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Farmers' Protest HIGHLIGHTS: 'Delhi Chalo' march paused for 2 days after farmer's death on Haryana border

Delhi Farmers Protest News Live: Leaders of farmers who participated in the movement rejected the Center's suggestion that the government procuring cotton, maize, and pulses at MSP.

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After failing to reach an agreement with the government over their demands for higher crop prices, thousands of farmers on tractors set to restart their push towards New Delhi on Wednesday were met by tear gas shells. Police have kept a miles-long column of farmers atop agricultural machinery at bay since last week.

In order to expand the government programme that currently covers basics like rice and wheat, farm unions are calling for legislation that would establish a minimum price for all commodities.

Opposition leaders criticized the Centre for the death of a youth at the Khanauri Border crossing in Sangrur district, Punjab, during the ongoing farmers' protests.

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann said that he was saddened by the death of a young farmer on the Punjab-Haryana border and asserted that stringent action would be taken against those responsible for it.

"The news of the death of 21-year-old Shubhakaran was received today during the incident at Khanuri border. It is very sad that the youth of my state is no longer in this world. I want to ask the central government why the farmer of Punjab cannot go to the capital of his own country? We express our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Shubhakaran in this hour of sorrow. We assure to help the family financially and socially in all aspects. After the post-mortem, appropriate action will be taken against the responsible officials," he said.

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief, Arvind Kejriwal asked that was it for this day that we fought for independence?"The death of Punjab's young man Shubhakaran is very sad. Was it for this day that we fought for independence, that one day the governments elected by us in our own country will martyr our own sons like the British? We are completely with Shubhakaran and will ensure strict punishment to his murderers," Kejriwal said in a post on X.

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  • 22 Feb 2024, 11:48 AM

    This information is not DNA's opinion but obtained from media reports.

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  • 22 Feb 2024, 11:29 AM

    After the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs increased the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that the government is committed to fulfilling every resolution related to the welfare of our farmer across the country.

    "Our government is committed to fulfilling every resolution related to the welfare of our farmer brothers and sisters across the country. In this context, a historic increase in the price of sugarcane has been approved. This step will benefit crores of our sugarcane-producing farmers.," PM Modi posted on X.

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  • 22 Feb 2024, 10:42 AM

    Subhkaran Singh (21) died at Khanauri on the Sangrur-Jind border.

    He was killed and a few others were injured on the Punjab-Haryana border as protesters resumed their 'Delhi Chalo' agitation, with the Haryana Police firing tear gas shells to thwart attempts to breach barricades at Shambhu and Khanauri border points.

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  • 22 Feb 2024, 10:15 AM

    Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday said he was saddened by the death of a young farmer on the Punjab-Haryana border and asserted that stringent action would be taken against those responsible for it.

    "After postmortem, a case will be registered. Those officials responsible for his death will have to face stringent action," said Mann in a video message this evening. (PTI)

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  • 22 Feb 2024, 09:06 AM

    The top farmer leaders decided to halt the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march for two days, after the death of a protestor at the Khanauri border.

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  • 22 Feb 2024, 08:18 AM

    In a recent development, Punjab Minister Chetan Singh Jouramajra has urged the central government to step in and manage the escalating situation at the Punjab and Haryana border. 

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  • 22 Feb 2024, 07:31 AM

    Haryana extends internet suspension in seven district amid farmer standoff

    The Haryana government announced on Wednesday that the ban on mobile internet and bulk SMS services in seven districts will be extended until February 23. This decision comes after the initial extension of the suspension until February 19.

    As per a notification released by the Haryana administration, the ban specifically applies to bulk SMS and all dongle services on mobile networks in the districts of Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad, and Sirsa. However, the suspension excludes voice calls, allowing residents to continue communicating through mobile phones.

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  • 22 Feb 2024, 06:54 AM

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane for Sugar Season 2024-25 at Rs 340 per quintal at sugar recovery rate of 10.25.This decision is expected to benefit more than 5 crore sugarcane farmers including their families and others involved in the sugar sector.

    Briefing reporters after a meeting of the union cabinet, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said this is a historic price of sugarcane which is about 8 per cent higher than FRP of sugarcane for the current season 2023-24. The revised FRP will be applicable with effect from October 1, 2024.

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  • 22 Feb 2024, 06:49 AM

    "Despite the increase in the prices of fertilizers across the world, we prevented the rise in fertilizer and urea costs for farmers. The Government of India provided subsidies amounting to Rs 3 lakh crore. We worked continuously in the last three years and brought Nano Urea and not only this, I want to tell you that in the 10 years of UPA, Rs 5.50 lakh crore were spent on MSP for wheat, paddy, and oilseeds. The Modi government has allocated Rs 18 lakh 39 thousand crores, which is more than 3.50 times," Union Minister Anurag Thakur said.

    "If I give you the example of pulses, the UPA government spent Rs 1936 crore, the Modi government spent more than Rs 55,000 crore," he added.

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  • 22 Feb 2024, 06:48 AM

    Emphasising the dialogue as the only way to address farmers' concernss, Union Minister Anurag Thakur said that the government is always ready for discussion with the farmers, adding that farmers are the nation's 'Annadatas' The Union Minister also slammed the UPA government, asserting that the Modi-led government has allocated more funds for farmers compared to the UPA's expenditure during its tenure.

    "Earlier also we were ready for discussions, still we are ready and in the future also we will be ready. we don't have any problem, they are our 'Annadatas'...," he said. (ANI)

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