Farmers have been protesting at various places in Delhi and Haryana and have rejected the central government's offer to hold talks on December 3 saying that imposing conditions for starting a dialogue is an insult to them.
Bharat Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait distanced himself from the violent incidents that took in Delhi on Republic Day. He said that those who created violence and unfurled flags at Red Fort have to pay for their deeds. Violence marred parts of Delhi including ITO and Red Fort during agitating farmers’ tractor parade. Tikait also spoke on the viral video where he was seen urging supporters to be armed with lathis. Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) called off 'Kisan R-Day Parade' on Tuesday evening following violence. SKM, an umbrella body coordinating the agitation, urged farmers to return to their respective protest sites. Delhi Police said it has so far registered 22 FIRs in connection with the violence.
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President Ram Nath Kovind on January 26 hosted 'At Home' reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of Republic Day. In view of the pandemic, the guests are trimmed amid the need to maintain social distancing norms. The 'At Home' reception was attended by Vice President V Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh among other dignitaries. Chiefs of armed forces were also present at the reception.
Tripura's Arshiya Das, a ten-year-old girl chess genius, was awarded the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar on January 25. Arshiya attended the PM's video conference along with her parents from the conference hall of the office of District Magistrate west Tripura district. Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually interacted with 32 winners from across the country via video conference. Dr. Shailesh Kumar Yadav, District Magistrate of west Tripura district felicitated Arshiya and expressed that it is a great honour for the state of Tripura. Arshiya is the first player from the northeast states to win a gold medal at the Asian School Chess Tournament 2019.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah met with senior officials from the Home Ministry to take stock of the law and order situation in the national capital, following intense clashes between protesting farmers and Delhi police that even reached the Red Fort. The home minister ordered additional forces in Delhi. This comes after the Ministry ordered the suspension of internet services at Delhi's border points - Singhu, Ghazipur, Tikri, Mukarba Chowk, Nangloi and areas adjoining these protest hubs due to the tense security situation in the national capital. Earlier, wielding sticks and clubs and holding the tricolour and union flags, tens of thousands of farmers atop tractors broke barriers, clashed with police and entered the city from various points to lay siege to the Red Fort and climb the flagpole on Republic Day on Tuesday. A protesting farmer died after his tractor overturned at ITO during the farmers’ tractor parade on Tuesday, police said. Watch the full video for more details.
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The display of cultural tableaux was held as a part of the 72nd Republic Day parade. Leading from the front, Ladakh showcased their first-ever tableau. Tableau displayed culture and communal harmony besides art, architecture, festivals, literature and music. A replica of the Sun Temple at Modhera was also displayed on the Gujarat tableau, depicting parts of the Sun Temple including its 52 pillars. Tableau of Punjab showcased the glory of 9th Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur, with the theme of '400th Birth Anniversary of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur'. The end of the trailer shows Gurdwara Sri Rakab Ganj Sahib, the site of cremation of Guru Tegh Bahadur. Designed after the theme 'Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh's tableau also displayed the auspicious Ram Mandir. The forepart of the middle tableau shows Deepotsava of Ayodhya, in which millions of earthen lamps were lit.
The Tricolour was unfurled at Rajpath in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries, on 72nd Republic Day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying tribute to the fallen soldiers by laying a wreath at the National War Memorial at the India Gate. PM Modi also signed the ceremonial book at the National War Memorial. Defence Minister, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Navy Staff were also present there. Prime Minister Modi wore a special 'Paghdi' from Gujarat's Jamnagar, today.
Tortoises were rescued by the forest department in Gujarat's Vadodara. They rescued several tortoises with help of Gujarat Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) foundation and its officials on January 24.
On tractor rally by farmers, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, "I believe January 26 is celebrated as our Republic Day. They (farmers) could have chosen any other day instead of January 26 but they have announced now. Conducting rally peacefully without any accident would be the concern for farmers as well as police administration." Protesting farmers will take out a massive tractor rally on January 26. They are protesting against Centre's three new farm laws.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the 11th round of meeting between Centre and farmer leaders remained inconclusive as farmers' welfare was not at the heart of talks from the unions' side. "I am sad about it. Farmers unions said that they only want to repeal the laws despite the govt asking for alternatives," he said. "We asked them to reconsider our proposal as it is in the interest of farmers and the country. We asked them to convey their decision tomorrow," he added.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that there are forces that want the farmers' agitation to continue and ensuring that no good comes out of it. Centre and farmer leaders held 11th round of talks today, which also remained inconclusive. Centre proposed to reconsider its proposal of implementation of farm laws on hold for 1-1.5 years and asked farmers to give their decision by tomorrow.
Political leaders across the country celebrated India’s 72nd Republic Day with fervour. BJP national president JP Nadda unfurled Tricolour at party headquarters in Delhi. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also hoisted the national flag at his residence. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar unfurled the national flag at his residence. Chief Ministers across the nation also unfurled Tricolour at their residences and party offices. Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot hoisted the Tricolour at CM residence in Jaipur. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath hoisted the Tricolour at his residence in Lucknow. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar unfurled the national flag at his residence and celebrated the day. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Governor Ganeshi Lal unfurled the national flag at MG Road.
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India is celebrating 72nd Republic Day today. Political dignitaries unfurled the national flag at their residences and party offices. BJP national president JP Nadda unfurled Tricolour at Delhi's BJP headquarters. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla hoisted the national capital at his residence. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar unfurled the Tricolour at his residence.
The Plaster of Paris (POP) statue of Lord Ram has been installed at BJP headquarters in Lucknow on January 22. The statue was installed in the presence of BJP national president JP Nadda, CM Yogi Adityanath.
Protesting farmers deviated from the agreed upon routes and clashed with cops to reach the Red Fort in the capital. The protesters indulged in violence in some parts of Delhi and police had to fire tear gas shells. Some farmers violated the agreed upon routes and moved towards the Red Fort. They were also seen unfurling their flags at the Red Fort. A Delhi police personnel later brought down the flag put up by the protesters. The chaos unfolded despite the police giving farmers camping at Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur permission to hold rallies on specific routes after the completion of the official Republic Day parade at Rajpath. Watch the full video for all the details.
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One Contractual labour died and two injured during restoration work of Track Relaying Train Machine on January 27. The machine failed between Ambernath- Badlapur during maintenance. Down traffic between Ambernath to Badlapur suspended. Further details are awaited.
Speaking to media in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar on January 26, social activist Anna Hazare spoke on violence that took place during farmers' tractor rally in Delhi. Hazare said, "The violence that occurred in the national capital during farmers' protest (tractor rally) is a stigma for our country. Constitution never stops you from doing protest but it should not be violent and aggressive." "Causing loss to the nation's property and creating hurdles for the people is not acceptable for India," he added.
The farmers protest took a violent turn in India on January 26 after demonstrators broke police barricades at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border areas and also clashed with police in several parts o
Following the violent tractor rally, Delhi police told their side of the story. Alok Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police, said that farmers broke the pact. Kumar said all assurances by farmers leaders..
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After hours of violence at Nangloi-Najafgarh Road, around two vehicles of Delhi Police including a riot control vehicle were vandalised by protesters. Several other vehicles were also vandalised at the..