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Farewell 2021: Your A to Z guide of the biggest news events of the year
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Farewell 2021: Your A to Z guide of the biggest news events of the year

As we turn the page of the calendar and make new resolutions (which shall be broken in no time at all), here’s our take, letter by letter, on everyone and everything that defined this year

The great Punjab paradox: Why state’s economic prosperity goes hand in hand with manufactured grievances
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The great Punjab paradox: Why state’s economic prosperity goes hand in hand with manufactured grievances

Punjab is currently at a crossroads, with concerted attempts being made to paint out any connection Sikhism had with Hinduism and the rest of the subcontinent

Don't want PM Modi to apologise and tarnish his reputation abroad, says Rakesh Tikait
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Don't want PM Modi to apologise and tarnish his reputation abroad, says Rakesh Tikait

His statement comes days after the Centre repealed the three agricultural laws against which several farmers' unions had been protesting for nearly a year

Punjab Assembly polls: 22 farmer unions float political front, to contest in all seats
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Punjab Assembly polls: 22 farmer unions float political front, to contest in all seats

These 22 farm bodies were among 32 farmer organisations in Punjab which participated in the year-long protest against the three farm laws. SKM, which had led the farmers' stir, clarified that it is not contesting the polls

Farmer agitation may be over but its ghosts have thrown Punjab politics into turmoil ahead of 2022 polls
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Farmer agitation may be over but its ghosts have thrown Punjab politics into turmoil ahead of 2022 polls

A bitter, divisive four-way contest looms ahead amid predictions of a hung Assembly and consequent political instability.

Punjab Assembly polls: Farmer leader Gurnam Charuni launches Sanyukt Sangharsh Party, to contest all 117 seats
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Punjab Assembly polls: Farmer leader Gurnam Charuni launches Sanyukt Sangharsh Party, to contest all 117 seats

Gurnam Charuni is a member of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 40 farm unions that led the over a year-long farmers' agitation

Indira Gandhi took 32 bullets for nation, but was ignored on 1971 War anniversary: Rahul Gandhi in Uttarakhand
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Indira Gandhi took 32 bullets for nation, but was ignored on 1971 War anniversary: Rahul Gandhi in Uttarakhand

Referring to his grandmother and the former PM, he said she took '32 bullets for the country' but her name was not even mentioned at a government event in New Delhi on the anniversary of the victory over Pakistan

Farmers at Singhu border dismantle a makeshift town after ending 15-month protest, to leave site tomorrow
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Farmers at Singhu border dismantle a makeshift town after ending 15-month protest, to leave site tomorrow

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, which spearheaded the farmers' agitation, had on Thursday announced the suspension of the protest that began over a year ago to seek the repeal of the Centre's farm laws

Farmers call off protest, to vacate site at Delhi border from 11 Dec; Rahul Gandhi hails victory
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Farmers call off protest, to vacate site at Delhi border from 11 Dec; Rahul Gandhi hails victory

After the news about calling off the protest made headlines, people on social media expressed happiness over Centre’s decision

CPP meet: Sonia Gandhi slams Centre on farmers' issue, condemns suspension of RS MPs
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CPP meet: Sonia Gandhi slams Centre on farmers' issue, condemns suspension of RS MPs

Addressing party MPs at the meeting of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP), Gandhi also expressed deep anguish over the killing of 14 civilians in Nagaland, and said justice for families should be ensured at the earliest.

Farmers to likely to call off agitation after Centre accepts most demands; final decision today
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Farmers to likely to call off agitation after Centre accepts most demands; final decision today

'Nearly all demands raised by us have been met. Letter from government with assurances on emands has been received. A consensus has been reached,' said farmer leader Kulwant Singh Sandhu after a meeting of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha

SKM meeting underway to decide future course of farmers' agitation; discussion of pending demands on agenda
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SKM meeting underway to decide future course of farmers' agitation; discussion of pending demands on agenda

A group of 10-15 farmers sat on the pavement outside, wearing chains, in a symbolic protest, and demanded guarantee of MSP from the government, saying these farmers will not budge unless it is granted

What is zero budget farming and why Prime Minister Narendra Modi is batting for it
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What is zero budget farming and why Prime Minister Narendra Modi is batting for it

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar announced that the Centre will form a committee, comprising of representatives from the Centre, state governments, farmers, scientists and economists to look into the issues of zero budget farming, minimum support price

Winter Session: Bill on assisted reproductive technology to be tabled in Lok Sabha today
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Winter Session: Bill on assisted reproductive technology to be tabled in Lok Sabha today

The Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020 seeks regulation and supervision of ART clinics and banks, prevention of misuse, safe and ethical practice of ART services

Opposition MPs suspended from Rajya Sabha call move 'undemocratic'
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Opposition MPs suspended from Rajya Sabha call move 'undemocratic'

Twelve Opposition members were suspended from the Rajya Sabha for the rest of the Winter Session on account of 'unruly behaviour' during the Monsoon Session of Parliament

'No discussion': Ruckus erupts in Parliament after Lok Sabha nod to repeal farm laws
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'No discussion': Ruckus erupts in Parliament after Lok Sabha nod to repeal farm laws

Rakesh Tikait said that the repeal of the three laws was 'a tribute to all 750 farmers who lost their lives during the agitation. He added that the protests against the government would continue as issues such as MSP are yet to be resolved

BJP trying to instil fear in people; its supporters mowed down farmers, says Akhilesh Yadav
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BJP trying to instil fear in people; its supporters mowed down farmers, says Akhilesh Yadav

Yadav also slammed the BJP over employment creation and pointed to the hike it electricity charges. He said, electricity became expensive as no new power generation plant was started

SKM suspends 29 November Parliament tractor march; Bill to repeal farm laws to be tabled on Monday
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SKM suspends 29 November Parliament tractor march; Bill to repeal farm laws to be tabled on Monday

The move to suspend the march comes two days ahead of the commencement of the Winter Session of Parliament, during which the government will introduce a new Bill to repeal the three farm laws

'No point in continuing agitation': Agricultural minister urges farmers to end stir and return home
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'No point in continuing agitation': Agricultural minister urges farmers to end stir and return home

Narendra Singh Tomar in a plea said that the bill to repeal the three farms will be tabled in Parliament on the first day of the winter session, 29 November

Stir will continue till Centre meets farmers' demands, says Rakesh Tikait
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Stir will continue till Centre meets farmers' demands, says Rakesh Tikait

Tikait and other farmer leaders took part in a 'Maha Dharna', marking one year of the countrywide agitation by the famers against the three contentious agri laws