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22 February, 2018

Trudeau was also unlucky not to receive Modi's hug, which has become a point of attention in the media coverage after he infamously tightly embraced many other visiting global leaders. The welcome extended to Trudeau has also political meaning given the large presence of Punjabi people in Canada. There is a trade influx of 2 billion dollars daily on the Canadian-American border. Undoubtedly, the expectations from this visit are sky high, and the possibilities boundless.

India has often accused Canada of sheltering Sikh separatists. At present, India ranks 100 on ease of doing business and has a rapid growing economy at a rate of seven per cent.

Shah Rukh, who is now working on his next film, Zero, met Trudeau after the latter arrived in the financial capital of India with his wife Sophie Gregoire, daughter Ella-Grace and sons Xavier James and Hadrien. Asserting that Punjab is known for its warm hospitality and "Jee Aayan Nu" culture, the artists said that they thought of creating artworks for the Canadian Prime Minister as a token of thanks for what he and his government has done for Punjab nationals settled in Canada. A bilateral FIPA will provide greater predictability and certainty for Canadian investors considering higher investment opportunities in India.

Tight security was in place in and around Amritsar for Trudeau's visit.

Madhavan was floored by the "grace and charm" of the Canadian PM.

A junior official had greeted Canada's first family when they landed. The photo of a mesmerised Bachchan clicking selfie with a man, widely accused of leading a terror factory in Israel, had gone viral.

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Gandhinagar: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family dressed in traditional attire, visit the Akshardham Temple in €‹Gandhinagar on Feb 19, 2018.

However, no official sources have confirmed this report. That event is believed to have been partly behind the bombing of an Air India flight from Canada in 1985 which killed 329 people. Forty thousand Indians migrated to Canada past year and 1,24,000 Indians are studying in Canada, forming the second largest group of foreign students in the country. In the last decade, bilateral trade reached a milestone when it grew by $8 billion, nearly equally divided into exports and imports.

The two leaders agreed to collaborate through joint projects aimed at facilitating the progress of both, Canada and India.

Some of India's biggest companies will invest major money in everything from pulp mills to pharmaceuticals to the IT sector.

There seems to be no end to the Indian snubbing of the Canadians, even as the Trudeaus are trying their best to disarm the Indians with a charm offensive.


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