Seventh round of talks fail as Indian farmers refuse to break bread with BJP ministers

11:56 PM | 4 Jan, 2021
Seventh round of talks fail as Indian farmers refuse to break bread with BJP ministers

NEW DELHI – Deadlock among protesting Indian farmers and New Delhi continues as the farmers’ organizations representatives refused to eat with the Union Ministers.

Thanks But no Thanks; protesting farmers said we do not need your food as we have brought our own. The protesting farmers pledged to continue blocking central highways linking New Delhi with the rest of India after the seventh round turned nothing but a failure like the previous sessions.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said he remains hopeful of a solution in the next meeting on January 8 but stated that efforts need to be made from both sides to resolve the ongoing solution.

The BJP-led government is still adamant that it would not consider taking back the laws, but offered to form a committee to debate on the outstanding demands.

The farmers, who have repeatedly refused both proposals, confirmed that they won't take back their movement.

Social activist Yogendra Yadav tweeted after the seventh round of talks between farmers and the state. He wrote, the government failed to hear the words of the farmers till now. We just want the government to revoke these anti-farmer laws.

The Indian media said that the first hour of the seventh-round focused on the three laws while the other key demand of farmers for a legal guarantee to the MSP procurement system did not come up for discussions.

Updating on the current situation of the ongoing agitation, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait said, our demand is the repeal of these laws. We will not agree to any alternatives whatsoever.

The protest at the Singhu border of Delhi continues for day 40 and four more farmers have died over the past 24 hours, raising the toll to sixty so far.

Lambasting at the fascist government, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said “Sixty farmers have died and there can be no going back on the demands now. The agenda will be the Swaminathan Committee report, the repeal of the three farm laws, and the law for MSP. We will not go back. The government will have to reply.

Thousands of farmers protesting against unjust agriculture laws imposed by the Modi government have announced to march on New Delhi on the occasion of Republic Day on the 26th of this month.

The farmers' union said the Modi government has two options either repeal the unjust farm laws or use force on us to evict us. The union leaders at a joint press conference said the time has come for decisive action.

On Sunday morning, heavy rains lashed parts of the national capital leading to waterlogging at various places and also affecting the protest sites.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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