Doval’s Meeting with BJP-RSS Leaders Calls for a Probe: CPI(M)

THE CPI(M) Tripura state secretary, Bijan Dhar, has vehemently condemned the RSS-BJP’s blatant bid to vitiate the pre-poll scenario in Tripura by including the country’s National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, as an active participant in their vital party meeting held on January 14 in the official residence of union...

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SCHEME WORKERS ALL INDIA STRIKE: A Strike to Defend the Basic Rights...

IT was a historic day for the trade union movement of the country on many counts, when nearly sixty lakh scheme workers almost 90 per cent of whom are women, went on strike on January 17, 2018. This is for the first time that the joint platform of...

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Rumblings in Supreme Court

THE press conference by four senior judges of the Supreme Court on January 12 was truly unprecedented in the judicial history of India. Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, the four senior most judges after the chief justice and who constitute the five-member collegium took this extraordinary step to...

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‘PM Modi’s Ideological Soul-mate Netanyahu Not Welcome in the Country’

A collective protest of various Left parties, including the CPI(M), CPI, CGPI, Forward Block, RSP, CPI(ML), SUCI-C, was held on January 15 against Netanyahu’s visit. ‘Go Back Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’ slogans echoed in New Delhi on January 15 as Left Parties organised a protest march against his visit to India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘ideological...

On Recent Employment Trends in India

Employment declined in establishments that are relatively larger in size within the unregistered segment and employ one to ten hired workers. Therefore, the rise in employment in the organised manufacturing sector was primarily driven by contractualisation and in the unorganised segment, employment increase was accompanied by fragmentation of productive activities. The situation has further worsened because of demonetisation and introduction of GST, causing...

Aadhaar Security: The Emperor has no Clothes

For those familiar with failing software projects, there is a now a sense of desperation in the UIDAI’s responses: from shooting the messenger – filing FIR against Tribune – to clutching at straws. All the measures it is proposing do not address the fundamental issue of a hugely compromised Aadhaar security system, built with public money, and at a huge cost. Can we now take a hard look at whether the Aadhaar project can actually deliver what it...

Women’s Organisations Protest Brutal Incidents of Rape in Haryana

In the wake of four incidents of rape in the past three days in Haryana, a number of women’s organiSations including AIDWA burnt the effigy of Haryana chief minister ML Khattar outside the gate of Haryana Bhawan in New Delhi on January 17, in protest against the recent spate of rape and murder cases in the state. These cases were reported from Kurukshetra/Jind, Panipat, Pinjore and Faridabad. In...

MAHARASHTRA: AIDWA Celebrates Savitribai Phule Birth Anniversary

ON January 3, 2018, the birth anniversary of the great social reformer and pioneer of women’s education Savitribai Phule, was observed by the AIDWA in various parts of Maharashtra. The largest programme was organised by the AIDWA Thane-Palghar district committee. A meeting of over 1500 women from seven tehsils of the district was held at Comrade Godavari Shamrao Parulekar Bhavan in Talasari in...

Supreme Court Accepts AIKS Application in Aadhar Act Case

THE All India Kisan Sabha, in a statement issued on January 16, has said that its application in the Aadhar Case – writ petition (Civil) No 342 of 2017 in the matter of Shanta Sinha and another Vs Union of India and others has been accepted by the Supreme Court with the intervention application number 6666/18 dated January 15, 2018. Advocate on Record Reshmitha Ramachandran has filed the application. Senior lawyer of...

JHARKHAND: CPI(M) State Conference Vows to Build Left-Democratic Alternative

THE sixth state conference of the CPI(M) Jharkhand commitee was held at the ‘Coal Capital of India’, Dhanbad on January 10-12, 2018. The conference commenced with the hoisting of the Party flag by veteran leader and state secretariat member of CPI(M), Rajendra Singh Munda, followed by three rallies across the thoroughfares of the city, which culminated at the Zila Parishad ground...

Odisha State Conference Calls for Expanding Party Base

THE 21st Odisha state conference of the CPI(M) was successfully held from January 7-9 in Berhampur. It was inaugurated by CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury. On January 7, a hugely-attended public meeting was preceded by big colourful processions with red flags, festoons, placards and traditional band from different corners of the city. These processions converged at Ramalingam Tank Road, the venue of the public...

Wearing Black Badges, Journos Defend Right to Report

A REMARKABLE speech defending the freedom of expression by Tribune editor Harish Khare kicked off Delhi Union of Journalists’ meeting on “The Right to Investigate – UIDAI vs The Tribune” held on January 10 at the Gandhi Peace Foundation. The speech was in the context of the filing of an FIR by the UIDAI against the newspaper and its reporter Rachna Khaira for exposing leaks in the Aadhaar system. Chandigarh based Khare’s...