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February 03, 2021 / 11:04 PM IST

Farmers' Protest News Highlights | No further Internet cut at Delhi borders 'as of now': MHA official

Farmers' Protest News Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' agitation has entered the 70th day

Farmers' Protest News Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 70th 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 Supreme Court had earlier ordered a stay on the implementation of these contentious laws, hoping it will end the protest. The farm union leaders have also rejected Centre's proposal to suspend implementation of the laws for the 18 months. On January 26, the protest turned violent when some farmers deviated from a pre-decided route for their Republic Day tractor rally and clashed with police. Some protesters scaled the ramparts of the Red Fort. Several protestors and police personnel were injured in the ensuing clashes.
  • February 03, 2021 / 11:05 PM IST

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  • February 03, 2021 / 09:06 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Rahul Gandhi says India's reputation has taken massive hit, PM must do his job and protect farmers

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi "to do his job" of protecting farmers and claimed India's reputation has taken a "massive hit" with its soft power being "shattered" by the ruling BJP with its handling of the agitation against the new agri laws.
    The Congress leader, however, refused to comment on some international celebrities, including American singer Rihanna, extending support to the farmers'' protest, saying "this is our internal matter".

    Addressing a press conference, he said that the farmers'' issue needs to be resolved by the government as soon as possible as delaying it further was not good for the peace and harmony in the country.

  • February 03, 2021 / 08:49 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | SKM acknowledges support of international personalities, says getting stronger day by day

    The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Wednesday said it is a matter of pride that eminent personalities of the world are showing sensitivity towards the cause of farmers, but it is unfortunate that the Government of India is not understanding their pain.

    The remarks come a day after international pop star Rihanna and young environmental activist Greta Thunberg tweeted in support of the farmers' agitation.

    The SKM, an umbrella body of farmer unions protesting against three agri laws, acknowledged the support of international personalities towards the ongoing farmers' movement.

  • February 03, 2021 / 08:03 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Motivated campaigns targeting India will never succeed, says Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

  • February 03, 2021 / 07:41 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | India’s sovereignty cannot be compromised. External forces can be spectators but not participants, tweets Sachin Tendulkar

  • February 03, 2021 / 07:37 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | "No propaganda can deter India’s unity!" tweets Amit Shah

  • February 03, 2021 / 07:12 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | MEA in Parliament: No foreign govt has given support to farmers' agitation against 3 Bills. In Canada, UK, US & few European countries, protests by a few motivated PIOs on issues related to Farm Bills reported. Canadian PM made a comment on issues related to farmers in India.

  • February 03, 2021 / 07:10 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | No further Internet cut at Delhi borders ''as of now'': MHA official

    There has been no further extension of the Internet suspension at Delhi''s borders which was till the night of February 2, a Union Home Ministry official said on Wednesday.
    The ministry had announced suspension of Internet at the three Delhi border points of Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur where farmers protests are underway from 11 pm on January 29 effective till 11 pm on January 31.

    Later it had extended the suspension till 11 pm on February 2, with a ministry official saying the decision was taken to "maintain public safety and averting public emergency" under Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules 2017.

    "The MHA has not further extended the suspension of internet in Delhi''s borders as of now," the ministry official told PTI.

  • February 03, 2021 / 06:12 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Farm laws issue rocks Lok Sabha; opposition demands separate discussion

    Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned repeatedly on Wednesday as the protesting opposition members demanded a separate discussion on the farm laws issue.
    As soon as the House met at 4 PM, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury tried to raise the issue of farmers'' agitation against the agri laws, saying the matter is maligning the image of the country.

    "We are concerned," he said.

    Several opposition members trooped into the Well, protesting against the farm laws. Urging the members to return to their seats, Speaker Om Birla said they should maintain the dignity of the House or else he will have to take disciplinary action.

    He said the Question Hour is important and it should go on.

  • February 03, 2021 / 05:12 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | India's reputation has taken ''massive hit'': Rahul Gandhi on farmers' protest

    Amid the ongoing farmers' protest against the new farm laws, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said India''s reputation has taken a "massive hit" and its biggest strength, its soft power, has been "shattered" by the BJP and the RSS.

    Addressing a press conference, he said that the farmers'' issue needs to be resolved as soon as possible and the government needs to listen to them.

    Asked if India's image at the international level has taken a beating with barricading at Delhi's borders where farmers are protesting and reports of treatment meted out to them, Gandhi said, "Absolutely the reputation of India has taken a massive hit. Not only on how we are treating our farmers, but on how we treat our people, how we treat journalists."

  • February 03, 2021 / 05:11 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Delhi govt issuing list of 155 people arrested from R-Day violence, says Arvind Kejriwal

    Stating that the issue of farmers missing from protest sites is a matter of "grave concern", Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that his government is issuing a list of 115 people who were arrested and currently locked up in various jails of Delhi after violence during farmers' tractor rally on Republic Day.

    Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal said that the Delhi government has received complaints from the families of those who had come to Delhi to participate in farmers' protest but haven't returned home.

  • February 03, 2021 / 03:49 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Holding no informal talks with farmers, barricading is local admin issue: Agriculture Minister Tomar

    Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today said the Centre is not holding any informal talk with protesting farmers and described putting up of more barricades and suspending internet in and around agitation sites as law and order issues related to local administrations.

    The last and 11th round of meeting between the government and 41 protesting unions, held on January 22, was inconclusive. The Centre had asked unions to reconsider the government's proposal to suspend new farm laws for 18 months.

    Asked when the government will hold the next round of talks and if it was engaging with the unions informally, Tomar replied in the negative. "No. We will inform when formal talks will be held," Tomar told news agency PTI. (Input from PTI)

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