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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.

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Farmed land, food per person declined over 25 years

By Saumya Tewari,

The land available for farming in India, already under decline, is feared to drop further with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government trying to push through a controversial bill that is being criticised in the present format by a host of opposition parties, led by the Congress.

The most controversial change proposed is the exemption of five categories of projects - industrial corridors, public-private partnership projects, rural infrastructure, public housing and defence projects - from getting the consent of 70 percent farmers of the area.

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Man attempts suicide at AAP rally

New Delhi : A man believed to be a farmer was rushed to a hospital in serious condition here on Wednesday after he hanged himself from a tree at an AAP rally called to protest the land bill.

Aam Aadmi Party volunteers said the man was unconscious and barely breathing when three party activists climbed the tree and brought him down after people saw him hanging.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was present when the incident took place at the rally attended by thousands at Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital.

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Suspended Trinamool MLA moves court

Kolkata : Alleging misappropriation of funds meant for central government schemes, suspended Trinamool Congress MLA Swapan Kanti Ghosh moved the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday seeking a probe by a central agency.

An MLA from Suri in Birbhum district, Ghosh in the petition has alleged that the Trinamool-run Suri municipality has siphoned off Rs.10.36 crore meant for central schemes including a drinking water project.

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PM offers 'chadar' at Ajmer dargah

Ajmer : A 'chadar' was ceremonially offered at the dargah of revered Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti here on Wednesday on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The 'chadar' was presented by Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to mark Chishti's 803rd annual Urs celebrations.

"Khadim Bari Chishti and Afsan Chishti helped Naqvi to offer prayers at the dargah and tied a turban," said a statement issued by the Rajasthan government.

Police refuse to keep media away from Kejriwal

New Delhi : Delhi Police said on Wednesday that it has rejected a request from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's office to keep away the media from him.

Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi told the media that they got a request to restrict the media's movements, but added that police won't do that.

Vijay Singh, a deputy commissioner of police, told IANS: "We have received a message through wireless that media should be restricted from approaching Kejriwal."

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Government handing over internet to corporates: Rahul

New Delhi : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday accused the NDA government of trying to hand over the internet to "some corporates", as he raised the issue of net neutrality in Lok Sabha.

"Every youth should have a right to the net... But the government is trying to hand over the the internet to some corporates," Gandhi said, raising the issue during zero hour.

He had also served notice to suspend question hour to discuss the issue, but Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not admit this.

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Rajya Sabha TV appointments: HC seeks RS, Centre response

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought responses from Rajya Sabha secretary and the Centre on a PIL on alleged irregularities in the appointment of senior officers in the Rajya Sabha secretariat.

The plea had alleged irregularities in appointment of senior officers of the rank of joint secretary and above as well as the officer on special duty to Vice President Hamid Ansari and Rajya Sabha Television chief executive officer and the present secretary general Gurdeep Singh Sappal.

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Rahul Gandhi wants net neutrality discussed in LS

New Delhi : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday moved a motion for suspension of question hour to discuss net neutrality.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, however, refused to admit the notice.

Gandhi is expected to speak on the issue in parliament.

"I am going to mention a few words about net neutrality in the parliament...you will hear it," he told reporters outside parliament.

A discussion under an adjournment motion is followed by voting, and is supposed to be taken up for urgent matters.

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Rahul mentions Obama's praise for Modi in Lok Sabha

New Delhi : Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday mentioned US President Barack Obama's praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in latest issue of Time magazine and called it a "first time".

The Congress vice president, speaking as soon as the zero hour started in the lower house, said: "I was at the Congress president's (Sonia Gandhi) house and I saw Time magazine... Obama ji has written a long article praising Modi," said the Gandhi scion.

"It is perhaps first time in 60 years the US president has praised someone like this," he said.

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