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first_imgThere was no immediate comment from China.For months, troops have been locked in a faceoff in the western Himalayas where both sides accuse the other of violating the Line of Actual Control, or the de facto border. In June, 20 Indian soldiers were killed during a clash in the Galwan valley, following which the two sides agreed to pull back.But despite several rounds of talks, troops remain faced off at other points, including the high altitude Pangong Tso lake which both claim.The Indian army said the latest flare-up took place along the lake. India said on Monday it had foiled an attempt by Chinese troops to change the status quo on their disputed and ill-defined border in a fresh flare-up between the two nuclear-armed countries.”On the Night of 29/30 August 2020, PLA troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo,” the Indian army said in a statement.It said Indian soldiers foiled the Chinese bid to “unilaterally change facts on the ground.” “Indian troops pre-empted this PLA activity on the southern bank of Pangong Tso Lake, undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on ground,” it said.India and China have not been able to agree on their nearly 3,500 km (2,000 mile) border over which they went to war in 1962. The flare up this summer is the most serious in over half a century.Military officials of the two countries were holding a meeting at a border point to resolve the latest crisis, the Indian army said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgStuff co.nz 1 April 2015Child, Youth and Family (CYF) is set for a major overhaul, with Social Development Minister Anne Tolley admitting that the department charged with protecting New Zealand’s most vulnerable citizens “must do better”.Tolley has announced the formation of a high-powered panel to lead the restructure, headed by senior public servant Paula Rebstock and joined by Police Commissioner Mike Bush.Also on the panel are chief science adviser to the Ministry of Social Development Richie Poulton, former Maori Party chief of staff Helen Leahy and Duncan Dunlop, chief executive of Who Cares? Scotland, an independent advocacy charity for young people.The panel will oversee the development and implementation of an operating model to modernise CYF and enhance its governance. It is expected to have a wide-ranging brief to consider all aspects of CYF operations.“For the sake of vulnerable children, we must do better, and we need a very clear strategy that focuses on the needs of children, rather than the needs of the system,” Tolley said.“New Zealand used to be a world leader in the field of child protection, but I believe we are now eight to 10 years behind in our thinking in some important areas, such as how we support children in state care.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/67577125/cyf-in-line-for-major-overhaullast_img read more

first_img Yet Mourinho knows improvement is required if Chelsea are to prevail under a renewed challenge from Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool next season. “We have to be better if we want to be successful again,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV. “The other opponents are not going to accept this without a fight.” It was Mourinho’s third Premier League title and first of his second spell. “Next year will be more difficult, but because it’s difficult is one of the reasons why I came back to England. I will enjoy it again,” he added. Captain John Terry claimed his fourth Premier League title and first since 2009/10. “It’s been a long five years,” said the 34-year-old, who signed a 12-month contract extension in March. “When you get to my age you realise these moments and these days won’t be around forever. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told his Premier League-winning side they must be even better next season to retain the trophy. “Let’s make sure it’s not another five before we win it again.” Didier Drogba won a fourth title before bidding farewell. The 37-year-old was carried from the pitch by his team-mates in a pre-planned first-half substitution as his season-long second spell ended. Terry hopes Frank Lampard will one day receive the type of send off given to Drogba, who scored the decisive penalty in the 2012 Champions League win before departing the first time. Lampard left English football for Major League Soccer after spending the season at Manchester City, following the end of his 13-year stay at Stamford Bridge last summer. “I hope one day Lamps can come back and get that send off,” Terry added. “What they achieved day-in, day-out, year after year, was an example to everyone. “They’ve set the base and the foundation for everyone to build upon. “What amazes me with those two (is) they’ve won everything and still the next season they’re hungry to win more. That’s why they’re the best.” It may have been goalkeeper Petr Cech’s final appearance, too. The 33-year-old, displaced as first choice by Thibaut Courtois after a decade as number one, is expected to ask for a move this summer, despite having one year left on his contract. Whether a move to rival clubs United and Arsenal, who are reportedly among those interested, is sanctioned remains to be seen. Cech made no mention of his future after the Sunderland clash. “It’s been a great year. We won two trophies,” he said. “This league is the best league in the world and you have great teams following you, trying to shoot you down from first spot. “We managed to stay there the whole year and are worthy champions.” Terry played every minute of every Premier League game, becoming the first outfield player to do so for a championship-winning side since Manchester United’s Gary Pallister in 1992/93. “Let’s hope I can stay for a long time and be part of this great team,” Terry added. Drogba, meanwhile, departs. “I was coming back to make history and to win. I came back for it and we achieved it together, so I’m very happy,” he said. Asked by team-mate John Obi Mikel when he will return, Drogba said: “My friend, legends always come back.” The Blues suffered only three defeats all season before lifting the trophy after Sunday’s concluding 3-1 defeat of Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho’s men topped the table for 274 days, a Premier League record, having only briefly been knocked off top spot on goal difference by Tottenham at the end of August. Press Associationlast_img read more