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SOUTH ASIAN PULSE HEADLINES MARCH 16TH 2016 

  1. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in New York and addressed the United Nations today. He made an announcement that Canada will run for a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council. He pointed out that Canada has played a leadership role in climate change and gender equality. Trudeau is accompanied by some cabinet ministers as well such as Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion and Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett. Dion talked to media a short while ago in New York saying Canada has played an important role in world affairs.
  2. April 19 set for elections in Manitoba.
  3. NDP is holding a convention in April where it will be decided if Tom Mulcair still can head the party after it lost badly in federal elections last year. When media asked this question from NDP MP Niki Ashton, she did not give a straight reply.
  4. Federal budget will be presented on next Tuesday and though the Liberal government has mentioned running deficit between $10 billion to $12 billion, experts think the shortfall might be as high as $25 billion to $30 billion.
  5. An Ekos survey shows that Canadians are against pipeline projects saying it is not safe.
  6. A Toronto heritage house is listed for as low as one dollar.
  7. A man was found dead in the swimming pool of a fitness centre located at Bovaird Drive and Airport in Brampton. It has been reported no lifeguards were around.
  8. The recently held US primaries results show Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump moving ahead of their opponents. Trump won in Florida, Illinois and North Carolina. Clinton also won in three primaries of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.
  9. Russian foreign minister has said their troops and aircrafts will continue withdrawal from Syria.
  10. Bomb blast in a bus carrying government employees in Peshawar, Pakistan killed 15.
  11. Saudi Arabia is planning to form a Nato-like military alliance of Muslim countries. However, the question is if Pakistan and Iran would be interested in it.
  12. After the JNU episode, Rajya Sabha members are demanding from the government to review the 150-year-old sedition law in India.
  13. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said government subsidiaries and welfare schemes should reach the right hands.
  14. Himachal Pradesh is fighting against the menace of drugs and government is urged to take remedial steps.
  15. The government of India will invest $120 billion dollars on airports to upgrade facilities to meet international standards.
  16. The Punjab government has decided to return Haryana the entire IRs3 crore paid as compensation to Punjab. The meeting was presided by Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal. Congress has questioned, why did the delegation headed by Prakash Singh Badal not take the copy of SYL bill along with it while meeting with the governor? Badal replied the bill was sent to the governor’s office earlier, the rest were just formalities.  Earlier AAP member Himmat Singh Shergill also raised the issue and even AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal has said he will vote in favour of Punjab on this issue.
  17. Farmers in Punjab have started taking over SYL land and brought about their JCB machines also. Opposition is asking why is the land being given to farmers for free? In response Akali Dal leaders have said farmers have already suffered a lot and will be putting in a lot of hard work to cultivate the land.
  18. In Rohtak, Haryana, the death of a Kabbadi player was caught on CCTV.
  19. AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal in a tweet has said that BJP is the most anti-national party and asked why is the party shielding those who raised anti-national slogans.
  20. Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by 55 runs in World T20 encounter at Eden Gardens in Kolkata today thanks to a brilliant performance by Shahid Afridi. He made 49 off 19 balls and took two wickets also. Afridi was also given the Man of the Match award.
  21. England has given a target of 183 to West Indies in the World T20 match. The match is being played at Wankhede stadium.

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