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Ladakh sector’s Galwan Valley and its history in Sino-India relations

Archival documents from 1962 reveal tit-for-tat allegations by India and China on soldiers trespassing in Ladakh sector’s Galwan Valley -- where the most recent standoff took place. The Galwan Valley region, which China claims is part of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, is part of the 3,488 km long border dispute. Updated: May 20, 2020 15:27 IST By Sutirtho Patranobis |Edited by: Anubha Rohatgi, Hindustan Times Beijing India and China have deployed additional troops , days after scores of Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in a tense face-off along the India-China boundary. (HT File Photo ) The Chinese government often says the border dispute with India is a legacy of history. The dispute has influenced bilateral ties between New Delhi and Beijing for nearly 70 years despite dozens of rounds of negotiations over the years. Archival documents from 1962 reveal tit-for-tat allegations by India and China on soldiers trespassing in Ladakh sector’s Galwan Valley -- where the most re

Chinese troops focus on 4 LAC locations, test new areas in Ladakh

Along with Pangong Tso, where Indian and Chinese troops came to blows earlier this month, Trig Heights and Burtse have witnessed two-thirds of the total transgressions across the LAC. Written By  Sushant Singh  | New Delhi | Updated: May 23, 2020 12:30:28 pm New areas of Chinese forays into Indian territory have come up in 2019 — the Doletango area opposite Dumchele suddenly saw 54 Chinese transgressions in 2019, after having recorded only three transgressions in the past four years. RELATED NEWS J&K move won’t impact Line of Control or Line of Actual Control: India to China China prefers border pact with India on ‘Code of Conduct’, differs with PM Modi’s LAC clarification Centre to deploy 8,000 more ITBP men along China border in Arunachal Although India and  China  share a boundary that stretches 3,488 km from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh, official data

Govt has been groping in the dark on the migrant issue. This must change

Migrant workers must be able to believe that this is a country for all, without any discrimination. They do not require mercy, they should be allowed to live with dignity. Written By  Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury  | Updated: May 22, 2020 9:49:02 a The irony of fate is that when these very nation builders sought a little assistance from the country in their quest to reach their humble abodes, we failed to provide them food, shelter and conveyance. (File Photo) RELATED NEWS Will try to start some international flights before August: Hardeep Singh Puri A deadly virus from Africa is killing horses in Thailand Explained: How the coronavirus pandemic may change work culture The  COVID-19   pandemic  has introduced words and phrases that have now become deeply familiar to us: Corona, quarantine, thermal screening, tracing, testing, isolation, vaccination and,

TALK: Hindu Revival and fight back in Northeast India

Pragna Bharati is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Hindu Revival and fight back in Northeast India Time : May 23, 2020 05:00 PM India Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 889 5281 3548 Password: 896781 Tag lines:  How the Tribal Communities are fighting the Christian Falsification in Indias Northeast, is a story not known to most Indians. This story needs to told and retold so that the revival and fight back form part of the grand Bharateeya Narrative. About the Speaker: Raka Sudhakar is a Journalist for more than 25 years. He worked in Northeast for 12 years as a RSS pracharak. He worked among Tribal community of Northeast and was part of their fight for protecting indigenous faiths. He teaches in a reputed jouranlism school,his YouTube channel(TELUGU)RAKALOKAM is popular for its research content on nationalistic  topics. He is a writer and speaker. He tweets at @rakasudhakarrao

2,000 road crashes and 368 deaths from March 25, when the lockdown began, to May 16.

"Worldwide, the defining images of India’s lockdown are the caravans of migrant workers walking hundreds of kilometres to reach their homes. Bereft of substantive support from the government or their employers, they want to escape the city and get back to their villages and families. Several hundreds of them lost their lives in their desperate attempt to reach home during the lockdown. The SaveLife Foundation, a non-profit organisation working to prevent road accidents, has recorded nearly 2,000 road crashes and 368 deaths from March 25, when the lockdown began, to May 16." Source : The Hindu

US to Exit International Military Surveillance Treaty

By  Ken Bredemeier May 21, 2020 02:53 PM FILE - A Russian Air Force Beriev A-50 early-warning aircraft and a Sukhoi Su-27 jet fighter fly over Kaliningrad, Russia, April 25, 2020. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he was pulling the United States out of the 18-year-old international Open Skies Treaty allowing surveillance flights over other countries because Russia has been violating it. The U.S. began notifying the other signatories to the accord that it was giving the required six months’ notice to leave. FILE - President Donald Trump listens during a meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House, May 18, 2020, in Washington. Trump accused Moscow of ignoring terms of the treaty. “I think we have a very good relationship with Russia," he told reporters at the White House. "But Russia didn't adhere to the treaty. So, until they adhere, we will pull out.” The president did note the

Pakistan Army forcefully ‘harvesting organs’ from ethnic minorities in Balochistan: Report

OpIndia Staff   | 22 May, 2020 Representative Image (Photo Courtesy: The Financial Express) The Pakistan army has allegedly been involved in the abduction, forced disappearances, torture and forced organ harvesting of people living in ethnic areas of Balochistan,  report   Organiser.  The report claims that corpses of such ethnic minorities are wrapped by the army in white cloth and family members are prevented from seeing anything other than the face. Such dead bodies are buried with missing organs. Reportedly, the army would earlier bury the dead in ‘secluded places’. However, after allegations of forced organ harvesting have come to light, such bodies are now buried in the presence of family members. The report claims that the army covers the bodies such that the stitch marks are not visible to the family. Interestingly, the army also does not allow post-mortem to be conducted on such dead bodies. Cases of Organ Harvesting in Balochistan One such case was that of a man named Gurham

Chinese Private Security Contractors: New Trends and Future Prospects

Chinese Private Security Contractors: New Trends and Future Prospects Publication: China Brief Volume: 20 Issue: 9 By:  Sergey Sukhankin May 15, 2020 04:04 PM  Age: 6 days Image: Personnel of Hua Wei International Security (华卫安保国际, Hua Wei Anbao Guoji) stand alongside other representatives of international private security companies at a conference in Macao, June 2015. (Source: Hua Wei Security) Introduction In addition to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Support Base in Djibouti, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has indicated ambitious plans for future “strategic strong point” naval bases in the Indian Ocean and Africa ( China Brief,  March 22, 2019), and has pursued this goal with varying degrees of success ( China Brief , April 13). One of the key ideas behind these bases is to provide security to Chinese workers and businesses abroad. By late 2016, more than 30,000 Chinese businesses had invested offshore (with a total investment of $1.2 trillion) and nearly one

The end of Hong Kong as we know it? Protesters outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, Nov. 2019. Photo: Vivek Prakash/AFP via Getty Images   It emerged today  that China plans to implement a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong that could provoke a fierce backlash from pro-democracy activists there. Why it matters:  Beijing's encroachment on Hong Kong's independent legal system prompted massive protests last year that have resumed on a smaller scale as social-distancing measures lift. The current proposal appears to be even more far-reaching, banning sedition, treason and secession, which Beijing tends to define very broadly. The proposal would amend the Basic Law, which has governed relations with the mainland since Hong Kong was handed back to China from the U.K. in 1997. By addressing this law in Beijing,  China's leaders are bypassing Hong Kong's legislature and chief executive,  Axios' Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian notes . The law could mean the end of the relative political freedo

Beginning of the end for Hong Kong

TRIVIUM CHINA The big news on Hong Kong came on Thursday night.   National People’s Congress (NPC) spokesperson Zhang Yesui announced that the NPC will deliberate a “Draft decision on establishing and improving the legal system and implementation mechanism for the safeguarding of national security in Hong Kong.”   What that means: The draft decision is NOT the much-talked about National Security Law. Instead, the draft decision, once passed, will authorize the NPC Standing Committee to start drafting such legislation. The upshot:  The mainland will be able to enforce national security provisions in Hong Kong without the need for the Hong Kong Legislative Council to pass such a law.   Get smart:  This is the beginning of the end for Hong Kong. The new law will give Beijing wide latitude to punish behaviors that “threaten national security.” That means tighter control over media, education, and free speech.   Our take:  Xi Jinping is fed up with Hong Kong and is ready to take a tougher l

China abandons GDP growth target

TRIVIUM CHINA All it took was a once-in-a-century global pandemic and economic crisis. The Chinese government finally dropped its annual GDP growth target, long the foundation for economic policy. Premier Li Keqiang announced the change in his Government Work Report delivered this morning: “I would like to point out that we have not set a specific target for economic growth this year.”   “This is because our country will face some factors that are difficult to predict in its development due to the great uncertainty regarding the covid-19 [sic] pandemic and the world economic and trade environment.” This does not mean that the government will not pursue economic growth: “We must be clear that efforts to stabilize employment, ensure living standards, eliminate poverty, and prevent and defuse risks must be underpinned by economic growth; so ensuring stable economic performance is of crucial significance.” Get smart:  Reformers have advocated for dropping the GDP growth target for years, b

Middle Powers Must Intervene as Giants Confront to Dominate Global Order

May 21, 2020 0 The two technical giants, US and China, have intensified their unfettered confrontation for global domination.  Either of them coming out victorious is no solace as both want to subjugate the international community to their control.  Their next major clash is coming up in November ITU meet in New Delhi. Middle powers need to pool their resources to guide the US-China competition to a more benign world order. European Union, Russia and India may well lead. ——— by Prasad Nallapati The US is vertically divided on Russia, but it presents a united front to confront and stop Chinese march to global domination. This paper attempts to review the cyber confrontation between the US and its two adversaries and how a potential damage could be averted for better world order. “RussiaGate” Collapse   The Democratic Party’s crusade to discredit President Trump’s election and his alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 polls, derisively called “RussiaGate,” has finally been collap

Massive Inflation May Be Coming, Because the US Government Has Cornered Itself into a Fiscal End Game

Years of deficit spending has made monetary policy a slave to fiscal policy. Thursday, May 21, 2020 Photo by Jp Valery on Unsplash   Antony Davies     James R. Harrigan Economics   COVID-19   Coronavirus   Inflation   Federal Debt   Federal Deficit   Federal Reserve   Deficit Spending The federal government is moving into the final stages of its fiscal life. Deficits have gotten so enormous that the Federal Reserve simply prints the money the government needs. Why? Because that’s the only option left on the table. For years, we have warned that continued deficit spending would paint the Federal Reserve into a corner wherein monetary policy would become a slave to fiscal policy. To avoid government default, confiscatory taxes, government shutdown, or a combination of all three, the Federal Reserve has reached a point wherein it has little choice but to monetize federal deficits. Sooner or later, we will all pay the price in the form of massive  inflation . Total reserves in the US banki