Canada’s refusal on meeting to be held in India, what is the message? – press review
Amidst the ongoing diplomatic tension between India and Canada, Canadian Senate Speaker Raymonde Gagne will not participate in the summit of presidents of parliaments of G20 countries to be held in India.
According to a report published in The Economic Times, last week Canada had said that it would attend the G20 Parliamentary Speakers Summit (P20) meeting to be held in India.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had also confirmed this while talking to reporters. During this, he had said that during informal talks with the Speaker of Canada, he would discuss many issues with her.
Raymonde Gagne’s decision not to attend the P20 conference to be held on October 13 has come at a time when relations between India and Canada are at their lowest.
Last month, in the Canadian Parliament, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had held Indian agents responsible for the murder of Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada.
India had denied it, calling it ‘baseless’ and ‘motivated by ill-will’. India had said that if Canada has concrete evidence related to this then it should present it before India.
India temporarily suspended its visa-related services to Canada and asked Canada to recall its 40 diplomats present in India.
The Economic Times writes that not only representatives of Canada are coming to the P20 meeting, the speakers of the Parliament of America, Germany and France will also not attend this meeting. According to the newspaper, all three have not yet confirmed their participation in the meeting. However, Russia is going to attend the meeting.
Currently, the budget session of the French Parliament is going on and representatives of the Embassy from the French side will come to the meeting. The post of Speaker in the US Parliament is currently vacant.
Meanwhile, a report is also being received that Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie has had a ‘secret meeting’ with Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar in Washington.
The Indian Express has given information on this news quoting sources. The newspaper writes that Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi has confirmed this.
He has said that India had sent invitation to all the members of G20 but everyone is free to decide whether to participate or not.
The newspaper writes that since the post of Speaker in America is currently vacant, he will not participate in it. Germany and Argentina will also not attend the meeting “due to internal reasons”.
Arindam Bagchi’s statement given on Thursday by The Hindu has featured prominently in its report on this issue. The newspaper writes that Bagchi has said that “the main issue in relations between India and Canada is that Canada is becoming safe for separatist and criminal elements”.
Raising the issue of security of Indian diplomats in Canada, he said, “We believe that it is necessary to address the basic issue and that is that Canada is becoming a haven for separatist and criminal elements. We want that international laws Under this, Canada should protect the Indian diplomats and Indian embassies present here.
He did not confirm the Canadian Foreign Minister’s meeting with the Indian Foreign Minister during the press conference but said that both the sides are in touch with each other “at different levels”.
Modi and Putin may meet this year
According to a report published in The Economic Times, it is possible that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin may meet this year.
The newspaper writes that neither the place nor the time has been decided yet, but talks are going on between India and Russia regarding this.
The two had earlier met during Putin’s visit to India in 2021 and again during the SCO meeting in Samarkand in 2022.
Ayodhya mosque will be named after the Prophet
According to a news published in Hindustan Times, the proposed mosque in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh will be named after Prophet Mohammed.
After a meeting held in Mumbai on Thursday, All India Raabta-e-Masjid, an organization of mosques, said that the proposed mosque will be named “Mohammad Bin Abdullah Masjid”.
This mosque will be built on the land of Indo-Islamic Foundation Trust allotted in Dhannipur village on the orders of the Supreme Court.
In 2019, in the Ram Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid case, the court had cleared the way for building a Ram temple in Ayodhya and a mosque in Dhannipur village, 26 kilometers from the city and 22 kilometers from the Babri Masjid.
Nearly a thousand Maulanas attended the meeting held in Mumbai, in which the design of the proposed mosque was discussed.
UP Sunni Central Waqf Board Chairman Zufar Farooqui told the newspaper, “The Dhannipur Mosque will be named after Prophet Mohammad Bill Abdullah and its design will be inspired by ancient Islamic architecture. Its construction work will be supervised by Pune-based architect Imran Shaikh.”
“We will share its design soon. We hope that it will be one of the most beautiful mosques in the world so far. The special thing about this mosque is that its new design will be a reflection of traditional art.”
He said that a target has been set to collect Rs 300 crore for the construction of the mosque. Apart from the mosque, a hospital, a kitchen and a library will also be built in it.
Important decision of Supreme Court regarding unborn child
Hearing a case related to abortion on Wednesday, Supreme Court judge, Justice BV Nagarathna, said that “the wish of the petitioner woman not to give birth to a child should be respected”. Justice Hima Kohli said, “My judicial conscience does not allow me to accept the request of the petitioner.”
Justice Hima Kohli said, “Which court will give permission to abort an unborn child whose heartbeat has begun to be heard?”
According to a news published in The Indian Express, a day later, on Thursday, while hearing the petition of a married woman petitioner, Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, presiding over a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, said, “We are not concerned about the life of a child. Can take.” Apart from him, Justice JB Pardiwala and Justice Manoj Mishra were included in the bench.
The woman had requested the court to abort her 26-month-old unborn child under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act. On Wednesday, a bench of two judges refused to allow this and sent the matter to the Chief Justice.
The Chief Justice told the woman that if she waits for a few more weeks, she can give birth to a healthy child, who can later be adopted by someone if she wishes.
The Chief Justice said, “In a case like this, we need to respect the rights of the woman but we also have to look at the rights of the unborn child. There is no doubt that the will of the woman is paramount… the Constitution gives her the right to It also gives rights but we also have to see whether this will affect the rights of the unborn child.”
The matter will be heard further on Friday.
India falls to 111th position in Global Hunger Index
According to a report published in Times of India, the debate on poverty between the government and two international NGOs intensified when the Global Hunger Index was released on Thursday.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development rejected the report, saying that “the wrong method of measuring hunger has been used, which has methodological problems. It appears that it is motivated by ill-will.”
With a score of 28.7 in the Global Hunger Index, India has reached 111th position in the list of 125 countries. Last year, India was at 107th position among 121 countries with 29.1 points.
Ireland-based Concern World and Germany-based Welthungerlife defended it, saying that “at a time of great difficulty, progress against hunger has largely stalled.” Concern World said that hunger has reached “serious” levels in 43 countries.
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