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Modi, Xi meet in Bishkek, agree to speed up boundary talks

They also discussed the status of bilateral ties following the Wuhan summit

Cementing ties: PM Modi greeting Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Bishkek. PTIPTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping on Thursday agreed to expedite the dialogue on the India-China boundary issue for securing a “fair” solution.

The two leaders met in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, where they will participate in the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

“The two leaders have asked the Special Representatives to meet and carry forward the discussion and have instructed them to expedite the discussion in this regard for achieving a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution, ” Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said, describing the interaction as “substantive in content”.

The two leaders discussed the status of the bilateral relationship since the Wuhan summit of April 2018, which came in the backdrop of tension following the 73-day Doklam standoff. The attention on the border issue acquires significance as the Chinese President is expected to visit India later this year for a summit with Mr. Modi. Mr. Gokhale clarified that the discussion was held in the presence of the Special Representatives.

The last round of talks were held in November last, when Ajit Doval of India and Wang Yi of China met in Chengdu for the 21st round of talks between the Special Representatives.

“President Xi Jinping very warmly confirmed his readiness to visit India this year. He said that he looked forward to discussing all issues from a strategic and long-term perspective and that both sides should begin intensive preparations for the visit,” Mr. Gokhale said.

India will have its own space station, says ISRO chief Sivan

Modalities will be worked out after first manned mission

Laying out plans: ISRO Chairman K. Sivan and Union Minister Jitendra Singh in New Delhi on Thursday. Sandeep SaxenaThe Hindu

India plans to have its own space station, and the modalities for it will be worked out after the first manned mission, Gaganyaan, scheduled for August 2022, K. Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), said on Thursday.

“We want to have a separate space station. We will launch a small module for microgravity experiments... that is our ambition,” he told journalists here. A detailed report would be submitted to the government after the Gaganyaan mission.

Dr. Sivan said the proposed space station would weigh around 20 tonnes and serve as a facility where astronauts could stay for 15-20 days, and would be placed in an orbit 400 km above earth. The time frame for launch would be 5-7 years after Gaganyaan, he added.

Probe ordered after rescue team finds no survivors of AN-32 crash

Families of the personnel have been informed, says IAF

The Indian Air Force on Thursday ordered a probe into the cause of the crash of its AN-32 aircraft. The decision came after a team of mountaineers who reached the crash site in Arunachal Pradesh found no survivors.

The Russian-made military transport aircraft with 13 persons on board crashed 35 minutes after taking off from Jorhat in Assam on June 3. It was heading to the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh’s Shi-Yomi district but lost contact with the ground agencies over the Payum circle in the adjoining Siang district.

The 13 personnel on board have been identified as Wing Commander G.M. Charles, Squadron Leader H. Vinod, Flight Lieutenants R. Thapa, A. Tanwar, S. Mohanty and M.K. Garg, Warrant Officer K.K. Mishra, Sergeant Anoop Kumar, Corporal Sharin N.K., Leading Aircraft Men (LAC) S.K. Singh and Pankaj, and Non-Combatant (enrolled) Putali and Rajesh Kumar.

“Eight members of the rescue team reached the site in the morning. They found no survivors. The families were informed accordingly,” an IAF spokesperson said.

Monty Chadha held from IGIA in real estate fraud case

‘Developer duped buyers of₹100 crore’

Manpreet Singh Chadha in police custody. PTI

The Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police arrested vice-chairman of Wave Group Manpreet Singh Chadha alias Monty from the Indira Gandhi International Airport here on Wednesday night in connection with a real estate fraud case. He was allegedly trying to escape to Phuket in Thailand. He was produced before a magistrate in Saket court on Thursday and sent to 14-day judicial custody.

Additional Commissioner of Police Suvashish Chaudhary said Mr. Chadha, the director of Uppal Chadha Hi-Tech Developers Private Limited, was arrested on complaints lodged by 29 investors who claimed to have been cheated by the firm in the name of proposed hi-tech township projects on NH-24, Ghaziabad.

Wrongful gains

The FIR, registered in January 2018, claimed that the developer duped buyers of over ₹100 crore and made wrongful gains by promising hi-tech townships with facilities such as helipad and proximity to metro station.

The company launched the project in 2006, but its agents had started approaching the public for booking of plots in their proposed ‘Hi-Tech Township’ — Rosewood Enclave, Sunny Wood Enclave, Lime Wood Enclave and Crestwood Enclave — to be developed in the villages of Kachera, Dujana and Mehrauli on NH-24 in 2005 itself. They showed brochures and layout plans for the proposed township of about 1,500 acres.

The possession of the plots was to be given within eight months from the date of allotment letters. The 29 complainants had booked plots in 2005-06 and paid ₹4.5 crore to the developer. In 2009, the developer told the investors that all necessary approvals have been obtained and work will start soon. In 2011, the investors received a demand letter signed by the vice-president of the company but the name of the firm, the township, and the office address had changed and all payments were sought in the name of the new entity — Wave City NH-24, said Mr. Chaudhary.

MoU with GDA

During investigation it was found that the U.P. government had announced its ‘Hi-Tech Township policy’ in 2003, inviting real estate firms to develop smart townships with modern facilities in Ghaziabad, and Uppal Chadha Hi-Tech Pvt. Ltd. had entered into an MoU with the Ghaziabad Development Authority in 2005 for developing the project and started taking bookings for plots.

However, the site plan was sanctioned only in 2013. Even after a gap of 14 years, the company neither provided plots to all the buyers nor refunded their invested amount.

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