Assam, Mizoram agree to deploy central police forces in disturbed areas along border and NH-306
Two days after clashes on the Assam-Mizoram border left seven people dead on the Assam side, both states have agreed in principle to withdraw troops from the disputed site, even as modalities are still being worked out.
While Assam has withdrawn its troops, Mizoram Police has not only continued to hold its position but also reinforced its posts, sources said on Wednesday.
At North Block, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla held a meeting of more than two hours with chief secretaries and DGPs of both states in an effort to ease the tension.
Both states agreed for “deployment of a neutral force” — the CRPF, in this instance — in the disturbed area along NH-306, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a statement after the meeting. “Both governments also agreed to continue discussions mutually to resolve the border issue in an amicable manner,” it added.
Assam Chief Secretary JishnuBaruah said withdrawal of forces was still being worked out. Asked whether Mizoram had agreed to withdraw its forces, Baruah said, “It is being worked out.”
His Mizoram counterpart, NunamwiaChuaungo, said, “We all are trying to maintain peace. There is no need for violence. The forces are being withdrawn.”
Hong Kong radio host faces first 'sedition' trial after China's takeover
A pro-democracy Hong Kong radio host went on trial Thursday for sedition in the first use of the colonial-era law since the city's handover to China as authorities broaden their criminalisation of dissent.
Tam Tak-chi, 48, is among a growing number of activists charged with sedition, a little-used decades-old law that prosecutors have dusted off in the last twelve months.
It is separate from the sweeping national security law that was imposed on Hong Kong last year, which has also been used to prosecute dissidents.
Best known by his moniker "Fast Beat", online talk show host Tam faces eight sedition charges for slogans he either uttered or wrote between January and July last year.
He also faces other charges including inciting an unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct.
The trial is a watershed legal moment for Hong Kong because it will set a precedent for what political phrases and views are now deemed illegal as China looks to stamp out dissent following huge and often violent democracy protests two years ago.
DRDO to get 2% royalty from Dr Reddy's on sale of Covid drug 2-DG in India
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will get two per cent royalty from Dr Reddy's Laboratory (DRL) on the sale of anti-COVID drug 2-DG.
In a written reply to a question in the LokSabha, Bhatt said the DRDO developed the technology (for 2-DG) along with DRL, Hyderabad. The pricing is solely decided by DRL. The actual price fixed by Dr Reddy lab is Rs 990 per sachet, he said.
The DRDO works under the Defence Ministry. DRL is a private listed company.
"DRDO will get 2 per cent royalty on the sale of 2-DG in the Indian market as per Transfer of Technology agreement," Bhatt said.
The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) approved the 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) drug for emergency use as an adjunct therapy in moderate to severe coronavirus patients in early May.
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Indian Air Force operationalizes 2nd Rafale Squadron at Hasimara, West Bengal
The Indian Air Force formally inducted the second squadron of Rafale aircraft at Air Force Station in West Bengal's Hasimara in Eastern Air Command (EAC) on Wednesday
IAF chief RKS Bhadauria presided over the induction ceremony which also witnessed a fly-past heralding the arrival of Rafale aircraft to Hasimara followed by a traditional water cannon salute.
Addressing IAF personnel during the induction ceremony, Chief of Air Staff RKS Bhadauria said that the induction of Rafale had been carefully planned at Hasimara, keeping in mind the importance of strengthening IAF's capability in the Eastern Sector.
The 101 Squadron is the second IAF squadron to be equipped with Rafale aircraft. The squadron was formed on May 1, 1949, at Palam and has operated Harvard, Spitfire, Vampire, Su-7 and MiG-21M aircraft in the past.
19-year-old Shehrooz Kashif from Pakistan becomes world's youngest mountaineer to climb K2
A 19-year-old Pakistani has become the youngest person to reach the summit of K2, the world’s second-highest mountain, the Alpine Club of Pakistan says.
With Pakistan’s borders open and few other places to go due to the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s summer climbing season is attracting a large number of alpinists.
Known as “the savage mountain”, K2 has harsh conditions – winds can blow at more than 200 kilometres per hour (124 miles per hour) and temperatures can drop to minus 60C (minus 76 Fahrenheit).