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LAC meet after stones hurled

LAC meet after stones hurled

India, China commanders promise to avoid ‘repeat’ of Ladakh incident17 Aug 2017 | 2:21 AM

NEW DELHI:Within a day of stone hurling between Indian and Chinese troops, military commanders today met and decided to let the incident be a case of “bygones”, while strengthening the peace mechanisms along the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 16

Within a day of stone hurling between Indian and Chinese troops, military commanders today met and decided to let the incident be a case of “bygones”, while strengthening the peace mechanisms along the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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A meeting was conducted this afternoon at Spanggur Gap in eastern Ladakh, sources said. They discussed “strengthening of the existing mechanism of peace and tranquillity”. Both promised to avoid a “repeat” . 

Indian and Chinese troops had clashed yesterday, targeting one another with stones. Sources confirmed the incident occurred when land-based patrols came face-to-face north of Pangong Tso (lake) in eastern Ladakh.

Today was a pre-scheduled border personnel meeting (BPM) at the Spanggur Gap. More than 100 such meetings are conducted annually here, one of five such meeting points across the LAC.

India and China have an established protocol and mechanism to ensure peace along the LAC, that is not demarcated, and both countries have their own perceptions of the LAC. Since 1993, India and China have had key treaties to ensure peace along the LAC.

A series of agreements dictate the conduct of soldiers and how a committee should sort out matters. The first step is a banner drill: soldiers on patrol in disputed areas on coming face-to-face unfurl a banner. This cites an agreement inked in 2005. The “banner drill” mandates: “Throughout the face-to-face situation, neither side shall use force or threaten to use force.” There are 400 to 500 such banner drills done annually.

The Border Defence Cooperation Agreement inked in 2013 says patrols of either side in areas where there is no common understanding on LAC will not be tailed. 

In 2012, a “Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs” was established. Its mandate is to address situations that may affect peace.

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17 Aug 2017 | 2:21 AM

NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court on Wednesday set up a supervisory panel of two retired judges to scrutinise 241 cases relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi closed by a special investigation team (SIT) formed by the NDA government to re-investigate them.

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17 Aug 2017 | 2:21 AM

NEW DELHI:Six months after reducing the prices of coronary stents, the government today cracked down on exorbitantly priced knee implants, fixing their ceiling prices in a major financial relief to patients.

US designates Hizb ‘foreign terror group’

US designates Hizb ‘foreign terror group’

17 Aug 2017 | 2:06 AM

NEW DELHI:The US today designated Kashmiri militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, based in Pakistan, as a “foreign terrorist organisation”.

Govt extends tax break for industry in hills till 2027

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17 Aug 2017 | 2:21 AM

NEW DELHI:Industries in the North-Eastern and Himalayan states will continue to get tax exemption till March 2027, albeit as refund, under the current GST regime which was rolled out on July 1, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today.

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Demonetisation has checked generation of new black money. It led to at least Rs 3 lakh crore of undeclared income coming into the banking system, doubling of income tax filers to 56 lakh and detection of over three lakh ‘shell’ companies.

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NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered an NIA investigation into conversion of a Hindu girl to Islam and her subsequent marriage to a Muslim man in Kerala after the central agency hinted that those involved in these conversions and marriages had links with SIMI, a banned organisation.

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