News around world

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US prepares for total troop pullout from Afghanistan after 2014

 

US President Barack Obama has instructed the Pentagon to acknowledge the likelihood that there will be no US troops remaining in Afghanistan after the year is over.  According to Obama’s order, the Pentagon should “ensure that it has adequate plans in place to accomplish an orderly withdrawal by the end of the year should the United States not keep any troops in Afghanistan after 2014,” the White House said in a statement seen by Reuters. The message was also delivered to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, who has shied away from signing a much-debated bilateral security agreement that would allow the US to keep troops in the country for training and anti-terror purposes.

 

 

Suicide car bomb in Afghanistan kills 7

Seven people have been killed and a further 42 injured in a suicide car bombing at a busy restaurant in southern Afghanistan. The blast occurred Tuesday evening, and the death toll could rise due to the severity of the casualties, Gen. Matiullah Khan, police chief of Uruzgan province, told AP. No terrorist organization or militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

 

 

Turkey’s Erdogan calls tapes of talk with son ‘fabrication’

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused political enemies of fabricating an audiotape of him telling his son to dispose of large sums of money. After the 11-minute tape emerged on YouTube, Erdogan said his political enemies had penetrated encrypted state communications, referring to a network run by former ally, Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, Reuters reported. “The people don’t believe these lies,” Erdogan told the parliament. Opinion polls taken earlier show Erdogan’s popularity was little affected by the corruption scandal which broke on December 17 after the detention of businessmen close to him and three ministers’ sons.

 

Egypt’s housing minister Mahlab tapped to become new PM – reports

Egypt’s outgoing housing minister, Ibrahim Mahlab, told state-run Al-Ahram newspaper Tuesday that he had been asked to form a new government. Mahlab is a civil engineer who was an official in deposed President Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party, Reuters reported. Army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is expected to run for the presidency, was the defense minister in the country’s government that resigned Monday.

 

 

Opposition activist Navalny sentenced to 7 days in prison for Moscow protest

Russian opposition activist Aleksey Navalny was sentenced Tuesday to seven days in prison after participating in a protest in Moscow. A court convicted him for resisting police orders during a protest Monday near Red Square over the trial of protesters accused of rioting on Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square on May 6, 2012. Police said 420 out of about 500 demonstrators were detained. Boris Nemtsov, a leader of the RPR-Parnas liberal party and a deputy in the Yaroslavl Region parliament, was sentenced to 10 days in prison.

 

 

Iraq attacks kill 7 security personnel

Attacks in Iraq killed seven soldiers and police Tuesday, AFP reported, citing officials. A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle near the provincial council headquarters in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. Three soldiers were killed and at least four wounded. In a village west of Baiji, a town north of Baghdad, gunmen attacked a police checkpoint, killing four police and wounding three more. The attacks came a day after violence in the country killed 35 people.

 

 

20 grenades explode at rally stage in Bangkok’s Lumpini, 3 injured

Three people were reportedly slightly injured when the anti-government rally stage in Lumpini Park was attacked for three hours shortly after midnight. About 20 grenades were used in the area, the Bangkok Post said. The People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) guards reportedly caught a suspect.

 

 

Germany sees Iran as ‘potential threat’ to Europe – Merkel

Germany views Iran as a potential threat not just to Israel, but “as a general threat for Europe as well,” Reuters quoted Chancellor Angela Merkel as saying on Tuesday. Germany would pursue international talks with Iran on its nuclear activities, she said at a news conference with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Merkel, in Israel for joint consultations, added that that boycotts of Israeli products were not helpful for the peace process.

 

 

Nigerian militants kill 43 in boarding school attack – reports

Gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram stormed a boarding school in northeast Nigeria overnight and killed 43 people, at least 29 kids among them. Many of whom died in flames as the school was burned to the ground, police and the military said on Tuesday. All those killed at the Federal Government college of Buni Yadi, a secondary school in Yobe state, near the state’s capital city of Damaturu, were boys, police Commissioner Sanusi Rufai said. Boko Haram’s name means “Western education is sinful” in the northern Hausa language. The sect has frequently attacked schools in the past.

 

 

4 Britons arrested, suspected of Syria terrorism offences

Police have arrested four UK nationals from the Birmingham area on Tuesday on terrorism charges related to Syria, Reuters reported. One of them, a 45-year-old man, is suspected of attending a terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas, according to the West Midlands police.

 

 

Turkish opposition party demands investigation into PM Erdogan over audio recordings

A Turkish opposition party leader on Tuesday called on the country’s prosecutors to launch an investigation into Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan over alleged corruption. The previous day, audio recordings were published, purportedly of Erdogan ordering his son to dispose of vast amounts of cash amid a graft probe, AP said. Devlet Bahceli, the leader of the far-right Nationalist Action Party, on Tuesday urged prosecutors and other judicial bodies to intervene. The main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party, at an emergency meeting late Monday called on Erdogan to resign, saying the government had lost its legitimacy.

 

 

Police fire bullets in clashes with anti-India protesters in Kashmir

Police fired bullets and tear gas as hundreds of pro-independence villagers tried to storm a police station in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday, AP reported. One protester was shot and wounded, police said. Government forces reportedly killed seven suspected rebels in the disputed region a day ago. The crowd shouted pro-independence slogans and demanded that authorities identify the suspected rebels and hand over their bodies for burial, according to officials.

Philippines summons China’s top envoy over water cannon attack in South China Sea

The Philippines government summoned China’s top envoy in Manila on Tuesday to protest what it said was the firing of a water cannon by a Chinese government vessel to drive away Filipino fishermen. The incident took place on January 27 at Scarborough Shoal, a rich fishing ground claimed by China and the Philippines, AP reported. The shoal came under Chinese control after Philippine vessels backed off from a tense standoff with Chinese ships in the area in 2012.

UN to adopt sanctions against Yemen ‘obstructionists’

The UN Security Council is set to adopt a resolution ordering sanctions against figures seeking to undermine Yemen’s state-building drive, AFP reported, citing diplomats. Sanctions would be aimed at those who are found to be “obstructing or undermining the successful completion of the political transition” in Yemen. The measures will also concern those who commit “attacks on essential infrastructure or acts of terrorism” and who violate human rights and international humanitarian law. The draft resolution hits offenders with a travel ban and an asset freeze “for an initial period of one year.”

 

 

​N. Korean patrol ship violates sea border – S. Korea

A North Korean patrol ship has violated the Northern Limit Line (NLL), a de facto maritime border with South Korea, several times on Monday night, according to Seoul’s Defense Ministry. The vessel sailed to a location about 23.4km west of South Korea’s Baengnyeong Island in the Yellow Sea at around 10:46pm local time (13:46 GMT). However, after repeated South Korean military warnings, the ship retreated, added the ministry. The incident comes on the same day joint annual US-South Korea military exercises began.

Ekta Kapoor ropes in Mrunal Thakur for Kumkum Bhagya

 

 

 

Shortly after Ekta announced the replacement of her own hit show Pavitra Rishta at the 9 PM slot on Zee TV by another fresh show ‘Kumkum Bhagya’ produced by her own production house Balaji Telefilms, there were reports of how her blue-eyed boy Shabbir Ahuwalia has been locked to play the role of a rockstar Akki and the talented Sriti Jha has been signed on to play a serious, deep, thoughtful, if somewhat geeky character of Pragya on the show.

 

The latest buzz is that Ekta has signed on the beautiful and vivacious Mrunal Thakur to play Pragya’s younger sister Bulbul. Based loosely on Jane Austen’s classic ‘Sense and Sensibility’, the show will be its Indian interpretation, following the life of Sarla, a mother who runs the ‘Kumkum Bhagya’ marriage hall and lives with the hope of seeing her two daughters Pragya and Bulbul – poles apart in bearing, outlook and disposition, happily married some day! Known for making shows that are women-centric, the pivotal characters of Ekta’s new show ‘Kumkum Bhagya’ are a bunch of strong, feisty women, living together in an all-female, matriarchal family.

 

Confirming the news of her latest assignment, Mrunal said, “I am excited about the role of Bulbul. She’s a dreamer, has her head in the clouds. Has romantic ideas of a dream man … she’s perky, stylish and full of verve. Quite unlike her elder sister Pragya in most ways, she is not particularly devoted to helping out with her family’s financial crunch or being of any real support to the all-female, matriarchal family. She lives in a bubble of her own!”

Adobe and Razorfish partner for best-in-class digital marketing strategy and technology for Indian CMOs

Partnership to focus on digital personalization solutions

 

Mumbai, India — 26 February, 2014: Adobe and Razorfish, one of the world’s fastest growing digital and technology agencies, today outlined a joint initiative for the Indian market, designed to transform digital marketing programs in the country. Leveraging their global partnership, the two companies will develop solutions focused on digital personalization for marketers in India.

 

Industry reports have positioned Razorfish as a leading global digital agency and Adobe Marketing Cloud as a leader across various digital marketing categories. Adobe Marketing Cloud customers globally include all top five media companies,  all top five automotive brands, 90% of the world’s top fifty telecom brands and 80% of the top twenty internet retailers. This partnership brings extensive combined expertise and value of global leaders to marketers in India.

 

The two companies outlined a joint go-to-market (GTM) strategy and roadmap that includes:

·         A focus on industry vertical comprising Retail, Automotive, Telecom and Banking, Financial services and Insurance (BFSI)

·         Expansion of current teams to support this initiative across key regions

·         Combined training and support services for customers in India

·         Co-investment in marketing-centric idea exchange events, focusing on on digital marketing trends, challenges and opportunities specific to India

 

Adobe and Razorfish will leverage their global strengths in technology and digital strategy respectively across all verticals to help customers stay ahead of the marketing curve. With Indian marketers rapidly adopting digital strategies, this initiative will opens up significant opportunities for both organizations in the country.

 

“India is seeing a massive change in terms of digitization that is sweeping across the country, creating new opportunities and challenges for marketers. Today customers demand products customized to their needs and marketers need to rise to this challenge. Adobe’s leadership in digital marketing and Razorfish’s expertise in creating groundbreaking digital strategy and innovation, together promises to digitally transform brands by making each experience relevant for different customer segments and personas across spectrum” said Umang Bedi, Managing Director, South Asia, Adobe. “We are excited to jointly bring our global best practices and though leadership to India,” he added.

 

“The rapidly evolving nature of digital marketing presents increased challenges across emerging markets like India, with many marketers struggling to integrate digital components in a way that is efficient, effective and measurable. It is imperative for marketers to thor­oughly under­stand and respond to cus­tomer behav­iors, atti­tude and needs. Increasingly businesses are responding to customer requirements by building relevant and engaging expe­ri­ences across web and mobile platforms. Adobe and Razorfish will together help brands and marketers identify opportunities, work with them to create digital strategies and execute these strategies end-to-end”, said Kanika Mathur, Managing Director, Razorfish Neev India.

 

Digital Marketing Scenario in India  

The second annual Adobe APAC Digital Marketing Performance Dashboard 2013, by the CMO Council in partnership with Adobe, highlights the massive progress India has seen in terms of understanding, readiness and adoption of digital marketing:

·         100% marketers in India now believe that digital marketing can create competitive advantage for their company helping them create a more customer centric organization, help with brand differentiation and to build greater customer affinity and attachment (45%)

·         Cost-efficiency, effectiveness of these channels and their ability to deliver better ROI is considered the top driver (75%) for the adoption of digital marketing

·         The percentage of marketers spending over 50% of their budgets in digital marketing has also increased substantially; from 2% in 2012 to 22% in 2013.

·         Budget limitations, making a business case for digital marketing spend and developing a comprehensive strategy for Indian markets continue to be a challenge with each of these points rated at 50%

For updates and news about Adobe India, like us on Facebook.com/AdobeIndia and follow us on Twitter @AdobeIndia

 

About Razorfish

Motivated and inspired by what’s next, Razorfish helps its clients navigate the unknown, drive change and transform business. One of the first pioneers of marketing in the digital age, Razorfish has a unique blend of technology, creativity and media at its core. The agency’s world class capabilities in strategic consulting, experience design, brand building, technology platforms, data services, retail/commerce and media services enable transformational work for clients including Delta Air Lines, McDonald’s, Mercedes-Benz USA, Microsoft, Nike China, Unilever and Uniqlo. Razorfish’s team of 3000 experts spans 19 regions, including Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.

 

Razorfish is part of Publicis Groupe. For more information, visit Razorfish.com, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

 

Razorfish. Here for tomorrow.™

 

64th National Basketball Championship, New Delhi

Defending Champions Uttarakhand and Indian Railways Start Their Campaign With A Win

 

26th February 2014: Defending Champions Uttarakhand Men and Indian Railways Women started their campaign of 64th National Basketball Championship on a winning note defeating Indian Railways 68-62 and West Bengal 68-40 respectively on the opening day of the championship.

 

In the match between Uttarakhand and Indian Railways both teams were matching basket for basket throughout the game. Scores were tied at 15 in the first quarter and Uttarakhand managed to nudge past Indian Railways 68-62 at half time. The third quarter saw Indian Railways taking a 45-39 lead. Amritpal Singh scored a double-double with 25 Points (22 Rebounds), Riyaz Uddin 16 (two 3 pointers) and Yadwinder Singh finished with12 points for Uttarakhand. Gagandeep Singh scored 20 and Prakesh Mishra added 10 points for Indian Railways.

 

Manisha Dange, Krishnan Radha and S Kokila scored 12 points apiece and Indian Railways beat West Bengal 68-40 in their opening match today after leading 37-27 at half time. Anju Lakra top scored for Indian Railways with 13. S Oraon 11 and S Tudu finished with 8 points for West Bengal.   

 

The 64th National Basketball Championship being held at the Thaygaraj Stadium from 26th February to 5th March 2014 is organized by The Basketball Federation of India and supported by IMG-Reliance. In all 51 teams, 27 men and 24 women are participating in the country’s top most competition played on League–cum–Knock-out basis. Top 10 teams of the previous year ranking are grouped in Pool A’ & B’ (Level I).  The winner will take home Rs 1,00,000 while the first and second runners-up will receive Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively. The rest of the teams will be playing the qualifying league in the Pools ‘C,D,E,F’ for a chance to be promoted to Level 1 for the 65th Senior National Basketball Championship.

 

The Inaugural ceremony saw cultural programme by kids from local schools and march-past by the participating teams. Chief Guest for the evening Mr. Ajit Mohan Saran IAS, Secretary Sports, Government of India, Ministry of Sport & Youth Affairs along with Guest of Honour Mr. Neeraj Kansal IPS Secretary Sports Authority of India and Hall of Fame Coach from NBA Del Harris were felicitated by Basketball Federation of India officials during the Inaugural Ceremony.

 

There is no entry fee for the event and we welcome one and all to come and watch India’s best basketball players in action.

 

Results

Men

 

26th February 2014

 

Punjab (Ranbir Singh 15, Amripal Singh 14, Gurvinder Singh 14, Jagdeep Singh 14) bt Andhra Pradesh (G.V.Reddy 13, Sri Ganesh patil 8) 92-44 (27-4, 27-22, 21-10, 17-8)

 

Uttar Pradesh (Bobby Singh 12, Shyamvir Singh 11) bt Goa (Johan Branganga 9, Craig Maneab 8) 62-27 (25-13, 12-10, 15-03, 10-01)

 

Haryana (Hemant 29, Pardeep 17, Deepak 15, Vikash 10) bt West Bengal (Chorlal Sharma 21, Manoj Kaswan 10) 86-61 (23-14, 20-18, 22-14, 21-15)

 

Jharkhand (Shamshad Alam 16, Allen Peter 15, Vishal Bagh 10) bt Bihar (Yogesh Kumar 15, Manvendra 13, Abhish Pratap Singh 12) 64-45 (15-9, 17-12, 17-10, 15-14)

 

Services (Gopal Ram 17, S M Settu 16, Dalip Kumar 13, Narender Grewal 11, Jairam 11, Manu Thomas 10) bt Rajasthan (Prashant Singh 22, Vinod Kumar 10) 101-57 (19-17, 31-9, 26-14, 25-17)

 

Madhya Pradesh (Harendra S.Tomer 16, Syed Anam Ali 13, Christopher S.Minhas 11) bt Mizoram (Henry L.Ramneaihawn 14, P.B.Vanlalmuana 10) 69-52 (20-14, 24-16, 14-15, 11-7)

 

Uttarakhand (Amritpal Singh 25, Riyaz Uddin 16, Yadwinder Singh 12) bt Indian Railways (Gagandeep Singh 20, Prakesh Mishra 10) 68-62 (15-15, 13-11, 11-19, 29-17)

 

Women

 

26th February 2014

 

Indian Railways (Anju Lakra 13, Manisha Dange 12, Krishnan Radha 12, S Kokila 12) bt West Bengal (S Oraon 11, S Tudu 8) 68-40 (25-16, 12-11, 13-9, 18-4)

 

Andhra Pradesh (E. Joyti 30, M.Gayathri 22, Jincy Joseph 17) bt Himachal Pradesh (Balwinder 30, Munisha 10) 75-60 (13-19, 15-16, 20-15, 25-10)

 

Punjab (Nagma Mirza 16, Kirandeep Kaur 15, Harjeet Kaur 13, Nirmal Kaur 13) bt Madhya Pradesh (Jhilik Roy 24, Sakshi Pandey 15) 79-59 (23-12, 18-13, 17-12, 21-22)

 

Rajasthan (Manisha Meena 18, Anita Meena 13, Usha Chouhan 10) bt Chandigarh (Simi Singh 11, Karamjeet Kaur 7) 61-26 (20-7, 16-0, 17-6, 8-13)

 

Tamil Nadu (Appoorva Muralinath 26, Soniya Joy 14, R. Ramya 14) bt Maharashtra (Sonu M.Saji 6, Keeny Susan lalu 5) 63-20 (22-2, 18-5, 11-7, 12-6)

 

Bihar (G.Satya Saraswati 31, Arti Singh 12) bt Assam (Laxmi Kumari 14, Smitali Saikai 8, Punam Sahani 7) 51-50 (14-13, 8-14, 9-7, 20-16)

 

Uttar Pradesh (Niharika 16, Preeti Kumari 11) bt Haryana (Pooja 14) 50-26 (26-2, 6-8, 6-7, 12-9)

 

About Basketball Federation of India

The Basketball Federation of India or BFI is the governing and controlling body of basketball in India, and is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels. BFI has been involved in conducting camps, clinics, events, and training sessions at its academies for the development of basketball. BFI came into being in 1935 and took complete control over Indian basketball in 1950. Prior to that time, the Indian Olympic Association handled the conduct of Indian basketball championships. Since 1950, the BFI has been conducting various such championships, from the grassroots to senior team participation in international tournaments. In addition, the BFI has been responsible for the establishment of strong sub-junior and junior level programs. The BFI has to its credit produced several international players of repute, among them 16 have been bestowed with the honor of Arjuna Award. More information at www.indiabasketball.org

For media Queries please contact:

Clint Furtado

Media and Communications – Basketball Federation of India (BFI)

M09953420189; Email – clintfurtado@indiabasketball.org

Soumyashree Saha

Media Relations – Basketball Federation of India (BFI)

M: 8527793376; Email – soumyashreesaha@indiabasketball.org

‘Theatre and India Today’

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Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

cordially invites you to a Public Lecture

(in the ‘India in Transition’ series)

 

at 3.00 pm on Thursday, 27 February, 2014

in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building

 

 

on

 

‘Theatre and India Today’

 

by

 

Ms. Sanjna Kapoor,

Junoon Theatre,

New  Delhi.

 

 

Abstract:

The speaker will talk about her deep concern with the rapid urbanisation of India, the complete lack of planning for arts spaces in these new megalopolis or even smaller towns and the dire need to nurture arts engagements. The lecture will focus on how this nurturing will impact theatre practice across the country.

Speaker:

Ms. Sanjna Kapoor, co-founder of Junoon, is well-known for her passionate work with theatre over two decades, and for having built Prithvi Theatre into one of India’s premier cultural hubs. She is responsible for having brought to Indian audiences some of the finest of world and Indian theatre, being the first to introduce a touring theatre festival into the Indian scene. She has also played a key role as catalyst for theatre for children. Her vision, commitment and enthusiasm ensure that she keeps bringing the richness of theatre into people’s lives in multiple ways. She currently spearheads Junoon’s school programme, and continues the legacy of both the Kapoors and the Kendals to take theatre to people across the country. Ms. Kapoor has also been responsible for initiating the India Theatre Forum network for theatre practitioners.

Indo-Canadian cooperation set for further rise

Indo-Canadian cooperation set for further rise
India and Canada held talks on a range of bilateral and international issues on Monday and decided to expand ties in diverse sectors including health, audio-visual co-production and skill development.

Canada’s Governor General David Johnston held talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and discussed ways to further enhance ties between the two countries.India’s relations with Canada are on an upswing. It had signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement with Canada in 2010 that allowed them to initiate negotiations for uranium supply from Canada.

India is also keen on buying crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Canada on long-term basis to meet its vast and growing energy needs. After his meeting with the Prime Minister, both countries inked three pacts including the India-Canada Audio-Visual Co-production Agreement.

This agreement between the Ministry of Information and the Broadcasting and Heritage, Canada, will open doors for audio-visual collaborations between the two countries. As per the pact, co-productions will receive national treatment in both the countries.

Another pact for collaboration between the Department of Biotechnology and Grand Challenges, Canada, was signed to address health and development needs.

The ‘Programme of Cooperation’ will pave the way for a collaborative roadmap for addressing global health challenges, especially relating to women and child health, early child development and mental health.

An MoU between National Skill Development Corporation and Association of Canadian Community Colleges was also inked.

Trade between India and Canada surpassed USD 5.8 billion last year. This represents a 12 per cent increase over 2012 and a 39 per cent increase since 2010.

Besides, Canadian investment in India totals USD 644 million, whereas Indian investment in that country is valued at USD 3.7 billion.

Johnston arrived on Saturday on a eight-day visit to India.

India, China agree on host of defence cooperation measures

India, China agree on host of defence cooperation measures
Pushing their defence engagement, India and China on Monday agreed on a slew of measures, including holding of joint Army exercise this year and strengthening maritime security cooperation while maintaining peace and tranquility on the dispute border.

At the 6th Annual Defence Dialogue here, the two sides discussed increasing the number of interactions between them at multiple levels along with the setting up of hotlines between the two Armies at brigade, corps and command levels along with a similar setup at their respective Army headquarters, Defence Ministry sources said.The two sides agreed to continue to expand the exchanges between their armed forces to foster mutual trust and understanding.

“Both sides took note of the successful conduct of the Joint Army exercise in China in 2013 and agreed to conduct the next joint Army exercise in India in 2014,” a Defence Ministry statement said.

Other agreed measures include strengthening of maritime security cooperation between Navies and officer exchanges and professional interactions at various levels of all Services, it said.

During the Dialogue, led by Defence Secretary R K Mathur from Indian side and Deputy Chief of General Staff of the PLA Lt Gen Wang Guanzhong from the Chinese side, the two countries also agreed on increasing “exchanges in the areas of peacekeeping, counter terrorism and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.”

The two sides agreed that maintenance of peace and tranquility on the border was an important guarantor for the development and growth of the bilateral relationship between both countries.

It was decided that both sides should continue to take suitable measures in this direction, the statement said.

India and China noted that 2014 was being celebrated as the Year of Friendly Exchanges. In this backdrop, the Chinese Defence Minister will visit India later this year.

It was also decided that a senior level exchange between the Directorates General of Military Operations would be conducted in India in 2014, during which both sides would discuss practical measures for management of border issues, the ministry statement said.

The two sides also discussed a proposal to set up more Border Personnel Meeting points for their troops to interact along the Line of Actual Control.

At the moment, there are four such points and Indian side has proposed three more of them for enhancing coordination between formations facing each other along the over 4,000 km-long boundary.

During the meeting, the two sides are understood to have discussed the issue of incursions by the Chinese troops into the Indian territory despite the signing of the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) last year in October.

At the meeting, “both sides exchanged views on a number of regional and global security issues of mutual concern.

In particular, issues concerning the security situation in South Asia, the Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean region were discussed.”

The issue came up for discussion against the backdrop of China’s growing presence in the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and Beijing’s troubles with its neighbours including Japan over the setting up of air defence identification zones over the South and East China Sea.

“Both sides agreed that strengthening of strategic consultation and communication would facilitate sharing of perspectives and mutual understanding in the evolving regional security situation,” the Ministry said.

After the meeting, the Chinese delegation also called on the Defence Minister AK Antony and the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee and Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh.