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Centre-Farmer Talks Today; Govt to Not Budge on Rollback of Laws

Representatives of farmer unions and the central government will meet Friday to participate in a fresh round of talks to break the deadlock over the recently-enacted agricultural laws. The eighth round of talks will be held between a ministerial committee, including Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Prakash, and 41 representatives of farm organizations. The seventh round of talks remained inconclusive Monday over two key demands — repeal of the newly enacted laws and provision of legal guarantee on the minimum support price. On Thursday, Tomar met religious leader Baba Lakha Singh, one of the heads of the Nanaksar Sikh sect based in Punjab. Singh, who has been organising langar at the protest sites, s...

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