Canada urges US not to place troops on border

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Ottawa, March 27 | Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that it is in the US and Canada’s interests to keep the border unmilitarised after the United States floated the idea of placing troops on the Canada-US border.

“Canada and the United States have the longest unmilitarized border in the world, and it is very much in both of our interests for it to remain that way,” Trudeau said on Thursday at Rideau Cottage where he has been in self-isolation, Xinhua reported.

The White House is considering deploying 1,000 troops about 25 km from the 8,891-km-long border and using remote sensors to look out for irregular migrants, according to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

After Trudeau’s remarks, Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland told a press conference that Canada is strongly opposed to the U.S. idea of sending troops to the border to intercept illegal migrants as part of the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Canada is strongly opposed to this US proposal and we’ve made that opposition very, very clear to our American counterparts,” Freeland said.

She said Canada became aware of the possibility of troop movements near the border “a couple of days ago.”

“We understand the concerns about the coronavirus. We share those concerns, very much,” she said. “We’ve said we really don’t think this is the right way to treat a trusted friend and military ally.”

Canada and the United States implemented a mutual ban on non-essential travel across the border last week, which includes trips for recreational purposes.

But two sides continued allowing trade, commerce and cross-border essential workers to move back and forth over the border.

The United States caught more than 4,400 migrants at the Canada-US border between October 1, 2018 to September 30 of 2019. About half of those were of Mexican nationality, while 322 were Canadian citizens, according to CBC.

Source: IANS

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Bangalore, April 02, 2020 : The nationwide lockdown to combat Coronavirus outbreak in the country has led to severe difficulties for the poor and homeless people. In an effort to help the needy, Greenwood High International School, has come forward to do their bit to the cause. The school have undertaken the initiative to prepare food for 300 underprivileged families every day and distribute  in and around Sarjapur area with the help of Sarjapur police station. This would be a continuous support from the school authority towards the needy people until the lockdown ends. While distributing the food, the school authority also followed the social distancing norms and ensured that necessary precautionary measures like masks and gloves were used in the entire process to provide clean and hygienic food to the people.

Speaking on this initiative, Ms. Niru Agarwal, Trustee, Greenwood High said: “As much as we believe in inculcating the values of benevolence and philanthropy among our students, we practise these ourselves too. Greenwood High has always been compassionate to help those in need and we continue to do so. We are mindful of contributing to the society in multiple ways and are proud to leverage our sources towards such an important cause. Several NGOs, individuals and businesses are pitching in to help the citizens and government through various initiatives with the hope that humanity would survive these dreadful times of coronavirus onslaught. We believe that only by active collaboration between all the members of the society, we will be able to overcome the impact of this pandemic.”

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