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Canada PM to pay respect at Air India Memorial

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will visit Air India Memorial here to pay respect to the victims of 1985 Kanishka bombing that killed 329 people, mostly of Indian origin.



Toronto: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper will visit Air India Memorial here to pay respect to
the victims of 1985 Kanishka bombing that killed 329 people,
mostly of Indian origin.

Harper, who is likely to make important announcement,
will pay his homage to the victims of Kanishka bombing at the
Air India Memorial on the 25th anniversary tomorrow, sources
said.

S M Gavai, Indian High Commissioner to Canada and a
large number of Indo-Canadian will be attending the 25th
anniversary of tragedy.

An Air India Flight 182, Kanishka plunged into the
Atlantic on June 23, 1985, after an explosion in the aircraft
killing all 329 people on board.

A probe led by retired Supreme Court Justice John
Major last week blamed the Canadian police and intelligence
for laxity in not detecting the bombs.

The Candian Prime Minister assured the family members
of the victims of the Kanishka bombing that the government
would respond "positively" to the recommendations made by an
inquiry committee and said compensation would be offered to
all.

Harper, who met the families of the victims, mostly
Indian-origin hours after the report was made public last
week, told them the government would provide compensation to
them.

In his 3200-page report, Kanishka inquiry commissioner
Major criticised the way successive governments treated
the families.

The report blamed the Royal Canadian Mounted Police,
the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and successive
federal governments for the tragedy.

During his visit to Toronto for the G-20 Summit from
June 25, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet his
Canadian counterpart Harper for a "substantive" bilateral
engagement.

India will sign a civil nuclear energy agreement with
Canada during Singh’s visit. The nuclear pact would cover
areas of research and development in nuclear energy, nuclear
waste management, radiation safety and environment protection.

According to officials, the bilateral engagement will
give a fresh impetus to the economic and commercial
cooperation between India and Canada in the areas of Science
and Technology, health, agriculture and culture.

A number of agreements and MoUs were under active
negotiations and are likely to be concluded and signed during
the visit. These included cooperation in civil nuclear
energy cooperation, social security, mining, higher education
and culture.

-PTI

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