SOUTH ASIAN PULSE RADIO HEADLINES OCTOBER 19TH 2016
- Justin Trudeau has completed one year in office as Prime Minister and fulfilled many promises such as bringing gender parity in cabinet, making wealthy earning over 300,000 to pay 33% tax; introduced a new, tax-free Canada Child Benefit, cutting the middle class income tax bracket and introducing a new bracket for those earning more than $200,000, brought fighter jets CF-18 back but increased humanitarian aid in Iraq, and launched a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. But many promises have not been fulfilled such as it was said the budget deficit will be $10 billion but it went up by $30 billion; small businesses tax had to be reduced from 11% to 9% and CF-18 Hornets had to be scrapped but not done. Still Trudeau’s popularity is high, though the opposition is constantly saying the Liberals are breaking their promises.
- Bank of Canada has kept the overnight lending rate at 0.5% but the growth outlook this year has been trimmed to 1.1%, from the 1.3% it had forecast in July.
- A Forum Research poll shows people favour a minimum wage of $15 per hour. About 63% favoured it, 31% talked against it while 6% did not comment on it. But common man can definitely benefit from it.
- In 2016 an estimated 202,400 new cases of cancer be diagnosed in Canada and an estimated 78,800 deaths will take place because of it.
- In Las Vegas tonight the final presidential debate will take place between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Whereas Trump is facing glare of people on his sexual assaults, Hillary is facing the emails issues revealed by Wikileaks. Tonight’s debate will revolve around loans, immigration, economy, Supreme Court and foreign hotspots.
- Fight in Mosul, Iraq intensifies. Though Iraqi army has taken several cities back from ISIS but winning Mosul would not be easy.
- Pakistani Punjab’s Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said Imran Khan is against economic development in the country. Imran in his reply has said this kind of democracy is not acceptable to Pakistanis where rulers are not accountable. He has urged Pakistanis to strengthen his hands for the last therna in Islamabad to be held on November 2.
- Chinese media has reported that India took advantage to boost trade and defame Pakistan by organizing Brics summit.
- A defence panel, the Indian prime minister and some members of parliament were briefed on surgical strikes. Congress now wants the government to acknowledge its surgical strikes. BJP said it was done for the first time. The army will keep on crossing LoC and more strikes can be initiated but the situation will be accessed in future.
- BJP senior leader Subramanian Swamy has said Temple part of BJP manifesto, can’t run away from it.
- India and China hold joint military exercise for the first time in J&K.
- Delhi HC dismisses Kejriwal’s plea to stay proceedings in a defamation case filed against him by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
- Survey shows AAP to win 14 out of 40 seats in Goa; BJP can gain 11 seats.
- Three people have been killed in firing over control of gurdwara in Gidderbaha village, Punjab.
- Punjab’s Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal seeks Centre’s help for farming and the industrial sectors.