Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman likely to visit China in April

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NEW DELHI: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman is likely to make her maiden visit to China next month, amid heightened tensions along the Line of Actual Control after last year’s Doklam stand-off near the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet junction, in the run-up to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in June. “Yes, (the visit is) probably sometime in late April,” said Sitharaman on Monday. But defence ministry officials said the “date, venue and agenda” for the visit are yet to be finalized. Sitharaman’s visit assumes significance in the backdrop of the chill in relations after…

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MahaRera forum settles six disputes

MUMBAI: For the first time, a conciliation panel under the real estate authority MahaRera resolved six disputes on Saturday between flat buyers and builders before formal complaints were lodged with the authority. Maharashtra is the first state to establish this forum arbitrate complaints. The warring parties are given a chance to settle the dispute instead of fighting with lawyers before the housing authority. Four complaints in Mumbai and two disputes in Pune were resolved out of 16 cases heard by eight benches. The developers involved included L&T Realty, Acme Housing,…

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