Top 5 news today: Rahul Gandhi, Transport strike, Pak sends beef, Nepal earthquake, more
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who has amplified his tirade against the Narendra Modi government over farmers’ issues, today braved the sweltering heat when he strode the distance of 20-km as part of his ‘kisan padyatra’ in Amravati district to interact with the kin of farmers who have committed suicide due to agrarian crisis. During his day-long ‘padyatra’, Rahul visited five villages and met family members of at least nine farmers who have killed themselves. Normal life was disturbed in several parts of the country as employees of state transport corporations and some private operators went on a 24-hour strike against the proposed Motor Bill, ignoring the Center’s appeal to call it off. Kerala, Haryana, Assam and Karantaka were severely hit as buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws went off roads. Normal life was partially hit in West Bengal due to a 12-hour general strike called by opposition parties to protest against alleged violence and malpractices in the just-held civic polls. VHP today raised strong objections to reports that Pakistan has sent beef as part of its relief material to quake-hit Nepal victims. In a statement, VHP’s Delhi unit general secretary Ramkrishan Srivastav said by doing so Pakistan has hurt the religious sentiments of the people of Nepal, which has banned cow slaughter and consumption of beef.