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SOUTH ASIAN PULSE HEADLINES MARCH 17TH 2016 

  1. The anti-corruption unit in Quebec has arrested seven high profile provincial members including two former cabinet ministers as well. Those arrested are: former Liberal deputy premier of Quebec, Nathalie Normandeau; former minister Marc-Yvan Côté, Bruno Lortie, Mario Martel, France Michaud, Ernest Murray and François Roussy. Arrests are linked to illegal campaigning fraud. Details will come out soon after a press conference.
  2. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally unveiled Canada’s bid for UN Security Council rotating seat in 2021-2022 yesterday adding the country deserves it for its good work on climate change. However, this will have huge financial and diplomatic costs.
  3. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has restored retirement age to 65. Details will be revealed in the first federal budget by the Liberal government.
  4. A survey conducted by Environics Research Group shows in Toronto 56% residents support Uber. About 49% of non users, however, do not support Uber and 60% were concerned about safety when it comes to municipal licensing and the possibility of unlicensed drivers.
  5. Though the Ontario government has announced a new tuition fee model but university students from across the country are posing questions from Premier Kathleen Wynne.
  6. About 600 customers have sent complaints to CRTC about the new $25 skinny basic TV package.
  7. An RCMP officer has been found dead inside a building located on 90 Sparks Street in downtown Ottawa.
  8. After starting to draw forces a few days back from Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia can rebuild its forces within a few hours.
  9. EU is holding a two-day summit to solve migrant crisis immediately but Turkey still has to agree to EU terms.
  10.  External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met with Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Pakistani Prime Minister, on the sidelines of the Saarc ministerial meeting in Nepal. Aziz gave Swaraj an invitation from Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to attend Saarc summit in Pakistan later this year.
  11. A Joint Investigation Team from Pakistan, probing the Pathankot terror attack, arriving in India on March 27.
  12. Vijay Mallya is no more the director of Royal Challengers Bangalore. The franchise has already informed BCCI. Meanwhile, Mallya has said he requires some more time but will appear in front of ED as he has done nothing wrong.
  13. The Supreme Court of India has directed Punjab to maintain status quo on the SYL issue and appointed Union Home Sevretary, Punjab Chief Secretary and state DGP as joint receiver of the land. The SC has prevented Punjab from returning farmers around 4,000 acres of land acquired for the SYL canal.
  14. Punjab assembly was rocked on the issue of SYL canal and Congress staged a walkout.
  15. A boy threw acid on five schoolgirls in Gurdaspur town in India.
  16. The Supreme Court of India has assured members of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee to stop commercialization of Sardar jokes.
  17. In the World T20 cricket match today, Afghanistan has made 124/ 5 against Sri Lanka.

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