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BJP MP Varun Gandhi | Ani File Photo

Varun Gandhi again posts pro-farmer message, shares clip of UP man setting fire to crop

Without making a direct attack, BJP MP Varun Gandhi has been critical of Modi govt's handling of agriculture issues and has sympathised with the protesting farmers.
(From L) BJP block president Shubham Mishra's grandfather Shyam Manohar, father Vijay Mishra and mother Sushma at their house in Lakhimpur city | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Why I visited deceased BJP worker’s family in Lakhimpur Kheri: Yogendra Yadav

Choosing ‘our’ victim has its advantages. There is no scope for moral confusion. But grieving families on both sides in Lakhimpur Kheri remind us it's time to forge a politics of truth.

Why farmers from Lakhimpur Kheri are unable to sell produce to govt at fair prices

Paddy, wheat farmers from Lakhimpur Kheri noted they are often forced to sell their produce to commission agents as government officials cite various excuses to avoid buying their produce.
An SUV that was destroyed when violence erupted during farmers' protest in Lakhimpur Kheri | PTI Photo

Lakhimpur Kheri incident ‘terror attack’, part of ‘pre-planned conspiracy’, SKM alleges

Demanding arrest of MoS Ajay Mishra and his son, farmers' body SKM gave a 'rail roko' call across the country on 18 October and planned a mahapanchayat in Lucknow on 26 October.
A farmer rides past fields of corn in Karnal, Haryana | Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg File Photo

SubscriberWrites: Indian farmers are the modern ‘holy cows’

India has had many holy cows. Some have been dethroned. Some have remained holy cows. Even now, some are being elevated to the status of being holy cows, writes BN Gururaj.
A vehicle set ablaze after violence broke out after farmers agitating were allegedly run over by a vehicle in the convoy of a union minister, in Lakhimpur Kheri on 3 October | PTI

One more death in Lakhimpur Kheri shouldn’t go unnoticed — Indian media credibility

Disconnect between mass media and public opinion is bad news for democracy. It’s worse than censorship.
Farmers at a paddy field | Representational image| Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

Punjab CM Channi requests Centre to withdraw its order postponing paddy procurement

Meanwhile, the Haryana BKU chief has said farmers will protest outside houses of MPs, MLAs of ruling BJP-JJP in the state if the govt fails to begin paddy procurement on 1 October.
This Patna street was featured in a story on PatnaBeats, about the launch of the Bihar capital’s odd-even parking on 2 November 2016 | Twitter

‘My city is fully open’ say users in Patna and Surat on Bharat Bandh, but post image from 2016

New Delhi: National highways, link roads and railway tracks were blocked by protesting farmers during the nationwide Bharat Bandh Monday, resulting in highway blockages and traffic snarls. This led to several people opposing the strike on social media. Some Twitter users furnished 'evidence' to indicate that the strike was a 'failure'. “My city is fully open,” one account posted with an image of a city road brimming with activity and traffic, in an attempt to indicate that the bandh, called by the farmers' union, Samyukta Kisan Morcha, was a washout. Shubham Pathak, whose Twitter account suggests he is from Surat, said: "My city is fully open. Surat do not support Bharat bandh (sic)". His comment received over 1,000 retweets and 1,500 likes. BJP worker Srishiraj received nearly 400 retweets and over 400 likes for his tweet which parroted Pathak's: "My city is fully open. Patna do not support Bharat bandh (sic)." https://twitter.com/srishirajIND/status/1442324489723801600 https://twitter.com/Shubham__Pathak/status/1442341716543954946 Similar posts from...
Representational image of a Karnataka farmer | Twitter | @ANI

Modi’s ‘Give it up’ plan inspires Karnataka, state asks rich farmers to give up free power

While the scheme has been described as voluntary, farmers are wary of it becoming mandatory in the future. Opposition has described the move as ‘insidious’ and ‘ill-timed’.
A labourer takes a break at a green peas field in Amritsar, Punjab| Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

NSS survey on farmers is a mid-term report card of Modi’s promise, with ‘fail’ written over it

The NSS survey conceals more than it reveals. It gives the impression that there is at least some progress. But that is misleading.

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We are in the middle of a ‘cyber pandemic’. Digital security standards need reinforcing

Cyber-attacks on infrastructure services are on the rise and hackers are exploiting the use of Internet of Things to create new vulnerability points.
Representative image | A bottle of rice bran oil | Commons

Govt’s plan to tackle edible oil price rise: Push for domestic rice bran oil production

India is witnessing record-high inflation in edible oil prices. Food Secretary says country can produce up to 18-19 lakh tonnes of rice bran oil, up from current 11 LT.

Defence

BrahMos supersonic cruise missile | Representational image| Photo: ANI

India among few countries developing hypersonic missiles, US Congressional report says

According to the report, India collaborated with Russia to develop BrahMos II and is reportedly developing an indigenous, dual-capable hypersonic cruise missile.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Aryan Khan isn’t a show to enjoy. NDPS is a weapon vengeful state could use on you or your kids

The draconian Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been handed over to people who are prone to misuse it. The story we see unfolding on our TV screens is of its blatant misuse.
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