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Boundary, additional CBMs, trade to mark Modi-Xi talks

Modi and Xi may also decide on when the next round of special representative talks on the border could take place, the sources said.

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New Delhi, Oct 9 (IANS) With peace and tranquility along the border being a “high priority”, India and China would look at additional Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) during the second informal summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu on October 11-12, sources said.

The summit would see both the leaders hold extensive informal conversations amidst the historical backdrop of the seaside town of Mahabalipuram in an “easy going” atmosphere, sources said.

The meeting between the two leaders would be the third after Modi’s re-election in May. The two had met in Bishkek on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, and in Osaka on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

It will also be their sixth meeting since the Wuhan informal meeting of last year, highlighting the readiness between the two sides to keep up the momentum, the sources added.

With peace and tranquility along the border remaining a high priority, and with “no agreed perception” of the Line of Actual Control, which has led to skirmishes between the troops of the two nations in the Ladakh area and also in Doklam, the two leaders may decide on having additional CBMs.

Modi and Xi may also decide on when the next round of special representative talks on the border could take place, the sources said.

The two leaders would also exchange views on deepening the India-China Closer Development Partnership, besides holding talks on trade and on overarching issues of bilateral, regional and global importance, sources added.

The talks will also be attended by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval from the Indian side, while Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi would be there from the Chinese side.

Jaishankar and Doval have met their counterparts earlier too, and there is likelihood of them holding separate meetings with their counterparts at Mahabalipuram, the sources added.

“The political relations have gone well, the Foreign Ministers of the two sides have met. There have been exchanges between the defence ministries and the home ministries. There has been a fair amount of exchange,” the sources added.

Being heavily tilted in China’s favour, trade remains an issue of concern.

During their meeting, Modi and Xi would also discuss the joint counter-terror cooperation exercise that is held in December.

Ways to boost people-to-people exchanges would also be in focus during the talks, as well as the celebration of 70 years of the establishment of bilateral relations, the sources added.

Modi and Xi will look at concrete events to mark 70 years of bilateral relationship, the sources said.

The two leaders could also discuss the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that is set to be formalised during the upcoming East Asia Summit in Thailand next month.

Issues of flexibility of tariff lines would also figure in the talks, the sources added.

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Father of Bengaluru girl condemns her pro-Pak slogan

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Bengaluru, Feb 21 (IANS) Father of Bengaluru girl Amulya, who has been arrested on sedition charges, on Friday condemned his daughter for shouting pro Pakistan slogan at an anti-CAA rally on Thursday here.

“I condemn Amulya for shouting pro-Pakistan slogan at the rally and disown her views on CAA, NRC or NPR. I was not aware about her act till a friend called and told me about it last (Friday) night,” Oswald Naronha told a local news channel from his home at Koppa in Karnataka’s Chikkamagaluru district.

Koppa is about 320km west of Bengaluru in the southern state.

Earlier in the day, Amulya was sent to 14-day judicial custody after police arrested and produced her before a local magistrate in a sedition case filed suo motu against her.

“I also advised her not to criticise Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for enacting the CAA. She does not listen to us. She has gone out of our control. I am sad and unhappy that she got into trouble for her views,” Naronha lamented.

Meanwhile, Naronha filed a complaint in a local police station at Koppa against some unidentified BJP activists for allegedly attacking his house in Koppa for Amulya’s pro-Pakistan slogans.

“The activists vandalised our house by smashing window glass panes, flower pots and damaging other household things,” Naronha said in the complaint.

The 19-year-old is a second year student in a degree college pursuing BA in literature, sociology, psychology and journalism.

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Minor fire in Mumbai cloth shop, doused

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Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) A minor fire broke out in a cloth shop in Dadar in Central Mumbai early Friday morning, which was later doused, officials said.

There was no casualty, even as the fire’s cause is being probed.

At least four fire tenders were rushed to the shop located within the Ranjit Studio compound near Chitra Talkies.

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Delhi Metro: Services at Yellow Line resume after brief halt

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New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Yellow line of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), running from Delhi Haat INA to Huda City Centre, resumed after a brief halt on Friday.

Due to the inadvertent delay, several passengers remained stranded on the metro platform at the peak hours in the morning. The cause of delay, however, remains to be unknown.

“Yellow Line Update. Delay in service from Delhi Haat INA to Huda City Centre. Normal service on all other lines,” the DMRC tweeted at 10 a.m.

After about 20 minutes, the rail corporation again tweeted that normal services have been restored. “Yellow Line Update Normal service has resumed.”

The Delhi Metro’s Yellow Line connects Samaypur Badli in Delhi to HUDA City Centre in Gurgaon.

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