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'China's Chairman is our Chairman': Why China will forever haunt Indian Communists


Communist parties in India are known for their murky history with the Communist Party of China (CPC). As the news of a violent face-off between India and China at Galwan valley broke in, many started to recall the Indo-China War of 1962.

During the India-China war of 1962, the radical wing of the then Communist Party of India (CPI) opposed the unqualified support to the Nehru government, because of its class character, in its fight against China.

This event was believed to be one of the major factors responsible for the split within the Communist Party of India. Thus, by 1964, the differences among the communists increased beyond reconciliation. After this few leaders form the communist party walked out and founded the party which is today known as the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

On Tuesday, after the violent stand-off between China and India at Galwan valley, CPI (M) came up with a statement on 16th June, wherein it did not criticise the neighbouring country.

The party in its statement said, “The Government of India should come out with an authoritative statement as to what actually happened. It is imperative that both the Governments immediately initiate high-level talks to defuse the situation and advance the process of disengagement on the basis of the agreed understanding of maintaining peace and tranquility on the border.”

This is not the first time of CPI(M) coming up with a statement on India-China standoff without criticising China. Going back to 2017, during the stand-off between India and China at Doklam in 2017, CPI(M) in an editorial in its journal People’s Democracy, wrote, “It must be underlined that Bhutan has been negotiating with China directly on its border issues since the year 1984. It is better that, India let Bhutan take the lead in negotiating with China on the Doklam Plateau and other disputed territories. India can lend support to Bhutan’s position.”

It added, "Within the country, the Modi government has increased the profile of the Dalai Lama and the so-called Tibetan provisional government. The visit of the Dalai Lama accompanied by a union minister to Arunachal Pradesh and the recent unfurling of the Tibetan flag of the provisional government in Ladakh are serious irritants for China."

The CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury also issued a statement for “peace and tranquility” with China amidst the Doklam crisis.

However, the party, which otherwise is very vocal about the Indian foreign policy, could not even criticize the neighbouring country responsible for the Doklam issue in its statement.

Now, to be fair, the CPI(M) has time and again distanced itself from CPC. Be it the Madurai Congress of 1967 wherein it issued a document titled “Divergent views between our Party and the Communist Party of China (CPC) or its criticism of China for supporting Pakistan during the creation of Bangladesh in 1971.

However, its legacy of the 1962 war and its failure to utter a C-word in its statement issued during the recent standoffs with China help the discourse to simply tag the party as "China sympathiser".

After the recent border tensions, such discussions on social media took a centre stage. On Wednesday, one of the Twitter users found an old poster written in Bagla which said, "The Chinese chairman is our chairman."

Although it is not clear that it was CPI(M)'s poster, many started to question the party's General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Twitter.

Check out the poster here:


Arnab Ray

@greatbong
The Chinese chairman is our chairman. Leftist poster from the 70s ( via Somak Mukherjee).

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The CPI(M) also faced backlash on Twitter for all India protest which was launched on 16th June. The protest was staged against the Modi government’s anti-people policies. Coincidentally the launch date overlapped with the news of the India-China stand-off breaking in. Many Twitterati found the coincidence suspicious and tagged the party as "China's proxy in India".

Check out the reactions here:


MaverickⓂ️
@Maverick_bharat
Oh Chinese assets active now . https://twitter.com/cpimspeak/status/1272837391661719559 …

CPI (M)

@cpimspeak
All India Protest against Modi govt's anti-people policies.#PeopleProtestModiGovt

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The China within India aiding China outside India. https://twitter.com/cpimspeak/status/1272837391661719559 …

CPI (M)

@cpimspeak
All India Protest against Modi govt's anti-people policies.#PeopleProtestModiGovt

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Looks like Yuan transfers just got cleared! https://twitter.com/cpimspeak/status/1272837391661719559 …

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@cpimspeak
All India Protest against Modi govt's anti-people policies.#PeopleProtestModiGovt

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Abhimanyu Singh Rana
@abhimanyusrana
Protest is to raise an invoice to the Chinese for the war.
China represents the Maoist communist ideology. https://twitter.com/cpimspeak/status/1272837391661719559 …

CPI (M)

@cpimspeak
All India Protest against Modi govt's anti-people policies.#PeopleProtestModiGovt

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NEEL

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Ok China have activated their proxies? https://twitter.com/cpimspeak/status/1272837391661719559 …

CPI (M)

@cpimspeak
All India Protest against Modi govt's anti-people policies.#PeopleProtestModiGovt

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While their comrade army is throwing our negotiators down hills on the icy plateau of Galwan, their aides in India are protesting - amazing is the timing! https://twitter.com/cpimspeak/status/1272837391661719559 …

CPI (M)

@cpimspeak
All India Protest against Modi govt's anti-people policies.#PeopleProtestModiGovt

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You have to give it to the chinese.  They surprised us (or we failed to read the warnings), now they have activated their agents in India.  Look at the timing of protests https://twitter.com/cpimspeak/status/1272837391661719559 …

CPI (M)

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All India Protest against Modi govt's anti-people policies.#PeopleProtestModiGovt

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India gives China a bloody nose & slaves of China @cpimspeak starts protesting https://twitter.com/cpimspeak/status/1272837391661719559 …

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All India Protest against Modi govt's anti-people policies.#PeopleProtestModiGovt

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CPI(M) cadre in several districts across the country observed the protest while adhering to the norms of social distancing on Tuesday. In Delhi, at the CPI(M) central committee office, the party’s general secretary Sitaram Yechury led the protest.

The party said that the Modi Govt left Indian people to fend for themselves in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and the severe economic crisis arising out of the Govt's unplanned lockdown. "This has caused inhuman suffering to the workers, reducing them to hungry non-entities", the party added.

The protest collided with the news of India-China faceoff at Galwan valley breaking in.

The violent face-off happened on late evening and night of June 15 in Ladakh's Galwan Valley as a result of an attempt by the Chinese troops to "unilaterally change" the status quo during de-escalation in Eastern Ladakh and the situation could have been avoided if the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side, India said on Tuesday.

The Army confirmed that 20 soldiers were killed in the face-off including 17 who were critically injured at the stand-off location and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain.

Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged at the Galwan area in Ladakh where they had earlier clashed on the night of June 15 and 16, Indian Army said.

(With inputs from ANI)




What saves a disorganised government is an even more disorganised opposition: Twitter reacts to Sanjay Jha's dropping as Cong spokesperson


On Thursday, the Indian National Congress announced that it would be dropping Sanjay Jha as 'AICC spokesperson'.

However, the decision has drawn a lot of flak, with people saying that the Congress top-brass, particularly the Nehru-Gandhi family, doesn’t like any criticism from its party members. It should be noted that Jha had written a piece in The Times of India calling on the grand old party to introspect.

"I would like to call a spade a spade here and a shovel: there has been no serious effort to get the party up and running with any sense of urgency," he writes. As Jha put it in a recent tweet, the need of the hour was "an organisational renewal".

"Of course there is scattered good work being done, but that will not make us robust, dynamic and successful," he had written.

Note that Jha's comments do not seem to be along the lines of a prospective deserter. As he told HW News, he had spoken out “because I care for the Congress party, it’s because I am ideologically a Congressman".

A Mumbai Mirror article written by journalist Rasheed Kidwai opines that Jha is not alone, adding that party insiders suspect that he has the support of individuals such as Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tiwari, Sachin Pilot, Milind Deora and Sandeep Dixit. Others who might be supportive of Jha's efforts include Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Deepinder Hooda.

While Jha hasn’t issued any statement, this is how people have responded to the Congress dropping him from the position of party spokesperson.


Amit Malviya

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Sanjay Jha and Rajeev Gowda kind of started together with ‘humaracongress’ portal. Gowda, son of a former Congressman, got a RS term before being overlooked but Sanjay Jha, besides standing in for the Congress at the worst of its times, gets the boot for just writing an article! https://twitter.com/the_hindu/status/1273275308267859968 …

The Hindu

@the_hindu
Just In | Congress drops Sanjay Jha as party spokesperson. Mr Jha had recently written an opinion piece where he had questioned the party leadership and had said Congress is heading towards political obsolescence.

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Unbelievable!Jha went on every channel in 2014 wagging the Congress flag when the party had been reduced to literally nothing. He was abused, ridiculed & he gave back in good measure. It’s 1 yr since Cong stopped TV debates relying on random uninformed people to represent the GOP https://twitter.com/ani/status/1273297494651232258 …

ANI

@ANI
Sanjay Jha dropped as AICC spokesperson with immediate effect. Abhishek Dutt and Sadhna Bharti appointed as National Media Panelist of Congress party.

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Sanjay Jha should consider himself lucky that he was let off without much damage. Last time Congress let off someone named Sanjay, things didn’t go quite well.

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Shehzad Jai Hind

@Shehzad_Ind
I wish Sanjay Jha had stood up for the principles & issues I had raised in 2017 itself! I am glad he realised it by 2020!

What did not change is the First Family's intolerance towards internal democracy!!

I wish him well for his new & future political ventures soon! https://twitter.com/the_hindu/status/1273275308267859968 …

The Hindu

@the_hindu
Just In | Congress drops Sanjay Jha as party spokesperson. Mr Jha had recently written an opinion piece where he had questioned the party leadership and had said Congress is heading towards political obsolescence.

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Kapil Komireddi

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Sanjay Jha wrote an article urging reform of the Congress Party so that it could be of some use to our beleaguered republic. The Congress Party reacted by sacking him. Here is a periodic reminder that the dynasty and its lickspittles are anti-democratic to their marrow. https://twitter.com/the_hindu/status/1273275308267859968 …

The Hindu

@the_hindu
Just In | Congress drops Sanjay Jha as party spokesperson. Mr Jha had recently written an opinion piece where he had questioned the party leadership and had said Congress is heading towards political obsolescence.

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Harini Calamur (#StayHome)

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what is terrifying and tragic is how clueless our Government is. on most things. - economy, pandemic control, borders, trade, oil prices. 
the only thing that saves it is that the opposition is disorganized and even more clueless.

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Bolton Book Thunderbolt: Donald Trump actually 'hailed' concentration camps in China


US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law an act that authorizes sanctions against Chinese officials over the mass incarceration of Uighur Muslims.

Trump's announcement came just as excerpts emerged from an explosive new book by his former national security advisor John Bolton, who said the president told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that he approved of the vast detention camps.


Josh Barro

@jbarro
Oh my god https://www.wsj.com/articles/john-bolton-the-scandal-of-trumps-china-policy-11592419564 …

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Oh my god https://www.wsj.com/articles/john-bolton-the-scandal-of-trumps-china-policy-11592419564 …

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Also, this is gonna show up in some ads:

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Trump was widely expected to sign the Uighur Human Rights Act, which passed Congress almost unanimously amid wide outrage over China's treatment of the minority.

"The Act holds accountable perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses such as the systematic use of indoctrination camps, forced labor and intrusive surveillance to eradicate the ethnic identity and religious beliefs of Uyghurs and other minorities in China," Trump said in a statement.

The legislation requires the US administration to determine which Chinese officials are responsible for the "arbitrary detention, torture and harassment" of Uighurs and other minorities.

The United States would then freeze any assets the officials hold in the world's largest economy and ban their entry into the country.




India-China face-off in Ladakh's Galwan Valley: 'How dare China kill our soldiers? Why is the PM silent?', asks Rahul Gandhi


Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday again questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'silence' on the India-China standoff in Galwan Valley in Ladakh and said the nation needs to know what exactly was happening there.

"Why is the PM silent? Why is he hiding? Enough is enough. We need to know what has happened. How dare China kill our soldiers? How dare they take our land?" Rahul tweeted.


Rahul Gandhi

@RahulGandhi
Why is the PM silent? 
Why is he hiding? 

Enough is enough. We need to know what has happened. 

How dare China kill our soldiers?
How dare they take our land?

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Congress too has flayed the Prime Minister: "Ever wondered why a vociferous man who never failed to question the (previous) government on every issue is now completely silent? Because now he cannot blame anyone else but himself for all the failures."


Congress

@INCIndia
Ever wondered why a vociferous man who never failed to question the govt on every issue is now completely silent? Because now he cannot blame anyone else but himself for all the failures.

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Congress leader P Chidambaram too questioned Modi's silence on the border issue. "The PM has maintained a worrying silence since May 5. Can you imagine any other head of the government not saying a word for 7 weeks since the intrusion of foreign troops into a country?" he asked on Tuesday evening.


P. Chidambaram

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The nation is waiting for an official statement from the Ministry of Defence or Army HQ. Will it come tonight?


P. Chidambaram

@PChidambaram_IN
The PM has maintained a worrying silence since May 5. Can you imagine any other Head of Government not saying a word for 7 weeks since the intrusion of foreign troops into a country?

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On Jun 10 too, Rahul Gandhi had tweeted: "The Chinese have walked in and taken our territory in Ladakh. Meanwhile, the PM is absolutely silent and has vanished from the scene."


Rahul Gandhi

@RahulGandhi
The Chinese have walked in and taken our territory in Ladakh.

Meanwhile

The PM is absolutely silent and has vanished from the scene.https://thewire.in/security/in-talks-china-takes-hard-line-claims-all-of-galwan-valley-chunk-of-pangong-tso …


Exclusive: In Talks, China Takes Hard Line, Claims All of Galwan Valley, Chunk of Pangong Tso
During the military-to-military dialogue on Saturday, China refused to even discuss its intrusions into the Galwan River valley, instead claiming ownership over the entire area.

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Twenty Indian Army men, including officers, were killed in a violent clash with the Chinese People's Liberation Army at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night, the Indian Army said on Tuesday.




Coronavirus in Maharashtra: COVID-19 deaths surge to 5,510 due to data reconciliation exercise


Mumbai: The COVID-19 death numbers in Mumbai and rest of Maharashtra surged to 5,510 on Tuesday from 4,128 on Monday due to the data reconciliation exercise carried out by the state government. The rise was on account of 862 deaths in Mumbai and 466 in the rest of Maharashtra, reported in the data reconciliation.

Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta told the Free Press Journal, "A total of 1,328 additional deaths will be added to the COVID-19 death toll of the state. These were deaths of COVID patients and were marked as non-COVID."

As reported by FPJ, the state government had on Monday admitted that there were discrepancies in the data released on COVID-19.

Several instances had emerged of deaths being accounted for under comorbidity instead of the virus. Therefore, the state government had asked all district collectors and municipal commissioners to reconcile the number of deaths by Monday evening.

 
 

Under the provisions of the Epidemic Act, 1897, they had been told to report all deaths, irrespective of the cause, if found positive for the virus. Death numbers were found to be not properly tabulated and therefore the state government had asked all district & municipal administration to reconcile the data. In some cases, Covid 19 patients had died but the cause was shown as cardiac arrest. On Monday, Mehta had said the government would not hide any data, but reveal it after the reconciliation exercise. He had reiterated that the government will take action against those who were responsible for hiding data on COVID-19 deaths.

Meanwhile, leader of oppn in state assembly Devendra Fadnavis has attacked the state government and demanded stern action against those responsible for hiding the crucial data. The CMO said in a statement: CM Uddhav Thackeray had mandated exhaustive data reconciliation last week.

On June 13, the state asked all DCs/commissioners to check with all local labs and hospitals on the same. The State is fighting Covid with absolute honesty and it holds transparency sacred. Data reconciliation and tally will be done every few weeks so as to ensure complete transparency. Earlier de-duplication of cases was carried out in similar fashion."

 
 
 



India and China face-off at Galwan Valley in Ladakh: Here's what we know so far


In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in clash with Chinese troops, where reportedly there was no exchange of fire. The incident took place in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley where the two sides have been in a stand-off for a little over a month i.e. 40 days

The June 16 incident had media houses buzzing and several reports, including one claiming that 40 Chinese soldiers had been killed in retaliation, were doing the rounds. However, there is no official confirmation from both sides, even though there were casualties reported from the People’s Liberation Army.

Here’s what we know so far

- A commanding officer was among those on the Indian side who was killed. The officer was a colonel of the Bihar regiment.

- It all began just as the Chinese troops were getting ready to move away as per an agreement. But when the Indian troops moved to remove a People’s Liberation Army tent set up near a position code-named Patrolling Point 14, trouble erupted.

- In its initial statement, the Indian Army had said that the officer and two soldiers had been killed. However, later in the day, a report said that 17 other soldiers, who had been critically injured in the line of duty, had succumbed to their injuries.

- Meanwhile, latest reports say four Indian soldiers are in critical condition after the violent face-off with Chinese troops on Monday evening

- The statement has also said that both sides had disengaged in any situation that could escalate the situation between both sides

- India attributes Monday’s violence when the Chinese side ‘departed from the consensus to respect the LAC (Line of Actual Control) and attempted to “unilaterally change the status quo”.

- Beijing made no mention of any casualties while laying the blame squarely on New Delhi. Confirming the clash, it accused the Indian soldiers of crossing into the Chinese territory and attacking its personnel. The only admission of multiple casualties on the Chinese side came from the editor of the government mouthpiece Global Times.

- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held two meetings with three service chiefs

- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been briefed on the developments.

- This is the first casualties for India in a clash with the PLA since 1975 when an Indian patrol was ambushed by Chinese troops in Arunachal Pradesh.

 
 
 



COVID-19 Response: After USD 500 million, AIIB approves additional USD 750 million loan to India


Beijing-headquartered Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved a USD 750 million (Rs 5,717.813 crore) loan to India. This is to assist the Indian government to strengthen its response to the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on millions of poor and vulnerable households. This is the second loan borrowed by India under AIIB’s COVID-19 Crisis Recovery Facility (CRF).

This loan approved by AIIB is co-financed with the Asian Development Bank.

The budgetary support will go toward bolstering economic aid for businesses, including for the informal sector. While AIIB stated the Indian government is raising this fund to expand the social safety nets for the needy, and strengthening the country’s health care systems.

The bank has approved USD 3.06 billion, including a recent USD 500 million (Rs 3, 812.75 crore) COVID-19 emergency response, to India as sovereign loans.

CRF was created as part of the coordinated international response to counter the pandemic, to support AIIB members’ urgent economic, financial, and public health needs and quick recovery from the crisis.

“Many of the world’s low and middle-income countries are still in the early stages of the health crisis but are already feeling the impacts of the pandemic. This poses an enormous risk for millions across India who have only recently emerged from poverty,” said AIIB Vice President, Investment Operations, DJ Pandian. India is considered to be vulnerable as it has around 270 million people who continue to live below the national poverty line and around 81 million live in densely populated informal settlements with limited access to health services, according to the World Bank.

This whole pandemic has led the International Monetary Fund to revise its 2021 GDP forecast for the country to 1.9 percent, which is about 3.9 percent lower than its January 2020 forecast.

Pandian added, “Our support to India also aims to ensure economic resilience to prevent long-term damage to the productive capacity, including human capital, of India’s economy.”

 
 
 



Delhi's Health Minister Satyender Jain admitted to hospital due to fever, trouble in breathing; tested for COVID-19


Delhi's Health Minister Satyendar Jain has been admitted to Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital after he complained of high fever and difficulty in breathing on Monday night.

This comes a day after Jain attended a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia to discuss the response to coronavirus in Delhi.

Jain informed about his health and said, "Due to high grade fever and a sudden drop of my oxygen levels last night I have been admitted to RGSSH. Will keep everyone updated"


Satyendar Jain

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Due to high grade fever and a sudden drop of my oxygen levels last night I have been admitted to RGSSH. Will keep everyone updated

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As reported by India Today, he was tested for coronavirus after he was admitted to the hospital last night.

CM Arvind Kejriwal wished him a speedy recovery on Twitter and said, " Without taking care of your health, you engaged in public service 24 hours a day. Take care and get well soon."


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अपनी सेहत का ख़्याल किए बिना आप रात दिन 24 घंटे जनता की सेवा में लगे रहे। अपना ख़्याल रखें और जल्द स्वस्थ हों। https://twitter.com/SatyendarJain/status/1272746079402881025 …

Satyendar Jain

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Due to high grade fever and a sudden drop of my oxygen levels last night I have been admitted to RGSSH. Will keep everyone updated

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On Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia were present in a meeting which Jain had attended to discuss the response to coronavirus in Delhi.

Earlier, after complaining of fever and sore throat, Arvind Kejriwal was tested for virus and had tested negative for COVID-19.

Following the manifestation of COVID-19 symptoms, Kejriwal had canceled all of his meetings thereafter.




Jammu and Kashmir: 3 terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian


Security forces on Tuesday neutralised three terrorists in an encounter at the Turkwangam area.

A top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen is reported among the killed terrorists.


ANI

@ANI
Jammu and Kashmir: Three terrorists neutralised in an encounter with security forces at Turkwangam area of Shopian, today. A search operation is underway. (Visuals deferred by unspecified time)

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After receiving a credible input, the local police launched an operation with Army and Special Forces units.

The search operation is underway.




COVID-19: Global coronavirus count surpasses 7.8 million, death toll tops 431,000


The global number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus infection has surpassed 7.8 million, with over 431,000 fatalities being reported since the start of the outbreak, according to the latest data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday.

The cumulative global toll of confirmed cases has increased by 132,581 over the past day to 7,823,289, according to the WHO.

Over the past 24 hours, 3,911 people died from COVID-19 worldwide, taking the death toll to 431,541.

The Americas, with over 3.7 million confirmed cases, remains the epicentre of the epidemic.

 
 

Meanwhile, with an increase of 10,667 cases and 380 deaths in the past 24 hours, the COVID-19 count in India has reached 3,43,091 on Tuesday, according to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry.

With 380 deaths being reported from across the country, the toll due to COVID-19 has now reached 9,900.

The COVID-19 count includes 1,53,178 active cases, while 1,80,013 patients have been cured and discharged or migrated so far.

Maharashtra with 1,10,744 cases continues to be the worst-affected state in the country with 50,567 active cases while 56,049 patients have been cured and discharged in the state so far. The toll due to COVID-19 has crossed the four thousand mark and reached 4,128 in the state.

It is followed by Tamil Nadu with 46,504 and the national capital with 42,829 confirmed cases.

(With inputs from ANI.)

 
 
 




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