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Responding to a statement by Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury about Chinese activities along India's border regions, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said transgression by Chinese forces do take place and Indian forces too go for patrolling along forward locations. "Our border is secured and forces are fully alert," he said.

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  • As per preliminary information, an ITBP jawan allegedly fired at his colleagues with his service weapon, killing four of them and injuring three others, he said. Later, the jawan who opened fire was also gunned down, he said. The incident took place at the Kadenar camp of ITBP's 45th battalion in Narayanpur.

    "There is proposal to amend the IBC to provide for such cases like cross border insolvency," the IBBI chief said.

    The Border Security Force (BSF) is working on technical solutions to combat the threat of rogue drones along the India-Pakistan International Border, the chief of the force said on Sunday.

    Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, said the number of transgressions by Chinese Army in 2016 was 273 which rose to 426 in 2017.

    The Bill, passed by the Devendra Fadnavis government, has been pending for two years with the Centre and recommends punishment up to three years or a fine of up to Rs 50,000 or both in case of attack on mediapersons on duty.

    Kalapani, located 18 km from Lipulekh pass, is a transit route for the Kailash-Mansarovar yatra and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Oli on November 17 said the Kalapani area belonged to Nepal and India should "immediately withdraw its Army from there".

    The 10 suspects, including a woman, were arrested earlier this week by the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA). The suspects, aged between 30 and 44, had been arrested as part of an NCA investigation into a conspiracy to launder millions of pounds of money made through drug trafficking and organised immigration crime.

    The sudden arrest of two Indians, Prashant Vaindam and Dhari Lal- as reported by Pakistani media, came as a surprise as India had informed Pakistan that they may have crossed over inadvertently, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said at a briefing. The MEA hoped that the arrested Indians don't become victims of Pakistani propaganda.

    Addressing the 'Maitree Diwas' celebrations here to boost civil-military friendship in the region bordering China, Singh said people living here are important to the country strategically.

    Union minister of state for home Nityanand Rai told the Rajya Sabha that there is "no proposal under consideration of the government" to merge the Assam Rifles with the ITBP. The minister was asked about the government's intentions on the subject as there have been reservations on this count both by the Assam Rifles and the Army brass.

    BJP member Tapir Gao told Lok Sabha on Tuesday that "if a repeat of Doklam takes place, it will happen in Arunachal Pradesh because China has encroached 50-60 km area of the state." Recently the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman said in Beijing: "The Chinese government never acknowledged the so-called Arunachal Pradesh."

    With a view to construct an all-weather road up to DBO to facilitate a smooth passage of the armed forces personnel and other logistical support, Project Himank of the Border Roads Organisation has constituted a special task force (the 50 Border Roads Task Force) to accelerate the work in a time-bound manner.

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