Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday engaged in a war of words over farmers' Delhi Chalo march against the Centre's farm laws.
While Singh slammed Khattar for stopping farmers from moving towards the national capital, terming it as "totally undemocratic and unconstitutional", the latter told the Punjab chief minister to stop "inciting innocent farmers".
Farmers from Punjab faced water cannons and broke police barriers at the state’s border with Haryana as they pushed towards the national capital Thursday on their “Delhi Chalo” march against the Centre’s farm laws.
By late evening, a large group of them had reached the road toll plaza at Panipat, about 100 km from Delhi.
Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on January 16 inaugurated COVID-19 vaccination drive for the health workers from Mohali's civil hospital. About 1.74 lakh health workers working in both government and private health care facilities will be vaccinated in the state. Today is the inaugural day of nationwide roll-out of vaccination. Billed as the world's largest vaccination programme, covering the entire length and breadth of the country, the drive aims to first inoculate millions of its healthcare and frontline workers and reach an estimated 3 crore people by the end of its first phase.
While speaking to ANI on January 06, Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to come up with a solution in farmers' issue. He said, "The solution has to be found at the level of Prime Minister. He must sit with his ministers and Home Minister and come to a solution. It has to be found by the Prime Minister finally." He added, "Farmers have every right to protest. My sympathy is 101 per cent with the farmers, there are old men and women sitting and protesting at the borders (Delhi border). Till last reports, 55 farmers had died - they are sacrificing their lives."
While speaking to ANI on January 06, Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh said that government should repeal farm laws to bring peace in the state and farmers home. He said, "It can't be that the whole farmer community of the country is asking for something and the government remains unresponsive. It is the duty of the government to respond to people of the country. I feel that farmers have made their stand very clear that the laws should be repealed. No law has that sanctity which can't be touched. For instance, the constitution has been amended over 100 times since it was introduced in 1950. So, why is it that this law can't be amended and you just have to withdraw?" He then added, "If farmers are saying to withdraw the laws, you can withdraw laws and can talk to farmer's committees to bring whatever laws you want later on."
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
Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated first-of-its-kind remote monitoring of gas turbines across all Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. refineries in Hyderabad on December 29. This system will track operations of all 8 refineries operated by IOCL across India. It will enhance the operational reliability, productivity and environment sustainability of refineries at Digboi, Bongaigaon, Paradip, Panipat, Gujarat, Mathura, Barauni and Haldia.
Farmers participating in 'Delhi Chalo' protest march, stay for the night at the toll at Panipat Highway. A farmer said, "We are carrying food enough to last a month, we have stove and other kitchen items. We are also carrying blankets to brave the cold."
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurated air taxi services on Thursday. The air taxi service was launched from Chandigarh to Hisar under the UDAN scheme of the Central government. Khattar informed that air services would also start from Hisar to Dehradun in the second phase, while in the third phase two more routes will be added. "These air taxis will be four-seaters and have a speed limit of 250 km/hour. For the first time in the country, a small aircraft in the form of an air taxi is being used for services," the CM said. He added, "In the second phase, services for Hisar to Dehradun will be started on January 18. In the third phase, two more routes from Chandigarh to Dehradun and Hisar to Dharamshala will be added on January 23."
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India's first air taxi services were inaugurated in Haryana on January 14. State Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today inaugurated the service at Chandigarh Airport. The services will start from Chandigarh to Hisar under UDAN scheme of Central Government. "For the first time in the country, a small aircraft in the form of air taxi is being used for services. In 2nd phase, services for Hisar to Dehradun will be started on January 18. In the 3rd phase, two more routes from Chandigarh to Dehradun and Hisar to Dharamshala will be added on January 23," said CM while speaking to media persons. The company also plans to include Shimla, Kullu and more Haryana routes.
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.
A Punjab artist painted portraits of US President-elect Joe Biden and VP-elect Kamala Harris on the eve of their inauguration. Jagjot Singh Rubal painted the portraits as a gift to the leaders on their swearing-in. The artist also expressed his wish to display his work in the White House. Rubal took 20 days to complete the portraits painted on joint canvas using acrylic colours. He had earlier received a letter of appreciation from PM Modi for his portrait. The artist from Amritsar currently holds as many as 10 world records. Biden-Harris' inauguration ceremony is scheduled to take place on January 20 at the US Capitol. The event is set to be a star-studded one with celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, others.
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The tenth round of talks between farmer unions and Central government over the three farm laws concluded at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi on January 20. General secretary of All India Kisan Sabha Hannan Mollah, said, "Government said that it is ready to file an affidavit in the court to the effect that it would put the implementation of the laws on hold for one and half a year. They also said that a committee would be formed on MSP and the laws and they would implement the recommendations of the committee. We'll hold a meeting tomorrow and take a decision on the proposal." He also said, "We asked government to withdraw the fake cases registered by NIA against farmers. In response, government said they are looking into the matter and asked us to provide the names of leaders against whom new cases, if any, have been registered." The next round of the meeting will take place on January 22. The farmers are protesting against new farm laws since November 26, 2020 at Delhi borders.
BJP supporters raised "desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maaro saalo ko" slogan during a party rally in Chandannagar area in West Bengal's Hooghly on January 20. The same slogan was raised by Union Minister Anurag Thakur during campaigning for Delhi assembly elections last year. Bengal is going for polls in the mid of 2021.
Officers of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh police arrived at the Singhu border to hold talks with the farmers protesting against the farm laws. Bhartiya Kisan Union's spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on the first meeting of the Supreme Court-formed committee said that they don't know and they are not going. He further said that the bill will go back the same route it came from. "We don't know, we're not going (to first meeting of SC-formed committee). Nobody from the agitation approached the court. Govt brought bill through Ordinance, it was tabled in the house. It'll go back the same route it came from," said Rakesh Tikait while speaking to ANI on January 19.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on January 18 said that farmer's tractor parade on January 26 will not disturb the Republic Day event of the government. "Tomorrow we will talk to the Central Government over new farm laws but there is no hope that some solution will be found. On 26 January, we will take out a tractor rally on Outer Ring Road in Delhi, we will not go to the site where the parade of the government is," said Rakesh Tikait.
A face-off is brewing between leaders of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) and chief of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni. The latter's alleged bids to organise a meeting with political parties was labelled as 'unauthorised' by the SKM which claims that it wants to keep the ongoing farmer protests apolitical. Chaduni called the allegations a plot by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to break the protest. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court said that the Delhi Police must decide on the issue of entry of farmers into the national capital for a tractor rally on January 26. Watch the full video for more.
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Protesting farmers allegedly damaged over 1500 Jio mobile towers in Punjab. A total of 1,561 mobile towers have been impacted in the state, as per an official. Towers had power supplies & fibre cables..
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