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HIMACHAL PRADESH: CPI(M) Wins Theog Assembly Seat

Greetings on CPI(M) Victory in Theog

CPI(M)  Polit Bureau has issued the following statement on December 18, 2017.

THE Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) congratulates the people of Theog assembly constituency in Himachal Pradesh for electing the CPI(M) candidate Rakesh Singha. This victory is all the more significant as it comes in the background of a highly polarised election between two major parties.

KARNATAKA: Union Minister leads ‘Burning’ of Uttara Kannada Dist

THE BJP and the Sangh Parivar stood thoroughly exposed in spreading communal hatred against Muslim community at Honnavar town in coastal Uttara Kannada district. The saffron brigade made all-out efforts to capitalise on the mysterious death of an 18-year old youth Paresh Mesta, whose body was found on December 8 in a tank in Honnavar town. Paresh was missing since December 6 following a clash between two communities after an accident; and preceded by a skirmish at Chandavar in the taluk on the eve of Hanuma Jaynathi-Eid celebrations.

‘DEAD BODY POLITICS’

BJP Trying to Vitiate Peaceful Atmosphere in Tripura

AS the election to the Tripura assembly is expected to be held in February next year, hectic preparations are being made by the election authoritiesas well asall the political parties.The full team of the Election Commission visited the state on November 28. The commission met leaders of all the national political parties separately and herd the issues raised by them. They also supervised the administrative preparedness. At a press meet, the EC team indicated that the electionin Tripura would be held as scheduled.

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.

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