China moved troops, heavy war gear to Tibet after Sikkim standoff

China has transported “tens of thousands of tonnes” of military hardware and army vehicles into the
mountainous Tibet region against the backdrop of the standoff with India near the Sikkim border,
according to a military newspaper.

The equipment and vehicles were moved simultaneously by road and rail from across the entire region
late last month, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post (SCMP) quoted the People’s Liberation
Army (PLA) Daily, the official mouthpiece of China’s military, as saying.

“The vast haul was transported to a region south of the Kunlun Mountains in northern Tibet by the
Western Theatre Command – which oversees the restive regions of Xinjiang and Tibet, and handles
border issues with India,” the report said.

The standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Donglang or Doklam sector began on June 16,
when India acted in coordination with Bhutan to oppose the construction of a road by Chinese troops.
The PLA Daily’s report suggested the gear was moved after the face-off began.

The reports did not say whether China moved the equipment to support military drills held in Tibet,
including in the middle and lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo river, close to the border of India’s
northeastern states, or for other reasons.

Sources in the security establishment in New Delhi said there was “no unusual military movement” in
China during the past two months. The sources also said China had been conducting military exercises in
the Tibet region since 2009.

Ni Lexiong, a Shanghai-based military commentator, suggested to SCMP the movement of military
equipment was most likely related to the standoff and could have been designed to bring India to the
negotiating table.

“Diplomatic talks must be backed by military preparation,” he said.

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Won’t allow communal unrest in name of gau raksha: PM Modi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that the central government has sent a
strong advisory to all states to ensure strict action against communal violence in the name of cow
protection and sought the support of all political parties on this issue.

In an unusually lengthy intervention at a meeting of all political parties ahead of the monsoon session of
Parliament, the PM also sought their support for measures to combat corruption and said the issue must
not be viewed in political terms. Opposition leaders were struck by Modi's outreach as he spoke for
close to 25 minutes, a departure from his usual practice of making a few brief comments.

Even after the meeting concluded, the PM went around the back benches and greeted party leaders.
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‘No third party mediation on Kashmir’: India snubs China’s offer

Rebuffing China’s offer to mediate on Kashmir issue, India today reiterated its stand that ‘New Delhi is
ready to sit with Islamabad across the table to find a solution to the problem under a bilateral
framework’. Addressing the media, MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said that ‘there is no scope for a
third party mediation’.

"Our stand is absolutely clear. You are aware that the heart of the matter is cross-border terrorism
emanating from a particular country that threatens peace and stability in the country, region, and the
world. We are ready to have a dialogue with Pakistan on Kashmir under a bilateral framework."

"We are ready to talk Kashmir with Pakistan, but no third party mediation," Baglay added.

China, the all-weather ally of Pakistan, had yesterday said that it was ‘willing to play a constructive role
in improving relations between India and Pakistan’. Terming India and Pakistan important South Asian
countries, Beijing noted that the ‘situation in Kashmir has attracted the attention of the international
community’.

China had previously refrained from commenting directly on the situation in Kashmir, saying the dispute
was a ‘leftover from history’ and should be resolved by India and Pakistan. But its latest comment on
Kashmir comes at a time the armies of India and China are locked in a standoff in Doklam area in the
Sikkim sector.

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ED summons Misa Bharti in money laundering case

New Delhi: Two days after searching three premises connected to Rajya Sabha MP Misa Bharti, the
Enforcement Directorate has issued summons to her for personal appearance before the investigating
officer at the ED's Delhi office on Tuesday.

Bharti has been asked to bring certain documents to establish her proof of income and finances in
acquiring properties in Delhi, including three farm houses in posh localities.

On Saturday, ED officials had searched the three farmhouses in Ghitorni, Bijwasan and Sainik Farms in
Delhi allegedly belonging to Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar in connection with a money
laundering case registered by the agency earlier. Misha and her husband were questioned by ED officials
during the search operations.

The ED raids on Bharti's properties came a day after the CBI conducted multiple searches on the
residence and office premises of RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his associates in a different case pertaining
to contracts awarded to a private firm when he was railway minister. While the CBI raids involved 12
locations across four states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Haryana and Odisha, the ED searches were restricted to
Delhi.

The ED's probe against Bharti is being linked with its earlier action in which it had arrested alleged
hawala operators Surendra Jain and Virendra Jain. Mishail Printers and Packers Pvt Ltd, a shell
company, was operated by the Jain brothers and it owned one of the farmhouses searched by the ED on
Saturday.

The ED is the third central body probing alleged financial irregularities by Lalu's family after the CBI and
the income tax department which recently attached benami assets worth about Rs 170 crore in its
investigation against them.
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GST good for government, bad for people: Kapil Sibal

The Congress on Saturday termed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as good for government and bad
for people.

Congress' statement is an indirect jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi who termed the GST as Good
and Simple Tax.

Addressing a press conference here, former union minister and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal
pointed out the 'shortcomings' of the new tax regime that was implemented on July 1 all over country
except Jammu and Kashmir, which also passed it on Friday.

"There are many GST tax slabs- 0. 25, 03, 05, 12, 18, and 28 percent. The sad part is that apart from
the GST the state governments are required to also levy municipal tax," Sibal said.

Giving example of shortcomings in the GST, Sibal said, "If a cinema ticket is less than Rs. 100 then the
rate of GST is 18 percent and if more than Rs. 100 then it is 28 percent. In Tamil Nadu, a cinema ticket
costing more than Rs. 100 is being taxed with 28 percent GST and 30 percent extra tax."

The Congress leader further added "it means a common man will have to pay 58 percent entertainment
tax on a cinema ticket costing more than Rs 100, and 48 percent for cinema ticket less than Rs 100".

"In our country the cinema is the only mode of entertainment for common man. What type of tax is it?
On the other hand, the Maharashtra government has decided to levy extra 2 percent on road tax apart
from GST in order to cover up its losses," Sibal said.

Pointing out the other loophole in the GST system, the Congress leader said that "there is no GST for
loose wheat flour and biscuits whereas the packaged ones are taxed".

He questioned: Who buys loose wheat flour and biscuits these days as everything consumable good is
sold in packaged form, which is good also.

The Congress leader wondered what is the motive behind these provision of the GST, which was aimed
at making taxation system simple.
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