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Satellite image of Chinese positions along Depsang Plains | Credit: @detresfa

Why Depsang Plains, eyed by China, is crucial for India’s defence in Ladakh

The trouble at Depsang Plains, a 972-sq-km stretch strategically and geographically important for India, predates the current LAC crisis.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with special forces personnel in Ladakh Friday | By special arrangement

How Depsang Plains is new catchword in India-China standoff & why Rajnath not talking about it

In #CutTheClutter episode 570, Shekhar Gupta explains strategic importance of Depsang Plains, Daulat Beg Oldie & answers the important question — has China occupied territory in India?
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

No power in the world can stop Indians from patrolling along LAC, says Rajnath Singh  

Speaking in Rajya Sabha, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says there is a difference between what China says and its actions on the ground.
File photo of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi | PTI

Did Jaishankar, Wang Yi really break the ice in Moscow? India can’t forget — winter is coming

While the Narendra Modi govt has shown its willingness to negotiate, will its domestic compulsions allow it to progress with talks towards logical conclusion?
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, Tuesday. | PTI

What Rajnath Singh revealed about the India-China standoff in his Parliament speech

In episode 568 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta analyses key takeaways from Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's speech in Parliament Tuesday.
Sachin Tendulkar at an exhibition game before the Covid-19 lockdown | Photo: ANI

Disgusting to see Tendulkar as brand ambassador of Chinese-funded Paytm, traders body says

In a letter to Sachin Tendulkar, the Confederation of All India Traders urged him to reject the offer as India is ‘undergoing a faceoff with China’.
Lt Gen. P.J.S. Pannu (retd) | ThePrint

China miscalculated India resolve, needs exit strategy now, says former Ladakh corps commander

Former 14 Corps commander Lt Gen PJS Pannu (retd) told ThePrint that India is now in a much better strategic position, than when tensions began, on both banks of the Pangong Tso.
Representational image of the Indian Army in Ladakh | ANI File Photo

Why India needs new confidence building measures to clarify LAC issue with China

Though India & China have 5 border pacts, dating back to 1993, China has violated these in the Ladakh standoff. Experts warn that new measures shouldn’t limit India’s border activities.
The Border Roads Organisation will be constructing the new roads connecting Pooh in Himachal to Chumar in Ladakh, and Harsil in Uttarakhand to Karcham in Himachal. It has also stepped up work on an alternate route to Daulat Beg Oldie | Photo: Commons

Modi govt’s infra push along China border — 2 new roads, alternate route to Daulat Beg Oldie

New roads, expected to aid faster military movement, are over and above the 73 India-China Border Roads already planned. Alternate road to DBO through Sasser La remains top priority.
File photo of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi | PTI

Keep talking, disengage fast, keep distance, ease tensions — India-China plan for LAC peace

At Moscow meet, foreign ministers Jaishankar and Wang Yi agree to ‘expedite’ work on new confidence building measures once Ladakh tensions ease.

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Dairies are turning vegan, but that’s not really cutting the carbon footprint of your soy latte

All the growth in the dairy market these days has been in products other than milk, though the amount of milk being drawn from cows is still rising in the industry.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in Lok Sabha on 18 September 2020 | ANI

Insolvency code suspension was not meant to protect firms that commit fraud, Sitharaman says

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says saving companies impacted by the pandemic was more important than facilitating recovery by creditors under the law.


NSG Commandos | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

NSG & ITBP allow foreign bidders for sniper rifles, months before embargo kicks in 

The 7.62x51mm sniper rifle is one of 101 items on the negative import list issued in August. Its import embargo kicks in December.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

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?