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Economic Times | 20 Jan, 2021 | 11.54PM IST

Farmers' Protest Updates: Centre ready to put new farm laws on hold for about 18 months, says Tomar

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar hoped that a solution will be found during the next round of talks on January 22.

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11:54 PM

Wrap Up: News highlights of the day

  • Joe Biden becomes 46th President of the United States
  • UK coronavirus strain detected in at least 60 countries: WHO
  • Alibaba's Jack Ma makes first public appearance since October in an online meeting
  • Police urge farmers to shift R-Day tractor rally to KMP e-way, farmers say won't budge from decided route
  • Bhutan receives the first consignment of 150,000 doses of Covishield vaccine from India
  • The next round of the meeting between Govt and farmer union leaders to take place on January 22
  • An explosion in central Madrid, Mayor says at least two people died
11:47 PM

TS Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to United Nations, on Syria:

  • As we begin our new Council term 8 yrs later, it's disheartening to note that the ongoing crisis in Syria still has no end in sight & political process is yet to take off. The conflict has become more complex with the involvement of regional players.
  • Terrorism emanating from Syria has spread far, even reaching parts of Africa. Foreign fighters involved in the Syrian conflict have also moved to other places as mercenaries.
  • We hope that the conflict in Syria will end and the reconstruction of Syria will begin. Towards this objective India is ready to play a constructive and meaningful role in the Council.
11:20 PM

Bird flu

The Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying said that until January 20, outbreaks of avian influenza have been confirmed in six states (Kerala, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Punjab) for poultry birds and in ten states (Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Rajasthan and Punjab) for crow/migratory/wild birds.
11:17 PM

China imposes sanctions on 28 US individuals including former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Robert C O'Brien and John R Bolton: China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

10:40 PM

Primary classes to reopen at Punjab schools from Jan 27

  • “Following persistent demand of parents, the state government has decided to reopen all schools for primary classes from January 27,” Education minister Vijay Inder Singla in a statement.
  • Earlier this month, the state government had reopened schools for Classes 5 to 12.
10:32 PM

PM Modi congratulates US President Joe Biden

09:59 PM

BJP national president JP Nadda held a meeting with the West Bengal party incharge in Delhi today

09:49 PM

Actor Kangana Ranaut summoned

Actor Kangana Ranaut has been summoned by Juhu police in connection with the defamation case filed by lyricist Javed Akhtar; asked to appear on Jan 22: Mumbai Police
09:11 PM

COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII) could be authorised by WHO in January or February.

(Reuters)
09:11 PM

Mumbai reports 501 new COVID-19 cases, 490 recoveries/discharges & 9 deaths today.

  • Total cases rise to 3,04,122 including 2,85,307 recoveries/discharges and 11,266 deaths.
  • Active cases stand at 6,654
08:59 PM

Maharashtra reports 3,015 new COVID-19 cases, 4,589 discharges, and 59 deaths today

  • Total cases - 19,97,992
  • Total recoveries - 18,99,428
  • Death toll - 50,582
  • Active cases - 46,769
08:47 PM

Delhi reported 228 new COVID-19 cases, 405 recoveries, and 10 deaths today, says Delhi Health Department

  • Total cases: 6,33,049
  • Active cases: 2,147
  • Total recoveries: 6,20,128
  • Death toll: 10,774
08:46 PM

Shashikala admitted to hospital with cough & fever

Shashikala, 63, with comorbidities of hypertension diabetes & hypothyroidism has been admitted with cough & fever. Her condition is stable with supportive measures, antibiotics & oxygen. She will be further evaluated & monitored: Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospital in Bengaluru
08:35 PM

Madrid Mayor says at least two people died from Madrid blast

08:34 PM

Madrid Mayor says initial information shows Madrid blast likely caused by gas leak

08:23 PM

Explosion in central Madrid

One building collapsed in an explosion in central Madrid with smoke coming out of the building and rescue workers evacuating elderly people from a nearby nursing home. (Reuters)
08:20 PM

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar after 10th round of talks with farmer union leaders:

  • During discussions, we said that govt is ready to put on hold the farm laws for one or one and half year. I'm happy that farmer unions have taken this very seriously & said that they would consider it tomorrow & convey their decision on Jan 22.
  • I feel that talks are progressing in the right direction and there is a possibility of finding a resolution on Jan 22.
07:54 PM

We asked govt to withdraw the fake cases registered by NIA against farmers. In response, govt said they are looking into the matter & asked us to provide the names of leaders against whom new cases, if any, have been registered.

- Hannan Mollah, General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha

07:53 PM

Govt said that a committee would be formed on MSP & the laws & they would implement the recommendations of the committee. We'll hold a meeting tomorrow & take a decision on the proposal.

- Hannan Mollah, General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha

07:49 PM

Govt has said it is ready to suspend the laws for one and half a year. In reply, farmers said that there is no point in suspending the laws and made it clear that we want the repeal of the laws.

- Farmer leader after tenth round of talks

07:49 PM

A total of 7,86,842 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till 6 pm today as per the provisional reports.

No case of severe/serious AEFI has been attributed to vaccination till date: Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary, Union Health Ministry
07:35 PM

The tenth round of talks between farmer unions and the Central government over the three farm laws concludes at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.

The next round of the meeting to take place on January 22.
07:28 PM

4 deaths have been reported from UP (1), Karnataka (2) & Telangana (1): Health Ministry

In UP, post mortem confirms cardiopulmonary disease & not related to vaccination. Postmortem is suggestive of myocardial infarction in case of Bellary & it is also not related to vaccination. The case of Karnataka's Shivamogga is a suspected case of MI & is also not related to vaccination. While in the case of Nirmal, Telangana, post mortem is undergoing: Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary, Union Health Ministry
06:59 PM

Karnataka reported 501 new COVID-19 cases, 665 discharges, and 4 deaths today.

  • Total cases: 9,33,578
  • Total discharges: 9,13,677
  • Death toll: 12,185
  • Active cases: 7,697
06:58 PM

10th round of talks between Govt and farmers: 'Govt can wait for a year for implementation of farm laws', sources say

  • Agriculture Minister to farmer unions- Constitute committee with farmers & govt reps as members. Committee to discuss laws clause wise. While the court has put farm laws in abeyance for two months, if needed and consultations are on, govt can wait for a year for their implementation: Sources
  • Agriculture Minister tells farmer unions that govt is ready to give an affidavit in SC to dispel any doubts in the minds of farmer unions. He emphasised that on the occasion of Guru Gobind Singh's Parkash Parv, both sides should reach a consensus before the meeting ends: Sources
06:39 PM

SC dismisses pleas seeking review of its 2018 verdict upholding Centre's flagship Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid

06:38 PM

Delhi's air quality index (AQI) is 283, which falls in 'poor' category: IMD officials

06:38 PM

6,815 fresh COVID-19 cases and 7,364 recoveries reported in Kerala today.

Total numbers of active and recoveries cases in the state are 69,693 and 7,90,757 respectively.
06:36 PM

Rajasthan Royals today announced that they would retain 17 players for upcoming IPL edition.

  • Royals would be releasing the remaining 8 players.
  • Sanju Samson will lead Royals as the captain.
  • Steve Smith, the Royals’ skipper in the last edition will not be retained for the upcoming season of the IPL in 2021.
06:20 PM

3 weeks transit anticipatory bail to Tandav director

Bombay High Court grants 3 weeks transit anticipatory bail to Tandav director Ali Abbas Zafar & 3 others in an FIR registered in UP to enable him to approach the appropriate court for regular pre-arrest bail: Aniket Ujjwal Nikam, lawyer of the accused
06:19 PM

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla met Ambassadors of EU countries today & discussed India-EU strategic cooperation in context of India-EU+27 Leaders' Summit in May; focus on trade, investments, climate change & Indo-Pacific: MEA

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla met Ambassadors of EU countries today & discussed India-EU strategic cooperation in context of India-EU+27 Leaders' Summit in May; focus on trade, investments, climate change  & Indo-Pacific: MEA
06:02 PM

Sasikala brought to hospital from Central Jail

Bengaluru: Former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa's aide Sasikala brought to Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital from Central Jail after she complained of fever
06:00 PM

Bhutan receives first consignment of 150,000 doses of Covishield vaccine from India

An Indian Air Force aircraft delivered the first consignment of 150,000 doses of Covishield vaccines to Bhutan on Wednesday, making it the first country to receive the git from India, which was received by Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering.
05:44 PM

What happened during the 10th round of talks between Govt and farmers?

  • The government on Wednesday offered to amend the three contentious farm laws at their 10th round of talks with protesting unions but farmer leaders stuck to their demand for a complete repeal of the Acts and alleged that the Centre was avoiding discussion on a legal guarantee for MSP.
  • Farmer leaders said there was no breakthrough in the first session as both sides were stuck on their stated positions vis-a-vis the three farm laws and there was little hope of any outcome other than fixing the date for the 11th round.
05:20 PM

Karnataka: State Congress chief DK Shivkumar & Siddaramaiah and other party leaders detained while marching towards Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru to protest against farm laws.

05:12 PM

Congress Working Committee to meet at 10:30 am on January 22, through video conference.

05:00 PM

Tractor rally: Farmer union leaders reject suggestion of alternative route

  • Farmer unions opposing the Centre's new agri laws on Wednesday rejected a suggestion by police officers to hold their proposed January 26 tractor rally on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway instead of Delhi's busy Outer Ring Road, sources said.
  • Union leaders and officers of the Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana police forces had met at the Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi to discuss the route and arrangements of the proposed rally on Republic Day.
  • The Outer Ring Road passes through several areas of Delhi such as Vikaspuri, Janakpuri, Uttam Nagar, Burari Peeragarhi and Pitampura.
  • There might be another round of talks with the police officers on Thursday, a farmer leader, who attended the meeting, said.
04:46 PM

West Bengal: Ranjan Banerjee, senior Vice-President of Aditya Birla Group, joins BJP in Kolkata.

"I thank BJP for giving me this opportunity to serve the people of the state. We need to bring industries here so that people can get employment," he said. (ANI reports)
04:45 PM

FIR against makers and actors of 'Tandav'

FIR registered against the makers and actors of web series 'Tandav' under sections 153 (A), 295 (A) and 505 (2) IPC at Mumbai's Ghatkopar Police station
04:43 PM

Health worker dies after jab, death not due to it: Official

  • A 42-year-old healthcare worker in Nirmal district of Telangana, who received COVID-19 vaccination, died early Wednesday after complaining of chest pain, with preliminary findings suggesting the death is unrelated to the vaccination, a health official said.
  • The worker was vaccinated at about 11.30 AM on Tuesday at a Primary Health Centre (PHC) in the district and he is said to have developed chest pain at around 2.30 AM on Wednesday.
  • He was brought dead to the district hospital at about 5.30 AM, state Director of Public Health G Srinivasa Rao said in a press release.
04:35 PM

Around 30 disability rights organisations write to PM Narendra Modi and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

urging them to accord priority to persons with disabilities for COVID-19 vaccination.
04:32 PM

CBI arrests its DSP RK Rishi and Inspector Kapil Dhankad in a bribery scam within agency; conducts searches in Saharanpur, Roorkee: officials

PTI reports
04:30 PM

Our heartfelt thanks to PM Narendra Modi, the government & people of India for this most generous gift: Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih

04:28 PM

BJP supporters chants -- 'desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maaro saalo ko" during a party rally in Chandannagar, Hooghly.

04:20 PM

Rahul Gandhi to launch campaign for TN assembly polls on January 23: K S Azhagiri, Congress state unit chief

(PTI reports)
04:08 PM

Former Arunachal Governor Mata Prasad passes away

  • Former Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Mata Prasad died at a hospital following multi-organ failure, an official said on Wednesday.
  • The 95-year-old was admitted to the hospital late on Tuesday night and breathed his last around midnight, a statement issued by the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI) said.
  • He was admitted in a serious condition and was put on life support system but could not be saved despite all efforts, the statement said.
04:06 PM

Karnataka farmers face tough times due to sharp fall in ginger prices

  • Farmers across Karnataka's Hassan, Kodagu and Chickamagaluru districts are facing tough times as the price of Ginger has fallen substantially.
  • These districts are known for the production of ginger and coffee - the main commercial crops on which a large number of families are dependent.
  • While untimely rains have caused huge losses to the coffee growers in the three districts in the Malnad region, falling ginger prices have worsened the situation of the farmers.
03:57 PM

BSE Sensex jumps 393.83 pts to end at lifetime high of 49,792.12

NSE Nifty soars 123.55 pts to record 14,644.70
03:57 PM

Rupee rises 12 paise to finish at 73.05 (provisional) against US dollar

03:56 PM

There is a need to spread awareness about the vaccine. Both the COVID-19 vaccines were given emergency use approval only after scientists were convinced of their safety. Appeal to all beneficiaries to get themselves vaccinated.

- Manoj Sinha, Jammu and Kashmir LG

03:54 PM

Joe Biden to return US to World Health Organization on first day: Aides

(AFP reports)
03:44 PM

Indian vaccines reach the Maldives, reflects our special friendship

- S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister

03:42 PM

Police urge farmers to shift R-Day tractor rally to KMP e-way, farmers say won't budge from decided route

03:39 PM

Odisha Government asks private schools to implement the school fees waiver for the period of COVID-19 lockdown

School & Mass Education Dept has issued an official notification following the ruling of the Orissa High Court in regard to the waiver of school fees on January 7th.
03:38 PM

West Bengal: Arindam Bhattacharya, TMC MLA from Shantipur to join BJP in Delhi today

03:31 PM

Fiscal deficit of states to hit a peak of Rs 8.7 lakh crore or 4.7 per cent of their GDP

Contraction in tax collections for state governments due to Covid-19 pandemic-induced lockdowns and consequent slump in economic activity will result in a near four times expansion in their revenue deficits this fiscal. This will not only expand states’ aggregate gross fiscal deficit (GFD) to an all-time high of Rs.8.7 lakh crore, or 4.7% of GSDP and increse credit risks of states, according to ratings firm Crisil.
03:29 PM

2021 Assam assembly polls to be held keeping in mind Rongoli Bihu, CBSE board exams: CEC

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Wednesday said the 2021 Assam assembly polls will be held taking into consideration the Rongali Bihu festival in April and the CBSE board examinations for students of class 10 and 12.
03:21 PM

Farmer dies after consuming poisonous substance at Tikri border

The deceased has been identified as Jai Bhagwan Rana (42), a resident of Pakasma village in Rohtak district of Haryana. He had consumed Sulphas tablets at the farmers' protest site at Tikri on Tuesday, they said.
03:08 PM

TRP scam case:

Maharashtra: Mumbai Sessions Court rejects bail plea of former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta who is an accused in the TRP scam.
03:07 PM

An AN-32 aircraft arrived in Paro valley, ferrying Bhutan's first consignment of COVID-19 vaccine from India

Health Minister Dechen Wangmo will receive vaccines from Indian Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj in presence of PM Dr Lotay Tshering in a modest ceremony: Office of Bhutan PM
An AN-32 aircraft arrived in Paro valley, ferrying Bhutan's first consignment of COVID-19 vaccine from India
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