Southasian Pulse Radio Headlines – September 27
- US is imposing 220% duty on Bombardier CSeries planes. Canada signed a deal in April 2016 for 125 Delta airlines planes. Premier Philippe Couillard has said: “Quebec has been attacked” and called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep up the hard line with Boeing.
- Health Minister Eric Hoskins is bring a bill in Ontario that would require disclosure of pharmaceutical payments to health professionals. He said: “It gives them (people) tools and information that they can then use to make more informed decisions about their own health care, so I believe it’s something Ontarians want and deserve.”
- Foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif in an attack on the US has said the Haqqani network and other militant outfits were once ‘darling’ of the White House. He commented this during the 72nd session of United Nations General Assembly at the Asia Society forum. He also refused to take blame for the Haqqani network and other banned outfits who were once funded and supported by the US. He said: “Don’t blame us for the Haqqanis Network and for the Hafiz Saeed, head of banned Jamaatud Dawa. These were the people who were your darlings just 20 to 30 years back. They were being dined and wined in the White House and now you say ‘go to hell Pakistanis because you are nurturing these people’.” Asif said it was very easy to say Pakistan was floating the Haqqanis and Hafiz Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba. “They are liabilities. I accept that they are liabilities, but give us time to get rid of them because we don’t have the assets to match these liabilities and you are increasing them further.” He criticised Trump’s recent statements against Pakistan and also said his heart bleeds on the state his country is in.
- An accountability court in Islamabad has indicted Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in a corruption reference filed against him by the NAB. The reference was filed against Dar for possessing assets beyond his known sources of income. The minister has pleaded not guilty to all charges, terming them baseless.
- The former prime minister’s daughter says doctors are trying to stabilise Kulsoom Nawaz’s condition.
- Former US president Barack Obama’s Michelle Obama once gave $70 million to Maryam for the education of children in Pakistan but no one knows where that amount was used. Maryam is being asked by Sindh High Court to answer about that amount.
- Senior BJP leader and former finance minister Yashwant Sinha has attacked his government’s economic policies, saying the economy has been destroyed. He said:“I shall be failing in my national duty if I did not speak up even now against the mess the finance minister has made of the economy.” He said many in the BJP are aware of the situation but they fear to speak up. He said even GST is “badly conceived and poorly implemented.”
- P Chidambram has welcomed Sinha’s comments. Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala has also said BJP has destroyed economy due to experimentation and GDP was rising once at the rate of 7.6%, now only 5.7%. But BJP is not agreeing and Home Minister Rajnath Singh and even the finance minister have defended it. BJP’s Piyush Goyal also said BJP brought landmark reforms and India has the fastest growing economy for last three years. Opposition is criticising unnecessarily.
- The Indian Army has inflicted heavy casualties on Naga insurgents during a firefight along the border with Myanmar.
- Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has attacked the Modi government over bad state of the economy has said “the wings have fallen off our plane.”
- Pakistan’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has granted visa to a seven-year-old girl from Karachi to arrive in Delhi for an open heart surgery.
- In Dera row, Haryana HR minister Krishan Kumar Bedi is being asked questions. Media reports as big politicians’ name could surface thus several documents were removed. He was also asked how Honeypreet is roaming in Delhi and not being caught as she seems to know a lot. The minister said their main concern was maintaining law and order, when Gurmeet was being brought to Panchkula. Honeypreet took advantage and ran away but will be caught soon, he said. Punjab-Haryana Commissioner has also agreed that documents were lost for delayed action.
- In Gurdaspur bypoll, all three parties are claiming victory. Sunil Jakhar has said due to the bad policies of Modi, Congress will win. AAP’s Khajuria has said other parties are using money and power but his party will claim victory here. Akali Dal and BJP also showed strength. SAD leader Sukhbir Badal said Sunil Jakhar does not even have a sarpanch in his village, how can he win here.
- In the double murder of senior journalist KJ Singh and his 92-year-old mother, police is trying to establish if it was the case of property row or any animosity.