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Both Indian, Chinese troops retreat 2km each in Galwan

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Leh, July 6 : Both Indian and Chinese troops have retreated two kilometres each along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley, where 20 Indian and unknown number of Chinese soldiers were killed in a violent face-off last month.

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Farmer leaders at talks refuse govt’s lunch offer

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New Delhi, 3 Dec : Farmers’ representatives, participating in the fourth round of talks with the government over their charter of demands, refused to partake of the lunch provided by the Centre, preferring to eat the food brought by their supporters.

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Farmers put 5-point set of demands in 4th round talks, seek new MSP law

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New Delhi, 3 Dec : A group of more than 34 farmer leaders put out a five-point set of demands that seeks to frame a specific law on Minimum Support Price (MSP) and end the punishment provision for stubble burning, during the fourth round of talks with the Central government here on Thursday.

In the written five-point set of demands, one of the key demands is the repeal of three contentious farm laws passed in September during the Monsoon Session of Parliament. It also raises objections about the upcoming Electricity (Amendment) Act, 2020. The farmers emphasised that the provision to register a case for stubble burning should be ended, and asked why the government wasn’t ready to give them “written assurance” on MSP despite its earlier statements that MSP will continue.

The farmer union representatives emphasised that a new law on MSP be framed in a special session of Parliament, demanding that it must guarantee them MSP not only now but in the future as well. The farmer leaders said: “Let us assume that MSP will continue but the procurement would stop. The MSP will have no meaning then”.

The farmer union representatives said that the government says the three farm laws were brought in with the the interests of farmers in mind. However, they had never kept these in mind. They said that the farm laws have been passed to benefit big business and corporate houses. Giving an example of sugarcane procurement, the farmers’ organisations objected to contract farming and pointed out its drawbacks.

The 5-point set of demands came two hours after the ongoing meeting which started around 12.30 p.m. at Vigyan Bhawan in presence of the Centre’s representatives: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal.

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Parkash Singh Badal, Returns Padma Vibhushan Award over Farmers’ Protest

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Chandigarh, 3 Dec : Expressing solidarity with the agitating farmers over the Centre’s farm laws, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday returned his Padma Vibhushan award in protest against “the betrayal of the farmers by the government”.

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