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PM Narendra Modi announces expansion of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till November

The Indian Prime Minister's scheduled address in just a few hours from now. There is a lot of speculation on whether this could be about the tensions between India and China. There has been some aggressive posturing on the border by both countries amidst talks between senior military officials of the two countries. Stay tuned to Business Insider for the latest news and updates

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04:15 PM
No one is above law, says PM Modi
04:14 PM
“Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana will be extended till the end of November,” Modi said in his address.
As many as 8 million families will get 5 kg of rice/wheat for free until the end of November.
04:04 PM
PM Modi says there has been increasing carelessness in personal and social interactions post lockdown
"India has been relatively stable. Due to timely lockdown, and other measures, have saved lakhs of lives in India. However, we are also seeing increasing carelessness in personal and social interactions. Today, when we need to be more careful, the rising carelessness is a serious issue,"Modi said.
03:20 PM
All eyes on PM Modi's address to the nation at 4pm today
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much-awaited address to the nation has people guessing. Will it be about a possible escalation in conflict between India and China? Or, will it be about Unlock 2.0, the reopening of parts of the Indian economy from the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic?
02:36 PM
Indian government to reportedly discuss ban on Chinese 5G equipment
The Indian government is holding high-level talks to discuss ban on Chinese 5G equipment sold by big companies like Huawei.
02:32 PM
Now China opens new border dispute with Bhutan: IANS
Continuing with its expansionist agenda, China has now created a new border dispute with Bhutan, one of India's traditional ally.Beijing objected to the grant for Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS) in eastern Bhutan's Trashigang district bordering India and China, claiming that the location was disputed.
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The scheduled telephonic talk between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and American Defence Secretary Mark Esper not to be held today. It is being rescheduled for a later date ANI reported citing Defence Ministry Officials
01:29 PM
Union Minister Prakash Javdekar says India's ban on 59 Chinese step is the right step towards Atma Nirbhar Bharat
01:16 PM
China is strongly concerned, verifying the situation,Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on India banning Chinese apps
We want to stress that Chinese Govt always asks Chinese businesses to abide by international & local laws-regulations. Indian Govt has a responsibility to uphold the legal rights of international investors including Chinese ones, said Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson. (ANI Report)
12:58 PM
BJP promotes Make in India, but buys from China says Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
Amid the growing demand to boycott Chinese products in the wake of India-China stand-off, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious programme -- Make in India, saying imports from China after 2014 have actually increased, reported IANS.
12:33 PM
Corps Commander-level meeting between India and China has begun at Chushul in the Leh district of Ladakh.
The third round of Corps-Commander level meeting will be about the heightened tensions between India and China.
12:07 PM
China’s military aggression is not only against India. In the last two weeks, it has been exhibiting hostile behaviour throughout the region — towards Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam and Japan among other nations.
Experts speculate that this could be to distract from the second wave coronavirus in the country or a tactic for China to bide for more time to take on the US.
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India says there are five treaties to push the Chinese army behind the Line of Actual Control⁠ — while experts tell Modi to remain cautious
Experts believe that Chinese aggression along the border may only be masking other issues that the country is facing on the home front.
11:32 AM
LAC satellite images show helipad expansion by China
New satellite images from Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Pangong Tso area shows China has expanded its heliport located 21.3 km northeast from the Line of Actual Control (LAC), according to a TOI report.
11:02 AM
Here's an explanation to the India-China dispute in Ladakh’s Galwan valley along the Line of Actual Control
The tensions between India and China flared up with soldiers killed on both sides on June 15⁠— despite assurances of de-escalation from both sides⁠— in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh, near the Line of Actual Control (the agreed border between the countries since the 1962 war).
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Indian websites are reportedly not accessible in China without Virtual Private Network (VPN) server, reported Hindustan Times citing diplomatic sources.
10:35 AM
Chinese app alternatives - Here are the alternatives to top Chinese apps
ShareChat, Google Chrome, Adobe Scan and other apps that can be alternatives to top Chinese apps
10:13 AM
U.S. Senators express solidarity with India: PTI
Republican Senator Marco Rubio spoke with India’s Ambassador to the U.S., Taranjit Singh Sandhu, to “express our solidarity with the people of #India as they firmly confront unwarranted and lawless armed aggression by the Communist Party of China”.
10:00 AM
BI Editor's take: It may be too soon to predict an escalation in the conflict between India and China. The two countries could also be taking aggressive postures as senior military commanders from the two sides meet for the third round of negotiations today.
09:50 AM
The strength of India and China’s defence forces compared
China’s tank strength stands at 3,200 plus compared to India’s stupendous 4,200 plus, according to Global firepower. But China’s armoured fighting vehicles are at a staggering 33,000, and India pales into insignificance with just over 8,600.
09:40 AM
The Indian Army has reportedly deployed six T-90 missile firing tanks and top-of-the-line shoulder fired anti-tank missile systems in the Galwan Valley sector as a preparation for "the worst case scenario"
The Hindustan Times also reported that infantry combat vehicles along with 155mm howitzers have been deployed all along 1597 km long Line of Actual Control in East Ladakh.
09:32 AM
"An economic boycott should be such that it has a disproportionate effect on the other side,"Amit Bhandari from Gateway House told Business Insider
“Ideally, an economic boycott should be such that it has a disproportionate effect on the other side, so rather than stopping the purchase of plastic toys or drugs from China, we should aiming for higher-value industries and that’s where the technology and virtual sector comes in,” Amit Bhandari from Gateway House told Business Insider.
09:20 AM
India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is also likely to speak to his American counterpart Mark Esper over telephone, ANI reported.
09:14 AM
India banned 59 chinese apps including TikTok, Club Factory, UC Browser and Shein citing national security concerns
The government cited national security concerns and added that these apps are prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India. The ongoing India-China border tensions have led to an increase in the anti-China sentiment in the country, with people calling for boycott of Chinese goods.