PM Narendra Modi calls for an all-party meeting on India-China issues

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17 June Vadodara : At least 20 Indian Army personnel were killed in a “violent face-off” in Ladakh's Galwan Valley on the night of June 15-16, the Army said yesterday. Four more Indian soldiers are in critical condition, reports suggest. Earlier, the Indian Army had said that India had lost an officer and two soldiers during the incident, while there were casualties on the Chinese side as well. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called an all-party meet on June 19 to discuss the situation.

In his first official response, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that loss of soldiers “is deeply disturbing and painful” and that they “displayed exemplary courage and valour”. “The nation will never forget their bravery and sacrifice,” he added. More developments and reactions are expected on this front.

Tensions flared up on India-China Border in Eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley region as Indian Army and China’s PLA suffered casualties in a violent faceoff on Monday night. Indian and Chinese soldiers were in a eye ball to eye ball standoff in the region for over a month now. Indian Army on Tuesday said that there was loss of 20 lives on the Indian side. The United States has said that it is closely monitoring the situation between India and China and hopes for a peaceful resolution.

One Commanding officer was also martyred in the line of duty from CO of 16 Bihar. Last night Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was briefed by the Indian Army. The meeting was also attended by MEA S Jaishankar, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Army chief General MM Naravane, Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh and IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.