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Justin Trudeau in India updates: Canadian PM meets Devendra Fadnavis, discusses investment, cultural ties

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who arrived in Mumbai on Monday, will meet industry leaders on Tuesday.

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Justin Trudeau in India updates: Canadian PM meets Devendra Fadnavis, discusses investment, cultural ties

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14:45 (ist)

Amid 'cold' response to Canada PM, Tamilians on Twitter are losing their minds about him

On his visit to India, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has gone to a lot of places. He has been to the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat, Golden Temple in Amritsar and Jama Masjid in New Delhi.

He has met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh.

Yet, for some reason, the ones who are most excited (at least on Twitter) about Trudeau's visit to India seem to be Tamilians.

#Tamils4JustinTrudeau is trending on Twitter. This fact becomes stranger when takes into consideration that Trudeau has neither visited Tamil Nadu nor said anything particularly focused on the Tamil community.

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12:55 (ist)

India-Canada ties show signs of tension since Justin Trudeau began his India trip

Ties between India and Canada have shown signs of tension ever since Trudeau began his visit to India.

First off, Modi not receiving his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau at the airport, a courtesy he extended to some world leaders in the past, had triggered speculation in Canada that it was a snub to him for the rising Sikh radicalism in that country.

There were stories in Canadian media that said Trudeau's perceived support for Sikh separatists may be the reason for the "snub".

The Sikhs in Canada wield significant political clout and Trudeau's Cabinet has four Sikh members. The (government) sources said the prime minister received around five leaders at the airport during the last three-and-half years which included the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former US president Barack Obama, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan twice.

12:28 (ist)

Delegation-level talks to take place at 12.30 pm

As per the Canadian prime minister's website, Justin Trudeau, along with the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, the Minister of Defence, Harjit Sajjan, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Amarjeet Sohi, the Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Kirsty Duncan, and the Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Bardish Chagger will hold an expanded bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House.

10:13 (ist)

Is Justin Trudeau's trip a total disaster?

Writing for The Washington Postjournalist Barkha Dutt says that the unusual length of Trudeau's trip may help explain why it began on a "discordant note". The editorial quotes government sources as saying that India had requested Canada to shorten Trudeau's trip or sequence it differently, beginning with political talks. However, that did not happen. "India wanted to start the trip with political talks before Trudeau played tourist. The Canadians disagreed. Also, the Canadians expected Modi to accompany Trudeau to his home state of Gujarat, just as he had done with Shinzo Abe, Xi Jinping and Benjamain Netanyahu. India declined."

09:39 (ist)

Journalist who protested Narendra Modi's 2015 Canada visit is part of Justin Trudeau's delegation visiting India

According to The Indian ExpressCanadian journalist Manvir Singh Saini, who had protested Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 2015 visit to Canada, is part of Justin Trudeau's media delegation and has accompanied him to all official events so far. 

In 2015, photos of Saini holding banners that read "Modi is a Terrorist", "Modi you are not welcome in Canada", and "India out of Khalistan" had gone viral at the time. 

08:11 (ist)

Modi's meet comes a day after controversy over Khalistani leader's invitation with Trudeau

Amid the row over the presence of Khalistani sympathisers in Canada's Cabinet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that Jaspal Atwal should "never have received an invitation" to his event, even as India said it is ascertaining details on how the convicted militant obtained a visa.

Addressing the controversy, Trudeau said the dinner invitation to Atwal, who was once active in the International Sikh Youth Federation, was rescinded as soon as the Canadian government received the information about him, ANI reported.

11:02 (ist)

Amarjeet Sohi a Khalistan sympathiser?

According to media reports, Sohi was arrested under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act for about 21 months in the late 80s for his alleged links with the Khalistan movement. However, he was released without being charged as no evidence was found against him. 

08:12 (ist)

Trudeau to meet industry leaders today in Mumbai

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who arrived in Mumbai on Monday, will on Tuesday meet industry leaders. According to the itinerary posted on Trudeau's official website, the Canadian prime minister will be meeting N Chandrasekharan of Tata Sons at 9 am before holding discussions with Infosys CEO Salil Parekh and Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra.

12:56 (ist)

Justin Trudeau to speak before students at IIM-A

Trudeau will speak at IIM-Ahmedabad later in the day, reported Financial Express. He will speak on "Education and Investment Opportunities” before an audience of students at IIM-A.

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Feb 23, 2018 - 15:11 (IST)

Watch: India, Canada exchange agreements; Justin Trudeau, Narendra Modi hold joint press conference

Feb 23, 2018 - 14:45 (IST)

Amid 'cold' response to Canada PM, Tamilians on Twitter are losing their minds about him

On his visit to India, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has gone to a lot of places. He has been to the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat, Golden Temple in Amritsar and Jama Masjid in New Delhi.

He has met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh.

Yet, for some reason, the ones who are most excited (at least on Twitter) about Trudeau's visit to India seem to be Tamilians.

#Tamils4JustinTrudeau is trending on Twitter. This fact becomes stranger when takes into consideration that Trudeau has neither visited Tamil Nadu nor said anything particularly focused on the Tamil community.

Click here to read more

Feb 23, 2018 - 14:41 (IST)

Visuals from Trudeau-Modi joint press conference

Feb 23, 2018 - 14:27 (IST)

MEA refers to Canadian side as 'Iranian' on its official website

Feb 23, 2018 - 14:22 (IST)

Committed to building friendship with Canadian-based with Indian community: Modi

"We are committed to building friendliness with the Canadian-based Indian community and seeking active participation in India's progress. India-Canada is a natural partnership of shared values. I hope to have more robust partnership between the two countries and the bright future of our two countries."

Feb 23, 2018 - 14:15 (IST)

Six MoUs signed between Canada and India

MoUs were signed on energy, higher education, trade and investment, sports etc. You can read the full list on the official MEA website. 

Feb 23, 2018 - 14:11 (IST)

Canada looks to diversify its own economy: Justin Trudeau

Feb 23, 2018 - 14:05 (IST)

Will not tolerate those who try to divide country, says Modi

Feb 23, 2018 - 14:05 (IST)

India is a trusted friend: Trudeau

"As Canada looks to do business beyond borders, India is a natural partner and trusted friend in commercial operations," says Justin Trudeau. 

Feb 23, 2018 - 14:04 (IST)

'Talked about how to come together to benefit both Indians and Canada': Trudeau

"I thank Prime Minister Modi for his warm reception here. We share, not only a rich history, but a natural friendship between the two nations. I'm glad to say we wrapped up a productive meeting and discussed mutual interests. 

First, talked about how to come together to benefit both Indians and Canada."

LIVE updates: While discussing various issues of importance, Canadian business leaders believed that reforms like GST have helped in making India a good prospect for Canadian businesses.  The Indo-Canadian Business Chamber-hosted business forum has begun. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to attend an armchair discussion session at 3 am.

Meanwhile, Trudeau began his day with meeting Tata Sons CEO N Chandrasekharan at Mumbai's Taj Mahal hotel. He is set to spend most of his day at the iconic Colaba hotel.

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who arrived in Mumbai on Monday, will on Tuesday meet industry leaders. According to the itinerary posted on Trudeau's official website, the Canadian prime minister will be meeting N Chandrasekharan of Tata Sons at 9 am before holding discussions with Infosys CEO Salil Parekh and Mahindra chairman Anand Mahindra. Trudeau is also expected to meet Jubilant Bhartia Group's Hari Bhartia, Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla and Shapoorji Pallonji Group board member, Cyrus Mistry.

Later in the day, Trudeau is also expected to address a roundtable of women business leaders and attend the India-Canada Business Forum at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. At 4 pm, he is expected to meet Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis before ending the day by meeting Bollywood celebrities at a private event.

Trudeau and Amarinder to meet on Wednesday

Trudeau is all set to meet Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh during the former's visit to Amritsar on Wednesday. Trudeau will offer prayers at the Golden Temple complex, where the holiest of Sikh shrines 'Harmandir Sahib' is located. The visit is of political and social significance in Canada as that country has a substantial Indian diaspora, a majority of them being from Punjab.

Amarinder on Monday said that he was looking forward to the "one-on-one" meeting with the Canadian prime minister.  "Look forward to taking Punjab's close business as well as people-to-people relations with Canada to the next level, with a one-to-one meeting with visiting Canadian prime minister in Amritsar on Wednesday," Amarinder said.

The chief minister, who has already issued instructions to the state administration to roll out the red carpet for the visiting dignitary's visit, said on Monday that he looked forward to the meeting.

Justin Trudeau in India updates Canadian PM meets Devendra Fadnavis discusses investment cultural ties

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau in conversation with ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar in Mumbai. Firstpost/Nimish Sawant

There was uncertainty over Amarinder's meeting with Trudeau as the Punjab chief minister had last year courted controversy when he had refused to meet Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, the first Sikh defence minister of a western country, during a visit to Punjab in April last year. Amarinder had gone public to label Sajjan and other ministers of Indian origin in the Trudeau government as "Khalistani sympathisers".

In a change of tone now, Amarinder expressed the hope that his meeting with Trudeau would help strengthen the bilateral relations in the context of the diaspora.

While trade and business will be the key focus area of the meeting, the two leaders are also expected to discuss steps to intensify the close relations between the people of the two countries, according to a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office (CMO).

Punjab has deep roots in Canada, where a large Punjabi community is settled and has always striven to strengthen the connection, Amarinder Singh said and expressed appreciation for Trudeau's efforts in this direction.

Citing Trudeau's apology two years ago in the Canadian parliament for the 1914 Komagata Maru incident, in which hundreds of Sikh, Muslim and Hindu passengers in a ship were denied entry to Canada and forced to return to India, where they met a violent fate, he said it was a gesture that underlined the depth of the relations between the two countries, which Wednesday's meeting would help in consolidating further.

Protocol was extended to Trudeau, says MEA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi not receiving Trudeau at the airport, a courtesy he extended to some world leaders in the past, has triggered speculation in Canada that it was a snub to him for the rising Sikh radicalism in that country. However, government sources strongly rejected the speculation, insisting normal diplomatic protocol has been extended to Trudeau.

They also expressed surprise over the Canadian side preferring to schedule Trudeau's official engagements in Delhi at the fag end of the tour as against the normal practice of having bilateral meetings during the first part of such visits. The sources said it is quite unusual for a visiting dignitary to slot important talks towards the end of a visit, besides setting aside little time for official engagements. Trudeau will hold bilateral talks with Modi on Friday, a day before he wraps up his tour.

With inputs from agencies

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