4 Killed In Landslide, Several Feared – Latest news headlines

The workers were reportedly travelling to another site when the landslide took place.


At least four people have died and several others are feared trapped following a landslide in a mining zone in Haryana’s Bhiwani district on Saturday. The district administration has launched a rescue operation at the Dadam mining zone in Tosham block.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar tweeted to say that he is in constant touch with the local administration to ensure swift rescue operations and immediate assistance to the injured.

The workers were reportedly travelling to another site when the landslide took place and they got trapped in their vehicles.

“I am deeply saddened by the accident at the mining site in Bhiwani district of Haryana. The administration is conducting a rescue operation. A SDRF team has been called from Madhuban and  a NDRF team from Ghaziabad. An army unit has been called from Hisar. So far four people have died,” said Haryana minister Anil Vij.

Agriculture Minister JP Dalal has reached the site to oversee the rescue operation. “A few people have lost their lives and three persons have been taken to a hospital. According to the mining contractor here, there could be three-four more people trapped inside,” he said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has expressed grief over the unit and said he has spoken to the chief minister.

“The accident due to a landslide at a mining site in Bhiwani district of Haryana is very sad. I have spoken to Chief Minister @mlkhattar. The local administration is engaged in rescue work, and our priority is to save as many lives as possible. I wish the injured a speedy recovery (sic),” he said in a tweet.

Mining activities have been taking place on a large scale in Dadam mining area and Khanak Pahari after the National Green Tribunal lifted its ban on mining work in the area. The two-month ban, imposed by the green court due to pollution, was lifted on Thursday and the mining work resumed only on Friday.

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Latest News Today – Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Warns

Several rounds of centre-farmer talks have failed to end the deadlock (File)


Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, facing resistance from farmers protesting the three central agriculture laws, said on Wednesday that political leaders have been patient in the face of protests but it “won’t be good for anyone to cross their limit”.

The warning comes after a clash today between anti-farm law protesters camping out at the Uttar Pradesh-Delhi border at Ghazipur and the local BJP workers.

“The word kisan (farmer) is pure and everyone holds them in high regard. Due to a few unfortunate incidents the word has become tarnished. Dignity of sisters and daughters is taken away, murders are happening, roads are being blocked. I condemn the incidents that are undemocratic,” Mr Khattar said.

On reports that political leaders have been facing intense protests by farmers when they visit villages in the state, Mr Khattar said those running the government have a responsibility to meet people.

“We have maintained patience but they keep threatening us that the Chief Minister can’t visit, the deputy Chief Minister can’t visit the villages. Those running the government have a responsibility to meet and attend people. No matter how much they provoke us we are keeping our calm since they are our own people from Haryana. But it won’t be good for anyone to cross their limit,” he added.

Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh have been protesting the laws since last year at three Delhi borders – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur. They argue the laws will lead to edging out of traditional crop markets and usher in massive corporate houses to the farming sector that will result in their exploitation. They also demand a legal guarantee to the Minimum Support Price (MSP) regime.

The government says the laws will eliminate the role of middlemen in the agriculture sector and enhance farmers’ income. It has promised that the MSP will not be scrapped.

Several rounds of centre-farmer talks have failed to end the deadlock.

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Ahead Of Manohar Lal Khattar’s Visit To Karnal, Cops Use | Sidnaz Blog

There have been reports and video footage of the police clashing with farmers, using batons, tear gas.

New Delhi:

The Haryana police have cracked down on protesting farmers at a toll plaza near Haryana’s Karnal, ahead of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s visit to a nearby village. Cellphone footage from the spot showed police firing tear gas shells, water cannons at farmers who are trying to enter the Kemla village. The Chief Minister is scheduled to attend a farmers’ gathering at the village and speak of the benefits of the Centre’s three farm laws passed in September. 

Heavy presence of police personnel has been observed at the village ahead of the meeting.

BJP-ruled Haryana had made headlines in November when it decided to stop the farmers on way to Delhi from across the state as well as those in Punjab. 

For days, there have been reports and video footage of the police clashing with farmers, using batons, barricades, tear gas and water cannons. 

Following the huge criticism, the Central government had decided to conduct a huge outreach programme to dispel “misconceptions” about the laws.  


But over the last week, the Chief Minister’s outreach programme had run into trouble in this area as farmers hardened their stance in Delhi.  

On Friday, the local protesters had clashed with the villagers and the local BJP workers, who are promoting the visit. The face-off started when the villagers didn’t allow the farmers to enter into the village to register their protest.  

Today, Congress’s Randeep Surjewala tweeted: “Respected Manohar Lal ji, please stop this pretence of Kisan Mahapanchayat in Kaimla village. By playing with the sentiments of those who provide us with food, please stop meddling with the law and order situation”.

“If you want to have a conversation, have it with those who have been protesting for the last 46 days,” read another tweet from Mr Surjewala.  

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Not Our Farmers, Punjab | Sidnaz Blog



Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said Punjab’s Amarinder Singh is responsible for the protest


  • “Office bearers of the Punjab CM’s Office” leading protest: ML Khattar
  • “Haryana farmers have stayed away from protests,” he said
  • Mr Khattar said that Haryana Police had shown restraint during protests


Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar hit out at his Punjab counterpart, Amarinder Singh, on Saturday afternoon, holding him responsible for the thousands of farmers marching to Delhi to protest against the centre’s farm laws. He also claimed that “office bearers of the Punjab Chief Minister’s Office” were leading the protest.

Mr Khattar then thanked Haryana Police – who have been criticised for resorting to lathi charges and tear gassing to beat back the farmers – for showing restraint.

“Punjab farmers are protesting. Haryana farmers have stayed away. I thank Haryana farmers and police for showing restraint. Punjab Chief Minister is fanning this protest. Office bearers of the Punjab Chief Minister’s Office are leading the protest,” Mr Khattar told reporters.

Mr Khattar, who sparred with Amarinder Singh on Twitter on Thursday, also repeated his claim that he had been trying to contact Mr Singh since the farmers’ march began, but had received no response.

Farmers from several states have been marching in waves to Delhi to mount a joint protest against the farm laws, only to be confronted by a Haryana police force that had been instructed to not let them pass.

Apart from lathi charges, water cannons and tear gassing, The cops also set up barricades wrapped in barbed wire to stop the farmers, and dug up roads to act as trenches. 

On Thursday Amarinder Singh took to Twitter to urge Manohar Lal Khattar to let the farmers pass peacefully.

“Let them pass ML Khattar ji, don’t push them to the brink. Let them take their voice to Delhi peacefully,” he tweeted.


Mr Singh had earlier asked: “Why is the ML Khattar government in Haryana stopping the farmers from moving to Delhi? The tyrannical use of brute force against peacefully protesting farmers is totally undemocratic and unconstitutional.”

Mr Khattar responded: “I’ve been trying to reach out to you for the last 3 days but sadly you decided to stay unreachable – is this how serious you are for farmer’s issues? You’re only tweeting and running away from talks, Why?”

Undeterred by the use of force to stop them, thousands of farmers reached the Delhi border on Friday morning, where they were met with more police barriers and tear gas. 

They came with tractors carrying food and essential supplies, and have said they will not return until the centre has repealed the laws.

They are protesting laws the centre says will reform the agricultural sector by removing middlemen and improving farmers’ earnings by allowing them to sell produce anywhere in the country.

Farmers and opposition parties allege that the laws will deprive the farmers of guaranteed minimum price for their produce and leave them at the mercy of corporates.

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PM Narendra Modi Cuts In At | Sidnaz Blog



PM Modi spoke to eight Chief Ministers amid a spurt in Covid cases in their states.


  • PM asked ML Khattar to talk about his plan to tackle Covid
  • The PM spoke to eight Chief Ministers via video conference
  • Haryana has seen an average daily rise of 2,000, Chief Minister said

New Delhi:

At a meeting with Chief Ministers on the coronavirus crisis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stopped Manohar Lal Khattar, the Chief Minister of Haryana, mid-speech and asked him to talk about his plan to tackle Covid instead of laying out figures.

The PM spoke to eight Chief Ministers via video conference amid a spurt in Covid cases in these states.

Haryana has seen an average daily rise of 2,000, the Chief Minister said.

As he was speaking about contact tracing, the Prime Minister cut in and said: “Manohar ji, we have the figures before us. Tell us your views about how you plan to control the spread of corona.”

PM Modi later urged Chief Ministers to share their feedback in writing on their COVID-19 strategy and said no one could impose any view, that all have to work together.

Mr Khattar told reporters after the meeting that Haryana was witnessing the third wave of COVID-19 cases.


“We were asked to prepare a list of who will be provided the vaccine first. The vaccine will be given as per category – health workers will be given first preference and then we will provide it to other categories,” said the Chief Minister, adding that the criteria of categories was yet to be decided.

One crore masks would be distributed in the state, said the Chief Minister, announcing restrictions on gatherings in districts near Delhi, including Gurgaon and Faridabad.

Others in the PM’s meet were Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Rajasthan’s Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh’s Bhupesh Baghel, Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan, and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

India’s coronavirus tally is nearing 92 lakh with 37,975 fresh infections reported today. There have been 1,34,218 Covid-related deaths so far and 86,04,955 have recovered.

Before the meeting, PM Modi had issued directions for an action plan for speedy clearances and procurement to facilitate early rollout of a vaccination drive.

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