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Indian opposition demands repeal of farm laws after protests
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Indian opposition demands repeal of farm laws after protests

  • India’s main opposition party pressed the government on Thursday to call a special parliamentary session to withdraw new agricultural laws that farmers say will leave them at the mercy of big corporations.
  • Rahul Gandhi, a senior leader from the opposition Congress party, handed the president a copy of a petition that he said had attracted 20 million signatures online.
Published 24 Dec, 2020 07:25pm
Indian farmers vow to carry on protests despite cold, deaths
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Indian farmers vow to carry on protests despite cold, deaths

  • Tens of thousands of Indian farmers, protesting over agricultural laws that they say threaten their livelihoods, have vowed to carry on their around-the-clock sit-ins despite cold weather that has already led to some deaths among them.
  • Since late November, when thousands of farmers arrived in trucks and tractors to camp out on the borders of New Delhi, nearly 30 people have died, several of them as a result of freezing weather, farmers said.
Published 21 Dec, 2020 05:31pm
Iran executes dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam - state media
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Iran executes dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam - state media

  • Iranian dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam, who was convicted of fomenting violence during the 2017 anti-government protests, was executed on Saturday, Iran’s state television reported.
  • Iran’s Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of Zam, who was captured in 2019 after years in exile.
Published 12 Dec, 2020 03:19pm
Indian government offers more concessions as farmers intensify protests
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Indian government offers more concessions as farmers intensify protests

  • India’s agriculture minister said on Thursday the government was ready to consider further changes to divisive reforms that have triggered the biggest protests by farmers in years.
  • Huge crowds have been out on the streets around Delhi since November demanding the government repeal the laws that they say will eventually dismantle India’s regulated markets and leave them at the mercy of private buyers.
Published 10 Dec, 2020 08:30pm