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Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) members protest after police imposed section 144 at Ghazipur border, during their Delhi Chalo march against the new farm laws, in New Delhi on Monday | Photo by Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Modi govt must sweat in Parliament to avoid bleeding on street. Farmers’ protest shows why

The consequence of the Modi govt skipping steps of a deliberative democracy is that the farm bill’s policy argument plays out in emotions instead of economics.
Farmers protest at the Delhi-UP border in Ghazipur Monday | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

This is how Modi govt plans to address farmers’ problems, end protests

BJP, the main party in the ruling coalition, seems to be following a two-pronged strategy to deal with farmer protests, which have been on since the laws were passed in September.
A Bhartiya Kisan Union member protests against three ordinances passed by the Centre, in Sri Muktsar Sahib | PTI

Farmers’ protest a big challenge for Modi. Bigger than demonetisation, GST

Rural distress has been on the rise, stoking farmers’ anger. And politics has added fuel, making it a lethal cocktail.
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Johnson & Johnson gets govt panel nod to sell ‘wonder TB drug’ for minors without local trial

Bedaquiline was approved by US FDA in December 2014 after multiple trials worldwide. It is recognised by WHO as an ‘essential drug’ for treating TB.

Modi govt cuts import duty on palm oil to support consumers

The duty on crude palm oil has been lowered to 27.5% from 37.5%. The lower tax is expected to further boost inbound shipments and support benchmark prices of the commodity.
Farmers from Punjab remove barricades while pushing into Haryana, at Ambala, Thursday | ANI

Farmers claim victory as they break through Haryana barriers & water cannons, police cry foul

Punjab farmers agitating against the Modi govt's three farm acts breach barricades put up by Haryana Police. Clashes reported at many places.
Representational image | A file photo of farmers blocking Amritsar-Delhi National Highway during their four hours statewide Chakka Jam near Jalandhar on 5 November. | Photo: ANI

Modi govt invites protesting farmers for new round of talks over farm Acts

Move comes 2 days ahead of the ‘Dilli Chalo’ march being organised by Punjab farmers. Farmers’ body says atmosphere not conducive for talks after Haryana makes several arrests.
A vaccination injection

With Covid vaccine coming, Modi govt tells states & UTs to boost ways to report side effects

India began ‘Adverse Events Following Immunisation’ surveillance on mother and child immunisation in 1988, but Covid has thrown up new challenges.
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport |

Airports to have flexible slots, temperature-controlled zones to transport Covid vaccines

Air cargo operators to run multiple flights in a short time span to transport the vaccines expected to become available in India early next year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a call for 'atmanirbhar' or self-reliant India | Photo: ANI

Not signing RCEP could be one of Modi’s biggest blunders, ‘atmanirbhar’ an admission of defeat

It’s unrealistic to expect manufacturing to be 25% of India’s GDP by 2030. ‘Atmanirbhar’ concept is Nehruvian, and India’s competitiveness has to be improved.

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The casket of assassinated nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh being carried | @ImamRezaEN | Twitter

Israel’s sabotage hasn’t destroyed Iran’s nuclear programme, but has set it back

Israel may agree not to launch any strikes for a time, but it won’t give up the capability to strike unless Iran agrees to abandon the aspects of its nuclear programme.
A collection of bitcoin, litecoin and ethereum tokens

Bitcoin or gold — the debate is heating up in Wall Street

If mainstream investors move just a small portion of gold holdings into the $350 billion Bitcoin industry, it would be a game-changer for diversification strategies on Wall Street.

Defence

Hamad Salem Al Ameri, CEO of Caracal | By special arrangement

UAE firm Caracal to bring small arms portfolio under Make in India, looks to salvage Army deal

UAE firm Caracal says it is counting on bilateral ties to expand its business and export India-made rifles and parts and not just supply to the domestic market.

Shambles over farmers’ protest shows Modi-Shah BJP needs a Punjab tutorial

Modi-Shah BJP has tended to patronise Punjab & Sikhs, instead of being a respectful partner. Its strategy to tackle protests farm laws crisis has given Sikhs the good fight they love.