LIVE UPDATES: Stop Adani group, which invaded cricket match between Australia and India in Sydney, extends support to protesting farmers; day’s other big stories

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After Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and dozens of British MPs, Australia’s Stop Adani campaign has extended their support to India’s protesting farmers. Stop Adani was recently in the news after one of its activists invaded the cricket pitch during a match involving Australia and India.

Stop Adani‘s Simon Gedda, Central Queensland farmer from Lotus Creek said, “As a Queensland farmer who understands the impacts of climate change first hand, I stand in solidarity with the millions of Indian farmers who are pushing back on Adani and the Government’s farm laws. It can be tough being a farmer, not only do we battle the elements and increasingly, climate change impacts but we are now called on to protect farmers rights against billionaire coal barons. This is a fight many Australian farmers understand, and it’s a fight we can’t shy away from. Adani and pro-coal Governments are ruining farmers’ livelihoods from India to Australia.”

Last month, the first ODI between India and Australia was briefly stopped after a couple of anti-Adani protesters entered the Sydney Cricket Ground carrying a placard that read, “No $1 bn Adani Loan.” The protesters in question wore T-shirts that carried the “Stop Adani” logo.

Meanwhile, British PM Boris Johnson is facing widespread ridicule for confusing India’s farmers’ protest with the border tension with Pakistan.

LIVE UPDATES on farmers’ protest and today’s big stories will appear below;

17:57 PM: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accuses Modi govt of snatching away fundamental rights of poor, says doing so is a crime against humanity. (PTI)

17:33 PM: A 32-year-old engineer, who was #workingfromhome following the #COVID19 outbreak, committed suicide by stabbing himself with a knife in #Delhi’s Pashchim Vihar area, the police said on Thursday. (IANS)

16:58 PM: NCB arrests Bollywood makeup artist & hairstylist Suraj Godambe, another person after seizing small quantity of cocaine from their possession: official. (PTI)

15:37 PM: The agitation by #Farmers camping on the #Delhi borders since November 26 to demand repeal of the new agricultural laws continued for the 15th day on Thursday, with peasant leaders adamant on intensifying the protests further. (IANS)

13:53 PM: Bihar: Case registered against two persons for allegedly raping a woman in Muzaffarpur. “Based on the victim’s written complaint, case registered against the accused. Search for accused and two unknown persons involved in the incident underway,” say Police. (IANS)

13:04 PM: #AstadDeboo, the pioneer of contemporary dance in India, and a recipient of the prestigious #PadmaShri and Sangeet Natak Akademi awards, passed away on Thursday in #Mumbai after a brief illness. He was 73. (IANS)

12:39 PM: Two minor boys allegedly raped a minor girl in Sandi Village of Jalaun District. “Case registered against the accused. The victim sent for a medical check-up. A team of police has been deployed in the village,” says SSP Awadhesh Singh. (ANI)

12:08 PM: Last time he made such a statement, we had gheraoed his house. Now, the situation is such that we’ll have to enter his house & beat him up: Maharashtra Minister Bacchu Kadu on Union Minister Raosaheb Danve’s statement ‘China, Pak behind farmer’s protest’. (ANI)

11:36 AM: SC says it will hear in January last week appeals challenging Oct 9 verdict of J&K HC scrapping Roshni Act. (PTI)

10:36 AM: Madhya Pradesh: A dalit man died after allegedly being beaten up by two youths for touching food at a feast in Chhatarpur district on December 7. SSP Samir Saurabh said, “A case has been registered under section 302 of IPC & a hunt is on to nab the accused”. (ANI)

10:06 AM: Single-day rise of 31,521 infections, 412 fatalities pushes India’s COVID-19 caseload to 97,67,371, death toll to 1,41,772: Govt. (PTI)

09:24 AM: Nine people including former MLA Rakesh Singh have been booked for manhandling a policeman during a protest organised by Samajwadi Party on December 7: Aligarh SP City Kuldeep Singh. (ANI)

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