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President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates Dharma Chakra Day
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President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates Dharma Chakra Day

International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, is celebrating Asadha Poornima on July 4, as Dharma Chakra Day.This day commemorates Buddha's First Sermon to his first five ascetic disciples at the Deer Park, Rsipatana in the present day Sarnath near Varanasi, UP.The day is also celebrated by Buddhists all over the world as the day of Dharma Chakra Parvattana or “Turning of the Wheel of Dharma”. This day is also aptly observed as Guru Poornima by both Buddhists and Hindus as a day to mark reverence to their gurus.In keeping with the historical legacy of India being the land of Buddha's enlightenment, his turning the wheels of Dharma, and Mahaparinirvana, President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Dharma Chakra Day from the Rashtrapati Bhavan.The Minister
India needs to rethink its ‘One China Policy’ with a focus on Tibet, say experts
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India needs to rethink its ‘One China Policy’ with a focus on Tibet, say experts

As India steps up pressure on China following a violent face-off last month in which 20 soldiers laid down their lives for India, academics and intelligentsia came together to discuss the policy options for India to rethink its ‘One China Policy’ with a focus on Tibet.Prof. Srikanth Kondapalli from Centre for East Asia Studies began by throwing light on the historical perspective of the ‘One China Policy’ of India.He said that the policy was initiated between December 1949 and April 1950. “However, it was only related to Taiwan in the initial period, as the Communist Party won the civil war and the Kuomintang was pushed back to Taiwan.”“India had an embassy in Chongqing in the Republic of China. We also had Consul Generals in Lhasa, Xinjiang, and other areas. Within two years, the Communis
Experts analyze China’s invasion of India through mobile apps, 5G
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Experts analyze China’s invasion of India through mobile apps, 5G

As India steps up economic pressure on China by closing down the digital borders to ensure national security, experts from IT industry and software development explained why it is imperative to curtail the use of Chinese applications and the need to build India’s own capacity to manufacture goods and produce services to counter the Communist Party of China.Former President of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) R. Chandrashekhar explained that what separates the Chinese case is based on two factors. Firstly, in other cases, platforms are believed to be used to provide economic gains to the host nations. But in the case of the Chinese apps, there are strong allegations that they have strong links with the Chinese government and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)
People of PoK, Gilgit-Baltistan stand with Indian Army in fight against China, says activist
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People of PoK, Gilgit-Baltistan stand with Indian Army in fight against China, says activist

Dr Amjad Ayub Mirza, a political activist from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), who is living in exile in Glasgow, has expressed anger over Chinese aggression at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh and has pledged to support the Indian Army.Mirza, who hails from Mirpur in PoK, said, "For 70 years, the people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit-Baltistan have been kept separate from India. India is facing a tough time because of China's aggression, which along with Pakistan and Nepal's Communist Party, are playing a dirty game. We will not remain silent and stand shoulder to shoulder with India".He added, "I personally will fight for India and wherever the blood of Indian Army personnel will be spilled, we will also fight against the enemy".After the violent clash between Indian ...
Pakistani forces continue military operation, abductions in Balochistan
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Pakistani forces continue military operation, abductions in Balochistan

Balochistan is fighting two wars right now, incessant search operations and raids by Pakistani forces, and the rampant spread of the coronavirus with over 10,000 confirmed cases until now.According to local reports, Pakistani forces have cordoned off various towns of Awaran district and banned the transport. Inhabitants of these areas are besieged at their homes.As per the reports, in the areas between Ketch and Awaran; Peerandar, Geshkor, Jahoo and other places, Pakistani forces have gathered and are conducting search operations. The forces have also shut all sorts of transportation, due which people have been trapped in their homes.According to area residents, Pakistani forces have abducted a boy named Sattar, son of Ilahi Baksh, from Kosnhkalat area of Tump. While forces raided many hou...
Baloch writer refuses literary award from Pakistan due to state’s oppressive policies
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Baloch writer refuses literary award from Pakistan due to state’s oppressive policies

Renowned Baloch poet and author Akbar Barakzai has refused an academic award from Pakistan for the best work in Baloch literature citing the Imran Khan government’s policies ‘inflicted’ on Balochistan that have ‘subjugated’ the populace.Barakzai’s book ‘Zaban Zanti-u-Balochi Zaban Zanti’ had been nominated for the Syed Zahoor Shah Hashmi Award by the Pakistani Academy of Letters (PAL).Upon hearing about the nominations, he rebuffed the academic award and the accompanying 200,000 rupees cash prize through an email sent to the Chairman of the PAL, Dr Yousuf Khushk.In his email, Barakzai thanked the PAL for the nomination but said that he cannot accept this award. When asked about his decision, he cited the policies ‘inflicted’ on Balochistan to ‘subjugate’ its populace.Akbar Barakzai hails f
Credibility crisis hits Pakistan International Airlines, CAA over ‘dubious licenses’ of pilots
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Credibility crisis hits Pakistan International Airlines, CAA over ‘dubious licenses’ of pilots

After the disclosure of Pakistan’s minister for Aviation about fake and dubious licenses of pilots, the credibility of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has taken a massive hit.The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has also expressed concern over the ‘serious lapse in the licensing and safety oversight by the aviation regulator’.The controversy drew global attention after the federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan in the National Assembly declared that 150 pilots of the national flag carrier had fake licenses.Amid the aviation crisis, the PIA management has decided to ground one-third or 150 of its pilots and started relieving them from flight rosters for allegedly possessing ‘dubious licenses’, while asking the CAA to u
Nepal’s official document shows Chinese encroachment in seven districts
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Nepal’s official document shows Chinese encroachment in seven districts

A document released by the Survey Department of the Ministry of Agriculture in Nepal has showed that by 2017, China had already encroached 36 hectares of the country’s territory at 10 places along the northern border.“China is expanding its road network in the Tibet Autonomous Region because of which some rivers and its tributaries have changed their course and are flowing towards Nepal. If this continues, hundreds of hectares of our land could go to TAR,” states the document released in 2017.The document adds that Nepal has lost 10 hectares in Humla district to China, six hectares in Rasuwa, 11 hectares in Sindhupalchowk and nine hectares in Sankhuwasabha (100 hectares = 1 square km).“China may set up border observation posts with armed police personnel in those territories”, states the a
India’s diplomatic, military ties with allies will help countering China, say defense experts
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India’s diplomatic, military ties with allies will help countering China, say defense experts

As tensions continue to escalate between India and China following the brutal face-off at Galwan Valley in Ladakh, defense experts have called on the Indian government to strengthen diplomatic and military ties, especially maritime ties, with its allies.In a webinar organised by the Hudson Institute, an American think-tank, experts discussed about how the recent skirmishes connect to China’s attempts at strengthening its global posture in the wake of its power grabs in Hong Kong, its economic threats toward Australia, and its growing belligerence toward South East Asia, Japan, and Taiwan.Patrick M. Cronin, Asia-Pacific Security Chair of Hudson Institute believes that either China is taking an advantage of Covid-19 pandemic and the upcoming elections in the United States or President Xi is
Tibet’s independence will secure India’s boundary with China: Tibetan activist
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Tibet’s independence will secure India’s boundary with China: Tibetan activist

Amid escalating border tension between India and China along Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh, a noted Tibetan author and activist has said that India’s boundary with China will be secured after Tibet’s independence.Tenzin Tsundue said that Tibetans had understood the diabolic designs of China and it was time for New Delhi to reconsider its stand on ‘One China Policy’ as Beijing had totally disregarded the territorial integrity of India.“India needs to change its outlook and policy vis-a-vis Beijing as the latter couldn’t be trusted with its words,” he said.We Tibetans, Tsundue added, have been telling Indians that Tibet’s independence is India’s security but India’s calculations have been different.“India’s policy has been One India policy, One China policy. However, China’s borde