Rajnath Singh, Chinese defence minister in first political meet since LAC row
Friday, 4 September 2020 () In a bid to break the continuing deadlock in the ongoing military confrontation in eastern Ladakh since early May, India and China held their first high-level political meeting on Friday, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) defence ministers’ meet in Moscow.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to meet his Chinese counterpart in Moscow on Friday evening. The meeting has been sought by Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghi amid border tensions. The meeting will be held on sidelines of 3-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. Rajnath Singh and Wei...
Opposition MPs stormed the well of upper house and staged protest on September 20. TMC MP Derek O'brien approached the Dy chairman and brandished the rulebook. A scuffle also broke out between protesting MPs and RS staff over Dy Chair's microphone. The Rajya Sabha discussion was on the controversial farm laws when the fracas occurred. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed his views on the ruckus in Parliament. “Whatever happened in Rajya Sabha during a debate on 2 agriculture-related bills, was saddening and highly shameful. Running the Parliament smoothly is the government's responsibility, but the Opposition's cooperation is also expected. The Opposition should perform its duty while adhering to Parliamentary protocol. This is expected from the Opposition. By planting a misconception among the common people, the farmers, there is an attempt to reap political dividends. This is not in keeping with healthy democratic tradition,” said Singh. Watch the full video for more.
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Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal expressed disappointment over the senior ministers not condemning Deputy Chairman's behavior in their press conference on September 20. He further claimed the Rajya Sabha ruckus to be a conspiracy, built by BJP leadership. KC Venugopal said, "I saw the press conference by Rajnath Singh and 5 other Ministers. They're justifying Deputy Chairman's action and attitude. That was very unfortunate. We expected decent reaction from senior Ministers. They should've at least condemned the practice." "But they are justifying the Deputy Chairman, and the procedure. It means today's entire episode was a conspiracy, built by BJP leadership. They want to suppress the voice of farmers in the House," he added.
DRDO is working on cultivating vegetables under intense conditions for Indian Army. DRDO's effort comes as Indian troops are set to spend harsh winters at the China border. DRDO is using passive greenhouse technology, zero energy-based technique storage, etc, The work is being done by DRDO's Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR). DIHAR-developed microgreen plant will help jawans grow vegetables in harsh condition. "In remote areas of forward locations, Army is deployed in harsh conditions. There is no availability of substrate or soil to grow vegetables. In those areas, how will they be provided with something fresh? In that context, this technology was developed by DIHAR scientists," said DIHAR Director, Dr Om Prakash Chaurasia. This comes amid tension between India & China at Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. India has recently increased its army deployed along the Indo-China border areas.
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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on September 15 attended the second day of the Monsoon Session. During which he briefed members of Lok Sabha about the India-China border issues and assured that the Indian Army is ready to deal with any situation. "I want to assure you that we are ready to deal with any situation," said Singh. He also informed the house about the dialogue he shared with his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe during the sidelines of Shanghai Corporation Organisation (SCO).
External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar held talks with Kyrgyz Republic and Tajik counterpart on the sidelines Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. "A fruitful meeting with FM Chingiz Aidarbekov of Kyrgyz Republic on SCO sidelines. Thanked him for the support in facilitating return of Indian nationals. Discussed issues of bilateral and regional interest. Agreed to further enhance our Strategic Partnership in all spheres," tweeted Jaishankar. "A warm meeting with Tajik FM Sirojiddin Muhriddin. Pleased with our growing bilateral and regional cooperation. Highly value this strategic partnership," Jaishankar tweeted.SCO summit is taking place in Russia's Moscow.
In a self made video, Congress leader Ninong Ering claimed that five boys from Nacho, Upper Subansiri in Arunachal Pradesh have been abducted by China's PLA (People's Liberation Army). He said, "China's PLA (People's Liberation Army) has abducted 5 boys from Nacho, Upper Subansiri in Arunachal Pradesh. This has happened at a time when Rajanath Singh is meeting defence ministers of Russia and China. PLA's action has sent a very wrong message." On September 04, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Moscow.
India and China have been engaged in a tussle at the LAC in Ladakh since May 2020. After the tussle turned violent in Galwan valley, leading to casualties on both sides, talks have been underway but no headway has been made. The Defence and Foreign Ministers of the two countries have also met in Moscow to discuss the border situation. The Chinese Army has made several aggressive moves, attempting to change the status quo unilaterally in the past few months. Each time Indian forces have responded in equal measure to push back the Chinese. Indian Special Forces also managed to capture key strategic heights on the Southern banks of Pangong Tso in late August, giving Indian forces a key advantage. So what are the options on the table for India to tackle China’s nefarious designs at the LAC? Lt General DS Hooda(Retd) tells Hindustan Times’ Aditi Prasad that India has the option of using special forces across the border. He added that if the situation arises, India has the ability to carry out cross-LAC operations. Watch the full video for all the details.
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India and China will hold Corps Commander level talks for the 6th time since June 2020. The talks are aimed at resolving the simmering situation at the LAC in Ladakh. The first five Corps Commander level talks have not been able to make much headway. However, coming in the backdrop of the high level meetings between Foreign and Defence Ministers of India & China in Moscow, there is some optimism about the latest talks. The Defence Minister had told Parliament that has tried on several occasions has tried to alter the status quo through aggressive means in at the LAC in Ladakh. He had also added that China has not honoured any of the agreements reached so far during talks at various levels. The latest round of talks also come as Indian Air Force conducted familiarization sorties of the recently acquired Rafale jets in Ladakh. So what impact will the Rafale jets have on the situation at the LAC? How will it boost India’s chances against the Chinese PLA? Watch Lt General (Retd) DS Hooda answer all these questions.
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on September 20 assured farmers that Minimum Support Price and Agricultural Produce Market Committee system are not going to end. "I am also a farmer and I want to assure..