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New camps set up by China, India deploys more troops in Eastern Ladakh

The killings of 20 Indian Army soldiers were the first fatalities faced by the Indian Army in a clash with the PLA since 1975 when an Indian patrol was ambushed in Arunachal Pradesh.

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New Delhi, June 25 : The situation in the four flash points — Galwan Valley, Hot Springs, Depsang and Pangong Lake — in Eastern Ladakh is still tense despite military-level talks between India and China ending on a positive trajectory, sources said on Thursday.

India has increased deployment of forces and big guns by manifold across these places as the tension has escalated, said a senior government official, adding that China too has been building defence infrastructure on the other side.

At Pangong Lake, Chinese troops have moved up to Finger 4 where they have brought over 120 vehicles and a dozen boats. The Chinese army has also opened up a new front in the area near the Depsang Bulge, a table-top plateau north of Galwan. They have built camps and deployed vehicles and troops.

The build up by the Chinese army has again started at Patrol Point 14 in Galwan, Patrol Point 15 in Kongka La and Patrol Point 17 in Hot Springs, even though they had agreed to remove defence infrastructure.

Further, defying the agreed mutual consensus to disengage, the Chinese People”s Liberation Army troops have returned to Patrol Point 14 in Galwan Valley where the barbaric attack took place on June 15, in which 20 Indian Army soldiers were killed.

The PLA has even set up tents and an observation point exactly where they were on June 15, sources said, adding that the Chinese have returned with huge reinforcements even after they agreed to withdraw their troops and dismantle their setups.

Sources said that during the 11-hour-long Corps Commander-level talks between India and China on June 22, it was stated that there was “mutual consensus to disengage”. It was also stated that “modalities for disengagement from all friction areas in Eastern Ladakh were discussed”.

The Corps Commanders of the two countries” militaries had met at Moldo to resolve the border issue and ease tension in Eastern Ladakh. This was their second meeting after the first one on June 6.

The meeting took place between 14 Corps Commander Lt. Gen Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military District chief Major General Liu Lin and it happened on the lines of the one they held at the Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting point in Eastern Ladakh on June 6.

However, Chinese Army troops were back at the same location where the conflict took place. The Chinese Army deployment is a major concern for the Indian government, but the forces in Eastern Ladakh are ready for any conflict, sources said.

On June 15, the clash occurred on the south bank of Galwan river, which flows in an east-west direction before its confluence with the Shyok river.

The killings of 20 Indian Army soldiers were the first fatalities faced by the Indian Army in a clash with the PLA since 1975 when an Indian patrol was ambushed in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Indian Army said that its soldiers went to the spot where the clashes happened without any animosity to check if the de-escalation agreement was being followed as promised, and were displaying friendly gestures to the Chinese side when they were attacked.

Sources said that Indian soldiers were outnumbered by 1:5 ratio when they came under a “savage attack” from the Chinese soldiers at Patrolling Point 14.

“The numbers were stacked up against the Indian Army troops. Yet, the Indian side decided to fight the PLA…,” a source had said.

China had also used thermal imaging drones to trace the Indian Army soldiers scattered on the treacherous terrain before brutally attacking them.

“It was the deadliest attack carried on Indian Army personnel by the Chinese military personnel in our memory,” the government source said.

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Akali Dal to hold ‘chakka jam’ in Punjab on Sept 25

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The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the BJP”s oldest ally, on Tuesday announced road blockades across Punjab on September 25 to protest against the contentious farm Bills passed by Parliament.

Rajya Sabha passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 during the day. It had cleared the Farmers” Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 on Sunday.

The Bills had been passed by Lok Sabha last week.

“It has been decided to hold a ”chakka jaam” (road blockade) on September 25 in Punjab against these farm Bills,” SAD leader Daljit Singh Cheema said.

He said the party”s senior leaders, workers, farmers and farm labourers would block roads in the state for three hours from 11 am in a peaceful manner.

Notably, around 30 farmers” outfits have already given a call for a complete shutdown in Punjab on September 25 in protest against the Bills.

Party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal would launch a four-day state-wide mass contact programme on September 26 during which he would make party workers aware about the “adverse impact” of these Bills on the farming community, Cheema said.

He added that on October 1, the party leadership would present to the Punjab governor a memorandum addressed to President Ram Nath Kovind. An appeal would be made to take back these Bills, Cheema said.

A Shiromani Akali Dal delegation on Monday had urged the President to come to the rescue of farmers and farm labourers by not giving his assent to the farm Bills.

Last week, SAD leader and Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal had resigned from the Union Cabinet in protest against the Bills. PTI CHS VSD IJT

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Across 55L, India’s active cases dip, recoveries shoot up

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In a major relief India showed a spike of 75,083 fresh coronavirus cases in a day, nearly 20,000 less than its daily surge reported last week. Even though it crossed the 55 lakh-mark of total cases, it continued to show the highest recovery rate, Health Ministry data showed on Tuesday.

There were now 9,75,861 active cases, while 44,97,867 have recovered, with 1,01,468 in the past 24 hours while 1,053 died taking the toll to 88,935.

With a tally of 55,62,663 cases, India’s recovery rate stands at 80.86 per cent, and the fatality rate is 1.60 per cent, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

Even though India rallies behind the US for the total number of coronavirus cases, it has overtaken the country to become number one in terms of global recoveries.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 12,24,380 cases including 33,015 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 9,33,185 sample tests in a single day on Monday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 6,53,25,779.

(IANS)

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PM Modi comes in defence of Harivansh, shares letter to Prez

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New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) After openly coming in support of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday shared a letter written to President Ram Nath Kovind by the Deputy Chairman over the Upper House ruckus issue.

“I read the letter written to the Honourable President by Honourable Harivansh ji. Every word of the letter has given new faith in our belief in democracy. This letter is inspiring and praiseworthy. There is truth and sensitivity in it. My request is, all citizens must read it,” said the Prime Minister.

In the said letter, the Deputy Chairman has listed the “violence” and “intimidation” by a few Rajya Sabha members. He stressed he was born in the village of JP, whose social reform call changed India’s polity in the past. He also mentioned how the ruckus has affected him.

The Deputy Chairman quoted Dinkar and said he would observe a day’s fast against Sunday’s ruckus by a few opposition members in the Upper House.

Earlier Prime Minister Modi tweeted, “Everyone saw 2 days ago how he was humiliated, attacked in the temple of democracy and then the same people sat on a dharna against him. But you will enjoy that today, Harivansh ji made the same people drink tea from his house in the morning.”

The eight suspended MPs, who created a ruckus, had been sitting on a dharna in the Parliament House premises since Monday. The protest was later called off.

–IANS

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