Below we publish excerpts of the speech delivered by Manik Sarkar, chief minister of Tripura at the 66th North Eastern Council Meet held in New Delhi on May 29, 2017
I WOULD like to suggest to hold two meetings of the NEC in a year. One meeting may be in the beginning of the financial year to finalise the annual budget and plan, and next one after a considerable time gap to undertake a review of the activities and performance on the basis of the budget and the adopted time specific schemes and projects.
THE Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 were published on May 25, 2017, just days before the commemoration of the third anniversary of the Modi government. Through these rules, the government has effectively dealt a blow to small producers and the farmers who sell their unfit animals to traders and commission agents in the livestock markets. Further, the foundations of meat export industry are also steeped in informal supply lines and trading networks which supply cattle to ‘modernised slaughter houses’.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the followings statement on May 22, 2017.
THE Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) strongly condemns the police brutality unleashed against peaceful protesters at the state government headquarters Nabanna in Kolkata on May 22. Over nine hundred protesters were grievously injured and over a hundred of them are reportedly in a critical condition. Even media personnel were not spared.
Below we reproduce the text of the letter written by the chief minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan to the prime minister’s office on May 27.
THIS is to bring to your attention the recent Government of India’s gazette notification imposing restrictions on cattle trade, which would have serious impact on the livelihoods of millions of Indians.
THE people of the entire Kolar district in Karnataka stood as one person to express solidarity with the work force of Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML), a public sector undertaking under the ministry of defence. Responding to a call, a total and peaceful district bandh was observed on May 30. The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) district unit took the initiative in organising the bandh to send a strong signal to the centre against the privatisation of the profit making PSU. The BEM Employees’ Association (BEMEA) joined hands with the CITU in making the bandh a success.
IT has been some time since visiting international heads of state offered to mediate on the Kashmir dispute while on official visits to India. The president of Turkey, no doubt took New Delhi by surprise when he politely suggested in an interview the need for India and Pakistan to calm down the volatile situation in Kashmir and offered his good offices to mediate between the two countries. Erdogan fancies himself as the pre eminent leader of the Muslim world. He has been outspoken about the treatment of Muslim minorities in other countries.
KASHMIR valley continues to be on boil and the volatile situation is yet another grim reminder of the failure of Narendra Modi led BJP government at the centre to address genuine political aspirations of the people. While in the last three-years, Modi has failed on all accounts on his promises made to the voters in 2014 elections, the policies of RSS and its prodigy BJP on Kashmir have been focused to muzzle the voices of dissent with brute force. This has further deepened alienation of Kashmiris and especially youth, who are at the forefront of uprising in Kashmir.