Farmers' protest LIVE: P Chidambaram questions MEA, after Rihanna's viral tweet

Updated on Feb 04, 2021 12:31 AM IST

"It's a matter of pride that eminent pwersonalities are showing sensitivity towards the cause of farmers," said Dr Darshan Pal, Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM).

Farmers listen to a speaker at Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, in New Delhi, India.
Farmers listen to a speaker at Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, in New Delhi, India.(AP)

As the agitation against the three contentious farm laws entered the 68th day on Wednesday, farmers continued to camp around the borders of Delhi. There was widespread outrage after Delhi Police cemented nails near barricades at Ghazipur (Delhi-Uttar Pradesh) and Tikri (Delhi-Haryana) borders. Barbed wire and cement barricades were also part of the multilayered security placed by the police. One of Haryana’s prominent khaps, Kandela khap, organised a ‘Kisan mahapanchayat’ in Kandela village of Jind district on Wednesday where BKU president Rakesh Tikait and several other leaders of various farmer unions were present. The mahapanchayat demanded repeal of the three farm laws.

The proceedings of Parliament on Tuesday were also affected by the farmers' protest as the opposition demanded a discussion on the agitation. Both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha faced repeated adjournments on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the government agreed to the opposition and said that the farmer protests will be discussed for 15 hours in parliament.

The protest also witnessed a tremendous outpouring of support on social media as international pop star Rihanna, climate campaigner Greta Thunberg, and lawmakers from the United States and the United Kingdom tweeted about the agitation forcing the external affairs ministry to respond. A statement issued by the external affairs ministry on Wednesday contended “vested interest groups” are trying to enforce their agenda on the protests to derail them and said these groups have tried to mobilise global support against India. The statement also referred to “sensationalist social media hashtags and comments” by “celebrities and others” but didn’t name anyone.

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  • Feb 03, 2021 11:12 PM IST

    'Good that Rihanna and Greta Thunberg can wake up the MEA': Congress leader P Chidambaram

    Congress leader P Chidambaram, in his reaction to Rihanna's viral tweet about farmers protest, tweeted "It is good that Rihanna and Greta Thunberg can wake up the MEA. Come on MEA, when will you realize that people concerned with issues of human rights and livelihoods do not recognize national boundaries?"

  • Feb 03, 2021 10:38 PM IST

    "India's sovereignty cannot be compromised," tweets Tendulkar

  • Feb 03, 2021 10:37 PM IST

    Lata Mangeshkar tweets with India Together, India Against Propaganda hashtags

  • Feb 03, 2021 06:24 PM IST

    SKM acknowledges support of international personalities towards ongoing farmers' protest

    "Samyukta Kisan Morcha acknowledges the support of international personalities towards ongoing farmers' movement in India. On one hand, it's a matter of pride that eminent personalities are showing sensitivity towards the cause of farmers": Dr Darshan Pal, Samyukta Kisan Morcha

  • Feb 03, 2021 04:54 PM IST

    BJP urges opposition parties to not make farmers protest another Shaheen Bagh

    BJP said in RajyaSabha that doors are always open for farmers to amicably resolve issue over farm laws. The centre also urged opposition parties not to make farmers protest another Shaheen Bagh.

  • Feb 03, 2021 04:49 PM IST

    Videos show no insult to Tricolour at Red Fort on R-Day - Shiv Sena

    Videos show no insult to Tricolour at Red Fort on R-Day; making hue & cry about incident that didn't happen is also insult of national flag: Shiv Sena

  • Feb 03, 2021 03:42 PM IST

    Jind mahapanchayat demands repeal of farm laws

    A "mahapanchayat" attended by Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday renewed the call to repeal the new farm laws, an event marred by the collapse of the stage on which the speakers had assembled. According to initial reports, nobody was hurt when the dais constructed at Kandela village in Jind district collapsed under the weight of the people gathered on it. Tikait has been mostly camping at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border since the protests over the central laws intensified, with farmers massing just outside the national capital two months ago. The large gathering at Jind’s Kandela village was attended by several khap leaders. The event was organised by the Sarv Jatiya Kandela Khap headed by Tekram Kandela.

  • Feb 03, 2021 02:54 PM IST

    BKU leader Rakesh Tikait and other farmer leaders attend Mahapanchayat in Jind, Haryana

  • Feb 03, 2021 01:15 PM IST

    Delhi chief minister issues list of people arrested after January 26 violence

    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal issues a list of 115 people who were arrested after January 26 violence. "I hope it helps people looking for their family members who went missing after participating in Kisan Andolan on January 26"

  • Feb 03, 2021 12:46 PM IST

    SC dismisses PIL seeking direction to not declare farmers as 'terrorists' without any evidence

    Supreme Court dismisses another PIL seeking direction to the media not to declare farmers as 'terrorists' without any evidence.

  • Feb 03, 2021 12:25 PM IST

    SC rejects petition seeking intervention in R-Day violence probe

    SC refuses to entertain petitions seeking Court's intervention into the tractor rally held on January 26. A three-judge bench headed by CJI SA Bobde said, "We are sure that Government is enquiring into it and taking appropriate action. We also read the statement of PM in the press that law will take it's own course. We are confident that law will take it's own course. We don't want to interfere in this case."

    The Court allowed the petitioners to withdraw their petitions.

  • Feb 03, 2021 12:18 PM IST

    SC hears pleas related to R-Day violence

    Supreme Court starts hearing a batch of pleas pertaining to tractor rally violence in the national capital on Republic Day, including the one which has sought setting up of a commission headed by a retired Supreme Court judge to inquire into the incident.

  • Feb 03, 2021 12:12 PM IST

    Vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda: MEA

    "It's unfortunate to see vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda on these protests, and derail them. This was egregiously witnessed on January 26," says Union ministry of external affairs on recent comments by foreign individuals and entities on the farmers’ protests.

  • Feb 03, 2021 11:22 AM IST

    Farmers' agitation causing inconvenience to residents: Centre to Parliament

    Ministry of home affairs inform Parliament that agitating farmers at Ghazipur, Chilla, Tikri and Singhu borders have caused inconvenience to the Delhi residents and neighbourhood states. It adds that there are financial loss incurred by people and government in any agitation.

  • Feb 03, 2021 11:01 AM IST

    Shashi Tharoor, journalist Rajdeep Sardesai move SC against FIR

    Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, journalist Rajdeep Sardesai move Supreme Court against FIRs over their "misleading" tweets on violence during farmers' rally in Delhi.

  • Feb 03, 2021 10:52 AM IST

    Police identifies person who hoisted flag at Red Fort ramparts

    A police officer, who wished not to be named, said Jugraj Singh from Tarn Taran in Punjab has been identified as the one who hoisted a farmers' union flag and a religious flag at the Red Fort's ramparts during the January 26 violence.

  • Feb 03, 2021 10:27 AM IST

    Delhi Police announces 1 lakh reward

    Delhi Police announces 1 lakh reward for information leading to arrest of Deep Sidhu, Jugraj Singh, Gurjot Singh and Gurjant Singh in Republic Day violence. People who give information on Jajbir Singh, Buta singh, Sukhdev Singh and Iqbal Singh will get 50,000.

  • Feb 03, 2021 09:51 AM IST

    SC to hear petitions for probe into R-Day tractor rally violence today

    The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, will hear a clutch of petitions demanding investigations into the tractor rally violence in the Capital on Republic Day. Read more

  • Feb 03, 2021 07:32 AM IST

    Delhi police seize 14 tractors over R-Day violence

    The Delhi Police said they have seized 14 tractors, while more than 80 tractors have been identified for allegedly being part of the farmers’ tractor rally, which had turned violent in the national capital on Republic Day. Read more

  • Feb 03, 2021 07:29 AM IST

    Govt has time till October: Tikait

    Farmer leader and spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union Rakesh Tikait gives ultimatum to government. "We have given the govt time till October. If they do not listen to us, we will go on a pan-country tractor rally of 40 lakh tractors," said Tikait.

  • Feb 03, 2021 07:16 AM IST

    Twitter restores 'withheld' accounts

    Twitter has restored several accounts it had “withheld” after the government had asked it to take action against 250 handles which had posted “false and provocative content” related to the ongoing farmers' agitation, PTI reported.

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‘Naveen Patnaik too tired to understand anything’: Dharmendra Pradhan in Padampur

Updated on Dec 04, 2022 01:06 PM IST

Union minister Pradhan (BJP) and chief minister Patnaik (BJD) were campaigning for the crucial Padampur by-elections scheduled to take place on December 5

Union minister of education Dharmendra Pradhan (HT Photo)
Union minister of education Dharmendra Pradhan (HT Photo)

Afternoon brief: Indonesia raises warning as Semeru volcano erupts

Updated on Dec 04, 2022 01:02 PM IST

Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.

Indonesia Semeru Volcano: Mount Semeru releases volcanic materials during an eruption.(AP)
Indonesia Semeru Volcano: Mount Semeru releases volcanic materials during an eruption.(AP)

'The Kashmir Files' row: 3 IFFI jurors back Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid

Published on Dec 04, 2022 11:49 AM IST

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Israeli director Nadav Lapid takes a photo call at the Cannes Film Festival as co-winner of the Jury Prize award for the film "Ha'berech" (Ahed's Knee / Le genou d'Ahed). REUTERS/Reinhard Krause/File Photo(Reuters)
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Updated on Dec 04, 2022 11:46 AM IST

Railway officials and engineers rushed to the spot and found that the coupling of coach no. 8 was detached from the train but the coaches were intact on the tracks

The Delhi-bound express train was carrying at least 1,300 passengers (Representative Photo)
The Delhi-bound express train was carrying at least 1,300 passengers (Representative Photo)

Kharge calls for 'top to bottom' accountability at key Congress meet; slams BJP

Updated on Dec 04, 2022 11:35 AM IST

The Congress meeting comes ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament, set to begin in a few days.

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge with senior party leaders Sonia Gandhi among others at Steering Committee meeting. (PTI)
Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge with senior party leaders Sonia Gandhi among others at Steering Committee meeting. (PTI)

Macron's 'one earth...' tweet as India takes helm of G20; and a mention of PM

Published on Dec 04, 2022 10:50 AM IST

India took charge of G20 presidency on December 1.

French President Macron share a photo of him and PM Modi. (Twitter)
French President Macron share a photo of him and PM Modi. (Twitter)

Morning brief: New Delhi regains toehold in Kabul a year after pulling out

Published on Dec 04, 2022 09:31 AM IST

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Afghan policemen stand guard next to Indian and Afghan national flags, at a check point in Kabul, Afghanistan.(Reuters/File)
Afghan policemen stand guard next to Indian and Afghan national flags, at a check point in Kabul, Afghanistan.(Reuters/File)

In a first, Navy Day celebrations to be held out of Delhi: A lowdown

Updated on Dec 04, 2022 09:19 AM IST

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The Navy Day celebrations 2022 are slated to be held in Vishakhapatnam. (Photo credit-PIB)
The Navy Day celebrations 2022 are slated to be held in Vishakhapatnam. (Photo credit-PIB)

Madras HC prohibits people from using mobile phones inside temple premises

Published on Dec 04, 2022 08:11 AM IST

Justice R Mahadevan and Justice J Sathya Narayana Prasad of the HC bench in Madurai gave the direction to the State Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR&CE) Department on Friday while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL).

The petitioner also expressed apprehension of photographs of women devotees being taken without their consent, which will be misused.
The petitioner also expressed apprehension of photographs of women devotees being taken without their consent, which will be misused.

Gujarat assembly polls: Owaisi gets emotional over Bilkis Bano case

Published on Dec 04, 2022 06:34 AM IST

Bilkis Bano recently moved the Supreme Court against premature release of 11 men, sentenced to life in 2008 for her gang-rape and murder of seven family members.

President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMM) Asaduddin Owaisi gestures at a rally in Jamalpur area of Ahmedabad, ahead of Gujarat assembly elections.(AFP)
President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMM) Asaduddin Owaisi gestures at a rally in Jamalpur area of Ahmedabad, ahead of Gujarat assembly elections.(AFP)

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Find fast updates on the latest news from India and around the world with Hindustan Times.

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Published on Dec 04, 2022 03:18 AM IST

Dr SK Sarin, vice-chancellor, ILBS, said, “Our aim is to make as many as 100 mothers with Hepatitis B ambassadors of the Womb programme in the next year. They will be educated and will in turn educate other mothers about how a healthy life can be led.”

ILBS will tie up with the Delhi government to rope in more medical institutes to expand the reach of the programme.
ILBS will tie up with the Delhi government to rope in more medical institutes to expand the reach of the programme.

LAC row and job crisis among key issues as Congress charts Parliament strategy

Updated on Dec 04, 2022 05:02 AM IST

The chances of any discussion on the LAC situation, however, is virtually nil as the government has rejected such demands on earlier occasions.

The winter session of Parliament will begin on December 7.
The winter session of Parliament will begin on December 7.

India jumps to 48th spot in international aviation safety ranking: DGCA

Updated on Dec 04, 2022 05:03 AM IST

The country’s score in terms of effective implementation of key safety elements has improved to 85.49%, putting it ahead of China (49), Israel (50) and Turkey (54).

The higher ranking means that India has improved its air safety processes (Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)
The higher ranking means that India has improved its air safety processes (Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)

Meet to remove Pocso accused as mutt pontiff ends in a chaos

Published on Dec 03, 2022 11:45 PM IST

The Lingayat leaders took a delegation to chief minister Basavaraja Bommai on October 14 and urged him to appoint a new pontiff and administrator for mutt.

Sri Jagadguru Murugharajendra (SJM) mutt pontiff Shivamurthy Sharana has been in custody since September 1 in the case under provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act
Sri Jagadguru Murugharajendra (SJM) mutt pontiff Shivamurthy Sharana has been in custody since September 1 in the case under provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act
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