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New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh will undertake a three-day visit to forward areas along with borders of China and Pakistan including Chumar in eastern Ladakh which saw a deadlock between Indian and Chinese troops a year ago.

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He will inaugurate a new officer’s mess at the camp of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force in Samba during his visit to forward areas of Jammu and Kashmir and may also go to posts in the sectors which has witnessed firing from across the border.

He will then visit border posts of Chumar in eastern Ladakh where Indian and Chinese troops had eye-to-eye confrontation in sub-zero temprature in September 2014.

It will be followed by a visit to the police memorial in Hot spring and ITBP posts in Thakung and Chushul.
Following a flag meeting in Spanggur Gap, both the forces had decided to reduce the intensity of deadlock by withdrawing troops in the Himalayan plateau last year.

The Home Minister will review the situation of Sino-Indian border and interact with troops of ITBP, which guards the border.

He is expected to chair a meeting with local administration and border road organisation on the topic of developmental activities being carried out.

Indian and Chinese troops recently had a face-off in Ladakh, the same area where people’s liberation army had pitched camps in April 2013 that had led to three-week long stalemate.

According to the officials, the Chinese troop had built a temporary hut in Burtse, north of ladakh which was demolished by ITBP and army jawans on September 12.

This visit was earlier cancelled twice, first due to unpleasantly cold weather and then due to key BJP meeting on Bihar last week.

(With inputs from Zee news)

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A Tibetan education activist was on Tuesday sentenced to five years in prison by a Chinese court for inciting separatism, Amnesty International (AI) said, calling the sentence "unjust" and urging his immediate release.

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A Tibetan education activist was on Tuesday sentenced to five years in prison by a Chinese court for inciting separatism, Amnesty International (AI) said, calling the sentence “unjust” and urging his immediate release.

The main evidence against Tashi Wangchuk, who was sentenced by a court in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai province, was a 2015 video by the New York Times about his campaign for saving the Tibetan language, according to his lawyer.

“Today’s verdict against Tashi Wangchuk is a gross injustice. He is being cruelly punished for peacefully drawing attention to the systematic erosion of Tibetan culture,” AI East Asia Research Director Joshua Rosenzweig was cited as saying by Efe news.

Before his arrest, the 31-year-old activist had expressed concern over the fact that many Tibetan children could not fluently speak their native language, contributing to the progressive extinction of the Tibetan culture.

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“Tashi must be immediately and unconditionally released,” demanded AI, pointing out that the activist had already spent two years in detention without access to his family.

Rosenzweig claimed that Tashi Wangchuk “was a human rights defender and prisoner of conscience who used the media and China’s own legal system in his struggle to preserve Tibetan language, culture and identity”.

In the New York Times video, the activist had highlighted “the extreme discrimination and restrictions on freedom of expression that Tibetans face in China today”.

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Non-profit Human Rights Watch (HRW) also criticized the prison term for Tashi Wangchuk, whose “only crime was to peacefully call for the right of minority peoples to use their own language”, a right safeguarded by the Chinese Constitution.

“His conviction on bogus separatism charges show that critics of government policy on minorities have no legal protections,” said HRW China Director Sophie Richardson. (IANS)

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