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Bharat Bandh highlights: Protesters challenge police with swords, met by tear gas blanket

Bharat Bandh highlights: The SKM requested all like-minded farmers' organisations to come together and be a part of the Bharat Bandh.
Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Security personnel fire tear gas shots to disburse protesters who try to remove barricades at the Shambhu border of Punjab/Haryana near Ambala during the Farmers protest on Friday, February 16, 2024.Photo by Ravi Kumar/ Hindustan Times.
Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Security personnel fire tear gas shots to disburse protesters who try to remove barricades at the Shambhu border of Punjab/Haryana near Ambala during the Farmers protest on Friday, February 16, 2024.Photo by Ravi Kumar/ Hindustan Times.

Bharat Bandh highlights: Various farmers' unions, including the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), called for a Gramin Bharat Bandh, a nationwide strike, on Friday, February 16, to press for their demands in front of the Centre. The SKM requested all like-minded farmers' organisations to come together and be a part of the Bharat Bandh, which is called by the central trade unions....Read More

The Bharat bandh call has come amid the ‘Delhi Chalo’ protests by hundreds of farmers, who are marching from Haryana, Punjab and have been stopped at the Haryana borders near Ambala, which is around 200 kilometres away from Delhi. Haryana security forces have been using tear gas on the farmers trying to disperse them.

The SKM (non-political) has asked all the like-minded farmer organisations to come forward and participate in the Bharat bandh, which is a day-long protest beginning from 6am to 4pm.

The farmers will be participating in a widespread chakka jam on major roads across India from 12 pm to 4 pm. In Punjab, a large part of state and national highways would be closed for at least the four hours.

What will be affected:

  • Transportation
  • Agricultural activities
  • Activities related to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA)
  • Private offices
  • Village shops
  • Rural industrial and service establishments.

What are farmers demanding:

  • Guaranteed Minimum Support Price (MSP) for all crops through legislation.
  • Strengthen the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).
  • Reinstitute the old pension scheme for wider coverage.
  • Ensure pension and social security for all workers (formal & informal).
  • Provide free 300 units of power for both farming and domestic use.
  • Implement comprehensive crop insurance for better risk management.
  • Increase existing pensions to 10,000 per month.

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Feb 16, 2024 10:55 PM IST

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Haryana Police say farmers provoking, shares video

Feb 16, 2024 10:47 PM IST

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Bharat Bandh affects Mandis in Indore district

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Agriculture markers in Madhya Pradesh's Indore district were partially affected by the 'Gramin Bharat Bandh' called by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Friday. The call for the shut-down had a slight impact on the arrival of farm produce in Mandis but normal life was not affected otherwise, local sources said.

PTI

Feb 16, 2024 10:02 PM IST

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Farmers' agitation to cause ₹500 cr economic loss daily to northern states, says PHDCCI

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Industry body PHDCCI on Friday said it apprehends "severe hit" to trade and industry and loss of employment in the northern states from a lingering farmers' agitation which would result in economic losses of over 500 crore daily.

"A lingering agitation will cause 500 crores economic loss daily and will have an impact on Q4 Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) of northern states majorly Punjab, Haryana and Delhi," said Sanjeev Agrawal, President, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Feb 16, 2024 9:16 PM IST

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Haryana police registers complains against farmers

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Ambala police have registered two criminal cases against unidentified farmers for pelting stones, petrol bombs, chilli smoke and trying to hit forces using tractors at the Shambhu border during the protests, SP Jashandeep Singh Randhawa told HT.

Feb 16, 2024 8:11 PM IST

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Central govt doing injustice to farmers, says Jairam Ramesh

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: “When the Modi government brought three black laws, the farmers sat on strike for almost a year. After that, the government withdrew the laws and made many promises to the farmers. These promises have not been fulfilled till date,” said Congress leader Jairam Ramesh.

Feb 16, 2024 7:05 PM IST

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Protesters seen with swords

Photo by Ravi Kumar/ Hindustan Times
Photo by Ravi Kumar/ Hindustan Times

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Protesters challenging the security personnel during the Farmers protest at Shambhu border of Punjab/Haryana near Ambala on Friday.

Feb 16, 2024 7:02 PM IST

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Haryana police fire tear gas at Shambhu border

Photo by Ravi Kumar/ Hindustan Times
Photo by Ravi Kumar/ Hindustan Times

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Security personnel fire tear gas shots to disburse protesters who try to remove barricades at the Shambhu border of Punjab/Haryana near Ambala during the Farmers protest on Friday.

Feb 16, 2024 5:40 PM IST

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Farmers get support of other groups

Photos by Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times.
Photos by Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times.

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Contract and UT Employees in Chandigarh protesting during ‘Bharat bandh’ on Friday.

Feb 16, 2024 5:16 PM IST

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Will Rakesh Tikait join farmers protest?

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Protests took place in certain areas of western Uttar Pradesh on Friday in response to the 'Bharat Bandh' called by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha.

Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said, “We are demonstrating for various demands, including the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report and loan waivers/”

When questioned about plans to go to Delhi, Tikait responded, "A meeting is scheduled in Sisauli (Muzaffaranagar) on Saturday, where we will strategise for the future course of action."

Feb 16, 2024 4:32 PM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: 50 detained in J-K ahead of protest in Lal Chowk

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: On Friday, the Jammu and Kashmir Police apprehended 50 trade union leaders and activists who intended to stage a protest at Lal Chowk in support of the demands put forth by protesting farmers.

The planned demonstration was a response to the Samyukta Kisan Morcha's call for a 'Bharat Bandh,' urging the government to address farmers' concerns, particularly the demand for a legal assurance of the minimum support price (MSP) for crops.

Feb 16, 2024 4:25 PM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: What was the impact?

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates:

• Commuters in Punjab faced inconvenience as buses from services such as Punjab Roadways, Punbus, and private operators remained off the roads.

• Markets and commercial establishments in various places across Punjab were shut in response to the 'Bharat Bandh' call.

• Demonstrations by farmers led to the blocking of national highways in Pathankot, Tarn Taran, Bathinda, and Jalandhar in Punjab.

• In Haryana's Hisar, Haryana Roadways services were paralyzed as employees supported the 'Bharat Bandh,' impacting public transportation.

• Members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Charuni) staged dharnas at toll plazas in Haryana, preventing toll tax collection from commuters.

• Farmers' unions from various states, including Uttar Pradesh, participated in the bandh. Notable leaders like Rakesh Tikait joined protests in support of farmers' demands.

• The bandh not only highlighted farmers' demands for a legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP) but also expressed dissent against the Centre's proposed hit-and-run law, as protested by Punjab Roadways, Punbus, and PRTC Contract Workers' Union.

• Various farmer bodies, such as BKU (Rajewal), BKU (Dakunda), BKU (Lakhowal), BKU (Qadian), and Kirti Kisan Union, joined hands to participate in the nationwide bandh.

• Private bus operators also refrained from plying buses, contributing to the overall impact on transportation services.

Feb 16, 2024 3:20 PM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Farmers pause protest march to Delhi as government talks continue

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Farm leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal said the farmers would hold off their march for now. "When the meetings have started, if we move forward (towards Delhi) then how will meetings happen?" Dallewal said, adding that the protest "will continue peacefully".

Feb 16, 2024 2:37 PM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Centre-resisting farmers protest 'not right, says Sanjay Raut

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: "The protestors are representing the farmers of the whole country. But the way they are being stopped is not right. So far, more than 100 farmers have been injured and many have been arrested. They have made huge prisons. While farmers are being oppressed in India, PM Modi is travelling abroad, Amit Shah has not uttered a word, and the agriculture minister has not been given the right to talk," said Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut.

Feb 16, 2024 2:31 PM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: No impact in Karnal region

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Insignificant impact of Bharat Bandh call in Karnal region as markets and other commercial establishments remain open. Buses also remain operational with a handful of union workers staging a dharna at Karnal bus stand.

Feb 16, 2024 2:28 PM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: MSP to get legal guarantee if INDIA bloc comes to power, says Rahul Gandhi

"If the INDIA bloc comes to power after the general elections, we will give a legal guarantee to MSP. Whenever farmers have asked for something from the Congress, it has been given to them. Be it loan waiver or MSP, we have always protected the interests of cultivators and will do so in future," Congress leader Gandhi said.

Feb 16, 2024 1:49 PM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Shops closed in Punjab, Haryana

Shops and many establishments in Punjab and Haryana are closed, and bus drivers have gone on strike to show solidarity with the farmers.

Feb 16, 2024 1:25 PM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Deadlock continues at Delhi border

Protesting farmers will stay put at the two borders of Punjab and Haryana over their various demands as the deadlock persisted despite the third round of talks with a panel of Union ministers.

A five-hour meeting, which started around 8:45 pm on Thursday, between three Union ministers and the farmer leaders remained inconclusive. (PTI)

Feb 16, 2024 1:05 PM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Delhi Police on high alert

Delhi Police is on high alert and security has been tightened in the national capital in view of the 'Bharat Bandh' call given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), officials said on Friday.

Traffic may be affected in the national capital with barricades put up in several areas, according to police. (PTI)

Feb 16, 2024 12:49 PM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Congress workers staging protests stopped by police

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Stopped by Police from approaching BJP district at Khanna Samarak in Amritsar, Congress workers scuffled with Police near Hathi gate. They were to stage protest outside the office in protest against the "repression" of farmers, but the police stopped them at few yards away. The Congress sat at the same place and staged the protest. This was the programe of Amritsar city Congress unit. On the hand, District Rural Congress is staging protest outside residence of Former BJP MP Shwait Malik in Rialto Chowk

Feb 16, 2024 12:14 PM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Farmer leader on discussion with govt

“We had the discussion with the ministers. We will call it a ‘decision’, only if they will practically implement everything that they have said to us in the meeting. It will be our last option to move forward if nothing happens ever after the talk and giving enough time to the government,” farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher said.

Feb 16, 2024 12:12 PM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates | ‘Central government is the reason behind this agitation’: Farmer leader on death of protesting farmer

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Here’s what farmer Leader Sarwan Singh Pandher said about the death of a farmer named Gyan Singh, member of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) who died due to a heart attack, at the Shambhu border on Friday morning.

“Central government is the reason behind this agitation. We have a lot of people here (Shambhu border) participating in the protest including elders. We are facing difficulties in receiving medicines at the right time and even getting food, and resting,” he said.

Feb 16, 2024 11:56 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Nationwide strike has more impact in rural areas

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: In support of Gramin Bharat bandh call given by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, the bus services in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Hisar, Jind and some other parts of the state remained parked at bus depots and passengers faced problems.

In Rohtak, shops and other business establishments are open and the bandh has more impact in rural areas.

Jai Kumar Dahiya, a leader of roadways union in Rohtak, said that they are supporting bandh and buses will not ply today in support of call given by SKM and other unions.

The non- teaching association at Rohtak’s Maharahi Dayanand University announced to suspend the regular work in solidarity with bandh.

Association president Ajmer Singh said that the union government is suppressing voice of all sections, including farmers and government employees.

The farmer unions will lay seige at toll plazas across the state in support of bandh. The farmers in Rohtak started marching towards toll plazas at Makrauli and Madina villages in the district.

Feb 16, 2024 11:33 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: ‘Protestors represent farmers of whole country,’ says Sanjay Raut

On Farmers' Protest, Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut says, "The protestors are representing the farmers of the whole country. But the way they are being stopped is not right. So far, more than 100 farmers have been injured and many have been arrested. They have made huge prisons. While farmers are being oppressed in India, PM Modi is travelling abroad, Amit Shah has not uttered a word, and the agriculture minister has not been given the right to talk. Today the farmers have called for a Bharat Bandh but this message has not reached the entire nation. MVA will discuss the future of this agitation. Shiv Sena is in constant touch with the protestors..."

Feb 16, 2024 11:32 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: BKU leader on closure of vegetable market in UP

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Gulbahar Rao speaks on closure of vegetable market in UP's Muzaffarnagar. He says, “A mandi operates only when they (farmers) come (to sell their crop). Farmers haven’t even come here (mandi) today."

Feb 16, 2024 11:29 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Delhi Police on high alert, security beefed up

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Delhi Police braced for disruptions today as the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) bandh loomed. Security was tightened across the city, with barricades erected in several areas potentially impacting traffic flow.

Heavy security personnel, including those in anti-riot gear, continued guarding the closed border points, restricting traffic movement between the two states. While the full impact on commutes remains to be seen, travelers are advised to exercise caution and seek alternative routes if possible, PTI reported.

Feb 16, 2024 11:03 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Farmer dies at Shambhu barrier

A 70-year-old farmer, who was protesting at the Shambhu barrier on the Punjab Haryana border, died on Friday morning. Farmer is said to have been rushed to the nearest civil hospital Rajpura. Doctors present there informed that the patient brought at around 4 AM in the morning.

When health deteriorated, the doctors at Rajpura referred the farmer to the Government Rajindra Hospital in Patiala. The farmer was admitted in the emergency wing of the hospital, said the doctors at Rajindra.

Within the first 30 minutes of the treatment, the farmer died at the hospital.

Feb 16, 2024 10:53 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Farmers moving towards Madina toll Plaza on the Rohtak- Hisar highway

Farmers started moving towards Madina toll Plaza on the Rohtak- Hisar national highway and Makrauli toll plaza on Rohtak- Panipat highway. The farmers to occupy toll plaza for three hours from 12 noon to 3 pm

Feb 16, 2024 10:52 AM IST

Commuters left stranded as many buses stay off roads in Punjab

Commuters in Punjab faced travel disruptions on Friday due to a bus strike coinciding with the nationwide 'Bharat Bandh' called by farmer unions. Unions affiliated with Punjab Roadways, Punbus, and PRTC are participating in the protest, demanding the government meet farmers' demands, including a minimum support price (MSP) guarantee.

Farmers across the state will also hold demonstrations under the banner of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), adding to the potential disruptions. Major farmer bodies like Bharti Kisan Union (Rajewal), Bharatiya Kisan Union (Dakunda), and Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) are lending their support to the bandh.

This combined action is likely to create travel challenges across Punjab, prompting travelers to seek alternative arrangements for their journeys.

Feb 16, 2024 10:44 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Contractual employees of PRTC protest at Patiala Depot

Contractual employees of PRTC are protesting at Patiala Depot in support of the Bharat Bandh call.

Feb 16, 2024 10:23 AM IST

Punjab police personnel patrol along road next to closed shops in Amritsar

Punjab police personnel patrolling along a road next to closed shops during a Bharat Bandh called by farmer unions in Amritsar on Friday

Feb 16, 2024 10:23 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Heavy traffic at Delhi-UP Ghazipur border

Feb 16, 2024 10:15 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: 70% students reach exam centres an hour before the board exams begin

Around 70 percent of the students have reached their examination centre, an hour before their exam begins, following the advisory issued by the PSEB.The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has released a crucial advisory for students appearing in the ongoing Class 10 and 12 board examinations. With Bharat Bandh call by farmers on February 16, the advisory issued on Thursday evening recommended students to reach their respective exam centres at least one hour before the scheduled time.

Feb 16, 2024 10:06 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Normal life hit in Punjab districts; govt employees extend support to bandh

Normal life was hit in the southwest Punjab districts as all private and the government-run buses remained off the roads since early Friday morning in response to the call of bharat bandh given by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM).

Passengers were seen stranded at various places in the region as the public transport system was paralysed. Trains services remained unaffected.

In view of the nationwide call of strike given by the Left-affiliated trade and various farmer unions, the state authorities enhanced police deployment around the proposed spots of road blockade.

Movement of private vehicles on the national and the state highways in the south Malwa region was normal as the protesters are expected to block roads at around noon.

Convener of the state Malwa zone private bus operators union Baltej Wander said the association has extended a full support and work will remain suspended throughout the day today.

Work in the mandis also remains suspended as the arthiya associations have also extended support to the call of bharat bandh.

Private and government schools remained opened due to ongoing final examinations of the class 10 and 12 of the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) and Punjab School Education Board.

Information gathered from the region says movement of the students had hardly impact as no road blockade by the farmer and worker unions was reported in the region.

Union of government employees has also extended support to the bandh but the leaders said that official work will continue smoothly.

Kuldeep Sharma, president Bathinda DC office employees union said that senior leaders will attend dharna in the afternoon and all others will remain on duty as no strike will be observed today.

Feb 16, 2024 9:34 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE updates: Education institutes, markets open; bus services remain halted

Schools, colleges and markets are open in the city, but the bus service is halted. Farmers have blocked the main roads on different locations. According to the officials of Punjab Roadways, mostly all the routes have been blocked by the farmers, due to which all the bus routes have been cancelled. Ranjit Singh Bagga, GM Punjab Roadways, said, "They have deputed four buses on different routes, including Raikot, Chandigarh, Ferozepur and Bathinda but the buses returned due to road closures. Also there is no passenger on bus stand."

Feb 16, 2024 9:32 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE updates: Shops shut, no bus services available in Punjab's Moga

Shops are closed, no bus service is accessible in Punjab's Moga amid farmers' 'Bharat Bandh' call.

Feb 16, 2024 9:14 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE updates: Mamata Banerjee on farmers' protest

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the BJP over the ongoing farmers' protest, accusing them of governing like "Ravan" and surpassing all moral boundaries and showing a blatant disregard for "Lakshman Rekhas." (PTI)

Feb 16, 2024 8:39 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE updates: No resolution between Centre and farmers

A marathon meeting between three Union ministers and leaders of protesting farmer unions concluded without a resolution here late Thursday with Union Minister Arjun Munda asserting that the discussion was "positive” and another round of talks would be held on Sunday.

The farmer leaders said they will continue to stay put at the two border points between Punjab and Haryana. (PTI)

Feb 16, 2024 8:15 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Traders to continue business despite protests

Amid farmer unions call for a Bharat Bandh protest today (February 16), traders are poised to continue their business operations uninterrupted, reaffirming their "commitment to serving communities and maintaining economic stability." (ANI)

Feb 16, 2024 7:51 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: In Punjab, 3,000 government buses to remain off roads

Thousands of commuters in Punjab face disruption on Friday as around 3,000 state-run buses remain grounded. Driver and conductor unions affiliated with Punjab Roadways and PRTC are participating in the nationwide Bharat Bandh, expressing their disapproval of the Centre's proposed hit-and-run law.

The controversial law, proposed under Section 106(2)BNS, seeks to deter hit-and-run incidents by imposing harsh penalties. It includes a 10-year jail term and a hefty fine of 7 lakh for drivers involved in such accidents.

Feb 16, 2024 7:12 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE: Border blockade worries parents, students amid CBSE exams

Noida parents are grappling with rising anxiety as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exams commenced on Thursday amidst ongoing farmer protests. The week-long blockades imposed along borders to thwart the protests have triggered traffic jams across the city, causing concern for students appearing for their crucial exams.

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Feb 16, 2024 7:02 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Are banks, offices closed?

Transportation, agricultural activities, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) rural works, private offices, village shops, and rural industrial and service sector institutions are expected to remain shut due to farmer unions' nationwide strike on February 16. The strike is likely to disrupt roads and transportation, possibly leading to traffic jams. As of now, school holidays have not been announced.

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Feb 16, 2024 6:31 AM IST

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Farmers' stir talks with Centre stretch past midnight

A fresh round negotiations between a panel of senior Union ministers and protesting farmers stretched past midnight on Thursday, as interlocutors tried to hammer out compromises to key sticking points, including the agitators’ demands for a law on minimum support prices (MSP) for crops.

Union ministers Piyush Goyal, Nityanand Rai and Arjun Munda, reached Chandigarh earlier in the day and met a clutch of senior farm leaders, including Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee general secretary Sarvan Singh Pandher and Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Sidhupur) chief Jagjit Singh Dallewal. Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann and state agriculture minister Harpal Singh Cheema were also part of the talks. More details.

Feb 16, 2024 6:11 AM IST

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Section 144 in Noida

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: The Gautam Buddh Nagar Police on Thursday said restrictions under CrPC Section 144, including a ban on unauthorised public assemblies, would be enforced across the district in view of Bharat Bandh called by farmers' unions on Friday.

The police also cautioned commuters going to Delhi and coming back from the capital city of traffic diversions in Noida and urged citizens to opt for metro rail service "as far as possible" to avoid inconvenience. More details.

Feb 16, 2024 5:46 AM IST

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Traders say business as usual despite Bharat Bandh

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: While farmer unions hold their nationwide Bharat Bandh protest today, February 16th, traders across India plan to keep their businesses running uninterrupted. This decision reflects their "commitment to serving communities and maintaining economic stability," according to representatives from the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT).

Speaking to ANI, CAIT President BC Bhartia and Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal emphasised the crucial role traders play in ensuring the availability of essential goods and services to the public during such events. They highlighted their right to conduct business and contribute to the nation's economic stability.

"Despite the Bharat Bandh called by farmers on 16th Feb, traders nationwide stand resilient in their commitment to serve communities and maintain economic stability. As, Secretary General of CAIT, I emphasize the vital role traders play in our nation's economy. We assert our right to conduct business, urging fellow traders to keep establishments open," posted on X.

Feb 16, 2024 11:03 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Farmer dies at Shambhu barrier

A 70-year-old farmer, who was protesting at the Shambhu barrier on the Punjab Haryana border, died on Friday morning. Farmer is said to have been rushed to the nearest civil hospital Rajpura. Doctors present there informed that the patient brought at around 4 AM in the morning.

When health deteriorated, the doctors at Rajpura referred the farmer to the Government Rajindra Hospital in Patiala. The farmer was admitted in the emergency wing of the hospital, said the doctors at Rajindra.

Within the first 30 minutes of the treatment, the farmer died at the hospital.

Feb 16, 2024 10:53 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Farmers moving towards Madina toll Plaza on the Rohtak- Hisar highway

Farmers started moving towards Madina toll Plaza on the Rohtak- Hisar national highway and Makrauli toll plaza on Rohtak- Panipat highway. The farmers to occupy toll plaza for three hours from 12 noon to 3 pm

Feb 16, 2024 10:52 AM IST

Commuters left stranded as many buses stay off roads in Punjab

Commuters in Punjab faced travel disruptions on Friday due to a bus strike coinciding with the nationwide 'Bharat Bandh' called by farmer unions. Unions affiliated with Punjab Roadways, Punbus, and PRTC are participating in the protest, demanding the government meet farmers' demands, including a minimum support price (MSP) guarantee.

Farmers across the state will also hold demonstrations under the banner of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), adding to the potential disruptions. Major farmer bodies like Bharti Kisan Union (Rajewal), Bharatiya Kisan Union (Dakunda), and Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) are lending their support to the bandh.

This combined action is likely to create travel challenges across Punjab, prompting travelers to seek alternative arrangements for their journeys.

Feb 16, 2024 10:44 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Contractual employees of PRTC protest at Patiala Depot

Contractual employees of PRTC are protesting at Patiala Depot in support of the Bharat Bandh call.

Feb 16, 2024 10:23 AM IST

Punjab police personnel patrol along road next to closed shops in Amritsar

Punjab police personnel patrolling along a road next to closed shops during a Bharat Bandh called by farmer unions in Amritsar on Friday

Feb 16, 2024 10:23 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Heavy traffic at Delhi-UP Ghazipur border

Feb 16, 2024 10:15 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: 70% students reach exam centres an hour before the board exams begin

Around 70 percent of the students have reached their examination centre, an hour before their exam begins, following the advisory issued by the PSEB.The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has released a crucial advisory for students appearing in the ongoing Class 10 and 12 board examinations. With Bharat Bandh call by farmers on February 16, the advisory issued on Thursday evening recommended students to reach their respective exam centres at least one hour before the scheduled time.

Feb 16, 2024 10:06 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Normal life hit in Punjab districts; govt employees extend support to bandh

Normal life was hit in the southwest Punjab districts as all private and the government-run buses remained off the roads since early Friday morning in response to the call of bharat bandh given by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM).

Passengers were seen stranded at various places in the region as the public transport system was paralysed. Trains services remained unaffected.

In view of the nationwide call of strike given by the Left-affiliated trade and various farmer unions, the state authorities enhanced police deployment around the proposed spots of road blockade.

Movement of private vehicles on the national and the state highways in the south Malwa region was normal as the protesters are expected to block roads at around noon.

Convener of the state Malwa zone private bus operators union Baltej Wander said the association has extended a full support and work will remain suspended throughout the day today.

Work in the mandis also remains suspended as the arthiya associations have also extended support to the call of bharat bandh.

Private and government schools remained opened due to ongoing final examinations of the class 10 and 12 of the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) and Punjab School Education Board.

Information gathered from the region says movement of the students had hardly impact as no road blockade by the farmer and worker unions was reported in the region.

Union of government employees has also extended support to the bandh but the leaders said that official work will continue smoothly.

Kuldeep Sharma, president Bathinda DC office employees union said that senior leaders will attend dharna in the afternoon and all others will remain on duty as no strike will be observed today.

Feb 16, 2024 9:34 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE updates: Education institutes, markets open; bus services remain halted

Schools, colleges and markets are open in the city, but the bus service is halted. Farmers have blocked the main roads on different locations. According to the officials of Punjab Roadways, mostly all the routes have been blocked by the farmers, due to which all the bus routes have been cancelled. Ranjit Singh Bagga, GM Punjab Roadways, said, "They have deputed four buses on different routes, including Raikot, Chandigarh, Ferozepur and Bathinda but the buses returned due to road closures. Also there is no passenger on bus stand."

Feb 16, 2024 9:32 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE updates: Shops shut, no bus services available in Punjab's Moga

Shops are closed, no bus service is accessible in Punjab's Moga amid farmers' 'Bharat Bandh' call.

Feb 16, 2024 9:14 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE updates: Mamata Banerjee on farmers' protest

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the BJP over the ongoing farmers' protest, accusing them of governing like "Ravan" and surpassing all moral boundaries and showing a blatant disregard for "Lakshman Rekhas." (PTI)

Feb 16, 2024 8:39 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE updates: No resolution between Centre and farmers

A marathon meeting between three Union ministers and leaders of protesting farmer unions concluded without a resolution here late Thursday with Union Minister Arjun Munda asserting that the discussion was "positive” and another round of talks would be held on Sunday.

The farmer leaders said they will continue to stay put at the two border points between Punjab and Haryana. (PTI)

Feb 16, 2024 8:15 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Traders to continue business despite protests

Amid farmer unions call for a Bharat Bandh protest today (February 16), traders are poised to continue their business operations uninterrupted, reaffirming their "commitment to serving communities and maintaining economic stability." (ANI)

Feb 16, 2024 7:51 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: In Punjab, 3,000 government buses to remain off roads

Thousands of commuters in Punjab face disruption on Friday as around 3,000 state-run buses remain grounded. Driver and conductor unions affiliated with Punjab Roadways and PRTC are participating in the nationwide Bharat Bandh, expressing their disapproval of the Centre's proposed hit-and-run law.

The controversial law, proposed under Section 106(2)BNS, seeks to deter hit-and-run incidents by imposing harsh penalties. It includes a 10-year jail term and a hefty fine of 7 lakh for drivers involved in such accidents.

Feb 16, 2024 7:12 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE: Border blockade worries parents, students amid CBSE exams

Noida parents are grappling with rising anxiety as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exams commenced on Thursday amidst ongoing farmer protests. The week-long blockades imposed along borders to thwart the protests have triggered traffic jams across the city, causing concern for students appearing for their crucial exams.

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Feb 16, 2024 7:02 AM IST

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Are banks, offices closed?

Transportation, agricultural activities, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) rural works, private offices, village shops, and rural industrial and service sector institutions are expected to remain shut due to farmer unions' nationwide strike on February 16. The strike is likely to disrupt roads and transportation, possibly leading to traffic jams. As of now, school holidays have not been announced.

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Feb 16, 2024 6:31 AM IST

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Farmers' stir talks with Centre stretch past midnight

A fresh round negotiations between a panel of senior Union ministers and protesting farmers stretched past midnight on Thursday, as interlocutors tried to hammer out compromises to key sticking points, including the agitators’ demands for a law on minimum support prices (MSP) for crops.

Union ministers Piyush Goyal, Nityanand Rai and Arjun Munda, reached Chandigarh earlier in the day and met a clutch of senior farm leaders, including Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee general secretary Sarvan Singh Pandher and Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Sidhupur) chief Jagjit Singh Dallewal. Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann and state agriculture minister Harpal Singh Cheema were also part of the talks. More details.

Feb 16, 2024 6:11 AM IST

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Section 144 in Noida

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: The Gautam Buddh Nagar Police on Thursday said restrictions under CrPC Section 144, including a ban on unauthorised public assemblies, would be enforced across the district in view of Bharat Bandh called by farmers' unions on Friday.

The police also cautioned commuters going to Delhi and coming back from the capital city of traffic diversions in Noida and urged citizens to opt for metro rail service "as far as possible" to avoid inconvenience. More details.

Feb 16, 2024 5:46 AM IST

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Traders say business as usual despite Bharat Bandh

Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: While farmer unions hold their nationwide Bharat Bandh protest today, February 16th, traders across India plan to keep their businesses running uninterrupted. This decision reflects their "commitment to serving communities and maintaining economic stability," according to representatives from the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT).

Speaking to ANI, CAIT President BC Bhartia and Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal emphasised the crucial role traders play in ensuring the availability of essential goods and services to the public during such events. They highlighted their right to conduct business and contribute to the nation's economic stability.

"Despite the Bharat Bandh called by farmers on 16th Feb, traders nationwide stand resilient in their commitment to serve communities and maintain economic stability. As, Secretary General of CAIT, I emphasize the vital role traders play in our nation's economy. We assert our right to conduct business, urging fellow traders to keep establishments open," posted on X.

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