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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.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the combined meeting of defence ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) | Twitter

Zee News says India now a ‘sher’ in foreign policy, News18 says country supports Ravi Kishan

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Old swings in new Panchsheel & NSD’s new ‘acting course’ for news anchors

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Indian army convoy carrying reinforcements and supplies, drive towards Leh, on 2 September in Gagangir | Photo via Bloomberg

Tiranga on top, says Zee of China clash, News18 India discusses Bihar angle to Sushant case

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Away from Covid mess, there’s another side to the India story. And it’s cause for hope

Amid the pandemic that has gripped the country, India is in need of good news, or at least something else to think about. This might help.
File photo of a Bharat Petroleum Corporation gas station in Mumbai

Modi govt pushes BPCL privatisation, opens financial data to bidders

The BPCL privatisation, which could be the country’s biggest, is crucial for India. The govt needs to raise capital to make up the fall in tax revenues as the pandemic hit the economy.

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A file photo of a Covid ward set up at an Army hospital, in Prayagraj. | Photo: ANI

Armed forces plan to hire 400 retired military doctors to assist in fight against Covid

The forces are looking to hire, on a contractual basis for about a year, medical officers who retired in the last four to five years.
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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.