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SOUTH ASIAN PULSE HEADLINES : JANUARY 12TH 

1. York police sergeant Gurdip Panaich, York Constable Sukhdeep Brar and his brother Surjit Brar are claiming $1 million in damages from Peel Police Services board for ruining their reputation in an alleged extortion case last year. None of their allegations have been proven in court.

2. The Canadian stock exchange after being down for nine days has shown some recovery today.

3. After staying 30% down, oil prices are expected to be pushed down further to 15% in 2016.

4. Though the Liberal government promised that 10,000 Syrians will arrive in Canada by December 31, that target was missed. However, that number will be reached by today or tomorrow.

5. A Canadian pilot who got injured in an incident has died in Antarctic.

6. Weak loonie has hiked grocery prices making it harder for Canadians to enjoy Florida oranges and other stuff from California.

7. Atlantic Canada might get up to 40cm of snow.

8. A Fraser Institute has revealed that Ontario is living largely on federal government aid and has benefitted greatly in the last 10 years though the province often complains that the federal government is not doing enough.

9. A Taliban statement has said that Canadian Colin Rutherford has been released on humanitarian basis and sublime Islamic ethics.

10. US President Barack Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address tonight.

11. At least 10 people died and 15 others got injured when a Syrian suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a tourist area in the Sultanahmet district in Istanbul. The injured and dead included both Turks and foreigners including nine Germans.

12. A UN chief has said 400 Syrians are at the verge of death and must be evacuated immediately.

13. Anti-refugee protests have intensified in Germany. In recent riots about 200 people wearing masks protested through German towns, breaking windows and damaging some buildings. They were demanding deportation of asylum seekers and closing of national borders.

14. China has formally arrested 38 rights lawyers official after months of secret detention.

15. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s senior aide Sartaj Aziz has clarified that Pakistan will not send its ground troops for the Saudi-led anti-terror military alliance but will only share intelligence and send arms to KSA whenever required.

16. The house of a New York Times correspondent was raided by Pakistan Rangers in Islamabad. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has ordered an investigation into the raid.

17. The US Congress has stalled sale of the latest F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. The move shows an anti-Pakistan sentiment on Capitol Hill.

18. A secret meeting between India and Pakistan’s national security advisors is expected soon.

19. Commenting on Pathankot probe, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said there is no reason not to trust Pakistan so early though opposition is constantly blaming them for doing so.

20. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has once again shown distrust on the character of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and vowed to continue the DDCA probe.

21. Though India set a tough target of 309 to Australia in the first of the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series, the hosts achieved it in 49.2 overs powered by brilliant performances by Skipper Steve Smith who hit 149 and George Bailey who scored 112. The victory washed out an equally brilliant performance by Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 171 and Virat Kohli’s 91 on Tuesday.

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