AS the Lok Sabha elections draw near, it has become clear that the electoral battle will be between not two but three combinations – the Congress-led UPA, the BJP-led NDA and the non-Congress non-BJP combination of parties.
ON January 30, thousands of workers of the Chenani-Nashri Four Lane and Tunnel road project organised a militant protest demonstration at Jammu against the government’s inaction about and indifference towards their genuine and legitimate demands. The demonstration was organised by the Chenani-Nashri Four Lane and Tunnel Construction Workers Union, affiliated to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), at Chenani.
DESPITE all the hype being created about the latest ‘Namo-Raga’ tune by the corporate media, the next central government is going to be yet another coalition government and it will be shaped only after the elections, asserted CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and Party leader in Rajya Sabha, Sitaram Yechury. He said this has been the history in our country post-Emergency period, from the first Janata Party government to the latest Manmohan Singh government and it is going to be repeated in the coming elections too.
WEST Bengal witnessed one of the most horrific instances of rape being used as a political tool in Amta in Howrah, West Bengal. In order to take revenge for the political defeat in the panchayat elections, TMC goons broke open the door of the house of their opponent and gang raped 27 year old housewife along with one of her 43-year old in-law. The incident took place on 4th February 2014 at about 10.30pm, in Muktirchak gram in Howrah under Amta police station limits. Both the housewife and her in-law are admitted in Uluberia hospital with serious injuries.
IN what has come as a shocking incident, unheard of in the history of Kerala, a woman sweeper working in the Congress block committee office at Nilambur in Malappuram district was found dead in a pond in Chulliyod, near Nilambur. Two persons including a staff member of Aryadan Muhammed, the state minister of electricity, were arrested in connection with this barbaric incident. The victim was identified as Nilambur Kovilakathumuri Radha (49) who was cruelly raped and then strangled to death.
EVEN as the Delhi maneuverings to decide on the bifurcation issue reached a feverish pitch, the working people of all three regions of Andhra Pradesh are unitedly on struggle path centering around their genuine demands. The 1.8 lakh strong Anganwadi workers and helpers in the state are conducting indefinite hunger strikes demanding hike in wages. At the same time in support of over 60,000 outsourced sanitation workers in municipalities, nine workers’ unions undertook a five-day long strike across the state demanding hike in wages.
AFTER regaining the prime minister’s post in 2012, Shinzo Abe has been rarely out of the news. An avowed right wing nationalist, Abe has been trying to make dramatic changes in the country’s domestic and foreign policies. Unlike his immediate predecessors, Abe has not shirked away from identifying the neighbouring China as Japan’s main rival in the region.
RURAL credit cooperatives were born more than a hundred years ago and have been decisive in providing agricultural credit, especially to small and marginal farmers and to agricultural workers. As on March 31, 2013, the short term credit cooperative structure (STCCS) comprised 92,432 primary agricultural credit cooperative societies (PACS), 370 district central cooperative banks (DCCBs) and 31 state cooperative banks (StCBs).