Farm unions want Moga FIR quashed: ‘Akali Dal workers started violence, damaged farmers’ vehicles with help of police’

A day after the Moga police lathicharged protesting farmers outside SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal rally venue in Moga’s new grain market and booked several, including farm union leaders, for alleged stone pelting that injured cops, farmers accused Akali workers of vandalising their vehicles with help of the police.

Farm unions held a protest march in Moga on Friday and said that a pakka morcha will be started from September 8 if the ‘false FIR’ against farmers is not cancelled.

The SKM declared that it will protest along with members of all 32 unions of Punjab outside Moga DS’s office on September 8 if the FIR filed under attempt to murder charges was not cancelled.

BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) also condemned lathicharge and demanded cancellation of the FIR. “This Moga incident has proved that there is no difference between Khattar’s BJP Govt in Haryana and Captain’s Congress government in Punjab,” said Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan from BKU (Ekta Ugrahan).

Apart from quashing of the FIR, farmers said that they should be compensated for their loss and instead an FIR should be registered against those persons who damaged their vehicles.

At the protest march led by BKU (Krantikari) Friday at Moga’s Dana Mandi, gangster-turned-activist Lakha Sidhana, an accused in Delhi’s January 26 Red Fort violence case, also participated and addressed farmers.

The Indian Express had reported that after stone pelting and lathicharge on Thursday, Moga Police had filed an FIR against 17 farm union leaders and other activists such as Chamkaur Singh Rode (Kirti Kisan Union), Baldev Singh Zira (BKU Krantikari), Karamjit Singh (Naujawan Bharat Sabha) and others. At least 60 farmers and 7 cops were injured in the ruckus Thursday. Police claims that protesting farmers had pelted stones on cops. But according to farmers, stone pelting was allegedly started by Akali Dal and SOI (Students Organisation of India) workers. SOI is the students’ wing of Akali Dal.

In a memorandum submitted to the SSP Moga and DC, BKU (Krantikari) wrote, “As per the call given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), farmers from our union had gathered outside Sukhbir Badal’s rally venue to question him regarding three farm laws. Without giving us any warning, police lathicharged us in which many farmers got injured.

Not only this, but the youth workers of Akali Dal, in connivance with police, also vandalided our vehicles. Though detained protesters were released later by the police, an FIR has been registered against farm leaders and other protesters for attempt to murder which is completely unjustified.”

“The violence was started by Akali Dal workers, they started pelting stones and FIR is being registered against protesting farmers under the Congress government. Instead of booking Akali Dal workers, farmers are being booked. Is this how CM Amarinder Singh proves that he is pro-farmers,” said Baldev Singh Zira, state general secretary, BKU (Krantikari), who has been named in the FIR.

Meanwhile, Kirti Kisan Union in a statement said that if Moga Police will not cancel the ‘false FIR’ by September 8, then a massive protest march will be held outside Moga DC office.

“Our union was holding peaceful protest during Sukhbir Badal’s visit and then suddenly Akali Dal workers and hooligans from its SOI wing along with police, started pelting stones on farmers and also vandalised their vehicles.
Police also lathicharged elder farmers who also got severely injured. Police also used water cannons without any provocation in which many farmers got injured,” said Nirbhay Singh Dhudike, state president, Kirti Kisan Union.

“An indefinite protest (pakka morcha) will be started outside Moga DC office by Samyukta Kisan Morcha if this false FIR is not cancelled by September 8,” said Chamkaur Singh Rode, vice president, Kirti Kisan Union, also booked in the FIR.

Moga SSP Dhruman Nimbale said that an inquiry has been marked to SP (investigation) to probe the matter and as per videography evidence. He added that names will be added or deleted from the FIR based on the probe.

“Farm union leaders who have been booked were leading the protest and violence occurred. We will check videos once again and nominate names of violent protesters as per video evidence,” said the SSP.

Teachers’ Day 2021: Importance, history and significance of Teachers’ Day celebration in India

Teachers’ Day 2021, Teachers Day History, Significance and Importance: Dedicated to teachers and the role they play in shaping their students’ lives, every year September 5 is celebrated as Teachers’ Day. The day also commemorates the birth anniversary of scholar and Bharat Ratna recipient Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was born on the same day in 1888.

A revered academic, Radhakrishnan — also the first vice president and second president of independent India — was born into a Telugu family. He authored the book, The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore, he had a master’s degree in philosophy and played a huge role in placing Indian philosophy on the global map. He had a long academic career and taught at Chennai’s Presidency College and Calcutta University, and even served as the Vice Chancellor of Andhra Pradesh University (from 1931-1936). He also taught Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford from 1936, a position he held for 16 years.

Since 1962 — the year he took oath as the President of India — Teacher’s Day is celebrated on his birthday to commemorate his work, something he is believed to have considered a “proud privilege”.

Remnants of Hurricane Ida hit US Open, create chaos

Even a retractable roof at the U.S. Open was no match for the heavy rain and wind as the remnants of Hurricane Ida carried to Flushing Meadows, knocking down tree limbs and causing flooding around the tournament grounds, while forcing a match to shift from one court to another after a delay of 2 1/2 hours.

“Crazy weather,” was the way 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman summed things up after he managed to beat 2017 runner-up Kevin Anderson 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-4 in their interrupted contest to reach the third round as Wednesday became Thursday.

The National Weather Service office in New York declared its first-ever set of flash flood emergencies in the region, subway stations and tracks became so flooded that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority suspended all service and New York City put in place a travel ban until 5 a.m. ET Thursday for all non-emergency vehicles.

Schwartzman and Anderson originally went out to start their match at Louis Armstrong Stadium before 7:30 p.m. but did not finish until just past 1 a.m. at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Those are the only two arenas at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center outfitted with covers that can be moved into place and allow competition to proceed when Mother Nature causes problems.Usually, anyway.

Armstrong, a 14,000-seat stadium that was updated ahead of the 2018 U.S. Open, was equipped with a naturally ventilated roof and the space purposely left between the concourse and the top allowed the rain to get blown onto the court by strong wind. So folks popped open umbrellas while sitting under the roof, and Anderson and Schwartzman were halted at 5-all in the first set while workers dried the court. Play resumed, then was stopped again early in the second set. The tournament then gave up on the idea of finishing at Armstrong and decided to move things to Ashe once the in-progress match there between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Adrian Mannarino ended.

Wednesday’s last scheduled match in Armstrong, between Angelique Kerber and Anhelina Kalinina, was postponed until Thursday. Schwartzman had no interest in that sort of scenario. “I was ready to play and I wanted to finish today, not finish tomorrow. You never know what can happen,” said Schwartzman, a 5-foot-7 Argentine who reached the semifinals at last year’s French Open and twice has been a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Open. “I was trying to push … to play tonight.”
Then, since things were running so simply and smoothly as it is, Mannarino grabbed the third set in a tiebreaker that ended just past 11 p.m. to prolong that match and, in turn, delay the continuation of Anderson vs. Schwartzman.

On top of that, Tsitsipas headed off court for a toilet break, as is his wont. Eight minutes elapsed before the fourth set could start, and Mannarino got a bunch of tennis balls so he could hit some practice serves to keep his shoulder loose. Tsitsipas returned to boos from spectators.
At least things were expedited from there. Tsitsipas rolled through a 6-0 fourth set in a mere half-hour, and Anderson and Schwartzman wasted little time getting out on Ashe.