Here are the top 10 updates on farmers' protest:
The farmers protesting on the outskirts of Delhi against the centre's new agricultural laws must be removed because they are blocking emergency medical services, a petition in the Supreme Court claimed on Friday. It was filed by Delhi resident Rishab Sharma, who said the top court had said public places cannot be occupied by protesters and there must be a specific place for it, while hearing a petition in the anti-citizenship law protest in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh.
Several roads leading to Delhi continue to be blocked with farmers camped out at four busy border points of the national capital - Singhu, Noida, Ghazipur and Tikri - to press their demands, under heavy police deployment.
The entry to Delhi from the Delhi-Meerut Expressway has been blocked as farmers from different parts of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand continue their sit-in. Another key route in east Delhi, connecting the capital to Noida, too has been partially closed for the fourth straight day to the protests. The DND flyway and the Sarita Vihar road are the alternate routes to Noida that are open.
At Thursday's meeting, the farmers' representatives made a 39-point presentation on the inadequacies of the contentious new farm laws, after which the government gave its views.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, who led the talks at Vigyan Bhawan on Thursday, said the government "has no ego" and that it was discussing the issues raised by farmers with an open mind. "The government will discuss points that emerged at the meeting on Friday and hopes that talks will move towards finality when the next round of discussions is held on Saturday," the minister said.
Farmer union leaders, who came out of the meeting venue shouting slogans, said the talks remained deadlocked and some of them threatened to boycott any further meetings if no solution was found at Thursday''s meeting. "Discussions are over from our side. Our leaders have said they will not attend further meetings if a solution is not given today by the government," said Pratibha Shinde of the Lok Sangharsh Morcha.
"The government did propose amendments to the laws but farmers unions still insisted on taking these laws back," said Kavitha Kuruganti, a leader of the farmers' group All India Kisan Sangarsh Coordination Committee.
Shiromani Akali Dal's Harsimrat Kaur Badal, a former ally of the BJP-led NDA, questioned the government, saying half the protest of farmers will be over if the minimum price guaranteed by the government (MSP) is made a right by law. Accusing the government of making an unilateral decision and pushing through the laws, she said the government should now "back off from its rigid stand".
On Thursday, Shiromani Akali Dal leader and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal returned his Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian award, in protest against the government's "betrayal of farmers". Sahitya Akademi Award winners from Punjab - renowned poet Mohanjit, story writer Jaswinder and playwright Swarajbir who is also Editor of Punjabi Tribune - also returned their awards.
At least three deaths have been recorded during these protests and the farmers said it would be "inhuman" on the centre's part - given the cold weather - to drag this out any further.