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‘Breakthrough’ in sight on LAC, India moving ahead cautiously

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After the standoff that lasted more than six months at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, India and China are believed to be close to a breakthrough, news agency ANI quoted top defence sources as saying. India, however, given its past experiences with China, is moving cautiously.

“The two sides are likely to disengage from some of the friction points in next few days and they have been discussing the modalities for doing so in a phased manner,” defence sources told ANI. “However, the Indian side is moving ahead cautiously on this matter as they want the discussions and agreements to be implemented on the ground,” they continued.

In June also, the two sides were discussing disengagement when the Galwan incident took place in which 20 India soldiers lost lives while a large number of Chinese troops also lost their lives.

As per the sources, the discussions between the two sides include pulling back tanks and armoured vehicles from their present positions, and some development in this regard is likely to take place in the next few days.

After the 8th round of talks, the two sides have to discuss some more issues to finetune the present proposals before acting on them,” they added.

Earlier on Sunday, India and China issued a joint statement on the eighth round of India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting which was held in Chushul. “The two sides had a candid, in-depth and constructive exchange of views on disengagement along the Line of Actual Control in the Western Sector of India-China border areas,” the statement read.

An official statement of the Ministry of External Affairs said that the two sides engaged constructively in their eighth round of corps commander level meeting to resolve the standoff in the eastern Ladakh region. The meeting was held in Chushul along the LAC on 6 November.

In the talks, both sides agreed to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, ensure their frontline troops to exercise restraint and avoid misunderstanding and miscalculation.

They agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels, and, taking forward the discussions at this meeting, push for the settlement of other outstanding issues, so as to jointly maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas. “They also agreed to have another round of meeting soon,” the statement said.

India and China have been engaged in a military standoff for over six months now with China moving 60,000 troops on Indian border after India also acted swiftly and deployed an almost equal number of troops on its side to prevent any further misadventure by China.

After the Chinese transgressed into multiple locations in India, the Indian side also made its move on August 29-30 to occupy heights in the Northern and Southern Pangong lake area.

The Indian action on the LAC has been led by NSA Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, Army Chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane and Air Force Chief R.K.S. Bhadauria who have been dealing strongly with the situation.

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Bulandshahr court sentences two men to 30 years in jail for raping minor girl

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Bulandshahr (Uttar Pradesh), March 7 (ANI): A Bulandshahr court has sentenced two persons to 30 years imprisonment each for raping a 13-year-old girl in January this year.
Special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court Judge Pallavi Agarwal on Saturday also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 each on Biresh (21) and Gitam (20), who had raped the girl.
Speaking to ANI, Bulandshahr Senior Superintendent of Police Santosh Kumar Singh said both accused were convicted and sent to 30 years imprisonment in just 52 days of the incident.
“A minor girl was raped on January 11 in a village under the Ramghat police station. We arrested two men and under provisions of the POCSO Act. We filed a charge-sheet before the court within nine days of the incident. The Court has sentenced both the accused to 30 years imprisonment each within 52 days of the incident. The police handled the case with sensitivity,” Singh said. (ANI)

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Samajwadi Party to hold cycle rally in support of Azam Khan, his family from March 12

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 7 (ANI): Samajwadi Party will hold a rally in support of its leader and Lok Sabha MP Azam Khan and his family over cases registered against them by the Uttar Pradesh Police.
The rally will begin from Rampur, Lok Sabha constituency of Azam Khan on March 12 and will conclude in Lucknow on March 21.
Over 80 cases have been registered against Khan, many of which are about land encroachment by Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. Khan, a former Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister, is the varsity’s chancellor.
In January, the Supreme Court dismissed pleas of the Uttar Pradesh government challenging the bail granted to Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan, his wife Dr Tanzeen Fathima, and son Abdullah Azam Khan in an alleged case of forging birth certificate.

In October 2020, the Allahabad High Court had granted bail to MP Azam Khan, his wife and son in the case.

Abdullah Azam Khan was elected as an MLA from Suar seat from Rampur, Uttar Pradesh in 2017. He was disqualified from the membership of the State Legislative Assembly for being less than 25 years of age as on the date of the election, in December 2019.

He was found guilty by the Allahabad High Court for submitting a forged birth certificate to the election body to contest elections.

A complaint was lodged by Akash Saxena, a member of Bharatiya Janata Party, alleging that Azam Khan and his wife have got two birth certificates issued from different places, one dated January 28, 2012, from Nagar Palika Parishad, Rampur, and the second dated April 21, 2015, from Nagar Nigam, Lucknow, for their son.

The first birth certificate, which recorded his date of birth as January 1, 1993, was used for making passport, etc and was misused in foreign travel, the complainant alleged. While the second birth certificate, which recorded his date of birth as September 30, 1990, was “misused” in government documents for contesting election to Legislative Assembly of the state and in different recognitions given to Jauhar University, it claimed. (ANI)

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Two criminals held after encounter with police in Bengaluru

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], March 7 (ANI): Rowdy-sheeter Chaddi Kiran and one of his associates have been arrested by Bengaluru Police on Sunday after a brief encounter.
Police personnel opened fire in self-defence when he attacked a cop while attempting to flee along with his associate. Kiran is hospitalised after a leg injury and his condition is stable, the police said.
Kiran and his associates are accused in March 2 attempt to murder case. Rowdy Sheeter Kiran and his associates are having more than 10 serious cases against them. Kiran was released on February 3, 2021, the police added.
The police received the information that Kiran is coming near Laggere Bridge in Bengaluru.
“At around 4:15 AM on Sunday, Police Sub Inspector Naveed and police staff waited there and when they attempt to arrest him, Chaddi Kiran tried to escape by overspeeding. When our police staff attempted to arrest him physically, Rowdy sheeter Chaddi Kiran and his associate Dasa attacked police staff PC Basavanna with a knife,” the police said.
To save his staff and effect arrest of Rowdy Sheeter and his associate, Naveed fired in air.
“Still, the accused didn’t surrender, then Naveed shot Chaddi Kiran on the Right leg. He is shifted to Bowring Hospital. He is stable and under observation,” the police said.
Kiran’s associate Dasa has been arrested and police staff Basavanna is stable, it added. (ANI)

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Tamil Nadu elections: Congress reaches seat-sharing deal with DMK, to contest 25 Assembly seats

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], March 7 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Congress chief KS Alagiri on Sunday announced that the party has reached a seat-sharing pact with Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and will contest 25 assembly seats in the upcoming Tamil Nadu elections.
“We have signed a seat-sharing agreement with DMK. Congress will contest in 25 assembly seats in the upcoming Tamil Nadu election and in the by-election to the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat,” said Alagiri.
The meeting was held at DMK headquarters on Sunday morning.
Udayanidhi Stalin, son of DMK President MK Stalin and DMK Youth Wing Secretary, is seeking a ticket to contest from the Chennai-Chepauk assembly constituency.
Udayanidhi Stalin was also interviewed by the DMK election committee at party headquarters yesterday.

Speaking to the media, Dinesh Gundu Rao, Congress in-charge of Tamil Nadu said, “Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) entering into an alliance with All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), its intention is to finish off AIADMK.”
“They want to kill all opposition parties and have ‘one party-one man rule’ in the country. Congress, DMK, Left, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) will sweep these elections,” he added.
The 234-members Tamil Nadu assembly elections will be held in a single phase on April 6 and the counting of votes will be done on May 2.
Ruling AIADMK is contesting the polls in a pre-poll alliance with the BJP.
DMK has joined hands with Congress. This time actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan’s party Makkal Neethi Maiam (MNM) is also in the fray. (ANI)

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Amit Shah offers prayers at Suchindram Temple in TN’s Kanyakumari

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Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu) [India], March 7 (ANI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday offered prayers at Suchindram Temple, Kanyakumari during his visit to Tamil Nadu ahead of state Assembly polls.
Shah was accompanied by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and supporters during his visit to the temple.

As per the schedule of his visit to the state, Shah will launch Vijay Sankalp Mahasampark Abhiyan — a door-to-door campaign at Suchindram Town in Kanyakumari.
Shah will also hold a roadshow from Hindu college to Veppamodu Kamraj statue in Kanyakumari.
This is Shah’s second visit to the state in a week. Last Sunday, he visited Chennai and met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam.
BJP is contesting Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu in alliance with incumbent All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). The AIADMK late Friday night announced that it allocated 20 Assembly constituencies to the BJP for the ensuing elections along with the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency.
Tamil Nadu Assembly elections for 234 constituencies will be held in a single phase on April 6 and the counting of votes will be done on May 2. As many as 6,28,23,749 electors will choose candidates for the sixteenth Legislative Assembly in Tamil Nadu.
Later in the day, Shah is scheduled to attend the valedictory function of BJP Kerala Vijay Yatra in Thiruvananthapuram. (ANI)

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India to have 10,000 Janaushadhi Kendras soon: PM Modi

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the government wants to reach a target of opening 10,000 Janaushadhi Kendras very soon and added that these centres are helping people from poor and middle-class families save around Rs 3,600 crores annually.
Addressing Janaushadhi Diwas celebrations and interacting with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana, through video conferencing, the Prime Minister said this scheme is helping to provide cheap medicines to the citizens living in tribal areas in the Northeast and in the mountainous areas.
“Today when the 7500th centre has been inaugurated in Shillong. It is clear from this how much public health centres are expanding in the Northeast. We had less than 100 Janaushadhi centres till 2014. We want to reach the target of opening 10,000 centres very soon. I want to request state governments to take a pledge for 75 Janaushadhi centres each in 75 districts on the 75th year of our independence. We should also set a target of double the beneficiaries of Janaushadhi centres,” he said.
“Janaushadhi scheme is supporting poor and middle-class families. This scheme is becoming a medium of service and employment. At Janaushadhi Kendras, people are getting affordable medicines and youth are getting employment there. Rs 2.5 sanitary pads are being made available to girls at Janaushadhi Kendras. More than 11,000 crore sanitary napkins have been sold at Janaushadhi Kendras,” he added.
PM Modi said more than 1,000 Janaushadhi Kendras are being run by women. This Janaushadhi scheme is empowering self-reliance among women, he added.
“Janaushadhi centres are helping people from poor and middle-class families save around Rs 3,600 crores annually. With an aim to expand the Janaushadhi scheme, the incentive of these centres has been increased from Rs 2.5 lakhs to Rs 5 lakhs. Besides this, an additional incentive of Rs 2 lakhs is being given to Dalits, tribals, women and people of the Northeast. This money helps them to make their store and purchase the required furniture,” he said.
The Prime Minister informed that a decision has been taken to make available 75 Ayush medicines across Janaushadhi centres in the country.
“This scheme has opened new possibilities in the pharma sector. Today demand for Made in India medicines and surgical have increased. With this, the production is also increasing. It is generating new employment opportunities. Now a decision has been taken to make available 75 Ayush medicines across Janaushadhi centres in the country,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that the government is highly focused on developing infrastructure to provide affordable and effective treatment to all.
“For a long time, in the government’s thinking of the country, health was considered to be the only subject of disease and treatment. But the subject of health is not just limited to disease and treatment, but it affects the entire economic and social fabric of the country,” he said.
“The effort of the government today is that no one should be deprived of the benefits of medical science. The treatment should be cheap, accessible, be for the public, with this thinking, policies and programs are being made today,” he added. (ANI)

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