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  1. Canada ready to talk with Trump on Nafta and improve the agreement. This was said by David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to Washington yesterday.
  2. Trade and immigration were discussed at the first Conservative leadership debate. MP Kellie Leitch once again said she wants everyone screened for Canadian values. She said she’s proud of Nafta and wants to know if Trudeau is willing to negotiate the deal with Trump. Lisa Raitt wanted to know what is the Trudeau government planning to do on Nafta? Leitch and Steven Blaney also stressed on banning wearing the niqab to protect Canadian values. Deepak Obhrai did not agree saying he is an immigrant also and already proper immigration systems are in place. He also did not agree with ban on niqab borrowing a line from Trudeau: A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.
  3. Peel Memorial Hospital can open soon. This was announced by Health Minister, Eric Hoskins yesterday. The event was attended by MP Sonia Sidhu and MP Ruby Sahota. Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey commended the effort saying the city required it.
  4. Thousands took to the streets in Chicago and California to protest against Trump’s victory saying: Not My President.
  5. Pakistanis worries that President Trump might favour India more and take a hardline police towards them compared to Hillary.
  6. In the case of Dawn story, Press Council has urged Pakistan Government not to insist upon disclosure of source as it is against media ethics. The government has formed a committee to probe how the information was leaked to journalist Cyril Almeida.
  7. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Japan for the annual bilateral summit and is expected to discuss trade and defence deals with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
  8. Banks open in India today and long queues were observed outside banks.
  9. India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said people depositing small amounts will not face any problem. He added the move was taken against corruption.
  10. As stubble burning in Punjab is killing people in Delhi, Delhi High Court is raising questions.
  11. Setback for Punjab as Supreme Court strikes down law axing water-sharing. Saying the Punjab Termination of Agreement Act, 2004, was not in conformity with constitutional provisions, Justice Anil R. Dave’s constitution bench answered in the negative all the four questions referred to the apex court in a Presidential reference. The verdict also said that Punjab cannot discharge itself from an obligation arising from the court’s January 15, 2002 and January 4, 2004 judgments and decree. The court said that the agreement, about sharing Ravi and Beas rivers water, cannot be unilaterally terminated by any of the parties through its legislative power.
  12. In the Ashutosh case, the High Court told the state to file reply or face penalty otherwise the court will take one sided action.
  13. SGPC is worried on government decision that it is withdrawing the IRs500 and IRs 1,000 currency notes as ‘Golak’ money is in lakhs. But Golden Temple has announced that they would not accept demonetised currency notes from devotees. Over one lakh devotees visit the Golden Temple every day and the cash offerings run into lakhs. SGPC-run institutes in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh had been instructed to deposit old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on priority with respective banks.
  14. Kejriwal will misuse state’s funds. This has been said by Channi who added only Congress can give Punjab the right government.
  15. Congress infighting has intensified between Partab Singh Bajwa and Capt Amarinder. The main issue is inclusion of Navjot Singh Sidhu. The fight stopped for a while on the direction of top Congress leadership.
  16. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Badal has called an emergency meeting after Supreme Court’s verdict came out in SYL case. Parkash Singh Badal has said not a drop of water will be allowed to go out of the state. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal also gave a similar comment. But Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has hailed the Supreme Court verdict on the Presidential Reference in SYL case saying it is the right decision for Haryanavis because now the state would get its legitimate share of the surplus Ravi-Beas waters that is 3.5 Million Acre Feet (MAF).
  17. A Mohali special court has rejected public prosecutor’s application seeking withdrawal of a criminal case against Agriculture Minister Tota Singh.
  18. On the SYL issue, Capt Amarinder Singh has resigned from Lok Sabha. Other Congress MLAs also quit.
  19. On the SYL issue, Bains brothers have also said they are not forming any alliance with AAP as Kejriwal’s point of view in this regard is not clear.

India 63/0 at stumps on 2nd day in reply to England’s 537 runs in 1st

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