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New Delhi, April 19, 2017: In a bid towards ending the VIP culture, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday banned the use of red beacons atop official cars, announcing that only five high dignitaries including the President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and the Speaker of Lok Sabha would be allowed to use it.

According to reports, the ban applies to chief ministers, state cabinet ministers, Union ministers, bureaucrats and judges of the High Court, Supreme Court. The decision comes into effect from May 1, 2017.

The Cabinet also announced that the use of red beacon will only be allowed on vehicles attached to emergency services, like ambulance and police.

Earlier, it was reported that the Prime Minister’s Office has called a meeting to discuss whether the red beacon should be discarded or restricted to certain dignitaries.

However, the move comes weeks after the two chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab decided against the use of the red beacon on their official cars.

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Will block other Delhi roads if laws not scrapped, farmers say

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New Delhi: Will block other roads of Delhi if govt does not withdraw new three farm laws, say leaders of protesting farmers at press conference.

If govt does not fulfil our demands, we will have to take more steps, says farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chadoni (PTI)

Chilla border on Noida link road has been closed for traffic, Delhi police said on Wednesday. Amid the ongoing farmers protests, the Congress on Wednesday asked the Centre to convene the Winter Session of Parliament. This comes a day after the talks remained inconclusive. Next round of talks will be held tomorrow.

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Farmers’ Income Has Halved, That Of Govt’s Friends Risen: Rahul Takes Dig At Centre

Congress leader seeks scrapping of the three ‘black’ farm laws, asks Centre not to befool farmers with rhetoric.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday attacked the Centre over its claim of doubling farmers’ income and alleged that their income has in fact “halved” under the “suit-boot” government, while that of its crony friends has grown four times.

He also demanded that the government abolishes the three “black” farm laws which are against farmers and farm labourers and asked it not to befool them with rhetoric.

No immediate response was available from the government.

Gandhi’s remarks come at a time when farmers from Punjab and Haryana are protesting at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders of the national capital against the Centre’s new agriculture reform laws.

“They (government) said farmers’ income will be doubled. What they did was increase the income of (their) ‘friends’ four times and halved that of farmers. This is a government of suit-boot, lies and loot,” the Congress leader said in a tweet in Hindi.

Gandhi also shared a video showing police using water cannons and firing tear gas shells during protests by farmers with a speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi playing in the background wherein he says his government is taking steps to resolve the problems faced by farmers and double their income.

“Modi government, stop giving ‘jumlas’ (rhetoric) to farmers, stop the dishonesty and atrocities, stop giving them the falsehood of talks, (and) abolish all three black laws which are against farmers and labourers,” Gandhi said in another tweet.

The Congress has been attacking the government over the use of force against the protesting farmers, and urged the dispensation to withdraw the new farm laws and redress the grievances of the protesters.

Farmer unions say the three new laws will lead to the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system, leaving farmers at the mercy of corporate houses.

But the government says the MSP system will continue and the new laws will give farmers more options to sell their crop.

Farm leaders met Union ministers on Tuesday, but the two sides failed to break the deadlock. The next round of talks is scheduled to be.

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Congress MP Manish Tewari urges govt to urgently convene winter session of Parliament

The Congress leader, who is also a member of the Parliament Committee on Defence has raised the issue of Chinese Encroachment on Indian Land up to 1000 kilometers.

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New Delhi, December 2: Former Union Minister and Congress MP Manish Tewari on Wednesday urged the Central Government to convene the winter session of Parliament as soon as possible to resolve the issues of farmers and to deliberate on matters of Chinese incursion, and rising COVID-19 cases in the country. 

Taking to Twitter, Manish Tewari said, “Farmers have besieged Delhi, Economy is officially in recession, Chinese continues to encroach upon over 1000 square kilometres of our land, COVID cases are at 95 lakhs with 1.38 lakhs dead in 8 months. GOVT NEEDS TO CONVENE THE WINTER SESSION OF PARLIAMENT ASAP WITHOUT DELAY.”

Sources in the government stated that currently, deliberations are on the decision to not hold the winter session.

Whether to club the winter session and budget session or to just to hold the budget session directly next year is also under consideration, sources added.

Farmers From Punjab, Haryana, Western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand have been agitating against the recently passed farm laws at the borders of the national capital with the ‘Dilli Chalo’ protest march.

In light of this, Union Minister of Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar held a meeting with representatives of Farmer’s Organisations on Tuesday. Talks, however, remained inconclusive.

The Congress leader, who is also a member of the Parliament Committee on Defence has raised the issue of Chinese Encroachment on Indian Land up to 1000 kilometers.

The argument, to not hold the winter session this year has been given due to a rise in the number of cases. 

The sources claim that the next Parliament session, budget session, is likely to be called at the end of January 2021.

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