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Kerala: Clarity on SC order needed

IN a response to the Supreme Court’s decision on Sabarimala,  Kerala chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan on November 14 said that the government has already clarified that it will abide by whatever the apex court decides. However, more clarity is needed on today's decision to leave the matter to the seven member bench. This is majority decision while two judges expressed their dissent. Earlier judgement of five member bench still exists. Apex court did not stay the previous judgement.

West Bengal: Massive Rally Floods East Midnapore

LATEST in a series of large mobilisations by CPI(M) , a massive rally was held in Chandipur, East Midnapore on November 18. Thousands of people from all over the district gathered with red flags in Chandipur, close to Nandigram. The rally was culmination of intensive campaign on peoples’ issues. Party leaders and activists visited more than 200 village panchayats and more than 100 municipal wards and talked with people. In door to door campaign they exchanged views and listened to peoples’ grievances against TMC rule.

TAMIL NADU: Chennai Convention Calls for Equal Status to All National Languages

AS part of Sangh Parivar’s agenda, the Modi government is vigorously pursuing the promotion of Hindi and Sanskrit in every possible manner. Its Draft National Education Policy 2019 openly promotes Sanskrit to the detriment of several other Indian languages deemed to be national languages under Schedule 8 of the Indian Constitution.

Telangana Transport Workers’ Protest

ON the call of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation Joint Action Committee (TSRTC JAC), thousands of workers lay siege to the famous Tank Bund in Hyderabad on November 9, braving unprecedented repression and police restrictions. Barricades, fences and lathi-wielding policemen could not deter the workers who challenged the government and shouted slogans like “this is the beginning of KCR’s downfall”. Hundreds of people joined the workers in their protest. Police used teargas shells and lathis to stop the workers from reaching the site.

Kerala State Party School – A Report

THE Kolkata Plenum of the CPI(M) had noted the political backwardness among its members and advocated urgent measures to impart political education in order to enable the members to carry out the propagation of its positions on various contemporary issues. The plenum also pointed out that attracting middle class intelligentsia to the Party fold is also important in the conduct of the struggle against ruling class ideologies.

DYFI National Convention Takes Up Cudgels against Unemployment

THE convention declaring ‘Right to Employment’ was held at a time when the slowdown in manufacturing and various other sectors is snowballing into a deep economic crisis and our country is facing an epidemic of unemployment. Inaugurating the convention, noted economist Jayati Ghosh said that unemployment is on a rise and decent wages are declining drastically. She told that around 5-6 per cent of the GDP is given as tax concession to big corporates in a country where the amount allocated to social expenditure is a bare minimum and that too is underspent.

Bihar: AIDWA State Conference

THE 12th state conference of Bihar AIDWA was held on October 19-20 at Madehpura Town Hall.  The conference called for launching struggles against patriarchy, communalism, for joint land titles to women, land for housing to the poor and against casteist and obscurantist ideologies prevalent in the country.

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