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Rising Bharat International News Feed: September 25th 2020

  1. India tells China: We will discuss A to Z, not just south bank of Pangong Tso Key points:
  2. Sources said that China is not ready to accept that it first transgressed across the line of actual control (LAC) and is insisting that talks should be held on disengagement from South banks of Pangong Tso where India has occupied strategic heights.
  3. Sources said that China had started breaking protocol after Doklam which said that not more than 15-20 soldiers will patrol the LAC. But Chinese army started sending bigger patrol consisting of 50-100 soldiers and this number kept on increasing every year. These bigger Chinese patrol used to push Indian teams. PLA soldiers first started stone pelting and then brought improvised weapons like iron rods studded with nails to attack Indian patrols.
  4. “Now Indian soldiers are directly warning Chinese soldiers that we will fire if you will come near us for attack. Chinese soldiers have also understood that if they will come in large numbers to attack Indian soldiers they will suffer bigger losses,” said sources.
  5. “Now we will not allow Chinese to follow their old strategy of coming in large numbers with improvised weapons and attacking Indian soldiers,” said sources.
  6. Sources said that China is also preparing to stay in the Ladakh sector during winters. “We cannot believe in everything China says. Joint statement is good but whatever China is saying should also be reflected on the ground,” said sources.

(Deccan Chronicle, 25 September, 2020) News Link.

  • Indian soldiers at LAC have go-ahead to open fire in self-defence, India tells China

Key points:

  1. With no signs of disengagement on the ground in Ladakh, where India and China have been locked in a stand-off since April, both sides will stay dug in during the region’s bitter winter too.
  2. India has made it clear to China that its soldiers will open fire to defend themselves, and Chinese tactics of “using mass” — or seeking to outnumber Indian soldiers, like in the 15 June Galwan Valley clash — will not be tolerated, top government sources said.
  3.  “We have told our soldiers that they can open fire if there is a fear of their own safety. They can fire for self-defence,” a source said, adding that China has been told the same.
  4. The Chinese, sources said, have told the Indian side that five of their soldiers, including a commanding officer, had died in the clash. “If the Chinese are saying five, we can easily double it if not triple it,” a top South Block officer said. “The Chinese tactic was to come in large numbers with clubs and crude weapons and surround Indians, who followed the laid-down protocols and moved in a much lesser manner,” one of the sources quoted above said.
  5. “According to the agreement, both sides are supposed to have a 15-20-member-strong patrol team. Over the last few years (since Doklam), the Chinese started increasing numbers,” the source added..

(The Print, 25 September, 2020) News Link.

  • Indian soldiers at LAC have go-ahead to open fire in self-defence, India tells China

Key points:

  1. With no signs of disengagement on the ground in Ladakh, where India and China have been locked in a stand-off since April, both sides will stay dug in during the region’s bitter winter too.
  2. India has made it clear to China that its soldiers will open fire to defend themselves, and Chinese tactics of “using mass” — or seeking to outnumber Indian soldiers, like in the 15 June Galwan Valley clash — will not be tolerated, top government sources said.
  3.  “We have told our soldiers that they can open fire if there is a fear of their own safety. They can fire for self-defence,” a source said, adding that China has been told the same.
  4. The Chinese, sources said, have told the Indian side that five of their soldiers, including a commanding officer, had died in the clash. “If the Chinese are saying five, we can easily double it if not triple it,” a top South Block officer said. “The Chinese tactic was to come in large numbers with clubs and crude weapons and surround Indians, who followed the laid-down protocols and moved in a much lesser manner,” one of the sources quoted above said.
  5. “According to the agreement, both sides are supposed to have a 15-20-member-strong patrol team. Over the last few years (since Doklam), the Chinese started increasing numbers,” the source added..

(The Print, 25 September, 2020) News Link.

  • India-China stand-off: Must avoid changing LAC status quo, says MEA

Key points:

  1. The government said it was important to avoid changing the status quo in border areas while India and China continue their discussions to achieve complete disengagement in all friction areas and to ensure full restoration of peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
  2. The seventh round of military commanders meeting as well as the next round of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) talks between Indian and Chinese officials will be scheduled “soon”, the MEA said on Thursday.
  3. LAC stand-off: Complete coverage Responding to questions on the state of play in eastern Ladakh between Indian and Chinese troops after the sixth round of talks between military commanders on Monday, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the meeting took place after a gap of 50 days but resulted in the first joint statement by India and China following such discussions.
  4. He interpreted this to reflect “the stated commitment of both sides to disengage along the LAC”. Observing that disengagement was a “complex” affair which would ultimately involve two armies moving back to permanent positions on their own side of the LAC, Srivastava said, “Even as two sides work towards complete disengagement in all friction areas, it is at the same time also necessary to ensure stability on the ground.

(Times of India, 25 September, 2020) News Link.

  • Relation with US
  1. “If We Can Help, Would Love To Help”: Trump On India-China Border Row

Key points:

  1. “I know that China now, and India, are having difficulty, and very very substantial difficulty. And hopefully, they will be able to work that out,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
  2. “That is, Chinese aggression in this instance has been so blatant that the United States could not stand by and either ignore it or not come to India”s defence,” said Tellis, the Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs.

(NDTV, 25 September, 2020) News Link

  • Statement by China about Bharat
  1. चीन ने पहली बार बताया, गलवान घाटी संघर्ष में मारे गए कितने चीनी सैनिक

Key points:

  1. गलवान घाटी हिंसा में कितने चीनी सैनिक मारे गए थे, इसके रहस्‍य का पर्दा उठता नजर आ रहा
  2. चीन ने भारत के साथ बैठक में पहली बार बताया है कि गलवान घाटी में उसके 5 सैनिक मारे गए थे
  3. इसमें चीनी सेना का एक कमांडिंग ऑफिसर भी शामिल था, भारत के भी 20 सैनिक शहीद हुए थे (Navbharat Times, 25 September 2020) News Link.
  1. India targets Pakistan at UN body over counter-terrorism record

Key points:

  1. “It is very unfortunate that a country which perpetrated terrorist attacks in Mumbai (2008), Pathankot (2016), Uri and Pulwama is now preaching to the world community,” Mahaveer Singhvi, joint secretary (counter-terrorism) in the external affairs ministry said in his intervention during the meeting with the theme “The global scourge of terrorism: Assessment of high risk threats and trends including the rise of violent extremism and hate speech in a pandemic environment”.
  2. “While the world is coming together to battle the pandemic, it is unfortunate that Pakistan, a state which sponsors cross-border terrorism, continues to use every opportunity to peddle false narratives and make baseless, malicious and egregious allegations against India and interfere in our internal affairs,” Mahaveer Singhvi, joint secretary (counter-terrorism) in the external affairs ministry said, adding that the statement by Pakistan’s representative at the meeting was part of this pattern.
  3. Mahaveer Singhvi, joint secretary (counter-terrorism) in the external affairs ministry added, “Even as Pakistan provides shelter and support to terrorists, it continues to peddle a false and motivated narrative on the situation in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. It is seeking to portray its military, financial [and] logistical support to cross-border terrorism against India as a freedom struggle. It is also peddling misinformation about India’s domestic legislation and policies.”
  4. “Pakistan’s role as epicentre of terrorism has been well documented by numerous international organisations including UN and FATF. Unlike Pakistan, India does not make any distinction between terrorists and invariably condemns terror attacks anywhere in the world, including the one in Karachi, referred to by Pakistan’s representative in his statement,” Mahaveer Singhvi, joint secretary (counter-terrorism) in the external affairs ministry said.

(Times Now News, 25 September, 2020) News Link

  • Won’t allow India to appoint foreign lawyer for Kulbhushan Jadhav: Pakistan

Key points:

  1. Pakistan has once again made it clear that it will not accept India’s demand of having a foreign lawyer to represent Kulbhushan Jadhav in the review and reconsideration case being heard at the Islamabad High Court (IHC), leaving his fate in the hands of the Pakistani courts.
  2. While responding to a query whether Pakistan would be executing Jadhav or not, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, responded at a weekly media briefing: “Pakistan being a responsible member of International community is fully cognizant of its obligation to comply with the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision.”I cannot predict what the decision in the matter would be, but effective review and reconsideration in the case can only be provided by Courts in Pakistan.”Elaborating more about the details and proceedings of the case, Chaudri said Jadhav confessed to his involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan.

(Times Now News, 25 September, 2020) News Link

  • Won’t allow India to appoint foreign lawyer for Kulbhushan Jadhav: Pakistan

Key points:

  • Pakistan has once again made it clear that it will not accept India’s demand of having a foreign lawyer to represent Kulbhushan Jadhav in the review and reconsideration case being heard at the Islamabad High Court (IHC), leaving his fate in the hands of the Pakistani courts.
  • While responding to a query whether Pakistan would be executing Jadhav or not, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, responded at a weekly media briefing: “Pakistan being a responsible member of International community is fully cognizant of its obligation to comply with the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision.”I cannot predict what the decision in the matter would be, but effective review and reconsideration in the case can only be provided by Courts in Pakistan.”Elaborating more about the details and proceedings of the case, Chaudri said Jadhav confessed to his involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan.

(Times Now News, 25 September, 2020) News Link

  • Don’t need lessons on human rights from Pakistan’: India hits back at Pak Foreign Minister’s OIC meet

Key points:

  1. It’s a matter of great concern that population of religious minorities has reduced to an insignificant number in Pakistan: India at UN
  2. The world doesn’t need lessons on human rights from a country known as epicentre of terrorism: india

(Times Now News, 25 September, 2020) News Link

  • Proscribed terror outfits in Pakistan collecting funds in name of charity: India tells UN

Key points:

  1. Speaking at the debate ‘Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention’, Pawan Badhe highlighted how “malevolent attempts by terrorists” has been observed whose aim is “to exploit the financial and emotional distress caused by the lock-downs to disturb the cohesiveness of societies”.
  2. India also raised the issue of fake news and detailed how “increased presence of people online and on social media has been targeted by terrorists to disseminate misinformation through hate speeches, fake news and doctored videos” with the intent to “entice and establish links with vulnerable individuals and recruit them in their cadres.”

(DNA India, 25 September, 2020) News Link

  • Pakistan playing SAARC spoiler with terror, trade hurdles: Jaishankar

Key points:

  1. Jaishankar, in his comments on the virtual meeting, said, “Cross-border terrorism, blocking connectivity and obstructing trade are three key challenges that SAARC must overcome. Only then will we see enduring peace, prosperity and security in our South Asia region.”
  2. He urged SAARC member states to collectively resolve to defeat terrorism, including the forces that nurture, support and encourage an environment of terror and conflict, which impede the objective of SAARC to realise its full potential for collective collaboration and prosperity across South Asia, according to a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs.

(Indian Express, 25 September, 2020) News Link

  • Pakistan playing SAARC spoiler with terror, trade hurdles: Jaishankar

Key points:

  1. Jaishankar, in his comments on the virtual meeting, said, “Cross-border terrorism, blocking connectivity and obstructing trade are three key challenges that SAARC must overcome. Only then will we see enduring peace, prosperity and security in our South Asia region.”
  2. He urged SAARC member states to collectively resolve to defeat terrorism, including the forces that nurture, support and encourage an environment of terror and conflict, which impede the objective of SAARC to realise its full potential for collective collaboration and prosperity across South Asia, according to a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs.

(Indian Express, 25 September, 2020) News Link

  • Indian fisherman shot at by Pakistan personnel

Key points:

  1. Five fisherman from Porbandar were fishing near the International Marine Boundary Line (IMBL) separating the marine border between India and Pakistan off Jakhau coast in Kutch district on Wednesday. Suddenly a Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) boat intercepted the Indian fishermen’s boat ‘Devlok’ and started firing unprovoked.
  2. Four shots were fired of which one hit fisherman was identified as Dhiru Bambhania (38) in his hand. Bambhania along with four other fishermen had set sail in the boat on September 6.
  3. “The PMSA boat first rammed into the Indian fishing boat and then the PMSA personnel fired four rounds at the Indian boat. One bullet hit Bambhania’s hand,” said Manish Lodhari, former president of Porbandar Fishermen’s Association.
  4. “After the incident, ‘Devlok’ sped towards Porbandar and the boat reached the safety of Porbandar shores on Thursday morning. We have urged the central government to deploy Indian coast guard and Indian Navy at the IMBL to thwart and deter misadventures by the PMSA,” Lodhari added.
  5. Last week, the PMSA had apprehended 16 boats with 56 Indian fishermen on board near the IMBL. At present there are more than 600 Indian fishermen lodged in the Pakistani jails, while more than 1,100 boats are in Pakistan’s custody.

(Times of India, 25 September, 2020) News Link

  1. UK plans human challenge studies for Covid vaccine; India says no to the idea  Key points:
  2. UK has become the first country in the world to announce that it will host human challenge studies, in which participants are deliberately injected with a pathogen to assess if a certain vaccine works, for Covid-19 vaccines. This is a proposition that India has considered but chosen not to follow, said senior officials in Union Health Ministry and the ICMR.
  3. What happens if somebody deliberately injected with the virus goes on to have severe form of the disease?” questioned Dr Samiran Panda, chief scientist with the ICMR. “That’s why we are not considering such a testing in Indian context.” Experts pointed out that human challenge trials have been done in the past, but not lately due to ethical issues.

(New Indian Express, 25 September, 2020) News Link

  • West Bengal Government and UK India Business Council Sign MoU to Strengthen the State”s Industrial Development

Key points:

  1. The MoU was signed at a virtual roundtable by Ms. Vandana Yadav, Secretary, Industry, Commerce & Enterprises Department & Managing Director, West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC), Government of West Bengal and Mr Kevin McCole, Managing Director, UKIBC in the presence of Mr Nick Low, Deputy High Commissioner, British Deputy High Commission – Kolkata.
  2. The MoU was signed as part of a virtual roundtable, which examined measures to support businesses in a post-COVID-19 world. What was clear is that Governments and industry are looking beyond the current crisis to re-shape and strengthen economies, supply chains, socio-economic development and business norms post-COVID-19.
  3. Speaking about the MoU, Nick Low, British Deputy High Commissioner – Kolkata, “UK and India share great synergies in trade and investment which have only grown in recent years. I am delighted to see the renewal of the MoU between UKIBC and WBIDC which is a testament to the ever increasing engagement between the UK businesses and the Government of West Bengal.

(Outlook India, 25 September, 2020) News Link

  • Doors Still Open For India To Co-Develop ‘Tempest’ Sixth-Gen Fighter Jet With The UK

Key points:

  1. Officials of the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) along with executives from BAE Systems were expected to brief Indian Defence Ministry and Indian Air Force (IAF) officials regarding the project. Nik Khanna, head of BAE Systems India, while speaking to the Business Standard back then, had said – “We are looking for international partners to access the best-assured capability (for developing the Tempest).”
  2. While referring to the specific role of New Delhi in the Tempest Project, Khanna said – “A big cost driver for a futuristic aerospace system is going to be the requirement for more and more software engineers. India has a huge capability in that area.” However, despite no developments on India’s role in the Tempest project and proposal almost falling through, it seems that New Delhi could still join the program along with the likes of Japan and Netherlands.

(Eurasian Times, 25 September, 2020) News Link

  • European countries
  1. France yet to fulfil technology transfer commitment in India Rafale jet deal

Key points:

  1. India’s audit watchdog has come down heavily on foreign vendors for not fulfilling their commitments to an offset policy for defence procurement, including France in its deal for the sale of 36 Rafale fighter jets. The policy includes conditions for foreign direct investment and technology transfers, which the authority says are not forthcoming.
  2. India’s national auditor, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) sharply criticised the Defence Ministry’s policy for offsets, which also governs the deal with France for 36 Rafale jets made by Dassault Aviation.
  3. In September 2016, India inked a direct deal with the French government to purchase 36 new Rafale fighter jets in a nearly 8 billion euro deal. France has been one of India’s steadfast material suppliers for decades.

(RFI, 25 September, 2020) News Link

  • 36 More Rafales: France Wants India To Order More Rafale Jets For DRDO To Acquire Aero-Engine Tech?

Key points:

  1. According to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report quoted by PTI, the French aviation giant – Dassault and European conglomerate MBDA are yet to meet their commitments of offering high technology to India as part of the deal relating to the acquisition of 36 Rafale jets.
  2. The French side assured to transfer more work for the production of the M-88 engine that powers its Rafale fighter jets, only if New Delhi orders 36 more Rafale jets.(Eurasian Times, 25 September, 2020) News Link
  • Relation with African countries
    • India executed 194 developmental projects in 37 African countries; working to complete 77 more such projects: MoS MEA

Key points:

  1. India has executed 194 developmental projects in 37 African countries and is currently working to complete 77 more projects in 29 countries in the continent, with a total outlay of USD 11.6 billion, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said on Thursday.
  2. India has also significantly increased its diplomatic footprint in Africa and now has residential diplomatic missions in 38 African countries, he said. “As we speak, today, India has executed 194 developmental projects in 37 African countries; currently working to complete 77 additional development projects in 29 countries, with a total outlay of USD 11.6 billion,” Muraleedharan was quoted as saying in a statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs.
  3. Grants in aid worth more than USD 700 million have been extended to African partner countries for projects in infrastructure, connectivity, skill development, security and health sectors, he said. “India is acutely aware of the needs of our African partners for skilled and trained manpower. Therefore, capacity building has always been one of the key components of India’s development assistance to Africa,” he said.
  4. “In the run-up to the IAFS Summit this year, we had planned to hold the India-Africa Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting in mid-March 2020. We had already received the confirmation of many of our African colleagues to participate in this meeting. Unfortunately, that was the first major meeting to be postponed due to the pandemic,” he said.
  5. “Our external Affairs Minister Dr. Jaishankar, has also spoken to his counterparts in several African countries and offered assistance in our joint struggle and has also discussed matters of mutual bilateral and multilateral interest,” Muraleedharan said. (Financial Express, 25 September, 2020) News Link
  • Relation with Bangladesh
  1. India and Bangladesh to boost slew of projects at Sep 29 foreign ministers level meetKey points:
  2. Foreign ministers of both the countries will lead their respective delegations in the meeting to be held on September 29 through virtual platform. Another key focus of the JCC this time will be the finalisation of the programmes for the Mujib Birth Centenary and for the 50th anniversary of creation of Bangladesh.

(Economic Times, 25 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Afghanistan
  • Afghanistan signs $160 million renewable energy deal with US, Turkey and India

Key points:

  1. Solar and wind power projects will be developed in Kabul, Balkh and Herat provinces
  2. Afghanistan imports 1,200 megawatts of energy from Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan
  3. The projects will be developed in Kabul, Balkh and Herat by a local company with partners from Turkey, India and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
  4. Tawhidi told Arab News that the projects will be developed in partnership with USAID by an Afghan company, a firm from Turkey, and one from India.

(Arab News, 25 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Japan
  • High-speed train, Quad figure in 1st call between Japan’s Suga, PM Modi

Key points:

  1. Days ahead of a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, to be hosted by Japan, Yoshihide Suga said he would promote cooperation through the grouping.
  2. India and Japan committed themselves on Friday to take forward the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project and welcomed a memorandum of cooperation on specified skilled workers to be signed in the near future.
  3. Both issues figured in the first phone conversation between Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. Suga said he will promote bilateral cooperation in security and economic matters and work with India to achieve a free and open Indo-Pacific.
  4. The text of the agreement on specialised skilled workers has been finalised by the two sides. India has focused on similar agreements with several countries to ensure better mobility for its skilled professionals in fields such as information technology.
  5. The commitment to India’s first bullet train project is significant as the venture has been hit by delays and other issues, people familiar with developments said on condition of anonymity. The 508-km project is being built with an 80% loan from Japan with an interest rate of 0.1% and a 15-year moratorium on repayments.

(Hindustan Times, 25 September, 2020) News Link

  1. India’s Royal Enfield to begin making motorcycles in Thailand

Key points:

  1. India-based motorcycle maker Royal Enfield is setting up an assembly plant in Thailand next year as it continues its Southeast Asian expansion drive.
  2. “We are bringing our success from India into Thailand with the goal to be number one in the midsize motorcycle market in Thailand,” Royal Enfield Thailand CEO Siddhartha Lal said in an email to the Nikkei Asian Review, referring to motorcycles in the 250 cc to 750 cc class.
  3. The Thai factory will be a completely knocked-down facility in Chachoengsao Province, part of an industrial zone the government has been keen on promoting. Such factories assemble individual parts into finished vehicles. At least 40% of parts will be local, while the rest would be shipped from India, with operations expected to start in April 2021.

(Asian Nikki Review, 25 September, 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: September 8th 2020

  • Relation with Japan
  • Shinzo Abe redefined India-Japan ties

Key Points:

  1. From capturing global strategic imagination with his “Confluence of the Two Seas” speech in the Indian Parliament to articulating the India-Japan Indo-Pacific Vision 2025 — the Shinzo Abe era is defined by high-powered diplomacy that delivered.
  2. As the challenges to the liberal order grew, India and Japan turned their geopolitical and geo-economic concerns into concerted actions. They advanced issue-based alignments, be it defending the rules-based order through Japan-United States (US)-India (JAI) and Quad or designing the Australia-India-Japan Supply Chain Resilience Initiative.

(Hindustan Times, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relations with African countries
  • India-Angola Hold First Joint Commission Meeting, Reaffirm Commitment To Strengthen Bilateral Ties

Key points:

  1. The Indian side offered to share its expertise to support the Angolan Government’s economic diversification plans through capacity building, infrastructure development in key areas, a joint press communique after India-Angola first joint Commission meeting said on Tuesday.
  2. The Angola-India Joint Commission held its first session on September 7 through video-conferencing.
    The session was co-chaired by the External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and the Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Angola, Ambassador Tete Antonio.
  3. “The two Ministers satisfactorily acknowledged the excellent bilateral cooperation between the two countries and reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen bilateral ties based on the principles and values of democracy,” the joint press communique said.

( Business World, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Russia
  • विदेश मंत्री जयशंकर एससीओ बैठक में शामिल होने मास्को पहुंचे, चीनी समकक्ष से हो सकती है बातचीत

Key points:

  1. भारत-चीन के बीच सीमा पर चल रहे तनाव के बीच विदेश मंत्री एस जयशंकर मंगलवार को मास्को पहुंचे। वे अपने चार दिन के दौरे के दौरान यहां शंघाई सहयोग संगठन (एससीओ) के विदेश मंत्रियों की बैठक में शामिल होंगे। उनका यह दौरा रक्षा मंत्री राजनाथ सिंह के रूस की राजधानी की यात्रा करने के महज कुछ ही दिनों बाद हो रहा है। सिंह, आठ सदस्यीय एससीओ के रक्षा मंत्रियों की बैठक में शामिल होने के लिए यहां आए थे। 
  2. जयशंकर मास्को में ठहरने के दौरान एससीओ के विदेश मंत्रियों की परिषद (सीएफएम) की बैठक में शामिल होंगे। यह परिषद की तीसरी बैठक होगी जिसमें भारत पूर्ण सदस्य के तौर पर सम्मिलित होगा।

( Amar Ujala, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with UK
  • नीरव की वकील ने कहा, भारत में उसे दोषी सिद्ध करने कीराजनीतिक जरूरतपैदा हो गई है

Key points:

  1. भारत प्रत्यर्पित किए जाने के खिलाफ ब्रिटेन में कानूनी लड़ाई लड़ रहे नीरव मोदी के वकीलों ने मंगलवार को अदालत से कहा कि मोदी के विरुद्ध भारत में निष्पक्ष मुकदमा चलने की संभावना नहीं है। मोदी के वकील ने कहा कि उसे भारतीय जेलों में पर्याप्त चिकित्सा सुविधाओं के अभाव के चलते आत्महत्या का भी खतरा है|
  2. पंजाब नेशनल बैंक (पीएनबी) से करीब दो अरब डॉलर की धोखाधड़ी और धनशोधन के मामले में भगोड़ा हीरा कारोबारी नीरव (49) लंदन की वेस्टमिंस्टर मजिस्ट्रेट अदालत में प्रत्यर्पण का मुकदमा लड़ रहा है।

( Amar Ujala, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • Nirav Modi Extradition Case: नीरव मोदी के वकील ने की मीडिया को कार्यवाही से दूर रखने की मांग, जज ने ठुकराया अनुरोध

Key points:

  1. भगोड़े हीरा कारोबारी नीरव मोदी के भारत प्रत्यर्पण के लिए दायर मुकदमे के दूसरे चरण की सुनवाई लंदन की वेंटमिंस्टर अदालत में सोमवार को शुरू हो गई। सुनवाई का यह चरण पांच दिन तक चलेगा। दक्षिण लंदन में स्थित वांड्सवर्थ जेल में कैद मोदी वीडियो लिंक के माध्यम से पेश हुआ। सुनवाई के दौरान प्रवर्तन निदेशालय का दल भी अदालत में मौजूद रहा।
  2. मामले की सुनवाई शुरू होते ही नीरव मोदी के वकील ने जज से प्रेस (मीडिया) के सदस्यों को कार्यवाही से दूर रखने का अनुरोध किया। न्यायाधीश ने प्रेस के सदस्यों से पूछा कि क्या वे इस पर सहमत हैं। प्रेस के सदस्यों से राय लेने के बाद न्यायाधीश ने नीरव मोदी के वकील के इस अनुरोध को खारिज कर दिया। 

( Amar Ujala, 09 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relations with European countries
  • फ्रांस की रक्षा मंत्री का भारत दौरा:राफेल इंडक्शन सेरेमनी में शामिल होने 10 सितंबर को भारत आएंगी फ्लोरेंस पार्ली, गलवान झड़प के बाद भारत आने वाली पहली विदेशी नेता

Key points:

  1. फ्रांस की रक्षा मंत्री फ्लोरेंस पार्ली 10 सितंबर को भारत पहुंचेंगी। वो अंबाला एयर फोर्स बेस पर होने वाली राफेल जेट्स इंडक्शन सेरेमनी में शामिल होंगी। फ्लोरेंस रक्षा मंत्री राजनाथ सिंह और राष्ट्रीय सुरक्षा सलाहकार अजीत डोभाल से भी मुलाकात करेंगी। पार्ली के साथ फ्रांस के रक्षा अधिकारी और डिफेंस इंडस्ट्री का डेलिगेशन भी भारत आएगा।
  2. चीन से जारी तनाव के बीच ये किसी बड़े विदेशी नेता की पहली भारत यात्रा है। पार्ली की बात करें तो फ्रांस में कोरोना के कारण प्रतिबंध लगने के बाद वो विदेश यात्रा पर जाने वाली पहली मंत्री होंगी।

( Dainik Bhaskar, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • LAC News
    • Amid fresh row on LAC, India-China foreign ministers set to meet in Russia.

Key points:

  1. A fresh face-off between Indian and Chinese troops has added to the complexities of the situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) ahead of a meeting of the foreign ministers of the two countries that is being seen as crucial for a breakthrough in the impasse on the disputed border.
  2. Hours before external affairs minister S Jaishankar departed for Moscow, where he is set to meet his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the margins of a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting, Chinese troops attempted to close in on an Indian position along the LAC on Monday night and fired in the air when they were dissuaded.
  3. The face-off, experts said, underlined the fragile situation along the LAC, especially after several incidents on the south bank of Pangong Lake during August 29-30. This is the first time that shots have been fired along the undemarcated border since 1975, when four Indian troopers were killed in a Chinese ambush in the Arunachal Pradesh sector.

(Headlines Today, 8 September 2020) News Link

  • Relations with China
  1. China’s PLA confirms 5 missing civilians from Arunachal Pradesh ‘found by their side’: Union minister Kiren Rijiju.

Key points:

  1. Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has confirmed that five civilians who went missing from Arunachal Pradesh last week have been found on their side. The process of handing over the youth to India is being worked out, the minister added.
  2. The five civilians frp, Tagin tribe, who had gone missing on Friday from the Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh, were working as porters and guides for the Indian Army. They were a part seven-member group but went missing reportedly from Sera-7 on the Indian side of the McMohan line bifurcating Arunachal Pradesh and Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

(Hindustan times, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • Day after shots fired, PLA troops parked 200 metres from India-controlled Mukhpari peak.

Key points:

  1. The Indian Army on Tuesday said Chinese troops fired their weapons into the air on September 7 to intimidate its soldiers holding dominating heights near a strategic mountain pass in eastern Ladakh, during a failed attempt to close in on a forward position controlled by India, with bullets flying at the contested Line of Actual Control (LAC) for the first time in 45 years.
  2. Soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) attempted to advance on the Mukhpari peak near Rezang La on Monday evening but they stopped in their tracks after a stern warning from the Indian Army that occupied key heights on the southern bank of Pangong Tso to prevent the PLA from grabbing Indian territory in a stealthy midnight move on August 29, officials familiar with the developments said on Tuesday, requesting anonymity.

 (Hindustan times, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • Boycott China Apps
  1. PUBG pulls India rights from China-based Tencent Games after ban

Key points:

  1. Barely a week after PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds (PUBG), an online multiplayer gaming application (app) developed and published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Blue hole, was banned by the Union Ministry of Information and Technology, the firm has pulled its India franchise from Chinese conglomerate Tencent.
  2. “In light of recent developments, PUBG Corporation has made the decision to no longer authorize the PUBG Mobile franchise to Tencent Games in India. Moving forward, PUBG Corporation will take on all publishing responsibilities within the country,” PUBG said in a statement.

(Hindustan times, 08 September, 2020) News Link.

  • Statement by China about Bharat
    • ‘India fired first’: China repeats after New Delhi says PLA fired near Pangong Tso.

Key points:

  1. China on Tuesday said it has made “stern representations” to the Indian government after Indian troops allegedly crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh and fired warning shots at Chinese border personnel on Monday.
  2. “Through diplomatic and military channels we have made stern representations asking the Indian side to stop it’s dangerous actions, immediately withdraw the people who crossed the line and discipline the frontline troops and those who fired the warning shots and make sure similar incidents won’t happen again,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian said at the regular ministry briefing on Tuesday.

(Hindustan times, 08 September 2020) News Link.

  • Relation with Shri Lanka
  • India dispatches additional dry chemical powder to douse oil tanker blaze.

Key points:

  1. The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has sent additional dry chemical powder on a request from the Sri Lankan Navy as part of efforts to douse the blaze on board an oil tanker off the island nation’s coast, the maritime agency said on Tuesday.
  2.  The Indian Navy and the Coast Guard have been helping the Sri Lankan Navy to douse the fire in Marine Tanker New Diamond since September 3.

(The Island, 08 September 2020) News Link

  • Relations with ME
  1. CBI to ‘locally prosecute’ Indian who committed fraud in Bahrain.

Key points:

  1. Acting on a request from Bahrain, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a case to “locally prosecute” an Indian national who allegedly embezzled funds worth 50,000 Bahraini Dinar or BD in the middle-eastern country, official’s familiar with the development said.
  2. Rajeev Ranganathan Udayanandan, a native of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, while working in one Abdulla bin Ahmed Al-Roomi Contracting Establishment between January and February 2016, allegedly embezzled the cash amounts of the company which were in his possession by virtue of his position, according to the FIR registered by the agency.

 (Universal Personality, 08 September, 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: August 31st 2020

  1. लद्दाख के पैंगोंग झील के पास 29-30 अगस्त की रात क्या हुआ?

Key points:

  1. भारतीय सेना ने पेंगोंग त्सो एरिया में चीन के आक्रामक रवैये को लेकर बताया कि 29/30 अगस्त की दरम्यानी रात को पीएलए के सैन्य दलों ने उस सहमति का उल्लंघन किया जो पूर्वी लद्दाख में जारी तनाव के दौरान सैन्य एवं कूटनीतिक बातचीत के दौरान बनी थी। चीनी सैनिकों ने यथास्थिति को बदलने के लिए उकसावे की सैन्य गतिविधियां कीं।
  2. सेना ने बताया कि भारतीय सैनिकों ने पेंगोंग त्सो झील के दक्षिणी किनारे पर पीएलए की गतिविधि को रोकते हुए हमारी स्थिति मजबूत करने के कदम उठाए और जमीनी हकीकत को एकतरफा बदलने की चीन की मंशा को ध्वस्त कर दिया।
  3. भारतीय सेना बातचीत के जरिए शांति और स्थिरता कायम रखने को लेकर प्रतिबद्ध तो है लेकिन अपनी क्षेत्रीय अखंडता को अक्षुण्ण बनाए रखने को लेकर भी उतना ही दृढ़ निश्चयी है।

(Navbharat Times, 31 August, 2020) News Link

  1. India pre-empts China’s aggressive move near Pangong Lake.

Key points:

  1. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) carried out “provocative military movements” on the southern bank of Pangong Tso on the night of August 29/30 to change the status quo in the area, the Indian Army said in a statement on Monday. The army said it pre-empted the Chinese move. So far Chinese aggression was confined to the lake’s northern bank—the Finger Area.
  2. The statement said the army took measures to strengthen its positions and thwart the PLA’s intention to unilaterally change facts on the ground on the lake’s southern bank.” The Indian Army is committed to maintaining peace and tranquility through dialogue, but is also equally determined to protect its territorial integrity,” the statement said. A brigade commander-level flag meeting is in progress at Chushul to resolve the issues.

(Hindustan times, 31 August, 2020) News Link

  • श्रीनगरलेह हाइवे आम लोगों के लिए बंद, एयरफोर्स ने जारी किया अलर्ट

Key points:

  1. लद्दाख में भारत-चीन सीमा पर एक बार फिर तनावपूर्ण स्थिति बन गई है। चीनी सैनिकों के घुसपैठ के बाद बनी परिस्थितियों का असर श्रीनगर-लेह हाइवे पर भी देखा जा रहा है। भारी तोपवाहनों के संचालन के अलावा हाइवे को आम लोगों के लिए बंद कर दिया गया है।
  2. भारतीय वायुसेना ने अवंतिपोरा और अंबाला एयरबेस को अलर्ट जारी किया है

(Navbharat Times, 31 August 2020) News Link

  1. एनआईए की चार्जशीट में खुलासा:डीएसपी देविंदर ने पाकिस्तानी हैंडलर्स के नंबर पाक भाई के नाम से सेव किए, उसे जासूसी के लिए विदेश मंत्रालय में कॉन्टैक्ट बनाने का काम सौंपा गया

Key points:

  1. 11 जनवरी को जम्मू-कश्मीर के डीएसपी देविंदर को हिज्बुल के मोस्ट वांटेड आतंकवादियों के साथ गिरफ्तार किया गया था
  2. एनआईए ने चार्जशीट में देविंदर पर हिज्बुल की मदद करने, आतंकियों को ठिकाना देने और जासूसी करने जैसे आरोप लगाए हैं
  3. देविंदर को कई काम दिए गए थे। इनमें से सेनाओं की तैनाती और घाटी में वीआईपी पर्सनैलिटी के आने की सूचना देना भी शामिल था।उसके विदेश मंत्रालय में जासूसी के लिए कॉन्टैक्ट बनाने का काम भी सौंपा गया था, लेकिन देविंदर इस काम को अंजाम नहीं दे पाया।
  4. दिल्ली स्थित पाकिस्तानी दूतावास के कॉन्टैक्ट और पाकिस्तान स्थित आतंकवादी संगठन की मदद से देविंदर को भारत के खिलाफ जंग छेड़ने का काम भी सौंपा गया था।
  5. जांच में सामने आया कि पाकिस्तान में बैठे हैंडलर्स ने हर वो योजना बना रहा था, जिसके जरिए भारत में हिज्बुल मुजाहिदीन की आतंकवादी गतिविधियों को लगातार चलाने के लिए फंड, हथियार और दूसरी मदद मुहैया करवा सके।इसके अलावा देविंदर सोशल मीडिया के जरिए पाकिस्तान उच्चायोग के अधिकारियों से जुड़ा हुआ था। उसे संवेदनशील जानकारी देने के लिए पाकिस्तान के अधिकारी तैयार कर रहे थे।

(Dainik Bhaskar, 31 August, 2020) News Link

  • गुजरात से आईएसआई का एजेंट गिरफ्तार, पाक को गुप्त जानकारी भेजने वालों का था खजांची

Key points:

  1. राष्ट्रीय जांच एजेंसी (एनआईए) ने गुजरात में मुंद्रा डॉकयार्ड के पर्यवेक्षक को गिरफ्तार किया है। एक अधिकारी ने बताया कि वह पाकिस्तानी खुफिया एजेंसी आईएसआई के कथित एजेंट के तौर पर काम कर रहा था।
  2. एनआईए के अधिकारी ने बताया कि गजुरात के पश्चिमी कच्छ के निवासी, राजकभाई कुम्भर को उत्तर प्रदेश के ‘डिफेंस/ आईएसआई मामले’ की जांच के सिलसिले में रविवार को गिरफ्तार किया गया।उन्होंने बताया कि जांच के दौरान सामने आया कि राशिद पाकिस्तान में रक्षा या आईएसआई हैंडलर के साथ संपर्क में था और दो बार पड़ोसी देश गया।
  3. प्रवक्ता ने बताया कि जांच में सामने आया कि कुम्भर आईएसआई एजेंट के तौर पर काम कर रहा था और किसी रिजवान के खाते में पेटीएम के जरिए 5,000 रुपये भेजे जिसे बाद में मुख्य आरोपी राशिद तक पहुंचाया गया।

(Amar Ujala, 31 August, 2020) News Link

  1. एनआईए की कार्रवाई:एजेंसी ने लश्करतैयबा के लिए भर्ती करने के मामले में एक डॉक्टर को गिरफ्तार किया, उसे सऊदी अरब से भारत लाया गया

Key points:

  1. 2012 में बेंगलुरु में 25 लोगों के खिलाफ दर्ज किया गया था, जिसमें एक आरोपी डॉ. शबील अहमद भी है
  2. मामले में 17 लोगों को गिरफ्तार किया गया है, जिनमें से 14 को सजा के बाद रिहा भी कर दिया गया है
  3. नेशनल इंवेस्टिगेशन एजेंसी ने एक भारतीय डॉक्टर को गिरफ्तार किया है। उसे भारत में पाकिस्तान बेस्ड टेरर ग्रुप लश्कर-ए-तैयबा के लिए भर्तियां करने के साल 2012 के मामले में गिरफ्तार किया गया है। डॉक्टर को सऊदी अरब से भारत लाया गया है। वह 2007 में हुए ग्लास्गो बॉम्बर का भाई है।

(Dainik Bhaskar, 31 August 2020) News Link

  • संस्कृत के पुराने ग्रंथों से वैज्ञानिक ज्ञान सिखाया IIT इंदौर , 2 अक्टूबर तक चलने वाले कोर्स के लिए दुनियाभर से 750 लोगों ने कराया रजिस्ट्रेशन

Key points:

  1. ऑनलाइन कोर्स के तहत स्टूडेंट्स को अनुसंधान, नवाचार, अध्ययन और संस्कृत में गणित और विज्ञान पढ़ाया जा रहा है
  2. दो भागों में विभाजित इस कोर्स में 62 घंटे की होंगी ऑनलाइन क्लासेस
  3. संस्कृत भारती मध्य क्षेत्रम सहित आईआईटी बॉम्बे और आईआईटी इंदौर के विषय विशेषज्ञ इस कोर्स के तहत लोगों को भारत के पुरातन साहित्य का ज्ञान संस्कृत में दे रहे हैं। यह कोर्स अखिल भारतीय तकनीकी शिक्षा परिषद (AICTE) द्वारा प्रायोजित है|

(Dainik Bhaskar, 31 August 2020) News Link

  • ऑनलाइन चेस ओलिंपियाड:भारत और रूस ने गोल्ड जीता, सर्वर में खराबी के बाद फिडे ने दोनों टीम को संयुक्त विजेता घोषित किया

Key points:

  1. ऑनलाइन चेस ओलिंपियाड टूर्नामेंट में रूस और भारत दोनों को संयुक्त रूप से विजेता घोषित किया गया। दोनों को गोल्ड मेडल मिला। फाइनल में सर्वर की खराबी के कारण मैच पूरे नहीं हो सके थे, जिसके कारण यह फैसला लिया गया।

(Dainik Bhaskar, 31 August 2020) News Link

  1. एनआईए की कार्रवाई:एजेंसी ने लश्करतैयबा के लिए भर्ती करने के मामले में एक डॉक्टर को गिरफ्तार किया, उसे सऊदी अरब से भारत लाया गया

Key points:

  • 2012 में बेंगलुरु में 25 लोगों के खिलाफ दर्ज किया गया था, जिसमें एक आरोपी डॉ. शबील अहमद भी है
  • मामले में 17 लोगों को गिरफ्तार किया गया है, जिनमें से 14 को सजा के बाद रिहा भी कर दिया गया है
  • नेशनल इंवेस्टिगेशन एजेंसी ने एक भारतीय डॉक्टर को गिरफ्तार किया है। उसे भारत में पाकिस्तान बेस्ड टेरर ग्रुप लश्कर-ए-तैयबा के लिए भर्तियां करने के साल 2012 के मामले में गिरफ्तार किया गया है। डॉक्टर को सऊदी अरब से भारत लाया गया है। वह 2007 में हुए ग्लास्गो बॉम्बर का भाई है।

(Dainik Bhaskar, 31 August 2020) News Link

  1. Forget disengagement, China opens new front along LAC.

Key points:

  1. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has opened a new front along the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC), with its “provocative military movements” on the southern bank of Pangong Tso lake in Ladakh in the intervening night of August 29 and 30 aimed at altering the status quo in the area, people familiar with the developments said on Monday. So far, Chinese aggression in this sector was confined to the lake’s northern bank, the Finger Area that has emerged as the toughest part of the disengagement process.
  2. In a statement on the latest Chinese provocation, army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand said on Monday that the PLA has violated the consensus reached during military and diplomatic engagements to reduce tension in eastern Ladakh, where the two armies have been locked in a tense confrontation since early May.

(Hindustan times, 31 August, 2020) News Link

  • Statement by China about Bharat
    • Chinese troops ‘strictly’ abide by the LAC, never cross the line: Beijing.

Key points:

  1. China on Monday said its troops “strictly’’ abide by the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India, refuting the Indian army’s statement that said the Chinese armed forces had carried out provocative military actions on the southern banks of the Pangong Tso.
  2. India has made it clear that China should work on complete disengagement, and then de-escalation of troops in eastern Ladakh, underlining that this can be achieved only through mutually agreed reciprocal actions. The message from New Delhi has been that the Indian army will stay firm on Chinese efforts to alter the status quo and has stressed that the PLA will have to return to their April 20 position.

(Hindustan times, 31 August, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with US
  1. India’s foreign minister says favorable U.S. visa policy good for both countries

Key points:

  1. India’s foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said on Monday a United States visa policy that supports Indian talent is mutually beneficial and a “win-win” for both countries.
  2. “This is an area where the US should recognize what’s in America’s interest… happens to be in India’s interest as well,” Jaishankar told a virtual conference on relations between the two countries.

( Reuters, 31 August, 2020) News Link

  • Is Donald Trump better for India or Joe Biden? S Jaishankar answers

Key points:

  1. “If you look at the last four American presidents, two Republicans and two Democrats — each very different from the other. Yet, each raised the level of relationship with India further,” Jaishankar said in response to a question if Donald Trump was better for India, or Joe Biden.
  2. “I actually believe that India has bipartisan, or in a sense non-partisan, support in American politics. Our footprint is very wide and so is our acceptability. Different sets of politicians who disagree on many things agree on India. And I think that is a very good place to be,” the minister said.

(HT, 31 August, 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: August 18th 2020

Relation with Pakistan

  1. इमरान ने कहाभारत से सीरीज मुमकिन नहीं; 33 साल पहले हमारे प्लेयर्स को भारत में बाउंड्री पर हेल्मेट लगाकर फील्डिंग करनी पड़ी थी

Key points:

  1. पाकिस्तान क्रिकेट बोर्ड के चीफ एग्जीक्युटिव वसीम खान के मुताबिक, अभी जिस तरह के हालात हैं उनसे नहीं लगता कि भारत और पाकिस्तान के बीच अगले 10 से 12 साल तक कोई द्विपक्षीय यानी बाइलेट्रल सीरीज होगी।
  2. शोएब अख्तर समेत कई पूर्व पाकिस्तानी खिलाड़ी दोनों देशों के बीच सीरीज पर जोर रहे हैं
  3. पाकिस्तान के प्रधानमंत्री इमरान खान ने कहा है कि फिलहाल भारत और पाकिस्तान के बीच क्रिकेट सीरीज संभव नहीं है

(Dainik Bhaskar, 18 August, 2020) News Link

Relation with Hongkong

Vande Bharat Mission: Air India flights to and from Hong Kong banned

Key points:

  1. Earlier on Monday, Air India had tweeted, “FlyAI: ImportantUpdate — Due to restrictions imposed by Hong Kong Authorities, AI 310/315, Delhi — Hong Kong — Delhi of August 18, 2020 stands postponed. Next update in this regard will be intimated soon. Passengers may please contact Air India Customer Care for assistance.”
  2.  The Vande Bharat Mission started in early May to evacuate Indians stranded abroad due to travel restrictions in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

(Economic times, 18 August, 2020) News Link

Relation with Bangladesh

China’s Teesta plans: Foreign Secretary likely to visit Bangladesh today.

Key points:

  1. Bangladesh is likely to receive a $1-billion assistance from China for an irrigation project on the Teesta which has been at the center of a water-sharing negotiation with India. The mega engineering project will help the river to maintain optimal levels during summer
  2. The decision was taken after the Teesta water-sharing agreement with India has failed to materialize, Bangladesh government sources told Eurasian review, an online publication. The issue has come to the forefront as Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, despite the COVID-19 threat, is expected to pay a day-long visit to Dhaka on Tuesday to deal with the emerging challenges in bilateral ties.
  3. “A massive project funded by China has been adopted for the management of the Teesta River and China has agreed to fund it. Hopefully, we can start the project by December, Jyoti Prasad Ghosh, an additional chief engineer at the Water Development Board, told news media in Bangladesh

 (The Hindu, 18 August, 2020)News Link

  • India negotiating with 13 countries to establish bilateral air bubble arrangements: Hardeep Singh Puri.

Key points:

  1. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Twitter, “We are now taking these efforts forward & are negotiating with 13 more countries to establish such arrangements.”

(Indian Express, 18 August, 2020)News Link

  • Tripura Chakmas observe ‘Black Day’ against injustice against community in Bangladesh.

Key points:

  1. The Chakma community in Tripura on Monday observed a ‘Black Day’ to protest the occupation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh allegedly illegally by Pakistan in 1947 and the injustices meted out to their community after that.
  2. Two days after India’s Independence from the British rule, the Chittagong Hill Tract comprising 97.5% non-Muslim population was illegally awarded to erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) as per the mandate of Bengal boundary commission headed by Sir Cyril Radcliffe, said Chakma National Council of India (CNCI), a forum to raise voice for rights of the community.
  3. “The Chakmas became the biggest victim of Partition. Our community faced years of deprivation even after these years of independence. Like previous years, we have observed today as black day against this injustice,” said Aniruddha Chakma, vice president of CNCI, Tripura chapter. He claimed that inclusion of the Chittagong Hill Tract with India could be a solution to their problems.

(Hindustan times, 18 August, 2020) News Link

Relation with Malaysia

India criticizes Pakistan for hosting events on Kashmir with Mahathir, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

Key points:

  1. Mahathir spoke at an event organized in Kuala Lumpur by the Pakistani mission last week to mark the first anniversary of the revocation of Kashmir’s special status and criticized India’s actions.
  2. India on Friday criticized Pakistan for giving a platform to former UN-designated terrorist Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad to speak on the Kashmir issue through events organized by that country’s missions.
  3. Asked about Hekmatyar’s presence in the webinar organized by Pakistan, external affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said: “We have seen the media reports of the participation of the former UN-designated terrorist in an event organized by the government of Pakistan.

(Hindustan times, 18 August, 2020) News Link

Relation with Sri Lanka

India to closely monitor any move by Mahinda Rajapaksa that undermines security & economic interests.

Key points:

  1. India to closely monitor any move by Mahinda Rajapaksa that undermines security & economic interests.
  2. India, following the re-election of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and the family’s consolidation of power, is keeping a close watch on any move by the regime to undermine Delhi’s security and economic interests in the island nation as well as the Indian Ocean Region.
  3. Indian envoy to Sri Lanka, Gopal Bagley, became the first foreign diplomat to call on the newly-elected PM to discuss future plans of cooperation. Indian naval base in Goa last week repaired a Sri Lankan air force plane, which had developed a snag, in what won huge praises in Colombo.

(Economic times, 18 August, 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International August 9th 2020

Anti Bharat activity by Nepal

  1. नेपाल: PM केपी शर्मा ओली ने फिर छेड़ा ‘असली अयोध्या’ राग, राम मंदिर निर्माण का निर्देश
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Nepal Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli (L) (Etienne Oliveau/Getty Images)

Key points:

  1. असली अयोध्या-नकली अयोध्या को लेकर विवादित बयान देने के बाद आलोचना का शिकार हुए नेपाल के प्रधानमंत्री केपी शर्मा ओली फिलहाल अपने रुख से पीछे हटते नहीं दिख रहे हैं। यहां तक कि एक कदम आगे जाते हुए उन्होंने नेपाल के माडी में भगवान राम का जन्मस्थान बताते हुए राम मंदिर निर्माण का फैसला किया है।
  2.  उन्होंने इसके लिए स्थानीय प्रतिनिधियों को प्लान तैयार करने को कहा है जबकि अधिकारियों का मानना है कि पहले वहां के लोगों की असल समस्याएं हल की जाएं, उसके बाद राम मंदिर बनवाया जा सकता है।

( Nav Bharat Times, 9 August, 2020) News Link

Statement by Bharat about Nepal

  1. Well-established, undeniable fact’: Nepal disputes Jaishankar’s Buddha ‘greatest Indians’ remark

Key points:

  1. Nepal on Sunday responded to external affairs minister S Jaishankar’s remarks that Gautam Buddha was one of the two greatest Indians for people around the world by saying historical and archaeological evidence shows the founder of Buddhism was born in Nepalese territory.
  2. A statement issued by the Nepal foreign ministry’s spokesperson said: “It is a well-established and undeniable fact proven by historical and archaeological evidences that Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal. Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha and the fountain of Buddhism, is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites.” While talking on India’s soft power, Jaishankar had described Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi as the two “greatest Indians” who are remembered by people around the world.

( Hindustan Times, 9 August, 2020) News Link

Relation with Pakistan

  1. जम्मू और कश्मीर: पाकिस्तान ने पुंछ में फिर किया सीजफायर का उल्लंघन, भारतीय सेना दे रही मुंहतोड़ जवाब

Key points:

  1. जम्मू और कश्मीर में बॉर्डर पर पाकिस्तान की नापाक हरकत जारी है। पाकिस्तान ने पुंछ जिले के मनकोट सेक्टर में संघर्ष विराम का उल्लंघन किया है। भारतीय सेना ने जवाबी कार्रवाई की है।
  2. पाकिस्तानी सेना ने मंडाकोली, पॉकेट कांप्लेक्स और जर्मन कांप्लेक्स इलाके से शुक्रवार सुबह करीब साढ़े पांच बजे नौगाम सेक्टर में सेना की मंजिल और एमकेआर पोस्ट को निशाना बनाया। भारतीय जवानों ने गोलाबारी का मुंहतोड़ जवाब दिया था।

(Amar Ujala, 9 August, 2020) News Link

  • घुसपैठ की कोशिश नाकाम:सुरक्षाबलों ने पुंछ में घुसपैठ कर रहे एक आतंकी को मार गिराया, दो गंभीर रूप से घायल; खाने के पैकेटों में पाकिस्तानी मार्किंग मिली

Key points:

  1. जम्मू-कश्मीर के पुंछ जिले में रविवार को एलओसी से घुसपैठ की कोशिश कर रहे एक आतंकी को सुरक्षाबलों ने मार गिराया। दो की हालत गंभीर है। इलाके में अभी सर्च ऑपरेशन चलाया जा रहा है।
  2. पीआरओ लेफ्टिनेंट कर्नल देवेंद्र आनंद ने बताया कि कुछ आतंकवादी शुक्रवार को कृष्णा घाटी सेक्टर में एलओसी पार कर घुसपैठ की कोशिश कर रहे थे। इस दौरान उन्हें पकड़ने की कोशिश की गई तो उन्होंने फायरिंग शुरू की दी। जवाबी गोलीबारी में एक आतंकी ढेर हो गया और दो घायल हो गए।

(Dainik Bhaskar, 9 August, 2020) News Link

  • Indus Water Treaty meeting: India suggests video conference, Pakistan insists on talks at Attari border

Key points:

  1. India has suggested to Pakistan that the talks for discussing pending issues under the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) be held through video-conferencing in view of the coronavirus pandemic, but Islamabad has been insisting that the parleys be conducted at the Attari check post, sources said on Sunday.
  2. On Pakistan’s request, a meeting was scheduled in last week of March to discuss pending issues under the Indus Water Treaty. However, it was deferred due to current pandemic.
  3. Considering the fact that it may take some time for the situation to normalise and international travel to resume, the Indian Commissioner, in the first week of July, proposed to hold the meeting through video conference or any alternative means, sources said.

(Times Of India, 9 August, 2020) News Link

Relation With US

  1. अमेरिका में भारत के राजदूत ने भारतवंशी समुदाय से की देश को आत्मनिर्भर बनाने में भूमिका निभाने की अपील

Key points:

  1. अमेरिका में भारत के राजदूत और शीर्ष राजनयिक तरणजीत सिंह संधू ने कहा है कि अमेरिकी पश्चिमी तट का दोनों देशों के बीच द्विपक्षीय रिश्तों में विशेष स्थान है। उन्होंने क्षेत्र में भारतीय अमेरिकी समुदाय से आत्मनिर्भर भारत के लक्ष्य को हासिल करने में अहम भूमिका निभाने की अपील भी की।
  2. संधू ने पश्चिमी तट में भारतवंशी समुदाय के लोगों के साथ पहले डिजिटल संवाद के दौरान कहा कि भारतीय-अमेरिकी समुदाय की उद्यमिता वाली भावना और उच्च व अत्याधुनिक प्रौद्योगिकी में उत्कृष्टता के कारण पूरी दुनिया में प्रतिस्पर्द्धा बढ़ा रहा है। इसीलिए पश्चिमी तट का अमेरिका के साथ हमाली साझेदारी में अहम स्थान है, जहां भारतवंशी समुदाय ने अपनी अलग पहचान बनाते हुए इस क्षेत्र के आर्थिक विकास में बड़ा योगदान दिया है।
  3. उन्होंने कहा कि अमेरिका अपनी अत्याधुनिक प्रौद्योगिकी के साथ मेक इन इंडिया, डिजिटल इंडिया और स्टार्टअप इंडिया जैसे कार्यक्रमों में अहम साझेदार बन सकता है।

(Amar Ujala, 9 August, 2020) News Link