Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal held meeting with farmers' leaders in the national capital. They held meeting with farmers' leaders on December 03. The next meeting will be held on December 05. Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) representatives were also present in the meeting. Speaking to ANI, leader of Azaad Kisan Sangharsh Committee, Harjinder Singh Tanda said, "Talks have made a little progress. In the half time, it seemed that today's meeting will yield no result, in second half, it seemed that there is pressure of farmers' agitation, on government. Talks were held in a conducive atmosphere." "We are hopeful. The laws are wrong. In the next meeting, we will put pressure on the government. They will have to say that they will take back the laws. In my opinion, it will be finalised in the meeting day after tomorrow," he added.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal held meeting with farmers' leaders in the national capital. They held meeting with farmers' leaders on December 03. The next meeting will be held on December 05. Speaking to ANI, farmer leader, Baldev Singh Sirsa said, "We listed all drawbacks before government, they had to admit that there are drawbacks and will make amendments. We said we don't want amendments but withdrawal of laws." "We also demanded that Minimum Support Price (MSP) be implemented for certain and law should be made for it," he added.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal held meeting with farmers' leaders in the national capital. They held meeting with farmers' leaders on December 03. The next meeting will be held on December 05. Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) representatives were also present in the meeting. Speaking to ANI, farmer leader and national spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), Rakesh Tikait said, "Government has given indications over Minimum Support Price (MSP). It seems that their stand over MSP will be fine. The talks have made a little progress." "The issue is about the complete roll back of laws. Not only one but discussions will also be held on several issues. Farmers want that the laws be taken back. Government wants to talk about MSP and amendment to the Acts," he added.
Actors Diljit Dosanjh and Kangana Ranaut were embroiled in a bitter war of words over the farmers’ protest on Thursday, a Twitter spat that began with Shaheen Bagh protester Bilkis Bano but soon spilled over to name-calling, Punjabi identity, the Delhi riots, and even some muscle-flexing over the mother figure. The two, one a celebrity singer-actor from Punjab and the other a Bollywood star known for her combative comments, began bickering on the social media platform on Wednesday evening and continued till well into Thursday. Earlier this week, Ranaut misidentified a woman farmer from Punjab as Bilkis Bano, the octogenarian who made international headlines during the anti-CAA protests earlier this year in the Delhi neighborhood of Shaheen Bagh. She shared a tweet alleging that the 'Shaheen Bagh dadi' also joined the farmers’ agitation over the new agri laws at various border points of the national capital. She retweeted the post with pictures of two elderly women, including Bilkis Bano, and wrote that the "same Dadi" who featured in Time Magazine was "available in 100 rupees". Watch the video for more.
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The agitating farmers created chaos at Delhi-UP Border on December 03 as they are protesting against new farm laws. They have assembled at the Ghazipur-Ghaziabad Border in large and tried to break the police barricades. Heavy security is deployed at the border area. Police closed one carriageway of NH-24 for UP to Delhi at Gazipur border. 'Delhi Chalo' protest has entered 8th day today.
Farmer leaders, who participated in a meeting with Union ministers on December 3, declined food offered by the government. They were seen distributing and eating food they had taken with themselves on paper plates. The fourth round of talks was held at Delhi's Vigyan Bhawan, as protesting farmers camp at the national capital's borders. They want 3 recent agri-reform laws scrapped, along with legally guaranteed minimum support price. Union agriculture minister Narendra Tomar and Union commerce minister Piyush Goyal led the talks with the farmers. Watch the full video for more.
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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach briefly confronted a small group of anti-Olympics protesters outside the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, building following his meeting with the city's governor Yuriko Koike on Monday.
The Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog, Rajiv Kumar attended the 34th annual conference of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), focusing on the theme 'Achieving Sustainable Growth in a Turbulent and Disruptive Global Market' on October 30. While addressing a virtual event, Rajiv Kumar highlighted the government's push to self-reliance and said that government is planning to extend Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme. "This government is committed to two things - One, to give much greater space to private entrepreneurs. Two, we will pursue self-reliance, we will give our domestic entrepreneurs the best possible environment to go forward," said Rajiv Kumar. "We will, while attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), also repose our faith and trust in those who have already invested in India. We want to recognise them by giving them better logistics, infrastructure and more flexibility. For this, we have brought out Production Linked Incentive Scheme, which will be valid for about 9-10 sectors very soon, four of which cabinet decision has been taken, its objective is to incentives the investors in this country to put up globally comparable capacities in scale and in competitiveness," Rajiv Kumar added.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said India's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth for the current fiscal 2020-21 will be in negative or near zero, owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The Finance Minister was speaking at the 4th Annual India Energy Forum by CERAWeek on Oct 28. She further said, "Festival season has commenced in India, as a result of which I expect the demand to go up and therefore, be sustainable also." Sitharaman added, “Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflow have seen 13 per cent growth in Covid-19 affected April-August 2020 compared to April-August 2019.” Watch the full video for more details.
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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attended 4th Annual India Energy Forum by CERA Week on Oct 27. She said, "India's growth this year will be negative or near zero. Next year India can be one of the fastest growing economies. Festival season has commenced in India, as a result of which I expect the demand to go up and therefore, be sustainable also." She further said, "Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflow between April and August of 2020, grew by about 13% compared to non-COVID 2019's comparable period. Globally, we are one of the lowest in terms of Corporate Taxation. For any investment which comes into manufacturing and which commences production by 31st March 2023, they shall be paying only 15% Corporate Tax."
Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy campaigner Jimmy Lai was denied bail on Thursday on a charge of fraud related to the lease of a building that houses his newspaper Apple Daily. Flora Bradley-Watson reports.
Legislators from a global cross-party alliance on China urged people to buy Australian wine on Tuesday, posting a video in response to trade sanctions on wine imported from Australia. Libby Hogan reports.
Joshua Wong, 24, one of Hong Kong's most prominent democracy activists, was jailed on Wednesday for more than 13 months over an unlawful anti-government rally in 2019, the toughest and most high-profile sentence for an opposition figure this year. Maha Albadrawi reports.
Speaking to media in Mumbai on December 03, Minority Affairs Minister of Maharashtra and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) senior leader, Nawab Malik spoke on winter session of Parliament and farmers protest. Malik said, "Adhir Ranjan's demand for winter session of Parliament is valid. Not conducting the session and evading questions isn't right for the democracy. Opposition and farmers are demanding that even it's for 2 days, Parliament session should be held." "Health Secretary says that they never said that the vaccine would be administered to everyone. Will it be free of cost? There are the questions. Modi-led government should call the winter session of the Parliament and discuss the issue of farmers and vaccine," he added.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar hoped that the crucial meeting with the farm leaders on December 03 will lead to "positive outcome". Tomar left from his residence to meet the farmer leaders. Meanwhile, 40 farmer leaders arrived at Vigyan Bhawan. "We are hopeful that the talks will be productive. If our demands are not met then the farmers will take part in the Republic Day parade held in Delhi," said farmer leader Rakesh Tikait. Modi-led government believes that the farm laws are in the interest of farmers. However, the farmer unions had rejected the government's new reforms, as they fear that the new reforms will leave them at the mercy of big corporates.
As farmers protest against the three new agricultural reforms entered Day 08, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee's joint secretary for Punjab, SS Subhran, said they will boycott the meeting until Prime Minister himself holds a discussion with all 507 farmers' unions. "We won't attend any meeting called by the government until PM Modi holds a meeting with leaders of all 507 farmers' unions," said SS Subhran at Singhu border where thousands of farmers have camped as part of their 'Delhi Chalo' protest.
Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh on Thursday said his force is alive to various threats in the maritime domain including from China and is fully ready to deal with them. Addressing a press conference on the eve of Navy Day, he said the Navy has a standard operating procedure in case there is any infringement in the Indian Ocean region, in a veiled reference to the Chinese challenge. Referring to the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, the Navy chief said the Indian Navy's surveillance aircraft P-8I and Heron drones are deployed in the region. "Whatever we are doing is in close coordination with the Army and the Indian Air Force," he said. Watch the full video for more details.
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Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister of India, commented on the border tension with China, at the 18th edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit. While issuing an assurance that the Narendra Modi administration would not allow any violation of India's territorial integrity, Singh said that talks with China on multiple levels were underway, but there was no guarantee about the outcome. He hailed the bravery of Indian soldiers at the Line of Actual Control, and said that security forces had been given a free hand to drive the Chinese army back in case of aggression. Watch the full video for more.
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The ministry of external affairs said that India and China have agreed to maintain dialogue to resolve the Ladakh standoff. "The talks between India and China were candid, in-depth and constructive. Both sides exchanged views on disengagement at all friction points along LAC. They have agreed to maintain dialogue through military and diplomatic channels," MEA Spokesperson, Anurag Srivastava said. The ministry, however, declined to comment on reports that two sides are discussing proposals for disengagement. "When we have something to share, we will share," Srivastava said. MEA further said that the two sides will soon hold another round of talks on border standoff. "They have also agreed to have another round of meeting soon," Srivastava added. India and China border standoff has entered its seventh month. Thousands of troops from both sides have dug in for the winter along LAC in Ladakh sector. They are reportedly discussing proposals to withdraw tanks and artillery from the area.
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