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Entire situation along India’s border with China ‘under control’: Army chief amid standoff at LAC



Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Saturday assured that the entire situation along India’s borders with China is “under control”.

The Army chief was speaking to reporters amid tensions between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

General Naravane said both the sides are having a series of talks which started with Corps Commander-level talks and is being followed up with meetings at the local level between commanders of equivalent ranks.

As a result of which, the Army chief said a lot of disengagement has taken place on ground. He further exuded confidence that through the continued dialogue, all perceived differences between India and China will be put to rest.

Military-level talks between India and China continued for de-escalation in the Galwan region of eastern Ladakh on Friday with top army commanders from both sides meeting to resolve the face-off.

The fifth round of military-level talks took place even as the troop build-up continued on both sides, days after a slight retreat by both armies at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The talks at the Major General-level focused on three trouble spots in the Galwan area.

Earlier on Friday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reportedly held a review meeting with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and the three Service Chiefs to understand the ground situation. It was the second review meeting of the Defence Minister within a week. The first was on June 8, two days after the Lieutenant General-level meeting between the two countries.

Several areas along the LAC in Ladakh and North Sikkim have witnessed major military build-up by both the Indian and Chinese armies recently, in a clear signal of escalating tension and hardening of respective positions by the two sides even two weeks after they were engaged in two separate face-offs.

The nearly 3,500-km-long LAC is the de-facto border between the two countries.

Indian and Chinese troops have remained engaged in an eyeball-to-eyeball situation in several areas along the LAC in eastern Ladakh, signalling that the standoff could become the biggest military face-off after the Doklam crisis in 2017.

Further, speaking on Indo-Nepal ties amid reports of tension, Army chief MM Naravane said: “We have a very strong relationship with Nepal. We have geographical, cultural, historical, religious linkages. We have very strong people to people connect. Our relation with them has always been strong and will remain strong in the future.”

The remarks come a day after an Indian national was killed and two others were injured on Friday after Nepal border police fired at them inside Nepalese territory adjoining Bihar’s Sitamarhi district.

SSB DG Chandra, told news agency ANI that SSB 51st Battalion Commandant has already spoken with SP Sarlahi (Nepal) and had apprised SP Sitamarhi about this incident. SP Sarlahi is in touch with SP Sitamarhi. “They will be instituting a case and it is a matter of investigation,” he said.

He further reiterated that the incident is “completely a local issue that has emerged from a local altercation instantly”.

As far Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan is concerned, the Army chief told reporters that the Indian armed forces have had a lot of successes while stating that in the last 10-15 days alone more than 15 terrorists have been killed.

“All of this has been because of very close cooperation and coordination between all security forces operating in Jammu and Kashmir,” General Naravane said.

“Most of the operations have been based on information provided by the locals themselves, which goes to show that they are also absolutely fed up with militancy and terrorism and they want that the situation should return to normal,” he added.



Farmers move close to Delhi, Police seeks permission to convert nine stadiums into temporary prisons



The protest of the farmers against the three farm bills continues on the second day also after they were disallowed to march towards Delhi.

They faced lathi-charge and tear gas early this morning at the Haryana-Delhi border.

As per the reports, groups of farmers, walking with tractors carrying stocks of food and essential supplies, are trying to enter Delhi from multiple points, defying barricades.

Haryana police have dug trenches at various crossing points in order to stop the marching farmers.

Amid the protest, the Delhi Metro has closed the exit gates of some metro stations at Green line.

Delhi Police used water cannon and tear gas shells to disperse protesting farmers at Tikri border near Delhi-Bahadurgarh highway.

Farmers were seen clashing with security forces, as they tried to head towards Delhi as part of their protest march.

Delhi Police seeks permission from Delhi Government to convert nine stadiums into temporary prisons, in view of ongoing protest.


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KCR asks Modi to send Covid vaccine samples



Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to initially send a few samples of the Covid-19 vaccine to the states to determine if there are any side effects and then administer to the rest.

The chief minister informed Modi that the state government was ready to distribute and administer the vaccine on a priority basis and has prepared an action plan. He instructed officials to prepare for the cold chain. He reminded that India has various regions with different weather conditions.

“Corona virus did not affect the country in a uniform manner. Vaccine, too, may lead to different side effects in different regions. Hence, initially send a batch of vaccine doses to the states which can be administered to some people.

Let us assess the situation after administering the vaccine on these people and then administer it to the rest,” said Rao.

Apart from the CM, senior officials, vice-chancellor of health university as well as members of Covid-19 experts’ committee attended the video conference.

Later the chief minister held a meeting with officials and instructed them to prepare the necessary infrastructure for the vaccine cold chain. Committees should be formed at the state, district and block level to roll out vaccination programme against Covid-19.

The vaccine should be first administered to frontline workers, citizens about 60 years of age and those with acute health issues.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy held a meeting with officials after the video conference with PM Modi.

He directed officials to focus on infrastructure facilities for storing the vaccine at the optimum temperature and transportation to remote areas. Officials were asked to come up with an action plan for distribution of the vaccine.

The PM has discussed about the vaccination, including identifying those to be administered first, priorities, policies to be followed at the field level and procedures of vaccine distribution.


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Iqbal Khan: OTT self-censorship shouldn’t come at cost of creative freedom



Actor Iqbal Khan says OTT platforms create space for stories and experimentation. While content creators should be responsible, self-censorship should not limit storytelling.

Iqbal, who was last seen in the web series “Crackdown”, is currently shooting an upcoming series in the scenic hill town.

“OTT has taken stories to mobiles and laptops, and can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere. I believe that over a period of time synergies will work out between these platforms. Content can be customised for the platforms. As the authorities are mulling self-censorship on OTT platforms, cognisance will be taken of the nature of content being released by responsible content creators. I believe that such censorship would not come at the cost of creative freedom.”

Starting his career with music videos, Iqbal worked in several television serials before he made his digital debut with the show “The Bull Of Dalal Street” earlier this year. This was followed by “Crackdown”.

“The initial success of OTT prompted me to go for more. I believe that in a short period of time OTT platforms have been able to blur the boundaries of language and geography. Now, good content in any language can be viewed and enjoyed in any part of the world. There are so many stories being told online that good actors can explore much more compared to television or films. However, I always choose a project based on content, irrespective of the exhibition platform or the language,” Iqbal mentioned.


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