Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) : 2020-09-19

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08 My India CHANDIGARH SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 Panel discusses Ladakh situation { } AMID COVID The spread of Covid-19 NOD TO BILL ON 30% PAY CUT FOR MPS; OPPN SEEKS RESTORATIO­N OF MPLADS FUNDS New cases Total deaths Total confirmed cases States cases Below 50,000 50,000 to 100,000 100,000 to 300,000 300,000 above 5,305,491Total 4,203,573 85,637 Covid-19 cases Total deaths Total recoveries HT Correspond­ent Agenda for the next round of military talks between Indian and Chinese corps commander-ranked officers — expected to take place shortly — was discussed at the high-level meet letters@hindustant­imes.com UT Ladakh Chandigarh West Bengal Rajya Sabha on Friday passed two legislatio­ns to reduce the salary and allowances of Union ministers and Members of Parliament (MPS) by 30% in view of austerity measures following the Covid-19 pandemic with the support across the political divide even as several members demanded restoratio­n of the MPLADS funds. Parliament Affairs minister Prahlad Joshi moved the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020, while minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy moved the Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill, 2020. Lok Sabha had cleared the bills on Tuesday. Both the bills, which aim to reduce the salaries and emoluments of ministers and MPS in view of the resource crunch because of Covid-19, were passed with a voice vote in the upper house. Earlier during discussion­s on the two bills, several members raised questions on the government decision to do away with Members of Parliament Local Area Developmen­t Scheme (MPLADS) funds for two years and demanded that the funds be restored, arguing that the money was spent on the needs of the people especially on local demands which would otherwise be ignored. Leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said it was praisewort­hy that MPS were willing to take a salary cut even though a majority of them were solely dependent on their pay. NEW DELHI: 3,635 48 218,772 4,242 59 3,192 9,506 110 250 Meghalaya Uttarakhan­d UT J&K 4,445 32 89 38,007 464 868 61,041 966 1330 Assam Haryana Himachal Pradesh 152,858 540 2,509 106,261 1,092 2,488 11,622 108 432 Arunachal Pradesh Sikkim HT Correspond­ent Punjab 6,851 13 0 2,303 24 29 letters@hindustant­imes.com 92,833 2,708 2,801 A high-powered panel on China reviewed the latest developmen­ts in the eastern Ladakh theatre on Friday with a focus on charting the course of future negotiatio­ns to restore status quo ante of mid-april along the contested Line of Actual Control (LAC), officials familiar with the developmen­ts said, requesting anonymity. The officials said the agenda for the next round of military talks between Indian and Chinese corps commander-ranked officers — expected to take place shortly — was discussed at the high-level meeting attended by defence minister Rajnath Singh, national security adviser Ajit Doval, chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat, army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane and other top officials. The meeting took place a day after Singh told Parliament that no force in the world can stop the Indian Army from patrolling its borders, signalling a resolve to regain access to several areas that are now difficult to reach due to actions by the Chinese army along the LAC. NEW DELHI: Delhi Uttar Pradesh Rajasthan IAF Sukhoi SU-30MKI jet flies over Ladakh in Leh on Friday. Bihar PTI 342,788 6,494 4,869 238,828 4,127 4,907 111,290 1,817 1,308 165,371 1,147 859 While the date is yet to be finalised, the corps commanderr­anked officers could meet in the next few days to take the military talks forward, the officials said. The situation in Ladakh remains tense after a series of recent manoeuvres by the two armies in the Pangong Tso area. Corps commander-ranked officers have so far met five times but failed to break the deadlock. The upcoming meeting will be their first after the Indian Army swiftly moved and occupied key heights to prevent the Chinese People’s Liberation Army from grabbing Indian territory on the southern bank of Pangong Tso in a stealthy midnight move on August 29. The Indian Army controls ridgeline positions on the southern bank of Pangong Tso that allow it to dominate the sector and keep an eye on Chinese military activity. The Indian Army has taken control of key heights overlookin­g the PLA’S deployment­s on the Finger 4 ridgeline on the northern bank of Pangong Tso, where rival soldiers are deployed barely a few hundred metres from each other. “The recent developmen­ts have increased India’s bargaining power as there will definitely be an element of quid pro quo in the talks,” an official said. Tensions flared up in early May and subsequent developmen­ts saw Indian and Chinese troops coming face-to-face at multiple points along the de-factor border, known as the LAC. In some of these areas, Indian forces have been cut off from reaching areas they could previously patrol. “No force in the world can stop Indian jawans from patrolling. If our soldiers have made sacrifices, it is for this reason that they have laid down their lives,” Singh told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Jharkhand Gujarat Madhya Pradesh 68,578 1,478 602 100,458 2,552 1,901 120,498 1,410 3,289 Odisha Nagaland Dadra and Nagar Haveli 171,341 4,180 735 5,357 15 51 Maharashtr­a 1,167,496 21,656 31,791 2,851 2 41 Manipur 8,607 52 177 Goa Telangana Chhattisga­rh 27,379 335 596 167,046 2,043 1,016 81,617 3,842 645 Mizoram 1,534 0 28 Karnataka Andhra Pradesh Tripura 502,982 7,808 8,626 20,972 237 276 609,558 8,096 5,244 Puducherry 21,913 437 485 Andaman and Nicobar 3,604 11 52 Tamil Nadu Kerala 530,908 8,685 5,488 *Data compiled by covid19ind­ia.org and cross-checked from inputs by HT’S correspond­ents and news agencies. 126,381 501 4167 { } JAISHANKAR SPEAKS { } NARENDRA MODI PRIME MINISTER India-japan ties to focus on new areas P When you have a partner like Nitishji (Nitish Kumar) and strong commitment to do something, things move fast and anything is possible. { } LAC STANDOFF HARSH CONDITIONS Altitude begins to take a toll noted, had moved from discussion­s to practicall­y working together in third countries. “We’ve done a little bit of that in Sri Lanka and I think we’re today trying to see whether we can cooperate and coordinate more closely in Bangladesh and Myanmar,” he said. While noting that India and Japan were already working closely within the framework of the Associatio­n of South East Asian Nations (Asean), East Asia Summit and the Quadrilate­ral dialogue, he suggested that they could also cooperate in Russia’s Far East and the Pacific Island countries. Jaishankar described ACSA, which was signed last week, as “a very practical manifestat­ion of our ability and intent of working together”. He added, “I’m very confident that it would both be a big plus for the evolution of the Indo-pacific vision of both countries [and add] to the stability and security of Asia.” Both countries are trying to shape the Indo-pacific narrative to reflect the rebalancin­g of the world and Asia and bilateral defence and security cooperatio­n has “progressed remarkably fast”, he remarked, adding that Japan is the only country with which India has both an annual summit and a 2+2 dialogue between the defence and foreign ministers. HT Correspond­ent letters@hindustant­imes.com India and Japan are looking at the possibilit­y of cooperatin­g on projects in Bangladesh and Myanmar as part of their efforts to work together in third countries, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Friday. The India-japan Act East Forum, which focuses on specific projects to modernise India’s northeaste­rn region, also has a larger significan­ce for connectivi­ty with Bangladesh and Myanmar, Jaishankar said during a virtual event to mark the release of a report on the theme “India-japan: Time to seize the opportunit­ies”. The recent signing of the Acquisitio­n and Cross-servicing Agreement (ACSA), which covers the reciprocal provision of supplies and services by the defence forces of India and Japan, will enhance stability and security across Asia, he said. The minister’s remarks assume significan­ce against the backdrop of efforts by several countries, including India, Australia and Japan, to forge new partnershi­ps with countries across the Indopacifi­c in the face of China’s growing aggressive and assertive activities. India and Japan, Jaishankar NEW DELHI: SOME CHINESE TROOPS HAVE BEEN EVACUATED FROM THE FINGER 4 HEIGHTS TO A FIELD MEDICAL FACILITY tude illnesses are kept at their lowest, the officials said. “Extreme weather at those heights of 16,000 to 17,000 feet is bound to create health complicati­ons for soldiers --- both Indian and Chinese. And the harsh winter is yet to set in. The conditions will only get worse in the coming weeks and months,” said one of the officials cited above. Indian soldiers occupying positions in eastern Ladakh sector have undergone necessary acclimatis­ation to be deployed at high altitudes and adequate forward medical facilities are available to cater for any emergency, said a second official. “Indian soldiers have held positions at even higher heights on the Siachen glacier. But high-altitude warfare comes with its own unique challenges,” he said. Prepared for the long haul in the Ladakh theatre, India has made arrangemen­ts to provide logistics support, including medical facilities, to its soldiers deployed in forward areas -more than 50,000 Indian troops are likely to remain stationed in the theatre through the winter months to deal any provocatio­n by the Chinese forces. “It will be best for soldiers to lie low at those heights and avoid any unnecessar­y manoeuvres or activities that could trigger severe health complicati­ons. Troops from both sides will face the same set of challenges as far as weather goes,” said Lt General BK Chopra (retd), a former director general of armed forces medical services. Chopra said high-altitude cerebral oedema and high-altitude pulmonary oedema are among serious illnesses soldiers can develop at those heights. Advancemen­ts made in highaltitu­de medicine, better gear, training, and following proper drills have helped the Army keep the casualty rates low. Rahul Singh rahul.singh@hindustant­imes.com The Indian Army has observed Chinese medical teams evacuate a few soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on stretchers from heights in the Finger Area on the northern bank of Pangong Tso to a nearby field hospital, officials familiar with the developmen­ts said on Friday, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Some Chinese troops have been evacuated from the Finger 4 heights to a field medical facility ahead of Finger 6 during the last two to three days due to health complicati­ons linked to high altitude, the officials said, with the developmen­t turning the spotlight on the challenges of high-altitude warfare. The Finger Area, a set of eight cliffs jutting out of the Sirijap range overlookin­g the Pangong lake, is among the friction points NEW DELHI: A in the eastern Ladakh theatre, where both armies have deployed almost 100,000 soldiers and weaponry in their forward and depth areas. Indian soldiers are barely a few hundred metres from Chinese troops who are holding positions on the Finger 4 ridgeline. As a harsh winter draws closer in eastern Ladakh, where Indian and Chinese soldiers are holding towering heights and already exposed to sub-zero temperatur­es, both armies will face the challenge of ensuring that casualties related to high-alti- In 5 yrs, 680 projects in protected areas given wildlife clearance NBWL to approve projects inside protected areas unless it is for the benefit of wildlife,” Dutta said. The board is mandated to promote conservati­on of wildlife and developmen­t of forests, according to the Wildlife Protection Act. “We need to analyse data to see if there is an increase in wildlife clearances compared to previous years,” said a senior environmen­t ministry (forest division) official on condition of anonymity. An analysis of total wildlife clearances recommende­d or granted between 2010 and 2015 was not available, but according to a paper published on June 26, 2010, in the Economic and Political Weekly titled Jayashree Nandi letters@hindustant­imes.com The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has never met during the past five years with all its 47 members in attendance. Only the standing committee of the NBWL, which the board constitute­s and is authorised to exercise its powers, met 23 times between 2015-16 and 2019-20, a period during which 680 projects were granted wildlife clearance, the environmen­t ministry informed the Rajya Sabha on September 14. These projects are located in protected areas or wildlife-rich areas, and the fact that such a large number of projects were cleared without the full board meeting even once raised questions whether the NBWL was carrying out its mandate of promoting conservati­on of wildlife and developmen­t of forests, “As per law it is the NBWL that constitute­s the standing committee. If NBWL hasn’t even met in the past five years when and how did they constitute the standing committee?,”said environmen­tal lawyer Ritwick Dutta. “There is no power vested in the standing committee or even NEW DELHI: JOURNALIST WITH DEFENCE PAPERS HELD FOR ‘SPYING’ IN DELHI: POLICE { } SUDOKU Fill in all the squares in the grid so that each row, column and each of the 9x9 squares contains all the digits from 1 to 9. HT Correspond­ent STATE INSTITUTE OF RURAL DEVELOPMEN­T, PUNJAB letters@hindustant­imes.com VIKAS BHAWAN, SECTOR 62, SAS NAGAR - 160062 The Delhi Police said on Friday they arrested a freelance journalist after he was allegedly found in possession of defence-related sensitive documents and charged him under the Official Secrets Act for spying. An officer aware of the developmen­t said on condition of anonymity that the journalist was arrested on September 14. He was found to be in possession of confidenti­al documents that he acquired over the last few months, the officer added. A statement issued by the police late on Friday said: “Investigat­ion of the case is in progress and further details will be shared in due course.” He was produced before a city court on September 15 after which he was sent to police custody for six months. He has filed a bail plea that will be heard on September 22. 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