India and China are likely to hold a joint "Hand-in-Hand" army exercise next month in Pune that will focus on counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism tactics, weeks after a stand-off between their troops in along the border in Ladakh region.
India and China on Friday concluded two-day talks on border mechanism here during which they discussed ways to prevent incidents like last month's standoff between their armies in Ladakh from recurring in future and reached consensus on early implementation of several CBMs.
India and China on Thursday began their talks on border mechanism here during which last month's standoff in Ladakh was discussed as also the efforts to prevent such incidents from recurring in future.
China on Tuesday said the standoff with India at the Ladakh region has been resolved as both sides completed simultaneous withdrawal of troops, and underlined that the two nations have the "determination and capability" to maintain peace and stability at the border areas.
Former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday hit out at BJP, accusing it of practising divisive politics and charged the Narendra Modi-led government with doing "nothing" to prevent Chinese incursion into Indian territory.
Playing down the continuing standoff at the Ladakh border region, China's military on Thursday said such incidents are "sometimes inevitable" but the situation is under "effective control" with the joint efforts of the two sides.
Supreme Court quashed allocation of 214 out of 218 coal blocks alloted to various companies since 1993 terming it as "fatally flawed" and allowed the Centre to take over operation of 42 such blocks which are functional.