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Farmers' Protest updates: PM uses ‘toolkit’ to claim global plot, says India will respond with all might

By Anuj Cariappa
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New Delhi, Feb 08: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a scathing attack on "international conspirators" who were out to discredit India - without directly taking the names of Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg who shared a "toolkit" in support of the ongoing farm protests and other global celebrities backing the agitation - and said the country will "respond to these conspiracies with all its might".

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10:58 PM, 8 Feb
BJP trying to divide farmers, celebrities like Sachin Tendulkar, Lata Mangeshkar being misled: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
10:58 PM, 8 Feb
Sent names of 2.5 lakh Bengal farmers to Centre for PM Kisan scheme: Mamata
10:58 PM, 8 Feb
Do not link farmers' stir with any religion, Sukhbir Singh Badal urges PM
3:57 PM, 8 Feb
Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied to the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address in the joint session of Parliament on February 8 in the Rajya Sabha.
1:52 PM, 8 Feb
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday slammed the narrative against his government on the farmers' issue as he warned the country against the new FDI that now stands for "Foreign Destructive Ideology".
12:50 PM, 8 Feb
The demand for cutouts of Rakesh Tikait at Singhu border underlines the growing popularity of the farmer leader credited with reviving the farmers movement against the Centre's farm laws following violence during a tractor rally on Republic Day.
11:41 AM, 8 Feb
Manmohan ji is here, I'd read out his quote. Those taking a U-Turn (farm laws) will perhaps agree with him. "There are other rigidities because of marketing regime set up in 1930s which prevent our farmers from selling their produce where they get highest rate of return... It is our intention to remove all those handicaps which come in the way of India realising its vast potential at one large common market": PM Modi
10:26 AM, 8 Feb
Government has asked Twitter to remove 1,178 Pakistani-Khalistani accounts spreading misinformation and provocative content around farmers' protests.
9:50 AM, 8 Feb
The demand for cutouts of Rakesh Tikait at Singhu border underlines the growing popularity of the farmer leader credited with reviving the farmers movement against the Centre's farm laws following violence during a tractor rally on Republic Day.
9:11 AM, 8 Feb
The Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur borders will remain closed for traffic as farmers at the borders of the national capital continued their agitation against the Central farm laws.
8:14 AM, 8 Feb
A day after a flag with a portrait resembling Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was spotted in Punjab during 'chakka jam' by farmers, Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday said that some people have been hatching 'criminal conspiracy' against the country in the guise of farmers' protest.
4:11 PM, 7 Feb
In December, a lawyer from Punjab had allegedly killed himself by consuming poison a few kilometres away from the protest site at the Tikri border.
4:11 PM, 7 Feb
Over a fortnight ago, another farmer from Haryana had allegedly consumed a poisonous substance at the Tikri border. He died during treatment at a Delhi hospital later.
4:11 PM, 7 Feb
According to the police, the hand-written suicide note purportedly left behind by the deceased said, "Dear farmer brethren, Modi government is giving date after date... No one knows when these black farm laws will be rolled back."
4:10 PM, 7 Feb
Govt shouldn't have asked big personalities like Sachin Tendulkar & Lata Mangeshkar to tweet in support of its stand & put their reputation at stake. They're recipients of Bharat Ratna. Actors like Akshay Kumar were enough for this task: MNS chief Raj Thackeray
4:10 PM, 7 Feb
Farmers' agitation against the three agriculture laws at Ghazipur border (Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border) enters Day 72.
4:10 PM, 7 Feb
Heavy security deployment continues at the Tikri border (Delhi-Haryana border) as farmers' protest against three agriculture laws enters the 74th day.
10:41 PM, 6 Feb
Police said some trade union leaders were also detained on Saturday at some places as a preventive measure.
10:41 PM, 6 Feb
They were detained around 12.30 pm and later released in the evening, police said.
10:41 PM, 6 Feb
The protesters were from different organisations, they said.
10:40 PM, 6 Feb
Around 60 people were detained near Shaheedi Park in central Delhi on Saturday for allegedly holding a protest in support of the ''chakka jam'' call given by the farmers agitating against the Centre''s new agri laws, police said.
10:39 PM, 6 Feb
Though police managed to create a passage for Bose''s convoy, farmers blocked Debnath''s vehicle for 15 minutes, a police officer said.
10:39 PM, 6 Feb
The incident took place at Nawabhat More when Fire and Emergency Services Minister Sujit Bose and Animal Husbandry Minister Swapan Debnath were going to Budbud in the district to inaugurate a new fire station, they said.
10:39 PM, 6 Feb
The agitating farmers, under the banner of CPI affiliate All India Kisan Sabha, also protested in front of the ministers'' vehicles.
10:38 PM, 6 Feb
The convoys of two West Bengal ministers got stranded on National Highway 2 in Purba Barddhaman district on Saturday due to a farmers'' agitation against the Centre''s new farm laws, police said.
10:31 PM, 6 Feb
Many celebrities including Tendulkar and legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar rallied around the government on social media using hashtags #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda following tweets by pop singer Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg backing farmers.
10:30 PM, 6 Feb
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar advised cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar to exercise caution while speaking about any other field as many people have reacted sharply to the stand taken by Indian celebrities on farmers’ protest.
9:04 PM, 6 Feb
"There will be no compromise on this," he said and asserted that the agitation was for the whole country and not one state.
9:03 PM, 6 Feb
Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait declared that their protest on Delhi''s outskirts will continue till October 2 and farmers will return home only after the government repeals the contentious legislations and make a law ensuring legal guarantee for the minimum support price (MSP).
9:03 PM, 6 Feb
Farmers in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan blocked highways with tractor-trolleys and squatted on key roads on Saturday, while scattered protests were held in other states during a three-hour ''chakka jam'' called by agitating farmer unions which are demanding scrapping of the Centre’s new agri laws.
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