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Afternoon briefing: Punjab asked to act against ‘disruptions’; Sharad Pawar's jibe at PM, all the latest news

Feb 21, 2024 01:09 PM IST

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The Union home ministry has asked Punjab to take "stringent action" to suppress "disruptive activities under the guise of farmers' protest," while also criticising the state government for permitting gatherings near its borders with Haryana. In a late advisory issued on Tuesday, the ministry expressed concern over the "deteriorating law and order situation in Punjab," citing inputs from central agencies. This advisory comes as protesting farmers, equipped with cranes and excavators, planned to resume their march towards Delhi on Wednesday following unsuccessful talks with the Union government regarding guaranteed prices for their produce. Meanwhile, authorities in Haryana have set up barricades on the border with Punjab and blocked a highway to prevent farmers from advancing towards the Capital, located approximately 200 km away. Dig deeper

Farmers at the Shambhu border dividing Punjab and Haryana on Wednesday.(HT Photo/Ravi Kumar)
Farmers at the Shambhu border dividing Punjab and Haryana on Wednesday.(HT Photo/Ravi Kumar)

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Senior politician Sharad Pawar claimed on Tuesday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's presence in the Rajya Sabha is limited to a mere 20 minutes during discussions on issues concerning the common people and formulation of policies in the Parliament. Pawar also criticised PM Modi's act of bowing down at the Parliament door, labeling it as "theatrical." Addressing an event to inaugurate the memorial of slain Leftist leader Govind Pansare in Kolhapur, Pawar emphasized the importance of presenting a unified front against "regressive" forces. While not directly naming the Prime Minister, he said that power is being misused in India. Pawar leads the NCP-Sharadchandra Pawar faction, formed following the Election Commission's decision to grant the Ajit Pawar faction permission to utilize the 'NCP' name. Dig deeper

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Actor Shah Rukh Khan won the award in the Best Actor category at Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards (DPIFF) 2024. He was honoured for his performance in Atlee's directorial Jawan. In a video shared by a fan account, Shah Rukh said in his acceptance speech that he hadn't received the Best Actor Award in a long time. He added that it seemed as if he "would not get it again". Dig deeper

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Sports Goings

Congratulatory messages started pouring in the moment Virat Kohli, on Tuesday, took to Instagram to announce the birth of his second child. Kohli said his wife, the Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, delivered a baby boy last Thursday. They named the boy Akaay. The couple already have a daughter named Vamika. Kohli's Instagram post garnered 8.2 million likes and 377 thousand likes by Wednesday morning. Among those who commented on Kohli's post were former India cricketer Virender Sehwag, former England batter Kevin Pietersen, and former Australia pacer Brett Lee. Dig deeper

That’s all we have at this hour in our Afternoon briefing. Catch you in the evening.

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