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Feb 12, 2021 07:54 AM IST Daybreak

Pangong Agreement Could Pull China and India Away From Abyss, But Peril Still Remains
The artillery barrage began at dawn, just as the sun began to light up the gentle blue of Pangong Lake. Facing some six hundred Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers, backed by light tanks, the 28 men of the 8 Gurkha Rifles dug-in inside hastily-dug trenches at Sirijap must have known they had no hope of survival. Yet, Major Dhan Singh Thapa and his troops held their ground, engaging their enemy at almost hand-to-hand range until just three men survived, too injured to fight on.

Citizenship Act Will be Implemented As Soon As Covid-19 Vaccination Drive Ends: Amit Shah in Bengal
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who is in West Bengal campaigning for the BJP as the state readies for assembly election, on Thursday reiterated that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) will be implemented as soon as the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive ends. Party insiders feel that Shah’s rally in Thakurnagar is an attempt to appease the Matua community ahead of the crucial assembly polls scheduled to be held in April-May in the state.

Farmers' Agitation: Protesting Unions to Hold 'Kisan Mahapanchayats' Across Country in Coming Days
The Samkyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of protesting farmer unions, on Thursday announced that 'kisan mahapanchayats' will be organised across the country in the coming days against the Centre's three agri laws. The morcha made it clear that it will not call off the ongoing protest until its demands to repeal the laws and bring legal guarantee for minimum support price on their crops are met. In a statement, the protesting farmers' body said that its teams are planning the programmes of the state-wise mahapanchayats.

Amid Feud With Twitter, Govt's Draft Rules on Social Media Regulation Include a 'Code of Ethics': Report
Even as the face-off between the Narendra Modi administration and Twitter continues to intensify with the social media defiantly refusing to follow orders to ban a host of accounts flagged by the government, the Centre has formulated draft rules to regulate all social media, OTT (Over The Top) platforms and news-related websites. According to the report, the rules constitute a self-regulatory mechanism that will include a stringent code of ethics and regular compliance reports.

Deeply Saddened to Explain Myself After Playing for India for So Long: Wasim Jaffer
Former India opener Wasim Jaffer has come out swinging on the accusation of communalism which were levelled against him by the Secretary of the Uttarakhand Cricket Association. The 42-year-old said that after playing for India for so long, he is saddened to justify himself. Earlier the state cricket association had alleged that as head coach Jaffer pushed players of his religion into the playing eleven. Speaking to CNN News-18, he refuted those claims and cited the muslim players who are playing from the state.

Biden Says His First Phone Call with Chinese Premier Xi Lasted '2 Straight Hours'
President Joe Biden said Thursday that his first phone call with Chinese leader Xi Jinping since taking office lasted two hours. "Last night, I was in the phone for two straight hours with Xi Jinping," Biden told reporters -- an unusually long interaction for a US president, with whom even face-to-face meetings rarely stretch beyond an hour. Biden warned afterwards that if the United States doesn't "get moving" on China policy, "they're going to eat our lunch."

Salman Khan Gets Relief from Jodhpur District and Sessions Court in Poaching Case
The Jodhpur District and Sessions Court in Rajasthan on Thursday dismissed the plea of State Government, where it was alleged that Bollywood superstar Salman Khan had presented false affidavit in connection with Arms Act. Khan on Tuesday apologised for mistakenly submitting a false affidavit in the Jodhpur session court in 2003, during his hearing in a case related to the poaching of two blackbucks in Jodhpur in 1998.