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President applauds successful test-firing of Agni IV

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New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for successfully test-firing the Agni-IV strategic missile.India-Defence-Nuclear Weapon

“I extend my heartiest congratulations to all those associated with the successful test-firing of Agni-IV strategic missile,” the president said.

“I hope this achievement will inspire our scientists and all armed forces and defence personnel to make even greater efforts to boost India’s indigenous defence capabilities in technologically challenging areas,” he said in his message to , scientific advisor to the defence minister and secretary at the department of defence research and development.

The 4,000 km-range Agni IV, an intermediate ballistic missile capable of carrying a one tonne nuclear warhead, was successfully test-fired Tuesday from a launch pad in Wheeler Island, a defence base in Odisha.

The DRDO works under the department of defence research and development of the defence ministry.

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Rahul Gandhi: Accepting Less Than Scrapping Farm Laws Will Be Deceit To Farmers

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The Congress has stepped up the demand of immediately scrapping the farm laws in the wake of the farmers’ protest in the national capital. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet,”Accepting less than scrapping of three black farm laws will be deceit to farmers and the country.”

The Congress leader’s reaction comes even as the meeting between the farmers and the government is going on to resolve the issue.

Talks between the Centre and over 34 farmer union representatives has started here, even as the farmers protest entered the eighth straight day with thousands sitting on different Delhi borders blocking essential supply chains to the city.

Like the previous round of talks held on December 1, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal are leading the meeting, which is expected to play a major role in farmers’ future course of action on whether they would continue the protest or withdraw it.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union, Bharatiya Kisan Sanyukta Morcha and Krantikari Kisan Union are among over the 34 farm union representatives taking part in the meeting, which started around 12.30 p.m.

The fourth round of meetings with the farmer leaders started at Vigyan Bhawan after the earlier talks remained inconclusive on December 1.

In the last meeting, the farmers’ representatives had unanimously rejected the Centre’s proposal of a special committee to resolve concerns over the farm laws.

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