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Asha Workers Union District Conference

The Uttarakhand ASHA Workers Union affiliated to AICCTU organized a District Conference at Udham Singh Nagar. The conference was attended by ASHA workers in large numbers and a 25-member District Committee was elected. Com. Mamta Panu was elected as the District President and Com. Kulvinder Kaur was elected as General Secretary. The other elected members included 3 Vice Presidents, 3 Deputy Secretaries, a Treasurer, and an Organization Secretary. The Conference was addressed by AICCTU State President Com. Nishan Singh, State General Secretary, Com. KK Bora, Udham Singh Nagar District Secretary Com. Dinesh Tiwari, and ASHA leaders. The speakers said...

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Mass Protest in Palghar district in Maharashtra

A mass protest was organised in Palghar, a district in Maharashtra that comprises of a population on 27 October 2017, against the Mumbai-Delhi Express Highways, Bullet trains and Sea Port projects. The protest was led by Core Committee member, Com. Dhiraj. It was addressed by CPI (ML)’s central committee member by Com. Shankar, Core committee member, Com. Ajit Patil and district leaders including comrades Prakash Moore, Ashok Tandel, Jaywant Patel, Leela Dubla, Rupali Lilke and Manda...

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Tenali Area Conference

The first area conference of Tenali in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh was successfully held on 28 October 2017. The conference was addressed by CPI (ML)’s Central Committee member, Com. N. Murthy, State secretary of AP, Com. B. Bangar Rao. During the conference, a 13-member area committee was elected with elected with Com. B. Ramesh as area committee...

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District conference held in Koppal

The district conference of CPI (ML) was held successfully in Koppal district of Karnataka on 29 October 2017. The conference was organised in Gangavathi taluk. The conference resolved to take up an extensive campaign on the issues of land and untouchability in the district. The campaign will cover all villages of dalits and the downtrodden in the district. During the conference, a 7- member district committee was elected that included comrades Sanna Hanumantha, Kenchappa, Mayamma, Parasuram, Vijayan and Renuka as its members. Com. Basavaraj was elected as the District...

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OBITUARY

Com. Nazrul Islam Com. Nazrul Islam, a party member of Maynaguri Block inJalpaiguri Dist, West Bengal died of heart attack on 26 October. He hailed from Dakshin Putimari village. He was only 59 years old. Com. Nazrul became a member of the party way back in 1976. He suffered jail terms in 1985, while leading Jute Producers movement. Despite suffering from sustained illness, he braved his illnesses and joined the party’s Naxalbari Lal Salam rally on 25 May at Siliguri mobilising youths from his own area of party work. His passing away is a great loss for the party. Red Salute to Com. Nazrul Islam! Com. Budama Sabhapathi Com. Budama Sabhapathi, who had been working with the party since the time of IPF, passed away on 27 October 2017. Com. Sabhapathi had been working with Norman Bethune Medical Service Association and helping in delivering medical services to the Tribal people in Agency areas of East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. He had been an active comrade in party struggles. The Andhra Pradesh state committee paid revolutionary tributes to the departed comrade. Red Salute to Com. Budama...

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BJP Governments: Stop Shielding The Corrupt And Gagging Criticism

The BJP Government of Rajasthan has tabled a Bill – the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 – in the state assembly, seeking to protect public servants (including serving and former government officers, magistrates and judges) from investigation of allegations of corruption. The Bill seeks to prevent magistrates from ordering investigations into allegations of corruption against public servants without Government sanction for a period of six months. It also seeks to prevent media from publishing any information – even about the existence of any allegation of any crime against any public servant – without Government sanction! Publishing any story about such allegations would, according to the Bill, be punishable with up to two years in jail. This is an unprecedented attempt to strengthen impunity of public servants and gag journalism. The Centre has approved of this preposterous and draconian Bill, calling it “perfect and balanced.” Already, BJP leaders had been deploying the criminal and civil defamation laws to try and intimidate media and gag portals and papers that had reported corruption and money laundering allegations against the son of BJP President Amit Shah. Moreover, journalists have been receiving death threats from persons closely associated with BJP leaders including the Prime Minister. And now, there is an attempt to provide an unprecedented degree of impunity to the corrupt. The Prime Minister’s boasts of fighting corruption are unravelling spectacularly, with the...

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Protests in Jharkhand against Deaths from Hunger

The death of a 11-year-old girl Santoshi from starvation in Simdega in Jharkhand after her family was denied rations because their card was not linked to Aadhaar was not an isolated instance or an aberration. Hunger deaths have been systemic all over Jharkhand. In Jharia, a rickshaw puller Baidyanath Ravidas died of hunger – his family’s ration card, issued in his brother’s name, was cancelled four years ago after the brother died. Similar deaths have happened in Deoghar and Kataras. The Government’s response is to blame the deaths on disease and deny hunger deaths, and even to unleash intimidation...

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Increased Atrocities on Dalits in Bihar

CPI (ML) Condemns Samastipur Firing and Burning of Mahadalit Homes in Khagaria CPI(ML) State Secretary Com. Kunal and Mithilanchal in-charge Com. Dhirendra Jha have strongly condemned the police firing in Samastipur killing one person, and the burning down of 70 Mahadalit homes in Khagaria by dominant sections. They said that on the one hand the government and administration repress the just struggles of the poor, but on the other they remain spectators of the continuous violence and oppression on Mahadalits by dominant forces. The leaders pointed out that there is a people’s movement going on in Tajpur (Samastipur) against the kidnapping of a 16-year old girl, but the administration, instead of nabbing the culprits, is repressing the protesters. Recently Janardan Thakur was killed in broad daylight but the administration remains in slumber. When the angry public protested and blocked NH 28 at Gandhi Chowk they were brutally repressed, lathi-charged and fired upon by the police. One person, Jitendra Malakar, was killed in the firing and two or three are seriously injured. This is the constituency of the BJP State President while the neighbouring constituency is that of the Assembly Speaker. The Party leaders said that on 18 October feudal forces burnt down the houses of 70 Mahadalits from the Musahar community in Chhamsiya village (Morkahi Thana), Khagaria district. In addition, heavy firing was also done and Mahadalits were beaten...

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Protest March in Bihata Against Brutal Beating of Dalits

A protest march was taken out in Bihata against the brutal beating of Mahadalits by Bhumihars in Sikariya village and slapping of false cases against the dalits. Hundreds of people participated in the march including former MP Com. Rameshwar Prasad, and comrades Gopal Singh, Surendra Yadav, Vinod Yadav, Rakesh Manjhi and others. The speakers at the meeting said that the morale of the BJP and criminal forces is high at present, after coming to power stealthily through the back door. The administration is negligent and biased towards feudal forces. The incident in Sikariya started with a petty dispute about motorcycle parking at the Durga Puja site, upon which dominant sections beat up and injured dalits Dhurkheli and Ritesh Kumar. On 1 October people from the Ravidas community reached the Thana to file a complaint. But the Thana in-charge informed the criminals, who arrived at the Thana and filed false charges against the victims themselves. Feudal powers from the neighbourng 10 villages held a meeting and resolved to ‘teach a lesson’ to the Mahadalits. The BJP may try to hide its real face but its anti-dalit character stands exposed. The people will fight against this and not allow feudal criminals to get away with their...

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AIPWA Dharna in Gorakhpur

The death count of children due to encephalitis and other diseases in Gorakhpur zone (Uttar Pradesh) is on the rise. There were 308 deaths in just one month (August) in the Gorakhpur Baba Raghavdas Memorial Hospital alone. There is no record of the children who died in Primary health Centres, District Hospitals, villages, and without medical treatment. Such a situation can only be called an epidemic and nothing else. Despite demands by AIPWA and other organizations to declare this an epidemic, the Centre and State governments have not done so till date and have not tried to tackle this situation on a war footing. Therefore, keeping in view the people’s feelings, AIPWA organized a dharna on 1 September 2017 and demanded that encephalitis be declared an epidemic A memorandum was sent to the Prime Minister through the Gorakhpur Collector with the following demands: 1. Encephalitis should be declared an epidemic in Gorakhpur zone and measures to counter it taken on a war footing; pure drinking water, pucca toilets, fogging and spraying for prevention of water and mosquito-borne diseases should be guaranteed. 2. Appointment of qualified and capable doctors in adequate numbers in Gorakhpur Medical College, appointment of medical professors in the college, availability of test-equipment, medicines, and arrears of payment and honorarium to nurses and health workers should be guaranteed. 3. Flood should be declared a national disaster. 4....

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Sadak Par School Campaign Enters 8th Phase

Hundreds of students, youth, and their guardians held the 8th phase of right to school education campaign ‘Sadak Par School’ in Sewtha, Nadhi and Baruna on the issues of sufficient number of teachers, textbooks, 7 hours’ teaching, homework, toilets, schools for the children. A single government Primary school was passed in 2010 in the poor-dalit mohalla. For 3 years this school was run in the public library. The poor people of the area gave land for the school but the government took no steps to build the school and merged it in another school situated in the mohalla of...

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Pidri Local Committee Conference

The 7th CPI (ML) Pidri local unit in Darbhanga district held its conference on 16 October 2017 at Shaheed Baleshwar Paswan Nagar (Chhaprar). The conference began with a unity-meeting presided over by a 5-member Board and conducted by AIARLA District President Com. Jangi Yadav. Addressing the conference, Politburo member Com. Dhirendra Jha said that the pro-corporate and anti-poor face of the Modi government stands thoroughly exposed. Ambani-Adani-Ramdev are growing in leaps and bounds and recently the humongous corruption by Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah during the note ban phase has come to light. The poor are being kept out of education, employment, health, and all development. State Committee member, Com. Abhishek Kumar said that the government is ignoring the issues and rights of farmers and sharecroppers and if they do not meet demands of compensation, loan waivers and purchase price, a decisive battle will be fought on these issues. A resolution was passed to join the farmers’ and sharecroppers’ unity meeting in large numbers on 5 November when the Kisan Mukti Yatra would reach...

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Comrade Jayant Ganguly Memorial Day Observed

The 22nd memorial day of Com Jayant Ganguly was observed on 25 September 2017 in Hesalong Panchayat. Former MLA and CPI(ML) CC member Com Vinod Singh was present on the occasion along with a large number of people. Tributes were paid to the memory of Com Jayant and a memorial meeting was held in his honour. Com Jayant Ganguly joined the Naxalbari Movement and the Liberation Front led by Com. Banbihari Chakraborty in 1970-72 during his student life. He was sent to Giddi-C Colliery under the charge of Com. Laxman Singh. Com Jayant worked to strengthen the organization in the Daniya forests where the adivasi villages were in the stranglehold of moneylenders and feudal powers. He worked under the pseudonym of Amar Singh and gradually the adivasis began recapturing their lands and sowing crops. He was jailed in 1970 and released in 1972 due to the efforts of LF leader Ramji Singh. After being released he concentrated on organizational work on both banks of the Damodar River. Com Jayant knew how to mold oneself according to the circumstances and derived his energy from ground level work. Com Jayant along with the entire Liberation Front joined the CPI(ML) in 1984. He became a member of the Central Committee and was given the responsibility of MP and Maharashtra and later in UP. Com Jayant passed away on 25 July 1995 and...

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First Death Anniversary of Com. Janardan Harijan

The 1st death anniversary of Com Janardan Harjan was observed on 9 October 2017 at his village Modidih in Baliyapur Block, Dhanbad District. A Sankalp Sabha was held in his memory which began with garlanding of his portrait and observing on one minute’s silence. Addressing the meeting, Com Vinod Singh said that Com Janardan Harijan was a Communist warrior fully dedicated to the people and to the CPI(ML). He was the epitome of a simple life, hard struggle, and constant political contact with the people. His self-respect was the synonym of dalit self-respect. It was his dream to secure due political claim for the dalits and the poor through his struggles. Com Vinod Singh further said that in the present scenario of feudalism and fascism, when Brahminism is also at its peak, the loss of Com Janardan (JD) who led people’s struggles is an irreparable loss for the Party and the people. Com Janardan was a good singer and had composed many songs on the life of the rural poor. A project to release an album of his songs is nearly complete. The meeting concluded with the resolve to erect a life-size statue of Com Janardan and to work for the success of the 10th Party Congress by working with the workers and rural poor in Dhanbad...

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Protest March Against Rape of 3-Year Old

A protest march was organized at Ranchi on 9 October 2017 against the brutal rape of 3-year old girl in Giddor Thana, Chatra district. On 6 October the girl child had gone with her father to visit the Mela. She was kidnapped from the Mela and brutally raped, and was found later in an unconscious state. The child was admitted in a serious condition at the RIMS hospital. The protest march was taken out from Mahendra Singh Bhavan and culminated in a meeting at Albert Ekka Chowk. The speakers at the meeting said that this heinous crime comes in...

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