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India-China standoff LIVE: Pangong Tso lake reopens for tourists after faceoff

By Anuj Cariappa
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New Delhi, Jan 16: Following the escalation of tensions between forces of both sides at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, the movement of tourists was banned along several border areas and the world-famous Pangong Tso lake was also declared out-of-bounds for tourists.

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3:48 PM, 16 Jan
Indian and the Chinese forces have been engaged in a bitter border row along the LAC in eastern Ladakh since last year.
3:48 PM, 16 Jan
But as the tensions on the border have now reduced, some tourists areas near the LAC in Ladakh have been reopened for the public. The areas reopening for tourism are not located near the flashpoints between India and China.
3:47 PM, 16 Jan
Following the escalation of tensions between the Indian and the Chinese forces at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, the movement of tourists was banned along several border areas and the world-famous Pangong Tso lake was also declared out-of-bounds for tourists.
8:16 AM, 16 Jan
As the tensions on the border have now reduced, some tourists areas near the LAC in Ladakh have been reopened for the public.
11:52 PM, 15 Jan
Naravane said India had given a fitting response to the (Chinese) conspiracy of attempting to unilaterally change the status quo along the contested Line of Actual Control (LAC) where India and China have been locked in a standoff for over eight months. “I want to assure the country that the sacrifice of the Galwan braves will not go in vain,” he said.
11:51 PM, 15 Jan
In a strong message to China amid the ongoing border standoff in eastern Ladakh, army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Friday said while India was committed to resolving the row through military and diplomatic talks, “no one should commit the mistake of testing our patience.”
5:31 PM, 15 Jan
The troops of the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army(PLA) are locked in a standoff for over eight months.
5:31 PM, 15 Jan
Mr. Srivastava was responding to a question on the status of talks between the two countries on the military face-off in eastern Ladakh.
5:28 PM, 15 Jan
“India and China continue to maintain close communication through diplomatic and military channels with the objective of ensuring complete disengagement in all friction points along the LAC in the western sector and for full restoration of peace and tranquillity,” he told a media briefing.
5:28 PM, 15 Jan
The MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the two sides have agreed to hold the next round of military talks and are in constant communication in this regard.
5:28 PM, 15 Jan
India and China continue to maintain close communication through diplomatic and military channels with the objective of ensuring complete disengagement at all friction points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.
8:24 AM, 15 Jan
The administration of the newly-created federal territory of Ladakh opened the world’s highest saltwater lake, almost a year after it was closed for tourists due to COVID-19 restrictions followed by the military standoff along the disputed border between the two Asian giants.
10:57 PM, 14 Jan
The Army Chief said the armed forces remained vigilant and determined to maintain "operational ascendancy" across all of India''s borders, be it the Line of Control(LoC), Line of Actual Control(LAC), AGPL (Actual Ground Position Line) or the international border (IB with Pakistan)
10:57 PM, 14 Jan
Gen Naravane said he was confident that the Army''s military character built on secular credentials, robust discipline and astute professionalism will continue to strengthen the force in meeting the aspirations of an emerging India.
10:56 PM, 14 Jan
Referring to cross-border terrorism from Pakistan, the Chief of Army Staff said the Army shall not hesitate to strike at the very source of terrorism to safeguard India''s interests.
10:56 PM, 14 Jan
He also said the Army was swift and decisive in its response to the design of the adversary but at the same time prevented the military stand-off in eastern Ladakh from escalating further.
10:56 PM, 14 Jan
In a message aired on All India Radi(AIR) on the eve of the Army Day on Friday, Gen Naravane said the Army is committed to resolving disputes through dialogue.
10:56 PM, 14 Jan
The Indian Army will stand firm against any attempt to "unilaterally" change the "status quo" at the borders and its desire for peace and tranquillity should not be interpreted as a sign of weakness, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane said on Thursday, remarks that came against the backdrop of the Ladakh standoff with China.
10:56 PM, 14 Jan
'As soon as this is received from the Chinese authorities, the company (that owns the ship) is expected to initiate the process of crew change,' he said.
10:56 PM, 14 Jan
'As regards MV Anastasia, we are closely coordinating with the Chinese authorities who are finalising the process or SOP (standard operating procedure) to effect crew change at anchorage,' External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said at a media briefing.
10:56 PM, 14 Jan
Thirty-nine Indian crew members are stranded on two cargo ships in Chinese waters out of whom 23 who are stuck on board MV Jag Anand are returning to India.
10:56 PM, 14 Jan
India said it is closely coordinating with China to bring back 16 Indian sailors who are stranded on a cargo ship in Chinese waters for nearly four months.
10:55 PM, 14 Jan
The defence minister is in Bengaluru at Indian Air Force's HQ Training Command.
10:55 PM, 14 Jan
"India does not want conflict with anyone; it wants peace and friendly ties since it's in our blood and culture," PTI further quoted him as saying.
10:54 PM, 14 Jan
"We don't want war, but if any superpower wants to hurt our self-esteem, then our soldiers are capable of giving a befitting reply," Singh said on the occasion of Armed Forces Veterans Day without naming China, according to new agency PTI.
10:54 PM, 14 Jan
Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday indirectly gave a stern message to China saying that India's soldiers are capable of giving befitting reply to any "superpower" that wants to hurt India's self-esteem.
10:54 PM, 14 Jan
Srivastava was responding to a question on the status of talks between the two countries on the military face-off in eastern Ladakh.
10:54 PM, 14 Jan
"India and China continue to maintain close communication through diplomatic and military channels with the objective of ensuring complete disengagement in all friction points along the LAC in the western sector and for full restoration of peace and tranquillity," he told a media briefing.
10:54 PM, 14 Jan
The MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the two sides have agreed to hold the next round of military talks and are in constant communication in this regard.
10:54 PM, 14 Jan
India and China continue to maintain close communication through diplomatic and military channels with the objective of ensuring complete disengagement at all friction points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, the Ministry of External Affairs(MEA) said on Thursday.
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