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File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

Soldiers sit tight in Ladakh amid India’s Covid crisis, but construction activity continues

The 12th round of Corps Commander level talks could take a couple of months since the current focus is on Covid even as forces maintain continuous vigil at the LAC.
Army Chief Gen MM Naravane reaches Ladakh on 27 April, 2021 | Twitter

Army chief Naravane visits eastern Ladakh, Siachen, reviews operational preparedness

Gen Naravane was accompanied by Lt Gen Y.K. Joshi, Army Commander of the Northern Command, and Lt Gen P.G.K. Menon, General Officer Commanding of the Leh-based Fire and Fury Corps.
File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

Army wants around 350 light tanks to sharpen its mountain warfare edge amid Ladakh stalemate

The Army's technical specifications for the tanks indicate the combat weight should not exceed 25 tonnes. The RFI has been floated to seek vendors.

BRO opens Zojila pass connecting Kashmir valley and Ladakh

The pass, situated at 11,650 feet, was opened after 110 days due to winter. BRO officials said the 'strategic' pass helps in the operational preparedness of the armed forces.
Representational image of an Indian Army convoy moving through Ladakh | Photo: ANI

China changes stance, wants de-escalation before disengagement in Ladakh. India disagrees

De-escalation before disengagement could give China an advantage as it can move troops back much faster than India due to its better infrastructure.
Representational image of an Indian Army convoy moving through Ladakh | Photo: ANI

These are the key changes Army has made in Ladakh to counter China in summer

With disengagement still incomplete in some areas almost a year since LAC stand-off began, Army is ensuring there are ‘adequate’ troops in Ladakh.
File photo | Students light candles to pay tribute to soldiers, who were killed in the encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh | PTI

Army, IB, CRPF — India needs culture of accountability to prevent Chhattisgarh, Ladakh repeat

The 1971 war was the finest moment for India’s defence and security establishment — intelligence and accountability saved lives. Now errant officers get promotions.
Army tanks seen in eastern Ladakh, on 10 February 2021 | Photo: Indian Army

Pangong Tso done but China dragging its feet on disengagement at other Ladakh friction points

Since last year, India & China have completed disengagement at Galwan Valley, where a clash left 20 Indian soldiers dead in June, and Pangong Tso, the latter executed earlier this year.
The national flags of China and India (Representational Image) | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

India, China should quickly resolve remaining issues along LAC to allow progress in ties: MEA

Disengagement in the Pangong Lake area provided ‘good basis’ for resolution in remaining friction points, says MEA spokesperson.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes part in the First Quad Leaders’ Virtual Summit with US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Suga, in New Delhi on 12 March 2021 | ANI

Ladakh didn’t work out for China. It will now drive a wedge between Quad partners

Small doses of military tensions coupled with actions aimed to debilitate the Indian economy should be expected.

On Camera

File photo | Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairing a meeting to review Covid, July 2020 | PIB

Modi needs a new team. Unless the PMO wants to keep running India

When people are dying for want of oxygen and medical facilities, ministers are responding to the crisis with more praise for PM Modi.
A Maruti Suzuki showroom in New Delhi (file photo) | Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

Maruti Suzuki cuts production as car sales fall due to Covid lockdown

Maruti Suzuki last week decided to shut some plants to divert oxygen to hospitals, but can still carry on production at 50-60% capacity.

Defence

Representational image of a healthcare worker handling an oxygen cylinder | Photo: ThePrint

Delhi govt reduces Base Hospital’s oxygen allocation, Army says no need to panic

Due to shortage, less than 1 MT oxygen could be allocated to Base Hospital in Delhi Monday. Army has requested MoD for additional allocation & is also making arrangements on its own.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Mayday, Mayday — How Modi govt led India into a perfect storm

Triumphalism, premature declaration of victory meant no one checked if India had enough vaccines, oxygen, remdesivir, bringing us back to a crisis where we need foreign aid after four decades.