WASHINGTON: The United States is flexing its military muscle at China on behalf of India and other Asian allies and partners, amid signs that Washington is finally ready to take some punitive action against Beijing for its role in spreading the coronavirus pandemic around the globe. In the clearest sign yet that the Trump White House will not back down from its position as a pre-eminent power in the Pacific and beyond, Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows told Fox News on Monday that the US military "will continue to stand strong whether it's in relationship to a conflict between India and China or anywhere else." "We're not going to stand by and let China or anyone the take the
BEIJING: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the forward areas in Ladakh over the weekend coupled with sustained diplomatic pressure, the India-China border face-off appears to have reached some sort of settlement. This disclosure comes day after a disengagement process began in three of the four friction points along the LAC in Ladakh. On Sunday evening, Chinese foreign minister, state councillor and special representative on the Sino-Indian Boundary Issue Wang Yi spoke to National Security Advisor and special representative Ajit Doval over phone. However, the Chinese statement on the talks, released on Monday, doesn't appear to be a climbdown from its stated position, even as it sought both sides adhere to strategic judgments and not allow differences to become disputes.
NEW DELHI: A day after Congress attacked the Modi government by releasing videos of Ladakhi citizens confirming Chinese incursions, and BJP sought to blunt the blow by claiming they were videos of embedded Congress workers, the grand old party hit back with renewed vigour on social media and released a fresh batch of videos of BJP leaders from Ladakh appearing to confirm Chinese incursions. The fresh video war saw Congress release a 2-minute video on Twitter, containing audio-video footage of Ladakh BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, BJP’s district president in Leh, Dorje Angchuk, BJP councillor Konchok Stanzin and Urgain Chodon, a block development council chairperson, each confirming that the Chinese PLA had entered into Indian territory in Ladakh. On Friday,
NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said patriotic Ladakhis are raising their voice against Chinese intrusion and asked the government to listen to them, asserting that ignoring their warning will cost India dearly. Gandhi also shared a media report which showed some Ladakhis alleging that the Chinese have been occupying Indian territory in Ladakh. India-China border stand-off: Complete coverage"Patriotic Ladakhis are raising their voice against Chinese intrusion. They are screaming a warning. Ignoring their warning will cost India dearly," the former Congress president tweeted. "For India's sake, please listen to them," he said. Gandhi has been attacking the government over the Sino-India standoff in eastern Ladakh.
NEW DELHI: Japan on Friday expressed hope for a peaceful resolution of the ongoing standoff between Indian and Chinese troops and asserted that it opposed any attempts to change the status quo on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). New Delhi has briefed Tokyo regarding the situation on LAC following a major showdown between Indian and Chinese troops last month in Galwan Valley area. Following the face-off, India had said that Chinese troops attempted to unilaterally change the status quo during the de-escalation. "Had a good talk with foreign secretary (Harsh Vardhan) Shringla. Appreciated his briefing on the situation along LAC, including GOI's policy to pursue peaceful resolution. Japan also hopes for peaceful resolution through dialogues. Japan opposes any unilateral
NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a veiled swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday over Chinese intrusions at the LAC, saying while Ladakhis claim that China has taken their land, the PM says otherwise and someone is "lying". "Ladakhis say: China took our land. PM says: Nobody took our land. Obviously, someone is lying," he wrote on a Twitter. Ladakhis say:China took our land. PM says:Nobody took our land. Obviously, someone is lying. https://t.co/kWNQQhjlY7— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1593763277000Gandhi also shared the voices of some Ladakhis in a video alleging that the Chinese have occupied Indian territory in Ladakh. The former Congress chief's dig came on a day when Modi visited Nimu, a forward location in Leh to
NEW DELHI: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Friday announced that rapid antigen testing kits have now reached Leh after setting up a lab for RT-PCR testing. "@ICMRDELHI has reached a major milestone for enhancing testing in Ladakh! After setting up a lab for RT-PCR testing, rapid antigen testing kits have now reached Leh!" tweeted the ICMR. The ICMR said the total number of samples tested till July 2 was 9,297,749 of which 241,576 samples were tested on Thursday itself. India reported the highest ever single-day spike of 20,903 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours on Friday, said the Union ministry of health and family welfare. With these new cases, India's coronavirus tally has risen to 625,544 cases of
NEW DELHI: India on Thursday said it expected China to ensure expeditious restoration of peace and tranquillity in the border areas in sync with provisions of relevant bilateral pacts as armies of the two countries remained engaged in a seven-week bitter standoff in eastern Ladakh. External affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava, while referring to the ban on 59 Chinese apps, said companies operating in India will have to follow laid down rules and regulatory framework including those pertaining to data security and privacy of individual data. Asked about the corps commander-level talks on Tuesday, he said both sides will continue their meetings at the military and diplomatic levels to resolve the issues to "mutual satisfaction". Complete coverage: LAC face-offHe said
NEW DELHI: Defence minister Rajnath Singh's planned visit to Ladakh on Friday has been rescheduled, official sources said on Thursday. It was not immediately known why the visit has been postponed. The sources said Singh will "soon" undertake the visit to Ladakh to take stock of India's military preparedness in the region where Indian and Chinese troops are locked in a seven-week bitter border standoff. The defence minister was to be accompanied by Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane. The Army chief visited Ladakh on June 23 and 24 during which he held a series of meetings with senior Army officials and visited various forward areas in eastern Ladakh. The Indian and Chinese armies are locked in a bitter
Lashing out at opposition leaders for their critical comments on Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi’s announcement, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan said, “They should first welcome the decision as it’s about the poor and needy. They can get enough opportunity to do politics, raise issues; but they must not criticise decision on such an issue. They were concerned why PM did not talk about China and Ladakh. If a bedbug bites you, do you kill the lion?” he asked.
Kangana Ranaut is not the one to mince words and has come out strongly in support of the Government for banning Chinese apps in India. The actress lauded the move and said, “Government has banned Chinese apps and I think most people are celebrating because China is like we all know it's a communist country and the way they have gone deep into our economy and our system. The data is scary, how much our business was dependent on China and this year apart from being the originator of Corona and giving the world the biggest adversity of recent times. In the midst of this adversity now they are messing with our borders in Ladakh and they don't only want
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday warned against neglecting the social distancing norms during the Unlock 2.0 phase. While addressing the nation, PM Modi said we are entering the Unlock 2.0 and the season of cough, fever and cold is also about to start. "In such a situation, I urge countrymen to take care of themselves," he said. "Ever since the Unlock 1.0 started in the country, negligence in personal and social behaviour has been increasing. Earlier, we were more cautious about the use of masks, 'do gaj doori' and washing hands several times a day for 20 seconds," he said. The country will be entering "unlock 2" from July 1 for which guidelines were issued by the
NEW DELHI: India is keeping a close watch on the ground situation in eastern Ladakh to see how disengagement proceeds and has made it clear that China needs to accept the changed “ground reality” that India will not back off from pursuing its interests on its side of the Line of Actual Control. The Indian insistence that Chinese troops retreat has been backed by actions such as the recent construction of a bridge at Shyok, intended to drive home the point that the tactics of violating the LAC and squatting on Indian territory will yield diminishing returns. “The message is that China needs to recognise that things are not the same,” a source said. The Indian establishment is well aware
NEW DELHI: US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Thursday said America will ensure that its forces are positioned appropriately to counter China's People's Liberation Army, citing threat from the Chinese Communist Party to India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the South China Sea. This would mean that there would be fewer US resources at certain places, Pompeo said at the Brussels Forum virtual conference. Saying he has talked with the EU foreign ministers this month about China's border confrontations with India, Pompeo added he got feedback on the threats the PLA posed to its peaceful neighbours. Pompeo said he got a lot of feedback on China's Communist Party also. "Laid out a series of facts that talked about People's Liberation
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Thursday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come clean on whether he has misled the nation by saying there has been no intrusion into Indian territory in Ladakh and cited reports quoting experts that China's PLA has returned to the Galwan valley. Addressing a joint virtual press conference, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala and spokesperson Pawan Khera demanded answers from the Prime Minister on what his government was doing to secure Indian territory from Chinese incursions. Surjewala said experts and reports, citing satellite images, say that instead of withdrawing from Indian territory the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has returned with bigger strength to the Galwan valley where 20 Indian soldiers were recently killed while protecting
NEW DELHI: China has been amassing a large contingent of troops and armaments along the Line of Actual Control since early May and conduct of the Chinese forces has been in complete disregard of all mutually agreed norms, India on Thursday said holding Beijing responsible for the eastern Ladakh standoff. At an online media briefing, external affairs ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava gave a run down of the events along the LAC in the eastern Ladakh region and held China responsible for the Galwan Valley clashes off June 15. In early May, he said, the Chinese side took action to hinder India's "normal, traditional" patrolling pattern in the Galwan Valley area while it sought to change the status quo in other
NEW DELHI: Army chief Gen M M Naravane on Wednesday awarded 'Commendation Cards' to five Indian Army soldiers for displaying exemplary grit and courage in dealing with Chinese troops in two separate clashes in Pangong lake and Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, official sources said. The soldiers were conferred the award at a forward location in eastern Ladakh. Gen Naravane is on a two-day visit to Ladakh to take stock of the military preparedness in the wake of escalating tension with China following last week's Galwan Valley clashes that left 20 Indian Army personnel dead and 76 injured. Five soldiers were awarded 'Commendation Cards' by the Chief of Army Staff for valiantly fighting the Chinese troops during clashes with Chinese
NEW DELHI: China and India on Wednesday agreed to "strictly abide" by the important consensus reached by their leaders and a series of agreements, further strengthen the confidence-building measures in the military field and jointly safeguard peace and tranquillity in the border areas, the Chinese foreign ministry said. The senior diplomats of the two countries held "candid and in-depth" talks through video conference to explore ways to ease the tension along the Line of Actual Control in the eastern Ladakh region after the armies of the two countries clashed on June 15. The talks were held between Director General Hong Liang of the Department of Boundary and Oceanic Affairs at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Joint Secretary (East
LEH: Indian fighter jets roared over the flashpoint Himalayan region on Wednesday as part of a show of strength following a violent clash between the two armies in Galwan valley in eastern Ladakh. Chinese forces have held onto a chunk of land covering several square kilometres (miles) at the mouth of the Galwan, the Indian military sources told AFP. The two sides publicly declared they would pull back following the clash, which saw 20 Indian soldiers killed in a battle involving rocks and nail-studded batons. LAC face-off: Complete coverageBut both have maintained troops around the valley, with India deploying more forces and trying to project military might. Indian jets regularly took off Wednesday from a military base in Leh and
NEW DELHI: Amid escalated tension along the LAC in Ladakh following clashes with Chinese troops which led to the killing of 20 Indian Army personnel, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi has been raising questions on the actions taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As per the latest IANS CVoter snap poll, only about 39 per cent people trust Rahul Gandhi when it comes to national security, while 61 per cent do not trust him. Only 14.4 per cent people said that they trust Rahul Gandhi to a great extent, while 24.3 per cent said they trust him to some extent. As many as 61.3 per cent said that they do not trust Rahul Gandhi at all on the issue of
LADAKH: On the second day of his two-day visit to Ladakh to review the on-ground situation and the progress in talks with the Chinese military, Army Chief General MM Naravane on Wednesday is on a visit to the forward locations in the Eastern Ladakh area. The Army chief will also interact with troops on the ground. "On a two-day visit to Ladakh, Army Chief General MM Naravane is on a visit to the forward locations in the Eastern Ladakh area today. The chief will also interact with troops on the ground there," Army sources said. The Army Chief on Tuesday departed for Leh to review the on-ground situation and the progress in talks with the Chinese military.
MOSCOW: Russia on Tuesday ruled out mediating between India and China following the violent clashes in the Galwan Valley, saying the two nations do not need any kind of assistance to resolve their disputes. Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov's remarks came after a virtual conference of the foreign ministers of Russia, India and China. External affairs minister S Jaishankar and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi also attended the conference. The conference was held amid escalating tension between India and China following the violent clashes in Galwan Valley on June 15 that left 20 Indian Army personnel dead, significantly escalating the already volatile situation in the region. "I do not think that India and China need any help, any kind of
NEW DELHI: Indian and Chinese armies have arrived at a consensus to "disengage" from all friction points in eastern Ladakh at a marathon meeting of top military commanders of the two sides on Monday, official sources said. The talks were held in a "cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere" and it was decided that modalities for disengagement from all areas in eastern Ladakh will be taken forward by both the sides, they said. LAC face-off: Live updatesOn Monday, Lt Gen Harinder Singh, the commander of the 14 Corps, held a nearly 11-hour meeting with commander of the Tibet Military District Maj Gen Liu Lin in an attempt to lower the temperature between the two sides. India-China border stand-off: Complete coverageThe talks
NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said the current crisis on the border with China is attributable to the mismanagement of the BJP-led government and the wrong policies pursued by it. The crisis on the border, if not tackled firmly, can lead to a serious situation, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) - the 3,500-km de-facto border with China. Addressing the meeting, Gandhi also hit out at the government for "mercilessly" raising petrol and diesel prices for 17 consecutive days, even when global prices of crude oil were coming down. "India has been hit by a terrible economic crisis,
NEW DELHI: Army Chief Gen MM Naravane will visit Ladakh on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss with ground commanders the six-week standoff with Chinese military, Army sources said. The Chief of the Army Staff will visit forward locations and interact with troops on the ground, they said. The visit comes a week after 20 Indian Army personnel were killed in a brutal assault by the Chinese military in Galwan Valley which escalated the border tension.
NEW DELHI: Firing a fresh salvo at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday asked as to why China is “praising Mr Modi during this conflict”. "China killed our soldiers. China took our land. Then, why is China praising Mr Modi during this conflict," he asked on Twitter. In his tweet, Gandhi tagged a news report that said the Chinese media has lauded Prime Minister Modi's speech during an all-party meeting on the Ladakh situation. Before this tweet, in another post, Gandhi shared Manmohan Singh's statement on the ongoing Ladakh standoff with China, saying the former PM has given an important advice. Gandhi expressed hope that Modi would accept it "politely" in the interest of the country.
NEW DELHI: The apex leadership of the Indian Army on Monday held detailed deliberations on the eastern Ladakh standoff and the situation along the Line of Actual Control with China after the Galwan Valley clashes that left 20 Indian soldiers dead, official sources said. On the opening day of a two-day conference, the commanders carried out a comprehensive review of India's security preparedness along the LAC in Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, they said. In his initial remarks, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane briefed the commanders about the overall situation following which detailed discussions on the matter took place, the sources said. The commanders also deliberated on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the sources said. It is
NEW DELHI: Indian and Chinese military commanders held a second round of talks to ease tensions at their contested border on Monday, as the public mood hardened in India for a military and economic riposte to China following the worst clash in over five decades. A government source said corps commanders from both sides met in Moldo, on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control, the de facto border dividing Ladakh region from the Chinese held Aksai Chin, high in the western Himalayas. Lower ranking officers had attended the first parley last Thursday after the brutal clash June 15, when soldiers fought with rocks, metal rods and wooden clubs. While blaming each other’s for the bloodshed, the two
LUCKNOW: BSP president Mayawati on Monday said the government and opposition should work with full maturity and solidarity at a time when there is tension on the border with China. She said the whole country is very sad and angry over the death of 20 Army personnel, including a colonel, in a clash with the Chinese Army in Ladakh on June 15. "For this, both the government and the opposition have to work with full maturity and solidarity which could be seen by the country and the world and prove to be effective," she said in a tweet. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also said that in such difficult and challenging times, the opinion of the people and experts
NEW DELHI: Days after a violent clash with China in eastern Ladakh, India has changed the rules of engagement along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to allow field commanders to approve the use of firearms under "extraordinary" circumstances. As per the new Rules of Engagement, commanders deployed at LAC can give soldiers "complete freedom of action" to handle situations at the tactical level. The commanders can allow use of firearms and have full authority to respond to extraordinary situations using all resources at their disposal. Earlier, external affairs minister S Jaishankar had said that armies of the two sides do not use firearms as per provisions of two bilateral agreements sealed in 1996 and 2005. "All troops on border
NEW DELHI: The world is feeling the need for yoga more than ever due to the coronavirus pandemic and the ancient Indian practice is helping a large number of Covid-19 patients across the globe in defeating the disease, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday. The coronavirus specifically attacks the respiratory system and 'pranayama' or breathing exercise helps in strengthening the respiratory system the most, Modi said in his message on the sixth International Day of Yoga. Here are the top developments: 1 India The sixth International Day of Yoga was celebrated with great enthusiasm across the country through electronic and digital media, an official statement said. PM Modi said yoga has emerged as a force for unity
NEW DELHI: In a rebuttal of interpretations of PM Narendra Modi’s “no intruder on our land” comment as a validation of China’s claims to Indian territory, the PMO on Saturday said the remarks were made in the specific context of the Indian Army’s successful resistance on June 16 to PLA’s attempt to erect structures across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley area in Ladakh. Responding to the charge — seconded by some veterans — that Modi’s statement at the all-party meeting on Friday was tantamount to acquiescence to China’s claims that its territory has been “violated”, PMO termed such a reading of the comments as “mischievous”. The focus of the PM’s remarks at the discussions were
NEW DELHI: State-run oil companies are rushing additional fuel supplies to Ladakh and have tanked up storage depots in the northern region to meet increased demand from the defence forces, deployed in large numbers as the deadly border stand-off with China continues in the Galwan valley and Pangong Tso (lake in Ladakhi) areas of the newly-created federal territory. The oil companies have also deployed aviation bowsers in several locations, essentially for easy refuelling of helicopters being used extensively by the forces. Jet fuel stocks have also been beefed up as the air force has moved fighter aircraft to forward locations. Transporters said more than 100 tankers are leaving daily from IndianOil’s Jammu, Jalandhar and Sangrur storage terminals carrying diesel, jet
For years, the United States and its allies have tried to persuade India to become a closer military and economic partner in confronting China’s ambitions, painting it as a chance for the world’s largest democracy to counterbalance the largest autocracy. This week, the idea of such a confrontation became more real as Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed in the worst violence on the countries’ border in 45 years, leaving 20 Indian troops dead and causing an unknown number of Chinese casualties. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has publicly reveled in the prospect of a more muscular role for India in the region and the world. But analysts say the new tensions with China will be the starkest test yet of whether
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched an employment scheme with an outlay of Rs 50,000 crore for migrant workers who returned to their home states during the coronavirus-induced lockdown. Launching the scheme, PM Modi said during the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus, the talent from cities returned to villages and it will now give a boost to development of rural areas. Here are the top developments: 1 India The 'Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan' will be implemented on a mission mode in 125 days in 116 districts of six states -- Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha -- that received the maximum numbers of migrant workers back. Under the scheme, the basket
NEW DELHI: Rejecting China's claim of sovereignty over the Galwan valley, India on Saturday said that its position with regard to the area has been historically clear and the attempts by the Chinese side to advance exaggerated and untenable claims along the LAC are not acceptable. Days after India trashed the Chinese Army's claim of sovereignty over the Galwan valley and asked Beijing to confine its activities to its side of the LAC, China's foreign ministry had claimed that the Galwan valley was on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Responding to the queries on the statement issued by China on the events in the Galwan valley, ministry of external affairs Anurag Srivastava said that the
WASHINGTON: China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) initiated one of the most violent clashes with India, since the two countries went to war in1962, just for the sake of grabbing land territory, according to a top American Senator. Mitch McConnell, US Senate Majority Leader during a foreign policy speech on the floor of the House on Thursday said: "On land, for the sake of grabbing territory, the PLA appears to have instigated the most violent clash between China and India since those nations went to war in 1962." McConnell further said, "Needless to say, the rest of the world has watched with grave concern this violent exchange between two nuclear states. We are encouraging de-escalation and hoping for peace." As many
NEW DELHI: Soon after the all-party meeting on India-China border stand-off in Ladakh, home minister Amit Shah on Friday said it sent out an unequivocal message — India is one when it comes to national security. “All parties are proud of our armed forces, their valour and have full faith in them to defend our sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Shah tweeted soon after the all-party meeting was over. He said the meeting was enriched by the views of various esteemed leaders. “It was a manifestation of PM @narendramodi’s commitment to take all political stakeholders along, when it comes to key matters involving India’s strategic interests,” he said.
WASHINGTON: The US on Friday criticised the Chinese Army for "escalating" the border tension with India and described the ruling Chinese Communist Party as a "rogue actor." Launching a scathing attack on the Chinese government, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Chinese Communist Party wants to undo all the progress the free world has made through institutions like NATO and adopt a new set of rules and norms that accommodate Beijing. "The PLA (People's Liberation Army) has escalated border tensions with India, the world's most populous democracy. It's militarising the South China Sea and illegally claiming more territory there, threatening vital sea lanes," Pompeo said, a day after he expressed deep condolences to India on the death of
SRINAGAR: The Ladakh police registered a case on Friday against Kargil Congress councillor Zakir Hussain for making allegedly controversial remarks about the India-China face-off during a telephone chat with Nisar Ahmad Khan, a Congress member located in Srinagar. A recording, alleged to be of the conversation, has gone viral on social media. Meanwhile, J&K Congress head G A Mir expelled Nisar Ahmad Khan of Batmaloo from primary membership of the party while the Congress high command distanced itself from the remarks against Indian soldiers and the country in the alleged conservation. Zakir Hussain is a councillor in the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development council, Kargil. BJP party activists, led by Ladakh BJP MP Jamgyang Tsering Namgyal, held protests in Leh and
NEW DELHI: A solemn homage programme was organised on Friday at the Uttarakhand War Memorial to pay tributes to the Galwan martyrs. War Memorial chairman Tarun Vijay, CEO of the Cantonment board, several retired senior Army officers, Lt general Ram Pradhan, Padam Thapa president Gorkhali Sudhar Sabha and other prominent citizens participated in paying tributes to the soldiers who died in a clash with the Chinese army in eastern Ladakh. Former Rajya Sabha member and BJP leader Tarun Vijay saluted the valour and courage of the twenty soldiers, including Colonel Satish Babu and said this was the time when we must act as citizen soldiers. "Each one must perform our duty to make India stronger and atma-nirbhar. This Diwali, we
NEW DELHI: Russia has invited defence minister Rajnath Singh to attend a grand military parade in Moscow on June 24 marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory in the second World War, diplomatic sources said. It is learnt that notwithstanding the escalating tension between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh, the defence minister's office is positively considering the invitation due to India's decades-old military ties with Russia. The defence minister's office is positively considering the invitation, the sources said. India is sending a tri-services contingent to participate in the military parade at Red Square in Moscow. The Indian parade will be led by a colonel rank officer. The 75-member Indian team will participate in the parade alongside armed
NEW DELHI: Accusing Rahul Gandhi of using the language of "school kid" on the violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops on the LAC, the BJP on Friday asked if the Congress leader was trying to boost the morale of China by making such "absurd" statements. In a letter to Gandhi, BJP vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe suggested that the Congress leader should consult seniors in his party and take their advice before making such "absurd" remarks. Gandhi had on Thursday questioned why Indian soldiers were sent "unarmed to martyrdom" in Ladakh and who was responsible for sending them towards danger, after 20 Indian Army personnel were killed in the violent face-off with Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC)
BENGALURU: Amid calls for boycott of Chinese products in the backdrop of Indo-China border faceoff, former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy sought to know from the BJP government in Karnataka the status of the "Compete with China" policy brought during the previous JD(S)-Congress rule. Boycotting Chinese products was not easy like sloganeering but required a creative policy and the coalition government's initiative was a model for it, he said in a series of tweets. "After the border skirmish, some people got the realisation to boycott the Chinese products but during my tenure (as chief minister) a serious thought was given to it," the JD(S) leader said. He was apparently referring to growing clamour for boycott of China-made products after a
SRINAGAR: The Army on Friday said there is no connection between the Pakistan-initiated ceasefire violations along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and the situation on the Line of Actual Control with China in the Ladakh region. It, however, asserted that no "misadventure" would be allowed along the borders in the union territory. "The ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) are happening as per the old strategy in which it wants to push in more terrorists into the valley. If there is one entity in the world which is not happy with the peace in the valley, it is Pakistan," Lt Gen B S Raju, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Srinagar-based Chinar Corps,
NEW DELHI: Indian soldiers patrolling in the forward areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China do carry assault rifles and firearms but when a team goes ahead to confront or talk to PLA troops, they are usually unarmed or have their weapons concealed or slung on their backs. This, in short, is the standard operating procedure (SOP) followed by Indian troops, who are also under strict instructions to never open fire in accordance with the flurry of border management agreements inked with China over the years. The 1996 agreement, for instance, lays down that “neither side shall open fire or conduct blast operations within 2 km of the LAC”. The brutal killing of 20 Indian soldiers, including
The death of scores of Indian and Chinese soldiers at Galwan in eastern Ladakh this week on the disputed border between the two countries, have led many to ask the questions — What is it that China wants? Where does it see itself going? What is this China Dream that they keep talking about? In order to answer these and similar questions, we need to put out of our minds (for the time being) the recent events in Ladakh and focus on the long term, strategic issues which animate China. She looks upon much of the 19th and early 20th centuries as a period of shame when China was relatively weak and was subjugated by the superior weapons and technologies
NEW DELHI: Face-offs between Indian and Chinese troops in sensitive areas of eastern Ladakh have become frequent but these clashes are seen as the outcome of India’s improved patrolling due to better infrastructure, which has been built in the past few years. Government sources said frequent face-offs were not necessarily a sign of weakness or bad relations, but indicated a greater ability on the part of the Indian Army to monitor, detect and respond to PLA patrolling. As infrastructure keeps improving, these possibilities will only increase, sources said. “To trace the genesis of this infrastructure creation, one has to go back to 2014. One of the first decisions of the Modi government was to issue a general approval in July
SRINAGAR: Army convoys carrying troops, equipment and other supplies to Ladakh continued to wound their way up the Srinagar-Leh and Jammu-Srinagar highways on Thursday amid restrictions on civilian traffic at some points. A senior police official said around 150 Army trucks and buses had passed through the Srinagar-Leh highway in just over 24 hours. By Thursday evening, the number of Army oil tankers moving towards Ladakh crossed 300. Sources said even OB vans of news channels had been stopped at Gangangeer in Ganderbal district of central Kashmir for several hours on Wednesday, prompting J&K police to clarify that highway traffic was normal barring limited restrictions on "inter-UT movement" of civilians because of the Covid-19 pandemic. "Srinagar–Kargil NHW is open for
NEW DELHI: Five of the 20 Indian soldiers, including a colonel, who died fighting Chinese troops in Ladakh, were laid to rest at their native places on Thursday amid patriotic slogans, gun salutes and barely held back tears. The mortal remains of the other soldiers are being taken to their villages and it is expected that their last rites will be performed on Friday with full military honours. The Indian Army personnel were killed in a fierce clash with Chinese soldiers in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night. Several leaders across the country also paid tributes to the 20 soldiers - five from Bihar, four from Punjab, two each from Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal, and one
NEW DELHI: India and China sought on Wednesday to de-escalate tensions after flexing their muscles in a clash in eastern Ladakh that left 20 Indian soldiers dead. The skirmish on Monday in the desolate alpine area of Ladakh followed changes by India to the political status of Kashmir amid a geopolitical tug-of-war with the United States in the region. Chinese officials said on Wednesday that both sides had agreed to peacefully resolve their border tension through dialogue. India should "not take unilateral actions that might complication the situation," said the foreign ministry in Beijing. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a speech on Wednesday that "India wants peace but is capable of giving a befitting reply." He has called a
NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday expressed grief over the killing of Indian soldiers in the LAC clash and said their sacrifice will remain “eternally etched in the memory of the nation”. “As Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, I bow to the exemplary courage and supreme sacrifice of our soldiers to protect the sovereignty and integrity of the country,” President Kovind said on Twitter. “All those who laid down their lives in Galwan Valley of Ladakh have upheld the best traditions of the Indian armed forces. Their valour will be eternally etched in the memory of the nation. My deepest condolences to their families,” he tweeted.
NEW DELHI: PM Modi has convened an all-party virtual meeting on Friday to discuss the situation along the India-China border. The meeting comes against the backdrop of demands by the opposition for details of the violent clash between Indian and Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley area in Ladakh which left 20 Indian Army personnel dead. “In order to discuss the situation in the India-China border areas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for an all-party meeting at 5 pm on June 19. Presidents of various political parties will take part in this virtual meeting,” the PMO tweeted. Congress’s Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday asked the PM to share the truth about the India-China clash.
NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday took strong exception to China claiming sovereignty over the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, saying its "exaggerated and untenable claims" are contrary to the understanding reached on the issue between the two sides. Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava's response came after China claimed that the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh is a part of its territory. "As we have conveyed earlier today, External Affairs Minister and the State Councillor and Foreign Minister of China had a phone conversation on recent developments in Ladakh," Srivastava said late Wednesday night. "Both sides have agreed that the overall situation should be handled in a responsible manner and that the understandings reached between Senior Commanders on 6th
NEW DELHI: Front-line bases of the Indian Army and the Air Force along the nearly 3,500 km de-facto border with China were on Wednesday put on high alert in view of a major clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh that left 20 Army personnel dead, official sources said. The Indian Navy has also been asked to raise its alert level in the Indian Ocean Region where Chinese Navy has been making regular forays. The decision to raise the alert level of the three forces were taken at a high-level meeting Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held with Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and the three service chiefs, sources said. The Army has already
NEW DELHI: In a strong message, external affairs minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that the unprecedented incident in Galwan Valley will have a serious impact on the bilateral relationship and asked China to take corrective steps. Jaishankar and Wang held a telephonic conversation in the wake of Monday night's violent clash between the two armies in Galwan Valley in which 20 Indian Army personnel including a Colonel were killed. "The external affairs minister conveyed the protest of the government of India in the strongest terms on the violent face-off in Galwan Valley on June 15," the ministry of external affairs said. It said Jaishankar referred to a meeting between senior military commanders of the
BEIJING: Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi spoke to external affairs minister S Jaishankar during which he emphasised that both sides should strengthen communication and coordination to resolve their differences to maintain peace and tranquillity along the border area. The telephonic conversation between the two ministers came after 20 Indian Army personnel were killed in the clashes with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night, the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that has significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff between the two countries. Wang said the two sides should follow the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and strengthen the communication and coordination on the proper handling of the
NEW DELHI: Union home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said India will always remain indebted to its soldiers who lost their lives in Ladakh's Galwan protecting the country's territory, and their bravery reflects the country's commitment towards the motherland. In a series of tweets, Shah said the pain of losing the brave soldiers at Ladakh's Galwan cannot be put in words. "India will always remain indebted for their supreme sacrifice. Entire nation and Modi government stands firmly with their families in this hour of grief. Praying for the speedy recovery of those injured," he said. The home minister said the nation salutes the immortal heroes who sacrificed their lives to keep Indian territory safe and secure. "Their bravery reflects India's
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the sacrifice of Indian soldiers killed in the Galwan Valley clash in Ladakh will not go in vain. In his opening remarks on day two of the virtual conference with chief ministers on coronavirus, he also said that India wants peace but is capable of giving a befitting reply, if instigated. For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country is most important, he said. India-China border stand-off: Live updatesModi said India has always tried that differences do not become disputes. Later, the Prime Minister and those attending the meeting observed silence of a few minutes as a mark of respect for the slain soldiers. Twenty Indian soldiers including a colonel,
NEW DELHI: India squarely blamed China for starting the violent clashes in the Galwan Valley on Monday night which saw casualties on both sides and a serious escalation of hostilities with deaths in a border clash for the first time since Tulung La in 1975 when India lost over 10 men in a fight with Chinese troops. In a statement almost 24 hours after the clashes in eastern Ladakh and hours after a Chinese statement, the MEA spokesperson rejected the charge that Indian troops had acted in a provocative manner and accused China of refusing to respect the agreement on deescalation reached on June 6. It was an indication that India would take bolder steps to get the Chinese
NEW DELHI: Twenty Indian soldiers, including a Colonel, were killed and several others grievously injured in a violent physical skirmish with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley region of eastern Ladakh on Monday, in a massive escalation of the continuing military confrontation in the high-altitude region since early-May even though no bullets were fired. The Indian casualties could go up further because several soldiers have been injured in the clashes that lasted several hours till midnight, while a few are still reported to be missing. Some Indian soldiers were apparently also taken captive by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), who were present in far greater numbers and armed with nail-studded iron rods and stones during the prolonged brawl, but
NEW DELHI: A total of 20 Indian Army personnel were killed during a violent clash with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley on Monday night, escalating the already volatile border standoff between the two sides, an army statement said Tuesday. Initially, the army said one officer and two soldiers were killed. Later in the night, an army statement said 17 more soldiers who "were were critically injured in the line of duty at the stand off location and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries, taking the total that were killed in action to 20." "Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged at the Galwan area where they had earlier clashed on
NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday said the violent face-off between the armies of India and China in eastern Ladakh was the result of an attempt by the Chinese side to unilaterally change the status quo in the region. The ministry of external affairs said both sides suffered casualties that could have been avoided had the agreement arrived at earlier at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side. "Given its responsible approach to border management, India is very clear that all its activities are always within the Indian side of the LAC. We expect the same of the Chinese side," MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said. An Indian Army colonel and two soldiers were killed during a violent
CHANDIGARH: It is time now for the Centre to take some stringent measures as each sign of weakness makes the Chinese reaction more "belligerent", Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh said on Tuesday. His remarks came after an Army officer and two soldiers were killed in a violent confrontation with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley on Monday. "The happening in the Galwan Valley is a continuation of violations by China. It is time now that the country stands up to these incursions. Our soldiers are not fair game that every few days officers and men are being killed and injured defending our borders," Singh tweeted . The happening in the #Galwanvalley is a continuation of violations by China.
DEHRADUN: The military talks between India and China over the eastern Ladakh row have been "very fruitful", and both the armies are "disengaging" in a phased manner beginning from Galwan Valley, Army Chief Gen M M Naravane said on Saturday, in first official confirmation of mutual pulling back of troops from the region. The Chief of Army Staff also said "the entire situation" has been under control along India's borders with China and exuded confidence that the ongoing dialogue will "settle" all the perceived differences over the de-facto Sino-India boundary. Gen Naravane was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the passing out parade of the Indian Military Academy. "Both sides are disengaging in a phased manner. We have
India Today TV has exclusive details of how China used subterfuge to up its presence and stun the Indian side on the Indo-China border in Ladakh. Sources said that Chinese troops that were taking part in a military exercise on their side of the border under the Lhasa Military District were quickly sent in heavy vehicles to the Indian borders. (Reuters file photo)In a bid to assert regional dominance, China deceived India by quickly mobilising its troops on the Indo-China border at Ladakh.India Today TV has exclusive details of how China used subterfuge to up its presence in Ladakh.India's long time bittersweet friend used troops that were engaged in a war game on the Chinese side and rushed them to the
NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday asked the government to come clear on what is happening at the border with China in Ladakh and be more transparent. Amid a standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh, Rahul Gandhi refused to say anything more till he understood the facts. "I think, on the India-China issue, we would like to see some more transparency on what is going on. It becomes very difficult for us to have a position without understanding the facts," he told reporters when asked about the issue at a virtual press conference. "The government should make it clear to the people of India, what exactly is happening on the border. We are hearing different stories
नई दिल्ली: चीन ने पहले पूरी दुनिया में जानलेवा वायरस फैलाया और अब चीन धमकी भरे लहजे में भारत जैसे शक्तिशाली देश को सीमा पर शांति बरतने की नसीहत दे रहा है. लद्दाख के कुछ ऐसे इलाके जहां भारत और चीन की सीमा मिलती है वहां दोनों देशों की सेनाओं के बीच तनाव की स्थिति पैदा हो गई है और इसे 1962 के युद्ध के बाद से दोनों देशों के बीच सबसे बड़ा टकराव कहा जा रहा है. इसलिए सबसे पहले ये जान लीजिए कि लद्दाख के हालात को लेकर मंगलवार को भारत में क्या क्या हुआ? मंगलवार को रक्षा मंत्री राजनाथ सिंह ने तीनों सेना प्रमुखों के साथ बैठक की. इसमें Chief of Defence Staff जनरल बिपिन रावत भी शामिल
NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the four phases of the nationwide lockdown have "failed" and not given the results that Prime Minister Narendra Modi expected as he urged the Centre to spell out its strategy for "opening up" the country. Addressing an online press conference, he expressed concern that India is the only country which is relaxing the lockdown when the virus is "exponentially rising". He said that if the government functions haphazardly during the non-lockdown period, the country will face a second wave of coronavirus which will be "extremely devastating". Gandhi further said if money is not given in the hands of the poor and small and medium industry, there could be "serious economic damage"
Chinese intrusions on the north bank of the Pangong Tso lake in Ldakh has been a concern for India (File photo...Read MoreAs Indian and Chinese troops remain locked in stand-off positions in several points in Ladakh, at the senior levels of government there is a determination that India will not stop its border development activities. While reinforcements in men and material are being rushed to the forward positions where soldiers from both sides have pitched tents and dug in, it appears that India is also prepared for a long stand-off. Diplomatic contacts and ground level military contacts continue, but there is no resolution till date. The Indian government made its only statement putting the responsibility for the stand-off squarely at
File photo used for representationNEW DELHI: Indian and Chinese troops appeared heading for a long haul as their tense standoff in the disputed areas of Pangong Tso and Galwan Valley along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh showed no signs of abating even as efforts to de-escalate the tension through talks continued. In the midst of the flare-ups, the Indian Army on Sunday categorically rejected reports that Indian patrol teams were detained by Chinese troops in Eastern Ladakh in the last few days, but did not provide any details of the current situation in the region. "There has been no detention of Indian soldiers at the borders. We categorically deny this. It only hurts national interests when
India has moved more troops to bolster frontline in eastern ladakh (Representative image)NEW DELHI: The Indian Army has taken "requisite counter-measures" by further bolstering troop reinforcements in eastern Ladakh in face of China's continuing aggressive behaviour in four to five high-altitude locations along the unresolved border. A few additional infantry battalions have been moved into Ladakh from other areas to ensure they can replace in "rear locations" the acclimatised troops shifted forward to the sites of confrontation with the People's Liberation Army (PLA), said sources on Saturday. Some other units under the Leh-based infantry division (a division has 10,000-12,000 soldiers) have also similarly moved to "occupy their forward operational alert areas" from their "permanent locations in depth" to cater for
NEW DELHI: Chinese military is fast increasing its troops in areas around Pangong Tso lake and Galwan Valley along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, sending a clear signal that it was not ready to end its confrontation with the Indian Army anytime soon, people familiar with the situation in the disputed region said. The Chinese side has particularly bolstered its presence in the Galwan Valley, erecting around 100 tents in the last two weeks and bringing in machinery for possible construction of bunkers, notwithstanding the stiff protest by Indian troops, they said. In the midst of the escalating tension, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane paid a quiet visit to the headquarters of 14 Corps in Leh on
A chopper carrying equipment for a road meant to connect the Kailash Mansarovar route to Lipulekh pass, a poss...Read MoreNEW DELHI: Amid heightened confrontation in east Ladakh, Chinese state media claimed that India has built illegal defence facilities at Galwan Valley in the Aksai China region quoting anonymous military sources. India had not officially responded to the allegation until late Monday evening. This follows a face-off in the area earlier this month which saw Indian and Chinese forces clashing along the northern bank of the Pangong Tso Lake and even resorting to stone-pelting. Global Times reported on Monday that Chinese forces had bolstered border control measures in response to India's "recent, illegal" construction of facilities "across the border into Chinese
Representative imageNEW DELHI: India and China have reinforced troop deployment in a few more sectors along the unresolved border in eastern Ladakh amid heightened tensions following a violent clash between rival troops in the Pangong Tso sector on May 5-6. The area has been the site of clashes and confrontations in the past as well. Sources said troop reinforcements and fortifications had taken place in places like Demchok, Chumar and Daulat Beg Oldie, with the Galwan Valley also emerging as a flashpoint after Chinese troops pitched some tents near a river and started construction activity. “They have, obviously, been challenged by our troops near the Galwan river,” an Indian Army source said. The violent clash on the northern bank of
नई दिल्ली: सेना ने दावा किया है कि मई के पहले हफ्ते में पैदा हुआ भारत और चीन के बीच तनाव कम हो गया है. सेना के मुताबिक, पूर्वी लद्दाख में पेंगांग झील के किनारे भारतीय और चीनी सैनिक अपने-अपने इलाके में मौजूद हैं. भारत और चीन दोनों ही सेनाओं ने इलाके में अपने सैनिकों की तैनाती बढ़ा दी है. लाइन ऑफ एक्चुअल कंट्रोल यानी एलएसी के काफी पास चीनी हेलीकॉप्टर देखे जाने के बाद भारतीय वायुसेना ने अपने लड़ाकू विमानों को भी भेजा था. पूर्वी लद्दाख में 135 किमी लंबी पेंगांग झील के किनारे भारतीय और चीनी सैनिकों के बीच तनाव इस साल फरवरी में ही शुरू हो गया था, जब चीनी सैनिकों ने भारतीय सैनिकों फिंगर 2 इलाके में