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Representational image of farmers protesting at Singhu border | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

NHRC issues notice to Delhi, 3 state govts over ‘adverse impact’ of farmer protests

Over 9,000 micro, medium and large companies have been impacted, the commission said citing the allegations, and Covid safety protocols were breached at protest sites.
Farmers protesting at Singhu border | Representational image | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

AAP, Akali Dal leaders object to ‘unfair’ farmers’ appeal to put Punjab poll campaign on hold

Campaigning for 2022 Punjab polls is expected to intensify before kharif harvest season next month, but farmers have requested it be suspended till polls are announced, to ensure focus on farm laws agitation.
Farmers during their sit-in protest outside the Mini Secretariat in Karnal on 8 August 2021| PTI

Farmers to continue protest outside Karnal secretariat as another round of talks fail

The farmers are demanding the suspension of IAS officer Ayush Sinha, who was caught on tape allegedly telling police to 'break heads' of farmers during their protest on 28 August.

Farmers gather for Karnal mahapanchayat after talks ‘fail’ with Haryana officials

The decision whether protesters will go ahead to gherao the Karnal mini-secretariat if there demands were not met will be decided at the mahapanchayat, BKU leader said.
Ayush Sinha, a 2018-batch IAS officer, is posted as a sub-divisional magistrate in Karnal district | ThePrint

Karnal SDM Ayush Sinha, who ordered cops to ‘break heads’ of farmers, transferred

Sinha was caught allegedly instructing policemen to break heads of protesting farmers last week in a viral video. He has been transferred to the Citizen Resources Information Department.
Ayush Sinha, a 2018-batch IAS officer, is posted as a sub-divisional magistrate in Karnal district | ThePrint

What is Ayush Sinha’s crime? The blame in Karnal goes deeper

More than his words, what's most offensive is his body language. It reflects a deep nexus between political leaders and their favourite bureaucrats.

Farmers block roads in Haryana, burn effigies in Punjab over police action in Karnal

The protesters also asked for the resignation of Haryana CM Khattar, saying he had no right to continue on the post after the police action left around 10 farmers injured.

10 injured as police lathicharge farmers protesting against BJP meeting near Karnal

Haryana Police drew severe criticism for the action against the farmers and several roads were blockaded at different places in protest.
File image of Shiromani Akali Dal leader and former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal | Photo: ANI

Harsimrat Badal accuses Congress & BJP of ‘fixing’ match, says BJP ministers fear high command

In interview with ThePrint, ex-Union minister Harsimrat Badal claims Punjab CM never raises farmers’ issues with Modi & Shah, says Pegasus row points to govt becoming a dictatorship. 

Protesting farmers take out ‘Tiranga Yatras’ in several parts of Punjab, Haryana

Protesting farmers, including women, said they will continue to hold protests till their demand to repeal the three agricultural reforms is not accepted by the Centre.

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Vodafone store | Representational Image | Bloomberg

Global investors are afraid to look at Indian telecom market. Vodafone CEO can change that

A true revival of the Indian telecom sector will require an optimistic view of the future, which is a difficult ask given the industry’s chequered past.
A Cars24 employee sanitises a used car | cars24.com

India’s used car website Cars24 raises $450 mn from SoftBank, Tencent, others

The round values Cars24 at $1.84 billion, almost doubling from the end of last year. It’s starting conversations about an IPO and aims to go public in 18 to 24 months.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with his American counterpart Lloyd Austin in New Delhi, on 20 March 2021 (file photo) | Twitter/@rajnathsingh

Rajnath Singh speaks to US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin ahead of PM Modi’s visit to US

During the telephone call, Defence Minister Singh and his American counterpart spoke on issues pertaining to bilateral defence cooperation, including situation in Afghanistan.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.
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