The Daily Populous

Saturday September 9th, 2023 evening edition

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The order came after the US raised the issue in several different forums, they said.The study will assess various war scenarios and provide options for India in case a conflict breaks out, they said.

Some Indian military commanders believe that strong statements may suffice as a response in case the war is short, but ultimately that will not be enough if the conflict drags on like Russia’s war in Ukraine, the officials said.India’s preparation for a potential war over Taiwan shows how its policy of “multi-alignment” will be tested in the event of a drastic deterioration of US-China ties.

A more extreme scenario, they added, would assess the potential for India to get directly involved along their northern border, opening a new theater of war for China.While no deadline has been set to complete the study, the Indian military is under orders to finish it as soon as possible, one of the officials said.

The options prepared will be available for Modi and other political leaders to make a final call on any action should the need arise, the official said.The defense ministry and foreign ministry didn’t respond to emailed questions.

The US state department didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.India and China have mobilized thousands of troops, artillery guns, tanks and missiles closer to the unmarked border running some 3,500 kilometers (2,200 miles), roughly the length of the US-Mexico boundary.

Diplomatic talks have yielded little, with China last month releasing a new map claiming Arunachal Pradesh that external affairs minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar described as “absurd.”India has publicly resisted efforts to make the Quad appear like a military alliance, and remains reliant on Russia — China’s most important diplomatic partner — for weapons that would be used in any regional war.

Even so, it has quietly sought better relations with Taiwan: Three former Indian military chiefs who stepped down in the past year all visited Taiwan last month.Five years ago, India and the US signed a Logistics-Exchange Memorandum of Agreement, a foundational pact to allow refueling and replenishing of warships and aircraft, as well as access to bases when required. »

The IRS plans to crack down on 1,600 millionaires to collect millions of dollars in back taxes

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Werfel said a massive hiring effort and AI research tools developed by IRS employees and contractors are playing a big role in identifying wealthy tax dodgers.

In July, IRS leadership said it collected $38 million in delinquent taxes from more than 175 high-income taxpayers in the span of a few months.

“The IRS will have dozens of revenue officers focused on these high-end collection cases in fiscal year 2024,” he said. »

Police fatally shoot man who was holding handgun in Idaho field

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STAR, Idaho (AP) — A man described as suicidal died after a police officer fired at him in Idaho, authorities said.

Officers found Huffman in a field and began talking to him while he held a handgun and moved it around his head, the news release said.

The coroner’s report said Huffman died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the Idaho Statesman reported. »

Portugal Steps Off the Silk Road

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That may be no surprise since Portugal is the European nation with the longest history of engagement with China, but it is also a symbol of change.

China’s stake in Portugal represents a significant foothold in a country with a population of just over 10 million.

China-linked some to President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road initiative (BRI), although a 2018 memorandum of understanding between the two countries was notably vague. »