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The government’s negotiations with protesting farm unions hit a roadblock as the farmer leaders stuck to their demands for a complete repeal of three farm laws, even as the Centre asked them to reconsider its proposal for putting the laws on hold for 12-18 months. Unlike the last 10 rounds of talks, the 11th round could not even reach a decision on the next date for the meeting as the government also hardened its position saying it is ready to meet again once the unions agree to discuss the suspension proposal.
Farmers’ protests | Tractor rally to go ahead as planned on Republic Day, say union leaders
Farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal said it is for the government to ensure that the rally is peaceful.
The Congress Working Committee also adopted three resolutions, including one demanding a joint parliamentary committee probe into Republic TV promoter Arnab Goswami’s WhatsApp chats.
The FIR names Global Science Research Limited (GSRL), represented by Dr. Aleksandr Kogan, and Cambridge Analytica, represented by Alexander Nix, as accused. It stems from a preliminary enquiry launched by the agency in July 2018, on a complaint from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) following media reports alleging the illegal harvesting of personal data.
Coronavirus | Modi seeks to dispel fears over COVID-19 vaccines
The Prime Minister interacted with health workers in Varanasi.
Appearing before a Bench led by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Additional Solicitor General S.V. Raju said he received information late on January 21 about the government’s unwillingness.
Senior police official writes to Principal Secretaries seeking details of such posts.
He has been going public with his differences with the Trinamool Congress over past few months.
Announcing the measures, Mr. Biden said it would take months to defeat the pandemic but America would “get through this” if people stood together.
Pandemic has altered the spending habits of customers.
The player retention deadline ended on January 20 and the trading window closes on February 4.