Farmers in Punjab have been staging several protests against the three new farm laws, passed by the central government in September this year.
Parliament had passed the three agriculture Bills--The Farmers' and Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020.
Several opposition parties have termed these legislations as anti-farmer.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain while speaking to ANI informed that Delhi government has begun free vaccinations in government hospitals and paid in private hospitals for senior citizens and people above 45 years with comorbidities. "There are 192 hospitals i.e. 56 governments' (Centre+Delhi) and 136 private with about 300 centres," informed Health Minister. "Registration being done on CoWIN software," he added.
During a roadshow in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on March 01 criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government by saying that his govt doesn't respect Tamil culture. He said, "Govt in Delhi doesn't respect Tamil culture. They've a CM who does everything they say. CM (E.K. Palaniswami) doesn't represent the state, he represents what Modi wants him to do. A person who bows before Modi can't represent Tamil Nadu.""He (CM) must not let RSS insult Tamil culture. Modi says '1 nation, 1 culture, 1 history'. Is Tamil not an Indian language? Is Tamil history not Indian or is Tamil culture not Indian? As an Indian, it's my duty to protect Tamil culture,"he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his first dose of the COVAXIN (Bharat Biotech) at Delhi's AIIMS on March 01 as the second phase of vaccination drive began in India today. Sister P Niveda, from Puducherry, administered first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to PM Modi. "Sir (PM Modi) has been administered first dose of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, second dose will be given after 28 days. He asked us where do we belong to and after vaccination he said, "Laga bhi di, pata hi nahi chala", said sister Niveda who inoculated PM Modi today.
A condominium in Sector 67 of Haryana's Gurugram has been declared a containment zone on February 27 amid coronavirus pandemic. Around 20 persons have been tested positive in Ireo Victory Valley. While speaking to media, the official of District Health Department, Jai Prakash said, "First, 3 cases were reported, after which testing camp was set up. Around 20 persons tested positive, so we declared it as containment zone. More tests being conducted."
Labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur was granted bail on Friday. Kaur was arrested during a protest by workers in Haryana on January 12. Nodeep was granted bail in two of three cases filed against her. The activist said she will visit the Singhu border protest site again. "I will keep raising my voice for farmers and labourers. I would like to thank the lawyers who got me out. I thank everyone, I will definitely visit Singhu border," she said. This also comes after climate activist Disha Ravi was granted bail. Ravi was arrested by Delhi police on February 13 in Toolkit case.
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Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava said that we try to redress every grievance of the public, adding that it improves police-public relations. It is also important that whatever police can do, put them in front of the people, so that they can take advantage of them, he further said. "Recently we observed Delhi Police Week. During that period we sent about 12 such vehicles in the area, which we call public relations vehicles. There was also a vehicle named Probodhi of economic offence wing and two traffic vehicles. The job of these vehicles was to increase public relations with citizens."
While recently speaking to the media, Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava highlighted the efforts being made by his team to efficiently handle crime and complaints during the pandemic. "As soon as the pandemic broke out in March last year, we came up with a scheme under which a complainant could contact any senior police official, including me, through a video call. This also ensured that social distancing norms were followed. I would regularly talk to complainants. And now, we have come up with another scheme 'Integrated Complaint Management System' under which anyone can get his complaint filed online. We upload it in the same system so that every complaint comes into the system and is redressed. We aim to improve this scheme further in coming times," Shrivastava explained.
While speaking to ANI in Bhubaneswar on February 27, the Health and Family Welfare Minister of Odisha, Naba Kisore Das spoke on rising cases of coronavirus pandemic. Kisore Das said, "Passengers arriving from Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh will undergo screening test at airport in Odisha. If any symptom found, they will undergo antigen test." "Those testing COVID positive will be kept under isolation," he added.
After farmer leader Rakesh Tikait announced the plans for marching to Parliament with 40 lakh tractors in order to intensify pressure on the central government to withdraw the three new farm laws, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar responded by saying that the government has still left its doors opened for discussions, while also underlining the previous talks. "Government of India is committed to double farmers' income and work towards agriculture's welfare. Discussions have been held many times, if they have a point to raise even now, we are ready to discuss," Tomar told reporters in the national capital. BKU leader Rakesh Tikait while addressing a Kisan rally in Rajasthan's Sikar today said if the government will not repeal the farm laws, then they intends to march to Parliament with 40 lakh tractors.
Farmer leaders including Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait attended a rally in Rajasthan's Sikar. While addressing the rally, Tikait said, "Our next call will be for a march to Parliament, and not just 4 lakh tractors but 40 lakh tractors will go there if farm laws are not taken back."
Farmer protests continued at Delhi's borders and other states. Protesting farmers also paid homage to soldiers martyred in Pulwama. On February 14, 2019, forty CRPF soldiers had died in Jammu and Kashmir in a terror attack. Farmers held candle light vigil and raised slogans of 'jai Jawan Jai Kisan', 'vande mataram', 'bharat mata ki jai' and 'inquilab zindabad'. Similar candle light march was organised in Punjab's Ludhiana. The march was reportedly organised by Bharatiya Kisan Union. Slogans critical of the Central government were heard at the Ludhiana march. Meanwhile, farmer leader Rakesh Tikait addressed rally in Haryana's Karnal. He said, “Both ‘kisan and jawan’ have only asked for law repeal so far. We have not raised slogans for ‘gaddi wapsi’ (vacate the thrown).” Watch the full video for more.
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