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China reacts to Jaitley’s remark saying it is also different from 1962

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Beijing, July 3, 2017: Amid rising tensions over their border row, Beijing on Monday responded to India in a similar fashion, saying the China of 2017 was not the China of 1962.

“To some extent, he is right in saying that India in 2017 is different from the India in 1962, just like China is also different,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said, referring to Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley.

Last week, after China warned India to learn from its military debacle of 1962, Jaitley had said India of 2017 is far different from the India of 1962.

“If they are trying to remind us, the situation in 1962 was different, the India of today is different,” Jaitley said at India Today’s Midnight Conclave in response to the reported remark by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) spokesperson.

Read More: India of 2017 different from India of 1962, Says Arun Jaitley

The Indian and Chinese troops had a stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Dokala area close to the Siliguri corridor that connects the rest of India to its north-east.

While Beijing asked New Delhi to withdraw troops from Donglong region, it accused India of infringing upon Bhutan’s sovereignty.

It also said that India was using Bhutan to confuse right with wrong. “In order to cover up the illegal entry of Indian border troops, they distort the facts,” Geng said.

“And even at the expense of the Bhutan’s independence and sovereignty, they try to confuse right with wrong, which is futile.”

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Afghanistan: Blast near office of ‘Save The Children’ aid group in Jalalabad

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Afghan, Jan 25: A blast occurred near office of ‘Save The Children’ aid group in the eastern Afghanistan city of Jalalabad – government official said on Wednesday.

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6.1-magnitude quake hits Jakarta

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Jakarta, Jan 23: An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted the Indonesian capital on Tuesday, damaging dozens of houses and sending people fleeing into the streets in panic.

The earthquake struck around 1.34 p.m. about 100 miles southwest of Jakarta, with its epicentre in the Indian Ocean. There were no immediate reports of casualties, Efe news reported.

Reports said that buildings in the capital shook for several seconds, with some being evacuated. In Lebak district of Banten province, as many as 116 houses were damaged after the quake, an official of the disaster management agency said.

A total of 13 houses were damaged in Serang district of Banten province and four others in West Java province.

Around Jakarta, panicky Indonesians fled schools, office buildings and other high-rises, the New York Times reported.

“It felt like a giant rock had dropped either in the hallway or just outside the building,” said Marcoen Stoop, a Belgian businessman who lives on the 35th floor of an apartment building in Jakarta.

“Then, the building started swaying and the swaying increased steadily,” he added, saying the rocking lasted less than a minute.

In 2004, a powerful quake in the northern part of Sumatra Island triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed around 230,000 people in a dozen countries, mostly in Indonesia.

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Powerful 8.2 magnitude Earth Quake jolts Alaska

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New Delhi, Jan 23: A powerful earthquake of 8.2 magnitude shook the coast of Alaska on Tuesday. Following this tsunami warning has been issued across the United States.

The quake hit 300 km southeast of Kodiak at a depth of 10 km at 12.21 a.m., the US Geological Survey said.

The US National Tsunami Warning Centre issued a tsunami alert for areas that included the coast of Alaska to British Columbia and the border with Washington State, and a tsunami watch all the way down to the border of Mexico and the coast of Hawaii, the New York Times reported.

Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, issued an extreme warning, saying there was “extraordinary threat to life or property”.

The alert told people to seek refuge on higher grounds in affected areas. Authorities said that based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, “widespread hazardous tsunami waves were possible”.

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