Current Affairs


  • India asserted territorial sovereignty over Arunachal Pradesh, describing it as an “integral” part of the country.
  • Beijing objected to U.S. ambassador Richard Verma’s weekend trip to Tawang, an administrative district of the province, to attend the annual Tawang festival which attracts visitors from all over the world.
  • The annual festival had drawn similar objection from Chinese authorities when the Dalai Lama visited Tawang in 2009 as a special gesture to mark half-century of his exile in India.
  • Both sides held the 19th round of Special Representatives’ talks to resolve the dispute over the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control (LAC) this year.
  • The tough exchange of words began after Mr. Verma took to social media on landing at Tawang, one of the oldest Buddhist pilgrimage centres in the world, and described Tawang as a “terrific” and a “magical place.”
  • Mr. Verma’s visit to Tawang came three days after he welcomed Gary Stark, a key official of DPAA (Defence POW Accounting Agency) connected to the recovery of the remains of the American airmen who perished during World War II in the eastern Himalayan region, which falls under Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Under a bilateral agreement, U.S. has been carrying out evacuation of physical remains of the fallen U.S. airmen from the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh.