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Justin Trudeau in India updates: Canadian PM's meet with Amarinder Singh ends; Khalistan, trade, agriculture discussed

On Wednesday, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau will pay obeisance at the Golden Temple. He will also meet Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh.

FP Staff February 21, 2018 15:45:21 IST
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Justin Trudeau in India updates: Canadian PM's meet with Amarinder Singh ends; Khalistan, trade, agriculture discussed

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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."

On Wednesday, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau will pay obeisance at the Golden Temple, the holiest of Sikh shrines and is also expected to visit the partition museum, officials said.

Amritsar Deputy Commissioner and a senior district police officer will receive Trudeau at the airport on Wednesday.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has planned special event in the honour of Trudeau when he visits the Golden Temple.

SGPC, an apex religious body of the Sikhs, will honour Trudeau by presenting him a Siropa (robe of honour), replica of the Golden Temple and a sword, an SGPC official said.

Justin Trudeau in India updates Canadian PMs meet with Amarinder Singh ends Khalistan trade agriculture discussed

File image of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. Reuters

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh had said he would discuss business as well as people-to-people ties with Trudeau in Amritsar on Wednesday.

"Look forward to meeting Canadian Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau in Amritsar on Wednesday. Im hopeful that this meeting will help strengthen the close Indo-Canadian business ties as well as the deep-rooted people-to-people relations between our two countries," the chief minister tweeted.

The development came following uncertainty over whether the Canadian premier would hold a meeting with Amarinder Singh during his short visit to Amritsar.

Officials said that the chief minister would hold a meeting with the Canadian prime minister at a hotel in Amritsar after Trudeau pays obeisance at the Golden Temple.

Significantly, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh had refused to meet Canadian defence minister Harjit Sajjan during the latter's visit to Punjab last year. Amarinder Singh had even accused Sajjan of being a "Khalistani sympathiser".

In 2016, when Amarinder Singh was the Punjab Congress chief, he had written a strongly-worded letter to the Canadian prime minister, lodging a protest on being denied permission for interaction with Punjabi NRIs in Canada in the run-up to the Punjab Assembly polls.

Amarinder Singh had called it a "gag order".

However, Amarinder Singh has now directed the state administration to roll out the red carpet for Trudeau.

While trade and business will be the key focus areas at 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 ministers office (CMO).

"Punjab has deep roots with Canada, where a large Punjabi community is settled, and has always striven to strengthen the connect," said Amarinder Singh.

He also referred to Trudeau's apology, two years ago, in the Canadian parliament over the 1914 Komagata Maru incident, in which hundreds of Sikh, Muslim and Hindu passengers in a ship were denied entry in to Canada and forced to return to India, where they met a violent fate.

At an AICC briefing in New Delhi, Congress leader Manish Tewari, however, had pointed out that there were sensitive issues involved.

"There are sensitivities involved in Punjab. Some of those responsible for terror in Punjab are still finding solace in the country, which Trudeau heads," he had told reporters.

The Canadian premier is on a week-long visit to India accompanied by wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and three children: Ella-Grace, Xavier and Hadrien.

With inputs from agencies

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