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Farmers Protest highlights: Delhi Police order 30,000 teargas shells from BSF

Farmers Protest highlights: Farmers from Punjab are stationed at Shambhu and Khanauri border points, intending to proceed towards Delhi.
Farmers Protest LIVE: Farmers wear protective goggles to safeguard from teargas fired by security personnel during a protest to demand minimum crop prices, near the Haryana-Punjab state border at Shambhu in Patiala district about 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of New Delhi on February 15, 2024.
Farmers Protest LIVE: Farmers wear protective goggles to safeguard from teargas fired by security personnel during a protest to demand minimum crop prices, near the Haryana-Punjab state border at Shambhu in Patiala district about 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of New Delhi on February 15, 2024.

Farmers Protest highlights: A panel consisting of three union ministers is scheduled to convene a meeting with protesting farmer leaders in Chandigarh on Thursday for further discussions amidst the ongoing standoff between the demonstrators and security forces at the Punjab-Haryana border. Meanwhile, as of Thursday, there are no reports of clashes between farmers and Haryana security personnel at the Shambhu and Khanauri border points....Read More

In a bid to maintain law and order, the Delhi police have implemented Section 144, prohibiting the entry of tractor-trolleys and large gatherings.

Significant traffic jams were witnessed on Wednesday at the Delhi-Ghaziabad border due to the farmers' demonstration and stringent security measures imposed by the authorities.

Check the Delhi traffic advisory for Thursday:

• Interstate buses and trucks bound for Haryana, Punjab, and Himachal Pradesh are required to take a diversion on the Outer Ring Road at Majnu Ka Tilla. They should proceed towards the Signature Bridge to Khajuri Chowk via Loni Border, continuing towards the Eastern Peripheral Road.

• Trucks originating from Azadpur Mandi and headed for Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar should take a diversion from Azadpur Mandi. They are to use the service road towards Outer Ring Road, passing Haiderpur Water Plant. Afterward, they should make a U-turn for Rohini Jail Road Sector-18, leading to Badli Metro Station and eventually reaching Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar.

• Only DTC Buses and cars/four-wheelers are permitted from Mukarba Chowk towards NH-44. They are advised to take exit no. 2 on NH-44 at DSIIDC Cut to proceed towards Narela and Safiabad Border.

Read in detail- Delhi traffic advisory for Thursday

Farmers protest Top Highlights:

  • On Wednesday, a collective statement was released by several public intellectuals and artists in solidarity with the joint initiative by workers and farmers for a sectoral industrial strike and Grameen Bharat Bandh on February 16. Endorsed by 34 individuals, the statement urges people from diverse backgrounds to offer their full support to this significant endeavour by the farmers and workers.
  • Arjun Munda, the Union agriculture minister involved in negotiations with farmer leaders, appealed to the protesters for cooperation and open communication to prevent inconvenience to the general public. He emphasized that in the process of drafting new laws, there are numerous factors to be taken into account, which the government wishes to discuss with the farmer organisations.
  • Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor remarked on Wednesday that he does not believe the China border is fortified to the extent of the national capital. He emphasized that it is the democratic right of farmers to protest and have their voices heard in the national capital.
  • Akhilesh Yadav criticised the BJP government for what he termed as "deception" towards farmers. He pointed out the irony of the government honouring the late farmer leader Chaudhary Charan Singh with the Bharat Ratna while simultaneously resorting to tear gas shelling and lathi charging against protesting farmers, which he deemed as an exhibition of dictatorship.
  • The farmers marching towards Delhi have presented 12 demands to the central government. The protest is organized by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha and Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, led by farmer union leaders Jagjeet Singh Dallewal and Sarwan Singh Pandher.
  • Among their demands, the protesting farmers are insisting on the implementation of a law ensuring a minimum support price (MSP) for all crops, as recommended by the Swaminathan Commission report. They seek better crop prices, which were promised by the central government, leading to the conclusion of the 2021 protest.

Follow all the updates here:
Feb 15, 2024 11:15 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE: Piyush Goyal, Arjun Munda, Nityanand Rai, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann meet farmer leaders | Watch

Feb 15, 2024 10:36 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Key meet with Centre underway

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Three Union ministers began their third round of talks with farmer leaders in Chandigarh Thursday evening, amid a standoff between the protesters and security personnel at two points on Punjab-Haryana border.

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann also joined the meeting.

The meeting is being held at the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration in Sector 26.

Feb 15, 2024 10:33 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Security tightened in Delhi

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: The Delhi Police has ordered more than 30,000 teargas shells from the Border Security Force's (BSF) Tear Smoke unit, officials said.

Feb 15, 2024 9:24 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Noida Police to invoke CrPC 144 on Friday due to 'Bharat Bandh'

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: "Various programs like protest demonstrations, etc are proposed by SKM and various organisations for Friday. Hence, Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) is implemented on February 16," the police said in a statement.

Feb 15, 2024 8:59 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: ‘This protest seems political, and there are concerns about the spread of violence’, says PM MSP Committee member Pramod Chaudhary

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: "This protest seems political, and there are concerns about the spread of violence, just like we witnessed last time at the Red Fort. At that time too, the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh was aware of this fact, and today also the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh is not participating for the same reason, because it is not for noble cause," PM MSP Committee member Pramod Chaudhary said raising concerns about the ‘Delhi chalo’ protest by farmers.

Feb 15, 2024 8:41 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Bandh is for farmers; highways won't be shut, explains Rakesh Tikait

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait who was at the forefront of the farmers' protest 2020 on Thursday said Gramin Bharat Bandh on February 16 is a new concept where villages will stop working. Farmers will not go to their land, there will be no agriculture-related work as labourers will also participate in this strike, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Tikait) leader said. Dig Deeper

Feb 15, 2024 8:27 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Farmers 'hell bent' on stopping lifeline of northern states, says Haryana govt

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Farmers' unions are "hell bent" on stopping the lifeline of northern states and their movement has instilled a "sense of fear" among the people of the state, the Haryana government submitted before the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday.

The submission was filed in an affidavit before a division bench of Acting Chief Justice GS Sandhawalia and Justice Vikas Suri.

Feb 15, 2024 8:04 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Internet ban in these Haryana districts till Feb 17

The Haryana government on Thursday extended the ban on mobile internet and bulk SMS services in seven districts by two days till February 17 in view of the farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' agitation.

These districts are Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa, the government said in an order.

Feb 15, 2024 7:59 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Haryana police asks residents to avoid unnecessary travel

Feb 15, 2024 7:50 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Key meeting delayed

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Meeting of the farm bodies leaders with the Union ministers still to begin. Meeting was scheduled to start at 5 pm

Feb 15, 2024 7:08 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Haryana police resumes firing tear gas

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: After a quiet day, tension has again escalated at Shambhu border. Haryana police have to resort to tear gas to deter protesting farmers.

Feb 15, 2024 7:00 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Commuters face hardships

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Sagar Singh, who was coming from Panipat and going towards Bawana, said, "I am going to see my ailing mother-in-law in Bawana. I am planning to stay back so that I can be available for help if she needs me. The current situation is not conducive to travelling at night or even otherwise."

Feb 15, 2024 6:49 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Farmers' leader announces protest escalation in Haryana

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Amid the ongoing farmers' protest, Gurnam Singh Charuni, the head of Bharatiya Kisan Union, declared on Thursday that tolls in Haryana would not be paid for three hours on Friday. This will be followed by a tractor parade in every Tehsil the next day and a joint meeting of all farmers' and labour organisations on Saturday.

The decisions were made during a meeting of Bharatiya Kisan Union office-bearers convened by Charuni earlier today.

"Three decisions were taken today: first is that we will keep Haryana toll-free for 3 hours tomorrow, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.; the day after tomorrow, there will be a tractor parade in every Tehsil, from 12 pm; on February 18, there will be a joint meeting of all farmers' and labour organisations," Charuni told reporters.

"Further decisions will be taken in the meeting," he added.

Feb 15, 2024 6:28 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Who sets the rates of MSP?

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: The Commission for Agricultural Costs & Prices (CACP), an attached office of the union agricultural ministry, suggests MSPs for specific crops.

The factors considered by CACP for fixing MSP include the cost of production, domestic and international prices, demand-supply conditions, inter-crop price parity, and terms of trade between the agricultural and non-agricultural sectors.

The final decision on MSP levels is made by the Union government's Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).

Feb 15, 2024 5:46 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Which crops are covered under MSP?

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates:

• Kharif crops such as Paddy, Jowar, Bajra, Ragi, Maize, Arhar, Moong, Urad, Cotton, Groundnut, Sunflower Seed, Soybean, and Sesamum.

• Rabi crops such as Wheat, Barley, Gram, Masur, Rapeseeds & Mustard, Safflower, and Toria.

• Additionally, MSP is announced for Copra, De-husked Coconut, Jute, and Fair Remunerative Prices are declared for Sugarcane.

Feb 15, 2024 5:23 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: These are hooligan farmers, says member of PM MSP Committee

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Binod Anand, Member, PM MSP Committee says, "If this is the (legal guarantee on MSP) the only way country's economic progress and farmers' welfare, we will leave no stone unturned in doing this. But when was the law on MSP guaranteed? The PM never said that...These are hooligan farmers and a few people politically inspired people...People of a particular state are using farmers in this manner against their political rivals...Nothing on legal guarantee for MSP was ever said...We have to make such agri policies that will be valid until 2075 so that financial inequalities go down...MSP is a complex subject, they should come and sit with us. I assure them that if I am unable to answer all their questions, I will resign from the committee...This is a drama and something to distract and break the nation..."

Feb 15, 2024 5:17 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Haryana group comes in support

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Farmer leader Gurnam Singh Charuni says, " Three decisions were taken today, first one is, we will keep Haryana toll free for 3 hours tomorrow, from 12pm - 3pm...day after tomorrow, there will be a tractor parade in every Tehsil, from 12pm...on February 18, there will be a joint meeting of all farmers' and labour organisations...further decisions will be taken in that meeting..."

Feb 15, 2024 4:55 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: What is MSP?

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: MSP, or Minimum Support Price, is the lowest price established by the government for buying crops from farmers. These rates are announced each season to ensure fair prices for farmers, encouraging higher investment and production.

Feb 15, 2024 4:47 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Dramatic visuals from Wednesday

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Farmers protesting used a homemade arsenal to counter the state-of-the-art weaponry of the security forces trying to disperse them: they're flying kites to ensnare police drones carrying tear gas canisters.

Feb 15, 2024 4:45 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Long queues of tractors on Shambhu border

Long Queue of tractor trolley's at Rajpura/Ambala highway near Shambhu border of Punjab-Haryana due to ongoing farmers protest march on Thursday. Photo by Ravi Kumar /Hindustan Times
Long Queue of tractor trolley's at Rajpura/Ambala highway near Shambhu border of Punjab-Haryana due to ongoing farmers protest march on Thursday. Photo by Ravi Kumar /Hindustan Times
Feb 15, 2024 4:20 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: BJP has crossed all Lakshman Rekhas, says Bengal CM

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Administration of Ravan has crossed all Lakshman Rekhas: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on BJP govt's action against farmers.

Feb 15, 2024 4:04 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: High court's direction to state and Centre

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: The Punjab and Haryana High Court asked the Central and State governments to file an affidavit based on their meeting with the farmers which is scheduled to be held today on February 20.

Feb 15, 2024 3:30 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Charuni group to take out tractor rally in Haryana

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: An emergency meeting of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Charuni) called in view of farmers' protests, ends in Kurukshetra, Haryana. President Gurnam Singh Charuni appeals to make toll plazas free in Haryana and some parts of Punjab and Western UP tomorrow from 12 noon to 3 pm.

The union will also take out a tractor march in every tehsil in solidarity with their counterparts leading the protests at the Haryana-Punjab borders.

Feb 15, 2024 3:28 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: These trains are affected

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: The Shatabdi and Shan-e-Punjab express on Thursday will leave for Delhi from Ludhiana Junction station instead of their usual station of origin, Amritsar.

The Sachkhand Express has been routed via Chandigarh instead of Ambala, and the Pathankot-Delhi Express has been rerouted via Dhuri instead of Ambala.

Feb 15, 2024 3:27 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Haryana CM takes aim at Punjab govt

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Haryana chief minister, Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday said that it seems that the protesting farmers have the support of the Punjab government. Responding to a question during a briefing, the chief minister said that the way things have been conducted indicated this. “ I would not like to comment on this as we are not a witness to any such conversation where political support to protesting farmers has been promised.

“The Punjab government could have stopped the movement of farmers. If they didn’t, then there must have been some understanding,” he said. Khattar without naming Aam Aadmi Party said that the Delhi government also says that they support the farmers' movement. “Supporting demands of farmers is one thing but lending support to their movement does not send the right message,” Khattar said.

Feb 15, 2024 3:25 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Why are farmers protesting?

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates:

1. Guaranteed Minimum Support Price (MSP): Enact a law to guarantee MSP for all crops, in line with the Swaminathan Commission report.

2. Debt Waiver: Demand a complete waiver of farmers' debts.

3. Pension Scheme: Implement a pension scheme for both farmers and farm labourers.

4. Rejection of Electricity Amendment Bill 2020: Urge to scrap the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020.

5. Reintroduction of Land Acquisition Act 2013: Bring back the Land Acquisition Act of 2013, ensuring farmer consent and compensation at 4 times the collector rate.

6. Justice for Lakhimpur Kheri Killings: Demand punishment for those involved in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.

7. Employment and Wage under MGNREGA: Appeal for 200 days of employment per year and a daily wage of 700 under MGNREGA, linked with farming.

8. Compensation for Deceased Farmers: Seek compensation for the families of farmers who died during the protests in 2021, along with providing a job for any family member.

Feb 15, 2024 3:20 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Key meet with Centre shortly

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Union ministers Arjun Munda, Piyush Goyal, and Nityanand Rai are slated to participate meeting with leaders of the protesting farmer groups. The agenda includes discussions on addressing their demands, notably the assurance of a minimum support price on crops.

Feb 15, 2024 3:18 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Siddaramaiah writes Madhya Pradesh CM requesting release of Karnataka farmers

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: On Thursday, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah formally urged his Madhya Pradesh counterpart, Mohan Yadav, to secure the release of farmers from Karnataka who were apprehended in Bhopal.

The farmers, en route from Bengaluru to Delhi for a protest against what they perceive as "anti-farmer policies" of the central government, have been held in detention in Bhopal without evident cause, said Siddaramaiah in a letter to Yadav.

Expressing concern, Siddaramaiah emphasised that it has been four days since the farmers were detained, and their release has not yet been facilitated.

Feb 15, 2024 2:44 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Sec 144 imposed in 15 districts of Haryana

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Due to the call ‘Delhi Chalo’ from farmers, Section 144 is imposed in 15 districts of Haryana, 64 companies of paramilitary force and 50 companies the state police are deployed.

Feb 15, 2024 2:29 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Protesters moving like an army to attack, says Haryana CM

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Protesters moving like an army marching to attack, taking along JCBs, ration for a year, tractor-trolleys: Haryana chief minister Manohar Khattar

Feb 15, 2024 1:45 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: CM Khattar on tear gas shelling

Saying that tear gas shelling should not be a political matter, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar said, "Law and order agencies, intelligence agencies constantly coordinate with each other. It’s the responsibility of security agencies on how to maintain law and order; it is not a political subject…,

Feb 15, 2024 1:31 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Farmers block railway track as part of their 'rail roko' protest in Amritsar | Watch

Feb 15, 2024 1:22 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates | ‘Motive has to be seen…’: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar says "...Raising demands and going to Delhi is everyone's right but the motive has to be seen. We have seen all of this last year, how a scene was created and they occupied various borders which created problems for everyone...We have an objection to the way they are protesting...Tractor is not a mode of transport, they can come on buses or trains. Discussions should be done democratically so that a solution can be reached..."

Feb 15, 2024 1:02 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Two trains cancelled, six diverted as amid Rail Roko in Punjab

Naveen Kumar, senior divisional commercial manager, Ambala railway division, said that two train have been cancelled in the division, six trains have been diverted to run via Ludhiana-Sahnewal-Chandigarh route and two have been short terminated in view of Rail Roko in Punjab.

No Shatabdi or Vande Bharat trains are among those affected, he added.

Feb 15, 2024 12:40 PM IST

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: CPI(M) leader Yechury slams Modi government

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Sitaram Yechury, the general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), criticized the government on Thursday for disregarding the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission.

He emphasized that merely awarding the Bharat Ratna to the agricultural scientist was inadequate and urged the government to honor those who sustain the nation.

"The demand (of farmers) is for a minimum support price at 50 per cent of the cost of comprehensive production costs...That is exactly what the Swaminathan Commission has recommended and Swaminathan was conferred the Bharat Ratna by PM Modi himself recently. Conferring awards is not sufficient. Respecting the farmers and respecting the people who feed all of us is what is required of this government," Yechury said.

Feb 15, 2024 12:14 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE: Protestes from Patiala sit on rail tracks and blocking trains

Feb 15, 2024 11:58 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Farmers hold protests at toll plaza in Patiala to make toll free amid ‘Delhi Chalo’ call

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: The farmers associated with Bharatiya Kisan Union Ugrahan and Samyukta Kisan Morcha hold protests at Dhareri Jattan toll plaza in Patiala on Bathinda Chandigarh national highway to make toll plaza free in support of ‘Delhi chalo’ call.

Feb 15, 2024 11:35 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Farmer leader shows bullet shell amid clashes with police | See photo

Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher showed a bullet shell during a press conference at Punjab-Haryana Shambhu border Thursday

Feb 15, 2024 11:08 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Delhi Police places order for 30,000 tear gas shells

According to an official, the Delhi Police has procured over 30,000 tear gas shells in anticipation of preventing Punjab farmers from entering the national capital during their 'Dilli Chalo' protest, PTI reported.

The farmers, halted at the Punjab-Haryana border near Ambala, approximately 200 kilometres from Delhi, faced tear gas from Haryana security forces in efforts to scatter them.

A Delhi Police insider emphasised their resolve to block the protesters from advancing into the capital.

Feb 15, 2024 10:57 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates | Watch: Heavy traffic on GT Karnal Road

Feb 15, 2024 10:36 AM IST

Farmers protest LIVE updates: ‘Agitation now reached across country,’ says farmer leader

During a press conference, farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher said, “As far as the agitation is concerned, it has now reached across the country. A dharna has been organised in Haryana, reports about it are not coming at the internet service have been stopped. This agitation will get bigger in the coming days.”

Feb 15, 2024 10:17 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Food being prepared, distributed among farmers at Shambhu border | Watch

Feb 15, 2024 10:05 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: ‘Will move towards Delhi, break barricades,’ a farmer at Shambhu border

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: "We are protesting peacefully. The Modi government had ensured a law on MSP, however, the government has betrayed us. We will definitely take MSP. We will move towards Delhi in groups and break these barricades. God willing the government will agree to make MSP law during today's meeting," says a farmer Gurjan Singh tells PTI at Shambhu border.

Feb 15, 2024 9:54 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: ‘Demands are matter of life and death for us,’ says farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: “Our demands aren’t 'repetition' but a matter of life and death for us. We will put forward our point in front of the ministers,” said farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher.

Feb 15, 2024 9:15 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Panel of 3 union ministers set to hold talks with farmer leaders today

A panel comprising three Union ministers is scheduled to convene a meeting with protesting farmer leaders in Chandigarh on Thursday, aiming to resume discussions amidst the ongoing standoff at the Punjab-Haryana border.

Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Minister Arjun Munda, Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal, and Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai will engage with the farmers at 5 pm to address their grievances, notably their demand for legislation ensuring Minimum Support Price for crops.

This marks the third round of talks following inconclusive dialogues on February 8 and 12. Farmers from Punjab continue their protest at the Shambhu and Khanauri borders, advocating for their demands and planning a march towards Delhi.

Feb 15, 2024 8:56 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: CBSE asks students to use Delhi Metro on way to exam centres

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) issued guidance on Wednesday for students appearing in the Class 10 and 12 board examinations, scheduled from February 15 to March 13. In light of traffic restrictions due to the farmers' march towards Delhi, CBSE advised students to utilize Delhi Metro services to reach examination centers and to depart early to avoid potential delays.

The advisory emphasized the likelihood of traffic-related challenges and encouraged students to plan their commute accordingly to ensure punctual arrival at examination centers. It further recommended the use of metro services, which are operating smoothly.

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Feb 15, 2024 8:48 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Farmers to block trains today, hold round 3 talks with Centre

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Multiple major farmers' unions have thrown their weight behind the ongoing protests at Shambhu and Khanauri borders in Punjab. The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) and BKU Dakaunda (Dhaner faction) have declared plans for a 'rail roko' (train stoppage) in the state on Thursday from 12 noon to 4 pm on February 15.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, representing 37 farm unions, has also endorsed the protests, which demand a minimum support price (MSP) for crops. These unions, pivotal in the 2021 protests on Delhi's outskirts, have joined the current agitation decrying the "unacceptable use of violence" against farmers. BKU (Ugrahan) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan has strongly criticized the police's actions.

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Feb 15, 2024 8:19 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE: Group of farmers prepare tea at Shambhu border | Watch

Feb 15, 2024 8:00 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE: ‘Going to attend meeting in completely positive mood,’ says Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee

On the meeting with ministers today, General Secretary of Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Sarvan Singh Pandher says, "...We are going to attend the meeting in a completely positive mood today and we have full confidence that a positive solution will emerge from this meeting."

"We have a meeting with the ministers today, and we want PM Modi to have a conversation with them so that we can reach a solution for our demands. Or else, we should be allowed to protest peacefully in Delhi."

Feb 15, 2024 6:53 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE: ‘Even China border is not fortified like it is in national capital,’ Shashi Tharoor says

On Wednesday, Shashi Tharoor, a senior leader of the Congress party, expressed his opinion that the border with China is not fortified to the same extent as the national capital. He emphasized that farmers have a democratic right to protest and to have their voices heard in the national capital.

“It's a democratic right of the farmers to protest and come and be heard in the National capital. I don't think the border with China is fortified the way this city is fortified. The government should have learnt a lesson from the previous farmers' agitation- consult the stakeholders. Last time it took a year-long agitation before the government surrendered and withdrew,” he said as per ANI.

Feb 15, 2024 3:25 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Why are farmers protesting?

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates:

1. Guaranteed Minimum Support Price (MSP): Enact a law to guarantee MSP for all crops, in line with the Swaminathan Commission report.

2. Debt Waiver: Demand a complete waiver of farmers' debts.

3. Pension Scheme: Implement a pension scheme for both farmers and farm labourers.

4. Rejection of Electricity Amendment Bill 2020: Urge to scrap the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020.

5. Reintroduction of Land Acquisition Act 2013: Bring back the Land Acquisition Act of 2013, ensuring farmer consent and compensation at 4 times the collector rate.

6. Justice for Lakhimpur Kheri Killings: Demand punishment for those involved in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.

7. Employment and Wage under MGNREGA: Appeal for 200 days of employment per year and a daily wage of 700 under MGNREGA, linked with farming.

8. Compensation for Deceased Farmers: Seek compensation for the families of farmers who died during the protests in 2021, along with providing a job for any family member.

Feb 15, 2024 3:20 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Key meet with Centre shortly

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Union ministers Arjun Munda, Piyush Goyal, and Nityanand Rai are slated to participate meeting with leaders of the protesting farmer groups. The agenda includes discussions on addressing their demands, notably the assurance of a minimum support price on crops.

Feb 15, 2024 3:18 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Siddaramaiah writes Madhya Pradesh CM requesting release of Karnataka farmers

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: On Thursday, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah formally urged his Madhya Pradesh counterpart, Mohan Yadav, to secure the release of farmers from Karnataka who were apprehended in Bhopal.

The farmers, en route from Bengaluru to Delhi for a protest against what they perceive as "anti-farmer policies" of the central government, have been held in detention in Bhopal without evident cause, said Siddaramaiah in a letter to Yadav.

Expressing concern, Siddaramaiah emphasised that it has been four days since the farmers were detained, and their release has not yet been facilitated.

Feb 15, 2024 2:44 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Sec 144 imposed in 15 districts of Haryana

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Due to the call ‘Delhi Chalo’ from farmers, Section 144 is imposed in 15 districts of Haryana, 64 companies of paramilitary force and 50 companies the state police are deployed.

Feb 15, 2024 2:29 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Protesters moving like an army to attack, says Haryana CM

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Protesters moving like an army marching to attack, taking along JCBs, ration for a year, tractor-trolleys: Haryana chief minister Manohar Khattar

Feb 15, 2024 1:45 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: CM Khattar on tear gas shelling

Saying that tear gas shelling should not be a political matter, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar said, "Law and order agencies, intelligence agencies constantly coordinate with each other. It’s the responsibility of security agencies on how to maintain law and order; it is not a political subject…,

Feb 15, 2024 1:31 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Farmers block railway track as part of their 'rail roko' protest in Amritsar | Watch

Feb 15, 2024 1:22 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates | ‘Motive has to be seen…’: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar says "...Raising demands and going to Delhi is everyone's right but the motive has to be seen. We have seen all of this last year, how a scene was created and they occupied various borders which created problems for everyone...We have an objection to the way they are protesting...Tractor is not a mode of transport, they can come on buses or trains. Discussions should be done democratically so that a solution can be reached..."

Feb 15, 2024 1:02 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Two trains cancelled, six diverted as amid Rail Roko in Punjab

Naveen Kumar, senior divisional commercial manager, Ambala railway division, said that two train have been cancelled in the division, six trains have been diverted to run via Ludhiana-Sahnewal-Chandigarh route and two have been short terminated in view of Rail Roko in Punjab.

No Shatabdi or Vande Bharat trains are among those affected, he added.

Feb 15, 2024 12:40 PM IST

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: CPI(M) leader Yechury slams Modi government

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Sitaram Yechury, the general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), criticized the government on Thursday for disregarding the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission.

He emphasized that merely awarding the Bharat Ratna to the agricultural scientist was inadequate and urged the government to honor those who sustain the nation.

"The demand (of farmers) is for a minimum support price at 50 per cent of the cost of comprehensive production costs...That is exactly what the Swaminathan Commission has recommended and Swaminathan was conferred the Bharat Ratna by PM Modi himself recently. Conferring awards is not sufficient. Respecting the farmers and respecting the people who feed all of us is what is required of this government," Yechury said.

Feb 15, 2024 12:14 PM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE: Protestes from Patiala sit on rail tracks and blocking trains

Feb 15, 2024 11:58 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Farmers hold protests at toll plaza in Patiala to make toll free amid ‘Delhi Chalo’ call

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: The farmers associated with Bharatiya Kisan Union Ugrahan and Samyukta Kisan Morcha hold protests at Dhareri Jattan toll plaza in Patiala on Bathinda Chandigarh national highway to make toll plaza free in support of ‘Delhi chalo’ call.

Feb 15, 2024 11:35 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Farmer leader shows bullet shell amid clashes with police | See photo

Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher showed a bullet shell during a press conference at Punjab-Haryana Shambhu border Thursday

Feb 15, 2024 11:08 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Delhi Police places order for 30,000 tear gas shells

According to an official, the Delhi Police has procured over 30,000 tear gas shells in anticipation of preventing Punjab farmers from entering the national capital during their 'Dilli Chalo' protest, PTI reported.

The farmers, halted at the Punjab-Haryana border near Ambala, approximately 200 kilometres from Delhi, faced tear gas from Haryana security forces in efforts to scatter them.

A Delhi Police insider emphasised their resolve to block the protesters from advancing into the capital.

Feb 15, 2024 10:57 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates | Watch: Heavy traffic on GT Karnal Road

Feb 15, 2024 10:36 AM IST

Farmers protest LIVE updates: ‘Agitation now reached across country,’ says farmer leader

During a press conference, farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher said, “As far as the agitation is concerned, it has now reached across the country. A dharna has been organised in Haryana, reports about it are not coming at the internet service have been stopped. This agitation will get bigger in the coming days.”

Feb 15, 2024 10:17 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Food being prepared, distributed among farmers at Shambhu border | Watch

Feb 15, 2024 10:05 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: ‘Will move towards Delhi, break barricades,’ a farmer at Shambhu border

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: "We are protesting peacefully. The Modi government had ensured a law on MSP, however, the government has betrayed us. We will definitely take MSP. We will move towards Delhi in groups and break these barricades. God willing the government will agree to make MSP law during today's meeting," says a farmer Gurjan Singh tells PTI at Shambhu border.

Feb 15, 2024 9:54 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: ‘Demands are matter of life and death for us,’ says farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: “Our demands aren’t 'repetition' but a matter of life and death for us. We will put forward our point in front of the ministers,” said farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher.

Feb 15, 2024 9:15 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Panel of 3 union ministers set to hold talks with farmer leaders today

A panel comprising three Union ministers is scheduled to convene a meeting with protesting farmer leaders in Chandigarh on Thursday, aiming to resume discussions amidst the ongoing standoff at the Punjab-Haryana border.

Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Minister Arjun Munda, Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal, and Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai will engage with the farmers at 5 pm to address their grievances, notably their demand for legislation ensuring Minimum Support Price for crops.

This marks the third round of talks following inconclusive dialogues on February 8 and 12. Farmers from Punjab continue their protest at the Shambhu and Khanauri borders, advocating for their demands and planning a march towards Delhi.

Feb 15, 2024 8:56 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: CBSE asks students to use Delhi Metro on way to exam centres

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) issued guidance on Wednesday for students appearing in the Class 10 and 12 board examinations, scheduled from February 15 to March 13. In light of traffic restrictions due to the farmers' march towards Delhi, CBSE advised students to utilize Delhi Metro services to reach examination centers and to depart early to avoid potential delays.

The advisory emphasized the likelihood of traffic-related challenges and encouraged students to plan their commute accordingly to ensure punctual arrival at examination centers. It further recommended the use of metro services, which are operating smoothly.

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Feb 15, 2024 8:48 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Farmers to block trains today, hold round 3 talks with Centre

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Multiple major farmers' unions have thrown their weight behind the ongoing protests at Shambhu and Khanauri borders in Punjab. The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) and BKU Dakaunda (Dhaner faction) have declared plans for a 'rail roko' (train stoppage) in the state on Thursday from 12 noon to 4 pm on February 15.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, representing 37 farm unions, has also endorsed the protests, which demand a minimum support price (MSP) for crops. These unions, pivotal in the 2021 protests on Delhi's outskirts, have joined the current agitation decrying the "unacceptable use of violence" against farmers. BKU (Ugrahan) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan has strongly criticized the police's actions.

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Feb 15, 2024 8:19 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE: Group of farmers prepare tea at Shambhu border | Watch

Feb 15, 2024 8:00 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE: ‘Going to attend meeting in completely positive mood,’ says Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee

On the meeting with ministers today, General Secretary of Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Sarvan Singh Pandher says, "...We are going to attend the meeting in a completely positive mood today and we have full confidence that a positive solution will emerge from this meeting."

"We have a meeting with the ministers today, and we want PM Modi to have a conversation with them so that we can reach a solution for our demands. Or else, we should be allowed to protest peacefully in Delhi."

Feb 15, 2024 6:53 AM IST

Farmers Protest LIVE: ‘Even China border is not fortified like it is in national capital,’ Shashi Tharoor says

On Wednesday, Shashi Tharoor, a senior leader of the Congress party, expressed his opinion that the border with China is not fortified to the same extent as the national capital. He emphasized that farmers have a democratic right to protest and to have their voices heard in the national capital.

“It's a democratic right of the farmers to protest and come and be heard in the National capital. I don't think the border with China is fortified the way this city is fortified. The government should have learnt a lesson from the previous farmers' agitation- consult the stakeholders. Last time it took a year-long agitation before the government surrendered and withdrew,” he said as per ANI.

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