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AP: CITU Opposes Closure of Chittivalasa Jute Mill

THE CITU was successful in getting a stay order from the AP High Court against the closure of Chittivalasa Jute Mill. Interestingly, the memorandum of understanding for closure of the mill was arrived between the management of the mill and four workers union, viz., INTUC, AITUC, TNTUC and YSRTUC. The CITU had opposed this agreement and had promised to continue with the struggle. The agreement was arrived on July 24, 2019.

Modi’s Labour Law Changes Will Increase Exploitation of Workers

IT is ironic that as India prepares for the 100th anniversary of the trade union movement in the country next year, the ruling BJP government led by Narendra Modi has pushed through key changes in labour laws that will effectively push down wages, increase working hours and dilute the enforcement machinery. The Code on Wages was passed by the Lok Sabha on July 30, 2019 and it will now have to go to Rajya Sabha for approval before it becomes law. Meanwhile the Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions has been tabled in the Lok Sabha.

Kashmir on the Verge of Faqakashi

IQBAL Ahmad, resident of Anantnag had tears rolling down his eyes as his wife called him from a local police station in Anantnag after three days of jostling. This is how; apparently all over Kashmir valley; the people are forced to queue up at the police stations to call their relatives in mainland India; in Srinagar city just 300 landlines are made functional, it’s ridiculous! Iqbal, along with two other elected panchayat representatives, who are from the Bakarwal tribal community had come to tell their woes to the leaders of the political parties in New Delhi.

TAMIL NADU: Public will Oppose Tyrannical Modi Govt

MODI government, elected the second time, has become tyrannical and started demolishing the foundation of the Indian Constitution in a pre-designed manner, said Polit Bureau member Prakash Karat at a public meeting held in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu on August 24. The country’s economy is in doldrums and the government has failed to provide a tangible solution to the crisis. It is imperative that the increase of such onslaughts will cause the public to explode against the government and people will surely descend on streets against this tyranny, he said. 

AP: ASHA Workers Demand Release of Pending Wages

THOUSANDS of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA workers) staged a sit-in dharna at Vijayawada on August 26 demanding release of their wages that are pending for the last eight months. They also opposed the grading system introduced recently by the government intending to harass them and is a threat to their job security. Police detained many ASHA workers in their respective districts from 25th itself. Family members of ASHAs also were taken into custody at some places. In spite of repression, thousands of workers reached the dharna chowk at Vijayawada from early hours of 26th.

MAHARASHTRA FLOODS: Callous Govt Exacerbates Tragedy

WHAT the first fortnight of August this year brought to a population of over a crore of people in the three districts of Southern Maharashtra – Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara was a deadly combination of nature’s wrath and the criminally insensitive attitude of a callous state government. This area, which has to its west the Western Ghats, experienced, once again, unprecedented rains. Once again, because heavy and very heavy rains are not a novelty to this region. Also not unknown is the unprepared state of governance in the face of such natural disasters.

KERALA: Govt Trying to Convert J&K into India’s Palestine

THE Centre is trying to convert Kashmir into India’s Palestine by removing Article 370, splitting it into two and converting both into union territories, said Sitaram Yechury, CPI(M) general secretary earlier this week.

Hitting out at the Modi government for an ‘Israeli-model military occupation’ in Jammu and Kashmir, Yechury called on Indian patriots to join the battle for the soul and character of the country.

Kashmir Caged

BELOW we present a report released by a group of people who visited Kashmir valley after the abrogation of crucial provisions of Article 370 and 35 A of the constitution by the parliament. This group comprised, Jean Drèze-economist, Kavita Krishnan-CPI(M-L), Maimoona Mollah-AIDWA and  Vimal Bhai-NAPM.

SFI Golden Jubilee Celebrations Begin

IT WAS a rainy afternoon.  Two student rallies withstanding heavy rain, culminated at Dumdum, the very locality where the seeds of SFI were sown,  in August  1970 through  the formation a preparatory committee.  SFI president, V P Sanu hoisted the white flag of Independence, Democracy and Socialism, marking the beginning of the golden jubilee celebrations of SFI.

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