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Canada teams up with UK to train Ukrainian recruits

Since the start of the operation, the CAF has trained over 33,000 Ukrainian military and security personnel in battlefield tactics and advanced military skills….reports Asian Lite News

Canadian Defence Minister Anita Anand announced that her country has authorised the deployment of up to 225 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel to train new Ukrainian recruits.

Under Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s military training and capacity building mission in Ukraine, the CAF will deploy personnel to the UK, the Minister said in a statement,.

She added that the majority of them will work as trainers, for an initial deployment of approximately four months, reports Xinhua news agency.

The first of up to three training cohorts, consisting of approximately 90 soldiers, are scheduled to depart on August 12 and will begin leading courses in the following weeks, Anand said.

The first Canadian-led courses will take place at a military base located in South East England, and will teach a flexible curriculum focused on individual skills required for frontline combat, including weapons handling, battlefield first aid, fieldcraft, patrol tactics and the Law of Armed Conflict, according to the statement.

Operation UNIFIER was launched in 2015 at the request of the Ukrainian government, and early this year, was expanded and extended until March 2025.

Since the start of the operation, the CAF has trained over 33,000 Ukrainian military and security personnel in battlefield tactics and advanced military skills.

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Canada reports 890 monkeypox cases

Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory is performing diagnostic testing for the virus that causes monkeypox…reports Asian Lite News

The Public Health Agency of Canada confirmed 890 cases of monkeypox in the country.

The health agency said that of the confirmed cases as of Wednesday, 423 cases are from Ontario, 373 from Quebec, 78 from British Columbia, 13 from Alberta, two from Saskatchewan and one from the Yukon, Xinhua news agency reported.

Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory is performing diagnostic testing for the virus that causes monkeypox. In addition, the laboratory is conducting whole genome sequencing, an enhanced fingerprint analysis, on Canadian samples of monkeypox.

The Canadian government has deployed over 70,000 doses of Imvamune vaccines and continues to work actively with jurisdictions to manage public health responses.



The World Health Organization has declared the current outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

Experts say monkeypox is a viral disease that can spread from person to person through close contact with an infected person, including through hugs, kisses, massages or sexual intercourse.

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2 detained for killing Ripudaman Singh Malik

Police have not yet confirmed whether the two men were hired to kill Malik…reports Asian Lite News

Two hitmen have been charged with the killing of one-time Air India bombing suspect Ripudaman Singh Malik who was gunned down in Surrey near here on July 14.

The alleged killers Tanner Fox, 21, and Jose Lopez, 23, were arrested by The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team on the basis of tips from the public.

Police have not yet confirmed whether the two men were hired to kill Malik.

Superintendent Mandeep Mooker, who heads the investigation team, told the media: “We’re in the infancy of this investigation as it’s only 13 days old. So there’s many follow-up tasks.”

About the hitmen’s motive, he said: “I think that’s going to be part of our ongoing tasks here. It’s very difficult 13 days in as these investigation sometimes takes years to develop – and that’s why in these initial stages, the swift reaction of all of our teams coming together was amazing work to identify these individuals, and charge them.”

Police said both the suspects have a criminal past. They were on bail in other criminal cases at the time of their arrest.

While one suspect was charged with nine gun-related criminal counts last year, the other faced gun charges.

Malik was gunned down when he reached his business office in Surrey in the morning. The hitmen burnt the stolen vehicle, a white Honda CRV, used in the crime just a few blocks away.

Public tips about the vehicle being seen near a business complex about 80 minutes before the killing, helped police nab the alleged hitmen.

Malik, along with Ajaib Singh Bagri, was an accused in the bombing of Air Indian Kanishka flight 182 in June 1985 off the Irish coast, killing all 329 people on board. The bombing was carried out by Sikh radicals to take revenge for the army action at the Golden Temple in June 1984 to flush out Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his supporters.

The two were acquitted in 2005.

Malik visited India after the Indian government in 2019 deleted black lists of pro-Khalistan radicals living abroad.

In January this year, Malik wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanking him for his pro-Sikh actions.

It is speculated that Malik’s letter to Modi angered Sikh radicals and that’s why he was targeted.

Malik was also targeted by hardliners when he printed the Sikh holy scripture at his printing press in Surrey.

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Canada fast becoming safe haven for Khalistani terrorists

The source also said that India has submitted documents to Canada regarding the presence of the Khalistani elements and other gangsters there, but no action has been taken so far…reports Asian Lite News

Canada is fast becoming a safe haven for Khalistani terrorists and gangsters, who are involved in a number of criminal activities in India, including murders, sources in the intelligence agencies said.

The May 29 Sidhu Moosewala murder has again highlighted this, as sources in the intelligence agencies and police said that Canada-based gangsters are “controlling crime in India”.

“Satinderjeet Singh alias Goldy Brar’s name cropped up during the investigation into the Moosewala case. But bringing him back to India is not easy, as the Canadian authorities don’t cooperate,” a source said.

The source also said that India has submitted documents to Canada regarding the presence of the Khalistani elements and other gangsters there, but no action has been taken so far.



Recently, the NIA declared a reward of Rs 10 lakh on Khalistan Tiger Force chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar in connection with the murder of a Hindu priest in Jalandhar.

Nijjar is presently residing in Canada and is promoting the secessionist and violent agenda of ‘Sikhs for Justice’ (SFJ) in India.

Recently, Interpol issued a red corner notice against Khalistani operative Arshdeep Singh alias Arsh, who is also said to be in Canada and connected to Nijjar.

These Khalistani terrorists allegedly gave contracts for killing several persons to disrupt communal harmony in India. They also promised Canadian citizenship to their aides in India.

While the Indian authorities have spoken to their Canadian counterparts, no progress has been made so far when it comes to their extradition to India.

Another Canada-based Khalistani terrorist, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, who runs the ‘Sikhs for Justice’ movement, aims to spread terrorism in India. During the farmers’ agitation, he released a number of videos asking people to attack government buildings, including the Red Fort.

“They know they are safe in Canada and hence they openly plot terror activities from there,” the source said.

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Two Indian-origin men gunned down in Canada

The two latest victims were shot in broad daylight while sitting in a car in a public place like Ripudaman Malik and as in that incident, a car was also found burning nearby…reports Asian Lite News

Two Indian-origin men have been shot dead in Canada, 10 days after an eerily similar killing of Ripudaman Singh Malik, who had been acquitted of charges of bombing an Air India plane, according to media reports.

Meninder Dhaliwal and Satindera Gill were killed on Sunday at the British Columbia resort village of Whistler.

The two latest victims were shot in broad daylight while sitting in a car in a public place like Ripudaman Malik and as in that incident, a car was also found burning nearby, according to media reports.

The two incidents, however, have not been linked by officials.

Two persons who have not been publicly identified have been arrested in connection with the latest killings, CTV reported quoting officials.

But there have been no arrests as yet in the killing of Malik.

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Dhaliwal, along with his brother Barinder, was on a list of six men, four of them of Indian descent, released last year by the Vancouver Police Department which called them “gangsters” who “pose a significant risk to the safety of the public”.

Police Chief Adam Palmer warned while releasing their pictures, “Our police intelligence leads us to believe that the individuals we have identified today may be targeted by rival gang members”.

Dhaliwal was a member of a gang known as “Brothers Keeper” (BK), while Gill was not known to be involved with gangs, the Vancouver Sun reported.

Dhaliwal’s brother was killed last year in April, the newspaper’s website said.

CTV said that the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) confirmed Dhaliwal and Gill had been targeted and the shooting was linked to an ongoing gang conflict in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland region that includes Vancouver.

The Sun said that the BK has been involved in violent conflicts over the years with the gang known as “United Nations” and with some members of “Red Scorpions”.

It said that last year Dhaliwal’s brother Harb was killed outside a Vancouver restaurant when he was with him and Barinder.

Meninder chased the gunman, Francoise Gauthier, and stabbed him in the eye, but did not face charges, it added.

Gauthier admitted last month in a Canadian court to carrying out the murder and was sentenced to life in prison, the Sun reported.

It said that both Meninder and Barinder had been shot several times in the past.

Ripudaman Singh was acquitted on charges linked to the bombing of Air India’s Kanishka that killed all on board the Boeing 747 on a flight from Canada to India in 1985.

Once a supporter of the Sikh separatist Khalistan movement, he later made peace with the Indian government, writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this year: “I am writing you this to express my deep heartfelt gratitude for the unprecedented positive steps taken by yourself to redress long-reading Sikh demands and grievances.”

He was taken off the Indian government’s blacklist and granted a visa to visit India in 2019.

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Pope Francis in Canada for ‘apology tour’

The Vatican has called the trip a “penitential pilgrimage,” and the Pope will be welcomed in Edmonton on Sunday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mary Simon, the Governor General of Canada…reports Asian Lite News

Pope Francis will be visiting Canada to apologize for Indigenous abuse in Catholic residential schools.

He departed from Rome on Sunday for a week-long trip to Edmonton, Canada, where he’s set to apologize for the Catholic Church’s role in the abuse of Canadian Indigenous children, reported CNN.

The Vatican has called the trip a “penitential pilgrimage,” and the Pope will be welcomed in Edmonton on Sunday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mary Simon, the Governor General of Canada.

He will meet with Indigenous groups and address the scandal of abuse and erasure of indigenous culture in the country’s residential schools, reported CNN.

Indigenous leaders have long called for a papal apology for the harm inflicted for decades on Indigenous children.

Last year, hundreds of unmarked graves were discovered on the grounds of former residential schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan, reported CNN.

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has reported that more than 4,000 Indigenous children died either from neglect or abuse in residential schools, many of which were run by the Catholic Church.

In April, the Pope told Indigenous leaders at the Vatican that he feels “sorrow and shame for the role that a number of Catholics, particularly those with educational responsibilities, have had in all these things that wounded you, in the abuses you suffered and in the lack of respect shown for your identity, your culture and even your spiritual values.”

The Pope will also travel to Quebec and Iqaluit, the capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut, during the trip. Two Canadian cardinals will accompany him throughout his visit, Cardinal Marc Ouellet and Cardinal Michael Czerny, reported CNN.

Francis, earlier trip to Africa was cancelled this month due to issues with his knee which had stirred speculation about his retirement.

He said in an interview with UK media that he still intends to visit Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine, but he has received criticism for prioritizing that destination over visiting Ukraine, and for partially blaming NATO for Russia’s invasion.

“I would like to go, it is possible that I manage to go to Ukraine. The first thing is to go to Russia to try to help, but I would like to go to both capitals,” Francis said.

In a June interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa, Francis said the war “was perhaps in some way either provoked or not prevented,” reported CNN.

Pope Francis said that before Russia invaded Ukraine he met with “a head of state” who “was very worried about how NATO was moving.”

Pope Francis’ Canada visit – which he has called a “penitential pilgrimage” of “healing and reconciliation” – is primarily to apologise to survivors for the Church’s role in the scandal that a national truth and reconciliation commission has called “cultural genocide”.

From the late 1800s to the 1990s, Canada’s government sent about 150,000 First Nations, Metis and Inuit children into 139 residential schools run by the Church, where they were cut off from their families, language and culture. Many were physically and sexually abused by headmasters and teachers.

Thousands of children are believed to have died of disease, malnutrition or neglect.

Since May 2021, more than 1,300 unmarked graves have been discovered at the sites of the former schools.

In the community of Maskwacis, some 100 kilometres (62 miles) south of Edmonton, the pope will address an estimated crowd of 15,000 expected to include former students from across the country.

Others see the pope’s visit as too little too late, including Linda McGilvery with the Saddle Lake Cree Nation near Saint Paul, about 200 kilometres east of Edmonton.

After a mass before tens of thousands of faithful in Edmonton on July 26, the pope will head northwest to an important pilgrimage site, the Lac Sainte Anne.

Following a visit to Quebec City from July 27-29, he will end his trip in Iqaluit, home to the largest Inuit population in Canada, where he will meet with former residential school students, before returning to Italy.

Pope Francis is the second pope to visit Canada, after John Paul II, who visited three times (1984, 1987 and 2002).

Some 44% of Canada’s population is Catholic.

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Canadian govt supports recovery efforts in British Columbia

British Columbians are living the effects of extreme weather driven by climate change, following devastating floods and wildfires in the province …reports Asian Lite News

Canadian Minister of Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair announced advance payments to support flood, landslide and storm recovery efforts in the province of British Columbia.

The advance payments of more than 870 million Canadian dollars ($700 million) is in addition to the 207 million Canadian dollars ($166 million) in support for wildfire recovery efforts that was announced in June, he said in a news release on Monday.

British Columbians are living the effects of extreme weather driven by climate change, following devastating floods and wildfires in the province which caused an estimated 9 billion Canadian dollar ($7.2 billion)-plus in damages in 2021, Xinhua news agency reported.



“Climate change is threatening communities across Canada, and we need to keep our partnerships strong as we prepare for and work to prevent natural disasters and extreme weather events,” Blair said, concluding the final meeting of the Committee of British Columbia and Federal Ministers on Disaster Response and Climate Resilience, which was set up in November 2021.

In addition to the payments, the governments of Canada and British Columbia and the First Nations Leadership Council are working to build a trilateral agreement on emergency management. This agreement will strengthen First Nations’ capacity to respond to and recover from future climate-related disasters, the release added.

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1985 Air India Kanishka bombing suspect shot dead in Canada

Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri were the main accused in the bombing of the Air India Kanishka flight from Toronto to India on June 23, 1985, killing all 331 people…reports Asian Lite News

Ripudaman Singh Malik, who was the main accused in the 1985 Air India Kanishka bombing and later acquitted, was shot dead outside his business office in Surrey near here.

The incident happened on Thursday morning. The 75-year-old, who once supported the demand for Khalistan, was shot three times at about 9.30 a.m. by an unidentified assailant when he reached his business office in his Tesla.

He was shot through the neck, leading to profuse bleeding and death on the spot.

In what appears to be a targeted shooting, the vehicle suspected to be used in the shooting was found engulfed in fire in another part of the city as the assailant reportedly escaped in a getaway vehicle.

Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri were the main accused in the bombing of the Air India Kanishka flight from Toronto to India on June 23, 1985, killing all 331 people, mostly Indo-Canadians, on board.

The mid-air bombing off the Irish coast was carried out in revenge for the Indian Army’s action at the Golden Temple in 1984 to flush out Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his supporters from the complex.

While Malik and Bagri were acquitted in 2005, another person — Inderjit Singh Reyat — was jailed for making the bomb used in the downing of the Air India Kanishka flight.

Malik, who came to Canada in 1972 and became a successful business in garments, was taken off the Indian government’s black list of Sikhs living abroad after Narendra Modi came to power.

Malik travelled to India after he was granted a visa in 2019.

Earlier this year in January, Malik wrote to the Indian Prime Minister, thanking him for addressing the long-pending Sikh demands.

In his letter to Modi, Malik wrote, “I am writing you this to express my deer heartfelt gratitude for the unprecedented positive steps taken by yourself to redress long-reading Sikh demands and grievances, including elimination of blacklists that restricted visit to India of thousands of Sikhs living abroad, grant of passports and visas to asylees and their families, reopening of hundreds of 1984-riots closed cases leading to conviction and jail term for some, declaring 1984-riots as ‘genocide’ by then Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh on the floor of the House, giving compensation or Rs 5.00 lakh per family of the anti-Sikh genocide victims, (and) opening of Sri Kartarpur Saheb Corridor facilitating pilgrims from India to visit the revered place of our first Master Guru Nanak Dev Ji.”

In a social media statement, Malik’s son Jaspreet Malik said, “The media will always refer to him as someone charged with the Air India bombing.

The media and RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) never seemed to accept the court’s decision and I pray today’s tragedy is not related.”

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Canada inflation hits 39-year high

Price pressures continued to be broad-based, pinching the pocketbooks of Canadians and in some cases affecting their ability to meet day-to-day expenses….reports Asian Lite News

Canada’s consumer inflation rose to 7.7 per cent year over year in May, the largest yearly increase since January 1983, authorities said.

Statistics Canada said on Wednesday that the latest figure was also up from a 6.8 per cent gain in April, reports Xinhua news agency.

The acceleration in May was largely due to higher prices for gasoline, which rose 12 per cent compared with -0.7 per cent in April, it added.

According to the agency, excluding gasoline, the CPI rose 6.3 per cent year over year in May, after a 5.8 per cent increase in April.

Price pressures continued to be broad-based, pinching the pocketbooks of Canadians and in some cases affecting their ability to meet day-to-day expenses.

Higher prices for services, such as hotels and restaurants, also contributed to the increase. Food prices and shelter costs remained elevated in May as price growth was unchanged on a year-over-year basis, Statistics Canada said.

On a monthly basis, the CPI rose 1.4 per cent in May, following a 0.6 per cent increase in April.

On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the CPI was up 1.1 per cent, the fastest pace since the introduction of the series in 1992.

Wage data from the Labour Force Survey found that average hourly wages rose 3.9 per cent year over year in May, meaning that, on average, prices rose faster than wages in the previous 12 months, said Statistics Canada.

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Pro Khalistan group WSO fuels anti-India campaigns in Canada

The Organization’s primary agenda is raking issues against India…..reports Asian Lite News

The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) which came into being in the 1980s on the plank of ‘Khalistan’, over the years set its footprint as a human-rights champion while following the agenda of yesteryears.

It started roping in educated and talented youth into its fold that has now penetrated into the entire system of the governance of Canada, sources said.

Despite some decrease in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet, the organisation has increased its grip over various arms of the government.

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The Organization’s primary agenda is raking issues against India.

WSO has four layers of office bearers, workers and activists. Elders like Gian Singh Sandhu, Prem Vinning, Chahal, Ajit Sahota, Inderjit Singh Bal, Gurpreet Singh, Balwinder Bains can be placed in the first layer.

Sitting board of directors, mostly youth, like Manbir Singh and several professionals can be grouped as its second but strong layer.

Being young, educated, intelligent and fully conversant in using advanced technology, the second layer is currently the brain behind innovative ideas. They make use of all available resources, in addition to creating additional resources, to achieve their agenda.

Educated activists and elected representatives like Balpreet Bal, Balpreet Boparai, Jaspal Singh Bal aka Amanpreet Bal, Jas Sandhu, politicians and those who holding high positions in the government and corporations form the third layer. This layer is perhaps plays the most effective role by participating in debates, creating lobbies, indoctrinating, coordinating with groups/organisations/people of their interests.

The fourth layer is the baseline support that derives support and strength from gurdwaras under the Organization’s control and family circle of WSO world.

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