SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – India’s foreign minister S. Jaishankar sharply criticized a parade in Brampton, Canada, that flagrantly depicted the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by Sikh bodyguards in 1984. The video of the parade float, showing men in turbans aiming guns at a woman resembling Gandhi, has not been independently verified. But the incident has sparked concerns about Canada’s approach to extremism and its tolerance of Sikh separatists.

A committee of the House of Commons in Canada passed a motion to discuss temporarily suspending the deportation process for around 700 students, mostly from Punjab, whose admission letters to Canadian institutions were found to be fake. The students have been protesting and demanding a halt to deportations. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that the government would penalize those responsible for the fraud rather than punishing the students. Trudeau assured Parliament that each case would be carefully evaluated, and the students would have an opportunity to present their side. The motion received unanimous support from the committee, providing a platform for government officials to address the system lapses. The Punjab government has also pledged to offer free legal assistance to the affected students.

Harvard University announced Ritu Kalra, currently the director of the Office of Treasury Management, will become their new chief financial officer and vice president for finance. Kalra succeeds Thomas J. Hollister when he steps down at the end of the month. Kalra’s experience at Harvard and her background in private sector banking and finance make her well-suited for the role. She will oversee financial planning, budgeting, endowment spending, and reporting. Kalra previously had a successful career at Goldman Sachs.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.