SOUTH ASIAN PULSE RADIO FEBRUARY 26TH
1. A disgruntled employee of Excel Industries plant in Kansas, USA killed at least four and injured 18 in a series of shootings before he was shot at by a police officer.
2. Due to bad weather Eastern Canada still does not have power supply.
3. Former Alberta premier Don Getty has died at 82. In mid 1980s he was a very popular premier.
4. Giving details on the Ontario budget presented yesterday, Finance Minister Charles Sousa has said the projected shortfall stands at $4.3 billion but will be recovered in the next budget. The Ontario Student Grant will make average tuition fee for students of families with incomes of $50,000. However, the opposition is asking how would a debt of $300 billion be covered?
5. Though March 1 deadline is fast approaching, cable companies are slow to present their ‘skinny’ basic package. The idea was proposed to make these services affordable for common man.
6. Two people have been arrested and charged for human trafficking as they allegedly pushed a 16-year-old in sex trade in Ontario.
7. Immigration Minister John McCallum has announced to repeal parts of the controversial Bill C-24 saying a Canadian is a Canadian. He added the citizenship cannot be revoked unless taken by fraudulent means. Opposition, however, has criticized this decision.
8. While inaugurating the Green Line Bus Rapid Transit System in Karachi, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the project will be more beautiful than Lahore metro.
9. On the case of Rohith Vemula’s suicide, even today Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani and Bahujan Samanj Party chief Mayawat locked horns in Rajya Sabha.
10. India’s Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said India will not withdraw from Siachen as Pakistan still cannot be trusted so much.
11. India to push the UN to include the name of JeM leader Masood Azhar in its list of designated terrorists.
12. During a press conference held at the Hyderabad University, Rohith Vemula’s family has criticized the HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s comments saying she lied in the Parliament.
13. Presenting the Economic Survey, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said though the world is facing economic challenges, India during 2016-17 will grow at the rate of 7% to 7.5% but added India can achieve 8% growth in the 2017 fiscal year.
14. Indian Punjab’s Cabinet has given its nod for sale of government land to fund development initiatives. The meeting was headed by Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal along with other ministers. The initiative has been taken as the province has limited resources.
15. Novjot Kaur Sidhu has alleged that the SAD government misappropriated IRs440 crores that were meant for the rehabilitation of 1984 riot victims and has urged BJP to sever its ties with the party.
16. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, who is on a five-day tour of Punjab, met with a number of farmers families and announced AAP will work in the best interest of farmers once in power.
17. Less than 22 hours are left for the all important Asia Cup 2016 match between India and Pakistan. The match will start at 8:30am Toronto time tomorrow.