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Rising Bharat International News Feed: October 5th 2020

  1. Thailand-India Business Matching Week 2020 concluded with grand success

Key points:

  1. The Thailand-India Business Matching Week 2020 (Lifestyle Products) was held from 21-25 September 2020 (Monday – Friday). The essence of this trade platform was for SMEs, Brands & OEM suppliers from Thailand to connect with industry buyers from India to create new partnership opportunities by capturing the robust demand for trendy lifestyle products from Thailand.
  2. More than 300 business matching meetings took place during the period of this business matching event and Indian buyers were positive about the quality of products brought to the table by the Thai exhibitors.
  3. On the sidelines of the Thai-India Business Matching Week 2020, Mr. Tananon Praichan, President, Institute for Small and Medium Enterprises Development (ISMED), Thailand, said, “India and Thailand will be more open to find more business opportunities and understand each other better. We strongly believe that Thailand – India Business Matching Week will help find “real entrepreneurs” to grow India-Thailand trade and economy. I am happy to say that we got an incredibly positive feedback from the participants. I would like to use this opportunity to thanks OSMEP and Worldex for their support and incredible teamwork.”
  4. The Thailand-India Business Matching Week will bridge the demand-supply gap by boosting manufacturing and trading opportunities for Indian entrepreneurs. With India as a key business partner for Thailand, bilateral trade has increased 8 times since 2000 to reach US$ 12.12 billion in 2019 due to reduced tariff rates and new initiatives adopted by both countries.

(APN News, 5 October, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Afghanistan
  • Afghan refugees in India cast adrift amid coronavirus pandemic

Key points:

  1. Afghanistan’s top negotiator for intra-Afghan talks Abdullah Abdullah will visit India and start his four-day trip from October 6. He as the Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation represents the Afghan govt in talks with Taliban which started in September in Doha.
  2. Joint Secretary, PAI or Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran division of Ministry of External Affairs, JP Singh had met him on the sidelines of the beginning of the intra-Afghan ceremony on September 12 in Doha.At the ceremony, India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had said, “Interests of minorities, women and vulnerable sections of society must be preserved and the issue of violence across the country and its neighbourhood has to be effectively addressed.”
  3. New Delhi is Afghanistan’s major development partner and has built number infrastructure projects in the country like India-Afghanistan friendship dam in the western province of Herat and the Afghan Parliament in capital Kabul.

(DW, 5 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Bhutan
  • Drawing competition held along Indo-Bhutan Border to observe Wildlife WeekKey points:
  • Indian and Bhutanese carriers are now permitted to operate services between India and Bhutan.
  • The Ministry of Civil Aviation has added more destinations, including Bhutan and Kenya, to the list of countries where Indians can fly. Air bubbles between India and Bhutan and India and Kenya have now become operational, with national carriers of all three nations aiming to restore commercial passenger services to pre-pandemic level.

(Sentinelassam, 5 Ocotber 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Bangladesh
  1. Tripura critical to India-Bangladesh ties: Indian envoy-designate to Bangladesh

Key points:

  1. The Northeast of India is “central” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of “stronger, resilient and modern” India, and “Tripura is the gateway of the Northeast”, he told reporters after meeting Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Saturday.
  2. Indian High Commissioner-designate to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami has visited Tripura and a number of connectivity projects between India and Bangladesh before his scheduled arrival in Dhaka tomorrow.
  3. “As we develop our relationship with Bangladesh, our most important neighbouring country, it is going to be of great value to both the countries if our connectivity, travel, trade and people to people ties grow. To achieve this, Tripura is critical, that’s why I am here,” Doraiswami said..

(The Daily Start, 5 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with African countries
    • PDS rice from Andhra Pradesh worth crores exported to Africa, Malaysia

Key points:

  1. It is in this context that India’s health sector partnerships with Africa need to be seen, which have the potential to build and strengthen a key pillar of the African economic success story and to gain from it. Over the years, Lines of credit (LoCs) have emerged as a key instrument of India’s economic diplomacy, along with Grant assistance, Small Development Projects (SDP), Technical Consultancy, Disaster Relief, and Humanitarian aid, as well as capacity-building programmes for civilian and military training under Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC).
  2. Earlier research by ORF showed that India’s recent development cooperation strategy through its Indian Development and Economic Assistance Scheme (IDEAS) stressed on the principle of “development partnership” for “mutual benefit” with specific aims of promoting India’s exports, opening new markets for Indian companies, and securing natural resources, food, and energy.
  3. Africa has the largest number of  Indian LoCs but in terms of value, the largest proportion was offered to countries in India’s neighbourhood. The sectoral composition of India’s LoCs are dominated by projects range from drinking water schemes to irrigation, solar electrification, power plants, transmission lines, cement plants, technology parks, and railway infrastructure. While India is a major player in the African pharmaceutical scene, the quantum of LOCs directly linked to the health system have been relatively low.

(orfonline, 5 October 2020) News Link

  • European countries
  1. Indian diaspora opposes BJP MP Tejasvi Surya as speaker at Germany conference, call him ‘bigoted’

Key points:

  1. Indians in Germany, among various other organisations and collectives, have asked the consul general in Hamburg to remove Bharatiya Janata Party MP Tejasvi Surya from a startup conference speaker’s list, saying that a polarising figure like him should not find a safe haven in Europe, TwoCircles.net reported on Sunday.
  2. “It brings into question the spirit with which the event is conducted whether it is for all Indians or only for those who endorse or are fine with the polarising, abhorrent and dehumanising views held by Tejaswi Surya, which goes against the diverse community of Indians in Germany. It is extremely concerning to see an official platform is being given for such a controversial figure which will achieve nothing but further division and right-wing radicalisation on the German soil.”- The letter
  3. They pointed out that Surya believes that anyone opposed to the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “anti-India”, including Opposition leaders. “One wonders what then is democracy if the voices of Opposition and dissent are stifled,” the letter read. “Such statements bring shame to the largest democracy on global level.”
  4. Surya had also called those criticising the citizenship law as “uneducated, illiterate, and puncture-wallahs”, they wrote. The Bengaluru South MP had made the remarks to loud applause at the Town Hall in the city last year.

(Scroll, 5 October, 2020) News Link

  1. Vijay Mallya extradition: Not aware of ‘secret proceedings’ by UK court, govt tells SC

Key points:

  1. The Centre is not aware of the ‘secret’ ongoing proceedings of in the UK which are delaying Mallya’s extradition, the ministry of external affairs told Supreme Court
  2. The UK government can not set a timeline for extradition of Vijay Mallya, the British High Commissioner Sir Philip Barton earlier told

(Live Mint,5 October 2020) News Link

  • SpiceJet to operate India-UK flights from Dec 4

Key points:

  1. Budget carrier SpiceJet will launch non-stop flights connecting Delhi and Mumbai with London’s Heathrow airport starting December 4.
  2. Accordingly, SpiceJet will become the first Indian low-cost airline to operate flights to UK.
  3. These flights will operate under the air bubble agreement with UK.”The airline will operate thrice-a-week to London including twice from Delhi and once-a-week from Mumbai,” the airline said in a statement.

(Manfn,5 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with US
  1. India-US 2 plus 2 on Oct 26-27, geospatial pact BECA to be signed

Key points:

  1. The third India-US two plus two dialogue is expected to take place here on October 26-27 with the Narendra Modi government ready to sign the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) for geo-spatial cooperation. The last of four military communication foundational agreements, BECA is an important precursor to India acquiring armed drones such as the MQ-9B from the US as the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) uses spatial data for pinpointed strikes on enemy targets.
  2. The India-US interaction at the ministerial level will expand sharply this month with external affairs minister S Jaishankar meeting his US counterpart Mike Pompeo at the Quad security dialogue in Tokyo on October 6.
  3. While the dates for the two plus two are being finalised, the signing of BECA will be a very significant development as it allows India to use global geo-spatial maps of the US for accuracy of stand-off weapons like cruise and ballistic missiles.
  4. The situation in Afghanistan will be discussed during the two plus two with India circumspect about peace in Kabul despite fully understanding the American decision to withdraw after 19 years. Even though India engaged the Taliban leadership at the Doha dialogue in September, it wants the Sunni conservative group to reduce violence in Afghanistan so that the country remains a republic and does not become an Islamic Emirate.

(Hindustan Times, 5 October 2020) News Link

  • US bars communists, but new norms not applicable to India

Key points:

  1. Members of the Communist Party and its affiliated organisations are barred from seeking immigration to the US, says new policy guidance from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  2. It does not seem to apply to members of the communist parties in India. A subsequent clause makes it clear that the targets are ruling communist parties in “totalitarian regimes”, such as China, Cuba and North Korea. The policy says the norm applies to members of a single political party, “organised on a dictatorial basis, with so close an identity with its governmental policies that the party and the government constitute an indistinguishable unit”. No communist party in India makes that cut.

(Tribune India, 5 October 2020) News Link

  • Welspun India Rating: buy; revival of US demand boosts outlook for firm

Key points:

  1. Members of the Communist Party and its affiliated organisations are barred from seeking immigration to the US, says new policy guidance from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  2. It does not seem to apply to members of the communist parties in India. A subsequent clause makes it clear that the targets are ruling communist parties in “totalitarian regimes”, such as China, Cuba and North Korea. The policy says the norm applies to members of a single political party, “organised on a dictatorial basis, with so close an identity with its governmental policies that the party and the government constitute an indistinguishable unit”. No communist party in India makes that cut.

(Tribune India, 5 October 2020) News Link

  • Goldilocks: How US Fed’s AIT framework could help India

Key points:

  1. India along with Indonesia and Philippines will be among the best placed economies in Asia as the region transitions from below-trend growth to a new “Goldilocks” phase in 2021.
  2. “Indeed, we think India, Indonesia, and the Philippines look better placed in this “Goldilocks” environment. They benefit most from the Fed’s AIT given their savings deficit. Vaccine availability would also go further in reducing risk aversion. Their higher structural growth and the potential for them to be relative beneficiaries from supply chain relocation could also enable them to take bigger strides in the recovery path”, Morgan Stanley said.
  3. These will also benefit more from vaccine availability as these have lagged in Covid-19 containment. The institutional responses to contain Covid-19 have been less effective in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines, so the potential for vaccine availability in 4Q20 and 1Q21 could go further in improving mobility and risk aversion by consumers and companies for these economies, compared to other parts of Asia ex Japan, it said.

(Sify, 5 October 2020) News Link

  1. हम दोनों मोर्चों पर जंग समेत किसी भी संघर्ष के लिए तैयार, हमारी क्षमताओं ने विरोधियों को चौंकाया: वायुसेना प्रमुख

Key points:

  1. आरकेएस भदौरिया ने कहा, हमने राफेल, चिनूक, अपाचे का परिचालन किया है और उन्हें रिकॉर्ड समय में संचालन की हमारी अवधारणा के साथ एकीकृत किया है। अगले 3 साल में हम राफेल और एलसीए मार्क 1 स्क्वाड्रन को पूरी ताकत के साथ चालू करेंगे। साथ ही अतिरिक्त मिग-29 का ऑर्डर दिया जाएगा, जो वर्तमान बेड़े में शामिल होगा। 
  2. उन्होंने कहा, राफेल के आने से वायुसेना की ताकत बढ़ी है और ये हमें आगे तक मजबूत करेगा। इसकी मदद से हम जल्दी और ठोस कार्रवाई कर पाएंगे। अगले पांच साल में तेजस, कॉम्बैट हेलिकॉप्टर, ट्रेनर एयरक्राफ्ट समेत कई अन्य ताकतवर हथियार वायुसेना की ताकत बनेंगे। 

(Amar Ujala, 5 October 2020) News Link.

Rising Bharat National News Feed: September 29th 2020

  1. जम्मूकश्मीर में शादी करने वाली बाहरी राज्यों की महिलाओं को भी मिलेगा डोमिसाइल, नियमों में जल्द होगा बदलाव

Key points:

  1. जम्मू-कश्मीर डोमिसाइल नियमों में जल्द बदलाव होगा। इसके लिए केंद्र शासित सरकार जल्द ही संशोधन आदेश जारी करेगी। इसके तहत बाहरी राज्यों की जम्मू कश्मीर में शादी करने वाली महिलाओं को भी डोमिसाइल मिल सकेगा। साथ ही माता-पिता में किसी एक के भी पीआरसी धारक होने पर बच्चों को डोमिसाइल प्रमाणपत्र मिलेगा। यह जानकारी केंद्रीय मंत्री डॉ. जितेंद्र सिंह ने दी। 
  2. बताते हैं कि डोमिसाइल प्रमाणपत्र जारी करने वाले अधिकारियों की ओर से ऐसे आवेदनों को अस्वीकृत किए जाने के बाद यह पहल शुरू हुई। मई में जारी आदेश में ऐसी महिलाओं के लिए भी कोई प्रावधान नहीं था जो रहने वाली तो दूसरे राज्यों की हैं, लेकिन उन्होंने यहां के पीआरसी धारक से शादी की है। आवेदन इस वजह से भी अस्वीकृत किए जा रहे हैं कि संबंधित दस्तावेज में पिता का पीआरसी नहीं लगा है। माता के पीआरसी को वैध दस्तावेज नहीं माना जा रहा है। 
  3. प्रदेश में अब तक 18.52 लाख डोमिसाइल प्रमाणपत्र बन चुके हैं। इसके लिए 21.99 लाख आवेदन प्राप्त किए गए हैं। सरकार ने 18 मई को डोमिसाइल प्रमाणपत्र संबंधी नियम जारी किए थे। इसमें गैर प्रांत के लोगों के साथ ही केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों को भी हकदार बनाया गया था। नए कानून के अनुसार 15 साल तक प्रदेश में रहने वाले बाहरी लोगों को भी डोमिसाइल प्रमाणपत्र जारी हो सकता है। अनुच्छेद 370 हटने से पहले केवल स्टेट सब्जेक्ट धारकों को ही जमीन खरीदने तथा सरकारी नौकरी पाने का हक था।

(Amar Ujala, 29 September 2020) News Link

  • POJK
  • गिलगितबाल्टिस्तान चुनाव का भारत ने किया विरोध, कहापाक खाली करे कब्जे वाला क्षेत्र

Key points:

  1. भारत ने पाकिस्तान के कब्जे वाले कश्मीर में स्थित गिलगित-बाल्टिस्तान में होने वाले चुनावों को लेकर कड़ा विरोध दर्ज करवाया है। पाकिस्तान ने यहां विधानसभा चुनाव का एलान किया है, जो 15 नवंबर को होने जा रहा है। भारत का कहना है कि रणनीतिक रूप से गिलगित-बाल्टिस्तान क्षेत्र भारत के केंद्र शासित प्रदेश जम्मू-कश्मीर का हिस्सा है, जिसपर पाकिस्तान ने अवैध रूप से कब्जा किया हुआ है। 
  2. विदेश मंत्रालय ने एक बयान जारी कर कहा, हमने 15 नवंबर, 2020 को होने वाले तथाकथित गिलगित-बाल्टिस्तान विधानसभा के लिए चुनावों की घोषणा के बारे में रिपोर्ट देखी है। हम पाकिस्तान के इस कदम का कड़ा विरोध जताते हैं। 
  3. बयान में कहा गया कि भारत इस बात को फिर से दोहराता है कि केंद्रशासित प्रदेश जम्मू-कश्मीर और लद्दाख के साथ-साथ गिलगित-बाल्टिस्तान का क्षेत्र 1947 से ही भारत का अभिन्न अंग हैं। पाकिस्तान सरकार के पास अवैध रूप से और जबरन उसके कब्जे वाले क्षेत्रों पर कोई अधिकार नहीं है।
  4. बयान में कहा गया, भारत सरकार ने तथाकथित ‘गिलगित-बाल्टिस्तान (चुनाव और कार्यवाहक सरकार) संशोधन आदेश 2020’ जैसे हालिया कार्यों को भी पूरी तरह से खारिज कर दिया है। नई दिल्ली इस्लामाबाद द्वारा अपने अवैध और जबरन कब्जे के तहत क्षेत्रों की स्थिति में परिवर्तन लाने के प्रयास का विरोध करता है। 
  5. इसमें कहा गया, इस तरह की कार्रवाई न तो पाकिस्तान द्वारा जम्मू-कश्मीर और लद्दाख केंद्रशासित प्रदेशों के कुछ हिस्सों पर अवैध कब्जे को छिपा सकती है और न ही पिछले सात दशकों से पाकिस्तान के कब्जे वाले इलाकों में रहने वाले लोगों के स्वतंत्रता के उल्लंघन और शोषण को।
  6. बयान में कहा गया, ये दिखावटी चुनाव पाकिस्तान द्वारा इसके अवैध कब्जे वाले क्षेत्र में अपनी सेना को तैनात करने के लिए है। हम पाकिस्तान से अपने अवैध कब्जे के तहत सभी क्षेत्रों को तुरंत खाली करने का आह्वान करते हैं।

(Amar Ujala, 29 September, 2020) News Link

  • Construction of dams in PoK, Gilgit-Baltistan by Pak-China are illegal: Activist to UN

Key points:

  1. A political activist from Pakistan occupied Kashmir lambasted on Pakistan and China for constructing mega dams in the occupied territories during the 45th Session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on September 28. Nasir Aziz Khan, Central spokesperson of United Kashmir People’s National Party said in his intervention, “Plundering of natural resources in disputed areas of so-called Azad Kashmir (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) and Gilgit-Baltistan deprived people from their own natural wealth. Kashmiris are owner of rivers and water but Islamabad is constructing mega dams without consultation of local population. Pakistan and China signed agreements to construct Azad Pattan and Kohala Hydropower Projects which will be built on Jhelum River in so called Azad Kashmir,” said Khan.

(Times of India, 29 September 2020) News Link

  • Illegal arrest, torture of activist who removed Pakistani flag in PoK raised at UNHRC

Key points:

  1. Exiled political leaders from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) have raised the issue of abduction, torture and harassment of activists and journalists by Pakistani agencies at the illegally occupied region during the ongoing 45th Session of UN Human Rights Council in Genava. Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, the chairman of United Kashmir People’s National Party during his intervention raised the issue of British Kashmiri Journalist Tanveer Ahmed, who was arrested and tortured by Pakistani agencies for protesting against hoisting Pakistani flag in PoK.
  2. At the behest of Pakistan, the local administration brutally beaten, arrested and jailed him.
  3. In Gilgit Baltistan peaceful political activists Baba Jan Iftikhar Hussain and their colleagues were trailed under Anti Terrorist Act and were awarded 40 to 90 years imprisonment. We urge upon HRC to put pressure on Islamabad for immediate and unconditional release of all activists’, said Shaukat Ali Kashmiri.

(DNA India, 29 September 2020) News Link

  1. AICTE नई शिक्षा नीति के मुताबिक सिलेबस का स्ट्रक्चर बदलेगा, ग्रेजुएशन और पोस्ट ग्रेजुएशन के कोर्सेस में मल्टीपल एंट्री का ऑप्शन भी होगा

Key points:

  1. ऑल इंडिया काउंसिल फॉर टेक्निकल एजुकेशन (AICTE) देश भर में संचालित हो रहे टूरिज्म और हॉस्पिटेलिटी मैनेजमेंट के कोर्सेस के सिलेबस में बदलाव करने जा रहा है। ये बदलाव पिछले महीने जारी हुई नई शिक्षा नीति के मुताबिक किए जाएंगे।
  2. टूरिज्म हॉस्पिटेलिटी मैनेजमेंट कोर्स से जुड़े बड़े बदलावों के लिए AICTE में एक अलग बोर्ड है। इसका नाम है ऑल इंडिया बोर्ड ऑफ टूरिज्म एंड हॉस्पिटेलिटी मैनेजमेंट ( AIBTHM)। यही बोर्ड सिलेबस के स्ट्रक्चर को बदलेगा।
  3. टूरिज्म और हॉस्पिटेलिटी सेक्टर के सभी यूजी-पीजी कोर्स को अब मल्टी – डिसिप्लिनरी बनाया जाएगा। साथ ही हर कोर्स में मल्टीपल एग्जिट ऑप्शन भी जोड़े जाएंगे। इन बदलावों को लागू करने के लिए बोर्ड ने एक्सपर्ट्स की एक कमेटी भी गठित कर ली है।

(Dainik Bhaskar, 29 September 2020) News Link

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 National News Feed: September 1st 2020

  • Measures taken by Centre
  1. All necessary arrangements in place for complete adherence of social distancing in view of JEE, NEET exams: Lucknow DM

Key points:

  1. District Magistrate of Lucknow Abhishek Prakash said that all necessary arrangements are in place for complete adherence of social distancing in view of JEE and NEET exams.
  2. Students have to wear masks and sanitization of the examination centre will take place before every shift.
  3. JEE exam will be held at 9 centres of Lucknow between 1st to 6th September.

(News on Air, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • A&N Administration allows relaxations outside containment zones under unlock-4

Key points:

  1. Andaman & Nicobar Administration has provided many relaxations outside containment zones under unlock-4.
  2. All commercial activities like shops, private offices, work places and markets are now allowed to open.
  3. However, their timings have been fixed from 8:30 in the morning till 6:30 in the evening. In Nicobar district, shops are allowed to open from 7 AM to 2 PM.
  4. Petrol pumps, hotels and restaurants, private clinics, nursing homes, ATMs and medical stores will remain functional till 9:30 in the evening.
  5. Auto, taxi, jeep and state transport buses will be operating from today.

(News on Air, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Uttar Pradesh
  1. UP: 13 new biosafety second generation coronavirus testing labs launched

Key points:

  1. In a boost to coronavirus testing, the state got 13 new BSL-2 standards which started functioning in various districts yesterday.
  2. With this, the state’s capacity of undertaking RT-PCR tests will go up by 5,000 per day. The state is already conducting an average of 1.5 lakh Covid-19 tests per day of which about 50% are RT-PCR.
  3. The Chief Minister said on the occasion that till we develop any vaccine or medical for Covid-19, testing is the only weapon to fight against this pandemic. Every person engaged in testing is a true corona warrior. It is because of testing that we have been able to keep Covid-19 positivity and death rates under control.
  4. The new labs include 10 in the public sector and the remaining three at private medical colleges.

(News on Air, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Lucknow metro to start its services from 7th September with UV system sanitized tokens

Key points:

  1. In a special interview with AIR, Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Kumar Keshav said that there will be special seating arrangements inside the metro trains and yellow markings will be on the platforms and ticketing area so that social distancing is maintained.
  2. He told that every train and all station premises will be sanitized in night time while there will be special sanitization drives during day time also.
  3. Kumar Keshav said that the whole fleet of Metro trains will come on track from the very first day and passengers will not have to face any delays in getting the trains. Special arrangement of sanitizers will be there on the platforms and awareness campaigns will also be launched for the passengers so that contactless travel can be possible.

(News on Air, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Delhi
  1. Third Sero Survey to find out prevalence of antibodies against Coronavirus begins in National Capital

Key points:

  1. The third round of monthly sero-prevalence survey in the national capital will begin today. The sample size this time is likely to be about 17 thousand.
  2. The last sero-prevalence survey was held from 1st to 7th August, according to which antibodies against COVID-19 infection were found in 29.1 per cent of people surveyed in the national capital.
  3. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain while announcing the results of the August survey, had told that 15 thousand representative samples were taken from 11 districts and the next exercise to begin from 1st September.
  4. The Minister had informed that prevalence of antibodies found in men was 28.3 per cent and 32.2 per cent in women.
  5. Sero-prevalence of antibodies found in age groups of less than 18 was 34.7 per cent, in 18-50 years 28.5 per cent, and 31.2 per cent in 50 years and above.

(News on Air, 31 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Gujarat
  1. 38,167 students to appear in JEE-NEET exams across 32 buildings in 13 districts in Gujarat

Key points:

  1. Mr. Chudasama said that the State has already conducted GUJCET examinations and supplementary examinations of class 10th and 12th successfully in recent times. Similarly, JEE-NEET exams will also conclude smoothly.
  2. He said that social distancing and mask wearing is compulsory. Students will be tested for temperature before their appearance in examination. Mr. Chudasama said that district collectors, DDOs, health and police staff will be involved to ensure smooth conduct of examinations.

(News on Air, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Tamil Nadu
  1. Elaborate arrangements made in all major temples of Tamil Nadu for darshan

Key points:

  1. Elaborate arrangements have been made in all major temples of Tamil Nadu including the iconic Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple for devotees to have darshan.
  2. Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple clarified that people are being allowed inside the temple in small groups. Sanitizers have been made available at entrances for devotees. The darshan timings have been fixed from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm.

(News on Air, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • A fifth of Chennai people exposed to COVID: Sero survey

Key points:

  1. The sample size was around 12,000 to detect a sero- prevalence of 2 per cent, for a relative precision of 20 per cent design effect of 2.5 and for 95 percent confidence interval.
  2. Of the individuals tested, 2,673 individualshad evidence of past SARS-CoV-2.
  3. “The reading (inference) is 21.5 per cent of Chennai’s population reached the immunity levels by July-end,” GCC commissioner G Prakash told reporters.

(PTI, 29 August 2020) News Link

  • Ram Mandir Vyavastha
  1. अयोध्या में राममंदिर का नक्शा पास होने में खर्च होंगे 2.75 करोड़ रुपये

Key points:

  1. विकास शुल्क 13 हजार वर्ग मीटर के कवर्ड एरिया पर लगेगा। विकास प्राधिकरण के नियमों के अनुरूप विकास शुल्क 472 रुपये प्रति वर्ग मीटर है।
  2. इस मद के शुल्क में लगभग 61 लाख 36 हजार रुपये आएंगे। इसमें धार्मिक संस्था को 65 प्रतिशत छूट का भी प्राविधान है लेकिन छूट का फैसला प्राधिकरण बोर्ड की बैठक में होगा। इसके साथ ही मजदूरी शुल्क भी लगेगा जो कुल निर्माण राशि का एक प्रतिशत होगा। इसके अलावा प्राधिकरण अपने पर्यवेक्षण कार्य के लिए भी शुल्क लेगा। साथ ही नक्शा ले-आउट का शुल्क भी प्रति स्क्वायर मीटर के हिसाब से जमा होगा।

(Amar Ujala, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Meghalaya
  1. Contactless entry into tourist spots in Meghalaya

Key points:

  1. The Meghalaya Tourism department will soon come out with a ‘Check into Nature App’ for online booking of tickets and contactless entry into tourist spots, three of which, including Ward’s Lake and Elephant Falls in the state capital and Nehru Park at Umiam (Barapani) were re-opened on a trial basis for local visitors from Tuesday.
  2. “Online ticketing and pre-booking of entry tickets is encouraged to avoid crowding at ticket counters while in the initial phase manual tickets can be issued to strictly enforce social distancing and to not exceed the capacity as defined for each tourist destination,” Commissioner and Secretary, Tourism Dr. Vijay Kumar, said.
  3. “Based on the carrying capacity, tickets may be issued for defined timeslots (x number of visitors for a defined timeslot for example 1 hour). The duration of opening of the tourist destination should be published and defined,” it said.
  4. Further, the SOP stated that all tourists including drivers shall be strictly screened using thermal gun/scanner by designated trained person at entry by holding the scanner 3 to 15 cm away from the person’s forehead and anybody having fever (equal to more than 37.50C/99.50F), cold, cough, sore throat, difficulty in breathing shall not be allowed entry and should immediately report to the concerned authorities. They should be politely asked to return, the SOP added.

(Nagaland Post, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Punjab
  1. DC orders special drive for testing of those above 60 years of age

Key points:

  1. Kapurthala, Sep 1 (UNI) Deputy Commissioner Kapurthala Deepti Uppal said that a special campaign would be launched by the Health, Civil Administration, Police, Anganwadi Workers, Asha Workers and Guardian of Governance in rural and urban areas to curb the deaths due to Corona in the district.
  2. There will be more focus on testing people over the age of 60.

(UNI, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Himachal Pradesh
  1. HP CM advises doctors to be cautious while treating asymptomatic COVID patients

Key points:

  • Shimla, Sep 1 (UNI) HP Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday directed Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers to ensure that doctors and other para medical staff involved in treating of COVID patients use proper protection, while attending to the patients.
  • The CM, through video conferencing from Shimla, said that asymptomatic patients should strictly be kept in home isolation.
  • Better quarantine facilities must also be provided for doctors and other para medical staff. He said that industrial units must be asked to create their own quarantine facilities with a minimum 10 percent of total strength of their employees. He said that small industrial units must be encouraged to create such facilities by pooling in their resources.

(UNI, 1 September 2020) News Link