Thursday, 1 December, 2022
TopicPLA

Topic: PLA

Satellite images show China is building underground facility 50 km from India border

The new facility near Ngari is the Chinese PLA’s second in Tibet, and stands just about 60 km away from the Indian Army’s forward posts at Demchok in Ladakh.

Indian Army puts Mountain Strike Corps aimed at China in cold storage

The instant order to stop ‘new raisings’ – create battalions with fresh recruits – has been prompted by financial constraints.

China quietly & cleverly finds a new route to S. Doklam, 7 months after India stopped it

New alignment is 5 km away from Indian posts, making it difficult for India to do anything. The new road will open up South Doklam to Chinese troops.

New trouble for India: China occupies North Doklam, with armoured vehicles & 7 helipads

New visuals show PLA deployment is metres away from last year’s face-off point; Indian Army chief Rawat has admitted north Doklam is occupied.

Xi Jinping’s Achilles heel: economy and control over the PLA

Insights of two professors at Harvard University offer a granular look at the recent rise of Xi and his methodical pursuit and consolidation of power. 

Satellite images reveal China’s state-of-art naval airbase

It has 24 aircraft shelters, 3 large hangars possibly for UAVs, one hangar for airborne early warning and control (AEWC) planes, among others.

China’s mega fortress in Djibouti could be model for its bases in Pakistan

Though called a ‘logistics base’, the facility can accommodate a brigade and has unprecedented security arrangements

Visuals show India, China clash at Ladakh was serious, troops injured

The video, published first by ThePrint, shows troops first engaging in a close quarter fist-fight and then hurling stones at each other. Manu Pubby

India Foundation calls off China visit after visa trouble, Beijing says not true, visit on

Two members denied visa, delegation leader Alok Bansal’s held back; was to travel next week MANU PUBBY

On Camera

YourTurn

A group picture of Supreme court judges at Supreme Court in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Ambedkar rejected collegium system, said CJI supremacy on judges’ appointment is dangerous

In May 1949, the Constituent Assembly debated the Collegium system, only to reject it thrice. Now the SC is assuming that role once again.
Representational image | Reuters

India’s economic growth at 6.3% for second quarter, slower than previous months

Government capital spending increased more than 40% during the quarter as it stepped up expenditure on roads to railways, according to official data on Wednesday.

Defence

A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.