"We expect the Canadian Prime Minister to visit India sometime later this year," Vikas Swarup, who served as the spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to make a state visit to India later this year, India’s High Commissioner-designate to Canada Vikas Swarup said here on Saturday.
“We expect the Canadian Prime Minister to visit India sometime later this year,” Swarup, who served as the spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry, said on the occasion of his farewell party.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Canada in April 2015 during which India inked a multi-million-dollar deal for uranium to power its civilian nuclear programme for five years and also inked 13 agreements, including on skill development, following talks with then Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Modi’s was the first Indian prime ministerial visit to Canada in 42 years. Justin Trudeau, the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, assumed office in November 2015.
Of Canada’s population of over 35 million, around 1.3 million people are of Indian origin.
Indo-Canadians welcome deadline extension decision of PM Narendra Modi to convert PIO cards
The Indo-Canadian community earlier has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to extend deadline to convert PIO cards to OCI cards.
Describing OCI card as a symbol of “Indian identity”, representatives of various Indo-Canadian Organisations including Canada-India Business Council, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, Canada-India Foundation and Panorama India welcomed the decisions of the Prime Minister to extend deadline to convert PIO cards to OCI cards by June 30, 2017.
“The Indian Consulate in Toronto has accelerated the process to deal with applications to convert PIO cards to OCI cards,” said Dinesh Bhatia, Consul General of India.
Bhatia was speaking at a function organized by the Indian Consulate in Toronto, to celebrate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), Toronto Edition, to commemorate return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to India in 1915.
Describing Indo-Canadians as “frontline envoys of ancient Indian culture and civilization”, Bhatia said, “We gather here today to recalibrate and reaffirm our roots and celebrate achievements of Indo-Canadians”.
Indo-Canadians have made outstanding contributions in their chosen fields. Among them, they are politicians of status, scientists of repute, outstanding doctors, brilliant educationists, IT professionals, economists, musicians, famous philanthropists, journalists, bankers, engineers and lawyers,” he added. Many Indo-Canadians, politicians and dignitaries attended the function.