December 29: Punjabi Women Play Prominent Role in Intensifying Protests

1. A bibi protestor Malkit Kaur has died due to an accident while crossing the road in Punjab. She had returned from Singhu and was sitting in protest in Punjab as well.
2. One side effect on the morcha. Thousands of Bibian support their husbands in morcha in Delhi. However, thousands more bibian are doing farming in their lands. A gruesome video emerged today of an elderly Bibi whose hand was crushed while working in the fields in machinery. They are having to do the manual hard Labour work while the morcha is happening.
3. NDTV reports massive farmer protests in the Bihar capital of Patna. 10,000 + farmers March on Patna is very embarrassing for Modi as it’s a BJP state.
4. Bihar police attack Bihar farmers aggressively as news spreads of the protest on TV channels.
5. Lakha Sidhana asked farmers’ NRIs not to sell their lands in Punjab to corporations. He said these corporations want the land because when China has completed its new Silk Road, these fertile lands will be sending food from the Middle East to Russia. Corporations want to buy these lands of you now cheaply as they will substantially increase in value in the future.
6. Despite being the most sensible voice of the morcha, Lakha Sidhana still getting restricted to speak on stage. Lakha said out of 40 kisan unions, 39 have no issues with him, only one does. But we need unity now, we can sort these issues out in Punjab when we return.
7. Deep Sidhu still not getting any time at all on stage, but gets a lot of support on his social media updates.
8. Farmer union leaders have accepted center’s proposal on 30th of December at 2 PM. Tractor march has been postponed from 30 to 31 December. Tribune reports that farmers will bring tractors from Punjab, Haryana and UP for the march.
9. In a big jolt to the Bharatiya Janata Party, Punjab division, its major Sikh face and former Member of Parliament (MP) Harinder Singh Khalsa has quitted the saffron party in protest against three farm laws recently legislated by its government in Centre. Huge blow to their next election hopes.
10. BJP infighting continues as they struggle to control events. Their Punjab head admits they can no longer go into villages of Punjab safely.
11. The gherao of BJP leaders continued with gherao of Kamaljeet Singh who had gone to see his relative in Bathinda. He had to escape through back door.
12. Bloomberg: Mukesh Ambani sold Silicon Valley and Wall Street a $27 billion plan to transform his tech empire. Now the billionaire is under pressure to deliver.
13. Basketball Toronto Raptors Super Fan Nav Singh Bhatia Refuses Indian of the Year Award, Writes Emotional Letter of Refusal. “My heart cannot accept this {global Indian award 2020 from CIF Canada India Foundation} award at this time. Not while my brothers and sisters across India are in pain. I stand with all of the farmers of India. I pray for a safe and peaceful resolve.” I am Sikh.Actually.I am a proud Sikh.” It’s an embarrassing setback to the Indian govt attempt to divide Sikhs in Canada.
14. Due to fake news about Khalsa Aid presented by Zee News, Gurpreet Grewal refuses to present her show Canada Bhangra on the Zee Network.
15. Ravi Singh from Khalsa Aid calls on more Punjabi artists to quit the Zee Network.
16. Veterinary Association of Punjab has sent its group in solidarity with farmers. The group of 32 reached Tikri an hour ago.
17. Sarvan Singh Pander has said that the farmers’ groups from other states that have not been able to become part of this movement will be added as well
18. Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh committee decided not to participate in tomorrow’s talks between Central govt and farmer unions. In a statement, committee said PM Narendra Modi and central ministers’ statement show that govt is defending the new farm laws and it does not have solid agenda.
19. On the ground, Journalist @PunYaab- More Panchayats complain the Jio have illegally built towers on their lands in villages. They said no payments by Jio have ever been made to Panchayats. Machhiwara BDPO Rajwinder Kaur said she is not aware of this as work was done few years ago. Samrala SDM Gitika Singh complained that ADC(D) Sandeep Kumar can answer questions related to this issue. Sandeep Kumar said issue of installation of towers in panchayat land doesn’t comes under his department. Director of Panchayat and Rural Development ministry Manpreet Singh said this issue is related to e-governance department. They all pass the buck.
20. 17 FIR’s registered against mobile tower vandalism activities in Punjab. No arrests made yet. Police directed to recover property. 1602 towers are without electricity.
21. Buddha Dal donate 5lakh rupees to farmer unions.
22. Khalsa Aid have now set up washing machines at Tikri border.
23. 30,000 protestors enjoyed coffee with Gurh thanks to Sikh Relief.
24. Life Care Foundation has set up Free laboratory for protesting farmers at Singhu Border. They help the elderly age group that’s vulnerable to diabetes, hypertension & other ailments. The laboratory offers free blood test & other tests as well.
25. An unprecedented coalition of Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh elected officials from California sent a letter to the Indian Ambassador supporting farmers in India.
26. UK MP Tanmanjit Singh Dhesi writes on Twitter, “To clarify Boris Johnson’s understanding of #FarmersProtest and to ensure he raises it with Indian PM, a cross-party letter is being sent to him in early Jan. Rather than contact me, please email your local MP, if they’d like to add their signature to lend support to this cause.”
27. According to the Mumbai Police allegedly the Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami paid lakhs to senior officials of TV rating agency BARC, including CEO Partho Dasgupta to manipulate the Television Points Ratings (TRP). The Police submitted a remand note to the magistrate court on Monday, December 28.
28. Lots of love between farmers. Many help each other. Keep the site clean. Akhand keertani jatha and nihangs dals doing keertan together and making sarbloh langar. Lots of farmers from many states having discussions to increase knowledge on farming and how to build more unity.



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