- Srinagar-Leh Road Shut, Villages To Be Evacuated Amid China Tension
The Army will evacuate two villages in eastern Ladakh close to the Line of Actual Control or LAC amid tension after a deadly face-off between India and China on Monday, sources said on Thursday. Mobile network in border villages has been snapped and the Srinagar-Leh highway has been closed to traffic. The army has brought in reinforcements in Galwan valley, the site of the clash in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed in action, and other areas like Daulat Beg Oldie, Chushul and Depsang. The clash took place at a point called PP-14 or patrolling point 14 a few kilometres from the LAC, the de-facto border between India and China.
- Talks Again Between India, China Major Generals, First Round Inconclusive
A day after inconclusive talks over the face-off in eastern Ladakh, a Major General of the Indian Army is holding talks with Chinese military officers at Galwan valley. The talks being held are in the area where violent clashes between Indian and Chinese soldiers took place on Monday night. 20 soldiers including a Colonel gave their lives for India, while Army sources have said they believe some 45 Chinese soldiers were killed or injured. At the moment, there are no signs of the Chinese disengaging from the area, sources said. The area is close to the Line of Actual Control or LAC between India and China in eastern Ladakh. In the over four-and-a-half-hour meeting, Indian had pressed for restoration of status quo and immediate withdrawal of a sizeable number of Chinese troops from all the stand-off points.
- Big Step Taken Today To Make India Self-Reliant In Energy: PM Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday kicked off the auction process of coal blocks for commercial mining, as part of the government’s Atmabharat Nirbhar measures to help the country battle the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. India has taken a “big step today” to become self-reliant in energy, the Prime Minister said while launching the auctions. The onset of commercial coal mining auctions is a “win-win situation for every stakeholder… The market for coal is now open. It will help all sectors,” PM Modi said. “Maamla to koyle ka hai, par heere ke sapne dekh ke chalna hai (the matter is of coal but the country has dreams of diamonds),” PM Narendra Modi said.