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5,579 farmers committed suicide in 2020

The number of farmers who committed suicide dropped to 5,579 in 2020 as compared to 5,957 in the previous year, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar informed Parliament on Tuesday, citing the latest National Crime Records Bureau report. The NCRB has not given “separate reasons” for farmers’ suicide in its 2020 report, Tomar said in his written reply to the Lok Sabha. PTI

Review portrayal of freedom fighters: Panel

Noting that many historical figures and freedom fighters have been portrayed in an incorrect manner as “offenders”, a parliamentary panel has recommended that wrong portrayal of the heroes of India’s freedom struggle should be corrected to give them due respect in textbooks. The report of the standing committee lays emphasis on the need to make additions from Sikh and Maratha history in the curriculum. PTI

Deepender Hooda submits notice to Naidu

Congress RS MP from Haryana Deepender Hooda on Tuesday submitted a notice to Chairman Venkaiah Naidu to suspend the proceedings of the House to discuss farmers’ demands. The notice was submitted under Rule 267 of the House. In the notice, he said the farmers, who had been protesting against the now repealed three farm laws for a year, have put forth demands, including compensation to the families of those who lost lives during the agitation and a law backing the MSP. TNS

MEA summons Pak envoy on Kartarpur incident

New Delhi: The MEA summoned Pakistani Charge d’Affaires on Tuesday to convey “deep concern” over desecration of the sanctity of Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara by a model and a clothing brand. TNS

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