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TN: Chennai Gets Ready to host 16th Conference of CITU

THE 16th conference of CITU is scheduled to be held in Chennai from January 23-27, 2020. With only a few days left, final touches are being given to the preparations for the conference. Chennai is hosting the all India conference for the third time.

The fourth all India conference of CITU was held in Madras in April 1979. At that time, with more than 5000 delegates, it was a Himalayan task for CITU and its fraternal organisations in Tamil Nadu to host the conference, which was successfully carried out.

TELANGANA: Forum for Protection of Constitutional Rights Formed to Fight CAA, NRC

IN continuation of protests by the Left parties and various mass organisations against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a convention was organised on January 12, at Sundarayya Vignana Kendram in Hyderabad. CPI(M) secretariat member D G Narasimha Rao gave the keynote address.

MAHARASHTRA: BJP Suffers New Year Setback in Local Body Elections

THE BJP has suffered a major New Year setback in the elections to four of the six zilla parishads (ZP) – Nagpur, Akola, Washim, Palghar, Dhule and Nandurbar – and in tehsil panchayat samitis (PS) in those six districts. Elections to these were held on January 7, 2020 and the counting was held a day later. In all these elections, each party fought independently on its own strength.

AP: Adivasi Conference Calls for Building Unity & Struggle

THE seventh state conference of AP Girijana Sangham, a constituent of Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch(AARM) was held on January 10-11. The conference began with a colourful rally and huge public meeting at Parvatipuram in Vizianagaram district. AARM's national convener, Jitendra Chaudhury and national president, M Babu Rao addressed the gathering. They vociferously condemned the Modi government's sinister design to further marginalise the adivasi people in the country by curtailing their rights and means of livelihoods, along with all other socially backward sections and the poor.

Horrific tales of victims in UP

ON December 30, Subhashini Ali, Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M) met with the families of some of the activists in jail: Sadaf Jafar, Robin Verma and Deepak Kabir in Lucknow.
Sadaf’s sister Naheed told her that she met her in jail on the 20th. Sadaf told her that she was badly beaten by policemen who also scratched her face. Her children are extremely brave and very proud of their mother.
Robin Verma’s wife has just delivered their child and his mother, a teacher and widow of a police constable, was very calm.

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