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SOUTH ASIAN PULSE RADIO HEADLINES OCTOBER 26TH 2016 

  1. Charanjit Singh Maluka, younger son of Punjab minister Sikander Singh Maluka residing in Canada has passed away. The 45-year-old was admitted to hospital in Toronto a few days ago and was critical. Maluka and his wife have reached Canada.
  2. Though some think that Canada-EU free trade agreement has nearly collapsed but efforts are on to save it. EU chief has said trade deal with Canada still possible.
  3. Universities are coming in Brampton and Milton. Today Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP for Halton were joined by Mayor Gordon Krantz at Milton Town Hall, to announce the province’s plans to create a new university-led postsecondary site in Milton focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (Steam). The government will launch a call for proposals in January 2017, and Ontario universities will be encouraged to work in partnership with local communities, business, and other institutions to develop innovative proposals for the new site. More access to postsecondary education, closer to home, will help develop Ontario’s highly skilled workforce by increasing experiential learning opportunities, helping students acquire the talent and skills for the knowledge economy, and encouraging partnerships in high-demand fields. The government also intends to receive proposals for the creation of a postsecondary site in the Brampton area as announced by Ontario Minister of Finance Charles Sousa. He was joined by Brampton MPs and Mayor Linda Jeffrey. This plan is the second phase of Ontario’s major expansion in postsecondary infrastructure. In May 2015, Ontario announced the creation of the York University – Markham Centre campus in partnership with Seneca College. Investing in postsecondary education is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. Meanwhile, Minister Charles Souza has also announced Brampton can be a choice of a university
  4. A driver of a transport truck died after a crash that took place between two tractor-trailers on Highway 401 in Milton overnight.
  5. PTI in Pakistan has said if Imran is arrested, the party will protest against it. PTI will hold Islamabad siege on November 2 and the government cannot stop it.
  6. Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah has challenged Imran Khan if he gathers one million people in Islamabad the government will be handed over to him.
  7. National Geographic’s famed ‘Afghan Girl’ Sharbat Bibi was arrested by the Pakistan’s FIA in Peshawar for alleged forgery of a computerised National Identity Card (CNIC). If charges are proven, she can be imprisoned for seven years.
  8. The world is condemning Quetta Police College attack. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and General Raheel Sharif have held meeting and it has been ordered to beef up security.
  9. Amid a bitter power struggle in the ruling SP, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav held a meeting with Governor Ram Naik and briefed him on the prevailing political situation in the state. The party is now preparing for the upcoming elections.
  10. As all opposition parties are apprehending the large-scale use of drugs and liquor during the Assembly elections scheduled early next year, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Dr Nasim Zaidi has said the issue had “engaged the commission’s very serious attention.” He also said they will finalise a strategy to minimise the use of drugs during elections in the next couple of weeks. Action will be taken against culprits.
  11. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has announced a grant of IRs100 crore for constructing and maintaining burial grounds for Christians and Muslims. Making the announcement at a sangat darshan programme in Dera Baba Nanak, he said Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal are paper tigers who do nothing but roar.  Badal also said Amarinder Singh’s promised of debt waiver for farmers an attempt to fool voters. He informed no state government can ever waive off agriculture loans as they have given to farmers by nationalised banks and such promises are just electoral gimmicks.
  12. Former PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa has said Sidhu may get a ‘Diwali gift,’ by coming in the fold of Congress. Bajwa said Kejriwal is saying if he comes to power, Bikramjit Majithia would be put behind bars. After winning, the Congress will not only put Majithia but Sukhbir Badal, Tota Singh and Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon also in jail. When asked if he would contest Assembly elections, he said if Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi asks him to fight the elections, he will and is ready to leave the Rajya Sabha and contest polls to strengthen the party.
  13. The Awaaz-e-Punjab leaders Bains brothers have floated a new political party — Lok Insaaf Party. They have started the procedure to register it with the Election Commission. Per EC’s procedures, they also issued a public notice last week demanding objections from the public. Per this notice, Simarjit Singh Bains is president of the party, Ranjit Singh Ubhi is the secretary general and Ranjit Singh Ghatore is the treasurer. The party’s head office will be in Ludhiana.
  14. Akhand Akali Dal, a new political outfit comprising the Akali Dal (1920), Delhi Akali Dal, Panthic Akali Dal and the International Akali Dal, was formed yesterday. Ravi Inder Singh, who was elected president of the outfit, said they would try to form a strong fourth front to provide an alternative to the mainstream political parties. Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, general secretary, SGPC, said they have the support of other parties and many leaders will join them in the coming days.
  15. BJP is upset with SAD solely taking mileage in publicity material being put up across Punjab, including new wall paintings, bus posters, advertising boards and booklets. BJP state leaders have said they will raise the issue in the core committee meeting of the party to be held tomorrow in Chandigarh.
  16. Swaran Kaur, sister of BSP founder Kanshi Ram, has refused to support AAP. Swaran Kaur had yesterday announced to sever all ties with AAP alleging that the party was not interested in the uplift of poor, especially Dalits.
  17. Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav has said the AAP that at one time had emerged in Punjab as a force to reckon with was fast declining and would go the PPP way.  He said this in Chandigarh during a press conference adding Kejriwal’s ambitions will backfire.
  18. After Congress leader Partap Singh Bajwa hinted that former BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu might join on Diwali, Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has said Sidhu is a human bomb and would explode once he enters the Congress. Badal said Capt Amarinder Singh is trying to downplay Bajwa by saying that he has no objection to Sidhu joining the party but in fact both are against each other and want to harm each other.
  19. The Supreme Court of India has found no evidence to show that Navjot Singh Sidhu had exceeded the IRs 25 lakh cap on election expenses while contesting the Amritsar Lok Sabha poll in 2009, but directed him to face the charge of taking the help of a state government official for his campaign. A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and AM Sapre said Sidhu need not be tried for the third charge over counting of votes in Amritsar where he was declared elected to Parliament as a BJP candidate.
  20. In Asian Hockey Champions India defeated Malaysia 2-1.
  21. In the fourth ODI between that was played at Ranchi, New Zealand beat India and levels series 2-2.

 

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