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First Anniversary of Demonetisation: Left Parties Call for Protest Day on Nov 8

The Left parties – Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, All India Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party, Communist Party of India (ML- Liberation) and Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) – have issued the following statement on October 25.

NATIONWIDE PROTEST ON THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF DEMONETISATION

Employment Suffers in Digital India

SPEAKING at the Digital Haryana Summit in September 2017, the minster for electronics and information technology, Ravi Shankar Pratap Singh said that “the country’s digital economy is growing fast and by 2020 it is expected to provide job opportunities to about 50 to 70 lakh youth”. This pipe dream let lose by the minister may make one think that the automation and digitalisation process may create new opportunities to tap the so-called ‘demographic dividend’ of the country.

Highlights of the Report Delivered by General Secretary Xi Jinping At the Opening Session of the 19th National Congress of The Communist Party of China

The Opening Session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) was held at the People’s Great Hall of China at 9:00, October 18th, 2017.

On behalf of the 18th CPC Central Committee, General Secretary Xi Jinping delivered a report titled “Secure a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and strive for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era”.

BPMO JATHAS IN BENGAL: Woes in Hearts, Marches on Streets

GULJAR Hosaain is on the walk. Sixty-eight-year-old Hossain is walking as his mind is pulled back to the lost land beside the Kaljani river, where he used to produce an adequate amount of rice. A resident of Deocharai in Cooch Behar, Hossain and his neighbours found no support from the administration after their lands were devoured by the river.

Mangal Murmu is on the walk. Murmu, a youth in Shibpur of Bolpur, witnessed how an area, acquired for industry has been given away for real estate. It dashed the hopes of the local people.

AIKS Condemns TN Govt Inaction on Harassment by Loan Sharks

THE All India Kisan Sabha, in a statement issued on October 25, has expressed shock at the incident of a family of four immolating themselves outside the Tirunelveli Collectorate in Tamil Nadu due to the harassment of loan sharks and total insensitivity of the authorities to their request for redressal of the problem. Isakimuthu, a daily wage labourer along with his wife and two kids immolated themselves on October 23, 2017. AIKS demands strong deterrent action against the moneylenders and the erring authorities.

Shielding the Corrupt

CONTRARY to the strident statements against black money and corruption, the Modi government and the BJP are, in practice, taking step after step to shield corruption and to allow the rich to launder black money.  Three such instances have occurred in the recent period.

WEST BENGAL: Comrade Nakul Mahato

VETERAN leader of Communist movement in West Bengal, Comrade Nakul Mahato passed away on September 20, at the age of 93. Comrade Nakul Mahato was born in 1924 at Purulia, the district which became his area of work and source of all passions as well. He was involved with Radical Party in the initial stage of life. He was the first graduate from JK College in Purulia. Thorough many struggles, including the struggle to include Manbhum with Bengal, he joined the Communist Party in 1957. He played a very important role in developing the peasant and communist movement in the district.

‘The Crisis Has Matured, Be Ready’ – October 1917

THE political scene in Russia was rapidly changing in October. Every passing day witnessed new political developments and a shift in balance of forces in favour of the Bolsheviks. The time for the Bolsheviks to capture power had come. On the other hand, fearing these developments, the ruling bourgeoisie and landlords, once again started to organise forces to stop this onward march of the Bolsheviks and the revolution. The indecisive petty-bourgeois were forced to take a stand, either way. Increasingly, the ‘middle path’ was getting closed.

Pulling out of the Iran Deal: Or Humpty Drumpf-ty’s Impending Fall

LAST week, Trump decertified the Iran nuclear deal – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – while, at the same time, not pulling out of it. He has asked the US Congress to put in additional sanctions on Iran, so that Iran “behaves” the way US wants it. This is after months of threatening to quit the deal – in his view the worst deal ever – and blaming Iran for not observing the “spirit” of the agreement, whatever that means.

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