France expresses strong support for India in bid for permanent UNSC seats
After the letter written by India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador K Nagaraj Naidu, to President of the 74th Session of the General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, expressing the stagnancy in the most powerful organ of the UN – French Ambassador to India Emmaneul Lenain reveals in a tweet France’s support of India and the G4 in their bid for a permanent seat in a reformed UNSC. India is to join the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2021.
USA’s open support to India’s ban of 118 apps
After India bans 118 apps having servers outside the periphery of the nation, U.S. openly voices its support for the decision and also urges other countries to join the “Clean Network” devoid of any Chinese engagements. The Trump Administration had carried out such a Clean Network program, earlier this year, a comprehensive approach to guard its citizens’ privacy and its companies’ most sensitive information from aggressive intrusions by malign actors, such as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The expression also manifests U.S. being on the same page as India when it comes to China.
Rajnath to press Russia for timely delivery of S-400 Triumfs, and finalization of AK 203 rifles deal
With rising tension between India and China, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Russia to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) carries bigger implications than strengthening bilateral defence cooperation with the Russian counterpart. Singh plans to ensure the timely delivery of S-400 missile defence systems to India, in his talks with Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu. The long-pending AK 203 rifles deal is also expected to be finalized during his visit.
India approaches ITBP, SSB amidst growing LAC tension
Due to the growing feud across LAC in Ladakh, the government of India has put the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) soldiers on high alert, while also strengthening its position in Arunachal Pradesh. Strategic locations are being taken over after PLA troops unilaterally tried to change the status quo near Pangong lake, Ladakh.
UNSC panel rejects two more Indian names proposed by Pakistan
The United Nations Security Council’s 1267 sanctions sub-committee rejected Islamabad’s attempts to list 2 Indians as designated terrorists, Angara Appaji and Gobinda Patnaik, alleged by Pakistan of being a part of a group of four Indians that were involved in an Afghanistan-based “Indian terror syndicate”, engaged in rousing banned terror groups Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Jamaat-Ul-Ahrar (JuA) of Pakistan. These groups, Islamabad claimed, were planning to carry out attacks in Pakistan. The UNSC committee had asked Pakistan for proofs, failing to which the allegations were thwarted. Previously, Venumadhav Dongara on June 19, and Ajoy Mistry on July 16, had been blocked by US, UK, France, Germany and Belgium.