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Daily NEWS Summary: 08.09.2020

India claims PLA opened fire on LAC region

Hours after Chinese military claimed Indian troops opened fire along Royal Line of Control (LAC) disputed in Ladakh, the Indian military said Tuesday morning that they were in fact Chinese troops, that he had fired a few shots in the air.

  • Following new tensions, Army Chief General Manoj Naravane briefed Minister Rajnath Singh on the situation on the ground, a defense source said.
  • In a statement late Monday night, the PLA accused the Indian army of illegally crossing LAC and entering the southern shore of Pangong Lake and the mountainous region of Shenpao and of “shockingly firing warning shots” .

“In the case that concerns us on September 7, it was the troops of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) who tried to approach one of our forward positions along the LAC and when the troops were Even dissuaded them, the EPL troops fired a few shots in the air in an attempt to intimidate the troops themselves, ”an army spokesperson said in a statement. “However, despite the serious provocation, the troops themselves have shown great restraint and behaved in a mature and responsible manner,”

Chinese spokesperson
  • No shots have been fired along the disputed border between India and China since 1975. Stating that India is committed to disengaging and reducing the situation in the LAC as a whole, the spokesperson said, “China continues to engage in provocative activities to escalate. At no time has the Indian army transgressed LAC or resorted to aggressive means, including fire ”.

China has confirmed five youths from Arunachal are being held by the PLA, Rijiju says

  • The five youths from Arunachal Pradesh who were allegedly captured by the PLA less than a week ago have been found in China, the Minister of State for Sports and Youth of the Union, said Kiren Rijiju.
  • Officials in Arunachal Pradesh expected the PLA to return the five teenagers soon, just as the Indian military delivered 13 yaks and four calves to China on September 7.
  • The animals had strayed in East Kameng district west of Upper Subansiri on August 31. Five teenagers from the Nacho region, Upper Subansiri district, had gone hunting in Tungdara or Sera-7 mountain, near the Royal Line of Control (LAC) between India and China.
  • They went missing on September 4 and family members claimed to have been taken away by PLA personnel.

BCN Arrests Rhea Chakraborty

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) today arrested actress Rhea Chakraborty on charges of suspected drug acquisition, in a case involving the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Chakraborty arrived at the OCN office, located at the Ballard Estate in South Mumbai, around 10:30 am in a car escorted by a Mumbai police vehicle.

  • The NCB had interrogated her for about eight hours on Monday and six hours on Sunday.
  • The NCB had started its investigations based on WhatsApp chats retrieved from Chakraborty’s phone, which allegedly revealed conversations about buying drugs.
  • The agency, in its request for preventive detention, requested judicial custody of Chakraborty until September 21.

PUBG Corp, the unit of a South Korean company behind PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), will no longer give Tencent Games the rights to publish its popular mobile game in India, he said in a blog post.

  • The announcement came a week after India banned 118 apps, most of them of Chinese origin and PUBG among them, to increase pressure on Beijing amid tensions along the border.
  • “Going forward, PUBG Corporation will take over all publishing responsibilities in the country,” the company said, adding that it was exploring ways to deliver gaming experiences to Indian users.
  • Tencent, which ran the franchise in India, confirmed that PUBG Corp will take over the mobile game publishing responsibilities in India.
  • “Our existing cooperation with PUBG Corporation in global markets other than India is not affected,” Tencent said in a statement,
  • India is the largest gaming market in terms of number of users.

The  today decided that the Opposition will put up a joint candidate for the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman and it will reach out to various parties in this regard.

  • The decision comes ahead of the of Parliament starting September 14 and was taken at the Congress Parliamentary strategy group meeting chaired by party chief Sonia Gandhi.
  • The meeting was attended by the party’s leaders in both houses, including Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, and leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
  • The incumbent, Harivansh Narayan Singh from the Janata Dal (United), was elected to the post in 2018. He demitted office when his Rajya Sabha term ended this year.
  • But he has since been re-elected to the House, making him eligible to hold the post again.
  • While the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is expected to once again pick him as their candidate for the post, the Congress may ask the DMK to contest the election.

Maharashtra scraps 70:30 quota for medical admissions

The Maharashtra government has scrapped the 70:30 region-wise formula for admission in medical courses in the State. The formula implied reservation for 70% locals (from that region) in medical colleges and 30% from the rest of the State.

  • Making an announcement in the State Assembly, Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh said admissions would now be based on the results of students who have appeared for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).

“Instead of the 70:30 quota, it would be ‘one Maharashtra, one merit,’”

the Minister said.
  • Students and parents in the State had since long been demanding the scrapping of the contentious 70:30 formula for admissions in medical courses. Under the quota, 70% seats in medical colleges were reserved for students in their districts.
  • The number of medical colleges in the State’s Marathwada and Vidarbha regions is less compared to other areas. Hence, students from these regions felt that they were at a disadvantage when it came to getting admission in medical colleges.

Just four days after the results of the Phase-1/2 trials of Russia’s vaccine for the novel coronavirus was published in The Lancet, a group of 16 scientists has written an open letter to the authors of the paper and Dr. Richard Horton, editor of the journal, raising questions about the integrity of the published data. The letter by Enrico M. Bucci, Adjunct Professor at Temple University, who is well known for his work in biomedical scientific integrity, along with 15 other scientists from Italy, Japan, Germany and France, has raised concerns over “potential data inconsistencies” in the published paper. “With a group of colleagues, I found the data presented in the recent paper on The Lancet a bit puzzling. We need access to the original data,” Dr. Bucci tweeted. Stating that the scientific community should “pay even more attention to the scientific evidence and the underlying data,” they pointed out the importance of making data “fully available for close scrutiny”.

“In lack of the original data… the research described in the article published by The Lancet presents several different points of concern,” they wrote. “The points raised [by the 16 scientists] are valid. Without access to the actual data, the points and patterns on the graphs look too similar at multiple places. This raises concern about the data, and therefore the way this vaccine was tested,” virologist Dr. Shahid Jameel, CEO of the DBT-Wellcome Trust India Alliance, said.

  • The number of reported coronavirus cases from India stood at 43,38,106 at the time of publishing this news summary, with the death toll at 73,506.
  • Notwithstanding the concerns raised about Russia’s vaccine development process, the Central government today said Russia has requested India’s help in the manufacturing of its vaccine by Indian companies and for conducting phase three studies in India. Russia rolled out the first batch of its for public use today.
  • Earlier in the day, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan wrote to Railways Minister Piyush Goyal urging him to resume the ‘Shramik Special’ trains from Odisha to other states to facilitate the return of to their workplaces.
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