Ladakh

  • 'J&K up for sale': Omar Abdullah slams new land law
    SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 27 (IANS): National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Wednesday hit out the new land laws notified by the Centre for Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, terming it a "deceit" and a "wanton breach of trust". Calling the J&K Development Act, which has come into force with immediate effect, as hostile to the interests of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, Abdullah, a former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, contended that the amendmen
  • India, China militaries to hold eighth round of talks over border dispute
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 18 (IANS): Indian and Chinese military commanders will meet for the eighth time next week to deliberate on resolving the border dispute in eastern Ladakh, after all earlier rounds of talks ended up in deadlock with no sign of de-escalation at the Line of Actual Control even as the winter is setting in. The last meeting of the military commanders from both sides to resolve the six month standoff was held at Chushul on October 12 but too ended without any resolution
  • As consensus fails, Indian, Chinese soldiers battle minus 20 degree temperatures
    New Delhi, October 6 (IANS): Temperatures at critical mountain peaks and passes in the Himalayas along the disputed India-China border have dropped to minus 20 Degrees Celsius, presenting a fresh challenge to the thousands of troops deployed on both sides. Senior military personnel from India and China are expected to meet on October 12 for the seventh time to discuss de-escalation along the unmarked border in eastern Ladakh. All previous talks, however, have failed, dashing
  • Troops at LAC to be armed with US-made Sig Sauer assault rifles
    New Delhi, October 6 (ANI): Having already received and deployed the first lot of around 72,500 Sig Sauer assault rifles from the US for counter-terrorist operations, the new batch of these assault rifles would be given to the soldiers deployed on the front with China in Eastern Ladakh. A recent Defence Acquisition Council meeting held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the acquisition of the second batch of around 72,500 Sig Sauer assault rifles from America under fast track
  • India sees China digging in for winter in eastern Ladakh: IAF Chief
    New Delhi, October 5 (IANS): India sees China digging in for the winter along the disputed border in eastern Ladakh, the Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said on Monday. The Air Force chief said that the next three months will depend on how talks between Indian and China progress. "Current progress is slow, what we see is [an] effort to dig in for the winter. We are taking action accordingly. Our further action will depend on the ground realities," Bh
  • Situation along Ladakh border in uneasy 'no war no peace' status: IAF chief
    New Delhi, September 29 (IANS): The current situation along the eastern Ladakh border with China is in an "uneasy no war no peace status" and Indian forces were prepared for any eventuality, Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S Bhadauria said on Tuesday. "The IAF has responded with resolve to counter any misadventure. Air power will be a crucial enabler in our victory in any future conflict. It is, therefore, imperative that IAF obtains and maintains technol
  • China now says it does not recognise Ladakh
    New Delhi, September 29 (PTI): China on Tuesday voiced its opposition to India undertaking infrastructure development for military purposes in the border areas of Ladakh, and maintained that both countries should avoid any activities that might complicate the situation upsetting the consensus reached between them to ease the situation.       "China has not recognised Ladakh Union Territory illegally set up by the Indian side," Chinese foreign ministry sp
  • Ladakhi leaders to withdraw call for hill council polls' boycott
    New Delhi, September 27 (IANS): A visiting delegation of veteran Ladakhi leaders has agreed to withdraw the call for a boycott of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) elections scheduled on October 16 after a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The delegation has also promised its wholesome support to the smooth conduct of these elections. The delegation was assured that all issues related to Ladakhi language, demography, ethnicity, land and jobs will be considere
  • After Rohtang, focus now on Shinku La tunnel amid tension in Himalayas
    MANALI, SEPTEMBER 27 (IANS): Amid the heightened border tension with both China and Pakistan in the Himalayas, road infrastructure projects have been given a push with completion of a marvel of engineering motorways -- the Rohtang Pass highway tunnel. Officials say the focus now is on constructing the strategic 13.5-km-long Shinku La tunnel, the shortest, safer and the third alternative corridor for the armed forces for forward areas of Union Territory of Ladakh. Experts told IAN
  • China in illegal occupation of 38,000 sq km of Indian land: Rajnath
    New Delhi, September 15 (IANS): China is in illegal occupation of 38,000 square km of Indian land and it considers another 90,000 square km as its own, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Parliament on Tuesday, adding that the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is not clearly delineated. The Defence Minister said that China has tried to disrupt the ground situation in May and June and it led to India's response. "We have told China that such incidents won't be accept
  • Chinese troops with spears, guns again near Indian position at LAC; fresh skirmish likely
    New Delhi, September 8 (IANS): Around 40 to 50 PLA soldiers, armed with spears and other sharp-edged weapons as well as guns, have come just a few metres from the Indian Army position on the heights north of Rezang La in eastern Ladakh, and are likely to make a fresh attempt to dislodge the Indian soldiers, sources said on Tuesday. The fresh incident comes a day after Monday's skirmish where Chinese People's Liberation Army troops indulged in provocative military movements a
  • Situation along China border tense, but nation can count on us: Army Chief Naravane
    Leh, September 4 (IANS): Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Friday said that the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is tense and the force is prepared for all contingencies. "The nation can count on us," said General Naravane who was on two-day visit to Ladakh where he also met troops deployed at forward locations along the LAC. "The situation along the LAC is tense. We have undertaken precautionary deployment in some areas. The troops
  • India, China engage in 3rd military dialogue after fresh skirmishes at Pangong Tso
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 1 (IANS): The Indian and Chinese militaries began the third round of talks at Chushul on Tuesday to resolve the fresh skirmishes at Pangong Lake in Eastern Ladakh. "A Brigade Commander-level talk started at 10 a.m. in Chushul on the Indian side," said a source. The agenda of the deliberation were the fresh development at three contentious points on the southern banks of the Pangong Lake. India has also raised concerns about Chinese deployment in are
  • China tries to cross LAC in Ladakh again, India pushes back
    New Delhi, August 31 (PTI): In a fresh confrontation in eastern Ladakh, the Chinese army carried out 'provocative military movements' to 'unilaterally' change the status quo on the southern bank of Pangong Tso lake on the intervening night of August 29 and 30 but the attempt was thwarted by the Indian troops, the Army said here on Monday. Army Spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand said troops from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) 'violated' the consen
  • China builds missile site at Kailash-Mansarovar: Report
    New delhi, August 31 (ANI): Amid tensions with India over the standoff in Eastern Ladakh sector, China has reportedly built a surface-to-air missile near a lake, which is a part of the Kailash-Mansarovar. The development of the missile, according to experts, is a continuation of the aggressive provocation by the Chinese and it could further complicate the border tensions between the two countries, The Epoch Times reported. Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar, commonly known as the
  • Special clothing, diet, shelter for 35K extra troops in Eastern Ladakh
    New Delhi, August 29 (IANS): As stand-off with China remains unresolved, the Indian Army gears up for formidable logistical challenges posed by harsh climate at heights exceeding 12,000 feet and temperature as extreme as minus 50 degrees Celsius. The force requires special clothing, diet and shelter for around 35,000 extra troops deployed in Eastern Ladakh. Most of the friction points in Ladakh like Pangong Lake and Galwan Valley where the face-offs have happened are 14,000 feet abo
  • China has built new structures in Pangong Tso area
    New Delhi/Ladakh, July 25 (IANS) A month and a half after the violent face-off with Indian soldiers along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, Chinese troops have disengaged but built and retained several news constructions in the Pangong Tso area, as per the latest satellite images. Early this month, both the countries withdrew from the disputed Patrol Post 14 (PP14) in Galwan Valley where 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese troops had been killed in a violen
  • Armies of India, China discuss de-escalation on Ladakh border
    NEW DELHI, JULY 15 (IANS): Military delegates of India and China held deliberations stretching for nearly 15 hours on the disengagement and de-escalation of troops and materials on their borders in eastern Ladakh, during which the Indian side asked PLA troops to completely withdraw from Pangong Lake and Depsang area.   The talks started at 11.30 am on Tuesday and ended only at 2 am on Wednesday.   Both the countries are locked in a 10-week-long stand-off at multip
  • How New Delhi tamed China
    BY LT GEN CHERISH MATHSON  New Delhi, July 11 (IANS) A resolute, unruffled leadership and India's multi-pronged, hard stance, from the borders to financial markets, has forced China to tone down its aggression it had initiated since early May 2020. While India's military had been mobilised in equal measure to counter China's belligerence along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Leh visit last Friday was the clearest message to the
  • China completely withdraws from 2 areas in Ladakh
    New Delhi, July 9 (PTI): China's People's Liberation Army on Thursday completed moving back its troops from the face-off sites in Gogra and Hot Springs in eastern Ladakh in line with the understanding reached with the Indian Army, and the two sides are set to hold high-level military talks to further de-escalate tension in the region, people familiar with the development said. They said both sides have completed creation of a buffer zone of three kilometres in the three fr