THE visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel is more than symbolic. Apart from being the first ever visit by an Indian prime minister, it is also the first time that a top Indian leader is visiting Israel and not going to Ramallah and the Palestinian territory.
SINCE the start of July, communal conflagration and tensions mounted in large parts of North 24 Parganas district. The district, along with Howrah, Birbhum and Maldaha, has witnessed communal clashes in recent months. Major areas of disturbances this time are in Basirhat, Bangaon, Barasat sub division. Apparently it started with a derogatory Facebook post attacking Islam and its holy places. The identified culprit is a teenager, but whether he acted on his own or had any RSS links, is not clear.
THE third state conference of the Uttar Pradesh Bhavan Nirman Mazdoor Sabha was held in Lucknow on June 18. About 100 delegates attended the conference from Balia, Lucknow, Gajipur, Moradabad, Pilibhit, Allahabad, Fathepur, Chandoli, Gondia, Firozabad and Varanasi districts.
Debanjan Chakrabarti, general secretary of the Construction Workers Federation of India, hosted the CITU flag and garlanded the martyrs column.
The conference paid homage to the martyrs and departed leaders.
WITH an eye on the Tripura Assembly election slated for early next year, parochial forces such as IPFT, an open political wing of the outlawed NLFT, have declared a destructive movement of indefinite blockade of the lone national highway and railway in the state from July 10 on the so-called demand of a separate state to be carved out of the existing Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC).
SIZZLING Sun, melting tar roads – these did not deter the padayatris – the strong-willed cadres of the Tamilnadu Untouchability Eradication Front (TNUEF) from undertaking the journey. Braving these odds, they took upon themselves the arduous task of trekking a distance of 400 kilometres highlighting the demand for a special legislation on caste arrogance killings - honour killings is a media misnomer. It is the righteous indignation against the social evil and the determination to fight it to the finish, that virtually became their two legs.
BOMBAY University and College Teachers’ Union (BUCTU) completed fifty years. A golden jubilee programme was held on June 17 at the University of Mumbai’s Kalina Campus in the newly constructed Green Technology Building Auditorium. To celebrate the golden jubilee, a seminar was organised on the topic “Towards Formulation of an Alternative Democratic Education Policy”.
THE emphatic electoral victory registered by the incumbent president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani in the third week of May is proof that the vast majority of the Iranian people still repose great deal of trust in him and his reformist policies. The voter turnout was exceptionally heavy with young voters coming out in larger numbers than before. Rouhani won 57 per cent of the votes. More than 70 per cent of Iran's 56 million voters cast their ballots despite calls from opposition groups based in western capitals for a boycott of the polls.
THE brutal lynching of three brothers travelling on a local train in the National Capital Region, leading to the death of 15 year old Junaid, has led to outrage across India. Citizens protests have been held in many cities. In many areas Eid was observed by wearing black bands as a mark of solidarity and sorrow against the lynchings. In Kandhauli the village where Junaid's family lives, each and every resident wore a black band. It is because of such anger that the Haryana government has been forced to declare compensation, though highly inadequate to the family.