Amid tension, India responds to China’s ‘Ladakh infra development’ comment
India on Thursday asserted that the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh "have been, are, and would" remain an integral part of the country, insisting that China has no locus standi to comment on its internal matters.
The comments by External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava came in response to China's contention that it does not recognise the union territory of Ladakh as well as the state of Arunachal Pradesh.
"Our position on this has always been clear and consistent.
The union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been, are, and would remain an integral part of India.
China has no locus standi to comment on India's internal matters," Srivastava said at a media briefing.
"We hope that countries will not comment on India’s internal matters, as much as they expect the same of others," he added.
On the border standoff in eastern Ladakh and the outcome of the bilateral military talks, Srivastava referred to a joint press statement issued by the two armies after their dialogue on October 12, calling the meeting "positive and constructive
One of the highlights of the latest edition of the India-US 2+2 dialogue was the signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement. The pact, signed during the visit of US Secretaries of State and Defence - Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper - to meet their Indian counterparts - Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh - in Delhi, will provide Indian forces sensitive data from American military satellites. This is being pegged as a major boost for India amid the stand-off with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja (retd) and former Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal help decode the significance of this agreement in a conversation with Hindustan Times' Aditi Prasad. Watch the full video for more.
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Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) held press conference on Oct 29. MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, "The whole world knows the truth about Pakistan and its role in supporting terrorism. No amount of denial can hide this truth. The country which provides shelter to the maximum number of UN proscribed terrorists should not even attempt to play victim." On being asked about Pakistan's reaction on changed land laws in Jammu and Kashmir, MEA spokesperson said, "No country has locus standi to comment on the internal affairs of India." He further said, "The decision to reopen the Kartarpur Corridor will be in line with COVID-19 protocol. We are in touch with all the concerned authorities."
On India-US 2+2 Ministerial dialogue, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, "There was a sense of satisfaction that the partnership has grown in every domain. We are also engaging on matters of national security, and both sides are working on multilateral formats. Important focus of discussion was Indo-Pacific region."
As global anti-terror watchdog FATF reviews Pakistan's performance in curbing terror-financing, India on Thursday said the neighbouring country continues to provide safe havens to terror entities as well as UN-designated terrorists. Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Anurag Srivastava said Pakistan has addressed only 21 out of 27 "action items" prescribed by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to contain terror financing. The FATF began its three-day virtual plenary meeting on Wednesday in which it is reviewing Pakistan's performance in implementation of the action plan recommended by it to choke channels of funding to the terror groups operating from the country. "As is well known, Pakistan continues to provide safe havens to terrorist entities and individuals and has also not yet taken any action against several terrorist entities and individuals including those proscribed by the UNSC such as Masood Azhar, Dawood Ibrahim, Zakir-ur-Rahman Lakhvi etc," Srivastava added. Watch the full video for more details.
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Several PDP leaders were on Thursday detained by police as they tried to stage a protest against the new land laws notified by the Centre for Jammu and Kashmir. The party leaders wanted to hold a protest rally against the amendments made to the land laws of the Union territory by the Centre on Tuesday which allow people from other parts of the country to buy land in the region. The mainstream parties of Kashmir have decried the amendments and termed the move akin to putting Jammu and Kashmir up for sale. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti tried to reach the PDP office, but was asked by the police to return to her residence. Watch the video for more details.
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In a bid to tap into the growth potential of the Horticulture sector in Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha launched a Market Intervention Scheme to facilitate the stakeholders by providing valuable marketing platform and ensuring optimum prices to the apple growers. The Market Intervention Scheme will make way for the procurement of 12 lakh metric tonnes of apples, which will not only ensure profitability to the apple growers but will also create rural employment through supplementary services. The Union Cabinet had last week approved the extension of the Market Intervention Scheme for apple procurement in Jammu and Kashmir for 2020-21 on the same terms and the condition as was done in 2019-20. The procurement of apple will be done by NAFED through the Directorate of Planning and Marketing, Department of Horticulture and Jammu Kashmir Horticulture Processing and Marketing Corporation (JKHPMC), directly from apple farmers, and the payment will be made through Direct Benefit Transfer into the bank accounts of apple farmers.
Jammu youths are excelling in different sports and football is one of them. Many youngsters gathered at Sainik Colony ground to brush up their football skills. Interestingly, many of these youngsters have represented Jammu and Kashmir in national and international tournaments and are working hard to excel in the game. These young players are practicing day and night to improve their football skills to achieve new heights. The Sainik Colony ground is equipped with stadium lights so that these players can practice in night also. However, there are certain demands of the players and their coaches like turf stadium and better coaches. Football has recently become very popular in Jammu and Kashmir Real Kashmir FC is very hot among youngsters and they want to play for the team. Jammu and Kashmir is emerging as a new hub of sports and cultural activities and many young talents are representing the Union Territory worldwide.
On killing of 3 BJP workers by terrorists, party chief of Jammu and Kashmir, Ravinder Raina said, "They were brave workers of BJP. They attained martyrdom for Bharat Mata and their sacrifice won't go in vain. Coward Pakistanis will have to pay heavy price for their sins, each one of them will be neutralised." Three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers were killed in JandK's Kulgam on October 29 after terrorists opened fire at them.
Traditional cultural activities resumed after a long gap of COVID-19 shutdown in Kashmir valley. The Gulshan Cultural Forum has organized two-day folk music festival in Baramulla. During the event, artists gave energetic performances including folk singing and short skits. "In the time of these odd days (due to COVID-19), we feel so good after attending this musical festival, many people came here to watch the performances," said a local audience member."In this two-day festival organised by Gulshan Cultural Forum in the time of COVID-19 pandemic, we tried to provide a platform to people, so that people can calm themselves amid the tensions caused by the pandemic. In this event, we produced drama and major events of mausiqi. People enjoyed the event and felt calmness after a long period of COVID-19 lockdown. It was a successful event," said Gulshan Badarni, organiser of the event. To avoid large gathering, cultural activities were stopped by authorities in the month of March after the announcement of COVID-19 lockdown.
Srinagar's Dal Lake once again has regained its charm of water sports activities after months of halt. The lockdown shut all the sports activities in the Valley and bound people to stay in their houses for months to safeguard themselves from COVID-19. Now, authorities have allowed several sports activities in the union territory as things are getting normal day by day. The water sports athletes took sigh of relief and participated in the event with full enthusiasm. Water sports activities include swimming, canoeing and kayaking etc. Jammu and Kashmir is emerging as a talent hub of the country as youths here are excelling in different fields and making the union territory and country proud. Youths here are engaging themselves with sports and cultural activities and saying no to drugs and anti-social activities. Administration here is also encouraging the youths and providing them all the facilities so that they can excel in their respective fields. Dal Lake is a world famous water body which attracts a large number of tourists every year from across the world. Such water sports activities will also help attract adventure enthusiasts towards the Valley.