Sunday, June 21, 2020

Army changes rules of engagement on LAC with China, empowers filed commanders to allow use of firearms under 'extraordinary' circumstances

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New Delhi (ANI): After an incident of the violent face-off with China in Eastern Ladakh, the Indian Army has changed its rules of engagement on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) which would allow field commanders to order troops to use firearms under "extraordinary" circumstances.

The Rules of Engagement have been changed and the field commanders have been empowered to order troops to use firearms under extraordinary circumstances, army sources said here.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also stated that the Army has been given full freedom to deal with the situation on the ground.

The Indian side is expected to discuss the issue with the Chinese Army during the proposed talks at Corps Commander level to defuse the tensions in Eastern Ladakh.

Both sides don't fire at each other as per the border agreements between them signed in 1996 and 2005.

They had also agreed not to use any blasting or firearms within two kilometres of the LAC.

The Galwan river clash near Patrolling Point 14 claimed 20 Indian Army personnel lives who removed a Chinese observation post from there. (ANI)

People in Jammu buy 'Boycott China' face masks


Jammu (ANI): After a face-off with China, people in Jammu have decided to boycott Chinese goods. On Sunday people were seen buying indigenously manufactured 'Boycott China' face masks to fight coronavirus.

"After Galwan valley clash with China, 'Boycott China' masks are in huge demand, said Amit, a shop owner in Srinagar said while speaking to ANI.

"I have got masks imprinted with favourite characters of my children. At least they will wear it happily," said a customer.

Notably, some of the masks also have slogans like "Boycott Made in China" and "Boycott" Red China, Buy Made in India."

At least 20 Indian Army personnel, including a Colonel rank officer, had lost their lives in the violent face-off in the Galwan valley area of Ladakh on June 15. (ANI)

Yoga goes beyond race, colour, gender and faith: PM Modi

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New Delhi (ANI): On the occasion of International Yoga Day on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Yoga enhances our quest for a healthier planet and goes beyond race, colour, gender, faith and descent.

"Many congratulations and best wishes to all of you on the 6th international Yoga Day. This day is a day of solidarity and universal brotherhood," Prime Minister Modi said.

"Yoga engances our quest for a healthier planet. It has emerged as a force for unity and deepens the bonds of humanity. It does not discriminate. It goes beyond race, colour, gender, faith and descent," he added.

The International Yoga Day was proposed by Prime Minister Modi in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, 2014. (ANI).

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