HUNDREDS of anganwadi workers and helpers burnt the BJP election manifesto for the 2014 parliament elections on May 26, 2017, the third anniversary of the NDA government observing it as “Dhoka Diwas” as per the call of All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers.
THE 24-hour strike call in Rayalaseema in Andhra Pradesh given by the CPI(M) and the CPI on May 24 against the negligent attitude of the state government toward the problems of the people of this drought-hit region was a resounding success. People from various walks of life lent their support to the bandh. It got tremendous response despite the repressive measures initiated by the Chandrababu Naidu government to foil it. A huge number of Left cadres was taken into preventive custody on the previous night and the state government made frenetic efforts to see that the bandh was a failure.
THE twelfth Haryana state conference of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) was held successfully in Bhiwani on May 20-21. The conference began with hoisting of the AIKS flag by its state president Master Sher Singh and the inaugural address was delivered in an open session by AIKS general secretary Hannan Mollah.
A DELEGATION of the Delhi state committee of AIDWA, comprising Asha Sharma (general secretary), Maimoona Mollah (president), and Sehba Farooqui, Anjana, Asha Yadav (vice presidents), visited Jhewar to meet the victims and family of the recent violent attack and gang rape. The incident had occurred early morning on May 25 – a family, travelling by car was attacked near NOIDA Expressway, one of them, Shakil was shot dead and the women violated.
COMRADE Harkishan Singh Surjeet always used to emphasise that the political and ideological education combined with the rich experiences of class and mass struggles equips the Party cadres to combat the offensives of the class enemies and develop the political mass base of the Party. Therefore a permanent Party central school is needed in order to advance the revolutionary movement. Keeping this in mind the Polit Bureau decided to build a permanent central school and name it after Comrade Harkishan Singh Surjeet.
THE remarks made in an interview by the Army Chief of Staff, General Bipin Rawat, about dealing with civilian protestors in Kashmir exemplifies all that is wrong with the way the Modi government is dealing with the situation there.
Gen. Rawat stated in the interview that: “In fact, I wish these people instead of throwing stones at us, were firing weapons at us, then I would have been happy. Then I could do what I (want to do)”.
THE Modi government marked the completion of its three years in office by launching a vicious attack on the right of choice of food and the livelihood of millions of farmers, cattle traders and butchers. On May 25, an amendment to the rules under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act was notified. As per this notification called Regulation on Livestock Markets Rules, 2017, a ban has been imposed on the sale of cattle for slaughter all across India; cattle is defined as bulls, cows, bullocks, buffaloes, steers, heifers, calves and camels.
THE BJP has declared a war to unseat the Left Front government in Tripura. It is in consonance with its declared policy to marginalise the Left, particularly the CPI(M), as we straightforwardly and stoutly oppose their communal Hindutva ideology. But inevitably Tripura will be political Waterloo for the BJP, which is trying to manipulate the people’s mandate by muscle and money power, along with its Hindutva communalism. This was asserted by CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury in a crowded press conference at the CPI(M) Tripura state committee office on May 21.
STATE Bank of India (SBI), the largest public sector bank in india and the largest bank in the world with regard to network, has set a bad precedent last week by announcing a steep hike in service charges on various categories and introducing certain new service charges.