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The pups will now be trained for infantry patrol and anti-terrorist roles at the Bhanu training academy over the next few months.(AP)

Pups named after Ladakh fronts inducted into ITBP canine squad

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 06:37 PM IST
The puppies have been named after the various strategic geographical locations of the Ladakh sector where the ITBP is deployed as part of its primary task to guard the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.
Rajnath Singh referred to the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) meeting on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) held virtually earlier this month and said the next round of military talks can take place anytime.(ANI file photo)
Rajnath Singh referred to the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) meeting on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) held virtually earlier this month and said the next round of military talks can take place anytime.(ANI file photo)

No meaningful outcome of talks with China on LAC standoff: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 10:12 AM IST
In an exclusive interview with ANI, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh said that if status quo continues, there cannot be a reduction in the deployment of troops.
China’s much-publicised decision to supply 50 armed drones to Pakistan is a reminder for India to move faster to purchase and develop weapons that it has deemed to be a necessity.(Getty Images)
China’s much-publicised decision to supply 50 armed drones to Pakistan is a reminder for India to move faster to purchase and develop weapons that it has deemed to be a necessity.(Getty Images)

China sells 50 armed drones to Pakistan, begins psyops. It’s a reminder | Analysis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 11:04 AM IST
The Chinese state media claimed Indian ground formations will be unable to parry an attack by large number of armed drones. But armed drones perform optimally in uncontested air spaces or where it has air dominance.
In this Oct 2016 file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the signing ceremony by foreign ministers during the BRICS summit in Goa, India.(AP)
In this Oct 2016 file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the signing ceremony by foreign ministers during the BRICS summit in Goa, India.(AP)

India calls for holding early talks on LAC

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 01:54 AM IST
The two sides have been unable to make a breakthrough in the nearly eight-month standoff in Ladakh sector of the LAC despite several rounds of diplomatic and military talks, though external affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said these discussions had resulted in better understanding of each other’s positions.
Army chief General MM Naravane visited forward areas of Fire and Fury Corps including Rechin La and undertook a first-hand assessment of the situation along the LAC in Leh, a day earlier on Wednesday.(ANI PHOTO.)
Army chief General MM Naravane visited forward areas of Fire and Fury Corps including Rechin La and undertook a first-hand assessment of the situation along the LAC in Leh, a day earlier on Wednesday.(ANI PHOTO.)

For total disengagement, India wants military commanders’ meet with China at ‘early date’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 08:37 PM IST
The two sides have been unable to make a breakthrough in the nearly eight-month standoff in Ladakh sector of the LAC despite several rounds of diplomatic and military talks, though external affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said these discussions had resulted in better understanding of each other’s positions.
Army Chief General MM Naravane reached the forward areas early on Wednesday and visited troops of XIV Corps, popularly known as the “Fire and Fury Corps” and part of the Udhampur-based Northern Command.(PTI)
Army Chief General MM Naravane reached the forward areas early on Wednesday and visited troops of XIV Corps, popularly known as the “Fire and Fury Corps” and part of the Udhampur-based Northern Command.(PTI)

Army chief General Naravane reviews troop preparedness in forward areas along LAC

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 08:53 PM IST
Among the areas visited by Naravane was Rechin La, one of the regions on the south bank of Pangong Lake where Indian troops occupied strategic heights in an operation during August 29-30 to pre-empt moves by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to unilaterally change the status quo along the LAC.
In July, Japanese ambassador Satoshi Suzuki had said that his country opposes any “unilateral attempt to change the status quo” along the LAC after a conversation with foreign secretary Harsh Shringla.(PTI fILE)
In July, Japanese ambassador Satoshi Suzuki had said that his country opposes any “unilateral attempt to change the status quo” along the LAC after a conversation with foreign secretary Harsh Shringla.(PTI fILE)

India and Japan oppose attempts to ‘unilaterally change status quo by coercion’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 05:32 PM IST
The statement was perceived as a strong endorsement for India’s demand for restoration of status quo on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Ladakh sector
India and China recently blamed each other for the situation along the LAC, where tens of thousands of troops from both sides have dug in for the winter.(AP file photo)
India and China recently blamed each other for the situation along the LAC, where tens of thousands of troops from both sides have dug in for the winter.(AP file photo)

India wants further talks with China for ‘mutually acceptable solution’ to LAC standoff

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 10:37 PM IST
New Delhi has maintained that attempts by Chinese troops to unilaterally alter the status quo on the LAC and violation of several agreements for maintaining peace and tranquillity on the disputed border triggered the standoff.
Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan speaking at the National War Memorial in New Delhi on Wednesday.(ANI Photo)
Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan speaking at the National War Memorial in New Delhi on Wednesday.(ANI Photo)

Trust between Indian Army and China’s PLA evaporated after Galwan clash, says top military commander

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 05:39 PM IST
Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan, General officer in command, Eastern Command, said there’ve been no major intrusions or face-offs in Eastern Command area since friction in Ladakh.
The standoff between Indian and Chinese forces in Ladakh sector of the LAC is currently in its eighth month, and tens of thousands of troops from both sides have dug in for the winter after several rounds of military and diplomatic talks failed to make headway. (Photo@rajnathsingh)
The standoff between Indian and Chinese forces in Ladakh sector of the LAC is currently in its eighth month, and tens of thousands of troops from both sides have dug in for the winter after several rounds of military and diplomatic talks failed to make headway. (Photo@rajnathsingh)

India stood up to China’s ‘aggression’, forced PLA troops back: Rajnath Singh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 03:42 PM IST
Rajnath Singh called on industry to step up to forge partnerships to provide the armed forces with the right technology and equipment for defending the country and also for driving the export of military hardware.
The authorisation to increase the weapon and ammunition reserves to minimum 15-I levels from the earlier existing 10-day stocking is to prepare the defence forces for a two-front war with both China and Pakistan.(AP Photo)
The authorisation to increase the weapon and ammunition reserves to minimum 15-I levels from the earlier existing 10-day stocking is to prepare the defence forces for a two-front war with both China and Pakistan.(AP Photo)

Indian defence forces to stock weapons, ammo for 15-day intense war

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 03:58 PM IST
Making use of the extended stocking requirements and the emergency financial powers in the ongoing conflict with China in Eastern Ladakh, the defence forces are expected to spend over Rs 50,000 crore for acquisition of equipment and ammunition from both local and foreign sources.
Chinese soldiers armed with spears and rifles, which were used during the Galwan Valley clash in June.
Chinese soldiers armed with spears and rifles, which were used during the Galwan Valley clash in June.

China wants India to accept the new normal on LAC, move on to restore bilateral ties | Analysis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 10:56 AM IST
While India wants China to restore status quo ante of April 2020, Beijing apparently feels that Modi government will come to terms with the new normal on LAC and revive ties in the coming months and willy-nilly accept the rise of the Middle Kingdom.
Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar speaks to the media after the 2019 US-India 2+2 ministerial dialogue at the State Department in Washington in December 2019.(REUTERS FILE)
Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar speaks to the media after the 2019 US-India 2+2 ministerial dialogue at the State Department in Washington in December 2019.(REUTERS FILE)

China faces ‘real danger’ of losing goodwill created by decades of good ties: Jaishankar

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 07:32 PM IST
Jaishankar described this year’s events along the LAC as “very disturbing”, and said they had raised “very basic concerns”. These events occurred because China “has not abided by agreements that we have had with them about respecting and observing the LAC and not bringing forces to the LAC”, he said
A satellite image of Galwan Valley in Ladakh. (Photo: REUTERS)
A satellite image of Galwan Valley in Ladakh. (Photo: REUTERS)

Situation at border over last 6 months result of China’s actions: India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 08:49 PM IST
The two sides haven’t made headway on disengagement and de-escalation at friction points on the LAC despite several rounds of diplomatic and military talks.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said India-China ties were passing through their difficult phase ever because of Beijing’s violation of agreements on border peace.(PTI)
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said India-China ties were passing through their difficult phase ever because of Beijing’s violation of agreements on border peace.(PTI)

Jaishankar calls out China, cites its 5 differing explanations for Ladakh violations

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 08:45 PM IST
With the India-China border standoff in its eighth month, Jaishankar made it clear that extensive contacts between the two sides at different levels had so far failed to address the basic issue that “agreements are not being observed”
File photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping.(REUTERS)
File photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping.(REUTERS)

Satellite imagery shows China setting up border villages between India, Bhutan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Beijing | By Rezaul H Laskar, Sutirtho Patranobis | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 10:52 PM IST
Several villages have come up in the tri-junction between India, Bhutan and China, and the move follows the upgrading and construction of Chinese military facilities.
The new dam’s ability to generate hydropower could be three times that of central China’s Three Gorges Dam (above), which has the largest installed hydropower capacity in the world(Shutterstock)
The new dam’s ability to generate hydropower could be three times that of central China’s Three Gorges Dam (above), which has the largest installed hydropower capacity in the world(Shutterstock)

China is using Tibet’s waters against India | Analysis

By Dechen Palmo
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 08:46 PM IST
The timing of the announcement to build a “super dam” on the lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo river close to the LAC can be linked to the ongoing border tensions, which is rooted in China’s refusal to acknowledge the McMahon Line
Indian and Chinese troops have been facing off along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh for much of this year.(HT PHOTO)
Indian and Chinese troops have been facing off along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh for much of this year.(HT PHOTO)

Imperative for China to adhere to agreements on LAC, says India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 09:08 PM IST
External affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said The “core issue” continues to be strict adherence to bilateral agreements and protocols for maintaining peace and tranquillity along the LAC.
Maxar WorldView-3 satellite image shows close up view of the LAC border and patrol point 14 in the eastern Ladakh sector of Galwan Valley.(File photo)
Maxar WorldView-3 satellite image shows close up view of the LAC border and patrol point 14 in the eastern Ladakh sector of Galwan Valley.(File photo)

China ‘planned’ Galwan Valley clash, US commission says in report to Congress

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 09:12 PM IST
The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission described the nearly eight-month-long India-China standoff along the LAC as the “most severe border crisis in decades”
Armies of both countries have deployed a large number of troops along the LAC. Multiple rounds of talks between the two sides to resolve the standoff have not yielded any concrete outcome.(Reuters)
Armies of both countries have deployed a large number of troops along the LAC. Multiple rounds of talks between the two sides to resolve the standoff have not yielded any concrete outcome.(Reuters)

Chinese construction activities along Indian border ‘provocative measure’: US lawmaker

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 09:26 AM IST
India and China have been locked in a military standoff, which began in May, along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
During the virtual session, the minister spoke the ground situation at LAC and state of talks with China(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
During the virtual session, the minister spoke the ground situation at LAC and state of talks with China(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

HTLS 2020: ‘Won’t allow unilateral action by PLA at LAC’, says Rajnath Singh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 07:30 AM IST
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s senior-most minister also said that India can never forget the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai — Thursday marked the 12th anniversary of the terror attack — and assured the country that this won’t happen again.
Shiquanhe, a garrison depot 82km from Demchok LAC with Gar Gunsa airport, has become a hub for Beijing’s relocation of troops and heavy equipment.(Xinhua via AP)
Shiquanhe, a garrison depot 82km from Demchok LAC with Gar Gunsa airport, has become a hub for Beijing’s relocation of troops and heavy equipment.(Xinhua via AP)

Spotlight on Ladakh, China secretly made moves in central, Sikkim and eastern sectors

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 07:32 AM IST
While Hindustan Times has already reported the PLA’s force accretion in East Ladakh, something that reduces the chances of the status quo ante being restored at friction points, Indian military commanders are concerned about the build-up across the LAC, from Kaurik Pass in Himachal Pradesh to Fish Tail I and II in Arunachal Pradesh.
The border standoff in Ladakh sector of the LAC, where both sides have deployed thousands of troops backed by artillery and armoured vehicles, has entered its seventh month.(PTI Photo)
The border standoff in Ladakh sector of the LAC, where both sides have deployed thousands of troops backed by artillery and armoured vehicles, has entered its seventh month.(PTI Photo)

India, China to hold another round of talks on border stand-off

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 06:22 AM IST
The eighth round of talks between senior military commanders of the two sides, which was held in Chushul on November 6, was also joined by joint secretary (East Asia) Naveen Srivastava of the external affairs ministry.
The standoff between India and China along the LAC in Ladakh has entered its seventh month.(Representative Photo)
The standoff between India and China along the LAC in Ladakh has entered its seventh month.(Representative Photo)

India, China to hold another round of talks soon on border standoff

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 09:09 PM IST
The External Affairs Ministry said India would continue dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels to ensure complete disengagement and full restoration of peace and tranquillity along the LAC in Ladakh.
According to Indian national security planners, the Chinese army is undertaking strategic road construction for faster deployment on LAC with focus on the Depsang Bulge area and the DBO sector.(Reuters Photo)
According to Indian national security planners, the Chinese army is undertaking strategic road construction for faster deployment on LAC with focus on the Depsang Bulge area and the DBO sector.(Reuters Photo)

China is fortifying defences across Ladakh border, not prepping to disengage

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 11:10 AM IST
China’s PLA, contrary to media reports, is not moving back from Finger 4 on the north bank of Pangong Tso and is carrying out an exercise to widen and black tar a road between Finger 6 and Finger 8 to enable faster deployment of troops.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s comments came during a virtual discussion with his Canadian counterpart François-Philippe Champagne on Tuesday.(REUTERS)
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s comments came during a virtual discussion with his Canadian counterpart François-Philippe Champagne on Tuesday.(REUTERS)

‘Stressful relations’: Jaishankar analyses China ties, then some advice

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 11:20 PM IST
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said current status of Sino-Indian bilateral ties is a “cause for concern” because 45 years of peace and tranquillity on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) have been eroded by the developments of this year.
Technology has always been at the heart of enhancing and refining capability and a holistic techno-strategic review specific to India’s national security needs the highest priority.
Technology has always been at the heart of enhancing and refining capability and a holistic techno-strategic review specific to India’s national security needs the highest priority.

HTLS 2020: Challenges and opportunities of new era in national security

By C Uday Bhaskar
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 06:27 PM IST
In the run-up to the HT Leadership Summit this year, premised on the apt theme of defining a new era, the realm of national security merits attention. An objective assessment of the challenges to India’s national security in the current period would point to the inclusive nature of the concept of national security and how this has affected both the state and the citizen – from China to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Undeterred by the inclement weather, the Indian troops are packed up in snow tents and igloos.(Twitter/@ADGPI)
Undeterred by the inclement weather, the Indian troops are packed up in snow tents and igloos.(Twitter/@ADGPI)

Indian troops hold positions at LAC in Ladakh braving PLA and polar temperatures

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2020 11:29 AM IST
The PLA troops are also packed up on their side of the LAC and holding their positions at Gogra-Hot Springs, North Pangong Tso and on South Pangong Tso with accretion of troops across the DBO sector.
Indian Army soldier stands guard near Nastachun pass, also known as Sadhana pass, about 8 Km from the Line of Control (LOC) in Kupwara.(AFP)
Indian Army soldier stands guard near Nastachun pass, also known as Sadhana pass, about 8 Km from the Line of Control (LOC) in Kupwara.(AFP)

India hits Pak targets after shelling at LOC

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Srinagar | By Rahul Singh and Mir Ehsan
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2020 01:14 AM IST
The heavy exchange of fire — triggered by ceasefire violations by the Pakistani army on the eve of Diwali — has turned the spotlight on the LoC at a time when Indian and Chinese forces are locked in a border dispute along the contested Line of Actual Control (LAC)
The border standoff has entered its seventh month and tens of thousands of troops from both sides have dug in for the winter along the LAC in Ladakh sector. (AP photo)
The border standoff has entered its seventh month and tens of thousands of troops from both sides have dug in for the winter along the LAC in Ladakh sector. (AP photo)

India, China to hold another round of talks on border standoff soon: MEA

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 10:26 PM IST
The two sides are reportedly discussing proposals to withdraw tanks and artillery from along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), creating a zone between fingers four and seven where there will be no patrolling by both sides, and thinning troops on the south bank of Pangong Lake, which will be followed by a joint verification.
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