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SOUTH ASIAN PULSE RADIO HEADLINES DECEMBER 14TH 2016 

  1. The Liberal government has scraped the ‘4-in, 4-out’ rule for temporary foreign workers under new immigration policy. This was creating hardships for employers and employees, both. After four years, the workers were being asked to leave Canada for four years or stay as a student or visitor.
  2. Another change brought about under the family reunification rule, rather than the January rush to submit applications by courier or mail, those wanting to bring their parents or grandparents to Canada will now have 30 days to fill out an online form. IRCC will then randomly choose 10,000 individuals from those who filled out the form, and invite people to send in their complete application packages. The online form will be available starting January 3, 2017. Sponsors will have 30 days to submit the form.
  3. Marijuana debate back as task force makes recommendations to legalize it. It has said the move will end underground economy. It also recommended marijuana will not be sold on LCBO or near schools and parks. Also only four plants will be allowed to grow at home and keep 30g individually.
  4. Consul General of Israel Galit Baram talked about Israel’s relations with Canada, India and US at CIF’s Speaker Series. She said Israel wants good relations with US and with India the two sides will work on intelligence sharing more. Israel already is one of the biggest arms suppliers to India.
  5. Consul General of Israel Galit Baram also discussed how Canada can up on Innovation Index. She said during Conservative government time Canada-Israel relations were at their best but things are improving after taking a dip.
  6. City of Toronto has approved $2 toll on Highways DVP and Gardiner. This might start by 2019.
  7. New management will take over Wild Water Kingdom in summer to bring changes and create jobs.
  8. Foreign Affairs Junior Minister Tariq Fatemi has said Pakistan to work closely with Trump administration.
  9. It has been 36 days since war on black money was lodged. But three US-based economists – Jagdish Bhagwati, Pravin Krishna, and Suresh Sundaresan – have said demonetization is a courageous reform and will bring substantive benefits. Jagdish, a Columbia University professor has said former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh is his friend but his comments on demonitisation are made as politician not otherwise.
  10. Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has alleged that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is personally involved in corruption and he has proof. He said due to Modi’s demonitisation common man is suffering but rich are benefiting. BJP has slammed his comments saying he must present proof or apologise Modi.
  11. Kejriwal has challenged Rahul Gandhi to present proof of Modi’s corruption. He said Gandhi is playing a friendly match with BJP and instead of press conferences, he should bring proofs. AAP’s Ashiah Khetan also wondered what was stopping Rahul Gandhi from releasing this information outside the Parliament, if it is indeed the case that he is not being allowed to speak in Parliament. Meanwhile, Union Minister Ananth Kumar has said if Rahul Gandhi had information, he could have revealed it 20 days back but till date he is not ready to make any “earth-shattering revelations.” He also said allegations leveled against Modi by him are baseless, adding Rahul Gandhi has lost patience. Rahul Gandhi replying to him said the government is running from debate and if they allow him to speak then Kumar will see what an earthquake will come.
  12. AAP leader Kejriwal while campaigning in Majitha has announced that Himant Singh Shergill will contest from here against Bikram Singh Majithia. Earlier it was thought that Gurpreet Ghuggi will contest from here but now he is slated to fight from Batala. On this occasion swords were also waved on stage. He was accompanied by Shergill and Bhagwant Mann among others.
  13. Five have been held in Delhi with over IRs 3 crore in banned currency.
  14. AAP has complained that even clinching around 70 seats, the establishment is not letting them work in Delhi. Delhi High Court gave decision against AAP complaint saying as Delhi has not been given full statehood status, LG Najeeb Jung must overlook all matters. But Kejriwal took matter to the Supreme Court that has agreed to hold a  hearing on January 28, 2017.
  15. Congress leader Capt Amarinder Singh has said those coming from other parties to join Congress such as the ex-Akalis are not given much support in Congress. They will only be offered the leftover seats and those who have been with party for a long time will be accommodated more. The issue was raised on the question of a long-time Congress worker Amrik Singh. He rubbished media reports that said 50 tickets will be given to those coming from outside. He said the state’s screening committee and centre election committee of Congress is looking at the candidate list and will be released soon.
  16. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has said bringing back Congress will be a mistake and Capt Amarinder Singh is a feudal and so cannot work for common man. He urged people to vote for Akali Dal-BJP.
  17. The 1st Test between Australia and Pakistan will be played at Gabba, Brisbane. The match can be seen at 10pm Toronto time. At Brisbane, out of 27 matches Australia has won 20 and since 1989 it has not lost any match. Pakistan on the other hand, lost all recent nine Tests. However, Pakistan team captain has said this time around his team’s preparation is good. This will be a day and night Test and pink ball will also be used.
  18. In Junior Hockey World Cup quarter finals, India will play against Spain tomorrow. In other quarter finals Belgium will take on Argentina; Germany against England and Australia against Netherlands. Canada lost its last match against England and so is out of the tournament.

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