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Morning Digest: 83 killed in lightning strike in Bihar, China continues build-up along LAC, and more

Family members of a victim who died in lightning strike, mourn, in Samastipur, Bihar on June 25, 2020.

Family members of a victim who died in lightning strike, mourn, in Samastipur, Bihar on June 25, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI

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Ladakh face-off | It’s wait and watch on disengagement as China continues build-up

The June 22 consensus reached between the Indian and Chinese Corps Commanders on disengagement is yet to be implemented, a defence source said, adding that it was “wait and watch by both sides”. Meanwhile, satellite images and reports indicate a massive build-up and construction by China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh in Galwan Valley and in Depsang plains, threatening the Indian Army’s positions in Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO).

Arunachal landslip, flood kill 2; Assam floods death toll up to 36

A landslip, induced by heavy rainfall, killed a minor in Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar on Thursday while a woman drowned in twin city Naharlagun. Another person drowned in Assam’s Dhemaji district as the death toll in floods and landslips since mid-May rose to 36.

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U.S. reviewing force deployment to counter China’s threat: Mike Pompeo

The U.S. is reviewing its global deployment of forces to ensure it is postured appropriately to counter the People’s Liberation Army, given the increasing threat posed by China to Asian countries like India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on June 25.

Ladakh face-off | Industry flags delay in China imports

With import consignments from China facing hurdles in getting clearance at domestic ports amid continuing border tensions, various industry associations have written to the Centre seeking clarification on the “unannounced and opaque” move, while also warning of acute shortage of components and finished products in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, automobiles, electronics and electrical machinery.

83 killed in lightning strike in Bihar

Eighty-three people, including three children, were killed on Thursday in lightning strikes in Bihar. Gopalganj district reported the highest number of 13 deaths. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced ₹4 lakh each in compensation to the families of the deceased.

Also read : Ladakh face-off | It’s wait and watch on disengagement as China continues build-up

Armed gangs rule Nagaland: Governor

In a scathing letter to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Nagaland Governor R.N. Ravi has said the “scenario in the State is grim” and that “law and order has collapsed”.

Nothing will go out of ISRO; we will enable private players: K. Sivan

K.Sivan, Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), sketched the composition and potential of the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe), the new space entity created to promote and regulate participation of private players in the space sector.

Railways cancels all regular train services till August 12

All regular mail, express and passenger services as well as suburban trains have been cancelled till August 12, the Railway Board said on June 25. Sources said that the decision was taken keeping in mind the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the country.

Also read : Ladakh face-off | Ready to talk, meet us halfway, says China

Bihar Assembly elections | All is well in Mahagathbandhan, says RJD leader Manoj Jha

A day after the first political meeting between the allies of the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar, senior Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Manoj Jha speaks on the Bihar Assembly election due later this year, the reluctance of the allies to work under RJD president Tejashwi Yadav and the resignation of Raghuvansh Prasad as the party national vice-president.

Google to pay for news content

Google will pay partnered media publishers in three countries and offer some users free access to paywalled news sites, the tech giant said on Thursday.

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Coronavirus | Central team to visit Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana

A Central team, led by Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal, will visit Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana between June 26 and 29 to coordinate with officials in strengthening COVID-19 management efforts, the Ministry said on Thursday.

ICC chairman process to be finalised next week

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board on Thursday deliberated, via a teleconference, the process for electing the next ICC chairman to succeed Shashank Manohar. While the ICC didn’t make any official announcement, after the meeting, it is understood that the process is likely to be finalised next week.

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