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December 21, 2020 / 11:00 PM IST

Farmers' Protest News Highlights: Kerala to convene special Assembly session on December 23 to discuss farm laws

Farmers' Protest News Highlights: The protest against the new farm reform laws at border points of Delhi has entered the 26th day today.

Farmers' Protest News Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 26th day today. Farmer unions have begun a day-long relay hunger strike at all protest sites to press for the repeal of the Centre's new farm reform laws even as Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar is likely to hold talks
with the protesting groups in a day or two to discuss their demands. Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are staging a sit-in protest along Delhi borders. The farmers are demanding a complete rollback of the new farm reform laws and a guarantee on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system being retained. Multiple rounds of talks between the Centre and the farmers’ union leaders have ended in a stalemate. Protesting farmers fear that the new laws will dismantle the MSP system and corporatise farming. On December 18, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the new farm reform laws were not brought in overnight and that they were discussed by every government over two decades. Addressing farmers virtually as part of the ‘Kisan Kalyan Sammelan’, PM Modi slammed the opposition and said political parties should stop “misguiding” farmers.
  • December 21, 2020 / 11:00 PM IST

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  • December 21, 2020 / 10:18 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Centre trying to defame farmers: Sukhbir Badal

    Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday accused the Centre of the bid to “defame” agitating farmers by raising the “bogey of talks” to create an impression that it is reasonable and farmers are wrong, according to a statement.

    After paying obeisance at Gurudwara Katalgarh Sahib on the occasion of Shaheedi Jor Mela, Badal said, “The Centre is trying to tire out farmers by starting talks from the very beginning again. This is a futile exercise when the farmer organisations have already rejected the three agriculture laws and want them repealed.”

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  • December 21, 2020 / 10:17 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Farmer unions likely to decide on Centre'' talks offer on December 22

    Agitating farmers on December 21 claimed that there is nothing new in the Centre''s latest letter to them seeking a date for the next round of talks, as they held a day-long ''relay'' hunger strike at all protest sites on Delhi''s borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to press their demand for the repeal of the contentious agri laws.

    The farmer leaders are expected to meet on Tuesday to discuss the next plan of action, Gurmeet Singh of Krantikari Kisan Union said, amid efforts by the unions to draw support from farmers in other states like Bihar for their demand to enact a law assuring Minimum Support Price.

  • December 21, 2020 / 08:09 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Punjab farmer attempts suicide near Singhu border, admitted to Rohtak's PGIMS

    A 65-year-old Punjab farmer protesting against the Centre’s agriculture laws attempted suicide by taking some poisonous substance near the Delhi’s Singhu border on Monday, a police official said.

    Niranjan Singh, who hails from Punjab’s Tarn Taran, was admitted to the Rohtak’s PGIMS and his condition is stated to be stable, the official said.

    Before the suicide bid, the farmer left a note behind, which is being verified by police.

    “We are in the process of recording his statement,” the official said when asked about the reason behind the suicide attempt.

    The incident comes close on the heels of a Sikh preacher, Sant Ram Singh, allegedly committing suicide near the Singhu border last week as he was “unable to bear the pain of the farmers”.

  • December 21, 2020 / 07:45 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Youth Congress protests outside Krishi Bhawan, demands justice for farmers

    Congress' youth outfit IYC on Monday demonstrated against the Centre''s agri laws at the Krishi Bhawan here and demanded justice for the farmers who have died during the over three week long stir at Delhi borders.
    The farmers have gathered at all the borders of Delhi in the biting cold and are demanding that the government repeal the "black laws", said Srinivas B V, president of Indian Youth Congress (IYC).

    "In the last 25 days, more than 25 farmers have been martyred in this movement.  The government should not underestimate the strength of farmers," he said.

    Some of the protesters who tried to get past a police barricade near Krishi Bhawan, were detained and taken to Mandir Marg Police Station, said Rahul Rao, national media incharge of IYC.

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  • December 21, 2020 / 07:21 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Social media crucial for our agitation: Farmers on Facebook shutting down protest page

    A day after Facebook temporarily shut down a page on the ongoing farmers agitation against the Centre’s new farm laws, the protestors on Monday said social media was crucial for their movement as it allowed them to tell the “truth in their our own words”.

    The social media giant had Sunday evening shut down the page of ‘Kisan Ekta Morcha’ that shares “official updates” on the agitation, only to restore it three hours later following social media outrage.

    The Kisan Ekta Morcha’s Instagram page was also temporarily suspended.

  • December 21, 2020 / 06:21 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Several protesting farmers queue up at Singhu border to register for blood donation camp

    Several protesting farmers queued up here at the Singhu border on Monday to register their names for a blood donation camp set up by a Ludhiana-based NGO.
    More than 240 protesting farmers have so far donated blood at the camp, which began on Sunday and has been set up by Rehras Sewa Society.

    A four-member team of the NGO, along with nine members of the blood bank, started their camp here at the Singhu border on Sunday around 10.30 am and by 5 pm, 190 farmers had donated blood.

  • December 21, 2020 / 06:02 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Always ready for talks but Centre must offer 'concrete solution', say farmer leaders

    Farm leaders on December 21 said they were always ready for dialogue as long as there is a some “concrete solution”. They added that a letter from the Centre on Sunday only sought a date for the next round of talks.

  • December 21, 2020 / 05:05 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Special Kerala Assembly session on December 23 for resolution against agriculture reform laws

    A special session of the Kerala Assembly is being convened on Wednesday to discuss the three contentious central farm laws and pass a resolution against the acts, whose repeal is being insisted by farmers agitating at the borders of Delhi for nearly a month. 

    The decision to convene the special session on the laws was taken by the CPI-M led LDF government at a Cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday, official sources said. Finance Minister Thomas Isaac in a tweet said Kerala was in "total solidarity" with the farmers'' struggle and the session would discuss and ''reject'' the laws. "

  • December 21, 2020 / 04:39 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Facebook clarifies 'Kisan Ekta Morcha' page was marked spam due to increased activity

    Clarifying the reason behind the suspension of the Kisan Ekta Morcha page, social media giant Facebook on Monday said its automated systems found an increased activity on the page and flagged it as "spam".

    A company spokesperson pointed out that the page was restored within 3 hours.

    Facebook had on Sunday temporarily blocked the page of Kisan Ekta Morcha for allegedly "going against" the platform's "Community Standards on spam". The page, which was being used by the farmers protesting at the borders of the national capital, was later restored.

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  • December 21, 2020 / 03:32 PM IST

     Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Group of farmers sit on relay fast against farm laws in UP: A group of 11 farmers here sat on an indefinite relay fast against the three agri laws in Bindki area, police said on Monday. The farmers, led by District Panchayat member Bablu Kalia, sat on the relay fast from Sunday at Ambedkar party, Station House Officer Bindki Satyendra Singh said. Bablu said that the new farm laws are "death warrant" for the farmers and they will protest it till they are withdrawn. The SHO said that on Sunday they left after giving memorandum to the district administration but on Monday they again came and are sitting on the fast. 

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