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The new Rafale Deal: Corrupt and compromise to national security

A seminar on the expose of the Rafale deal was held in the Constitution Club at New Delhi by the Jan Ekta Jan Adhikar Andolan (JEJAA). There were experts who dealt with the topic and exposed the true lies spread by the BJP government and punctured their balloon of “national security rhetoric”. If in concise, the deal to buy the fighter jets from Dassault company of France could be stated ; then it is “discarding the national interests”, “high level corruption”, “crony capitalism at its zenith” and “inept PM with overstepping intervention in handling the affairs”.

Govt. must address livelihood concerns of people: CPI (M)

ON October 11, the J&K state committee of the CPI(M)met at Srinagar.
During the day-long deliberations the political situation in Jammu and Kashmir and various problems pertaining to different sections of population were discussed threadbare. The committee expressed serious concern regarding the irresponsive attitude of the state administration towards the livelihood issues of the common people.

The following resolutions were adopted:

BJP’s Election Strategy: Data is the New Opium

IN Homer’s epic Odyssey, the Greek hero Odysseus comes across a tribe of ‘lotus eaters’ who remain in a state of blissful forgetfulness after eating psychotropic plants, probably poppy pods or blue water lily. In the 19th century, Lord Tennyson revived this charming vision in his poem ‘The Lotos-Eaters’. Such was the popularity of this idea that essayist Thomas de Quincey even wrote a book called Confessions of an English Lotus Eater, describing his own experiences when high on laudanum.

DELHI: SFI Wins Big in Students’ Union Elections in AUD

AMBEDKAR University Delhi held its first Students' Union Elections on October 10, 2018.  In the elections, SFI won 16 out of 26 councillor posts in the Kashmere Gate Campus of the university, making it the single largest organisation in the campus. Moreover, SFI also won 4 out of the 12 councilor posts in Karampura Campus. This victory is important from two perspectives – one, it gives a setback to various strands of anti-organised politics in AUD and firmly establishes SFI and the organised, democratic politics upheld by it.

ANDHRA PRADESH: Provide Relief to Families of Farmers who Committed Distress Suicides

THE Kurnool district committees of CPI(M) and AP Rytu Sangham have organised a  48 hour long fast which ended in a rally with coffins, carrying photos of 38 farmers who committed suicide in the last six months in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. They demanded the state government to provide ex-gratia and other support to the family members of the farmers who had committed suicide due to failure of crops and heavy debt burden.  The 48 hour fast commenced on October 13 and the protest rally to the collectorate was held on 15th.

TRIPURA: Daily Desher Katha Resumes Publication

DAILY Desher Katha, the popular, progressive daily resumed its publication after nine days, from October 11. The eagerly awaited welcome moment came as the High Court of Tripura put a stay on the illegal and politically ill motivated order of the DM of West Tripura stopping the publication of the paper on October 1. As I submit this copy for press, news from across the state is pouring as how readers are welcoming the order and looking for their copies of the newspaper.

Proportional Electoral System is Needed: Former CEC

FORMER Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi has favoured implementation of proportional representation as compared to the present ‘first past the post’ voting system. Even neighbouring countries such as Nepal and Sri Lanka and Germany are successfully implementing the proportional representation system. Quraishi was addressing a seminar on ‘Electoral Reforms in India’, organised by Prajasakti Sahiti Samstha as part of valedictory of Moturu Hanumantha Rao birth centenary celebrations on October 4 in Vijayawada.

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