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SOUTH ASIAN PULSE RADIO HEADLINES NOVEMBER 17TH 2016 

1. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has finished his three-day Cuba tour where he met with Raúl Castro but did not meet with Fidel Castro. He reached Argentina this morning where he was given warm welcome. The two sides discussed ways to enhance trade.

2. Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose will be in Brampton today to discuss one year of Liberal government.

3. The Conservatives have slammed the decision of the Liberal government to extend $25 million for the controversial Palestinian aid agency – UNRWA. The aid for this agency was stopped in the Harper government for having alleged relations with Hamas and other terrorist organizations in the region. The Conservatives have said Liberals’ restoration of UNRWA funding is very political and deeply concerning. However, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has said the government has done its due diligence in this respect adding: “We want to see Palestinian refugee children in classrooms.”

4. Quebec has launched public inquiry into police surveillance of journalists. Premier Philippe Couillard had announced earlier that an inquiry would be held after receiving news that provincial police collected data from the cellphones of several journalists to uncover their sources.

5. The India-Canada Foundation (CIF) has launched speaker series with Tim McMillan, President and CEO of CAPP. CAPP represents 90% of the oil producing industry in Canada. YMedia was present at the event as exclusive partner. McMillan on this occasion said the industry is facing challenges and requires investment in infrastructure to tap more markets including China and India. He also voiced concern over how will this industry be affected after Trump takes over as US President.

6. Mayor Linda Jeffery has said Brampton is taking action for successful university proposal and the Blue Ribbon team is ready for it. She also informed that issues like the place, price, university tie-up or funding have not been decided but once the proposal is passed, all those questions will be answered.

7. The Peel region garbage collectors are on strike and so some routes of Caledon, Brampton and Mississauga will be affected. 8. Indian-American Nikki Haley is meeting Trump today and might be considered for the post of US Secretary of State.

9. Shalabh Kumar, a key member of Trump’s advisory committee has said the President-elect will approve a Congress bill to declare Pakistan a terror state when the legislation reaches him.

10. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has addressed the joint session of Pakistan Parliament where he reiterated his resolve to root out an evil network that attacked Turkey and said it should not have any place in Pakistan. He stressed on having closer relations between Pakistan and Turkey. In a joint press conference, the two sides vowed to eliminate terrorist organizations. Erdogan addressed the parliament for the record third time where he appreciated Pakistan’s commitment to democracy saying these efforsts are being appreciated at the world level. 11. Cash withdrawal concessions have been announced for farmers, agri-traders, and wedding ceremonies. Maximum currency exchange limit has also been reduced to IRs2,000. 12. A recent survey has shown that demonetisation is gaining support amongst Indian citizens as it is in favour of common man.

13. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today joined hands against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move and warned of a public revolt if the decision was not reversed in three days. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar though has supported Modi’s demonetisation move but criticised the way it is being initiated.

14. On the SYL row, Haryana will move the Supreme Court to restrain Punjab saying the state has taken one-sided decision on river waters which is not correct.

15. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has said due to demonitisation more lives have been taken than lost in any terrorist attack. Finance Minister Arun Jailtey has said the opposition can oppose the move as much as they wish to but it is the right step to cleanse the economy.

16. Once again the parliamentary session was adjourned as opposition criticised Modi and his government on demonetisation move.

17. Congress leader Capt Amarinder Singh has said he will request the President for a fresh tribunal on SYL issue. He said Punjab has no water and the president must favour Punjab in this respect.

18. The problems of AAP leader Bhagwant Mann do not seem to be settling as the panel formed to investigate security breach in the case of filming some areas of the parliament has asked for a third extension. Mann, meanwhile has said he has not done anything wrong.

19. SAD has released a new list of 69 candidates. The name of former minister and sitting MLA from Kartarpur, Sarwan Singh Phillaur has been denied the ticket.

20. In the second Test, India has made 317/4 in the first innings against England thanks to the brilliant batting performances by Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli.

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