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US: monitoring India-China situation ‘very closely’

US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper revealed that the White House is closely monitoring the rising tension between India and China over the contentious Ladakh border issue.

During a discussion with the International Institute for Strategic Studies US maintained that military aggression against India and in South China Sea could be a ‘destabilising’ factor in the region. 

Esper said, “We are obviously monitoring the situation between India and China very closely, what’s happening along the Line of Actual Control and we are very pleased to see both sides are trying to de-escalate the situation”.

This comment comes after Indian Navy conducted a joint exercise with its American counterpart. The exercise featuring the Indian Navy and the US Navy’s ‘USS Nimitz’ was held in the Indian Ocean.

US and China have been embroiled in a bitter diplomatic spat since last year over the trade traffic and the recent Corona Virus Pandemic has only made things worse for the two countries. 

Pandemic leads to cancellation of Amarnath Yatra

As Covid cases continue to spiral upwards in India, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board has cancelled pilgrimage for 2020. Shrine Board Chairman Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu chaired a meet, following which this decision was taken.

The Board issued a statement saying, “Based upon the circumstances, the Board decided with heavy heart that it is not advisable to hold and conduct this year’s Shri Amarnathji Yatra and expressed its regret to announce the cancellation of Yatra 2020”.

Devotees can continue to pay their obeisance to the deity as prayers will be broadcast, twice a day.

The 42 day long pilgrimage was supposed to begin on June 23 this from Pahalgam and Ganderbal with 500 devotees per day by road from Jammu district. However the board scrapped the idea after it took into account the current situation across the nation. 

UAE to host Indian Premier League 2020

As international sporting events slowly limp back to ‘normalcy’, BCCI’s money spinner Indian Premier League tournament will be held in UAE this year.

The tournament is likely to be held between September and November in Dubai. This decision comes after ICC delayed T20 World Cup that was scheduled to be held during October-November in Australia. 

Governing Council of Indian Premier League is likely to meet within next 10 days and will decide on the schedule of the tournament.

Player are likely to soon fly out to UAE to practice ahead of the tournament at least 3-4 weeks before the event commences.

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