Union defence minister Rajnath Singh said that the Indian Army won’t let anyone take even an inch of the country’s land, amidst tensions with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. "India wants the standoff to end and peace to be restored in the sector," he said. He also paid tribute to the soldiers who continue to fight for the country
Six political parties in Jammu and Kashmir - NC, PDP, Peoples Conference (PC), CPI-M, Peoples Movement (PM), and Awami National Conference (ANC) - have formed an alliance "People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration" to demand the restoration of the state's special status. President Farooq Abdullah said that PAGD is not anti-national but only anti-BJP.
Republic TV has been once again booked for airing alleged defamatory news content against the Mumbai Police. The police have filed the FIR against executive editor, an anchor, two reporters and other editorial staff of the channel. Police said channel aired news that would incite disaffection among police personnel against Commissioner of Police.
The Maharashtra Govt has withdrawn the general consent given to the CBI to probe the cases in the state after the agency had taken over a case related to TRP rigging. There is an apprehension that the CBI would also take over the TRP scam, in which Republic TV is also an accused, from Mumbai police. The CBI started TRP scam probe based on a case in UP.
Narendra Modi became the fourth longest-serving Prime Minister of India and first longest non-Congress PM. Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Manmohan Singh - all from the Congress - are the three longest-serving Prime Ministers in that order. Before becoming Prime Minister, he served as the Chief Minister of his home state Gujarat for 13 years.
The Chinese foreign ministry said that maintaining peace with India is among China's top diplomatic priorities. Spokesperson Zhao Lijian mentioned resolving boundary disputes and deepening strategic trust. "The two sides should jointly safeguard peace and security in the border areas and maintain steady, sound development of bilateral ties," he added.