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Representational image of a Chinese People's Liberation Army soldier at a base in Qinyang, China

4, 9 or 14? Even China ‘isn’t sure’ how many PLA soldiers died in Galwan Valley

During talks with India, Chinese officials have — unofficially — given contradictory figures for their Galwan clash casualties. China has officially acknowledged 4 deaths.
Indian Army Captain from Manipur who 'pushed back' Chinese soldiers at Galwan Valley | Twitter | @NBirenSingh

China video on last year’s Galwan clashes turns this Manipuri Army captain into a hero

Snippets from the vibrant Northeast that capture politics, culture, society and more in the eight states.
Screengrab of video released by Chinese state media of the Galwan clashes | Chinese state media

Grief, anger flood China’s Weibo after revelation of country losing 4 soldiers in Galwan 

Users on Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, also flooded the Indian Embassy’s account with angry messages. 
Representational image | ANI

India ‘hyped’ Galwan casualties, distorted truth, says China ahead of Corps commander talks

China said it exercised great restraint while India repeatedly exaggerated the casualties from last year's violent clashes and misled international public opinion.

China officially admits 5 PLA officers & soldiers were killed in Galwan Valley clash

The five officers and soldiers stationed in the Karakoram Mountains were recognised for their sacrifice and awarded honours, the Chinese military's official newspaper reported.
Indian and Chinese armoured columns pulling back from Rechin La on the southern side of Pangong Tso Wednesday | Credit: Army

30-member parliamentary panel on defence to visit Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso

The panel is chaired by BJP's Jual Oram and its members include Congress MP Rahul Gandhi. It may seek govt permission before visiting the Ladakh areas.

China to move behind Pangong Tso Finger 8 — Rajnath Singh shares Ladakh breakthrough details

Rajanth Singh says India will withdraw to the Dhan Singh Thapa post near Finger 3 and the area between this and Finger 8 will become a no-go zone for both sides.
Representational image of the Indian Army in Ladakh | ANI File Photo

45 Chinese soldiers killed in Galwan clash June last year, Russian news agency TASS says

In an article, TASS said that 'Chinese and Indian forces clashed in the region in May and June 2020, resulting in at least 20 Indian and 45 Chinese servicemen dead'.
Representational image of military equipment in Ladakh | Photo: ANI

Bring ‘Make in India’ for intelligence agencies. Stop overrelying on foreign vendors

India is facing massive challenges in filling the gaps in its intelligence systems; will the intrusions in Ladakh serve as India’s Sputnik?
File image of a Chinese flag and an effigy of President Xi Jinping being burnt during a protest against the Galwan Valley clash, in Kolkata | Representational image | ANI

Galwan clash could have been planned by China, US Congress panel report says

The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission says some evidence suggested the Chinese govt had planned the incident, potentially including the possibility of fatalities.

On Camera

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2021 | Twitter @BJP4India

India’s vaccine diplomacy is falling apart. Why PM Modi can’t convince EU to waive patents

While Modi waxed eloquent on India-EU trade talks, European leaders were unhappy at US for supporting Delhi's demand to waive Covid vaccine patents.

India’s petrol, diesel demand expected to be better than 2020 despite second Covid wave

While a raft of bearish calls predicting even worse demand this month has emerged after fuel consumption plunged in April, a closer look reveals marked differences from last year.

Defence

Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Gen Rawat and Lt Gen Anil Puri | ThePrint

With formal appointments in, this is how the Department of Military Affairs will function

With uniformed officers being given joint secretary ranks, all files will no longer need to be moved to the Secretary of Dept of Military Affairs for decisions.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Modi govt is in denial & India is back to being a flailing state

Modi government didn’t strengthen the foundations of basic governance in the last 7 years. Now, the PM has retreated and ministers are failing, adding to the Covid disaster.