Agriculture Minister urges farmers to abandon their ‘stubborn stance’
Ahead of the 10th round of negotiations scheduled for January 19, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar once again urged farm leaders protesting Sunday to abandon their “stubborn” stance on new and upcoming farm laws for clause-by-clause discussion.
- The government wants the heads of the farmers to come and discuss article by article at the next meeting on January 19. Tomar, who left for his constituency via Hazur Sahib Nanded-Amritsar Superfast Express, was seen sharing his langar with another Sikh community – a move that comes amid continued protests by Punjabi farmers against farm laws.
- On January 11, the Supreme Court suspended the implementation of the three laws until further notice and appointed a group of four members to break the deadlock.
- Tomar said the government has offered some concessions, but peasant leaders have not shown flexibility and have consistently demanded the repeal of the laws.
- He reiterated that the government promulgates laws for the whole country. Many farmers, experts and other stakeholders supported the laws.
- So far, the nine rounds of formal talks between the Center and 41 farmers’ unions have not yielded any concrete results in ending the protracted protest at the Delhi borders, the latter having stuck to their main demand for complete repeal of the three laws.
Farmer groups to go ahead with tractor parade on January 26: a day before the Supreme Court hearing on a Union government petition to exempt protesters from organizing tractor marches To “disrupt” Republic Day celebrations, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, a front against the farmers’ unions, announced on Sunday that it would hold a parallel parade of tractors on Delhi’s outer ring road on January 26.
The Supreme Court appointed the Agricultural Laws Committee to hold the first meeting on January 19: The Supreme Court-appointed committee on the three new agricultural laws is due to hold its first meeting on January 19 at the Pusa campus here, one of its members Anil Ghanwat told the Pulse Trust of India on Sunday.
- On January 11, the Supreme Court suspended the application of the three laws, which farmers have been protesting against at Delhi’s borders for more than 50 days, until further notice and appointed a four-member panel to break the deadlock .
- However, Union Bhartiya Kisan president Bhupinder Singh Mann stepped down from the committee last week.
- Besides Mr. Ghanwat, the other two panelists are agro economists Ashok Gulati and Pramod Kumar Joshi. If the High Court does not appoint a new member, the existing members will continue, Ghanwat added.
More than 17,000 people were vaccinated in six states on Day 2 of the national coronavirus campaign, the Department of Health said on Sunday evening, adding that this brings the total number of people vaccinated so far to about 2.24 lakh.
- On Saturday (day 1), injections were given to 1.91 lakhs of people with more than 3,000 active sites across India. The health ministry said the decline in the number of states immunizing today is part of a “routine strategy” to avoid conflicts with immunization schedules for other diseases.
- The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stands at 1,05,68,348 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1,52,441.
Opposition calls for investigation into Arnab’s WhatsApp chats
Days after talks between Republic TV promoter Arnab Goswami and former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) Partho Dasgupta ratings agency fled into the public domain, opposition leaders said on Sunday they deserved a “full investigation” because many of the issues raised in their conversations concerned “national security.”
- Goswami’s WhatsApp conversations with Dasgupta, who was arrested by Mumbai police in connection with the Television Rating Point (TRP) scam, suggests the Republic TV promoter had prior information about a retaliatory attack by the India after the Pulwama terrorist attack.
Aero India 2021 will showcase a range of locally developed helicopters
With a focus on promoting defense exports, Aero India 2021’s Indian pavilion next month will showcase a range of locally developed helicopters, while the Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh is to hold a conclave of Defense Ministers of the Indian Ocean Coastal States (IOR), according to a senior defense official.
- A light utility helicopter (LUH), an advanced light armed helicopter (ALH) and a light combat helicopter (LCH) will be on display inside the pavilion, the official said. A civil version of the ALH will be exhibited outside. All of these helicopters were designed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
- In addition to the Conclave of Defense Ministers, there are also plans to hold a Conclave of Air Chiefs. In addition, the presence of between six and seven official delegations in Aero India is expected, in addition to several companies. With less than a month to go until the biennial air show, construction of the corridors and facilities is in an advanced stage of completion.
Legendary Indian classical musician and winner Padma Vibhushan, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, passed away Sunday afternoon at his Mumbai residence. He was 89 years old. Khan’s daughter-in-law Namrata Gupta Khan said the veteran took his last breath from him at 12:37 p.m. at his house in Bandra. She said the family was shocked by Khan’s sudden disappearance while he was well. The musician would turn 90 on March 3. He had suffered a stroke in 2019 that left the left side of his body paralyzed.