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People in Nepal stage protest against imposition of luxury tax on menstrual products, tampons

Lalitpur [Nepal]: A street drama, flash mob and display of banners and placards raising voice against the imposition of luxury tax; shooting the price of menstrual products and tampons are back in Nepal. Youth activists of Nepal have again resorted to peaceful protest after a pause of a few months as the government commit to make efforts to bring the price of pads and tampons down.“Though they said that no additional taxes have been imposed on but there has been no action about it so we are back on the streets,” Anisha Jha, one of the demonstrators here said on Friday. “This is huge discrimination to all the women who bleed. Government should not actually impose any tax because menstruation products are not luxury, we are not using it as luxury items but it is an essential item that every bleeding people, not only…

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Thousands protest COVID measures in Netherlands despite ban on gatherings

Amsterdam [Netherlands]: Thousands of demonstrators in the Netherlands on Sunday defied a government ban on large protests to voice their anger over COVID-19 restrictions.There were some clashes between riot police and protesters in the Dutch capital Amsterdam, reported DW News. The local government in Amsterdam had banned Sunday’s protest, saying police had indications some protesters might be planning “violence.”Riot police marched across the grass to clear the area, sending the demonstrators into nearby streets.Protesters congregated in the city centre before marching toward a park in the Dutch capital where a rally of the populist Forum for Democracy party took place, reported DW News.A small group of protesters briefly clashed with riot police as officers made efforts to clear the crowd from Museum Square, reported DW News.The municipality later issued an emergency order for people to leave the square.Most people complied with the call to…

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Nadda to visit Hyderabad today to protest against arrest of Telangana BJP chief

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Bharatiya Janata Party National President JP Nadda will visit Hyderbad Tuesday to attend a candlelight rally to protest against the arrest of BJP Telangana state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar.“BJP President JP Nadda will participate in Candlelight Rally in Hyderabad on January 4 at 5 PM in the protest of the illegal arrest of BJP Telangana President Bandi Sanjay Kumar. Rally is organised from Mahatma Gandhi statue, Secunderabad, to Paradise X Roads,” tweeted BJP Telangana. Kumar was arrested by Karimnagar police on Sunday evening during a protest. He was then sent to 14-day judicial remand by the Karimnagar court on Monday.The arrest came after Kumar was taken into custody by police while he was holding a protest in Karimnagar.Earlier, Nadda had called the arrest of Kumar as the “murder of Democracy.”“The arrest of Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay is highly condemnable and…

Europe International

Amsterdam police arrest 30 people at anti-lockdown demonstration

Amsterdam [Netherlands]: Over two dozen people were arrested in Amsterdam during a protest against COVID-19 restrictions; four law enforcement officers were injured, the Dutch police informs.Thousands of Dutch protesters, unhappy with the new COVID-19 lockdown, defied a ban on gatherings on Sunday and organized a demonstration in Museum Square despite an order from Mayor Femke Halsema who declared the area off-limits to the public. The Dutch police said in a statement after the protest that, at the mayor’s request, law enforcement officers intervened and “a total of 30 suspects were arrested.”The arrests were made for public order violations, assault and weapon possession, according to the police. Four police officers were injured in clashes with the demonstrators.Earlier on Sunday, a Sputnik correspondent reported that clashes with riot police erupted in Amsterdam as some of the protesters tried to veer off the main street as they…

South Asian Countries

US sanctions trigger protest in Kabul

Kabul [Afghanistan]: After the US has frozen nearly ten billion dollars of Afghanistan’s assets and has imposed sanctions on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, dozens of people took to the streets of Kabul on Sunday demanding the lifting of sanctions.The protestors urged for the US sanctions on Afghanistan to be lifted as it has aggravated the economic crisis, reported The Khaama Press. The protesters said that the US must lift imposed sanctions and ease economic pressures on Afghanistan and allow the Afghan people to rebuild their country.Following the Taliban takeover in mid-August, the US froze nearly 10 billion dollars in Afghanistan’s assets and slapped sanctions on the Islamic Emirate.On December 21, hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of the capital towards the US embassy, calling for the release of Afghanistan’s frozen funds, reported Pajhwok Afghan News.In the meantime, the stoppage of foreign aids…

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Delhi: Punjab teachers hold protest outside Rahul Gandhi’s residence over pay scale

New Delhi [India]: Teachers from Punjab staged a protest outside Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s residence in Delhi over the pay scale issue.The protest was called off after Rahul Gandhi’s representative Harshvardhan met the protestors and assured them that their demands will be met and sought a time for three days.Speaking to ANI, Kamal Thakur, president, ETT TET Pass Union said, “Rahul Gandhi’s representative Harshvardhan came to meet us and mentioned that he has already spoken to Punjab Education Minister Pargat Singh and Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal. We have been told that our demands will be met in the next 2-3 days. I also spoke about the code of conduct that can be implemented anytime in Punjab and our demands should not just be mere words. He had assured us and said he has come on behalf of Rahul Gandhi. He had promised justice…

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TMC’s Derek O’Brien to join 12 suspended MPs in protest

New Delhi [India]: Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Derek O’Brien joined the dharna of 12 suspended MPs in their protest at Gandhi statue in Parliament on Wednesday.O’Brien was suspended from Rajya Sabha yesterday for the remaining part of the current Session for ‘unruly behaviour’ in the House. The action was taken against O’Brien for throwing rule book on the reporters’ table during a discussion on the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021′.Biju Janata Dal leader Sasmit Patra, who was Presiding the Chair, made the announcement to suspend O’Brien followed by a motion moved by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Murleedharan in the Upper House.The TMC member threw the Rajya Sabha rule book on the reporters’ table as the Chair rejected his point of order saying the matter is explained. The treasury benches then raised the issue to suspend him.O’Brien then staged a walkout from…

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Petition seeks Balochistan CM’s disqualification over distribution of money to Gwadar protestors

Quetta [Pakistan]: A petition has been filed in the Balochistan High Court on Sunday seeking disqualification of Chief Minister Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo after a video went viral on social media showing him distributing money among participants of the recently concluded 31-day-long Gwadar sit-in.The petition was filed by Advocate Amanullah Kanrani who pleaded the court to disqualify the chief minister for distributing money among the protesters, reported Dawn. “The Chief Minister does not comply with Article 62 and 63 after paying money to protesters,” the petition said.For the past several weeks, thousands of people were protesting demanding basic rights in support of the “Gwadar ko haq do” movement in the port city.Among other things, thousands of residents were demanding access to clean drinking water and an end to the “trawler mafia”. The demands also included the removal of additional check-posts at Pushkan, Sarbandan and Gwadar…

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Bangladesh community in Washington DC protests for recognition of 1971 genocide

Washington DC [US]: To commemorate 50th Victory Day, Bangladesh community members in the Washington DC Metro Region held a demonstration in front of the White House on Saturday demanding recognition of genocide perpetrated by the Pakistani Army in 1971.They were led by the US-based Human Rights Congress for Bangladesh Minorities (HRCBM) Executive Director Priya Saha and HRCBM Washington DC Metro Area Coordinator Pranesh Haldar. Demonstrators carried placards and raised slogans demanding US Congress should hold Pakistan responsible for the ‘Bengali genocide.’Priya Saha informed the gathering that Pakistan Army had killed three million Bengalis and raped about 400,000 Bengali women and girls during the 1971 genocide. This is the second biggest genocide after the Holocaust and needs to be recognized as such by the global community. The US Administration also needs to sanction Pakistan and its Army officers involved in the 1971 genocide under the…

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Both Houses of Parliament adjourned amid Opposition ruckus over Lakhimpur Kheri incident

New Delhi [India]: The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been adjourned till 2 pm on Thursday following the Opposition’s protest in the House over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and their demand for the immediate resignation of Minister Ajay Mishra Teni.Several Congress MPs in Lok Sabha, including Rahul Gandhi, earlier on Wednesday have moved an adjournment motion in the House over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident demanding the removal of Ajay Kumar Mishra as Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs. Speaking at the Lok Sabha today, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, “We should be allowed to speak about the murder that was committed in Lakhimpur Kheri, where there was an involvement of the Minister and about which it has been said that it was a conspiracy.”“The Minister who killed farmers should resign and be punished,” he added.Notably, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the…

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Big farmers’ protest to take place in West Bengal, says Suvendu Adhikari

Hooghly (West Bengal) [India]: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and leader of opposition in West Bengal Suvendu Adhikari on Tuesday said a big farmers’ movement will take place in the state.Speaking to ANI, Adhikari said, “West Bengal’s condition is bad. There is black marketing of fertilizers and no subsidy on electricity. Three farmers have died by suicide within two months. Mamata Banerjee removed the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana and implemented a third-party scheme. This impacted the farmers badly. A big farmers’ movement will take place in Bengal. There will be a central rally.” West Bengal BJP launched a three-day sit-in at Singur on Tuesday to corner the Mamata Banerjee government over the farmers’ issue in West Bengal.

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Locals welcome farmers as they reach Ludhiana after suspending protest against farm laws

Ludhiana (Punjab) [India]: Locals showered flower petals on farmers as they reached Punjab’s Ludhiana from Delhi on Sunday after suspending their year-long protest against the three farm laws and other related issues.Before vacating the site, the farmers at the Singhu border did kirtan, while those at the Tikri border were seen dancing to celebrate the success of their protest.Farmers had been protesting against the farm laws on various borders of Delhi since November 26, 2020.On December 9, the Samyukta Kissan Morcha the umbrella body under which the farmers had banded together announced the suspension of their year-long agitation after they received a letter from the Central government, with promises of forming a committee on Minimum Support Price (MSP) and immediate withdrawal of cases against them immediately.Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait had said that all farmers will be leaving the protest sites by…

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Amid power shortage, ‘Solar trolley’ helped farmers to continue protest over a year at Ghazipur border

New Delhi [India]: Movable ‘solar trolley’ helped the farmers to continue year-long protest at Ghazipur border against the three farm laws amid power shortage.Speaking to ANI, Amandeep Singh, said, There was a time when the problem of electricity had to be dealt with because the government had cut the power supply. The farmers came up with a new way and made a solar panel by investing Rs 10 to 12 lakh. Installing the solar panel helped us with charging our mobile phones and gave relief from the intense heat during summer days.”Speaking about the efficiency of solar power, Amandeep told that once fully charged, it can get work for two days to power air conditioner and cooler.Jagga Singh, a farmer, said that all the money that has been donated here were being given to the farmers. “We organise langar here and other works in…

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Pakistan People’s Party stages protest over rising prices, unemployment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) staged a protest in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province against rising prices in the country, local media reported that the protesters were also chanting slogans against Imran Khan-led Pakistan government.The News International reported that a large number of workers and activists of Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari party demonstrated in the headquarters of two districts in Chitral and Booni. “Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government had failed on all fronts owing to flawed economic policies,” the protesters including PPP’s Chitral general secretary Qazi Faisal said, according to the newspaper.They said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government was a glaring example of mismanagement and failure to fulfil its tall promises made with people on container.In Booni, PPP Chitral activists Amirullah Khan, Hameed Jalal and others addressed the rally and blasted the Imran Khan-led party rulers for the rampant corruption and inflation.They said that the poor and youth were…

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Farmers suspend protest, farm leaders to hold review meet on Jan 15

Singhu Border (New Delhi) [India]: Farmers, who have been protesting against the three farm laws on different borders of Delhi since November 26 last year, announced on Wednesday that they are suspending their year-long agitation and would vacate the protest sites on December 11.The announcement came after the protesting farmers received a letter from the Central government, with promises of forming a committee on Minimum Support Price (MSP) and withdrawing cases against them immediately. “As far as the matter of compensation is concerned, UP and Haryana have given in-principle consent,” it read.While addressing a press conference, farmer leader Gurnam Singh Charuni said, “We have decided to suspend our agitation. We will hold a review meeting on Jan 15. If government does not fulfill its promises, we could resume our agitation.”“Protesting farmers will vacate the protest sites on December 11,” another farmers’ leader Darshan Pal…

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Opposition parties except TDP, YSRCP boycott Rajya Sabha proceedings over suspension of 12 MPs

New Delhi [India] : The entire Opposition excluding Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress party (YSRCP) on Wednesday boycotted the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha over the suspension of 12 MPs.The joint Opposition including Congress, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Trinamool Congress, Left, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) did not join the Question Hour of the session when the House reassembled after its first adjournment till noon. Only TDP and YSRCP members were sitting in the House. Trinamool Congress MPs Nadimul Haque and Sushmita Dev joined the House for a moment but they only kept requesting the Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh to revoke the suspension of the MPs.As Deputy Chairman did not consider their request and started Question Hour, they also boycotted the House after staging their protest for a few minutes.The Opposition’s move comes after the Rajya Sabha…

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National Party chief warns Imran Khan govt against use of force to quell Gwadar protest

Balochistan [Pakistan]: As the ongoing demonstrations refuse to quell down in the port city of Gwadar, Pakistan’s National Party (NP) president Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has warned Imran Khan government against the use of force to end sit-in staged by the people.“The people of Gwadar have been protesting for three weeks for their basic human rights and needs. All of their demands are legitimate and within the reach of the rulers, but the provincial government imposed by the ‘Thappa mafia’ has no mandate to accept the demands of the people. And now they are planning to end the sit-in by force,” Dr Baloch said, as quoted by Dawn newspaper. The NP president warned that if the protesters were thrashed, there would be mass protests in every street of Balochistan for which the rulers would be responsible.Dr Baloch said that illegal fishing by trawlers, curbs…

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Farmers, farming both have prospered since 2014: Narendra Singh Tomar

New Delhi [India]: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday informed the Rajya Sabha that both “farmers and farming have prospered since 2014”, the year when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) established a clear majority on its own in the Lok Sabha elections.Replying during the Question Hour in Parliament during the ongoing Winter Session, Tomar said doubling of Kishan Credit Card (KCC), increasing of Minimum Support Price (MSP) to farmers that is at least 1.5 times the cost of production across all commodities and PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme are among various other steps taken by the Modi government so far for the welfare of the farmers. Responding to a question on PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme, the Minister said, “It is a continuous scheme and the farmers have to verify themselves to get the benefits of the scheme”.The Minister said the Centre has…

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Rajya Sabha adjourned for day as Opposition continues ruckus on suspension of MPs

New Delhi [India]: The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday adjourned for the day amid pandemonium created by the Opposition leaders on various issues, including revocation of suspension of 12 MPs.It was the fourth adjournment of the Upper House during its four-hour-long proceedings that started at 11 am. The final adjournment was announced a few minutes after the House met at 3 pm and Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat resumed his speech on the need for the safety of dams across the country.Shekhawat was speaking in favour of the ‘Dam Safety Bill, 2019’, which he moved earlier in the day for its consideration and passage.Even as the minister was speaking, the Opposition, including Congress, Left, AAP and DMK, created a ruckus in the House seeking revocation of the suspension of 12 MPs.Opposition party members including Congress, DMK, AAP and Left demonstrated their protest by…

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Pashtun Tahafuz Movement holds power show in Pakistan’s Quetta demanding release of Ali Wazir

Quetta [Pakistan] : A power show was organized by Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) demanding the release of Pashtun Movement Leader MNA Ali Wazir and other workers.Being the leader of PTM, Ali Wazir is also a member of the National Assembly from South Waziristan. The power show was held to protest for the release of the PTM leader who was imprisoned a year ago, as per media reports. Wazir was arrested in Peshawar on Dec 16, 2020, at the request of the Sindh police, and flew to Karachi.Wazir was arrested on the charges of making insulting and incendiary speeches against the state institutions at a PTM protest rally in Karachi on Dec 6, 2020, according to the newspaper.According to media reports, the Balochistan government has banned the entry of the PTM head into the province. However, the head of PTM, Manzoor Pashteen was present at…

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Pass condolence resolution for farmers who died during agitation: Congress writes to Om Birla

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday wrote to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla to pass a condolence resolution for farmers who died during the agitation against the three farm laws.“First of all, I would like to wish you on behalf of my party and myself for the smooth conduct of the coming winter session of the Parliament. On the eve of the coming Parliament Session, I would sincerely request you that as a mark of respect towards our ‘Annadata’, the House may unanimously pass a condolence resolution for the farmers who lost their lives during the farmer agitation,” wrote the Congress MP. Chowdhury further said that the passing of the resolution in the House will convey our gratitude for the sacrifice that our farmer brethren have given to the Nation.The winter session of the Parliament will…

Europe International

Police protest against security law reform in Madrid

Madrid [Spain]: Thousands of police officers protested in Madrid on Saturday over the controversial security law reform, which is popularly called the “gag law.”The action is attended by representatives of various law enforcement agencies of the country – the National and local police, the Civil Guard, the Basque Ertzaintza. It was supported by the right-wing People’s Party, Citizens Party, and VOX. Before the start of the manifestation, its organizers, the police union Jusapol, promised that it would be “the most massive police protest in the history of Spain.” According to them, 120,000 people were to take part in it. “We say no to this reform. We believe the law must be adapted to current times and must be reformed, but we must never trample the rights of those responsible for security who work with this law every day,” Jusapol President Miguel Gomez told reporters.Speaking…

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Tomar urges farmers to return home, says withdrawal of cases, compensation comes under state jurisdiction

New Delhi [India]: Ahead of the tractor march scheduled on November 29 when the Winter Session of Parliament is set to begin, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar urged the farmers to return home as their demands have been met and said, the “withdrawal of cases registered against the protestors and the issues of compensation comes under the jurisdiction of the state governments.”This comes after farmers’ unions sought compensation for the farmers who allegedly lost their lives during protests and the withdrawal of cases registered against protestors after the government has announced to withdraw the three farm laws. “As far as cases registered during the protest are concerned, it comes under the jurisdiction of state governments and they will take a decision. State governments will decide on the issue of compensation too, as per their state policy,” Tomar told ANI.The Agriculture Minister also stated that…

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Muslim community in Hyderabad protest against Wasim Rizwi for objectionable remarks against Prophet Mohammed in his book

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Muslim community in Hyderabad on Tuesday staged a protest against former Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizwi, who is alleged to have made objectionable comments about Prophet Mohammed in his book.Residents of the Shaikpet region of the district shouted slogans against Rizwi and burnt his effigy after hanging it. Asif Hussain Sohail, a social activist said while talking to ANI, “We have come together in our locality to protest against Wasim Rizwi who has disrespected Prophet Mohammed. We demand the Centre and the state government to give strict punishment to him otherwise these protests will continue. The centre is shielding him and providing him security. I urge people to take to the streets and protest in a constitutional way.”Meanwhile, An FIR has been registered against former Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi in Hyderabad for using objectionable…

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Samyukt Kisan Morcha to hold nationwide protests today to mark one year of farmers’ movement

New Delhi [India]: Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmer unions, has organised protests in different states on Friday to mark the first anniversary of the farmers’ movement against three Central farm laws.As per an official statement from SKM, thousands of farmers will reach the protest sites around Delhi. In Karnataka, the farmers have decided to come onto the streets especially important highways on Friday, said SKM.It further said, “Protests are planned in approximately 25 locations spanning all districts of Karnataka. Two of the protest locations for this highway will have people from Bangalore also joining rallies in vehicles at Srirangapatna and Chadalapura in Chikballapur district.”In Tamil Nadu, SKM has planned rallies in all district headquarters jointly with trade unions.“There will be protest demonstration and meeting in Chennai also. Tractor rallies are being planned into several state capitals like Raipur and Ranchi.…

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Farmers to reach Delhi on 30 tractors, says Rakesh Tikait

New Delhi [India] : Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday said that as many as 500 farmers will reach Delhi on 30 tractors on November 29.He further stated that other details regarding the same will be disclosed after a meeting scheduled to take place on November 26, which marks the first anniversary of the farmers’ protest against the three farm laws, the repeal of which was recently announced by the Centre earlier this month. Speaking to ANI, Tikait said, “On November 29, 500 farmers will go to Delhi on 30 tractors. The details will be provided after a meeting on November 26, which will be marked as the first anniversary of our protest.”He further said, “We will withdraw our protest and will go home after the government accepts our demand for law on Minimum Support Price (MSP). We don’t have the intention…

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Government should hold talks on MSP, other demands or we will not go home, says farmers’ Rakesh Tikait

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Monday said the farmers’ agitation will continue till the Centre hold talks and resolves their demands including a guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops.Tikait was in Lucknow to attend ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ organised by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmers unions on Monday. “It seems that the government does not want to hold discussions with the farmers after the announcement of the rollback of three farms laws. The government should talk to us so that we can start going to our villages,” he told the gathering.“The agitation will not stop because many of our issues like the MSP guarantee law, seed bill, and milk policy are yet to be resolved. Government should hold talks with us. Otherwise, we will not go home,” he added.He said it took…

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Hundreds of children protest in Gwadar, Pakistan in support of basic rights

Balochistan [Pakistan]: In solidarity with protestors staging a sit-in against the unnecessary check posts and fishing trawlers in Gwadar district of Balochistan province, hundreds of children took to the streets on Sunday, local media reported.Carrying placards and banners inscribed with demands “Gwadar ko haq do” (Give rights to Gwadar), the children marched on various roads of the city and later joined the main sit-in, Dawn reported. Speaking on the occasion, Maulana Hidayat Ullah Baloch, who led the rally, criticised the elected representatives of Gwadar and Makran and asked them to join the sit-in or resign from the assembly as they had been elected to represent them, the Pakistani publication reported.He said the representatives who did not visit their constituency should be included in a list of missing persons.Maulana Baloch said that despite the deployment of various security agencies, hundreds of illegal trawlers were involved…

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Kisan Mahapanchayat: Lakhimpur Kheri incident, non-payment of dues to sugarcane farmers on agenda

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait said the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmers unions, will hold a mahapanchayat in Lucknow on Monday on the issues pertaining to the law on MSP guarantee, Lakhimpur Kheri incident, the non-payment of the dues to the sugarcane farmers.Speaking to ANI on Sunday, Tikait claimed that the crops are not procured by the government as per the Minimum Support Price (MSP). “The panchayat is being held against the incident that took place in Lakhimpur Kheri. The amount has not been paid for the sugarcane, it is related to that as well. More than Rs 4,000 crore is due now. The farmers growing potatoes are upset, the crops are procured as per the MSP. The central government has decided to roll back three laws, the state government should write to the centre…

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As farmer’s agitation continues, Rahul Gandhi says people not ready to trust PM’s words due to ‘false rhetoric’

New Delhi [India]: Following the Samyukt Kisan Morcha’s (SKM) announcement to continue the protest till farm laws are repealed, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said people are not ready to trust the words of the Prime Minister due to “false rhetorics”.Taking to Twitter, Gandhi said, “jhoothe jumale jhel chukee janata pm kee baat par vishvaas karane ko taiyaar nahin! kisaan satyaagrah jaaree hai. #FarmersProtest continues. (The public who has suffered due to false rhetoric is not ready tp trust the words of PM! Farmers Protest continues). Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of over 40 protesting farmer unions on Monday held an all delegation meeting and announced that the agitation will continue as per the schedule while adding that it will write an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Minimum Support Price (MSP).Briefing media persons, farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal said,…

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Agitation will go on till MSP, other demands resolved by Centre, farmer union leader

New Delhi [India]: Krantikari Kisan Union leader Darshan Pal Singh said on Saturday that their agitation will go on till pending issues of farmers like MSP, rollback of Power Bill 2020 and Air Quality Ordinance are resolved by the Centre.“The agitation will continue till our pending issues are not addressed. These issues include MSP, rollback of Power Bill 2020, Air Quality Ordinance, withdrawal of cases against us and allocation of land for a memorial dedicated to farmers who died during the agitation. We hope that government will hold talks to resolve these issues,” he told the media here. The repeal of three farm laws was the key demand of protesting farmers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Friday that the three bills will be repealed in the forthcoming parliament session.Darshan Pal Singh said that a meeting of the main body of Samyukt Kisan Morcha…

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PM Modi urges farmers to return home

New Delhi [India] : Apologising to the countrymen for the three farm laws over which the government “failed to convince” the farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged the protesting farmers to return to their homes.In the address to the nation, PM Modi said, “We have decided to repeal all three farm laws, will begin the procedure at the Parliament session that begins this month. I urge farmers to return home to their families and let’s start afresh.” He further said that the laws will be repealed in the forthcoming winter session of Parliament.The Prime Minister also apologized to the countrymen and said, “Today, while apologising to the countrymen, I want to say with a sincere and pure heart that perhaps there must have been some deficiency in our efforts, due to which we could not explain the truth like the light of…

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Centre realised its mistake: Punjab Dy CM

Gurdaspur (Punjab) [India] : After Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to repeal the three farm laws, thereby ending the year-long standoff between the government and the agitating farmers, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Friday welcomed the decision and said that the Centre “realised its mistake” and decided to take back the “black” laws.Speaking to reporters in Gurdaspur, Randhawa said, “Farmers have been agitating for past 11 months and during this period around 700 farmers have died. The Government of India has accepted its mistake and repealed the farm laws. I welcome this. Govt should also help the 700 families who lost their loved ones, as Punjab Govt did.” He further said, “Many farmers have died during the protest. The Punjab government has taken measures to rehabilitate the family members of the protesters, who died in the protest. I request the Union…

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Farmers distribute sweets at Gazipur border after announcement on repeal of farm laws

New Delhi [India] : After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement repealing three farm laws, farmers burst into celebration and distributed ‘Jalebis’ at the protest site on Gazipur (UP-Delhi) border on Friday.“I thank Prime Minister Modi for taking this decision. People were saying that it will be the government’s defeat if they take back the farm laws, I always used to say that the government is a very big institution and repealing the farm laws is not their defeat. Since it is the government of farmers how can this be their defeat,” said one of the protesters present at the Gazipur site. “I welcome the decision of the Central government. I just wish that they would have done this a bit early,” said another.“This victory is dedicated to those farmers who lost their lives during this protest. I thank everyone who supported us and helped…

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi stages protest in Hyderabad against Centre over paddy procurement

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao along with Telangana Rashtra Samithi leaders including its MPs, MLAs, ministers and ZPTC leaders staged a protest against the Central government over the issue of paddy procurement in Hyderabad on Thursday.The protest in Indira Park began at 11 am and will continue till 2 pm today. “At 62 lakh acres of land in Telangana, paddy production is around 1 crore metric ton. The Food Corporation of India (FCI) is buying 60 lakh ton we have asked them what about the other 40 lakh ton. If you are not ready to buy another 40 ton make it clear,” said Jeevan Reddy, Armoor MLA.“We are giving an ultimatum of 48 hours. Any party in history, who have not listened to farmers have lost power. BJP is an anti-farmer party. If they won’t listen to framers then will…

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CAIT to hold nationwide protests in 1000 cities

New Delhi [India] : The Confederation of All India Traders on Monday said that it would hold protests on November 17 in around 1000 cities across the country over the drug peddling gang using e-commerce sites to supply marijuana.Earlier, Madhya Pradesh police busted a racket of marijuana that was being sold as curry leaves via the Amazon e-commerce portal. “On November 17, we are going to hold protests in around 1000 cities across the country over this matter. Through the protest, we would request the government to take cognizance of the matter and that the action be taken on an immediate basis,” said Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary-General of Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) in a press conference.“We will be sending a letter to all the chief ministers of states in which we would request that the way this happened in Madhya Pradesh, there are…

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Pakistan: Major opposition alliance holds rally against Imran Khan government in Karachi

Islamabad [Pakistan] : The alliance of major opposition parties, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) on Saturday is holding a rally at Karachi’s busy Regal Chowk to protest the rising inflation under Imran Khan government.PDM Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Pakistan leader of the opposition in the national assembly, Shehbaz Sharif are also likely to address the rally, Samaa TV reported. Hundreds of workers from the PDM parties, especially Fazlur Rehman’s Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party, have gathered in the rally.Karachi traffic police have closed at least five roads leading to Regal Chowk and released a traffic plan, Samaa TV reported.This came days after PDM announced to hold ‘mehngai’ march across Pakistan before going ahead with a long march towards Islamabad.The PDM informed that the rallies against the government over rising inflation would be held in Karachi, Quetta, Lahore and Peshawar.In other recent developments, the Imran Khan…

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Ranagram bridge: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury writes to WB CM threatening to launch protest for delaying construction

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Concerned over the deteriorating condition of the Ranagram bridge over the Dwarka river on Kandi-Berhampur under the Kandi sub-division, Congress Lok Sabha MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Thursday wrote a letter to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee threatening to launch a protest march against the state government over the delay in the construction of the bridge.The letter further stated that the local population has been protesting against the government for delaying the construction of this bridge as it is going on for the past two years. He further alleged that a delay in the bridge’s construction and not permitting people to protest shows suppression of the democratic rights of the people by the Kandi administration.In the letter, Chowdhury informed that the Ranagram bridge over the Dwarka river on Kandi-Berhampur under the Kandi sub-division has been declared dangerous and it…

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Inflation in Pakistan fourth highest in world, could lead to unrest

Islamabad [Pakistan]: The rate of inflation in Pakistan is the fourth highest in the world which could lead to unrest and protests against the Imran Khan government.Citing an incident in a family of Karachi, Shah Meer Baloch wrote in The Guardian that a shoe-seller set himself on fire as he could not meet his expenses or send money home due to the “skyrocketing prices”. Imran Khan had vowed to lift people out of poverty before gaining power as he promised the creation of 10 million jobs. Instead, he announced financial support of USD3 billion from Riyadh after his visit to Saudi Arabia last month.Imran Khan blamed inflation in the international market for the miseries of the people and announced a “relief package” of 120 billion Pakistani rupees providing subsidies on the essential food items, wrote Shah Meer Baloch.“The package is a drop in the…

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BHU poster carrying photo of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, withdrawn after protests

Varanasi [Uttar Pradesh] [India] : A poster carrying the photograph of Allama Muhammad Iqbal — an Urdu poet who envisioned the two-nation theory and was an inspiration for Pakistan — was withdrawn after a group of students raised objections in Banaras Hindu University (BHU). The poster was displayed on a Facebook page of the Urdu department of BHU. The picture of BHU founder Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, was, however, missing from the poster. Following serious objections on social media, the poster has been removed from the FB page and the Urdu department has apologised. The dean of the faculty of arts has also formed a committee to probe into the matter. The Urdu department authorities replaced the poster on its Facebook page and tweeted, “Urdu Department, Faculty of Arts, #BHU, is organising a webinar as per the details given in the poster. Sincerest apologies…

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BJP holds protest against Odisha CM’s Kalahandi visit, demands justice for school teacher Mamita Meher

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India] : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday held a protest rally against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s visit to the Kalahandi district and demanded justice in the murder case of Mamita Meher, a school teacher.The rally started from Rajmahal Square to Naveen Niwas (CM’s residence) Square. Effigies of Patnaik were burnt as a part of the rally. Several protestors were detained by the police during the rally.Dilip Mohanty, the Spokesperson of the Odisha BJP unit demanded an answer from the Chief Minister over the case.“A minister from CM Naveen Patnaik’s government has murdered a woman. The entire media is covering this issue. We are demanding that justice be given. But the CM hasn’t said anything on this case. It has been a month since the murder and now he is coming to Kalahandi. What message is he trying to give? Why so…

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US: MQM stages protest outside White House against Pak atrocities on Mohajirs

Washington [US] : The workers of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) staged a demonstration outside the White House against the atrocities by the Pakistani regime on Mohajirs.The MQM has demanded the United States in Washington to protest against the Pakistan apex court’s decision that pertained to demolishing the legal and private property of the Mohajirs in Karachi. MQM defines the apex Court’s orders as continued state atrocities against Mohajirs by the Pakistan military and its peripheral paramilitary forces and to make Sindh a federal colony.The MQM has demanded a separate nation for Sindhis. The MQM supporters gathered in front of the White House, chanting slogans for freedom and demanding for freedom. MQM Central Organizing Committee and workers of different chapters from different cities of the United States along with their families participated in the freedom demonstration. Rehan Ibadat and Mahfooz Haideri, members of the MQM…

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Hundreds join protests against mandatory vaccination across Australia

Canberra [Australia]: Rallies against mandatory vaccination were held throughout Australia on Sunday, national media reported.The peaceful protests were held across the state of New South Wales (NSW) as part of the ‘Reclaim The Line’ rally, with people carrying signs that read: “No mandatory vaccine,” 9News reported. Adelaide in the state of South Australia and the Gold Coast in the state of Queensland also saw the start of anti mandatory vaccination demonstrations on Sunday.Meanwhile on Saturday, massive anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown protests took place in Melbourne, in the state of Victoria, and Darwin, in Australia’s Northern Territory, where protests got violent and seven people were arrested.People could be heard chanting phrases like “free Victoria” and “sack Dan Andrews” in Melbourne as they marched towards the Parliament House to rally against mandatory vaccination and a proposed COVID-19 pandemic bill, which would see COVID-19 rules remain in action…

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Hundreds join global climate protest in London

London [UK]: Hundreds of people joined on Saturday a march from the Bank of England to Trafalgar Square in central London as part of the Global Day of Action for the Climate taking part across the world, a Sputnik correspondent reported.Protesters marching across central London carried placards demanding banks stop funding fossil fuels, ‘system change, not climate change’ as they chanted ‘Climate Justice Now’ to the beating of drums. “For me it’s essential to be here because it is time stop this climate crisis,” a woman who declined to give her name, told Sputnik.The Global Day of Action for the Climate urging governments to take measures to keep global temperature within 1.5 degrees of warming is being replicated in dozens of cities around the world, and coincided with the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow, where a huge demonstration is also taking…

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China lodges protest with US over criticism of nuclear build-up

Beijing [China]: Beijing on Friday lodged a protest with Washington, over a Pentagon report on military development which claimed that China has expanded its nuclear force at a high pace.“China has lodged solemn representations with the US over its groundless accusations about China’s nuclear arsenal in a Pentagon report and interference in China’s domestic affairs including Taiwan question,” said Wu Qian, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense. “The Pentagon report is full of bias and distorts China’s defence and military strategies to hype the “China threat,” Wu was quoted as saying by Global Times.The Pentagon’s report titled “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China (PRC) 2021”, said that “the accelerating pace of the PRC’s nuclear expansion may enable the PRC to have up to 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027.“The PRC likely intends to have at least 1,000 warheads by…

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Pakistan opposition leader Bilawal Bhutto vows to continue protest till ouster of Imran Khan govt

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Opposition party leader and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has said that his party’s campaign against price hike, unemployment and poverty will continue till the ouster of the Imran Khan government.Bilawal made these remarks at gatherings of party workers on Monday in Sindh province, Dawn newspaper reported. Pakistan opposition parties have been staging protests in cities throughout the country urging people to join forces to “overthrow” Imran Khan’s PTI government amid rising inflation.Workers of the PPP on the call of the party chairman Bilawal, staged protests in Islamabad and Rawalpindi last week against the rise in poverty, unemployment and inflation.The PPP party workers raised slogans against the Imran Khan government.The PPP chairman called last weeks’ protest campaign a success and said the second phase would be announced shortly. He said protests, rallies and demonstrations would continue till the “selected government…

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Farmers are watching arrogance of the government, says Priyanka Gandhi

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday highlighted the various issues of farmers in Uttar Pradesh and said that on one hand, the farmers are dying standing in the queue for fertilizers in Bundelkhand while on the other hand, MoS Ajay Mishra Teni, father of Ashish Mishra who is an accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, is standing on the stage of Lucknow with the Home Minister.Vadra added that the farmer of the country are watching the arrogance of the Uttar Pradesh government. “Here in the entire Bundelkhand, farmers are giving their lives standing in line for fertilizer. There in Lakhimpur a minister’s son crushes several farmers with a jeep and his father is standing on the stage of Lucknow with the Home Minister. The farmer of the country is watching your arrogance,” said Vadra in a tweet (roughly translated from…

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Imran Khan chairs National Security Council meeting over TLP’s widespread protests

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a high-level meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) on Thursday to discuss the concerning situation stemming from protests by the outlawed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), reported local media.Pakistan’s ministers, national security adviser and the services and intelligence chiefs attended the meet and discussed the TLP protests, said ARY News. The country’s top body of civil and military leaders also discussed matters related to national security apart from the protests.The government is holding talks with TLP’s imprisoned chief Saad Hussain Rizvi, as protests have created chaos in Punjab cities. But the second round of the talks concluded without any progress, as the deadlock persists between the TLP and the Pakistan government.The two sides are expected to begin the third round of talks on Saturday, ARY News reported citing sources.A spokesperson for the TLP had said that the…

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Pakistan’s Awami National Party protests against rising prices, says govt forcing poor to die by suicide

Peshawar [Pakistan]: Pakistan’s Awami National Party (ANP) staged demonstrations across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Monday against the rising prices of essential commodities in the country, reported local media.ANP leaders and elected representatives addressed the rallies held at block level in all the districts of the province on Monday, Dawn reported citing a statement by ANP. While addressing a rally in Shangla, Mian Iftikhar Hussain, ANP central general secretary, alleged that the government was forcing the poor to die by suicide.Stating that National Accountability Bureau (NCB) was biased, Hussain said that the federal agency is degrading innocent people in fabricated cases.Emphasising that clean chits were given to PTI’s “corrupt” ministers, he said that it was time to oust the government.The ANP leader also blamed Prime Minister Imran Khan for rising inflation.ANP senior leader Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, central finance secretary Senator Hidayatullah, MPAs Khushdil Khan, Samar…

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Japan: Protesters call for protection of Hindus in Bangladesh

Tokyo [Japan]: Following the series of incidents of communal violence against minorities in Bangladesh, a protest was held in Japan’s capital Tokyo on Sunday, local media reported.People from India and Bangladesh staged a protest in Tokyo and called for the safety of the Hindu minority in Bangladesh, Kyodo News reported. According to the Japanese publication, around 60 demonstrators gathered near the Bangladeshi Embassy, holding placards with messages including “Stop Communal Attack” and “Justice for Bangladesh Minority” and chanting slogans such as “We want justice.”In mid-October, communal riots broke out in Bangladesh after a mob vandalised a Hindu temple in Cumilla.After the incident, more Hindu temples and houses were vandalised, leaving scores of people injured and some dead in the chaos that went on for around a week, Kyodo News reported.“Similar protests took place in around 150 countries including India, Bangladesh and the United States,”…

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Bangladesh violence: ISKCON devotees hold protest in Bengaluru

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Followers of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) held a peaceful march on Saturday in Hare Krishna Hill area of Bengaluru to condemn the attack on Hindu minorities in Bangladesh. An ISKCON temple in Noakhali city in Bangladesh was vandalised and a devotee was killed by a mob on October 16. Protest in Pune is a part of a worldwide protest organised by ISKCON at about 700 ISKCON temples across 150 nations on Saturday. Posters reading ‘Justice for Bangladesh minorities’ and ‘Protect our temples in Bangladesh’ were spotted at the protest.Madhu Pandit Dasa, President, ISKCON Bangalore said, “We express our pain and anguish on the unprovoked attacks on the ISKCON devotees, Hindus, and other minorities in Bangladesh. We unitedly stand in support and solidarity with them and pray for their safety and well-being.” “We urge the Government of Bangladesh to…

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Protest held in Chaman against border closure by Taliban

Islamabad [Pakistan] : A strike was observed at the key border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan on Friday against the closure of the border by the Taliban, local media reported.The strike was called by All Parties Traders Alliance at the Chaman border area after the closure of the Pak-Afghan border for more than two weeks, Dawn reported. Several rounds of negotiations between Afghan officials and border authorities of Pakistan for reopening the border have remained fruitless, the Pakistani publication reported.A delegation headed by Kandahar Governor Mullah Yousaf Wafa also held talks with Pakistani authorities at Spin Boldak, but Afghan authorities refused to open the border until Afghan nationals are allowed to cross into Pakistan on Afghan Teskera (identity card), Dawn reported.Pakistani border authorities said that they had not closed the border at Chaman but it was a decision taken by Afghan officials in Kandahar.Leaders…

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Pakistan: 15-day protest against inflation begins from Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi [Pakistan] : The nationwide protest has been launched against the Imran Khan-led Pakistan government, over the continuous rise in prices of petroleum products and edibles, from Rawalpindi in Pakistan’s Punjab province.According to Dawn, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) kicked off its 15-day nationwide protest against Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government on Wednesday. Political workers and activists of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Jamiat ulema-i-Islam- Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F) led by Rawalpindi Mayor Sardar Naseem Khan and JUI-F leader Dr Ziaur Rehman gathered in front of Rawalpindi Press Club. Former minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, Tahira Aurangzeb, Daniyal Chaudhry and Hanif Abbasi also joined the protest and staged a sit-in for an hour on Murree Road.Dawn further reported that the protesters carried party flags, placards, banners, portraits of Nawaz Sharif and the opposition leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif. They chanted slogans in favour of their leaders…

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‘Rail-roko’ Agitation

New Delhi [India]: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has called for a six-hour-long nationwide ‘Rail roko’ agitation on Monday demanding the removal of Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni from the Union Cabinet over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, in which his son Ashish Mishra Teni is an accused.A statement issued by the umbrella body of farmers’ unions on Sunday read, “To press for its demand for Ajay Mishra’s dismissal and arrest, so that justice can be secured in Lakhimpur Kheri violence, SKM has announced a nation-wide rail roko program on October 18.” “SKM put out a call to its constituents to stop rail traffic for six hours on October 18, between 10 am and 4 pm. SKM asked for this action to be taken up peacefully, without any destruction and damage of any kind to any railway property,” it…

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Statewide bandh in Maha : MVA

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : In protest against the Lakhimpur Kheri incident that claimed the lives of eight people including four farmers, Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) that comprises Congress, Shiv Sena, and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has called for a statewide bandh today .According to Mumbai Police, security has been put into position at strategic points, with 3 companies of SRPF, 500 Home Guards, and 700 men from Local Arms units. Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had opposed the ‘Maharashtra Bandh’ announced by the MVA.BJP MLA Nitesh Rane has warned the state government not to shut shops forcefully.Earlier in the cabinet meeting on October 6, the Maharashtra state cabinet minister passed a resolution to express its condolences over the unfortunate death of farmers in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident in Uttar Pradesh.Cabinet ministers also paid tributes to the deceased farmers by observing 2 minutes silenceWater Resources Minister…

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Thousands protest in Rome against COVID-19 ‘green pass’ rule at workplaces

Rome [Italy]: Scores of people protested in Rome on Saturday against the extension of the COVID-19 digital certificates to all workplaces, said reports.There was a brawl with police as the protesters took aim at the health pass, which has been a requirement to enter museums, sporting events and restaurants. Sputnik reported that police has fired water cannons to disperse a massive protest outside the seat of the Italian government.Around 10,000 people, outraged by the government’s push to make “green passes” mandatory in the workplace, demanded that Prime Minister Mario Draghi resign, Sputnik citing Rai News 24 reported.The protesters were reportedly shouted “No to Green Pass” and “Freedom! Freedom!” Some demonstrators threw firecrackers at police.Prime Minister Draghi called the labour union’s boss, Maurizio Landini, to express his solidarity and condemn violent protests that swept the country.In September, Italy made the COVID-19 green pass mandatory for…

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Khattar blasts farmers

Chandigarh (Haryana) [India]: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday asked the state unit of BJP’s Kisan Morcha to ‘pick up sticks’ and to use ‘tit for tat’ methodology against the protesting farmers. Addressing the unit here, Khattar asked them to form volunteer groups of 700-1000 farmers at different places of the state.“Do not worry…when you remain there (in jail) for a month, three months or six months, you will become big leaders, your names will be etched in history,” he said. The Chief Minister, referring to the impact of the ongoing farmers’ agitation, said that the problem is limited to the northern and western districts of Haryana, while it is not as much in the southern districts. Notably, Khattar also said that if a protest has to be suppressed, it can be done through one government order, but those protesting are “our…

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra arrested from UP’s Hargaon, claims Youth Congress National President Srinivas BV

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was on her way to Uttar Pradesh Lakhimpur Kheri district to visit the kin of the victims there, has been arrested from Hargaon on Monday, claimed the party’s youth wing national president Srinivas BV claimed. Priyanka Gandhi reached the Lucknow airport yesterday evening following the incident and was stopped by the police several times on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri.Srinivas, in his tweet in Hindi, said, “Finally that happened, what was expected from BJP. In the democratic country of ‘Mahatma Gandhi’, the worshipers of ‘Godse’ have arrested our leader @priyankagandhi Ji who fought with heavy rains and police force to meet the ‘Annadata’, from Hargaon. This is just the beginning of the fight!! Kisan Ekta Zindabad”. In a video that he shared along with the tweet, Srinivas has called on all supports to reach the…

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Thousands protest in Paris against China’s rights violation in Xinjiang

Paris [France]: More than 2000 people gathered in Paris on October 2 and demonstrated against the ongoing rights violations of Uyghurs in Xinjiang by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).The protest was organised by multiple Uyghur organisations including the World Uyghur Congress and the Uyghur Institute of Europe. The protest saw the participation of hundreds of Uyghur youth who had travelled from various European countries as well as public figures like Raphael Glucksmann, Member of European Parliament (MEP) and French actress Lucie Lucas. The protestors marched from Bastille square to place de ka Republique shouting slogans ‘genocide in progress’ and ‘Save the Uyghurs’ and carrying banners and East Turkestan flags. During the speeches, a call was made to the international community to cancel all agreements between the European Union and China as well as boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022.Further, many speakers denounced the complicity…

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Thousands protest against COVID-19 health passes across France

Paris [France]: Nearly 48,000 people participated in demonstrations against the coronavirus health passes held across France on Saturday, La Depeche newspaper reported citing the French Interior Ministry.Around 5,000 people protested in Paris alone on Saturday, which was the 12th consecutive Saturday of demonstrations against the health passes, La Depeche said, adding that the number of protesters has been steadily declining. Last Saturday, around 64,000 people protested across France, with 7,200 demonstrators gathered in Paris.In July, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a series of new restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19, including the special health pass indicating that a person has either been vaccinated or has a negative test result for COVID-19. Before that, the health pass was already required in museums, theatres, movies and all public events attended by over fifty people.Starting August 9, the pass became mandatory in restaurants, bars, shopping centres,…

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Protest against Chinese occupation of Nepal’s land

Kathmandu [Nepal]: A protest demonstration was held here against Chinese occupation of Nepal’s land in Humla district and against Chinese interference in Nepal’s internal affairs.The protest held at Mahitighar Mandala in Nepal’s capital city was led by “Loktantrik Yuva Manch” (LYU) and saw participation of about 200 cadres of the NGO, reported local media. Ram Kishore Singh, President LYU led the protest where participants shouted slogans “China return our land”, “China-stop interfering in internal affairs of Nepal” and “Go back China”.China has constructed 12-15 buildings inside Nepali territory in Humla District.Local people have been crying foul and demanding a probe into the encroachment.Reports have alleged that Beijing has secretly built structures in the Humla district, and has also stopped locals from entering the area.Former Nepal government led by KP Sharma Oli had brushed off reports of encroachment by China stating that Kathmandu and Beijing…

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“Govt lies that it’s open to dialogue”

Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India]: Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday said that Government lies to the media that it is open to dialogue on the issue of ongoing farmers agitation.Addressing a press conference here, Tikait said, “Government lies to media that it is open to dialogue but farmers are not. They want to hold conditional dialogue, in which farmers will not participate. They said farm laws would not be rolled back. It means they have already drafted the agreement and farmers just have to sign it.” Asked about his statement against media, Tikait said, “I had said something yesterday which was misinterpreted. I actually meant that the next target of the Centre is media houses. We have never said anything against media.”Rakesh Tikait on Tuesday had said media houses will be the next target and will suffer if they do not support farmers’…

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Punjab CM appeals to Centre to repeal 3 farm laws

Chandigarh [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday extended his support to the farmers protesting against the farm laws and appealed to the Centre to withdraw them immediately.Taking to Twitter, Channi said, “I appeal to the Union Govt. to immediately repeal the three black farm laws otherwise our Govt. would convene a special session of the Vidhan Sabha to reject them to safeguard the interest of the farmers who are already passing through the acute economic crisis.” Earlier in the day, Channi also said that farmers’ protest is an important issue and the Centre should take it seriously adding the state should not be made into another Jammu and Kashmir.Further, he said that the condition of the farmers is deteriorating with time. He also said that the Centre has brought in a system ‘to make the farmers poor’.Farmers have been protesting at…

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Lahore: Journalists, writers oppose Pakistan Media Development Authority bill

Islamabad [Pakistan]: The Punjab Union of Journalists (PUJ) and the Association of Progressive Writers in collaboration with the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists at the Punjab Institute of Language, Art and Culture (PLAC) held a seminar on the ongoing situation in the country and Pakistan Media Development Authority (PDMA) bill. The seminar was held under the chairmanship of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Secretary-General Nasir Zaidi, reported The News International.Addressing the event, Zaidi said: “We cannot make Pakistan a safe country without the protection of free media,” He added that the government’s propaganda of fake news is aimed at curbing media freedom. Senior journalist Sohail Warraich said the struggle for the freedom of the press from the platform of the Association of Progressive Writers and the PUJ was a good omen for the country. The clear position of journalists and intellectuals in the…

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Pak authorities detain veteran journalist amid protests over proposed media law

Karachi [Pakistan] : Pakistan law enforcement agencies on Wednesday detained veteran journalist Waris Raza from Karachi amid the ongoing tussle over the proposed media law, described by scribes as “unconstitutional.” Raza is also a part of the ‘Press freedom movement’ that has been undertaken by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and several other scribe associations in the country against the new legislation that allegedly curbs media freedom in the country, Dawn reported.After his detention, the veteran journalist was soon released by authorities. His brother Arif Raza confirmed that he reached back home in the evening. The PFUJ has also condemned Raza’s detention. Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ) general secretary Fahim Siddiqi earlier said that law enforcement agencies personnel arrived at the residence of Waris in Sahafi Colony in Gulshan-i-Iqbal at around 2:45 am and took him away, Dawn reported. These developments came…

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Nepal govt plans to table Appropriation Bill amid protest from opposition

Kathmandu [Nepal]: The Government of Nepal has planned to table an appropriation bill for endorsement in the lower house on Monday morning amid protest from the opposition. The lower house meeting has been called for 11 am (local time). Finance Minister Janardan Sharma is scheduled to table the Appropriation Bill for endorsement in today’s meeting.However, the meeting is unlikely to proceed since the main opposition CPN-UML has been disrupting the parliament which they had vowed to continue until their demands are met. Meanwhile, ruling coalition parties have issued a whip to all the lawmakers to be present in the House meeting saying that the budget will be tabled for endorsement. With the appropriation bill yet to be endorsed from the lower house, the Government is not able to spend from the state treasury. The erstwhile government led by CPN (UML) on May 29 had…

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Pakistan: Journalists, lawyers, activists protest outside parliament against new media laws

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Hundreds of journalists in Pakistan gathered outside the Parliament House on Sunday to protest against the proposed ‘Pakistan Media Development Authority’ (PMDA) law.The call for the sit-in was given by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and a number of scribe groups, opposition parties, lawyers and the representatives of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan participated in it, Express Tribune reported. “The government intended to bring PMDA and electronic voting machines to rig the elections,” and now “media martial law is being slapped on the media through the PMDA,” Shazia Atta Marri, who is the Central Information Secretary of Pakistan People Party said during the sit-in.Meanwhile, the journalists affiliated with different news organisations and press associations have termed the law against article 19 of the Constitution of Pakistan, which guarantees freedom of speech and expression to the people.They also informed that…

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Pak journalist bodies continue protest against proposed media law, call it ‘unconstitutional’

Islamabad [Pakistan], September 11 : A group of media bodies in Pakistan has termed the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) “unconstitutional” and promised to continue their protest against the Imran Khan government’s move to establish the media authority.The decision was taken during a meeting of the joint action committee held on Friday, The News International reported. The media organisations reiterated their stance of rejecting the PMDA and termed it a move to “muzzle the freedom of press and expression by imposing state control” to regulate all media platforms. Representatives of media organisations that participated in the meeting include Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), and the Association of Electronic Media Editors and News Directors (AEMEND).Experts suggest that Pakistan’s freedom of the press is under threat as the Imran…

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Naqvi : Farm leaders “confused”

New Delhi [India]: Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday slammed the protesting farmers and called their leaders “confused.”“They said the MSP was going to be abolished but, the government guaranteed that such was not the case. Then, they said that the mandi system will come to an end however, the mandis are even more prosperous and fruitful now. They even tried to incite a misconception about the lands that farmers own, although the guarantee about the land is already inscribed in the laws,” Naqvi told ANI. “Hence, the farmers don’t have any issue to protest over and this is all actually meaningless. The farmer leaders themselves are confused and want to confuse others as well,” Naqvi added.He also lashed out at the farm leaders saying, “Some people are in the misbelief that they are the only ones benevolent to farmers…

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Tikait :Protest to Continue

Karnal (Haryana) [India]: Protesting farmers gathered around mini secretariat here in support of their demands after break down of talks with the district administration over their call for action against officials allegedly involved in lathicharge on August 28.They announced that they will continue their sit-in at the mini secretariat till the government talks to them over their demands and accepts them. “We have captured the gate and want to take some rest. It is up to the government now as to when they want to talk. We are sitting here peacefully till then,” said BKU leader Rakesh Tikait.Farmers breached police barricades as they reached the mini secretariat.Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav said they will continue their protest till the government accepts their demands.“Despite various obstacles, we have ‘gheraoed’ the mini secretariat and will continue our protest peacefully till the government accepts our demands. Our…

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DMK, allies to Protest Against Centre

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: To condemn the BJP-led Central government, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and its allies have announced to hold black flag demonstrations across Tamil Nadu on September 20.A statement issued by DMK and allies, including Congress, said that the decision was taken after a meeting of “Opposition parties under the leadership Congress president Sonia Gandhi.” It said the protest will be organised against the Centre over several issues including its “refusal to withdraw the three farm laws”, fuel price hike, economic slowdown, unemployment among others.The statement said the protest demonstration would be held in front of the residences of party workers and leaders.

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RSS-backed Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh to protest against Centre over inflation on September 9

New Delhi [India]: The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-affiliated trade union, on Tuesday announced that it will hold a nationwide protest on September 9 against the Central government over inflation.The trade union also said that it will protest against the Centre at all the district headquarters of the country on November 2 over the monetisation of 70 Public Sector Units (PSUs). Speaking to reporters, BMS National General Secretary Vinay Kumar Sinha said, “Sinha said that due to the policies of the central and state governments, inflation is becoming uncontrolled and making people helpless to deal with it. The decisive people in power are making absurd decisions. Being a responsible labour organisation, it becomes the duty of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh to protest against the government by taking to the streets against their wrong policies.”“The decision taken by the Central government…

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“Jallianwala Bagh Smarak: Reminder of right to protest”

Chandigarh [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday said that Jallianwala Bagh Smarak must serve as a reminder for the future generations about the right of the people to peaceful democratic protest.Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated the renovated complex of Jallianwala Bagh Smarak. In an oblique reference to the ongoing agitation of peacefully protesting farmers, the Chief Minister in an official statement said that the Smarak, along with the Jallianwala Bagh centenary memorial recently dedicated to the people by the state government, should serve to remind our leaders of the inalienable right of Indians to conduct peaceful democratic protests, which could not be stifled, as the British also learnt from the Jallianwala Bagh incident.The Smarak and the Centenary Memorial established by the state government “seek to pay tribute to the great martyrs so that history may always remember their…

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“Govt taking decisions in farmers’ interest”

New Delhi [India]: Ever since its formation, the PM Narendra Modi-led government has been taking decisions in the interest of farmers, said BJP Kisan Morcha president Rajkumar Chahar and MP Vijay Pal Singh Tomar on Thursday.“I want to thank PM Modi for increasing the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) which is paid on sugarcane to Rs 290 per quintal which will be based on a 10 per cent recovery. When the recovery increases beyond 10 per cent, then on every point 1 per cent rise, additional Rs 2.90 is paid per quintal. Even if a farmer has less than 9.5 per cent recovery, their Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) will be Rs 275 per quintal,” said MP Vijay Pal Singh Tomar at a press conference. Tomar further said, “During the UPA government sugarcane was imported from Brazil but when the Modi government came we…

South Asian Countries

Bangladesh Conscious Citizens Committee holds protest in front of Pak High Commission in Dhaka

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: Bangladesh Conscious Citizens Committee (BCCC) held a protest in front of the Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka on August 14 (Pakistan Independence Day). The call for the BCCC protest rally was given on Saturday morning.At a meeting held earlier, which was presided over by Muktijoddha Professor Dr Neemchand Bhowmik, the BCCC called on Pakistan to act against terrorism, militancy, and extremism, stated a press release. Freedom fighters Salauddin Ahmed, journalist Basudeb Dhar, Bangladesh Christian Association President Nirmal Rozario, Ishaq Khan, Motilal Roy and Mohammad Shafiqul Islam addressed the gathering of about 100 people. Participants at the rally formed human chains to protest against Pakistan’s continued sponsoring of terrorism and militancy. Similar demonstrations were held in different parts of the country including Dinajpur, Rangpur, Kushtia and Natore. Speakers at the rally underlined that after its defeat in the war of liberation in 1971,…

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Naqvi hits out at Opposition for holding protest march

New Delhi, Aug 12: Hitting out at Congress and other Opposition parties for holding a protest march from Parliament to Vijay Chowk, Union Minister and Deputy Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday accused the Opposition parties of displaying ‘hypocrisy on the streets’. ‘The Congress and some other Opposition parties have committed ‘a sin of spreading pollution in the Parliament and political hypocrisy on the streets’ during the Monsoon Session. This is called ‘Chori aur Seena Zori’,’ Mr Naqvi told reporters here. ‘Those Opposition parties, who have converted the House into ‘ring of their arrogance and anarchy’ are now displaying ‘hypocrisy on the streets’,’ the Union Minister said. ‘Those Opposition parties which were roaming around with ‘washing machine to wash out the House’ from the first day of the Monsoon Session, are today preaching about rules, principles and Parliamentary…

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Protest in front of Gandhi Statue

New Delhi [India]: The MPs of Opposition parties will hold a protest against the alleged manhandling of women members in Rajya Sabha in front of the Mahatma Gandhi Statue at Parliament today.Before the protest, the floor leaders of Opposition parties in both the Houses will hold a meeting in the Chamber of Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha at 10 am to discuss the incidents that happened in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Opposition members in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday slammed the government over the incidents in the House when a bill related to insurance businesses was taken up for passage with NCP leader Sharad Pawar alleging that “women MPs were attacked” and “more than 40 men and women were brought into the house from outside to control the MPs”.Pawar termed the incidents as “painful” and an “attack on democracy” and said he has never seen…

Politics

Another day of disruptions in Lok Sabha, two bills passed in din

New Delhi, Aug 3: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday once again witnessed protests, and was repeatedly adjourned as Opposition members raised slogans on issues like the Pegasus snooping controversy, farm laws, price rise and other issues. The House also passed two Bills in din despite the Opposition’s protests. The Lok Sabha was first adjourned shortly after it met for the day at 11 a.m. amid sloganeering and protests. The scene was no different when the House met again at 12 noon, and the second adjournment followed shortly. At 2 pm, amid din, the government moved and passed The Essential Defence Services Bill, which aims at preventing the staff of ordnance factories from going on a strike. Around 70,000 people work with the 41 ordnance factories around the country. Opposition MPs raised an objection stating that the important Bill should not be passed in din.…

International

Georgia People Protests Over The Journalist’s Death

Several thousand people protested in front of the Georgian parliament on Sunday evening, demanding that the ex-Soviet nation’s prime minister resign over the death of a journalist who was attacked and beaten by anti-LGBT protesters. Cameraman Alexander Lashkarava was found dead in his home by his mother earlier Sunday, according to the TV Pirveli channel he worked for. Lashkarava was one of several dozen journalists attacked last Monday by opponents of an LGBT march that had been scheduled to take place that day in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. Organizers of the Tbilisi March For Dignity cancelled the event, saying authorities had not provided adequate security guarantees. Opponents of the march blocked off the capital’s main avenue, denounced journalists covering the protest as pro-LGBT propagandists and threw sticks and bottles at them. Lashkarava, according to his colleague Miranda Baghaturia, was beaten by a mob…

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Protesting farmers, BJP workers engage in scuffle at Delhi’s Ghazipur border

Farmers protesting at the Ghazipur border in Delhi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers on Wednesday engaged in scuffle here. According to details available with India TV, farmers attacked BJP workers as they arrived here to welcome Amit Valmiki. Valmiki was recently appointed as secretary of the party’s Uttar Pradesh unit. Visuals show that farmers vandalised vehicles of BJP workers with rods and had a scuffle with the saffron party supporters. The scuffle broke out on the flyway. Meanwhile, the Bhartiya Kisan Union has alleged that BJP workers gathered at the Ghazipur flyway and raised slogans against farmers’ agitation. The union accused the saffron party of trying to defame agitation by provoking violence. Farmers from Punjab and Haryana have been protesting against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and…