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Indian Army plans to use camels to patrol LAC in Ladakh

In view of the Chinese aggression along the Sino-India border, the Indian Army is planning to use both double-humped and single-humped camels along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh on a pilot basis. If the pilot project is a success, camels will be used by the military in the region and in terrains between the altitude of 12,000 and 15,500 feet, a Times of India report said. Under the project, these animals will be trained to patrol and carry heavy loads of ammunition and other supplies. Indian Army traditionally uses mules and ponies in the region which have capacity to carry about 40 kg of load. In comparison, the double-humped (Bactrian) camels can carry between 180-220kg load and can cover a distance of 10 to 15 km within two hours.The Army has already got four single-humped (dromedary) camels to Ladakh from the National Research Centre on Camel in Bikaner.Also readPost Dokalam stand-off, China’s ties with India still fragile, says Global Times op-edThe project is being introduced as part of a measure to check intrusion, months after the Doklam standoff near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan trijunction. The Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), a unit of of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Leh, has already started research on the load-carrying capacity of the Bactrian camels. The DIHAR will assess how the camels can be trained for carrying load in such harsh topography and weather conditions.Also readPost Doklam stand-off, SSB increases presence on India-Bhutan border”The Bactrian camels were inducted at DIHAR in February 2017 for a pilot study on their suitability for border patrolling, load-carrying ability, training, and devise management practices, considering conditions in high altitude.” the DIHAR director was quoted as saying by the daily. In India, double-humped camels are only found in Ladakh’s Nubra Valley and their number ranges around 200.

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Indian troops on China border told to delete 42 apps including WeChat, Truecaller

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian troops posted along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) facing China have been asked to delete a number of apps on their smartphones due to data security implications.Troops have been asked to delete 42 mobile applications such as UC Browser, WeChat, Truecaller, ShareIT, and format their smartphones with immediate effect, reported ThePrint.in. The development comes after the recent stand-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers along the border in Doklam.“Use of these apps by our personnel can be detrimental to…national security,” a report said citing sources. The instructions were reportedly sent to troops on 24 November. ALSO READ Doklam stand-off was ‘safely resolved’ after several rounds of talks: PLA official “If some of them are already using any of these apps, then they should be asked to immediately uninstall the app and format their cellphones,” reads the instruction.”The personnel are expected to maintain the security of their phones, whether official or personal, as well as computers. Such alerts and advisories, especially about Chinese-origin mobile apps as well as electronic devices, are issued from time to time,” an official told Times of India.A fortnight ago, India and China held their first meeting on the border consultation and coordination mechanism here after the Dokalam standoff and reviewed the situation in all the sectors of their border and exchanged views on enhancing CBMs and military contacts.The standoff which began in mid-June ended on August 28 after Chinese troops stopped building a key road close to India’s Chicken Neck corridor. India objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns. The road was being built by the Chinese troops in the area also claimed by Bhutan. ALSO READ China objects to Prez Kovind’s visit to Arunachal, says India shouldn’t ‘complicate’ border dispute

DWC issues notice to DTIDC after ISBT inspection

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In lieu of the World Toilet Day, Delhi Commission for Women chief, Swati Maliwal, conducted a surprise inspection at the Anand Vihar Inter-State Bus Terminal on Sunday evening. The commission found several lapses in the way the toilet complexes are being handled and thus issued a notice to Delhi Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation (DTIDC).On visiting these toilet complexes, the DCW team found that actual rates for using the toilets were deliberately kept hidden to charge more. The rate charts were covered with large paper sheets and the operators were found to be charging anywhere between Rs 5 and 50, whereas the official rates are Rs 5 for men. Women can use the toilets for free.”When the reason for charging such arbitrary high rates was enquired, the operator blatantly stated that those who wish to use the toilet have to pay the fee he demands. Further, it was observed that two men were sleeping right in front of the female toilet’s entrance, which rendered it unsafe,” conveyed Swati Maliwal, DCW Chief, in the notice directed to the DTIDC executive director.The notice also mentions that the toilets at the terminus are unhygienic and in bad condition, and some safai karamcharis were seen to be sleeping around or inside them in a drunken state.”We visited the complaint counter and inspected the complaint register. It was seen that several complaints had been made regarding the overcharging and poor condition of the toilets, but no action appears to have been taken. Due to this several women were seen defecating in the open. This is a major lapse which has put the safety of women in serious jeopardy,” it stated.ACTUAL RATESThe Delhi Commission for Women found the rate charts at the toilet complexes covered with large paper sheets and the operators were found to be charging anywhere between `5 and `50, whereas the official rates are Rs 5 for men. Women can use the toilets for free.

China objects to Prez Kovind’s visit to Arunachal, says India shouldn’t ‘complicate’ border dispute

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China today strongly objected to President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, saying India should refrain from “complicating” the border dispute when bilateral relations are at a “crucial moment”.President Kovind visited Arunachal Pradesh yesterday.”The Chinese government never acknowledged the so-called Arunachal Pradesh and our position on the border issue is consistent and clear,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told the media when asked about Kovind s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as Southern Tibet. China routinely objects to any senior Indian officials’ visit to the area. India has dismissed Beijing’s objections, maintaining that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of the country and Indian leaders are as much free to visit the state as they are to any other part of the country.Both countries are “in the process of settling this issue through negotiation and consultation and seek to reach to a fair and reasonable solution acceptable to all”, Lu said. Pending final settlement all parties should work for peace and tranquillity, he said. “China firmly opposes the Indian leader s relevant activities in the relevant region when China-India relations are at a crucial moment,” he said. “We hope India could work in the same direction and maintain general picture of bilateral ties and refrain from complicating border issue and work to create favourable conditions for border negotiations and for the sound and stable development of bilateral ties,” he said.The Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China stretches to 3,488 kms.On November 6, China had raised objection to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh. Both sides held 19 round of talks by the Special Representatives to resolve the boundary dispute. The 20th round is expected to be held next month in New Delhi, though dates have not yet been announced. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi are the designated Special Representatives for the boundary talks.

Meet Yogi Adityanath’s brother, a Subedar with Indian Army at China border

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though the Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) firebrand leader and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is well known, not much is known about his family members.However, a report says that Shailendra Mohan, younger brother of Yogi Adityanath’s is a ‘Subedar’ in Indian Army.He is currently deployed on the Line of Actual Control near the Mana border with China in the Garhwal Scouts unit. The unit that employs only locals as soldiers to guard the mountainous borders.Speaking to India Today, he said that he met Yogi Adityanath only once after he took over as the chief minister of UP.Talking about his brother, Mohan said that he and the Chief Minister have spent quite a lot of time together as kids.He also said that Yogi Adityanath and he are carrying out similar duties for the country as they both are serving the nation.Yogi has three brothers – Manvendra Mohan being elder to him and Shailendra and Mahendra Mohan being the younger ones.

With China attempting to ‘change status quo’ on its border, expect more Doklam-like stand-offs: Army Chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China is attempting to “change the status quo” on its border with India and incidents like the ongoing stand-off in the Doklam area are likely to “increase” in future, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said today.”The recent stand-off in the Doklam plateau by the Chinese side attempting to change the status quo are issues which we need to be wary about, and I think such kind of incidents are likely to increase in the future,” Rawat said.He was delivering the General B C Joshi Memorial Lecture on ‘India’s Challenges in the Current Geo-Strategic Construct’ organised by the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies of Savitribai Phule Pune University here this evening.”Pockets of dispute and contested claims to the territory continue to exist. These are due to differing perceptions on the alignments of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).”Transgressions across Line of Actual Control do happen and sometimes they do lead to some kind of misunderstanding between the forward troops…However, we do have joint mechanisms in place to address such situations,” said Rawat.He said that during the flag meetings with Chinese counterparts, the Indian Army keeps insisting that both sides should return to the pre-June 16 positions (before the stand- off began), but no resolution has been found yet.”Now it is happening at the diplomatic and political level, as it needs to be resolved diplomatically and through political initiatives,” he said.Chinese armed forces have made significant progress in capabilities for mobilisation, application and sustenance of operations, particularly in the Tibet autonomous region of China, he noted.”This is due to the development of force infrastructure of military significance. Their force reorganisation along with developing capabilities in space and network-centric warfare is likely to provide them greater synergy in force application,” Rawat said.Later, speaking to reporters and explaining his statement that incidents like Doklam are likely to “increase”, Rawat said, “We should not be complacent. Let us say that this stand-off is resolved, but our troops should not feel that it can not happen again in different sector.”It is always better to be prepared and alert than think that this will not happen again. So my message to troops is that do not let your guard down,” the Army Chief added.China continues to enhance its influence in the regional security environment, he said.”It is doing so by increasing defence and economic partnerships in the neighbourhood, especially in Pakistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passing through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) challenges India’s sovereignty,” he stated.Confirmation for annual joint military exercises with China is still awaited this year, he said.”We have been doing the exercise every year. One year our team goes to China and on the second year, their team comes to us. While this time the exercise is planned in October, it is not being confirmed (from their side) yet, whether it will take place or not,” he said.Asked if the ongoing stand-off was the reason for this, Rawat said, “It could be, but we are not sure.”Rawat slammed Pakistan for waging a proxy war in Jammu & Kashmir and said the increasing presence of transnational actors with fundamental ideologies in that country is a matter of grave concern.”Pakistan’s unabated reliance and support to Jihadi groups have serious ramifications. This can lead to the possibility of Pakistan being a conduit for the eastward spread of fundamentalist and the Islamic ideology. This lends a complex dimension to the threat not only for us, but also for other countries of South and East Asia, including China,” Rawat said.The Army Chief refused to comment on Lt Col Prasad Purohit, who recently got bail in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, saying the issue is before the courts.

India and China troops clash along Himalayan border

The altercation near Ladakh comes within months of a stand-off along another portion of the border.

Soldiers injured in Doklam scuffle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The stand-off between the Indian and the Chinese troops at the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction in Doklam further intensified after incidents of stone-pelting were reported from the Pangong Lake region on Tuesday. The face-off lasted for almost half-an-hour after Indian soldiers formed a human chain to block any penetration by Chinese army through the Line of Actual Control. Several soldiers on both sides have sustained injuries, reports said.The altercation broke after several members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army tried to cross the Line of Actual Control, and were stopped by Indian soldiers. The Chinese troops withdrew soon after.India is expected to raise the issue with China in a flag meeting on Wednesday, sources said.The Chinese troops had twice tried to enter the Indian side through two different locations between 6 am and 9 am on Tuesday, but failed in both attempts.Now, with no breakthrough in the tensions at Doklam, India has increased its operational preparedness along the Eastern border in Sikkim and along parts of Arunachal Pradesh. Neither of the sides has shown any signs of backing off from the site of confrontation as the stand-off continues for nearly two months.According to reports, India has deployed more troops.Indian troops are also escalating supplies, making it clear that they will not back off till there is a diplomatic solution. After PLA troops entered the plateau in Bhutanese territory to build a road, Indian soldiers had intervened, citing agreements between the three countries to maintain a status quo.

Sikkim stand-off: No war but skirmishes between India and China cannot be ruled out

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Calling the talk of war in the Chinese media as posturing, senior defence and strategic experts believe that India and China may not go for a full-scale war, but skirmishes cannot be ruled out. The heights of the Doklam Plateau are occupied by the tents with both the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Indian Army soldiers digging in their heels to not clear off the area. The issues at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan elevating into a standoff, media reports constantly focussing on the words of war between the two countries have been coming. The Chinese state-backed ‘Global Times’ wrote, “If India stirs up conflicts in several spots, it must face the consequences of an all-out confrontation with China along the entire LAC”.Analysing the current situation, defence and strategic experts consider it as posturing by China which may not lead to a full fledged war, but ingress by the Chinese Army in areas which they find vulnerable cannot be ruled out.Major General, D.K. Mehta (Retd.) said “the situation created by the Chinese PLA at the Doklam plateau is a part of psychological operation to pressurise India”.Talking of the war scenario, Major General Mehta said it to be highly impossible as both nations have mature methods to handle matters. General Mehta considers if war takes place, then the advantage will lie with India due to its lower heights. In mountain warfare, the ratio to win the war is said to be 1:9, for one soldier, the enemy will have to field nine soldiers to overwhelm the attack.”Yes, the Chinese can mobilise troops, add force for which the signature would be available as we now have a reasonably good all-weather systems in terms of satellite and the other surveillance capabilities. I am sure a very close watch would be on by us”, he said.While a war is ruled out, transgression can be the other method employed by China to pressurise India.Major General, B.K. Sharma, cautions that the Chinese may create other trouble spots in order to compel India to withdraw from Doklam.Major General, Sharma, Heading the Centre for Strategic Studies and Simulation (CS3) of the United Services Institution said that we should be ready for fabricated ingress in other regions by the Chinese as then they will start the policy of quid-pro-quo. He also sees no possibility of a full-blown war.Reinforcing the analysis of the Generals, sources, well aware with the Chinese border informed ANI that there have not been any significant movement of military forces in the Tibetan region in the last two months. He also added that for India, the tipping point will be when there’s a significant troop movement across the 11 bridges that join the northern parts of the 1,100 kilometers of Tsangpo with the southern part of Tibet. Line of Actual Control (LAC) is of 3,488 km long.China has deployed about 15-16 divisions along the Line of Actual Control starting from the Karakoram Pass up to the Arunachal Pradesh (LAC 3,488 km). This entire area comes under the Western Theatre Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.In case of the war, China can also move four to five divisions, which are stationed in the Xinjiang province, in the north of the Jammu and Kashmir, to cover the Ladakh sector. But, no unusual movement by the Chinese at the LAC since last two months. Talking to ANI, they explained it as Chinese tactics to pressurise India.Coming to the military infrastructure in Tibet, China has five operational air fields. In addition, there are four-five landing strips, which may not be able to hold operations due to the lack of operational capabilities.In order to increase the weight-carrying capacity of the fighter aircrafts, which comes down due to the heights Tibet being a plateau, the length of the runways of the air bases have been increased in the recent times. Also, the Second Artillery is deployed in the region and also the Chinese have developed a capability to move the troops swiftly by deploying their mechanised regiments, which are equal to the size of the Indian Brigades.Both, India and China, have been taking measures to strengthen the infrastructure and the military presence along the borders. Since 2009, China is doing an annual division level movement, supply and logistics exercise. The exercise continues in Tibet to mobilise the infrastructure. It is a transregional support operation. India is busy constructive strategic roads and is raising an independent mountain strike corps.Hardening the stance as adopted by the Chinese also is seen as face saving exercise so that the plan of the Chinese President Xi Jinping of placing his loyals into the Central Committee, a seven-member Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) and 25-member Politburo (PB) goes through. In all this, the PLA cannot be seen backing off. Bharat Karnad, Research Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, considers the stance of the Chinese approach into the bluff and bluster mode. “The Chinese believe that India may be deterred and intimidated by their rhetoric, provocative actions and will withdraw from Doklam Plateau. It is not going to happen”, he said.Analysing the border positions in military terms, he added that the Chinese cannot do much. India has enough troops in both the Eastern and the Northern sectors facing China. The Central Sector is virtually impassable for both sides; high passes will make it difficult for big build-ups. He is also of the opinion that China will not go nuclear as then India has also enough leeway to even it out. Professor Karnad believes that India has handled the Doklam standoff well and is playing it cool. “There is nothing to worry about, not that Chinese do not have their military, as India has sufficient forces and prepositioned supplies to ward off any Chinese threat”.Former Army Chief General Bikram Singh sees the Doklam as the potential escalation. He says, “The faceoff at Doklam, given the hardened stance of both sides, has the potential to escalate tensions between the two regional powers. Since hostilities will be detrimental to the long terms interests of both sides, it is imperative that the tensions are diffused through dialogue”.He further says that it is equally important that the media continues to exercise maturity and balance in reporting on this incident. It is equally important that both sides scrupulously refrain from Jingoism and muscle flexing.

No war, but skirmishes with China cannot be ruled out

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Calling the talk of war in the Chinese media as posturing, senior defence and strategic experts believe that India and China may not go for a full-scale war, but skirmishes cannot be ruled out. The heights of the Doklam Plateau are occupied by the tents with both the Chinese People?s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Indian Army soldiers digging in their heels to not clear off the area. The issues at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan elevating into a standoff, media reports constantly focussing on the words of war between the two countries have been coming. The Chinese state-backed ‘Global Times’ wrote, “If India stirs up conflicts in several spots, it must face the consequences of an allout confrontation with China along the entire LAC.? Analysing the current situation defence and strategic experts consider it as posturing by China which may not lead to a full fledged war, but ingress by the Chinese Army in areas which they find vulnerable cannot be ruled out. Major General D.K. Mehta (Retd.) said the situation created by the Chinese PLA at the Doklam plateau is a part of psychological operation to pressurise India. Talking of the war scenario, Major General Mehta said it to be highly impossible as both nations have mature methods to handle matters. General Mehta considers if war takes place, then the advantage will lie with India due to its lower heights. In mountain warfare, the ratio to win the war is said to be 1:9, for one soldier, the enemy will have to field nine soldiers to overwhelm the attack. Yes, the Chinese can mobilise troops, add force for which the signature would be available as we now have a reasonably good all-weather systems in terms of satellite and the other surveillance capabilities. I am sure a very close watch would be on by us. While a war is ruled out, transgression can be the other method employed by China to pressurise India. Major General B.K. Sharma cautions that the Chinese may create other trouble spots in order to compel India to withdraw from Doklam. Major General Sharma, Heading the Centre for Strategic Studies and Simulation (CS3) of the United Services Institution says that we should be ready for fabricated ingress in other regions by the Chinese as then they will start the policy of quid-pro-quo. He also sees no possibility of a full-blown war. Reinforcing the analysis of the Generals, sources, well aware with the Chinese border informed ANI that there have not been any significant movement of military forces in the Tibetan region in the last two months. He also added that for India the tipping point will be when there’s a significant troop movement across the 11 bridges that join the northern parts of the 1,100 kilometers of Tsangpo with the southern part of Tibet. Line of Actual Control (LAC) is of 3,488 km long. China has deployed about 15-16 divisions along the Line of Actual Control starting from the Karakoram Pass up to the Arunachal Pradesh (LAC 3,488 km). This entire area comes under the Western Theatre Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. In case of the war, China can also move four to five divisions, which are stationed in the Xinjiang province, in the north of the Jammu and Kashmir, to cover the Ladakh sector. But, no unusual movement by the Chinese at the LAC since last two months. Talking to ANI, they explained it as Chinese tactics to pressurise India. Coming to the military infrastructure in Tibet, China has five operational air fields. In addition, there are four-five landing strips, which may not be able to hold operations due to the lack of operational capabilities. In order to increase the weight-carrying capacity of the fighter aircrafts, which comes down due to the heights Tibet being a plateau, the length of the runways of the air bases have been increased in the recent times. Also, the Second Artillery is deployed in the region and also the Chinese have developed a capability to move the troops swiftly by deploying their mechanised regiments, which are equal to the size of the Indian Brigades. Both, India and China, have been taking measures to strengthen the infrastructure and the military presence along the borders. Since 2009 china is doing an annual division level movement, supply and logistics exercise. The exercise continues in Tibet to mobilise the infrastructure. It is a transregional support operation. India is busy constructive strategic roads and is raising an independent mountain strike corps. Hardening the stance as adopted by the Chinese also is seen as face saving exercise so that the plan of the Chinese President Xi Jinping of placing his loyals into the Central Committee, a seven-member Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) and 25-member Politburo (PB) goes through. In all this, the PLA cannot be seen backing off. Bharat Karnad, Research Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, considers the stance of the Chinese approach into the bluff and bluster mode. ?The Chinese believe that India may be deterred and intimidated by their rhetoric, provocative actions and will withdraw from Doklam Plateau. It is not going to happen.? Analysing the border positions in military terms, he added that the Chinese cannot do much. India has enough troops in both the Eastern and the Northern sectors facing China. The Central Sector is virtually impassable for both sides; high passes will make it difficult for big build-ups. He is also of the opinion that China will not go nuclear as then India has also enough leeway to even it out. Professor Karnad believes that India has handled the Doklam standoff well and is playing it cool. There is nothing to worry about, not that Chinese do not have their military, as India has sufficient forces and prepositioned supplies to ward off any Chinese threat, Former Army Chief General Bikram Singh sees the Doklam as the potential escalation. He says, ?The faceoff at Doklam, given the hardened stance of both sides, has the potential to escalate tensions between the two regional powers. Since hostilities will be detrimental to the long terms interests of both sides, it is imperative that the tensions are diffused through dialogue.? He further says that it is equally important that the media continues to exercise maturity and balance in reporting on this incident. It is equally important that both sides scrupulously refrain from Jingoism and muscle flexing.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

China rejects Jaishankar’s comments, says Sikkim standoff different from previous border frictions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China on Wednesday claimed that the Sikkim standoff is “different” from the previous border frictions along the Line of Actual Control as it has taken place at a “defined section” of the boundary.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, while reacting to Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s remarks that the two countries will be able to handle the Sikkim standoff as they have dealt with such border differences in the past, said China has pointed out many times that the Indian border troops “illegally trespassed” a mutually recognised border line. “This is different from the frictions that happened in the undefined sections of the border region,” Geng told reporters here.Reacting to Geng’s remarks, official sources in New Delhi said the principles on which the differences between the two countries on the border issues and tri-junctions are addressed are mutually agreed upon and well established. Geng’s remarks come amid a standoff between the militaries of India and China in the Doklam area in the Sikkim sector, where Indian troops stopped road construction by Chinese soldiers.
ALSO READ Sikkim stand-off | No reason why India, China can’t handle border differences, says S JaishankarThe Sikkim section has a special historical background and this is the only defined boundary between China and India, Geng said. “This is totally different from the undefined boundary in the east, the middle and the western part. According to the 1890 convention, the Sikkim section has been defined and both China and India have recognised this,” he said, reiterating Beijing’s stand. “This convention is effective for both the countries. And we once again require India to withdraw the border troops to the Indian side of the boundary and properly settle this dispute at an early date,” Geng said. Delivering a lecture in Singapore, Jaishankar yesterday said that India and China have handled their border issues in the past and there was no reason why they will not be able to deal with them this time.”It is a long border, as you know no part of the border has been agreed upon on the ground. It is likely that from time to time there are differences,” Jaishankar said while responding to questions on the Sikkim standoff. He also said differences should not become disputes. India had earlier asserted that it is “deeply concerned” at the recent Chinese actions and has conveyed to the Chinese government that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for it.

No Modi-Jinping meeting on G-20 summit sidelines @ 7/6/2017 4:11:23 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> There will be no bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg as Beijing has said that “the atmosphere is not right” for a formal or bilateral meeting between both the leaders The statement comes amid a lengthy standoff between the armies of the two countries on Line of Actual control adjoining Sikkim on India’s eastern border. “The atmosphere is not right for a bilateral meeting between President Xi and Prime Minister Modi,” Chinese Foreign Ministry official said ahead of the G-20 Summit in the German city of Hamburg starting from Friday. New Delhi has expressed its serious apprehensions over Beijing constructing a road in the Sikkim sector of the LAC. The two leaders had met last month at the SCO Summit in Astana. India claims Sikkim border as part of its territory, China has said that the area falls on their side as per the 1890 treaty signed between British and China. Consequently, China suspended the annual Kailash Manasarovar yatra and conceded that the decision to suspend the pilgrimage was due to the border scuffle. It also alleged that the Indian troops had crossed the Sikkim sector of the Indo-China border. Beijing has accused New Delhi of violating a convention signed in 1890 between Britain and China relating to Sikkim and Tibet.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Despite incursions, operational command of ITBP to Army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Notwithstanding a 20-25 per cent increase in the number of transgression bids along the Sino- India border, there is no move to hand over operational command of the border guarding force ITBP to the Indian Army. Top government officials in the Ministry of Home Affairs said there has been an increase in transgression by 20 to 25 per cent this year along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). However, the officials said this was largely due to the perception issue of LAC which had not been properly demarcated and did not rule out the possibility of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel also stepping across the line at times. Asked whether there was any proposal for handing over operational command of the ITBP to the Indian Army, the officials said there was no such move “as of now”. The Army, through the defence ministry, has been routing requests for many years to the home ministry for handing over the operational command of the ITBP to it for better coordination between the forces along the LAC. Asked about the situation in Sikkim, the officials said the ITBP was not deployed along the border in the northeastern state and therefore, they were not in a position to comment on the issue.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amid standoff with China, Army Chief Bipin Rawat to visit Sikkim today, to interact with top commanders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the backdrop of a standoff between Indian troops and Chinese army along the Sino-India border, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will visit Sikkim on Thursday.The Army chief will take stock of the operational matters and interact with top commanders in the formation headquarters of the force in the border state.Gen Rawat’s visit to Sikkim comes amid mounting tension between the two armies along the border in Sikkim following a scuffle between Indian troops and the personnel of China’s People’s Liberation Army in a remote area earlier this month.During the two-day-long visit, Gen. Rawat will travel to a number of other formation headquarters in the Northeast and review various operational matters in the region — a strategically key region having most of the 3,488-km-long- border with China.China has accused Indian troops of ‘crossing the boundary’ in the Sikkim section and demanded their immediate withdrawal, while asserting that it has shut down the Nathu La pass entry for Indian pilgrims travelling to Kailash Mansarovar because of the border standoff.China also said that it has lodged diplomatic protests with India, both in New Delhi and Beijing, alleging that the Indian troops trespassed into Chinese territory in the Sikkim sector.The Indian Army has not commented on the face-off.Chinese defence ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said on Monday that recently China has begun the construction of a road in Donglang region, but was stopped by Indian troops crossing the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

India cannot afford border showdown with Beijing, US support superficial: Chinese media

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after China accused Indian troops of ‘crossing the boundary’ in the Sikkim section and demanded their immediate withdrawal, Chinese media on Wednesday warned New Delhi saying, it cannot afford ‘border showdown’.Lodging diplomatic protests with India, both in New Delhi and Beijing, China has alleged that the Indian troops trespassed into Chinese territory in the Sikkim sector, while asserting that it has shut down the Nathu La pass entry for Indian pilgrims travelling to Kailash Mansarovar because of the border standoff.The dispute over the constructing of the road was apparently the reason why China stopped a batch of 47 Indian pilgrims from crossing through Nathu La border in Sikkim into Tibet to visit Kailash and Mansarovar.
ALSO READ Indo-China Sikkim standoff third on LAC in a month”It’s not time for India to display arrogance toward China. India’s GDP is only one-quarter of China’s and its annual defense budget is just one-third. Having a friendly relationship and cautiously handling border issues with China is its best choice,” said an editorial in Chinese daily Global Times.This time the Indian side needs to be taught the rules,the article said adding, “China avoids making an issue of border disputes, which has indulged India’s unruly provocations.”
ALSO READ Despite destroying two army bunkers in Sikkim, Chinese military accuses India of damaging border peaceStating that India cannot afford a showdown with China on border issues as it lags far behind Beijing in terms of national strength, the editorial said, “The so-called strategic support for it from the US is superficial.”The article also claimed that China has no desire to confront India. “Maintaining friendly ties with New Delhi is Beijing’s basic policy. But this must be based on mutual respect.”The editorial also stated that the China-India borderline hasn’t been demarcated completely and the two countries have a different understanding about the Line of Actual Control, troops from both sides often stray across in some areas. “Almost all frictions are fed to the Indian media by the Indian military which they hype time and again,” it stated. On Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said, “China urges India to immediately withdraw its border guards that have crossed the boundary and have a thorough investigation of this matter.””The Indian border guards crossed the boundary in the Sikkim section of the China-India border and entered the territory of China, and obstructed normal activities of Chinese frontier forces in the Donglang area recently, and the Chinese side has taken counter-measures,” he said in a statement.The dispute over construction of a road was apparently the reason why China stopped a batch of 47 Indian pilgrims from crossing through Nathu La border in Sikkim into Tibet to visit Kailash and Mansarovar.

China justifies road construction in Sikkim; says the area is part of Chinese territory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China today justified the construction of a road in the Sikkim sector, saying the area “undoubtedly” is located on its side of the border as per the 1890 Sino-British Treaty.”According to the treaty, ‘zhe’ is the ancient name of Sikkim,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a statement.”As per this treaty, the area over which the Indian army has raised objection is undoubtedly located on the Chinese side of the border,” he said.The statement came a day after the Chinese military accused the Indian army of stopping the construction of the road in what it claims to be China’s “sovereign territory” in the Sikkim section of the India-China border.Lu said the Sikkim segment of the China-India border was recognised by both China and India.
ALSO READ Despite destroying two army bunkers in Sikkim, Chinese military accuses India of damaging border peace”Indian leaders, the Indian government-related documents, the Indian side in the Sino-Indian boundary issue Special Representatives meeting confirmed that the two sides signed the treaty in 1890, the ‘Sino-British treaty’ and the China- India boundary of Sikkim to have the direction of a consensus,” he said.”Compliance with these treaties and documents is an international obligation that not to be shirked by the Indian side,” he added.
ALSO READ Chinese troops enter Sikkim sector, jostle troops, destroy two bunkersLast night a Chinese foreign ministry statement said “the Indian border guards crossed the boundary in the Sikkim section of the China-India border and entered the territory of China and obstructed normal activities of the Chinese frontier forces in the Donglang area recently, and the Chinese side has taken counter-measures.”Earlier in the day, Lu said China lodged a diplomatic protest with India accusing Indian troops of “crossing the boundary” in the Sikkim section and demanded their immediate withdrawal.He also asserted that it has shut the Nathu La pass entry for Indian pilgrims travelling to Kailash Mansarovar because of the border standoff.Also a hard-hitting article posted on the website of the state-run Global Times tonight on the issue said, “Indian troops’ provocation brings disgrace to themselves” and they should be forced to retreat “by all necessary means”.”The Indian government made no objection to the Sikkim section of the China-India border. Allegations of intrusions along the western section of the China-India border often emerge, but face-offs in the Sikkim section are rare. The Nathu La pass in Sikkim was reopened in 2006, because there is no border dispute between China and India over this area,” it said.”It remains unclear whether this flare-up is the fault of low-level Indian troops or a tentative strategic move made by the Indian government,” it said.”Whatever the motive is, China must stick to its bottom line. It must force the Indian troops to retreat to the Indian side by all means necessary and China’s road construction mustn’t be stopped,” it said.As the China-India borderline hasn’t been demarcated completely and the two countries have a different understanding about the Line of Actual Control, troops from both sides often stray across in some areas, it said.”However, almost all frictions are fed to the Indian media by the Indian military which they hype time and again”.”China avoids making an issue of the border disputes, which has indulged India’s unruly provocations. This time the Indian side needs to be taught the rules,” it said.”India cannot afford a showdown with China on border issues. It lags far behind China in terms of national strength and the so-called strategic support for it from the US is superficial,” the article said, adding China has no desire to confront India.”Maintaining friendly ties with New Delhi is Beijing’s basic policy. But this must be based on mutual respect. It’s not time for India to display arrogance toward China,” it said

First-ever meet of Himalayan states CMs to discuss situation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The first-ever meeting of the chief ministers of five Himalayan states will be held here tomorrow where security along the entire Sino-Indian border and development of infrastructure in the frontier regions will be discussed threadbare. The objective of the meeting, to be chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, is to strengthen the coordination between the central government and the five states to improve the overall border security, an official said. The move comes days after India refused to participate in China’s Silk road project ‘One Belt, One Road’ conference in Beijing and a month after the diplomatic tussle over the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh. Chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh are expected to attend the conclave. This is for the first time that such a meeting is being organised by the home ministry. It has said the states were partners in maintenance of security along the border. In the CMs’ meet, discussions will be held on the border infrastructure work undertaken by the ministry, the border area development programme and coordination issues between the states and the Indo Tibetan Border Police, which guards the Sino-Indian border. Construction of roads, redressal of the situation arising out of lack of infrastructure in the frontier areas and a host of other issues will also be discussed at the meeting, an official said. China is known to have improved its infrastructure along the border by constructing roads, bridges, railway network and airports. India shares an 3,488 km-long border with China that runs along Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. The total length of the border in Jammu and Kashmir is 1,597 km, Himachal Pradesh 200 km, Uttarakhand 345 km, Sikkim 220 km and Arunachal Pradesh 1,126 km. The border is not fully demarcated and the process of clarifying and confirming the Line of Actual Control is in progress. The border areas, which are located at high altitudes, have inadequate development and infrastructure facilities. Singh, who arrived here on a three-day visit, today had a meeting with Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling and discussed with him various issues concerning the state. The home minister will visit Nathu La, a border trading point with China, tomorrow and will take stock of various developmental activities in the frontier. As many as 14 socio-cultural, political and trade delegations met the home minister today and discussed with him issues concerning the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

China announces ‘standardised’ names for 6 places in Arunachal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Upping the ante, China has for the first time announced “standardised” official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh, days after it lodged strong protests with India over the Dalai Lama’s visit to the frontier state. The state media here said the move was aimed at reaffirming China’s claim over the state. China claims the state as ‘South Tibet’. “China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs announced on April 14 that it had standardised in Chinese characters, Tibetan and Roman alphabet the names of six places in ‘South Tibet’, which India calls ‘Arunachal Pradesh’, in accordance with the regulations of the central government,” state-run Global Times reported today. The official names of the six places using the Roman alphabet are Wo’gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoid ngarbo Ri, Mainquka, B mo La and Namkapub Ri. The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488 km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC). While China claims Arunachal Pradesh as South Tibet, India asserts that the dispute covers Aksai Chin area which was occupied by China during the 1962 war. The two sides have so far held 19 rounds of talks with Special Representatives to resolve the boundary dispute. China’s move comes just days after the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, which was seventh since he fled from Tibet through Tawang and sought refuge in India. During the 81-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader’s Arunachal Pradesh visit, China had warned India that it will take “necessary measures” to defend its territorial sovereignty and interests. Commenting on the standardisation of the names of six places, Chinese experts said that it was a move to “reaffirm the country’s territorial sovereignty to the disputed region”, according to the daily. “The standardisation came amid China’s growing understanding and recognition of the geography in South Tibet. Naming the places is a step to reaffirm China’s territorial sovereignty to South Tibet,” Xiong Kunxin, a professor of ethnic studies at Beijing’s Minzu University of China, was quoted as saying. Xiong said that the legalisation of the regions’ names is a part of the rule of law. “These names have existed since ancient times, but had never been standardised before. Therefore, announcing the names is like a remediation,” Guo Kefan, a research fellow at the Tibet Academy of Social Sciences, said. Standardising the names from the angles of culture and geography could serve as a reference or leverage when China and India negotiate border issues in future, Guo said. “The South Tibet region is located alongside China’s southwestern border and India’s north-eastern border where Sino-Indian border disputes are cantered,” the report said. It claimed that India “abruptly announced that it was officially designating the region as ‘Arunachal Pradesh’ but the Chinese government has neither recognised India’s occupation of the region, nor the legitimacy of the province”. During the Dalai Lama Arunachal Pradesh visit, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who accompanied the Tibetan spiritual leader, had asserted that that Arunachal Pradesh is “an inseparable part of India”. China had lodged a diplomatic protest with India over the visit and warned that it would have a negative impact on the efforts to resolve the border dispute. After the nine-day visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang had said that India should not use the Tibetan spiritual leader to undermine China’s interests.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pakistan court gives its nod for test-tube babies, with riders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Federal Shariat Court (FSC) of Pakistan on Tuesday validated the use of test tubes for conceiving babies while laying down certain guidelines for the same, disobedience of which will attract punishment and be termed un-Islamic.“In its 22-page decision, the court declared that if ‘the sperm has been obtained from the father and the egg from the mother and the same has been fertilised in the test tube through medical process and the embryo is then placed in the womb of the actual mother, the child would then belong to the actual mother and father,” reported DawnThis process cannot be considered as illegal or against the injunctions of the Holy Quran and Sunnah, the written decision read.“The court, giving reasons, said that the sperm and the egg belong to the actual father and mother. If the couple agrees to go through the prescribed medical procedure, then in that case no question can legally be raised with regard to the birth of the child. The child in such a case would by all means be legal and legitimate,” the report said. The court also made it clear that any other condition for obtaining a test-tube baby would be considered un-Islamic.The FSC ordered punishments for any couple that arranges for a surrogate, the surrogate herself, as well as the doctor who maintains the sperm bank or egg bank, and those who carry out the surrogacy procedure. It also ordered that the licence of any doctor involved in the un-Islamic procedure of surrogacy should be cancelled. “The court has called for suggestions in this regard by August 15, 2017,” reported The Express Tribune. The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) Pakistan in 2013 had declared human cloning and sex change operations as un-Islamic acts, while conditionally approving test-tube babies.

Soldiers complaining on social media will be punished: Bipin Rawat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Sunday said that jawans who take to social media to air their grievances could be punished as their act lowers the morale of those guarding the frontiers of the country.He also said that despite Pakistan’s continuous engagement in proxy war against India, “we want to restore peace on the Line of Control (LoC)”. “But we will not hesitate from giving a fitting reply in case of any ceasefire violation,” he asserted.The diktat came after a second video of an Army jawan alleging discrimination by officers surfaced on the social media. On Friday, while addressing a press conference, General Rawat said that he would prefer soldiers complaining directly to him. On Saturday, he clarified that there is no ban on smartphones in the forces.Last week, Lance Naik Yagya Pratap Singh of 42 Infantry brigade expressed his grievances against the sahayak (orderly) system in the Army and how soldiers were forced to “wash clothes, polish boots and walk dogs” for seniors. He said that he was being victimised by his superiors for complaining against it.On Saturday, a second jawan, nursing assistant Naik Ram Bhagat expressed concerns against discrimination in another video, in which he said: “It is not just his pain. It is the pain of the whole Army.”Earlier, General Rawat strongly defended the sahayak system and announced a “suggestion and grievance” system at all formations through which soldiers could reach him directly without their identify being disclosed.Bhagat came out in support of the BSF jawan, Tej Bahadur Yadav, who complained against the food being provided to them in a video on Facebook that went viral and forced the government to investigate the incident.General Rawat was addressing the Army Day celebrations here, where he awarded gallantry medals to soldiers who showed extraordinary courage while performing duty.On the terror menace, he said that in the last few months of 2016, the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has turned very volatile.“Be it LAC (Line of Actual Control) or LoC, we will take appropriate action and our soldiers are doing a commendable job at all fronts,” he said.“On the northern front, India wants peace with China. Both sides are adopting confidence building measures (CBMs) so that tension on the border can be reduced. Despite transgressions on LAC, the armies on both sides have improved on mutual coordination,” said General Rawat.The Army Chief inspected the parade at the Field Marshal Cariappa Parade Ground here. What stole the show was combat demonstration by different schools of infantry which fired medium-range guns, besides battle tanks rolling past the parade.“Eighty seven defence attaches from 35 countries, including the US, Japan, Russia, China, Israel and African nations marked their presence at the event,” said a senior army official.The function came to an end with Indian Army’s Janbaaz motorcycle daredevils performing stunts and a team of paramotorists displaying tricolour and flags of the three defence forces. (With PTI inputs)

Army Chief Bipin Rawat reviews security situation in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu: On his maiden visit to Jammu and Kashmir after taking charge, new army chief General Bipin Rawat on Thursday reviewed the security situation and favoured a dynamic strategy to handle the “proxy war”.

General Rawat, who visited some forwards areas in Akhnoor and Rajouri sectors and interacted with troops, commended the soldiers for “strongly reciprocating to the unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan.”

The army chief began his three-day tour by visiting the Udhampur-based Northern Command where he was briefed by Lt Gen Devraj Anbu.

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat. PTI

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat. PTI

“The army chief chief reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and also operational preparedness of Northern Command at a high-level meeting,” officials said.

General Rawat lauded the role of the Northern Command in restoring peace and normalcy during the recent unrest, they said.

“We need to evolve a dynamic strategy to handle the proxy war and defeat enemy’s nefarious designs in Jammu and Kashmir,” the army chief said.

General Rawat flew to 16 Corps headquarters based in Nagrota and visited some forwards areas in Akhnoor and Rajouri sectors where he interacted with troops.

Praising the soldiers for responding effectively to ceasefire violations, the army chief has said, “Every soldier of our army plays an important role towards security of the nation because it is the contribution of every soldier that makes the army efficient and strong.”

Northern command looks after the operational command of Jammu and Kashmir and Line of Control (LoC), Actual Ground Position Level (AGPL) with Pakistan and Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China in Ladakh.

General Rawat will be visiting Srinagar and Siachen during his tour. He will also be visiting formations at Kupwara and Anantnag, where he will be briefed about the prevailing security situation and will interact with officers and men, the officials said.

General Rawat took charge on 31 December, succeeding Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, who retired after 42 years of service.

General Rawat was commissioned in the 5th Battalion of the 11 Gorkha Rifles in December 1978 from the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and has vast experience in high altitude warfare and counter-insurgency operations.

General Rawat commanded an infantry battalion along the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern Sector, a Rashtriya Rifles Sector and an infantry division in the Kashmir Valley, a Corps in the eastern theatre and the Southern Command.

General Rawat has held important staff appointments at Directorate General of Military Operations and Military Secretary’s Branch at Army headquarters.

First Published On : Jan 5, 2017 19:02 IST

Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat to visit Jammu today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat will on Thursday visit Jammu and Kashmir in his first official trip after taking over as India’s 27th Chief Of Army Staff. According to top army sources, he will be visiting army formation in Jammu. He will visit the Northern Command to review security and operational preparedness and interact with troops in forward areas.This will be his median tour to J&K after taking over as new army chief.Gen Rawat last week took over as the chief of the 1.3 million strong Indian Army succeeding Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, who retired after 42 years of service. Gen Rawat superseded two senior most Lt Generals, Praveen Bakshi and P M Hariz.Rawat was commissioned in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles in December 1978 from IMA, Dehradun. He was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’ at the academy. Gen Rawat has vast experience in high altitude warfare and counter-insurgency operations. He commanded an infantry battalion, along the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern Sector, a Rashtriya Rifles Sector and an Infantry Division in the Kashmir Valley, a Corps in the Eastern theatre and the Southern Command.Gen Rawat has held important staff appointments at Directorate General of Military Operations and Military Secretary’s Branch at Army HQ.

Army Chief Bipin Rawat to make first official visit to Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu: Army chief Bipin Rawat will visit Jammu and Kashmir in his first official trip after taking over as India’s 27th Chief Of Army Staff.

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat. PTIChief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat. PTI

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat. PTI

According to top army sources, he will be visiting army formation in Jammu. This will be his median tour to Jammu and Kashmir after taking over as new army chief. Rawat last week took over as the chief of the 1.3 million strong Indian Army succeeding Dalbir Singh Suhag, who retired after 42 years of service.

Rawat superseded two senior most Lt Generals, Praveen Bakshi and PM Hariz. Rawat was commissioned in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles in December 1978 from IMA, Dehradun.

He was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’ at the academy. Rawat has vast experience in high altitude warfare and counter-insurgency operations.

He commanded an infantry battalion, along the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern Sector, a Rashtriya Rifles Sector and an Infantry Division in the Kashmir Valley, a Corps in the Eastern theatre and the Southern Command. Rawat has held important staff appointments at Directorate General of Military Operations and Military Secretary’s Branch at Army HQ.

First Published On : Jan 5, 2017 08:57 IST

Fuel gets costlier: Petrol price hiked by Rs 1.29 a litre, diesel rates up by 97 paise

New Delhi: Petrol price was today hiked by Rs 1.29 a litre — the third increase in a month, and diesel rate was raised by 97 paise a litre — the second hike in a fortnight.

The increase in rates announced by oil firms is excluding state levies and the actual hike will be higher.

The actual hike after considering VAT would be Rs 1.66 a litre in Delhi for petrol and Rs 1.14 for diesel. The hike will be effective from midnight tonight.

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This is the third increase in petrol price in one month and the second in case of diesel in one fortnight.

Petrol price was on December 17 hiked by Rs 2.21 a litre and diesel by Rs 1.79 per litre, excluding local levies. The actual hike after considering VAT came to Rs 2.84 per litre in Delhi for petrol and Rs 2.11 for diesel.

After today’s hike, petrol in Delhi will now cost Rs 70.60 a litre from tomorrow as compared to Rs 68.94 currently.

Similarly, a litre of diesel will from tomorrow cost Rs 57.82, up from Rs 56.68.

Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) revise rates on 1st and 16th of every month based on average international price in the previous fortnight.

“The current level of international product prices of petrol and diesel and Rupee-US Dollar exchange rate warrant increase in selling price of petrol and diesel, the impact of which is being passed on to the consumers with this price revision,” IOC said in a statement.

It said the movement of prices in the international oil market and foreign exchange rate shall continue to be monitored closely and developing trends of the market will be reflected in future price changes

First Published On : Jan 2, 2017 09:14 IST

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