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‘GALWAN FLAG VIDEO PART OF CHINA’S PROPAGANDA WAR’

‘China maintaining around 60,000 troops opposite Ladakh, Indian preparedness also at high level’.

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The video showing “unfurling of a Chinese flag in Galwan where troops clashed in 2020” is nothing but part of the “propaganda war” by Beijing against Delhi, diplomatic sources told The Daily Guardian. “Indian agencies have cross-checked it and found that the place shown in the video is not the disputed area where Indian and Chinese soldiers had clashed in June 2020. The unfurling has taken place at a Chinese held place,” top sources said.

“The content of the video was thoroughly examined by the competent authority, and the feedback was shared with the diplomatic and army leaderships in a high-level meeting at South Block,” the sources said. “Circulation of the video and the massive amplification of the same by some in China is purely a part of Beijing’s ongoing propaganda war against India and a provocative practice that the PLA always resorts to,” a diplomat told The Daily Guardian.

It is reliably learnt that India has, through its diplomatic channels, conveyed the message to Beijing that it should stick to “mutually agreed upon protocols and agreements” regarding management of troops and other activities along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). “China’s bid to alter the status quo in contravention of all bilateral agreements with India will not be accepted,” a diplomat said. “India has reminded China of its commitment to strictly abiding by relevant treaties and agreements signed by the two countries,” the diplomat added. “The video might have been shared at the instance of PLA leadership and Chinese strategists to provoke India to react. It’s not advisable to fall into the trap,” diplomats argued. “India wants the global community to take note of the same and expose China’s real intention,” an official said.

Earlier, a Chinese official media handle shared a video showing a Chinese flag being unfurled on 1 January. “China’s national flag rises over Galwan Valley on the New Year Day of 2022,” the video was captioned. It further said that the flag was special since it “once flew over Tiananmen Square in Beijing”.

Sources said that China may come up with similar videos and other means to provoke India in future amid the ongoing stand-off in eastern Ladakh. The Corps Commanders last met in October. The meeting could not result in a joint statement. The date for the next round of the meeting is yet to be finalized. However, the Indian side is said to have made its preparations to confront China with all the facts and figures that are sufficient to expose PLAs’ propaganda tactics.

Meanwhile, a report said that more than 20 months into the military standoff, China has deployed around 60,000 troops opposite the Indian territory in Ladakh and continuing its build infrastructure to help the faster movement of its forces to the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The Chinese numbers had surged significantly during the summer season as they brought in a large number of troops for summer training. They have now gone back to their rear locations. However, they are still maintaining around 60,000 troops in the areas opposite Ladakh,” government sources said. The threat perception is there from the Chinese side as they continue to build infrastructure across the LAC.

New roads are being built opposite the Daulat Beg Oldie area and near the Pangong lake area, they said. Sources said the Indian side has also taken very strong steps to ensure that any possible misadventure from the Chinese side.

The Indian Army has brought in the forces of the counter-terrorism Rashtriya Rifles’ Uniform Force into the Ladakh theatre on the Eastern front even as the infrastructure build-up is continuing from the Indian side too. Sources said that the Indian Army is keeping all the mountain passes open to rush in troops if they are required at any of the friction points there. Sources also said that the Indian side is in the eyeball-to-eyeball situation with the Chinese troops only at one or two locations as at most of the places, two armies are separated by buffer zones.

Both sides are also deploying a large number of surveillance drones over the buffer zones to keep an eye on the movement of each others’ troops. Sources said the Chinese are finding the winter deployments very harsh as they are rotating troops at forward locations very fast. During their maiden deployment in the extreme winters in high-altitude locations, they were being rotated almost daily as they were suffering a lot of cold-related injuries.

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PM Narendra Modi extends greetings on occasion of Raksha Bandhan

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Taking to Twitter PM Modi said, “Greetings to everyone on the special occasion of Raksha Bandhan.”

Earlier, PM Modi’s Pakistani sister, Qamar Mohsin Shaikh, sent the sacred thread, Rakhi, to PM Modi. Sheikh also wished her luck for the 2024 general elections.

“I hope he (PM Modi) will call me Delhi this time. I have done all the preparations. I made this rakhi by myself by using a Reshmi ribbon with embroidery design,” Shaikh said.

Moreover, Shaikh also wrote the letter and prayed for PM Modi’s long and healthy life.

Talking about the 2024 elections, Shaikh said, “There is no doubt he will be the PM again. He deserves this because he has those capabilities, and I wish him to be PM of India every time.”

Moreover, in 2021, PM Modi’s sister Shaikh sent a rakhi and a Raksha Bandhan card.

Moreover, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also extended greetings to the people of the country.

“Warm wishes to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Rakshabandhan,” Shah tweeted.

Earlier on Wednesday, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami tied rakhi from a large number of women.

Women tied rakhi to CM Dhami at his residence and Chief Sevak Sadan auditorium and wished him a long life.

“The festival of Rakhi is a symbol of the sacred relationship of brother and sister. The festival communicates zeal and enthusiasm in life along with mutual brotherhood. Festivals are our identity. Festivals play an important role in maintaining the ancient culture,” Dhami said.

However, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon day of the Savan month. It marks the bond of love between the siblings and this year it will be celebrated on August 11.

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Militants attacked Rajouri military camp in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday in which three soldiers were martyred and two terrorists were killed.

Meanwhile, ADGP Jammu, Mukesh Singh confirmed the terror attack on the army camp. He said that there is an army camp in the Pargal area of ​​the Darhal sector adjoining the LoC. As soon as they entered the area, the terrorists attacked late Wednesday night, in which two jawans were also injured.

According to ADGP Pargal is 25 km away from the Rajouri district. Taking advantage of the darkness of night, the terrorists started firing indiscriminately at the soldiers. Five jawans were seriously injured in the attack, they were taken to the hospital. Doctors declared three jawans brought dead and two injured jawans are admitted to the hospital.

Moreover, security forces said that the terrorists have launched an attack and there may be more terrorists in the area. Due to this, SOG and Army personnel have started a search operation around the military camp. Alert has been declared in all areas around the LoC. Security forces have also intensified patrolling.

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The RJD leaders arriving for the meeting were asked to hand over their mobile phones ahead of the meeting

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“We want President’s rule to be imposed in Bihar and the state should go for a fresh election. Do you (Kumar) have any ideology or not? In the next polls, Janata Dal (United) will get zero seats,” said Paswan.

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But it was all in vain as Nitish Kumar resigned from the Chief Minister post and formed the new ‘Mahagathbandhan’ or Grand Alliance with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

After the meeting, party leaders Bhikhubhai Dalsaniya, Renu Devi, Mangal Pandey, Nitin Navin, Amrendra Pratap Singh, and Samrat Chaudhary left Prasad’s house. 

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