Fear Of SCO Criticism? China Agrees To Disengage From PP-15 In Ladakh
India And China Agreed To Disengage From Friction Point In Ladakh
On Thursday, India and China's armies came to a consensus to disengage from Patrolling Point-15 in the Gogra-Hotspring area of Eastern Ladakh. The decision marks a turning point to end the standoff between the armies that started in May 2020.
The disengagement decision comes ahead of next week's Shanghai Cooperation Summit (SCO) summit in Uzbekistan. According to sources, the leaders of India and China will participate in the summit. However, none of the sides has confirmed any bilateral talks between the leaders on the summit's sidelines.
The joint statement released on Thursday after commander-level talks reads- "On September 08, 2022, according to the consensus to disengage reached in the 16th round of India China Corps Commander Level Meeting. With this, the Indian and Chinese troops in the area of Gogra-Hotsprings (PP-15) have begun to disengage in a coordinated and planned way, which is conducive to the peace and tranquillity in the border areas".
With this advancement, only Demchok and Depsang remain the friction point, as China constantly refuses to accept these two regions as points of standoff between two armies.
India Bans Rice Export With Immediate Effect
New Delhi, on Friday morning, banned the export of broken rice with immediate effect, as it has revised its export policy from "free" to "prohibited" category.
However, the government has allowed the export under special categories till September 15. These categories involve export orders where loading of broken rice has commenced on the ship before the announcement of new orders; where the shipping bill is submitted and vessels have already berthed or arrived and anchored in Indian ports; their rotation number has been allocated; and where the consignment has been handed over to the customs and registered in their systems.
The government announced the ban on broken rice exports to boost and fulfil domestic supplies, as farmers in this Kharif season sown low crops than last year. According to experts, agencies predicted that the low coverage of sown area would shorten the supply of broken rice in the domestic market.
Earlier, on Thursday, the Centre imposed a 20 per cent export duty on non-Basmati rice. The ban on rice export exempts parboiled rice and will come into effect from September 9.
Building Collapse In New Delhi's Azad Market Region Injured Four
The tragedies of building collapses and fire-related incidents are on the rise in highly congested regions in metro cities. Adding another incident to this case list, fire department officials reported that the collapse of an under-construction building in the congested Azad market has injured four and trapped six more under the debris.
According to reports, in the early hours of Friday morning, a four-storey under-construction building in Azad market collapsed suddenly, injuring four people and trapping six others. The search and rescue operation for the trapped persons is still going on.
The sources mentioned that the fire department on Friday morning received a call regarding the incident. Based on the inputs from the call, the department sent four fire tenders into service.
Roll Out Of UCC In Uttarakhand Under Process, U'khand Govt Launched Portal For Suggestions
Taking a step ahead to implement the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the state, the Uttarakhand government launched an online portal to get people's suggestions about UCC.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami launched the portal after meeting with the chairman and members of the expert committee constituted for UCC in the state.
Addressing the public after the portal launch, the CM said, "We are going to write a big script in the form of the Uniform Civil Code in the Amrit Period for the nation". The CM, in his address, also lauded the work of the committee so far, saying the expert committee has worked "expeditiously".
Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 6,093 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.7%
According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has recorded 6,093 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 49,636. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber daily covid-19 cases registering 6,768 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached 4,39,06,972. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 1.93% and 1.88%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 88.87 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered a total of 214.55 crore covid-19 doses under the nationwide vaccination drive.