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Congress president Sonia Gandhi makes an address via video link.(PTI/Screenshot from video posted by @INCIndia)

‘True meaning of democracy is...’: Sonia Gandhi hits out at Centre over farmers’ protest

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 04:13 PM IST
Gandhi said that the government’s stand is tantamount to arrogance and it must recognize that the true meaning of democracy is to protect the rights and interests of the farmers and workers.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PTI file)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PTI file)

‘Modi govt’s scholarship scheme to help 4 crore SC students in 5 years’

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 04:27 PM IST
Many states would not pay scholarship on time or use the fund for some other purposes resulting in increasing dropouts from SC students due to lack of scholarship.
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Farm unions want the government to adopt a comprehensive measure of cultivation costs that includes the imputed cost of capital and the rent on the land, called “C2” in economic parlance.(PTI)
Farm unions want the government to adopt a comprehensive measure of cultivation costs that includes the imputed cost of capital and the rent on the land, called “C2” in economic parlance.(PTI)

Farm talks: No end in sight yet

UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 07:03 AM IST
The regulating of free markets so that farmers feel more secure may be a workable proposal
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Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in a meeting with the representatives of two farmers' bodies Sangarsh Samithi and India Kisan Union which are supporting Centre's three farm laws, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in a meeting with the representatives of two farmers' bodies Sangarsh Samithi and India Kisan Union which are supporting Centre's three farm laws, in New Delhi.(PTI)

Baghpat farm union meets Tomar, pledges support to laws

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 05:59 AM IST
“The Modi government is open to meeting all farmer organisations and committed to solving their issues. Nearly 3 lakh farmers have supported the laws. Their voices need to be heard to,” Tomar told reporters.
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India’s agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar looks on during a press conference with representatives of foreign media organizations in New Delhi.(AP)
India’s agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar looks on during a press conference with representatives of foreign media organizations in New Delhi.(AP)

Amid protests, Tomar stresses need for more reforms in farm sector

By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 12:39 AM IST
Though Tomar did not elaborate, his stand signals the Modi government’s intent for a full spectrum of reforms in the country’s farm sector, despite a pushback from farmers to three farm-reform laws.
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Members of different farmer organizations shout anti-government slogans during a protest against new agricultural laws in Mumbai, India.(AP)
Members of different farmer organizations shout anti-government slogans during a protest against new agricultural laws in Mumbai, India.(AP)

Farm unions plan ‘global’ protests against new laws

By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 05:39 AM IST
Farm leaders say there will be no dearth of protesters from the Indian diaspora. A plethora of anti-Walmarters and opposers of big corporations in the US and elsewhere, apart from independent farmers’ organisations, are also ready to respond to their call , they said.
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Farmers congregate during the ongoing protest against the farm laws at Singhu border in New Delhi, India, on Monday, December 21, 2020. (Photo by Biplov Bhuyan/ Hindustan Times)
Farmers congregate during the ongoing protest against the farm laws at Singhu border in New Delhi, India, on Monday, December 21, 2020. (Photo by Biplov Bhuyan/ Hindustan Times)

Govt open to more tweaks if farm talks resume: Official

By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 04:57 AM IST
The government has worked the back channels to bring farmer groups back to the negotiating table, the person cited above added, asking not to be named. In its back channel talks, the government has urged farm unions not to insist on the repeal of the three contentious farm laws as a precondition for the dialogue.
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A mass populist upsurge needs an identifiable enemy. The Anna movement had it in the imagery of Union ministers accused of corruption. The farmers protests are far more diffused(Hindustan Times)
A mass populist upsurge needs an identifiable enemy. The Anna movement had it in the imagery of Union ministers accused of corruption. The farmers protests are far more diffused(Hindustan Times)

The Anna and kisan movements, writes Rajdeep Sardesai

PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 09:34 PM IST
The Anna movement had the support of the media and middle-class and a clear enemy. The farm protests lack all three elements
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi condoled the death of the 65-year-old Sikh priest who shot himself at Kundli border on Wednesday at the protest site.(Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi condoled the death of the 65-year-old Sikh priest who shot himself at Kundli border on Wednesday at the protest site.(Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)

‘Hour of grief’: Rahul Gandhi condoles Baba Ram Singh’s death, slams Modi government for farmers’ plight

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 09:55 PM IST
“The brutality of the Modi government has crossed all limits,” Rahul tweeted urging the government to shun its stubbornness and immediately withdraw the “anti-farm” laws.
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Union home minister Amit Shah said the approval of bonus by the Cabinet will bring cheer in the lives of central government employees.(PTI Photo)
Union home minister Amit Shah said the approval of bonus by the Cabinet will bring cheer in the lives of central government employees.(PTI Photo)

‘Modi govt synonymous with prosperity’: Amit Shah hails bonus announcement

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 05:36 PM IST
The cabinet on Wednesday approved the bonus for central government employees. Briefing the mediapersons about the cabinet decisions, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said that it will be given out immediately, in a single installment, before Vijaya Dashami.
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Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma firmly believes that farmers will ultimately see benefits of the new laws.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma firmly believes that farmers will ultimately see benefits of the new laws.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

No rethink on farm laws, but will reach out to farmers again for talks: Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 08:47 AM IST
HT INTERVIEW Facing unrelenting fury of farmers and political heat from the opposition parties over the farm laws, the BJP in Punjab finds itself in a tight spot. Left alone, after the rupture of its alliance with the Akalis, it is hard pressed to defend the Modi government’s contentious decision that may potentially bedevil its ambition to expand its base in the rural areas ahead of the 2022 assembly elections. Leading the saffron party’s firefighting is its Punjab president Ashwani Sharma, 56, who sounded confident about the Centre pacifying the farmers, in an interview with Executive Editor Ramesh Vinayak and Principal Reporter Ravinder Vasudeva. Excerpts:
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh during a farmers’ rally at Bhawanigarh near Sangrur on the second day of the party’s Kheti Bachao Yatra on Monday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh during a farmers’ rally at Bhawanigarh near Sangrur on the second day of the party’s Kheti Bachao Yatra on Monday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)

Modi weakening govt procurement system to benefit businessmen friends, Rahul Gandhi tells Punjab farmers

By Vishal Rambani and Avtar Singh | Hindustan Times, Sangrur
PUBLISHED ON OCT 05, 2020 06:30 AM IST
ON DAY 2 Addressing rally in Sangrur district, says Congress will join the fight of the farmers till the illogical, black laws are scrapped
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The opponents’ demand to make MSP compulsory for even private buyers will have a disastrous effect. It will ensure that no new private buyers will enter the fray(Bharat Bhushan/HTPhoto)
The opponents’ demand to make MSP compulsory for even private buyers will have a disastrous effect. It will ensure that no new private buyers will enter the fray(Bharat Bhushan/HTPhoto)

Opposition is wrong on agriculture bills

By Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 05:31 AM IST
Farmers have a safety net, fallback options, a choice of buyers and a level-playing field
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MP and BJP Kisan Morcha president Raj Kumar Chahar with senior party leaders from the city and workers taking out a tractor rally.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)
MP and BJP Kisan Morcha president Raj Kumar Chahar with senior party leaders from the city and workers taking out a tractor rally.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)

New farm laws won’t affect existing mandi system, MSP: BJP Kisan Morcha chief

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 11:14 PM IST
Farmers assured that the new legislations will be in their interest and help increase their incomes
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The BRO will ensure that Zoji La is blocked only 45 days instead of 95 days due to snow this winter.
The BRO will ensure that Zoji La is blocked only 45 days instead of 95 days due to snow this winter.

Road to Daulat Beg Oldi will allow tank movement by Oct 15 as army prepares for Ladakh winter

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2020 10:37 AM IST
All bridges will bear 70 tons on Darbuk-Shyok-Daulet Beg Oldi Road so that tank plus truck trailers can go upto Karakoram pass.
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In his tweet, Rahul Gandhi said that just because the government did not count the dead doesn’t mean nobody died.(PTI)
In his tweet, Rahul Gandhi said that just because the government did not count the dead doesn’t mean nobody died.(PTI)

Rahul Gandhi attacks Modi govt over deaths of migrant workers

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 10:07 AM IST
Gandhi attacked the government for stating in Parliament on Monday that it did not know how many migrant workers had died during the lockdown while returning to their native places
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(HT Photo)

Indian Youth Congress launches ‘Rozgar Do’ campaign in J&K

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times/Jammu, Jammu
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 12:17 AM IST
J&K Congress president Ghulam Ahmad Mir said the country was witnessing an all-time low economic growth and employment rate
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Maoists claimed that reports that its leader Ganpathi will be surrendering are false.(FILE PHOTO)
Maoists claimed that reports that its leader Ganpathi will be surrendering are false.(FILE PHOTO)

Maoists deny Ganapathi surrender reports, call it Centre’s conspiracy

By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu | Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
PUBLISHED ON SEP 03, 2020 09:04 PM IST
The Communist Party of India (Maoist) said Ganapathi had voluntarily taken the decision to quit his post as the party’s general secretary two years ago due to advancing age.
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Union ministers Prakash Javadekar (right) and Jitendra Singh at a press briefing on Cabinet’s decisions on Wednesday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Union ministers Prakash Javadekar (right) and Jitendra Singh at a press briefing on Cabinet’s decisions on Wednesday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

Cabinet approves Karmayogi scheme for government officials, Javadekar calls it biggest HRD reform

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2020 04:00 PM IST
The Union Cabinet also approved three memorandums of understanding, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said at a press briefing.
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Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi chairing a virtual meeting with chief ministers of seven states to discuss various issues, in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi chairing a virtual meeting with chief ministers of seven states to discuss various issues, in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

Should together fight Centre for undermining states’ rights: CMs of opposition-ruled states

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2020 04:10 PM IST
West Bengal Mamata Banerjee urges all chief ministers to together move the Supreme Court for postponing the NEET and JEE exams as students are not prepared.
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President Ram Nath Kovind appealed to humanity to “correct its course and live in harmony with nature” and said the crisis offered opportunities for economic revival.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
President Ram Nath Kovind appealed to humanity to “correct its course and live in harmony with nature” and said the crisis offered opportunities for economic revival.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

President on ‘tough lessons of life’ taught by Covid in address to nation

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 10:11 PM IST
Even as the Modi government’s handling of the Covid situation has come under immense criticism in the political circle, the President said that the Centre, “while anticipating the tremendous challenge, responded effectively and well in time”.
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The Lok Sabha speaker made these remarks while chairing the Empathy Conclave 2020 on World Hepatitis Day in Parliament House.(PTI)
The Lok Sabha speaker made these remarks while chairing the Empathy Conclave 2020 on World Hepatitis Day in Parliament House.(PTI)

Govt has taken comprehensive steps to reduce impact of coronavirus pandemic: Lok Sabha speaker

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2020 05:41 PM IST
Om Birla said he has great faith in the strength and resilience of the Indian people, and added that the path to victory can be difficult but never impossible.
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Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Chinese are still inside Indian territory and that China isn’t ready to return to the pre-May 2020 position.(ANI)
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Chinese are still inside Indian territory and that China isn’t ready to return to the pre-May 2020 position.(ANI)

Has Modi government accepted Chinese occupation in Ladakh? asks Congress

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Sabir Hussain | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2020 08:01 PM IST
India and China have been in talks to reach consensus on easing tensions between the two armies in the Finger Area near Pangong Tso and Depsang plains, as well as pulling back weapons and equipment from “friction points” in other sectors in Ladakh.
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Women at Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Punjab.(HT Archives)
Women at Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Punjab.(HT Archives)

Farmers using cash scheme well: Study

By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2020 03:04 AM IST
The study found that beneficiaries were diverse and there was no “statistical evidence” of any bias in selection of farmers on the basis of caste, community or faith.
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There has been a great leap in infrastructure development at the Indo-China border on the Indian side which has served as a deterrent to China(Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)
There has been a great leap in infrastructure development at the Indo-China border on the Indian side which has served as a deterrent to China(Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

At LAC, continue to ramp up infrastructure

By RK Pachnanda
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2020 06:06 AM IST
The Modi government has done well in prioritising border infra and patrolling. This has rattled China
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Under the Congress, there was corruption in how work was given out; a fraction of wages reached beneficiaries; and fake cards proliferated. This has changed(DHEERAJ DHAWAN/HTPHOTO)
Under the Congress, there was corruption in how work was given out; a fraction of wages reached beneficiaries; and fake cards proliferated. This has changed(DHEERAJ DHAWAN/HTPHOTO)

PM Modi re-engineered, reformed and cleaned up MGNREGS, writes Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

By Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2020 11:22 AM IST
With increased allocation, direct transfers, and removal of leakages, the NDA made it effective
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The hub could hold leadership programmes for NGOs, social enterprises and even have entrepreneur-in—residence programmes, according to the person cited above.(AFP)
The hub could hold leadership programmes for NGOs, social enterprises and even have entrepreneur-in—residence programmes, according to the person cited above.(AFP)

Social innovation hub on anvil

By Amandeep Shukla | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 01:36 AM IST
The innovation hub might provide business coaching and other support to promising entrepreneurs, and guide them on issues like market access and fund-raising, according to the person cited above.
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BJP vice-president Avinash Rai Khanna and party leaders addressing the media in Ludhiana on Friday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
BJP vice-president Avinash Rai Khanna and party leaders addressing the media in Ludhiana on Friday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

BJP ready for J&K assembly polls: Party’s national vice-president

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON JUN 05, 2020 08:05 PM IST
Says pandemic has delayed the electoral process and if situation normalises, the elections would be held this year itself after delimitation
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As part of the exercise, the Modi government is seeking to embark on an exercise to decriminalize criminal offences that are deemed to be minor.(HT File (Representative Image))
As part of the exercise, the Modi government is seeking to embark on an exercise to decriminalize criminal offences that are deemed to be minor.(HT File (Representative Image))

Centre looks to simplify laws, decriminalise minor offences

By Amandeep Shukla | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2020 03:45 AM IST
The government has been making a concerted effort to simplify the laws and increase the efficiency of the criminal justice system.
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The lockdown was badly planned. Shift gears to address issues the marginalised at the bottom of the pyramid face(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
The lockdown was badly planned. Shift gears to address issues the marginalised at the bottom of the pyramid face(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)

The dismantling of the idea of India

By Kapil Sibal
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2020 05:53 AM IST
Instead of focusing on the economy, the Modi government has pushed its divisive agenda
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