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Monastery Market in Civil Lines, New Delhi. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Selling jeans, running eateries & farming — What ex-servicemen of secretive Indian unit do now

After serving India’s covert Special Frontier Force for years, ex-servicemen now run clothing shops, eateries and occasionally sell winter wear on the sides.
Ashok Koul, J&K BJP general secretary | Twitter

My comments were twisted, BJP supports all demands of Ladakh — J&K leader Ashok Koul’s U-turn

BJP’s J&K general secretary Ashok Koul Tuesday said the call to boycott polls to Ladakh council was ‘nonsense’. On Friday, he claimed he was misquoted.
An IAF An-32 aircraft on its inaugral landing at the Nyoma airfield in 2009 | Special arrangement

At Nyoma, how the IAF turned a sandy surface into a smooth landing ground for its An-32

Upon landing at Nyoma, the engines were kept running. After a well-deserved cup of tea, we were back in the skies, leaving behind a dust storm.
File photo of Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

Indian soldiers at LAC have go-ahead to open fire in self-defence, India tells China

With no signs of disengagement on the ground in Ladakh, where India and China have been locked in a stand-off since April, both sides will stay dug in during the region’s bitter winter too.
At a demonstration in Leh on 24 September 2020 | By special arrangement

Leh shuts down to protest against BJP leader’s remarks on call to boycott hill council polls

BJP leader Ram Madhav, J&K unit functionary Ashok Kaul are currently in Leh. The shutdown call was given by the Apex Body of People’s Movement for Sixth Schedule.
A view of Leh, Ladakh. | Photo: Sajid Ali/ThePrint

BJP, AAP, Congress call for boycott of polls to Ladakh council, seek protection of land, jobs

The boycott call has been given by Apex Body of People’s Movement for Sixth Schedule for Ladakh, which represents various student, religious and political groups.
The Chinese flag (representational image) | Pixabay

China has more than doubled its military positions at LAC since Doklam, new report says

China is constructing at least 13 new military positions near its borders with India, including 3 air bases and 5 heliports, says a Stratfor report.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping | Graham Crouch/Bloomberg

Modi has key ace left on Ladakh crisis — skip SCO and BRICS summits, embarrass Xi’s China

Indian troops have disrupted the status quo and the Chinese don’t like it. And that’s what the ongoing talks in Chushul-Moldo are all about.
A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

14 hours of India-China talks fail to break logjam, more rounds of negotiations ahead

Top military and diplomatic officials met Chinese officials Monday. India maintained its stand of complete disengagement during the 14-hour talks.
PM Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Commons

Linking LAC peace with good relations shows India still doesn’t get China

India’s threat to China is simple: show aggression at LAC and pay a cost in worsening ties. But the value of the threat, and hence its credibility, is questionable.

On Camera

Retiring early can be bad for the brain

Retiring early and working less has many benefits, such as reduced stress, better diets and more sleep. But as we found, it also has adverse effects.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

A BSF Jawan stands guard at border | Representational image | ANI

BSF foils infiltration bid along Samba in J&K, 2nd attempt within a fortnight

Security forces said 5 terrorists attempted to infiltrate through the Samba sector and were aided by Pakistan Ranger who opened fired at BSF personnel.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Modi is a true reformer, he’ll bury Vodafone ghost and campaign on reforms in Bihar

No politician sees economic reform as a vote-catcher; it’s the old, povertarian economy that gets votes. Can Modi bring farm and labour reforms centre-stage?