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A delegation of Opposition leaders comprising Sharad Pawar, Rahul Gandhi, D Raja, Sitaram Yechury, and TKS Elangovan called on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan and presented a memorandum.(PTI)

Opposition leaders meet President, seek repeal of farm laws

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 08:28 PM IST
The delegation of opposition parties alleged that the government had “insulted” the farmers by getting these passed in Parliament in an “undemocratic” manner without any discussion and consultations.
Farmers shout slogans during their 'Delhi Chalo' protest march against the new farm laws, at Delhi-UP border in New Delhi.(PTI)
Farmers shout slogans during their 'Delhi Chalo' protest march against the new farm laws, at Delhi-UP border in New Delhi.(PTI)

Telangana Rashtriya Samithi backs farmers’ call for Dec 8 ‘Bharat bandh’

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 02:33 PM IST
TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said the party rank and file would actively participate in the bandh to ensure it was a success.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav interacts with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during ‘Shradh Karma’ function of former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, at Lok Janshakti Party office, in Patna.(HT file photo)
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav interacts with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during ‘Shradh Karma’ function of former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, at Lok Janshakti Party office, in Patna.(HT file photo)

Nitish Kumar or Tejashwi Yadav? Verdict day in Bihar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/ Patna | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 05:48 AM IST
Exit polls have given either a decisive lead or an edge to the Mahagatbandhan (Grand Alliance) of Opposition parties led by Tejashwi Yadav, and shown the Nitish Kumar-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) struggling to retain power.
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Congress stages walkout over short duration of Haryana assembly

Hindustan Times/Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 12:35 AM IST
Trouble started after speaker Gian Chand Gupta introduced the business advisory committee (BAC) report that approved wrapping the session in two days
Manohar Lal Khattar marking the anniversary of one year in power.(HT Photo)
Manohar Lal Khattar marking the anniversary of one year in power.(HT Photo)

Project opening, stone-laying-spree marks year of Haryana’s BJP-JJP govt

Hindustan Times/Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 12:13 AM IST
In his address, Khattar took digs at opposition parties for their remarks over the fate of BJP-JJP government in the state
Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh tabled the Bills soon after the Vidhan Sabha assembled for the second day of the special session convened to counter the Centre’s farm laws on Tuesday.(HT Photo)
Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh tabled the Bills soon after the Vidhan Sabha assembled for the second day of the special session convened to counter the Centre’s farm laws on Tuesday.(HT Photo)

Punjab CM presents draft resolution rejecting farm laws, urges Centre to make MSP statutory

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 11:58 AM IST
As soon as the House assembled on the second day of the special assembly session, the chief minister introduced the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment Bill, 2020; the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2020.
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

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
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:
The Punjab cabinet has authorised chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh to introduce a Bill to counter the Centre’s farm laws amid the protests by farmers in the state.(HT Photo)
The Punjab cabinet has authorised chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh to introduce a Bill to counter the Centre’s farm laws amid the protests by farmers in the state.(HT Photo)

Punjab CM to introduce Bill to counter Centre’s farm laws on Tuesday as special assembly session begins

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 01:19 PM IST
House adjourned for the day even as opposition AAP, Shiromani Akali Dal demand copies of Bills to be tabled in the session
The fact that BJP’s Hathras MP Rajvir Diler belongs to the same Dalit sub caste of Valmiki as the victim has led to some viewing his sympathy for the victim in a different light.(PTI Photo/Representative)
The fact that BJP’s Hathras MP Rajvir Diler belongs to the same Dalit sub caste of Valmiki as the victim has led to some viewing his sympathy for the victim in a different light.(PTI Photo/Representative)

Hathras case exposes rift among local BJP leaders; its Rajvir vs Rajvir

Hindustan Times, Agra/Lucknow | By Hemendra Chaturvedi and Manish Chandra Pandey | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 08:23 AM IST
The Hathras case has led to a sharp divide in opinions and brought the caste differences to the fore.
On Thursday, farmers from Punjab and Haryana, which are key producers of wheat and rice, blocked railway tracks, forcing the cancellation of some trains on local routes.(REUTERS)
On Thursday, farmers from Punjab and Haryana, which are key producers of wheat and rice, blocked railway tracks, forcing the cancellation of some trains on local routes.(REUTERS)

Stir across ‘food bowl’ today over farm laws

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondents, New Delhi/chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 05:28 AM IST
In a session that was curtailed because of the spectre of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, Parliament passed three bills that the government said were aimed at unleashing reforms in agriculture and allow farmers more flexibility in selling their produce.
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)

Farmers in Punjab, Haryana intensify protests against farm bills; Oppn parties take to streets, too

Hindustan Times, Amritsar/Chandigarh | By HT Correspondents
PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2020 11:46 AM IST
Railways take steam out of farmers’ rail blockade plan in Punjab by cancelling 28 trains from Amritsar and Ferozepur stations from 6am on Thursday
Both Houses approved a total of 25 bills, including three contentious bills for farm liberalisation and three for labour reforms, in the face of protests, walkouts and boycotts by opposition parties that accused the ruling side of denying them their parliamentary rights by pushing legislations without review.(PTI)
Both Houses approved a total of 25 bills, including three contentious bills for farm liberalisation and three for labour reforms, in the face of protests, walkouts and boycotts by opposition parties that accused the ruling side of denying them their parliamentary rights by pushing legislations without review.(PTI)

Productive but divisive monsoon session ends

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji and Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 05:26 AM IST
Om Birla said that 370 MPs could participate in the Zero Hour and Under Rule 377, and that this level of participation was almost double of that in the 15th and 16th Lok Sabha.
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As RS clears bills amid Oppn boycott, Naidu defends action; expresses anguish at ‘unpleasant turn of events’

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2020 08:21 PM IST
Expressing concern over the conduct of some of the members, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said it was “deeply painful” and all need to “collectively ponder” over these issues.
The Narendra Modi government had brought amendments to three farm bills through ordinances in June to unleash reforms in agriculture and allow farmers more flexibility in selling their produce.(PTI)
The Narendra Modi government had brought amendments to three farm bills through ordinances in June to unleash reforms in agriculture and allow farmers more flexibility in selling their produce.(PTI)

Stormy Sunday in House as 2 farm bills go through

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2020 12:24 AM IST
The authorities called in marshals to form a double-layered barricade to protect Harivansh and remove an MP, muted live telecast of the proceedings, and refused to accept the Opposition’s demand for a division (voting through paper ballots) on the legislation.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a digital press conference in New Delhi.(PTI)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a digital press conference in New Delhi.(PTI)

‘Defeat them, this is what farmer wants’: Kejriwal on farm bills in Rajya Sabha

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 11:40 AM IST
“Today, the farmers of the entire country are eyeing the Rajya Sabha. The BJP is in the minority in the Rajya Sabha. My appeal to all the non-BJP parties is that all together defeat these three bills, this is what the farmer of the country wants,” Kejriwal tweeted on Sunday.
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(ANI)
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(ANI)

Goa: Opposition demands withdrawal of circular ‘gagging’ government employees

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
PUBLISHED ON SEP 10, 2020 05:12 PM IST
The circular warning its employees against signing petitions, representations or taking part in campaigns against the state’s policies has drawn flak from Opposition parties
Pranab Mukherjee at his office when he was External Affairs Minister. Pranab Mukherjee, India’s former president died on Monday, August 31, 2020. He was 84.(HT Archive)
Pranab Mukherjee at his office when he was External Affairs Minister. Pranab Mukherjee, India’s former president died on Monday, August 31, 2020. He was 84.(HT Archive)

Pranab Mukherjee: A gentleman who had the memory of an elephant

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sitaram Yechury
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2020 09:24 AM IST
I recollect telling him that I am too junior to give someone like him any advice and refused. He, however, insisted. I told him that he should contest only if he was more than confident of victory.
BJP and Congress workers hold a protest outside Kerala Secretariat alleging that fire was not an accident and it was a conspiracy to destroy evidence in connection with Gold Smuggling Case in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.(ANI)
BJP and Congress workers hold a protest outside Kerala Secretariat alleging that fire was not an accident and it was a conspiracy to destroy evidence in connection with Gold Smuggling Case in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.(ANI)

Protests in Kerala as Opposition steps up pressure over secretariat fire

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 05:18 AM IST
While the opposition parties allege fire was deliberate attempt to destroy key evidences in the sensational gold smuggling case, the ruling party claim it was a mere accident.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who heads the 30-member panel on information and technology, till Thursday found support from Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who heads the 30-member panel on information and technology, till Thursday found support from Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

3 Opposition parties back Shashi Tharoor’s decision to summon FB officials

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 02:08 AM IST
The controversy was spotlighted by the Wall Street Journal last week. The newspaper reported that Facebook India intervened in content moderation processes to ensure hate speeches by a BJP leader were not taken down – a claim the company has since denied.
A VSNL communication centre lying in disuse.
A VSNL communication centre lying in disuse.

India must focus on digital infrastructure, data protection laws

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vivek Wadhwa
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 03:49 PM IST
The same technologies that have done a lot of good, however, also imperil India’s freedoms. They have widened the global equity gap, created echo chambers of disinformation and empowered a small group of foreign companies.
Congress workers at the Ambala DC’s office.(HT Photo)
Congress workers at the Ambala DC’s office.(HT Photo)

Ambala DC favoured BJP in forming panel on MC ward delimitation: Cong

Hindustan Times, Ambala | By Bhavey Nagpal, Ambala
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2020 11:21 PM IST
Ashok Kumar Sharma, who has been accused of not giving due representation to the Congress and other opposition parties in the committee, has refuted the charges.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with NDA candidates Ghulam Gaus, Bhishma Sahni, Kumud Verma, Sanjay Mayukh, Samrat Chaudhary after Filing nomination for Legislative Council Polls, at Bihar Vidhan Sabha in Patna on Thursday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with NDA candidates Ghulam Gaus, Bhishma Sahni, Kumud Verma, Sanjay Mayukh, Samrat Chaudhary after Filing nomination for Legislative Council Polls, at Bihar Vidhan Sabha in Patna on Thursday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)

‘Free and fair elections’: Election Commission , Bihar opposition discuss poll concerns

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2020 01:10 AM IST
The Bihar Assembly lapses in November and elections in the state will be the first to be held since the outbreak of Covid-19 in the country.
In August 2017, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court had declared the practice of talaq-e-biddat (a heretical form of divorce based on a husband pronouncing divorce thrice in quick succession) as unconstitutional.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
In August 2017, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court had declared the practice of talaq-e-biddat (a heretical form of divorce based on a husband pronouncing divorce thrice in quick succession) as unconstitutional.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

First woman moves Supreme Court over triple talaq law

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abraham Thomas
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2020 01:03 AM IST
The law was passed in July 2019 after intense debates in both the lower and upper houses of the Parliament, with opposition parties stating that the law targeted the Muslim community even as the centre asserted that the law would help achieve gender justice for Muslim women.
Elections to the 243-member Bihar Assembly are due in October-November.(HT Photo)
Elections to the 243-member Bihar Assembly are due in October-November.(HT Photo)

Time not right for polls in Bihar, says Tejashwi Yadav

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Arun Kumar
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2020 02:18 AM IST
The RJD leader said the situation was just not right for election at this stage in Bihar and that the government needed to focus on the pandemic.
A standoff between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh has ben festering for weeks.(Representative Photo/Getty Images)
A standoff between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh has ben festering for weeks.(Representative Photo/Getty Images)

Respond to China, not Opposition parties, Shiv Sena tells Modi govt

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUN 30, 2020 04:49 PM IST
The Shiv Sena cautioned the Centre that at a time when the Chinese are trying to build illegal structures in Ladakh, it should not be focusing on opposition parties.
The amendment was passed by 258 votes in the House of Representatives, or lower house, on April 13. Its passage in the upper house was considered a formality as the ruling Nepal Communist Party has a majority, unlike in the lower house.(HT Archive)
The amendment was passed by 258 votes in the House of Representatives, or lower house, on April 13. Its passage in the upper house was considered a formality as the ruling Nepal Communist Party has a majority, unlike in the lower house.(HT Archive)

Nepal Houses okay map amendment

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2020 07:00 AM IST
The lower house passed the bill by a two-thirds after it was backed by key opposition parties such as the Nepali Congress and the Rastriya Prajatantra Party. Later, the bill was approved by President Bidya Devi Bhandari.
In the administration’s handling of the virus outbreak, Singh said the public seemed to be confused by “many piecemeal announcements, U-turns and positions that didn’t gel intuitively,” such as limiting visits to relatives even after safe-distancing rules on public transport were lifted.(Facebook/Pritam Singh)
In the administration’s handling of the virus outbreak, Singh said the public seemed to be confused by “many piecemeal announcements, U-turns and positions that didn’t gel intuitively,” such as limiting visits to relatives even after safe-distancing rules on public transport were lifted.(Facebook/Pritam Singh)

Singapore opposition leader Pritam Singh calls for review of Covid-19 response

By Bloomberg | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2020 01:58 PM IST
This is first time the party has commented on how the government has handled the crisis overall, though it recently called for more clarity on how campaigning rules would be modified in view of the pandemic.
Noting that relief and rehabilitation should be the topmost priority at this juncture, the resolution said the possibility of an outbreak of other diseases as a result of the calamity must also not be ignored.(REUTERS)
Noting that relief and rehabilitation should be the topmost priority at this juncture, the resolution said the possibility of an outbreak of other diseases as a result of the calamity must also not be ignored.(REUTERS)

22 oppn parties call upon Centre to declare Cyclone Amphan as national calamity

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2020 06:00 PM IST
The leaders of the 22 parties, who met through video-conferencing, passed a resolution in this regard and said relief and rehabilitation should be the topmost priority at this juncture.
Even though the PM clearly specified that the approach is to be self-reliant by actively participating and leading the global value chains without being self-centred or inward-looking, the Opposition resorted to scaremongering about MNCs being shown the door when the exact opposite is being attempted by the government.(PTI)
Even though the PM clearly specified that the approach is to be self-reliant by actively participating and leading the global value chains without being self-centred or inward-looking, the Opposition resorted to scaremongering about MNCs being shown the door when the exact opposite is being attempted by the government.(PTI)

Why the stimulus will boost the Indian economy, writes Hardeep Puri

By Hardeep Puri
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2020 08:15 PM IST
Even as the government has proactively dealt with the crisis, the Opposition has engaged in baseless criticism
Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman during the third briefing detailing the Centre’s economic stimulus package at National Media centre in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman during the third briefing detailing the Centre’s economic stimulus package at National Media centre in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

WATCH LIVE: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announces 4th tranche of measures for Covid-hit nation

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2020 04:42 PM IST
All the interventions made under the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Special Package have so far stuck to the theme of a self-reliant India introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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