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Southasian Pulse Radio Headlines – September 6 

  1. Bank of Canada increases overnight lending rate to 1.% from 0.75%.
  2. Senator Ratna Omidvar in a recent interview has said as Trump is ending Daca, its beneficiaries are just the right kind of immigrants Canada should be pursuing under its economic migrant program. She said: “These individuals are low-hanging fruit for us. They speak fluent English, they’ve been educated in the US, most of them have been to college or university, some of them have work experience. They understand the North American working culture. On top of that, in order to qualify to be a ‘Dreamer’ you have to have biometrics testing, you have to have a criminality check. So this is America’s loss but it could be Canada’s gain.”
  3. Treb reports Toronto home sales plunged almost 35% in August 
  4. Irma has made its first landfall in Caribbean and people are being asked to seek protection. It is the Category 5 hurricane. Puerto Rico’s Governor has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard in preparation. He has said: “The danger is like nothing we have ever seen.”    
  5. A husband is alleged to have called his from India to USA to beat his wife for being disobedient. A US court is deporting Jasbir and Bhupinder Kalsi back to India, along with their son, Devbir Kalsi for beating up his wife Silky Gaind. She was badly hurt at her home in Riverview, Tampa. Silky managed to call her parents in India and informed them of her husband’s behaviour who alerted police. When police reached they found Silky had bruises allover for being repeatedly struck by the trio. Police said that Kalsi called his parents to fly to the US to ‘counsel and discipline’ Silky for her apparent ‘disobedience’ and he locked her in a room and took her mobile phone from her. Her husband and father-in-law are facing possible charges of false imprisonment, child abuse and denying access to 911. The mother-in-law is facing charges of battery domestic violence and failure to report child abuse.  
  6. European Union’s top court has rejected legal action by some countries seeking to stop accepting refugees under a EU-wide plan, saying they must accept a few migrants under their country’s quota.
  7. Rohingya crisis: Suu Kyi has blasted ‘misinformation’ on Muslim killings. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is in Myanmar has said India shares Myanmar’s concerns over security men’s killing in Rakhine.                                                 
  8. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has called for stronger stance against banned groups in Pakistan. Following the Brics nations’ “regional security concern” over the militant groups allegedly based in Pakistan, Asif said organisations such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) among the internationally banned outfits are operating from within Pakistan. He was talking to Shahzeb Khanzada on his show, Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath last night. Though he commended the role of China but added: “Friends should not be tested [every time], particularly in the changed scenario. Instead, we should impose some restrictions on the activities of elements like LeT and JeM, so that we can show the global community that we have put our house in order. We need to ask ourselves have we acted upon the National Action Plan (NAP) in letter and spirit? Did we take the measures we had decided on, besides Operation Zarb-i-Azb, Raddul Fassad and Khyber 4, during the last three years? Did we show the world that we acted according to the resolve we made in 2014?”
  9. India-Japan have discussed enhancing defence ties. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera, as part of the annual India-Japan Defence Ministerial Dialogue held in Tokyo, exchanged views on the security situation in the Indo-Pacific region. In addition, the ministers agreed to pursue exchanges and training by ASW aviation units such as Lockheed P-3 Orion anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft. The Japanese side proposed to invite Indian Navy personnel to mine-countermeasures training held by JMSDF. As India looks forward to increasing defence manufacturing within the country, the two sides discussed enhancing interaction between governments and defence industries to encourage equipment collaboration. Jaitley briefed his Japanese counterpart about recent policy reforms in the defence manufacturing sectors in India, and said it offers opportunities for foreign industries to play an active role.
  10. Media in India has condemned journalist Gauri Lankesh’s murdered in Karnatka. Lankesh was the editor of a Kannada language weekly tabloid, ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike,’ and noted for her critical views. Like her father, a renowned Kannada writer, she faced opposition and criticism for her independent journalism style.

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