Thursday, 26 May, 2022
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Topic: Ladakh

India ‘doesn’t foresee’ border fighting with China, but ‘won’t back down’ if tensions reignite

Aim is to ensure not just disengagement of troops, but overall de-escalation. Govt in favour of solving tensions through talks as it wants peace with all neighbours including China.

China completes Pangong Tso bridge, now making road to link Tibet garrison, satellite images show

Bridge will cut down 180-km loop from Chinese-held Khurnak to south bank via PLA garrison. Built to counter operations like Indian Army's capture of dominating heights in 2020.

Turning deathtraps into shrines, how Ladakh’s pashmina goatherds learnt to live with wolves

Shandongs are pits used to trap wolves that prey on pashmina goats & stone them to death. Conservationists have worked with local people, monks to turn pits into Buddhist stupas.

Our defence is strong, says India on reports that Chinese hackers targeted Ladakh power grid

Power Minister R.K. Singh said protocols were put in place as far back in 2018 following previous attacks on the power-supply system.

Doval tells Wang LAC disengagement a must, could visit China after ‘immediate issues’ resolved

During delegation-level talks at the South Block, India made it clear that continuation of the present situation is not in mutual interest.

China’s Wang Yi lands in India with diplomatic outreach, gets cold reception before talks

Bitterness preceded the visit, which is happening for the first time since the Ladakh stand-off began, despite its extremely crucial nature. Both sides didn’t announce the visit officially.

Amid Ukraine war, Chinese foreign minister could soon visit India to discuss LAC standoff

Wang Yi, who is also one of the State Council leaders of the CCP, is planning a week-long visit to South Asia and so could drop in for a day. But talks at a ‘premature’ stage.

Hot Springs to top agenda at latest Ladakh talks, Depsang & patrolling could remain sore points

The 15th round of India-China military commander-level talks will be held on 11 March on the Indian side of the Chushul-Moldo meeting point.

Northern Army Commander visits Galwan, Army tweets rare pictures with tricolour

This is the first time the Army has released photographs of a top officer visiting the Galwan Valley, which had witnessed a deadly clash between Indian and Chinese troops in June 2020.

China’s PLA encroaching on Indian territory in Ladakh, not letting cattle graze, says BJP official

Nyoma block development council chairperson Urgain Chodon tweets video showing ‘PLA soldiers’ chasing a herd of cattle. Army sources say it’s an old video.

On Camera

YourTurn

US President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on 16 August 2021. Biden defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan | Samuel Corum | Bloomberg

US blames failure to shut Pakistan border for Afghan defeat. India, please take note

The US could have used its coercive resources to compel Pakistan to shut down the Taliban’s transborder sanctuaries. It chose not to—costing its victory.
Vendors at a store selling edible oils at Begum Bazaar in Hyderabad, India| Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt to allow duty-free import of soybean, sunflower oil, cool surging prices

The government will permit purchases of 2 million tons each of the two vegetable oils per annum this fiscal year and the next, according to a notification by the finance ministry.

Defence

Naval helicopters | Representational image | indiannavy.nic.in

What’s Combined Military Forces-Bahrain? US-backed coalition India joined on Quad sidelines

India is 35th member of the maritime counterterrorism partnership that also includes Pakistan, Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany and Greece, among others.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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