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Rising People’s Protests

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) met on February 8-9, 2019 at New Delhi. It has issued the following statement:

RISING PEOPLE’S PROTESTS

The Polit Bureau salutes the people of Kerala and West Bengal on the manner in which they responded to the calls given by the CPI(M) and the Left parties in their respective states. 

CAG Report: An Obfuscation

CPI(M) Polit Bureau has issued the following statement on February 13

THE report tabled in the Parliament on the last day it met before the general election by the comptroller and auditor general `On Capital Acquisition in Indian Air Force’, raises more questions than providing answers.

Stop Privatisation of Airports

OPPOSING the proposed privatisation of six airports in the country, Tapan Sen, general secretary of CITU wrote a letter to the union minister for civil aviation, on February 11.

It is shocking to note that the government of India has decided to privatise six more airports of the country that are functioning under the Airports Authority of India through the so-called PPP route.  The airports proposed to be privatised at the moment are Trivandrum, Guwahati, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Mangalore as per the reports received.

Week in Parliament

THE budget session began as usual with the president’s address to joint session of parliament on January 31, 2019. After this, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha met and made obituary references and adjourned for the day. On the next day, minister for finance Piyush Goyal presented the interim budget 2019-20 in Lok Sabha and subsequently it was laid in Rajya Sabha, along with the Fiscal Policy Statement 2019-20. Rajya Sabha hardly conducted any transactions during this time due to protests by members on various issues.

On Recitation of Hindu Religious Shlokas in Govt Schools

A PUBLIC Interest Litigation (PIL) against recitation of Hindu religious shlokas in Kendriya Vidyalayas, filed by Veenayak Shah, an advocate from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, has been pending before the Supreme Court since January 2018. A bench of Justice R F Nariman and Justice Naveen Sinha decided to refer the case to a constitutional bench as the issue was of “seminal importance”. In the meantime, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, presenting arguments on behalf of the government, made a statement which assumed much importance.

NPRD Demands Revision of Amended Regulation for Admission to MBBS

THE National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) has registered its strong remonstration against the continuation of certain blatantly discriminatory attitudes in the matter of admissions to MBBS, as reflected in the latest “Amendment Notification” of February 4, 2019 to modifying the Regulation on Graduate Medical Education, 1997. These amended regulations debarring certain categories of disabled persons from pursuing medicine is a clear violation of the provisions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 and the rules framed thereunder.

AIDWA Demands Removal of Minister Manoj Kanti Deb

ON February 11, AIDWA in Agartala organised a protest march demanding immediate removal of Manoj Kanti Deb, minister for sports and youth affairs from the cabinet and stringent legal action against him.  It was led by Rama Das, Krishna Rakshit, Panchali Bhattacharya and others. The AIDWA leadership said, if a minister has to face such a situation, that too while sharing stage with PM, it tells all about the safety and security of women in the state. They demanded that CM Biplab Deb must immediately sack Manoj Kanti Deb from the cabinet.

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