Amid the ongoing Indo-Canadian Nijjar row, the US has been and will continue to remain in touch with Indians at high levels over Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's allegations that the Indian government was behind the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on September 21 (local time). On whether US President Joe Biden intends to speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue and whether the allegations could disrupt the US efforts to boost its ties with India, Sullivan said, "I am not going to get into the private diplomatic conversations that have either already happened or going to happen on this topic. Only to say that we have been and will be in contact with Indians at high levels on this issue. It is a matter of concern for us. It is something we take seriously,” said Jake Sullivan.
Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar rebuked Congress MP KC Venugopal over President and Vice President's absence at the inauguration of the New Parliament remarks. While speaking on the Women’s Reservation Bill Congress MP KC Venugopal stated, “it is an insult that the President and Vice President were not present at the inauguration of the New Parliament.” Reacting to it, the Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman said, “We cannot trade on deficiencies. We can't trade the ignorance of others. Let me make it very clear, Vice President and President have been accorded the highest respect in the country. There has been no constitutional transgression. The position of the President and the Vice President or the chairman has to be kept at their level as expected and that was done. And that is what you have seen in last three days also. I would appeal to you as a member of the leading opposition party, you must do your homework. Find out. It does not send a good message when you bring in the President also. Read the constitution and you will find the role has been defined categorically... The President will address every session of Parliament, that was the original prescription in the Constitution. And the (first) amendment was, once a year. President has to act in accord with the Constitution...”
On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi 2023, devotees welcomed “Ganpati Bappa” with colourful processions, bustling music, and energetic dance moves. Thailand Nationals celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi too and in rather endearing a manner. Thailand-based Ganeshinusan group installed Lord Ganesha idol at Girgaon in Mumbai. They offered prayer to Lord Ganesha and sang Ganesha Aarti. The group used to come to India for the past seven years to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi, also called Vinayaka Chavithi, is an auspicious Hindu festival which is celebrated for 10 days every year.
Amid the ongoing Nijjar row, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor criticised the expulsion of the Indian diplomat from Canada. The strained relationship between India-Canada reached an all-time low after the Canadian PM alleged India’s involvement in Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s killing. The allegation triggered a political storm as Canada expelled a top Indian diplomat and stated his involvement in Nijjar’s murder. Hours later, India rejected the allegation made by Canada and expelled a Canadian diplomat in a tit-for-tat move.
The Lok Sabha recently passed the historic Women’s Reservation Bill. Union minister Amit Shah stated that a census will be carried out to implement the Women’s Reservation Bill. From hitting out at opposition to promising census and delimitation exercise after elections, here are Amit Shah’s top five moments while speaking on Women’s Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha.
India-Canada diplomatic relations after Canadian PM Trudeau’s allegation against India have reached an all-time low. Trudeau claimed of having “credible allegations of potential link between agents of India in killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar”. While addressing an event in Delhi, US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti spoke up on the Nijjar row. Garcetti said that Canada is a dear friend and United States deeply cares for Canada just as it cares for India. Speaking on India-US relations after Trudeau’s allegation Garcetti said, “These moments don't define our relationship, but they certainly can slow down progress”. Thereafter, speaking on the criminal investigation of Nijjar’s murder case Garcetti said that he is not going to tell leaders of both countries what to do. Earlier today, India issued a travel advisory and urged its citizens in Canada to “exercise utmost caution” for those who contemplating travel. Hardeep Singh Nijjar, for whom Trudeau is raising his voice, was a designated terrorist of Khalistan Tiger Force. Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Nijjar was shot dead outside a Gurudwara in Canada’s Surrey in June 2023.
Canada’s accusation of India’s involvement in killing of Khalistani terrorist Nijjar came as a big blow to diplomatic ties between both nations. India and Canada have expelled each other’s Top Diplomats from their respective countries. The US, United Kingdom, and Australia have expressed their concerns over the ‘serious allegation’ against India. Australian PM Anthony Albanese expressed concern and held a discussion with his Canadian Counterpart. Earlier, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said that the island continent is ‘monitoring the developments with their partners’. In the Canadian Parliament, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of being behind the killing of Khalistani leader Nijjar. Notably, Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar was shot dead outside a Gurudwara in Canada’s Surrey in June 2023. He was one of India’s most-wanted terrorists carrying a cash bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head.
Indian National Congress Chairperson and Congress Leader Sonia Gandhi while speaking over the Women’s Reservation Bill in parliament supported the passing of the bill and said it was an emotional moment for herself. But, further, she said, they are also concerned at the same time as women have been waiting for a long period and demanded the bill should be implemented with immediate effect. She said, “On behalf of Indian National Congress, I stand in support of Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam 2023. Women's Reservation Bill | Congress Parliamentary Party Chairperson Sonia Gandhi says, "This is an emotional moment of my own life as well. Congress party supports this Bill. We are happy regarding the passing of the Bill but we are also concerned. I would like to ask a question. Indian women have been waiting for their political responsibilities for the last 13 years. Now they are being asked to wait for a few more years. How many years? Is this behaviour with Indian women appropriate? INC demands that the Bill be implemented with immediate effect but Caste census should also be done and arrangements for reservation of SC, ST and OBC women should be made.”
In the ongoing Nijjar row, Canadian authorities have updated its travel advisory for India to ‘exercise a high degree of caution’. Canada has advised to avoid all travel to the border regions of J&K, Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan. Hardeep Singh Nijjar, for whom Trudeau is raising his voice, was a designated terrorist of Khalistan Tiger Force. Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Nijjar was shot dead outside a Gurudwara in Canada’s Surrey in June 2023.
On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi 2023, more than 35,000 women gathered and recited Ganapati Atharvaśīrṣa in front of Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandir in Pune earlier this morning. This was organised by the Temple Trust as a part of Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations.
Diplomatic tensions soar as Canadian PM Justin Trudeau accuses India of involvement in the killing of Khalistani leader Hardeep Nijjar, resulting in a tit-for-tat expulsion of diplomats. Australian PM Anthony Albanese responds to a reporter's question about his previous remarks regarding PM Modi, urging them to "chill out a bit." Meanwhile, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong expressed concern over the escalating situation and states that Australia is closely monitoring developments with its international partners. The India-Canada dispute remains a point of contention, despite PM Modi's efforts to address the Khalistan issue with Trudeau during the 18th G20 Summit in 2023.
20 September,2023 11:47 AM IST
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