THE recent ordinance passed by the Rajasthan Government amending Criminal Procedure Code to protect corrupt officials/ public servants, serving and former magistrates and judges from being investigated for their misdemeanor and corruption on duty without Government s
ON October 10, during his weeklong trip to the USA to attend the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley accused the opposition parties in India, mainly the Left, of being ill-informed and opportunist and adopting double standard on the Goods and Services Tax (GST). This requires a firm rebuttal.
THE All India Co-Ordination Committee of Road Transport Workers’ Organisations in a statement issued on October 6, has called upon the transport workers in the country to participate in the Mahapadav from November 9-11, in New Delhi in protest against the MV Act Amendment Bill. It also appealed to all the transport workers in the country to observe protest actions as and when the bill will be introduced in the Rajya Sabha. After the three-day Mahapadav, future course of action will be announced.
THE seventh conference of the All India Beedi Workers Federation (AIBWF), associated with the CITU, was held in Vellore in Tamil Nadu from September 14 to 16. The Tamil Nadu State Beedi Workers Union organised the conference and the entire Vellore city was beautifully decorated by CITU flags and festoons.
THE all India convention of mass, class and social movements was held on September 18 in New Delhi to intensify the issue-based united struggle against the anti-people neoliberal and communal policies of the BJP led NDA government.
The Jan Ekta Jan Adhikar Andolan (people’s unity, people’s right, people’s resistance) was launched in the convention which will be expand to all states and districts. It gave a call for people’s unity torch light meetings/processions at district/lower levels across the country on October 30.
IN the context of the ongoing efforts by the NDA government to dismantle and privatise the basic delivery systems in the social sector, the All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH), Mid Day Meal Workers Federation of India (MDMWFI), and All India Coordination Committee of Asha Workers (AICCAW) jointly held a national convention on “The right to food, health, education and care, the government, centrally sponsored schemes and beyond” on September 17 in New Delhi.
THE capital city of Karnataka, Bengaluru witnessed a mammoth struggle of working class of the state on September 14. Over 40,000 workers belonging to 178 unions affiliated to Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) from across 30 districts converged in Bengaluru to participate in the “Namma Nade…Bengalurinede Maha Nade”, the mega march towards Bengaluru. The mobilisation has created history in terms of the size of the participation of workers in recent times.
THE Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), in a statement issued on September 15, has congratulated the farmers of Rajasthan who have compelled the BJP government in Rajasthan to concede to their major demands through their resolute struggle.
Thousands of farmers participated in the ‘mahapadav’ at district headquarters across the state since September 1. Rasta rokos were held for three days bringing life to a standstill in around 20 districts.
POST demonetisation, an RBI study noted sharp fall in the sales and earnings of small companies with a turnover of less than Rs 25 crores. They had a fall of 57.6 per cent in sales and 122.3 per cent in EBIDTA (earnings before interest depreciation, taxation and amortisation) for the quarter ending March 2017; while big corporates with turnover of Rs 1,000 crore and above had 9.5 per cent rise in sales and 2.1 per cent increase in EBIDTA for the same period, reported Indian Express on August 27, 2017.