BKU takes its foot off chakka jam: Rakesh Tikait’s Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) on Friday applied brakes on its road-blockade plans in UP and Uttarakhand, citing inconvenience to sugarcane farmers there and the possibility of unruly elements infiltrating the stir again.
Farmer unions to block highways today: The farmer unions will organise a nationwide ‘chakka jam’ on Saturday even as Delhi Police tightened security arrangements at the borders to ensure no protester can enter the city. Farmer leaders have clarified that the nationwide stir would not touch the national capital.
Congress extends support to ‘chakka jam‘: The Congress on Friday extended support to countrywide ‘chakka jam’ called by farmer unions on February 6, saying party workers will stand shoulder to shoulder with farmers in their protest.
BJP urges EC to deploy Central forcesin West Bengal: The BJP urged the Election Commission to deploy only Central Armed Police Forces for the West Bengal assembly polls to ensure “fairness, dignity and sanctity of the process”.
50 lakh inoculated across India: Nearly 50 lakh beneficiaries have been inoculated under the countrywide Covid-19 vaccination exercise, while India’s total active cases have dropped to 1.51 lakh, the Union health ministry said on Friday.
4G Internet to be restored in Kashmir within10 days: BJP: Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina on Friday said full internet service will be restored in the state within 10 days.
Isro to launch Brazilian, Indian satellites: In its first mission this year, India’s space agency ISRO will launch Brazilian satellite Amazonia-1 and three Indian payloads, including one built by a home-grown start-up on February 28.
Beijing warns off US warship from South China Sea islands: China on Friday warned off a US warship sailing near contested islands in the South China Sea, Beijing said, the first such encounter made public since the inauguration of President Joe Biden.
US Senate passes budget plan: The Senate early Friday approved a budget resolution that’s a key step toward fast-track passage of President Joe Biden’s USD 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan without support from Republicans.