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SOUTH ASIAN PULSE RADIO HEADLINES SEPTEMBER 23TH 2016 

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  1. According to Statistics Canada, in August inflation has come down to 1.1% from 1.3% in July. Though prices of clothes and footwear have gone up but oil and food prices have declined.
  2. Two of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top aides asked for over $200,000 in moving expenses. Gerald Butts, the Prime Minister’s principal secretary, and Katie Telford, his chief of staff, were reimbursed for moving their families from Toronto to Ottawa. Though $80,000 have been returned but opposition is clearly upset about it.
  3. The 48-year-old former immigration minister Chris Alexander might join the federal Conservative leadership race. Former ambassador to Afghanistan, Chris was an important member of Harper government.
  4. Brampton councillors have turned down a proposal of Mississauga on increasing Brampton’s seats on Peel Region council. Earlier Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie asked Brampton councillors to look into the issue but Brampton councillors have said they are not ready to change their demands for more equitable representation on council. The proposal was letting go of two Caledon seats and give them to Brampton. Brampton Councillor Gael Miles has said the City of Brampton has no desire to change its position and has asked Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne for provincial intervention on this issue and give Brampton additional seats it asked for.
  5. The dump truck strike has entered the fourth days and though some meetings have taken place between the two sides but issues have not been resolved.
  6. Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has said army will defend each and every inch of Pakistan.
  7. Russian troops are in Pakistan, joint military exercises for the first time
  8. India has signed the deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of 7.87 billion euros from France. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian inked the contract.
  9. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has asked all Pakistani artists working in India to leave the country within 48 hours otherwise they will be push them out.
  10. A committee probing AAP leader Bhagwant Mann for making a video on the Parliament has decided to summon Sangrur MP once again for detailed examination.
  11. An Akali Dal leader and his son allegedly assaulted a pregnant nurse in a private hospital at Baghapurana town in the district.
  12. AAP spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira has said Navjot Singh Sidhu is in touch with them and it would be good if he decided to join the party. He said Sidhu’s decision not to form another political form is right and will avoid division of the anti-incumbency vote and help break the Badal-Amarinder nexus. He said the party will not only welcome Sidhu, but Pargat Singh and the Bains brothers. For Chhotepur’s return in party, Khaira said he has gone too far from the party and it may be difficult for him to come back. He also informed AAP has devised a new method for selecting candidates. AAP will hold meetings with volunteers of a constituency, names will be scrutinised by the campaign committee, screening committee and the political affairs committee and then a candidate will be selected. Khaira also informed that states’ decisions on these issues are increasing.
  13. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal has said Navjot Singh Sidhu went on backfoot and did not form a party and shelved the idea after getting poor feedback from people. He said like Sidhu, AAP is also short-lived and will disappear from the state’s political scene after Assembly elections. On law and order situation in Punjab, Sukhbir said Punjab Police is trying its best to maintain peace. On the death of RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja, Sukhbir said the investigation has been handed to the CBI so one must wait for its findings.
  14. Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh has said the list of party candidates is almost ready and would be sent soon to party president Sonia Gandhi. He also said Navjot Singh Sidhu has no stand and seems confused. On the death of Brig Jagdish Gagneja, he said the government has no moral right to continue as it has no clue as what was happening in the state and culprits must be caught as soon as possible.
  15. In the first Test between India and New Zealand, India made 318 in first innings. In reply New Zealand has made 152/1. Rain interrupted second day’s play.
  16. In ICC ODI rankings, India stands at no. 3, Australia is at the top followed by New Zealand at no. 2 and South Africa at no. 4. Virat Kohli stands at no 2 in ICC individual ODI rankings.
  17. The first T20 between Pakistan and West Indies will commence in an hour in Dubai.

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