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Farmers of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) ahead of the violence clash with police in Hisar, Haryana on 16 May 2021 | Twitter/@BKU_Charhuni

Farmers protest against Haryana CM in Hisar, police use tear gas to disperse protesters

Earlier, CM Khattar had urged farmers to suspend their protest against farm laws, claiming that their movements to and from dharna sites were spreading Covid infection in villages.
Protesters gathered around the body of a farmer who died during the tractor rally that turned violent on Republic Day in New Delhi on 26 January 2021 | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RLD to build memorial for farmers who died during protests against Centre’s new farm laws

In a bid to resonate with the farming community ahead of the 2022 Uttar Pradesh elections, Rashtriya Lok Dal Vice-President Jayant Chaudhary announced the 'Kisan Balidan Smarak'.

BKU leader Rakesh Tikait threatens to start farmers’ tractor agitation in Gujarat

Tikait claimed farmers in Gujarat were unhappy and suffering and said that time has come to gherao the state capital Gandhinagar and also break barricades if needed. 
Representational image of women farmers in Patiala | Photo: Urjita Bhardwaj | ThePrint

Modi govt official finally let it slip — doubling farmers’ income by 2022 was always a mirage

In the five years since it was announced, what has the Modi govt’s Doubling of Farmers’ Income plan achieved? Air-time, TRPs, and votes for the BJP.
Farmers during their protest against the Centre's new farm laws, at Tikri border in New Delhi, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. | PTI

Of the three farm laws, Essential Commodities Act 2020 most business friendly

The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020 may not be so detrimental to the farmers producing surpluses. It is the consumers who may have to worry.
File photo | Farmers protest against the Modi government's farm laws | ThePrint

Parliament panel, comprising TMC, AAP MPs who opposed farm laws, bats for one of 3 laws

The Standing Committee on Food, chaired by TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay, recommended the government to implement the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

Two top US senators ask Antony Blinken to raise farmers issue with Modi govt

In a letter to Blinken, senators Bob Menendez and Chuck Schumer said peaceful dialogue and respect for viewpoints of all peaceful actors should drive the path forward on farm laws.

35 years ago on this day, first farmer family suicide was recorded in Maharashtra

It is the so-called ‘organised’ sector of the economy that has consistently failed to keep up with the changing socio-economic dynamics of Indian agriculture.
File photo Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

9 Akali Dal MLAs from Punjab booked for trying to confront Haryana CM outside Assembly

The MLAs had allegedly gheraoed Manohar Lal Khattar outside the assembly hall on 10 March and had demanded that a resolution be passed in the state assembly against the farm laws.
Farmers in front of a concrete structure raised at Tikri border | Shubhangi Misra | ThePrint

Farmers at Tikri border raise pucca houses to ‘escape heat’, police say no complaint received 

Farmers say they plan to construct 1,000-2,000 similar structures until farmer leaders ask them to stop, which hasn't happened yet.

On Camera

A top Army doctor transferred in middle of pandemic says a lot about India’s civil-military ties

The transfer of Maj Gen Vardhan from Delhi’s Base Hospital has been officially justified as routine HR process. But there is more than what meets the eye.
An Air India aircraft takes off from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata (Representational image) | Photographer: Arko Datto | Bloomberg

Air India’s privatisation won’t be affected by Cairn ‘pressure tactics’, govt says

Cairn Energy has sued Air India in the US to recover its $1.2 billion arbitration award. This has raised questions around the stake sale of the national carrier.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses troops at the Pangong Tso in Ladakh Friday | Photo: ANI

Year after first big India-China clash in Ladakh, tensions linger. This is how it all began

China-India tensions began in late April last year when the Chinese objected to India’s construction of footbridges in Galwan Valley but the first major clash was on 18 May 2020.

By the rivers of the heartland & across Vindhyas, proof which politics sucks & which works

Politics & economics are at the heart of Covid tragedy in UP, Bihar. The regional imbalance in political power, economic & social indicators is deeply troublesome.