India expresses concern over China’s new land border law

India’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday expressed concern over China’s new ‘Land Boundary Law’ that was adopted last week for the protection and exploitation of the country’s land border areas. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India expects that China will avoid undertaking action under the pretext of the law that could unilaterally alter the situation in the India-China border areas. He said such a “unilateral move” will have no bearing on the arrangements that both sides have already reached earlier — be it on the boundary question or for maintaining peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control. India expects that China will avoid undertaking action under the pretext of this law, he added. The new Chinese law will take effect on January 1, 2022. China shares its 22,457-km land boundary with 14 countries including India.Authorities have flung into action with house-to-house survey, disinfecting campaign, and screening of local population, after an air force personnel was found to be infected with Zika virus in Kanpur district of India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state that is already battling the dengue menace.: In news from Pakistan… Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has finally approved Lieutenant General Nadeem Anjum as the new head of spy agency ISI. The announcement came after weeks of delay, which had earlier raised speculations that there is a rift between the civil and military leadership.Scores of locals recently held a protest over prolonged power outages across Gilgit Baltistan almost every day despite paying up hefty bills. They blamed negligence by the Pakistani authorities to provide them even basic amenities and accused Islamabad of meting out a step-motherly treatment to the illegally-occupied region.A top Pentagon official has sounded alarm that the Islamic State in Afghanistan has intent to conduct external operations in six months, including against the United States. In a testimony before the Congress, Colin Kahl said it was however still unclear whether the Taliban has the ability to fight the militant group effectively. It’s been more than two months since the Taliban took over Afghanistan. Older girls are still not back at school, there are no women in senior positions in the new government and the Taliban have said women will only be allowed to work in a small number of jobs. On Tuesday, a number of Afghan women took to the streets in Kabul demanding their rights to education and work under the Taliban regime.A cricket bat manufacturer in India’s Jammu and Kashmir is rejoicing as the Kashmir willow bats from his sports company are being used by the Oman team in the ongoing T20 World Cup Cricket tournament. He hopes this will boost the industry in the Kashmir Valley, which is home to hundreds of willow bat manufacturing units.

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