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Govt, Oppn reach consensus to discuss farmers’ issues in RS
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Govt, Oppn reach consensus to discuss farmers’ issues in RS

The government and opposition parties in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday reached on consensus to allocate more time to discuss the motion of thanks and parties can raise their issues on farmers' protest during the discussion. However, before the discussion could begin, several House members created a ruckus, following which Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 9.40 am. Earlier today, several opposition parties including Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), All India Trinamool Congress (TMC), Communist Party of India (CPI), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), MPs moved the suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha over ongoing farmer agitation. The opposition on Tuesday staged a walkout from the Rajya Sabha after Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu rejected the 'suspension of business notice' to discuss ongoing protes...
Farmers’ protest: BKU to organise ‘khap panchayat’ in Mathura
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Farmers’ protest: BKU to organise ‘khap panchayat’ in Mathura

In view of the ongoing farmers' protest against the Central agri laws, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) is organising "khap panchayat" in Mathura on Wednesday with BKU chief Naresh Tikait as its chief guest. BKU has appealed to all the farmers to join the khap panchayat today. The Mathura administration has increased security in view of the panchayat. Meanwhile, Haryana khap will organise "kisan mahapanchayat" today. BKU president Rakesh Tikait and several other leaders of various farmer unions are slated to address the gathering. The mahapanchayat will be held in the sports stadium of Kandela village. Security has been beefed up at Ghazipur, Singhu and Tikri borders in view of the farmers' stir. Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26...
Opposition stages walkout after RS Chairman rejects suspension notice over farm laws
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Opposition stages walkout after RS Chairman rejects suspension notice over farm laws

The opposition on Tuesday staged a walkout from the Rajya Sabha after Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu rejected the 'Suspension of Business Notice' to discuss ongoing protest over the contentious farm laws. Naidu, the Rajya Sabha Chairman, said that the discussion on farmers' protest will start tomorrow not today. "The President has referred to farmers' agitation in his address. I wanted the discussion to start today but I was told that the discussion first starts in Lok Sabha. Keeping this in mind we have agreed to have a discussion on President's address tomorrow," said RS Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. "I've repeated that there was discussion threadbare in the House on farm laws. It is a wrong impression being created that there was no discussion. With regard to voting, people may have their ...
Punjab Congress MPs wear black gown to mark protest against farm laws
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Punjab Congress MPs wear black gown to mark protest against farm laws

Congress MPs from Punjab -- Jasbir Singh Gill and Gurjeet Singh Aujla -- wore a black gown to the Parliament on Monday, as a mark of their protest against the three farm laws which have led to farmers protesting at Delhi borders for over two months. This comes at a day when Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is presenting Union Budget 2021-22 in Parliament. "Internet has been suspended at Haryana borders. Is it a digital India? They are presenting the digital budget but do not provide access to the internet to people. The government is not listening to its people. We are here to be the voice of farmers," Jasbir Singh Gill, Lok Sabha MP from Khadoor Sahib of Punjab told ANI. Gurjeet Singh Aujla, Lok Sabha MP from Punjab's Amritsar said, "The people for whom the budget is presented are...
Police security tightened at Ghazipur border to avoid rowdy elements
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Police security tightened at Ghazipur border to avoid rowdy elements

The police administration has tightened the security at the Ghazipur border to ensure that no unwanted or rowdy element enters into the farmers' protest site and create disturbances, said Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General of Police (ADG) (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar on Friday. "The UP Government had said from the beginning that we will find a solution by talking to farmers. Everything so far has been done in accordance with it. Tightening of security yesterday or today was done to see that no rowdy element enters into a protest to disturb the atmosphere," Kumar told ANI. Additional security forces have been deployed at the Ghazipur border in order to maintain the law and situation as farmers continue with their agitation against the three Central farm laws on Friday. The ADG f...
Villagers blocked Jind-Chandigarh highway in support of farmers
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Villagers blocked Jind-Chandigarh highway in support of farmers

Villagers here blocked the Jind-Chandigarh highway on the intervening night of January 29 for two hours in support of the farmers' protest. One of the farmers, Surendra said, "The villagers have decided to conduct a symbolic dharna in support of the farmers' protest." "The Kandela Khap members along with the villagers will decide the strategy and leave for Delhi tomorrow," he added. He further added that they share the pain of Rakesh Tikait. "If the farmers are crying then what would the government do with their power," he added. Another villager warned that if any action is taken by the government against the farmers in Ghazipur then there will be grave consequences. The farmers raised slogans in support of the farmers at the protest site. Earlier, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait broke do...
Deep Sidhu hits out at farmer leaders for allegedly spreading false propaganda against him
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Deep Sidhu hits out at farmer leaders for allegedly spreading false propaganda against him

Actor-turned-activist Deep Sidhu, who has been accused by farm bodies of trying to defame their agitation and termed a “traitor”, has hit out at farm leaders for allegedly spreading false propaganda and hatred against him. The 36-year-old Sidhu, who is in the eye of a storm for being among the protesters who put up a religious flag atop the Red Fort on Republic Day, claimed that youth did not agree to follow the route which was decided by farmer leaders and the Delhi Police. He claimed people on their own marched towards the Red Fort from all the Delhi borders on January 26 and that not many people took the route as decided by farmer leaders. Slamming the farm leadership for accusing him of being a BJP and RSS man , he said, Will RSS or BJP’s man put up the ‘Nishan Sahib’ and a farmer...
Farm law protests: Petition filed in SC for judicial inquiry into tractor rally violence
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Farm law protests: Petition filed in SC for judicial inquiry into tractor rally violence

A lawyer on Wednesday filed a petition in the Supreme Court, seeking a judicial inquiry into the violence that took place during the farmers’ Republic Day tractor rally, Live Law reported. Vishal Tiwari urged the court to set up a commission headed by a retired Supreme Court judge and comprising of two former High Court judges to collect facts and evidence related to the clashes and submit a report within a set time frame. Tiwari said in his petition that the violence during the rally caused damage to public property and left many injured. “The Internet services were interrupted as the government ordered the operators to suspend the same,” he added. “In the present time the Internet services are very essential to carry out the work in different professions especially in Advocacy as t...
Bar Council condemns Delhi violence on Republic Day, calls for action against perpetrators
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Bar Council condemns Delhi violence on Republic Day, calls for action against perpetrators

Condemning the violence and vandalism committed in various parts of the national capital on Republic Day during the tractor parade, the Bar Council of India (BCI) has demanded action against perpetrators. "The acts sacrilege of Red Fort podium and the national flag, which are symbols of pride, honour, and sovereignty of country are unpardonable. All those responsible for these acts including instigators from various political and other outfits should be identified, brought to book and punished," the BCI said in a statement. Stating that the farmer leaders have "sinfully" failed to fulfill their commitments given to Delhi Police to keep the farmers march under check, the BCI said, "Now, it is their moral duty to forthwith call off the agitation and lift the Dharna from Borders of Delhi, w...
Twitter suspends over 550 accounts after violence during farmers’ Republic Day tractor rally
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Twitter suspends over 550 accounts after violence during farmers’ Republic Day tractor rally

Twitter on Wednesday suspended over 550 accounts from its platform in connection with the violence during the farmers' tractor rally in the national capital on the 72nd Republic Day. A Twitter spokesperson told ANI that the platform has also labelled tweets which were found to be in violation of its "synthetic and manipulated media policy". "We have taken strong enforcement action to protect the conversation on the service from attempts to incite violence, abuse, and threats that could trigger the risk of offline harm by blocking certain terms that violate our rules for trends, the spokesperson said. "Using a combination of technology and human review, Twitter worked at scale and took action on hundreds of accounts and Tweets that have been in violation of the Twitter Rules, and suspend...
22 FIRs filed in connection with farmers’ tractor rally violence
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22 FIRs filed in connection with farmers’ tractor rally violence

With another FIR being registered at the IP Police Station in connection with the violence which broke out during yesterday's farmers' tractor rally at ITO in the national capital, the total number of FIRs rose to 22, said the Delhi Police on Wednesday. A fresh case has been registered against unknown protestors, including the farmer who died after his tractor overturned after ramming into a barricade. Delhi Police had on Tuesday released CCTV footage showing a protesting farmer dying after a tractor rammed into barricades and overturned at ITO. According to sources in the Delhi Police, the process of filing the FIRs started last night, and "over 100 Delhi Police personnel were injured during the farmers' tractor violence at different locations in the national capital." "The first task...
Farmers break police barricade at Tikri border, tractor rally enters Delhi
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Farmers break police barricade at Tikri border, tractor rally enters Delhi

Farmers on Tuesday broke police barricade at Tikri border as their tractor rally against the new agriculture laws entered Delhi on Republic Day. The rally was earlier permitted to pass through Nangloi, Baprola Village, Najafgarh, Jharoda border, Rohtak bypass, and Asoda toll plaza. Meanwhile, a tractor rally from the Singhu border reached Delhi's Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar. The rally will proceed towards DTU-Shahbad-SB Dairy-Darwala- Bawana T-point- Kanjawala Chowk-Kharkhoda toll plaza. Deepak Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police, East Delhi said that police have deployed drones for security surveillance during farmers' tractor rally at Ghazipur border. "We are in touch with the Uttar Pradesh Police and farmer leaders. We have deployed drones for security surveillance during far...
Next round of talks between farmer leaders, Centre begins
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Next round of talks between farmer leaders, Centre begins

Farmer leaders and representatives arrived at Vigyan Bhawan here on Friday for another round of talks with representatives of the Centre, including Union Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar. "The government has not made up its mind to repeal the three farm laws and to ensure the government procurement of all the crops. But we are not going to budge from our demands of a complete repeal of these laws," said Sarvan Singh Pandher, General Secretary, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee. On Thursday, one of the fronts of protesting farmers, the Samkyukt Kisan Morcha rejected the government's offer to put the three farm laws on hold for one-and-half-years to break the impasse over their protest against the same. They said that they want nothing but a complete repeal of all three legisl...
Farmers’ tractor rally on R-Day: Deal with the issue, SC tells cops on farmers entering Delhi
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Farmers’ tractor rally on R-Day: Deal with the issue, SC tells cops on farmers entering Delhi

The Centre on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor or trolley march or any other kind of protest which seeks to disrupt the august gathering and celebrations of the Republic Day on January 26. In an application filed through the Delhi Police, the Centre has said that it has come to the knowledge of the security agencies that a small group of protesting individuals or organisations have planned to carry out a tractor march on Republic Day. “It is submitted that the proposed march is slated to disturb and disrupt the august celebrations of nation on Republic Day and would be bound to create a massive law and order situation,” the application said. “It is submitted that the said proposed march/protest seeks to disrupt and disturb such cele...
Farm laws can be a ‘significant step’, but protect those adversely impacted: IMF
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Farm laws can be a ‘significant step’, but protect those adversely impacted: IMF

The IMF believes the farm bills passed by the Indian government have the potential to represent a significant step forward for agricultural reforms, but a social safety net is needed to protect those who might be adversely impacted during the transition to the new system, a spokesperson of the global lender said here. Gerry Rice, Director of Communications at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), said the new measures will reduce the role of the middlemen and enhance efficiency. "We believe the farm bills do have the potential to represent a significant step forward for agricultural reforms in India," Rice said at a news conference in Washington on Thursday. "The measures will enable farmers to directly contract with sellers, allow farmers to retain a greater share of the sur...