09072017-TTC-01.qxd 7/9/2017 1:13 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 1 no. 83 late city | sunday, july 9, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 34 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd Amid standoff, China issues travel advisory New Delhi, July 8 In the backdrop of the Sikkim standoff, China today issued a safety advisory to its citizens travelling to India. Also, Beijing issued a clarification stating it had not denied visa to any member of the India Foundation delegation to visit China. Both these developments come as the Doklam standoff between the two neighbours stands firm. “It is not a travel alert. It is advisory asking Chinese travellers to be careful,” an official of the Foreign Ministry told a news agency. The advisory, issued through the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi, asked Chinese travellers to India to pay close attention to the security situation and take necessary precautions. The spokesperson of Chinese Embassy in India, Xie Liyan, denied reports suggesting that two researchers of a seven-member India Foundation delegation were denied visa for visiting the Fudan University in Shanghai. “As far as I know, all seven members of India Foundation delegation got their visas in time. None of the visa applications was denied. The delegation will visit China as scheduled,” the Embassy said in a statement. The recent meeting between PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at G20 Summit had given hope it would lead to some steps for de-escalation. — TNS /thetribunechd Army back in violence-hit Darjeeling Angry Mamata lashes out at Centre for ‘non-cooperation’; orders probe into communal flare-up Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 8 Punjab Cabinet expansion seems to have been deferred for now and may well not take place any time soon. These signals emerged from a meeting Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi here this afternoon. The expansion may now take place after the conclusion of the upcoming municipal corporation elections and the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha byelection. Party sources told The Tribune that although discussions on Cabinet expansion took place at the meeting, a view emerged that this might not be the best time to stretch the Council of Ministers. Captain had in April said he would expand his Cabinet before the state Bud- Tribune News Service Kolkata, July 8 The Army was today called in, the second time in 30 days, as Darjeeling and neighbouring Sonada erupted after the body of a youth was recovered in Sonada. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, blaming the BJP-led Union Government for the crisis, said if enough CRPF companies had been made available to the state in time, violence would not have occurred in the hills. “There is total non-cooperation from the Centre,” she alleged at a press conference here. “The Union Government did send seven companies of central forces after trouble broke out in Darjeeling, but six of the seven companies had inherent limitations as these consisted of three companies each of SSB and women CRPF personnel,” she said. Pointing out that personnel of the SSB and women CRPF were not geared up for the job at hand, Mamata said this only showed that “there was a deliberate attempt” by the Centre to deny her help. She announced a judicial inquiry into the communal violence in Baduria and Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district as well as a probe to ascertain who was responsible for the death of a young man at Sonada on Friday night. Young Tashi Bhutia’s body was found at Sonada this CONG’S WORRY ■ The expansion may now take place after the coming corporation elections and the Gurdaspur bypoll ■ The party fears that a Cabinet expansion at this stage could leave certain sections disgruntled, which could impact the elections ■ CM had said he would expand his ministry after the Budget session get session, but that has not happened. The party now feels status quo may be more beneficial since Cabinet expansion can leave some sections disgruntled — not a happy situation for the party with the local body elections round the corner. “Everyone wants a place in the Cabinet. We have important elections coming up. The existing Cabinet is doing Junaid lynching: Key 6 carrying buffalo accused arrested calves assaulted Faridabad: The Government Railway Police on Saturday claimed to have cracked the Junaid murder case with the arrest of the main accused from Dhule in Maharashtra. It was reported that the accused, whose identity has not been disclosed, hailed from Bhamrola village in Hathin subdivision of Palwal district. A spokesperson said the accused had been nabbed 16 days after the lynching incident in which Junaid Khan (16) was killed and two of his brothers injured. INSIDE Shyam Sood Shubhadeep Choudhury Police personnel at the Sonada toy train railway station that was set afire during an indefinite strike called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in Darjeeling on Saturday. AFP is destroying the federal structure sole state security ❝ The BJPpower... How can some people fromwith thethe aim ❝ Thelike thegovernment has its ownand is not of grabbing across forces, Eastern Frontier Rifles, border intrude and create disruptions? Who is in charge of border security, the Centre or the state? Mamata Banerjee, WEST BENGAL CM morning with bullet wounds. The Gorkha National Liberation Front, which had earlier spearheaded the movement for Gorkhaland but was reduced to a fringe force following the emergence of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), claimed that the deceased was one of its activists. “Another Gorkha martyred. Tashi Bhutia alias Khitta, a Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) deploying these. At least four BSF companies were sent back by the West Bengal Government. MEA sources cadre, was last night martyred by CRPF in Sonada @ around 11 PM,” Neeraj Zimba Tamang, GNLF spokesman, posted on his Facebook page. Residents of Sonada took out a procession with Capt may defer expansion Aditi Tandon Pak shelling kills soldier, wife in J&K New Delhi: Six men were assaulted by unidentified men in outer Delhi’s Baba Hari Dass Nagar for carrying buffalo calves in pick-up trucks. Among the victims were Ali Jaan (40), his sons Shokeen (26) and Dilashan (22) and his brother Salim who belong to Uttar Pradesh. Shokeen, who was driving one of the vehicles, told the police he had loaded 17 buffalo calves from Maham in Haryana and was going to Ghazipur to deliver them when they were attacked. TNS 1993 blast accused nabbed in UP Lucknow: A man accused in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts was arrested on Saturday from Bijnore in Uttar Pradesh by a state Special Task Force team and Gujarat Police. Qadeer Ahmad, 55, was accused of supplying explosives for the blasts. He was charged under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act, since repealed, and was on the run. He had briefly stayed in Mumbai but was later holed up in a Gujarat village before he took shelter in Bijnore. Police officials say Ahmad had close but “silent” ties with underworld dons Tiger Memon and Dawood Ibrahim. IANS its job well and there is no hurry for expansion. A view has emerged that expansion can wait until after the elections,” said a source. Captain also briefed Rahul on key decisions taken during the first 100 days of his government, such as farm loan waiver, crackdown on drugs, crop procurement and end to VIP culture. Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar met Rahul and AICC in-charge for state Asha Kumari separately, telling the party vice-president the party needed to market the achievements of the Punjab Government. “We may fall in the same trap as UPA-II at the Centre, which was unable to market its achievements well. We are up against the NDA government which is marketing even ‘zero achievement’. I have urged Gandhi to address this matter,” said Jakhar. Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 8 Chief Justice of India JS Khehar today supported entry of foreign lawyers and law firms into the country, saying the opportunity should never be missed. “I feel Indian lawyers are no less than any lawyers in the world. Therefore, if we have any apprehensions that somebody will come from abroad and snatch our professional positions and substitute us, I don't think it is going to be like that. I think we are going to go abroad and snatch their positions,” Justice Khehar said at a seminar here. The CJI, however, said it should be done on a reciprocal basis. The Advocates Act, 1961 — which provides the legal framework to regulate the legal profession in India 15 injured in clashes Page 6 PM meets May, seeks UK help for Mallya extradition Simran Sodhi IMPROMPTU CHAT Tribune News Service Prime Minister Narendra Modi with world leaders, including US President Donald Trump (top), at the G20 Summit in Hamburg. AFP CJI favours entry of foreign lawyers, firms Satya Prakash Bhutia’s body and clashed with the police who used tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse the mob. Miscreants set afire the waiting room of the Sonada railway station — a heritage station on the Siliguri-Darjeeling toy train route. In Darjeeling, Gorkhaland supporters set ablaze an office of the ruling Trinamool Congress and clashed with the police at Chowkbazar. One person was reportedly killed in the violence. The Army was first deployed in Darjeeling on June 8 and withdrawn on June 24, much to the chagrin of the CM. related report page 7 Rajouri, July 8 A Territorial Army (TA) soldier on leave and his wife were killed, while three others, including the couple’s two daughters, injured when the Pakistan army resorted to heavy shelling on forward Indian posts and civil areas in Poonch district this morning. The slain soldier, Mohd Shokat of 156 TA unit and resident of Karmara village, was posted along the Line of Control in the Mendhar sector. The police said at 6 am, the Pakistan army resorted to heavy mortar shelling on the village, killing Shokat and his wife Safia. Their minor daughters, Rubina and Zahid, were injured. Another minor girl, Nazia, also suffered injuries. Heavy shelling continued in the Khari-Karmara area till 1 pm, said a police source. “The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively to Pakistan army’s unprovoked and indiscriminate shelling,” said Lt Col Manish Mehta, Defence spokesperson. In Islamabad, Dr Muhammad Faisal, Director General, Foreign Office, Pakistan, later summoned JP Singh, India’s Deputy High Commissioner, and lodged a protest over alleged unprovoked ceasefire violation across the LoC. Pakistan claimed five of its civilians were killed and six injured in heavy retaliation by the Indian troops. through Bar Council and state bar councils — does not permit foreign lawyers to practise law in India and bar bodies have been opposed to the idea. The CJI said the law acknowledged that if some country permitted Indian lawyers to practise in its jurisdiction, then lawyers from that country could be granted reciprocal privileges in India. In its 266th report submitted in March this year, the Law Commission of India too had supported the entry of foreign lawyers and law firms. “Now it appears that the Bar Council and the Society of Indian Law Firms have agreed in principle with the government’s proposal to gradually open up the legal sector to foreign players, but insist that this should be on a reciprocal basis,” Justice Khehar said. New Delhi, July 8 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today wrapped up his two-nation tour of Israel and Germany. On the second day of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, the PM held bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders, including UK Prime Minister Theresa May. He sought UK's cooperation for the return of escaped Indian economic offenders, a clear reference to Vijay Mallya. Mallya is out on conditional bail until December 4. His next case management hearing is on September 14. The Indian Government has to respond by November 27. For the Modi government, the Mallya case has become symbolic of the government’s The US President, Donald Trump, walked up to Modi for “an impromptu interaction”. Arvind Panagariya, Sherpa for India at the summit, tweeted: “In an impromptu interaction at the G20 Summit, POTUS (President of the US) waves to the PM, walks to him, other leaders gather around. Gr8 moments.” . promise to bring back black money and to act tough against economic offenders. But Mallya, who is leading a lavish life in the UK, has been spotted at several public events, weakening the government’s claims of taking a tough line against him. India and the UK have an extradition treaty that was signed in 1992. So far, only ED swoops on Misa’s farmhouses New Delhi, July 8 A day after the CBI conducted multiple searches against RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family, the ED today raided three premises of his MP daughter Misa Bharti and son-in-law Shailesh in Delhi in a moneylaundering case. Sleuths of the probe agency swooped on three farmhouses located in the plush localities of Ghitorni, Bijwasan and Sainik Farms early this morning. One of the farmhouses is registered in the name of Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited. The agency said, “incriminating” documents, electronic devices, including phones, had been seized. Sources said both Bharti and Shailesh were questioned and a detailed questioning would be conducted after they were served official summons. The searches are connect- Today’s issue consists of 34 pages, including eight-page Spectrum and four-page Bathinda Tribune. Misa Bharti at her farmhouse during the ED raid in Delhi. PTI ed to a Rs 8,000-crore moneylaundering probe being conducted by the agency against two Delhi-based businessmen brothers, Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain. They are alleged to have laundered several crores using 90 shell companies. The Jain brothers were arrested by the ED earlier under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). One of the firms that the arrested duo dealt with was Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited. Bharti and her husband are alleged to have been directors of this firm in the past. The agency said it was detected that 1,20,000 shares of Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited were bought during 2007-08 at Rs 100 per share by four shell companies — Shalini Holdings, Ad-Fin Capital Services (India), Mani Mala Delhi Properties and Diamond Vinimay. These shares were bought back by Bharti at Rs 10 per share, resulting in huge gains to her. — PTI Cong backs, JD-U mum p7 one extradition has taken place under the arrangement, that of Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel. He was sent back to India in October 2016 to face trial in connection with the post-Godhra riots of 2002. On the sidelines of the summit, Modi also met Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. The two leaders reviewed the progress made in bilateral ties, aimed at keeping an aggressive and growing China under some kind of restraint. Abe is expected to visit India later this year. Besides a series of bilateral meetings, Modi had small conversations with IMF chief Christine Lagarde and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. more on page 19, 22 Taxmancan’tvisit shopkeepers at will;GST app out New Delhi, July 8 Tax officers cannot visit the premises of traders and shopkeepers without prior permission and violations must be brought to the notice of the authorities, the government said today. The Finance Ministry came out with a clarification after reports suggested that some unscrupulous elements posing as GST officers have tried to fleece shopkeepers. “No officer of the department is authorised to visit the premises of traders and shopkeepers without authorisation,” the ministry said. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today launched a mobile app “GST Rates Finder”. Available on the Android platform, it helps users find out GST rates for various goods and services. — TNS
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