder Singh was reported in a section of press but Singh has not backed the claim.

 

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