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Xi, Modi unlikely to meet at G20 due to border row

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Beijing, July 6 : Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are unlikely to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit, with Beijing saying on Thursday that “the atmosphere is not right” due to their border stand-off.

The two leaders were expected to meet at the Hamburg summit in a bid to resolve the simmering border dispute in the mountainous Sikkim sector.

“The atmosphere is not right for a bilateral meeting between President Xi and Prime Minister Modi,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry official said.

The Foreign Ministry made it more evident by saying that the “trespass” by Indian troops into Chinese territory “had damaged the political foundations of bilateral relations between China and India.

“As for the arrangement of the bilateral meeting (at G20) between President Xi and Prime Minister Modi, I have to point out that recently Indian troops trespassed into China and obstructed normal activities of Chinese troops in Doklam region,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang.

“This endangers China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and damaged the political foundations of bilateral relations between China and India.

“Regarding the bilateral meeting of President Xi and PM Modi, we will release it in a timely manner,” Geng added.

“We hope India can immediately withdraw the border troops to the Indian side of the boundary and uphold peace and tranquillity of the China-India border areas.

“I think this is the pre-condition for any meaningful peace talks between the two sides.”

At the same time, Geng warned that India would have face “serious consequences” if it did not withdraw troops from Doklam.

The official said Doklam was well within the Chinese territory but India’s action had changed the status quo. “Only when India pulls back troops, the status quo will be restored.

“Under the pretext of protecting Bhutan, India has illegally entered China’s territory hindering negotiation process between China and Bhutan,” the official added.

Thursday’s development came a day after calls by the state-run Chinese media for a war with India.

In its sharpest comment since the Indian and Chinese troops scuffled in Doklam, the Global Times said on Wednesday that China must teach India “a bitter lesson”.

The newspaper said in an editorial that China would inflict greater losses on India than it did in the 1962 war if New Delhi incited a military conflict.

It also said that the Indians would be “kicked out” of Doklam by the Chinese military.

Beijing has also hinted that the development could derail the boundary talks between India and China.

China also said that India had “trampled upon” the Panchsheel pact by illegally entering into Chinese territory.

Indian and Chinese troops have been engaged in a stand-off in Doklam on the Sikkim sector since the middle of June.

India has said Beijing’s action to “unilaterally determine tri-junction points” violated a 2012 India-China pact which says the boundary would be decided by consulting all the concerned parties.

The two countries, which fought a brief but bitter war in 1962, share a little over 200 km of border in the Sikkim sector.

 

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Loan scam: CBI registers FIRs against 22 PNB employees

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Central Bureau of Investigation’s Bhopal branch on Friday registered 22 cases against the employees of Punjab National Bank and others and conducted simultaneous raids in Bhopal and Ujjain for alleged fraudulent disbursement of loans and credit limits to different private parties dealing in the business of coal during the period from 2011 to 2016.

The investigations revolve around four branches in Bhopal and Ujjain (MP) and FIRs were registered on the basis of complaint lodged by the bank.

“It is alleged that the employees of the bank fraudulently sanctioned and disbursed loans and credit limit to different private parties dealing in the business of Coal. Loans were sanctioned against exorbitant valuation of the collateral securities,” said CBI officials.

Beneficiaries had disposed of the primary security of Coal without depositing the proceeds with the bank, thereby causing wrongful loss to the bank to the tune of Rs 80 crore.

The offices as well as houses of accused persons are being searched at 47 places in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Maharastra and Punjab, during which incriminating documents have been recovered and seized.

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Over 230 officials transferred ahead of Tripura elections

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Agartala, Jan 20: Ahead of the February 18 polls, more than 230 officials, including 10 returning officers, besides police, have been transferred in Tripura to comply with the poll panel’s orders, an official stated here on Saturday.

In total 180 police officials, 58 civil administration officials, including 10 returning officers, have been transferred since last week in the state, following the Election Commission’s (EC) orders and the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

The poll panel enforced MCC on Thursday.

On late Friday night, 58 civil administration officials were transferred and asked to join their new postings within 24 hours, news agency IANS quoted an Election official was saying.

Out of the 58, other than the 10 returning officers, six were sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs).

Prior to this, last week the Tripura Police Authority transferred 180 police officers, including 20 Officers-in-Charge (OCs) of police stations and 29 Deputy Superintendent of Police rank officers.

Tripura Chief Electoral Officer Sriram Taranikanti stated that altogether 40 all-women polling stations would be set up in 40 of the 60 assembly constituencies in eight districts of the state.

“This is the first time in Tripura that so many polling stations would be set up for exclusive deployment of women polling staffs,” the official told the media persons.

Voting will take place in 3,214 polling stations across Tripura.

A two-member EC team led by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain held a slew of meetings with senior officials, including Director General of Police Akhil Kumar Sukhla, since Thursday and reviewed the poll preparations.

The EC team, which visited all the eight districts during the last three days, left here on Saturday for the national capital.

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SC bench headed by CJI to hear Loya case

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New Delhi, Jan 20: The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra will hear on Monday two petitions seeking an independent probe into the death of Special CBI Court judge B.M. Loya who was holding the trial in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh staged shootout case.

The supplementary cause list issued on Saturday lists the petitions by social activist Tehseen Poonawala and Maharashtra-based journalist Bandhuraj Sambhaji Lone before the bench of Chief Justice Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud.

Earlier, the two petitions were being heard by the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra.

The allocation of Judge Loya’s matter to a relatively junior bench was one of the bones of contention raised by four rebel judges in their unprecedented press conference on January 12.

The bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra on January 17 recused itself from hearing the matter after the bench directed that all the documents furnished by the Maharashtra government to the court relating to the death of Judge Loya be shared with the petitioners seeking independent probe.

The case came into limelight as BJP president Amit Shah was allegedly one of the accused in the case. Shah was later discharged by the Special CBI court trying the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case.

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