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Indian American Business Council (IABC) hosted a high profile reception with dignitaries from India, South Africa, El Salvador, and America on Thursday, August 11

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IAB Council which held a reception yesterday with Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni as the chief guest. Image source: IABC
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Chicago, August 13, 2016: With India’s 70th Independence Day (August 15) approaching, Indian American Business Council (IABC) hosted a high profile reception with dignitaries from India, South Africa, El Salvador, and America on Thursday, August 11.

The celebration took place at Northwest Suburban College in Rolling Meadows, IL. IABC earlier has been soft launched in the presence of Governor Hon. Matt Bevin and Louisville Mayor Hon. Greg Fischer in May this year in 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Indian American Business Council. Image source: nrinews24x7.com
Indian American Business Council. Image source: nrinews24x7.com

Newly formed a trade organisation, IAB Council, was graced with presence and enlightening words from Chief Guest, Acharya Dr Lokesh Muni Ji who was introduced as an ambassador of peace. He shared that ahimsa, unity, and cooperation is the key requirements for any progress. Further, he announced the setting up of a World Peace University in Gurgaon India with a central goal of combatting violence and terrorism in the society and introducing the principles of nonviolence.

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The IAB Council is an umbrella organisation, which supports small and medium size businesses that are particularly interested in expanding their business in the global market. Council also provides full-scale services to investors from across the globe to match their investment with opportunities for secure and maximum growth. IAB Council is Illinois registered not-for-profit organisation and is currently operating in Illinois, Kentucky and India. IAB Council’s strategic partners include Indian Diaspora Club, Government Technology Foundation, Indo-American Friends Group, VisionOne, CSR Virgil, and VNA & Partners. Apart from that, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, IL SBDC International trade Center and others are the Strategic collaborators to the organisation.

Attorney, Ms Chipo Nyambuya, principal of Virgil LLC presented an overview of creative investments and legalities for Investment in the USA and across the globe. Ms Nyambuya also provided the members present in the ceremony,with the highlights of the investment opportunities present for businesses. CEO-Center for Strategic Solutions, Mr Mohammed Faheem presented the talk on WIOA grants for workforce development and retention. Founder and Chair of IAB Council Board, Ms Poonam Gupta-Krishnan, had the audience mesmerised by the vision and the success that Council achieved in a short period of time.

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Earlier,  Harish Kolasani, IABC President welcomed the distinguished gathering and introduced the Council executive team including Keerthi Kumar Ravoori, Mohammed Faheem, Dr Sanhita Agnihotri, Nazneen Hashmi and he invited Chief Guest Acharya Dr Muni to light the ceremonial lamp.  Keerthi Kumar Ravoori welcomed the gathering and outlined the mission and highlighted IABC’s upward trajectory in opening chapters in other states and facilitating business alliances.  Dr Vijay Prabhakar applauded the efforts of IABC for its trailblazing work in industriously promoting Indo-US relations through business partnerships.

Among the dignitaries present include Shakira Motan, Consul Economic, South Africa; Silvia Toledo Enriquez, Mexico; Nakul Chand, Air India, Syed Hussaini, WinTrust, Ajai Agnihotri, FIA Trustee  along with over 30 Industrialists, 10 legal professional, and many small-medium businesses. Dr Sanhita Agnihotri proposed a vote of thanks and invited the IABC team to present a shawl to showcase welcome and esteem to Acharya Dr Muni.  The evening closed with guests engaging in networking over Indian dinner.

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India China’s Fight Over the Doklam Plateau Explained

Doklam or Donglang, is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India

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By Ruchika Verma

  • India and China have an old history of disputes
  • This time, the dispute is regarding the Dokplam Plateau
  • The area is of strategic importance for both the nations

Disputes between India and China are not at all uncommon. The rivalry between the two nations is famous. There have been several disputes between the two on the India-China border in past, and there seems to be no stopping for these disputes in the present or future, for that matter.

India and China have a n old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com
India and China have an old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com

In June 2017, the world witnessed yet another dispute arising between India and China. This time the dispute was about China building a road extending to Doklam Plateau, which both nations have been fighting over for years now.

Also Read: China is likely to get involved if India disrupts $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

History of the dispute 

Doklam or Donglang (in Chinese), is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India. India doesn’t directly claim the area but supports Bhutan’s claims on it.

India fits into the picture, as this plateau is an important area for India. Not only is Bhutan one of the biggest allies of India; China gaining access over the Doklam Plateau will also endanger India’s borders, making them vulnerable to attacks.

Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan's borders.
Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan’s borders.

Apart from the hostile history of the two nations, the Doklam Plateau is also important for India to maintain its control over a land corridor that connects to its remote northeastern States. China building a road through Doklam surely threatens that control.

A complete timeline of what happened in the recent Doklam Standoff 

On 16 June 2017, Chinese troops with construction vehicles and excavators began extending an existing road southward on the Doklam plateau, near India’s border. It was Bhutan which raised the alarm for India.

On 18 June 2017, India responded by sending around 270 Indian troops, with weapons and two bulldozers to evict the Chinese troops from Doklam.

On 29 June 2017, Bhutan protested against the construction of a road in the disputed territory.  According to the Bhutanese government, China attempted to extend a road in an area which is shared both Bhutan and India, along with China.

Between 30 June 2017 and 5 July 2017, China released multiple statements justifying their claim over the Doklam plateau. They cited reasons as to why the Doklam standoff wasn’t really needed. And how China has not intruded into India’s territory to incite the standoff.

On 19th July 2017, China asked India again to withdraw its troops from the Doklam. On 24th July 2017,  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in his statement, asked India to withdraw and behave themselves to maintain peace.

India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC
India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC

Also Read: Why India Must Counter China’s High-Altitude Land Grab?

What followed till 16th August 2017 was China constantly alleging India of trying to create trouble. They accused India of trying to disturb the peace and not withdrawing the troops, even after repeated reminders. They also accused India of bullying.

India, however, kept quiet during the whole fiasco, only releasing a statement regarding their stand and position at the Doklam standoff.

On 28 August 2017, India and China finally announced that they had agreed to pull their troops back from the Doklam standoff. The withdrawal was completed on that very day.

On 7 September 2017, many media reports claimed that both nation’s troops have not left the site completely. They were still patrolling the area, simply having moved 150 meters away from their previous position.

On 9 October 2017, China announced that it is ready to maintain peace with India at the frontiers. India reacted in affirmative, the peace was established when Indian Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman’s visited Nathu La.

The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay
The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay

The Doklam issue, for now, is resolved. However, given the history of disputes between India and China, it won’t be a surprise if the issue resurfaces again in near future.