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SOUTH ASIAN PULSE HEADLINES FEBRUARY 19TH 2016 

  1. According to a Statistics Canada report consumer prices have risen to 2%. Food prices have gone up 4%, fresh vegetables over 18% and fruits 13%. This acceleration is the result of high gasoline prices.
  2. A new survey reveals at least 70% of the Canadians think accommodating 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada is enough. By this Tuesday 21,000 refugees had already landed in the country. By the end of this month the government will meet its target of accepting 25,000 refugees. According to Immigration Minister John McCallum, Canada might settle 35,000 in near future and 50,000 by the end of this year after consultations.
  3. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has clarified the size of Canadian military will not be reduced and in fact is looking to recruit more officers. Currently the Canadian army has 68,000 full time and 27,000 part time soldiers. He said the national defence budget previously has been used as a discretionary item and cuts were made to balance books. The country’s economic outlook is bleak and both, the Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have vowed to balance books in four years.
  4. According to early reports Donald Trump is leading the pack in the South Carolina primary.
  5. An attack by US warplanes killed at least 40 militants in the Libyan city of Sabratha. The attack was planned against ISIS leadership.
  6. Pakistan has registered FIR against Pathankot airbase attackers in Gujranwala. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has said more action will be taken as India makes more information available.
  7. Haryana government had to call in army to contain situation in eight districts of the state affected by Jat agitation including the Rohtak town. Curfew has been imposed in many cities.
  8. The Supreme Court of India has sent Kanhaiiya Kumar’s bail plea to Delhi High Court. Hearing is likely to take place on Monday.
  9. A meeting between the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi can take place on the sidelines of the nuclear summit in Washington next month.
  10. Protesting Punjab farmers were stopped from entering Chandigarh. Farmers were staging demonstration against the central government for not fulfilling its promises.
  11. In the Babal Kalan village case, Justice Katju has completed his probe and pointed finger towards the state police.
  12. Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Hafeez has said PSL is a great milestone in the history of Pakistani cricket but quality players will only emerge from domestic cricket.
  13. Pakistan’s T20 captain Shahid Afridi has said performance of each player will be monitored closely during Asia Cup and changes can be made in the World T20 squad. Bad performance will also cost the team its T20 ranking.
  14. Asia Cup 2016 commences on Wednesday, February 24, and India will face Bangladesh in the first match. On Saturday, February 27 India takes on Pakistan.

 

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