India lambasted Pakistan at the UN Human Rights Council. India hit out at Pakistan for again raking up Jammu & Kashmir issue. India also slammed Turkey for trying to interfere in internal matters. Using its Right of Reply under the High-Level Segment of the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council in response to a statement by Pakistan's representative, India said that the entire Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are an ‘integral and inalienable part of India’. “The condition of women belonging to minority communities, notably Hindus, Sikhs and Christians, remains deplorable. An estimated 1,000 women from minority communities are subjected to abduction followed by forced conversion and forced marriage in Pakistan every year, according to a recent report published by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan,” Second Secretary of India's Permanent Mission in Geneva, Seema Pujani, said. Watch the full video for more.
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China said on Wednesday it wanted to cooperate with President Joe Biden's new U.S. administration, while announcing sanctions against "lying and cheating" outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and 27 other top officials under Donald Trump. Gloria Tso reports.
External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar met his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Hyderabad House in the national capital on February 26. Both the leaders discussed to strengthen bilateral ties between both the countries.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra took a jibe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi by saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi including top leaders of BJP who also hold ministerial positions are campaigning in different parts of country for upcoming assembly elections and Rahul Gandhi which he called 'Puppu' is catching fish. "Look at the difference. Modi ji is campaigning in Tamil Nadu, Amit Shah ji in West Bengal, Nadda ji is in Assam, Rajnath Singh is in Kerala, and 'Pappu' is catching fish, then they'll say EVMs are malfunctioning," he said. Rahul Gandhi was seen fishing with the fishermen during his Kerala visit.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh attended the wedding of a doctor in Ghazipur on February 27. Dr Brijendra belonged to a very poor family and his education was supported by him. During his tenure as Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister, Rajnath Singh had taken up the responsibility of educating two children. "It brings in satisfaction when poor children excel in their lives," said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Expressing happiness on Rajnath Singh's presence in his marriage, Brijendra said that it is very unexpected.
After a brief decline, COVID cases once again on uphill in the country. One of the reasons of the spike is carelessness. COVID-19 precautionary measures are highly neglected at the public places. People have ditched their masks in places like CP, India Gate. On Feb 26, Delhi reported more than 250 cases, highest single-day spike in over a month.
While recently speaking to the media, Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava highlighted the efforts being made by his team to efficiently handle crime and complaints during the pandemic. "As soon as the pandemic broke out in March last year, we came up with a scheme under which a complainant could contact any senior police official, including me, through a video call. This also ensured that social distancing norms were followed. I would regularly talk to complainants. And now, we have come up with another scheme 'Integrated Complaint Management System' under which anyone can get his complaint filed online. We upload it in the same system so that every complaint comes into the system and is redressed. We aim to improve this scheme further in coming times," Shrivastava explained.
The first high dam on the Yamuna is scheduled to come up at Lakhwar in Dehradun and Tehri in Uttarakhand after the Union environment ministry’s expert appraisal committee recommended the 300MW Lakhwar Multipurpose Project for environmental clearance in its December 2 meeting last year. Residents of Lohari village along the Yamuna are both happy and anxious about the project. The Lakhwar Project is contentious as it will impact a large forest area. Dams on Himalayan rivers can also amplify glacier burst, flash floods etc. Watch this ground report filed by Hindustan Times’ Jayashree Nandi from Lohari village in Uttarakhand.
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Uttarakhand’s glacier breach on February 7 impacted Raini village on the banks of Rishi Ganga river. Raini villagers were the first to warn people about the glacier breach. The villagers narrated how warning systems at Rishi Ganga project site failed to trigger. It was beyond their imagination to see a glacier burst during winters. They said that they have seen glacier breach events in the past but a flashflood of this degree was unforeseen. Over 100 people in Tapovan are still missing and feared dead. Relatives of missing workers also informed that alarm system failed to trigger at Tapovan hydropower project site. Watch this ground report filed by Hindustan Times’ Jayashree Nandi from Raini village in Uttarakhand.
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India and China have reached an agreement to disengage from the northern and southern banks of Pangong Lake in Eastern Ladakh. This comes after a long standoff between the forces of the two countries at the LAC in Ladakh. While many see this step as the beginning of a process that could lead to lasting calm in the borders, others have questioned whether India can trust China to live up to the agreement. Meanwhile, the opposition has slammed the government and accused it of ceding territory to the Chinese. So what does the disengagement at the LAC mean for India? Aditi Prasad speaks to Hindustan Times’ executive editor Shishir Gupta to decode the implications of the disengagement.
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Army Chief General MM Naravane spoke about India's position on the standoff with China in Ladakh and said that the resolve of safeguarding the country's interest was shown. The Army chief added that India's engagements with China should continue as they have in the past. “Whatever we did has shown the resolve that we have in maintaining our interest foremost. With this approach our relations with China would develop along the path we wish. As two neighbours, who would like to have peace and tranquility on their borders. Engagements with China must continue as they have in the past, nobody wants an unsettled border,” he said. A border standoff between the Indian and Chinese militaries began in May last year. In June, it resulted in a clash in Galwan Valley in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed. After nearly nine months, both armies withdrew artillery and camps, marking disengagement.
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lashed out at the Congress for alleging that India ceded territory to the Chinese. The defence minister said that India would not tolerate any country trying to unilaterally change the status-quo at the borders. Rajnath Singh said that nobody can occupy India territory till he is alive. He also accused the Congress of insulting the bravery of our forces. This comes after Rahul Gandhi and several other Congress leaders had questioned the disengagement at the LAC and said that India has now lost territory to the Chinese. Watch the full video for all the details.
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India has really emerged on the world stage and has become an important global player, said Spokesperson for US State Department, Morgan Ortagus, adding that US needs India to face the emerging global..