Nathu La Pass Current Affairs - 2020

India-China Ceremonial Border Meet on “Labour Day” cancelled due to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian and Chinese ceremonial border personnel meet that is usually conducted on Labour Day was cancelled.

Highlights

On May 1, every year the Indian and Chinese Army personnel hold a meeting at five border locations. During their meet, the army personnel discuss sports activities and also about activities to ensure peace at the LAC (Line of Actual Control).

However, this year the meet has been cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the army personnel are to exchange their greetings through phone lines established at five locations.

Locations

Usually the armies hold discussions at 5 locations. All the five are along the Line of Actual control. It includes Daulat Beg Oldie and Chushul in Ladakh, Nathu La in Sikkim, Bum La and Kibithu in Arunachal Pradesh.

Other Auspicious occasions

The armies also hold discussions on other auspicious occasions such as republic day, Independence Day, PLA Day (People’s Liberation Army Day-August 1).

PLA Day

The PLA Army of china is the armed force of China and of its communist party. There are five branches of the PLA army that includes Navy, Ground force, Rocket Force, Air Force and Strategic Support Force.

PLA is one of the Potential Military Super Power

Potential Military Super Power

A state that is speculated to have gained complete potential to become a super power is called potential super power. The countries that are called Potential Military Super Power are India, China, Brazil, USA, Russia, European Union.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2019: EAM flags off 1st batch of yatris

S Jaishankar, Union Minister of External Affairs flags off the first batch of pilgrims (yatris) from New Delhi, for this years’ Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

The duration of pilgrimage is 24 days for each batch including 3 days in Delhi for preparatory work. The pilgrimage which started in 1981 now sees participation of thousands of devotees every year.

About Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

  • The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is undertaken by two routes, via-
  • Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand– This route passes through a very mountainous area.
  • Nathu La Pass in Sikkim– This route opened a few years ago in Sikkim is fully motorable. It requires minimum walking and therefore helps senior citizens who are unable to undertake arduous trekking, to participate in yatra.
  • Itinerary: The Yatra involves a treacherous route that crosses territorial boundaries of India, Nepal and China. According to Yatra scheduled this year, 18 batches of 60 pilgrims each will trek across the Lipulekh pass in Uttarakhand and 10 batches consisting of 50 pilgrims each will go via the Nathula route to Sikkim.
  • Importance: This pilgrimage plays an important step towards promoting people to people exchanges, strengthening friendship and understanding between India and China.
  • Organised by:
  • The yatra is organised with support from governments of Delhi, Uttarakhand and Sikkim and also with cooperation of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). The Government of China also extended the support in organising the annual yatra.
  • The logistical support and facilities for pilgrims in India is providea by Uttarakhands’ Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN), Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) and their associated organisations.