In an argument with a woman Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Congress MLA Harsh Vijay Gehlot openly threatened her on January 17 in Madhya Pradesh's Ratlam. The incident was caught on camera, wherein Gehlot can be heard telling the woman official, "Had you been a man I would have held you by the collar". The argument arose when Gehlot with his party workers reached outside the SDM's office to submit a memorandum against the Centre's farm laws… read-more
The National Investigating Agency (NIA) has summoned 40 people including farmers' leader Baldev Singh Sirsa and actor-turned-activist Deep Sidhu for questioning on January 17. They have been called to appear before the agency's New Delhi headquarters as witnesses in a case related to the US-based secessionist group ‘Sikhs for Justice (SFJ)’. However, Punjabi actor Sidhu alleged that this move has been made to demoralize him from participating… read-more
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On the 50th day of farmers' protest, Karnataka Congress leader B.K.Chandrashekar has questioned the committee set by the Supreme Court to resolve the deadlock. In a press release, the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) spokesperson challenged the panel's nonpartisanship, since a few members have taken sides over the issue. He said, "How will other 'sensible' and reputed experts testify before a panel whose credibility in public… read-more
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Although schools are gradually reopening in Punjab, children are continuously joining the farmers' protest at Singhu border. Reportedly, the children attend regular schools when they are at home, they switch to online mode when they join their parents at the protest site. The farmers said the children would learn the struggle, interests and culture by attending the protests. Meanwhile, the schools currently go for only few hours with optional… read-more
Courtesy: The Indian Express
Calling the Centre's attitude as "stubborn", the protesting farmers have refused to take part in a committee suggested by the Supreme Court for the issues' resolution. However, they thanked the apex court for halting the implementation of the Centre's three farm laws for the time being. Earlier, the three-judge bench headed by CJI SA Bobde on January 11 had criticized the government and asked to break the impasse by creating a committee.
Courtesy: The Telegraph
The deadlock between farmers and government has been extended further as the eighth round of talks went inconclusive. While the government did not show any sign to revoke the laws, the farmer’s representative asked the leverage of states passing their own laws. Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said government can only consider if farmers give other option than repealing laws. Reportedly, the next round talks have been scheduled to January 15.… read-more
Hearing a plea related to the Tablighi Jamaat event, the Supreme Court on January 7 warned Centre over the probability of similar consequences in the farmers' protest. Fearing the rise of Covid-19 cases, the top court asked the Solicitor General regarding safety provisions against COVID-19 and has directed to submit a report on developments to pacify the protests. Moreover, CJI SA Bobde said, “It is not that everything (pandemic) is over.”… read-more
The eighth round talks between farmers' representative and Centre on January 4 has yet again failed to break the impasse. The talks were inconclusive as the farmers' representatives stuck to their demand for repealing the laws, while the government persuaded to discuss the issues. Meanwhile, the farmer unions' representatives, stated that the protest would continue until the laws are revoked. The next meeting is scheduled for January 8.
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Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio on January 4 approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court after over 1600 telecom towers of the company were allegedly vandalised by the protesting farmers in the states. Blaming the competitors, Jio has alleged that the act was instigated by "business rivals". The petition also stated that the company has never been in farming nor it has plans to enter the business.
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Except two issues: Legal guarantee on MSP and repeal of the farm laws, the Centre and the protesting farm unions have reached a consensus on matters of stubble burning and power tariff. The mutually agreed stance was achieved in December 30 meeting. Moreover, the government is trying to convince farmers through redressing their grievances and explaining the laws' benefits to them. However, for the remaining two issues, talks will be held on… read-more
Courtesy: Business Standard