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Union Ministers reach out to Punjab farmers over new farm laws

As part of efforts to reach out to farmers in Punjab to explain the benefits of farm laws and counter criticism from the opposition, union ministers are holding press conferences and interactions covering various districts of Punjab that will continue during the next seven days. As part of the initiative, the Minister of Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri, today held a video conference with journalists and people related to agriculture from the Tarn Taran and Amritsar districts of Punjab.

He alleged that some people have been “spreading lies, false propaganda and inciting farmers” against the government by calling the new farm laws “anti-farmers”. He spoke about the benefits of the laws for farmers and the agricultural sector.

During the press conferences, the ministers will speak to journalists, agricultural scientists and prominent people associated with agriculture via video conference from the party headquarters. Union Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary will hold a video conference with journalists and agriculture specialists from Sangrur and Barnala on Wednesday.

In the following days, the Minister of the Union of Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani, will offer a digital press conference with journalists from Faridkot, the Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur de Moga and Ludhiana, the Minister of State for Livestock Sanjeev Balyan from Fatehgarh Sahib and Patiala The Union Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Som Parkash from Gurdaspur and Pathankot, the Minister from Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat from Abohar and Firozpur, and the Minister of State for Development of the Northeast Region , Jitendra Singh, from Mohali. The government has enacted the Farmers’ Agricultural Prices and Services Guarantee Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) 2020, the Agricultural Products Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020, and the Essential Products Act (Amendment) 2020 after approval. of bills in the monsoon session of parliament.

Opposition parties have opposed the laws. Shiromani Akali Dal, a BJP ally, resigned from the union ministry and the ruling NDA on farm laws.

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Kyrgyz president asks parliament to vote again on PM

Kyrgyzstan’s president on Tuesday asked parliament to vote again on the man he appointed as prime minister after the two held talks with a senior official from a key Russian ally following unrest in the Central Asian state. The move could be a formality but, if the vote fails, it could further deepen the political crisis in a strategically located country that also enjoys close ties with China and is home to a large Canadian-owned gold mining operation.

President Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s office did not give details of the talks with Dmitry Kozak, deputy head of the Kremlin administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but said he had visited Kyrgyzstan on Monday. Sadyr Japarov, a nationalist politician who has been appointed prime minister by parliament but has not yet been confirmed in office by Jeenbekov, also attended the meeting, he said.

Kyrgyzstan’s parliament voted last week to name Khaparov as prime minister after his supporters released him from prison during the unrest, but he cannot take office until Jeenbekov has confirmed his appointment. In a separate statement, Jeenbekov’s office said it had met with Khaparov personally and told him that it would ask parliament to vote again after some MPs and parliamentary activists criticized Saturday’s decision as illegal due to proxy voting. some deputies.

The US embassy in Bishkek on Tuesday also criticized Saturday’s vote for “irregularities.” “It is clear that one of the obstacles to the democratic process is the attempt by organized crime groups to influence politics and elections,” he said in a statement, urging Jeenbekov and other actors to defend the rule of law.

Kyrgyzstan is home to a Russian military air base and has close economic ties to Moscow, which ruled the former Soviet republic of 6.5 million for decades. Moscow described the situation in Kyrgyzstan as a disaster and chaos after street protests broke out over the Oct. 4 parliamentary elections that gave victory to two establishment parties, one of them closely allied with Jeenbekov.

Jeenbekov has stopped protests and clashes by declaring a state of emergency and deploying troops in the capital, Bishkek. But the government has been overthrown and the president said last week that he was ready to resign once a new prime minister was appointed. Parliament met late on Tuesday and confirmed Jeenbekov’s emergency declaration and elected a new president, Kanat Isayev, who could take office in the event of the president’s resignation. But it was unclear whether he planned to hold a repeat vote for prime minister in the same session.

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Belfast hospitals cancel elective surgeries as COVID-19 rages – source

All elective surgeries have been canceled in Belfast this week due to an increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19, a source familiar with the plans said on Tuesday as the delegate government debated whether to impose further restrictions.

The British-led region has become one of Europe’s biggest COVID-19 hotspots in recent weeks and its Health Minister described on Friday that the situation is getting worse by the hour, with more likely to be imposed. restrictions soon. The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, which runs the capital’s hospitals, canceled operations, including cancer procedures, for the remainder of the week without a time scale as to how long the measures would be in place, said the source.

“More people require specialized clinical care due to the number of COVID patients in our hospitals. The extremely difficult decision to cancel elective surgery was made this week,” the source told Reuters. The Belfast Trust had no immediate comment on the situation, a spokesperson said.

The Northern Ireland health department reported 863 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing its seven-day cumulative rate per 100,000 people to 334.1. The restrictions on how pubs and restaurants operate in Northern Ireland are currently not as strict as they are across the open border in Ireland or in many parts of the UK.

The power-sharing government of Northern Ireland met on Tuesday to discuss the increase in cases, but its two main parties, the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein, have not publicly agreed on how strict should be the new measures. (Editing by Padraic Halpin and Ed Osmond)