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South Asian Pulse Radio Headlines August 23, 2016 

1.      US President Obama criticized for touring Louisiana, hit by devastating floods, late; floods left 13 dead, thousands shelter-less.

2.      PM Trudeau along with Ontario Premier Wynne announces $1.49-billion worth of transit funding to upgrade infrastructure.

3.      Health Minister Jane Philpott, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna under scanner for excessive expenditure.

4.      PM Trudeau in CTV interview talked about relations with China, missing aboriginal women, marijuana, ties with USA.

5.      Ontario court of justice charges two for privacy breach at Rouge Valley and Scarborough; criminals fined, given jail time.

6.      Ashley Shannon’s distraught mother showing urn on facebook spent daughter’s 28th birthday with her drug dealer.

7.      Senior MQM leader Farooq Sattar informs party will only operate from Karachi, Pakistan; denounces anti-Pak sentiment.

8.      PM Modi says nationalism BJP’s identity; party’s sole aim is nation-building saying no compromise on these core issues.

9.      Congress says BJP, Modi promises are hollow. Randeep Singh Surjewala questions Modi’s promise of ‘ache din’.

10.  Congress asks SAD to clarify stand on Chandigarh; AAP asks SAD not to divert attention from main issues.


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1. Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Environment Minister paid a French photojournalist $10,681 to take her images while she was there to attend the COP21 conference on climate change. The amount was $6,662 but paid in Euros. The government replying to concern has informed the main reason of not taking a Canadian photographer from here was to save the government travel costs. However, media is questioning if it is correct to use such a large amount of taxpayers money on photographs alone.

2. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Barrie where he signed an agreement with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to spend $1.49-billion worth of transit funding to upgrade new buses, shelters and upgrade stations. The major chunk of $688-million will be given for projects for five Ontario cities that are lined up to be the first recipients of the dedicated transit funding. Nearly $500-million will be given for projects in Toronto and $156-million to Ottawa.

3. The Federal Liberal Health Minister Jane Philpott is once again under scanner for spending too much on travel. After the news of making large payment for a limousine service, she paid $520 to Air Canada’s executive airport lounges in North America and Europe. Though the minister has said she will repay the money, Tory MP Colin Carrie, also a health critic in the Conservative shadow cabinet has said the whole episode shows the minister’s lack of judgment and disrespect for Canadian taxpayer.

4. In GTA, one person has died in Toronto apartment building after it caught fire. The fire department is investigating the matter. The rest of the inmates have been saved.

5. GTA housing prices are up by 12% up from last year. In Mississauga, the price of an average home has gone up to $637,600 that is a hiked of 12.7%. In Brampton it stands at $573,800 that is up by $110,000 from last year. The price of an average home last year was around $460,000.

6. In an accident in Brampton, a car collided with motorcycle in which the car driver got serious injured and was rushed to the hospital while the motorcyclist died. The accident took place on Ebenezer and Hwy 50.

7. Polls in the USA show that Hillary Clinton is moving ahead of Donald Trump and already has the support of 270 seats while Trump has 253-seat support. An Ipsos/ Reuters poll shows Clinton ahead by five points; Morning Consult shows her leading by seven points while UPI/CVoter shows the same lead also.

8. Afghanistan is asking India for more arms especially helicopters helicopters to fight militants. India has already provided assistance of IRs2b to the country. Currently Afghanistan utilizes the Russian Mi-25 attack helicopters to go after terrorists. Though Pakistan has raised its concern on increasing Indian influence in Afghanistan, the Afghan government has clarified no interference from Islamabad in this regard will be accepted.

9. Senior MQM leader in Pakistan Farooq Sattar has informed that the party will only operate from Pakistan. He was talking to media at Karachi Press Club. Sattar said running party affairs from London have posed challenges. Thus it has been decided to operate MQM only from Karachi.

10. MQM chief Altaf Hussain has apologized to army chief and Rangers for anti-Pakistan speech saying he was under tremendous mental stress as extra judicial arrests were made against party members while others were going on hunger strikes. He has urged not to move MQM from national stream.

11. Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has contacted the British authorities to discuss anti-Pakistan activities being carried out in Britain. He has urged them to take note of that and cooperate with Pakistan.

12. Pakistan media has reported, US assistance to Pakistan has declined by 73% less. In 2011 USA gave $1300 million to Pakistan. In 2015 it came down to $333 million.

13. Home Minister Rajnath Singh is touring Kashmir and condition is getting better in the state. Curfew has been lifted. Singh will meet political leaders and people in Srinagar during his tour. Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said development alone in the state will not resolve the issues in Kashmir but engaging with people is vital.

14. Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has vowed to continue assistance to Bangladesh for economic development.

15. To curb black money, the Indian government is taking a new direction – to ban transaction of or above IRs3 lakh. The suggestion will be discussed in a cabinet meeting to pass this bill. Currently there is no check on these transactions.

16. A sedition case has been filed against actress Ramya who praised Pakistan. She was commenting on the statement of Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar who said going to Pakistan is like going to hell. She said going to Pakistan is certainly not hell as Pakistanis are very hospitable people. Ramya recently visited Pakistan as part of a Saarc delegation where she was accorded a lot of love and respect. She said Pakistani people are nice.

17. Punjab government is installing 1000 latest CCTVs in the border districts of Gurdaspur, Batala and Pathankot for enhancing border security.

18. Pakistan for the first time has risen to the position of no 1 Test team in ICC rankings. India had to win its last match against West Indies to stay at the top but due to bad weather the match was washed out, and so India has slipped to number two position. Australia stands at no 3, England at no 4, New Zealand at no 5, Sri Lanka at no 6, South Africa at 7, West India at 8, Bangladesh at 9, and Zimbabwe at 10.

19. Canadian athletes who returned from Rio Olympics this morning were given warm welcome on Pearson Airport. They won 22 medals among which four were gold. The rest of the athletes will return tomorrow.

20. Ranbir Kapoor for the first time has opened up about his relationship with Katrina Kaif during an interview with a private TV channel. He said during their live-in relationship Katrina was even ready to end her film career if she weds Ranbir. He also confessed after his parents, Katrina had a huge affect on him and that is why he is sad the relationship ended. Currrently the duo is work together in an upcoming film, Jagga Jasoos. Ranbir said though their relationship has eneded but as professionals they have joined hands and busy in the completion of film. Katrina Kaif who is in USA at the moment has refrained to comment on this issue.

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