Modi govt hits out at Canadian PM Trudeau after he supports Indian farmers

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December 1, 2020

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New Delhi, Dec 1: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed its concerns over protests by thousands of farmers in India, subtly nudging Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in New Delhi to resolve the issue through dialogue.

Trudeau spoke on the issue after several lawmakers of Canada expressed solidarity with the agitating farmers in India. Some of the Canadian lawmakers even criticised the way security forces of India dealt with the protesters. So did some lawmakers in the United Kingdom too.

“I would be remiss if I didn’t start by recognizing the news coming from India about the protest by farmers. The situation is concerning,” Trudeau said in a video message greeting the Sikhs of Canada on the occasion of “Gurupurab” – the birth-anniversary of Guru Nanak. “We are all very worried about family and friends. I know that’s a reality for many of you.”

In response to such comments, the official spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, “We have seen some ill-informed comments by Canadian leaders relating to farmers in India. Such comments are unwarranted, especially when pertaining to the internal affairs of a democratic country. It is also best that diplomatic conversations are not misrepresented for political purposes.”

The majority of the farmers marching towards New Delhi protesting against the new agricultural laws enacted by the Modi Government are Sikhs from Punjab and Haryana. The police used barricades and water cannons to stop them from entering into Delhi. With the numbers of agitators camping at the entry points to the national capital swelling, the government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre advanced to Tuesday the talks with the leaders of the protesters initially scheduled to take place on Thursday.

“Let me remind you, Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protesters. We believe in the process of dialogue,” Canadian PM said. “We believe in the process of dialogue,” he added, tacitly calling upon his counterpart in New Delhi to resolve the situation through talks with the agitating farmers.

Nearly 500,000 Sikhs account for about 1.4% of the total population of Canada, but the House of Commons or the lower house of the national parliament of the North American nation now has 18 members from the community – more than even the number in the Lok Sabha of India.

Trudeau has three Sikh ministers in his cabinet – Harjit Singh Sajjan, Navdeep Singh Bains and Bardish Chagger.

The Canadian Prime Minister also indicated that his government in Ottawa had already got in touch with New Delhi to convey its concern over the protests by the farmers and to stress on the need to hold dialogue with the protesters.

“We’ve reached out through multiple means to the Indian authorities to highlight our concerns. This is a moment for all of us to pull together,” said Trudeau.

Sajjan, the defence minister in Trudeau’s Government, earlier referred to the “troubling” reports about the police action on agitating farmers in India. “The reports of peaceful protesters being brutalized in India are very troubling. Many of my constituents have family there and are worried about the safety of their loved ones,” he posted on Twitter. “Healthy democracies allow peaceful protest. I urge those involved to uphold this fundamental right.”

Jagmeet Singh, a leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, called the police action on protesters “appalling”. “The violence perpetrated by the Indian govt against farmers peacefully protesting is appalling. I stand in solidarity w/ (with) the farmers from Punjab and across India – and, I call on the Indian govt (Government) to engage in peaceful dialogue rather than violence,” he posted on Twitter.

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January 15,2021

New Delhi, Jan 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed grief at the loss of lives in a road accident in Karnataka's Dharwad district. 

Eleven people, most of them members of a Ladies Club, were killed in a road accident near Itigatti village in the district. Most of them hailed from Davanagere district, police said.

Posting a condolence message from the prime minister, the PMO tweeted, "Saddened by the loss of lives due to a road accident in Karnataka’s Dharwad district. In this sad hour, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I pray for a quick recovery of those injured: PM @narendramodi."

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January 6,2021

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Geneva, Jan 6: The 'UK' coronavirus variant had been detected in 41 countries/territories, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement.

"As of 5 January 2021, the VOC-202012/01 variant initially detected in the United Kingdom has been detected in a small number of cases in 40 other countries/territories/areas in five of the six WHO regions, and the 501Y.V2 variant initially detected in South African in six other countries/territories/areas," the WHO said.

On December 14, 2020, the UK announced that a new coronavirus strain had been detected in the country, with the new variant being 70 per cent more transmissible.

After the news emerged, many countries suspended travel to and from the UK.

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January 19,2021

Gill fifty takes India to 83/1 at lunch on day five

Brisbane, Jan 19: Injury-hit India team rose from the ashes to hold on to the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in one of the greatest Test victories against Australia. 

India scripted a story of grit, guts and glory at Brisbane Test as it scored 329 against Australia. 

India beat Australia by three wickets in the fourth Test in Brisbane, pulling off a record run-chase in a thrilling final session to hand Australia their first defeat at Brisbane's Gabba ground since 1988.

A fearless India, driven by its courageous youngsters, pulled of an exhilarating three-wicket win over Australia in the fourth Test to claim the series 2-1 and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy here on Tuesday.

Resuming at four for none on the final day, India overhauled the target with 18 balls to spare in a match that went down to the wire.

Rishabh Pant led the chase with his aggressive yet mature unbeaten 89 while Shubman Gill scored 91.

Cheteshwar Pujara enduring many a painful blows on his body in his dogged 56-run knock that he raised with a 211-ball vigil.

Australia had won the pink-ball Adelaide Test while India struck back with a victory in Melbourne. The third Test in Sydney had ended in a draw.

India had won a historic Test series Down Under two years back and now the team is cherishing back-to-back series victory.

The visitors had lost the ODI series before winning the T20 series that preceded the Test rubber.

At the start, India lost experienced vice captain Rohit Sharma (7) early but young Gill rose to the occasion with an impressive knock that kept India in the hunt as Pujara dug heels on the other end.

Rahane did try to build on the good start with his short but attacking 24-run knock before his sift dismissal.

With Pant's ability to strike the ball at brisk pace, India always had a chance to got for the kill.

Pant pulled off some breathtaking cover drives off Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood in the final session though he benefitted from missed stumping chance. 

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