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HIMACHAL PRADESH: CPI(M) Prepares for Assembly Elections

THE elections to the Himachal Pradesh state assembly may be announced any day and are expected to be in the second week of November 2017. The CPI(M) well in advance, has released its list of candidates who have even started the campaign in their respective constituencies. The Party is contesting in 13 seats that include four in Shimla , three in Mandi, two in Hamirpur and one each in Kullu, Solan, Sirmour and Lahaul and Spiti districts.

BIHAR: Jan-Aakrosh Rally Warns: Countdown to Modi, Nitish has Begun

THREE months of campaigns and mobilisation of people at the grassroots level on their day-to-day issues culminated in a huge turnout of peasants, workers and women at Jan-Aakrosh March in Patna on September 19. It has sent a strong message of determination to fight the anti-people policies pursued by the BJP-led Centre and the Nitish Kumar-led state government.

PUNJAB: Comrade Surjeet’s Death Anniversary Observed

PEOPLE from all walks of life from many places in Punjab converged at the Girls School grounds of Bundala Manjhki (Jalandhar), native village of Comrade Harkishan Singh Surjeet, former general secretary of CPI(M) and a Communist leader of international repute to pay him tributes on his ninth death anniversary, on September 24.  Besides state leaders of CPI(M), leaders of various political parties paid their tributes to Comrade Surjeet. A large number of women participated in the meeting.

ASSAM: Massive Peasant Convention at Guwahati

LIKE the entire country Assam also has been witnessing unprecedented agrarian distress due to the anti-peasant neo-liberal economic policies pursued by BJP-led governments both at the centre and the state. The woes of the peasantry in Assam have all the more aggravated by the problem of devastating floodS and erosion that visits the state annually in several phases; the utter lack of irrigation facilities in the state; the non-possession of land pattas by overwhelming majority of the peasantry and the large scale eviction drive undertaken by the state government.

A Dirty Game to Protect Killers of Tripura Journalist

WITH an eye on the 2018 Tripura assembly polls, the IPFT(NC) has mounted numerous attacks on left and progressive forces in the state. Since its efforts to disrupt a rally of the Ganamukti Parishad (GMP) in Agartala on September 19, the IPFT has intensified its attacks. While CPI(M) workers managed to resist most of these attacks with the help of the people, progressive-minded journalist Shantanu Bhowmik was brutally killed by IPFT miscreants in Mandai in West Tripura on September 20.

MAHARASHTRA: Whole-Timers State Workshop Held

AS part of the implementation of the state organisational plenum decisions, the CPI(M) Maharashtra state committee organised a state level workshop for Party whole-timers at Solapur on August 19-20, 2017. It had organised a state Party class in Mumbai in June and seven regional Party classes are due in September and October. Some important decisions about the state Party weekly ‘Jeewan Marg’ have led to a doubling of its circulation from July. From November 15 to December 15, a statewide call has been given to collect one crore rupees as whole-timers fund.

SFI-TSU sweeps in Tripura college council elections

THE SFI-TSU combine registered a splendid victory defeating the RSS-affiliated ABVP in all the 22 general degree colleges in Tripura, where students council elections were held on September 12. Out of a total 393 office-bearers and 385 class representative seats, the SFI-TSU won 385 and 366 seats respectively. In all, the SFI-TSU (Students Federation of India and Tribal Students Union) combine won 751 (96.53 per cent) seats. The remaining eight office-bearer and 19 class representative seats were won by the ABVP.

Jubilant SFI-TSU activists took out victory processions.

DELHI: Public Hearing on Arbitrary Closing-down of Slaughter Houses

A PUBLIC hearing (jan sunwai) was held in New Delhi on September 12. This event was organised by Save Environment and Human Rights ‘SEHAR’.
The public hearing brought together people from various sections of society who have been adversely affected by the arbitrary closing down of slaughter houses, attacks by the self-proclaimed ‘gau rakshaks” and the unannounced ban on the sale of raw meat or cooked meat dishes in dhabas and hotels in the states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

KARNATAKA: Thousands of ‘Gauri’s March in Defiance

EXACTLY a week after assassination of Gauri Lankesh, thousands of ‘Gauri’s marched in Bangalore in defiance. The colourful march with thousands shouting “I am Gauri” from Railway Station to Central College, and the resistance convention held, reflected the raging anger against the murder of public intellectuals to suppress dissenting voices and freedom of expression. It also reflected the defiance by a rainbow coalition of forces representing journalists, writers, artists, students, social activists, thinkers, social movements, and political parties.

Massive Protest in West Bengal: District Headquarters Seized for Hours despite Police Attack

THOUSANDS of people joined in massive protest demonstrations at district headquarters in West Bengal on September 11, at the call of the Left Front. The protest took a militant turn and the protestors battled with police in many districts. The demands of the protest included remunerative price for the peasants, digital ration cards for all, equal pay for equal work, opening of closed factories etc. Restoration of democracy, end to boundless corruption in panchayats and municipalities, defence of unity of the people were issues that reverberated in these rallies.

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