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January 20, 2021 / 11:01 PM IST

Farmers' Protest News Highlights: 10th round of talks concluded, next meeting scheduled on 22 January

Farmers' Protest News Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' agitation has entered the 56th day. The Centre has withdrawn its plea seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor rally on January 26 by farmers protesting against the new farm laws after the Supreme Court said: "it is a police matter".

Farmers' Protest News Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 56th day today. Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are staging a sit-in protest along Delhi borders. The protest started on November 26. The farmers are demanding a complete rollback of the new farm reform laws and a guarantee on the Minimum Support Price (MSP)
system being retained. Multiple rounds of talks between the Centre and the farmers’ union leaders have ended in a stalemate. Protesting farmers fear that the new laws will dismantle the MSP system and corporatise farming. The next round of talks between the government and farmer unions is scheduled for today. On January 12, the Supreme Court ordered a stay on the implementation of these contentious laws hoping it will end the farmers' protest. However, in their response to what the court called an extraordinary order of stay, the farmer unions made it clear that they will not call off the protest until the three reform laws enacted in September are repealed. The Centre has withdrawn its plea seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor rally on January 26 by farmers protesting against the new farm laws after the Supreme Court said: "it is a police matter".
  • January 20, 2021 / 07:33 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | 10th round of talks conclude, next meeting scheduled on 22 January

    The 10th round of talks between the farmer and the government has concluded. The next meeting is scheduled for 22 January. 

  • January 20, 2021 / 07:16 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Farmer Union Leaders consider suspending the laws for a year

    Farmer Union leaders considering the suggestion of suspending the laws for a year. A decision will be announced soon

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  • January 20, 2021 / 05:21 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | State Congress chief DK Shivkumar & Siddaramaiah detained while protesting against farm laws 

    State Congress chief DK Shivkumar & Siddaramaiah and other party leaders detained while marching towards Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru to protest against farm laws.

  • January 20, 2021 / 05:17 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Same ministers, same tone, and same rhetoric: Farmers in the 10th round of talks

    The 10th round of talks between agitating farmers and the government are currently underway. In the first half of the meeting, the farm leaders raised the issue of NIA notices being issued to various union leaders. The government sought the list of union leaders who have been served notice by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The issue of arrest of agitating farmers in Himachal Pradesh was also raised in the meeting accusing the government of trying to intimidate the protestors. The farmers were assured that the BJP government would punish no innocents. 
    The farmers also reportedly displayed placards in Punjabi translating to “same ministers, same tone and same rhetoric, will there be another meeting?” during the meeting. In the post-lunch session, the government repeated that it won’t repeal the laws and that the unions can approach the Supreme Court for the repeal of laws

  • January 20, 2021 / 04:25 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Farmers bring up NIA notices being sent in the first session

    According to one union leader, in the first session, the farm unions raised the issue of NIA notices being sent to those supporting the agitation and the arrests of protesting farmers in Haryana, accusing the government of trying to intimidate the protestors.

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  • January 20, 2021 / 04:08 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Farmers who have sold produce shouldn't protest: Chhattisgarh CM 

    "Nearly 17-18 lakh farmers have sold their produce. BJP is protesting... those who don't believe in the system may protest or those who couldn't sell their produce. The ones who have sold paddy and received the money shouldn't protest ", said Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel. 

  • January 20, 2021 / 03:49 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | There might be another round of talks with the police officers tomorrow, a farmer leader, who attended the meeting told news agency PTI.

  • January 20, 2021 / 03:41 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Union leaders reject suggestion of alternative route for tractor rally on R-Day

    Farmer unions opposing the Centre's new agri laws today rejected a suggestion by police officers to hold their proposed January 26 tractor rally on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway instead of Delhi's busy Outer Ring Road, reported news agency PTI citing sources. Union leaders and officers of the Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana police forces had met at the Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi to discuss the route and arrangements of the proposed rally on Republic Day. The sources said that the farmer leaders were suggested by the police officers to take out their rally on the KundliManesarPalwal (KMP) Expressway, but they did not agree. The Outer Ring Road passes through several areas of Delhi such as Vikaspuri, Janakpuri, Uttam Nagar, Burari Peeragarhi and Pitampura.

  • January 20, 2021 / 03:28 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | During the hearing conducted through video-conferencing today, the Centre withdrew its plea seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor rally on January 26 by farmers protesting against the new farm reform laws after the top court said "it is a police matter". The police has the "authority" to deal with the issue pertaining to the proposed tractor march in Delhi on Republic Day, the bench said. 

  • January 20, 2021 / 03:16 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | SC irked over aspersions cast on members of court-appointed committee on farm laws

    The Supreme Court today expressed strong displeasure over the aspersions cast by some farmers' unions on members of the court-appointed committee to resolve the impasse over new farm laws and said it has not given any adjudicating authority to the panel. Controversy had erupted after the apex court appointed the four-member committee as some of the members had earlier reportedly expressed their views and favoured the contentious farm laws, following which one of the members had recused himself.
    On the issue pertaining to the committee, a bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said it had appointed experts in the panel as the judges are not experts on the subject.
    "Where is the question of bias in this? We have not given adjudicating powers to the committee. You don't want to appear is understandable, but casting aspersions on someone because he expressed his view is not done. You don't need to brand anybody like this," said the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian. 

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  • January 20, 2021 / 03:03 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Farmer dies after consuming poisonous substance at Tikri border

    A farmer who allegedly consumed a poisonous substance at the Tikri border died during treatment at a hospital in Delhi today, police said. The deceased has been identified as Jai Bhagwan Rana (42), a resident of Pakasma village in Rohtak district of Haryana. He had consumed Sulphas tablets at the farmers' protest site at Tikri yesterday, they said.

  • January 20, 2021 / 02:52 PM IST

    Farmer Protests LIVE Updates | The tenth round of talks between farmer unions and the Centre over the three farm laws begins at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. 
    (Visuals from ANI) 

      Farmer Protests LIVE Updates  | The tenth round of talks between farmer unions and the Centre over the three farm laws begins at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.  
(Visuals from ANI) 
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