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News18 Afternoon Digest: Rioting Farmers Injure Over 300 Cops, 22 FIRs Lodged; 100 Million Cases Worldwide as US Seeks to Reset Covid Fight and Other Stories

Farmers at Red Fort during their tractor parade on Republic Day, in New Delhi. (PTI)

Farmers at Red Fort during their tractor parade on Republic Day, in New Delhi. (PTI)

Here are the top stories we are covering this afternoon: Rioting Farmers Injure Over 300 Cops, 22 FIRs Lodged; Route from Minto Road to Connaught Place Closed; As Anarchist Farmer Unions Refuse to Call Off March to Parliament on Budget Day, What Lies Ahead for Stir; With Rajnikanth's Exit from Electoral Politics, Can Sasikala be the Game-changer in TN Polls?; 100 Million Cases Worldwide as US Seeks to Reset Covid Fight; Over 1 Lakh Deaths in Britain; Petrol, Diesel Prices Touch Record High in Delhi, Mumbai. Check Rates Here; Cricket Australia's Probe Confirms Indian Players Were Racially Abused.

Rioting Farmers Injure Over 300 Cops, 22 FIRs Lodged; Route from Minto Road to Connaught Place Closed

A total of 153 police personnel were injured, with two of them in ICU, after rioting farmers broke barriers to storm the national capital on Tuesday, their tractor parade to highlight their demands dissolving into unprecedented scenes of anarchy as they fought with police, overturned vehicles and hoisted a religious flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort. READ MORE

As Anarchist Farmer Unions Refuse to Call Off March to Parliament on Budget Day, What Lies Ahead for Stir

Farmers, who met with a setback after their tractor rally turned violent at Red Fort on Republic Day, have expressed their determination to continue with the protests demanding repeal of the Centre's farm laws. The farmer unions have also said that they had no plans of delaying or abandoning their march to the Parliament on Budget day. However, the government will soon question the farmers over their protest march that turned ugly on Tuesday, January 26. READ MORE

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100 Million Cases Worldwide as US Seeks to Reset Covid Fight; Over 1 Lakh Deaths in Britain

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Petrol, Diesel Prices Touch Record High in Delhi, Mumbai. Check Rates Here

The retail price of petrol touched a new high in Delhi on Wednesday with oil marketing companies (OMCs) raising the prices by 25 paise a litre to Rs 86.30. Similarly, prices of diesel also increased by 25 paise to Rs 76.48 a litre. In Mumbai, diesel prices were at a high of Rs 83.30 a litre, while petrol was seen at Rs 92.86 a litre, up 27 paise and 24 paise, respectively. Diesel prices had touched an all-time high of Rs 81.94 a litre in Delhi on July 20 last year. READ MORE

Cricket Australia's Probe Confirms Indian Players Were Racially Abused

Cricket Australia's internal investigation has confirmed that Indian duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj were racially abused at the SCG; however the six fans, who were ejected from the stadium in the aftermath of the incident, were not the culprit.The incident happened on the third day of the Sydney Test when Mohammed Siraj was subjected to racial slurs. Things gotten even worse as he was targeted again the very next day. Later on India's premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah too faced the brunt of racial slurs. READ MORE

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