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File photo | Farmers protest against the Modi government's farm laws | ThePrint

Samyukta Kisan Morcha to mark 6 months of protest by observing 26 May as ‘black day’

A large number of farmers reached Delhi's borders on 26 November, defying water cannons and police barriers, as part of their "Delhi Chalo" march against the Centre's farm laws.
Farmers at the protest site in Singhu Thursday | Photo: Sravasti Dasgupta/ThePrint

Suspend stir against farm laws, it’s spreading Covid in villages — Khattar tells farmers

Haryana CM Khattar said that the agitating farmers can restart the dharnas if they wish to, once the Covid situation is under control.
Counting of votes in UP on Sunday | ANI

Rural distress blamed as BJP trails SP in UP polls, big setback in Kashi, Prayagraj, Ayodhya

The results are in variance from usual trends where the party in power at the state usually wins the panchayat elections. Experts see rural distress as reason for BJP faltering.
A Punjab farmer in a wheat field | Representational image | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Indian farmers defied Covid to sell record high rice and wheat. Time to expand PDS cover

Despite Covid risk, farmers in Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan not only harvested their crops but also sold them in mandis. Bihar and UP must learn the lesson.
Farmer's leader Rakesh Tikait at Ghazipur border during a protest against farm law, on 21 April 2021.

Haryana Police books BKU leader Rakesh Tikait, 12 others for violating Section 144

Rakesh Tikait and some other leaders of the farmers' union were booked after they held a 'kisan mazdoor maha panchayat' near Ambala Cantt in Haryana Saturday.
Deep Sidhu being presented in Tis Hazari court after being arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell team, in New Delhi on 9 February 2021. | Photo: ANI

Delhi court grants bail to Deep Sidhu in Republic Day violence case

Sidhu was arrested by Delhi Police on 17 April in relation to the violence during the farmers' protest against the farm laws, moments after being released from jail in another case.

Protesting farmers reject allegations about blocking oxygen transport to Delhi

BJP MP Parvesh Verma Tuesday night alleged that transportation of medical use oxygen into Delhi was hampered due to the road blockade caused by protesters.
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'.

Centre ‘punished’ Delhi govt for supporting farmers protest, says Arvind Kejriwal

Last month, Parliament passed a bill which entails that the term "government" referred to in any law made by the Delhi legislative assembly will imply Lieutenant Governor.

Media reports linking letter to Punjab govt on bonded labourers ‘misleading’, says MHA

In a letter to Punjab govt, the home ministry said BSF had found that 58 people, who were brought to Punjab with the promise of good salary, were forced to work in inhuman conditions.

On Camera

File image of Assam BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma | PTI

Covid, connectivity, climate – CM Himanta Biswa Sarma has early mover advantage in Assam

From visiting Covid patients at 2:30 am to giving deadlines for Dispur flyover, Himanta Biswa Sarma has hit the ground running as CM.
Representational image | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

WPI inflation shoots up to all-time high of 10.49% in April

The WPI inflation was 7.39% in March 2021, and (-) 1.57% in April 2020. This is the fourth straight month of uptick seen in the WPI-based inflation.

Defence

Russia's S-400 air defence system

Despite Covid, 100+ IAF personnel are in Russia on S-400 missile training as delivery nears

The delivery of the S-400 missile system was originally scheduled to begin in 2020, but the deadline was extended after payments to Moscow were delayed.

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.