SOUTH ASIAN PULSE RADIO HEADLINES AUG 30TH 2016
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in China on a six-day tour where he will visit various cities and meet the Chinese leadership. The main agenda would be trade, canola exports and human rights issue. Later he will attend the G-20 summit. In a Nanos survey conducted recently, 44% people said Trudeau should talk about trade while in China. About 43% thought he should highlight China’s human rights record. The survey also showed more males gave trade top priority while females said the prime minister should focus on human rights.
- PC leader Patrick Brown has taken U-turn on sex-education curriculum. Last night during an interview he said scraping it will be a wrong decision and a mistake. He said due to his comments the party might lose by-elections in Scarborough.
- Mediation between Canada Post union and its administration continue and deadline has been extended for another 24 hours.
- Hugh Segal, former Conservative senator has presented a new report on guaranteed-income pilot in Ontario that will soon be made public. The Ontario government has already allocated a budget of $25 million that might be implemented by April next year.
- India’s Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said India-US logistics deal will work on mutual consent. Manohar is on a four-day visit to USA and this is his second visit to this country. The two sides have signed a defence agreement that will directly impact both Pakistan and China. The Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) allows India and USA to use each other’s military facilities and fight against terrorists. Parrikar is also talking on acquiring jet engine technology and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). He met US Defence Secretary Ash Carter yesterday where US also promised to offer India nuclear reactors to resolve India’s power outages. Both consider militants such as Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar as their enemy. In the same meeting US President Obama’s comments were also repeated where he said India-USA will forge the biggest partnership of the 21st century.
- India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has met US Secretary General John Kerry for annual dialogue and talked about different areas of cooperate. On this occasion India also asked for the US support in securing permanent seats at NSG and UNSC.
- Forbes magazine in an article has highlighted the closeness of India-USA that might irk China, Pakistan and even Russia that are monitoring these developments very closely.
- Detained MQM Waseem Akhtar has taken oath as Karachi mayor from jail. He has urged all political parties to work together for Karachi’s welfare.
- While in USA, India’s Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said a small group is holding majority in Kashmir to ransom. He said India will resolve the issue soon adding it is India’s internal matter and no interference will be tolerated. However, USA suggested talking to Pakistan to resolve the issue. It is worth noting that Pakistan invited India for talks. India accepted the invite but said discussion will only be on terrorism not on Kashmir. Nothing moved forward, therefore.
- Delhi Chief Minister Arvinf Kejriwal has hit on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s governance style saying: Is it Modi model of democracy? He was commenting after L-G transferred some officials. He said he cannot work as Delhi CM Chief Minister. Meanwhile, BJP has said Kejriwal only knows how to protest and cannot work.
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated IRs12,000 crore irrigation project in Gujarat. The project is expected to resolve water issue in the state and benefit farmers.
- Punjab’s AAP rebel group has launched a new political party – Punjab Lok Dal. It said the new party will fight elections in Punjab in 2017. It was also said that AAP was asking for IRs2 crore for issuing ticket. Talking to media Dr Sukhwinder Singh informed the party will be run under the guidance of Dr Dharamvira Gandhi.
- Harmail Singh Tohra, son-in-law of Gurcharan Singh Tohra has quit SAD and joined AAP along with his wife. He alleged that Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal did not give him party ticket saying he has no money. He was welcomed by Sanjay Singh and MP Bhagwant Mann. Mann said more and more people are joining party cadres.
- Sukhpal Khaira has taken U-turn within 24-hours of his comments yesterday where he supported Chhotepur saying he is not supporting him and his comments were twisted by media.
- Is AAP heading for a division? The supporters of sacked Punjab Chief Sucha Singh Chhotepur have struck as six of AAP’s 12 zonal heads in Punjab have issued an ultimatum to Kejriwal saying if he is not reinstated by September 1, action against the party will also be taken.
- Man Kaur, a 100-year-old runner inspired at American Masters Games as she won 100 meter race and received gold medal.
- Yogeshwar Dutt’s London Olympics Games bronze upgraded to silver after Russian wrestler Besik Kudukhov was stripped of his medal for failing the dope test.