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.
Speaking to ANI in the national capital on January 22, general secretary of All India Kisan Sabha, Hannan Mollah spoke on the declared farmers' rally on Republic Day in Delhi. Mollah said, "Kisans (farmers) have started coming to the Outer Ring Road and will come. We can't change the program." "The rally will be held as declared," he added.
Fire which broke out in Engineers Bhawan in Delhi's busy ITO area has been doused off. Around 14 fire tenders were deployed to carry out the fire extinguishing operation. Speaking on the situation, Delhi Fire Service Deputy Chief Fire Officer Sanjay Tomar said, "We deployed 4 fire tenders in the initial turnout. After looking at the situation, we deployed 13-14 tenders. The fire broke out in an office on the second floor. Fire was doused in 45 minutes. No casualty was reported."
Fire broke out in a building in ITO area on January 22. 3 fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the flames. A security guard, who was stuck on the terrace of Engineers Bhawan, was rescued by fire dept officials. Fire fighting operations are underway. More details are awaited.
Haryana Education Minister, Kanwar Pal Gujjar informed that the classes for students of 6th to 8th standard will resume soon. "We are going to soon resume classes for students of 6th to 8th standard, probably by February 01. Once these classes get underway, we'll think about resuming classes for primary classes after 15 February...We have thought about reducing school syllabus and holding examinations in April."
While addressing a joint press conference at Tikri Border on January 17, the convener of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti in Haryana, Mandip Nathwan spoke on farmers protest. Nathwan said, "On behest of government, some people want to turn this agitation violent. This agitation is against policies of government, and not against Delhi." "We should implement strategy finalised by Sanyukt Kisan Morcha and continue it peacefully," he added. "It is being said that farmers would unfurl tricolour at Red Fort and tractors and tanks would roll together (on January 26). No such programme has been finalised by the Morcha. Such statements are not in interests of farmers," Nathwan further stated
On sexual harassment charges filed by woman officer against Arjuna awardee Khajan Singh and coach S Singh, CRPF DG AP Maheshwari said, "The FIR has been registered with Delhi Police. We have set up an Empowered Committee as envisaged under Supreme Court guidelines after Vishakha judgment. The committee is headed by Charu Sinha, IG Srinagar...That lady hasn't come to us with any complaints of threats. I have gone to camps talking to women personnel. We still don't know exact facts. Law will take its course."
ITBP's K9 team has been given the task to secure Rajpath and India Gate area for the Republic Day parade. Delhi Police had requested ITBP to deploy its crack K9 team for deployment to sanitise and secure the area. The team includes dogs like Belgian Malinois, which have been trained for all-region and weather conditions. Some of them, who were deployed in tough weather conditions, will be brought to Delhi for the Republic Day parade. Rehearsals for 72nd Republic Day parade are underway across country.
Haryana Police has booked around 13 farmers who allegedly blocked state Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar's convoy in Ambala on December 23 during their protest against the new farm laws. "We have registered cases against 13 farmers under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. We are investigating the incident," said Madan Lal, DSP, Ambala. CM Khattar was going to Ambala to campaign for BJP candidates in the election to the municipal corporation.
United Sikhs, a non-government organisation (NGO), has joined the series of efforts to support the protesting farmers who are camped at border areas of Delhi to demonstrate against three new agriculture laws. The NGO has set up a medical camp at the Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana) to provide medical aid to the protesting farmers who suffered injuries on their way from Punjab and other neighbouring states. Six doctors are camped at the protest site to provide necessary treatment to the farmers and around 2500 of them who suffered minor injuries during clash with Haryana Police, said NGO's Director.
Punjab Youth Congress workers faced water cannons from Police in Chandigarh after they gheraoed the residence of Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar on December 02. The protest by the Youth Congress workers was against Haryana administration's tackling of protesting farmers last month when the disgruntled community from Punjab decided to march towards the national capital for their 'Delhi Chalo' protest against the new agricultural laws. Protesting farmers who were marching towards Delhi faced water cannon and tear gas shells from Haryana Police. The alleged use of force against farmers drew ire of opposition, mainly from Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh who criticised the handling, and later said he will not pick up the calls of his Haryana counterpart. Thousands of farmers have camped in and around the national capital for seven days now to intensify their protest against the new farm reforms which they have termed as "black laws".
Dense fog enveloped Prayagraj city of Uttar Pradesh on January 22. It led to low visibility at various locations. Similar situation of fog was also observed in Punjab's Amritsar today. It has disrupted normal life of the locals in city. A thick blanket of dense fog also engulfed UP's Lucknow.
People living in Uttar Pradesh woke up to a chilly morning on Thursday. People lit up fire to keep themselves warm as temperature dropped in the city. In Punjab's Amritsar, the situation was no different. The city witnessed a dense fog this morning. Minimum temperature was recorded at 4.4 degrees Celsius.
Farmers on January 20 assembled at Harike Pattan in Tarn Taran district to head to Delhi, ahead of their proposed tractor rally on Republic Day. Protesting farmers and their leaders have said that they will take out a massive tractor rally in Delhi on January 26 in protest of the three farm laws. Farmers have been protesting on different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws - Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Farmers rejected Centre's proposal to put the laws on hold for at least 1.5 years. Farmers' union said they want a complete withdrawal of all three agriculture laws. Rejection came from Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 40 farmers' unions. This was the first time the Centre proposed to keep the laws on hold for the time being. Farmer leader, Joginder S Ugrahan said, "We will not entertain any proposal till the government repeals the farm laws. Tomorrow we will again tell the government that we want rollback of the three laws." Bharatiya Kisan Union, however, said no such decision on proposal rejection was taken. The implementation of farm laws was put on hold by a SC order passed early this month. Government and farmers to again meet on January 22 for the 11th round of discussion.
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After farmer leader Joginder S Ugrahan echoed the rejection of Samyukt Kisan Morcha to not accept Centre's offer of putting on hold the three farm laws for around 18 months, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Sidhupur) president Jagjit Singh Dallewal, on the contrary said no such decision has been made and the meeting is going on. Joginder S Ugrahan said, "It's been decided that no proposal of government will be accepted until and unless they repeal the laws. In tomorrow's meeting (with government) we'll say that we have only one demand, repeal the laws and legally authorise MSP. All these have been unanimously decided."
Krantikari Kisan Union's Darshan Pal said that they are firm on their stance of conducting tractor parade on Delhi's Outer Ring Road on Republic Day. Darshan Pal said, "Govt has said tractor parade on R-Day can't be conducted on Delhi's Outer Ring Road, due to security reasons. We're clear that we'll conduct tractor parade there only. After tomorrow's meeting with Centre, we'll hold another meeting with police."
Dense fog enveloped Aligarh city of Uttar Pradesh on January 18. It led to low visibility at various locations. Similar situation of fog was observed in Bihar's Muzaffarpur today. A thick blanket of dense fog also engulfed Punjab's Ludhiana. Locals were seen keeping themselves warm near the bonfire amid chilly winter season. The city recorded a minimum temperature of 8 degrees celsius, as per India Meteorological Department (IMD).
With India's Covid immunisation drive launching on January 16, a sanitation worker became the first vaccine recipient at the country's premier AIIMS hospital in Delhi. Manish Kumar said that seeing other people have doubts about the inoculants, he approached his seniors to be the first one getting a jab. His mother, initially anxious over the decision, supported him later. Dr Harpreet Bains of Ludhiana's civil hospital also spoke about his experience after getting vaccinated. Watch the full video for more.
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Dense fog enveloped Patna city of Bihar on January 15. It led to low visibility at various locations. Speaking to ANI, a local said, "From last 3-4 days, the cold wave has gripped the city causing problems in carrying out day-to-day activities." Similar situation of fog was observed in UP's Lucknow today. Thick blanket of fog also engulfed Punjab's Ludhiana. Locals were seen keeping themselves warm near the bonfire amid chilly winter season.
Speaking to ANI in the national capital on January 22, general secretary of All India Kisan Sabha, Hannan Mollah spoke on upcoming government-farmer talks. Mollah said, "There isn't much expectation...