He said, "The incident which took place at Galwan Valley is really very painful and I would like to pay my condolence to all 20 slain soldiers of Indian Army." "I think Congress leader Rahul Gandhi or Sonia Gandhi should not question this entire matter.
It is not the time to question the decision of army soldiers but we should keep in mind that they have died fighting."
Members of the Indian, Vietnamese and the Tibetan communities held a protest outside the Capitol Hill in Washington against China. The protesters were holding anti-China posters, urging people to boycott Chinese products. They shouted slogans against China's expansionist policies against their neighbours. Posters urging China to vacate Akshai Chin and Kashmir were also seen during the protest. Since the Galwan standoff between India and China, anti-China protests have broken out in several cities in the United States. 'China is aggressively trying to steal the land from India in Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh. They are intimidating Bhutan. They have also claimed that the Tajikistan mountains belong to them. Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Russia are also victims of China's expansionist policies', said a protester Adapa Prasad. Members of Vietnamese community also lashed out against the Communist government of China and said that their fight is against the CCP and not the people of China. China's expansionist policy has been slammed by countries across the world. China also faced flak for the Galwan faceoff where 20 India jawans were killed. Watch the full video for all the details.
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The campaign to boycott Chinese products continued in the national capital following the violent face-off at Galwan Valley in Ladakh in the month of June. Sarojini Nagar Market Association joined the campaign of boycotting Chinese goods. The members of market association were carrying placards and wearing face masks with a message of 'Boycott China'. They were spreading awareness of using domestic products and boycott Chinese goods. They have urged people to adopt 'swadeshi' (indigenous) products.
Sixteen Naxals have surrendered before police in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district on August 13. Out of 16 Naxals, three are of commander-level. They were carrying rewards on their heads. Speaking to ANI, SP of Dantewada, Abhisek Pallava said, "Three of them are commander-level Naxals and were carrying rewards on their heads. There are 5 cases each registered against two and 4 cases against one Naxal."
A bear was found trapped in a noose at a tree in Chhattisgarh's Korea district area on August 12. However it was later rescued by forest department. A local said, "I saw the Bear on yesterday in forest, I thought it was normally sitting on a tree, but later when I rechecked, the bear seemed stuck in a noose and then I called the forest department." "We are trying best to rescue it, however it is very scared right now"said forest official. According to the report the bear was later rescued.
At least 12 naxals surrendered in front of police in Chhattisgarh on August 09. The day also marks International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples or World Tribal Day. "12 naxalites surrendered to the Dantewada Police under the Lone Varatu '(Return to Home) program. Five of them have bounty on their head. So far, 83 naxalites have surrendered under the 'Lone Varatu' program," said Abhisek Pallava, Superintendent of Police (SP), Dantewada.
Iqbal Ansari, one of the litigants in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, has been invited for the August 5 event. Iqbal, the son of Hashim Ansari, one of the original litigants in the case, said that it was the wish of Hindu god Ram that he be one of the first people to get an invite. Ansari added that he has respect for the 'saints and seers' who are part of the Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust which is overseeing the construction of the temple. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be laying the foundation stone of the temple at a mega ceremony on August 5, amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, a resident of Chhattisgarh is traversing 800 km to Ayodhya over 10 days to gift soil and water from what he called Ram's maternal home. Mohammad Faiz Khan said that Ram's mother Kaushalya belonged to a village near present-day Raipur. Watch the full video for more.
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As the entire nation is eagerly waiting for 5th August to witness the ground-breaking ceremony of the construction of Lord Ram's temple at his birthplace Ayodhya, one man from Raipur has decided to travel 800 kms to be a part of this auspicious ceremony. Despite being a Muslim, Faiz Khan is an adamant believer of Lord Ram and it is his faith in him that gave him the courage to make this decision. Faiz started his journey from Chandkuri village of Chhattisgarh on 23rd of July and his goal is to reach Ayodhya before the ceremony on the 5th of August. Along with him, Faiz is carrying the soil of Chandkuri village for the foundation laying ceremony at Ayodhya. Chandkuri is said to be the birthplace of Kaushalya, the mother of Lord Ram and thus it is home to lord Ram's maternal grandparents. Faiz feels it is important to mix the soil of the birthplace of Ram's mother in order to seek blessings from the lord before the construction of the magnificent temple. Apart from his family and friends, almost everyone is applauding this step of Faiz and is alos helping him in possible ways to reach Ayodhya on time. Right now Faiz has reached Anuppur district is Madhya Pradesh which is approx 300 kms away from Raipur, the place from where he started his journey. Examples like Faiz are an inspiration for all and are playing a significant role in maintaining communal harmony and strengthening the secular bond of the nation.
Artists dressed up as 'Yamraj' and 'Chitragupt' to create awareness on wearing masks and maintain social-distancing in Chhattisgarh's Raipur on July 11. This initiative had been taken up by Raipur Smart City Limited, Traffic Police and Municipal Corporation.
According to a new study by the team of researchers from Rutgers, asthma does not appear to increase the risk for a person contracting COVID-19 or influence its severity. The recent research was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. According to Reynold A Panettieri Jr, a pulmonary critical care physician and director of the Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine and Science and co-author of the paper, Panettieri discusses what we know about asthma and inflammation and the important questions that still need to be answered. Since the news has focused our attention on the effects of COVID-19 on people in vulnerable populations, those with asthma may become hyper-vigilant about personal hygiene and social distancing. Social distancing could improve asthma control since people who are self-quarantined are also not as exposed to seasonal triggers that include allergens or respiratory viruses. There is also evidence that people are being more attentive to taking their asthma medication during the pandemic, which can contribute to overall health. Inhaled corticosteroids, which are commonly used to protect against asthma attacks, also may reduce the ability of the virus to establish an infection. However, studies have shown that steroids may decrease the body's immune response and worsen the inflammatory response. Steroids also have been shown to delay the clearing of the SARS and MERS virus -- similar to SARS-CoV-2- from the respiratory tract and thus may worsen COVID-19 outcomes.Future studies should address whether inhaled steroids in patients with asthma or allergies increase or decrease the risks of SARS-CoV-2 infection and whether these effects are different depending on the steroid type. However, older people with asthma who also have high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease may have similar instances of COVID-19 as non-asthmatics with those conditions.
Indian Army on August foiled infiltration bid in Poonch's Krishna Ghati sector, Jammu and Kashmir. On 7 August, a group of terrorists were attempting to infiltrate across LoC in Krishna Ghati Sector. The Indian Army troops detected the terrorists close to LoC and immediately engaged them resulting in on the spot killing of one terrorist and serious injuries to other two. Army personnel also recovered cache of arms and ammunitions along eatables with Pakistan markings.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor spoke on party leadership. He said that a clear cut decision as soon as possible would be ideal. Tharoor said that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi only needs to withdraw resignation to resume as party chief. Congress has been without a president after Rahul Gandhi's resignation. "I think we should be clear about our leadership going forward. I believe its unfair to expect Sonia ji to carry the burden. If Rahul is ready to resume leadership, all he has to do is withdraw resignation. The party will accept him as he was the incumbent president. Congress leaders asking how long can we carry on like this. We would ideally like a clear cut decision as soon as possible. Sonia Gandhi is not an absent leader, but she’s done this for a very long time. The party should inaugurate a process to identify a new leader," Tharoor said.
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Former Rajasthan deputy CM Sachin Pilot met Rahul and Sonia Gandhi amid political crisis in Rajasthan. Congress veteran leader Shashi Tharoor reacted on the current issue by saying that Congress party has every right to keep its brightest talents within it. "Congress party has every right to keep its brightest talents within it. I hope that he (Sachin Pilot) will come back and if the news is confirmed, I would be amongst those very happily welcoming and applauding it," said Tharoor.
Congress party has revoked the suspension of MLAs Bhanwar Lal Sharma and Vishvendra Singh. Speaking on it, Vishvendra Singh said, "Reality is before you. Whatever we went through for a month is no secret but we maintained our dignity and no one amongst us said anything. Allegations were levelled and cases were filed against us. I say it clearly that I was, am and will always be in Congress party." The two MLAs were suspended from the primary membership of the party for their alleged involvement in a conspiracy to topple the Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan government.
Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting was held at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's residence on August 13 ahead of the special session of the Rajasthan Assembly on August 14. Congress leaders, including Sachin Pilot were present in the meeting. After CLP meeting, MLA Vishvendra Singh said, "There's nothing to say. Congress stands united. All is well that ends well. It's ended on a very good note. If BJP wants, they can bring no-confidence motion tomorrow, it is their job. CM has said that if anyone has any complaint they can meet him, whenever they want."
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria was personally present at the Ambala air base to welcome the first batch of Rafale fighter aircraft from France. After the planes touched down, they..
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