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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, on 29 August 2021 | PTI

Want solution through dialogue, won’t compromise: Rajnath Singh on border row with China

The defence minister in his speech at an event Monday also asserted that India will never allow the Chinese PLA to act on the LAC in a unilateral manner under any circumstances.
File photo of Indian and Chinese troops disengaging from the banks of the Pangong lake area in Eastern Ladakh | ANI

Border disputes? Let’s make boundaries irrelevant without changing them: Shivshankar Menon

South Asia is composed of old nations in new states where nationalism is still a work in progress. Every boundary has cross-border ethnicities. These factors make our boundaries contested.

20 ITBP troops awarded gallantry medals for bravely fighting Chinese PLA in Ladakh last year

These medals for bravery are among the total 1,380 service medals announced by the Union government for various central and state police forces on the eve of Independence Day.
Army tanks seen in eastern Ladakh, on 10 February 2021 | Photo: Indian Army

Disengagement in Ladakh in final stages, top defence officials tell parliamentary panel

The parliamentary panel meeting also witnessed tension as BJP leader Jual Oram locked horns with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over the questions being asked.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks in the Lok Sabha during ongoing Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi | PTI

Full text of Rajnath Singh’s statement in Rajya Sabha on India, China disengagement

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told the Rajya Sabha that India & China have agreed to disengage from the Pangong Tso area in eastern Ladakh. Read his full statement here.
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Bose portrait row perfect example of confirmation bias, serves liberal intelligentsia a lesson

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India’s decision to ban 43 apps in violation of WTO rules, says Chinese Foreign Ministry

We urge India to immediately correct its discriminatory behaviour and avoid further damage to bilateral cooperation, spokesman Zhao Lijian added.
Screengrab of the viral video shot by ITBP troops | Twitter

Little boy’s ‘kadak’ salute to ITBP troops in Ladakh wins internet, BJP MP pledges scholarship

Shared on Twitter by official ITBP handle, the video shows little Namgyal saluting soldiers passing by, a couple of whom stop to teach him the correct posture.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi

India & China agree to ‘sincerely’ implement Jaishankar-Wang peace plan at WMCC talks

At the WMCC meeting Wednesday, India and China reviewed the situation along LAC and had ‘frank and detailed discussions’ on developments since the last meeting on 20 August.

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I asked historians what find made them go ‘wait, wut?’ The answers didn’t disappoint

I asked a simple question on Twitter. About 300 historians replied.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 45th GST Council meeting in Lucknow, on 17 September 2021

GST Council levies 5% tax on food delivery apps, extends concessional rates on Covid drugs

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also said the Council decided that it was not the right time to include petroleum products within the GST ambit.

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A Dassault Mirage 2000 aircraft

IAF signs deal with France to purchase phased out Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft

None of these aircraft would be used for flying and they are being acquired to help improve the serviceability of around 50 Mirage-2000s in the Indian fleet, sources said.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.
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