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1. According to Statistics Canada, Canadian GDP grew at an annual rate of 2.4% in the first quarter against a 2.9% forecast predicted earlier. Though the second quarter numbers are not out yet but economists predict it will be weak also.
2. In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has held meeting with his cabinet as Bill C-14 on assisted dying returns to the House of Commons for a third reading and voting before sending it to Senate.
3. The man identified by a section of Indian media as running terror camp in BC, has has denied these allegations. However, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has not commented on the report as yet.
4. The Hamilton court is listening to closing arguments in the Tim Bosma trail today that involves two accused Dellen Millard and Mark Smich.
5. RCMP has charged Ayanle Hassan Ali with terrorism charges as the 27-year-old is accused of attacking officials in Canadian military’s North York recruitment centre with a knife. He was born in Montreal but moved to Toronto a few years back.
6. In USA, Donald Drump and Hillary Clinton are campaigning in New York.
7. The latest missile test conducted by North Korea was not successful but South Korea has said such tests are destabilising the region.
8. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has successfully undergone open heart surgery in a London hospital. His daughter Maryam Nawaz informed media.
9. Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said the body of Taliban leader Mullah Mansour has been given to his family in Afghanistan. A DNA testing in Pakistan confirmed the body was that of Mullah Mansour who was killed in a recent US drone attack.
10. Indian economy has grown by 7.6% in 2015-16 and has outpaced China.
11. A massive fire at India’s largest ammunition depots killed 17 including two army officials, and injured 19.
12. Sonia Gandhi in a scathing attack on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not only called him a ‘Shehanshah’ but added charges against her son-in-law Robert Vadra are false allegations and are leveled in a bid for a ‘Congress-free’ India. But it would not be possible as Congress has a long history in the country, Sonia said.
13. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has called incidents involving African community as unfortunate but clarified they are not racist in nature. She said everything is being done to stop them from happening in future.
14. Punjab’s Congress head Capt Amarinder Singh has said that his party should give more powers to state units as regional leaders have played an important role in politics.
15. In Azampur, when media asked Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal if elections could be held early in the province, Badal ruled out such a possibility saying they will take place on scheduled time.
16. AAP suspended leaders Dr Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Singh Khalsa, who formed Sawaraj Abhiyan, have clarified they are not supporting Swaraj Lehar. Clarifying the confusion, Swaraj Lehar Punjab convener Manjit Singh has said Gandhi sent a letter of support while Khlasa sent good wishes.
17. In Pakistan senior cricketers are once again at loggerheads as former batsman Javed Miandad has slammed former skipper Inzamam-ul Haq’s selection committee as ‘one man show’ adding others in the committee should also have equal powers. Giving too many powers to one man is not good for Pakistan cricket.

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