Tractor rally: Indian farmers breach Delhi’s Red Fort in huge protest


More than half of Indians work on farms, but the sector accounts for barely a sixth of the country’s GDP. Declining productivity and a lack of modernisation have shrunk incomes and hobbled agriculture in India for decades. The government, meanwhile, provides farmers with generous subsidies, exempts them from income tax and crop insurance, guarantees a minimum price for 23 crops and regularly waives off debts.


Biden walking a high wire with Russia ahead of Putin call


Unlike his immediate predecessors, Biden has not held out hope for a “reset” in relations with Russia but has instead indicated he wants to manage differences with the former Cold War foe without necessarily resolving them or improving ties. And, with a heavy domestic agenda and looming decisions needed on Iran and China, a direct confrontation with Russia is not something he seeks.

When Biden first speaks with Putin, he’s expected to call Putin out for the arrest of opposition figure Alexei Navalny and the weekend crackdown on his supporters, raise charges that Russian security services were behind the recent massive cybersecurity breach, and press allegations that Russia offered the Taliban bounties to kill American troops in Afghanistan.

At the same time, Biden must be mindful of his own proposal to extend for five years the last remaining U.S.-Russia arms control treaty that is due to expire in early February.

On Monday, Biden told reporters that he had not yet decided how to respond to the Navalny situation but expressed hope that the U.S. and Russia could cooperate in areas where both see benefit.

“I find that we can both operate in the mutual self-interest of our countries as a New START agreement and make it clear to Russia that we are very concerned about their behavior, whether it’s Navalny, whether it’s SolarWinds or reports of bounties on heads of Americans in Afghanistan,” Biden said.

Biden has already ordered the intelligence community to launch reviews of each of those issues, according to the White House, which on Friday said the U.S. proposal to extend New START would be accompanied by a reckoning on the other matters.

That approach has met with approval from some former U.S. diplomats who have dealt with Russia and are looking forward to how Biden’s team, including national security adviser Jake Sullivan and his nominee to be the No. 3 at the State Department, Victoria Nuland, delineate the contours of Russia policy.

Nuland, in particular, is reviled by Putin and his aides for her support of pro-Western politicians in Ukraine and held the Europe portfolio at the State Department in President Barack Obama’s second term. She and Sullivan are said to share opinions about how to deal with Moscow, taking a tough line on human rights and Russia’s intentions in eastern and central Europe while keeping an open channel to the Kremlin on other matters.

But their starting position is complicated, they say, particularly given Putin’s experience in dealing with Trump, who frequently undercut his own administration’s hawkish stance on Russia by privately trying to cozy up to the Russian leader.

“It’s hard but it’s doable,” said Daniel Fried, a U.S. ambassador to Poland and assistant secretary of state for European affairs in the George W. Bush administration. “They’re going to have to figure this out on the fly, but it’s important to pursue New START without hesitation and push back on the Navalny arrest and other issues without guilt.”

“They need to do both and not let Putin tell them he won’t accept New START unless they drop Navalny, SolarWinds or Afghanistan,” said Fried, who is now with the Atlantic Council. “You have to push back and you can’t let Putin set the terms.”

Putin, however, may be cautious given his uncertain domestic standing in the aftermath of the pro-Navalny protests that took place in more than 100 cities over the weekend.

Biden’s team has already reacted strongly to the crackdown on Navalny supporters over the weekend in which more than 3,700 people were arrested at the demonstrations across Russia, including more than 1,400 in Moscow.

Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner and Putin’s fiercest critic, was arrested Jan. 17 as he returned to Russia from Germany, where he had spent nearly five months recovering from nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. Russian authorities deny the accusations.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki and State Department spokesman Ned Price have urged the immediate and unconditional release of Navalny, as well as those who were detained in the crackdown.

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CBA周最佳球员:冯欣和阿斯起亚·布克分别当选


人民网北京1月26日电(杨乔栋)CBA官方于26日公布了2020-2021赛季CBA联赛第11周(2021年1月17日至1月23日)周最佳球员,浙江广厦队冯欣和深圳队外援阿斯起亚·布克分别当选。

广厦后卫冯欣在上周迎来爆发,他场均上场37.9分钟,拿到22.3分、6次助攻、3个篮板和2.7次抢断。其中,在对决吉林一战他狂轰30分6助攻创生涯得分纪录。值得一提的是,广厦在经历李春江下课与不断输球跌出前12名后,最近三周他们的成绩大幅反弹,重新杀回到季后赛版图。

阿斯起亚·布克在上周的比赛中,场均拿下46分、7次助攻、4.5个篮板和0.5次抢断。其中,在面对山东时布克轰下40+6+6数据,帮助深圳以6分优势击败山东。而面对青岛时,布克狂轰52分8助攻,虽深圳加时惜败青岛,但布克的神勇表现令人印象深刻。


咏春拳正宗传人联手健身机构传播中华传统武术


人民网北京1月26日电(陈晨曦)近日,年逾七旬的咏春拳传人陈绩业来到位于广州的立明堂、意医堂等健身机构,开设了教授咏春拳课程的初级班,为这里的学员提供正宗的咏春拳课程。

陈绩业(左一)在立明堂开班授拳。

作为国家级非物质文化遗产代表性项目的咏春拳,在广东具有一定群众基础。据传,咏春拳起源于满清中期年代,由对南少林武功非常了解的武术大师五枚师太所创立,后经由严咏春、梁博俦等在民间流传,及至梁赞对之进行系统整理,一直列为“秘而不传”之术。而后叶问将之从佛山带出香港,公开授徒,使得咏春拳在当时的粤港地区被习武者所知晓。

如今,陈绩业将这一传统拳种原汁原味地引入健身人群,参与习练者已经成千上万。通过习练咏春拳,一方面可加强学员的自身身体素质,另一方面也是将中华武术中的精华融入日常授课中,向更多的人传递咏春的理念,同时传播中华传统文化。

陈绩业希望,通过公益推广,让更多人接触传统体育项目,在强健体魄、磨练意志的同时,也成为传统文化的传习者。