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Putting Doklam standoff behind, Modi-Xi talk “peace and tranquility” along borders



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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In their first bilateral talks since the 73 days long Doklam standoff, Narendra Modi and XI Jinping agreed that India and China needed to do more to avoid border disputes in the future, Chinese premier asserts the need to seek guidance from the Panchsheel Agreement

In a discussion that lasted little over an hour, on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are learnt to kept the recently Sino-Indian Doklam standoff aside to ensure that the two countries pursue “healthy, stable bilateral ties” and “do not allow differences to become disputes”.

The Modi-Jinping meet – the final engagement of the Indian Prime Minister at the BRICS summit 2017 in Xiamen, China before he flew off for Myanmar – was the first bilateral talk between the two leaders since the 73-day long standoff which ended last week with the two countries agreeing to a withdrawal of troops from the tri-junction area of Doklam.

Modi met the Chinese president along with a delegation of senior Indian officials, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishanker. No statement on the dispute at Doklam was issued by either side indicating willingness in the establishment of both countries to discuss future ties and not be stuck on clashes of the past, no matter how recent.

After the meet, Foreign Secretary Jaishanker told media persons that: “There was a forward-looking and constructive approach taken by both sides. The two leaders reaffirmed that it is in the interest of both India and China to have good relations… Peace and tranquility at the border areas is a prerequisite for fruitful relations between India and China.”

When asked by reporters if there were specific discussions on the Doklam standoff between Modi and Jinping, the foreign secretary said: “This was not a backward looking conversation it was forward looking.”

What may have tested the nerves of Modi, however, was the Chinese president’s insistence that China is prepared to work alongside India to seek guidance from the Panchsheel – the five principles of peaceful co-existence – which were coined by India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and were codified into the Panchsheel Treaty signed between him and the first Chinese premier Zhou Enlai on April 29, 1954.

Modi’s personal dislike for Pandit Nehru and everything associated with him aside, the BJP and various sections of the Indian right have always held that the Panchsheel Treaty weakened India’s position vis-à-vis China before it was completely violated by the Chinese in October 1962 leading to the month-long Sino-India War in which India lost major territories in both the eastern and western theatres of Arunachal and Ladakh respectively.

However, 63 years after the Panchsheel Treaty was signed advocating the principles of territorial integrity and peaceful coexistence, Jinping’s assertion that the two countries must seek guidance from it seems a bit rich given recurring transgressions by the Chinese troops into Indian territories and particularly along the McMahon Line, which China has, since Enlai’s regime, considered to be illegal.

Nevertheless, foreign secretary Jaishanker insisted that both Modi and Jinping “felt that there should be closer communication between the defence and security personnel of India and China” and that the Chinese premier’s purported peace offering made at the BRICS summit on Sunday when he had talked of “peace and development instead of conflict and confrontation” was welcomed by India.

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PM Modi inaugurates 3 major space infrastructure projects, announces names of astronauts for Gaganyaan mission

The four pilots have been training at the astronaut training facility in Bengaluru.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi today revealed the names of four pilots preparing for the country’s historic Gaganyaan human space travel program. Group Captain P Balakrishnan Nair, Group Captain Ajit Krishnan, Group Captain Angad Pratap, and Wing Commander S Shukla, are the four pilots who are selected for this mission.

The PM also bestowed astronaut wings to the four astronaut-designates.

PM Modi addressed the people there and said, he is happy that today he got the opportunity to meet these astronauts and present them in front of the country. He also congratulated the astronauts on behalf of the entire country. PM Modi also hailed the astronaut as the pride of the country.

Meanwhile, the PM inaugurated three major infrastructure projects of ISRO valued at 1800 crore during his visit to Vikram Sarabhai Space Center in Kerala on Tuesday. PM Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu starting Tuesday, February 27.

The projects include the PSLV Integration Facility at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, the new Semi-cryogenics Integrated Engine and stage Test facility at ISRO Propulsion Complex at Mahendragiri, and Trisonic Wind Tunnel at VSSC, Thiruvananthapuram.

Before the inauguration ceremonyISRO chairman S Somanath extended his respects to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a felicitation ceremony held at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram.

The ISRO chairman said, with the support of the honorable Prime Minister, the space sector is undergoing rapid transformation for expansion. He added that the long-term space vision for Amrit Kal had already been announced by the Prime minister. He further added that the vision had been created for Amrit Kal with the space sector as the torch bearer.

After the inauguration ceremony, the Prime Minister is scheduled to address public gatherings in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, and Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu. Additionally, he will participate in the program called Creating the Future – Digital Mobility for Automotive MSME Entrepreneurs in Madurai.

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Rahul Gandhi reacts to Hijab controversy, says what a person wears is their responsibility and nobody should decide what they wear

Rahul Gandhi said what a woman wears is her responsibility and it is her decision. He thought nobody should decide what they wear. His comments came after the Congress government in Karnataka allowed students to wear Hijab during competitive exams in October last year.



Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that women’s choice of clothing including a hijab should be respected and one should not dictate what a person has to wear. Rahul Gandhi was interacting with female students at the Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh during his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.

During the interaction a girl mentioned the hijab controversy in Karnataka and asked the Congress leader about his views on the same. He said what a woman wears is her responsibility and it is her decision. He thought nobody should decide what they wear. His comments came after the Congress government in Karnataka allowed students to wear Hijab during competitive exams in October last year.

The issue erupted in Januray 2022 when Muslim students at a government pre-university college in Karnataka’s Udupi were denied entry for wearing hijabs, citing a violation of the college’s uniform policy. The incident has sparked widespread protests and counter-protests across the state.

The then BJP government issued an order that made mandatory for students to wear uniforms in educational institutes. The order banned the wearing of hijabs in these settings. This decision was challenged in court, and on March 15, 2022 the decision was upheld by the Haryana High Court.

The court said wearing a hiujab is not an essential religious practice in Islam and as result it does not fall under the protection of Article 25 of the Indian Constitution, which guarantees the fundamental right to freely practice one’s religion.

In October 2022, The Supreme Court pronounced a split verdict on the petitions challenging The Karnataka High Court order which refused to overturn a ban on hijabs in educational institutions in the state. The Top court’s split verdict means the issue will be revisited by a larger bench for final decision.In December last year, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced that his government will withdraw the order banning hijab in schools and colleges in the state .   

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Rajya Sabha election: Samajwadi Party leader Manoj Kumar Pandey steps down as Chief Whip, voting underway

Samajwadi Party MLA Manoj Kumar Pandey on Tuesday resigned from the post of party chief whip amid the voting for 10 Rajya Sabha seats.



In the midst of voting for the Rajya Sabha elections, Samajwadi Party leader and MLA Manoj Kumar Pandey resigned from his position as the party’s chief whip in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday.

His resignation from the position was announced barely one day after eight Samajwadi Party MLAs failed to show up for a meeting that the party Chief Akhilesh Yadav had called.

Eight BJP candidates and three Samajwadi Party candidates have applied for the 10 Rajya Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh as the voting has begun.

The main opposition SP and the ruling BJP both have enough members to send seven and three members to the Rajya Sabha, respectively, without opposition. However, since the BJP is fielding an eighth candidate, a competitive race is expected in one of the seats.

The results will be announced by the end of the day.

The BJP has put up seven other candidates which includes, former Union minister RPN Singh, former MP Chaudhary Tejveer Singh, general secretary of the party’s Uttar Pradesh unit Amarpal Maurya, former state minister Sangeeta Balwant (Bind); former MLA Sadhna Singh, and former Agra mayor Naveen Jain.

Actor-turned-MP Jaya Bachchan, former IAS officer Alok Ranjan, and Dalit activist Ramji Lal Suman are the candidates officially nominated by the Samajwadi Party.

In Uttar Pradesh, a candidate needs around 37 first-preference votes to be elected to the Rajya Sabha.

Voting will end at 4 p.m., and counting will start at 5 p.m.

With 252 and 108 members, respectively, the BJP and the SP have the majority of seats in the 403-member state assembly. The SP’s alliance partner, the Congress, holds two seats.

Thirteen seats are held by the BJP ally Apna Dal (Sonelal), six by the NISHAD Party, nine by the RLD, six by the SBSP, two by Jansatta Dal Loktantrik, and one by the BSP. There are presently four open seats.

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