RNI No. 38281/83 Diamantaire NiMo arrested in London VOL. XXXVI NO. 283 | INDORE | THURSDAY | MARCH 21, 2019 | PAGES 14 | ` 3 COURT REMANDS him in custody till March 29 AGENCIES London Nirav Modi, the main accused in the USD 2 billion PNB scam case, has been arrested in London where a court on Wednesday remanded the fugitive diamantaire in custody till March 29, saying there substantial grounds to believe that he would fail to surrender if granted bail. "Nirav Deepak Modi, 48, was arrested on behalf of the Indian Authorities on Tuesday in Holborn," the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. He was produced before the Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday where he contested his , extradition to India. District Judge Marie Mallon denied bail to Modi and remanded him in custody till March 29, saying there was substantial grounds to believe that he would fail to surrender if granted bail. His arrest came days after a London court issued an arrest warrant against him in response to a request by the Enforcement Directorate for his extradition in a money laundering case. The location of the arrest indicates that Nirav Modi, wanted in India in connection with the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank scam case, was arrested from where he is believed to have been living in a plush apartment in Centre Point in the West End. The case is expected to fol- Couple held for lifting infant from govt hosp Godhra train burning case: Yakub gets life AHMEDABAD: A special SIT court in Gujarat on Wednesday sentenced a man to life imprisonment in the 2002 Godhra train carnage case. Special SIT judge H C Vora convicted Yakub Pataliya based on submissions made earlier in the case by 5 accused. HOLIDAY NOTICE T he office and press will remain closed on March 21 on account of Holi. Therefore, there will be, no issue on March 22. To keep abreast with happenings around the world login to www.freepressjournal.in NiMo’s 173 paintings, Rolls Royce, Porsche to be sold NEW DELHI The Enforcement Directorate will sell 173 paintings and 11 vehicles "beneficially owned" by Nirav Modi after it obtained permission from a special court in Mumbai on Wednesday, officials said. The same court, they said, also issued a non-bailable warrant against his wife Ami after the ED recently filed a supplementary charge sheet underlining her role in the USD 2 billion PNB scam. The ED will put on sale the 173 paintings of Modi which are valued at Rs 57.72 crore and eleven vehicles that include Rolls Royce, Porsche, Mercedes and Toyota Fortuner. A public auction will be held later this month, the officials said. The court, they said, also allowed the Income Tax Department to sell another 68 paintings seized by it as part of its separate probe against the absconding diamantaire. Modi was arrested by the Scotland Yard from the Holborn area of London on Wednesday . low a similar pattern through the UK courts as that of liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, who remains on bail since his arrest on an extradition warrant in April 2017 on fraud and money laundering charges. Tremors of ticket denial to sitting MPs in Chattisgarh felt in MP News Brief JABALPUR: A childless couple was arrested Wednesday for allegedly lifting a baby boy from the government hospital here in Madhya Pradesh, police said. Police have recovered the infant from the couple, Sita Yadav (50) and her husband Chotelal Yadav (52), within a day of the incident by scanning CCTV footages of various areas and tracking down the motorcycle used in the crime, said Civil Lines PS in-charge Praveen Singh Dhurve. A prison van carrying unknown occupants leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London, shortly after fugitive diamond tycoon Nirav Modi was denied bail in a hearing on Wednesday Party to field a dozen new faces this time IED found in pick-up van FP NEWS SERVICE Alirajpur Panic like situation prevailed for sometime at Gol Pallavi village under Bakhatgarh police station, about 48 km from district headquarters, when a bag containing IED and detonator found in a pick-up up vehicle on Tuesday night. The explosives were kept in an unclaimed bag in the vehicle and its driver found it on Tuesday evening, Alirajpur SP Vipul Shrivastava said. He said some villagers who were returning to their native place after visiting Bakhatgarh Bhagoriya saw the bag in the vehicle in which they were travelling and immediately alerted driver and informed Dial 100. Shrivastava along with police team reached the site and seized the bag. To avoid any untoward situation, the police called bomb disposal squad from Indore. CONTD. ON P10 OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL Denial of ticket to 10 sitting MPs in Chhattisgarh has shocked the BJP leaders in Madhya Pradesh too. Chhattisgarh party in-charge Anil Jain said that all sitting MPs would not be given ticket this time. The decision has created apprehension that several sitting MPs in the state too could be denied ticket. Currently, the BJP has 26 MPs. The threat of ticket denial is hovering over more than a dozen members. Report of a survey conducted by national president Amit Shah has painted a negative picture of these MPs. These members belong to the seats, where the saffron party fared badly in the last assembly polls. Shah, prior to the assembly polls, had stated that if the BJP does not get expected result from the areas of sitting MPs then they may face the axe in the Lok Sabha elections. It is certain that new candidates would get ticket in Modi's blog jolts those seeking ticket for kin The blog written by PM Modi against dynastic politics has come as a shocker to some leaders seeking ticket for their family members in the Lok Sabha elections. Modi in the blog has clearly written that he was against dynastic politics. Former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is seeking ticket for his wife Sadhna Singh Chouhan, former minister Bhupendra Singh for his wife Saroj Singh, leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava for his son Abhishek Bhargava, former minister Narottam Mishra for his son Sukarna Mishra, former minister Gaurishankar Bisen for his daughter Mausam Bisen and MP Laxminarayan Yadav is seeking ticket for his son Sudhir Yadav. place of Dewas MP Manohar Untwaal and Khajuraho MP Nagendra Singh, who have become MLAs. Following scrutiny committee's decision against Betul MP Jyoti Dhurvey in the fake caste certificate case, she is certain to lose the ticket. CONTD. ON P10 Maya not to contest Lok Sabha polls AGENCIES Lucknow Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Wednesday announced that she will not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, but kept open the option of fighting a parliamentary by-election later. "In view of the present circumstances and the need of the country and the interests of the party, the movement and the public, it is the need of the hour that I do not contest the Lok Sabha polls. And this is the reason that I have decided not to contest the Lok Sabha polls," Mayawati said here. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister asked party workers to not get disheartened with her decision. "When I became UP CM first time in 1995, I was not a member of either UP assembly or council. Similarly is the provision at the Centre where a person has to be a Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha member within six months of holding office of minister /prime minister. Don't get disheartened from my decision of not to contest LS poll now," she clarified in her tweet. The Dalit leader added it would not be a problem if there is a need for her to enter Parliament later. "If it so happens that I have to get elected to the Lok Sabha later, I can contest from any seat by getting it vacated and become an MP. I will not face any problem," she said. American Karen Uhlenbeck won the Abel Prize in mathematics for her work on partial differential equations. "Karen Uhlenbeck receives the Abel Prize 2019 for her fundamental work in geometric analysis and gauge theory which has dramati, cally changed the mathematical landscape," Abel Committee chairman Hans Munthe-Kaas said in a statement. "Her theories have revolutionised our understanding of minimal surfaces, such as those formed by soap bubbles, and more general minimization problems in Her theories have revolutionised our understanding of minimal surfaces, such as those formed by soap bubbles, and more general minimization problems in higher dimensions." higher dimensions." She is the first woman to win the prize, which comes with a cheque for six million kroner (620,000 euros, $703,000). She is also an advocate for gender equality in science and mathematics. "I am aware of the fact that I am a role model for young women in mathematics," said Uhlenbeck, according to a Princeton statement. "It's hard to be a role model, however, because what you really need to do is show students how imperfect people can be and still succeed... I may be a wonderful mathematician and famous because of it, but I'm also very human." Uhlenbeck, 76, is a visiting senior research scholar at Princeton University The Cleveland native "devel. oped tools and methods in global AGENCIES Panchkula The blast had ripped apart two coaches of the crossborder train. The Haryana A special court on Wednespolice registered a case, but day acquitted Swami Aseethe probe was handed over manand and three others to the NIA in July 2010. in the Samjhauta train The NIA filed a charge blast case that left 68 peosheet in July 2011 against ple, mostly Pakistanis, eight persons for their aldead in 2007. "All the four leged roles in the terror ataccused, Naba Kumar tack. Of the eight, Swami Sarkar alias Swami AseemAseemanand, Lokesh Sharanand, Lokesh Sharma, ma, Kamal Chauhan and Kamal Chauhan and RajinRajinder Chaudhary apder Chaudhary have been peared before the court and acquitted by the faced trial. court," NIA counSunil Joshi, the sel Rajan Malhoalleged mastertra said. mind of the atThe blast in the tack, was shot India-Pakistan dead near his train took place home in Madhya near Panipat in Pradesh's Dewas Haryana on Febdistrict in Decemruary 18, 2007, ber 2007. The when it was on its three other acway to Attari in Swami Aseemanand cused -- RamAmritsar, the last chandra Kalsanstation on the Indian side. gra, Sandeep Dange and Before pronouncing the Amit -- could not be arrestverdict, NIA special judge ed and were declared proJagdeep Singh dismissed claimed offenders. Aseemthe plea filed by a Pakistani anand was out on bail, woman for examining while three others were in some eyewitnesses from judicial custody. The NIA her country . had charged the accused "The court ruled that the with murder and criminal plea of the Pakistani conspiracy, and under the woman was devoid of any Explosive Substances Act merit," Malhotra said. and the Railways Act. Pak summons Indian envoy to protest acquittal ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday summoned the Indian High Commissioner to lodge a strong protest against the acquittal of all four accused. Pakistan's Acting Foreign Secretary summoned Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria today to lodge Pakistan's strong protest, the Foreign Office said in a statement. The Acting Foreign Secretary stressed that Pakistan had consistently raised the "lack of progress and the subsequent, concerted attempts by India to exonerate the perpetrators of this heinous terrorist act in which 44 innocent Pakistanis lost their lives". PM is a joke, says RaGa slamming Modi over jobs AGENCIES New Delhi In a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of jobs, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday alleged that his policies destroyed one crore jobs last year and said "India's PM is a joke". Gandhi's criticism of Modi came over a media report which claimed that the actual size of India's male workforce, or men who are working, has shrunk for the first time since 1993-94. "I thought India was producing 450 jobs a day Turns . out Modi's policies destroyed 1 crore jobs in 2018. That's 27,000 jobs lost every single day of 2018. India's PM is a joke," he tweeted. Addressing a rally in Manipur earlier in the day , Gandhi said: "In 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi destroyed one crore jobs in the country This is the scale of . his incompetence. It is absurd and ridiculous that the PM promises giving two crore jobs." Slamming the government over the issue of "job losses", Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that the country's "chowkidar" is responsible for "stealing" jobs with 4.7 crore youth losing employment. "Modi ji has eaten up 4.7 crore jobs of the youth. Due to the BJP's 'pan-pakoda' policy, 4.7 crore youth had to wash their hands of their jobs," he said. "Promise was to give 10 crore jobs, but 4.7 crore jobs have been taken away . India to boycott China's BRF for 2nd time BEIJING India on Wednesday signalled that it will boycott China's second Belt and Road Forum for a second time, saying no country can participate in an initiative that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity . India boycotted the first Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in 2017 after protesting to Beijing over the controversial China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is being laid through the POK overriding New Delhi's sovereignty concerns. Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently said that next month China plans to hold a much bigger, second BRF which will also be attended by Pakistan PM Imran Khan. Speculation is rife whether India would attend the 2nd BRF as China has deepened its commitment to expand the $60 bn CPEC, which aims to connect China's Xinjiang province with Pakistan's Gwadar port with a host of road, rail, gas and oil pipelines. China has also undertaken a host of energy projects under the aegis of the CPEC. India's Ambassador to China Vikram Misri told Global Times that "above all, connectivity initiatives must be pursued in a manner that respects sovereignty, equality and territorial integrity of nations". US mathematician becomes first woman to win Abel Prize omen took Wward inoftheanother step forstill male-dominated world science Tuesday as , Aseemanand, three others acquitted in Samjhauta blast case analysis, which are now in the toolbox of every geometer and analyst," the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters said. With the award, Uhlenbeck joined a still very small club of women who have scored a scientific prize. Of the 607 Nobel prizes in physics, chemistry or medicine between 1901 and 2018, only 19 women were among the awardees, according Nobel Prize website. Marie Curie won twice, once for physics and another time for chemistry. Only one woman has won other major international mathematics prize - the Fields Medal -- Maryam Mirzakhani of Iran in 2014. She died in 2017. College students celebrating Festival of Colours, Holi, in Indore on Wednesday Sawant proves majority in Goa Assembly Sudin Dhavalikar, Vijai Sardesai appointed Dy CMs Man gets death for killing woman, 4 minors BHIND AGENCIES Panaji Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Wednesday proved the majority of his BJP-led government in the Assembly, comfortably winning a floor test in the House. When Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo asked for division of votes, 20 MLAs supported the confidence motion in the two-day old government, while 15 legislators opposed it. The effective strength of the 40member Assembly is now 36, after death of two members and resignation by two others. The change in leadership in the coastal state was necessitated due to the death of then chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday . After winning the floor test, Sawant appealed to House members to "be positive", echoing a message given by Parrikar earlier. The special Assembly session was convened by Governor Mridula Sinha to conduct the floor test, after Sawant, PIC: ANAND SHIVRE Goa CM Pramod Sawant delivering a speech during confidence motion in Goa Assembly. who was earlier speaker of the Assembly was sworn in , as the chief minister in the wee hours of Tuesday Be. sides 11 members from BJP , three each from the Goa Forward Party Maharash, trawadi Gomantak Party and three Independents supported Sawant during the head count conducted in the House. All 14 MLAs of the Congress and one from the NCP stood up against the motion. The session began with a discussion on a condolence motion moved by BJP's Rajesh Patnekar, expressing grief over the death of Parrikar, former deputy chief minister Francis D'Souza and former deputy speaker Vishnu Wagh. A man was awarded death sentence by a court here for killing five persons, including four children, in May 2016. Second additional sessions judge M L Rathore of the court in Bhind district on Tuesday pronounced the punishment to Nitesh Dixit (29), terming the incident as "rarest of the rare". According to the prosecution, the convict and the woman, who was married and had children, were allegedly having an affair. On the intervening night of May 13-14, 2016, the woman gave sleeping pills to her daughter, two nieces and a nephew before the man came to her residence. But later, the woman's 13-year-old nephew saw the accused and her aunt in an objectionable position following which Dixit killed him by slitting his throat. He later killed the woman (32), her daughter and the two nieces, aged 14 and 16 years. On the basis of scientific evidence, police proved that Dixit killed all five mercilessly the prosecu, tion told the court.