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PIC: New India map on US website sparks controversy

January 03, 2012 23:14 IST

Triggering a fresh controversy, the US State Department has now posted a new map of India which reflects the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir with dotted lines, thereby projecting it as a disputed territory.

There was no immediate response from the Indian embassy in Washington if it was satisfied with the latest India map posted by the State Department on its website.

Following strong protest from the ministry of external affairs, the state department in November had removed from its website a map of India which showed a portion of Jammu and Kashmir as part of Pakistan.

A similar map from its travel website was also removed by the state department.

State department spokesperson Victoria Nuland had told reporters at that time that such an error was unintentional.

She said that the map had "some inaccuracies which were associated with the boundaries of some geographic features."

Image: The map of India on US State Department's website

Lalit K Jha in Washington, DC
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