THROUGH a statement issued from New Delhi on June 8, the Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) and Delhi Press Initiative (DPI) castigated the Vasundhara Raje led BJP government of Rajasthan for its total surrender to big business and media monopolies. The state government of the BJP state government have sought, the statement accused, to virtually end the Industrial Disputes Act, Contract Labour Act and the Factories Act, and demolish whatever security has been left for employees.
COMMUNAL MURDER OF MOHSIN SHEIKH
UNDER the pretext of protesting against a claimed Facebook posting insulting the revered historical figure of Maharashtra, Chhatrapati Shivaji, as well as the late Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray, criminals belonging to the Hindutva Parivar went on assaulting members of the Muslim community and destroying property in Pune and some other cities of Maharashtra for several days recently.
On June 9, several national level organisations of women sent the following letter to the prime minister, Narendra Modi, demanding 33 percent reservation for women in legislative bodies.
THE address by the president of India to both houses of parliament on June 9, 2014 has stated, in clause 19, the government’s commitment to provide 33 percent reservation to women in parliament and state legislative assemblies.
ON June 5, Vijoo Krishnan, joint secretary of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), attended the meeting of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) at Krishi Bhavan in New Delhi; the meeting was called for formulation of the price policy for rabi crops of 2014-15, to be marke
PRE-BUDGET CONSULTATION WITH FM
ON June 6, the finance minister of the government of India called all the central trade union organisations for a pre-budget consultation. At the meeting, all the central trade union organisations submitted a joint memorandum to the finance minister detailing the burning issues facing the working people of the country; the memorandum also put forward suggestions of the trade unions to address the problems in the process of the budgetary exercise.
IN the wake of the imposition of sanctions against Russia by the West, following Russia’s opposition to Western designs on Ukraine and Western support to the Ukrainian fascists for carrying out those designs, President Putin has embarked on a course that can potentially have far-reaching consequences for the world economy.
CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said that the Polit Bureau and the Central Committee of the Party took the primary responsibility for the failure to expand the independent strength of the Party and for the decline in the mass base of the Party which was reflected in the recent elections.
AS we go to press, the current session of the parliament has been adjourned sine die. This first session held after the 16th general elections ended on the third day since it began with the customary rendition of the national song. This is probably the shortest parliament session in recent memory. The only agenda was the adoption of the customary motion of thanks to the president for his address to the joint session on the first day. The motion of thanks was moved in both the Houses on the second day and was adopted on the third day, thus ending the session.
WEST BENGAL witnessed another cruel version of terror, perpetrated jointly by the Trinamul Congress and the state police. The murder of CPI(M) activist Saidul Bhuian and the aftermath resembles a horror story.
Saidul Bhuian of Tildanga Aima Damodarpur in Garbeta in West Midnapore was forced to leave his home three years back when the TMC came to power in the state. Hundreds of families in Garbeta and adjoining areas faced the same fate. His family was also forced to stay in Midnapore town in a terrible situation.