Canadian PM visits Taj Mahal with family

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That meeting came just weeks after several gurdwaras in Canada officially barred Indian officials from entering the premises.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on his way to India, where he plans to spend the next week buttressing Canada's cultural and economic ties with the burgeoning South Asian nation.

"When Mr. Trudeau became prime minister in 2015, he shifted gears from the Conservatives' playbook on trade that was pragmatic and commercially driven", said Mumbai-born Dehejia in an interview.

This visit is being seen as an "opportunity" to promote "Canada-India cooperation" on a range of issues. The two sides are learned to have chose to strengthen defence and security cooperation.

The visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries in key areas of mutual interest such as trade and investment, energy, science and innovation and higher education.

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Trade between both countries amounted to 8.4 billion dollars last fiscal year, according to official data from New Delhi. India is also Canada's second largest source of immigrants, approximately 40,000 in 2016.

Trudeau will be also visiting Gujarat - a first for a Canadian PM.

Shekhawat's presence is notable because among the concerns Trudeau is being asked to raise with the Indian government on this visit is recent Indian import taxes applied to chickpeas and other pulse crops. He will go to Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar and participate in an event at IIM-Ahmedabad.

"In response to similar allegations in November 2012 during his visit to India, then Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, radicalism and violence shouldn't be "confused with people's right in Canada to advocate a political position". On Friday he'll be accorded ceremonial reception at forecourts of Rashtrapati Bhavan. Three days ago, Trudeau's officials denied Indian media reports that Singh - the head of that province's government - was to serve as Trudeau's tour guide at the temple, and said no meeting was planned. While Modi and Trudeau spoke up against protectionism in the global economy. The talks will be followed by a conference of young change-makers on February 24. Among the delegation which have sought his appointment include representatives of the Indian Film industry.

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