SOURCE: Deccan Chronicle

Russia on Monday finally broke its silence, saying it was “worried” over the ongoing Sino-Indian military face-off in the Ladakh sector but expressed confidence the two Asian giants would peacefully resolve the problem.

Russian Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in Delhi Roman Babushkin told a TV channel, “Of course, we are worried with the current situation at the Line of Actual Control (LAC). However, as we know, there are dedicated specific mechanisms developed by both countries (India and China) including hotlines and special representatives’ dialogue and even informal summits. We are confident that the India and Chinese friends are duly equipped to find a way out for mutual satisfaction. We would encourage every endeavour in this regard”. Continue reading


China under the multi-billion-dollar CPEC will set up a 1,124-megawatt power project in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir despite India’s objection to it, according to a media report on Tuesday. The details of the Kohala hydropower project was presented in the 127th meeting of the Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) chaired by Energy Minister Omar Ayub on Monday.

The Express Tribune reported that the meeting was informed that a tripartite agreement has been finalised among China’s Three Gorges Corporation, the authorities in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and the PPIB to implement the 1,124-megawatt Kohala hydroelectric power project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework. Continue reading


Amid escalating border tensions between India and China, the President of Tibetan administration in-exile, Dr Lobsang Sangay, said resolution of the issue of “Tibet” will automatically solve the boundary dispute between India and China since India shares its border with the erstwhile state of Tibet.

Speaking to India Today from Dharamsala where the seat of the government-in-exile is, Dr Sangay said, “The Indo-Tibet border has been in existence for thousands of years of recorded history. Since it has become the India-China border, all these tensions have come up. Hence, the core issue is Tibet. When Tibet was independent, the Indian Army did not require a defence budget of 60 billion dollars, it was not necessary at all. So, once Tibet is demilitarised and declared a zone of peace, two largest populated countries in the world, India and China, will have permanent peace.” Continue reading


An interview of BJP MP Subramanian Swamy by a US-based media outlet is continuing to stir controversy nearly two months after it was aired. The interview of Swamy by Vice was part of a programme by the outlet detailing the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act that rocked India earlier this year. In a clip of the interview with Vice, Swamy purportedly made several controversial statements including, “If Muslims become more than 30 per cent (of the population), that country is in danger” and Muslims “were not in an equal category”.

The BBC became the latest media outlet to refer to the interview of Swamy by Vice. The comments by Swamy are referred to in the newest edition of its HARDtalk programme, which featured BJP general secretary Ram Madhav. In response to this, Swamy on Monday night tweeted he “may have [to] sue BBC Hardtalk for using the cut and splice Pakistani footage of VICE TV to attribute to me having said: ‘Muslims are not equal to Hindus in the Indian Constitution'”. Continue reading


Around 2,000 people living in the frontline villages of Chushul area in eastern Ladakh bordering China are anxious following the ongoing troop buildup and artillery movement in the area, according to a member of the Ladakh autonomous council. Eight villages in three panchayat halqas in Chushul constituency fear violence could engulf the area any time. “We are witnessing an unusual troop buildup and artillery movement from our side. Our elders had witnessed such situation during the 1962 war with China. We want things to settle down as soon as possible,” councillor of Chushul, Konchok Stanzin told ET.

Stanzin, the Executive Councillor of Education in the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, advocated bilateral dialogue to de-escalate tension between India and China. Stanzin said that he had visited the villages on Friday. Although people were engaged in agricultural activity, they remained edgy. “Right now tension is at two places, Galwan Valley and Finger Four area, which is very near to one of the inhabited villages. Continue reading


China has moved up its forces along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, asserting that authoritarian regimes take these kinds of actions. Several areas along the LAC in Ladakh and North Sikkim have witnessed major military build-up by both the Indian and Chinese armies recently, in a clear signal of escalating tension and hardening of respective positions by the two sides even two weeks after they were engaged in two separate face-offs.

“We see even today increasing forces of China moved up to the north of India on the Line of Actual Control there on the Indian border,” Mr Pompeo told Marc Thiessen and Danielle Pletka of AEI’s ”What The Hell Is Going On” Podcast. Continue reading


The Department of Military Affairs has regularised the absence period of the defence personnel who were absent from work due to the lockdown measures announced by the government in March onwards.

“I am directed to convey the sanction of the President to regularise the absence period on account of lockdown due to orders of Government of India or services headquarters on account of anti-COVID measures as Special Casual Leave in respect of Army, Navy and Air Force personnel,” said a letter issued by the Department of Military Affairs headed by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat. Continue reading


Indian Army Sunday said Indian and Chinese military commanders have been in talks to address differences over the boundary in eastern Ladakh where tensions have been running high between the two sides. India has built up its reserves in depth, besides deploying sufficient troops and equipment, against the Chinese troops on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The Army statement came in the wake of a video clip doing the rounds of social media, which showed an exchange between Indian and Chinese troops. Asserting that the video “was not authenticated”, it urged the media “not to air visuals that are likely to vitiate the current situation on the borders”. Continue reading


The Chinese army recently penetrated 3-4 kilometres into Indian territory in the Galwan area of Ladakh. Many people in India may think this incident was only due to some small misunderstanding about the border between the two countries, but that is not so. The incident is part of a much larger imperialist design of the Chinese, so let me explain.

In the 1930s and 1940s, Nazi German imperialism was the real danger to the world, and not British or French imperialism. This was because German imperialism was rising and expanding, and hence was aggressive in nature, while British and French imperialism was only defensive. While the latter only wanted to hold on to their colonies, the Nazis wanted to conquer and enslave other countries. Hence the Nazis were the real danger to the world. Continue reading


One more terrorist has been killed in an encounter with security forces in the Saimog area here, according to the Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday. Earlier today, one terrorist was killed in the encounter. The operation has been concluded and arms and ammunition have been recovered from the site.

Taking to Twitter, Kashmir Zone Police wrote, “#SaimohAwantiporaEncounterUpdate: One more #terrorist killed. Operation concludes. #Incriminating materials including #arms & #ammunition recovered. Further details shall follow.” Continue reading


Ladakh LAC is ready for yet another exercise towards improving the tensed atmosphere with the Chinese Army and Indian Army scheduled to hold a high-level meeting on Tuesday. “The Higher Commander Level Meeting (HCLM) between the two militaries is scheduled for Tuesday” confirmed a source. This is going to be third Higher Commander Level Meeting which is held between the Major General rank officers of the two sides.

The meetings between the two militaries are held at three levels at the borders which includes the Local Commander or the Colonel level, Station Commander (Delegation Level) or the Brigadier Level and the Highest is the Major General Level called the HLCM. These are emergency meetings which happen when something emergent is required to be discussed as otherwise there are scheduled meetings on important days apart from the meetings at fixed intervals. Continue reading


Elliot Engel, chief of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, on Monday said that he was “extremely concerned” by the Chinese aggression against India along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh and urged Beijing to “respect norms and use diplomacy and existing mechanisms to resolve its border questions”.

“I am extremely concerned by the ongoing Chinese aggression along the Line of Actual Control on the India-China border. China is demonstrating once again that it is willing to bully its neighbours rather than resolve conflicts according to international law,” Mr Engel, a Democrat, said. “Countries must all abide by the same set of rules so that we don’t live in a world where ‘might makes right.’ I strongly urge China to respect norms and use diplomacy and existing mechanisms to resolve its border questions with India,” he added. Continue reading


When Ponnathapura Gundappa Yogindra, fondly called ‘Yogi’ by close associates, garlanded the bust of Walchand Hirachand, the founder of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) on Saturday evening, hundreds of workers watched from a distance, inside the LCA Tejas Division. For many, it was an emotional day. But Yogi was composed as he waved to his colleagues one last time before being driven away with his family members. It was his last day at HAL where he had served for 35 years.

Just days before his retirement, Yogi had received a commendation letter from the Indian Air Force (IAF) at Air Force Station Sulur, when the second squadron of Tejas Flying Bullets was inducted. Continue reading

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The defence ministry’s procurement chief, Apurva Chandra, has announced that, to promote indigenization, defence procurements worth less than Rs 50 crore per year would be reserved for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Addressing an industry gathering in New Delhi on the draft Defence Procurement Procedure of 2020 (DPP-2020), that was placed in the public domain for comments in March, Chandra said the foreign direct investment hike to 74 per cent proposed in DPP-2020 would not be hiked to 100 per cent as the proposed hike adequately protected the concerns of foreign industry.

“I think it is a big step that we have moved from 49 per cent to 74 per cent and we should celebrate that rather than pitching for 100 per cent as it does not make much of a difference, since you (i.e. foreign industry) have direct control,” said Chandra. Continue reading


Independence of India was a legal act. The UK parliament passed the India Independence Act of 1947 following the norms of the emerging new world. The erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir became an integral part of India after an instrument of accession was signed by the then ruler of Jammu and Kashmir.

The two neighbouring countries — Pakistan and China — did not intend to respect this legal position. Consequently, Pakistan invaded within three months of Independence, which had led to the creation of the Islamic nation. China, which was in a flux at the time due to a raging civil war, was the next to occupy Indian territories illegally. Its initial attempts were discreet. China began constructing a road through Aksai Chin in the northeastern part of Ladakh. Continue reading