ANDHRA PRADESH: Vizag Fest - A Celebration of Tradition & Science

NEARLY four lakh people visited the 10-day Vizag Fest at the sprawling Andhra University Engineering College Exhibition Grounds in Visakhapatnam. People from all walks of life, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, visited the festival held between December 1 and December 10. There were many who visited the festival on all the days. In a way, the people of Visakhapatnam felt that it was their own. The fest was a mix of many progressive activities.A book fair with over 100 stalls from all over the country was the main attraction.

TAMIL NADU: Kanyakumari Devastated by Ockhi Cyclone

END of November saw the fury of Ockhi cyclone in the three southern districts of Tamil Nadu namely Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi. In this, Kanyakumari bore the brunt while the cyclone was changing its direction towards the western coast. This district is well known for its coconut, rubber and plantain trees besides paddy, which form the economic backbone of the district. The strong gale uprooted each and every tree in the district besides numerous electricity poles bringing the normal life to a stanstill.

Oppose Privatisation of Dredging Corporation of India

THE union cabinet decided to completely privatise the Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) at its meeting on November 2. Subsequently, the government formed an inter-ministerial group on November 22 to speed up the privatisation process. CITU general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Tapan Sen wrote a letter to the prime minister on the same day, opposing the privatisation of the DCI. On December 4, a permanent employee of the corporation, N Venkatesh, committed suicide near Vizianagram in Andhra Pradesh.

TAMIL NADU: R K Nagar Bypoll: CPI(M) Calls for the Defeat of BJP-AIADMK alliance

IN the long awaited bypoll to the R K Nagar assembly constituency to be held on December 21, the Tamil Nadu state committee of the CPI(M) has decided not to be in the fray but to support DMK from its own platform in order to defeat AIADMK and to expose the nefarious designs of the BJP in the state.A year ago, the AIADMK supremo Jayalalitha died after 75 days long hospitalisation and since then the events unfolding in Tamil Nadu shows how her ministerial colleagues and close friends are running helter skelter to save their skins by toeing the BJP diktats thereby sacrificing all the long held

NALANDA UNIVERSITY, BIHAR: Retrenched Guards Fight for their Reinstatement

THE ancient International Nalanda University in its new incarnation has started functioning from 2014 in a new campus in picturesque town of Rajgir, which happens to be a tourist spot and seat of Buddhism and Jainisim in Bihar.The peasants of the surrounding areas have been forced to part with their multi-crop land for the construction of Nalanda University and the Bihar government had promised to provide jobs to their wards and announced that the all round development of the 14 villages adjacent to the  university campus, will be ensured.Subsequent developments have belied the hope of the

WEST BENGAL: Tribals, Dalits Rally to Defend Rights

TRIBALS, members of Dalit and Scheduled sections gathered in a huge meeting in Kolkata on November 28, to voice their genuine and long standing demands. The meeting was jointly organised by Paschimbanga Samajik Nyaya Mancha, Adivasi Adhikar Mancha and Adivasi Lokshilpi Sangha. A day before the rally, the three organisations had submitted a deputation to the governor, who admitted that the demands are genuine and are worthy of serious consideration.

CPI(M) Manipur State Conference Held

EXPAND and strengthen the mass base of the CPI(M) in Manipur, party central committee member Gautam Das told delegates at the 18THstate conference of the party in Imphal on November 25-26.Inaugurating the conference attended by 47 delegates and observers, Das explained the complex international and national scenario in the backdrop of which the conference was being held. He said that BJP had made lots of lofty promises to the people before the 2014 parliamentary election and had talked of bringing ‘achhe din’ for the people.

BMS Move Prevents Kerala Govt’s Takeover of PSU which the Central Govt is Closing Down

A COURT case filed by the RSS/BJP-supported trade union has threatened to sabotage the Kerala government's takeover of a public sector company which the central government intends to shut down.The CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front government of Kerala had expressed its willingness to take over Instrumentation Limited, a public sector undertaking (PSU) of the central government which the BJP-led government at the centre is closing down.Ever since the Palakkad unit of the Instrumentation Limited was set up at Kanjikode in 1974, the unit had been generating profits.


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