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2012-01-10 16.06.26

By NewsGram Staff Writer

The parliamentary standing committee on defense expressed a grave concern over Tawang. As per a government report, the condition of the roads in Tawang is very poor and it will take a day for the Indian army to reach there. The defense ministry was concerned as Tawang is a strategically important place for India when it comes to military establishment.

Parliament’s standing committee on defense, in a recently-tabled report, said, it was “dismayed to note that in Tawang, the situation is very critical insofar as connectivity is concerned.”

“While our neighboring country can reach the border within two or three hours, our Army takes more than a day to reach there. This is a matter of great concern with regard to our defense preparedness,” the report said. The committee has recommended the construction of “good quality roads in this area on priority basis.”

The committee said that connectivity between Himachal Pradesh and the Ladakh region is “very crucial” for the expeditious movement of troops and equipment, and it also recommended the construction of the Nyemo-Padum-Darcha Road to connect the two.

Recently, in the month of December 2014, Chinese troops had intruded into Ladakh and Tawang, and it was only after a diplomatic talk they left the place.

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Chinese manufacturing sector activity expanded at a slower pace in December while the service sector continued its growth.

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China's industrial expansion on a slow down. Pixabay
China's industrial expansion on a slow down. Pixabay
  • This December, China witnessed a slow rate of it’s industry expansion.
  • The service sector is growing whereas the manufacturing sector is bearing the brunt of the slowed pace.

Chinese manufacturing sector activity expanded at a slower pace in December while the service sector continued its growth, according to the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI).

China's manufacturing industry experienced a slow growth rate. Pixabay
China’s manufacturing industry experienced a slow growth rate. Pixabay

The PMI of China’s manufacturing activity was released on Sunday. It stood at 51.6 points in December, down from 51.8 in November, Efe news quoted the figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) as saying.

 In contrast, the service sector activity grew to stand at 55 points in December as compared to 54.8 in November.

A figure above 50 points suggests expansion while a figure lower than 50 indicates contraction. The service sector already accounts for more than half of China’s gross domestic product.

The December figure for the manufacturing index was at par with the annual average, which points to strong resilience in China’s growth, according to NBS statistician Zhao Qinghe. IANS

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