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Daily NEWS Summary: 29.09.2020

India rejects China’s claim on LAC, Beijing questions Ladakh’s status

  • India and China exchanged harsh statements on Tuesday blaming each other for continued border tensions, and New Delhi described the China’s Royal Line of Control (LAC) claims it is “unsustainable” and Beijing said it does not recognize “the territory of the Ladakh Union.”
  • “India has never accepted the so-called Royal Line of Control (LAC) defined unilaterally from 1959,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) said, in response to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry that the LAC was “clear” and it is “the BAC of November 7, 1959.”
  • The 1959 LAC was first mentioned in a letter from then-Chinese Prime Minister Zhou Enlai to Jawaharlal Nehru, an idea later rejected by Nehru and never accepted by India.
  • A South Block official said that this summer China even passed the 1959 claim line. “Although we don’t recognize the 1959 claim line, even going through its own 1959 line that goes through Patrolling Point (PP) 14 , the collision in the Galwan Valley happened about 800 meters west of PP14, “the official said.” So they are violating their own claims. “
  • India’s position that it never accepted the 1959 line was “consistent and well known, even on the Chinese side,” the MEA said in a statement, adding that both sides had committed, in previous bilateral border agreements, “to clarify and confirm that ALC is reaching a common understanding of alignment with ALC. “
  • In Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry, responding to a question about India’s border infrastructure projects in Ladakh, said it does not “recognize” Ladakh, reiterating its statements from last year describing the creation of the union territory. as “illegal” because it included Aksai Chin, currently occupied by China, within its borders.

“China has not recognized the territory of the Ladakh Union, illegally established by the Indian side,”

said spokesman Wang Wenbin.
  • The statements came in a persistent stalemate along the border. The two sides agreed not to add troops to an already tense LAC after the sixth round of talks between corps commanders on September 21, but there is still no agreement on withdrawal and return to status. quo before the transgressions of May by China.

Amnesty International puts an end to its operations in India

  • Amnesty International India (AII) said on Tuesday that the government has frozen all its bank accounts, resulting in the disruption of all work in the country.
  • “The complete freezing of Amnesty International India’s bank accounts by the Indian government, which became known on September 10, 2020, is paralyzing all the work that the organization does.
  • The organization was forced to lay off personnel in India and put an end to all its ongoing campaign and investigative work, ”said a statement from the human rights organization.
  • The account freeze was the latest in a “witch hunt” by human rights organizations, according to the statement.
  • “The continued crackdown by Amnesty International India over the past two years and the total freezing of bank accounts is not accidental.
  • The constant harassment by government agencies, including the Enforcement Branch, is the result of our unequivocal calls for government transparency, most recently the responsibility of the Delhi Police and the Government of India for the violation flagrant human rights problem during the riots in Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir.
  • For a movement that has only denounced injustice, this latest attack is akin to the freezing of dissent, ”said IIA Executive Director Avinash Kumar.
  • In response to Amnesty’s statement, the Interior Ministry (MHA) said that “human rights cannot be an excuse to defy the law of the country.”
  • In a statement, the MHA said that “the position taken and the statements of Amnesty International are regrettable, exaggerated and far from the truth.”

60 million Indians may have been exposed to coronavirus – ICMR Survey

  • The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) today released the results of the second serosurvey, conducted in the same 700 towns and (urban) districts of 70 districts in 21 states which were covered in the first. The investigation was carried out between August 17 and September 22.
  • According to the survey results, around 7% of India’s adult population, or 60 million people, may have been exposed to the coronavirus.
  • This is about a 10-fold jump from the first serological survey, where scientists said 0.73% of adults – or about 6.4 million – nationwide were likely infected.
  • During the first investigation, it was learned that there were 82 to 130 infections for every confirmed positive covid case.
  • That number fell to 26-32 infections, which ICMR chief executive Dr Balram Bhargava said was the result of increased testing and early detection of cases.
  • The average prevalence in major cities in India ranged from 50% in Mumbai to 29% in New Delhi, 22% in Chennai and 7.8% in Indore.
  • The serological survey, as it aims to capture national prevalence, samples from much more rural areas in India than cities to reflect the distribution of the population in India.
  • As of May 3, there were 49,720 confirmed cases in India, and as of September 1, that number had risen to 3.7 million cases, a 74-fold increase.
  • Serologic surveys are done by taking blood samples and looking for a specific class of antibodies called IgGs that appear within two weeks of infection.
  • Since it is not yet known how long anti-coronavirus antibodies detectably persist in the body, their presence indicates only past exposure, and not presence, to the virus.

Hathras gang rape victim dies in Delhi hospital

  • 19-year-old Dalit sexually assaulted and tortured by four upper caste men in Hathras district in Uttar Pradesh two weeks ago has died to injuries at Safdarjang Hospital in Delhi in the early hours of Tuesday.
  • The incident happened on September 14 when the girl went to get fodder for the farm animals. She was allegedly gang raped and then strangled with her dupatta.
  • She was transferred to Delhi from JN Medical College in Aligarh on Monday at her father’s request. Members of the Azad Samaj party alleged that the administration was slow to send her back to Delhi and that Aligarh’s facilities were inadequate.
  • Hathras police arrested the four defendants, Sandip, Ramu, Lavkush and Ravi, charged with attempted murder and gang rape. The SSP Vikrant Vir had transferred the SHO from the Chandpa police station to the police lines for not acting quickly in the case.

Supreme Court asks J&K management for how long it can detain Mehbooba Mufti

  • The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the administration of Jammu and Kashmir to clarify the length of the detention of former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti under the law of public security.
  • The court heard a habeas corpus petition filed by Mufti’s daughter, Iltija, represented by lawyers Nitya Ramakrishnan and S. Prasanna. Mufti was arrested on
  • August 5 of last year after the elimination of the provisions of Article 370 that granted special status to the old state.
  • Iltija said the reasons for her mother’s arrest were “vague, outdated and not rationally connected to the public disorder”. They are based on foreign materials ”.
  • She argued that his mother had no access to any form of public speech and expression and that there was no reason or evidence that she would act in a manner “prejudicial to the maintenance of order. public”.

Apple suppliers could invest $ 900 million in India

  • Three of Apple Inc.’s major contract manufacturers plan to invest a total of nearly $ 900 million in India over the next five years to take advantage of a new incentive program linked to production, according to two sources.
  • Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron plan to make investments under this program. The $ 6.65 billion Production Linked Incentive (PLI) program offers companies cash incentives on any increase in sales (from 2019-20 levels) of locally manufactured smartphones over the next five years. years. The plan aims to make India an export manufacturing center.
  • Foxconn has requested to invest around Rs. 4 billion, while Wistron and Pegatron have pledged to invest around Rs. 1.3 billion and Rs. 1.2 billion respectively under the program.
  • It’s unclear if all of the investment will go into making Apple devices, but industry experts have said that much of the investment will focus on expanding iPhone manufacturing.

RBI reschedules Monetary Policy Committee meeting

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced a rescheduling of its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting which was scheduled to take place from September 29 to October 1.
  • The mandates of three external members of the MPC member ended last month and the government has yet to appoint their replacements.
  • Panel rules require at least four members to be present at the meeting. The RBI is waiting for the government to appoint new external members to the committee.
  • In reaction to the development, former finance minister P Chidamabram published a series of tweets criticizing the government for “negligence.”
  • “How much the government and prime minister care about the economy is illustrated by the fact that the Monetary Policy Committee will disappear tomorrow.
  • Therefore, the RBI is unable to hold a meeting of the MPC prior to its monetary policy announcement and has been forced to postpone the meeting.
  • It is unprecedented, ”he tweeted. “The market, the bankers, the analysts, the borrowers and all other stakeholders are shocked by the total negligence of the government.

The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 6,219,788 at the time of this news summary, with a death toll of 97,504.

  • Renowned filmmaker Shekhar Kapur was appointed company chairman of the Pune Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on Tuesday and chairman of the institute’s board.
  • FTII Director Bhupendra Kainthola said that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting announced that Kapur had been appointed to these positions. The 74-year-old filmmaker’s term will last until March 3, 2023.
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