SOUTH ASIAN PULSE RADIO HEADLINES FEBRUARY 29TH
1. According to details, Immigration Minister John McCallum will bring to cabinet the proposal of accepting more Syrian refugees as the target of 25,000 has been met.
2. It has been reported that the Liberal government has spent $3.5 million on advertising in the first four months in office.
3. St Michael’s Hospital emergency room has been reopened after being shut due to flooding.
4. On Sunday night around 11:40pm a man was shot dead in Etobicoke near Scarlett Road and Lawrence Avenue.
5. Today is the deadline for contributing to RRSP. A BMO report shows less people will contribute in it.
6. In Iranian elections moderates won majority in the parliament.
7. In a devastating ISIS bombing at least 73 people died in Baghdad.
8. Syrian refugees broke down a fence at Greece-Macedonia border to enter those countries.
9. In the US presidential race, leaders are trying to get endorsement of maximum party members ahead of the Super Tuesday clash.
10. Mumtaz Qadri who killed Salman Taseer, former Punjab governor has been hanged in Pakistan.
11. A Pakistan army officer died when a helicopter crashed near Tarbela.
12. Two brothers, who killed their mother and sisters over honour killing have been hanged in Lahore, Pakistan.
13. A book entitled Khalid Khawaja: Shaheed –i-Aman by Shamama Khalid, wife of former ISI operative Khalid Khawaja claims that Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharid took money from Osama bin Laden to contest elections.
14. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley unveiled the 2016-17 budget today where a large amount has been earmarked for rural India. Petrol price has been reduced while that of diesel enhanced. Opposition parties have criticized the budget saying there is nothing for farmers. Congress has said the budget cannot resolve economic crisis. P Chidambaram has said the BJP government is only selling dreams. AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal has said the budget has nothing for rural India. Hitting back on Kejriwal, Arun Jaitley has said the opposition is criticizing unnecessarily as IRs36,000 crores have been kept for the farming sector while IRs2.21 trillion for infrastructure that will boost economy and create jobs. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has hailed the budget and termed it balanced. He also thanked Jaitley for allocating IRs100 crores for the 350th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh.
15. While in Jalandhar AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal said he knows Punjab more than Capt Amarinder Singh and Prakash Singh Badal. While in Punjab, his car also came under attack in which the front window of his car was broken. DIG Police SK Kalia however, said though Kejriwal refuses state protection, adequate security arrangements were made. It has been also reported that about 20 security officers are always with him.
16. BJP workers held an anti-Kejriwal protest in Amritsar and Batala for his comments on Afzal Guru and supporting JNU students. Police lathi charged protestors.
17. At the Oscars 2016, Spotlight won the best movie award; Leonardo DiCaprio got the best actor award; Brie Larson best actress for Room; Alejandro Gonzalez best director for The Reverant; and Mad Max: Road Fury won seven awards. The event was hosted by Chris Rock who hit the industry’s race issues. Pakistani-Canadian Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy got a second Oscar for her documentary on honour killing, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness while Indian star Priyanka Chopra gave award for best editing.
18. In the Asia Cup 2016 Pakistan won by seven wickets from UAE.