Catch live updates on today's top news. The first day of the farmers' protest (Delhi Chalo) triggers severe traffic issues in the Delhi NCR region. A deadlock persists in negotiations between protesting farmers and the government. Renowned Congress leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan joins the BJP. Prime Minister Narendra Modi currently in the UAE, engaging in bilateral talks and set to inaugurate the first Hindu Temple in the country.
Arjun Munda, Union Agriculture Minister Urges Structured Talks on MSP; Cautions Farmers Protest Image
In a cautionary statement, Union Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda emphasised that enacting a law to ensure Minimum Support Price (MSP) on crops cannot occur hastily without consulting all stakeholders. Munda urged the protesting farmer groups to engage in a structured discussion with the government on the issue. Additionally, he cautioned the protesting farmers to remain "aware and alert" regarding elements that could potentially tarnish their protest for political gains.
Feb 13, 2024 18:38 ISTAhlan Modi: PM Modi's UAE Visit Highlights Bilateral Ties and Cultural Enthusiasm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address the 'Ahlan Modi' event at Zayed Sports City Stadium today during his two-day official visit to the UAE, marking his seventh visit since 2015 and the third in the last eight months. Over 65,000 registrations reflect the Indian diaspora's fervor for the event, featuring an exhibition by 700 cultural artists showcasing India's diverse arts.
LIVE: PM Modi attends the Ahlan Modi event in Abu Dhabi, UAE
PM Modi will inaugurate the BAPS Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi on February 14, strengthening cultural ties. Bilateral meetings with UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and participation in the World Government Summit 2024 are key engagements during the visit.
Key Points of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's UAE Visit
- Visit Purpose: PM Modi aims to strengthen bilateral relations, engage in cultural events, and participate in the World Government Summit 2024.
- Visit Frequency: This marks his seventh visit to the UAE since 2015 and the third in the last eight months.
- 'Ahlan Modi' Event: Overwhelming response, with registrations exceeding 65,000.
- Cultural Activities: The event features an exhibition by 700 cultural artists.
- BAPS Hindu Temple Inauguration: Scheduled for February 14 to enhance cultural ties.
- Key Leaders Meeting: Bilateral meetings with UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
- World Government Summit: PM Modi's participation in the summit is a significant part of the visit.
- Diplomatic Focus: While encompassing various engagements, the visit primarily focuses on strengthening bilateral relations through cultural, economic, and political interactions.
Feb 13, 2024 18:22 ISTTraffic Woes Amidst Farmers Protest: Delhi-Noida and Delhi-Ghaziabad Borders Congested
The ongoing farmers' protest, coupled with heightened security measures, has resulted in significant traffic congestion at the Delhi-Noida and Delhi-Ghaziabad borders. Commuters faced extensive delays on highways linking Delhi, Noida, and Ghaziabad via Ghazipur and Chilla borders, with traffic jams reported on the DND flyover.
Delhi Noida border this morning. Traffic jam and police bandobast owing to the farmers’ call for protest in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/00vuY97jjT— jyotsna singh (@jyots43) February 13, 2024
Notably, the DND flyover, a crucial link between Noida and South Delhi, witnessed gridlock. The Ghazipur border road, commonly used by those traveling from Noida to Delhi, experienced substantial disruptions. Latest reports indicate slow-moving traffic on NH-48, the key route connecting Delhi and Gurugram.
Feb 13, 2024 18:14 ISTPrime Minister's Official Visit to UAE Strengthens Bilateral Ties
Abu Dhabi, 13 FEB 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official visit to the UAE marks a significant milestone in bilateral relations. Welcomed by President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the leaders engaged in talks to deepen the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
Key outcomes include the signing of a Bilateral Investment Treaty and a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. Agreements on electrical interconnection, digital infrastructure, and the India-Middle East Economic Corridor were also inked. The interlinking of UPI (India) and AANI (UAE) for instant payment platforms and linking RuPay (India) with JAYWAN (UAE) debit/credit cards aim to enhance financial cooperation.
The leaders celebrated the launch of UAE's domestic card JAYWAN, based on the RuPay card stack, promoting universal acceptance. Discussions on energy partnership highlighted India's move towards long-term LNG contracts with the UAE.
In the cultural domain, agreements on heritage, museums, and an intergovernmental framework for the Maritime Heritage Complex at Lothal, Gujarat, were established. The leaders expressed gratitude for UAE's support in constructing the BAPS Temple in Abu Dhabi, symbolizing the enduring friendship between the two nations.
The visit reaffirms India and the UAE's commitment to comprehensive cooperation across various sectors, fostering regional connectivity and economic growth.
Feb 13, 2024 17:46 ISTEx-Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan Joins BJP for New Political Chapter
Former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan, associated with the Congress for nearly four decades, joined the BJP on Tuesday, citing a new political journey. Inducted into the BJP in Mumbai, Chavan, 65, expressed admiration for PM Narendra Modi's 'Sabka saath, sabka vikas' slogan during a press conference.
Feb 13, 2024 17:35 ISTHeightened Security and Internet Suspension Along Rajasthan's Borders Amid Farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' March
Border security is robust, with ten checkpoints established in Hanumangarh, Sriganganagar, and Anupgarh. Except for Sadhuwali in Sriganganagar, the remaining areas have no farmers present. Approximately 200 farmers are anticipated to assemble at Sadhuwali, prompting the deployment of additional policemen in that location. - Rajasthan Police