DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2019, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 22 PAGES SINCE 1932 `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM COURT SAYS MAY NOT SURRENDER GIVEN HIGH VALUE AMOUNT CHARGE wishes its readers a Happy Holi There will be no edition of the paper on Friday, March 22, 2019. For news updates, visit www.indianexpress.com THE EDITORIAL PAGE JUSTICE &THE POLLMANIFESTO BY UPENDRA BAXI PAGE 12 GOVT & POLITICS SAWANT WINS FLOOR TEST IN GOA PAGE 8 Nirav Modi arrested in London, denied bail and sent to custody until March 29 DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, MARCH 20 FUGITIVE DIAMOND jeweller Nirav Modi was arrested in London where a court Wednesday remanded him in custody until March 29 on the ground that he would fail to surrender if granted bail. His arrest comes days after a London court issued an arrest warrant against him in response to a request by the Enforcement Directorate for his extradition in connection SBI pushes for Jet Airways rescue — and change in board Possibility of Goyal exit may restart talks at Tata Group He offered £500,000 as bail security with the Rs 13,500-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case. In a statement, the London CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JAY MAZOOMDAAR NEW DELHI, MARCH 20 SOME ABUSING CHOWKIDAR BY ABUSING ME: PM NEW DELHI, MUMBAI, MARCH 20 Airline has over 17,000 employees worldwide ASTHEcrisisatJetAirwaysdeepens, the airline’s lenders led by the State Bank of India are pushing for a change in management to revive the airline, bankers and top government sources said. The Tata Group, which runs full-service airline Vistara, was earlier in talks to pick stake in Jet Airways. Indications are that discussions to buy a stake in Jet Airways could restart at the Tata Group. The talks had floundered the last time on promoter Naresh Goyal’s reluctance to cede management control. Banks, that are a part of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Shotinthearm for Govt, butlong road toextradition WITH ELECTIONS approaching, the government is likely to use Nirav Modi’s arrest to blunt Opposition criticism that he fled the country on BJP’s watch. However, in Mallya’s case, it took several months to complete the proceedings — his extradition is still pending. Modi’s extradition is likely to follow a similar procedure and the CBI and ED probe will have to stand the scrutiny of UK courts. DECISION Casual farm labour shrinks by 2019 40% since 2011-12, total job loss nearly 3 crore: NSSO data shows PAGE 7 ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU Metropolitan Police said: “Nirav Deepak Modi, 48, was arrested on behalf of the Indian Authorities on Tuesday in Holborn.” Later, he was produced before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court Wednesday, where he contested his extradition to India and Modi’s team made their case for bail, offering 500,000 pounds as security and an offer to adhere to “stringent” conditions. According to PTI, District Judge Marie Mallon, presiding WORLD BREXIT: UK ASKS FOR 3 MONTH DELAY PAGE 10 AN ESTIMATED 3.2 crore casual labourers lost their jobs in rural India between 2011-12 and 2017-18, a 29.2 per cent slide over the previous survey. Of these, almost 3 crore were those working on farms. This translates to an over 40 per cent shrinkage in the casual farm labour workforce since 2011-12, according to the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) 2017-2018 report by NSSOwhichthegovernmenthas declined to release. Casual labour refers to those employed from time to time according to exigencies of work. Theshareof ruralhouseholds BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY with major income from casual labour in agriculture decreased by 10 percentage points since 2011-12. That works out to a drop of 15 million families (from 36millionto21million)dependent on casual farm work (see chart). According to NSSO data, the rural casual labour segment — farm and non-farm — shows an overall slide of 7.3 per cent in male and 3.3 per cent in female employment since 2011-12. This adds up to a total employment loss of 3.2 crore. A bulk of this loss, almost 3 crore, was in casual farm labour since the fall in households dependent on non-agricultural casual labour was negligible (from 13.5 per cent to 12.9 per cent). The NSSO report, though approvedbytheNationalStatistical Commission in December 2018, is yet to be released by the government. Two members of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Aseemanand after being acquitted at the Panchkula court on Wednesday. Jaipal Singh All four walk free in Samjhauta Express attack that killed 68 SOFI AHSAN PANCHKULA, MARCH 20 CONCLUDING THAT the NIA “failed to prove the charge of conspiracy” in the Samjhauta Express blast case that left 68 people, mostly Pakistanis, dead in February 2007, a special court inPanchkulaWednesdayacquitted all four accused including Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Aseemanand. Emerging from the court room, NIA counsel Rajan Malhotra said: “The court has INSIDE PAK SUMMONS INDIA ENVOY, REGISTERS PROTEST PAGE 8 acquitted all accused and concluded that the prosecution failedto provethecharge of conspiracy.Itwasalong-drawntrial, many of the witnesses turned hostile and, as per the verdict, the chain of evidence could not CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 I feel humiliated, says UP tailor who lost his parents MANISH SAHU LUCKNOW, MARCH 20 HE REMEMBERS hearing a loud blast, and waking up in a Delhi hospitalwithburninjuriesonhis hands and legs. Weeks later, his brother came across the charred body of his mother. He still hasn’t got the body of his father. OnWednesday,Mohammad Zakir, a 46-year-old tailor from UP’s Bijnor, came to know from his friends and relatives in Delhi Mohd Zakir recorded his statement as a witness that an NIA court had acquitted allfouraccusedintheSamjhauta train blast, which scarred his life 12 years ago. “I feel humiliated,” he said. “I had got my statement CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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