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We normally do not include sports news but, win at Gaba was historic, so it has to be there


After several rounds of talks, the Centre proposed suspension of the implementation of three contentious farm laws for up to a year and a half so that farmers and the government can arrive at a consensus on them. The government also proposed a joint committee consisting of representatives from both the sides towards solving the issue.

A day later, farmers rejected the government’s offer to suspend the three agri laws for a year and a half, and set up a committee to find a solution to end the impasse. The Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of around 40 unions, announced the decision of rejection after a famers’ union’s meeting at Singhu border. It appeared a difficult decision for farmers as they held several rounds of talks through the day on Thursday and sought opinion from the protesting farmers at the Delhi NCR borders.

It was reported that 17 of the total 32 farmers’ unions of Punjab rejected the Centre’s offer and called it a tactic to derail the protest by dividing the farmers. Farmers alleged that the government was trying to buy peace for the time being by suspending the laws for 1.5 years.

The next day when Farmers’ Union and Centre met on Friday, the Centre asked farmers to consider its proposal on the temporary suspension of the implementation of the agri laws. The Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the next meeting would be scheduled only after the farmer unions come back with a response. The government had also said that it can’t do any better than offering a 2-year hold and a joint committee.


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Gaba breached and conquered

India made history by winning the final Test by three wickets in a match against Australia at their Fortress in Gaba, Brisbane. This is the second time in a row that India has beaten the hosts at their home. With this victory, India ended the drought (never won in 6 matches) of its defeat at the Gaba.

India pulled off a record run-chase in a thrilling final session of the fourth Test match to hand Australia their first defeat at Brisbane’s Gabba ground since 1988 and clinch the series 2-1.

Rishabh Pant and Shubhman Gill starred with a swashbuckling 89 not out and 91 respectively as the injury-depleted visitors overhauled the 328-run target with three overs to go. India’s 329 also smashed the 69-year-old record for the biggest run-chase at the Gabba, Brisbane set by Australia who had chased 236 against West Indies in 1951.

The series win is being considered more remarkable, considering India was bowled out for their lowest Test score of 36 in the second innings of the first Test match in Adelaide. They went on to win the Melbourne and batted throughout the final day to draw the third Test in Sydney. The Indian team were ravaged by injuries and captain Virat Kohli’s absence for paternity duty.


Mamata Banerjee heckled on stage

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee cried “humiliation” on Saturday as chants of “Jai Shri Ram” by a section of the crowd rent the air when Mamata Banerjee stood up to speak. This happened in the presence of PM Narendra Modi. The Jai Shree Ram chants were shouted just when she went up to speak at the official event commemorating 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s in Kolkata. Mamata termed the sloganeering “politicisation of a dignified event” and returned to her seat. Prime Minister Modi made no reference to this controversy during his speech which was laced with Bengali sentences.


Joe Biden took oath as the new President of the US

Joe Biden became the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday vowing to bridge deep divides and domestic extremism, with a call to unity two weeks after a mob tried to undo his election victory at the US Capitol.



Joe Biden swore the oath of office on a frigid but sunny day at the very Capitol building that was assaulted on January 6. The peaceful transfer of power came soon after Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice President by Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Kamala became the first person of South Asian descent and women of colour in the history of the United States to hold the nation’s second-highest office.


China Has Built Village In Arunachal, Show Satellite Images

An NDTV report which claimed that China has constructed a new village in Arunachal Pradesh gave birth to lots of discussion around India-China relationship. The NDTV report claimed that China has constructed a new village in Arunachal Pradesh, consisting of about 101 homes. Citing satellite images, the report claimed that the images dated November 1, 2020, were analysed by several experts, who confirmed that the construction, approximately 4.5 kms within Indian territory of the de facto border has taken place.

According to the official government maps, this area comes under Indian territory but, it has been in effective Chinese control since 1959. Earlier only a Chinese military post existed, but now full-fledged village can be found which can house thousands.

The village lies in the Upper Subansiri district, located on the banks of the River Tsari Chu. This area has been long disputed by both the countries and has been marked by armed conflict.


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