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Chinese troop withdrawal ‘positive’ but need ‘eternal vigil’: Congress

The disengagement between Indian and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops happened as per the agreed terms in the corps commanders’ meeting.

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New Delhi, July 6 : Amid reports of Chinese troops’ withdrawal from the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, former Union minister and Congress leader Anand Sharma termed it as a “positive” development and insisted that there is a need for “eternal vigil”.

“Disengagement and de-escalation on LAC is a priority. India must insist for pull back at Pangong Tso. There is need for eternal vigil,” said Sharma.

The head of foreign affairs department of the Congress also said that China needs to “realise that stability” and peace at the borders and restoration of status quo ante is a must to “rebuild trust.”

The Congress which has been critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his handling of the Chinese transgressions at LAC and has accused him of misleading the nation, gave credit to the Indian Army for the Chinese pull back.

“Proud of our Army for standing firm in nation’s defence,” said Sharma.

Indian and Chinese troops have retreated two kilometres each along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley, where 20 Indian and an unknown number of Chinese soldiers were killed in a violent face-off last month.

Top official sources told IANS that both sides retreated two kilometres simultaneously on Sunday, following several rounds of talks which had begun after the clash on June 15.

The disengagement between Indian and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops happened as per the agreed terms in the corps commanders’ meeting.

With the retreat from both sides, a four kilometre no-man zone has been created. “Four kilometres in the highly mountainous terrain like Galwan valley, deprives both sides to see each other’s installations and reinforcements,” sources said.

The two sides have also agreed, sources said, not to do any aerial surveillance of the retreated area, to rebuild trust which was badly damaged due to the June 15 clash.

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74th Independence Day Celebrations | PM’s address to the Nation – LIVE from the Red Fort

PM Modi to address the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on the occasion of the nation’s 74th year of Independence.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on the occasion of India’s 74th Independence Day as he reaches the Red Fort shortly. Prime Minister Modi will inspect the guard of honour and then unfurl the flag to mark this joyous occasion before his address to the nation.

Citizens of India look forward to the Prime Minister’s seventh address on the 74th Independence Day. The nation will celebrate the Independence Day mostly indoors as the world remains under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Prime Minister has wished the 130 crore people of the nation on the 74th Independence Day. He offered his reverence and gratitude at Rajghat, the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial, where the eternal flame of non-violence keeps burning.

The Independence Day ceremony will have 4000 attendees. As coronavirus numbers grow, all precautions have been taken to maintain social distancing. The celebrations will be held following the Prime Minister’s clarion call against the invisible enemy – Do Gaz ki Doori. The infantrymen, navy and airmen who will be present in the guard of honour have remained in quarantine for the last 15 days.

The defence minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria will be present with the Prime Minister during the event.

WATCH Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation from the Red Fort:

The Prime Minister is expected to thank the key workers who have been vital in the nation’s fight against the coronavirus in his speech. He is also expected to thank and applaud the gallant soldiers who fought the recent Chinese intrusion in Galwan Valley in Ladakh.

The Prime Minister’s speech will focus on self-reliance as India battles along with the entire world to stave off the economic effects the pandemic has brought along with it.

The invitees have already reached the venue. The guests, with masks and ensuring social distancing, are set to celebrate nation’s 74th Independence Day.

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Re-live India’s Freedom Movement with Films Division this Independence Day

The story of Indian patriots, from the time of the Mutiny of 1857 (the First War of Independence) to the martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi is pictorially recorded.

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Delhi, 14 AUG : On the occasion of 74th Independence Day, Films Division has painstakingly collected the rare footages of India’s glorious Freedom Movement. Two documentary films – ‘India wins Freedom’ (22min/B&W/Eng./1985) and ‘India Independent’ (20 min/B&W/Eng./1949) will be screened on 15th August 2020 to mark the celebration of Independence Day.

‘India wins Freedom’ is a part of India’s Struggle for Freedom series, that deals with the arrival of the new Governor General Lord Mountbatten and the several events that took place leading to the transfer of power from the King’s Government to the people of India on August 15.

The film ‘India Independent’ depicts India’s prolonged struggle for freedom. It recreates on screen the history of foreign rule in India for nearly two hundred years. The story of Indian patriots, from the time of the Mutiny of 1857 (the First War of Independence) to the martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi is pictorially recorded.

In addition to this, 14 select films of the Films Division, dedicated to Independence Movement and patriotic spirit are being showcased in an initiative of National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) in the ‘Online Patriotic Film Festival’ running from August 7- 21, 2020. This festival, as a part of Independence Day Celebrations 2020 by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, is streaming at ‘www.cinemasofindia.com’ for free.

To reignite the spirit of patriotism please visit Films Division website https://filmsdivision.org/ and click on “Documentary of the Week” section or follow FD YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/FilmsDivision or log on to ‘www.cinemasofindia.com’ to watch these special films on Independence day.

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35 Delhi Police officers conferred Police Medal for their services

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New Delhi, Aug 15 : Thirty five Delhi Police officers have been conferred police medal for their services during Independence Day celebrations. Out of all, 16 officers were awarded police medal for gallantry, three received president’s police medal for distinguished service and 16 got police medal for meritorious service.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Manishi Chandra, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Govind Sharma, Inspector Vinay Kumar, Inspector Sanjay Gupta, Inspector Rajesh Kumar, Inspector Kailash Singh Bisht, and Dharmendra Kumar, Inspector Ravinder Joshi and Vinod Badola, ASI Shiv Yadav, SI Ajaibeer Singh, SI Devender Singh, Sub-Inspector (SI) Banay Singh and Late Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma (posthumously) have been awarded president’s police medal for gallantry.

Special Commissioner of Police (Intelligence) Rajesh Khurana, ASI Mahesh Singh Yadav and ASI Bhupender Singh have been awarded president’s police medal for distinguished service, while the DCP Amit Roy, DCP Anil Kumar Lall, DCP Mohammad Irshad Haider, ACP Nirmala Devi, ACP kailash Chandra, ACP Rajesh Gaur, ACP Chandra Kanta, Inspector Narender Kumar, Rakesh Kumar and Pramod Kumar, ASI Manju Chauhan, SI Nirmala Devi, ASI Rakesh Kumar Sharma and ASI Sita Ram Yadav, HC Sudhir Kumar and Mukesh Kumar have been conferred police medal for meritorious service.

DCP Manishi Chandra along with Inspector Ravinder Joshi, Inspector Vinod Kumar Badola and SI Banay Singh have been awarded for their bravery while encounter with dreaded criminal Surinder Malik alias Neetu Dabodha on October 24, 2013.

Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, who was killed during ‘Batla House’ encounter in 2008, has been awarded a police gallantry medal posthumously for the seventh time on the occasion of Independence Day. Inspector Sharma was conferred with Ashok Chakra, India’s highest peacetime gallantry award, in 2009. He was also a part of an operation in Jammu where he and his team confronted JEM militants in 2007.

IPS Rajesh Khurana, recently posted as Special Commissioner of Police (Intelligence), in Delhi, has been awarded president’s police medal for distinguished service. He joined Indian Police Service in 1994 and began his professional career as ACP in Central District, Delhi.

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