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'Incident' took place between Indian, Chinese troops in Ladakh on Aug 15: GovtA file photo of the Pangong Tso (lake).

'Incident' took place between Indian, Chinese troops in Ladakh on Aug 15: Govt

Says will continue to engage with China for Doklam solution18 Aug 2017 | 7:42 PM

NEW DELHI: India on Friday said it will continue to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Dokalam standoff, while confirming that “an incident” did take place with Chinese troops and Indian border guards in Ladakh on August 15.

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New Delhi, August 18

India on Friday said it will continue to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Dokalam standoff, while confirming that “an incident” did take place with Chinese troops and Indian border guards in Ladakh on August 15.

“We will continue to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said replying to a volley of questions on the issue.

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He said peace and tranquility in the border areas is an important pre-requisite for smooth development of bilateral relationship.

Asked about the incident between Chinese troops and Indian border guards in Ladakh on August 15, the MEA spokesperson said, “Such incidents are not in the interest of either side.”

The incident occurred when land-based patrols of both sides came face to face north of the Pangong Tso (lake) in eastern Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.

The MEA spokesperson said two border personnel meetings (BPMs) had taken place between Indian border guards and Chinese troops recently.

He said one BPM had taken place at Chushul on August 16 and another one at Nathu La a week before.

‘Haven’t received hydrological data from China’

Asked if China has shared hydrological data with India in the backdrop of floods in Assam, Kumar said there is an existing expert-level mechanism, established in 2006, and there are two MoUs under which China is expected to share hydrological data on the rivers Satluj and Brahmaputra with India during the flood season of May 15 to June 15.

“For this year, we have not received hydrological data from the Chinese side,” the spokesperson said.

However, he added that it was “premature” to link it with the floods in Assam.

He also noted that in view of floods in Bihar, India was closely coordinating with Nepal, both at the Centre and state levels.

Asked about the reported comments of the Japanese Ambassador on Dokalam faceoff and if India welcomes it, Kumar gave a very guarded reaction, saying the remarks speak for themselves.

The Japanese ambassador was quoted in media as saying that no country should use unilateral forces to alter the status of Dokalam.

“We recognise Dokalam is a disputed area between Bhutan and China and two countries are engaged in border talks... We also understand that the India has a treaty understanding with Bhutan that’s why Indian troops got involved in the area,” the ambassador had reportedly said.

Kumar also refused to divulge details of communication by other countries to India on the Dokalam issue. PTI

Vishal Sikka resigns as Infosys CEO; Pravin Rao named interim boss

Vishal Sikka resigns as Infosys CEO; Pravin Rao named interim boss

18 Aug 2017 | 4:42 PM

BENGALURU: Infosys Ltd, in a surprise announcement, said Vishal Sikka has resigned as CEO citing a stream of distractions and disruptions in recent months, pushing down shares of the second-largest Indian IT services firm almost 8 per cent on Friday.

Allahabad HC tells UP govt to file report on Gorakhpur deaths

Allahabad HC tells UP govt to file report on Gorakhpur deaths

18 Aug 2017 | 1:53 PM

LUCKNOW: The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court directed the UP government and DGME to file a detailed report in six weeks on the Gorakhpur deaths.

Japan backs India on Doklam issue

Japan backs India on Doklam issue

18 Aug 2017 | 1:34 PM

NEW DELHI: Japan came out in full support for India in its protracted military stand-off with China at Doklam, near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan tri-junction, saying no country should use unilateral forces to change the status quo on the ground.

Capt protests incentives for hill states, to take up Punjab’s case

Capt protests incentives for hill states, to take up Punjab’s case

18 Aug 2017 | 3:07 PM

CHANDIGARH: Opposing the Centre’s decision to extend special incentive to hill states, Capt Amarinder Singh said he would pursue Punjab’s demand for extending similar incentive.

RBI to issue new Rs 50 notes in fluorescent blue colour

RBI to issue new Rs 50 notes in fluorescent blue colour

18 Aug 2017 | 7:21 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue new banknotes of Rs 50 denomination. However, all the banknotes in the denomination of Rs 50 issued by the RBI in the earlier series will continue to be legal tender.

Apex court directs Karti Chidambaram to appear before CBI on Aug 23

Apex court directs Karti Chidambaram to appear before CBI on Aug 23

18 Aug 2017 | 2:55 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday asked Karti Chidambaram to appear before the CBI on August 23 for interrogation in connection with a corruption case.

Security manager 'molests' woman staff member at Delhi's 5-star hotel

Security manager 'molests' woman staff member at Delhi's 5-star hotel

18 Aug 2017 | 5:00 PM

NEW DELHI: A security manager of a five-star hotel was on Friday arrested for allegedly molesting a 33-year-old woman employee and attempting to disrobe her.

Gurdwaras in Barcelona lend a helping hand to terror attack victims

Gurdwaras in Barcelona lend a helping hand to terror attack victims

18 Aug 2017 | 12:54 PM

BARCELONA: Gurdwaras in Barcelona are providing all help to the victims of "terror attack in Spain.

Fatwa issued on Facebook against Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar

Fatwa issued on Facebook against Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar

18 Aug 2017 | 11:36 AM

AGARTALA: Tripura Police on Friday launched a probe over a fatwa issued against Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Facebook, the authorities said.

2 brain-dead people give new lease of life to three patients

2 brain-dead people give new lease of life to three patients

18 Aug 2017 | 11:27 AM

PUNE/MUMBAI: Two brain-dead persons gave a new lease of life to three patients, with a lung of one of the donors being flown from Pune to Chennai and her heart transported to Mumbai.

US, Japan vow to boost defence cooperation with India, S Korea, Australia

US, Japan vow to boost defence cooperation with India, S Korea, Australia

18 Aug 2017 | 9:42 AM

WASHINGTON: The US and Japan have agreed to advance their multilateral security and defence cooperation with countries like India, South Korea and Australia.

Spanish Police kill 5 suspects linked to Barcelona attack

Spanish Police kill 5 suspects linked to Barcelona attack

18 Aug 2017 | 4:48 PM

BARCELONA: Drivers ploughed into pedestrians in two quick-succession, separate attacks in Barcelona and another popular Spanish seaside city, killing 14 people and injuring more than 100 others.


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West Bengal, Kerala oppose centralised exam system for selection of lower court judges

18 Aug 2017 | 6:56 PM

NEW DELHI: The proposal to install a centralised examination system for the selection of subordinate court judges on Friday met with vehement opposition from certain states, including West Bengal and Kerala, which said the move was against the basic structure of the Constitution.

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NoChief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh greets eminent poet-lyricist-director Gulzar at the inauguration of the one-of-its-kind Partition Museum in Amritsar on Thursday. Tribune photo

Museum inaugurated for 2nd time

18 Aug 2017 | 1:33 AM

AMRITSAR: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh inaugurated the Partition Museum here today, over nine months after the then Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal had opened the memorial.

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India can take on China under any circumstances, says Ramdev

18 Aug 2017 | 2:31 PM

LUDHIANA: Yoga guru Ramdev on Friday criticised China over the ongoing military impasse on the Doklam Plateau and described India as content and contained country that could take on China under any circumstances.

SAD: Cong endorsing our work

18 Aug 2017 | 1:33 AM

AMRITSAR:Commenting on the “re-inauguration” of old projects such as the Partition Museum, the SAD on Thursday lauded the ruling Congress’ gesture of endorsing the good work done by the then SAD-BJP government.

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Verdict in dera chief case: Hisar DC asked to be ready for any eventuality

Verdict in dera chief case: Hisar DC asked to be ready for any eventuality

18 Aug 2017 | 3:38 PM

HISAR: The Hisar SP on Friday asked the Deputy Commissioner to form security committees of various departments in view of apprehension of violence by the sympathisers of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief as a court verdict is awaited in a rape case against him.

Traffic on Rohru-Theog road disrupted following landslide

18 Aug 2017 | 3:54 PM

SHIMLA: The traffic on the Rohru-Hatkoti-Theog road came to a halt as a 60-m-long landslide occurred on the road near Dochi village in Jubbal on the highway on Friday morning.

Omar for special session of J-K legislature on Article 35A

Omar for special session of J-K legislature on Article 35A

18 Aug 2017 | 7:06 PM

SRINAGAR: National Conference working president Omar Abdullah on Friday sought a special session of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislature before August 29 to frame an appropriate response to counter the narrative on Article 35A of the Constitution.

54 IAS officers get notice for not attending flag-hoisting

18 Aug 2017 | 12:41 PM

DEHRADUN: As many as 54 IAS officers in Uttarakhand have been served showcause notices for not attending the flag-hoisting event here on Independence Day, official sources said on Friday.

Sharif, sons fail to appear before anti-corruption body

Sharif, sons fail to appear before anti-corruption body

18 Aug 2017 | 5:12 PM

LAHORE: Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his two sons on Friday failed to appear before the top anti-graft body, which wanted to interrogate them over money laundering and corruption charges revealed by the Panama Papers.

Sensex plunges 271 pts; Infosys tanks 9.6% as Sikka resigns

Sensex plunges 271 pts; Infosys tanks 9.6% as Sikka resigns

18 Aug 2017 | 4:35 PM

MUMBAI: Vishal Sikka’s resignation as Infosys CEO on Friday dealt a big blow to stock indices as the Sensex plunged 271 points, while the Nifty managed to end above 9,800. After three straight sessions of gains, the Sensex opened lower and dropped further before ending down 270.78 points at 31,524.68.

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Virat Kohli continues to top ICC ODI rankings for batsmen

18 Aug 2017 | 5:09 PM

DUBAI: India captain Virat Kohli continued to be the world’s top-ranked One-day batsman in the latest ICC ODI rankings, released here on Friday.

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18 Aug 2017 | 6:05 PM

MADRID: Spain’s La Liga returns on Friday under the shadow of terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils that left 14 dead and more than a hundred injured.

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Some felt Kumble was strict but not me, says Wriddhiman Saha

18 Aug 2017 | 5:16 PM

KOLKATA: Some of his teammates may have considered Anil Kumble “strict” but India’s Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha never felt that about the former coach, who quit after a bitter fallout with skipper Virat Kohli.

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