SOUTH ASIAN PULSE RADIO HEADLINES JUNE 20TH 2016
1. In Vancouver, Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau is meeting with provincial finance ministers seeking agreement on CPP. BC Premier Christy Clark has mentioned the country’s economy is still fragile and any increase in CPP will compromise jobs as small businesses would not be able to cope with it and slash jobs. Ontario does not agree with it and has said it will go ahead with its own plan at the provincial level if the federal government does not agree to enhance it. PC leader Lisa Raitt has said increasing CPP will be a drastic step and cost Canadians thousands of dollars. She also mentioned the Liberals have no plan to tackle this issue as common man will not benefit from it. In fact taxes will increase. Raitt also said instead of increasing CPP, an individual can invest in RRSP and other funds to save more for retirement. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau views Canadians must have enough at retirement to lead a good life. Currently, a maximum of $1,092 is cut as CPP and on average $500 goes for it. Premier Wynne has said the move is not to collect more taxes but to give more financial security to seniors on retirement. She added currently Ontarians are not saving enough.
2. Toronto Mayor John Tory is meeting with federal liberal parliamentarians discussing summer jobs and infrastructure. He said a report on crime will be released soon.
3. Toronto police chief Mark Saunders has said Toronto Police Force will be modernized adding this is exciting time and police force is aligned well with the city. It seems Toronto Mayor John Tory and Mark Saunders are working together cordially. Saunders said within three months the force will be transformed and announcement will be made on hiring freeze. It was suggested earlier to cut 300 police officers from the force.
4. The issue of an independent audit in the working of Peel police, raised by Ranjit Kaur is getting intensified. Some words of Peel Police Board Chief Amrik Ahluwalia’s interview that appeared in a section of press were criticised by Peel police chief Jennifer Evans and so Ahluwalia took them back. The question is will an independent audit be held at all or not?
5. One person died when a motorcyclist collided with a police cruiser on Tomken and Derry roads.
6. In a shooting at a Mississauga strip club, Midway Invader, a Brampton man got seriously injured. Police is looking for a suspect identified as a black male and is 6 ft 2 inches.
7. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has once again asked for Muslim profiling in the USA saying with this in coming days terrorist attacks can be stopped. He informed Israel and France are already doing it. But Hillary Clinton and US President Barack Obama have already denounced his comments. House Speaker Paul Ryan has also criticised Trump saying they will keep same contacts with the Muslim community and isolating them will only create problems.
8. At least 14 Nepalese security guards of Canadian Embassy in Kabul have been killed in a suicide attack. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned killings in a tweet.
9. Today is World Refugee Day. According to UNO 65 million out of homes and due to wars in Syria and Afghanistan, common man is leaving those countries, that is increased the influx of refugees.
10. As several people were arrested in Belgium over the weekend, all major areas are under red alert.
11. A report released in Pakistan has indicated nuclear weapons race between India and Pakistan is a source of concern. Both countries have about 200 nuclear warheads, making war imminent.
12. In the Panama Papers probe, PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan has said Terms of Reference (ToR) have not been fully agreed upon alleging the government is creating obstacles. He said holding an inquiry is out of the questions as the inquiry in these cases is not even complete. Meanwhile, the government has said it is not creating any obstacles at all.
13. India in offering FDI relaxation in three major sectors – aviation, retail and defence. Talking on the subject Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India will offer ease of investment. In aviation industry, 49% foreign equity has been allowed. More are being offered in the pharmaceutical along with the defence and retail sectors.
14. India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said out of the 24, 21 countries have supported India’s bid to be part of NSG while others showed some reservations. She also said China might also support India. This morning Hua Chunying, spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry said Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is still divided and New Delhi’s application for NSG membership is not even on the agenda of plenary of 48-member bloc in Seoul later this week.
15. Chandigarh is hosting International Yoga Day tomorrow that will be attended and led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi though rain is predicted. Out of the 30,000 participants 10,000 are from Chandigarh. The event will be broadcast live.
16. Laying foundation stone of IIM institute in Amritsar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said it is a big achievement for Punjab while praising the development agenda of the state government saying it is moving ahead of other states in this respect. Talking on the occasion, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal said state government will keep getting more support from BJP’s central government.
17. AAP has said the SIT findings on 1984 riots should be brought in front of public in a transparent manner but added BJP cannot do much in this issue.
18. Inderjit Singh Zira, leader of the Kisan and Khet Mazdoor cell of Punjab Congress has said Punjab needs solution to agrarian crisis and not yoga. He said farmers are committing suicide and government is holding yoga events.
19. Congress leader Capt Amarinder Singh has launched his campaign, Halke Vich Captain from Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s turf Jalalabad. He said he has already received 2,600 complaints against BJP and SAD and once in power will act on them. Hitting back SAD and BJP has said Congress is faced with internal clashes, how will it resolve any issue? Replying Capt said both parties are highlighting these allegations in media needlessly. When asked a senior Congress leader who slapped a worker and the video went viral, Capt informed they were sacked for indiscipline. Thus the party will form government.
20. In NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers won the tournament for the first time. LeBron James was termed most valuable player.
21. The three-match series of T20 being played between India and Zimbabwe stands at 1-1.
22. In Euro Cup 2016 today Russia takes on Wales and Slovakia faces England.