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Top 10 news today: ‘Drunk Salman Khan behind wheels’, Zika virus-hit nations should allow abortion, Narendra Modi on Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Arun Jaitley on Arvind Kejriwal, more

Fri February 05 2016, 10:03 pm
  • 1. Drunk Salman Khan was behind wheels on fateful night: Maha to SC: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was drunk and driving his SUV when it ran over persons sleeping on a pavement in Mumbai in 2002, Maharashtra government today told the Supreme Court while seeking reversal of the Bombay High Court verdict acquitting him. Terming the High Court verdict as "perverse", "improper" and "complete travesty of justice", Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the state, said that Khan was driving the vehicle and "introduction" of his driver as the person, who was behind the wheels, was an "afterthought" that came to light after 13 years of the incident. (Image Source: Reuters)

  • 2. Zika-hit nations should allow access to contraception,abortion: The United Nations today urged countries hit by the dangerous Zika virus to let women have access to contraception and abortion. The UN human rights office said the South American countries now urging women to hold off getting pregnant over Zika fears had to offer them the possibility of controlling their fertility. "How can they ask these women not to become pregnant, but not offer... the possibility to stop their pregnancies?" spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly told reporters. (Image Source: AP)

  • 3. Narendra Modi says Gandhi family disrupting Parliament to avenge poll defeat: Singling out the Sonia Gandhi family, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused the Congress President and her son Rahul Gandhi of disrupting Parliament to avenge defeat in 2014 Lok Sabha polls and hence blocking the passage of bills aimed at benefitting the poor. Addressing tea garden workers in this poll-bound state of Assam, Modi alleged that "one family" was indulging in "negative politics" as he claimed that there are leaders in opposition parties other than Congress who want Parliament to function even though they oppose him. (Image Source: PTI)

  • 4. Arvind Kejriwal made defamatory remarks to score political points: Arun Jaitley: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today told Delhi High Court that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders had launched a "calculated" defamatory campaign against him and his family with "ulterior motives" to get political mileage. Jaitley said the right to freedom of speech and expression was "not absolute" and it "did not extend a licence to anyone to defame any other citizen having fundamental rights under the Constitution". (Image Source: PTI)

  • 5. Kapu leader begins indefinite fast: Former minister and Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham today began an indefinite fast along with his wife in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district demanding inclusion of Kapu community in Backward Classes category. Padmanabham whose agitation in support of the demand had turned violent a few days back, began the fast at his native Kirlampudi village in East Godavari. He demanded that the Kapu reservation issue be resolved in about three months and that Rs 1,000 crores be given annually for the benefit of the community. (Image Source: PTI)

  • 6. Hema Malini land row: Maha govt mulls tightening lease rules: Facing heat over allotment of a prime piece of land to actress-turned-politician Hema Malini for a token rate here, BJP-led Maharashtra government has decided to tighten the land lease rules to ensure higher rates on allotment of state-owned plots. While a senior bureaucrat today confirmed that the new policy will ensure "ready reckoner rates" from the beneficiaries, it is not clear whether Malini will have to pay a higher price to take possession of the land allotted to her dance academy at Oshiwara in the city since that decision was taken by the state cabinet. (Image Source: PTI)

  • 7. Attempts being made to convert India into a Hindu nation:Sharad Pawar: NCP chief Sharad Pawar today alleged that attempts were being made to convert India into a "Hindu Rashtra" distorting history in school textbooks and implored historians to come together and "pen the truth" for the sake of generation next. "Some people are working with an intention of converting India into a Hindu Rashtra by distorting history in school textbooks. This will prove to be dangerous as this will harm the secular fabric of the country," Pawar said while addressing a seminar at Y B Chavan here. (Image Source: PTI)

  • 8. Rahul Gandhi assures strict action in Tanzanian student assault case: Under attack by BJP for being "silent", Rahul Gandhi today said strict action will be taken in the alleged assault and stripping of a Tanzanian student in Bangalore that has triggered a nationwide outrage. Gandhi said he told the Chief Minister that "strict action is to be taken and it will be taken". "I condemn 100 per cent this type of action," the Congress Vice President told reporters, adding that he spoke to the party General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka to look into the matter and speak to the Chief Minister. (Image Source: PTI)

  • 9. Power generation at KNPP suspended due to 'steam-leak': Barely a week after operations resumed following regular maintenance, power generation at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tirunelveli district has been suspended due to a "steam leak". "Following a steam leak, the turbine generator was shut down by around 10.30 PM last night. At that time the power generation was about 730 MW," an official of the KNPP, an Indo-Russian collaborative venture, told PTI. (Image Source: PTI)

  • 10. PM Modi should not 'make excuses': Rahul Gandhi: "Job of the Prime Minister is not to make excuses" and he should start running the country, a combative Rahul Gandhi asserted today hitting back at Narendra Modi for targeting the Gandhi family. The Congress Vice President's remarks came ahead of the budget session of Parliament beginning Feb 23, signalling that the main opposition will confront the NDA dispensation on several issues. "Job of the Prime Minister is to run Government, job of the Prime Minister is not to make excuses", Gandhi told reporters while taking on the Prime Minister who had earlier in Assam accused the first family of the Congress for disruption in Parliament. (Image Source: PTI)

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