Current Affairs 13 June 2020

  • J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Baramulla district

Pakistan has violated the ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district for the second consecutive day. The ceasefire was violated along the Line of Control in the Kamalkot sector of Uri in Baramulla district on Saturday. On Friday, a 48-year-old woman was killed and another person injured after Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in Rampur sector of Jammu and Kashmir. “On 12 June, in the morning hours, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in Rampur sector of district Baramulla by firing mortars and other weapons,” a defence spokesman said.

  • India-China border dispute: Importance of Pangong Tso and why its fingers are much sought after

emember the climax scene of the blockbuster Hindi movie ‘3 Idiots’? It was shot at the Pangong Tso. The movie was so popular in China that fans there celebrated 10 years of ‘3 Idiots’ in December 2019, hailing it as the ‘film of the century’. Right now, this Pangong Tso is the site of eye-to-eye confrontation between Indian and Chinese troops, following a scuffle in early May. Both sides have ramped up their troop presence but “disengagement” process is also underway. India and China have different understanding of where the LAC passes through. India has maintained that the LAC passes through Finger 8, which has been the site of the final military post of China. China appears to keep India constricted in the region by taking strategic advantage of looking over the Chusul Valley, which it can do if it advances along Pangong Tso. This assessment is likely to reflect in Indian approach when the two sides sit for “disengagement” talks on Saturday.

  • UN links items in arms shipments and missile attacks to Iran

The United Nations says it has determined that Iran was the source for several items in two arms shipments seized by the United States and for debris left by attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil installations and an international airport, according to a new report. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said some of the items seized by the US in November 2019 and February 2020 “were identical or similar” to those found after the cruise missiles and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia in 2019. He said in a report to the UN Security Council obtained Friday by The Associated Press that some items seized by the US in international waters off Yemen are not only Iranian but may have been transferred “in a manner inconsistent” with the council resolution that endorsed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. American officials contend Iran is working to obtain nuclear-capable missiles, which the Iranians deny.

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