Wednesday March 20, 2019
Home Politics Rajnath Singh...

Rajnath Singh to visit forward areas of China, Pak tomorrow

0
//
www.oneindia.com

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.

indiatoday.intoday.in
credit: indiatoday.intoday.in

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)

Next Story

Google Claims It Has “No Plans” To Relaunch A Search Engine in China

Technology companies have recently been a favorite target of many members of the U.S. Congress, who have criticized them over a wide range of issues such as privacy, work in China and allowing foreign meddling in U.S. elections.

0
Google
The Chinese flag is seen near the Google sign at the Google china headquarters in Beijing, China. VOA

The United States’ top general said on Thursday that the Chinese military was benefiting from the work Alphabet Inc’s Google was doing in China, where the technology giant has long sought to have a bigger presence.

“The work that Google is doing in China is indirectly benefiting the Chinese military,” Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

“We watch with great concern when industry partners work in China knowing that there is that indirect benefit,” he said.

google
Lawmakers and Google employees have raised concerns the company would comply with China’s internet censorship and surveillance policies if it re-enters the Asian nation’s search engine market. Pixabay

“Frankly, ‘indirect’ may be not a full characterization of the way it really is, it is more of a direct benefit to the Chinese military.”

Last year Google said it was no longer vying for a $10 billion cloud computing contract with the U.S. Defense Department, in part because the company’s new ethical guidelines do not align with the project.

In June, Google said it would not renew a contract to help the U.S. military analyze aerial drone imagery when it expires, as the company sought to defuse an internal uproar over the deal.

At the same time, Google said it has “no plans” to relaunch a search engine in China, though it is continuing to study the idea.

During the hearing, Republican Senator Josh Hawley sharply criticized the tech company, referring to it as “a supposedly American company.”

FILE - Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks during a hearing of a Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, March 6, 2019.
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks during a hearing of a Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, March 6, 2019. VOA

Technology companies have recently been a favorite target of many members of the U.S. Congress, who have criticized them over a wide range of issues such as privacy, work in China and allowing foreign meddling in U.S. elections.

Lawmakers and Google employees have raised concerns the company would comply with China’s internet censorship and surveillance policies if it re-enters the Asian nation’s search engine market.

Also Read: India and Pakistan Threaten to Release Missiles at Each Othe

Asked about Dunford’s comments, Google referred to previous statements.

Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai has previously said the company has invested in China for years and plans to continue to do so, but that the company also was continuing to work with the U.S. government on projects in health care, cybersecurity and other fields. (VOA)