LIVE UPDATES: Government claims breakthrough on two out of four demands by farmers; day’s other big stories


The central government on Wednesday night claimed a huge breakthrough in its talks with farmers saying that a consensus had been reached on two out of four demands made by the union leaders. The next round of talks between the government and the farmers is set to be held on 4 January 2021.


According to the Indian Express, the Centre’s Narendra Modi government has agreed to ‘decriminalise’ stubble burning by excluding farmers from the ambit of the ‘Commission for the Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinance 2020.’ The government has also agreed to do away with those provisions of the draft Electricity Amendment Bill, 2020 that aimed at changing the existing mode of subsidy payment to consumers.

There has been no progress on the farmers’ demand for the withdrawal of the three Farm Laws and a legal guarantee on the MSP.

Tens of thousands of farmers have been camping near Delhi borders demanding the repeal of three Farm Laws. The government has held several rounds of talks with them.

LIVE UPDATES on today’s big stories will appear below:

18:29 PM: Lashing out at state #BJP President #AshwaniSharma for “spreading false propaganda on law and order”, #Punjab Chief Minister #AmarinderSingh on Thursday said the number of incidents of vandalising mobile towers have come down drastically. (IANS)

17:31 PM: #UttarPradesh: The Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP), the apex body of saints and seers, has strongly opposed the proposed registration and regulation of #religious places in the state. (IANS)

16:58 PM: Haryana: Four arrested in an alleged honour killing case in Rohtak. “A woman was shot dead after her family members disapproved her relationship with a man. One of the accused is on run. The investigation is underway,” say police. (ANI)

16:08 PM: A complaint against Bharatiya Kisan Union leader, #RakeshTikait, has been filed at the Shivaji Nagar police station in #Gurugram over his alleged controversial remarks in a speech on Dec 25 at a protesting site in Haryana’s Palwal district. (IANS)

14:52 PM: BJP’s lone member in Kerala Assembly, O Rajagopal, supports resolution seeking scrapping of three contentious farm laws against which farmers have been agitating for over a month at Delhi borders. (PTI)

14:19 PM: All calls from Jio to other networks in India to be free from Jan 1, 2021 as Interconnect Usage Charge (IUC) regime ends: Statement. (PTI)

13:27 PM: Public gatherings are not allowed in public places like Connaught Place, India Gate beyond 11pm on 31st Dec & 1st Jan. Only licensed premises exempted. Police will be deployed in large numbers and book violations noticed: Dr Eish Singhal, DCP ,New Delhi District. (ANI)

12:45 PM: Maharashtra: A 3-year-old girl allegedly raped and murdered in Pen town of Raigad district on 29th December. “Accused arrested, detailed investigation underway by a special team of investigators,” says Raigad SP. (ANI)

12:07 PM: CBI issues Look Out Circular against TMC leader Vinay Mishra in connection with cattle smuggling case: officials

12:02 PM: CBI carries out searches in West Bengal including premises of TMC leader Vinay Mishra in connection with cattle smuggling case: officials. (PTI)

11:36 AM: Single-day rise of 21,822 new infections, 299 fatalities push India’s COVID-19 caseload to 1,02,66,674, death toll to 1,48,738: Govt. (PTI)

10:24 AM: A barber has been booked under the provisions of the SC/ST Act for refusing to give a haircut to a Dalit youth in #UttarPradesh’s #Badaun district. (IANS)

09:29 AM: Delhi Police Special Cell arrests gangster Sukh Bikriwal at the Delhi airport following his deportation from Dubai. (ANI)

08:14 AM: The three-match Commonwealth Bank ODI series between the Australian and Indian women’s teams originally scheduled for January 2021 will be postponed until next season, with plans to expand the tour to include an additional three Twenty20 Internationals: Cricket Australia

08:01 AM: Night curfew to be imposed in Delhi today and tomorrow between 11 PM and 6 AM in view of new COVID-19 strain fears.