India – The Eastern Link https://theeasternlink.com Connecting Regions of Asia. Mon, 12 Apr 2021 05:24:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7 https://theeasternlink.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cropped-external-link-symbol-32x32.png India – The Eastern Link https://theeasternlink.com 32 32 Chinese Himalayan Dam Plan Worries India https://theeasternlink.com/chinese-himalayan-dam-plan-worries-india/ https://theeasternlink.com/chinese-himalayan-dam-plan-worries-india/#respond Mon, 12 Apr 2021 05:24:40 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=10874

China is planning a mega dam in Tibet able to produce triple the electricity generated by the Three Gorges — the world’s largest power station — stoking fears among environmentalists and in neighbouring India. The structure will span the Brahmaputra River before the waterway leaves the Himalayas and flows into India, straddling the world’s longest and deepest […]

The post Chinese Himalayan Dam Plan Worries India appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>

China is planning a mega dam in Tibet able to produce triple the electricity generated by the Three Gorges — the world’s largest power station — stoking fears among environmentalists and in neighbouring India.

The structure will span the Brahmaputra River before the waterway leaves the Himalayas and flows into India, straddling the world’s longest and deepest canyon at an altitude of more than 1,500 metres (4,900 feet).

The project in Tibet’s Medog County is expected to dwarf the record-breaking Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in central China, and is billed as able to produce 300 billion kilowatts of electricity each year.

It is mentioned in China’s strategic 14th Five-Year Plan, unveiled in March at an annual rubber-stamp congress of the country’s top lawmakers.

But the plan was short on details, a timeframe or budget.

The river, known as the Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibetan, is also home to two other projects far upstream, while six others are in the pipeline or under construction.

The “super-dam” however is in a league of its own.

Last October, the Tibet local government signed a “strategic cooperation agreement” with PowerChina, a public construction company specialising in hydroelectric projects.

A month later the head of PowerChina, Yan Zhiyong, partially unveiled the project to the Communist Youth League, the youth wing of China’s ruling party.

Enthusiastic about “the world’s richest region in terms of hydroelectric resources”, Yan explained that the dam would draw its power from the huge drop of the river at this particular section.

Beijing may justify the massive project as an environmentally-friendly alternative to fossil fuels, but it risks provoking strong opposition from environmentalists in the same way as the Three Gorges Dam, built between 1994 and 2012.

The Three Gorges created a reservoir and displaced 1.4 million inhabitants upstream.

“Building a dam the size of the super-dam is likely a really bad idea for many reasons,” said Brian Eyler, energy, water and sustainability program director at the Stimson Center, a US think tank.

Besides being known for seismic activity, the area also contains a unique biodiversity. The dam would block the migration of fish as well as sediment flow that enriches the soil during seasonal floods downstream, said Eyler.

There are both ecological and political risks, noted Tempa Gyaltsen Zamlha, an environmental policy specialist at the Tibet Policy Institute, a think tank linked to the Tibetan government-in-exile based in Dharamshala, India.

“We have a very rich Tibetan cultural heritage in those areas, and any dam construction would cause ecological destruction, submergence of parts of that region,” he told AFP.

“Many local residents would be forced to leave their ancestral homes,” he said, adding that the project will encourage migration of Han Chinese workers that “gradually becomes a permanent settlement”.

New Delhi is also worried by the project.

The Chinese Communist Party is effectively in a position to control the origins of much of South Asia’s water supply, analysts say.

“Water wars are a key component of such warfare because they allow China to leverage its upstream Tibet-centred power over the most essential natural resource,” wrote political scientist Brahma Chellaney last month in the Times of India.

The risks of seismic activity would also make it a “ticking water bomb” for residents downstream, he warned.

In reaction to the dam idea, the Indian government has floated the prospect of building another dam on the Brahmaputra to shore up its own water reserves.

“There is still much time to negotiate with China about the future of the super-dam and its impacts,” said Eyler.

“A poor outcome would see India build a dam downstream.”

Courtesy – economictimes.com

The post Chinese Himalayan Dam Plan Worries India appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>
https://theeasternlink.com/chinese-himalayan-dam-plan-worries-india/feed/ 0
India’s ‘Act East’ Outreach : Implication For Northeast https://theeasternlink.com/indias-act-east-outreach-implication-for-northeast/ https://theeasternlink.com/indias-act-east-outreach-implication-for-northeast/#respond Sun, 28 Feb 2021 00:07:51 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=10355

The recent visit of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to Guwahati with the Japanese Ambassador to review a Japan funded water supply project ushered in yet another sporadic cacophony of Northeast’s centrality to looking east. A few days later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi fantastically proclaimed his vision of Assam and the region powering the growth of […]

The post India’s ‘Act East’ Outreach : Implication For Northeast appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>

The recent visit of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to Guwahati with the Japanese Ambassador to review a Japan funded water supply project ushered in yet another sporadic cacophony of Northeast’s centrality to looking east. 
A few days later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi fantastically proclaimed his vision of Assam and the region powering the growth of India! These jingoistic proclamations raise unrealistic expectations in the region. Certain rhetorics about the development of the region in the context of it’s neighbourhood and further eastern engagements have fallen to the trap of Goebbel’s truth. This must be rectified and a realistic framing of its economic role can pave way for progress. It is also time to update the discourse to keep up with the times. Northeast in India’s Look and Act East policy.
India embarked on an eastern orientation with it’s then Look East policy with a view to build closer economic engagement to bring in investments and eventually trade at a very peculiar point in history. Since then, it has deepened its relationship through greater trade, investments and increasingly security mechanisms. Despite operating below potential- that relationship has grown. Trade volumes have increased, maritime relations and air connectivity continues to build. Sophisticated partnership mechanisms including in technology at all levels- whether on the government to government or business to business levels have flourished. It is on a path dependent course. 
However, the part of India, its Northeast that connects on land with Southeast Asia through Myanmar continues to lag behind. Even though the cultural affinity between the two regions is clear, the economic case is not as natural. It also continues to be captive to the geopolitics of the region. From the Southeast Asia side, it is held hostage to the development of Myanmar where the recent coup will set back the development of the fledgling border trade and any prospect of a (trilateral) highway by yet more years. It is well known that the much touted Kaladan Multimodal project languishes in inordinate delays. Even once completed, the economic benefit it will bring to the region is unclear.
Next phase of development
The promise of prosperity arriving in the region through connectivity is hinged on the idea that trade will usher growth and development. The literature on this principle presupposes several pre-conditions and factors that will allow for the development of the region. 
Further, there needs to be corresponding preparation in terms of leveraging of these grand infrastructure on the ground. Much of these conversations have been stuck. The current discourse is focused around products that the region can export as a good. 
However, as we know, trade mostly takes place in the context of global value chains now. About 70% of international trade today involves global value chains (GVCs), as services, raw materials, parts, and components cross borders. Despite the set back to this process due to the pandemic, it is likely that trade will continue to take this form.
 The preparation has to be about identifying which are the areas in which products and services of the region can be integrated into regional and global chains. This is good news as it eliminates the need to built from ground up, package goods and market them in an already competitive products space. 
Numerous papers, panel discussions or conferences evoke the same type of half baked ideas around exporting agricultural produce. Some of which does not preclude the idea that capacity is poor and overall, the region’s trade must be based on a strategy around feeding into the low scale, high end products segment. For instance- high quality organic ginger that is processed with the help of a Japanese or Singaporean company or organic medicinal turmeric from Meghalaya branded by global companies! 
Any scale related products will also need to take into account the southern orientation in Bangladesh, rather than the east. Bangladesh provides a ready and huge market. It is a rapidly growing economy whose per capita income will surpass India’s soon.
 There are historical trade links and routes that can be easily revived. However, there is great anxiety and concern with opening up to Bangladesh and this has to be addressed sensitively.  Is it a lost cause?
At various investment forums looking eastward, there is a mismatch in presentation of what Southeast Asia or Japan can do and invest in the region. 
Government officials keep presenting opportunities such as a desire to engender private partnership projects- such as in the over 1000 crore integrated Loktak Lake development project in Imphal. These are better financed through bilateral deals between governments or multilateral funding agencies- with provisions for political and operational risks. 
If the interest to engage and build connections of prosperity is through the people to people route, it must take into account the aspirations, tastes, preferences of the people. It must also keep with the times. The conversation about exporting of primary products must also keep pace to pave way for new. Digital connectivity and the industries associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution presents opportunities.
 Anecdotal and prima facie evidence suggests that the youth of the Northeast are starting to develop competitive advantages in technical and creative skills that can easily feed into the global services value chain. Take the case of the global gaming industry. It is estimated roughly at $250 billion and growing rapidly. This is similar in size to the agro-food processing industry which has received disproportionate association with the region. 
In a world of super specialization- the future could lie in picking niche markets and developing infrastructure and unparalleled skills over time. Consider the prospect of music scoring for the games and industry segment. 
It is a rapidly growing market, along with the parent industry. The undeniable music talent that lies in the region can feed very well on to this. Fancy the music scoring and graphics of the next version of League of Legends, Grand Theft Auto or FIFA games being produced by a bunch of folks collaborating and sitting in Aizawl, Shillong and Imphal- working with developers based in Silicon Valley, Singapore or Tokyo. 
These initiatives may test the waters for the precursor to the potential success of big ticket development projects. The type of success stories that these areas of collaboration throw up may be the stories that the region badly needs to give a boost to its confidence as well as a providing as an opportunity to announce itself to the wider world.
(Laldinkima Sailo is a public policy and international affairs advisor. He is Editor, ‘Connecting India to ASEAN: Opportunities and Challenges in India’s Northeast’ and has worked in leading Asian universities and research institutes) 

The post India’s ‘Act East’ Outreach : Implication For Northeast appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>
https://theeasternlink.com/indias-act-east-outreach-implication-for-northeast/feed/ 0
TMC To Retain Bengal, LDF Headed For 2nd Term In Kerala https://theeasternlink.com/tmc-to-retain-bengal-ldf-headed-for-2nd-term-in-kerala/ https://theeasternlink.com/tmc-to-retain-bengal-ldf-headed-for-2nd-term-in-kerala/#respond Sat, 27 Feb 2021 23:30:00 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=10350

A day after the Election Commission announced poll dates for four states and a Union Territory, the ABP opinion poll has predicted a third term for the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC in West Bengal and a second term for the Communist Party in Kerala. ABP News along with C-Voter has also predicted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) […]

The post TMC To Retain Bengal, LDF Headed For 2nd Term In Kerala appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>

A day after the Election Commission announced poll dates for four states and a Union Territory, the ABP opinion poll has predicted a third term for the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC in West Bengal and a second term for the Communist Party in Kerala.

ABP News along with C-Voter has also predicted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will retain Assam and win Puducherry, while the DMK-Congress alliance will form the government in Tamil Nadu.

According to the opinion poll, the TMC is expected to bag 148 to 164 seats. It could face a close competition with the BJP winning somewhere close to 92-108 seats.

The election to the 294-seat Assembly in West Bengal is touted to be a high profile one as the TMC will primarily fight the BJP, which has already made inroads in the state. Several TMC MLAs, including Suvendu Adhikari and party MP Sunil Mondal, have defected to the BJP.

Bengal will go to polls in eight phases starting March 27 with the final phase scheduled on April 9.

Kerala

The Assembly election in Kerala, scheduled to be held in a single phase on April 6, is all set to be a critical fight between the CPI (M)-led LDF and the Congress-led UDF.

The LDF coming to power for a second term would be interesting as the state often votes each coalition into power on an alternate basis. Since 1980, no incumbent party or coalition has been voted back to power in the state.

Kerala is the only state where the CPI(M) is in power and a defeat in the upcoming election would mean a total wipeout of the party. Elections will be held in 140 seats.

Assam

The opinion poll has predicted victory for the BJP in the state for the second time.

Assam, which was a traditional Congress stronghold, made history in 2016 as the BJP came to power in the state for the first time, overthrowing the Congress which had been in power for 15 years.

The Assembly polls will be held in Assam in three phases — on March 27, April 4 and April 6.

Tamil Nadu

In the southern state, MK Stalin’s DMK, which is in alliance with Congress, will defeat ruling AIADMK to form the government, the opinion poll has predicted.

In the 2016 Assembly polls, the AIADMK with J Jayalalithaa at the helm was voted back to power, with a third front led by the Left and Dalit parties splitting the anti-incumbency votes and spoiling the chances for the DMK.

Tamil Nadu will go to polls in a single phase on April 6.

Puducherry

Puducherry will see a tough fight between the Congress-DMK alliance and NDA comprising the BJP, NR Congress and AIADMK in 30 constituencies. However, the opinion poll has predicted the NDA alliance to form the govenment.

In the 2016 Assembly elections, the Congress had won 15 seats. One MLA was disqualified by the party last year under the anti-defection law. Another five resigned recently.

The Union Territory will also go to polls in a single phase on April 6.

Courtesy – https://indianexpress.com/

The post TMC To Retain Bengal, LDF Headed For 2nd Term In Kerala appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>
https://theeasternlink.com/tmc-to-retain-bengal-ldf-headed-for-2nd-term-in-kerala/feed/ 0
37 Dead After Bus Falls Into M.P Canal https://theeasternlink.com/37-dead-after-bus-falls-into-m-p-canal/ https://theeasternlink.com/37-dead-after-bus-falls-into-m-p-canal/#respond Tue, 16 Feb 2021 18:16:38 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=10130

At least 37 people, including 16 women, died after the bus they were travelling in fell off a bridge into a canal near Patna village in Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi district on February 16 morning, a senior official said, adding that search operations are still going on.After fishing out 18 bodies initially, rescuers have retrieved 19 […]

The post 37 Dead After Bus Falls Into M.P Canal appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>

At least 37 people, including 16 women, died after the bus they were travelling in fell off a bridge into a canal near Patna village in Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi district on February 16 morning, a senior official said, adding that search operations are still going on.
After fishing out 18 bodies initially, rescuers have retrieved 19 more bodies until now, said Rewa Divisional Commissioner Rajesh Jain. “A total of 37 bodies, including 16 women, 20 men and a child, have been fished out of the Bansagar canal until now,” he said, adding that a magisterial probe has been ordered.
Prima facie, 44 passengers were travelling on the bus at the time of the accident, which occurred around 8:30 a.m. “Seven persons managed to swim to the banks of the canal after the incident and 37 bodies have been recovered. The 44 passengers have been identified,” Jain added.
Earlier in the morning, Inspector General (Rewa zone) Joga had confirmed the recovery of 18 bodies from the accident site. The bus landed in the canal near Patna village, around 80 km from the Sidhi district headquarter, around 8:30 a.m.
The State government has cancelled the ‘grih pravesh’ or house-warming ceremony to be attended virtually by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in view of the bus accident.
The cancellation of the event, which was scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at Minto Hall in Bhopal, was announced by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan after he reached the venue.
Amit Shah was scheduled to take part via video conferencing in this programme for the beneficiaries of over one lakh houses constructed in Madhya Pradesh under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).

Courtesy – The Hindu

The post 37 Dead After Bus Falls Into M.P Canal appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>
https://theeasternlink.com/37-dead-after-bus-falls-into-m-p-canal/feed/ 0
Plan To Develop 100 Villages On Indo-China Border https://theeasternlink.com/plan-to-develop-100-villages-on-indo-china-border/ https://theeasternlink.com/plan-to-develop-100-villages-on-indo-china-border/#respond Fri, 01 Jan 2021 05:56:15 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=9278

To curb migration and generate employment in around 100 villages near Indo-China border, Uttarakhand government would soon send a plan to the Centre for development of these villages under the International Border Development Programme, said Subodh Uniyal, state agriculture minister. The state government has selected villages from 11 blocks from bordering districts to be developed […]

The post Plan To Develop 100 Villages On Indo-China Border appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>

To curb migration and generate employment in around 100 villages near Indo-China border, Uttarakhand government would soon send a plan to the Centre for development of these villages under the International Border Development Programme, said Subodh Uniyal, state agriculture minister.

The state government has selected villages from 11 blocks from bordering districts to be developed as model villages. Of the 11 blocks, four are in Pithoragarh district, one in Chamoli, three in Uttarkashi, one in Udham Singh Nagar and two blocks in Champawat district.

“We have around 100 villages in blocks near the Indo-China border, which we shall develop as model villages. Under the International Border Development Programme, we are working to send a proposal to the Central government to develop these villages as Integrated Model Agriculture (IMA) villages for generating employment opportunities,” said Uniyal.

He added that in this action plan, avenues of promoting agriculture, horticulture in the border areas will be explored. The work plan will also focus on other options like fisheries, animal husbandry, dairy farming, honey bee farming scheme to increase the income of farmers.

“The objective of agricultural development in these areas is to prevent migration by bringing prosperity to the international border region. Preventing migration is also important from a strategic point of view,” added the minister.

The proposal will be developed for areas falling under one to ten kilometres radius of the villages.

In a step to boost tourism in the area and contain migration of locals from bordering villages, the state government this month ended the Inner-line permit system from the Niti Valley area in Chamoli district.

In the letter written to the Union ministry of home affairs, Satpal Maharaj, state tourism minister, had mentioned some areas under Inner Line permit regime including Gartang Gali in Uttarkashi district, Timmersain Mahadev and Niti Valley in Chamoli district and Om Parvat in Pithoragarh district. Due to the requirement of an Inner-line permit, there were certain restrictions for the tourists and civilians to enter those areas.

“The area of Niti Valley including Niti village has been removed from the Inner Line (permit regime) by the Centre, opening avenues of tourism and other development activities there,” said Maharaj.

Courtesy – Hindustan Times

The post Plan To Develop 100 Villages On Indo-China Border appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>
https://theeasternlink.com/plan-to-develop-100-villages-on-indo-china-border/feed/ 0
Farmers Protests Where : SC Hearing Today https://theeasternlink.com/farmers-protests-where-sc-hearing-today/ https://theeasternlink.com/farmers-protests-where-sc-hearing-today/#respond Wed, 16 Dec 2020 05:57:53 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=8934

The Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear a petition seeking removal of the farmers protesting against the Centre’s farm laws from Delhi borders. The farmers have been protesting at Singhu and other border points of Delhi since November 26 seeking the repeal of the three laws passed in September. The petition has been filed by […]

The post Farmers Protests Where : SC Hearing Today appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>

The Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear a petition seeking removal of the farmers protesting against the Centre’s farm laws from Delhi borders.

The farmers have been protesting at Singhu and other border points of Delhi since November 26 seeking the repeal of the three laws passed in September.

The petition has been filed by law student Rishabh Sharma and will be heard by a bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde, justice A S Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian. Sharma has said in his petition that commuters are facing hardships due to the road blockades and the gatherings might lead to an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said on Tuesday that the farmers are being misled about the reforms introduced by his government in the agriculture sector. He also lashed out at the opposition parties and farmer organisations.

Modi expressed surprise at the protests triggered by the reforms his government introduced in September. Some opposition parties and farmers’ unions had all along demanded such measures, which couldn’t be implemented in the past, he said at Dhordo in Kutch, Gujarat.

“The farmers are being misled about the agricultural reforms. They are being fooled into believing that others will occupy their lands,” PM Modi said in Hindi. “These reforms are exactly the same that farmers’ organisations and even the opposition have been asking over the years,” he said.

The farmers are protesting against the recently enacted Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

Meanwhile, farmer leaders on Tuesday asserted that they will “make” the Centre repeal the three new agri laws in a hardening of their stand. The union leaders again made it clear the government should first repeal all the three laws and only then there can be further talks. Negotiations between the government and the farmers’ unions have remained stuck after five rounds.

Courtesy – hindustantimes

The post Farmers Protests Where : SC Hearing Today appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>
https://theeasternlink.com/farmers-protests-where-sc-hearing-today/feed/ 0
First ‘Love Jihad’ Case In India https://theeasternlink.com/first-love-jihad-case-in-india/ https://theeasternlink.com/first-love-jihad-case-in-india/#respond Thu, 03 Dec 2020 15:30:12 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=8694

Police in India’s Uttar Pradesh state have arrested a Muslim man for allegedly trying to convert a Hindu woman to Islam. He’s the first to be arrested under a new anti-conversion law that targets “love jihad” – a term radical Hindu groups use to accuse Muslim men of converting Hindu women by marriage. The law […]

The post First ‘Love Jihad’ Case In India appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>

Police in India’s Uttar Pradesh state have arrested a Muslim man for allegedly trying to convert a Hindu woman to Islam.

He’s the first to be arrested under a new anti-conversion law that targets “love jihad” – a term radical Hindu groups use to accuse Muslim men of converting Hindu women by marriage.

The law has prompted outrage, with critics calling it Islamophobic.

At least four other Indian states are drafting laws against “love jihad”.

Police in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly district confirmed the arrest on Twitter on Wednesday.

The woman’s father told BBC Hindi that he filed a complaint because the man “put pressure” on his daughter to convert and threatened her if she didn’t. The woman was allegedly in a relationship with the man but got married to someone else earlier this year.

Police told BBC Hindi that the woman’s family had filed a kidnapping case against the accused a year ago but the case was closed after she was found and denied the charge.

After his arrest on Wednesday, the man was sent to 14 days of judicial custody. He told reporters that he was innocent and had “no link with the woman”.

The new law carries a jail term of up to 10 years and offences under it are non-bailable.

What is the ‘love jihad’ law?

In November, Uttar Pradesh became the first state to pass a law against “forced” or “fraudulent” religious conversions.

But it might not be the last as at least four other states – Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka and Assam – have said that they are planning to bring in laws against “love jihad”. All five states are governed by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who have been accused of normalising anti-Muslim sentiment.

Critics have called it regressive and offensive, with many concerned that such laws will lead to misuse and harassment since “love jihad” has always been seen as a term used by fringe right-wing radical Hindu groups. It is not a term officially recognised by Indian law.

But it has dominated headlines in the last few months – in October, a popular jewellery brand withdrew an advertisement featuring an inter-faith couple after right-wing backlash accused them of promoting “love jihad”.

And then in November, authorities accused Netflix of the same, pointing to a scene in the television series, A Suitable Boy, where a Hindu woman and a Muslim man share a kiss as the camera pans to the backdrop of a Hindu temple. Madhya Pradesh’s Home Minister, Narottam Mishra, said it hurt “religious sentiments” and directed officials to look into legal action against the producer and director of the series.

Critics of the BJP say religious polarisation has increased since Prime Minister Narendra Modi first swept into power in 2014. Hindu-Muslim marriages have long attracted censure in India but the attachment of a deeper, sinister motive to them is a recent phenomenon.

Courtesy- BBC

The post First ‘Love Jihad’ Case In India appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>
https://theeasternlink.com/first-love-jihad-case-in-india/feed/ 0
J&K: Indian Army Inflicts Heavy Losses On Pakistan In Retaliatory Shelling https://theeasternlink.com/jk-indian-army-inflicts-heavy-losses-on-pakistan-in-retaliatory-shelling/ https://theeasternlink.com/jk-indian-army-inflicts-heavy-losses-on-pakistan-in-retaliatory-shelling/#respond Sat, 14 Nov 2020 05:00:53 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=8278

In retaliatory firing by Indian Army in response to the ceasefire violations from across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, at least eight Pakistan Army soldiers were killed on Friday, army sources said. “The list of Pakistan Army soldiers killed includes 2-3 Pakistan Army Special Service Group (SSG) commandos,” Indian Army sources said. […]

The post J&K: Indian Army Inflicts Heavy Losses On Pakistan In Retaliatory Shelling appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>

In retaliatory firing by Indian Army in response to the ceasefire violations from across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, at least eight Pakistan Army soldiers were killed on Friday, army sources said. “The list of Pakistan Army soldiers killed includes 2-3 Pakistan Army Special Service Group (SSG) commandos,” Indian Army sources said. In a tweet, defence ministry spokesperson said that the Indian Army inflicted heavy losses on Pakistan in retaliatory shelling. “Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violations using mortars & other weapons along the LoC spread across multiple sectors, including Dawar, Keran, Uri & Naugam, deliberately targeting civilian areas. Our troops retaliated strongly causing substantial damage to Pakistan Army’s infrastructure and casualties across the LoC,” read another tweet.

Courtesy – https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

The post J&K: Indian Army Inflicts Heavy Losses On Pakistan In Retaliatory Shelling appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>
https://theeasternlink.com/jk-indian-army-inflicts-heavy-losses-on-pakistan-in-retaliatory-shelling/feed/ 0
PLA Winter Tunnels At Doklam https://theeasternlink.com/pla-winter-tunnels-at-doklam/ https://theeasternlink.com/pla-winter-tunnels-at-doklam/#respond Tue, 10 Nov 2020 06:52:54 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=8199

New Delhi: China has stepped up its road construction activity in the Doklam plateau to ensure that all-weather access is maintained in the region, where India and China were involved in a nearly 70-day stand-off in 2017, indicates a satellite image accessed by NDTV. The August 2019 image here is of an over-ground ‘tunnel’ which shelters […]

The post PLA Winter Tunnels At Doklam appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>

New Delhi: China has stepped up its road construction activity in the Doklam plateau to ensure that all-weather access is maintained in the region, where India and China were involved in a nearly 70-day stand-off in 2017, indicates a satellite image accessed by NDTV.

The August 2019 image here is of an over-ground ‘tunnel’ which shelters part of the key northern access route through the high-altitude Merug La pass.

A satellite image from October seen by this correspondent, indicates that Chinese construction workers have extended the length of the ‘tunnel’ on this stretch to 500 metres.

Army experts NDTV has spoken to, indicated that the goal is clear – to ensure that road access into the Doklam plateau is unrestricted through the winter months. The Doklam plateau is entirely snowed under during the winter months making access a challenge.

The Doklam plateau is claimed by both Beijing and Bhutan as their territory. India backs Bhutan’s claim and in June 2017, Indian soldiers had crossed the Sikkim border to stop the construction of a Chinese road near the “Chicken’s Neck”, a thin strip that links India to its north-eastern states. The stand-off had continued for more than 70 days.

China’s intention to keep up access to the disputed territory comes at a time when New Delhi and Beijing are in the middle of a stand-off in eastern Ladakh, where Chinese soldiers have made incursions at several stretches across the contested Line of Actual Control – the de facto border between the two countries.

Despite eight rounds of military talks, there has been no comprehensive disengagement plan, which New Delhi and Beijing have agreed to and the unprecedented military stand-off appears set to continue through the winter months.

It is equally clear that China has surfaced and expanded its roadmap in the Doklam plateau, which lies between Sikkim and Bhutan.

Courtesy – NDTV

The post PLA Winter Tunnels At Doklam appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>
https://theeasternlink.com/pla-winter-tunnels-at-doklam/feed/ 0
54% Face Job Loss In Next 12 Months: WEF https://theeasternlink.com/54-face-job-loss-in-next-12-months-wef/ https://theeasternlink.com/54-face-job-loss-in-next-12-months-wef/#respond Thu, 22 Oct 2020 03:40:31 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=7666

It has been revealed in a survey that more than 54 percent people are struggling with the worry of ending their jobs in the next year. In this era of Corona crisis, people around the world are worrying about jobs. A survey of the World Economic Forum has revealed that more than half of the people […]

The post 54% Face Job Loss In Next 12 Months: WEF appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>
It has been revealed in a survey that more than 54 percent people are struggling with the worry of ending their jobs in the next year.
In this era of Corona crisis, people around the world are worrying about jobs. A survey of the World Economic Forum has revealed that more than half of the people currently working are facing the threat of leaving their jobs in the next one year due to the crisis like Corona virus.

Russia has the highest number of people concerned in this survey of the World Economic Forum on people struggling with jobs. 75 percent of the people surveyed are worried about going to jobs. In this way, the number of people in the US who are struggling with jobs is only 36 percent, the same situation in Sweden and Netherlands.

67 percent of the people involved in this survey said that they are learning skills and focusing on learning new things to maintain their employability in future. If we talk about America only, then 75 percent of the working people there are focusing on learning new skills. The number of such people in Spain is 86 percent, who believe that they can maintain their jobs by learning new skills.

In Japan, the number of such people is 45 percent. Weddings Shaheedi, managing director of the World Economic Forum, said, “Corona’s current crisis has led to a significant decline in new job opportunities. This is much lower than it was 2 years ago, but if the number of jobs decreases Talking about the crisis, the outlook is still optimistic. “

In this survey of the World Economic Forum, it is said that internationally working people believe that if new things are learned and develop their skills, then only the existing employers can remain job opportunities for them.

Courtesy – informalnewz

The post 54% Face Job Loss In Next 12 Months: WEF appeared first on The Eastern Link.

]]>
https://theeasternlink.com/54-face-job-loss-in-next-12-months-wef/feed/ 0