Odisha: Bandh for Six Hours a total Success

AS a follow up to the successful fortnight-long protest from June 16 to 30, demanding to rollback diesel, petrol price hike and to control the prices of all essential commodities, four left parties - CPI(M), CPI, CPI(M-L) Liberation and All India Forward Bloc gave a call for Odisha Bandh on July 15. Given the Covid conditions and relaxation of restrictions of lockdown for a limited time, the bandh call was from 6 am to 12 noon, for six hours.

JHARKHAND: Dharna Demanding Judicial Probe Into Father Stan Swamy’s Death

AT the call of the Jharkhand United Platform of Left parties, social and mass organisations, NGOs, college students and concerned citizens, a march to Raj Bhavan was held in Ranchi on July 15, demanding a judicial probe into the death of Father Stan Swamy, and the release of all political prisoners.

Hundreds joined the march including Brinda Karat, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member, and Party state leaders Prakash Biplav, Praful Linda, Suknath Lohra and other activists of the Left parties and mass organisations.

Farmers All Set for Protests near Parliament

THE Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) is all set to go ahead with its plans for parliament protests on all working days of the monsoon session from July 22 to August 13. Kisan sansads will be organised at Jantar Mantar by 200 protestors each day. The nine-member coordination committee of SKM held a meeting with senior officials of Delhi Police. The plans will be executed in an orderly, disciplined and peaceful manner. The protestors will leave from Singhu Border each day, with ID cards. Any violation of discipline will not be tolerated.

TAMIL NADU: Battle against Child Sexual Abuse

EXTENDED pandemic crisis has disrupted the lives of millions and we understand that its impact is not the same for all. In the midst of this crisis, rising cases of sexual harassment of school children are being reported in Tamil Nadu. This shocking reality hit the public consciousness after a few teachers were accused of sexually harassing girl students by alumnae of not just one school but from some of the most reputed schools in Chennai like Padma Seshadri Bala Bavan (PSBB), Sushil Hari International Residential School, Chettinad Vidyasharam and so on.

AP: Agitation Continues to Protect Vizag Steel

TRADE unions and other mass organisation leaders reiterated that the agitation will go on to protect the Vizag Steel Plant in the public sector. Huge rally and public meetings were organised in Visakhapatnam on July 10, on completion of 100 days of the relay hunger strike camp run by trade unions and various mass organisations at Gandhi statue near GVMC office.

A scooter rally started from the Steel Plant and thousands of workers and people joined it on the way, which culminated at the public meeting. Another rally was conducted from Saraswati Park.

TN: SFI Hailed for Covid Relief Activities

“MY grateful thanks in millions are due to the SFI team for their selfless work,” beamed Revathi Balan, dean of Thoothukudi Government Medical College, before the media.

In 2019, when the Covid-19 pandemic was snatching the lives of people, braving the unknown consequences, the SFI unit of Thoothukudi district consciously took the decision to help the medical administration in their efforts to save lives.

TN: Anniversary of Facebook Live Discussions on PD

THE onset of the Covid-19 pandemic started posing challenges, not just on the health front but also in other multi-dimensional ways, to human life.  The serious attack on the livelihood of mass of citizens is beyond description and the utter indifference of the powers-that-be at the centre needs no elaboration. As has been discussed by eminent contributors in People's Democracy, this Covid situation has been exploited by the ruling classes to their advantage and the Hindutva-neoliberal regime nexus helps push ahead the process.

Farmers Plan Parliament Marches: Issue People’s Whip to MPs

IN its meeting held at the Singhu border on July 14, 2021, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) announced detailed plans of its parliament protest marches. From July 22 onwards, on every day of the monsoon session of parliament, batches of 200 farmer volunteers and leaders shall march towards Parliament House in a peaceful manner following the guidelines of discipline laid down by the SKM.


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