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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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Jammu and Kashmir: Minor injured in clashes in Baramulla district

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Srinagar, May 20 : A nine-year-old boy was seriously injured during clashes between a group of youth and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said on Sunday.

According to the police, Rizwan Ahmad was injured in Arampora in Sopore late on Saturday when a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle was attacked with stones by a group of youth.

Doctors treating the injured minor said he had been hit by a rubber bullet in his head.

“He was referred to SKIMS in Srinagar for specialised treatment”, doctors said.

The police said they have registered a case in this incident.

The Centre had on Wednesday announced a ceasefire in the troubled state, asking security forces to halt their operations during the Ramzan to help “peace-loving Muslims” observe the holy month in a peaceful environment.

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Kathua rape -murder: BJP MLA Lal Singh leads march demanding CBI probe

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Jammu, May 20 : Former state minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Choudhary lal Singh on Sunday led a march in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, seeking CBI probe into Kathua rape and murder case.

Lal Singh walked barefoot for nearly five hours after which his supporters urged him to get into a vehicle as he developed blisters in his feet.

The march was organised to mount pressure on the state government to have the Kathua rape and murder case investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

lal Singh and another senior BJP leader Chander Prakash Ganga resigned from the state cabinet following their participation in a rally organised by Hindu Ekta Manch in Hiranagar area in January this year.

The State Crime Branch has already filed a charge sheet against eight accused in the rape and murder of an 8-year-old in Rasana village of Kathua district.

On the plea of the victim’s father, the Supreme Court has ordered that the trial of this case be held on a daily basis without any adjournment in Pathankot town of neighbouring Punjab.

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Petrol, diesel in Delhi hit record highs

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New Delhi, May 20: Petrol, diesel in State-run Indian Oil Corp on Sunday raised transport fuel to record highs in Delhi on the seventh day of resuming the daily price change system, following a temporary suspension that lasted 20 days.

The price of petrol in Delhi touched a record high of Rs 76.24 per litre under the dynamic pricing regime beating the previous high of Rs 76.06 in the city on September 14, 2013.

Sunday’s hike of 33 paise over the previous day was the highest since dynamic pricing resumed after the suspension, coinciding with the Karnataka elections.

Diesel in the national capital on Sunday went to its highest level of Rs 67.57 per litre.

Petrol prices climbed to new multi-year highs in other major metro cities too — Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai — at Rs 78.91, Rs 84.07 and Rs 79.13 per litre respectively.

Diesel prices also touched record high levels on Sunday in Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai. They rose to Rs 70.12, Rs 71.94 and Rs 71.32 per litre respectively.

The price of the Indian basket of crude oils, composed of 70 per cent sour grade Oman and Dubai crudes and the rest by sweet grade Brent, has gone upwards of $70 a barrel this month, after rising to an average of $69.30 in April 2018.

It averaged $47.56 and $56.43 per barrel respectively during the last two financial years.

During a telephonic interaction earlier this week with Saudi Arabian Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan raised concern over the surge in crude oil prices.

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