Winter session of Parliament: China says situation on border with India 'generally stable,' but silent on Arunachal clash – Times of India

The clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh rocked the Parliament on Tuesday after several Congress MPs demanded a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the situation at the border. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also briefed the Parliament on Tuesday saying the Indian Army bravely prevented the Chinese PLA’s attempts to unilaterally change the status in the Yangtse area of Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang sector on December 9 and confronted it with firmness. Stay with TOI for the latest developments:Read Less
People want our soldiers to give befitting reply (to Chinese troops). For that, there's a need for political will. There's no point in covering up things. We are not enemy of govt, we want to help govt. It's our duty to protect the country
‘China will not say anything but blame India’: Tibetan parliament-in-exile on Tawang faceoff
China will never say that they have done anything but will blame India, Dolma Tsering Teykhang, Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile said.In an interview with ANI, a day after report of a faceoff between the Indian and Chinese troops in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh, Teykhang said, “Whenever there’s a revolt in mainland China, to divert emotions, the Chinese do something at the border. China will not say they have done anything but blame India. We have to be very careful and focus on the border.”Earlier, a Tibetan in Exile spokesperson Tenzin Lekshay said, “If such things keep happening, then the Tibetan plateau will continue to be a heavily militarised zone. China needs to think deeply about how to sustain friendship and have trust-based lasting solutions.”
IAF to carry out training exercise in eastern sector to check readiness of aircraft
The Indian Air Force is scheduled to carry out a consolidated training exercise this week in the eastern sector with the aim of checking the readiness of their aircraft.The IAF sources said that the training exercise has been planned much in advance.”Indian Air Force is scheduled to carry out a consolidated training exercise this week in the eastern sector where the readiness of the aircraft would be checked. The training exercise has been planned much in advance,” the sources said.
The BJP Parliamentary party meeting is scheduled to be held on December 14 at Parliament Library Building in Delhi

Arunachal connected with India since ancient times: Rijiju
Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said Arunachal Pradesh has been an integral part of India since ancient times. “Today, if someone says anything on Arunachal Pradesh, it becomes clear that from ancient times, it is connected with India. Therefore, it is not that now it is part of India, though the present name has been given now, it has been an integral part of India since ancient times,” he said.
Clash between Indian, Chinese troops along LAC worrying: Mayawati
BSP chief Mayawati on Tuesday said the clash between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control in Arunachal Pradesh is worrying and called on the government to resolve issues with the neighbouring country through diplomacy.She also praised the Indian Army for giving a befitting reply to China during the clash that took place near Yangtse on December 9. “In the latest incident with China, the Indian Army has lived up to its reputation by giving a befitting reply, which is praiseworthy. Now, it is the government’s responsibility to show its diplomatic prowess. This is what the country expects. Our intelligence also has to be strengthened,” she said in a tweet.
China irked by joint military drill with US in Uttarakhand?
A military source said that there was another “face-off” between Indian and Chinese troops in the last week of November in the Demchok region of Ladakh, to the northwest, near where the June 2020 incident took place. The army source said that there had been increased activity in Ladakh by the Chinese military, as well as a “possible” airspace violation by the Chinese air force in the same area.This follows joint military exercises that irked Beijing last month between India and the United States in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, which borders China.The Chinese soldiers also displayed a banner objecting to the Indo-US military exercises, the source said.
The two sides “maintained unobstructed dialogue on the border issue through diplomatic and military channels: Chinese foreign ministry spokesman

‘Satellite images show China has built villages, road near border in Arunachal’
Satellite images shows that China has built villages on their side of the India-China border abutting Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang, and the PLA army has also constructed a road on that side, Indian Army sources said on Tuesday. On the clash, sources said that as many as 300 Chinese troops had arrived near the LAC on December 9 to gain control over the peak of a 17,000-feet-high mountain under a well-planned conspiracy, but the Indian troops foiled their attempt. China has been repeatedly trying to take control of the 17,000-feet-high peak but Indian Army sources said that India has a firm control of the peak, which provides a commanding view on both sides of the border.
Defence minister’s statement on Tawang clash incomplete, Modi govt hiding truth from nation: Congress
The Congress on Tuesday said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement in Parliament on the Sino-India border clash in Tawang was “incomplete” and accused the government of hiding the truth from the nation.Congress spokesperson and deputy leader of the party in Lok Sabha Gaurav Gogoi demanded that the government should tell the truth and not divert public attention by raising other issues. Gogoi and party leader Pawan Khera also accused the government of diplomatic failure with China, claiming that India has lost its pre-eminent position in Southeast Asia.Both the leaders demanded that the government should agree to a detailed discussion on the border situation and ties with China, alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks made in June 2020 that “no one has entered Indian territory nor has anyone occupied its territory” has emboldened China to indulge in such misadventures.
Kharge calls opposition meeting on Thursday
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge calls a meeting of Floor leaders of all opposition parties tomorrow to chalk out the strategy for the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament
'It is not 1962 anymore': Arunachal CM on India-China clash in Tawang

India-China face-off unfortunate: Omar Abdullah
Omar Abdullah said the two countries should work together to improve their relations.He, however, said China should also take responsibility for establishing good relations with India.“We are not able to have good relations with our neighbouring countries. Everyone knows the status of our relations with Pakistan but the relations with China are also not working out. China has not completely gone back from Ladakh and now there are reports of a face-off in Arunachal Pradesh,” Abdullah told reporters at Dooru in Anantnag district.He said the ‘Vajpayee policy’ on relations with neighbours would be ideal for India.“I remember the words of (PM Atal Bihari) Vajpayee who used to say ‘we can change friends but not the neighbours’. We cannot change our neighbours but we can improve our relations with them,” Abdullah, who was a minister of state for external affairs in the Vajpayee government, said.He said the onus also lies with China to improve its relations with India.
Air Force keeping close watch on China border in Eastern sectors
The Indian Air Force has a strong presence in the northeast with squadrons of Su-30 fighter jets deployed at multiple locations including Tezpur and Chhabua in Assam.The Rafale combat jets have also been deployed very close at Hashimara in West Bengal.The Indian Air Force has also strengthened its air defence coverage in the area with the operationalisation of the S-400 air defence system in the Assam sector only. The system can take care of any aerial threat over almost the entire area.The Chinese and Indian side recently agreed on multiple measures to prevent any aerial escalation after the violation of air space by Chinese in Ladakh sector earlier this year.
Banks wrote off NPAs over 10 lakh crore in last five financial years: FM
Banks have written off bad loans worth Rs 10,09,511 crore during the last five financial years, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman informed Parliament on Tuesday.The non-performing assets (NPAs), including those in respect of which full provisioning has been made on completion of four years, are removed from the balance sheet of the bank concerned by way of write-off, she said in a reply to Rajya Sabha.”Banks write off NPAs as part of their regular exercise to clean up their balance sheet, avail tax benefit and optimise capital, in accordance with RBI guidelines and policy approved by their boards. As per inputs received from RBI, Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs) wrote off an amount of Rs 10,09,511 crore during the last five financial years,” she said.
Govt likely to issue green bonds in Jan-March quarter
Sovereign Green Bonds are likely to be issued during the January-March period of the current fiscal, Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary said on Tuesday.The objective of Sovereign Green Bonds is to mobilize resources for green infrastructure as part of the government’s overall market borrowings in 2022-23, he said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.”The framework for these bonds has been brought out. The bonds are likely to be issued from January to March 2023. The proceeds will be deployed in public sector projects which help in reducing carbon intensity of the economy,” he said.
2,639 govt jobs, 6,000 transit accommodation for Kashmiri migrants: Govt
As many as 2,639 government jobs have been provided to Kashmiri migrants under Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP), 2015, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in Lok Sabha.He also said the government has approved construction of 6,000 transit accommodation for Kashmiri migrant employees engaged or to be engaged in different departments of government of Jammu and Kashmir in the valley.
Potential for spread of terror through social media higher than ever: Govt

Who is ‘Pappu’ now: Mahua Moitra’s jibe at Centre over fall in industrial output, other indicators
TMC Lok Sabha member Mahua Moitra on Tuesday cited government data showing fall in the country’s industrial output to question the Centre on the economic and employment scenarios, saying who is the ‘Pappu’ now. Moitra accused the Narendra Modi government of spreading “falsehood” about India’s growth and appealed to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to take control of the economy. She also took a swipe at the BJP over its defeat in the just-concluded Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, saying the ruling party’s president could not hold on to his home state. “Who is the Pappu now?” she asked.
“As per the information furnished by NHRC, no increase in custodial deaths in Kerala has been noticed in 2018-19,” says MoS Home Nityanand Rai to Lok Sabha

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