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Rising Bharat Swadeshi News Feed: September 7th 2020

Developing PPE kits and testing kits

  • आईआईआईएम जम्मू ने विकसित की कोरोना की सस्ती टेस्टिंग किट, मंजूरी के लिए आईसीएमआर को भेजी

Key points:

  1. कोरोना संक्रमण की जांच अब जल्दी, सटीक और पहले से मौजूद तकनीक के मुकाबले ज्यादा सस्ती होगी। इंडियन इंस्टीट्यूट आफ इंटिग्रेटिव मेडिसिन (आईआईआईएम) जम्मू ने पीसीआर तकनीक के विकल्प के तौर पर आरटी-लैंप (रिवर्स ट्रांसक्रिप्टेस-लूप मीडिएटेड आइसोथर्मल एंप्लीकेशन) टेस्ट किट विकसित की है। 
  2. मंजूरी के लिए टेस्ट किट इंडियन काउंसिल फार मेडिकल रिसर्च को भेज दी गई है। आईआईआईएम जम्मू के निदेशक डॉ. डी श्रीनिवास ने कहा कि इस तकनीक में आरटी-पीसीआर टेस्टिंग किट की तुलना में संवेदनशील मशीन की जरूरत नहीं है। इसी वजह से टेस्टिंग किट सस्ती होगी। हालांकि अभी तक इसका मूल्य तय नहीं किया गया है।
(Amar Ujala, 7 September 2020) News Link

Manufacturing in Bharat by Bhartiya companies

  1. DRDO successfully flight tests hypersonic technology vehicle

Key points:

  1. DRDO on Monday successfully flight tested a Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV), which is an unmanned scramjet vehicle with the ability to travel at six times the speed of sound.
  2. The test was conducted at 11.03 am from Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Launch Complex at Wheeler Island, off the coast of Odisha. 
  3. The scramjets are a variant of air breathing jet engines and have the ability to handle airflows of speeds much higher than the speed of sound. Hypersonic speeds are five times (or more) higher than the speed of sound.
  4. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, “The DRDO has, today, successfully tested the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle using the indigenously developed scramjet propulsion system. With this success, all critical technologies are now established to progress to the next phase.”
  5. The special project of the DRDO consisted of contributions from Armament and Combat Engineering Cluster, the two facilities from Pune which played a role in the development were the High Energy Materials Research Laboratory and the Research & Development Establishment (Engineers).

(Indian Express, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • भारत ने हाइपरसोनिक टेक्नोलॉजी हासिल की; ऐसा करने वाला दुनिया का चौथा देश, 5 साल में देश में ही बनेंगी हाइपरसोनिक मिसाइल

Key points:

  1. भारत ने हाइपरसोनिक टेक्नोलॉजी डेमोन्स्ट्रेटर (एचएसटीडीवी) देश में तैयार करने में कामयाबी हासिल की है। इसे डीआरडीओ ने तैयार किया है। 
  2. इससे पहले अमेरिका, रूस और चीन भी यह तकनीक तैयार कर चुके हैं।
  3. ओडिशा के बालासोर स्थित एपीजे अब्दुल कलाम रेंज में सोमवार को इसका परीक्षण सफल रहा। 
  4. सरकारी सूत्रों के मुताबिक, भारत अब अगले पांच साल में हाइपरसोनिक मिसाइल तैयार कर सकेगा। हाइपसोनिक मिसाइलें एक सेकंड में 2 किमी तक वार कर सकती हैं। 
  5. इनकी रफ्तार ध्वनि की रफ्तार से 6 गुना ज्यादा होती है। भारत में तैयार होने वाली हाइपरसोनिक मिसाइलें देश में तैयार की गई स्क्रैमजेट प्रपुल्सन सिस्टम से लैस होंगी।

(Bhaskar, 7 September 2020) News Link

Investment in Bhart by Other countries

  1. भारत को मिला अंतरराष्ट्रीय समर्थन, चीन छोड़कर भारत आईं Apple की आठ फैक्ट्रियां

Key points:

  1. केंद्रीय मंत्री एवं बिहार के पटना साहिब से सांसद रविशंकर प्रसाद ने बिहारी एनआरआइ से वीडियो कांफ्रेंसिंग के जरिए बातचीत में कहा कि भारत मैन्युफैक्चरिंग का हब बन रहा है। एपल की आठ फैक्ट्रियां भी चीन छोड़कर भारत आ चुकी हैं।
  2. केंद्रीय मंत्री ने कहा कि चीन के खिलाफ प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी के साहसिक कदम को अमेरिका, ब्रिटेन, जापान और ऑस्ट्रेलिया ने समर्थन दिया है। 
  3. उन्होंने कहा कि मुझे यह बताते हुए खुशी हो रही है कि एपल एक महत्वपूर्ण तरीके से भारत में बदलाव कर रहा है। सैमसंग भारत में पहले ही आ चुका है और आगे भी विस्तार करना चाहता है।  

(Jagran, 7 September 2020) News Link

Startup in Bhrat by Bhartiya

  1. This Bengaluru-based product engineering startup provides workplace safety amid COVID-19

Key points:

  1. The Bengaluru-based product engineering startup Ignitarium Technology Solutions offers a visual AI-based digital adherence platform, FLK-i™ to ensure PPE compliance at the workplace.
  2. Apart from this, the startup also developed Septra, based on audio technologies, which enables contactless operation of equipment and appliances. 
  3. Founded in 2012 by Sanjay Jayakumar, Ramesh Shanmugham, Sujith Mathew, and Sujeeth Joseph, Ignitarium focuses on providing product engineering solutions and services such as semiconductor design, embedded software, multimedia, and artificial intelligence.
  4. Speaking about Septra, he claims that the company completed its first pilot roll-out with a Japanese giant and also has multiple deployments in the pipeline across India, Taiwan, and Germany.
    (Your Story, 7 September 2020) News Link

This social network for movies and shows aggregates 100+ streaming apps and tells you what to watch
Key points:

  • FLYX was born out of serial entrepreneur Shashank Singh’s own confusions over what to watch on OTT — a problem that ails a majority of viewers. 
  • It is a cross-platform aggregator of OTT content on top of a streaming social network that helps viewers discover shows and movies from all major services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, Apple TV+, Hulu, Google Play, etc. in an engaging manner. F
  • FLYX’s unique algorithm provides quick and targeted recommendations by weighing users’ individual viewing tastes as well as suggestions offered by their peers and social networks. 
  • In four months, the app has recorded over 45,000 downloads and 35,000 email sign-ups across platforms. Almost 70 percent of its users are from India. 
  • In July, FLYX raised $200,000 in a pre-seed round led by HNIs, including Raj Mishra, Chairman and Founder, AIT Global.
    (Your Story, 7 September 2020) News Link

Ayurveda startup AyuRythm is using tech to offer personalised wellness solution to users
Key points:

  • AyuRythm, a digital personalised wellness solution based on the principles of Ayurveda. The startup is based out of Bengaluru and was founded last year. 
  • The pulse diagnostic test measures the blood flow using the smartphone camera basis finger photo plethysmography principles. 
  • The team has built sets of algorithms to asses Prakriti through a differential diagnosis questionnaire and Vikriti using smartphone camera or wearable sensors
  • AyuRythm primarily operates in the B2C space. It offers freemium content and services as well as gets commissions when the consumer purchases a product. The team is now in pre-revenue stages.  

It is also ready to launch online yoga and meditation plans in partnership with reputed healers from India and abroad.
(Your Story, 7 September 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat National News Feed: September 6th 2020

  • Kashmir after 370
  1. Exclusion of Punjabi from Official Languages Bill sheer injustice: APSCC

Key points:

  1. All Party Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) on Saturday threatened to launch an agitation if government of India does not review its “discriminatory move” and include Punjabi in the J&K Official Languages Bill.
  2. The exclusion of Punjabi language is sheer injustice with us. Punjabi language was the recognized language in erstwhile constitution of J&K.
  3. The fact is that Punjabi is being taught in Schools, Colleges and Universities across J&K.
  4. J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages has a full-fledged Punjabi section with the Academy publishing the magazine in this language as well.

(Greater Kashmir, 6 September 2020) News Link

  • Govt announces 3rd phase of ‘Back to Village’ programme from October 2 to 12 in J&K

Key points:

  1. The announcement was made by Principal Secretary, Power Development and Information Departments, Rohit Kansal who is also government spokesperson, at a press conference in Srinagar yesterday.
  2. Terming the first two phases of Back to Village (B2V) as huge success, Mr Kansal said it is a unique programme which received tremendous respect from the people when 4000 Gazetted Officers from J&K administration visited each and every Panchayat of J&K.
  3. The Phase-I of B2V was an introductory and interactive programme to understand the people’s grievances and demands. While Phase-II focused on the devolution of powers to panchayats and tried to understand how these panchayats are functioning and what are the grievances and demands,” he said and added “the Phase-III has been designed on the format for grievance redressal.”
  4. He said that next month will be a festival of public grievance redressal, festival of public service delivery and festival of delivery of development at gram Panchayat level.

(News on Air, 6 September 2020) News Link

  • National education Policy 2020
  1. National Education Policy 2020 will empower youth’, says Prakash Javadekar

Key points:

  1. Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday termed the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 as a revolutionary reform of the 21st Century. He also expressed confidence that India’s Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) would double in the next 10 years from the current level of about 25 per cent
  2. The NEP 2020 will empower the youth, who will take the nation forward in the 21st century. The policy is such that it will make the teaching learning experience enjoyable for students and teachers,” the Information and Broadcasting Minister said while delivering the key-note address at the centenary year of Teachers’ Day celebrations of Parle Tilak Vidyalay Association.

(New Indian Express, 6 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Tamil Nadu
  1. Tamil Nadu announces package rates for state govt staff to avail COVID-19 treatment in private hospitals

Key points:

  1. Tamil Nadu Health Department has announced the package rates for the state government staff and pensioners to avail Covid-19 treatment in private hospitals. Its order says the beneficiaries can get themselves admitted in empanelled hospitals for the purpose.
  2. If they are allowed in un-empanelled private hospitals, the insurance agency that administers the health insurance programme will make the permissible amount only to the hospital, as mentioned in the order.
  3. In another order, hotels and restaurants are permitted to run air conditioners subject to the safety protocols.

(News on Air, 6 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Maharashtra
  1. Maha CM directs officials to prioritise contact tracing to curb Covid-19 cases

Key points:

  1. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray in a review meeting with Mumbai civic body top officials directed to prioritise contact tracing and use other methods to prevent a further rise in Covid-19 cases in metropolis.
  2. Meanwhile, to prevent deaths due to corona across Maharashtra, the state health department is mulling over the expansion of its TeleICU project.
  3. Maharashtra CM Thackeray directed the city administration to increase testing and asked officials to refrain from attributing the rise in cases to the same. Thackeray also ordered buildings with more than 10 cases to be sealed.
  4. The CM urged the civic body to take measures to help boost public confidence in the BMC’s Covid care centres. He reiterated that patients above 50 years who have no comorbidities should be quarantined at home.

(News on Air, 6 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Centre
  1. J&K: DC Ganderbal reviews progress of Rapid Antigen test campaign in district

Key points:

  1. In Jammu and Kashmir, Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Shafqat Iqbal today chaired a meeting of the Health Department to review the progress of Rapid Antigen test (RAT) campaign which was recently initiated by the District Administration in red zones.
  2. RAT campaign was started in view of a surge in positive cases in the last few days in the district.

(News on Air, 6 September 2020) News Link

  • Health Ministry rushes Central teams to Punjab and Chandigarh to be stationed for 10 days

Key points:

  1. In Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has decided to deploy Central teams to Punjab and UT of Chandigarh.
  2. The high level teams will assist the State/UT in strengthening public health measures for containment, surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management of COVID patients with the aim to reduce mortality and save lives. They shall also guide the State/UT in effectively addressing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up.
  3. The two-member teams will comprise of a Community Medicine expert from PGIMER, Chandigarh and an epidemiologist from NCDC. These teams shall be stationed in the State/UT for ten days to provide extended guidance in managing COVID.
  4. The States/UTs have been advised to proactively undertake comprehensive measures to break the chain of transmission of the infectious disease and lower mortality, such that it eventually dips below 1%.

(PIB, 6 September 2020) News Link

  • Health Ministry reviews containment & management of COVID-19 in 35 districts of six states, UTs

Key points:

  1. These 35 districts comprise Kolkata, Howrah, North 24 Parganas and 24 South Parganas in West Bengal, Pune, Nagpur, Thane, Mumbai, Mumbai Suburban, Kolhapur, Sangli, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Raigad, Jalgaon, Solapur, Satara, Palghar, Aurangabad, Dhule and Nanded in Maharashtra, Surat in Gujarat, Puducherry, East Singhbhum in Jharkhand and all 11 districts in Delhi.
  2. Mr Bhushan and State Health Secretaries also discussed the detailed roadmaps and action plans for the next one month.
  3. The States and UTs were advised to take steps on limiting the spread of the infection by implementing stringent containment measures and following social distancing measures. They have been also advised for effective monitoring of home isolation cases and early hospitalization in case of disease progression.

(News on Air, 6 September 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: September 6th 2020

  • Relation with Shri Lanka

India-Sri Lanka online workshop to mark Binara Poya Day

Key points:

  1. The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), High Commission of India, organized an online workshop titled ‘Buddhist Heritage Management and Conservation: From Mountains to Oceans’ to mark Binara Full Moon Poya day on August 31. Six internationally renowned scholars from Sri Lanka and India, working in the fields of art, architecture, archaeology, and heritage management delivered lectures at the workshop.
  2. To coincide with the event, the Consulate General of India in Hambantota organized a photo exhibition, ‘India through Sri Lankan eyes’ at Hiththatiya Raja Maha Viharaya, Matara, on September 1. The exhibition displayed photographs of famous Buddhist temples in India (Dambadiva).
  3. The panelists from India were Dr. Sonam Wangchok, Founder, Himalaya Cultural Heritage Foundation, Ladakh, Dr. Tejas Garge, Director of the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, Maharashtra, and Sanjay Dhar, a well-known wall painting conservator and heritage manager from Delhi.

(The Island, 06 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with US
  1. Trump Offers Mediation over India-China Border Dispute

Key points:

  1. The United States President Donald Trump offers to mediate between India and China, saying US is “ready to help resolve the dispute” between the two nuclear-rivals over the “mountain border running thorough the western Himalayas.”
  2. Trump told reporters the situation was “very nasty,” adding the two countries were “going at it much more strongly than a lot of people even understand,” as Reuters reported.“The U.S. assessment is that neither China nor India are interested in pushing the dispute to the point that they would engage in war.” the report added a US government source in Washington.
  3. In a briefing, Trump said Washington is doing what it can to deescalate the ongoing tensions between the two nuclear-armed nations.“We stand ready to help with respect to China and India. If we can do anything, we would love to get involved and help,” he said.

( Khaama, 06 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Pakistan
  1. Pakistan summons senior Indian diplomat over ‘ceasefire violations

Key points:

  1. Pakistan on Sunday summoned a senior diplomat from the Indian High Commission here to register its protest over the alleged ceasefire violations by the Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC).
  2. In a statement, the Foreign Office said that due to “indiscriminate and unprovoked firing” in the Rakhchikri Sector of the LoC on Saturday, one civilian sustained serious injuries.
  3. The Indian forces along “the LoC and the Working Boundary (WB) have continuously been targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars and automatic weapons,” the statement alleged.

(The Hindu, 06 September, 2020) News Link

  • Soldier killed, two injured in Pakistan firing in Kupwara

Key points:

  1. An Army soldier was killed and two others were injured in Pakistani firing in Kupwara. An official said Pakistan resorted to “unprovoked firing and mortar shelling” along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara’s Nowgam Sector on Saturday.
  2. “Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation in Nowgam Sector by firing mortars and other weapons … One soldier laid down his life in the line of duty. Two soldiers sustained injuries and have been evacuated to 92 Base Hospital. Their condition is stable,” the Srinagar-based Army spokesman said. The deceased soldier was identified as gunner Bupinder Singh.

(The Hindu, 06 September, 2020) News Link

  1. On India’s request, Russia reiterates policy of no arms supply to Pakistan

Key points:

  1. Russia has retreated its policy of no arms supply to Pakistan following India’s request on the same according to sources.
  2. Russia made commitment during the meeting between defense minister Rajnath singh and his counterpart Gen Sergy Shoigu in Moscow.

(The Times of India, 06 September, 2020) News Link

  1. ईरानी रक्षा मंत्री से राजनाथ सिंह की मुलाकात, द्विपक्षीय संबंधों और क्षेत्रीय सुरक्षा पर हुई चर्चा

Key points:

  1. देश के रक्षा मंत्री राजनाथ सिंह ने ईरान के रक्षा मंत्री ब्रिगेडियर जनरल हतामी से मुलाकात की और बैठक को काफी सार्थक बताया। राजनाथ सिंह ने इस दौरान द्विपक्षीय संबंधों को बढ़ाने और अफगानिस्तान सहित क्षेत्रीय सुरक्षा से जुड़े मुद्दों को लेकर ईरान के रक्षा मंत्री से चर्चा की।
  2. राजनाथ सिंह शंघाई सहयोग संगठन (एससीओ) के रक्षा मंत्रियों की बैठक में शामिल होने संबंधी अपनी तीन दिवसीय मॉस्को यात्रा के समापन के बाद लौटते हुए शनिवार को तेहरान पहुंचे थे। उन्होंने मॉस्को में रूसी, चीनी और मध्य एशियाई देशों के समकक्षों से द्विपक्षीय वार्ता की थी।
  3. उन्होंने ट्वीट किया कि तेहरान में ईरानी रक्षा मंत्री ब्रिगेडियर जनरल आमिर हतामी से अत्यंत सार्थक मुलाकात हुई। हमने अफगानिस्तान सहित क्षेत्रीय सुरक्षा और द्विपक्षीय सहयोग पर चर्चा की। राजनाथ ने एक अन्य ट्वीट में कहा कि दोनों रक्षा मंत्रियों ने द्विपक्षीय सहयोग को आगे बढ़ाने पर चर्चा की तथा अफगानिस्तान में शांति और स्थिरता सहित क्षेत्रीय सुरक्षा के मुद्दों पर विचारों का आदान-प्रदान किया।

( Amar Ujala, 06 September, 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat Swadeshi News Feed: September 6th 2020

  • Investment by other countries
  1. Top 10 funding deals bagged by Chennai startups amidst lockdown

Key points:

  1. BankBazaar : Online financial service marketplace raised two rounds of funding during the lockdown, amounting to $9.78 million. In April, the startup raised Rs 29 crore as part of its ongoing Series D round from existing investors, including Amazon, Sequoia, and Walden SKT Venture Fund,
  2. Flinto: In July, edtech startup Flinto Learning Solutions raised $7.2 million in pre-Series B funding led by Lightbox Ventures.
  3. WayCool: Agritech startup WayCool raised two rounds of funding during the lockdown, totalling $5.6 million.
  4. YAP: In April, API platform YAP raised $4.5 million in its Series A round of funding led by Singapore-based venture capital firm BEENEXT. 
  5. Specsmakers: In July, Specsmakers, an optical chain with 260 stores in south India, raised Rs 23 crore from Eight Roads Ventures.
  6. Grinntech: In August, Grinntech closed a round of $2 million from a set of high net-worth individuals (HNIs) and senior people from the automotive industry.
  7. Big Bang Boom Solutions: In July, defence tech startup Big Bang Boom Solutions raised $1 million through Mumbai Angels Network in their overall $1.5 million Series A funding round-size.
  8. CreditMantri: In May, online credit management startup, CreditMantri raised a little over Rs 6 crore ($803,146) from a clutch of existing investors including IDG Ventures, Elevar Equity, and impact investor Accion.
  9. GUVI: In April, Guvi Geek Network Private Limited, which owns and operates vernacular-language based education tech startup Guvi, raised Rs 6 crore in its pre-Series A round of funding from Education Catalyst Fund, an education-focused venture capital fund managed by CBA Capital.
  10. Chai Waale: In July, tea brand Chai Waale raised Rs 1.75 crore in funding from a group of angel investors

(Your Story, 6 September 2020) News link

  • Startup in Bharat by Bhartiya
    • This ‘Made in India’ app aims to make bookkeeping easy for MSME sector

Key points:

  1. According to Statista, India has nearly 700 million internet users across the country at present. Despite this, the digital adoption among small businesses is very low. While accounting software is a favourite for big businesses, most MSMEs in the country still do their accounts on paper.
  2. Founded by Yash Raj Agrawal, GimBooks is a cloud-based bookkeeping and business management platform that aims to make business easy for millions of small entrepreneurs by providing them a convenient mobile first, easy-to-use, and affordable solution.
  3. Yash worked as a business analyst with Target Corporation before he started his own venture of trading in Pyrolysis products. He got into the niche waste recycling industry with Pyrolysis as a trader of pyrolysis products. He pioneered in introducing pyrolysis products to many industries at a pan India level. This involved frequent transactions and invoice keeping with multiple vendors.
  4. The startup has also tied up with banks and has introduced updates such as neo banking activities, lending, and insurance for its users.
    (Your Story, 6 September 2020) News Link
  • 5 startups by ‘green entrepreneurs’ whose products are environmentally sustainable Aims to Eat Fresh and Store Less

Key points:

  1. EcoRight: Founded in 2017 in Ahmedabad, EcoRight has 18 product lines and 140 SKUs available in around 11 ecommerce websites. The startup says it makes products that are ethically, socially, legally, and environmentally audited as per the pillar standards of SEDEX 4. Its products, which include tote bags, work bags, backpacks, etc., are reusable, made with natural products, and are developed with innovative fabrics to make products better for the environment. Aimed at finding solutions to environmental problems such as plastic waste, the ecommerce startup claims that each bag it sells will, in turn, replace the use of 50-100 plastic bags. Each of the handbag designs features an eco-friendly message or a pun to spread awareness about the harmful effects of plastics.
  2. Chalk and Chuckles: Pallavi Agarwal and Prachi Agarwal founded Chalk and Chuckles which shapes children’s learning, skills, and experiences based on the games they play. Calling themselves “play advocates,” the Delhi-based entrepreneurs discourage the use of gadgets like a smartphone, laptop, PSP, and so on, to entertain children, citing the impact on the child’s cognitive growth The startup creates every product keeping the planet and the environment in mind. The toys are handcrafted MDF (Class I), and are printed using soy-based ink. Each of its products is tested for compliance on international safety standards and none of them run on batteries or chargers.
  3. Love Organically: Love Organically is a Mumbai-based beauty manufacturing brand which claims to produce 100 percent natural and chemical-free products. It was founded by Deepshika Deshmukh who is a student of Ayurveda. She has conducted in-depth research and consultations with experts from the Ayurveda field, as well as doctors, on her family’s skin nutrition secrets. Every product includes nutrients from flower extracts, essentials oils, and aromatic botanicals.
  4. Krya Sustainable Goodies: Krya Sustainable Goodies was founded in 2010 by Srinivas Krishnaswamy and Preethi Sukumaran to create environmentally-friendly products. The entrepreneurs say they use natural ingredients.Krya Sustainable Goodies produces goods that address the issues of sustainable city living. Based on the principles of Ayurveda, the startup says its products are natural, vegan, and organic in nature. The laundry detergent is claimed to be 100 percent plant-based.
  5. MINC: It was founded by Mini Varkey Shibu and Kochery C Shibu in 2007. Mini is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and calls herself passionate about eco-fashion, minimalist design, and khadi. Kochery, on the other hand, is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy with a career in the Indian Navy. He has experience in setting up design studios, and has worked in the areas of operational development promotions and vendor development. The startup designs garments while only using natural fabrics, azo-free environment-friendly dyes, and closure made from natural materials like wood, coconut, etc. It also promotes khadi, and the team believes in promoting green living through eco-fashion.
    (Your Story, 6 September 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: September 5th 2020

  1. India’s security would be maintained in ‘extended neighborhood’ as well: Gen Bipin Rawat

Key points:

  1. In the emerging defense paradigm, India’s security would be maintained not only along the northern and western borders but in the strategic space of the “extended neighborhood” as well, Chief of Defense Staff Gen Bipin Rawat said on Saturday.
  2. He also said that India values its emerging relationship with the US and cherishes its traditional relationship with Russia, adding the country shares a mature and robust defense and security framework with both these powers.
  3. Talking about the regional security paradigm, he touched upon key aspects of India’s security doctrine. In this context, he mentioned International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan as about Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.

(Hindustan times, 05 Sept, 2020)News Link

  1. Families allege 5 men kidnapped by China’s PLA from Arunachal, probe underway

Key points:

  1. Arunachal Pradesh police has launched a probe following reports that five people, who had gone hunting in a forest in Upper Subansiri district on the Sino-India border, were allegedly kidnapped by the Chinese military, a senior official said on Saturday, The alleged incident occurred on Friday in Nacho area of the district, their families said. Two others, who were in the group, managed to escape and informed police.
  2. “I have sent the officer-in-charge of the Nacho police station to the area to verify the facts and directed him to report immediately. However, the report will be available only by Sunday morning,” Superintendent of Police Taru Gussar said.

(Hindustan times, 05 Sept, 2020)News Link

  1. China’s PLA in race to reach the green line in Ladakh

Key points:

  1. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), under commander-in-chief Xi Jinping, defines its Tibet border with Ladakh by a green line that runs over finger 4 relief feature on the north bank of Pangong Tso and nearly claims all the Chushul Valley on the south banks of the salt-water body. This line was defined by the Chinese on the map in 1960 and since then it is the ambition of each ruler of ‘forbidden city’ to reach that objective.
  2. However, due to the Indian Army’s pre-emption on August 29, 30, 31, the PLA’s objective of unilaterally changing the facts on the ground could not be achieved and hence the irritation among the Chinese government against India.
  3. While the leaders of communist China were talking peace and tranquillity to their military and diplomatic counterparts, the PLA was militarily beefing up to reach the green claim line on the southern banks of Pangong Tso on the night of August 29-30.

(Hindustan times, 05 Sept, 2020)News Link

  • PLA faces off Indian Army at two points in Chushul, China talks peace

Key points:

  1. The tough meeting between Indian and Chinese defense ministers in Moscow on Friday evening converged on both sides willing to explore the peace option albeit the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has beefed up its positions south of Pangong Tso with its troops facing the Indian Army at two points.
  2. According to diplomats based both in New Delhi and Moscow, Indian defense minister Rajnath Singh and his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe both held their positions while indicating that both countries were willing to give peace a chance in Ladakh. Singh is en-route to Delhi via Tehran.
  3. However, even as the two senior leaders discussed the issue, the PLA continued to be aggressive mode south of Pangong Tso as it faces Indian Army troopers at the bump feature and at Rechin La in the Chushul Valley. According to senior officials, around 150 PLA troops are deployed at the bump feature with an anti-aircraft gun being moved up the Black Top by the Chinese army on its side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

(Hindustan times, 05 Sept, 2020)News Link

  • Pro Bharat activity by other countries
    • Tibetan detained for protesting outside Chinese embassy

Key points:

  1. A Tibetan national has been detained by the Delhi Police from outside the Embassy of China in the diplomatic area of Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, where he had come to stage a protest on Saturday morning, officials said. The detained Tibetan citizen has been taken to a nearby police station, where he is being questioned to ascertain why he was protesting outside the embassy, carrying a flag in his hand.
  2. “We have detained the Tibetan national as soon as he reached there. He is being questioned to know the reason behind the protest. We have deployed police personnel outside the Chinese embassy and traffic has also been diverted to ensure nobody else reaches there for demonstration,” said additional deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi) Deepak Yadav.

(Hindustan times, 05 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with US
  1. Would love to help India, China resolve border dispute, says Trump

Key points:

  1. US President Donald Trump on Friday expressed his readiness once again to “help” India and China resolve their border situation, which he described as “very nasty”, Answering questions at a White House briefing, the president also expressed confidence that Indian Americans will vote for him in the November 3 elections citing the “incredible” turnout at the Howdy Modi event in Houston last September.
  2. India and China are “going at it pretty good on the border, as you know, it’s been very nasty, it’s been a very nasty situation,” the president said at the briefing, segueing into the conflict in response to a question about his campaign’s outreach to Indian American voters spearheaded by his son Donald Trump Jr and his partner Kimberley Guilfoyle.
  3. The American President had extended an offer to mediate the standoff way back in May. “We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute,” he had written in a tweet. Both sides turned him down.

(Hindustan Times, 05 September, 2020) News Link

  1. Pak violates ceasefire in Kashmir’s Nowgam sector, one soldier killed

Key points:

  1. An Army soldier was killed and two others got injured during an incident of ceasefire violation in north Kashmir’s Nowgam sector on Saturday. Defense spokesman said that Pakistan initiated an unprovoked Ceasefire Violation (CFV) along the Line of Control in Nowgam sector, Baramulla on the morning September 5 by firing Mortars and other weapons.
  2. Officials said that Pakistani troopers used light weapons and mortars. The Indian soldiers deployed on the forward posts also responded to the ceasefire violation.
  3. Nowgam sector falls under the jurisdiction of strategic 19 infantry division.

(Hindustan Times, 05 September, 2020) News Link

  • Kashmir can’t be removed from UN agenda: Pakistan

Key Points:

  1. Pakistan reminded India on Friday that Kashmir cannot be removed from the agenda of the UN Security Council (UNSC), which was committed to resolving the issue according to the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
  2. “Indian representatives are either deluding themselves, or deluding their public, by asserting that they will remove Kashmir from the Security Council’s agenda,” said Munir Akram, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, while commenting on the Indian move. It will not happen he said.
  3. India asked the UN body earlier this week to remove Kashmir from its agenda to prevent Pakistan from raising it at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, which begins in New York later this month.

(Dawn.com, 05 September, 2020) News Link