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SOUTH ASIAN PULSE RADIO HEADLINES NOVEMBER 23rd 2016 

  1. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being questioned by opposition after the Globe & Mail story surfaced which said Trudeau attended fundraiser with Chinese billionaires. Trudeau in reply said Canada’s interest is at the heart of everything and he will always meet those who can help promote trade in the country.
  2. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is leaving for Liberia today after caucus meeting.
  3. A woman was robbed in Brampton on November 21. When she returned home, she saw a man in her driveway who was taking some of her things. The man was 26-year-old. The incident took place on McLaughlin and Flowertown. Another woman was attacked at 8pm near Kennedy where a 20 or 30-year-old white man who was 5ft, 8 inches tall asked the woman to give him cash. Police is looking for him.
  4. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley makes history as the first Indian American UN Ambassador. She hails from Amritsar, Punjab and has been criticizing Trump on his policies. When offered this position in cabinet by Trump, Niki accepted the offer. Born as Nimrata Randhawa, Nikki is the daughter of an immigrant and was born to Ajit Singh Randhawa who was professor at the Agriculture University in Punjab. He came to Canada first but then left for USA.
  5. USA has said General Raheel Sharif has been a valued partner against terrorism and the choice of new chief is Pakistan’s internal matter.
  6. Pakistan has reported that in cross border firing, 10 people traveling in a bus have died  and seven injured
  7. Trade can help improve ties, says Pak trade delegation. Three Pakistani entrepreneurs who are participating in the four-day Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Agro Tech 2016, a biennial four-day agriculture technology and business exposition have said it was eagerly waiting for a positive outcome from the sixth ministerial conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process in Amritsar from December 3. Syed Yawar Ali, co-chairman of the India-Pakistan Joint Business Forum, said he hoped the visit of Pakistani Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz to Amritsar would pave the way for resumption of a comprehensive bilateral dialogue. The Chairman of Nestle, Pakistan, Ali said ties between the two nations have gone sour but Sartaj Aziz’s arrival to attend the conference is a good sign for the trading community on both sides of the border. Afzaal Haider Rizvi, Director, Farmers Associates Pakistan and Okara Potato Growers Cooperative has said not only the trading community, Pakistan’s civil society too wants normalcy in ties. More trade can help achieve peace as business promotes a liberal and tolerant society. A leading Pakistani importer of seed potatoes from Jalandhar (Punjab), Rizvi annually imports 100 tonnes to 200 tonnes of seed potato. Rizvi said concessions by establishments on both sides can end the conflict. Another delegate, Abdul Rauf Hanjra, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hanjra Farms, expected the people on either side of the border to see the fruits of positive side of the cross-border relations.
  8. Demonetization: About $88 billion have been deposited in Indian banks.
  9. Opposition united against Prime Minister Modi at Parliament’s Gandhi statue  and Rahul Gandhi led 200 lawmakers in a ‘single line’ protest. Modi will appear in Rajya Sabha tomorrow to answer questions of the opposition.
  10. India’s Supreme Court has sent notice to petitioners challenging demonetisation saying cases be transferred to the Apex or High Court.
  11. Indian government has announced that cash will be given to cooperative banks to help farmers.
  12. Paytm’s Vijay Shekhar replying to the criticism of ban on old notes has said this is just a noise and move will benefit the country’s economy more.
  13. Lakhs of rupees were located in a trunk in an engineer working in the Government sector. He said while working in the government service he does not make much so if he has taken bribe, it is not a crime.
  14. AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has accused the Punjab government of compromising his security as he is campaigning actively in the state.
  15. Navjot Singh Sidhu is finally meeting Rahul Gandhi and it is being reported that his front might join Congress.
  16. Telangana Chief Minister Rao Sahib, commonly known as KCR’s nine-acre house is being questioned by the opposition as IRs50 crores have been spent on its construction.
  17. An Indian scientist in USA has said soon people would be able to charge their phone in seconds and would not require charging till one week.
  18. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will head panel on Gurpurab to celebrate Sri Guru Nanek’s 350th birth anniversary. Bihar’s Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has already said crores will be spent on the anniversary celebrations and tourists are being invited from across the globe to attend these sacred events.
  19. Wicketkeeper Saha has been ruled out of the third Test in Mohali in wake of injury and will be replaced by Parthiv Patel.

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