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.
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.
COMMEMORATING the tenth death anniversary of Comrade Harkishan Singh Surjeet, a meeting was organised in Chandigarh on July 31 by Daily Desh Sewak, Azadi Lehar Virsa Sambhal and Baba Sohan Singh Bhakna Trust jointly.
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.
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 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.
WHILE Palestinians have been protesting for the past more than four months demanding their right to return to their homeland, Israeli government is busy further tightening the screws to ensure that they can never reclaim their rights. In order to quell these four-month long protests, the Israeli army used force, killing at least 164 Palestinians and injuring more than 18,000.