TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TRUMP MEETS KIM JONG-UN Kim vows denuclearisation if North’s security is guaranteed Sanctions on North Korea over n-tests will remain for now Trump says will halt US military exercises in South America declares Korean Peace MARK LANDLER SINGAPORE, JUNE 12 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY US PRESIDENT Donald Trump shook hands with Kim Jong-un of North Korea Tuesday and offered a major concession during the first summit meeting between their nations, a momentous step in an improbable courtship between the world’s largest nuclear power and the most reclusive one. Brash, impulsive leaders who only a few months ago taunted each other across a nuclear abyss, Trump and Kim set aside their threats in a gamble that for now, at least, personal diplomacy can counteract decades of enmity and distrust. Emergingfromadayof talks inSingaporeandspeakingtoreporters for more than an hour, US President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un leave after a signing Trump said that he was ceremony Tuesday at the Capella resort on Sentosa island in Singapore. AP/PTI suspending joint military exercises with South Korean forces and that he was confident Kim It was the latest twist in the broken — in the past. would begin dismantling his internationaldramaoverthefate “We’re very proud of what nuclear arsenal “very quickly.” of the North’s nuclear pro- took place today,” Trump said. “I WORLD But Trump said economic gramme and a complete rever- think our whole relationship sanctions against the North salbytheTrumpadministration, withNorthKoreaandtheKorean would remain in place until the which had previously said the Peninsula is going to be a very North did more. exercises were important to de- much different situation than it Trump’sdecisiontosuspend fend an ally and not negotiable. has in the past.” the war games — which he It was also a remarkable bet by In a televised ceremony in described as “very expensive” TrumpthathecanpersuadeKim which the two leaders signed a but also “very provocative” to follow through on pledges to joint statement, Kim thanked given the continuing negotiasurrender his nuclear weapons Trump for making their face-totions — appeared to take South thatarealmostidenticaltothose face talks possible. “We had a Korea by surprise. the North has made — and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 Former Bombay High Court judge joins Congress MAYURAJANWALKAR& SANDEEPASHAR MUMBAI,JUNE12 JUST OVER a year since he retired as a judge of Allahabad High Court, Justice Abhay Thipsay joined the Congress on Tuesday. A former Bombay High Court judge,ThipsaymetCongresspresident Rahul Gandhi and said the meeting was "very good". Suspected shooter in Gauri Lankesh killing held, police say he has a crime record JOHNSON TA BENGALURU, JUNE 12 THE KARNATAKA Police have arrested Parshuram Ashok Wagmare,thesuspectedshooter inthemurderof journalistGauri Lankesh,whowasgunneddown outside her house in Bengaluru inSeptemberlastyear.Wagmare, police claimed, has a record of communal crimes and is allegedlyaffiliatedtoradicalright- wing groups. From the Sindhagi region of Vijayapura district, Wagmare (26) alias Parashu, alias Kohli, alias Builder, worked in his uncle’sutensilsstoreinSindhagi andwasproducedinaBengaluru court Tuesday. A Special Investigation Team, probing the murder, submitted a statement from Wagmare admittinghisinvolvementinthe shooting of Gauri Lankesh. Sources said Wagmare has a criminalrecordinKarnatakaand was one of six men associated with the radical right-wing Sri Rama Sena arrested for hoisting the Pakistan flag in Sindhagi townin2012inanattempttofoment communal trouble. “InconnectionwiththeGauri Lankeshcase,theSIThasarrested oneParshuramWagmare,sonof Ashok Wagmare, aged 26 years, fromSindhagi.Hewasproduced before the 3rd ACMM Court and has been taken into 14 days po- licecustodyforfurtherquestioning.Hisroleintheconspiracyand other details will be revealed later as it will affect the investigation at this stage,” said the SIT chief investigating officer M N Anucheth in an official statement. Wagmare was arrested at hishomeinSindhagiafterinvestigations in the aftermath of the arrest of four men linked to the radicalright-winggroupSanatan Sanstha and its affiliate Hindu Together, preparing to disrupt the Asian order C RAJA MOHAN SINGAPORE, JUNE 12 MANYLEADERSpromisefundamental changes in the existing order, but only a few get to have a shot at it. US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un might be among those few. At their much anticipated summit meeting here Tuesday, Trump and Kim Jongun have begun an unprecedented effort to dismantle a seven-decade-old conflict in the Korean Peninsula. Working together with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump andKimaregettingreadytoturn Asian geopolitics inside out. The story of the summit between Trump and Kim began as anarrownarrativeonde-nuking North Korea. It has now turned intoanextraordinarytaleof turning sworn enemies — Washington and Pyongyang — into friends, healing the tragic partitionof theKoreanPeninsula, and reducing American forward military presence in East Asia. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE ● 2 COPS KILLED, 10 CRPF MEN INJURED IN VALLEY, PAGE 6 ● DRAFT REPORT ON NOTE BAN DIVIDES HOUSE PANEL, PAGE 5 ● MANDATORY LECTURES BY ‘SAINTS’, PAGE 6 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 High profile guru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj takes his own life MILIND GHATWAI BHOPAL, JUNE 12 IN AN apparent suicide, spiritual leaderBhaiyyujiMaharajwason Tuesday found dead with a gunshot wound in his temple at his SilverSpringColonyresidencein Indore. In a short note believed to have been left behind by him, Bhaiyyuji spoke of stress and beingfedupwithlife,butdidnot spell out a reason for it. The50-year-oldwasaformer model and worked as a marketing executive before taking to preaching,acallingthatgavehim immense clout and a following cutting across political lines, mostly in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. It was Bhaiyyuji who mediated between Anna HazareandtheUPAgovernment during his anti-corruption fastin2011inDelhiandwas also invited to break then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s fast the same year. Bhaiyyuji appears to have been active on Twitter minutes before he is said to have shot himself with a pistol. Family members and aides have told police that about 15 minutes after noon, they heard a gunshot from Bhaiyyuji’s room. They say they tried to get into his room and the adjacent one, but he did not respond despite several knocks. When the He recently said no to MP offer of ministerial rank door was broken open, he was foundwithabulletwoundinthe temple. Police said Bhaiyyuji was rushed to Bombay Hospital in the city, where he was declared dead. IndoreDIGHarinarayanchari Mishra said there were half a dozenpeopleathome,including Bhaiyyuji’s wife and mother, at the time of the incident. Mishra said a suicide note, written in English and talking of “stress”, andapistolwererecoveredfrom theroom.Thenote,asperpolice, said: “Somebody should be there to handle duties of family. I am leaving to (too) much stressed out, fed up.” EarliertheDIGtoldTheIndian Express that family dispute was the probable reason behind the suspected suicide. Investigators have ruled out foul play. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Defaming RSS’: Charges are framed against Rahul Others in family helped Nirav launder money, destroy evidence: ED to court MOHAMED THAVER Justice Abhay Thipsay "It is important to stand up to fascist forces, communalism underthegarbof aggressivenationalism, scripting false history, loss of scientifictemperandconstitutional principles should be kept intact. It is impossible to do that single-handedly," he told The IndianExpress."Thisisthebiggest andtheoldestnationalparty,and I felt it was necessary to have a platform." While his role in the party is yettobecarvedout,Thipsaymade it clear that he will not get into electoral politics. "Ambition can be fulfilled by joining the ruling party, and there was enough opportunitytodothat,"hesaid."But if youbelieveinsomething,there can be no compromise." Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan confirmed that Thipsay was inducted into the party. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BHIWANDI, JUNE 12 A BHIWANDI court in Maharashtra Tuesday framed charges against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for allegedly making defamatory remarks against the RSS at an election rally in 2014. While Rahul pleaded not guilty, charges were framed after Rajesh Kunte, secretary of the Bhiwandi unit of the RSS, filed a complaint against Rahul for saying that the RSS was responsible for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. The court also agreed to conduct the case as a detailed summons trial and not a summary trial following an earlier application by Rahul’s lawyers. The matter will be heard next on August 10, which, Rahul’s lawyers said, would not require his presence. Nandu Phadke, the lawyer for Kunte said, “The court framed charges against Rahul under Sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code that deal Rahul Gandhi in Mumbai Tuesday. Deepak Joshi with defamation. Now that the charges are filed, the court will hear evidence from both sides.” Rahul, who appeared in court around 11.00 am was represented by a battery of lawyers that comprised of Sudeep Pasbola, Kushal Mor and Narayan Iyer. “During the hearing that went on for about an hour, the judge read out the charges against him. Rahul, who was seated in the first row, went to the dock and pleaded not guilty,” said Mor. According to Mor: “In Cases where the maximum punishment is two years or less, there can be a summary or summons trial.Inasummarytrial,thereare only two to three hearings in the case.Also,if thejudgeischanged the matter has to be heard all over again. Since this was a case with historical ramifications we wanted a detailed recording of evidenceinasummonstrial.The plea has been accepted.” While Kunte had no objections to the summons trial, his lawyer also moved an application for a translation of Rahul’s 2014 speech. Phadke said, “We also moved an application that a translation of the transcript of the speech that Rahul Gandhi had provided while filing a writ petitionbeforetheBombayHigh Court against the case at the Bhiwandi court, be taken on record. His lawyers have given their say. The court will decide ontheapplicationonAugust10.” Mor called the move a shortcut. “The actual CD of the speech that was given by Rahul Gandhi has already been produced before the court. We want the court to take note of the first-hand evidence and not something that is a translation of the transcript of his speech,” he said. Rahul left the courtroom around 12.00 pm and was accompanied by several senior Congress leaders including former chief ministers Prithviraj Chavan and Ashok Chavan. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, JUNE 12 THEENFORCEMENTDirectorate (ED) has found that absconding diamond jeweller Nirav Modi’s brother Nehal Modi “knowingly and intentionally” assisted him in concealing the alleged launderingof moneyand“destroying evidence”, while his sister Purvi Modi was an “active participant in the generation of proceeds of crime”andModi’sfatherDeepak Modi “assisted the activity of money laundering knowingly”. Detailing the role of Nehal Modi, the ED, in its complaint to the court, said,”...after the crisis (the Rs 13,500-crore scam at Punjab National Bank), Nehal Modi, brother of Mr Nirav Modi destroyed all the cell phones of all dummy directors in Dubai and Hong Kong and arranged for their tickets to Cairo — a safe haven”. The Indian Express had earlier reported that Nirav Modi had In complaint to court, ED names his father, sister and brother created over 15 dummy companies overseas to allegedly rotate the funds acquired through letters of undertaking (LoU) from Punjab National Bank (PNB) “in theguiseof export-importtransactions”. The ED has now identified at least 17 dummy directors of these companies. All these dummy directors are either employees or ex-employees of Modi’s firms who earned salaries of Rs 8,000 to Rs 30,000 per month for rendering their services. Relyingonstatementsof two witnessesincludingadummydirector, the ED said that after the scam broke at PNB, the dummy directors “wished” to return to India but were “persuaded” to stay back, and Nehal Modi “visited Dubai and took lead in the matteranddestroyedallthemobiles of dummy company managers/directors”. So far, the ED hasbeenabletorecordthestatements of only four of the 17 dummy directors. TheED,whichhassubmitted itsprosecutioncomplaintagainst Nirav Modi in court, has alleged thatNehalModiwas“personally overseeing that all the accounts, recordswereeliminatedandwas influencing the employees and participatedtoannihilatetheevidences”afterIndianagenciesbegan probing the scam. Apart from this, the agency hasalsoallegedthatNiravModi’s sisterPurviModiwasa“beneficiary” of the fraudulent LoU funds and also helped Modi in “layering and integration” of the money into “main financial systemthroughacquisitionof properties or through investment in financial assets”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AFTER WE DIE, WHO TAKES CARE OF OUR CHALLENGED CHILD? HOME SWEET HOME SHAJU PHILIP THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JUNE 12 FOR YEARS, retired school teachers N Kamalasan (77) and C K Sarojini (71) worried about the future of their only daughter, an intellectually challenged person. Who would take care of her once they were gone? Last Friday, the couple found an answer. They handed over one of their houses to the Kerala government, asking it to convert the property into a centre for challenged women and accommodate their 37-year-old daughter at that facility. Accepting the demand of Kamalasan, the Kerala Social Welfare Department took over the building and 83 cents of land at Kayila village in Kollam district. The property, with a twostoreyed house, has a market value of Rs 3 crore. Social Welfare Minister K K Shylaja said the house would soon be converted into a rehabilitation centre for intellectually challenged women. At present, the house can accommodate ten people. It will be furnished with facilities for 50 women. On the request of Kamalasan Kamalasan and Sarojini with their daughter Priya and Sarojini, the house will be named after their daughter Priya — Priya Home for Mentally Challenged Women. The house, the minister said, will ensure a homely atmosphere for its residents. They will also get medical care at the house, Shylaja said. This gesture of the elderly couple did not end there. They wrote a will, saying the government can take over their two other houses and 15 cents of land in Kozhikode which will fetch a market price of Rs 4 crore. They are now living in one of these two houses in Kozhikode. According to the will, these houses will have to be used for the rehabilitation of the intellectually challenged. Kamalasan said he had worried about the future of their daughter. “If she is handed over to the custody of relatives, there is no guarantee that they will look after her. We have several instances of mentally challenged persons being killed by relatives to seize the property left behind by their parents.’’ He said he had been knocking on the door of the Social Welfare Department to take over his house in Kollam and make it a residential project for the intellectually challenged. “The government action has come as a big relief. The government has promised to make the house ready for challenged women. We will have nothing to worry. Our daughter can be quickly moved to that house. She can live in a homely atmosphere. Otherwise, she may have had to wander after our death,” he said. He said scores of intellectually challenged persons in Kerala have been left on the streets after the death of their parents. “I wanted to bring their woes to the public sphere. I hope wealthy families come forward to make such homes ready for their intellectually-challenged wards as well as for others from economically weaker sections, ‘’ Kamalasan said. A survey conducted by the Kerala Social Security Mission in 2015 revealed that 2.21 per cent of the state’s population is challenged, either physically or mentally. Kerala Mental Health Authority Secretary Dr Jayaprakash said the gesture of Kamalasan and his wife is worth emulating. “Many parents of challenged children die with the pain that there is none to take care of them (the children). This type of voluntary initiative will help address the issue,” he said.
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