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SOUTH ASIAN PULSE HEADLINES : FEBRUARY 25TH 2016 

1. Extreme cold weather alert has been released for Toronto. Weather has plunged thousands of people in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick in darkness.
2. Finance Minister Charles Sousa will present the 2016 Ontario budget this afternoon. Ontario’s net deficit is expected to be over $300 billion. Minister Sousa held several consultation sessions with Ontarians before delivering budget. Ontario PC finance critic Vic Fedeli has questioned the government to address the concerns of Ontarians on Hydro One, healthcare, and deficit budgeting.
3. Immigration Minister John McCallum has announced significant changes in the Citizenship Act saying the Liberal government will follow on their election pledge to repeal the controversial Bill C-24 introduced by the previous Conservative government.
4. Two Ontario residents claimed the $60 million Lotto Max jackpot each. But millions remain unclaimed every year in Canada. In Ontario alone $21 million worth of winning tickets were unclaimed last year.
5. Hearing in the Tim Bosma murder case continues in court against the two accused – Dellen Millard and Mark Smich.
6. Though the lower court in Indonesia acquitted Canadian teacher, Neil Bantleman, the Supreme Court is upholding his conviction for sex assault. Minister for Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion has said the decision is unjust and he is deeply dismayed by the reversal.
7. The European Parliament has voted to put arms embargo on Saudi Arabia as the country is being accused of bombing civilians with European-made weapons during war with Yemen. Under the agreement Britain and France would not be able to sell arms to Saudi.
8. In a bid to increase its influence in Afghanistan, Russia has gifted 10,000 automatic rifles to the country.
9. Women organizations in Pakistan have commended the efforts of the government on the passage of the Women’s Rights bill calling it a major landmark but have stressed the government to implement it in letter and spirit.
10. The government of Pakistan has given its nod to the country’s cricket team to participate in the Cricket T20 World Cup in India.
11. USA has said due to the Fata operations and adequately targeting the Haqqani network, its members have left their save havens in Pakistan and run away.
12. Though Sanjay Dutt walks free but two fresh petitions were filed against him for releasing him before time.
13. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said hate speech can never be freedom of speech.
14. Opposition in India is bitterly criticizing Suresh Prabhu’s railway budget.
15. Though both the government and police have denied reports of mass rape incident in Haryana during Jat stir, a leading newspaper is claiming otherwise.
16. AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal is on a five-day visit to Punjab and has held the Punjab responsible for farmer suicides. Just a few days back Punjab’s Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal had said centre is responsible for this act. Kejriwal has vowed to meet the families where farmers committed suicides or the ones fighting against drugs saying his party does not believe in sitting in air-conditioned rooms to make party manifesto, but going out to various villages, talking to residents and then drafting it.
17. Veteran journalist Kanwar Sandhu formally joins Aam Admi Party (AAP).
18. In the second match of Asia Cup 2016 Sri Lanka beat UAE by 14 runs.

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