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Economic Times | 23 Jun, 2020 | 12.02AM IST
The Congress said there were 3,289 ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 2019 alone, the highest in 16 years, up from 583 in 2014, and asked Nadda to question Modi.
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The important news from today:
- India, China hold second round of Lt Gen talks
- Army reviews situation at the border
- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh leaves for three-day Russia visit
- India to expedite arms deliveries from Russia
- Congress and JP Nadda have war of words over Galwan incident
Indian Weightlifting Federation decides not to use China-made equipment
“We have decided not to use China-made equipment, keeping in mind the interest of the nation. Whatever has happened in the past few days on the border is not good,” IWLF Secretary-General Sahdev Yadav told ANI.
Stricter scrutiny for Chinese investments?
- The Centre is said to be mulling a plan to frame stricter and thorough scrutiny of investments from China, which use indirect routes to reach India.
- Accordingly, key government departments are brainstorming over the issue which has got amplified after the two Asian nations collided deep in the Himalayas.
- While security concerns were earlier present the added dimension of confrontation between the armies of the two countries has fast tracked the proposal.
- Recently, the Centre amended an old policy to mandate companies, entities and individuals from countries that share a land border with India to seek the government’s permission for investing in corporations here.
- However, a lacuna was still left out which allowed investments to be re-routed through a third country or jurisdiction to reach India.
- Now this is being rectified with stricter structuring norms. Besides, stricter checks on Chinese investments in stock markets are also being proposed.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh leaves for Russia
C Krishniah Chetty Group stops using Chinese-origin pearls
Government to expedite 32 road projects along border with China
- Amidst the continuing standoff between the Indian Army and China’s PLA, the Centre on Monday reviewed ongoing road projects along the Sino-Indian border, and decided to expedite work on 32 of them, according to officials.
- The decision was taken at a high-level meeting convened by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), and attended by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) among others.
- A total of 73 roads are being constructed along the Sino-Indian border. Of these, the CPWD is working on 12 and the BRO on 61, under the direct supervision of the MHA, which is the nodal authority for all border infrastructure-related projects.
Top Indian Army officers discuss crises on Northern, Western fronts
- Indian Army chief, General Manoj Mukund Naravane chaired the second phase of the Army Commanders Conference to review the operational situation on both the Northern and Western fronts.
- All top commanders, including Northern Command chief Lt. General Y.K. Joshi, are taking part in the two-day meet.
- The army commanders have come together to discuss the whole gamut of India’s operational situation on both the Northern and Western fronts.
- The two day second phase of the conference follows the first phase held from May 27 to May 29.
- During the first phase, Indian Army top leadership had discussed China’s transgression attempts in Ladakh and Sikkim regions.
- After the conference ends on Tuesday, General Naravane is set to leave for Ladakh and Kashmir to take stock of volatile ground situation in both places.
Ask Modi about 2,264 Chinese incursions: Congress
- The Congress has hit back at BJP president J.P. Nadda who accused former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of surrendering Indian territory to China.
- The Congress challenged Nadda to raise questions about Chinese transgressions during BJP rule.
- Launching a scathing attack on the BJP president, Randeep Surjewala, chief spokesperson of the Congress, said, “Dear Sh. Nadda, Please show courage to ask Modi government about 2,264 Chinese transgressions since 2015, martyrdom of 471 jawans; 253 civilians in Jammu and Kashmir alone, highest in 30 years.”
- The Congress said there were 3,289 ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 2019 alone, the highest in 16 years, up from 583 in 2014.
Army Commanders Conference, ACC-20 is being conducted on 22-23 June, 2020 to review the operational situation on bo… https://t.co/goV5QnTrc4
— ANI (@ANI) 1592825774000
Jaishankar to join Chinese, Russian ministers at RIC meet
- External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will join his Chinese and Russian counterparts at a virtual conference of the Russia-India-China trilateral on Tuesday, against the backdrop of New Delhi’s frayed ties with Beijing over the Galwan Valley clashes.
- As the June 15 incident triggered fears of fresh confrontation between troops of India and China, Russia is learnt to have reached out to both the countries, urging them to resolve the border row through talks.
Defence Minister to seek equipment urgently from Russia
- Amid heightened tensions with China, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh plans to request Russia to urgently supply spares and associated equipment to India for its fighter planes, submarines and battle tanks through air route instead of sea route using ships.
- Singh will be in Russia on a three-day visit where he will meet top Russian political leadership and is expected to update them about the present situation on the Ladakh front.
- The sources said the equipment was earlier supposed to be supplied to India through the sea route in ships but was stuck there for several months due to COVID-19.
- During talks with the Russian leaders, the Defence Minister will also ask them to expedite the delivery of the S-400 air defence systems which are supposed to be delivered by the end of next year.
Visuals from Karol Bagh protest
Delhi: Members of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) burn Chinese goods in Karol Bagh to protest against… https://t.co/duPSzwoN7z
— ANI (@ANI) 1592819899000
Traders hold protest in Delhi, burn Chinese goods
- Traders’ body CAIT on Monday burnt Chinese goods in Delhi’s main market Karol Bagh to demonstrate their resentment and anger against the killing of 20 Indian soldiers in clashes with the Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley last week.
- The protesting traders led by Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal were briefly detained by the police and taken to the Karol Bagh Police Station.
China declines to react to V K Singh’s remarks that 40 PLA soldiers killed in Galwan Valley clash
- China on Monday declined to comment on Union Minister and former Indian Army chief Gen (retd) V K Singh’s remarks that more than 40 Chinese soldiers were killed in the Galwan Valley clash in eastern Ladakh, saying it has no information to release on the issue.
- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, during a media briefing, reiterated that “China and India are in communication with each other to resolve the situation on the ground through diplomatic and military channels”.Asked about the remarks of Singh, he said: “I have no information to release on that.”
Colonel (Retd) Sonam Wangchuk
- We should raise more battalions of Ladakh Scouts because troops of the Scouts belong to this area, they are adapted to the place and environment and familiar with the terrain which is very important: Colonel (Retd) Sonam Wangchuk in Leh.
Both the government and the opposition have to work with full maturity and solidarity: BSP president Mayawati
1. अभी हाल ही में 15 जून को लद्दाख में चीनी सेना के साथ हुए संघर्ष में कर्नल सहित 20 सैनिकों की मौत से पूरा देश का… https://t.co/1YdoF9RHw8
— Mayawati (@Mayawati) 1592806311000
Chinese hacker groups could target Indian businesses
- Indian businesses and media houses could be under attack by Chinese state sponsored hacker groups according to chatter uncovered on the dark web. In the last 10 days, there has been extended conversations in the Chinese hacking communities discussing ways to ‘teach India a lesson’, according to Cyfirma, a Singapore-headquartered cyber security firm. It said that the hackers expressed frustration with India, using statements like “this is one nation who doesn’t listen to us”.
- According to Cyfirma, there are plans afoot to try and steal sensitive data, denial of service or deface websites or launching malicious phishing campaigns targeting Indian government websites and corporates in the telecommunications, pharma, smartphone and construction industries.
Today we are fighting two wars against China: Delhi CM
#WATCH Our country is fighting 2 wars against China – one at border & another against virus from China. We have to… https://t.co/sH9pSFIxW0
— ANI (@ANI) 1592812156000
Dr Manmohan Singh belongs to the same party which helplessly surrendered over 43,000 KM of Indian territory to the Chinese: JP Nadda
Dr. Manmohan Singh belongs to the same party which: Helplessly surrendered over 43,000 KM of Indian territory to… https://t.co/1KR8eV1Dea
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) 1592809823000
Manmohan Singh’s comments on Ladakh merely wordplay.
– J P Nadda, BJP President
BJP President hits back at former PM
Dear Dr. Singh and Congress Party, Please stop insulting our forces repeatedly, questioning their valour. You did… https://t.co/tn6vy4JxhE
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) 1592809893000
India-China meet underway
- This is the second meeting between the two Corps Commanders after June 6 where they had agreed to disengage at multiple locations and India had asked them to go back to pre-May 4 military positions along the LAC.
- The Chinese have not given any response to the Indian proposal and have not even shown any intent on the ground to withdraw its troops from rear positions where they have amassed over 10,000 troops.
- India is also likely to discuss the change in rules of engagement on the LAC where the forces have been empowered to use firearms in extraordinary circumstances, the sources said.
Hope PM follows Manmohan Singh’s advice for country’s betterment: Rahul Gandhi
- After former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh targetted the Centre over India-China border tension asserting that “disinformation was no substitute for either diplomacy or decisive leadership”, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that he hopes Prime Minister Narendra Modi will follow Singh’s advice for the country’s betterment. Taking To Twitter, Gandhi scion shared statement of Dr Singh and wrote: “Important advice by former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. For the betterment of India, I hope the Prime Minister will follow his advice humbly.”
Corps Commander-level meet
- Second meeting between 14 Corps Commander Lt-General Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military District chief Major General Liu Lin, on the lines of the one they held at the Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting (BPM) point in eastern Ladakh on June 6, began at 11.30 am today.
Another meeting to defuse tension
India and China to hold Corps Commander-level meeting at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control op… https://t.co/iGHJvihTDP
— ANI (@ANI) 1592805535000
Will bulletproof jackets have Chinese connection?
- As various government departments are preparing measures to reduce dependence on Chinese imports, eyes are now on the home ministry that is set to procure close to 50,000 bulletproof jackets — including some for the Indo Tibetan Border Force (ITBP) that is posted on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and has been involved in a tussle that took place at Pangong Tso lake.
- The defence ministry’s insistence on continuing with an order for 180,000 bulletproof jackets, even after it came to light that the vendor had switched the critical raw material supplier from western sources to Chinese companies last year, has led to a situation where other forces too could get similar products.
Home Ministry reviews border infrastructure
- Amid diplomatic and military talks with China, the Union home ministry held a review of the border infrastructure with officials from the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). Officials from the Border Management Division at the MHA discussed the ongoing projects and the existing bottlenecks in Arunachal Pradesh, Ladakh and Sikkim, officials added.
- While the BRO is responsible for laying 3,191 km of road at an expenditure of Rs 23,650 crore, the home ministry’s BM division has sanctioned 855.26 km for Rs 2777.08 crore to develop infrastructure in the border areas shared with China, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, as per officials.
PM must be mindful of implications of his words: Manmohan on Ladakh standoff
- In his first remarks on the Ladakh face-off, former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said PM Narendra Modi must be mindful of the implications of his words and cannot allow China to use them as a vindication of its position.
- Noting that disinformation is no substitute for diplomacy or decisive leadership, Singh called upon the prime minister to ensure justice for soldiers who died defending India’s territorial integrity.
- “To do any less would be a historic betrayal of people’s faith,” he said in a statement.
- Noting that the country is standing at the historic cross-roads, he said the government’s decisions and actions will have serious bearings on how the future generations perceive us.
Rahul Gandhi on Manmohan Singh’s statement
पूर्व प्रधानमंत्री डॉ. मनमोहन सिंह जी की महत्वपूर्ण सलाह। भारत की भलाई के लिए, मैं आशा करता हूँ कि PM उनकी बात को… https://t.co/oIHZu1qoEw
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1592800286000
Global Times on Chinese causalities
The reason why China did not release casualties number is that China also wants to avoid an escalation. If China re… https://t.co/2O8gqZFPgt
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) 1592798792000
Fistfight at 14,000 feet: Here’s what happened at Galwan Valley
- Indian troops put up a strong fight at the Galwan Valley on Monday night and the casualties took place after the Chinese side brought in aggressive reinforcements following a tiff over the removal of an illegal structure, according to accounts emerging from the debriefing of soldiers involved in the scuffle.
- While the Army has not given any official account of the incident, sources aware of the developments said that most of the casualties look place at around 9 pm on Monday after the PLA descended in large numbers across the LAC to Patrol Point 14.
- According to one version, the Chinese side too suffered substantial casualties, with 17 bodies being handed over to them the following day. As reported earlier, sources said that over 40 stretchers were spotted on the other side –– though it was not known if the soldiers were injured or dead.
The Prime Minister must always be mindful of the implications of his words and declarations on our Nation’s security as also strategic and territorial interests.
– Manmohan Singh, Former PM
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
Leaving for Moscow on a three day visit. The visit to Russia will give me an opportunity to hold talks on ways to f… https://t.co/grkrvVMdlR
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) 1592797371000
Disinformation is no substitute for diplomacy or decisive leadership.
– Manmohan Singh, Former PM
Former PM Dr Manmohan Singh
- The Prime Minister cannot allow them to use his words as a vindication of their position and must ensure that all organs of the government work together to tackle this crisis and prevent it from escalating further.
We cannot and will not be cowed down by threats and intimidation nor permit a com-promise with our territorial integrity.
– Dr Manmohan Singh, Former PM
Press Statement by Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh
This is a moment where we must stand together as a nation and be united in our response to this brazen threat: Pres… https://t.co/4ZnVScVdbj
— Congress (@INCIndia) 1592796791000
‘Batman, not bats’: Jibe at China in Army’s Bihar Regiment tribute
- Hours after PM Narendra Modi saluted the valour of the Bihar Regiment in the Galwan Valley skirmish with Chinese troops, a video tweeted by the Army’s Northern Command late Saturday to celebrate the unit’s battle history appeared to take a dig at China with the legend: “Born to fight. They do what they do. They are not the bats. They are the Batman.”
- The 1-minute, 57-second clip begins with the line “Friends, Indians, countrymen, lend me your years” and harks back to the Kargil conflict 21 years ago before going on to illustrate how the Bihar Regiment has its name etched on every major milestone for the Army – 1857, 1948, 1965, 1971 and 1999.
- The video makes no reference to Galwan Valley, where the 20 soldiers killed fighting the PLA were from the Bihar Regiment. Their story is told through pictures of three of the soldiers killed in action, including the 16th Battalion commander Col B Santosh Babu. The Batman tribute comes just before the voice-over ends with the Bihar Regiment’s war cry, “Bajrang Bali Ki Jai”, followed by a paean to the armed forces.
- While there was no official word from the Army or the creator of the video, Maj Akhill Pratap, the comparison between “bats” and the caped crusader Batman had Twitter in a tizzy over the inferred China-coronavirus connection. Till 7.30pm on Sunday, the pinned tweet on the handle @NorthernComd.IA had received more than 11.4k likes and been shared 5.4k times.
Govt changes LAC rules, gives forces ‘full freedom’ to ‘respond adequately’
- India is determined to impose costs on Chinese troops if they attempt any further misadventure on the border, officials said on Sunday after defence minister Rajnath Singh reviewed operational readiness along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with the military brass here. The armed forces have been given “full freedom” to respond in an “adequate and proportionate manner” to any hostile act in accordance with their judgement. “They have been told not to start a fight, but also not to hold back in the event of any ground intrusion or breach of airspace. The Army, Navy and IAF reported satisfactory levels of preparedness and high operational alertness along the LAC,” an official said.
Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to Indian soldiers martyred in Ladakh
हमारे भाइयों को श्रद्धांजलि। हमारे लिए आपने सर्वस्व निछावर कर दिया। ये बलिदान हम कभी नहीं भूलेंगे। https://t.co/GU63As8wEV
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1592790773000
Countering China | India to urge Russia to rush delivery of S-400 system
- India will press Russia to consider expediting the delivery of the S-400 Triumf anti-missile system during defence minister Rajnath Singh’s three-day visit to Russia starting Monday. The urgency comes amid heightened tensions along the India-China border.
- Moscow is believed to have delayed delivery of the $5.4-billion system to December 2021due to Covid-19 constraints. India had completed large payments for the system last year.
Modi’s LAC comments ‘endorsed Chinese position’, says Congress
- “Has not the PM in a way endorsed the Chinese position that they never intruded into our territories. The PM must explain,” Congress leader Kapil Sibal said. “Let no one in the central government remain in denial. Until the Chinese retreat and status quo ante is restored, our government should not let up or appear to cede any part of these territories to the Chinese,” he added.
Opposition MPs demand Parliament panel meeting, briefing by foreign secretary on Galwan incident
- A meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on external affairs should be called at the earliest and briefed by the foreign secretary, defence secretary and other top officials on the violent faceoff with China in which 20 Indian soldiers died, several panel members from the opposition parties said on Sunday.
Public are expressing anti-China opinion all over the country
- Public are expressing anti-China opinion all over the country by holding protests and also paying homage to the martyrs. There is a need to voluntarily boycott Chinese products to the extent possible: G Kishan Reddy, MoS Home Affairs
Fighter jets roar in the sky as Leh falls silent
- The continuous roaring of fighter jets ripping the skies of Leh in Ladakh on Sunday shattered the calm of this mountainous city as tension escalated along the Line of Actual Control between India and China.
Congress working to dent morale of country’s soldiers: J P Nadda
- Amid the ongoing border standoff with China, the BJP on Sunday alleged the Congress is working to dent the morale of the country’s soldiers and said it could take a lesson from the saffron party in playing the role of Opposition.
- BJP chief J P Nadda asserted that every inch of the country is safe under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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