THE central executive committee of the Students’ Federation of India has in a press release issued on August 26, congratulated the Rajasthan unit of SFI for registering encouraging victory in the recently conducted first phase of the student union elections in the state on August 23, 2014. The second phase of voting will be on August 30, 2014.
The SFI contested in 57 colleges and three universities. It won the full panel in 26 colleges and one university. SFI candidates won the posts of 30 presidents, 32 vice presidents, 30 general secretaries and 31 joint secretaries.
IN Rajya Sabha, Sitaram Yechury, while participating in a discussion on the working of the ministry of home affairs, pointed out that during 2013, as many as 823 incidents of communal disturbances took place in the country and out of these, 247 took place in Uttar Pradesh alone. And during the general elections too, the incident of Muzaffarnagar took place. During the second quarter of this year, 149 such incidents have taken place. In Maharashtra also where elections are due such incidents are happening frequently.
The CPI (M) Odisha state committee staged a demonstration at Bhubaneswar’s PMG Square on August 19 in protest against rampant corruption in the state under the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government. The demonstration was presided over by Bhubaneswar district committee secretary Suresh Panigrahy.
THE Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India jointly launched a week-long door-to-door campaign against the anti-people policies of the state and central governments across the state of Tamil Nadu.
THE birth centenary celebrations of Comrade Achintya Bhattacharyya (AB), a Central Committee member of CPI (M) from 1964 till his death in August 1993 and secretary of Assam state committee from 1964 to 1982, came to an end on August 16.
His father, Ambikacharan Bhattacharyya, belonged to Dhaka Dakshin of Sylhet district (now in Bangladesh). Having passed FA from Dhaka University, Ambikacharan got a job in the office of Deputy Commissioner, Cacher District at Silchar where he later settled with his family.
HUNDREDS of BSNL employees staged a demonstration in front of Bharat Sanchar Bhawan, the corporate office of the state-owned telecom firm in New Delhi, on August 21 expressing their strong protest against the report of Deloitte Consultants recommending retrenchment of 70,000 employees through VRS, recruitment of executives on contract basis, and reducing the number of Secondary Switching Areas (SSAs) from 334 to 167 among others.
THE Delhi Union of Journalists paid glowing tributes to the memory of renowned writer and social activist UR Ananthamurthy. In a resolution adopted at a meeting of its office bearers held on August 27 the DUJ noted that the writer had made a big impact on Indian literature through his socially relevant writings.
THE Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and the All India Coal Workers Federation (AICWF) have welcomed the Supreme Court judgement declaring all coal block allocations since 1993 illegal on grounds of gross lack of transparency and fairness, exercise of arbitrariness and violation of guidelines, causing huge loss to the public exchequer as well as to the consumers both in industry and the common people.
YOGI Adityanath, a BJP MP, has made a public statement to the effect that 100 Muslim girls are to be forcibly converted to Hinduism for every Hindu girl who is forced to embrace Islam. This is yet another example of the Sangh Parivar openly communalising the issue of violence against women and inciting hatred against the minority community by making the outrageous accusation that enforced conversion of Hindu women to Islam is a serious issue in this country.
ON the occasion of the 68th Independence Day of the country, the youth in Kerala took a pledge to uphold the unity and integrity of the country and fight against the divisive and communal forces who are aiming to destroy the secular fabric of the country. The Kerala state committee of the Democratic Youth Federation of India organized a massive programme with the slogan, ‘One India, One people,’ and lakhs of youth all over the state, in various district centers took the pledge to protect the independence and secularism of the country.