We forced Shinde to write letter: CPI-M

Welcoming union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s missive to state chief ministers urging them to ensure that no Muslim youth is wrongfully harassed in terror cases, the CPI-M Wednesday said it forced Shinde to take that stand. “We raised the issue several times. We raised it at the Sep 23 National Integration Council meeting also. We […]

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Congress in disarray over T.P. Chandrasekheran murder

With a large number of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) cadre accused in the 2012 murder of T.P. Chandrasekheran, the Congress unit in Kerala smelt an opportunity to score political points. However, as a trial court acquitted 20 of the 56 accused Wednesday last for lack of evidence, the factionalism within the Kerala unit of […]

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Himachal mid-day meal workers plan protest

Mid-day meal workers in Himachal Pradesh will stage a protest in Shimla in November over their demands, including the grant of employee status, so that they too can avail of benefits that government employees do, activists said Sunday. The state and central governments are not serious about the demands of the mid-day meal workers in […]

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SFI leader’s death: Bengal rights panel orders compensation, blames police

In a major embarrassment for West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee regime, the state rights panel Monday recommended Rs.10 lakh compensation for the custodial death of SFI leader Sudipto Gupta here in April. A full bench of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission, which met during the day, pointed at the responsibility of police in the April […]

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Narayanan backs state poll panel for moving Supreme Court

West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan Thursday backed the State Election Commission’s decision to move the Supreme Court seeking adequate security for holding the panchayat elections. “it is a step in the right direction,” Narayanan told media persons here. “The need now is to find some way to hold the elections. Going to the Supreme Court […]

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Stop victimisation of Muslim youths

Several activists and political leaders, including CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, has demanded that “the harassment and victimisation of innocent Muslims youths” by security agencies in the name of fighting terror be stopped. In a convention on “Politics of Terror”, organised here by representatives of Left and other political parties, […]

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Plea on political donations to be heard Sep 26

The chief information commissioner (CIC) will Sep 26 hear a plea asking political parties to give out information on donations received by them, said NGO Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) Saturday. The ADR approached the CIC in March 2011 as save for the Communist Party of India (CPI), no other national political party had provided […]

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IUML worker’s murder: Kerala CPI-M leader gets bail

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Kannur district secretary P. Jayarajan was Monday granted bail by the Kerala High Court in the murder of Indian Union Muslim League worker Abdul Shukoor in February. Granting conditional bail, the court asked Jayarajan to furnish a security of Rs.25,000, two sureties and directed him not to try to influence […]

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Kerala legislator gets bail in murder case

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) legislator T.V. Rajesh was Tuesday granted bail by the Kerala High Court in the murder of Indian Union Muslim League worker Abdul Shukoor in February. Rajesh was lodged in jail after his anticipatory bail plea was dismissed and he surrendered before a court in his home town Kannur Aug 13. […]

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Four ‘Trinamool workers’ held for thrashing professor

Four people were arrested Saturday for assaulting Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra, who allegedly circulated “defamatory” cartoons of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress colleagues. A court granted them bail after a few hours. “The accused, who were produced before a court, have been granted bail as the offences they were […]

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