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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.

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Canada’s New Democratic Party seeks official recognition of ‘1984 Sikh Genocide’ in parliament

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said such a motion would be a “direct attack on the cruel government that carried out this genocide, that this was wrong and should not have been done”

A Canadian flag flies in front of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. (REUTERS)
Published on Apr 23, 2024 11:50 AM IST

Gukesh receives gold medal, trophy for winning Candidates tourney in Canada

The victory in the Open category at the Candidates, held by FIDE was historic for 17-year-old Indian teenager D Gukesh

D Gukesh (right) and Tan Zhongyi , winner of the Women’s section, with their trophies at the closing ceremony of the FIDE Candidates tournament in Toronto, Canada, on Monday. (Michal Walusza/FIDE)
Updated on Apr 23, 2024 10:57 AM IST

Gukesh Dommaraju set to create history as youngest World Chess Championship contender

The breakthrough came on Saturday evening at The Great Hall venue, where Gukesh defeated his French adversary Alireza Firouzja in the Open section of the 2024 Candidates Tournament, organised by the International Chess Federation (FIDE)

Indian grandmaster Gukesh D during his encounter with fellow Indian Praggnanandhaa R during the ninth round of the FIDE Candidates tournament in Toronto. (Walusza Fotografia)
Published on Apr 21, 2024 08:04 PM IST

In a first, Hindu stakeholders included in Canada’s budget preparation

On April 2, the Canadian Hindu Chamber of Commerce (CHCC) received an exclusive invitation to a restricted-access, embargoed budget reading in Ottawa, marking the inaugural participation of a community organisation in this procedure

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland pose for a picture holding the 2024-25 budget, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on Tuesday. (REUTERS)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 03:27 PM IST

Canada asks its citizens to exercise caution during polls in India

It advised travellers to avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place in India during Lok Sabha polls

Supporters of the Indian National Congress hold a motorbike rally ahead of the national parliamentary elections in Jorhat, Assam India, on Wednesday (Photo for representative purpose only). (AP)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 11:47 AM IST

24-year-old Indian murdered in Canada's Vancouver

The incident occurred in the city of Vancouver in British Columbia, where the deceased Chirag Antil lived and worked

Indian student Chirag Antil had arrived in Canada in 2022. He had pursued an MBA course at the private University of Canada West and after completing it was on a work permit
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 03:33 PM IST

Canada: Tens of thousands take part in historic Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade

Canadian politicians including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Leader of the Opposition Pierre Poilievre extend their greetings on the occasion

Nearly two lakh devotees thronged the Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade, in Canada on Saturday. (Consulate General of India, Vancouver)
Published on Apr 14, 2024 11:42 AM IST

Trudeau challenges Canadian spy agency’s claims of Chinese election interference

On Wednesday, Trudeau testified before the Public Inquiry led by Justice Marie-Josee Hogue, probing Foreign Interference in Federal Electoral Processes and Democratic Institutions.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (AFP)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 04:41 PM IST

Canada supports the rights of citizens to ‘speak out’ even if it ‘irritates’ India: Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made this statement in the context of questions about allegations of Indian interference in Canada’s internal affairs

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (right), tours a modular home construction facility before making a housing announcement in Calgary, Alberta, on April 5. (AP)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 11:15 AM IST

No Indian interference in Canada’s poll process: Public inquiry

That emerged as officials who were part of the Critical Election Incident Public Protocol testified before the Public Inquiry into Foreign Interference in Federal Electoral Processes and Democratic Institutions. A panel of senior Canadian officials monitoring the 2021 elections in the country were not informed of any attempt by India at influencing those national polls.

A panel of senior Canadian officials monitoring the 2021 elections in the country were not informed of any attempt by India at influencing those national polls. (REUTERS File)
Updated on Apr 10, 2024 06:46 AM IST

Prominent Indo-Canadian builder shot dead in Alberta province

While the victim has not yet been formally identified by law enforcement, local media said he was Buta Singh Gill, a prominent builder in the city and head of the construction company Gill Built Homes

Police officers at the scene of a crime in the Ottawa suburb of Barrhaven, Ontario, Canada (Photo for representative purpose only). (REUTERS)
Published on Apr 09, 2024 02:25 PM IST

No Indian interference in Canada’s poll process: Public inquiry

That emerged as officials who were part of the Critical Election Incident Public Protocol testified before the Public Inquiry into Foreign Interference in Federal Electoral Processes and Democratic Institutions

A Canadian flag flies in front of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. (REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 09, 2024 06:55 PM IST

‘Cash Cows’: Indo-Canadian’s flick tackles immigrant challenges

The Punjabi-language initiative explores familiar themes within the immigrant narrative, spanning from crowded living conditions in basement apartments to exploitation by employers

Director Shubham Chhabra on the set of the film Cash Cows. (Credit: Tobi Agonias)
Published on Apr 07, 2024 04:44 PM IST

Canada’s spy agency says Pakistan interfered in country’s political process

Pakistan was cited in a June 2019 classified briefing that was submitted to the Public Inquiry into Foreign Interference in Federal Electoral Processes and Democratic Institutions

A Canadian flag flies in front of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. (REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 05:00 PM IST

Indian sibling duo makes waves at Toronto chess tournament opening

Toronto chess tournament features historic sibling debut: Teen Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa competes in Open, sister Vaishali in Women’s section.

Grandmaster Vaishali Rameshbabu, next to FIDE CEO Emil Sutovsky as the Candidates tournament opened in Toronto on Wednesday. (Credit: Michal Walusza/FIDE)
Published on Apr 04, 2024 04:18 PM IST

‘Controversial motion moved by MP may cause irreparable damage to India-Canada ties’

The motion’s text stated it wants the House of recognise “recent events, including the credible allegations of a link between agents of the Government of India and the killing of a Canadian citizen

Indo-Canadian MP Sukh Dhaliwal who has brought the motion before the House of Commons, in Ottawa, Canada. (Credit: Sukh Dhaliwal’s Office)
Published on Apr 03, 2024 04:37 PM IST

Surge in temporary immigrants beyond Canada’s capacity to ‘absorb’: Trudeau

The jump in immigration numbers has caused a housing affordability crisis in Canada, while also impacting services and infrastructure and has contributed to the plummeting political fortunes of Justin Trudeau and the ruling Liberal Party.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks on the day he makes a housing announcement in advance of the 2024 Federal Budget, at the Sunset Community Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on March 27. (REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 11:03 AM IST

‘Pakistan among countries that may be involved in foreign interference in Canada’

This has emerged for the first time in documents submitted to the Public Inquiry into Foreign Interference in Federal Electoral Processes and Democratic Institutions, which is headed by Justice Marie-Josee Hogue

A Canadian flag flies in front of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. (REUTERS)
Published on Apr 02, 2024 01:11 PM IST

Canada aiming to ‘work constructively’ with India to ‘get to the bottom’ of Nijjar killing: PM

Relations between India and Canada collapsed last year after Justin Trudeau stated on September 18 that there were “credible allegations” of a potential link between Indian agents and the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) and Minister of Emergency Preparedness Harjit S Sajjan visit the Punjab Food Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Wednesday. (REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 11:04 AM IST

Canadian chapter of VHP to hold event to mark consecration of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya

The yatra is being organised along with the VHP unit in the United States, and in total, will cover over a thousand temples in North America

The illuminated Ram Mandir premises after its consecration ceremony, in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India on January 22. (PTI)
Published on Mar 24, 2024 03:32 PM IST

Canada govt proposes to delay polls next year to avoid Diwali clash

That proposal to shift the polling date to October 27 was part of a package of reforms to the Elections Act which constitute an amendment bill tabled in the House of Commons this week

Fireworks during the celebration of Diwali at the Hindu Heritage Center in Mississauga, Canada last year. (Credit: Hindu Heritage Center)
Updated on Mar 23, 2024 03:41 PM IST

Delhi CM’s arrest: AAP supporters protest outside Indian consulate in Toronto

AAP supporters in Canada stage a protest outside the Indian consulate in Toronto demanding the release of Arvind Kejriwal, calling his arrest a curbing of democracy.

AAP supporters protesting the arrest of Arvind Kejriwal in front of the Indian consulate in Toronto, Canada on Friday. (Credit: AAP Volunteers Team Toronto)
Updated on Mar 23, 2024 11:02 AM IST

Indian, Canadian banks join hands to offer financial services to students from India

The partnership was announced by Canada’s Toronto Dominion (TD) Bank and India’s HDFC Bank. India is the largest source country for international students in Canada

Students from India at an event at the University of Toronto in Canada. (Supplied photo)
Updated on Mar 21, 2024 02:34 PM IST

Canada: Outrage over pro-Khalistani elements engaging in ‘Hinduphobic’ behaviour

The Indian Hindu community is particularly concerned over posters related to the 1984 anti-Sikhs riots in India, which followed the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi

Pro-Khalistani groups protesting outside the Indian consulate in Toronto, Canada last year. (Supplied photo)
Published on Mar 21, 2024 10:22 AM IST

Devotees in Canada’s smallest province celebrate opening of first Hindu temple

The temple in Prince Edward Island has been thronged by members of the community since its opening, evidencing the demand for such a house of worship in a province with population at just 180,000

Devotees at the opening of the first Hindu temple in Prince Edward Island, Canada. (Credit: Hindu Society of PEI)
Updated on Mar 17, 2024 03:39 PM IST

Pro-India group faces off against pro-Khalistan elements in Canada’s Calgary city

Approximately two dozen Indo-Canadians gathered across the street from the pro-Khalistan protesters, some of whom held weapons, including at least one seen to be holding a sword up

Danielle Smith (centre), Premier of the province of Alberta with India’s High Commissioner to Canada Sanjay Kumar Verma (left) and India’s Consul-General in Vancouver Manish, during their meeting in Edmonton last week. (Supplied photo)
Updated on Mar 17, 2024 12:44 PM IST

3 members of Indo-Canadian family charred to death in ‘suspicious’ blaze

The deaths in the fire, which occurred in the middle of the afternoon, at approximately 1.30pm, earlier this month, have shocked the Indo-Canadian community.

The Warikoo family, who were victims of a suspicious fire at their residence in Brampton, Canada on March 7. (Credit: Rajiv Warikoo/Facebook)
Published on Mar 16, 2024 11:19 AM IST

New Zealand says position on pro-Khalistan figure Nijjar killing unchanged

Doubts arose after an interview with New Zealand deputy prime minister and foreign minister Winston Peters appeared in an Indian outlet on Wednesday.

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of New Zealand, Winston Peters, at Vice President House in New Delhi, Wednesday, March 13, 2024. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 14, 2024 11:13 AM IST

YouTube blocks access to CBC story on Nijjar killing at India’s request

YouTube has blocked access to a report that appeared in Canada’s CBC that focused on the killing of pro-Khalistan figure Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey.

A banner with the image of Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar is seen at the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara temple, site of his June 2023 killing, in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada September 20, 2023. (REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 14, 2024 11:00 AM IST

Online Harms Bill: Civil liberties groups in Canada call it ‘draconian’

The bill was introduced before the House of Commons late last month but has gained national attention after celebrated author Margaret Atwood described it as “Orwellian”

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets workers as he tours new construction at Edgemont Flats housing complex during an announcement of new funding for housing in Edmonton, Alberta. (REUTERS)
Published on Mar 13, 2024 12:59 PM IST
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