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December 18, 2020 / 11:24 PM IST

Farmers' Protest Highlights | Singhu, Auchandi, Piau Maniyari & Mangesh borders closed, traffic diverted from Mukarba & GTK road

Farmers' Protest Highlights : Farmers' agitation against the Centre's new farm reform laws has entered 23rd day today. Farmers from different states have been camping at Delhi's Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border points to demand repeal of the agri reform laws.

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The Delhi Chalo farmers' protest at border points in New Delhi has entered the 23rd day today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun his address to the farmers of Madhya Pradesh. Affirming that the right to protest is part of a fundamental right, the Supreme Court has said it will not interfere at this stage with the farmers' ongoing stir, and the agitation
should be allowed to continue without impediment and without any breach of peace either by the protestors or the police. Meanwhile, Narendra Singh Tomar issued an 8-page open letter to farmers saying the Centre is ready to address all their concerns. Farmers have so far rejected the government's offer of amendments in the new agriculture reform laws and a written assurance on continuing the MSP system. Previous five rounds of talks between the central government and representatives of 40 farmer unions remained inconclusive. Farmers have said that the protest will continue until their demands are met and the laws are scrapped. They fear that the new laws will dismantle the minimum support price (MSP) system and corporatise farming.
  • December 18, 2020 / 10:19 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Singhu, Auchandi, Piau Maniyari, & Mangesh borders are closed. Traffic has been diverted from Mukarba & GTK road: Delhi Traffic Police

  • December 18, 2020 / 08:05 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Farmers' protest affects traffic movement on Jaipur-Delhi highway for 6th day

    The traffic on Jaipur-Delhi national highway remained partially affected for the sixth consecutive day on Friday due to the farmers' agitation near the Rajasthan-Haryana border. Despite intense cold conditions, the farmers have been staying put in Shahjahapr near the border since Sunday, protesting against the three agri laws introduced by the Centre.

    One side of the highway, from Jaipur to Delhi, is closed whereas the other side, from Delhi to Jaipur, is open for traffic. On Friday, the farmers were addressed by activists Kavita Srivastava, Kanwar Yadav and others, spokesperson of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (Rajasthan) Ram Madhav said.


  • December 18, 2020 / 08:00 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Indian doctors' group from USA delays return to help protesting farmers

    A group comprising 20 Indian doctors from the USA has delayed its return to provide medical services at Tikri border, where thousands of farmers have been protesting against the new farm laws for over three weeks now. Svaiman Singh, one of the doctors in the team, said they set up medical camps at Tikri nearly 20 days back and have been attending to the sick farmers since then.

    "Every year we come to India to set up free medical camps to help those in need. This year the people who were most in need are these farmers, so we are here," the cardiologist said. "We came to India about three months back for our annual medical camp trip and were scheduled to return in a month's time, but stayed back to offer facilities to the farmers," he said.

    Hailing from a farmers' family himself, the doctor said they plan to stay back as long as the farmers need them. He also said they are being helped by doctors in India with all kinds of medical supplies.


  • December 18, 2020 / 05:33 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Congress hits out at PM Modi on MSP, asks 'why doesn't Modiji listen to Modiji'

    "PM Narendra Modi himself had declared that a law on the MSP needs to be implemented. Then why doesn't Modiji listen to Modiji," said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala

  • December 18, 2020 / 04:46 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Narendra Singh Tomar attends second IMEC meeting, reviews progress of implementation of PM-FME scheme

    Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar attends second Inter-Ministerial Empowered Committee (IMEC) meeting to review progress of implementation of PM-FME (Prime Minister -Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises) scheme.

  • December 18, 2020 / 04:11 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Smriti Irani, Union Minister of Textiles at Kisan Sammelan in Meerut: The opposition says that the one who made the bills isn't a farmer. The one who talks of producing 40-inch potato is he a farmer? Is Sonia Gandhi a farmer? The one who actually did something for farmers is PM Narendra Modi.

  • December 18, 2020 / 04:08 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Smriti Irani, Union Minister of Textiles at Kisan Sammelan in Meerut: PM Narendra Modi provided Rs 8 lakh crores in MSP to farmers during his tenure compared to Rs 3.5 lakh crores which UPA provided in 10 yrs of their tenure. What did they do when they were the ruling party?

  • December 18, 2020 / 04:05 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Slamming Opposition leaders for their stance against the new farm laws, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has alleged that "failed political players" who have been rejected repeatedly by the people are acting under their "depression of defeat" and "misleading" the farmers.

    The Minority Affairs Minister also lashed out at Opposition leaders Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal, alleging that the Congress leader was "posing" as a farmers' leader despite knowing little about farming, while the Delhi chief minister was "karne mein zero, dharne mein hero (zero in work, but hero in sit-ins)". Farmers throughout the country are satisfied that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has worked for their empowerment and interests after coming to power, Naqvi said. (PTI)

  • December 18, 2020 / 03:55 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Protest not for farmers, it's meant to oppose Centre, says Union Minister Rupala: Union minister Parshottam Rupala on Friday alleged that the only purpose of the protest going on at Delhi borders against three farm laws is to oppose the central government and it is not meant for the welfare of farmers. He also urged the farmers to let these agriculture laws get implemented first and then approach the government for any modifications.

    "This agitation is not at all for the benefit of farmers. It is going on just to oppose the central government. There is always a scope for making amendments in the future if farmers feel that some provision is not right. So the upfront demand to scrap the entire law at this juncture is improper," the Minister of State for Agriculture said.

  • December 18, 2020 / 03:42 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Hardeep Puri accuses Congress of 'instigating' protests over farm laws: Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri accused the Congress on Friday of spreading "canards" over the recent farm laws and "instigating" protests, while taking a swipe at the party on the absence of many of its members in the Rajya Sabha when these bills were passed. "Even their senior leader, Rahul Gandhi, was vacationing abroad when the voting took place. The party is clearly imploding. It should rather bother about holding its remnants together than stoking fire in the country," Puri said in tweets.

    Citing a Hindi idiom, the Union civil aviation minister alleged that the Congress is warming its hands while setting the houses of others on fire. "Congress is doing precisely that. It points out non-existent flaws in Farm Bills, spreads canards & instigates protests. If it wanted to block the bills why were the party MPs not present in full force during RS voting?" he asked. "Our farmers have played a positive role in putting food on our table and in making the green revolution," Puri said while reiterating the Centre's stand that if they have any concerns about the farm laws, it will sit across the table and resolve those.

  • December 18, 2020 / 03:21 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Congress leader and boxer, Vijender Singh, distributes food at langar organised by Jamindara Student Organization (JSO) for protesting farmers at Tikri border. "We are here to serve the farmers of our country. Our fight is not against the government but the 3 black laws," he said. 

  • December 18, 2020 / 03:01 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | PM Narendra Modi: On 25th December, the birth anniversary of Atal Bihar Vajpayee, I will once again talk about this subject in more detail. On that day, another instalment of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi will be transferred to the bank accounts of crores of farmers 

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