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TMC Sabotages Court Verdict Fight against Terror Continues

IN an unprecedented verdict, the Calcutta High Court directed the State Election Commission to accept the nomination of panchayat candidates sent via email within the extended April 23 deadline. This verdict has come as a response to CPI(M)’s appeal in the court. CPI(M) has been forced to make such an appeal after hundreds of Left candidates were denied access to BDO, SDO office by TMC armed gangs. SEC was earlier asked by the court to extend the time of nomination for one day.

BJP’s Authoritarian Regime Takes Grip on Tripura

ONE and a half months have passed since the BJP-IPFT (Indigenous People's Front of Tripura) coalition government has assumed office in Tripura and the attacks on the Left front workers and supporters continue in full swing in the state.

On May 7, the state police imposed Section 144 and cordoned up the entire old motor stand areas by the paramilitary forces in Agartala. Several JCB machines were used to bulldoze the offices of the Tripura Motor Shramik Union (TMSU) which were occupied by the BJP workers after declaration of the election result.

Bombay University and College Teachers’ Union Wins Senate Election

THE process of elections for the Senate, Academic Council and Boards of Studies in the University of Mumbai has been underway since January 2018. The elections have acquired much greater significance than earlier ones as they are being conducted under the provisions of the Maharashtra Public Universities Act (MPUA) 2016, enforced since March 2017. A new education policy has already been released by the state government under the Act. This policy will be implemented by bringing in a structural change through a new institutional arrangement.

Big Victory for Electricity Workers & Engineers in UP; A Blow to Privatisation

THE BJP government in Uttar Pradesh led by Yogi Adityanath issued a notification for privatisation of electricity supply in seven districts -- Etawah, Kannauj, Orai, Raebareli, Saharanpur, Mau and Ballia, and called tenders. It issued another notification for privatisation through franchisees of public sector electricity distribution companies (discoms) in the five cities of Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Meerut and Moradabad.

CPI(M) FACT-FINDING TEAM REPORT: Organised Violence against Dalits in MP

SEVERAL dalit and progressive organisations called a Bharat Bandh on April 2 against the Supreme Court order diluting the provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The dilution of the Act, which guarantees a certain degree of protection to the oppressed communities against discrimination and atrocities, was met with widespread condemnation. The unprecedented upsurge of protests across the country witnessed violence, in which 12 people, predominantly from dalit community, were killed.

State Conference Takes Pledge to Regain Lost Glory of CPI(M) in Punjab

THE 22ND Punjab State Conference of the CPI(M) successfully concluded in Mahilpur in Hoshiarpur district on April 11. The conference gave a clarion call to regain the lost glory of the Party in Punjab by strengthening the organisation at grassroots level and drawing the youth, women and Dalits to it in a big way. The Party in Punjab will launch concerted agitational programmes on the issues of unemployment, drug menace and increasing atrocities against women and Dalits in the state.

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