Farmers' protests LIVE: Centre ready to resolve differences, says minister

Farmers in large numbers gather near Karnal's Karna Lake area, to proceed to Delhi to protest against farm laws. Photo: ANI
Farmers, who are protesting against three new farm laws, faced water cannons and broke police barriers at the state's border with Haryana as they pushed towards the national capital on Thursday in their 'Dilli Chalo' march. At the Shambhu border, the Haryana Police and Punjab protesters in their tractor-trolleys faced each other off on a bridge over the Ghaggar River.

Delhi Metro services from neighbouring cities to the national capital will remain suspended in view of the 'Delhi chalo' protest march by farmers against the Centre's new farm laws, DMRC said today. However, metro services will be available from Delhi towards the NCR sections.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the new agriculture laws passed by parliament in the monsoon session were "need of the hour" and that the government ready to talk with farmers on December 3, and resolve differences.

 
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Delhi Chalo march gets overwhelming response from women

Farmers' Delhi Chalo protest on Thursday saw an overwhelming response from women as they joined elderly farmers and youth to press the Centre to scrap three farm laws.
 
Stating that they were ready for a "do or die" battle against the union government, women owing allegiance to various farmers' outfits braved cold weather to set out for Delhi.
 
A number of them travelled on tractor trolleys carrying ration and other essentials to participate in the protest.
 
"We have brought with us enough stocks of ration, quilts, mattresses and other essentials. We are prepared for this 'do or die' battle and will rest only when the Modi government rolls back the farm laws," a 68-year-old woman, who was travelling in a tractor with her family, said.
 
Near the Bathinda-Dabwali border, women under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugarhan) participated in a sit-in and shouted slogans against the BJP-led government at the Centre.   Ahead of the Delhi Chalo protest, women had led several campaigns in rural areas to seek support of people and create awareness among them about the so-called "black laws".
 
Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugarhan) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan has said around 25,000 women would participate in the protest march.

Farmers' protest march LIVE: Medha Patkar stopped at Rajasthan-UP border

On her way to Delhi from Maharashtra to protest against the Centre's farm laws there, Social activist Medha Patkar was on Thursday prevented from entering Uttar Pradesh at its border with Rajasthan, officials said. Patkar was stopped by the Agra district administration officials at Baraitha chowk on Mumbai-Agra National Highway near Dholpur-Agra border where the social activist sat on a dharna with over her 400 supporters, leading to heavy traffic disruption.


Patkar had been sitting on dharna with her supporters till late on Thursday evening, Dholpur District Collector R K Jaiswal said. The Dholpur district collector and superintendent of police also reached the spot to hold talks with Patkar to dissuade her from prolonging the dharna but she refused to withdraw it.

Why Haryana farmers marching, if I am inciting them: Amarinder to Haryana CM

If you think I'm inciting farmers, then why are Haryana farmers also marching to Delhi: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh to his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar. 

BJP govt hell-bent on suppressing farmers: Congress

The Congress on Thursday slammed the government for using excessive force to stop the farmers from marching towards Delhi to protest against the recently enacted farm laws, saying the present BJP government is hell-bent on suppressing the genuine demands and concerns of the farmers. "On the eve of Constitution day, farmers have been stopped from entering Delhi, even by using force at some places. Does the Constitution not guarantee rights for our farmers? Has the BJP government reserved the rights only for its privileged friends," asked Congress spokesperson Gourav Vallabh.
 

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Vallabh said the BJP government is mortgaging the farmers' rights to its corporate friends. The Congress posed three questions -- Whom has this government sworn in to protect? Does it only value its rich corporate friends? Why does it choose to so conveniently ignore the sweat and tears of our farmers? The spokesperson further said which Constitution does the BJP government follow? "When the farmers reach out for their rights, they are suppressed. Why is the government so scared of the farmers? Why is the government not willing to hold discussions with the farmers," Vallabh asked.

Farmers' protest LIVE: 70 people detained for staging protest at Jantar Mantar

Over 70 people were detained on Thursday when they were staging a protest at the Jantar Mantar here in support of Punjab farmers, who are agitating against the Centre's farm laws. The protestors included members from Left-backed trade unions, the Students' Federation of India. Students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University also participated in the protest. Over 70 people, including women, were detained and later released, a senior police officer said.
 

When they gathered at the Jantar Mantar for the protest, they were warned and it was conveyed to them that they did not have the permission to organise the protest, the officer said. But when they refused to abide, they were detained and taken to a nearby police station from where they were released later, the officer said. Delhi Police personnel have been deployed in large numbers in border areas of the national capital and all incoming vehicles are being checked in view of the 'Delhi Chalo' march by Punjab farmers against the Centre's farm laws. Five sand-laden trucks have been stationed at the Singhu border to stop tractors being driven by the protesters, police said.

Haryana Police urges people to avoid travelling on NH 10, NH 44 amid farmers' protest

Haryana Police have appealed to the citizens to avoid travelling on National Highway 10 (Hisar-Rohtak-Delhi) and National Highway 44 (Ambala-Panipat-Delhi), in view of  'Delhi Chalo' protest march by the farmers' organizations: Haryana CM's Office

Farmers, heading towards Delhi as part of 'Delhi Chalo' protest march, halt at Panipat toll plaza

You should have tried to speak to farmers before their Dilli Chalo protest: Punjab CM to Haryana CM

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has suggested to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar that he should have tried to speak to farmers before their 'Dilli Chalo' march.
 
Raveen Thukral, Media Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister in a series of tweets said, "Shocked at your response @mlkhattar ji. It's the farmers who've to be convinced on MSP, not me. You should've tried to talk to them before their #DilliChalo. And if you think I'm inciting farmers then why are Haryana farmers also marching to Delhi?: @capt_amarinder"
 
"It seems your govt has been so busy creating the bogey of the non-existent 'love jihad' that you couldn't see the real problems of the farmers on the ground @mlkhattar ji. Do I need to spell out where the cheap politics and deception is actually happening? :@capt_amarinder," another tweet from Thukral read.
 
In another tweet, he said, "As for endangering lives during #COVID19, have you forgotten that it was @BJP4India led central govt that pushed through those #FarmLaws amid the pandemic, uncaring about the impact they'd have on our farmers? Why didn't you speak out then @mlkhattar ji?:@capt_amarinder."
 
Earlier in the day, Punjab Chief Minister on Thursday condemned the Haryana government's "forcible" attempts to stop farmers from marching to Delhi in protest against the Central farm laws.Urging the ML Khattar government to allow the agitated farmers to pass through the national highway to take their voice to Delhi peacefully, Singh questioned the need to stop them from proceeding, according to an official release by Punjab Chief Minister's Office (CMO).

Left parties slam BJP over use of teargas, water cannons on protesting farmers in Haryana

The Left parties on Thursday hit out at the BJP-led Haryana government for using water cannons and tear gas on farmers moving towards the national capital against the Centre's farm laws, saying it revealed the "anti-farmer face" of the saffron party.
 
Farmers from Punjab faced water cannons and broke police barriers at the state's border with Haryana as they pushed towards the national capital in their "Delhi Chalo" march against the Centre's farm laws.
 
"This is an attack on the farmers by the BJP government. The CPI has always stood in support of the farmers and the violence against them is highly condemnable. This shows the true anti-farmer face of the BJP," said CPI general secretary D Raja.
 
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury posted on Twitter photographs of protests from across the country, including that of farmers in Haryana, saying this was the "real India".

Centre ready to resolve differences, talks with farmers on Dec 3: Agriculture Minister

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday said the new agriculture laws passed by parliament in the monsoon session were "need of the hour" and that the government ready to talk with farmers and resolve differences. He said that the talks will be held in December 3. The minister also said that the farm laws will bring revolutionary changes.
 
The minister referred to Centre's invitation earlier for talks between a delegation of Punjab farmers and union agriculture secretary to dispel any wrong impression. He said agriculture is top priority for central government.
 
"New farm laws were the need of the hour. In the coming time, it's going to bring revolutionary changes. We'll talk to the farmers on December 3," Tomar told ANI.

Farmers' protests LIVE: Massive jam on Delhi-Gurugram border

Amid the anti-farm law demonstration by several farmers' outfits on Thursday, the commuters on Delhi-Gurugram Expressway faced huge traffic snarls throughout the day. The commuters on National Highway-48 were stuck near the Delhi-Gurugram border on the Expressway as Delhi Police had put up barricades and were checking every vehicle in view of the "Dilli Chalo" call given by the farmers' bodies protesting the Central farm laws passed by the Parliament in September.
 
Scores of vehicles were seen lined up from the Delhi-Gurugram border to the Shankar Chowk on the National Highway.
 
As a precautionary measure, the Haryana Police were also checking every vehicle to prevent the protesters from entering the national capital. On the other hand, the impact of the agitation by the farmers' organisations was negligible in Gurugram district as the situation remained peaceful throughout the day, with no untoward incident getting reported from anywhere in the district.

DMRC suspends services from NCR to Delhi till further orders

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Thursday announced that its services from the National Capital Region (NCR) to Delhi will remain suspended till further notice due to security reasons in wake of the farmers' protest.
 
"As advised by Delhi Police, Metro services will be available only from Delhi towards the NCR sections. However, services from the NCR stations towards Delhi will not be available due to security reasons till further notice," DMRC said in a statement.
 
The decision was taken after taking into consideration the law and order situation following the decision of thousands of farmers to enter Delhi to protest against the new farm laws. On Thursday, services between Delhi and NCR Metro stations was cut off on seven corridors till 2 p.m. due to the protest, on the request of the Delhi Police.

Farmers protest LIVE: Delhi Metro services from neighbouring cities to remain suspended on Friday

Delhi Metro services from neighbouring cities to the national capital will remain suspended on Friday in view of the ''Delhi chalo'' protest march by farmers against the Centre's new farm laws. However, metro services will be available from Delhi towards the NCR sections, they said.
 
Taking to twitter, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Thursday said, "Update for tomorrow (Friday). As advised by Delhi Police, Metro services will be available only from Delhi towards the NCR sections. However, services from the NCR stations towards Delhi will not be available due to security reasons till further notice."
 
In an update tweeted earlier for Thursday, the DMRC said, "From 2 pm onwards Metro services are available from Delhi towards the NCR sections. However, services from NCR sections to Delhi still continue to remain suspended due to security reasons till further notice."

Farmers protest: Traffic snarls at border crossings as Delhi Police intensify checking

People coming to the national capital from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh faced traffic snarls at several border crossings as the Delhi Police on Thursday intensified vehicle checking in view of the 'Delhi Chalo' march by Punjab farmers against the Centre's farm laws. Farmers from Punjab are scheduled to reach Delhi through five highways connecting the city as part of their march.
 
Tension spiralled at the Shambhu border in Haryana, around 215 km from Delhi, on Thursday as police used water cannons and teargas to disperse hundreds of farmers coming from Punjab who broke barricades, throwing some into a river, determined to enter Haryana as part of their march.
 
Delhi Metro services from neighbouring NCR cities to the national capital have been suspended in view of the farmers' protest, officials said. However, metro services will be available from Delhi towards the National Capital Region (NCR) sections.

Farmers standing resolutely in face of Modi govt's 'cruelty': Rahul Gandhi

Farmers are standing resolutely in the face of "cruelty", Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday as he hit out at the Modi government after Haryana Police used water cannons and teargas to disperse hundreds of farmers from Punjab marching towards Delhi to protest the Centre's farm laws. Haryana has completely sealed its borders with Punjab to prevent farmers from entering the state. Multi-level barricading has been put in many places.
 
Tension spiralled at the Shambhu interstate border in Haryana on Thursday as police used water cannons and teargas to disperse hundreds of farmers from Punjab who broke barricades, throwing some into the river, determined to enter the state as part of their 'Delhi Chalo' march.
 
Sharing a video of the incident, Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "The country's farmers are standing resolutely in the face of Modi government's cruelty against them." He also shared a verse in Hindi lauding the courage of the farmers protesting the farm laws.

Haryana Congress leaders slam Khattar for using water cannons, tear gas to stop farmers' march

Haryana Congress leaders on Thursday slammed the Manohar Lal Khattar government for using water cannons and tear gas on farmers moving towards Delhi against the Centre's farm laws, saying the BJP-led dispensation should exercise restraint and hold talks with the protesters.
 
Senior Congress leader and former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the farmers have the right to protest peacefully and by using water cannons and tear gas to stop their march, the state government is trying to muzzle their voice.
 
Speaking to reporters in Rohtak, Hooda said the government should not try to suppress the voice of the farmers. Water cannons were used against the farmers... The government should exercise restraint and hold talks with the agitating farmers and try to find a solution, Hooda, who is the Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly, said.

Metro services will be available only from Delhi towards the NCR sections: DMRC

Delhi Chalo march: Punjab farmers face water cannons, push through Haryana barricades

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 in their Delhi Chalo march against the Centre's farm laws. At the Shambhu border, the Haryana Police and Punjab protesters in their tractor-trolleys faced each other off on a bridge over the Ghaggar River.
 
Police made announcements on loudspeakers to ask the farmers assembled on the Punjab side of the interstate border to disperse. As smoke from teargas shells clouded the air and security personnel milled around, people could be seen standing on top of trucks. The Haryana Police had blocked the Amritsar-Delhi highway at this border point with trucks to stop the farmers' tractor-trolleys, some of them laden with food.
 
Farmers chucked some barricades into the river. They were also seen pushing the trucks. A few protesters initially managed to cross the barricades on foot. Later, police eased the blockade, allowing the protesters and their tractors to proceed on the road to Delhi, 200 km away.

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Delhi Metro services from neighbouring cities to remain suspended due to farmers' protest

Delhi Metro services from neighbouring cities to the national capital will remain suspended in view the 'Delhi chalo' protest march by farmers against the Centre's new farm laws, officials said on Thursday. However, metro services will be available from Delhi towards the NCR sections, they said. Taking to Twitter, the DMRC said, "From 2 pm onwards Metro services are available from Delhi towards the NCR sections. However, services from NCR sections to Delhi still continue to remain suspended due to security reasons till further notice."
 
On Wednesday, the DMRC had said trains would not cross borders of the national capital on Thursday till 2 pm due to farmers' protests. The farmers panned to reach Delhi on Thursday through five highways connecting the national capital as part of the protest.
 
The Delhi Police, however, said they have rejected all requests received from various farmer organisations regarding the protest and warned of legal action against them if they came to the city to hold any gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

It's the farmers who've to be convinced on MSP, not me: Punjab CM to Haryana CM

Manohar Lal Khattar hits out at Amarinder, tells him to stop inciting innocent farmers

Shortly after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday hit out at the BJP-led Haryana government for stopping farmers en route to Delhi, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar sternly told him to stop inciting innocent farmers. Khattar asked Singh to desist from misleading farmers, pointing out to him that he has already pledged to quit politics if the Minimum Support Price mechanism is ever dismantled.
 
@Capt Amarinder Ji, I've said it earlier and I'm saying it again, I'll leave politics if there'll be any trouble on the MSP -- therefore, please stop inciting innocent farmers, Khattar tweeted. Khattar also accused the Punjab CM of only tweeting and running away from talks with him for the last three days on the issue.
 
I've been trying to reach out to you for the last 3 days but, sadly, you have decided to stay unreachable -- is this how serious you are for farmers' issues? You're only tweeting and running away from talks, why?, Khattar said in another tweet. Launching a scathing attack on Singh, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader told him, Time for your Lies, Deception and Propaganda is over -- let the people see your real face.

Farmers protests LIVE: Vigil stepped up at Delhi's bordering areas, vehicles being checked

Delhi Police personnel have been deployed in large numbers in the border areas of the national capital on Thursday and all incoming vehicles were being checked in view of the 'Delhi Chalo' march by Punjab farmers against the Centre's farm laws. Five sand-laden trucks have been stationed at Singhu border to stop tractors being driven by the protesters. Also, drones have been deployed for security purposes, police said.
 
While clarifying that the borders have not been sealed, officials said all pickets have been made active, while all vehicles entering the national capital were being checked.
 
According to officials, it was decided that Delhi Metro trains connecting the neighbouring cities in the NCR would not cross the national capital border till 2 pm on Thursday. As such, metro service was not available from Anand Vihar to Vaishali, New Ashok Nagar to Noida City Centre and between Sultanpur and Guru Dronacharya stations sections during the period. Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava visited the bordering areas and took stalk of the situation there.

Farmers Protests LIVE: Security tightened, barricading at Delhi-Haryana border

Haryana Police use water cannon to disperse farmers proceeding towards Delhi

India fighting terror with new policy, process: PM Narendra Modi

Asserting that India can never forget the wounds of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the country is fighting terrorism with a new policy and a new process. In his valedictory address at the 80th All India Presiding Officers' Conference, Modi remembered the 26/11 martyrs on the 12th anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack.
 
"Todays date is associated with the biggest terror attack on the country. On this date in 2008, terrorists sent from Pakistan had attacked Mumbai, Modi said in his address via video-conference. "Many people died in that terror attack, and people of many nationalities were the victims. I pay my homage to all. I bow down to the security personnel who lost their lives in the attack, Modi said.
 
"India cannot forget the wounds of the Mumbai terror attack, he said. "India is now fighting terrorism with a new policy and a new process," Modi said. He also lauded India's security forces fighting terrorism by foiling terror plans.

Nationwide strike affects normal life in Kerala, Odisha, other states; over 25 crore workers join agitation: Trade unions

Kerala, Puducherry, Odisha, Assam and Telangana witnessed complete shut down on Thursday and normal life was partially affected in many other states as more than 25 crore workers participated in the nationwide strike, according to central trade unions. The day-long countrywide strike has been called by a joint platform of ten central trade unions to protest against the central government's new farm and labour laws, among other workers-related issues, as well as to raise various demands. Various independent federations and associations are also part of the joint platform.
 
"The states of Kerala, Puducherry, Odisha, Assam and Telangana have reported complete shut down. Tamil Nadu reported complete shut down in 13 districts, while the industrial strike continues in the rest of the districts. Punjab and Haryana have reported that the state road transport buses have not left their depots in the morning," a joint statement issued by the trade unions said.
 
Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh reported 100 per cent strike, including at BALCO. Normal life was affected in West Bengal and Tripura, and sporadic incidents of clashes were reported in West Bengal, according to reports.

Two soldiers killed in Srinagar terror attack

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Two soldiers killed in Srinagar terror attack

With barely 48 hours remaining for the DDC polls in Jammu and Kashmir, two Indian Army soldiers were killed in an attack in broad daylight just outside the union territory capital. Terrorists attacked a patrolling party at Shariefabad on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway on Thursday.
 
According to sources, the militants ambushed the patrolling party and fired at them indiscriminately critically injuring the two soldiers who later succumbed.
 
The attack on the Indian Army Road Opening Party (ROP) came on the 12th anniversary of Mumbai 26/11 attack. Jammu and Kashmir Police SOG and CRPF Valley QAT rushed to the spot to cordon off the area. Operation is underway to nab the attackers. Reinforcements have been sent in. The incident comes just two before Jammu and Kashmir goes to polls for the District Development Council (DDC) elections.

Farmers stopped at Rajasthan border, traffic disrupted

Hundreds of farmers led by Medha Patkar were stopped from entering Uttar Pradesh near the Saiyan village in Agra district close to the Rajasthan border. The agitating farmers from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh were headed for Delhi to join the demonstration against the farm laws. Police and senior administrative officials from Agra and Rajasthan's Dholpur have been holding discussions with the protesters to allow the traffic movement. A long queue of vehicles from both sides disrupted the traffic movement.
 
The agitators have sat on a dharna, and Medha Patkar is on a 12-hour long fast. A group led by comrade Jasvinder reached Agra borders around 10 a.m., but was not allowed to enter Agra.
 
Police officials said the protesters allowed movement of vehicles for one hour. The group headed by Medha Patkar had reached the Agra border Wednesday night and was prevented from entering Agra. Kisan leaders said they were protesting against the Central government and not the Uttar Pradesh government which had pointlessly stopped them. Talking with media persons Medha Patkar said the laws were anti farmers and anti constitutional and should be withdrawn.

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From barbed wires to mud trolleys Delhi Police innovate tactics to stop farmers

At Singhu border the Delhi Police were seen putting barbed wires and Boulder barricades to stop farmers trolleys heading towards the national capital. The city police force are using innovative tactics by putting up trolleys filled with mud, pile of boulders, in order to put a break to farmers' efforts to march to Delhi to protest against the central government's Farm Laws.
 
They are hoping the steps taken will deter farmers from having an easy march inside the capital. The Boulder barricades have been used to slow the pace of the protesters in case they manage to cross the Haryana border and reach Singhu Border.
 
The para military force armed with tear gas shells and protective gear has also been deployed together with the Delhi Police to stop the march. Drones are also deployed to keep a watch from a distance. Heavy police barricading has also been done at Delhi-Faridabad border.
 

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Farmers Protests LIVE: Heavy security deployed, drones used for surveillance at Delhi-Haryana border

Militant attack in Jammu and Kashmir, security personnel injured

At least one security force personnel was injured in a militant attack on a quick reaction team (QRT)at Parimpora on the outskirts of the city on Thursday, police said. The ultras opened fire on the security forces at Khushipora in Parimpora area, a police official said.
 
Security forces have cordoned off the area and launched a search operation to track down the assailants, he said.

Punjab CM asks why Haryana govt stopping farmers from marching to Delhi

Punjab Chief Minister Captain (retired) Amarinder Singh on Thursday condemned the Haryana government's "forcible" attempts to stop farmers from marching to Delhi in protest against the Central farm laws. Urging the ML Khattar government to allow the agitated farmers to pass through the national highway to take their voice to Delhi peacefully, Singh questioned the need to stop them from proceeding, according to an official release by Punjab Chief Minister's Office (CMO).
 
"Why is ML Khattar government in Haryana stopping the farmers from moving to Delhi? The tyrannical use of brute force against peacefully protesting farmers is totally undemocratic and unconstitutional," he said, asserting that "the hands that feed the nation deserve to be held, not pushed aside."
 
Stating that the constitutional right of farmers to protest was being suppressed, the Chief Minister flayed the use of "brute" force by the Haryana Police, which had used water cannons and tear gas in a bid to stop the Punjab farmers from marching through the state and had not allowed farmer from Haryana to move out of their villages in many places.

Protesting farmers try to break through police barricades at Haryana's Sadopur border

Police used water cannons and tear gas shells to disperse protesting farmers headed to Delhi as they tried to break through police barricades at Sadopur border in Ambala. The farmers were seen resisting the police, trying to break and drag the barricades at the Sadopur border following which police had to use water cannons and tear gas shells to control the crowd.
 
Police, earlier, had to use water gas to disperse the crowd of angry farmers pelted stones at security forces deployed to control the crowd at the Shambhu border.
 
Farmers have given a call for "Delhi Chalo" protest march, to coincide with the Constitution Day celebrations, against new farm laws. While the government says the three laws will do away with middlemen, enabling farmers to sell their produce in the commercial markets, protestors fear that this could lead to the government not buying produce at guaranteed prices, thereby disrupting their timely payments.
 
Farmers also gathered in Haryana's Karnal to protest against farm laws near the Karna Lake area.

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Haryana cops use teargas, water cannons to block Punjab farmers from going to Delhi

Tension spiralled at the Shambhu interstate border on Thursday as police used water cannons and teargas to disperse hundreds of farmers from Punjab who broke barricades, throwing some into the river, determined to enter the state as part of their Delhi Chalo' march against the Centre's farm laws.
 
As farmers and police faced off at a bridge with the Ghaggar river flowing below, tractors and trucks were lined up and people could be seen waving black flags and shouting slogans. Police made announcements on loudspeakers to ask the farmers assembled on the Punjab side of the border to disperse. As smoke from the teargas clouded the air and uniformed security personnel milled around, people could be seen standing on top of trucks. Television visuals also showed some bricks lying on the road.
 
Some farmers tried to cross the barricades and remove them and some chucked them into the Ghaggar river. The Shambhu border point is about 200 km from Delhi.

Delhi Chalo protest: Police, farmers clash at Shambhu border, tear gas used to disperse crowd

Security personnel had to use tear gas to disperse the protesting farmers at Shambhu border between Punjab and Haryana. The protestors were marching towards Delhi against new farm laws which they believe will reduce their earnings, making large retailers more powerful. Police, earlier, had to use water gas to disperse the crowd of angry farmers pelted stones at security forces deployed to control the crowd at the Shambhu border, PTI reported.
 
Farmers have given a call for "Delhi Chalo" protest march, to coincide with the Constitution Day celebrations, against new farm laws. While the government says the three laws will do away with middlemen, enabling farmers to sell their produce in the commercial markets, protestors fear that this could lead to the government not buying produce at guaranteed prices, thereby disrupting their timely payments.
 
Farmers also gathered in Haryana's Karnal to protest against farm laws near the Karna Lake area. In view of farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' protest march, heavy security has been deployed at Rohtak-Jhajjar border, Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border), Delhi-Gurugram and Delhi-Jammu highway near Karna Lake in Karnal.

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Farmers' protest LIVE: Braving tear-gas shells, water canons, thousands break barricades in Haryana

Tens of thousands of farmers on Thursday practically rose up in arms as they braved tear-gas shells and water cannons, managed to break police barricades ahead of the Punjab-Haryana border in Shambhu near Ambala. Several protesters and policemen were injured.
 
The farmers broke barricades threw them down the bridge.
 
According to the All India Kisan Sabha, there are over 50,000 farmers at the spot.
 
Bracing overnight rains and chilly winds, thousands of protesting farmers have assembled at various places along the Haryana-Punjab borders amid mounting tension.

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US election result 2020: Xi Jinping finally congratulates Joe Biden

President Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden on winning the presidential election, expressing hope that the two countries will uphold the spirit of non-confrontation and advance the healthy and stable development of bilateral ties, official media reported.
 
President Xi sent a message to Biden to congratulate him on his election as US president, becoming one of the last major leaders to congratulate the Democratic presidential candidate.

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One child or youth under 20 infected with HIV every 100 seconds: UNICEF

Approximately once every minute and 40 seconds, a child or young person under the age of 20 was infected with HIV last year, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.
 
Prevention efforts and treatment for children remain some of the lowest amongst key affected populations, and in 2019, a little less than half of children worldwide did not have access to life-saving treatment, UNICEF said in a new report.

Nation remembers victims, security personnel on 12th anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai attacks

On the 12th anniversary of Mumbai terror attacks, political leaders and people on Thursday paid tributes to victims and security personnel who lost their lives in the siege on India's financial capital.
 
The ghastly attacks, which began on November 26, 2008, lasted for four days, leading to the death of 166 people and injuring over 300.
 
While paying tribute, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that the nation will be eternally grateful to all the security forces personnel who made the supreme sacrifice.
 
"Heartfelt tributes to the victims & martyrs of 26/11 #MumbaiTerrorAttack & salute to the strength & resilience of people of Mumbai. We will be eternally grateful to all the security forces personnel who valiantly fought & made the supreme sacrifice for Mother India on that day," Goyal tweeted.


Home Minister Amit Shah pays tribute to those who lost their lives in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks

Iran expects to get 41 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine via several channels

Iran is planning to get 41 million doses of the vaccine against the coronavirus disease via different channels for about 20 million people, the country's health and medical education minister, Saeed Namaki, said on Wednesday.
 
According to Namaki, Iran has arranged three ways to obtain the coronavirus vaccine.
 
"The first [way] is through the purchase of a vaccine from COVAX Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility]. This is the import of 16.8 million doses via COVAX, which covers about 10 percent of our population -- 8.4 million people," Namaki said on air via the IRINN broadcaster.
 
The minister added that Iran was working on getting 5.5 million doses under a joint production agreement with a pharmaceutical companies.

West Bengal: The members of Left trade union block railway track at Belgharia station in North 24 Parganas

 The members of Left trade union block railway track at Belgharia station in North 24 Parganas and hold a demonstration in Kolkata, during a nationwide strike against Centre's new labour and farm laws.

Security heightened at Delhi-Faridabad border, in view of farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' protest march


Changes in Delhi Metro services in wake of farmer movement 'Dilli Chalo'

The services of Delhi Metro will be affected on Thursday due to the farmers' movement. Farmer organisations from different parts of the country including Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab have called for 'Dilli chalo' march on November 26 against the new farm laws. Hence, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has issued an advisory as a precautionary measure.
 
According to the DMRC, the Delhi Metro services will be disrupted at some selected station across all its lines till 2 p.m. This will cause inconvenience at the stations touching borders. Actually, the step has taken on the request of the Delhi Police to avoid rush in wake of farmers' rally and Covid-19 pandemic. Read on...

UN release $25 mn for women-led projects fighting gender-based violence

The United Nations humanitarian chief has released 25 million US dollars from its emergency fund to support women-led organisations that prevent and respond to gender-based violence.
 
The funding has gone to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Women that have been asked to channel at least 30 per cent of it to organisations run by women that prevent violence against women and girls, and help victims and survivors with access to medical care, family planning, legal advice, safe spaces, mental health services and counselling, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a press release on Wednesday. Read on...

Argentina observes three-day mourning for football legend Diego Maradona

Argentina will observe three-day mourning for legendary footballer Diego Maradona who died of a heart attack on Wednesday, said President Alberto Fernandez's office.
 
"In connection with the death of Diego Armando Maradona, the president of the country has declared three days of mourning starting today," Sputnik quoted the statement from the President's office. Read on...

Odisha twin separated through India's 'first' craniopagus surgery dies



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