Top 10 news today: Narendra Modi thanks Delhi Metro for enjoyful ride, Rahul Gandhi, Ashutosh, Land bill, Aam Aadmi Party, Salman Khan, Nitish Kumar, Narendra Modi, Saif Ali Khan, more
For the first time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today travelled by Metro from Dhaula Kuan to Dwarka where he was going for a function. He took the Metro to avoid inconvenience to the public on the route because of the security arrangements, sources said.
The Prime Minister was to attend a function of the National Intelligence Academy. When the Prime Minister travels, the road is closed for sometime for his movement. Narendra Modi tweeted: "Really enjoyed the ride. Thanks Delhi Metro. Thanks Sreedharan ji."
Rahul Gandhi treks to Kedarnath, pays respect to flood victims: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today trekked to the revered Kedarnath shrine and said he was here to pay his respects to the victims of the 2013 floods in the region and did not ask for anything. Trekking a distance of 16 km to reach the shrine, Gandhi said that though he did not ask for anything at the shrine, he felt a "fire-like" energy after entering the holy portals. The Congress Vice President said he had two motives to visit the shrine on foot. "First was to respect the people who lost their lives here. In 2013 I came here and saw myself what happened here. So I thought if I go Kedarnath in a helicopter it will be disrespectful to them. I though the way those pilgrims came here, I should come here the same way. "Second motive is that a lot of people work here. Porters are here, they have carried your cameras here. They carry things and people. They are facing a lot of difficulties and are in fear. They are in fear because a tragedy had occurred here and also the tourists who come here are facing a lot of discomfort and fear. (24/04/2015) (Image: PTI)
Confronted by dead farmer's daughter, AAP leader Ashutosh breaks down on national TV: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh broke down on national television when deceased farmer Gajendra Singh's daughter posed questions to him about her father's death at a rally which the party had organised. Megha, a 17-year-old Class XII student, asked why had the AAP leaders continued with their speeches even as her father hanged himself at the rally at Jantar Mantar here on Wednesday. "I am your sinner. I was present on the stage and still could not save him. We have not slept in the night. There is a lot of pain. "The politics that is happening over the issue is sad. The people of the country should understand they will get nothing from this type of politics," Ashutosh said, breaking down profusely during a panel discussion on a TV news channel. (Image: PTI)
AAP used farmer as 'pawn' in politics, says BJP: Targeting AAP over the suicide tragedy at its rally against the NDA government's land Ordinance, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today charged that the ruling party in Delhi had used a farmer as a "pawn" in politics by "inciting" him to end his life. "Inciting a farmer to commit suicide and, even after he has committed suicide, continuing with the rally... this was politics. We did not do politics," Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters on the sidelines of an event here. Gajendra Singh, a farmer from Rajasthan, hung himself during an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rally at Jantar Mantar here which was attended by, among other prominent party leaders, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. "Those who held the rally and those who are responsible for the farmer's death, they did politics. To ridicule a farmer in such a way and making a farmer a pawn in politics is very wrong," said Javadekar. (24/04/2015) (Image: PTI)
Court stays order declaring Saif Ali Khans property as "enemy" estate: The Madhya Pradesh High Court here has stayed an order declaring the property of the Nawab of Bhopal, inherited by Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan and his family members, as "enemy" property by central department. The order was issued two months ago by the Custodian of Enemy Property for India, Mumbai (CEPI), which had decreed that the estate in question be confiscated. Justice Vandana Kasrekar yesterday also served notices to CEPI, the central and Madhya Pradesh governments during the preliminary hearing on a petition moved by Saif challenging the order. The notices are returnable in four weeks. Saif, son of late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, a former cricketer, and yesteryear actress Sharmila Tagore, approached the HC after CEPI passed an order on February 25 declaring the property of erstwhile Bhopal state inherited by the actor and his family members as "enemy" property. (24/04/2015) (Image: PTI)
AAP govt to name scheme after farmer who committed suicide in rally: On the back foot over suicide of Gajendra Singh at AAP rally, the party-led Delhi government today announced to name a farmer compensation scheme after the Rajasthan farmer and also accepted the demands of his family - to give a job to Gajendra's kin and martyr status for him. The decision came a day after senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh met the family of the farmer in Nangal Jhamarwada village in Rajasthan's Dausa district. Singh met his children, wife, father and other members.
Salman Khan accused of misleading court, hearing on Apr 29: An application has been moved in Jodhpur court against Salman Khan accusing him of misleading the court by seeking exemption from appearance on health grounds in an Arms Act case related to the black buck shooting though he was reportedly working in a film during the period. Chief Judicial Magistrate Anupama Bijlani has admitted the application moved by Lalit Boda, the then forest officer who had registered the case against Khan for alleged poaching of black bucks in 1998. The matter has been listed for hearing on April 29. (24/04/2015) (Image: PTI)
Nitish praises Modi for 'very quick' response to storm: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who had severed ties with the BJP for projecting Narendra Modi as Prime Ministerial candidate before the last Lok Sabha elections, today praised and thanked him for "very quick" response to the state after the killer Nor'wester. "I want to thank the honourable Prime Minister and the honourable Home Minister for their assurance to provide help to the disaster hit Bihar. (24/04/2015) (Image: PTI)
No 'kisan' in 'jai jawan jai kisan' slogan now: Akshay Kumar: Superstar Akshay Kumar feels the recent suicide by farmer Gajendra Singh at an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rally in Delhi is "disheartening" as we have forgotten the kisan (farmer) in "jai jawan jai kisan" catchphrase. "The recent suicide by a farmer is very sad and disheartening... I have heard the saying 'jai jawan jai kisan', but now I feel that we have taken out the 'kisan' part from the famous slogan," Akshay told reporters here. (24/04/2015) (Image: PTI)
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