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Companies are seeking more time to make their cases before an interagency panel and hoping for a policy shift
2) Hours after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged that the government has “ceded” Indian territory to the Chinese & raised questions over the agreement, the Ministry of Defence issued a strongly-worded statement.
3) The ministry made clarifications in the statement: “the assertion that Indian territory is up to Finger 4 is categorically false. The territory of India is as depicted by the map of India including over 43,000 sq km currently under illegal occupation of China since 1962.”
4) “Even the Line of Actual Control (LAC), as per the Indian perception, is at Finger 8, not at Finger 4. That is why India has persistently maintained the right to patrol upto Finger 8, including in the current understanding with China,” the MoD said.

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