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- April 15, 2019
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Canada removes Khalistani extremism from terror report
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday said that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau administration’s decision to remove all references to Khalistani extremism in its 2018 report on terrorist threats was a threat to Indian and global security.
Capt. Amarinder said that ruling Canadian Liberal Party’s knee-jerk decision was clearly aimed at protecting its political interests in an election year, which he said could have serious consequences for Indo-Canadian relations in the long run.
“Trudeau was playing with fire with his decision to assuage inflamed domestic passions through this ill-considered move,” he added.
Capt. Amarinder pointed out that he himself had given proof to the Canadian Prime Minister, during the latter’s India visit, of his country’s soil being used to spread the separatist Khalistani ideology against a friendly country. Mr. Trudeau had been informed of Khalistani activists being involved in financing terror activities in India from Canada, said the Chief Minister.
Pointing to the well-known fact that Mr. Trudeau’s party was inundated by such activists and separatists, the Chief Minister dubbed the erasure of the various references to Khalistan and Khalistani organisations from the latest threat report as an unpardonable act in the eyes of the peace-loving global community.
“Such an act amounted to endorsement of the terror activities and de facto promotion of extremism,” said Capt. Amarinder as he cautioned the Canadian government against encouraging hardliners through such actions, which he said were detrimental to the interests of both India and Canada.
Sikh radical group Dal Khalsa has meanwhile welcomed the removal of the reference to “Khalistani Extremism” from the Canada Public Safety Report 2018. Dal Khalsa general secretary Paramjit Singh Tanda, said in a statement that the correction of the mistake by the Canadian government was a victory of lobbying and diplomatic efforts of Sikh Canadians and the diaspora.
Jet Airways unions defer strike plan
Jet Airways pilots, engineers and cabin crew unions are set to jointly meet the airline management on Monday in what they term as “another attempt to get the airline flying.”
On Sunday, as the midnight deadline set by the pilots union for clearing pending dues and sharing details of the revival plan drew closer, the pilots body, the National Aviators Guild (NAG) said it had ‘reviewed’ the earlier ‘unanimous decision’ of pilots to stop flying from April 15, if demands remained unachieved.
The NAG said the members requested that the strike be put off in view of the ‘critical meeting’ planned on Monday with the airline management and the State Bank of India (SBI). Therefore the “call of No Pay No Work stands deferred for the time being” to give the airline a chance of survival, it said.
NAG requested all pilots to gather at Siroya Centre at 10 a.m. on April 15 in full uniform.
Two NAG members said that since media reports indicated that the State Bank of India had sought an operational plan from the management, the pilots were hoping that once this was done some funds would be released.
Senior Jet Airways officials said that even if NAG members were to stop flying, the airline would be able to continue operating its 6 ATR turboprops using management pilots and the single Boeing 737 NG operating under JetLite, as its pilots are not NAG members. The airline on Sunday had these 7 aircraft in operation.
Jet Airways Aircraft Maintenance Engineers’ Association (JAMEWA) said that it had no plans of going on strike. “Since both NAG and our issues are common we will have representatives present at Monday’s gathering called by the pilots,” an engineer said.
The NAG cited a March 25 announcement in the media by the SBI, that an interim funding of 1,500 crore will be made to keep Jet Airways operational.
“Till date we are awaiting the funding and, meanwhile, our beloved airline is dying a slow death along with unpaid salaries of pilots and engineers for over 3 months,” a member said.
A pilot who confirmed his participation in Monday’s joint visit to the airline headquarters to seek answers said, “Everytime there has been a ray of hope, it seems to flicker and die out without anything fruitful transpiring. We want this airline to fly.”
Source – The Hindu
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