This four pillar approach, which had been in the works since the June 24 meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation amp; Coordination on India China Border Affairs and the June 30 meeting of Corps Commanders on the two sides, was firmed up at a briefing by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the Special Representative level talks with Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on July 5.Besides the Prime Minister and the NSA, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah were instrumental in finalising this approach. It was done between the evening of July 5 and the afternoon of July 6.
Speaking to Convey.co.united kingdom, Professor Anand Menon, Director of British isles in a Changing Europe, mentioned politically it is absolutely very important the British isles indication a trade deal.He stated: The challenge with executing all the things so speedily is that the Japanese might just make hundreds of concessions.
The foremost reason for this is the high level of mistrust between the two armies caused by multiple incidents on the border over the past nine weeks. Following the first round of talks at the level of the Corps Commander, the two armies had started the disengagement process from Galwan sector but a dispute over the location of a Chinese observation post led to a violent clash on June 15.The clash, which saw the death of 20 Indian soldiers and an unspecified number of Chinese soldiers, has left scars which are too fresh to be healed. As the two sides start repeating the disengagement process, the Indian side is doubly cautious in its insistence on verifying every single step in detail before moving to the next step.
Joint operationIndian Intelligence agencies believe that Pakistan and China are acting in tandem. Additional Pakistani troops have been moved closer to the LoC in the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir sector as well as near the Punjab and Jammu borders. The Chinese People;s Liberation Army, which was very active from May 1 to May 18, has massed troops at 18 locations near the LAC. In seven locations in Ladakh they had crossed the border, and of these, in five positions they moved 3 to 4 km inwards. The Chinese forward movement was accompanied by the building of huts, bunkers and roads. Since then there has been some pull back of Chinese forces.Bypassing chiefGeneral Bipin Rawat became the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in January this year. But since the post is newly created, the profile and duties of the CDS on a daily basis are still unclear. It is learnt that sometimes Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane is taken aback when General Rawat talks directly to Army officers on defence matters, going over his head.Waiting in wingsAttorney General K K Venugopal, 89, was keen to step down after his three year tenure ended earlier this year, due to his advanced age. But, he was persuaded to accept a year ''s extension. The government is in talks with senior counsel Harish Salve, currently based in London, to eventually take over the AG ''s post. Salve has impressed Prime Minister Modi after his legal victory on Kulbhushan Jadhav at the International Court of Justice. He charged a token fee of one rupee for the complex case. Salve has requested a grace period of eight months to decide on the offer, as he has some personal work to tie up first.Cup and lip slipThe Congress believed it had sewn up the lone Rajya Sabha seat in Manipur, and would also succeed in toppling BJP Chief Minister N Biren Singh, since it had persuaded a few disgruntled former Congress MLAs who has switched to the BJP to return to its fold. But there is many a slip between the cup and the lip. Thanks to some deft moves by Assam Deputy Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Biren Singh survived, at least temporarily. The Congress was so flat footed that it sent Ajay Maken and Gaurav Gogoi as election observers for the Rajya Sabha poll without first finding out the quarantine rules in Manipur. When the observers landed in the state, they were sent into quarantine since they had failed to book return tickets for the same day. The Congress also did not reckon that blood is thicker than water. Though Congress MLA Imo Singh is from an old Congress family, he is the chief minister ''s son in law and took full advantage of the relationship. Imo Singh jumped ship as did several other turncoats. The BJP may have won this round, but the question is how much longer Sarma will remain content to play second fiddle to CM Sarbananda Sonowal in Assam, considering he is the BJP ''s master strategist for the entire Northeast.Veteran ''s victoryWhen the 77 year old Lingayat leader B S Yediyurappa was appointed Chief Minister of Karnataka it was presumed it was a stop gap arrangement and the real power in the state would lie with BJP General Secretary (Organisation) B L Santhosh, who would eventually succeed him. But BSY ''s masterful handling of the Covid pandemic in Karnataka has silenced his critics. Even though Bengaluru is the third largest city in India, its Covid 19 figures and death rate are lower than all other metropolises such as Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Ahmedabad. The experienced BSY enlisted the cooperation of the Opposition and the minorities, in the all out war against the disease. The CM heeded the advice of medical experts and senior bureaucrats. Santhosh may have had his way in selecting non entities as BJP candidates for the three Rajya Sabha seats, but BSY remains boss of Karnataka. An impressed Amit Shah consulted the Karnataka CM for advice on how to tackle the pandemic in the National Capital Region.
PARIS: The French government on Friday called on Air France to avoid mandatory layoffs as the airline prepared to announce some 7,500 job cuts to cope with a collapse in travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. Managers at the airline, part of Air France KLM Group, are due to meet labor unions in Paris on Friday to detail the redundancy plans affecting some 15 percent of all employees, including pilots, stewards and ground staff. At least half of the cuts will likely entail voluntary departures and retirement plans, sources familiar with the matter said this week, while 1,000 jobs are likely to be cut at Air France s HOP airline. But the prospect of possible compulsory layoffs has raised alarm among workers and the French state, which has granted Air France $7.87 billion in aid to help it survive the pandemic. A successful labor reorganization is one where there are no forced departures, junior economy minister Agnes Pannier Runacher told Sud Radio on Friday. Pannier Runacher said the government s aid package for the airline, which included state backed loans, was justified as the carrier was on the edge, but called on Air France managers to pursue cutbacks responsibly. Aircraft maker Airbus plans to cut some 15,000 jobs across Europe with a third of those in France sparked similar warnings this week, as a wave of restructuring triggered by the virus outbreak begins to hit. Under CEO Ben Smith, who joined from Air Canada in 2018, Air France KLM has sought to cut costs, improve French labor relations and overcome governance squabbles between France and the Netherlands, each owners of close to 14 percent of the group. DUBAI: Egypt s three month suspension of flights due to the coronavirus pandemic weighed on the aviation sector, which lost up to $62.23 million during the period air travel was restricted.
The Shanghai International Film Festival is expected to take place in person in late July, several reputable Chinese media outlets have reported.The festival, China #39;s oldest and most prestigious international cinema event, typically is held in mid June, but it was indefinitely postponed this year in response to the pandemic.
NEW DELHI Indian and Chinese military commanders have held a third round of talks on disengagement along a contested border, Indian government sources said Wednesday, even as New Delhi takes a firmer stand against business and investment from China.As the Himalayan region of Ladakh simmers two weeks after a June 15 clash in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed, both sides stressed the need for an "expeditious, phased and stepwise de escalation" during Tuesday''s meeting, the sources said.
Amidst the ongoing stand off between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at Ladakh region, the People;s Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed more than 20,000 of its troops near the Eastern Ladakh sector, reports ANI.Addition to the Chinese troops, there are reports that suggest the Chinese are also planning to use terrorism to target India and has also attempting to revive a terrorist group in Pakistan occupied Kashmir to unleash terror against India.
He is one of the Indian hard line leaders who are in denial mode about the ground realities of Kashmir and claim it as India s integral part. He is on record to have repeatedly said that if ever talks with Pakistan were held on Kashmir they would be in regard to the area of Kashmir under Pakistan s control.His statement, rightly and strongly rejected by Pakistan, is nothing but the dream of a lunatic who believes in the illusions he is obsessed with. First of all he needs to be reminded that the very basis on which India started claiming Kashmir as its integral part was challenged and rejected by the UN back in the 1950s through its resolutions 91 and 122, unequivocally reiterating that the question of accession of Kashmir could not be settled by any means other than a plebiscite held under the auspices of the UN. India has also accepted Kashmir as a disputed territory in the Simla Agreement and Lahore Declaration as well.
India;s bone of contention of Chinese troops built up at Finger Four would be resolved eventually, they said.The withdrawal started happening after India and China ''s top military level talks that took place June 6.
India on Monday announced a ban on 59 Chinese apps. The government''s intentions were made clear: the time for pussy footing around the China problem is over. Even if the Chinese were to restore status quo ante and return to the positions they held in early April, the rupture will be impossible to mend for years at least. Trust has been broken and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be hard pressed to ask the Indian public to not take the Chinese at their word ever again. Geopolitics is changing forever, and so, it appears, is Indian foreign policy.On Tuesday, the third round of talks takes place between the Indian and Chinese military commanders. The first one was on 6 June, when the Chinese made commitments and broke them, leading to the deadly clash on 15 16 June. A further meeting on 22 June saw a similar agreement but it is clear that the Chinese have not moved back to where they came from. What is the point of the third meeting if not for the sake of just talking? Both sides know that the talks at the military level are for the sake of form. For substance, look at what Prime Minister Modi has been saying he has called out China as an aggressor and a force of evil. Mod s utterances are the words of a man betrayed. Which is why a military agreement alone will not suffice.
Newest First Oldest First 4:50 PM, 30 Jun I urge all of you to look after yourself. Wear a mask or face cover and ensure social distancing PM Modi said in his concluding remarks. 4:50 PM, 30 Jun We will further economic activities. We will become vocal for local and become self reliant, the PM also said. 4:43 PM, 30 Jun Prior to the address many had anticipated that the PM would speak about China amidst the ongoing tensions at the Line of Actual Control. However, there was no mention of the China. 4:42 PM, 30 Jun During this fight against the pandemic we have provided free food. Scores of needy families across the country have been provided for, the PM also said. 4:42 PM, 30 Jun It is a season now for fever and cold. In such a situation, I urge all to take care of themselves. Do not let your guard down, the pandemic is not yet over says PM Modi. 4:42 PM, 30 Jun PM Modi emphasises on the use of masks. Everyone must wear it as this is the way to protect the entire population of the country. No one is above the law says PM. 4:37 PM, 30 Jun The discussion between the two foreign ministers came after India and France exchanged views at the foreign secretary level on regional and global issues of mutual interest. 4:04 PM, 30 Jun Address to nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins 3:50 PM, 30 Jun An India ban on dozens of Chinese apps following a border clash between the two nations has possibly derailed a billion India expansion plan of China''s ByteDance, while also sparking an uproar from users of its popular TikTok video app. 3:38 PM, 30 Jun An editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said that "China has been adamant and will never change", and the need is to forget the past, tackle the fresh crisis and create a new future for the country. 3:29 PM, 30 Jun Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Secretary General of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, Francois Delattre, via a video link on Monday discussed the COVID 19 pandemic and reviewed the progress of their multi faceted cooperation. 3:24 PM, 30 Jun Following the meeting the Ministry of External Affairs had said that both sides would continue both military and diplomatic contacts to resolve the issue. The MEA said that the talks had taken place in a cordial atmosphere. 3:14 PM, 30 Jun The Shiv Sena today said people were fed up of the war of words between the BJP and Congress over the border standoff with China, and the government should focus on handling the row with the neighbouring country and the coronavirus crisis. 3:06 PM, 30 Jun China is strongly concerned, verifying the situation: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on India banning Chinese apps 2:57 PM, 30 Jun The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country''s Han majority to have more children. 2:48 PM, 30 Jun Almost all the companies, ranging from Maruti to Hyundai to Mahindra Mahindra and Tata Motors, will be impacted and so would be two wheeler makers like Hero Moto. 2:44 PM, 30 Jun Indian and Chinese militaries on Tuesday held another round of Lt General level talks with a focus on finalising modalities for disengagement of troops from several friction points in eastern Ladakh. 2:34 PM, 30 Jun The Chinese side seems to have come prepared for the deployment as their troops deployed in the Galwan river valley bed are wearing water proof clothes which allows them to step in the icy water there. 2:24 PM, 30 Jun As the water flow has increased in the Galwan river, the Indian Security forces are now feeling the need for specialised waterproof clothing for the troops deployed there in a standoff position with China. 2:19 PM, 30 Jun The government has begun consultations at the highest level to decide on the use of 5G technology. 2:14 PM, 30 Jun The scheduled telephonic talk between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and American Defence Secretary Mark Esper not to be held today. It is being rescheduled for a later date: Defence Ministry Officials 1:59 PM, 30 Jun We want to stress that Chinese government always asks Chinese businesses to abide by international and local laws regulations. Indian government has a responsibility to uphold the legal rights of international investors including Chinese ones: Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson 1:46 PM, 30 Jun Chinese short video making app TikTok and Helo said they are in the process of complying with the government''s order. 1:37 PM, 30 Jun Today, the talks are being held in Chushul on the Indian. The Indian side will tell the Chinese to pullback its troops from the various friction points. India would also demand the restoration of status quo ante. 1:27 PM, 30 Jun While there has been no violent clash or any skirmish since the June 15, Galwan Valley incident, tensions are high. In fact that there has been no disengagement and officials familiar with the matter in New Delhi, tell OneIndia that baby steps are being taken. 1:24 PM, 30 Jun The major talking point between the military commanders of India and China is around disengagement and physical distancing. 1:22 PM, 30 Jun The Navy has increased its surveillance missions and beefed up operational deployment in the Indian Ocean region in the wake of India''s seven week bitter border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh, people familiar with the development said. 1:10 PM, 30 Jun As TikTok grew in popularity in India and other markets, the app also drew a lot of criticism, mainly from the lawmakers. Several controversies rocked the social media app in the market. In 2018, TikTok was banned in Indonesia for containing pornography, inappropriate content and blasphemy . 12:59 PM, 30 Jun The Punjab government will check on the involvement of China in an Indian firm selected to deliver smartphones to be given to youths as part of the Congress poll promise before taking a final call on whether or not to proceed with it, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said. 12:53 PM, 30 Jun The reason why TikTok is banned in India but not PUBG is because the game was developed by an arm of South Korean video game maker Bluehole. It was only after the game''s popularity that Chinese giant Tencent Holdings became its distributor. READ MORE 3:14 PM, 16 Jun The Indian Army officer killed the clash was the commanding officer of a battalion at Galwan. 3:14 PM, 16 Jun There was no firing. Apparently the two sides clashed with stones and rods. 3:14 PM, 16 Jun There are various accounts on the number of casualties on the Chinese side. Some accounts suggest 5, while the others say it is 3. However there is no official word on the same. 3:14 PM, 16 Jun The visit by Army Chief General M M Naravane to Pathankot has been cancelled. 3:14 PM, 16 Jun National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said if the Chinese can "shoot dead" three Indian soldiers during the 'de escalation process', one can imagine how serious the situation must have been in the first place. Earlier in the day, the Indian Army said an officer and two soldiers were killed in a violent confrontation with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh''s Galwan Valley on Monday. 3:15 PM, 16 Jun Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be discussing the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a short while from now. Singh has already met Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, the three service chiefs and External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar. 3:16 PM, 16 Jun We will eventually learn about the details of what happened in Ladakh. That is our right. But right now, we must grieve with stand by the families of our martyred soldiers. And stand solidly in support of our armed forces.
This emphasis on inertia must be set against reality that the Galwan clash comes amidst the deepening crisis in bilateral relations over the last decade. Stalled boundary talks, a widening trade deficit, the clash of national interests in the region, and Chinese opposition to India s global aspirations have together strained Sino Indian relations. Galwan is the last straw, the argument goes, that broke the camel s back.Although both propositions are rooted in reality, the potential direction of the Sino Indian relationship is likely to depend on how the current military confrontation in Ladakh is resolved. If it ends with a quick return to the status quo that prevailed in April, inertia is likely to limit radical policy departures. If the Ladakh crisis ends in a setback for India, the pressure on Delhi to radically reorient its China policy will mount.
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