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NSA Ajit Doval to meet China’s Yang Jiechi at BRICS meeting tomorrow

Ajit Doval and Yang Jiechi, the national security advisers of India and China, respectively, have known each other for a long time and share a bonhomie of sorts.
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval | File photo: ANI

NSA Ajit Doval storms out of SCO meet over Pakistan’s ‘fictitious’ map

India says Pakistan ‘deliberately’ showed the ‘illegal’ map as its backdrop in the virtual meeting, in blatant disregard of host Russia’s advisory.
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US’ Afghan peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to meet Jaishankar and Doval in Delhi today

Zalmay Khalilzad had last visited India in May to update New Delhi on Taliban peace talks. His Tuesday visit comes amid intra-Afghan talks going on in Doha.
State Councillor and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval at the 22nd meeting of Special Representatives (SR) for India-China Boundary Question, in New Delhi last December | ANI file

India, China could hold another round of special representatives talks amid fresh LAC face-off

New Delhi has not ruled out the option of holding another ‘follow-up’ virtual meeting of the SRs, picking up from what they had discussed on 5 July.
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China Study Group, the elite Indian govt body that guides policy on ties with Beijing

China Study Group, founded in 1975 under K.R. Narayanan, is playing a key role as India and China talk about disengagement in Ladakh.
State Councillor and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval at the 22nd meeting of Special Representatives (SR) for India-China Boundary Question, in New Delhi last December | ANI file

Doval spoke on India’s territorial integrity in talks with Chinese foreign minister: MEA

MEA also said during talks between Ajit Doval & Wang Yi, the NSA categorically conveyed India’s position on the recent developments along LAC, including in Galwan Valley area.
File image of National Security Adviser Ajit Doval with China Foreign Minister, Wang Yi | PTI

India, China look to build on Doval-Wang dialogue, eye ‘long-term settlement plan’ for LAC

India feels border agreements signed with China between 1993 & 2013 can help avoid repeated skirmishes of the kind witnessed at Doklam in 2017 and in Ladakh since May.
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How India lined up US, Russia on its side of LAC and China was forced to return friendless

China is disengaging from the LAC, and also taking back the message that India has far more friends in the world today. The last 24 hours have truly been PM Modi’s.
State Councillor and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval at the 22nd meeting of Special Representatives (SR) for India-China Boundary Question, in New Delhi last December | ANI file

Wang Yi & Ajit Doval agree to act promptly on consensus to disengage: China

A Chinese press release said that Foreign Minister Wang emphasised that said for both China and India, achieving development and revitalisation is the top priority.
State Councillor and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval at the 22nd meeting of Special Representatives (SR) for India-China Boundary Question, in New Delhi last December | ANI file

Ajit Doval talks to Chinese foreign minister, both agree on ‘earliest complete disengagement’

MEA statement says both sides have re-affirmed they should strictly respect & observe the LAC, and not take any unilateral action to alter the status quo.

On Camera

Representational image. Shoppers maintain social distance while standing in a queue at Lake Mall, Kolkata after it reopened Monday. | PTI

Handshake is dead — Covid-19 is killing good manners, but here’s what can be done about it

Some pandemic-induced changes in our social conduct will last. Diffidence will rise and we will no longer be judged unfriendly for refusing to strike up conversations with strangers.
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Govt increases minimum support price for 6 rabi crops, MSP of wheat hiked by Rs 50

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said govt had always maintained MSP will continue as against a 'false propaganda' spread by Opposition parties.

Defence

Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik presented the data in the Lok Sabha on 21 September 2020 | Commons

Haryana, UP, Maharashtra saw highest encroachments on defence land in last 3 yrs, says govt

Defence officials say such encroachments are a major security threat and have continued to increase over the years due to rapid urbanisation.
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Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?