PM Narendra Modi, Chinese president Xi meet on Brics sidelines, agree on expeditious de-escalation in Ladakh | India News

Maintenance of peace and tranquility in the border areas and respect for the LAC are essential for the normalization of Sino-Indian ties that remain in deep-freeze because of the unresolved military standoff in eastern Ladakh, PM Narendra Modi told President Xi Jinping in a “conversation’’ on the margins of the BRICS summit and ahead of … Read more

No concrete breakthrough in India-China military talks on resolving Ladakh confrontation | India News

NEW DELHI: There was yet again no concrete breakthrough in resolving the festering troop face-offs at Depsang Plains and Demchok in eastern Ladakh despite the latest round of top-level military talks being held with China after a gap of almost four months.China did not agree to restore patrolling rights of Indian soldiers at the strategically-located … Read more

Keep border issue in ‘proper place’: China to India | India News

NEW DELHI: Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang told his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar China is willing to speed up resumptions of exchanges with India in various fields, including resuming direct flights at the earliest date and facilitating people-to-people exchanges, but also reiterated Beijing’s position that the boundary issue be kept in the “proper place” in … Read more

GST mop-up rises 44% to 1.4L crore, 4th highest ever

NEW DELHI: Goods and services tax (GST) collections rose 44% to over Rs 1.4 lakh crore in May, with domestic and overseas segments contributing equally to the increase. While mop-up in May, based on transactions in the previous month, was 16% lower than the record collections of a little under Rs 1.7 lakh crore in … Read more

New Army chief reviews operational readiness in Ladakh amid continuing military confrontation with China

NEW DELHI: Army chief General Manoj Pande on Thursday reviewed the prevailing security situation and operational preparedness along the frontier in eastern Ladakh, even as the continuing military confrontation with China has entered the third year now. On his first visit to Ladakh after becoming the Army chief, Gen Pande was briefed on the situation … Read more

China’s intent has been to keep the boundary issue ‘alive’: Army chief

NEW DELHI: China has not shown any intent to move towards a final settlement of the overall boundary question, General Manoj Pande said on Monday, while asserting the Army is maintaining a `robust posture’ to tackle any contingency amid the continuing over two-year long military confrontation in eastern Ladakh. “The basic issue remains the resolution … Read more

Rajnath asks BRO to further crank up border infrastructure development with latest technology

NEW DELHI: With China systematically building roads, bridges and military positions along the entire 3,488-km Line of Actual Control during the continuing troop confrontation in eastern Ladakh, defence minister Rajnath on Saturday asked the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to further enhance its capability through latest technology for faster development of infrastructure in border areas. “The … Read more

Lt-Gen B S Raju to be next Army vice chief

NEW DELHI: With Lt-General Manoj Pande set to take over as the next Army chief from General M M Naravane on Saturday, Lt-Gen Baggavalli Somashekar Raju will succeed him as the vice chief of the 12-lakh strong force. Lt-Gen Raju, who was commissioned into the Jat Regiment in December 1984 and is a qualified helicopter … Read more

India needs to be prepared for short swift wars as well as long-drawn stand-offs, with logistics being a key area: IAF chief

NEW DELHI: The current geopolitical situation dictates that India be prepared for short swift wars as well as long-drawn standoffs like the ongoing one with China in eastern Ladakh, the IAF chief said on Thursday, while stressing the criticality of operational logistics for such contingencies. Quoting Sun Tzu that “the line between disorder and order … Read more

Need to prepare for intense, small duration operations: IAF Chief

NEW DELHI: The IAF chief VR Chaudhari on Thursday said that the current geopolitical situation necessitates the Indian Air Force to prepare for intense and small duration operations at a short notice, and be ready for a long drawn standoff like the one we are seeing in eastern Ladakh. Addressing a seminar in the national … Read more