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Canada denies visa to former Pakistani intel officials, says ex-envoy. Usual tactic by western powers
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Canada denies visa to former Pakistani intel officials, says ex-envoy. Usual tactic by western powers

New Delhi: Canada has been denying visas to former Pakistani intelligence officers due to a law that bars entry to those suspected of terrorism or human rights violations, former Pakistani ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani said Thursday.In a post on X, Haqqani added, “They avoid listing reasons by saying you might not come back [to Pakistan].” Lt. Gen Asif Yasin Malik (Retd), a former defence secretary of Pakistan, was denied a visa by Ottawa earlier this week. Show Full Article Malik said the reply from Canada to his application on 24 February came after three months, and the reason given for denial was that he would not “come back” (to Pakistan). “What a farce? What do they think of Canada?” Malik wrote on X. He added: “Can they...
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Canada welcomed 3.9 lakh new citizens in fiscal ended March, ’24 – Times of India

MUMBAI: As Canada gears up to launch its 'Citizenship Week' which starts from May 13, Marc Miller, Immigration Minister said, "We have a lot to celebrate this year. From April 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024, we welcomed 393,500 new Canadian citizens. We have made significant strides, and we are now processing most new citizenship applications much faster."He will be attending citizenship ceremonies across the country."Citizenship Week gives us all an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be Canadian and give back to our communities. It’s a chance to be proud of our diversity, inclusivity and multiculturalism, and acknowledge the rights and responsibilities we all share as Canadian citizens. A vital part of being Canadian is understanding the history and reality of Indigenous Peoples an...
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‘Never Received Anything Worthy Of Being Probed’: Jaishankar On Nijjar Murder Case

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday addressed the recent arrest of a fourth Indian national in Canada in the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Identified as Amandeep Singh by Canada's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT), the 22-year-old suspect was apprehended by authorities.  Responding to inquiries about the development, Jaishankar remarked, "I also read that another arrest has been made...We have long maintained that if any event or violence in Canada has any evidence or information that is relevant to be investigated in India, we are open to investigating it." He further stated, "To date, we have never received anything specific or worthy of being investigated by our investigative agencies," as quoted by AN...
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‘Nothing worthy of being probed’: Jaishankar on India’s involvement in Nijjar case | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Monday said that India has not received any information that is specific and worthy of investigation by its probe agencies regarding the fourth arrest made by Canada in connection with the killing of Khalistan separatist and designated terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar."We have long maintained that if any event or violence in Canada has any evidence or information that is relevant to be investigated in India, we are open to investigating it," he said, adding, "To date, we have never received anything specific or worthy of being investigated by our investigative agencies."This comes following the arrest of Amardeep Singh, a 22-year-old resident of Brampton, Surrey, and Abbotsford areas in Canada on May 11, marking the fourth arrest of an ...
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Canadian wildfire smoke chokes upper Midwest for second straight year – Times of India

MADISON: Smoke from Canadian wildfires has prompted health warnings across the upper Midwest for the second straight year.Fires raging in British Columbia and Alberta sent the haze over parts of Montana, the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin on Sunday, lingering into Monday morning.The Minnesota pollution control agency issued its first air quality alert of the season for the entire state on Sunday.The agency said pollution levels will be unhealthy for everyone. The agency urged people to remain indoors and avoid heavy exertion outdoors until the warning expired at noon on Monday.The Wisconsin department of natural resources issued advisories for multiple counties across the state's northern two-thirds on Sunday warning air quality is unhealthy for sensitive people. The advisories were s...
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Aurora Borealis: Northern Lights Paint Skies, Dazzle Spectators From Ladakh To Columbia — IN PICS

In Ladakh, people were amazed to find Stable Auroral Red Arcs light up the sky. (Source: X/@snorl)In this photo, Kathryn Richer (left) and her friend Andrea gaze upon the Northern Lights at Chanticleer Point Lookout on the Columbia River Gorge in the early morning hours of May 11, 2024 in Latourell, Oregon, US. (Source: Getty Images)A geomagnetic storm lights up the night sky above the Bonneville Salt Flats on in Wendover, Utah, US. (Source: Getty Images)This celestial extravaganza is attributed to a potent solar storm, which, if predictions hold, could persist into Sunday. In this photo, people visit St Mary's lighthouse in Whitley Bay to see the aurora borealis in Whitley Bay, England. (Source: Getty Images)The st...
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Wildfire in Canada’s British Columbia forces thousands to evacuate | India News – Times of India

Despite the improving weather conditions, Canadian authorities are strongly advising all remaining residents in the northeastern region of British Columbia to evacuate immediately. The fast-growing wildfire, which began on Friday, has already forced thousands to flee their homes. The blaze nearly doubled in size on Saturday, reaching approximately 17 square kilometers (4,200 acres), as shown by BC Wildfire Service maps.​!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { function loadFBEvents(isFBCampaignActive) { if (!isFBCampaignActive) { return; } (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { if (f.fbq) return; n = f.fbq = function() { n.callMethod ? n.callMethod(...arguments) : n.queue.push(arguments); }; if (!f._fbq) f._fbq = n; n.pu...
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Hardeep Singh Nijjar Killing Case: Fourth Indian Arrested In Canada For Suspected Role

The Canadian authorities on Saturday arrested another Indian national for his role in the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. All four individuals arrested so far in the case are Indian nationals.  The Canadian government in an official release informed that Twenty-two-year-old Amardeep Singh, a resident of Brampton, Surrey, and Abbotsford areas of Canada, has been arrested on charges of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, the PTI reported. Canada's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said that Singh was arrested on May 11 in connection with Hardeep Singh Nijjar's murder. Amardeep Singh was already in police custody in an unrelated firearms case. IHIT Superintendent Mandeep Mooker confirmed the arrest and sai...
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EAM Decries ‘Separatists Given Political Space In Canada’, Rejects ‘Freedom Of Speech’ Argument

Amidst a diplomatic standoff with Canada, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Thursday that while freedom of speech is essential, it does not extend to endorsing separatism. In an interview with PTI, Jaishankar underscored concerns regarding Canada's tolerance of Kalistani separatist elements, implying that political expediency appeared to override adherence to the rule of law.  "We cannot, for the good relations, overlook that," Jaishankar asserted.  "It is not so much a question of running out of options. What we have seen, to our regret, has been the direction of Canadian politics, where separatists and extremist forces, many of whom openly advocate violence, have been given political space in that country. And there are people in position...
No ‘evidence shared yet’ on Nijjar killing, extremists given ‘political space’ in Canada, says MEA
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No ‘evidence shared yet’ on Nijjar killing, extremists given ‘political space’ in Canada, says MEA

New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Thursday said Ottawa was yet to share evidence with New Delhi over allegations that the government of India was linked to the killing of Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, and hit out at the Canadian government for giving “political space” to “separatists, extremists and those advocating violence”. Spokesperson for the MEA Randhir Jaiswal said: “Let me make it clear that no specific or relevant evidence or information has been shared by the Canadian authorities in regards to this particular matter (on the Hardeep Singh Nijjar case) till date with us. You will, therefore, understand our view that the matter is being pre-judged.” He added at the weekly press briefing that there were “obviously” political interests at work. “We have long...
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‘No Evidence Or Information Given To Us’: MEA On Arrest Of 3 Indian Nationals In Nijjar’s Killi

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated on Thursday that it has not received any official communication from Canadian authorities regarding the arrest of three Indian nationals suspected to be involved in an alleged hit squad assigned by the Indian government to assassinate Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.  In response to a query about the arrest of the three persons, the MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said, “No specific or relevant evidence or information has been shared by the Canadian authorities to date.” “You will therefore understand our view that the matter is being pre-judged. Obviously, there are political interests at work,” he added.  Canada Providing Political Space To Proponents Of Violence: MEA Talking tough on Canada, th...
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Suspected Robber Behind Wrong-Way Crash, That Claimed Lives Of 3 Indian Family Members

A suspected robber, pursued by Ontario Police, collided his truck with another vehicle, resulting in the deaths of an Indian family in Canada on April 29. The 21-year-old-burglary suspect, it has now been revealed, was also of Indian origin, news agency PTI reported citing local media reports.  The collision occurred on a Canadian Highway, claiming the lives of Manivannan Srinivasapillai, 60, Mahalaskhgmi Ananthakrishnan, 55, from Chennai, and their three-month-old grandson, Aditya Vivaan. The young boy’s parents, Gokulnath Manivannan and Ashwitha Jawahar survived the devastating crash.  Here’s What Happened Exactly The U-Haul truck, pursued by law enforcement, was being driven by Gagandeep Singh, as reported by The Toronto newspaper. Singh, 21, was decl...
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Indian envoy in Canada warns of ‘big red line’ on anti-India activities of Sikh separatist groups | India News – Times of India

OTTAWA: Amidst the diplomatic strain in India-Canada relations, India's envoy here has warned that the Sikh separatist groups in Canada were crossing "a big red line" that New Delhi sees as a matter of national security and of the country's territorial integrity. Indian High Commissioner to Canada Sanjay Kumar Verma said this on Tuesday in his first public remarks since three Indian nationals accused of killing Khalistan separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar last year were arrested and produced before a court by Canadian police.Verma seemed to link the case to domestic crime, CTV News reported. He also warned that Sikh groups in Canada who call for the separation of their homeland from India are crossing "a big red line" that New Delhi sees as a matter of national security. "Indians will deci...
Canadian foreign minister says Ottawa ‘stands by allegations’ against India on Nijjar killing
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Canadian foreign minister says Ottawa ‘stands by allegations’ against India on Nijjar killing

Ottawa [Canada]: Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly has said that Ottawa continues to stand by the allegations that Indian agents were involved in the killing of India-designated terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar despite no proof that shows New Delhi’s involvement, according to Canada-based media channel, Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC).Speaking to reporters, Joly said that the investigation into the killing of Nijjar is being conducted by Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She stated that Canada will continue to protect its citizens, CPAC reported. “Canada’s position has always been clear. Our job is to protect Canadians and we stand by the allegations that a Canadian was killed on Canadian soil by Indian agents. Now, the investigation by the RCMP is being done,” Joly said. ...
Canada minister denies report of India delaying permission for Trudeau’s plane to land in Amritsar
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Canada minister denies report of India delaying permission for Trudeau’s plane to land in Amritsar

New Delhi: Former Canadian defence minister Harjit S. Sajjan has termed as “not accurate” a local report which said that Indian authorities refused permission for a plane carrying Canadian premier Justin Trudeau and himself to land in Amritsar in 2018 unless the two met then Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to discuss Sikh separatism.Sajjan said that while this particular report was inaccurate, there has been “significant misinformation and disinformation by India on individuals in this country, including on myself and my family as well”. The current minister of emergency preparedness told a press conference Tuesday that “Canadians of every origin have the right to peacefully express their viewpoints on certain topics and that is what a democracy allows for”. ...