SOUTH ASIAN PULSE RADIO HEADLINES NOVEMBER 30TH 2016
1. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet colleagues signed off on two major pipelines today, projects that will pump nearly a million more barrels of oil a day from Alberta’s oilsands to global markets, if they are constructed. Ottawa gave the green light to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3, while it rejected Northern Gateway. The prime minister said production from Alberta’s oilsands is increasing, and current pipeline infrastructure will soon be at capacity. This $6.8-billion, 1,150-kilometre twinned pipeline will move a mix of oil products from Edmonton to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C., near Vancouver, where it will be exported to markets in Asia. PM Trudeau also met with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley saying together they will bring much-needed jobs to Alberta. He also called upon BC Premier Chrity Clark saying same would be done for British Columia as well. However, environmentalists are not happy about this deal because according to them they will damage the environment.
2. PC Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose has said Trudeau must champion job creating projects, just saying yes would not get them built.
3. On the issue of pipelines, Ekos Politics poll shows that 56% are not in favour. However, a Forum Research survey in March this year showed 51% are in favour while 36% are against it.
4. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and MP Ruby Sahota talked about trade ties with India in the Parliament. Both wish to strengthen business realtions with that country.
5. A 42-year-old Indian citizen in the US, Balwinder Singh, a resident of Nevada, has pleaded guilty to planning terrorist attacks in India, including assassination of officials, by allegedly providing material support and resources to terrorists involved in the Khalistan movement aimed at creating an independent Sikh state. He pleaded guilty before US District Judge Larry Hicks to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, knowing and intending that such support would be used to carry out terrorist attacks overseas, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Mary McCord informed. McCord has said that Singh attempted to provide material support and resources to terrorists to create violence and disruption abroad. Also known as Happy, Balwinder has been detained and charged since his arrest in December 2013. He faces the statutory maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
6. Donald Trump in a Tweet has said he’ll leave is business that spans 30 countries to focus on Presidency
7. Ohio State University student Abdual Razak Ali who attacked and injured several students came to USA as a refugee with his mother. He spent seven years in Pakistan and has connections with ISIS. On his facebook he has been speaking against USA before the attack.
8. Though Pakistan is desirous to start dialogue with India, India has still not decided to hold talks with Pakistan though Pakistani Prime Minister’s foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz will attend the Heart of Asia Conference in Amritsar next week. Some in India are against these talks, others say talks are essential.
9. Nobel Laureate and Bharat Ratna Amartya Sen has said Prime Minister Modi’s demonitisation decision is neither intelligent nor humane. She was giving interview to a private TV channel.
10. RBI has said demonitisation will not affect payday.
11. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a rally in Bihar and without naming called Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar a traitor.
12. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has formed a 12-member team to see the effects of demonitisation and solutions. Congress leader Nandan Nilekani will also attend meet.
13. Supreme Court has directed people in cinema halls to stand up when national anthem is played.
14. AAP leader Kejriwal is leading Punjab Inquilab Rallies in Amritsar and Shri Hargobindpur Sahib. Kejriwal, who is on an 11-day tour of the Punjab has said that Parkash Badal, Majithia and Capt are not different. When asked that Navjot Kaur was applauding AAP earlier but not now, Kejriwal said people will reply to them.
15. Virinder Singh Parihar, coordinator of AAP’s NRI and fundraising wings, Hoshiarpur, has alleged that a team of observers sent to Punjab from Delhi were addicts and alcoholics. The NRI from Seattle has also called the party as dishonest. However, many are saying when he did not get ticket, he has started speaking against AAP.
16. Parkash Singh Badal has launched the ‘Paani Bachao Punjab Bachao’ signature campaign by signing the first form. He has said the campaign is getting support from thousands of people.
17. “Whether I will be able to see him alive again?” Harminder Singh Mintoo’s mother had asked when the news of his escape from Nabha jail came up. She called Jaspal Singh Manjhpur, Mintoo’s lawyer in Ludhiana. The next day, when she learnt that he was arrested, she she felt relieved. “Now he will be safe,” she told him. Mintoo along with five alleged gangsters had escaped from Nabha jail on Sunday morning. He was arrested in 2008 in different cases related to terrorist activities in Punjab. “After that his mother was able to see him only in November 2014 when he was arrested from IGI Airport in Delhi,” said Manjhpur.
18. The Supreme Court has issued notice today to Punjab and the Centre on Haryana’s plea for construction of SYL canal to draw its share of Ravi-Beas waters. The court also sought a report from the Union Home Secretary and Punjab Chief Secretary and Director General of Police on the status of the land acquired for the canal. A Bench comprising Justices PC Ghose and Amitava Roy posted the next hearing for December 15, asking Punjab and the Centre to file their response before that.
19. The Supreme Court today has allowed a Panchkula trial court to pronounce judgment in a 1999 rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra passed the order while dismissing the dera chief’s plea that he was unable to defend himself effectively as the initial statements of the two victims under Section 161 of the CrPC were not being brought on record during the trial. On November 15, the SC had restrained the trial court from delivering its judgment.
20. AAP leader Bhagwant Mann was given a-day token suspension by the panel saying he violated the rules and has been given warning for not repeating the mistake again.
21. The Aapna Punjab Party (APP), floated by Sucha Singh Chhotepur today announced its second list of 15 candidates. Chhotepur said he wishes honest people to contest and wanted the same in AAP but corruption has entered that party.
22. Virat Kohli rocks the dance floor at Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech’s pre-wedding ceremony that took place in Chandigarh. Several politician and celebrities, including members of England cricket team also attended the ceremonies.