REPORTS

Reports from Karnataka

Gangavati, Koppal: Rasta Roko for Irrigation Water On 21 February, more than 300 small and marginal peasants along with agricultural labours marched and staged a Rasta Roko at Gangavati. The Rasta Roko was led by J.Bharadwaj, SLT member of the party

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World at the Crossroads Conference

(A ‘World at the Crossroads Conference’ was organized by the Democratic Socialist Perspective, Resistance and Green Left Weekly at Sydney on 10-13 April. Kavita Krishnan, who represented CPI(ML) at the Conference, reports.) As the world reels from a severe

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Advocates’ Struggle in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu advocates are on the warpath against the draconian undemocratic amendments to the rule 34(1) of the Advocates’ Act 1961, which empowers High court and District judges the powers to debar advocates from practicing in any court without even an enquiry.

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Pay Hikes Announced by Government are Paltry

The pay hikes for Central Government employees announced by the Modi Government in keeping with the 7th Pay Commission recommendations are paltry and shamefully inadequate. The real increase over the previously set minimum pay is only 14.29%, which is lowest in

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Severe Crackdown on Land Struggle in Punjab

The Akali-led NDA Government in Punjab has launched an all-out witch-hunt and attack on agricultural labourers in Mansa district – for the crime of demanding that the Government keep its promise of house plots to rural poor. As we go to

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Updates

Barhania Massacre: Popular Protest Forces Administration to Reject Police’ Version On the eve of phase one of 15th Lok Sabha election the CRPF forces in Jharkhand picked up five innocent tribal villagers from Barhania village, massacred them in cold blood

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Reports from Chhatishgarh

CPI(ML) and the Safai Kamgar Union (sanitary workers’ union, affiliated to the AICCTU) jointly held a dharna at the Commissioner’s office in Bhilai on 6th June with several demands pertaining to the livelihood and working condition of the

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AIALA Convention in Dharmapuri ### Pricol Workers on Indefinite Fast

AIALA Convention in Dharmapuri A Convention demanding 2 acres land, 5 cents home-stead land, 200 days work and Rs.200/day wage in NREGA was held by All India Agricultural Labourers’ Association (AIALA) at Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu on 15 June. Dozens of rural poor, 95

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People’s Health’ Seminar in Kolkata

Dr. Binayak Sen and Dr. Ilina Sen recently visited Kolkata responding to an initiative taken by People’s Health. They addressed the Calcutta press at Calcutta Press Club on 29th May. Dr. Binayak Sen’s two year long unlawful detention

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Cyclone Calamity in West Bengal

Normal life in the Sunderbans has been totally paralyzed, it being the worst-hit by the Cyclone Aila. Even thirty days after the Aila devastation in this delta there is no sign of progress in restoring normalcy although good gestures are

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Protests against Punjab Crackdown

The CPI(ML) Delhi State unit and AICCTU held a protest demonstration at Jantar Mantar on May 25 to demand the unconditional release of all arrested leaders and workers, which submitted a memorandum to the Home Minister demanding his intervention. Meanwhile,

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Agricultural Labourers in Punjab: Struggling for Survival

There have been many studies of the situation of agricultural labourers and dalit rural poor in Punjab. In this section, we discuss some of the relevant aspects of dalit agricultural workers’ lives, in the light of the observations of such

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