Doklam standoff: China censures Japan for backing India

Doklam: The word from Ground Zero


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China on Friday told Japan not to make “random” comments on the Sino-Indian border standoff even if it wants to support New Delhi.


Japan has rallied behind India over the dragging feud at Doklam, with its envoy Kenji Hiramatsu saying that the region is disputed and Tokyo understands why New Delhi got embroiled in it.


“I have seen the Japanese Ambassador in India really wants to support India. I want to remind him not to randomly make comments before clarifying relevant facts,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.


She rebutted Hiramatsu who said that Doklam, on the Sikkim section of the India-China border, was disputed and no country should change the status quo by using force.


“In the Donglang (Doklam) area, there is no territorial dispute. And the boundary has been delimited and recognized by the two sides,” Hua said.”And the attempt to change the status quo by trespass in the boundary is of India, not China.”


Japan is the first country to openly speak on the crisis and back India.Hua again asked India to immediately withdraw troops from Doklam, where both sides have been engaged in a stand-off since June.


She said India’s unconditional pullback will be the basis for any meaningful dialogue to resolve the crisis, which has plunged ties between two countries to a new low.


Doklam is disputed by Bhutan and China. India says the area belongs to Bhutan and Chinese soldiers entered the area, affecting New Delhi’s strategic interests.

LG launches Q6 smartphone at Rs 14,990

LG Q6. Photo: Twitter

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LG Electronics has announced the launch of its first smartphone under the new Q series called the LG Q6 at Rs 14,990 in India. The Q series will offer many of LG’s most sought after, premium features at an extremely attractive price.


An amalgamation of great features, LG Q6 supports 18:9 wide screen, facial recognition and military grade durability to give its consumers the best possible experience.


Q6 has redefined the viewing experience for Indian users via its best in class Full Vision Display technology as well as 1 time free screen replacement within six months. To cater to the growing online consumer demand, LG has entered into a strategic partnership with, India’s one of leading online e-commerce portal, as an exclusive partner.


LG’s Q series is the company’s latest lineup of powerful, mid-range smartphones boasting features which are present in premium phones, but at affordable price points.


For the selfie lovers, Q6 offer a wide 100-degree selfie camera and instant social share features which allows to takes great selfies and also share it with friends and family.


As the first in the Q series to be announced, the LG Q6 features some of the most desired innovations from LG’s premium G6 smartphone and packages them in a sleek, stunning body highlighted by its FullVision display with minimized bezels.


Doklam standoff: India denies China’s claims, says no reduction in troops

Sikkim standoff: India, China quietly resolve to settle border dispute

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India has not reduced its troops in Dokalam, senior government officials said on Wednesday, rebutting China’s claim that the number of Indian security personnel at the tri-junction has come down.

They also asserted that there was a “status quo” at the Dokalam for past six weeks.

The strong rebuttal came after Chinese foreign ministry issued a document on Wednesday, saying the number of Indian troops was 40 by end of July from 400 in June.

“Over 400 people at one point, have put up three tents and advanced over 180 metres into the Chinese territory. As of the end of July, there were still over 40 Indian border troops and one bulldozer illegally staying in the Chinese territory,” the document said.

Countering Chines contention, sources here maintained that around 350 Indian Army personnel have been in Dokalam for last six weeks after China tried to build a road in the area, triggering the standoff.

China also said that it has conveyed its firm stand to India that it must take “concrete actions” by immediately pulling back troops from Dokalam with “no strings attached” to resolve the current standoff.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj last month had said that both sides should first pull back their troops for any talks to take place.

India also conveyed to the Chinese government that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for it.

National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval was in Beijing last month to attend the BRICS NSAs meeting.


Aadhaar enrolment agencies to be fined 



Aadhaar-issuing authority UIDAI has warned its agencies that refusal to enrol citizens by citing technical glitch or on any other pretext would be seen as indulging in “corrupt practice”.
The UIDAI has said there is no question of turning back residents seeking enrolment when, in fact, operators are required to renew their registration with the authority every 10 days qualifying them as being fit to offer such services.
“We are getting a lot of complaints that Aadhaar enrolment centres listed on our site are refusing to do enrolment on one pretext or another. This amounts to corrupt practice,” Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey told PTI.
There are 25,000 active enrolment centres across India.
All enrolment agencies will have to shift to government or municipal premises from external sites in coming weeks, bringing them under direct supervision of the authorities.
“It is the operator who lists the services on our website. When they register, it is assumed that their machine is working and they are in a position to enrol people,” Pandey said, adding that there is no reason why agencies should not enrol people or turn them back citing technical issues.
Moreover, the renewal of registration by enrolment agencies (EAs) every 10 days is an indication that they are indeed in a position to enrol, he pointed out.


Know about Universities in India 

H-1B visa row: Applications up 20-35 per cent in domestic campuses


The Oxford dictionary defines ‘University’ as a high-level educational institution in which students study for degrees and academic research is done.

Etymologically, ‘university’ is derived from the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium, which crudely means “community of teachers and scholars.”

During medieval times, association of students and teachers with collective legal rights given by princes and statesmen or the towns in which such associations were located came to be known as university.

India’s higher education system works at both private and public level universities. Public universities function under the directives issued by the Government of India and the state governments whereas private universities function under various approved educational bodies and societies.

The University Grants Commission (UGC), the highest educational authority, recognizes and awards the ‘universal’ status to various universities. The UGC draws its power from the University Grants Commission Act, 1956.

Along with the UGC, 15 Professional Councils are also established, in charge of different parts of accreditation and coordination.

Types of Universities in India:



Triple talaq is a personal law, courts cannot interfere



Congress leader and Amicus curiae in the triple talaq matter, Salman Khurshid, on Friday declined to comment on the Islamic divorce practice, saying that the matter has been presented before the Supreme Court and now the decision lies with the judges.

“That is upto the judges. Our work is to argue and we have done it. We have kept our point in front of the judges and now the decision lays upto them. We can’t say when the court will pronounce its judgment,” Khurshid told ANI.

Earlier on Thursday, hinting towards the difference in his and All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s (AIMPLB) opinion, Khurshid suggested that the court should harmonise different views so that becomes one acceptable view available for the courts in the country.

“I have suggested that this harmonising effort has to be undertaken. The personal law board has said that the harmonising effect cannot be done by court and should not be done by court. They have suggested legislation. I have said that if something is a part of personal law, then neither legislation nor courts can interfere,” Khurshid told the media here.


Pakistan cannot execute Kulbhushan Jadhav till final verdict, says ICJ


Ruling in favour of India with regard to provisional measures, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday said that Pakistan should take all measures in its power to ensure that Kulbhushan Jadhav is not executed before the final verdict in the case. Further, it ordered that Pakistan would have to inform the court about all such measures. 

India should have been given consular access to Jadhav under the Vienna Convention, the ICJ ruled. The ICJ asserted its jurisdiction over the case of Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by Pakistan on charges of espionage and subversive activities.

Also, the court said that both India and Pakistan agreed that Jadhav is an Indian citizen. Deflating one of Pakistan’s key arguments, the ICJ also said that the Vienna Convention did not exclude those found guilty of terror and espionage.

The circumstances of Jadhav’s arrest remain disputed, ICJ president Ronny Abraham said while reading out his verdict. The 11-judge bench of the UN’s highest court is presenting its verdict two days after India and Pakistan gave their submissions on the 46-year-old former Indian Navy officer. 

The decision to stay Kulbhushan Jadhav’s execution pending ICJ hearing is unanimous, said Abraham.

“The 150-day period for clemency given by Pakistan, which ends in August suggests that the execution can happen immediately thereafter,” observed the international court in The Hague.

On Monday, India and Pakistan crossed swords at the ICJ over Jadhav’s case, with New Delhi demanding the immediate suspension of Jadhav’s death sentence and Islamabad calling India’s application “unnecessary” and “misconceived”.