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India, China ties strained as militaries standoff near border

India, China ties strained as militaries standoff near border

For nearly three weeks, Chinese and Indian border troops have confronted each other close to a valley controlled by China that separates India from Bhutan – a close Indian ally – and gives China access to the so-called Chicken’s Neck, a thin strip of land that connects India to its remote northeastern regions. Beijing alleges Indian troops crossed into a region known in China as Donglang, called Doklam in India, early in June and obstructed work on a road on the Himalayan plateau. India, meanwhile, claims Chinese troops entered and tried to construct a road in Bhutanese territory. The current confrontation seems to be the most serious in recent times and shows no signs of de-escalating. Both countries have upped the ante and deployed around 3,000 troops each in the tri-junction.

India likely to raise sugar import tax to 50 percent - source

India likely to raise sugar import tax to 50 percent - source

India, the world’s biggest sugar consumer, is likely to raise import duty on the sweetener to 50 percent from 40 percent in an attempt to restrict cheaper flows of the commodity from overseas, a government official said on Friday. Lower imports by India could put pressure on global prices, but will support local prices that have come under pressure in the last few weeks due to expectations of imports. “There have been some apprehensions of cheaper imports flooding the Indian market. That’s why the government is likely to raise the duty to 50 percent,” the official, who did not want to be identified, said. Read more

India's Ganges and Yamuna rivers are 'not living entities'

India's Ganges and Yamuna rivers are 'not living entities'

India’s revered Ganges and Yamuna rivers cannot be viewed as living entities, the Supreme Court has ruled.It overruled an order made in March by the High Court in Uttarakhand state, which said that the two rivers had the same legal status as human beings.The move was seen as a measure to increase protection for the rivers, which are deeply venerated in India but are heavily polluted.But Uttarakhand’s state government took the issue to the Supreme Court.It argued that the declaration was legally unsustainable. Read more about it here.

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