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WEST BENGAL: Memorial Meeting for Comrade Sukomal Sen

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury called for building up alternative policies to fight against the BJP. ‘What the country needs are policies, not leaders’, he said while addressing the memorial meeting of Comrade Sukomal Sen in Kolkata.

CPI(M) Central Control Commission chairman and Central Committee member Comrade Sukomal Sen passed away on November 22. Rich tributes were paid to him in the memorial meeting. His contribution to the trade union movement, particularly in the fight against neoliberal attacks was remembered.

TAMIL NADU: Kanyakumari Devastated by Ockhi Cyclone

END of November saw the fury of Ockhi cyclone in the three southern districts of Tamil Nadu namely Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi. In this, Kanyakumari bore the brunt while the cyclone was changing its direction towards the western coast. This district is well known for its coconut, rubber and plantain trees besides paddy, which form the economic backbone of the district. The strong gale uprooted each and every tree in the district besides numerous electricity poles bringing the normal life to a stanstill. More than 2,000 houses were fully or partially damaged.

Oppose Privatisation of Dredging Corporation of India

THE union cabinet decided to completely privatise the Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) at its meeting on November 2. Subsequently, the government formed an inter-ministerial group on November 22 to speed up the privatisation process. CITU general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Tapan Sen wrote a letter to the prime minister on the same day, opposing the privatisation of the DCI. On December 4, a permanent employee of the corporation, N Venkatesh, committed suicide near Vizianagram in Andhra Pradesh.

NALANDA UNIVERSITY, BIHAR: Retrenched Guards Fight for their Reinstatement

THE ancient International Nalanda University in its new incarnation has started functioning from 2014 in a new campus in picturesque town of Rajgir, which happens to be a tourist spot and seat of Buddhism and Jainisim in Bihar.

The peasants of the surrounding areas have been forced to part with their multi-crop land for the construction of Nalanda University and the Bihar government had promised to provide jobs to their wards and announced that the all round development of the 14 villages adjacent to the  university campus, will be ensured.

WEST BENGAL: Tribals, Dalits Rally to Defend Rights

TRIBALS, members of Dalit and Scheduled sections gathered in a huge meeting in Kolkata on November 28, to voice their genuine and long standing demands. The meeting was jointly organised by Paschimbanga Samajik Nyaya Mancha, Adivasi Adhikar Mancha and Adivasi Lokshilpi Sangha. A day before the rally, the three organisations had submitted a deputation to the governor, who admitted that the demands are genuine and are worthy of serious consideration. He has assured the delegation that he would convey their concerns to both the central and state government.

PUNJAB: Anganwadi Mulazam Union Achieves Victory

AS a result of the struggle of the Anganwadi Mulazam Union (AMU), which is affiliated to All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH), Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has given assurance in writing that no anganwadi centre would be affected with the commencement of pre-primary classes. The government also made it clear that the anganwadi centres would function from their set locations and the government would not shut down any centre in Punjab.

Mammoth Rally of Working People in Agartala

THE Left Front government in Tripura is pursuing an alternative policy in favour of the poor, toiling masses and the middle class, contrary to that of the RSS-BJP-led Modi government at the Centre which is working for corporate barons. This alternative policy must be highlighted before the nation through the victory of the Left Front in the ensuing assembly election, frustrating all conspiracies hatched by the opposition parties, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar told a mammoth rally of the working people at Vivekananda Maidan in Agartala on November 26.

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