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Jaishankar says no question of allowing China to alter LAC

India will not allow any unilateral attempt by China to change the status quo or alter the Line of Actual Control (LAC), External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Saturday, while asserting that through an enormous logistical effort, the country had countered the Chinese in eastern Ladakh. Talking about...

Jun 19 · >

Owaisi predicts big reward for Nupur Sharma in 6 months

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has demanded the arrest of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma for the alleged objectionable remark against Prophet Muhammad and said that the action should be taken against her according to the law of India. Owaisi further said that Nupur Sharma will...

Jun 19 · >

Protests spread like wildfire, extending to South

At least 250 people have been arrested in Uttar Pradesh over the ‘Agnipath’ protests, which has seen hordes of angry youth, carrying bamboo sticks and stones, storming railway premises across cities and small towns and laying siege to highways. Meanwhile, protests against ‘Agnipath’ left Bihar in flames on Friday...

Jun 18 · >

Navy chief says he did not anticipate violent protests

As the government desperately tries to assuage protestors and list the benefits of the ‘transformational’ new recruitment scheme for armed forces, Aginpath, Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar has backed it and said he didn’t anticipate protests like this. Amid widespread violent protests by Army aspirants, the Navy Chief...

Jun 18 · >

Cong seeks parliamentary panel discussion on Agnipath

Congress MP KC Venugopal on Friday urged Parliament’s Standing Committee on Defence Chairman Jual Oram to convene an urgent meeting of all stakeholders and defence experts to discuss in detail the recently announced Agniveer scheme by the Central government. Noting that violent protests are continuing across the country over...

Jun 18 · >

Trains set on fire in UP, Bihar as Agnipath stir spreads

Mob set trains on fire in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar this morning as the protests over the new military recruitment policy, Agnipath, entered the third consecutive day today. The government has defended the scheme, calling it “transformative”. Trains were set afire, public and police vehicles attacked in both states...

Jun 17 · >

‘One-time’ change to raise Agnipath age limit to 23

The Centre today raised the age limit for the ‘Agnipath’ military recruitment scheme to 23 from 21 amid nationwide protests against the new model of enrolment of soldiers. The decision has been taken as no recruitment has taken place in the last two years, the government said in a...

Jun 17 · >

People burning buses not fit for armed forces: Ex-Army chief

General VP Malik, the Army chief who led India to victory during the Kargil War, expressed support for the Agnipath scheme today and said the Army is not interested in recruiting hooligans responsible for the violence taking place during the protests against the short-term recruitment plan. Violence was reported...

Jun 17 · >

US condemns Prophet remarks, happy over party response

The United States on Thursday condemned remarks by Indian ruling party officials about the Prophet Mohammed that have sparked an uproar in Muslim countries. “We condemn the offensive comments made by two BJP officials and we were glad to see that the party publicly condemns those comments,” State Department...

Jun 17 · >

Widespread protests over Agnipath scheme for military jobs

A day after the Centre launched Agnipath, a radical recruitment plan for the armed forces, protests have erupted at various parts of the country, with youngsters accusing the government of making a fool of them. Protests broke out in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur and Buxar today, with the protesters asking what...

Jun 16 · >