Latest News LIVE: Indian Army changes rules of engagement on LAC with China

File photo of Indian and Chinese soldiers along the Indo-China border in Arunachal Pradesh | Photo: PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on International Yoga Day and said that yoga gives us not only the physical strength but also mental balance and emotional stability to confidently negotiate the challeneges before us. The activities are being held online and without mass gatherings due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

India, during the day witnessed the annular solar eclipse that began from 9 am and it lasted till 3 pm. 

Three militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Srinagar on Sunday.

Amid the ongoing border dispute with China, the three defence forces have been given financial powers up to Rs 500 crore per project for the acquisition of critical ammunition and weapons which would be required in case an all-out or limited conflict breaks out.

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Blaming China? Blame those who keep us poor & weak

For the first time in 45 years, India has lost soldiers (that too, 20 at the last count) to a Chinese attack with sticks, stones, rocks, and nail-studded clubs, even as machine guns, artillery, and tanks were lined up in the rear. Apparently, some Indian soldiers were beaten to death; some were pushed down a steep slope into the Galwan river below, and others died of hypothermia in the cold desert of Ladakh. China has given India a bloody nose in a most bizarre way. Read on...

'Take actions on trade with China selectively'

Last week, the calls for regulating flow of goods and investments from China grew louder following clashes between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh, where at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed. Some industry leaders have, however, cautioned against angry or emotional responses. Read on...

Bin the Chinese food debate

Food has the potential to draw out the knives for nationalist, regional, nutritional or mere family hospitality reasons. Read more here

A peep into fractious relations between India, China since 1962

The recent border issues with China have drawn into focus the relationship between the two Asian giants, fractious since at least 1962. While the international Global Firepower ranking of countries’ military strength puts China and India at third and fourth position, respectively, the gap is much wider than the positions suggest. Read on...

Clash in eastern Ladakh: A historical perspective

Among other things, a crystallisation of our political and security arrangements with countries which share our concerns over China's aggressive posture is required. Read on...

FDI plans of six China firms may be put on hold

In sync with the current sentiment, the Union home ministry is likely to stall security clearance to a clutch of Chinese companies seeking to invest in India, according to officials close to the development. Read on...

Modi's LAC comments 'endorsed Chinese position': Congress

Stepping up the offensive against the government on the Ladakh standoff, the Congress on Sunday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had "endorsed the Chinese position" by saying there was no intrusion into Indian territory.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a swipe at the prime minister, saying "Narendra Modi is actually Surender Modi". His comments came a day after he accused the prime minister of having "surrendered" Indian territory to Chinese aggression.Gandhi also tagged an article in a Japanese publication titled -- "India's appeasement policy toward China unravels".

Army given full freedom to deal with China: MoS Kishan Reddy

Hyderabad: The Army has been given "full freedom" in dealing with China and protecting India's territory and its men in the backdrop of the border faceoff in Ladakh, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said on Sunday.

Armed forces get financial powers to buy critical weapons amid LAC standoff

Amid the ongoing border dispute with China, the three defence forces have been given financial powers upto Rs 500 crore per project for the acquisition of critical ammunition and weapons which would be required in case an all-out or limited conflict breaks out.
"The Vice Chiefs of the three services have been given the financial powers upto Rs 500 crore per project to acquire the required weapon systems under fast track procedures needed to fill whatever shortcomings or requirement is felt," a senior government official told ANI.
The requirement of granting this power again to the forces was felt by the government after the Chinese aggression in Eastern Ladakh and the way they have deployed their troops in large numbers there along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Srinagar encounter: Police made repeated efforts to make militants surrender; even brought parents

The Jammu and Kashmir Police's Special Task Force tried every trick in the book including bringing relatives of three holed up young terrorists to convince them to surrender, but had to launch an operation as emotional appeals failed to break the deadlock in the city's Zoonimar area, Press Trust of India reported.
The operation began late Saturday night and on Sunday, officials said, the trio was killed by security forces in an encounter.
Two of the terrorists were identified as Shakoor Farooq Langoo of Bharthana in Srinagar and Shahid Ahmad Bhat of Semthan Bijbehara, while the third was a youth from Soura. They were affiliated to the banned Hizbul Mujahideen terror group. When reasoning and emotional appeals failed to convince the terrorists, the police launched the final assault to save civilians in the congested downtown area, eliminating the trio in a smooth operation, according to PTI report.
The terrorists, believed to have been behind the killing of two BSF jawans in Soura during Ramzan, were cornered in a house. During the operation on late Saturday night, Superintendent of Police of the task force, Tahir Bhatti, made repeated appeals to the terrorists to lay down their arms and surrender.
"The terrorists were cornered during the night and the first task was to rescue civilians. We successfully managed to pull out the house owner and people from nearby houses," a senior police officer said on the condition of anonymity.

The Imphal-Jiribam Highway has been closed following a landslide at K Sinam village of Jander Noney District

Latest News LIVE: SC to hear pleas on Monday seeking recall of its order staying Puri Rath Yatra

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Monday the pleas seeking recall of its order staying this year's historic Lord Jagannath's Rath Yatra, attended by lakhs of people from across the world, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The apex court had on June 18 said that in the interest of public health and safety of citizens, this year's Rath Yatra, which was scheduled for June 23, at Puri in Odisha cannot be allowed and "Lord Jagannath won't forgive us if we allow" it. A day after the order was passed, some applications were filed in the top court seeking recall and modification of its order.
A single judge bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat is scheduled to hear on Monday these applications, including the one filed by 'Jagannath Sanskruti Jana Jagarana Manch', which have urged the court to allow the Rath Yatra. While the Rath Yatra festival, held over 10-12 days with lakhs of people participating, was scheduled for June 23, the 'Bahuda Jatra' (return car festival) was fixed for July 1.
Three heavily-built wooden chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra are traditionally pulled by thousands of devotees over a distance of three kilometres twice during the nine-day festival of the Trinity at Puri.

Latest News LIVE: India's Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 55.49%, says govt

With the highest single-day increase of 15,413 Covid-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours, India's coronavirus count stood at 4,10,461 on Sunday, said the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry, while with 2,27,755 Covid-19 patients cured so far, the recovery rate has further improved to 55.49 per cent among patients. Presently, there are 1,69,451 active cases and all are under active medical supervision.
The death toll has gone up to 13,254 in the country with 306 persons succumbing to the lethal infection.According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of cases includes 1,69,451 active cases, 2,27,756 cured/discharged/migrated and 13,254 deaths.
Maharashtra with 1,28,205 cases continues to be the worst-affected state in the country with 58,068 active cases while 64,153 patients have been cured and discharged in the state so far. The death toll due to Covid-19 stands at 5,984 in the state.
The number of confirmed cases in Tamil Nadu stood at 56,845 on Sunday. The national capital is the third-worst affected by the infection in the country with the count reaching 56,746 today.

Over 57,000 registrations for UG courses in 24 hours: Delhi University

Over 57,000 students have registered on a Delhi University portal for admission to undergraduate courses within 24 hours, according to official figures. The portal went live at 5 pm on Saturday and will remain open till July 4.
According to the data shared by a varsity official, 57,312 aspirants registered on the portal for admission to undergraduate courses, while 18,837 students registered for postgraduate courses and 2,071 registered for PhD admissions till 5.30 pm on Sunday.
The university will hold a webinar on June 23 to address doubts on the admission process. This year, the entire process right from registration to verification of documents will be online and contactless.
According to figures shared by the varsity, 5,889 registrations for postgraduate courses, 457 registrations for PhD courses and 19,543 registrations for undergraduate courses, had taken place within four hours of the portal going live on Saturday. This year, the varsity's registration process was delayed in view of the coronavirus outbreak. Last year, the registration process commenced on May 30.

Govt seeks product-wise details from industry to curb cheap, low quality imports from China: PTI

The government has sought product-wise details of cheap imports, comparison with domestic prices and tax disadvantage, if any, from industry to curb low quality inbound shipments especially from China and boost domestic manufacturing, sources said. They said a high level meeting to discuss ways to promote Atma Nirbhar Bharat (Self-reliant India), including cut in import dependence from China, also took place recently in the Prime Minister's office, Press Trust of India reported.
Industry was asked to send comments and suggestions on certain number of goods and raw materials imported from China, which include wrist watches, wall clocks, ampoules, glass rods and tubes, hair cream, hair shampoos, face powder, eye and lip make up preparations, printing ink, paints and varnishes, and some tobacco items, one of the sources according to PTI said.
The other details sought include import surge data between 2014-15 and 2018-19; domestic prices of similar goods that are made here, domestic capacity, imports under free trade agreements, and inverted duty issue, if any.
An industry source said that they are preparing their views on all those products and would soon send to the commerce and industry ministry. The exercise to reduce and curb imports from China assumes significance in the wake of border tensions between the two countries. China accounts for about 14 per cent of India's imports and is a major supplier for sectors like cell phones, telecom, power, plastic toys and critical pharma ingredients.

Latest News LIVE: Haryana government cancels two power sector contracts with Chinese companies

The Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government in Haryana has cancelled contracts with Chinese companies for installing pollution control equipment worth Rs 780 crore at two of its thermal power facilities, in the wake of heightened tension between the two neighbours.
The contracts had been awarded by the Haryana Power Generation Corp Ltd (HPGCL) through global tendering for the installation of the equipment in the plants in Yamunanagar and Hisar towns. While the Beijing SPC Environment Protection Tech was awarded contract for the Deen Bandhu Chhotu Ram Thermal Power Station in Yamunanagar, the Shanghai Electric Corp was shortlisted for the Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Plant in Hisar.
The price quoted by them was competitive, officials admitted. National Thermal Power Corp (NTPC) was consultant at the time of bidding the contracts. The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in its environmental guidelines in December 2015 made the installation of pollution control equipment mandatory in thermal power plants.
With the cancellation of tenders, the state government has now decided to invite fresh tenders but from companies registered in India only. Against the tender for the power station in Yamunanagar, five bids were received, in which three were from Chinese bidders and the others from Indian bidders. In the tender for the plant in Hisar, three firms participated, with two being Chinese and the third one domestic company with a foreign collaborator.

Latest News LIVE update: Indian Army changes rules of engagement on LAC with China

After an incident of the violent face-off with China in Eastern Ladakh, the Indian Army has changed its rules of engagement on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) which would allow field commanders to order troops to use firearms under "extraordinary" circumstances. The Rules of Engagement have been changed and the field commanders have been empowered to order troops to use firearms under extraordinary circumstances, army sources according to ANI said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also stated that the Army has been given full freedom to deal with the situation on the ground. The Indian side is expected to discuss the issue with the Chinese Army during the proposed talks at Corps Commander level to defuse the tensions in Eastern Ladakh, ANI reported.
Both sides don't fire at each other as per the border agreements between them signed in 1996 and 2005. They had also agreed not to use any blasting or firearms within two kilometres of the LAC. The Galwan river clash near Patrolling Point 14 claimed 20 Indian Army personnel lives who removed a Chinese observation post from there.

India observes 'Ring of fire' annular solar eclipse, deepest in century

India on Sunday witnessed its deepest annular solar eclipse or 'surya grahan' of this century for over three hours with its peak in the noon giving the appearance of a "ring of fire" for around 30 seconds along a narrow corridor running through Chandigarh, Delhi, Shimla and Jaipur.
This was the last annular solar eclipse of the decade. With the next solar eclipse visible in India 11 years away in 2031, this marks a big astronomical event here. The solar eclipse started from around 9 a.m. across the Indian map as the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth came in a straight line, and the country witnessed the 'deepest' annular solar eclipse in over a century and the third eclipse even for this year after first two lunar eclipses took place in January and June.
The eclipse began around 9 a.m. and lasted till 2:28 p.m. While most of India witnessed a partial solar eclipse, certain places in Haryana, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan observed the phenomenon of Baily's Beads. These include Dehradun, Kurukshetra, Chamoli, Joshimath, Sirsa and Suratgarh.
Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai --the four metropolitan cities of India--observed the eclipse between three hours 19 minutes and three hours 28 minutes. In the national capital, the eclipse began at 10.20 a.m. and ended at 1.48 p.m., with the maximum phase occurring at around noon.
The maximum coverage of Sun was witnessed in Chandigarh (96.62 per cent) followed by Shimla (96.46 per cent), New Delhi (93.77 per cent), Jaipur (88.46 per cent), Jammu (87.36 per cent), Itanagar (84.40 per cent) and Lucknow (84.25 per cent).

Latest News LIVE: Moderate earthquake recorded in Mizoram, other northeastern states

A moderate earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale shook Mizoram, adjoining northeastern states and areas bordering Myanmar on Sunday. There was no report of any damage or casualty, officials said. According to an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the tremor hit Mizoram capital Aizawl, parts of the mountainous state and adjoining areas of northeastern states at 4.16 p.m..
The epicentre of the quake that lasted a few seconds was at 35 km depth. The state had also witnessed a earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale on Thursday night. Seismologists consider the mountainous northeast region as the sixth major earthquake-prone belt in the world.
In 1897, a Shillong-epicentred quake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale hit the area. In 1950, an earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale altered the course of Brahmaputra river.

Earthquake of magnitude 5.1 on the Richter scale in Aizawl today

An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 on the Richter scale, occurred 25 km east-northeast of Aizawl, Mizoram at 16:16:24 (IST) today: National Centre for Seismology (ANI).

PM Narendra Modi chaired a review meeting today on various Varanasi development projects

Parts of Uttar Pradesh receive rainfall; thunderstorm likely on Monday

Moderate to heavy rains lashed many places in east Uttar Pradesh, while light to moderate rain and thunderstorms occurred at few places in western part of the state, the Meteorological Department said on Sunday. Monsoon has been vigorous over east UP and normal in western districts of the state, it said.
The weatherman has forecast rain and thundershower in east UP and at few places in western districts on Monday. Thunderstorm and lightening with winds gusting up to 30-40 kmph are very likely at isolated places over western UP on Monday, the Met department said.

Amid border dispute with China, defence forces get powers to buy critical weapons, ammunition up to Rs 500 crore per acquisition: ANI

Amid the ongoing border dispute with China, the three defence forces have been given financial powers upto Rs 500 crore per project for the acquisition of critical ammunition and weapons which would be required in case an all-out or limited conflict breaks out, ANI reported.
"The Vice Chiefs of the three services have been given the financial powers upto Rs 500 crore per project to acquire the required weapon systems under fast track procedures needed to fill whatever shortcomings or requirement is felt," a senior government official told ANI.
The requirement of granting this power again to the forces was felt by the government after the Chinese aggression in Eastern Ladakh and the way they have deployed their troops in large numbers there along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Similar financial powers were given to the armed forces after the Uri attack and the Balakot aerial strikes against Pakistan.
The Air Force had emerged as the biggest beneficiary of the powers granted by the government after the Balakot airstrikes as they procured large number of equipment including the Spice-2000 air to the ground stand off missiles, Strum Ataka air to ground missiles along with multiple spares and air to air missiles for its aerial fleet.
The Army has acquired the Israeli Spike anti-tank guided missiles along with the precision-guided Munitions from America. The main focus in granting these powers to forces by the government has been to prepare themselves at a short notice for any contingency.

Latest News LIVE: India hikes exposure in April; becomes 12th largest holder of US govt securities

India became the 12th largest holder of US government securities at the end of April, with holding worth $157.4 billion, according to official data.
After significantly reducing the exposure in March to $156.5 billion, Indian marginally hiked the holding by $0.9 billion to $157.4 billion the next month, the data from the US Treasury Department showed.
So far this year, there has been no specific trend in terms of such securities bought and sold by India amid global economic uncertainties due to coronavirus pandemic. While the holding touched a record high of $177.5 billion in February, the same was drastically reduced in March. The exposure stood at $164.3 billion in January.
At the end of April, Japan remained the country with the maximum exposure at USD 1.266 trillion, followed by China ($1.073 trillion) and the UK ($368.5 billion) at the second and third positions, respectively.

Latest News LIVE: Rajnath Singh briefs CDS, service chiefs on LAC before Russia visit

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday held detailed discussions with Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and all three service chiefs on the India-China border standoff in eastern Ladakh in the backdrop of the recent clash between troops of the two countries that led to the killing of 20 Indian soldiers.
In the over half-hour discussion at his residence, Singh reportedly suggested to the CDS and the three service chiefs to be "fully prepared" to take any unprecedented action as per the situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in view of the ongoing situation in Ladakh. It is learnt that the Army has been advised by the Defence Minister to be very cautious during patrol duty and enhance strict vigil at the border with China.
The other two forces have been asked to keep proper observation on land and sea lanes. The minister also discussed some critical defence deals which are expected to be inked during his visit to Russia. Singh's meeting took place ahead of his June 24 visit to Russia where he will witness the Victory Day Military Parade being organised in Moscow on the 75th anniversary of the Russia victory in World War II.

Latest News LIVE: Badrinath Temple opened at 1:55 pm today after the solar eclipse

We asked some prominent people to appeal to the three terrorists to surrender but they didn't budge: IG Police Kashmir (ANI)

For the first time in history, four chiefs of main terrorist outfits killed in four months: IG Police Kashmir

Latest News LIVE: Supreme Court to hear petitions on 'Rath Yatra' in Puri

Supreme Court will hear tomorrow four petitions seeking modification of its earlier order of June 18, which had stayed the 'Rath Yatra' in Puri and all other places in Odisha keeping in view the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

AK-47, M4 carbine and pistol recovered from Pakistani Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist's possession yesterday: Kashmir IG of Police

LIVE: Security forces address the media in Srinagar

Indian Army helicopter makes precautionary landing in Ladakh: ANI

Indian Army's Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv made a precautionary landing in Eastern Ladakh area on Sunday, Army sources according to ANI said.
All crew and passengers are safe, they added. The landing was done after the pilot felt that there may be some issue in the chopper and took precautions to land, ANI reported.
Further details are awaited. The incident took place amid the ongoing dispute between India and China following the violent face-off between troops of both the countries at the Galwan valley in Ladakh. At least 20 Indian Army personnel were killed in the face-off on June 15.

International Yoga Day LIVE: People practice 'yoga asanas' in the Palk Strait in Tamil Nadu's Rameswaram

Latest News LIVE: Three militants killed in encounter with security forces in Srinagar

Three militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Srinagar on Sunday, police said.
Based on specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in the Zoonimar area of the city, security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation this morning, a police official said. He said as the forces were conducting searches in the area, militants fired upon them. The forces retaliated leading to a gunfight. Three militants have been killed in the encounter, the official said, adding that their identities were yet to be ascertained.
The exchange of fire is going on. Authorities have suspended mobile Internet services in the city as a precautionary measure, the official said. Restrictions on the movement of people have also been imposed in most parts in downtown areas of the city, the official added.

LIVE: China observes International Yoga Day with low-key events due to Covid-19, stand-off with India

The International Yoga Day was celebrated in China on Sunday with low-key events owing to the coronavirus pandemic and the military standoff at the Line of Actual Control. China, where Yoga has been very popular, usually celebrates the occasion with numerous events ever since its inception by the United Nations in 2014, Press Trust of India reported.
This year, the main event was held at the India House where Indian Ambassador Vikram Misri led International Yoga Day (IYD) celebration, with the participation of Indian, foreign diplomats and their families. Misri said this year's International Yoga Day was full of challenges. Even with the challenges we faced, we had thought of an event slightly at a larger scale but with the recent outbreak of coronavirus once again in Beijing, we have to scale down our plans to make it a small event, he said.
Nevertheless, when the pictures of this goes home there will be a small surprise for many of our friends in India who see that we actually managed to come out and hold the IYD outdoors not simply with our families but also friends who are also our extended family, Misri added.
China has seen fresh cases of coronavirus in the recent weeks after being able to control the contagious viral disease after it broke out for the first time last year in Wuhan.

'Solar eclipse can help scientists understand Moon's topology'

The first solar eclipse of the year also known as the "ring of fire" eclipse seen in parts of India on Sunday could help scientists understand the topology of the moon, through pictures according to Dr N Rathnasree, Director of Nehru Planetarium.
The rare celestial event, which coincides with the summer solstice, when the Northern Hemisphere has the longest day, is an annular eclipse and was visible in other parts of the world including African countries of Congo, Ethiopia and Yemen as well as in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Pakistan and China.
"The moon has peaks and valleys. During the solar eclipse, as the edge of the moon is in front of the sun, its peaks and valleys are visible due to bright sun rays. The sun can peek through the valleys of the moon but the sun is obscure in the mountain regions. This phenomenon is known as Baily's beads which is common in Annular eclipse," Rathnasree said.
"This is why the timing for the eclipse is shorter and instead of the visual of a ring of fire, we'll see necklace after the moon swifts away from the sun," she added.
The scientist also spoke about the sighting of the solar eclipse from various parts of the world. In Abu Dhabi, the eclipse was seen in its maximum phase and lasted for less than 30 seconds. As it is known that the earth sees the same face of the moon. But moon being in an elliptical orbit, it sometimes changes its speed.

Latest News LIVE: Temples in Karnataka's Hubli remain closed in the light of solar eclipse

NGT imposes Rs 25 lakh fine on two units in Noida, says threat of irreversible damage to environment

In view of depleting groundwater, there is a threat of irreversible damage to the environment leading to scarcity of drinking water, the National Green Tribunal has said while slapping Rs 25 lakh on two units in Noida for unauthorised extraction of water.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel noted that there is no operative non objection certificate (NOC) as far as Noida Golf Course and Advant Navis Business Park are concerned.
Noida Golf Course and Advant Navis Business Park have to pay an interim compensation of Rs 25 lakh, which may be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) within one month, the tribunal said. The green panel was perusing a report filed by a committee of the CPCB and Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board, which said that groundwater is being illegally drawn and the allegation that misuse of groundwater for horticulture purpose is taking place is not disputed.
It is not clear whether conditions of NOC are being complied with, the NGT said. The tribunal referred to its previous directions that groundwater cannot be used for a playground like cricket ground, particularly in over-exploited, critical and semi-critical area, which also applies to Golf Course.
"In view of depleting groundwater, there is a threat of irreversible damage to the acquifiers and salinity of the water. Moreover, it is leading to scarcity of drinking water, thereby depriving a section of the society from access to potable water which is already scarce. The rainwater harvesting systems have to be regularly maintained as per norms," the bench said.
The NGT said that the state pollution control board has failed to assess and recover compensation for illegal drawal of groundwater.

Maximum visibility of solar eclipse in Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Haryana, says scientist

A few regions like Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Haryana will witness maximum visibility of the solar eclipse, which takes place on Sunday. OP Gupta, the senior engineer of Nehru Planetarium in Delhi, told ANI, "The eclipse will be around 93-94 per cent visible in Delhi. While it is partially visible in other parts of the country, its maximum visibility will be seen in Dehradun, Joshimath, Kurukshetra and Sirsa."
"In Kerala, it is a partial solar eclipse," said Shyam SS, Scientific Officer at Priyadarshini Planetarium, Kerala adding, "Only northern belt will see the full annular eclipse." "It will start by 10.14 am and end by 1:15 am in Kerala and Planetarium is planning to live stream the event on Facebook," the officer said.
A rare celestial event, annular solar eclipse, which is popularly known as the "ring of fire" eclipse, will be visible this Sunday in India. It will be the first solar eclipse of this year taking place on the summer solstice, which is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere.

Latest News LIVE: Diesel at record high in Delhi post Rs 8.88 per litre hike in 15 days

Price of diesel in the national capital touched a fresh all-time high on Sunday after rising for 15 consecutive days.
In Delhi, diesel was sold at Rs 78.27 per litre, with a 60 paise hike on Sunday. Since the dynamic pricing system for daily price revision resumed after over 80 days on June 7, diesel price in the national capital has increased by Rs 8.88 per litre. With this hike, the gap between petrol and diesel prices has come to its lowest level ever. In Delhi, petrol prices is less than Rs 1 high over diesel prices. The increase in fuel rates has been similar across metros.
In Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, diesel was sold at Rs 76.69, Rs 75.80 and Rs 73.61 per litre, respectively, up from the previous levels of Rs 76.11, Rs 75.29 and Rs 73.07. Petrol prices also have witnessed a continuous rise of 15 days and have already increased by Rs 7.97 per litre during the period. On Sunday, the fuel was sold for Rs 79.23 a litre, 35 paise higher from the previous level.
In Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, the fuel was sold at Rs 86.04, Rs 82.58 and Rs 80.95 a litre, compared to Rs 85.70, Rs 82.27 and Rs 80.62 per litre.

Indian Army chopper made a precautionary landing in Eastern Ladakh area today: Army Sources (ANI)

An Army Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv of Indian Army made a precautionary landing in Eastern Ladakh area today. All crew and passengers are safe. The landing was done after the pilot felt that there may be some issue in the chopper and took precautions to land: Army Sources (ANI)

Armed forces told to forcefully deal with Chinese aggression along LAC: PTI

The armed forces deployed along the 3,500-km de-facto border with China have been given "full freedom" in giving "befitting" reply to any Chinese aggressive behaviour, government sources according to PressTrust of India said after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a high-level meeting with top military brass on the situation in eastern Ladakh.
The meeting was attended by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria. The sources said Singh told the top military brass to maintain strict vigil on Chinese activities around land border, airspace and in strategic sea lanes, and asked them to adopt a "tough" approach in dealing with any misadventure by Chinese forces, PTI reported.
Indian and Chinese armies have been on a six-week standoff in several areas of eastern Ladakh. The ties between the two countries came under severe strain after Chinese military killed 20 Indian Army personnel and injured around 76 in a violent clash in Galwan Valley on June 15. China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has not yet talked about the number of casualties it suffered.
The sources said the armed forces have been given full freedom to deal with any act of aggression by China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de-facto border between the two countries. They said the Army as well as the IAF have already been ramping up their operational capabilities along the LAC to effectively deal with any Chinese misadventure.

Latest News LIVE: Fire breaks out in Banjar area of Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will depart tomorrow for Moscow

CDS General Bipin Rawat and the three service chiefs met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today, ahead of his visit to Russia. Situation in Ladakh was reviewed in the meeting. The Defence Minister will depart tomorrow for Moscow, Russia to witness Victory Day Military Parade on June 24

Three terrorists killed in Srinagar encounter

3 terrorists killed in encounter which began in Srinagar's Zadibal following a cordon & search operation launched there, by joint troops of CRPF Valley QAT (Quick Action Team), 115 Bn, 28Bn CRPF and J&K Police. Search operation underway.

Soldiers and families of Southern Command conduct yoga

Soldiers and families of Army personnel in the Southern Command practice yoga on International Yoga Day and re-enforce their resolve to fight Covid-19 by keeping fit.

Baghjan fire: Assam Pollution Control Board issues notice to Oil India Limited

Assam Pollution Control Board issues notice to Oil India Limited (OIL), asking it to close down production and drilling operations and to take steps to put out the fire at Baghjan Oilfield in Tinsukia district.

Watch | People practice 'yoga asanas' in the Palk Strait in Rameswaram

Two terrorists killed in encounter in Srinagar

Two terrorists killed in encounter in Srinagar with security forces. Operation is still underway and the area has been cordoned off. 

We draw Physical and Mental strength with regular practice of Yoga: BSF

Bordermen are bestowed upon with multifaceted responsibilities. We draw Physical and Mental strength with regular practice of Yoga routines particularly to keep the Covid-19 at bay: BSF

Solar eclipse as seen in skies over Dehradun

Solar Eclipse as seen in Delhi

Can non-Chinese mobile brands leverage current consumer sentiment in India?

As consumer sentiment runs high amid growing chorus for boycotting Chinese goods in the country, the fluid market situation offers new opportunities for various smartphone makers, especially the non-Chinese ones like Samsung, Apple, Nokia, Asus and others, to realign their strategies and regain the lost market share in the face of fierce Chinese competition. The challenge here would be not to look "opportunistic" and leverage the current explosive situation on just riding on the anti-Chinese sentiment but to offer real challenges in the form of top-end devices with solid internals at affordable price points, feel industry experts. "The current market conditions in India are fluid and open up new opportunities for smartphone original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to focus and leverage," Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group, CyberMedia Research (CMR), told IANS. In the first quarter (January-March) this year, Samsung's shipments were driven by its upgraded A and M series (A51, A20s, A30s, and M30s).

Solar Eclipse as seen in Karachi of Pakistan

Solar Eclipse as seen in Karachi of Pakistan.  As per Pakistan Meteorological Department, the solar eclipse, which began at 8:46 am local time, will end at 2:34 pm with the greatest eclipse occurring at 11:40 am.

Solar Eclipse 2020 as seen in the skies of Dubai

United Arab Emirates: Solar Eclipse 2020 as seen in the skies of Dubai. The solar eclipse will be visible until 11:12 AM. It will also be visible from Asia, Africa, the Pacific, the Indian Ocean, parts of Europe and Australia.

Solar eclipse as seen in Gandhinagar.

Solar eclipse as seen in Gandhinagar. The solar eclipse will be visible until 1:32 PM with maximum visibility of the eclipse at 11:42 IST. It will be visible from Asia, Africa, the Pacific, the Indian Ocean, parts of Europe and Australia.

Watch | Former Army chief marks International Yoga Day

The solar eclipse began at 9:15 AM, will be visible until 3:04 PM

The solar eclipse began at 9:15 AM and will be visible until 3:04 PM. The maximum eclipse will take place at 12:10 IST. It will be visible from Asia, Africa, the Pacific, the Indian Ocean, parts of Europe and Australia.

Yogi does Yoga, his ministers follow suit

All BJP leaders, led by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, joined in the 'Yoga at Home' campaign on Sunday to mark the World Yoga Day. Yogi Adityanath said that Yoga has the power to bring a positive change in our physical, mental, spiritual, emotional being and, thereby, making life better. He said that Yoga should be a part of one's daily schedule since it also helps in building up immunity level and combating diseases like Corona. The Chief Minister also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for popularizing Yoga and making it's a household activity.

Exchange of fire with terrorists is underway at Zadibal area of Srinagar

Cordon and search operation launched by joint forces at Zadibal area of Srinagar following inputs about presence of terrorists in the area. Mobile internet services snapped in Srinagar area. Exchange of fire with terrorists is underway at Zadibal area of Srinagar following a cordon and search operation by joint troops of CRPF Valley QAT (Quick Action Team), 115 Bn, 28Bn CRPF and J&K Police. 3 terrorists are believed to be trapped. 

Yoga at 18000 feet

ITBP personnel practicing Yoga near Khardung La, Ladakh at 18,000 feet.

J P Nadda performs yoga at his residence

BJP National President J P Nadda performs yoga at his residence to mark International Yoga Day.

CM Kejriwal marks Yoga Day

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal performs yoga at his residence on Sunday.

Annular eclipse will be visible in parts of Africa & Asia today

An annular eclipse will be visible in parts of Africa & Asia today. Such "ring of fire" eclipses happen when the Moon is too far from Earth to block out the entire Sun.

Rain lashes parts of Delhi on Sunday morning

Heavy rain accompanied by strong winds lashed parts of the national capital early on Sunday morning. Earlier today, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that thunderstorm accompanied by rain would occur at and adjoining areas of Delhi NCR. The southwest monsoon is unlikely to progress further till June 21, however, conditions may become favorable for its advancement in Delhi and Haryana around June 25, said India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday.

The ancient science of Yoga is India’s great gift to the world: President

The ancient science of Yoga is India’s great gift to the world. Glad to see more and more people adopting it.  Amid stress and strife, especially with #Covid19,  practicing Yoga can help keep the body fit and mind serene: President Kovind

Pakistan resorts to heavy shelling on LoC in Poonch district

Pakistan resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation on the Line of Control (LoC) on Sunday in J&K's Poonch district. Defence sources said around 6.15 a.m. today Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars along the LoC in Balakote sector of Poonch district. "Indian army is retaliating befittingly", sources said. Pakistan has made a routine of violating bilateral ceasefire on the LoC in J&K during the last one month.

ITBP personnel perform yoga at an altitude of 14000 feet

ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) personnel, deployed at India-China border, perform yoga at an altitude of 14000 feet at Vasudhara glacier near Badrinath.

One terrorist eliminated in a joint operation in Shopian

Operation Lakirpur: One terrorist eliminated, weapons recovered. Joint operation in progress.

Yoga is a medium that establishes harmony between body and mind: Shah

Yoga is a medium that establishes harmony between body and mind, action and thought & between man and nature. Modi ji's efforts led to global acceptance of Yoga,which is a precious gift of Indian culture to the entire humanity: Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Yoga enhances our quest for a healthier planet: Modi

Yoga enhances our quest for a healthier planet. It has emerged as a force for unity and deepens the bonds of humanity. It does not discriminate. It goes beyond race, colour, gender, faith and nations. Anybody can embrace Yoga. If we can fine tune our chords of health and hope, the day is not far away when world will witness the success of healthy and happy humanity. Yoga can definitely help us make this happen: PM

Yoga gives us physical strength and mental balance: PM

Yoga is giving us not only the physical strength but also mental balance and emotional stability to confidently negotiate the challeneges before us. 

You should include Pranayam in your daily exercise: PM

Covid-19 attacks the respiratory system of our body. The pranayan, which is a breathing exercise helps in strengthening our respiratory system. You should include Pranayam in your daily exercise and learn its various techniques. 

PM Modi addresses nation on Yoga Day

What brings us together is the yoga. Whatever ends the distance, it is the yoga. During this crisis of Corona, people from all over the world participated in the My Life - My Yoga video blogging competition, showing how much enthusiasm for yoga is increasing: PM

Watch | PM appeals to the Nation to mark Yoga Day at home

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev performs yoga at Patanjali

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev performs yoga at Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar on International Yoga Day.

Helicopter services in Himachal Pradesh to resume from Monday

Helicopter services in Himachal Pradesh will resume from Monday with adequate precautionary measured to check the spread of Covid-19, a spokesperson said on Saturday. Service on Chandigarh-Shimla-Chandigarh, Shimla-Kullu-Shimla and Shimla-Dharamshala-Shimla route by Pawan Hans UDAN-2 will restart from June 22 and the booking can be done on the company's website.

The state government has allowed resumption of helicopter services as per guidelines issued by the Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority in view of SOP issued on May 21 by the Civil Aviation ministry for the operation of flights as well as for movement of travellers.

Modi govt brought in 'golden era' of security: Gadkari

The central government has brought in a "golden era" of internal and external security, senior BJP leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Saturday. He was addressing BJP workers here during a 'Jan Samwad Rally' through video conference from Nagpur.

The minister did not refer to the ongoing tensions with China in eastern Ladakh, but while saying that the BJP- led Union government has successfully handled the Naxal menace, he accused China of supporting the naxals.

"While on one hand, Modi-led government has eliminated Naxalism, the areas which were affected by naxals have witnessed development. So, we can say that the Modi-led government has ushered in a golden era of internal and external security of the country," Gadkari said.

China to have sweeping powers over Hong Kong security law, stoking concerns

China will have overarching powers over the enforcement of a new national security law in Hong Kong, according to details released on Saturday that signalled the deepest change to the city’s way of life since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
According to details released by the official Xinhua news agency, Hong Kong will establish a local national security council to enforce the legislation, headed by the city’s leader Carrie Lam and supervised and guided by a new central government commission created by Beijing. A mainland adviser will also sit on the new Hong Kong body. Read More

HDFC Bank board approves plan to raise Rs 50,000 cr via debt securities

HDFC Bank on Saturday said its board has approved proposal to raise up to Rs 50,000 crore in the next twelve months by issuing various debt securities.

The decision was taken at the board of directors meeting held on June 20, 2020, HDFC Bank said in a regulatory filing.

"The Board of Directors has approved the issue of perpetual debt instruments (part of additional tier I capital), tier II capital bonds and long term bonds (financing of infrastructure and affordable housing) up to a total amount of Rs 50,000 crore," HDFC Bank said.

PM spoke extensively on Ladakh situation, all other 'commentary' may best be ignored: Meghalaya CM

AAI gives more time to Adani group to take over management of 3 privatised airports

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has given three more months to the Adani group to take over the management of three privatised airports of Ahmedabad, Mangaluru and Lucknow due to the Covid-19 scenario, according to the Civil Aviation Ministry on Saturday.

This means the Adani group, which was expected to take over the operations, management and development of the three airports by August 12, can now take over the airports by November 12.

"On the advent of Covid-19 scenario, AEL (Adani Enterprises Limited) has cited force majeure and filed for extension in March 2020 and sought time till February 15, 2021 (to take over the three airports)," said the statement by the Civil Aviation ministry.

Hope China, India resolve their differences through dialogue: Afghanistan

Afghanistan on Saturday said it is concerned about the violent standoff between India and China in Ladakh's Galwan Valley area and expressed hope that the two countries will resolve their differences through dialogue.

In a statement, the Afghanistan Foreign Ministry said, "As a country that has suffered immense human and financial loss due to conflict, and in light of our friendly relations, historic connections and strategic partnerships with both the People's Republic of China and the Republic of India, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is concerned about the recent border incident between the two countries who are Afghanistan's partners for peace and development."

Allow soldiers to open fire at borders: Punjab CM urges Centre to change policy

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh on Saturday appealed to the Centre to change its policy to allow soldiers at the borders to open fire in their defence and for protecting the nation's territorial integrity.

Singh, who himself is an Army veteran, said in his Facebook Live edition of 'AskCaptain' that the Government of India's policy should be that "if they kill one of ours, we should kill 5 of theirs."

It was absolutely wrong to send soldiers unarmed or not to allow them to defend themselves, he said, adding that when he and his Army colleagues used to go on patrols during his posting along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) for two years, they carried all kinds of weapons.


General shift in the way Chinese deal with the world: Shivshankar Menon

On India-China border row, the former NSA said, "Some people say it’s because of the change in the status in Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir, some people say it’s because of our relationship with the United States, other people have other explanations, so it’s not signalling. I think it seems to me that it’s part of a general pattern and a general shift in Chinese behaviour in the way they deal with the world." Read More

Increase limit of guaranteed employment under MGNREGA to 200 mandays/family: Gehlot to PM

Calibrated opening of int'l flights possible when domestic traffic reaches 50-60%: Puri

Procuring, stocking, sale & use of synthetic/nylon-glass coated threads banned for 60 days: Chandigarh

Rajasthan CM writes to PM requesting raising limit of guaranteed employment under MGNREGA

The solar eclipse will be visible from 10:20am to 1:48pm in Delhi

Ladakh councillor held for 'highly objectionable' audio clip on India-China standoff

A councillor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC)-Kargil was arrested early on Saturday after his highly objectionable audio clip mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Army in the wake of the recent face-off between India and China went viral on social media, officials said.

The action against Zakir Hussain, a councillor from Shakar constituency in Kargil district, followed registration of an FIR against him by police on Friday even as the councillor submitted a public apology over his remarks, the officials said.

Hussain, a long time Congress activist, was expelled by the party on the issue, while both LAHDC Leh and Kargil said the entire population of Ladakh has been patriotic and always fully behind the Army in protecting the country's sovereignty.

In the audio clip, the councillor is heard using highly derogatory language against the Prime Minister and mocking the Army over the standoff with China in eastern Ladakh which left 20 soldiers including an colonel-rank officer dead.

Will talk to senior police, Centre to take steps for Tahawwar Rana's extradition: Anil Deshmukh

BJP always stood by the govt, but now Oppn raising questions: Nadda

India rejects China's claim of sovereignty over Galwan Valley

India on Saturday strongly rejected China's claim of sovereignty over Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, asserting that attempts by the Chinese side to "advance exaggerated and untenable" claims are not at all acceptable.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said China's claim over Galwan Valley was not in accordance with its own position in the past, noting that attempts of transgression by Chinese side were invariably met with appropriate response from the Indian troops.

"The position with regard to the Galwan Valley area has been historically clear. Attempts by the Chinese side to now advance exaggerated and untenable claims with regard to Line of Actual Control (LAC) there are not acceptable. They are not in accordance with China's own position in the past," he said.

Indian army has never undertaken any actions across the LAC: MEA

Position with regard to Galwan valley area has been historically clear: MEA

People must be told the truth about Galwan Valley clash: Akhilesh

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said the nation stands with the government against Chinese incursions but the people must be told the truth about Galwan Valley clash that left 20 Indian army personnel dead.

In a tweet in English, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said: "The nation stands with the govt against Chinese incursions. But was the incident in which our soldiers were martyred an incursion? If not then why did MEA ask for status quo ante? Is the Galwan Valley Indian or not?"

"We do not need clarifications. We need the truth," he said.

Centre's employment scheme for migrant workers to give new base to rural development: Yogi

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for selecting 31 districts of Uttar Pradesh under an employment scheme for migrant workers.

Adityanath said the campaign will give a new base to rural welfare and development and also play an important role in providing livelihood in villages.

Modi on Saturday launched 'Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan' for migrant workers, saying that during the coronavirus-induced lockdown the talent from cities returned to villages and it will now give a boost to development in rural areas.

Regional Tibetan Youth Congress hold anti-China protest in Bengal

Govt to engage consultancy firm to draw action plan for steel sector revival

The government on Saturday said it is in the process to engage a consultancy firm to draw an action plan for revival of the domestic steel sector.

Besides, the sector's stakeholders can also provide their suggestions to deal with the issues emerged in the sector post Covid-19 outbreak, Minister of State for Steel Faggan Singh Kulaste said in a webinar.

"The Steel Ministry will study and solve the issues which have cropped up due to the Covid crisis. The ministry understands the concerns of the players and has already issued an RFP (request for proposal) to appoint a consultancy, which would prepare an action plan on the same," he said.

Kulaste also said stakeholders from the steel industry are free to provide their suggestions, and assured that the ministry will look into it and try to solve them at the earliest.

ED to question JP Morgan officials including Chinese director

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will begin detailed interrogation of JP Morgan India board members including a Chinese national to take forward its money laundering probe linked to the alleged diversion of crores of rupees of home buyers who wanted to purchase an abode in Amrapali Group's real estate projects.

What has come as a shot in the arm for the agency is a June 18 order of the Supreme Court directing the multi-national firm JP Morgan to transfer over Rs 140 crore plus interest from its bank accounts, that has been recently attached by the ED, to the escrow account maintained by the UCO bank.

The apex court said that the money would be used for completing the pending projects of the now defunct Amrapali Group.

We are confident India, China tensions will resolve: Nepal govt

FIR against journalist in UP: Media Foundation calls it 'act of intimidation'

A media body on Saturday described as "an act of intimidation" the filing of an FIR in Uttar Pradesh against a journalist over a report on the impact of the lockdown on a village, saying it was part of an "established pattern" of harassment of independent scribes.

In a statement, the Media Foundation put on record its strong protest over the FIR filed by the Uttar Pradesh government against Supriya Sharma, executive editor of news portal

The case was filed against Sharma for allegedly misrepresenting facts in a report on the impact of the lockdown in a village adopted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, police sources had said on Thursday.

IAF completely capable of controlling any contingency that may arise, say military veterans

Defence veterans on Saturday endorsed Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria's statement and said that the forces are capable of protecting Indian territories.

"I completely endorse what Air Chief Marshal said. He could not have been clearer in his statement. All necessary actions that need to be taken have been taken by IAF. They are completely capable of controlling any contingency that may arise, " Air Marshal RK Sharma (Retd) told ANI.

Air Vice-Marshal Manmohan Bahadur (Retd) said that Chief of Air Staff has laid out the position of Govt of India very clearly.

Power demand slump narrows marginally to 9.76% in third week of Jun

Intense heat wave during the third week of June has helped further narrowing of power demand slump to 9.76 per cent from 10.5 per cent in the previous week, showing commercial and industrial activities are yet to reach optimum levels.

The slump in power demand in the first week of the June was recorded at 19.7 per cent. However, the decline so far is still higher than 8.8 per cent recorded in May.

In the third week of June, the power demand has improved due to intensifying heat wave, and it hovered around 162 GW from June 15 onwards, and further shot up to 164.64 GW on Friday (June 19), as per the power ministry data.

The peak power demand met stood at 163.30 gigawatts (GW) on June 11 and remained slightly lower at 158.02GW on June 12, 157.79 GW on 13th and 156.88 GW on 14th.

The peak power demand of 164.64 GW this week is 9.76 per cent less than 182.45 (GW) recorded in June last year.

Four injured in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Rampur sector

Four civilians were on Saturday injured when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rampur sector of Jammu and Kashmir, according to an Army spokesperson.

"On 20 June 2020, in the morning hours, Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in Rampur sector by firing mortars and other weapons," the spokesman said.

He said four civilians were injured in the Pakistani firing.

3 intervention applications filed in SC against order staying Jagannath Rath Yatra

Three intervention applications have been filed in the Supreme Court seeking modification of its earlier order staying the annual Rath Yatra at Jagannath Temple in Odisha's Puri in view of COVID-19 pandemic, the lawyer of the petitioner said on Saturday.

The apex court had, on June 18, stayed the annual Rath Yatra, which was slated to being on June 23, and all activities related to the gathering for the event.

"I have filed three intervention applications on behalf of three devotees seeking a modification of the June 18 order of the apex court. One application was filed yesterday and two today," petitioner's lawyer Pranay Kumar Mohapatra told ANI here.

According to the lawyer, the intervention applications are likely to be listed for hearing on Monday.

S Africa reaffirms support for India and other members elected to UN Security Council

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated India, Kenya Ireland, Mexico and Norway on their election as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council and pledged to work with them in ensuring collective multilateral action to maintain international peace and security.

India on Wednesday overwhelmingly won the election to the Security Council for a non-permanent seat.

Along with India, Norway, Ireland and Mexico will join the Security Council as the non-permanent members for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2021.

Delhi HC allows public viewing of court proceedings via video conferencing

Chhattisgarh CM says returnee migrants to get jobs in power firms

The Chhattisgarh government will try to provide employment to migrant labourers who have returned from other states due to the lockdown, in state-run power companies depending on their skills, a spokesperson said on Saturday.

In a review meeting held on Friday, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel also discussed a proposal on reorganising five power companies into three, the government spokesperson said.

Baghel told officials that migrant workers returning to the state should be given employment as per their skills at power sub-stations or in works related to power line expansion and construction in electricity firms, he said.

If necessary, migrant labourers can be given requisite training to upgrade their skills and put into work on a priority basis, so that they can get employment, the official quoted the CM as saying.


Rajnath Singh to depart on Monday for Moscow to attend 75th Victory Day parade

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will depart on Monday for Moscow, Russia to take part in the 75th anniversary of the Russia victory in the World War II Military Parade on June 24.

On Friday, a tri-service contingent of the Indian armed forces departed for Moscow to participate in the military parade at Red Square on June 24.The tri-service contingent will be led by a colonel-rank officer and will comprise 75 personnel of all ranks from the three services, the Army said.

Russia postponed its military parade traditionally held on Moscow's Red Square on May 9 for a later date due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Russia's TASS news agency.

In a video conference with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on May 26, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the anticipated Victory Parade would be held on Moscow's Red Square on June 24.

After Ladakh face-off, satellite images reveal China diverting river course

Days after a violent face-off between India and China in Galwan, a latest set of satellite images have surfaced showing China diverting the course of Galwan river.

The satellite pictures showing signs of the landscape of the valley being altered through widening tracks, moving earth and making river crossings were taken by the Earth-imaging company Planet Labs, the Daily Mail reported.

'Looking at it in Planet, it looks like China is constructing roads in the valley and possibly damming the river,' Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at California's Middlebury Institute of International Studies, was quoted as saying.

No consensus at SDMA meeting in Delhi, another scheduled for 5 pm: Manish Sisodia

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday said that no consensus could be arrived at in the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) meeting, either on reducing the rates of beds in private hospitals or on the compulsory five-day institutional quarantine for all COVID-19 patients, ordered by Lieutenant General Anil Baijal.

He said a second meeting has been scheduled for 5 pm today.

"As per the recommendations by the Centre for private hospitals, only 24 per cent beds will be provided at a reduced rate. The Delhi government wants 60 per cent beds to be provided at a reduced rate in private hospitals. A meeting regarding this will be held again at 5 pm today," Sisodia said at a press conference here.

The deputy chief minister said that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had also raised the point that if home isolation is stopped, as per the order by the LG, then problems will ensue in the national capital.


PMO issues clarification over Modi's comments that no one entered Indian territory

The PMO on Saturday called as "mischievous interpretation" the criticism over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks at an all-party meeting that no one has entered Indian territory or captured any military post while referring to the Galwan Valley clash in eastern Ladakh.

In a statement, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said the focus of Modi's remarks at the meeting on Friday was the events of June 15 at Galwan that led to the loss of lives of 20 Indian military personnel.

"The prime minister's observations that there was no Chinese presence on our side of the LAC (Line of Actual Control) pertained to the situation as a consequence of the bravery of our armed forces," it said.

Government will not allow any unilateral change of LAC, reiterates Centre

The Central government on Saturday said that attempts are being made in to give mischievous interpretation to remarks of the Prime Minister at the all-party meeting, countering Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's claim that India "surrendered to the Chinese aggression".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had, after an all-party meeting on Friday about the LAC row with China, said that Chinese troops did not intrude into the Indian territory.

The Central government, in a statement, said that the Prime Minister was clear that India would respond firmly to any attempts to transgress the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

In fact, he specifically emphasized that in contrast to the past neglect of such challenges, Indian forces now decisively counter any violations of LAC.

Amit Shah tweets video of jawan's father, asks Rahul to rise above politics

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday slammed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and said that he should rise above petty politics. Gandhi had been attacking the government over the situation at the India-China border after clashes in Ladakh in which 20 Indian soldiers laid down their lives.

Shah tweeted a video of the father of an injured soldier lashing out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi advising the Wayanad MP to not "indulge in politics."

"A brave armyman's father speaks and he has a very clear message for Mr. Rahul Gandhi. At a time when the entire nation is united, Mr Rahul Gandhi should also rise above petty politics and stand in solidarity with national interest," Shah tweeted along with a video.

The way India's villages have fought corona, it has taught a lesson even to the cities: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Covid-19 is a huge menace, the whole world has been shaken by it but you stood tall. The way India's villages have fought corona, it has taught a lesson even to the cities: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Chinese university threatens to take action against Indian student for posting offensive comments

A Chinese university has threatened to take action against an Indian student for allegedly posting offensive comments against the Chinese people on social media, the official media here reported on Saturday.
The Indian national surnamed Kadukkasseri is a student at the Jiangsu University (JSU) in east China's Jiangsu Province. His offensive posts have gone viral on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo, the Global Times reported.
"The university will punish Kadukkasseri for his wrongdoing according to its regulations on overseas students after further investigation," the report quoted an official from the JSU surnamed Wu as saying.
The Indian student has since apologised, the report said.

India-China face-off: PM Modi pays respect to soldiers, says their sacrifice would not be forgotten

Country is proud of the sacrifice made by our braves in Ladakh. Today when I am speaking to people of Bihar, I will say the valour was of Bihar Regiment, every Bihari is proud of it. I pay tributes to the braves who laid down their lives for the nation: PM Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi launches 'Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan' through video conferencing

Anti-China protest in Dharamshala

MP CM Shivraj Singh urges people to adopt swadeshi products to break China economically

"India's gallant defence forces shall give a fitting response to China. I urge to my brothers and sisters to demolish China economically," said Singh while speaking to the media. He said the Army will surely give China a befitting response but it is the duty of every citizen to encourage and adopt swadeshi products as guided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

If there was no intrusion or violation of LAC, why was there so much talk about “disengagement” of troops by both sides? P Chidambaram slams PM's claim

PM has surrendered Indian territory to Chinese aggression, says Rahul Gandhi

Modi to launch Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan at 11 AM

PM Narendra Modi will launch a massive Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan in six states on June 20 from Bihar to boost livelihood opportunities in Rural India for returnee migrants and rural citizens. 

IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria arrives at IAF Academy for Combined Graduation Parade

In spite of unacceptable Chinese action after agreements reached during military talks & resulting loss of lives, all efforts are underway to ensure that the current situation at LAC is resolved peacefully: IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria

Apple re-closes some stores, raising economic concerns

Apple's Friday decision to close stores in four states with surging coronavirus cases highlights a question that other businesses may soon face: Stay open or prepare for more shutdowns?
Apple, like many other major US retailers, shut down all of its US locations in March.
On Friday, it said it would shut 11 stores, seven in Arizona, two in Florida, two in North Carolina and one in South Carolina, that it had reopened just a few weeks ago.

Senior Congress leader abducted, murdered by relative in Telangana

A senior Congress leader Ramachandra Reddy was allegedly abducted and murdered by his relative Pratap Reddy and his (P Reddy's) driver over a land dispute.
As per information provided by the police, both the accused are absconding and a case has been registered against them.
"The Deceased Ramchandra Reddy and Accused Pratap Reddy, both are relatives, they have land dispute from some time now, regarding that the deceased and accused both were sitting in a car in Shadnagar and arguing with each other. Then from there accused Pratap Reddy's driver had come and they took the deceased to an abandoned venture in Kothuru, both killed Ramchandra Reddy and left from there. Both are absconding. Presently a Kidnapping Case has been registered," said Shadnagar DCP while speaking to ANI over the phone.

Nepal on its side, China now woos Bangladesh

Just when India-China ties suffered a new low following the recent clashes at Galwan Valley in Ladakh, Beijing seems to be aggressively wooing Bangladesh, a strong ally of India in the neighbourhood, with a host of sops. Beijing has reached out to Dhaka by offering to waive off 97% tariff on 5,161 items that Bangladesh trades with China. Dhaka had asked for the waiver from China for being a “less developed country”, and Beijing responded favourably on July 16, ironically a day after the Ladakh clash.

SC takes note of different Covid-19 testing charge, asks Centre to decide

The Supreme Court Friday took note of the differences in Covid-19 testing charges in various states and asked the Centre to decide on the issue, and said all states should set up panel of experts to inspect hospitals to ensure proper care the patients.
A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, S K Kaul and M R Shah, which would pass the order later, observed during the hearing that there should be uniformity in Covid-19 testing charge in all states.

Ladakh stand-off: China claims Galwan Valley located on its side of LAC, reports ANI

Days after the violent face-off between Indian Army and Chinese troops in Galwan, the China's Foreign Ministry has said that the area located along Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh sector is a part of mainland China and accused the Indian troops of "unilaterally and continuously building roads, bridges and other facilities" at LAC.
China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian in a statement gave a step-by-step account of the Galwan clash and elaborated China's position on settling this incident.
"For many years, the Chinese border troops have been patrolling and on duty in this region. Since April this year, the Indian border troops have unilaterally and continuously built roads, bridges and other facilities at the LAC in the Galwan Valley. China has lodged representations and protests on multiple occasions but India has gone even further to cross the LAC and make provocations," the foreign ministry statement read.
"By the early morning of May 6, the Indian border troops, who have crossed the LAC by night and trespassed into China's territory, have built fortification and barricades, which impeded the patrol of Chinese border troops," it read.
"They deliberately made provocations in an attempt to unilaterally change the status quo of control and management. The Chinese border troops have been forced to take necessary measures to respond to the situation on the ground and strengthen management and control in the border areas," read the statement.

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

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. Read on...

Rain lashes parts of Delhi on Saturday morning

Heavy rain accompanied by strong winds lashed parts of the national capital early on Saturday morning.
Earlier today, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that thunderstorm accompanied with rain and gusty winds of speed 30-50 kmph would occur at and adjoining areas of Delhi NCR.

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