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Rising Bharat International News Feed: October 19th 2020

  • Relation with US
  1. India Buys Winter Gear From US On “Urgent Basis” Amid China Row: Report

(NDTV, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • India Buys Winter Gear From US On “Urgent Basis” Amid China Row: Report

(NDTV, 19 October 2020) News Link

  •  India, US expected to sign BECA deal during 2+2 dialogue this month-end

(Times of India, 19 October 2020) News Link

  1. India-UK Air Bubble Arrangement Sees Weekly Direct Flight Between Goa And London

(Republic World,19 October 2020) News Link

  • European countries
  1. French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain: France supports India’s strategic autonomy

 (Tribune India, 19 October 2020) News Link

  1. Australia to join Malabar naval exercise with India, US and Japan

(daijiworld, 19 October 2020) News Link

  1. Snubbing Technique Unit From Canada To Control Assam’s Baghjan Blowout: Oil India

(NDTV, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • Financing India: India and Canada relation to touch 100 billion CAD

(Free Press Journel, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Bangladesh
  1. NIA chargesheets 12 for trafficking women from Bangladesh

(Mumbai Mirror, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Bhutan
  1. Illegal liquor godowns busted near Indo-Bhutan border

(thenortheasttoday, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Shri Lanka
  1. India and Sri Lanka begin their annual exercise SLINEX today

(DD News, 19 October 2020) News Link

  1. Indians stranded in Pakistan due to COVID-19 return to India via Wagah-Attari border

(Times Now News, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • Pakistan invites Indian Sikhs for Guru Nanak’s 551st birth anniversary

(Times of India, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • Pakistan readies plan to sabotage J&K telecom blackout with new mobile towers (Hindustan Times, 19 October 2020) News Link
  • Revealed: Pakistan Army’s new conspiracy to unleash terror in Jammu and Kashmir

(Zee News, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • Pakistan Army emotionally blackmails its population with its own idea of India

(The Print, 19 October 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat National News Feed: October 19th 2020

  • Aksai Chin
  1. J&K भाजपा प्रमुख बोलेअब अक्साई चीन, गिलगित बाल्टिस्तान को आजाद कराने का वक्त

(Jansatta, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • Why report on Capt Rajendra Nath’s 1952 expedition to Aksai Chin is classified to this day

(The Print, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • China’s unsubstantiated claim over Aksai Chin

(Financial Express, 19 October 2020) News Link

  1. बदल रही फिजा: सरहद की रक्षा के लिए उमड़े जम्मूकश्मीर के हजारों युवा

(Amar Ujala, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • जम्मूकश्मीरः मेरा शहर मेरी शान कार्यक्रम आज से, परेड ग्राउंड में लगेगा मेला 

(Amar Ujala, 19 October 2020) News Link

  1. NEP is huge initiative to bring fundamental change in India’s education setup: PM Modi

Key points:

  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the centenary convocation of the University of Mysore. The event took place via video conferencing on October 19. While addressing the centenary convocation, PM Modi said, “National Education Policy is a huge initiative to bring fundamental change in the education setup of the country. To make our capable youth even more competitive, a multidimensional approach is being focused on. Effort is to make youth flexible and adaptable for the changing nature of jobs.” “Never before had there been such four-dimensional reforms in the country. Earlier, when decisions were taken one sector used to benefit but others used to be left behind. In the last 6 years, multiple reforms in multiple sectors were done,” he added.

(Times of India, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • NEP 2020 implementation: Running the PESTLE risk analysis tool

Key points:

  1. The National Education Policy 2020 arouses varied emotions for practising educators, parents and students. Given the pandemic, the policy comes across as an instrument of reconstruction of the education sector. To overcome the challenge of education continuity for millions of children is a humongous task, given the lack of access to technology and other support systems to a large population of children.
  2. A three-phased approach of survival, reconstruction and leading-by-example, supported by the PRMM (Preventive Risk Mitigation Model) and ECP (Education Continuity Plan), is a potent strategy (see graphics).

(Financial Express, 19 October 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat Swadeshi News Feed: October 19th 2020

  • Investment in Bharat by US companies
    • [Funding alert] Quiz-based learning platform Genius Teacher raises $2M from Indian and US investors

Key points:

  1. The Mumbai-based edtech startup will use the funding to create products for teachers and grow fast to million-plus students in the next 12 months.
  2. “Genius Teacher is all about transforming boring education to a learning adventure. We have a big vision to be the best quiz-based learning platform loved by millions of children in K-12. We will utilise our $2 million funds raised to create products for teachers and grow fast to million-plus students in the next 12 months,” said Founder and CEO Advitiya Sharma.
  3. With over 100-plus schools, 2,000+ teachers, 70,000+ paid students, and a record 100 percent renewals, Genius Teacher said it is bringing about a paradigm shift in how students are being taught in school and at home. Its app is available for Android and iOS users.

(Your Story,19 October 2020) News Link

  • Investment in Bharat by other countries
  1. [Funding alert] Ultraviolette Automotive raises from GoFrugal Technologies as part of ongoing Series B round

Key points:

  1. Earlier in September 2020, Ultraviolette Automotive raised Rs 30 crore by the leading two-wheeler and three-wheeler manufacturer TVS Motor Company, as a part of its ongoing Series B funding.
  2. Bengaluru-based startup Ultraviolette Automotive on Monday announced that it has raised an undisclosed amount as part of its ongoing Series B round led by Kumar Vembu, CEO of GoFrugal Technologies.
  3. Earlier in September 2020, Ultraviolette Automotive raised Rs 30 crore by the leading two-wheeler and three-wheeler manufacturer TVS Motor Company, as a part of its ongoing Series B funding.
  4. At Ultraviolette Automotive, our ambition has always been to create a visible and tangible impact in the personal mobility industry, by developing products and solutions that are indigenously built, technologically disruptive and that reflects the unlimited potential for innovation across every aspect of design engineering (Your Story, 19 October 2020) News Link
  • Startup in Bharat by Bhartiya
    • RAISE 2020: This startup powers Indic language interfaces of Paytm, PolicyBazaar, others

Key points:

  1. Gurugram-based AI startup Process9’s Indic language technologies service verticals like ecommerce, entertainment, fintech, and travel.
  2. One of the co-founders, Devendra Joshi, was responsible for localising Apple products in local languages back in the 90s. He was also the first to develop Indic language fonts for media companies in India and Southeast Asia.
  3. In the early 2010s, when Joshi and his Co-founders, Rakesh Kapoor and Vidushi Kapoor, turned their attention towards mobile and internet, they realised that Indic languages had a “next-to-nothing” presence in the space.
  4. “Many of the things we launched years ago are mainstream now. We worked with mobile manufacturers to Indianse their OS, fonts, and keypads. Our localisation stack was pre-embedded in their handsets. Today, Indic language support on smartphones is mandatory because mobiles are the entry point to the internet. Availability of Indic languages improves representation and accessibility.”
  5. Over 60 percent of the fintech decacorn’s users come from Tier II and III towns, with 25-30 percent transacting in Indic languages. Process9 powers Paytm’s Indic language interfaces and helps drive deeper user engagement.

(Your Story, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • This Benglauru-based startup is enabling businesses to grow by specialising in all things data

Key points:

  1. With its database support, consultancy and engineering services, know how GeoPITS is enabling companies to grow by creating a high-performing database environment to derive meaningful business insights at affordable costs tailor made for their requirements.
  2. Thiru founded Geo Platinum IT Services (GeoPITS) to bring this change in approach by providing the right expertise in building a reliable, scalable and efficient database environment. Founded in 2017, its mission is to create a high-performing database environment for companies to derive meaningful business insights while keeping costs, quality and sustainability in mind.
  3. GeoPITS provides comprehensive database services across three main aspects: 24×7 database support, managed services and consulting. The company’s experts provide round-the-clock database support, including remote database administration (DBA) support that helps companies to monitor, manage, optimise and maintain databases as per their requirements.
  4. Despite growing awareness about the benefits of cloud adoption, migrating databases to the cloud is often perceived as a difficult exercise. GeoPITS’ tried and trusted staged migration approach helps companies effectively move their database to any on premise, cloud or hybrid environment, with ease. In one instance, GeoPITS managed to migrate a company’s database and ETL packages in five months, with only two hours of downtime in the entire period.

(Your Story, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • How Pune-based Vendekin is using SaaS tech to enable a secure, cashless, and touch-free vending experience

Key points:

  1. End-to-end integrated intelligent vending solution Vendekin partners with manufacturers and retrofits existing vending machines to enable users to purchase via a mobile app and make cashless payments.
  2. Founded in 2016 by Aroon Khatter, Pune-based Vendekin is looking to tap this growing market by enabling the digitisation and democratisation of vending with its patented technology for unmanned automated vending machines, micro markets, and self-service kiosks.
  3. Vendekin, which aims to make the vending experience touch-free and cashless, is involved in retrofitting existing vending machines and partnering with vending machine manufacturers to include SaaS technology, which enables users to purchase the product via mobile app and make payments online.
  4. Earlier named Convipay, Vendekin began its journey by enabling digital transactions for sanitary napkin vending machines. On realising the lack of digitisation in the space, the startup was expanded to create an online software platform to ensure a single-point interface for users.
  5. Vendekin is currently working with Godrej, Hindustan Unilever, and Nestle to digitise their coffee machines. It also counts brands such as Coca-Cola and Yess Pizza as clients. The company works with multibrand vending machine makers such as Vendiman, InstaGo, and Grabbit among others for retrofitting their machines.

(Your Story, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • Stylish yet simple: startup Boingg!’s winning mantra to give kids a happy start

Key points:

  1. Gurugram-based children’s furniture startup Boingg! survived days of zero revenue during the pandemic-led lockdown. Sales have now picked up for the startup, which is targeting up to Rs 50 lakh revenue per month by Diwali.
  2. “In a family home, all the joy and laughter reside in the child’s room. We want the room to match its occupant,” says Neha Indori, Co-founder of children furniture startup Boingg!
  3. Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, Neha discussed the idea with her husband, Vitesh, and her brother-in-law, Dhruvan Barar, an IIM-Kozhikode graduate who was then working with Quikr as a Senior Associate. Vitesh decided to continue working with BMW, while Neha quit her job at Infosys India and joined hands with Dhruvan to start Boingg!
  4. “Boingg! is the sound when kids are jumping up and down on the bed! The name signifies the sheer joy of that happy moment and also the fact that the kids can, in fact, jump on our beds as much as they want. We tested them with our own kids,” Neha says.
  5. Boingg! targets young couples between ages 25 and 35 years, with children between zero to six years old. It sells beds, tables, storages, cribs, changing tables, nursing chairs, sofas, teepees, playmats, among others. The price for Boingg!’s furniture starts from Rs 2,750 (for a wall shelf) and can go up to Rs 83,500 (for a bunk bed with an in-built wardrobe.)

(Your Story, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • Goa Startup’s Biodegradable Packaging Stores Liquid Food For 2 Days, Without Leaks

Key points:

  1. “The practice of food packaging and delivery in the food and restaurant business is predominantly centred around plastic or aluminium containers. These containers either pile up in our homes or probably enter a landfill,” says Sachin Gangadharan, an architect who quit his job and co-founded the startup in 2019.
  2. LaFabrica Craft launched by Sachin Gangadharan offers biodegradable packaging solutions through innovative paper bags that prevent liquids from leaking and carry weights upto 20 kg
  3. Can you imagine collecting a parcel for a dal or a curry from one of the favourite restaurants in a paper bag? Further, what if the paper packaging guarantees to be leak-proof for two days? A Goa-based startup – LaFabrica Craft – has innovated just that -a packaging solution that allows liquid food items to be carried in a biodegradable packaging solution.

(The Better India, 19 October 2020) News Link

  1. कुल्हड़ से बनी छत और लकड़ीपत्थर के शानदार मकान, ये आठ दोस्त बदल रहे हैं गाँवों की तस्वीर

Key points:

  1. सेंटर फॉर एनवायरमेंटल प्लानिंग एंड टेक्नोलॉजी (CEPT), अहमदाबाद के 8 साथियों ने मिलकर कॉलेज के दिनों में ही कंपार्टमेंट्स एस4 (Compartments S4) नाम से एक आर्किटेक्चर कंपनी शुरू कर दी थी। इसके तहत उनका लक्ष्य सतत वास्तुकला के जरिए सामुदायिक विकास को बढ़ावा देना है।
  2. मोनिक शाह कहते हैं कि गाँव के लोगों के लिए छोटी-छोटी चीजों के भी बड़े मायने होते हैं। घुग्गूखाम गाँव के प्रवेश स्थल पर एक साइन बोर्ड लगा था, जो बेकार हो चुका था। इसलिए हमने वहाँ नया साइन बोर्ड लगाते हुए, उसमें एक स्पीकर लगा दिया। इसमें स्थानीय पक्षियों, लोक गीतों बारिश आदि की आवाज रिकार्डेड थी और जब भी वहाँ से कोई गुजरता, तो इसमें से काफी मीठी आवाज आती “घुग्गूखाम में आपका स्वागत है”, इससे ग्रामीणों को काफी खुशी हुई।
  3. मोनिक शाह ने बताया कि उत्तराखंड में खुले में शौच की काफी समस्या है। इसी को देखते हुए उन्हें पौड़ी जिला प्रशासन की ओर से शौचालय का मॉडल विकसित करने का मौका मिला। उन्होंने कहा, “सामान्यतः शौचालय बनाने में 3500-4000 ईंट और 25-30 सीमेंट की बोरियां लगती है, लेकिन हमने इसे मात्र 2 हजार ईंट और 15 बैग सीमेंट में बना दिया। इससे घर को थर्मल इंसुलेशन भी मिल गया।“मोनिक शाह कहते हैं कि इस परियोजना का उद्देश्य ग्रामीणों को शौचालय के महत्व को बताना था। इसलिए उन्होंने स्थानीय लोगों की जरूरतों को समझते हुए इसमें वेंडिंग मशीन, ब्रेस्ट फीडिंग रूम, आदि की भी व्यवस्था की। इस तरह, 150 वर्ग फीट के इस शौचालय को बनाने में महज 2 लाख रुपए खर्च हुए।

(The Better India, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • मोती की खेती से बने लखपति, शिक्षित युवाओं से करते हैं किसानी करने की अपील

Key points:

  1. विजेंद्र ने द बेटर इंडिया को बताया, “गाँव में मेरे चार तालाब हैं। इनमें तीन 60×40, जबकि एक 60×50 मीटर का है। एक तालाब में 5000 से लेकर 7000 तक सीप डाले जाते हैं। इनका मॉर्टेलिटी रेट 30 फीसदी के आस पास है। 70 प्रतिशत के करीब सीप मिल जाता है। एक सीप में दो मोती होते हैं। इस तरह 5000 सीप से 10 हजार के करीब मोती प्राप्त हो जाते हैं। एक मोती न्यूनतम सौ से डेढ़ सौ रूपये का बिकता है। एक तालाब से 5.50 लाख रुपये से अधिक की कमाई हो जाती है।”
  2. विजेंद्र के ज्यादातर मोती की सप्लाई हैदराबाद में होती है। इसके अलावा हरिद्वार, ऋषिकेश जैसी जगहों पर भी इनकी अच्छी मांग है। तीर्थ स्थान होने की वजह से मोती की बनी माला, अंगूठी आदि में धारण करने के लिए इन मोतियों की मांग वहाँ से आती है।
  3. विजेंद्र बताते हैं कि वह मोती की खेती के साथ मछली पालन भी करते हैं। इससे उनकी अतिरिक्त आय होती है। इसके अलावा वह अन्य किसानों को मोती की खेती के लिए प्रशिक्षित भी करते हैं।

(The Better India, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • नीदरलैंड से खेती सीखी, सालाना 12 लाख टर्नओवर; देश के पहले किसान, जिसने धनिया से बनाया वर्ल्ड रिकॉर्ड

Key points:

  1. अभी आठ एकड़ जमीन पर सेब और मसालों की खेती कर रहे हैं गोपाल, सेब की खेती के लिए उन्होंने नीदरलैंड और फ्रांस जाकर ट्रेनिंग ली है
  2. अभी सेब के साथ ही हल्दी, लहसुन, धनिया सहित कई मसालों की भी खेती करते हैं, वो कहते हैं कि एक इंच भी जमीन खाली नहीं जानी चाहिए
  3. गोपाल बताते हैं कि सेब की खेती के लिए सबसे जरूरी चीज है इसकी ट्रेनिंग। किसी एक्सपर्ट किसान से सेब की खेती को समझना चाहिए। जरूरत पड़े तो कुछ दिन किसानों के साथ रहकर हर छोटी बड़ी जानकारी हासिल करनी चाहिए। दूसरी सबसे अहम बात है कि इसकी खेती के लिए ठंडी वाली जगह होनी चाहिए। पहाड़ी बर्फीली इलाके में सेब की अच्छी खेती होती है। इसके साथ ही धैर्य और डेडिकेशन की भी जरूरत होती है। प्लांट्स की अच्छे तरीके से देखभाल की जरूरत होती है।

(Bhaskar, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • Homemade masks (Samaj ka contribution)
    • ढलती उम्र में है दूसरों के लिए कुछ करने की चाह, खुद सिलकर मुफ्त में बांटे 2000 मास्क

Key points:

  1. मास्क बनाने की मुहिम के बारे में वह बतातीं हैं, “जब लॉकडाउन हुआ तब मैं बेंगलुरू में बेटे के घर में थी। एक दिन मेरी बेटी ने एक वीडियो भेजा कि कैसे लोग घरों पर ही मास्क बना रहे हैं। इसके बाद ही मैंने मास्क बनाना शुरू किया।”
  2. जब तक वह बेंगलुरू में रहीं तो वहाँ पर हाथ से ही मास्क बनाकर सफाई कर्मचारी, सब्ज़ीवालों, चौकीदार आदि को बांटतीं रहीं। लॉकडाउन के बाद वह सांगली लौट आईं। यहाँ भी अपने सभी काम करते हुए उन्होंने मास्क बनाना ज़ारी रखा। यहाँ पर वह अपनी सिलाई मशीन से मास्क बनाती हैं। उन्होंने अब तक 2000 से भी ज्यादा मास्क बांटे हैं।
  3. “अब तो मेरे जीवन का उद्देश्य यही है कि मैं दूसरों की सेवा कर पाऊं। किसी ज़रूरतमंद के लिए कुछ करूँ, इससे ज्यादा और क्या चाहिए? बाकी मेरे बच्चे और उनके बच्चे हमेशा मुझे आगे बढ़ने के लिए प्रेरित करते रहते हैं। ढलती उम्र में अक्सर यही लगता है कि कुछ करने के लिए नहीं है लेकिन यह सिर्फ एक मिथक है। कभी भी यह नहीं सोचें कि अब आप कुछ नहीं कर सकते, अब जितनी सांसे मिली हैं, कम से कम उनमें तो किसी के लिए कुछ करने की कोशिश कर ही सकते हैं,” उन्होंने कहा।

(The Better India, 19 October 2020) News Link

  1. Delhi constable takes classes for children who cannot afford smart devices

Key points:

  1. Constable Than Singh has been conducting classes for children for a long time now. He continues teaching them during the pandemic too, after ensuring all health protocols are in place.
  2. Than Singh, a constable from the Delhi police force continues to do what he’s good at – helping children continue their education. And the pandemic has not put a stop to it. Than Singh takes classes for children from underprivileged backgrounds, especially children of labourers across the city.
  3. Earlier in September, a Bengaluru cop also conducted classes in a similar manner in a migrant settlement in Nagarbhavi. Sub-Inspector of Police Shantappa Jadammanavar engaged the students in an hour of Vedic mathematics every day before heading to work.

(Your Story, 19 October 2020) News Link

  • Vaccine development
  1. स्‍वास्‍थ्‍य मंत्री ने राज्‍यों के साथ शुरू किया संवाद, कहा- टीकाकरण के लिए मिलकर करनी होगी कोशिशें

Key points:

  1. केंद्रीय स्वास्थ्य मंत्री डॉ हर्षवर्धन ने सोमवार को कहा कि विज्ञान और प्रौद्योगिकी मंत्रालय ने कोरोना के मामलों से संबंधित पूर्वानुमान मॉडल बनाने के लिए दुनिया के वैज्ञानिकों से संपर्क किया है। अनुसंधान आधारित उपायों में पाया गया है कि 3-4 महीनों तक उचित व्यवहार के जरिए भारत में कोरोना के मामलों में गिरावट की प्रवृत्ति बढ़ेगी। उन्‍होंने यह भी कहा कि यदि एहतियाती उपायों का समुचित ढंग से पालन किया जाए तो फरवरी तक हमारे पास 40 हजार सक्रिय केस होंगे।
  2. केंद्रीय स्‍वास्‍थ्‍य मंत्री ने कहा कि टीकाकरण प्रक्रिया, कर्मचारियों एवं अन्य लॉजिस्टिक्स के प्रशिक्षण के लिए राज्य और केंद्र सरकार दोनों की ओर से मिलकर प्रयास किए जाने की जरूरत है। मैंने फिर से सभी राज्यों के साथ एक-एक कर, वहां की कोविड-19 की स्थिति और उनके मुख्य लक्षणों को लेकर बैठकें शुरू की हैं। आज सबसे पहली बैठक गुजरात के साथ की है। मुझे यकीन है कि हमारा देश आने वाले वक्‍त में भी कोरोना के मामलों में धीमी गिरावट की प्रवृत्ति को बरकरार रखेगा।
  3. उल्‍लेखनीय है कि हर्षवर्धन ने रविवार को कहा था कि कोरोना का सामुदायिक तौर पर संक्रमण चुनिंदा राज्यों के कुछ जिलों में सीमित है। उन्‍होंने साफ किया था कि कम्‍यूनिटी ट्रांसमिशन पूरे देश में नहीं हो रहा है। ‘सन्डे संवाद’ के छठे एपिसोड में सोशल मीडिया फॉलोअरों से बातचीत में उन्‍होंने कहा था कि पश्चिम बंगाल समेत अनेक राज्यों के विभिन्न हिस्सों में और खासतौर पर घनी आबादी वाले क्षेत्रों में कोरोना का कम्‍यूनिटी ट्रांसमिशन यानी सामुदायिक संक्रमण हो रहा है। सनद रहे कि केंद्र सरकार अभी तक सामुदायिक संक्रमण की बात से इनकार करती रही है।

(Jagran, 19 October 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: October 18th 2020

  • Relation with African countries
    • Rise of Africa is in India’s strategic interest: EAM S Jaishankar

Key Points:

  1. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that facilitating, contributing and partnering the rise of Africa is in our strategic interest. “If Africa becomes one of the poles of global politics, it is better for us,” he said.

(Economic Times, 18 October 2020) News Link

  1. Vaccine nationalism: WHO backs India, South Africa’s proposal to ease patent rules

(Hindustan Times, 18 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Shri Lanka
  • Indian and Sri Lankan navies to carry out 3-day military drill beginning Monday

Key points:

  1. The Indian Navy will deploy anti-submarine warfare corvettes INS Kamorta and INS Kiltan
  2. The Sri Lanka Navy will be represented by offshore patrol vessel Sayura and training ship Gajabahu
  3. The navies of India and Sri Lanka will conduct a three-day military exercise off Trincomalee beginning Monday, in a show of growing congruence in their strategic interests and operational convergence in the region, officials said.
  4. The eighth edition of the annual SLINEX exercise will feature a series of complex drills including surface and anti-air weapon firings and cross deck flying operations with an aim to further fine-tune the “high degree” of inter-operability between the two navies, they said.
  5. The Indian Navy will deploy anti-submarine warfare corvettes INS Kamorta and INS Kiltan as well as a sizeable number of advanced light helicopters, Chetak helicopter and Dornier maritime patrol aircraft in the exercise, the officials said.
  6. “SLINEX series of exercise exemplifies the deep engagement between India and Sri Lanka which has strengthened mutual cooperation in the maritime domain,” an Indian Navy spokesperson said.

(Live Mint, 18 October 2020) News Link

  1. India scrambles to buy winter gear from US amid row with China

Key points:

  1. India until now sourced high-altitude kits for its defense forces mainly from Europe or China
    1. The rush to acquire the gear shows the situation will extend into the winter

(Live Mint, 18 October 2020) News Link

  1. चीन ने भारतीय सीमा के पास दागीं मिसाइलें, रॉकेट की बारिश से थर्राए पहाड़

Key points:

  1. चीन की सेना पीएलए ने भारतीय लद्दाख के पास में 4700 मीटर की ऊंचाई पर जोरदार युद्धाभ्‍यास क‍िया है।
  2. चीन के सरकारी अखबार का दावा है क‍ि इस अभ्‍यास के दौरान 90 फीसदी नए हथियारों का इस्‍तेमाल क‍िया गया।

(नवभारतटाइम्स, 18 October 2020) News Link

    • India-China prepare for 8th round of military commanders’ talks next week

Key points:

  1. According to senior officials, India and China are not impatient over a resolution on the friction points but have decided to keep the dialogue channels open at both military commander and diplomatic levels.

(Hindustan Times, 18 October 2020) News Link

  1. Need to restore peace along LAC: S Jaishankar

Key points:

  1. India and China were developing cooperation in areas such as trade, tourism and societal activity since the late 1980s because of peace and tranquillity in the border areas and this year’s border standoff has “deeply disturbed” the situation, he said during an online conversation with former ambassador Gautam Bambawale for the Pune International Centre.

(Hindustan Times, 18 October 2020) News Link

  1. Pakistan violates ceasefire along international border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua

Key points:

  1. Pakistani Rangers opened fire at forward posts and villages along the international border (IB) in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir
    1. firing in the Pansar-Manyari area of Hiranagar sector around 9.45pm on Saturday, The cross-border firing between the two sides continued till 5.10am

(Latest LY, 18 October 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat National News Feed: October 18th 2020

  • Ram Mandir vyavastha
  1. Ayodhya Ram temple: Construction behind schedule, testing on foundation pillars may conclude by October-end

Key points:

  1. The Ram temple construction at Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya is running behind schedule as the testing of the foundation pillars is ongoing and might get over by the end of October, Hindustan Times has reported.
  2. According to the report, the construction was originally scheduled to begin before the start of Navratri.
  3. “Testing work of the foundation pillars of Ram temple is still continuing. It is expected to be over by the end of this month,” said Mahant Kamal Nayan Das,  who is the successor- designate to Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, chairman of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust.
  4. “Navratri is considered auspicious and saints wanted to start construction work of the Ram temple on this occasion,” Das added.
  5. According to the report, the plan was to start the construction from Navratri, which began on October 17. About 12 foundation pillars have already been laid, and Larsen & Turbo, which is carrying out the construction of the temple is conducting the testing.

(Money Control, 18 October 2020) News Link

  • Testing of foundation pillars for Ram temple continues, overshoots Navratri deadline

Key points:

  1. The testing of the foundation pillars for the Ram temple continued at Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya on Saturday as the work could not be completed before the start of Navratri when the construction of the temple was supposed to begin.
  2. “The testing work of the foundation pillars of Ram temple continues. It is expected to be over by the end of this month,” said Mahant Kamal Nayan Das, the successor-designate to Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, chairman of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust.
  3. “Navratri is considered auspicious and saints wanted to start the construction work of the Ram temple on this occasion,” Mahant Kamal Nayan Das added.
  4. The trust had planned to start the construction work from this Navratri. The nine-day festival began on Saturday. About 12 foundation pillars have already been laid at Ram Janmabhoomi. Larsen and Toubro, the company carrying out the construction work, is conducting the testing under the guidance of experts from IIT-Madras

(Hindustan Times, 18 October 2020) News Link