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Tomar, along with Piyush Goyal and other Union ministers, has conducted eight rounds of discussions with the representatives of the farmers’ unions but both parties have failed to reach an agreement over the farm laws.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photos)

Farm laws: Tomar asks farmers’ unions leaders to offer alternative other than total repeal

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 06:31 PM IST
Tomar, along with Piyush Goyal and other Union ministers, has conducted eight rounds of discussions with the representatives of the farmers’ unions but both parties have failed to reach an agreement over the farm laws.
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Farmers participate in a tractor rally to protest against the newly passed farm bills, on a highway on the outskirts of New Delhi.(REUTERS)
Farmers participate in a tractor rally to protest against the newly passed farm bills, on a highway on the outskirts of New Delhi.(REUTERS)

‘Repeal farm laws today itself’: Farmers message to govt ahead of talks

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 01:49 PM IST
Signalling hope, Rakesh Tikait, spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union said, “We are going for talks with the hope that there will be a resolution today.”
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The ongoing farmers’ agitation against the three contentious agricultural laws entered day 44 on Friday.(Sanchit Khanna /Hindustan Times)
The ongoing farmers’ agitation against the three contentious agricultural laws entered day 44 on Friday.(Sanchit Khanna /Hindustan Times)

Before 8th round of talks with protesting farmers, govt says hopeful of resolving issues

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 01:34 PM IST
The eighth round of talks will take place between Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal and Som Parkash and the 40 protesting farmer unions at the Vigyan Bhawan at 2pm on Friday.
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The ongoing stir has entered day 43.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
The ongoing stir has entered day 43.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

Farmers’ protest updates: Thursday’s event a rehearsal for January 26 tractor march, says farm leader

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 11:03 PM IST
Farmers have organized a tractor march on Thursday, converging on the eastern and western peripheral expressways that form a ring around the national Capital, as the protest enters its 43rd day.
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In his assessment of the two Prime Ministers Mukherjee worked with, the late president noted that Manmohan Singh had “determination…a strong sense of propriety…steely will power” and documented his long relationship with the former PM.
In his assessment of the two Prime Ministers Mukherjee worked with, the late president noted that Manmohan Singh had “determination…a strong sense of propriety…steely will power” and documented his long relationship with the former PM.

Congress lost focus, wrote Pranab in memoir

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Del
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 03:20 AM IST
In a wide ranging autobiography, the late Mukherjee — who passed away in 2020 — has documented his years as President, weaving in the personal and the political.
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Goyal, along with Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Union minister of state for commerce and industry Som Parkash, has been representing the government over the negotiations regarding the new farm reforms.(PTI Photo)
Goyal, along with Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Union minister of state for commerce and industry Som Parkash, has been representing the government over the negotiations regarding the new farm reforms.(PTI Photo)

Talks with farmers an opportunity to explain benefits of farm laws: Union minister Piyush Goyal

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Harshit Sabarwal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 09:23 PM IST
Ahead of Friday’s meeting, agriculture minister Tomar said that the farmers’ unions and the government would be able to settle differences regarding the reforms adding that the government has met the supporters and opposers of the reforms.
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Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal shared a video of the double stack container train.(PTI file photo)
Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal shared a video of the double stack container train.(PTI file photo)

Railways conduct first trial run of double-stack container train in Western Dedicated Freight Corridor

By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:26 PM IST
Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal tweeted on Monday about the first trial run in the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor.
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Union ministers and farmers’ representatives during the seventh round of talks over agricultural laws.(HT Photo)
Union ministers and farmers’ representatives during the seventh round of talks over agricultural laws.(HT Photo)

Govt, farmers’ talks over agri laws underway, both sides hope for positive solution

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 06:44 PM IST
Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal and Som Parkash along with government officials are in a meeting with farmers represented by a team of 41 leaders.
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Farmers during their protest against the new farm laws, at Singhu border in New Delhi.(PTI)
Farmers during their protest against the new farm laws, at Singhu border in New Delhi.(PTI)

Farmer-govt talks today; 2 key demands on table

By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 05:36 AM IST
Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal and Som Prakash will lead the government side, while 40 leaders of farm union will represent farmers at the talks.
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A man sanitizes railings in the premises of Taj Mahal after authorities reopened the monument to visitors, amidst the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Agra, India.(REUTERS)
A man sanitizes railings in the premises of Taj Mahal after authorities reopened the monument to visitors, amidst the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Agra, India.(REUTERS)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Celebs, religious leaders in govt’s Covid-19 vaccine strategy and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 05:05 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion at 5 pm. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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IRCTC has a revamped website which will make ticket booking fast and easy. (File photo)(PTI)
IRCTC has a revamped website which will make ticket booking fast and easy. (File photo)(PTI)

IRCTC overhauls site, ticket booking facilities. Check new features

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 04:19 PM IST
The new site will be faster and will present all information to passengers on one page.
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A farmer holds the Tricolor during a protest against the new farm laws, at Singhu Border in New Delhi.(PTI)
A farmer holds the Tricolor during a protest against the new farm laws, at Singhu Border in New Delhi.(PTI)

Farm laws stir: Breakthrough as govt accepts two demands of farmers

By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times,
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 06:06 AM IST
However, with the two principal demands of a repeal of three new farm laws and a legal guarantee of minimum support prices yet to be discussed, the light at the end of the tunnel is still faint.
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Farmers congregate during the ongoing protest against the new farm laws, at Ghazipur (Delhi-UP border), near New Delhi, India on December 30, 2020. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna /Hindustan Times)
Farmers congregate during the ongoing protest against the new farm laws, at Ghazipur (Delhi-UP border), near New Delhi, India on December 30, 2020. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna /Hindustan Times)

‘Won’t withdraw protest’: Farmers stick to resolve as talks yield little progress

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 08:51 PM IST
Marking a shade of progress, the government on Wednesday said consensus has been reached on two issues out of four after the sixth round of talks with the protesting farmers’ unions.
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Discussion was positive, Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said after sixth round of talks on Wednesday. (Photo: Hindustan Times/Sanjeev Verma)
Discussion was positive, Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said after sixth round of talks on Wednesday. (Photo: Hindustan Times/Sanjeev Verma)

Farmers’ protest: Consensus on two issues, says Tomar; next meeting on January 4

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 08:57 PM IST
The meeting was held in a positive atmosphere, agriculture minister said hoping that a solution will be worked out soon.
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The ministers shared meals with farmers during a lunch break after the first round of talks, presenting a picture of bonhomie amid the tough negotiations.(PTI)
The ministers shared meals with farmers during a lunch break after the first round of talks, presenting a picture of bonhomie amid the tough negotiations.(PTI)

Centre proposes committee to review farm laws, rules out repeal

By Zia Haq | Hidustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 06:18 PM IST
Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal and Som Prakash also discussed the possibility of a law on guaranteeing minimum prices for farm prices, said a senior farmers’ representative present in the talks.
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The Union ministers on Wednesday joined the farmers leaders at lunch as they served food prepared at their langars. (Photo: ANI)
The Union ministers on Wednesday joined the farmers leaders at lunch as they served food prepared at their langars. (Photo: ANI)

Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal join farmer leaders during lunch at Vigyan Bhawan, share langar food

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 05:40 PM IST
Farmer union leaders never accepted lunch at Vigyan Bhawan, but on Wednesday the ministers joined them.
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Demonstrators with posters and banners outside Vigyan Bhavan as a delegation representing farmers' unions arrives for talks with the Centre over ongoing protests against new farm laws, in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
Demonstrators with posters and banners outside Vigyan Bhavan as a delegation representing farmers' unions arrives for talks with the Centre over ongoing protests against new farm laws, in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Amal KS/HT Photo)

Farm protests: Congress attacks BJP for ‘aiding corporate interests’, seeks swift resolution

By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 04:54 PM IST
The Congress’s criticism came as Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal, and Som Prakash began the sixth round of talks with 40 farmer leaders
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Farmers say the reforms would make them vulnerable to exploitation by big corporations and erode the government’s procurement system, whereby the government buys staples, such as wheat and rice, at guaranteed rates, known as minimum support prices (MSP). (HT Photo)
Farmers say the reforms would make them vulnerable to exploitation by big corporations and erode the government’s procurement system, whereby the government buys staples, such as wheat and rice, at guaranteed rates, known as minimum support prices (MSP). (HT Photo)

3 union ministers, 40 farm leaders in huddle over Central farm acts

By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 03:08 PM IST
According to an official, farm minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the government is open to negotiations and suggested that, if everyone agreed, the talks could take up the easier issues first.
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The observation lounge at the end of Vistadome coach with a large window. (Photo: @PiyushGoyal)
The observation lounge at the end of Vistadome coach with a large window. (Photo: @PiyushGoyal)

‘Will make train journeys more memorable’: PM Modi on new Vistadome tourist coaches

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 02:53 PM IST
The new Vistadome coaches are a combination of comfort and cutting-edge technology, PM Modi tweeted.
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Demonstrators gathered at Ghazipur Border (Delhi-UP) to protest against new farm laws in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Demonstrators gathered at Ghazipur Border (Delhi-UP) to protest against new farm laws in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Centre, farmers to hold sixth round of talks today: Here’s all you need to know

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sameer | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2020 10:46 AM IST
The farmers have stuck to their demand that talks must be oriented towards a repeal of the laws
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Tents set up on a blocked section of National Highway-9 at Ghazipur Border (Delhi-UP) where farmers are camped in protest against new farm laws, in New Delhi on Tuesday.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Tents set up on a blocked section of National Highway-9 at Ghazipur Border (Delhi-UP) where farmers are camped in protest against new farm laws, in New Delhi on Tuesday.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Farmers’ protests: Sixth round of talks today; unions want repeal of laws, higher MSP

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 12:06 PM IST
The farm ministry letter said officials would discuss issues related to farmers, signalling the government’s broad strategy to find a solution by addressing points in the legislation that farmers may have objections to
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Mostly run on India’s tourist and scenic rail routes, the Vistadome coaches are made with see-through glass rooftops and wide windows that offer a panoramic view especially built for the indulgent sightseeing experience.(Twitter/@PiyushGoyal)
Mostly run on India’s tourist and scenic rail routes, the Vistadome coaches are made with see-through glass rooftops and wide windows that offer a panoramic view especially built for the indulgent sightseeing experience.(Twitter/@PiyushGoyal)

Indian Railways completes speed trial of Vistadome coach

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Srivatsan K C | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 08:13 PM IST
Indian Railways has 13 Vistadome coaches that are currently operational in select routes in India, namely, Dadar and Madgaon, Araku Valley, Kashmir Valley, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Kalka Shimla Railway, Kangra Valley Railway, Matheran Hill Railway, Nilgiri Mountain Railway.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi flags off the 100th Kisan Rail from Sangola in Maharashtra to Shalimar in West Bengal, via video link, in New Delhi.(PIB photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flags off the 100th Kisan Rail from Sangola in Maharashtra to Shalimar in West Bengal, via video link, in New Delhi.(PIB photo)

PM Modi flags off 100th run of ‘Kisan Rail’ trains

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 03:02 AM IST
Speaking on the occasion, the PM said the service will bring a major change in the farm sector and increase the strength of the country’s cold supply chain.
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Farmers during an ongoing protest against the new farm laws, at the Singhu border in New Delhi.(ANI)
Farmers during an ongoing protest against the new farm laws, at the Singhu border in New Delhi.(ANI)

Farm laws stir: Govt, farmers to resume talks on Wednesday

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 12:30 AM IST
Agriculture secretary Sanjay Agrawal sent out a letter to farm leaders on Monday, proposing the sixth round of negotiations on Wednesday, in response to an e-mail by the unions on December 26 in which they had agreed to restart negotiations and suggested a resumption of talks on Tuesday.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi(ANI)

PM Modi to inaugurate New Bhaupur-New Khurja section of eastern freight corridor on Dec 29

By Asian News International | Posted by Mallika Soni | Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 10:27 PM IST
Governor of Uttar Pradesh Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath and Union Minister Piyush Goyal will also be present on the occasion.
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Farmers were to meet on December 9 with the three ministers for the sixth time but they called off the meeting, saying the talks were going nowhere since the government was not agreeing to their core demands.(HT photo)
Farmers were to meet on December 9 with the three ministers for the sixth time but they called off the meeting, saying the talks were going nowhere since the government was not agreeing to their core demands.(HT photo)

Farm unions agree to talk to govt on Dec 29

By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 12:37 AM IST
Farm unions, who have hunkered down at the capital’s borders, on Saturday sent a letter to a senior bureaucrat of the agriculture ministry in which they agreed to hold delegation-level talks with the central government on December 29 at 11am.
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Union Minister Piyush Goyal addresses a press conference, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Union Minister Piyush Goyal addresses a press conference, in New Delhi.(PTI)

Railways to enhance IRCTC’s e-ticketing website

By Asian News International| Posted by Mallika Soni | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 25, 2020 02:57 PM IST
The Indian Railways is working to enhance user personalisation and facilitation of their e-ticketing website, along with enhanced features and simple design, the official press release said.
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Sustainable development will further enhance the scale and speed of growth in the years to come, the commerce and industry minister said.(PTI)
Sustainable development will further enhance the scale and speed of growth in the years to come, the commerce and industry minister said.(PTI)

Sustainability an important decision-making factor in govt, corporate world: Piyush Goyal

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 06:58 PM IST
Goyal further said the present situation provides a unique opportunity to redesign, reinvent and realign various practices and processes.
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Union railways minister Piyush Goyal during a press briefing.(PTI File Photo)
Union railways minister Piyush Goyal during a press briefing.(PTI File Photo)

India making efforts to deregulate economy to attract greater investments: Piyush Goyal

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 11:37 PM IST
Piyush Goyal said, “India is looking forward for working with friends and neighbours, and having a global footprint. India is working to turn the COVID crisis into an opportunity, and is confident of reaching the target of $5 trillion economy by 2025, and $10 trillion in another 7-10 years.”
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The minister observed that by being ‘aatmanirbhar’ (self-reliant), India was not closing its engagement with the world, but on the contrary, expanding its participation globally.(PTI)
The minister observed that by being ‘aatmanirbhar’ (self-reliant), India was not closing its engagement with the world, but on the contrary, expanding its participation globally.(PTI)

Industry, government have to partner for India to become USD 5 trillion economy by 2025: Goyal

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 07:44 PM IST
The commerce and industry minister also expressed confidence in the capabilities of the business community as well as startups which can make India the top economy globally in the next 25-30 years. 
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