LIVE: India wants peace, friendship, but sovereignty is supreme, says Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during one of his virtual address. Photo: PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said not an inch of land was lost and no one occupied our territory. He was speaking at the all-party meeting that was  called to discuss situation along LAC after Galwan clashes.

 
"India wants peace and friendship, but won't compromise on our security. Our patrolling capacity has increased due to newly built infrastructure," the PM added.

 
Indian and Chinese military talks at Galwan valley over clashes along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh region ended on a positive note on Thursday. But nothing seems to have moved on the ground. The talks between the two countries' militaries will continue today.

Stay tuned with Business Standard for all the latest updates

 


2:51 AM IST With tension growing at the India-China border, the government is actively looking for alternative sources for bulk drugs, which are used to make medicines, to avoid any crisis in the domestic market for its reliance on the hostile neighbour. Price and capacity constraints, however, would be big impediments. Read on...

2:46 AM IST Modi, like his predecessors, tried to break out of India-Pak-China triangulation and failed. Whatever he decides to do next will mean new compromises, writes Shekhar Gupta Read on...  

2:43 AM IST Ten Indian Army personnel including two Majors were released by the Chinese military on Thursday evening following three days of negotiations, people familiar with the development said in New Delhi. China said that “presently”, it has not detained any Indian soldiers, amidst reports that the Chinese military took some Indian troops captive after a deadly clash in the Galwan Valley on June 15. Read on...

12:52 AM IST There is outrage across the country against China's "dastardly act" in Ladakh and the nation is united in its desire for revenge, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Friday.   Kumar, who heads the JD(U), made the remarks at the all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).   Paying tributes to the 20 Army personnel who lost their lives in a faceoff with Chinese troops at the Galwan valley in eastern Ladakh, he pointed out that five of them hailed from Bihar.

11:58 PM IST The US on Friday criticised the Chinese Army for "escalating" the border tension with India and described the ruling Chinese Communist Party as a "rogue actor."   Launching a scathing attack on the Chinese government, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Chinese Communist Party wants to undo all the progress the free world has made through institutions like NATO and adopt a new set of rules and norms that accommodate Beijing.   "The PLA (People's Liberation Army) has escalated border tensions with India, the world's most populous democracy. It's militarising the South China Sea and illegally claiming more territory there, threatening vital sea lanes," Pompeo said, a day after he expressed deep condolences to India on the death of 20 soldiers in violent clashes with Chinese troops at Galwan Valley in Ladakh early in the week.   In his virtual address on "Europe and the China Challenge" during the 2020 Copenhagen Democracy Summit on Friday, the top American diplomat said that for many years, the West, in an era of hope, believed they could change the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and improve the lives of the Chinese people along the way.   Along the way, the CCP took advantage of our goodwill while assuring us they wanted a cooperative relationship. As (former Chinese politician) Deng Xiaoping said 'Hide your strength, bide your time.' I've talked in other venues about why this happened. It's a complicated story. It's no one's fault," Pompeo said.

10:54 PM IST Taking note of the border skirmish that resulted in the martyrdom of our brave jawans, the IPL Governing Council has convened a meeting next week to review IPL’s various sponsorship deals

10:51 PM IST Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that 'there was no intelligence failure' in the violent face-off in Ladakh's Galwan Valley, which claimed the lives of 20 Indian Army soldiers.   "There was no intelligence failure," Singh said in the all-party meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on India-China border issue, as per sources.   In the meeting, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi asked if there was an intelligence failure.   Gandhi targetted the government over its handling of "intrusions" by China in Eastern Ladakh, saying it lost time, "failed" to use all avenues which resulted in the loss of lives of 20 soldiers in the violent face-off in Galwan Valley and asked if there was an intelligence failure.

10:25 PM IST YSR Congress Chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday said his party will fully support whatever strategy Prime Minister Narendra Modi will adopt to resolve the India-China border issue.   In the digital all-party meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, Reddy did not give any specific suggestion but expressed confidence that Modi through his diplomatic connections will find a solution to this predicament as well in an amicable manner.   "I stand by you in these testing times..I would like to convey wholehearted support of the 6 crore people of my state.All of us are behind you....

10:17 PM IST Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Friday suggested to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pursue long-term and short-term strategies to deal with the neighbouring country of China.   Rao said there should not be any hasty decisions from India and at the same time its interests need not be compromised.   This is what Telangana Rashtra Samithi president told Modi at the all-party meeting held through video conference.   "We should prepare long-term and short-term strategies to face China's aggressive attitude. There should not be any hasty act from our side under any circumstances," an official press release quoted the chief minister as saying during the meeting.  

10:12 PM IST India has completed construction of a strategically important bridge over the Galwan river in eastern Ladakh, notwithstanding strong opposition to it by the Chinese military, government sources said on Friday.   The construction of the bridge was one of the reasons behind the aggressive behaviour by China's People's Liberation Army in the region that triggered the six-week standoff between the two sides.   The 60-metre bridge is around four kilometres east of the confluence of Shyok and Galwan rivers, and links the narrow mountainous region to the Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldi road.

10:05 PM IST The all-party meeting today was enriched by the views of various esteemed leaders. It was a manifestation of PM @narendramodi’s commitment to take all political stakeholders along, when it comes to key matters involving India’s strategic interests. — Amit Shah (@AmitShah) June 19, 2020

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Galwan clash: Govt looks beyond China to source APIs

With tension growing at the India-China border, the government is actively looking for alternative sources for bulk drugs, which are used to make medicines, to avoid any crisis in the domestic market for its reliance on the hostile neighbour. Price and capacity constraints, however, would be big impediments. Read on...

Modi's strategic moment

Modi, like his predecessors, tried to break out of India-Pak-China triangulation and failed. Whatever he decides to do next will mean new compromises, writes Shekhar Gupta Read on...
 

China releases 10 Army personnel after three days of negotiations

Ten Indian Army personnel including two Majors were released by the Chinese military on Thursday evening following three days of negotiations, people familiar with the development said in New Delhi. China said that “presently”, it has not detained any Indian soldiers, amidst reports that the Chinese military took some Indian troops captive after a deadly clash in the Galwan Valley on June 15. Read on...

Nation wants revenge against China: Nitish Kumar at all-party meet

There is outrage across the country against China's "dastardly act" in Ladakh and the nation is united in its desire for revenge, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Friday.
 
Kumar, who heads the JD(U), made the remarks at the all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
 
Paying tributes to the 20 Army personnel who lost their lives in a faceoff with Chinese troops at the Galwan valley in eastern Ladakh, he pointed out that five of them hailed from Bihar.

Pompeo tears into China for 'escalating' border tension with India

The US on Friday criticised the Chinese Army for "escalating" the border tension with India and described the ruling Chinese Communist Party as a "rogue actor."
 
Launching a scathing attack on the Chinese government, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Chinese Communist Party wants to undo all the progress the free world has made through institutions like NATO and adopt a new set of rules and norms that accommodate Beijing.
 
"The PLA (People's Liberation Army) has escalated border tensions with India, the world's most populous democracy. It's militarising the South China Sea and illegally claiming more territory there, threatening vital sea lanes," Pompeo said, a day after he expressed deep condolences to India on the death of 20 soldiers in violent clashes with Chinese troops at Galwan Valley in Ladakh early in the week.
 
In his virtual address on "Europe and the China Challenge" during the 2020 Copenhagen Democracy Summit on Friday, the top American diplomat said that for many years, the West, in an era of hope, believed they could change the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and improve the lives of the Chinese people along the way.
 
Along the way, the CCP took advantage of our goodwill while assuring us they wanted a cooperative relationship. As (former Chinese politician) Deng Xiaoping said 'Hide your strength, bide your time.' I've talked in other venues about why this happened. It's a complicated story. It's no one's fault," Pompeo said.

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'No intelligence failure' in Galwan Valley face-off: Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that 'there was no intelligence failure' in the violent face-off in Ladakh's Galwan Valley, which claimed the lives of 20 Indian Army soldiers.
 
"There was no intelligence failure," Singh said in the all-party meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on India-China border issue, as per sources.
 
In the meeting, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi asked if there was an intelligence failure.
 
Gandhi targetted the government over its handling of "intrusions" by China in Eastern Ladakh, saying it lost time, "failed" to use all avenues which resulted in the loss of lives of 20 soldiers in the violent face-off in Galwan Valley and asked if there was an intelligence failure.

Will support PM on India-China border issue: Andhra CM

YSR Congress Chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday said his party will fully support whatever strategy Prime Minister Narendra Modi will adopt to resolve the India-China border issue.
 
In the digital all-party meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, Reddy did not give any specific suggestion but expressed confidence that Modi through his diplomatic connections will find a solution to this predicament as well in an amicable manner.
 
"I stand by you in these testing times..I would like to convey wholehearted support of the 6 crore people of my state.All of us are behind you....

No hasty decision should be taken against China: Telangana CM

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Friday suggested to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pursue long-term and short-term strategies to deal with the neighbouring country of China.
 
Rao said there should not be any hasty decisions from India and at the same time its interests need not be compromised.
 
This is what Telangana Rashtra Samithi president told Modi at the all-party meeting held through video conference.
 
"We should prepare long-term and short-term strategies to face China's aggressive attitude. There should not be any hasty act from our side under any circumstances," an official press release quoted the chief minister as saying during the meeting.
 

India completes construction of key bridge over Galwan river in eastern Ladakh

India has completed construction of a strategically important bridge over the Galwan river in eastern Ladakh, notwithstanding strong opposition to it by the Chinese military, government sources said on Friday.
 
The construction of the bridge was one of the reasons behind the aggressive behaviour by China's People's Liberation Army in the region that triggered the six-week standoff between the two sides.
 
The 60-metre bridge is around four kilometres east of the confluence of Shyok and Galwan rivers, and links the narrow mountainous region to the Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldi road.

All-party meeting shows PM's commitment to take all political stakeholders along: Amit Shah

India is one when it comes to national security: Amit Shah

India is seeing eye-to eye with China on every issue: PM Modi at all-party meeting

 
 
 

Our patrolling capacity has increased due to newly built infrastructure: PM Modi

Our patrolling capacity has increased due to newly built infrastructure, especially along LAC, said PM Modi at all-party meet on Ladakh face-off.

Neither have they intruded into our border, nor has any post been taken over by China: PM Modi



India should not allow entry of Chinese firms: CM Mamata

India should not allow entry of Chinese firms in telecom, railway, aviation sectors, Mamata Banerjee tells all-party meet on LAC face-off.

There was no intelligence failure: Defence minister Rajnath Singh



Wall Street rises in early trading, tracking gains worldwide

Wall Street is rallying in early trading Friday, putting the S&P 500 on pace to close out a winning week after encouraging reports raised hopes for a coming economic recovery.
 

The S&P 500 was up 1.1 per cent, following up on similar gains in European markets and more modest ones across Asia. Treasury yields also rose in a signal of improved optimism.
 

The gains were widepsread, with some 90 per cent of stocks in the S&P 500 higher, led by energy companies. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 272 points, or 1.1 per cent, at 26,346, as of 9:51 am.
 

Eastern time, and the Nasdaq composite was up 1.1 per cent.

Not the right time to question handling of situation: Akali Dal



PSBs disburse Rs 21,029-cr loan to MSMEs under credit guarantee scheme

The finance ministry on Friday said public sector banks have disbursed Rs 21,028.55 crore under the Rs 3-trillion Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) for the MSME sector reeling under stress due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
 

Public sector lenders have sanctioned loans worth Rs 40,416 crore under the 100 per cent ECLGS for the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), starting June 1.
 

The scheme is the biggest fiscal component of the Rs 20-trillion 'Self-Reliant India Mission' package announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last month.
 

"As of 18 June 2020, #PSBs have sanctioned loans worth Rs 40,416 crore under the 100% Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme, out of which Rs 21,028.55 crore has already been disbursed," Sitharaman said in a tweet.

We are with our PM, soldiers: Maharashtra CM

"We are all one. This is the feeling. We are with you, PM. We are with our forces and their families," said Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray at all-party meeting called by PM Modi.

Opposition parties not invited to all-party meet slam govt, question criteria

Opposition parties like the RJD, AAP and AIMIM reacted angrily on Friday over not being invited to the all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the situation along the India-China border and raised questions over the criteria for the invitation.
 
The Lalu Prasad-led Rashtriya Janata Dal MPs, including his daughter Misa Bharti and Manoj Jha, also staged a protest at Mahatma Gandhi's statue inside the Parliament complex and contended that despite being the chief opposition party in Bihar and the single largest party in the Assembly, it was not invited.

Was there intelligence failure on situation along LAC with China: Sonia Gandhi

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday asked the government whether there was any intelligence failure on the situation along the LAC where 20 army personnel were killed in a violent face-off with Chinese troops, and sought an assurance from the prime minister that status quo ante would be restored at the border and China will revert to its original position.

Strong action will have to be initiated against China: BJD's Pinaki Misra



Infrastructure work along the border should not stop: NPP's Conrad Sangma

NPP's Conrad Sangma on Friday said  the infrastructure work along the border should not stop.
 
"China sponsored activities in Myanmar and Bangladesh is worrying. PM has been working on North East infra and it must go on," said Sangma in the all party meeting with PM over India-China border issues: 

Nation needs assurance that status quo ante restored: Sonia Gandhi



We need to resist US efforts to drag us into their alliance: CPI's D Raja



We have full faith in the PM: Sikkim CM on India-China row

"We have full faith in the PM. In the past too, when it comes to national security, PM has taken landmark decisions," said Sikkim Krantikari Morcha chief and Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang in all party meeting chaired by PM Modi over India-China border issues.


Congress wins 2 seats from Rajasthan in Rajya Sabha elections



China lukewarm to India's emphatic win at UNSC

China on Friday gave a lukewarm response to India's election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, saying as a permanent member, it would like to enhance cooperation with all the newly-elected members of the top organ of the UN.
 

Asked for his response to India's election to the non-permanent seat of the UNSC with an overwhelming majority of 184 votes out of total 192 UN members amidst the current round of India-China military tensions, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian did not mention India by name.
 

"The UNSC is an important organ to uphold International peace and security following the UN charter," Zhao said.
 

"As a permanent member, China would like to enhance cooperation with all parties of the UNSC including the newly elected non-permanent members to jointly fulfil the responsibility given by the UN charter," he said.

No connection between ceasefire violations along LoC, Indo-China border standoff: Army

The Army on Friday said there is no connection between the Pakistan-initiated ceasefire violations along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and the situation on the Line of Actual Control with China in the Ladakh region.
 

It, however, asserted that no "misadventure" would be allowed along the borders in the union territory.
 

"The ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) are happening as per the old strategy in which it wants to push in more terrorists into the valley. If there is one entity in the world which is not happy with the peace in the valley, it is Pakistan," Lt Gen B S Raju, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Srinagar-based Chinar Corps, said.
 

"The moment there is peace in the valley, it generates violence -- both from across as ceasefire violation as well as sending instructions to entities or its proxies within the valley to generate violence," he said.
 

He was speaking at a joint press conference along with senior officers of Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Central Reserve Police Force.

PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah pay tribute to soldiers



PM Modi-chaired all party meeting underway



New portal to simplify, expedite loan for MSMEs: Minister

The Tamil Nadu government would be creating a portal soon to simplify and expedite procedures for giving bank loans to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), Local Administration Minister S P Velumani said on Friday.
 

Speaking at a meeting with senior bank officials and industrialists here, Velumani said the portal would be helpful to banks and industrialists.
 

The industrialists need not rush to the banks for loan particularly during a Covid-19 like situation, as they can file the required documents through the portal, he said.

Simplify rules for ease of doing business: Adityanath tells officials

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday directed officials to make all-out efforts to simplify the existing rules to ensure ease of doing business in the state and attract investment.
 

The chief minister also asked the infrastructure and industrial development commissioner (IIDC) to conduct a survey in industrial units for providing employment to workers, an official release issued here said.
 

Adityanath said there is a competition going on in the country for attracting investment. To ensure that maximum investment comes to Uttar Pradesh, there is a need to simplify rules.
 

He asked the officials to simplify the existing rules to ensure ease of doing business in the state and attract more and more investment.

BMW to drop 6,000 jobs through turnover, early retirement

Automaker BMW says it will drop 6,000 jobs through early retirements and turnover, as the auto industry adjusts to a sharp drop in demand due to the coronavirus outbreak.
 

The Munich-based maker of the X5 SUV and 3-Series sedan said Friday that it had agreed on the measures with employee representatives. Ways of reducing positions could include settlements with employees who are already near retirement, while younger people could get financial support for further full-time higher education with a guarantee of a job when they are done.

AAP stands with security forces: Kejriwal demands strict action against China

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said his party stands with the country and the security forces and asserted that strict action should be taken against China.
 

Speaking to media after AAP was not invited for the all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on India-China border situation, Kejriwal said, "We stand with the country and our security forces. Strict action should be taken against China."
 

Meanwhile, AAP leader Sanjay Singh criticised the BJP-led Centre for ignoring Kejriwal on a serious national issue and questioned whether it was a part of Prime Minister's 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas' motto.

Centre will have to take hard-headed decisions, says BJD ahead of all-party meet

Ahead of the all-party meeting, called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the situation at the border areas with China, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Pinaki Mishra on Friday said that the Centre will have to take some hard-headed decisions and assured that his party is standing solidly behind the government.
 

"Central govt will have to take some hard-headed decisions. On behalf of BJD and Naveen Patnaik, we intend to tell the PM that we stand solidly behind the Centre in whatever decision it takes-whether it has a political, economic, military dimension," Mishra told ANI.
 

"I have no doubt that the government will act on the best possible advice and act in the best possible way," he added.
 

Commenting upon the prospects of an all-party meeting called by PM Modi, BJD MP said, "This is the time when all the political parties come as one to fight against this 'terrible menace' on our border. I can not comment on the wisdom why PM not to choose parties like RJD and others,".

Andhra Pradesh CM, DMK chief to take part in all-party meeting

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will take part in the all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to discuss o discuss the situation along the India-China border.
 

He will take part in the meeting through video conferencing from Tadepalli camp office.
 

Earlier, Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly paid tributes to the Army personnel who laid down their lives in the line of duty in eastern Ladakh.
 

The Chief Minister said that the House pays glorious tributes to the 20 brave soldiers who laid down their lives during faceoff to safeguard the integrity and sovereignty of the country.

Sachin Pilot confident of Congress' victory in RS polls in Rajasthan

The ruling Congress in Rajasthan on Friday expressed confidence that the party will win the Rajya Sabha polls.
 

Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot claimed that efforts were made to "create confusion" and spread rumour, but the candidates nominated by the AICC are going to win.
 

"Both of our party candidates are going to win and I want to wish them in advance for their victory," he said.
 

The polling for three Rajya Sabha seats in the state started at 9 am and got over at 4 pm. The counting of votes will begin at 5 pm.

Global emergency aid delivery could end next month, UN warns

A global emergency delivery service that has kept tons of humanitarian aid flowing despite coronavirus travel restrictions could shut down next month if funding can't be found to keep it running, the World Food Program warned Friday.
 

The shortfall comes just as demand for this service is reaching its peak, WFP said.
 

Of the $965 million to keep the service going through the end of the year, $178 million has been confirmed.
 

While nations that are traditionally the world's top humanitarian donors were distracted by the growing pandemic earlier this year, the WFP, the United Nations' logistics leader, heaved the emergency operation into place with unprecedented reach.

BSE to introduce LES in gold mini, silver kilo from July 6 to boost trade

Leading stock exchange BSE will introduce liquidity enhancement scheme (LES) in two options contracts -- gold mini and silver kilo -- from July 6, a move aimed at boosting trade in these products.
 

Under the LES, brokers and other market intermediaries are given incentives for a specified period of time to bring in and generate investor interest in securities that have limited trading activity.
 

In a circular, BSE said it has "decided to introduce liquidity enhancement scheme (LES) in gold mini options and silver KG options in commodity derivatives from July 06, 2020."

Disappointing that my party was not invited to "All Party Meeting": Asaduddin Owaisi



Market Wrap | Indices extend gains, Sensex up 524 points as RIL surges over 6%

Extending their rally into the second straight day, the benchmark indices ended Friday's session with around 1.5 per cent gains, led by Reliance Industries (RIL) as the company announced it has become net debt-free, much before its original schedule of March 31, 2021. The stock rallied 6.5 per cent to end at Rs 1,764. In the process, the company scaled the market capitalisation of Rs 11 trillion. 
 
 
The S&P BSE Sensex today gained 524 points or 1.53 per cent to settle at 34,732. Of 30 stocks on the index, 18 ended in the green and rest 12 in the red. Besides RIL, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Bajaj Finance, and Bharti Airtel were the major contributors to the index's gains. 

SC reserves order on plea to not give preference to cases of influential lawyers, petitioners

The Supreme Court on Friday reserved its order on a petition seeking directions to the apex court's Secretary-General, Registrar, and officers not to give preference to cases filed by influential lawyers and petitioners.
 

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra reserved its judgement in the matter after hearing arguments from the petitioner and advocate Reepak Kansal.
 

"Why you have raised this issue?" the apex court asked the lawyer Reepak Kansal, to which, he replied that his writ petition seeking one nation one ration card was not listed. Kansal said that cases of many influential and popular lawyers were listed instead.
 

The apex court asked Kansal why he was making such reckless charges and allegations against the Registry and section officers of the apex court.

Tibetan NGOs condemn attack on Indian army, call for boycott of Chinese goods

Several Tibetan NGOs on Friday slammed China for the clash at Galwan Valley in Ladakh which left 20 Indian Army personnel dead and asked the international community to boycott Chinese-made products.
 

The Tibetan community stands with India at this hour. We condemn China's attack on Indian soldiers at the border in Ladakh, a joint statement issued in a press conference organised by the NGOs in Mcleodganj near here said.
 

We respect and honour the soldiers who lost their lives and express heartfelt tributes to their families, said the group of NGOs which included the Tibetan Youth Congress, National Democratic Party of Tibet, Students for a Free Tibet and Tibetan Women Association.
 

Now the governments and leaders from all over the world are expected to take strong action against China and their occupation policy by uniting with India," they said.

Indian Olympic Association to suspend contract with Chinese firm



Military chopper and fighter jet activity seen in Leh, Ladakh



Delhi Police to file chargesheets in Tablighi Jamaat event, Delhi riots cases

The Crime Branch of Delhi Police will file 14 chargesheets on Friday in connection with a Tablighi Jamaat event and the communal violence in northeast district in the city, officials said.
 

Twelve chargesheets will be filed at the Saket Court against 41 foreigners who attended the event in South Delhi in March, they said, news agency PTI reported.
 

The remaining chargesheets will be filed at a special court in Karkardooma in connection with the violence in North East Delhi in February.

Bravery of Indian soldiers killed in Galwan Valley will not be forgotten: US

The US Embassy here on Friday condoled the death of Indian soldiers, killed in a violent face-off with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh, and said their bravery will not be forgotten.
 

Twenty Indian Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed in clashes with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley on Monday night, the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that has significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff in the region.

Noted economist, member of 10th Finance Commission B P R Vithal passes away

Noted economist B P R Vithal, who served as a Member of the Tenth Finance Commission, died on Friday. He was 93 and is survived by his wife, daughter and two sons.
 

Vithal, a 1950-batch IAS officer, died early this morning due to old age ailments, his son Sanjay Baru, media advisor to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, told PTI.
 

Vithal had served as Secretary, finance and planning in the government of Andhra Pradesh from 1972 to 1982 and as Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Board. He was also Chairman of the Expenditure Commission, Government of Kerala.
 

Vithal had a brief stint at the International Monetary Fund as Fiscal Advisor to the governments of Sudan and Malawi. He had established the Centre for Economic and Social Studies in Hyderabad.

Rupee ends lower at 76.18/$ vs Thursday's close of 76.14 against the US dollar

The rupee settled 6 paise lower at 76.20 (provisional) against the US dollar on Friday as strengthening of the US currency and rising Covid-19 cases weighed on investor sentiment.
 

Forex traders said factors like strengthening US dollar, rising coronavirus cases and border tension between India and China dragged down the local unit, while positive domestic equities and fresh foreign fund inflows supported the rupee and restricted the decline to some extent.
 

The rupee opened at 76.28 against the US dollar, regained some lost ground and finally settled for the day at 76.20 against the US dollar, down 6 paise over its previous close.

China has not seized any Indian personnel: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson



Delhi HC asks to submit scheme provision for education, living in orphanages

Delhi High Court on Friday issued notice to Centre and Delhi government on a Public interest litigation (PIL) seeking direction to submit a detailed scheme provision for the education, living and other prospects of life for children living in orphanages.

The matter is listed for July 2.

Of the 49 new recruits into ranks of terrorist tanzims, 27 have been neutralised: Army

Of the 49 new recruits who got enrolled into ranks of terrorist tanzims,27 have been neutralised. It doesn't give us any pleasure to neutralise these boys but if anybody takes up arms and causes harm to others, we'll do what we're doing, said GOC 15 Corps Lt Gen Baggavalli Somashekar Raju.

 

We have neutralised eight terrorists in two different operations, says army

GOC 15 Corps Lt Gen Baggavalli Somashekar Raju said the army have neutralised eight terrorists in two different operations on encounters in Pampore's Meej & Shopian's Munand in Jammu and Kashmir.

MLAs of Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) are united & we are very sure to win lone Rajya Sabha seat: Meghalaya CM

Galwan Valley clash: Body of fallen soldier reaches home in Bengal

Hundreds of people gathered at the residence of Sepoy Rajesh Orang to pay their last respects to the soldier after his mortal remains reached his Belgoria village in West Bengal's Birbhum district on Friday morning.
 
Orang was among the 20 Indian soldiers and one of the two from West Bengal to have been killed in a clash with Chinese troops in Galwan Valley of Ladakh on June 15.
 
The Army cortege arrived from the Panagarh military hospital, where the body of Sepoy Orang was kept for the night after a military aircraft brought it from Leh via Chandigarh on Thursday evening, an Army spokesperson said.

Forest fire triggers landmine blasts along LoC in J&K's Poonch

A massive forest fire broke out along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district triggering some landmine blasts on Friday, sources said.
 
There was a forest fire which spread along the LoC in the Mankote sector. Few landmines exploded due to it, they said.
 
Forest officials and the army are working to douse the fire, they said.
 
Landmines are planted by the security forces to prevent infiltration from across the border.

Chinese attack in Galwan was pre-planned, tweets Rahul Gandhi

Delhi Police Crime Branch is filing 14 chargesheets at Saket Court today. Out of these 14 chargesheets, 12 are related to Tablighi Jamaat against 41 accused and two are related to Northeast Delhi violence against suspended AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain: Delhi Police

RJD is the largest party in Bihar & it has 5 MPs in the parliament but we have not been invited to today's all-party meeting on India-China face-off: Tejashwi Yadav

We want Rajnath Singh to clarify as to why RJD hasn't been invited: Bihar Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy cast his vote for the Rajya Sabha election

Rajya Sabha election: Voting underway in Meghalaya

Uttarakhand: Locals protest against China at Niti village near India-Tibet border in Chamoli district

Coronavirus in India: Five most affected states by cases

Maharashtra (120,504)
Tamil Nadu (52,334)
Delhi (49,979)
Gujarat (25,601)
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One more terrorist has been eliminated by security forces in Munand area of Shopian district, Jammu and Kashmir. So far, five terrorists have been killed in the operation which is still underway: PRO Defence, Srinagar

Congress will win one seat in the Rajya Sabha Election from Madhya Pradesh

In 13 hikes, petrol price raised by Rs 7.11 per litre and diesel by Rs 7.67

Petrol price on Friday was hiked by 56 paise per litre and diesel by 63 paise a litre, taking the cumulative increase in rates to Rs 7.11 and Rs 7.67 per litre respectively in less than two weeks.
 
Petrol price in Delhi was hiked to Rs 78.37 per litre from Rs 77.81, while diesel rates were increased to Rs 77.06 a litre from Rs 76.43, according to a price notification of state oil marketing companies.

Reliance is now net debt-free after Rs 1.69 trillion fund raising: Mukesh Ambani

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani on Friday announced that his oil-to-telecom conglomerate Reliance Industries is now net debt-free after raising a record Rs 1.69 trillion from global investors and a rights issue in under two months.
 
Reliance raised Rs 1.15 trillion from global tech investors by selling a little less than a quarter of the firm's digital arm, Jio Platforms Ltd, and another Rs 53,124.20 crore through a rights issue in the past 58 days.
 
Taken together with last year's sale of 49 per cent stake in fuel retailing venture to BP Plc of UK for Rs 7,000 crore, the total fund raised is in excess of Rs 1.7 trillion, the company said in a statement.

Pinaki Misra to represent BJD in all-party meeting called by PM Modi on Ladakh standoff

The BJD has nominated its leader in the Lok Sabha Pinaki Misra to represent it in the all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the situation along the India-China border.
 
In a letter written to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo Naveen Patnaik said Misra, the party's leader in the Lok Sabha will represent it.

Two more militants killed in encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama

Two militants were killed on Friday in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, taking the number of ultras killed in the overnight operation to three, police said.
 
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Meej in Pampore area of Pulwama in South Kashmir on Thursday morning after receiving specific information about the presence of militants there, a police official said.
 
He said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants fired upon a search party of the forces, who retaliated.
 
One militant was killed in the gunfight on Thursday, but two ultrasentered a nearby mosque to take refuge inside it, the official said.

White House fights to block Bolton's book; Trump calls him 'sick puppy'

Donald Trump once again took to social media on Thursday to lash out at his former national security adviser John Bolton over the latter's controversial book, which is soon to hit shelves, containing damaging allegations against the US president.
 
The book, titled "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir", sparked furore even before being published, as US media released excerpts where Trump is depicted as easily manipulated by foreign leaders. Trump has previously strongly condemned the book and the former adviser, whom he called a "disgruntled boring fool".
 
"Bolton's book, which is getting terrible reviews, is a compilation of lies and made up stories, all intended to make me look bad. Many of the ridiculous statements he attributes to me were never made, pure fiction. Just trying to get even for firing him like the sick puppy he is!" the President tweeted.

US jobless claims total 1.5 mn last week despite reopening amid Covid-19

The number of initial jobless claims in the United States totalled 1.5 million last week despite continuous reopening efforts across the nation, the Labor Department said.
 
In the week ending June 13, the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 58,000 from the prior week to 1,508,000, the 11th weekly decline in a row but remaining high on a historical basis, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
With the latest numbers, over 45 million initial jobless claims have been filed over the past 13 weeks as Covid-19-induced recession sent ripples through the US labor market, indicating the mounting economic fallout of the outbreak. Read on...

Congress appoints Maken, Gogoi to supervise political situation in Manipur

Amid a political crisis in Manipur, the Congress party has appointed Ajay Maken as the observer in the state. He along with AICC incharge of Manipur, Gaurav Gogoi,will reach the state on Friday in a special flight.
 
According to top sources of the party, the leaders have been asked to supervise and look after the current political situation in the state, where three BJP MLAs joined Congress, while four National People's Party (NPP) MLAs, an independent MLA and TMC MLA withdrew support to the BJP-led government in the state.

Australia says it is experiencing a 'sophisticated' state-based cyber attack

The Australian government is grappling with massive cyber attacks from what Prime Minister Scott Morrison has described as a "malicious" and "sophisticated" state-based actor.
 
Morrison revealed the existence of the attacks during a press conference on Friday, adding that a "state-based cyber actor" is "targeting Australian organizations across a range of sectors, including all levels of government, industry, political organizations, education, health, essential service providers and operators of other critical infrastructure."

Bihar: People chant 'Bharat Mata ki jai' & 'Jai Kishor amar rahe' at Sepoy Jai Kishor Singh's residence

Pilots, crew are opting for leave without pay for now

Fifty-three-year old IndiGo commander Navneet Sarin’s life has been thrown out of gear since May 25 when domestic flights in India resumed after two months of a lockdown. Far from welcoming the move, Sarin is now struggling with a huge dilemma: To fly or to to fly. Read on..

Unlocking India

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US extends deepest condolences to India for lives lost as a result of recent confrontation with China

Made-in-India remdesivir may come by end of June

Gilead’s remdesivir, the only drug with an emergency use authorisation to treat Covid-19 in the US, is expected to be widely available in the Indian market by the end of this month, sources in the know said. The drug may reduce the average time of hospital stay for Covid patients and improve their recovery time. Read on...

Gold price today: Rs 47,496 per 10 gram, silver at Rs 48,360 per kg

Gold prices in India dipped on Friday to Rs 47,496 from Rs 47, 571 per 10 grams, while silver rates rose marginally to Rs 48,360 from Rs 48,352 per kg, according to Indian Bullion and Jewellers Association.
 
The prices of gold jewellery vary across India, which is the second-largest consumer of the metal, due to excise duty, state taxes, and making charges.

PLA of China seems to have provoked clash to grab Indian territory: Senate Majority Leader

For the sake of grabbing territory, the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) of China appears to have instigated the most violent clash between the two Asian giants, a top American Senator said on Thursday.
 
On land, for the sake of grabbing territory, the PLA appears to have instigated the most violent clash between China and India since those nations went to war in 1962, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a major foreign policy speech on the floor of the House.
 
In his speech, China topped the list of countries, threatening the interest of the US and its allies.
 

China not forthcoming in Hawaii talks, but made commitment on trade: U.S. diplomat

China's attitude in talks with the United States this week in Hawaii cannot be described as forthcoming, although it did commit to following through on Phase One of the U.S.-China trade deal, the senior U.S. diplomat for East Asia said on Thursday.
 
David Stilwell, who spoke after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, in Hawaii on Wednesday, told reporters the next couple of weeks would show whether the talks were productive.
 
"The PRC (People's Republic of China) side could not be described as really forthcoming," said Stilwell.
 
"Whether or not (they) were productive … look at what comes up in the next couple of weeks. Do we see a reduction in aggressive behavior or not?"

Trump renews threat to cut ties with Beijing, a day after high-level U.S.-China talks

US President Donald Trump on Thursday renewed his threat to cut ties with China, a day after his top diplomats held talks with Beijing and his trade representative said he did not consider decoupling the U.S. and Chinese economies a viable option.
 
The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia described U.S.-China relations as "tense" after their first high-level face-to-face diplomatic talks in months, although he said Beijing did recommit to the first part of a trade deal reached this year and that coming weeks would show if there had been progress.
 
Trump has made rebalancing the massive U.S. trade deficit with China a top priority, but relations have worsened steadily as his campaign for re-election in November heats up.

Tariffs, trade barriers: How India plans to protect domestic biz from China

India plans to impose higher trade barriers and raise import duties on around 300 products from China and elsewhere, two government officials said, as part of an effort to protect domestic businesses.
 
The plan has been under review since at least April, according to a government document seen by Reuters, and is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recently announced self-reliance campaign to promote local products. Read on...

Election for 19 Rajya Sabha seats spread across eight states will be held today

Election for 19 Rajya Sabha seats spread across eight states will be held today

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