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India, China enhance military presence in Ladakh as tension mounts

India, China enhance military presence in Ladakh as tension mounts

Rediff.com21 May 2020

It is learnt that the India's top military brass is constantly monitoring the evolving situation even as the United States said the aggressive behaviour by Chinese troops was a reminder of the threat posed by China.

Chinese troops resort to aggressive posturing in Ladakh, Sikkim

Chinese troops resort to aggressive posturing in Ladakh, Sikkim

Rediff.com19 May 2020

Both the Indian and Chinese armies have brought in more troops in sensitive locations like Demchok, Daulat Beg Oldie and areas around Galwan river as well as Pangong Tso lake in Ladakh, the sources said. The area around Galwan has been a point of friction between the two sides for over six decades.

Army chief hints China's role in Nepal stand-off

Army chief hints China's role in Nepal stand-off

Rediff.com15 May 2020

Nepal raised objection to India's newly-inaugurated road linking Lipulekh Pass with Dharchula in Uttarakhand.

China is striking back and HOW

China is striking back and HOW

Rediff.com14 May 2020

China has not limited the 'battle' to the diplomatic field alone; the People's Liberation Army has become aggressive on the ground too. The recent 'fights' in Northern Sikkim and Ladakh are part of the pattern, asserts Claude Arpi.

What's Neena Gupta doing in Mukteshwar?

What's Neena Gupta doing in Mukteshwar?

Rediff.com25 Apr 2020

'If we are forced to be confined indoors for a month or two months, it's not such a big deal. It's not like we are in jail.'

The Battle of Panipat, revisited

The Battle of Panipat, revisited

Rediff.com9 Mar 2020

Colonel Anil Athale (retd) recalls how the Battle of Panipat, 258 years ago, changed the history of India for the next century and half.

SEE: India to Nepal: Awesome Road Trip!

SEE: India to Nepal: Awesome Road Trip!

Rediff.com4 Feb 2020

Rediff.com's Rajesh Karkera made an 11-day road voyage across some of South Asia's most deserted, challenging, terrain, always under the gaze of the sacred, dazzling Himalaya.

Bhutan: Tiger's Nest, giant momos, Happiness

Bhutan: Tiger's Nest, giant momos, Happiness

Rediff.com4 Feb 2020

Rediff.com's Rajesh Karkera takes in the best of Bhutan, a beautiful little kingdom that has bundles and bundles of goodness to offer.

The bogey of a Hindu Rashtra

The bogey of a Hindu Rashtra

Rediff.com31 Jan 2020

'The idea of a 'Hindu Rashtra' only emerged in the 1920s and 1930s.' 'The context at that time was the clear British attempt at 'divide and rule' between Hindus and Muslims and within Hindus on caste lines,' argues military historian Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).

What does our country need today?

What does our country need today?

Rediff.com3 Jan 2020

'In our societal interest, all those measures, laws etc that are creating turmoil and turbulence should be immediately withdrawn, the government and all political leaders should win the trust of ordinary people and establish social harmony and peace that is so essential to progress and prosperity,' says the well-known Kannada poet Chennaveera Kanavi.

Ayodhya: SC paves way for Ram temple at dispute site; gives 5-acre for mosque

Ayodhya: SC paves way for Ram temple at dispute site; gives 5-acre for mosque

Rediff.com9 Nov 2019

The apex court said the faith of Hindus that Lord Ram was born at the site was undisputed, and he is symbolically the owner of the land.

Mr Xi: When will you return China occupied Ladakh?

Mr Xi: When will you return China occupied Ladakh?

Rediff.com22 Oct 2019

'China physically occupies about 45,000 sq km of J&K as claimed by India, including 3,000 sq km captured in the 1962 War and never returned; and 5,180 sq km ceded to China by Pakistan in 1963.' 'It is hard to justify remaining silent about the return of China occupied Ladakh,' observes Ajay Shukla.

India, Bangladesh ink 7 pacts after Modi-Hasina talks

India, Bangladesh ink 7 pacts after Modi-Hasina talks

Rediff.com5 Oct 2019

The pacts signed after Modi-Hasina talks provided for deeper cooperation between the two countries in areas of water resources, youth affairs, culture, education and coastal surveillance.

Ram Temple: The Way Ahead

Ram Temple: The Way Ahead

Rediff.com20 Sep 2019

'It is best that an amicable solution to the dispute is found outside the precincts of the courts of law,' says former Union home secretary Dr Madhav Godbole.

PHOTOS: India celebrates 73rd Independence Day

PHOTOS: India celebrates 73rd Independence Day

Rediff.com15 Aug 2019

The 73rd Independence Day was celebrated across the country with fervour.

Mamata hits out at Modi govt over CCD founder's death

Mamata hits out at Modi govt over CCD founder's death

Rediff.com31 Jul 2019

She also alleged an atmosphere prevailed where opposition parties were also afraid of 'horsetrading, harassment and political vendetta'.

Pak, India agree on majority of Kartarpur proposals

Pak, India agree on majority of Kartarpur proposals

Rediff.com14 Jul 2019

A Foreign Office official told PTI that the eight-member Indian delegation arrived in Lahore at 9.15 am (local time).

'21 Indian cities will have zero tap water'

'21 Indian cities will have zero tap water'

Rediff.com18 Jun 2019

'If the government does not take any action soon, 21 cities of India will become like Cape Town, with no water.' 'Four cities -- Delhi, Gurgaon, Meerut and Faridabad -- will suffer the worst.'

Stop terrorism or will stop river water: Gadkari to Pak

Stop terrorism or will stop river water: Gadkari to Pak

Rediff.com8 May 2019

He said that the excess water will be given to Punjab and Haryana to address shortage in agriculture.

Phase 2 of Lok Sabha polls concludes with 68% voting

Phase 2 of Lok Sabha polls concludes with 68% voting

Rediff.com18 Apr 2019

Barring Maharashtra, the poll percentage in rest of the states was in excess of 60 per cent while in Puducherry it was 80.47 per cent.

Hope for re-engagement after polls in India: Pak

Hope for re-engagement after polls in India: Pak

Rediff.com14 Apr 2019

'A narrative is needed that captures the reality in Pakistan objectively and more fully'

'India needs businessmen in Parliament'

'India needs businessmen in Parliament'

Rediff.com14 Apr 2019

'When you come through the hassles and struggles of business life, your mind is wired differently.' 'You are more connected to reality,' Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral tells Rahul Jacob and Archis Mohan

Breathtaking sights captured in National Geographic travel photo contest

Breathtaking sights captured in National Geographic travel photo contest

Rediff.com12 Apr 2019

National Geographic's new travel photography competition is entering its third week and is attracting stunning pictures from across the globe. Some of the jaw-dropping pictures show the famous "Firefall" of Yosemite National Park to a sunset at the Taj Mahal. The annual competition is accepting entries until May 3 at 12pm and asks for pictures in three categories: nature, cities and people.

MUST READ: How India, China can work together

MUST READ: How India, China can work together

Rediff.com2 Mar 2019

'As China rises and India grows to reclaim their earlier positions on the world stage as two of the largest economies and most important countries, there will indeed be some contention between these two powers.' 'There will also be plenty of space and room for cooperation amongst the two of us.' 'As our economic size increases to match the fact that we are the two most populous nations on earth, it will be all the more important for us to keep the interests of our peoples as well as those of the rest of the world in mind.' 'We shall have to grow together rather than as separate and disparate entities,' points out Ambassador Gautam Bambawale -- who served as India's ambassador to China -- in the 7th annual lecture of the Indian Association of Foreign Affairs Correspondents on March 1, 2019.

'No one in Washington wants to see another war, or near-war, between India and Pakistan'

'No one in Washington wants to see another war, or near-war, between India and Pakistan'

Rediff.com25 Feb 2019

'While US officials understand and accept India's desire for retaliation, they still don't want to encourage steps that would likely lead to war.'

Pak writes to UNSC, accuses India of threatening regional security

Pak writes to UNSC, accuses India of threatening regional security

Rediff.com23 Feb 2019

In his letter, Qureshi also accused the Indian government of using 'water as a weapon'.

Pak won't get a drop of water if it exports terror: Gadkari

Pak won't get a drop of water if it exports terror: Gadkari

Rediff.com22 Feb 2019

He said India was planning to build projects on three rivers flowing into Pakistan to use its share of water.

PM Modi receives Seoul Peace Prize for 2018

PM Modi receives Seoul Peace Prize for 2018

Rediff.com22 Feb 2019

The award committee recognised his contribution to the growth of Indian and global economies, crediting 'Modinomics' for reducing social and economic disparity between the rich and the poor.

World Press Photo 2019: The nominees

World Press Photo 2019: The nominees

Rediff.com22 Feb 2019

After going through more than 78,000 photographs from over 4,700 photographers, the expert judges of the World Press Photo contest have announced the finalists of the 2019 competition. The panelists have selected 43 photographers from 23 countries to represent the best in photojournalism.

Want to live away from the metros? Goa is the place for you

Want to live away from the metros? Goa is the place for you

Rediff.com19 Dec 2018

'Goa is about community living, but blending in takes time.'

BJP has 'anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan' approach: Imran Khan

BJP has 'anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan' approach: Imran Khan

Rediff.com7 Dec 2018

Prime Minister Khan said his government was keen to bring the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attack to book, asserting that it was in the interest of Pakistan.

Imran rakes up Kashmir at Kartarpur event, India says reference 'regrettable'

Imran rakes up Kashmir at Kartarpur event, India says reference 'regrettable'

Rediff.com28 Nov 2018

India slams the Pakistani prime minister for 'unwarranted reference to J&K' during pious occasion.

Had asked Sidhu to reconsider Pak visit, says Amarinder

Had asked Sidhu to reconsider Pak visit, says Amarinder

Rediff.com27 Nov 2018

Sidhu said that the corridor would promote peace and erase "enmity" between India and Pakistan and create infinite possibilities between them, including the resumption of cricket ties.

'We've a bigger Army': Amarinder flays Pak at Kartarpur ceremony

'We've a bigger Army': Amarinder flays Pak at Kartarpur ceremony

Rediff.com26 Nov 2018

"We believe in peace and we are giving a message of peace from here. But, their generals should understand that we have a large Army and we are prepared..."

How the Mughals changed India

How the Mughals changed India

Rediff.com26 Nov 2018

'It was the Mughals who first established standard units of measurement and maintained offices of meticulous record keepers and auditors, departing from the more haphazard methods of earlier regimes.' 'By the end of the 16th century, their revenue and judicial administrations exhibited an obsessive preoccupation with order, the efficient management of time, and a spirit of rational self-control -- all of them characteristics of early modernity,' point out Sheldon Pollock and Benjamin Ellman.

Amarinder declines Pak invite for Kartarpur foundation event

Amarinder declines Pak invite for Kartarpur foundation event

Rediff.com25 Nov 2018

In a letter to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Singh said it is a historic occasion, but regretted his inability to be present.

Armed with voting machines, real life 'Newtons' all set for Chhattisgarh poll

Armed with voting machines, real life 'Newtons' all set for Chhattisgarh poll

Rediff.com11 Nov 2018

From walking up to 10 kms to crossing rivers and spending nights in Naxal-hit areas, the poll officers will have to go past numerous hurdles and face life-threatening challenges to do their duty, but none of them is complaining.

READ: Kailash Satyarthi's full speech at RSS headquarters

READ: Kailash Satyarthi's full speech at RSS headquarters

Rediff.com18 Oct 2018

Rediff.com presents the gist of the speech delivered by Mr. Kailash Satyarthi on the Foundation Day of Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh.

No opening of Kartarpur corridor if there are no talks: Pak

No opening of Kartarpur corridor if there are no talks: Pak

Rediff.com4 Oct 2018

Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan is located across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab's Gurdaspur district.

Sabarimala: Kerala, TDB not to challenge SC order

Sabarimala: Kerala, TDB not to challenge SC order

Rediff.com3 Oct 2018

Opposition Congress termed the government's decision as 'unilateral' and said it was against the interest of a majority of Ayyappa devotees in and outside the state.

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