THE National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD), in a statement issued on September 13, has welcomed the judgment of the Supreme Court setting at rest all hitherto misinterpretations of the three percent reservation provided to persons with disabilities as per the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995. The Court has ruled that the three percent reservation applies not just to recruitment to all categories, but to departmental promotions as well.
INDIA'S Mars Orbiter mission – the Mangalyaan – is now moving into its last and most critical phase. The Mars Orbiter is going to be transferred on September 24 from its current heliocentric or sun-centric orbit and into a Mars-centric one. This is no mean feat, as this phase has defeated many an earlier mission. If it succeeds, India's ISRO will be the fourth space agency to manage such a feat; the others are US's NASA, the Russian and the EU space agencies.
RULING class offensives against the labouring poor in conditions of economic crisis are typically sought to be justified by advancing theories that attribute the crisis to the labouring poor themselves. A theoretical exercise to justify an attack on the labouring poor is on at present, with regard to the inflation that has been raging in the country.
THOUSANDS of people are coming out on the streets demanding punishment for all those involved in Saradha scam and compensation for the depositors by selling the properties of the fraudsters. CBI investigation into the largest financial scam in the history of the state has already exposed the nexus between Saradha owners and Trinamool Congress leaders and ministers. The role of the chief minister herself has come into question.
THOUSANDS of people paid their tributes to Comrade Benoy Konar , veteran Communist leader and legendary figure in peasants’ movement, who passed away on September 14 at a hospital in Kolkata. He was 84.
THE CPI(M) has decided that all its Members of Parliament shall donate a sum of Rs 50 lakhs from their MPLADS funds for relief and rehabilitation of those who have suffered in the recent unprecedented floods in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. This is in accordance with the rules of the MPLADS that provide for such a prescribed amount of contribution by the MPs in an event of a national disaster.
Thus a total of Rs 10 crores will be contributed by the CPI(M) Members of Parliament towards relief and rehabilitation activities in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
LEFT Front-backed CPI(M) candidate Prabhat Chowdhury won the Manu (ST) assembly by-election by a decisive margin of nearly 16,000 votes. This is the biggest ever margin in the electoral history of this assembly segment. Except Congress candidate who narrowly saved his deposit, all the opposition candidates lost their deposits. The by-election to the constituency was necessitated after Jitendra Chowdhury vacated the seat following his election to the Lok Sabha.