SOUTH ASIAN PULSE RADIO HEADLINES SEPTEMBER 13 2016
- In Halifax PC party is holding a meeting to review the working of Trudeau government. PC interim leader Rona Ambrose has hit Trudeau saying his government is spending too much such as selfies. The PC get together will discuss economy, jobs and defence prior to parliament returning next week.
- PC leader Peter MacKay will not run for PC leadership race keeping in view his young family saying his no. 1 priority is his family. His children are still small, aged three and 11 months who need his attention.
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel to New York City from September 19 to 20, to lead Canada’s delegation to the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly. He will promote there core Canadian values and advocate for greater global leadership to address refugee and migrant crisis, reiterate Canada’s intention to once more play a major role in peacekeeping and conflict prevention efforts, and encourage countries to follow through on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Prime Minister will take part in the Refugee and Migration Summit, hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as well as co-host U.S. President Barack Obama’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees.
- The government of Alberta has announced minimum wage in the state will be $15 an hour by 2018. Labour Minister Christina Gray has informed cabinet has passed the regulation and raise the rate to $12.20 by this October, and increase it by $1.40 an hour again in October 2017 and finally in October 2018. The initiative will end poverty.
- In a stabbing incident in York university, one person died.
- It has been found out that sugar industry in 1960s tried to twist facts and paid researchers asking them not to blame sugar for heart diseases but fats.
- Nasa scientists have informed August 2016 was the hottest in 136 years of modern record-keeping. Earlier Nasa said records were broken in 2014 where August was considered the hottest month. But as temperatures rose in the last 11 month starting October 2015 to October 2016, it is being asked if this is an isolated incident that one year was hot or affects of global warming?
- In a blast in Quetta two have died and 10 injured. The target was a police vehicle as it took place near a police training centre.
- Tensions in Kashmir valley continued, and even on Eid curfew was imposed. In fresh clashes, three died and Eid march could not be held.
- US wants stronger relations with India as by 2030, it will be the third biggest economy. This was told by Richard Verma, US Ambassador to India. He said the Indian middle class is increasing and by 2030, Indian population will be more than China. India thus will have more graduates and patents. He said Obama and Modi have already held eight meetings and even recently in China and Laos to boost ties.
- On the matter of releasing more Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu, clashes between Karnatka and Tamil Nadu continue while Prime Minister Modi asks for calm.
- An Akali Dal activist along with 20 others, have been arrested for allegedly attacking AAP volunteers during a Kisan Manifesto rally in Punjab.
- International flights will start from Chandigarh Airport from this Thursday to Sharjah. However, security is still an issue. Though 21 flights take off from the airport every day, they are mostly domestic. From September 26 flights will start flying to Dubai and from November to Singapore.
- A new survey shows sharp rise in farmer suicides cases as three are committing suicide in Punjab every day.
- Punjab assembly again faced uproar as Bains brothers and even Pargat Singh said the Speaker is siding with the government and not providing proper time to opposition.
- Sacked Punjab AAP convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur has said AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal wants to become Chief Minister of Punjab if his party wins. He said he was not allowed to appoint other office-bearers in Punjab or to delegate powers to any other leader so that no new face could emerge in the state. Talking to people during Parivartan Yatra, Chhotepur said out of the total 32 candidates declared by AAP, 20 do not even deserve the ticket. He alleged that Kejriwal only wants “yes men’ like Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi and is anti-Sikh and so he does not understand sentiments of Punjabis.
- MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi has said AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal’s believes in “divide and rule” policy and even senior leaders such as HS Phoolka, Kanwar Sandhu and Sukhpal Khaira have been pushed to the background. He said Kejriwal has selfish political ambitions and wishes to control Punjab unit himself. He said people must unite and Punjab should be ruled by Punjabis as outsiders cannot understand their sentiments.