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Feb 09, 2021 08:25 AM IST Daybreak

PM Modi Speaks to US President Joe Biden, Discusses 'Rules-based International Order'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said he spoke to United States President Joe Biden, and conveyed his best wishes for the latter's success. Modi said they discussed regional issues and their shared priorities, while also agreeing to further co-operation against climate change. "President Joe Biden and I are committed to a rules-based international order. We look forward to consolidating our strategic partnership to further peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond," Modi said in a tweet.

Farmers Protest: Khap Panchayats in Haryana Put Pressure on JJP, Strain On BJP-led Ruling Alliance
With the increasing number of Khap panchayats in Haryana lending their support to the ongoing agitation of farmers, the Dushyant Chautala-led Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) is feeling the heat as the Jat community is calling for the withdrawal of support to the BJP-led M L Khattar’s government. The farmers’ union leaders have been organising mahapanchayats across the State to garner support for the agitation. The latest one was on Sunday at Charkhi Dadri, where a call was given to intensify the agitation in Haryana.

Maharashtra Govt to Probe if Celebrities, Cricketers Tweeted Under Pressure in Support of Farm Laws
The Maharashtra government will probe celebrities, including Bharat Ratna recipients such as cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and singer Lata Mangeshkar, who had tweeted in support of the Centre on farm laws. The development comes a day after the Congress demanded a probe by the police into the tweets to find out if the celebrities were pressure by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to take to social media in support of the Centre.

'Thought He Was Referring to Bengal': PM Modi Returns Derek O'Brien's Salvo With Dig at TMC

Taking a dig at TMC MP Derek O'Brien, PM Narendra Modi referred to TMC MP’s speech on freedom of Speech and intimidation and asked him if he was referring to Bengal or the entire country. "I was listening to TMC MP Derek O’Brien. He has chosen some good words like "Freedom of Speech" and "Intimidation" in his narration. While listening to his good words, I was wondering if he is referring about West Bengal or the country," PM Modi said.

'Fix a Date': Farmers Ready for Talks After PM Modi's Invite But Take Exception to 'Andolan Jivi' Remark
Farmer unions agitating against the three agri laws on Monday asked the government to fix a date for the next round of talks, soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged them to end their stir and invited them to resume the dialogue. They, however, objected to Prime Minister Modi's remarks in Rajya Sabha that a new "breed" of agitators called "andolan jivi" has emerged in the country, and said that agitation has an important role in a democracy.

Climate Change, Western Disturbance, or Both? Scientists Ponder Reasons for Uttarakhand Floods
Global warming or maybe a Western disturbance bringing fresh snow that melted could have triggered the inundation in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district, experts said on Monday as they scrambled to understand the reasons for the avalanche and floods that wreaked havoc in the upper reaches of the Himalayas. Recalling the horrors of the 2013 deluge inthe hill state in which thousands were killed, a part of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off at Joshimath on Sunday, leading to a massive flood in the Alaknanda river system.

Bin Laden Blues: Robots and Conspiracy Theories Hamper Vaccine Drive in Pakistan
Coronavirus vaccination drive has met with many hurdles across the globe. From the fear of its adverse reactions to its effectiveness against new mutations and the logistic barriers of transporting it, thir have been many apprehensions with regard to the vaccine. In Pakistan, however, this apprehension comes with an additional layer of mistrust and the memories of terror accused Osama bin Laden's hunting down using polio drive to collect information.