China, India agree to disengage troops on contested border

first_imgChina and India said they had agreed to deescalate renewed tensions on their contested Himalayan border and take steps to restore “peace and tranquillity” following a high level diplomatic meeting in Moscow.Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi and Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar met in Moscow on Thursday and reached a five-point consensus, including agreements the current border situation is not in their interests and that troops from both sides should quickly disengage and ease tensions, the two countries said in a joint statement.The consensus, struck on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting, came after a clash in the border area in the western Himalayas earlier this week. Shares of defense-related firms fell in China early Friday after the news, with the CSI National Defense Industry Index down 1.2 percent and on track for its steepest weekly decline since Oct. 12, 2018. Tongyu heavy Industry shares tumbled as much as 16.4 percent.China and India accused each other of firing into the air during the confrontation, a violation of long-held protocol not to use firearms on the sensitive frontier.Wang told Jaishankar during the meeting the “imperative is to immediately stop provocations such as firing and other dangerous actions that violate the commitments made by the two sides,” China’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday.Wang also told Jaishankar all personnel and equipment that have trespassed at the border must be moved and that frontier troops on both sides “must quickly disengage” in order to de-escalate the situation. The comments contrast with recent show of force by the Chinese military. China’s Global Times, an influential tabloid published by the official newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party, reported on Wednesday the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) were moving soldiers, bombers and armored vehicles into the border.Chinese state media also recently reported armed jump drills by PLA paratroopers in Tibet.The Global Times said in an editorial published late Thursday that any talks with India should be paired with “war readiness”.”The Chinese side must be fully prepared to take military action when diplomatic engagement fails, and its frontline troops must be able to respond to emergencies, and be ready to fight at any time,” the newspaper said.”India has an abnormal confidence in confronting China. It does not have enough strength. If India is kidnapped by extreme nationalist forces and keeps following its radical China policy, it will pay a heavy price.”Topics :last_img read more

Cricket News Christchurch shooting: Canterbury cricket club cancels first-class league match

first_imghighlights The Christchurch shootings killed 49.New Zealand vs Bangladesh Test in Hagley Oval, Christchurch. Central Districts won the Plunket Shield after Canterbury cancelled the game. New Delhi: The Plunket Shield is the domestic first-class competition in New Zealand. The next round of matches were expected to take place at various venues in the country, including Christchurch. However, the mosque shootings in the city which took place on March 15, has resulted in some changes. Canterbury, the region where Christchurch is located, withdrew from their final match of the season following Friday’s attack, according to a report in the New Zealand Herald. Canterbury’s final four-day match against Wellington had been scheduled to begin at the Basin Reserve. “The team showed a united front in terms of the decision,” said Canterbury Cricket CEO Jeremy Curwin. “It is clear that this tragedy will affect people in different ways, and Canterbury Cricket is here to support our players however we can. “We fully respect their decision, and I am incredibly proud of how they conducted themselves throughout this process.”Leading the competition, Central Districts will be presented with the trophy next week at Hamilton’s Seddon Park. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) CEO David White said, “This isn’t about cricket; it’s about something much bigger and much more important than that. It’s about life, it’s about respect; it’s about family and community. Cricket and sport takes a back seat to personal welfare.” Meanwhile, the Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Highlanders in Dunedin has also been called off in the wake of the shootings.The third and final Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, which was scheduled to be played on Saturday, was cancelled after multiple shootings in mosques in the city. The official Twitter handle of the New Zealand cricket team, @BLACKCAPS, had tweeted that a joint decision was made. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by the shocking situation in Christchurch. A joint decision between NZC and the Bangladesh Cricket Board has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test. Again both teams and support staff groups are safe,” they tweeted.The Bangladesh cricket team, who are touring New Zealand and will play the third and final Test at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday, had a narrow escape. A video tweeted by Bangladesh’s ESPNCricinfo correspondent Mohammad Isam showed the Bangladesh cricketers Tamim Iqbal and Taijul Islam running back from Hagley Park back to the cricket ground. The incident took place around 1.45pm local time when the team had gone to pray when the incident took place.The Hagley Oval Test match was the last international match for both the teams before the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which will be held in England. Tim Southee was appointed as the captain of the side after Kane Williamson was ruled out due to a pectoral injury. Will Young was going to make his debut in this Test match but it will now have to wait after the cancellation.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Mavs seek to break 0-for

first_imgGoing into the winter break, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team was coming off of a series against lowly division rival St. Cloud State. The Badgers seemed off of their game, settling for two ties in the series after allowing St. Cloud to come back from a three-goal deficit in the second game. Some of the Badgers felt that the team had lost focus and was looking ahead to the winter break just a bit too much.Whatever the Badgers did over break seems to have fixed that. In the six games since they returned, Wisconsin has come away with six victories, four shutouts and just two goals against. Its unbeaten streak stands at 11 games. The Badgers will look to keep their momentum going this weekend when they host Minnesota State. Back in November, Wisconsin handily swept Minnesota State, outscoring the Mavericks 9-2. After the abysmal series, MNSU will certainly be looking for a little payback.Fortunately for the Mavericks, they aren’t the same team the Badgers beat last November. Currently, Minnesota State is riding a seven-game winning streak — a new record for the program. Just as impressive, it swept the Minnesota Gophers, who are ranked third in the conference. Wisconsin isn’t the same team either. Head coach Mark Johnson recently made several line changes in an effort to present a new look and attack to opposing teams. The most prominent change was moving freshman forward Meghan Duggan to the first line alongside senior Sara Bauer and junior Jinelle Zaugg.It seems to be working so far. Duggan netted a goal and three assists during last weekend’s sweep over North Dakota, earning her the WCHA Rookie of the Week award for the third time this season. “[Duggan] has continued to get better,” Johnson said. “She works at it and is very competitive both on and off the ice [and works at] becoming the best player she’s capable of becoming. We had her at national camp over Christmas break and she did very well out there. … She has continued to get better as a player and [has] improved in all different areas.”Duggan has already racked up 32 points (17 goals, 15 assists) this season, which is most among freshmen in the conference and ties her for second among rookies nationally. She and Zaugg are also tied for the second most points on the team behind the NCAA points leader, Bauer.Looking at the specific matchup, Wisconsin holds the edge over Minnesota State in most categories, including goaltending. The duo of senior Christine Dufour and sophomore Jessie Vetter are leading the WCHA in winning percentage, and are among the best in goals-against average and save percentage. On the other side of the ice, MNSU’s junior goalie Britni Kehler has mediocre numbers in all three categories.Not only does UW hold the edge in goaltending, its special teams are also better. Wisconsin’s power play is converting nearly one-third of all power play opportunities — best in the WCHA. The Badgers get it done defensively as well, as they hold the best penalty kill in the conference. Minnesota State, on the other hand, has a mediocre power play and its penalty kill unit is the third worst in the conference.In all likelihood, Minnesota State will need more than luck to defeat Wisconsin this weekend. The problem is that even luck has never been on the Mavericks’ side. Minnesota State has failed to pick up a single win versus the Badgers, going 0-29-1 all-time. While history is rooting against them, the Mavericks do possess formidable scoring punch. Although they don’t have one bona fide goal scorer, they do have four players with 20 points or more. Led by former Badger Lindsay Macy, who has 28 points, the four players have the potential to sneak up on the Badgers’ defense and goaltenders.”Minnesota State is a very equal team,” Vetter said. “Each line will have a good goal scorer; … with Minnesota State you always have to be ready, and at any point in time some player can come down and snipe one on you. So you just have to be focused the whole game and be ready to play.”With both teams riding a hot streak, someone will have to give. The Badgers will be looking to keep things rolling on both offense and defense, while the underdog Mavericks will be looking to keep their streak alive and win for the first time against UW. “They’ve won seven games in a row and they just upset Minnesota in back-to-back games,” Johnson said. “[The Mavericks are] obviously very confident and excited about the way they’re playing and are trying to come and win a couple games in here in Madison. Our job is to continue doing some of the things we’re capable of doing … it will be a good competitive series, and hopefully we’ll be able to come out on top in both games.”last_img read more