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Farm bills: Maharashtra farmers participate in nationwide protests

Protests will be intensified against corporate companies that are expected to benefit from the bills
Farmers across the country are protesting against three new farm bills which they say are against the interest of farmers.(Representational Photo/AP)
Farmers across the country are protesting against three new farm bills which they say are against the interest of farmers.(Representational Photo/AP)
Published on Sep 25, 2020 10:44 AM IST
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Farm protests may hit transport of essentials: Railways

Railway authorities said 20 trains passing through Punjab will remain suspended between Thursday and Saturday because of the protest , as the state-owned transporter seeks to ensure the safety of passengers and protect its property. Many freight and parcel trains too have been rescheduled.
The railway ministry said that Punjab loaded 990 rakes of foodgrains procured by the Food Corporation of India in August this year and 816 rakes this month until September 23.(REUTERS)
The railway ministry said that Punjab loaded 990 rakes of foodgrains procured by the Food Corporation of India in August this year and 816 rakes this month until September 23.(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 25, 2020 12:21 AM IST
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Cong terms farm bills ‘unconstitutional’

The party also extended its support to Friday’s ‘Bharat Bandh’ call given by various farmers’ organisations in protest against the bills.
IYC supporters protest against the farm bills in New Delhi on Thursday.
IYC supporters protest against the farm bills in New Delhi on Thursday.
Updated on Sep 25, 2020 12:19 AM IST
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No provision to end APMCs, says Tomar

The minister also added that while older laws had no provision to guarantee when payment would be made to farmers , the new laws assure that payments will be made within three days at the most.
The minister also added that while older laws had no provision to guarantee when payment would be made to farmers , the new laws assure that payments will be made within three days at the most.(ANI)
The minister also added that while older laws had no provision to guarantee when payment would be made to farmers , the new laws assure that payments will be made within three days at the most.(ANI)
Updated on Sep 25, 2020 12:15 AM IST
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Stir to intensify as farm groups come together

A three-day rail blockade is being organised in Punjab that will continue until Saturday to protest against the bills that the government says will liberalise agricultural trade and farmers allege will promote corporate interests over their own.
In Punjab, where the protests against the bills started more than a month ago, at least 31 farmers bodies have come together and drawn up a joint protest plan.(REUTERS)
In Punjab, where the protests against the bills started more than a month ago, at least 31 farmers bodies have come together and drawn up a joint protest plan.(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 25, 2020 01:36 AM IST
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Bengal farmers to block highways on Friday to protest farm bills

The Congress and Left parties have demanded a special session of the West Bengal assembly to pass a resolution against the proposed farm laws.
The farmers’ bills have sparked off protests in various parts of the country, particularly in Punjab and Haryana.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The farmers’ bills have sparked off protests in various parts of the country, particularly in Punjab and Haryana.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 24, 2020 07:04 PM IST
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Farmers in Punjab, Haryana intensify protests against farm bills; Oppn parties take to streets, too

Railways take steam out of farmers’ rail blockade plan in Punjab by cancelling 28 trains from Amritsar and Ferozepur stations from 6am on Thursday
Farmers holding a protest on a rail track in Punjab’s Sangrur district on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Farmers holding a protest on a rail track in Punjab’s Sangrur district on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Published on Sep 24, 2020 11:46 AM IST
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Six Union ministers, MPs to lead BJP’s outreach plan in West Bengal

On Wednesday, a core team of the party from the state unit met BJP president J P Nadda in Delhi to draw up the plan for the outreach with an eye on the electoral battle for 294 seat assembly that is scheduled for May 2021
BJP supporters at a party rally at Ramlila Ground, in New Delhi, in December 2019.(Burhaan Kinu/HT photo)
BJP supporters at a party rally at Ramlila Ground, in New Delhi, in December 2019.(Burhaan Kinu/HT photo)
Updated on Sep 24, 2020 09:37 AM IST
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Farm bills: Congress begins its nationwide mass movement against government

The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, have been passed by both the Houses of Parliament during the monsoon session and await Presidential assent
Youth Congress workers protest against the farm bills are dispersed by police using a water canon in Karnal, Haryana on Wednesday.(HT Photo)
Youth Congress workers protest against the farm bills are dispersed by police using a water canon in Karnal, Haryana on Wednesday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 24, 2020 09:39 AM IST
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Punjab farmers organise ‘rail roko’ agitation in protest against farm bills from today

After being cleared the Lok Sabha, the farm bills were passed by voice vote in the Rajya Sabha on Sunday. Now they await the President’s nod to become laws.
A farmers’ organisation has also called for a state-wide ‘bandh’ on September 25.(ANI photo)
A farmers’ organisation has also called for a state-wide ‘bandh’ on September 25.(ANI photo)
Updated on Sep 24, 2020 06:19 AM IST
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Oppn meets Kovind, urges him not to approve three farm bills

The parties included the Congress, Trinamool Congress, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Rashtriya Janata Dal, Aam Aadmi Party , Samajwadi Party, Nationalist Congress Party, Indian Union Muslim League, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Telangana Rashtra Samithi, the Shiv Sena, and six others.
The parties also requested Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to revoke the suspension of the eight members, but the government insisted that they first apologise for their conduct.(PTI)
The parties also requested Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to revoke the suspension of the eight members, but the government insisted that they first apologise for their conduct.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 24, 2020 05:26 AM IST
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Statewide bandh in Karnataka next week against farm bills

Farmer organisations have been protesting against some of the recent changes in the state like allowing non-agriculturists to buy farmland, amendments to the electricity act and now the APMC act which would allow farmers to sell outside of mandis to private players.
On Friday that there would be statewide protests against the proposed farm bills but on Monday there would be a complete bandh. (Photo @BSYBJP)
On Friday that there would be statewide protests against the proposed farm bills but on Monday there would be a complete bandh. (Photo @BSYBJP)
Updated on Sep 23, 2020 09:33 PM IST
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BJP’s one market for farmers is a myth | Opinion

Only multiple markets and competitive ecosystems will fetch them best prices for their produce
A key question that has not been answered by the government is this: If the government was indeed keen on retaining the MSP system and assuring MSP to the farmers, why is it not stated explicitly in the new laws.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A key question that has not been answered by the government is this: If the government was indeed keen on retaining the MSP system and assuring MSP to the farmers, why is it not stated explicitly in the new laws.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 23, 2020 09:02 PM IST
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Congress has always been anti-farmer: Himachal BJP spokesperson

Says the Congress sheltered the middlemen and brokers during its regime
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Updated on Sep 23, 2020 06:09 PM IST
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Ahead of nationwide stir, Youth Congress takes out tractor rally against farm bills

The IYC national president and other members were also detained by Delhi Police on Tuesday when they had tried to march towards the Parliament building in protest against the passage of the farm bills
Indian Youth Congress workers had marched towards Parliament during a protest against farm bills on Tuesday as well and were detained.(Amal KS/HTphoto)
Indian Youth Congress workers had marched towards Parliament during a protest against farm bills on Tuesday as well and were detained.(Amal KS/HTphoto)
Updated on Sep 23, 2020 04:52 PM IST
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Farm bills: Ghulam Nabi Azad to meet President today

Azad will also apprise the President about the Rajya Sabha passing important legislations in both Houses of Parliament in the absence of Opposition parties
Senior Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad and other Opposition lawmakers march from Gandhi statue to Ambedkar statue in protest against the recent farm and labour bills, during the ongoing Monsoon Session, at Parliament House in New Delhi, Wednesday.(PTI)
Senior Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad and other Opposition lawmakers march from Gandhi statue to Ambedkar statue in protest against the recent farm and labour bills, during the ongoing Monsoon Session, at Parliament House in New Delhi, Wednesday.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 23, 2020 04:04 PM IST
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Uttarakhand assembly session: Congress, AAP protest over ‘anti-farmer policies’

The one-day session of the Uttarakhand assembly in Dehradun on Wednesday saw a stormy start with protest by the Opposition Congress lawmakers against the recently passed farm bills in Parliament. The Congress members of the Uttarakhand legislative assembly (MLAs), including the state party president Pritam Singh, Qazi Nizamuddin, Manoj Rawat and Aadesh Singh Chauhan along with the Dehradun city unit chief Lal Chand Sharma, headed towards the assembly in a tractor in a symbolic protest against the farm bills that were passed by Parliament earlier this week.
Members of AAP marching towards Assembly on Wednesday in Dehradun.(HT photo)
Members of AAP marching towards Assembly on Wednesday in Dehradun.(HT photo)
Published on Sep 23, 2020 03:50 PM IST
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Claim pro-farmer reforms, but no data on their suicides: TMC attacks Centre

In a counter offensive, a delegation of the West Bengal unit of the BJP met Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to apprise him of the TMC’s alleged double standards on the issues related to the contentious farm bills that were passed in the Rajya Sabha.
TMC MP Derek O'Brien gestures as other opposition lawmakers protest against the recent farm and labour bills, during the ongoing Monsoon Session, at Parliament House in New Delhi, Sept. 23, 2020.(PTI)
TMC MP Derek O'Brien gestures as other opposition lawmakers protest against the recent farm and labour bills, during the ongoing Monsoon Session, at Parliament House in New Delhi, Sept. 23, 2020.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 23, 2020 03:08 PM IST
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Farmer killed, 17 BKU activists injured after bus rams into truck near Bathinda

The farmers were returning in a private bus after eight-day dharna ended at Badal village in neighbouring Muktsar; vehicle they were travelling in initially broke down and they took the bus which met with the accident
Farmers alleged delayed medical attention to the accident victims and blocked traffic at the busy ITI Chowk, the intersection connecting Bathinda with Haryana and Rajasthan besides Talwandi Sabo and Mansa districts of Punjab on Wednesday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Farmers alleged delayed medical attention to the accident victims and blocked traffic at the busy ITI Chowk, the intersection connecting Bathinda with Haryana and Rajasthan besides Talwandi Sabo and Mansa districts of Punjab on Wednesday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Sep 23, 2020 12:50 PM IST
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Opposition leaders to meet President today amid Parliament boycott over farm bills

The parties had earlier sought a meeting with the President over the farm bills.
Opposition MPs staging a protest at Parliament on Sunday, after two farm bills were passed in the Rajya Sabha.(PTI)
Opposition MPs staging a protest at Parliament on Sunday, after two farm bills were passed in the Rajya Sabha.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 23, 2020 12:28 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh

Bengal BJP delegation to meet Governor over TMC’s ‘double standards’ on farm bills

The BJP delegation, led by Jay Prakash Majumdar, state vice-president, will comprise other senior members of the opposition party, who will meet Governor Jagdeep Dhankar
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.(ANI File)
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.(ANI File)
Published on Sep 23, 2020 11:05 AM IST
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Parliament monsoon session: What to expect today

Representatives of the Opposition will meet the President of India at 5pm Wednesday to urge him not to give his assent to the farm bills to turn them into laws
The monsoon session of Parliament is expected to end on Wednesday after another round of bills is cleared.(HT Photo)
The monsoon session of Parliament is expected to end on Wednesday after another round of bills is cleared.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 23, 2020 09:27 AM IST
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Govt pushes flurry of bills as Oppn boycotts

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) too walked out of the two Houses with its members saying they were not part of the Opposition but have done so on their own, alleging that the government was only trying to “bluff” the farmers.
The Lok Sabha will meet around 6pm on Wednesday and is likely to cut short the session, people familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity.(PTI)
The Lok Sabha will meet around 6pm on Wednesday and is likely to cut short the session, people familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity.(PTI)
Published on Sep 23, 2020 04:06 AM IST
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‘Bihari pride’ in focus amid uproar in House

The Congress and the RJD are part of the Opposition alliance in the Bihar assembly elections, scheduled for later this year.
Senior Congress MPs Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge meet protesting Rajya Sabha members in New Delhi late on Monday.
Senior Congress MPs Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge meet protesting Rajya Sabha members in New Delhi late on Monday.
Published on Sep 23, 2020 03:00 AM IST
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As Oppn boycotts Parliament over farm bills, LS Speaker calls them for meeting

The opposition on Tuesday boycotted the Lok Sabha session after Centre refused to accept its demand for withdrawal of farm bills passed by Parliament.
Opposition parties led by Congress boycott Lok Sabha session.(ANI Photo)
Opposition parties led by Congress boycott Lok Sabha session.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Sep 22, 2020 06:12 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Niyati Singh

Sonia, Rahul return to India amid Opposition’s standoff with government over farm bills

Before leaving, Sonia Gandhi had carried out major organisational changes, reconstituted the Congress Working Committee (CWC) and her team of office bearers, and also formed a special panel to help her in organisational and operational matters
Rahul and Sonia Gandhi had left for the US on September 12.(PTI)
Rahul and Sonia Gandhi had left for the US on September 12.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 22, 2020 03:27 PM IST
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Farm bills, sifting the grain from the chaff

TRUTH VS HYPE Though the government maintains that the MSP regime would remain intact, it’s clear that on account of the tax differential between the mandis and new agri-trade areas, mandis will wither away in a short period.
Most farmer organisations, barring a handful owing allegiance to the RSS and BJP, have hit the streets in protest against the bills. Lathicharge and use of force on a peaceful assembly of farmers at Pipli near Kurukshetra recently (in pic) was saddening.(HT file photo)
Most farmer organisations, barring a handful owing allegiance to the RSS and BJP, have hit the streets in protest against the bills. Lathicharge and use of force on a peaceful assembly of farmers at Pipli near Kurukshetra recently (in pic) was saddening.(HT file photo)
Published on Sep 22, 2020 02:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByKiran Choudhry

‘Shows his greatness’: PM Modi praises Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson after suspended MPs snub tea offer

Harivansh met the protesting member of the Rajya Sabha from the opposition parties, who spent the night on the lawns of Parliament to protest the passage of two contentious farm bills.
Deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha Harivansh is seen after taking charge in this file photo.(PTI Photo)
Deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha Harivansh is seen after taking charge in this file photo.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Sep 22, 2020 09:45 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray

Trinamool Congress to launch series of protests against farms bills from today

Condemning the two bills, chief minister and party supremo Mamata Banerjee said that the TMC will launch a series of protests against the bills every day starting from Tuesday.
File photo: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(ANI)
File photo: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(ANI)
Updated on Sep 22, 2020 09:08 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena

Suspended Rajya Sabha MPs on sit-in outside Parliament refuse deputy chairman’s tea

Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh told a news agency that the they are protesting to protect the rights of the farmers and against the way the “black laws“ were passed in Parliament
Harivansh, deputy chairperson of Rajya Sabha.(PTI)
Harivansh, deputy chairperson of Rajya Sabha.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 22, 2020 11:09 AM IST
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