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People's Liberation Army

China withdraws 10,000 soldiers from depth areas of LAC in Ladakh, but frontline troops stay

Move can't be seen as de-escalation from Chinese side. India had also thinned down troops, withdrawing soldiers rushed in as reserves when standoff began in May.
Representational image of an army convoy moving towards Ladakh | File photo: ANI

India, China resume diplomatic talks, agree to work towards complete disengagement

The MEA said the two sides reviewed the developments along the LAC since the last round of the WMCC talks held on 30 September.
A Google Earth image showing the elevation on the southern bank of Pangong Tso

How Indian Army’s secrecy & unorthodox deployment fooled the Chinese at Pangong Tso

The Mountain Strike Corps played a key role in shaping India’s counter-offensive strategy that led to the domination of the southern banks of the Pangong Tso. 

LAC stand-off a result of China ‘violating’ bilateral agreements, says MEA 

MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava reiterates that Russia is a ‘friend’ and states that the Indo-Pacific strategies are not directed against any country. 

‘Most difficult phase’ — Jaishankar says India-China ties ‘significantly damaged’ this year

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar says today’s China is ‘much more nationalistic’ and that it cannot be business as usual with Beijing as long as there is a border stand-off.
Indian Army vehicles driving through the snow in Ladakh (representational image) | Photo: AFP via Getty Images via Bloomberg

Indian Army firm & alert in Ladakh, no ‘premature withdrawal’ from Kailash range — govt

Government sources say India-China tensions could continue to simmer at the LAC even if a temporary disengagement takes place.
Former Army chief Gen V.P. Malik (retd) | ThePrint

India should be in no hurry to pull back troops in Ladakh — ex-Army chief Gen V.P. Malik

Gen Malik noted that the incursions by China in multiple locations in Ladakh in early May was an 'intelligence and surveillance failure'.
A screenshot from videos shared by the Indian Army that has been falsely altered | Twitter | @mubasherlucman

Pakistanis are wrong. Indian Army’s videos of LoC bunker hits are real, not from Syria

The Indian Army had shared several videos of shelling across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, and a screenshot has gone viral in Pakistan claiming it's fake.
The national flags of China and India (Representational Image) | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Talks with China going forward, another round on Ladakh disengagement soon, says India

All communication channels at diplomatic and military levels are on between India and China, says external affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava.
Representational image taken from the southern bank of Pangong Tso, looking across to the 'fingers' on the northern bank | Photo: Visharad Saxena | By special arrangement

China agrees to discuss all friction points with India, next round of talks could be this week

India has maintained throughout the LAC stand-off that the onus of disengagement and de-escalation is on China, as it was the aggressor.

On Camera

File photo | Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik arrive for questioning by CBI in the Sushant Singh Rajput case, at Santacruz, Mumbai, 28 Aug | PTI Photo

Why Bombay High Court’s fury on Rhea Chakraborty’s media trial is misdirected

In episode 665 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta decodes how the Mumbai High Court unfairly generalised the entire media for the actions of a few TV news channels.

India hopes to import more oil from Iran and Venezuela under Joe Biden

India is heavily reliant on energy imports and refiners struggled to cope as the US foreign policy over the last few years restricted access to Iranian & Venezuelan oil.

Defence

File image of the Dakota vintage aircraft of the IAF | Twitter | @IAF_MCC

This R-Day, catch a glimpse of IAF’s vintage Dakota that ‘saved Srinagar’ in 1947-48 war

The aircraft, which participated in the 1971 war too but began to be phased out soon after, will be flanked by two Mi-17-1V at the flypast in a Rudra formation — a first for the Dakota.

Neither ‘udta’ nor ‘padhta’ Punjab. Question is how India’s no. 1 state in 2003 fell to 13

Punjab, once India’s richest state, has slipped and fallen behind. MSP and subsidies should continue, but it needs to rediscover its entrepreneurial impulse.