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Army Chief in Sikkim amid standoff with China

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Gangtok, June 29, 2017: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Thursday arrived in Sikkim to take stock of the security scenario amid a stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops along the border in the area.

According to sources, the Army chief will review the security situation, and may also visit some forward areas.

Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) personnel breached the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Sikkim sector and destroyed two makeshift Indian Army bunkers earlier this month in Lalten area of Doka La sector.

The Chinese Defence Ministry confirmed the border trouble but accused Indian troops of crossing the boundary into China “in an attempt to prevent a road construction” by the Chinese side.

The Defence Ministry and Army have made no official comment on the incident yet.

Doka La is located in the Chumbi valley, and the area where the aggression took place is not far from the corridor of rail and road that connects to northeastern India.

Also close to the area, Bhutan and China have a border issue along Tibet. China is at present extending a rail line close the the border here.

The Defence Ministry, for a long time, has been maintaining that there are no transgressions along the India-China border and the issue is of different perceptions of the boundary. The Defence Minister has repeated the line several times, including in answers to Parliament questions, in response to queries about Chinese transgression in the Indian side.

In reaction to the border face-off, China has refused to let the first batch of around 50 Indian pilgrims, who were supposed to travel to Kailash Mansarovar Lake in Tibet, go through the Nathu La route.

The development comes amid bilateral tensions over various issues, including India boycotting the One Belt One Road summit in Beijing and China scuttling India’s NSG bid.

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Petrol prices at 3-year high; diesel at record high

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New Delhi, Jan 24: Petrol and diesel prices kept spiralling even on Wednesday, touching new highs in the national capital and other metros.

Petrol was sold at Rs 72.43 per litre in Delhi, the highest in three years. It cost Rs 72.51 on August 2014, according to data from Indian Oil Corp.

In Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai, petrol was sold at Rs 75.13, Rs 80.30 and Rs 75.12 per litre respectively, also at over three-year high levels.

The previous highs were Rs 75.46 (Kolkata, October 2014), Rs 80.60 (Mumbai, August 2014) and Rs 75.78 per litre (Chennai, August 2014).

Similarly, diesel prices, which have been touching new levels, shot up further on Wednesday across all major cities.

In Delhi, diesel was sold Rs 63.38 per litre. In Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai, it cost Rs 66.04, Rs 67.50 and Rs 66.84 a litre respectively.

Diesel is widely used to transport goods including food products. Experts say this will push up inflation.

Several factors like production curbs by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and high demand have led to a surge in crude oil prices. As on January 24, price of the Brent crude oil hovered around $70 a barrel.

Also, daily price revision in India allows for a rise in domestic fuel prices in accordance with international trends. The earlier system of price determination of petrol had a waiting period of 15 days.

On the other hand, imposition of state taxes and levies generally hikes prices. Currently, the two fuels do not come under the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax.

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Fodder scam: Lalu Yadav, Jagannath Mishra gets five years jail term

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Ranchi, Jan 24: A special CBI court on Wednesday sentenced former Bihar Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra to five years jail term in a fodder scam case.

Along with the imprisonment, the court imposed fine of Rs 5 lakhs to both leaders.

Special court judge S.S. Prasad announced the judgment in the case, which is related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.67 crore from Chaibasa treasury in 1992-1993.

The allegation is that Rs 33.67 crore was withdrawn on fake allotment letters. The actual sanction of amount was Rs 7.10 lakh.

In all there are 56 accused, including former Chief Secretary of Jharkhand Sajal Chakraborty. Sajjal was Deputy Commissioner of West Singhbhum district when the alleged fraudulent withdrawal had taken place.

This is the third case in which Lalu Yadav and Jagannth Mishra are accused.

At present, the RJD Chief is in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Central Jail, as he was awarded a three-and-a-half year sentence on January 6 this year in a fodder scam relating to fraudulent withdrawal from Deoghar treasury.

Lalu Yadav was first convicted in a fodder scam case in 2013 and was sentenced five years’  of jail term.

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Won’t Let Padmaavat Release, says Karni Sena Chief

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Jaipur, Jan 24 : The Supreme Court’s green signal for countrywide screening of “Padmaavat”  notwithstanding, Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi on Wednesday said the Rajput organisation won’t allow the Sanjay Leela Bhansali helmed to be released as it depicts the Rajput queen in less than honourable light.

“We are adamant on our stand that this film should be banned. January 25 may come and go but we won’t let the film release, come what may,” Kalvi stated.

He urged  people for a self-imposed curfew to boycott the movie that “insults the mother, Rani Padmavati”.

On being asked about the violence being perpetrated in the name of banning the movie, Kalvi stated it was “sad”, but held Bhansali responsible for it.

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