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Samir Amin (1931-2018)

SAMIR Amin, the renowned Marxist thinker and economist, passed away on August 13 in Paris. Born in Cairo on September 3, 1931, to an Egyptian father and a French mother, he had his initial education in Egypt before moving to Paris where he obtained his doctorate in political economy. Drawn to the cause of socialism from his student days he soon became a member of the Egyptian Communist Party. Between 1957 and 1960 he worked at the Institute for Economic Management in Cairo, before Nasser’s growing repression of the Communists drove him out of Egypt.

RAJASTHAN: Tribals Court Arrest on Indigenous People's Day

ON August 9, hundreds of adivasis marched from Mohta Park   braving the incessant rains and reached the office of the divisional commissioner to raise their demands of land rights, forest rights, proper health care services and education facilities in the tribal regions. They were observing the indigenous people's day following the call of All India Kisan Sabha, Adivasi Adhikar Manch, Adivasi-Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, Adivasi Jan Adhikar Ekta Manch, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and other fraternal organisations.

Somnath Chatterjee

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

THE Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) expresses its grief and sorrow at the death of former speaker and ten-time member of the Lok Sabha, Somnath Chatterjee.

Somnath Chatterjee was a veteran parliamentarian who played an important role in defending the foundations of the Indian constitution particularly its secular democratic foundations and federalism.

Comrade Vijaykant Thakur

THE Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) expresses is profound grief at the death of a former member of the Central Committee of the CPI(M) and a veteran of the communist movement in Bihar, Comrade Vijaykant Thakur, who died this morning. He was 86 years old.

Polit Bureau’s Appeal: Unprecedented Floods in Kerala: Rush Aid

HEAVY rains and floods have caused large scale damage in the entire state of Kerala. All the districts and all the 1,654 villages of the state are affected. In the current spell of rains, landslides and floods alone, 65 people have been officially reported killed till August 15, while 265 people are reported killed during this monsoon. More than 50,000 houses have been completely destroyed and more than one lakh fifty thousand people are currently lodged in relief camps. Train, rail, air and road transport have been suspended in major parts of the state.

The Week in Parliament

THE Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha and P Karunakaran appreciated the government for its decision to withdraw the FRDI Bill. The urgency of this Ordinance is questionable. What is the objective of promulgation of this Ordinance? It was not for reasons of any social demand, or an economic demand or an administrative demand. But this was promulgated for reason for one person. The Code provides for a time-bound process for resolving insolvency in companies and among individuals.

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