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Stop Disinvestment of CPSEs: Yechury to Govt

CPI(M) Rajya Sabha MP Sitaram Yechury has strongly opposed the government’s policy of disinvestment of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) and rejected the arguments in favour of the move. In response to a letter of union minister of state for finance Nirmala Sitharaman, Yechury has said “I am not in agreement with the explanation given by you in support to your policy of disinvestment of shares in CPSEs, nor with your arguments defending the prudence behind disinvestment”.

Mangalyaan Success: Putting it in Perspective

ON September 24, 2014 when the Mangalyaan spacecraft was inserted into Martian orbit as planned, with Prime Minister Modi present at ISRO’s Mission Control Centre in Bangalore, ISRO declared its maiden interplanetary mission, the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), a complete success. The Liquid Fuel Engine was fired at the right time as programmed, and the spacecraft was slowed down sufficiently to enable Mars to “capture” it within its orbit.

The Dalits And Undernutrition

IT is as if the fact that we still have manual scavenging six and a half decades after independence were not enough; it is as if the fact of the daily perpetration of the most horrendous atrocities on the Dalits was not enough; in the realm of nutrition itself, which constitutes the most elemental necessity of life, the condition of the Dalits has worsened quite remarkably over the decade-and-a-half between 1993-94 and 2009-10. This fact has got hidden until now by the utterly spurious “poverty” estimates that the Planning Commission under the neo-liberal regime has been putting out.

SFI, DYFI Hold Rally on Bhagat Singh’s 107th Birth Anniversary

PUNJAB state units of SFI and DYFI jointly organised a rally on September 28 to mark the 107th birth anniversary of Shaheed-E– Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh at his native village of Khatkar Kalan in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district. The rally was jointly presided over by DYFI state president Surinder Khiwa and SFI state president Swaranjit Singh Daleo.

UP: AIAWU Rally Calls for Struggles on MNREGA

ON September 25, thousands of poor women and men belonging to the poorest, landless communities, came to Lucknow the capital of Uttar Pradesh with the red flags of the All India Agricultural Workers Union in their hands. They came from many districts - Deoria, where they had to brave heavy rains while coming to the station, Mirzapur, Allahabad, Basti, Sonbhadra, Chandauli, Varanasi, Sultanpur, Azamgarh, Moradabad, Bareilly, Eta, Kasganj and Fatehpur.

When Will Be the Knock at Mamata’s Door?

AFTER several of Trinamool Congress leaders and members of Parliament faced grilling by CBI and Enforcement Directorate in Saradha chit fund scam, the knocking at the door of party chief Mamata Banerjee seems imminent. According to media reports, CBI has now gathered enough evidence to track the trail of money laundering to the West Bengal Chief Minister’s gate. It has been reported that the central agencies are planning to ‘seek clarifications’ from the Chief Minister or her office on several allegations and deals that have come into light through series of interrogations.

Rajnath Denounces Political Killings, but Accepts Headgear from RSS Cadre Accused of CPI(M) Worker’s Murder

UNION home minister Rajnath Singh sparked a controversy during his two-day visit to Kerala, by gleefully accepting a headgear from RSS cadre Santhosh, a notorious criminal in Thiruvananthapuram and the first accused in the case of 2008 murder of CPI(M) worker V V Vishnukumar. Notwithstanding the fact that Singh called for ending the menace of political violence and killings, he adorned a headgear from the murder accused on his September 27 visit to the famous Sri Padmanabhaswami Temple in Thiruvananthapuram.

AIDWA Condemns NCW Chairperson’s Remarks

THE All India Democratic Women’s Association in a statement issued on October 1 has strongly condemned the recently appointed National Commission for Women chairperson’s reported efforts to exonerate the RSS and its leaders (who are prominent leaders of the BJP) of any agency in coining, and propagating the term “love jihad”. The remarks of the chairperson in this regard have been published in a leading daily on October 1, 2014.

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