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PM Modi holds telephone call with Afghanistan President, both leaders exchange Eid greetings

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Watch: Highway blockade, tractor rally, dharna by farmers; PM Modi defends bills [Video]

Watch: Highway blockade, tractor rally, dharna by farmers; PM Modi defends bills

Mega protests by farmers were seen on the day the Parliament's Upper House cleared two of three contentious agriculture-related bills. The Rajya Sabha passed the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020. The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 could not be taken up. Meanwhile, farmers - especially in Punjab and Haryana - blocked roads and highways, took out tractor rallies, and sat on dharnas, to oppose the new legislation which they believe will render the minimum support price (MSP) scheme ineffective and leave them at the mercy of big farmers and corporates. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the government's outreach, and said that the MSP system is safe and the new legislations only aim to provide futuristic technology to farmers while freeing them from the grip of middlemen. However, there are some farmers who are not part of the agitation and support the bills. Watch the full video to know what they are saying.

Credit: HT Digital Content    Duration: 03:27Published
Farmers in Maharashta's Dhule welcome Centre's farm bills [Video]

Farmers in Maharashta's Dhule welcome Centre's farm bills

Farmers of Maharashtra's Dhule district welcomed the new agriculture reform bills. The bills were passed in the Rajya Sabha today amid oppositions' ruckus. One of the farmers said, "The Bills introduced in the Lok Sabha by the Modi government has removed all the compulsions that farmers have had for so long. Now we can sell our harvests all over the country."

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12 opposition parties moved no-confidence motion against RS Dy Chairman: Ahmed Patel [Video]

12 opposition parties moved no-confidence motion against RS Dy Chairman: Ahmed Patel

Congress Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Ahmed Patel attacked BJP-led Modi government saying that farm bills passed in Rajya Sabha goes against democratic processes and amounts to killing democracy. "This day will go down in history as 'black day'. The way these bills have been passed goes against democratic processes and amounts to killing democracy. 12 opposition parties have moved a no-confidence motion against Rajya Sabha Dy Chairman," said Patel.

Credit: ANI    Duration: 01:07Published

Amid row over farm bills, PM Modi hails legislation; calls it 'watershed moment' for agriculture

Shortly after the Rajya Sabha on Sunday passed the controversial new farm bills, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the kisan krishi legislations, pointing that..
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Afghanistan Afghanistan Landlocked country in South-Central Asia

Last hostage from group of 7 Indians kidnapped in Afghanistan has returned to India: MEA

The seven Indians were kidnapped by Taliban terrorists in the restive northern Baghlan province. Two of those Indians had returned to India last month. The last..
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India's ties with China and 5 other countries have not deteriorated: MoS MEA

"No", said Minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan in Lok Sabha in response to a written question on whether India's bilateral ties with..
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US special envoy for Afghanistan Khalilzad holds talks with Jaishankar, Doval

Khalilzad arrived here on Tuesday to discuss the historic Afghan peace talks with Indian leaders. It was his fifth visit to India since January last year. In a..
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Fighting continues in Afghanistan as gov’t and Taliban meet [Video]

Fighting continues in Afghanistan as gov’t and Taliban meet

It is the first time after nearly two decades that the Afghan government and the Taliban are meeting face to face. But as they meet in Doha, attacks are continuing in Afghanistan.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO    Duration: 04:36Published

Eid al-Fitr Eid al-Fitr Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan

Eid al-Adha holiday: Low-key celebrations for Muslims amid pandemic [Video]

Eid al-Adha holiday: Low-key celebrations for Muslims amid pandemic

About 1.8 billion Muslims celebrate Eid amid a pandemic that has so far infected more than 16 million people.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO    Duration: 02:54Published
Eid: Shah Rukh, Salman Khan, Amitabh, Priyanka, other celebs extend wishes [Video]

Eid: Shah Rukh, Salman Khan, Amitabh, Priyanka, other celebs extend wishes

On the occasion of Eid-al-Adha, many Bollywood celebrities posted wishes via social media. Actor Shah Rukh Khan tweeted wishes with a photograph of his son AbRam offering prayers. Actor Salman Khan posted an image from his farmhouse with the message of 'Eid Mubarak'. Sending a message amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Salman had covered his face while standing in a field. Emraan Hashmi spread awareness about Covid precautions with a funny tweet of a sheep wearing a mask. Farah Khan's Eid wishes with a photograph of her triplets also had a reference to the pandemic. Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Rampal, and Madhuri Dixit Nene were some of the other celebrities who extended Eid wishes. Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan, who is undergoing treatment for Covid infection at a hospital in Mumbai, also tweeted wishes for the festival. Eid-al-Adha 2020 is one of the festivals being celebrated under the shadow of the ongoing pandemic.

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Libya prisoner amnesty: 41 teenagers freed on Eid holiday [Video]

Libya prisoner amnesty: 41 teenagers freed on Eid holiday

Government officials say they released the fighters because the young prisoners are victims themselves.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO    Duration: 02:26Published
Turks hold first Eid prayers at Hagia Sophia mosque [Video]

Turks hold first Eid prayers at Hagia Sophia mosque

Eid al-Adha -- the Feast of Sacrifice -- is one of the most important holidays in the Muslim Calendar. It includes the pilgrimage to holy city of Mecca, the haj, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:02Published

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