Anirudh Bhattacharyya

Anirudh Bhattacharya is a Toronto-based commentator on North American issues, and an author. He has also worked as a journalist in New Delhi and New York spanning print, television and digital media. He tweets as @anirudhb.

Articles by Anirudh Bhattacharyya

Experts believe Canada’s anti-immigrant sentiments will change post economic revival

As sentiment in Canada turns decisively against high levels of immigration, experts believe that the current mood will change once economic stresses causing it are alleviated.

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Published on Dec 11, 2023 12:10 PM IST

Mistaken identity behind death of Sikh man and family in Canada, say police

Canadian police believe a shooting spree that left 2 Indian nationals dead was targeted but the victims were killed because of mistaken identity.

Photos of the vehicle used in the double murder in Ontario released by the police. (Caledon OPP)
Updated on Dec 11, 2023 12:07 PM IST
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Canada doubles cost-of-living requirements for international students

An announcement in this regard by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) states that for new study permit applications received on or after January 1 next year, a single applicant will “need to show they have CA$20,635 (approximately ₹12.7 lakh), as against CA$10,000 (about ₹ 6.14 lakh) earlier

The move comes amid a housing affordability crisis and reports of international students turning to food banks. (File)
Updated on Dec 09, 2023 06:40 AM IST

Canada raises cost-of-living requirements for international students

Amid a cost-of-living crisis in the country, Canada is more than doubling the amount of funds that international students will have to bring in to support themselves.

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Published on Dec 08, 2023 12:17 PM IST

Cyber spy agency warns foreign adversaries could ‘weaponize’ AI to influence next federal election

Canada’s cybersecurity intelligence agency has warned that foreign adversaries and hacktivists could “weaponize” artificial intelligence in an attempt to influence Federal elections in the country scheduled for late 2025.

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Published on Dec 07, 2023 11:38 AM IST

Three Toronto-area theatres evacuated after unidentified substance sprayed inside

Hundreds of moviegoers attending screenings of Hindi films at three different cinema locations in the Greater Toronto Area or GTA had to be evacuated following an unidentified substance being sprayed within the theatres.

Security image of two male suspects who sprayed a noxious substance in a cinema in the Greater Toronto Area or GTA on Tuesday evening and disrupted the screening of a Hindi film. (York Regional Police)
Published on Dec 07, 2023 11:31 AM IST

Panel examining foreign interference in Canada to include India within its ambit

Relations between India and Canada are already at their nadir after PM Justin Trudeau’s statement in the House of Commons on September 18 that there were “credible allegations” of a potential link between Indian agents and the killing of Khalistani figure Hardeep Singh Nijjar

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with local women leaders to discuss affordability and child care, at the Royal Rose Art Gallery & Gifts, in Aurora, Ontario, on Friday. (AP)
Updated on Dec 05, 2023 03:00 PM IST

40% decline in applications from India for study permits to Canada in the second half of 2023

More and more international students have been posting on social media about the hardships they faced in Canada, specifically calling out the high cost of living and lack of opportunities promised

Students from India at an event at the University of Toronto, Canada. (Supplied photo)
Published on Dec 05, 2023 10:51 AM IST

Former Canada intelligence officials say US indictment confirms Trudeau’ allegations against India

Former National Security Advisor Richard Fadden told the outlet CBC News that the indictment of Indian national Nikhil Gupta in a Federal court in New York “gives weight” to the statement made by Trudeau on September 18.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes a housing announcement in Ajax, Ontario Canada November 30, 2023. (REUTERS)
Published on Dec 01, 2023 11:20 AM IST

India needs to work with us, cannot take it lightly: Trudeau on Nijjar probe

The unsealed indictment against Nikhil Gupta, 52, in a federal court in New York, linked the Pannun attempt to the killing of Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia on June 18

The news coming out of the United States further underscores what we’ve been talking about from the very beginning -- which is (that) India needs to take this seriously,” said PM Justin Trudeau (REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 01, 2023 06:16 AM IST

India needs to take our concerns seriously, Canada PM Trudeau says after US charge

Reacting to an Indian national being indicted in an American Federal Court in connection with a thwarted plot to murder Sikhs for Justice or SFJ general counsel Gurpatwant Pannun, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that India needs to take “seriously” concerns over its link to the killing of Khalistani figure Hardeep Singh Nijjar on June 18.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York, U.S., September 21, 2023. (REUTERS)
Published on Nov 30, 2023 11:18 AM IST

Series of volcanic eruptions may have aided extinction of dinosaurs on Earth: Study

The research based their findings on studying the Deccan Traps in western and central India, which were formed from lava spewed out during the volcanic events

A view of the Deccan Traps region of India, which was formed from lava spewed by volcanic eruptions. (Credit: Paul Renne)
Published on Nov 28, 2023 02:27 PM IST

India investigating attempt on Pannun’s life: Indian envoy to Canada

In an interview to the network CTV News, which aired on Sunday, Sanjay Kumar Verma said, “If you look at the most recent incident to where there are some allegations put out in one of the newspapers against India, the US did provide us inputs. And we have already started following up on that.”

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Updated on Nov 27, 2023 03:40 PM IST

Indian consular camps in Surrey go ahead despite heavy protests

Devotees and members of the Indo-Canadian community in the town of Surrey in British Columbia confronted pro-Khalistan elements who had come to protest a consular camp at the Lakshmi Narayan Mandir on Sunday.

Devotees and community members at the Lakshmi Narayan Mandir in Surrey, British Columbia, facing off against pro-Khalistan elements gathered there to protest against a consular camp organised by India’s Consulate in Vancouver at the temple on Sunday.
Published on Nov 27, 2023 12:21 PM IST

‘Working with allies’ on alleged plot to kill Sikh separatist, says Trudeau

A readout from the Canadian said that Trudeau “highlighted the importance of coordinated G20 leadership and action to uphold the rule of law and international law,” among other matters. Interestingly, the readout did not mention the virtual summit was hosted by Modi.

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reads a statement about the situation at the border during Question Period, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023, in in Ottawa, Ontario. (AP)
Updated on Nov 23, 2023 02:47 PM IST

India resumes e-visas for Canadian nationals

A release issued by India’s High Commission in Ottawa on Wednesday morning stated that “All e-visa services have been restored” with effect from November 22 and will be applicable “for Canadian citizens holding regular/ordinary Canadian passports.”

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Published on Nov 22, 2023 08:17 PM IST

SFJ asks pro-Khalistan elements to ‘picket’ Air India’s flights from Canadian airports on Dec 1

The call from SFJ’s general-counsel Gurpatwant Pannun came soon after the NIA filed charges against him and the separatist organisation under several sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on November 20

Air India passenger aircraft are seen on the tarmac at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai, India. (REUTERS)
Published on Nov 22, 2023 02:44 PM IST

Amid diplomatic stand-off, Canada’s PM to take part in virtual G20 leaders’ summit hosted by India today

It is expected to deliberate on the Delhi Declaration that was adopted at the summit and will be the final meeting under India’s presidency of the G20 which is till the end of this month

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a photo opportunity during the Fall Economic Statement on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada on Tuesday. (AP)
Updated on Nov 23, 2023 05:16 AM IST

Indo-Canadian community group launches ‘Reclaim Swastika’ campaign

Canada is cracking down on display of Nazi hate symbols in the wake of a spate of anti-Semitic attacks. The difference between the Nazi hate symbol and the swastika considered sacred by Hindus and other communities has also been recognised by Canada’s leading Jewish group

The sacred swastika symbol adorning the exterior of an Indo-Canadian residence in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada. (Supplied photo)
Published on Nov 21, 2023 01:05 PM IST

Indian consular camps arranged across Canada under heavy security

Indian officials held consular camps across six locations in Canada over the weekend amid significant police presence due to threats of disruption by pro-Khalistani elements.

Volunteers at the Brampton Triveni Mandir with Indian officials and pensioners at the consular camp there on Sunday. (Brampton Triveni Mandir)
Updated on Nov 20, 2023 04:04 PM IST

Canadian man convicted of murdering Muslim family in 2021 truck attack

A jury in Canada has found a 22-year-old guilty on four counts of murder and one of attempted murder, in a case that horrified the country when he ran over a Muslim family out for an evening stroll in June 2021 in the town of London in Ontario.

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Published on Nov 17, 2023 11:13 AM IST

Focus on Nijjar probe, rather than on resuming trade talks with India: Canada

Talks towards an Early Progress Trade Agreement were “paused” by Canada, prior to PM Justin Trudeau allegations of India's link in killing of Hardeep Nijjar.

Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development of Canada, addresses the gathering on the first day of the three-day B20 Summit in New Delhi, on August 25. (Photo by Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP) (AFP)
Updated on Nov 17, 2023 04:51 AM IST

Police escort Canadian PM from restaurant after he’s mobbed by pro-Palestine protesters

Two persons were arrested after pro-Palestine protesters swarmed restaurants visited by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau in Vancouver, demanding a ceasefire in Gaza. Trudeau had to leave the second venue under police protection.

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (AP)
Updated on Nov 16, 2023 10:33 AM IST

Pro-Khalistanis in Canada threaten to disrupt routine activities of India’s missions

Pro-Khalistani elements held protests at a consular camp for issuing life certificate to the Indian government pensioners. The venue was the Khalsa Diwan Society’s gurdwara in Abbotsford in British Columbia

Indo-Canadian pensions at a life certificate camp at the Khalsa Diwan Society gurdwara in Abbotsford, British Columbia, on Monday. (Source: India in Vancouver/X)
Updated on Nov 16, 2023 11:09 AM IST

Indo-Canadian organisation asks authorities to act against SFJ over its alleged threat to Air India flights

Toronto-based law firm Brauti Thorning LLP on behalf of the Hindu Forum Canada, called upon law enforcement authorities to “conduct the necessary investigation and take appropriate steps to classify Gurpatwant Pannun as a criminal inciting violence and hate speech

Air India passenger aircraft are seen on the tarmac at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai, India, February 14, 2023. (REUTERS)
Published on Nov 15, 2023 11:03 AM IST

Ex-province premier says ongoing tensions with India not good for Canada

The former Premier of Canadian province British Columbia has said Canada could suffer if a trade agreement with India is not secured amid ongoing tensions.

 Former Premier of the Canadian province of British Columbia Christy Clark(X)
Updated on Nov 11, 2023 12:04 PM IST

Indo-Canadian man, son killed in shooting in Canada

Police's Homicide Section is investigating the murders, and detectives have determined “this was a targeted event.”

 Edmonton Police Service found the boy and his father in medical distress.(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Nov 11, 2023 12:07 PM IST

Canada says taking SFJ's Air India threat ‘seriously’, enhanced security

In a video SFJ’s general counsel Gurpatwant Pannun warned Sikhs, “Don’t fly Air India after November 19, your lives may be in danger.”

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.(AP)
Published on Nov 10, 2023 08:12 AM IST

Canada Post issues new stamp to mark arrival of Diwali

This is the fifth year that Canada Post has marked Diwali by issuing a special stamp for the festival. The first time was in 2017.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and new stamp on Diwali.
Published on Nov 10, 2023 07:46 AM IST

SFJ threat: India asks Canada to step up security on Air India flights

India’s high commissioner to Ottawa said, “We shall take up the threat against Air India flights originating from and terminating in Canada, with authorities.”

India will raise the threat to Air India flights to and from Canada from the secessionist group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) and seek enhanced security for the airline with Canadian authorities.
Updated on Nov 06, 2023 09:03 AM IST
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