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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

JHAPA LOCALS CLASH WITH INDIA;S SSB KAathmandu, 7 May:: At least three persons were injured in a clash between Indian Seema Surakshya Bal (SSB) and locals at Khajurgachhi-1, Jhapa, RSS reports from Kakadvitta.. The scuffle took place when a group of 15-20 Indian police led by Sub-Inspector at Phattepur, India, Binod Singh, forcefully took a local of Khajurgachhi-1, Phattepur, Dewan Rajbanshi, to India from his house last night. Among the injured are two Indian policemen and Dewan's brother Parwana Rajbanshi. The Indian police opened four rounds of fire in course of the scuffle, said Dewan Rajbanshi. Injured Rajbanshi sustained bullet injuries. Police Inspector at Area Police Office, Gaurigunj, Dilli Bahadur Chauhan said investigation into the incident is underway. Meanwhile, ambulance drivers in Jhapa have halted ambulance service from Tuesday, citing growing attack and misbehave with them in course of the strike. The drivers brought ambulance service to a complete halt by collectively handing over their keys to district administration. They charged the latter of failing to ensure their security when cadres of Federal Limbuwan State Council beat up and misbehaved with ambulance drivers in Jhapa in the name of defying their shutdown. Nnnn ARMY CHIEF RETURNS Kathmandu, 7 May: Army Chief Gen, Gaurav Shumsher Rana returned to the capital Tuesday after a four-day inspection of Nepal Army’s units, battalions, and a training school in the Western Division. He inspected inspected ited the High Altitude and Mountain Warfare School of NA in Mustang and Kalidatta Battalion in Jomsom Nnnn AVALANCHE CLAIMS ANOTHER LIFE ON EVEREST Kathmandu, 7 May: Mountaineer Lopsang Sherpa was killed in an avalanche on Tuesday. Sherpa was caught by avalanche while he was in course of scaling the Mt Everest, the highest peak, in the world, RSS reports.. The incident took place in the afternoon in an altitude of 7,000 meter above the second base camp of the peak, according to General Secretary of Sagarmatha Mountaineers Association, Diwas Pokharel. Climber Sherpa was a member of Seven Summit Treks and Expedition. nnnn INDIA AGREES TO CHINA PROPOSAL TO DEMOLISH BUNKERS IN LADHAK Kathmandu, 7 May:: India has agreed to a Chinese demand to demolish bunkers near their de facto border in the Himalayas, Indian military officials said, as part of a deal to end a standoff that threatened to scupper slowly improving relations.Indian and Chinese soldiers faced off 100 metres (330 feet) apart on a plateau near the Karakoram mountain range, where they fought a war 50 years ago, for three weeks until they reached a deal on Sunday for both sides to withdrew, Reuters reports from Sribagar.. The tension had threatened to overshadow a visit by Indian foreign minister Salman Khurshid to Beijing on May 9. China's Premier Li Keqiang is expected to visit India later this month. Details of the deal have not been made public but a senior official from the Indian army's northern command said India had agreed to abandon and destroy bunkers in the Chumar sector, further south along the disputed border. "The bunkers in Chumar were dismantled after we acceded to Chinese demand in the last flag meeting. These bunkers were live-in bunkers," the army officer told Reuters on Tuesday. India said up to 50 Chinese soldiers intruded into its territory on the western rim of the Himalayas on April 15. Some Indian officials and experts believed the incursion signalled Chinese concern about increased Indian activity in the area. India said the Chinese soldiers were 19 km (12 miles) beyond the point it understands to be the border in the Ladakh region of Kashmir, a vaguely defined line called the Line of Actual Control, which neither side agrees on. China denied it had crossed into Indian territory. China won the border war they fought in 1962, which soured relations for decades, but ties between the Asian giants have been improving in recent years. China is India's top trade partner. India has been beefing up its military presence for several years on the remote Ladakh plateau, building roads and runways to catch up with Chinese development across the border in a disputed area known as Aksai Chin The decision to agree to the Chinese demand and demolish the bunkers followed heavy criticism of the Indian government over its handling of the incident by the opposition. The Indian officer said earlier that Chinese officers demanded that India stop construction of bunkers, tunnels and huts along the Line of Actual Control, as the vaguely defined border in place since the 1962 war is known. They also objected to nomads crossing from India to grazing meadows on the Chinese side, the Indian army officer said. An official in India's Defence Ministry said on Monday the deal to end the standoff as a "quid pro quo" and said China had also demanded India take down listening and observation posts in the Chumar area, which is close to a Chinese road through Tibet. It was not clear if India was dismantling those posts. Nnnn


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