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  1. Unemployment rate in Canada has come down to 6.8% from 7%. However, youngsters who are mostly in part-time jobs have 13% unemployment that is a point of worry. The highest number of unemployment is in Newfoundland and Labrador that stands at 14.3%, Quebec 6.2%, Ontario 6.3%, BC 6.1% and Alberta 9%.
  2. Clashes between different political parties were seen in the Parliament on electoral reform. The issue was that the Liberals during election campaign promised that the 2015 electoral system will be changed. In 2019 elections will be held in a different way. Therefore, a 12-member committee was setup with members from the NDP, Green party and the Liberals. But when the committee proposed referendum on electoral reform, Minister Maryam Monsef said she was disappointed at the proposal as the committee did not complete the hard work. Rona Ambrose, interim conservative leader slammed her saying Minister Monsef has insulted the committee. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has said Minister Monsef should apologise. Tej Sahota, husband of MP Ruby Sahota who was on that committee also criticised Minister Monsef saying how can she say the committee did not work hard?
  3. In GTA home prices are up. The average selling price at $776,684 was up by 22.7 per cent on a year-over-year basis. Several regions including Durham, considered to be one of the most affordable areas also experienced a 25.4% growth. The 8,547 home sales in the region last month was a 16.5-per-cent increase year over year.
  4. Pakistan’s claims of Trump’s phone call with Nawaz Sharif are overplayed. The Americans have called release of the conversation between the two leaders against diplomatic protocol. It also said Trump also did not promise to resolve issues between India and Pakistan.  In the eight-year rule Obama did not go to Pakistan.
  5. In USA, within the last nine years the unemployment rate has come down. Unemployment was down in August 2007 but during 2008 recession it reached 9%. However, today it stands at 4.6%. According to the US Labour Department this has happened because 180,000 jobs were added to the labour market.
  6. US President-elect knows who are true friends of US in South Asia: Trump aide
  7.  Pakistan has said that trade regime with India remains unchanged. Though it was being thought that during the Heart of Asia Summit further discussions will be held but India has said it is not ready for negotiations. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Pakistan’s Minister for Commerce was replying to a question on textiles in front of Senate’s standing committee.
  8. Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs of India has said if Trump wishes to resolve issues with Pakistan then terrorism being the biggest should be tackled. He also insisted conversation between the US and Pakistani leader should be shared with India.
  9. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said India has a large population so long queues are expected. He was talking on notes ban impact that in the short-term is creating problems but will benefit in the long–term. He also said demonetisation will ensure political funding is transparent.
  10. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said there is no place for corruption in the 21st century.
  11. Kejriwal has said that West Bengal is being targeted because Mamata dared to speak against demonetization and everyone must support it.
  12. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee spoke against tolls on roads but then went back home.
  13. Prashant Bhushan has said Modi spent IRs1,100 crore of people’s money on advertising on himself.
  14. Congress leader Capt Amarinder Singh and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal met in a rare faceoff at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit at Taj Palace in New Delhi. When asked from the Capt, he said in the upcoming elections Akali Dal will win 20 seats, AAP over 20 and so Congress will make the government. Replying to this Sukhbir Badal Congress will get less than 35 seats, AAP below 10 and so Akali Dal will form the government. However, both said Kejriwal has no plan for Punjab.
  15. In the case of alleged income tax default by Capt Amarinder Singh and his son, the IT department has chargesheet them on foreign assets. A complaint against the two was filed in Ludhiana’s court against their Swiss Bank accounts. Both, father and son have rubbished these allegations.
  16. AAP has said if it is proven that Sukhbir Badal’s seven-star hotel Sukhvilas is illegal then AAP government will seize it and use it for the poor.


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