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SOUTH ASIAN PULSE HEADLINES MARCH 23RD 2016 

1. The Liberals presented their first federal budget with $29.4 billion deficit. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is giving interviews on various TV channels and highlighting the budget’s strengths. Finance Minister Bill Morneau has also appreciated the budget. Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose has called it a “nightmare scenario” for taxpayers adding the plan lacks job creation in Canada. NDP leader Tom Mulcair has also given big thumbs down to the budget saying the decision of previous government’s corporate tax cuts has not been reversed.
2. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory have welcomed the federal budget.
3. Former Toronto mayor and Councillor Rob Ford, 46, after fighting with cancer for 18 months died yesterday. But a large number of people have said they loved him. Rob’s brother Doug Ford has said Rob’s death has ripped his heart as he loved his brother too much.
4. The French speaking Quebecers while deploring the Belgium attacks have shown solidarity with Brussels after yesterday’s attacks.
5. A Montreal house blaze forced 15 people to spent night out in open.
6. US President Barack Obama is in Argentina to reset diplomatic ties. He also met with the new pro-trade Argentinan President Mauricio Macri to strengthen trade ties.
7. John Kerry is in Russia and meeting Russian President Vladmir Putin to discuss the fate of Syria and future of Basher Al Assad should as the country’s President.
8. Brussels police has identified two suicide bombers as Khalid and Brahim el-Bakraoui, who carried out attacks on the airport. Both were brothers. However, no arrests have been made. A counter terrorism expert has informed several people are involved in this attack. When media asked him if they are in Belgium, Europe or already fled away, he did not give any reply. However, it has been established that violators had connection with Paris attackers who spent time in Belgium including Salah Abdeslam.
9. An Indian Infosys techie is missing in Brussels attacks. Meanwhile, Jet Airways is trying to relocate its guests to safe locations.
10. The 26/11 accused turned approver David Headley, who is being cross examined has confessed via video conferencing that he donated money to Lashkar-e-Taiba.
11. Kanhaiya Kumar has been stopped from entering the Hyderabad Central University. Kumar said he had come to support Rohith Vemula.
12. As a deal has been struck between PDP and BJP, Mehbooba Mufti is set to become the first female Chief Minister of J&K.
13. On the martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has demanded the Indian government to give Bharat Ratna to Bhagat Singh.
14. Farmers staged a protest on the visit of Dilip Kumar of the central team that has come in the province to assess damage done by the SYL canal.
15. In the World T20 match India sets a target of 147 for Bangladesh.

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