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REUTERS/Danny Moloshok(Reuters) - Discovery Inc. is launching a new streaming service, called discovery+, and has a U.S. distribution deal with Verizon Communications Inc that will make the service available to 50 million customers on day one, following Disney’s lead. The service will be free for up to 12 months for new and existing Verizon customers, depending on their plan. Verizon played a role in the success of Walt Disney Co’s Disney+ streaming service by making it available to millions of wireless customers. Disney has not disclosed how many of those subscribers paid for the service or received it free through Verizon. The discovery+ launch comes as COVID-19-related restrictions have kept people home, fueling streaming subscriber growth.
Persons: Simon Fuller, John Downer, Danny Moloshok, Walt Disney, , David Zaslav Organizations: Discovery, Television Critics Association, REUTERS, Discovery Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, HGTV, Food Network, Verizon, Disney, Leichtman Research, Netflix, Sky, Ireland, Telecom Italia Locations: Beverly Hills , California, U.S, United States, India, Ireland, Italy, Megogo, Eastern Europe
China spacecraft collects moon samples to take back to Earth
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Associated Press | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
“Chang’e has collected moon samples,” the agency said in a statement. Beijing also has a spacecraft en route to Mars and aims eventually to land a human on the moon. If it succeeds, it will be the first time scientists have obtained fresh samples of lunar rocks since the Soviet Union’s Luna 24 probe in 1976. China’s space program has proceeded more cautiously than the U.S.-Soviet space race of the 1960s, which was marked by fatalities and launch failures. The Tianwen 1 probe launched in July is on its way to the red planet carrying a lander and a rover to search for water.
Persons: Beijing’s, “ Chang’e, China’s, , Hua Chunying, ” Hua, Thomas Zurbuchen Organizations: China National Space Administration, NASA, Twitter, European Space Agency, U.S . Locations: Storms, China, Hainan, Beijing, Mars, “ China, Soviet, ” U.S, U.S, Soviet Union, United States, Japan, India
Easy money to drive equities until mid-2021: Max Life Insurance
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Divya Chowdhury | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) - Equity markets are expected to rise until mid-2021 in response to the Federal Reserve’s easy money policies as high valuations will not matter to investors, India’s largest non-bank private life insurance company said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A man walks out of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India, February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Hemanshi Kamani/File Photo/File Photo“It looks like lower for longer on rates and liquidity,” Mihir Vora, chief investment officer at Max Life Insurance, which manages $9 billion in assets, told the Reuters Global Markets Forum. The possibility of further U.S. stimulus combined with optimism over vaccines will drive fund flows across asset classes until the first quarter of 2021, Vora said. For other newsfrom Reuters Global Investment Outlook Summit 2021, click hereFollow Reuters Summits on Twitter @Reuters_Summits(This interview was conducted in the Reuters Global Markets Forum, a chat room hosted on the Refinitiv Messenger platform.
Persons: Hemanshi, Mihir Vora, Vora, , Gold, ” Vora Organizations: Reuters, Equity, Bombay Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Max Life Insurance, Reuters Global Markets, Stock, Reuters Global Investment Outlook, Reuters Global Investment, GMF Locations: Mumbai, India
Putin orders Russia to begin mass COVID-19 vaccinations
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian authorities on Wednesday to begin mass voluntary vaccinations against COVID-19 next week as Russia recorded 589 new daily deaths from the coronavirus. FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a ceremony to launch a new large-scale production facility at the plant of Bratskchemsyntez drugmaker owned by Pharmasyntez Group, via a video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia November 26, 2020. Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERSRussia will have produced 2 million vaccine doses within the next few days, Putin said. Russia said last month that its Sputnik V jab was 92% effective at protecting people from COVID-19 according to interim results. With 2,347,401 infections, Russia has the fourth-largest number of COVID-19 cases in the world behind the United States, India and Brazil.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Aleksey Nikolskyi, Putin, “ Let’s, let’s, ” Putin, Tatiana Golikova, Golikova, Dmitry Peskov Organizations: Russian, COVID, Pharmasyntez Group, Sputnik, REUTERS, ” Authorities Locations: MOSCOW, Russia, Moscow, Kremlin, REUTERS Russia, COVID, United States, India, Brazil, , St Petersburg
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin ordered a large-scale voluntary vaccination programme against COVID-19 to begin next week across Russia, saying teachers and doctors should be first in line to get the country’s flagship Sputnik V vaccine. Putin said Russia will have produced 2 million vaccine doses within the next few days. Sputnik V, one of two Russian-made vaccines to have received domestic regulatory approval so far despite clinical trials being incomplete, requires two injections. Russia said last month that the Sputnik jab was 92% effective at protecting people from COVID-19 according to interim results. With 2,347,401 infections, Russia only has fewer COVID-19 cases than the United States, India and Brazil.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Aleksey Nikolskyi, REUTERS Putin, Putin, Sputnik, “ Let’s, Let’s, ” Putin, Tatiana Golikova, , Mikhail Murashko, Dmitry Peskov Organizations: COVID, Sputnik, Pharmasyntez Group, REUTERS, Health, United Nations, ” Authorities Locations: MOSCOW, Russia, Moscow, Kremlin, COVID, , St Petersburg, United States, India, Brazil
The middlemen provide quick funds for seeds and fertilisers, and even for family emergencies, said the farmers. The government is holding talks with the farmers to persuade them to end their protest and see the longer-term benefit of the reforms. Many economists, including former government adviser Ashok Gulati, say the reforms would bring fresh investments to the sector. “There is a symbiotic relationship between the two, and for most farmers, middlemen are like ATMs,” Sharma said. The farmers also worry that after initially paying good returns for their produce, corporate buyers could force down prices.
Persons: Sukhbinder Singh, Santokh Singh, Narendra Modi, Modi, , ” Singh, Jasbir Singh, ” Jasbir Singh, ” Modi, Ashok Gulati, ” Gulati, , Devinder Sharma, ” Sharma, Paramjit Singh Sarna Organizations: REUTERS, WalMart Inc, Reliance Industries Ltd, Adani Enterprises Ltd, Reuters, India Agricultural Workers Union Locations: DELHI, city’s, Singhu, Delhi, India, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar
FILE PHOTO: A worker adjusts a hoarding of Paytm, a digital payments firm, in Ahmedabad, India, January 31, 2019. At that valuation, Ant’s stake in the Indian firm is worth about $4.8 billion. Both Ant and Paytm said that the information was incorrect. Sources told Reuters in October that Ant was cutting its financial support to many of the overseas affiliated e-wallet firms. Two other sources said that as a result of the review Ant could end up retaining a small stake in Paytm.
Persons: Amit Dave, Paytm, , Ant, Alibaba, Walmart’s Organizations: HONG KONG, REUTERS, Reuters, SoftBank Group Corp, Bankers, One97 Communications, Facebook Locations: HONG, DELHI, Ahmedabad, India, Paytm, China, Tencent
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers the keynote address at the IISS Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue, in Singapore on June 1, 2018. Ministers and representatives of thousands of protesting farmers failed to break a deadlock over a set of new farm laws at a meeting on Tuesday, but both sides were set to meet again on Thursday, a farmers' leader and the government said. India's vast farm sector contributes nearly 15% of the country's $2.9 trillion economy and employs around half its 1.3 billion people. In talks on Tuesday that lasted several hours, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Trade Minister Piyush Goyal met more than 30 farmers' representatives, a government official said. Because of the deadlock, everyone agreed to meet again on Dec. 3," Ugharan told reporters.
Persons: Narendra Modi, Justin Trudeau, Anurag Srivastava, Narendra Modi's, Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, Ugharan Organizations: Indian, IISS Asia Security, Growers, Canadian, Farmers Welfare, Trade Locations: Singapore, Delhi, India, Canada, Agriculture, Haryana
Wendy's is placing a much bigger bet on India
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Sherisse Pham | Cnn Business | ) edition.cnn.com sentiment -0.88   time to read: +1 min
Hong Kong (CNN Business) US fast food chain Wendy's is ramping up its presence in India, saying it plans to have 400 cloud kitchens and traditional restaurants across the country in the next decade. Wendy's WEN and its franchise partner Sierra Nevada Restaurants are teaming up with Mumbai-based Rebel Foods to develop and operate 250 cloud kitchens in India as the coronavirus drives up demand for food delivery. Wendy's and Sierra Nevada also plan to open 150 traditional restaurants across the country. Wendy's and Sierra Nevada currently operate four brick-and-mortar restaurants and five cloud kitchens in India. Growth in India has been slow for Wendy's, which entered the market in 2015, according to Satish Meena, analyst with market research firm Forrester.
Persons: Wendy's WEN, McDonald's, Satish Meena, Forrester, Read Organizations: CNN Business, Sierra Nevada Restaurants, Foods Locations: Hong Kong, India, Mumbai, Sierra Nevada, Growth
China's Ant considers Paytm stake sale amid tensions with India — sources
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
A customer uses an Indian Rupee banknote to pay for a purchase as a sign for PayTM online payment method is displayed at a stall selling snacks in Bengaluru, India. Chinese fintech giant Ant Group is considering selling its 30% stake in Indian digital payment processor Paytm amid tensions between the two Asian neighbors and a toughening competitive landscape, people with direct knowledge of the matter said. Both Ant and Paytm said that the information was incorrect. A Paytm spokesman said "there has been no discussion with any of our major shareholders ever, nor any plans, about selling their stake." Sources told Reuters in October that Ant was cutting its financial support to many of the overseas affiliated e-wallet firms.
Persons: Paytm, Ant Organizations: Reuters, SoftBank Group Corp Locations: Bengaluru, India, Paytm, China
Miami-based Retail Ecommerce Ventures has emerged as the winner of a bankruptcy court auction for the intellectual property of Stein Mart, the company announced Wednesday. It will pay $6.02 million for the Stein Mart nameplate, as well as its private-label brands, domain names, social media assets and other customer data. Jacksonville, Florida-based Stein Mart filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in August, but ultimately closed all of its 281 stores. But the Covid pandemic dealt a blow to these retailers, including Stein Mart, which was already struggling with an overhang of debt. It has built a portfolio of fallen retail brands, and given them a new life on the internet.
Persons: Stein, Stein Mart, Alex Mehr, Tai Lopez, Ross, TJ Maxx, REV's Lopez, TJX, Lopez, REV, I've, Warren Buffett, Lucky Brand, Brooks Brothers, ABG, Juicy Couture, they've Organizations: Modell's Sporting Goods, Stein Mart ., Ecommerce Ventures, Stein Mart, Stein, Ross Stores, Goods, Burlington Stores, TJX, Burlington, Franklin Mint, RadioShack, Authentic Brands, U.S, Simon Property Group, Retailers Locations: Stein Mart . Miami, Stein, Jacksonville , Florida, United States, Southeast , Texas, Arizona, California, Canada, India, Australia, Europe, China
Martyn Lawrence Bullard is one of the most prolific interior designers in the world. Martyn Lawrence BullardAnd so he worked tirelessly, helping the young mogul fill her home with Basquiats, Warhols, and Hirsts. Martyn Lawrence BullardThe result was a home that, in early 2019, graced the cover of Architectural Digest. Martyn Lawrence BullardHe then installed a floating bed, and colonnades painted to show Indian deities and goddesses. Martyn Lawrence BullardAnd as for Bullard's own homes, well, those too are glamorous escapades.
Persons: Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kylie Jenner, Khloe, Kourtney Kardashian, Cher, Tommy Hilfiger, Tommy Hilfiger's, Damien Hirsts, Bullard, Jenner, There's, Ellen Pompeo, Kid Rock, Ozzy Osborne, Jimmy Choo, riche, , Jack Flemming, , colonnades, Nancy Collins, Tommy Hilfiger's Miami, Martyn Lawrence Bullard Bullard, Villa, Martyn Lawrence, Douglas Friedman, James Bond Organizations: Business, Los Angeles Times, Architectural Digest Locations: LA, Tommy Hilfiger's Miami, London, Osaka, Switzerland, Los Angeles, Kourtney, Calabasas, Rajasthan, India, Miami, Tommy, Palm Springs
In October, Indian music label Saregama's executive director Vikram Mehra explained how the company had shifted its licensing strategy after TikTok's removal. TikTok star Addison Rae presents at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA. "Now it's one of the largest platforms on the planet, and there would be no TikTok without music." Cooper was one of several music industry execs who discussed TikTok with investors this year. Read more about TikTok's impact on the music and media industries below:
Persons: TikTok, It's, Trump, Reckitt Benckiser McCormick, Reckitt, WISeKey, Asos, Dunkin, Vera Bradley, Lauren Corporation, Adam Blitzer, ByteDance, they'd, Charles Sirois, Sirois, Vikram Mehra, Mehra, Evan Spiegel, Steve Jennings, Snapchat, Spiegel, Oppenheimer, Ned D, Segal, Segal didn't, Reed Hastings, Addison Rae, Andrew Gombert, execs, Stephen Cooper, Goldman Sachs's, Cooper, Daniel G, Ek, it's, Hipgnosis, Chris Helm, Life360, Chris, we've, influencers Organizations: Netflix, Twitter, eBay, WPP, Publicis Groupe, Spotify, Warner Music Group, Sentieo Inc, TikTok, Groupe, WPP Publicis Groupe, WPP CPG, McCormick & Company, Reckitt Benckiser McCormick & Company, Asos Finance, PagSeguro, SoftBank, Ubisoft, Score Media, Gaming, Super League Gaming Ubisoft, Super League Gaming Media, IAC, JOYY Inc, Vivendi SA, Universal Music, Machine, LiveXLive Media, Walmart, Westwing, AG, Abercrombie, Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters, Superdry, Crocs Tech, Oracle Corporation, Microsoft, YouTube, Salesforce, Indian, OnMobile, Getty, TechCrunch, Inc, Morgan's Global Technology, Media, Communications Conference, HBO, Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles Times, Getty Images, Warner Music, Goldman Sachs's Communacopia Conference, Master Corp, Google, Apple Locations: India, TikTok, San Francisco, J.P, Hollywood , CA
Here are the frontrunners for the 2020 people's choice awards contest. On the side of the road in Grand Teton National Park, a bull moose and a dog engaged in a stare-down. It aims to award photographers whose work inspires us to consider our place in the natural world and our responsibility to protect it. The contest organizers curated a shortlist of front-runners for these people's choice awards. Below are 20 leading photographs from this year's people's choice awards contest.
Persons: Guillermo Esteves, Organizations: Wildlife Locations: India, Australia, Grand Teton, London
The Khatri family has practiced Rogan art for eight generations, and they believe they're the last ones keeping the tradition alive in India. Rogan art is believed to have come to India from Persia around 400 years ago. Today, the Khatri family says they are the only artisans left in the world practicing this traditional craft. Khatri told Business Insider, "Now we are just waiting and watching to see what will happen next." "I remember at that time I promised him that I'll dedicate my whole life to this art," Khatri told Business Insider.
Persons: Rogan, — Rogan, it's, Abdul Gaffur Khatri, Khatri, Jain, didn't, rogan, They've, Barack Obama, they've Organizations: Business, Facebook, India's Locations: India, Persia, Bhuj, Nirona, Mumbai
So Saudi authorities have already reduced this vibrant, healthy woman to a quivering sick shell of her former self — but apparently that is still not punishment enough. So Saudi authorities have already reduced this vibrant woman to a quivering sick shell of her former self — but apparently that is not punishment enough. Hessah al-Ajaji drivers her car down the capital's busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on June 24, 2018. The combined values of the sovereign wealth funds of Kuwait, Dubai and Abu Dhabi Saudi Arabia is estimated to be in the trillions of dollars. For four years, the Trump administration dispensed with asking for anything from Saudi Arabia besides its purchase power for trillions of dollars’ worth of American-made weapons.
Persons: Loujain, hadn’t, Ivanka Trump, Hillary Clinton, Manal Al, Sharif, Hathloul, Hessah, Nariman, Al, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Katy Perry, Eva Longoria, Ryan Philippe, , Trump, Will, Biden Organizations: Saudi, PEN America, United Arab Emirates, Sorbonne, NYU, Harvard, Yale, MIT Locations: Saudi Arabia, Gulf, Arabia, Riyadh, Saudi, Dubai, Britain, India, Myanmar, China, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi Saudi Arabia, Georgetown
FILE PHOTO: Dinakar Singh, founding partner of TPG-Axon Capital, speaks at the 16th annual Sohn Investment Conference in New York May 25, 2011. REUTERS/Jessica RinaldiWith vaccines against Covid on the horizon, Singh, who runs Axon Capital, expects a flood of pent-up demand for travel to see far-flung business clients and employees, visit grandparents and take vacations. While business travel may ultimately be reshaped by video conferencing, markets still may underestimate the near-term demand for travel and entertainment, Singh said. Singh said stocks that stand to benefit include airlines, hotels and resorts, financial services companies like American Express, which is frequently used for travel, and entertainment venues like Madison Square Garden. In addition to these U.S. stocks, Singh said international markets like Japan and India are attractive.
Persons: Dinakar Singh, Jessica Rinaldi, Singh, ” Singh, Goldman Sachs, Organizations: YORK, Services, TPG, Sohn Investment, REUTERS, Covid, Reuters Global Investment Outlook, American, Garden, Depot, Walmart Locations: New York, Madison, Japan, India
Delegates gloomy as final fish talks open at WTO
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Emma Farge | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
GENEVA (Reuters) - A final round of negotiations at the World Trade Organization on cutting fisheries subsidies opened on Tuesday with some delegates seeing little hope for a deal by a 2020 deadline despite intensifying negotiations. FILE PHOTO: A delegate arrives before a meeting at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, October 28, 2020. Switzerland’s ambassador Didier Chambovey, who is facilitating talks, told members last week that positions on potential exemptions for developing countries were “entrenched”. However, the draft text issued in November seen by Reuters still showed 51 pairs of square brackets -- indicating areas of non-agreement. An ambitious deal could lead to a 12.5 percent increase in global fish biomass by 2050, the Pew Charitable Trust said, based on a model it has shared with WTO negotiators.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, , , Didier Chambovey, Santiago Wills, Prince Charles, Brazil’s Roberto Azevedo Organizations: World Trade Organization, REUTERS, Geneva, Reuters, Pew Charitable Trust, WTO, Washington Locations: GENEVA, Geneva, Switzerland, , India, China, EU, United States, South Korea, Japan
Risk assets set for positive 2021, Asia to lead: BlackRock
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Divya Chowdhury | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) - The world’s biggest asset manager, BlackRock Inc, expects the overall backdrop for risk assets to be positive in 2021, supported by easy money from central banks, with Asia well-poised to lead the post-COVID-19 recovery. Some Asian central banks will remain on a neutral-to-accommodative path in 2021, he said, adding that Indonesia, India and Malaysia may have room to ease. For central banks in the United States and other developed markets, he said policy normalisation was not on the horizon. Seth expected the U.S. 10-year yield to be in the 1.00%-1.50% range by the end of 2021. For other news from Reuters Global Investment Outlook Summit 2021, click hereFollow Reuters Summits on Twitter @Reuters_Summits(This interview was conducted in the Reuters Global Markets Forum, a chat room hosted on the Refinitiv Messenger platform.
Persons: Neeraj Seth, ” Seth, Seth, normalisation, , deleveraging ” Organizations: Reuters, BlackRock Inc, New York U.S, BlackRock, Reuters Global Markets, Reuters Global Investment Outlook, Reuters Global Investment, GMF Locations: Asia, New York, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, United States, China, South Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, “ China
Mamdani is one of three South Asian members of the Democratic Socialists of America who won historic down-ballot races earlier this month. Their wins point to the growing prominence of young South Asians on the left, many of whom, in the past half-decade, have transitioned from community activism to electoral politics. This year wasn’t the first time South Asian socialists found success in local elections. Some South Asian Democratic Socialists of America candidates pitched long-shot bids this year, and even in defeat, they’re laying the groundwork for the future. A win would have made the Sri Lankan immigrant the first Muslim and South Asian woman elected to the lower chamber.
Persons: Zohran, , , people’s, they’ve, Mamdani, he’ll, Nikil Saval, Nithya Raman, ” Abdullah Younus, Sangay Mishra, Kamala Harris, we’ve, Saval, who’s, Sen, Bernie Sanders, Kshama, Bhaskar Sunkara, Saikat Chakrabarti, Alexandria Ocasio, Faiz Shakir, Sanders, Ro Khanna, Pramila Jayapal, Khanna, Sanders ’, Fatima Iqbal, Nabilah Islam, Islam Organizations: South, Democratic Socialists of America, Asian, Democratic, Green New, Democratic Socialists, America's, Drew University, South Asian, , Socialist, Young, Jacobin Magazine, Justice Democrats, Rep, Progressive, Congressional Progressive Caucus, South Asian Democratic Socialists of, Assembly, Sri, Metro Atlanta, Democratic Socialists of Locations: New York, Ugandan, Queens, Astoria, Chhaya, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles, Asian, India, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Seattle, Alexandria, Cortez, American, California, South Los Angeles, Sri Lankan, South, Georgia, Democratic Socialists of America, Gwinnett County, Ocasio
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is pictured inside the company's office in Bengaluru, India. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday independent businesses selling on its platform crossed $4.8 billion in worldwide sales from Black Friday through Cyber Monday, an increase of more than 60% from a year earlier. More than 71,000 small- and medium-sized businesses worldwide have surpassed $100,000 in sales this holiday season to date, Amazon said. (bit.ly/2JePBBn)
Persons: Abhishek Organizations: Black Locations: Bengaluru, India
Russia tries to import COVID-19 drugs as deaths hit high
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Medical workers transport a patient inside the City Clinical Hospital Number 52, where patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are treated, in Moscow, Russia October 8, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim ShemetovMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is trying to import foreign-made drugs to fight the COVID-19 pandemic due to a shortage of products at home, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Tuesday, as authorities reported a record 569 new daily deaths from the coronavirus. However Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said the situation remained quite tense in many of Russia’s more than 80 regions. With 2,322,056 infections, Russia has the fourth-largest number of COVID-19 cases in the world behind the United States, India and Brazil. It has recorded 40,646 deaths related to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
Persons: Maxim Shemetov MOSCOW, Mikhail Murashko, Murashko, , Anna Popova, Rospotrebnadzor, Mikhail Mishustin Organizations: REUTERS, Health, St Locations: Moscow, Russia, Japan, Baltic, Kaliningrad, St Petersburg, United States, India, Brazil
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Ministers and representatives of thousands of protesting farmers failed to break a deadlock over a set of new farm laws at a meeting on Tuesday, but both sides were set to meet again on Thursday, a farmers’ leader and the government said. India’s vast farm sector contributes nearly 15% of the country’s $2.9 trillion economy and employs around half its 1.3 billion people. In talks on Tuesday that lasted several hours, Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Trade Minister Piyush Goyal met more than 30 farmers’ representatives, a government official said. Because of the deadlock, everyone agreed to meet again on Dec. 3,” Ugharan told reporters. The protests have intensified since last week when farmers arrived in trucks, buses and tractors at Delhi’s Singhu border with Haryana and blocked the main northern highway into the capital.
Persons: Justin Trudeau, , Anurag Srivastava, Narendra Modi’s, Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, ” Ugharan Organizations: Canadian, Agriculture, Farmers Welfare, Trade Locations: DELHI, Delhi, India, Canada, Haryana
Indian government invites protesting farmers for talks on Tuesday
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Mayank Bhardwaj | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Farmers attend a protest against the newly passed farm bills at Singhu border near Delhi, India, November 30, 2020. In a letter addressed to 32 farmers’ unions, Sanjay Agrawal, the most senior civil servant at the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, urged farmers to come forward for talks with government ministers and officials. The government had earlier invited farmers for talks on Thursday but agreed to meet on Tuesday due to cold weather and the coronavirus pandemic, Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said. Earlier, an umbrella group representing different farmers’ unions slammed the government for saying it would engage in talks with the farmers if they moved their protest off the roads into a designated stadium site. If the government is serious about addressing the demands of farmers, it should stop laying down conditions, they said.
Persons: Siddiqui, Sanjay Agrawal, Narendra Singh Tomar, Narendra Modi Organizations: Farmers, REUTERS, Siddiqui NEW DELHI, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Agriculture, Farmers Welfare Locations: Singhu, Delhi, India, Haryana
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian ministers and representatives of thousands of protesting farmers failed to break a deadlock over a set of new farm laws at a meeting on Tuesday, but both sides were set to meet again on Thursday, a farmers’ leader and the government said. India’s vast farm sector contributes nearly 15% of the country’s $2.9 trillion economy and employs around half its 1.3 billion people. In talks on Tuesday that lasted several hours, Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Trade Minister Piyush Goyal met more than 30 farmers’ representatives, a government official said. Because of the deadlock, everyone agreed to meet again on Dec. 3,” Ugharan told reporters. The protests have intensified since last week when farmers arrived in trucks, buses and tractors at Delhi’s Singhu border with Haryana state and blocked the main northern highway into the capital.
Persons: Justin Trudeau, , Anurag Srivastava, Narendra Modi’s, Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, ” Ugharan Organizations: Canadian, Indian, Agriculture, Farmers Welfare, Trade Locations: DELHI, Delhi, India, Canada, Haryana
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