Modi reaches Ladakh, to take stock of the situation after Galwan Valley face-off with China

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reached Ladakh, more than a fortnight after a violent face-off between the Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Galwan Valley. The prime minister is in Ladakh to review the situation on the ground. PM Modi is accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army chief General MM Naravane. The prime minister is currently at one of the forward locations in Nimu where he is interacting with personnel of the Army, Air Force and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). Located at 11,000 feet, this…

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China wants India to undo the abrogation of Article 370 for withdrawal from Ladakh

By Syed Ali Mujtaba There is a Chinese proverb; the one who ties the knot can alone untie it. This proverb China wants to attribute to India to reduce the tensions going on along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). China wants India to undo the abrogation of Article 370 that changed the status of Jammu and Kashmir. There are few plausible reasons making rounds for Chinese incursion into India. They are; India’s construction of Darbuk-Shyok-Daulet Beg Oldi (DSDBO) road from 2000. India along with the US and other powers…

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Chinese Inscribe huge symbol, Map onto disputed territory in Pangong

The inscriptions, located between ‘Finger 4’ and ‘Finger 5’ measure approximately 81 meters in length and 25 meters in breadth and are large enough to be clearly spotted by passing imagery satellites.  In a claim to the disputed territory, Chinese forces in the contested Fingers region of Ladakh’s Pangong Lake have inscribed a massive Mandarin symbol and map of China onto the ground they occupy. The inscriptions, located between ‘Finger 4’ and ‘Finger 5’ measure approximately 81 metres in length and 25 metres in breadth and are large enough to…

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‘If no one entered Indian territory, then how did our 20 Soldiers died?’: Congress asks PM

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Sunday posed five questions for the Centre to answer on government’s position on the Indo-China border conflict over the past 6 weeks that peaked with a deadly clash in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley along the LAC on June 15, resulting in 20 casualties among Indian Army soldiers and an unverified number of deaths on the Chinese side . Among other questions, Sibal alleged that the government was in denial of Chinese “intrusions” as “confirmed” by army generals and satellite imagery and sought to know…

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After three days of negotiation, ten Indian Army personnel including two Majors released by China

As per reports, China on Thursday evening released 10 Indian soldiers. This followed days after fierce border clash in Galwan Valley that left at least 20 Indian Army soldiers dead. China frees 10 Indian soldiers seized in a border clash in Ladakh: Report The 10 soldiers were freed late Thursday evening after dialogue Release after several rounds of talks between India and China ys after fierce clash in Galwan Valley area in Ladakh, China on Thursday evening released 10 Indian Army personnel, including two Majors. “Ten Indian Army personnel including…

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Amidst standoff in Ladakh, China preparing for infiltration behind enemy lines

China is preparing for a massive infiltration into Eastern Ladakh amid nearly a month-long standoff between Chinese and Indian troops at the Himalaya heights where both sides claim that it is their territory. Media reports emanating from China have indicated that the PLA troops have been holding night-time high-altitude exercises in Tibetan Plateau to “infiltrate behind the enemy lines”. This is an unmistakable hint towards the Indian positions along the LAC in eastern Ladakh that lie adjacent to Tibetan plateau. It is for the first time that China has served…

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Ice Stupas store hope for locals in Ladakh’s cold desert

Ice stupas — the man-made mini glaciers — are solving the water problem in the remote and cold desert region of Ladakh where less precipitation during the crucial spring has resulted in lack of vegetation. Sonam Wangchuk, an award-winning innovator and scientist who conceptualised the ice stupa, said the mini glaciers were being increasingly adopted in Leh district of the region where people face an acute shortage of water during spring months. Wangchuk said the ice stupas were now being replicated by the locals themselves. The idea behind the ice…

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Today governor, Satya Pal Malik to inaugurate Sindhu festival in Ladakh

Governor Satya Pal Malik is arriving in Leh district on Friday on a two-day visit. The Governor will on Friday inaugurate the day-long Ladakh Singhey Khababs Sindhu Festival, being organised by the tourism department on the banks of the Indus. The aim of organising the festival on the Indus is to endorse the mighty river as a symbol of multi-dimensional cultural identity of the country. Elaborate arrangements have been made for the festival in which traditions and cultural heritage of Ladakh will be presented to the visiting tourists. An official…

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Zanskar demands repolling

In a major political development ahead of the counting of votes on May 23, three of the four candidates from the Ladakh parliamentary constituency on Monday jointly wrote to the J&K Chief Electoral Officer, demanding repolling in the Zanskar subdivision of the region. Congress nominee Rigzin Spalbar and two Independents — Haji Asgar Ali Karbalai, who is a Congress rebel, and Sajjad Hussain Kargili, who has been backed by the National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party and the influential Islamia School Kargil — have alleged malpractices at all polling stations in…

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‘Old wine in new bottle’, BJP’s Ladakh manifesto continues with unfulfilled emotive

The BJP’s election manifesto for Ladakh appears to be ‘old wine in new bottle’ as it has again made the issue of Union Territory (UT) status for arid region and inclusion of Bhoti language in the 8th Schedule of Indian Constitution as its main poll planks. Opening of Kailash Mansarovar road via Ladakh’s Demchok for pilgrims, early completion of Zojila Tunnel and early execution of Kargil-Padum-Darcha road are the other major promises made by the party with Ladakhi people in its election manifesto, which was released in Leh on Wednesday.…

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