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‘Bharat bandh’: India shutdown as millions protest controversial farm laws

The 'largest demonstration in the history' of the South Asian country has received support from local and international figures alike

Muhammad Shanawer 09:23 PM | 8 Dec, 2020
‘Bharat bandh’: India shutdown as millions protest controversial farm laws

NEW DELHI – Farmers in India have begun their nationwide strike over amid large-scale protests and clashes over new agricultural laws passed by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Over 12 million farmers from the northern states of Punjab and Haryana, and neighbouring New Delhi have been at the forefront of the protests since last month, and have set up protest camps in and around the Indian capital. There is also heavy police deployment along border checkpoints.

Tuesday's strike follows three rounds of inconclusive talks between the two sides over three controversial laws that will only benefit big corporations while leaving small farmers helpless.

Just a day ahead of another round of talks, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's party alleges he has been put under house arrest after he visited the border where farmers have gathered.

"No one has been permitted to leave or enter his house," the Aam Aadmi Party (AAM) said in a statement.

At least 20 regional and national opposition parties backed the call for the strike.

On the other hand, the ruling BJP says the reforms would not hurt farmers' incomes.

But farmers are unconvinced. In recent weeks, thousands of them marched upon Delhi, in a convoy of over 96,000 tractors and on foot. They were met at the border by barricades and clashes broke out when police and paramilitary troops tried to stop them from entering the capital.

In the eastern and western states, farmers blocked roads and railway tracks, delaying hordes of people getting to work, and preventing products from reaching markets.

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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, protest sites around New Delhi have turned into camps with entire families cooking and sleeping in the open and Sikh religious organisations were providing them with face masks, water and food.

The farmers’ campaign has found resonance on social media, and among the influential Sikh community in Punjab and overseas.

Since last week, social media has been showing support for the farmers and many hashtags including #IndiaShutdown, #FarmersProtest and #BharatBandh were trending on Twitter in the entire region.

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Meanwhile, thousands of people mostly Sikhs are protesting in support of the farmers outside the Indian embassy in central London.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 27, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 07:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 264 266
Euro EUR 274 276.7
UK Pound Sterling GBP 311 314
U.A.E Dirham AED 68.7 69.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 66.4 67
Australian Dollar AUD 176 178
Bahrain Dinar BHD 615.68 620.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 186 188
China Yuan CNY 34.12 34.37
Danish Krone DKK 33.83 34.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 29.52 29.87
Indian Rupee INR 2.81 2.89
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 756.69 761.69
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 52.59 53.04
New Zealand Dollar NZD 148.33 149.53
Norwegians Krone NOK 22.43 22.73
Omani Riyal OMR 600.37 604.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 63.5 64
Singapore Dollar SGD 178 179.3
Swedish Korona SEK 21.78 22.08
Swiss Franc CHF 250.23 251.98
Thai Bhat THB 6.98 7.08

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs197,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs168,000.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs150,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 173,200.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Karachi PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Islamabad PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Peshawar PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Quetta PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Sialkot PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Attock PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Gujranwala PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Jehlum PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Multan PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Bahawalpur PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Gujrat PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Nawabshah PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Chakwal PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Hyderabad PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Nowshehra PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Sargodha PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Faisalabad PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Mirpur PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100

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