India expands its COVID-19 vaccine rollout amid rise in new cases – National

India is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination drive beyond health care and front-line workers, offering the shots to older people and those with medical conditions that put them at risk. Among the first to be inoculated on Monday was Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Those now eligible to be vaccinated include people older than 60, as […]

No bail for Indian climate activist who tried to amplify farmer protests online: judge – National

A 22-year-old Indian climate activist who is facing sedition charges for her alleged role in the creation of an online document intended to help amplify farmer protests did not get bail Saturday after a court said it will reserve its order for next week. Judge Dharmender Rana said the court will pronounce the bail […]

Experts puzzled by India’s dramatic drop in coronavirus cases – National

When the coronavirus pandemic took hold in India, there were fears it would sink the fragile health system of the world’s second-most populous country. Infections climbed dramatically for months and at one point India looked like it might overtake the United States as the country with the highest case toll. But infections began to […]

Yukon’s Gurdeep Pandher says India farmers’ protest is about a culture under threat

Yukon-based Bhangra instructor Gurdeep Pandher is breaking his silence on the India farmers’ protest, he says, to share important messages about why the movement matters amid increasing tensions and fears of further violence. Pandher’s dance videos featuring scenic Canadian backdrops have regularly gone viral. They’re a pillar of his platform, reserved for spreading joy, […]

China, India border troops begin to ‘disengage simultaneously’

China’s defence ministry has said that Chinese and Indian front-line troops at the border of the two countries have begun to “disengage simultaneously” on the north and south shore of Pangong Tso lake. The move was announced on Wednesday by defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian on Weibo. Several rounds of talks have been held over […]

Twitter to not fully comply with orders to ban accounts linked to Indian farmer protests – National

Twitter said on Tuesday it would not fully comply with orders from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to take down some accounts amid the ongoing farmers’ protests, as it does not believe the orders are consistent with Indian law. It has permanently suspended some accounts but for others, it has only restricted access […]

B.C. man at centre of Indian police probe on alleged conspiracy involving Rihanna, Greta Thunberg

A B.C. man is defending his reputation after being hurled into the headlines of every major national news network in India on allegations that he says are absurd. Mo Dhaliwal is accused of being involved in an alleged international conspiracy to divide India with the help of celebrities like pop singer Rihanna and climate […]

Calgary councillors and MPs join Sikh community to support farmer protest in India – Calgary

Two Calgary councillors and the city’s mayor are raising their voices in support of farmers in India protesting changes to how agricultural products are sold in that country. “Many Calgarians, myself included, have personal connections to farmers in India and are deeply committed to ensuring they are treated fairly,” Ward 5 Coun. George Chahal […]

9 dead, 140 missing after glacier breaks in northern India – National

Indian authorities launched a search operation Sunday after part of a mountain glacier broke, sending a massive flood of water and debris slamming into two dams and damaging a number of homes. At least nine people were killed and 140 were missing. The flood was caused when a portion of Nanda Devi glacier broke […]

Indian farmers plan to block highways across country for hours in next protest move – National

Tens of thousands of protesting Indian farmers plan to blockade highways across the country for three hours Saturday to press their demands for the repeal of new agricultural laws. Authorities deployed thousands of security forces mainly outside India’s capital, where farmers have camped at three main sites for more than two months. They say […]