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Southasian PULSE Radio Headlines – August 10 

Canada-KSA crises: Canada is not moving away from its stance

Trudeau has not only defended twitter diplomacy but supported Chrystia Freeland

Trudeau said Ottawa wants to have good relations with KSA

However, he said Canada will not step back from supporting human rights, women issues

Conservative party has slammed the Twitter calling it wrong and asked for better response

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has said Canada should stop oil imports from KSA

He said Canada should source oil from other countries instead of KSA

But Conservative party is questioning govt’s stance on this issue

Also no country, even allies are not standing with Canada

But global media – European press and even Al Jazeera have appreciated Canadian stance

Foreign Office said Pakistan will side with KSA on this issue as KSA has been a long-time ally

Thus he said, Pakistan will favour KSA as it is interference in their internal affairs

When the journalist asked about US sanctions on Iran, FO official did not reply

When asked again, official said they are still looking at options as to what to do

In New Brunswick, 4 people have died in a shooting incident

Schools and daycares were put under lockdown earlier but have been reopened

2 policemen were also killed but police say there is no further threat to public; 1 suspect in custody

Referendum 2020: Amarjit Singh Mann of OGC says they are in favour of Referendum 2020

He said they will also support peaceful rally being held in London on Aug 12

MS Bitta, Chairman of All India Anti Terrorist Front, held protest outside British High Commission’s office in Delhi

Protesters chanted slogans that it is a move to break India

Speaking against Referendum 2020, they gave a letter to British ambassador

Bitta called move against the country and those supporting it traitors

British High Commissioner said they cannot stop peaceful rally

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said they are talking to British govt

Kumar said such a move is against Indian Territorial integrity

UK is standing steadfast on its decision of peaceful rallies and not supporting India on this issue

In Punjab political leadership is moving away from Khalistan issue

Referendum 2020: Simrjit Singh Mann has said he is not aware of the issue

But, he said Khalistan will be one of the major issues during 2019 elections

He urged those who are aware of it to come forward and inform him about it so that they take action

Dal Khalsa also said the party is not aware of this issue

Bibi Jagir Kaur termed those asking for Punjab’s independence traitors

She said Sikhs have given many sacrifices for this country and so reject such a demand

Bhagwant Mann in an interview said AAP has got nothing to do with Referendum 2020

He said Punjab has issues such as drugs to concentrate on

BJP calls Referendum 2020 is the doing of foreign intelligence agencies

Congress said this move is being brought to create unrest in Punjab again

Canadian economy added 54,000 jobs in July, bringing unemployment rate down to 5.8%

In real estate sector, home prices in Brampton and Mississauga have grown faster than other areas

A Treb report shows average sale price in July in Mississauga was $706,570

While average sale price in July in Brampton was posted at $707,017

Both markets posted year-over-year gains in average price and total sales in July

Brampton recorded a 10.3% year-over-year increase in average price

Total sales in Brampton jumped in July to 15%

Donald Trump wishes to set-up a space unit to work on wars

He said US should be ready for space war in wake of threats from Russia, China – thus have a military wing

Donald Trump wants ‘Space Force’ to be ready by 2020

Trump has always been in favour of space-focused military service

Vice President Mike Pence talked about space agency saying US wishes to increase dominance in this sector

The US places new sanctions on Turkey’s aluminum and steel

US President Donald Trump in further move against Pakistan has taken new steps

Trump administration has announced it will stop training Pakistani officials

Earlier US officials stopped all kind of negotiations on military aid

Trump made his first comments of 2018 against Pakistan

Trump said Pakistan was given monetary help worth $2b but all they got was mistrust

Trump administration also said this has not helped their relations

Pakistan hitting back has said it will train its military officers in China and Russia

This, Pakistan said will bring them closer to Islamabad

US said relations between the two countries will deteriorate but they had to take this step

Vacant positions will be filled by other nationalities by inviting them to the US

Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria met with Imran Khan at his Banigala house

He not only talked about closer ties with Pakistan but presented him a signed bat by Indian team

PM-in-waiting Imran Khan said he will organise Saarc in Islamabad

He said not only hold talks but try to resolve issues between India and Pakistan

In July, Indian PM Narendra Modi called on Imran and congratulated him

he urged to work together in coming days saying new era of relations between India-Pakistan will commence soon

Imran Khan swearing-in ceremony: Cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Navjot Singh Sidhu are invited

PTI spokesperson Fawad Choudhry informed arranging small ceremony to keep expenses down

He said not many foreign dignitaries or celebrities are invited to keep event simple

In India, centre government has rejected plea to release Rajiv Gandhi’s killers

Tamil Nadu put in a request to centre govt but SC said Rajiv Gandhi’s murder was a crime

Court said four men imprisoned in Tamil Nadu jail cannot be released

CBI while investigation asked for life imprisonment for all those involved in crime

They are languishing in jail for a long time because were given 27-year imprisonment

Those involved were Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan, Nalini, Robert Payas, Jayakumar, Ravichandran

Rajiv Gandhi was killed in 1991 by a suicide bomber, LTT was accused of the crime

Violence cannot be allowed, SC of India today questioned on rising cases of vendalism

Court took note of damage to public property during protests saying laws must be changed

Court said during rallies vendalism cannot be tolerated

A bench headed by chief justice Deepka Mishra urged for strict action against mischief mongers

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