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Net neutrality debate trial balloon floated by government: Rahul

New Delhi : Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi alleged on Wednesday that the net neutrality debate was a "trial balloon" floated by the central government to test if internet space can be handed over to corporates.

Gandhi told media persons outside Parliament House here that if the government wanted to protect net neutrality, why "did it start consultation" on the issue.


Rahul Gandhi visits mortuary after farmer's suicide

New Delhi : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi visited the Lady Hardinge hospital on Wednesday where the body of a farmer, who committed suicide at the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) rally, was brought for autopsy.

Speaking to the media at the mortuary, Gandhi refrained from commenting too much about an incident that he described as "unfortunate".

He, however, sought to assure farmers and labourers that "they need not worry. We (the Congress) is with you and will help you in every possible way".


Search warrant for defence minister's house in Delhi

Panaji : A Goa trial court on Wednesday issued a search warrant for Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's official residence in Delhi for former archives and archaeology minister Francisco Pacheco, who has been reported missing for a fortnight.

The trial court was conducting proceedings related to the formal arrest of Pacheco, whose conviction for an assault was upheld by the Supreme Court earlier this month. Pacheco has been missing for over two weeks now.


BJP mulling legal recourse over Kolkata civic polls

Kolkata : A day after the West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) rejected the opposition parties' demands for repolls, the BJP on Wednesday said it was exploring legal options on the Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls, terming it "a joke on democracy".

"The April 18 polls have become a joke on democracy, so we have decided to explore legal option against this. The Trinamool Congress' intentions are clear that it will continue to turn the polls into a farce," Bharatiya Janata Party national secretary and party-in charge for the state Siddharth Nath Singh said.


Farmers killing themselves a serious issue: Sachin Pilot

New Delhi : Congress leader Sachin Pilot said on Wednesday that it was "shocking" how farmers were killing themselves in the absence of proper compensation for their destroyed crops.

"It's shameful that farmers are forced to take their lives in absence of financial support when in need," he told reporters after a farmer from Rajasthan, who tried to commit suicide during a rally of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) here, was declared brought dead in hospital.


Probe farmer's suicide, Rajnath tells police

New Delhi : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday asked Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi to probe a farmer's suicide at an AAP rally in Delhi.

In a tweet, the home minister's office said: "The home minister spoke to Delhi Police commissioner and instructed him to institute an inquiry into the incident of farmer suicide in Delhi."

The farmer hanged himself from a tree at an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rally called here to protest the central government's land ordinance, which was tab led in the Lok Sabha on MOnday.


Gadkari clarifies, but Rahul says he praised him

New Delhi : Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday clarified his remarks made at a rally in Maharashtra, after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi praised him during a speech in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

Stating in the Lok Sabhha that Rahul had "wrongly quoted me", Gadkari said: "I had said in Amravati that though farmers have a lot of trouble, they should not be depressed and commit suicide. They should instead use new technology to increase produce and should just not depend on God or government."


Parrikar condoles defence PRO's death in Chennai

New Delhi : Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday condoled the death of his ministry's public relation officer (PRO) from Chennai, Natesan Andavan, who passed away on Wednesday morning.

Andavan, 52, died from a grievous injury that he suffered in a road accident on Monday.

Expressing shock and grief at the untimely demise of Andavan, Parrikar described him as a professional communicator who excelled in every aspect of journalism and public relations.


Modi government eyes land for 'super rich': Kejriwal

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government of trying to snatch land from farmers to hand it over to the "super rich".

Addressing a rally of thousands in the heart of the capital, the Aam Aadmi Party leader also said that his party would organise farmers all over the country on the issue.

Modi had betrayed the trust of the farmers after taking their vote and forming a government, Kejriwal told the protesters.


Farmer kills self at AAP rally against land ordinance

New Delhi : A farmer from Rajasthan, his crops ruined by rains, hanged himself from a tree at an AAP rally here on Wednesday just before Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressed thousands against the controversial land ordinance.

The dramatic death of Gajendra Singh, a father of three, immediately turned into a political drama, with the Aam Aadmi Party blaming Delhi Police and the BJP and the Congress attacking Kejriwal and the AAP.