Digest for domestic stories for week Feb 6 - Feb 12, 2021

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Saturday New Delhi/Chandigarh: Farmers in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan blocked highways and key roads with tractor-trolleys and sit-in demonstrations on Saturday, while scattered protests were held in other states during a three-hour 'chakka jam' called by agitating farmer unions which are demanding the scrapping of the Centre’s new agri laws.

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir police on Saturday said it has foiled a major terror strike here with the timely arrest of a most wanted terrorist and self-styled commander of Lashkar-e-Mustafa, believed to be a frontal organization of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).

New Delhi: Over 56 lakh people have been inoculated against coronavirus till now and there has been no case of ‘serious’ or ‘severe’ adverse event following vaccination or death attributable to the vaccination till date, the Union health ministry said on Saturday.

Sunday Dehradun/New Delhi: A portion of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Sunday, triggering an avalanche and a deluge in the Alaknanda river system that washed away hydroelectric stations, leaving at least seven people dead and 125 missing who are feared dead.

Charkhi Dadri: Asserting that the agitation against the Centre's farm laws is a people's movement that will not fail, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday said there will be no 'ghar wapsi' till protesting farmers' demands are met.

Dhekiajuli: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday claimed an international conspiracy has been hatched to 'defame' Indian tea, on a visit to Assam, a major producer of the brew.

Monday New Delhi: Leaders of opposition parties and farmer unions on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his 'Andolan-jivi' (professional protestors) remark against the backdrop of the agitation for the repeal of the three farm laws, calling it an 'insult' to farmers.

Dehradun/New Delhi: Twenty-six bodies have been recovered and 171 people still missing after the Uttarakhand disaster apparently caused by a glacier burst, officials said Monday, as multiple agencies worked at rescuing over 30 workers feared trapped in a tunnel at a power project site.

Mumbai/New Delhi: The Maharashtra government's intelligence department will conduct a probe into allegations that some celebrities were under pressure to post tweets with regard to the farmers' protest, said Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Monday, drawing an angry response from the BJP.

Tuesday New Delhi: Actor-activist Deep Sidhu who was 'a prominent player' behind the violence at the Red Fort on Republic Day has been arrested by the Delhi Police, officials said on Tuesday.

Dehradun/Joshimath: The death toll from the Uttarakhand glacier disaster rose to 31 with five more bodies being recovered, officials said on Tuesday as multiple agencies raced against time to reach about 30 workers trapped inside a tunnel in a power project site and 175 people remained missing.

New Delhi: In a major relief to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and six journalists including Rajdeep Sardesai, the Supreme Court Tuesday stayed their arrest in connection with the FIRs lodged against them for their allegedly 'misleading' tweets on the violence during the farmers' tractor rally here on the Republic Day.

Wednesday Beijing/New Delhi: The frontline troops of China and India at the south and north banks of the Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh started 'synchronised and organised' disengagement from Wednesday, the Chinese defence ministry said, in what is seen as a forward movement in the overall disengagement process to defuse the over nine-month border standoff.

New Delhi: Protesting farmers Wednesday announced a four-hour nationwide rail blockade on February 18 as they renewed their strategy to intensify their agitation, which also included a candle march on February 14 in the memory of those killed in the 2019 Pulwama terrorist attack.

New Delhi: Twitter on Wednesday said it has suspended over 500 accounts, and blocked access to several others within India as it partly acceded to a government order to curb spread of misinformation and inflammatory content around farmers' protests.

Thursday New Delhi: India and China have reached an agreement on disengagement in the North and South banks of Pangong lake in eastern Ladakh that mandates both sides to 'cease' forward deployment of troops in a 'phased, coordinated and verifiable' manner, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced in Parliament on Thursday, in a breakthrough after a nine-month border standoff.

New Delhi: Passengers will have to shell out more money for air travel from now as the Civil Aviation Ministry on Thursday increased the lower and upper limits on domestic airfares by 10 to 30 per cent.

Tapovan (U'khand)/New Delhi: Rescue agencies began drilling through the debris in the Tapovan tunnel to establish contact with the over 30 people trapped inside after a flash flood, an operation which stalled briefly Thursday when the Dhauliganga river began swelling again.

Friday New Delhi: A high intensity earthquake hit Tajikistan on Friday night, tremors of which were felt in Delhi-NCR and several other parts of north India.

New Delhi: The government on Friday emphatically stated that India has not 'conceded' any territory following the disengagement agreement with China in Pangong lake areas in eastern Ladakh as political sparks flew thick and fast over the pullback process.

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge will be the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, succeeding Ghulam Nabi Azad whose tenure comes to an end on Monday. PTI MAH MAH