Prime Minister Oli on Tuesday asserted that Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura belong to Nepal and vowed to 'reclaim' them from India through political and diplomatic efforts, as his Cabinet endorsed a new political map showing the three areas as Nepalese territory. … [Read more...] about Nepal PM blames Indians for spreading COVID-19
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In 1963, when Nepal and China signed a border agreement, the two sides decided to remain “open” to Nepal’s both northwestern tri-junction (where Kalapani lies) and for the northeastern tri-junction to be discussed at some point with India. The Indo-China border war had just ended, and there was too much acrimony for all three sides to sit down for talks, recalls Bhek Bahadur Thapa, who was a Nepal government secretary then. When Thapa became Nepal’s ambassador to India in 1997-2003, then prime minister IK Gujral and his counterpart in Nepal formed a joint team at the foreign secretary level to settle outstanding border issues. … [Read more...] about Decoding the India-Nepal dispute | Opinion
BBMP officials said the Rs 673 crore-project will help the city from flooding and also stop encroachment of drains. “We have covered remodeling and constructing concrete retaining walls along 389-km of primary and secondary drains. The city has a total network of 848-km of storm water drains. We have got approval to take up works on the 75-km drain last year and another 40-km drain this year,” Prahlad, Chief Engineer (Storm Water Drain) at BBMP, said. Concerns, however, were raised over the concept of building concrete around the storm water drains as it would stop the water from seeping into the ground. Since a lot of money is being spent on various projects pertaining to drains, citizen activists have also sought the BBMP to put up all details, including maps and photographs of all the works being undertaken on the public domain. … [Read more...] about Rs 673-cr project approved to remodel drains but will it stop Bengaluru’s monsoon woes?
The standoff in Ladakh is likely to be resolved peacefully. Given the conventional strength of both sides, any skirmish will lead to a stalemate. China will not gain anything. On the contrary, it has much to lose. China is aware it cannot push India to a strategic alliance with the U.S., which will tilt the balance of power against Beijing. This current crisis may, however, have at least one lasting impact. We may see increased permanent deployments by both sides along the LAC, and a further erosion of trust in the agreements that both sides have built, with great effort, since 1993, which has for so long helped keep the peace. … [Read more...] about From a standoff to a stalemate