The Army asked for certain roads in four cantonments — Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar, Satwari road at Jammu, Cannanore Cantonment and Delhi Cantonment – to be exempt from the order due to security reasons.
Lashing out at Sitharaman’s remarks, Chidambaram tweeted, “The buzz in Delhi is that Ms Nirmala Sitaraman will be removed as Defence Minister and appointed as the lawyer of the Income-tax department. Welcome to the bar, Ms Sitaraman.”
Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan questioned the haste in hanging Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist captured alive, and asserted it was done to bash Pakistan in international forums.
The defence personnel of the two countries were locked in a 73-day standoff in Doklam area near Sikkim last year and it had resulted in tension between the two Asian giants.
The fragile tourism industry in Kashmir has taken another blow with the death of the Chennai tourist, and the sector fears that the incident may further affect the already falling footfall in the troubled Valley.
Nirmala Sitharaman termed “ridiculous” the views of those who cite dress as the reason for rape.
Noting Modi was slated to visit China later this month for an informal summit meeting with President Xi Jinping, it asked if he will take up the issue.
“We are guided in our relations with China by the consensus reached between our leaders that at the time of global uncertainty, India-China relations could be a factor of stability and that we must not allow our differences to become disputes,” Sitharaman said.
In August last year, India and China ended their 73-day standoff between their troops in Dokalam. The standoff had strained ties considerably between the two countries.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is already at Beijing on a four-day visit here to attend the SCO Foreign Ministers meeting to finalise the agenda for the summit of the eight-member political, economic and security bloc.
Talks between Swaraj and Yi will take place in order to take forward attempts by both countries to reset ties strained by last year’s 73-day Doklam military standoff as well as a host of other issues.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman spoke on being an outsider in Delhi, the civil-military relationship and modernising the Forces.
After Pasighat, Nirmala Sitharaman proceeded to visit the Air to Ground weapons range at Dullong Mukh.
Referring to criticism of delays in procurement of bullet proof jackets for the armed forces, Nirmala Sitharaman said it is not like “over the counter buying of things” and the government was putting sincere efforts to meet demands of the armed forces.
The inaugural ‘2-by-2’ dialogue was scheduled to be held in Washington this month, but was postponed as the US Secretary of State-designate, Mike Pompeo, is still awaiting his confirmation by the US Senate.