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China has desire to expand power, incursion in Ladakh indicates its intention, says Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday asserted that Beijing under President Xi Jinping is testing the world to see if anyone is going to stand up to its threats and bullying.
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China says border with Bhutan yet to be demarcated, advocates ‘package solution’

China recently staked claim over the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan and said there are disputes in central, eastern & western sections of the boundary between the two countries
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India ‘talking’ to Bhutan as Beijing opens new front with Thimphu along Arunachal border

India believes that the main reason Beijing has opened a new front with Thimphu over the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary in eastern Bhutan is to ‘provoke’ New Delhi.
E P Unny | The Indian Express

India’s prayers for Covaxin vaccine and a geology lesson on Kashmir

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

Bhutan to not allow sale of Patanjali’s Coronil, says drug not approved by its regulatory body

Bhutan's Drug Regulatory Authority has said there is no cure for Covid-19 yet and it won't allow the sale of any medicine which claims to do so.

Bhutan rejects media reports claiming it stopped irrigation water to Assam villages

Bhutan said a deliberate attempt was being made by vested interests to spread misinformation and cause misunderstanding between Assam & the country.
A view of the Bhutanese landscape. | Photo: Pixabay

Why Bhutan hasn’t finalised the tourism fee it wants to charge Indians

The Lower House of Bhutanese Parliament has passed the draft tourism bill, but the Upper House is still debating its fine print.
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China & Bhutan close to striking Doklam deal, holding line could become working boundary

2 years after tense India-China stand-off at Doklam plateau, Bhutan could agree to let China hang on to territory it has already captured.
Mountain Echoes

Mountain Echoes turns 10 — the Indo-Bhutanese lit fest is an equal celebration of culture

The Indo-Bhutanese literature festival begins today, marking its 10th anniversary with quiet humility and a host of exciting sessions.
PM Narendra Modi and Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering at a meeting in Thiphu, Bhutan.

PM Modi launches RuPay card in Bhutan

PM Modi, who is on two-day visit to Bhutan, also inaugurated 740 MW Mangdechhu hydroelectric power plant.

On Camera

A woman in a marketplace deserted due to lockdown in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: ANI

India isn’t facing up to the true financial cost of Covid

Truth is currently as scarce as capital in India. The govt doesn’t have the appetite for large-scale socialisation of private losses, lest the opposition accuse PM Modi of cronyism.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

India, China generals meet today as ‘PLA keeps up Pangong incursions, blocks army at Depsang’

The fresh round of dialogue comes as India and China have hit a stalemate in military talks with regard to disengagement at multiple flashpoints in Ladakh.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.