Protest News Updates: 13 March 2018

13 March 2018

Opposition leaders criticise government policies, express support to protesters

Congress terms it a shame that farmers have to take such extreme steps, CPI(M) says protests will not stop with just verbal assurances. With thousands of protesters gathered at Azad Maidan, leaders of all Opposition parties made a beeline to the venue to address the farmers and express solidarity with their cause. Read more at:

After Maharashtra, farmers march towards Delhi, demand loan waiver: Updates
The decision was announced at a rally addressed by state ministers along with farmers’ leaders at Azad Maidan in Mumbai. The gruelling 200-km, six-day ‘Long Kisan March’ by over 35,000 farmers finally ended on a positive note, with the Maharashtra government agreeing to most of the farmers’ demands on Monday evening. These include the right to forest land and waiver of loans. The decision was announced at a rally addressed by state ministers along with farmer leaders at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan, where the peasants arrived at dawn on Monday. Later, the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) leaders announced that the agitation was withdrawn. Read more at:

Sealing drive: Traders call for bandh in National Capital

With over a hundred last rites processions (shavyatra) of the sealing drive scheduled, traders from across the Capital have decided to go ahead with the proposed ‘Bandh’ on Tuesday. Traders from posh market areas like Connaught Place to Asia’s largest marketplace Sadar, will be keeping their shops shut to register their protest against the ongoing sealing.

The traders called for the Bandh after the lathicharge in Old Double Story area, resulting in severe injuries to a trader. “Not even a single shop owner will open his shop in Delhi- NCR on Tuesday, every corner of the Capital will remain shut,” said Praveen Khandelwal, general secretary, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT). Read more at:

Rajasthan University assures of valid degrees after students go on hunger strike

University of Rajasthan, on Monday, released a clarification stating that students currently studying in Five-Year Law College will get valid degrees, once they graduate. This clarification came as a response to the protest at the university campus, which ended late Monday evening. A fifth year student, last Wednesday, went on an indefinite hunger strike, until the demands including affiliation with Bar Council of India (BCI) were met. The affiliation by BCI to run the course was only till 2014-15. Read more at:

UP woman, daughter write to Prez for passive euthanasia

A woman and her 33-year-old daughter, suffering from muscular dystrophy, have written to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking permission for passive euthanasia. Shashi Mishra (59) and her daughter Anamika Mishra, hailing from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, have written letters to the President with their plea. City magistrate Raj Narayan Pandey said, “The letters have been sent directly to the office of the President of India. Read more at:

UN chief calls himself ‘proud feminist,’ urges men to follow

Violence against women is the greatest human rights challenge of our time, says Antonio Guterrres
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called himself “a proud feminist” Monday and said all men should support women’s rights and gender equality. The U.N. chief said changing “the unequal power dynamics” that underpin discrimination and violence against women is “the greatest human rights challenge of our time” and a goal that is “in everyone’s interests.” Read more at:

When Mumbai’s Azad Maidan turned a sea of red

Mumbai’s Azad Maidan turned a sea of red as over 15,000 farmers donning red caps sat through the day as a host of politicians and representatives of trade unions and student unions came and spoke, expressing solidarity. Most of the farmers were exhausted having walked from Mulund to Sion and then after a few hours’ rest walked on to reach south Mumbai early on Monday. Read more at:

Call to support bid to conserve Comtrust factory

Civil society intervention is needed to conserve the century-old Comtrust Weaving Factory at Mananchira, which was taken over by the State government recently, Communist Party of India State secretary Kanam Rajendran has said. He was speaking here on Monday after presenting the G. Devarajan Memorial Award to trade union leader E.C. Satheesan in recognition of his efforts to protect the interests of Comtrust employees and conserve the factory. Read more at:

ICR Staff Reporter

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