Protest News Updates: 9 February 2018

9 February 2018

Indian News Updates

Bengal tea workers forced to accept interim wage hike, say unions 9.2.2018 General News
Protesting against the hike in the daily wages of tea garden workers by only Rs 17.50 in Bengal, central trade unions on Friday accused the state government of delaying finalising the wage agreement and forcing workers to accept the interim relief.
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It’s time we redefined contract labour 9.2.2018 HBL: Home
A fixed term contract will enhance workers’ security and remuneration, while allowing employers the flexibility they desire
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Tea workers’ unions refuse revised wage 9.2.2018 General News
The tea workers’ unions in the state have refused to accept an interim hike of Rs 17.50 on their daily wage, as notified by the Mamata Banerjee-led government. The state government had recently issued a memorandum, raising the daily wage or talab of the tea workers from Rs 132.50 to Rs 150, with effect from January 1, 2018, in the wake of a delay over the finalization of a wage agreement. A joint forum comprising Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC, All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU) among others has threatened to go on a protest if the wage agreement is not finalized soon. “We are against this interim hike of Rs 17.50. The state unilaterally made the decision without discussing it in the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee. The Joint Forum of Trade Unions in the tea sector has opposed this move, but the local administration is forcing the workers to accept this hike,” CITU
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RSS-Affiliated Union Wants Budget Reviewed, Threatens Massive Protest 9.2.2018 NDTV News – India-news
As it struggles to placate ally Telugu Desam Party, the ruling BJP now has on its hands an angry Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, an affiliate of the party’s ideological mentor the RSS, which has said it will…
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Minimum wage of ₹18,000 sought workers 9.2.2018 Hindu: News
Hamalis, autorikshaw drivers and other workers under the banner of All India Trade Union Congress took out a rally here on Friday demanding the formation of a comprehensive welfare board and payment o…
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BMS calls for nationwide protest against labour policies 9.2.2018 deccanherald.com
RSS-affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has given a call for a nationwide agitation on February 20 to protest against “anti-labour policies” and is rethinking to attend Indian Labour Conference (ILC) later this month. The Kendriya Karya Samithi (national executive committee or KKS) meeting of BMS held at Ambaji in Gujarat on February 8 has called for “nationwide agitation against the central governments anti-labour policies”, BMS General Secretary Virjesh Upadhyay said in a statement today. He said that the KKS has directed all its unions to observe February 20 as Black Day and hold union-level protest demonstrations, wear black badges and hold gate meetings. The protest is against negligent attitude of the central government towards labour problems, the BMS said. Indian workers belonging to different central trade unions have put forth burning issues of labour before the government but the Union Budget 2018 was totally silent about any of the issues raised by unions, it added. After a gap of three …
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BMS calls Budget 2018 ‘anti-labour’; to boycott Modi’s speech at ILC 9.2.2018 Politics
The BMS has demanded the Union government to review the Union Budget 2018-19 by incorporating its demands
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Argentine Congresswoman wants footballers to finish school 9.2.2018 Education
Congresswoman Josefina Mendoza of Argentina’s ruling Cambiemos coalition delivered a letter to the Argentine Soccer Association calling on all footballers to finish their education, no matter what degree.
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RSS-affiliated Mazdoor Sangh calls for nation-wide stir against Modi govt 9.2.2018 Top Stories
The BMS has asked all its affiliated units to observe February 20 as “black day” and hold protest demonstrations
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Manavala mutt jeeyar on hunger strike again 9.2.2018 Hindu: News
Seeks public apology from lyricist Vairamuthu again
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Advocates call off relay hunger strike 8.2.2018 Deccan Herald – News
Advocates call off relay hunger strike BENGALURU, DHNS: The relay hunger strike by the states legal fraternity was called off on Thursday. President of the Bengaluru Advocates Association A P Ranganath said that they decided to call off the hunger protest based on the information received from credible sources that the central government has cleared the appointment of 5 judges out of the 10 judges recommended by the collegium. The notification stated that the central government has assured that the appointment of the remaining judges will be cleared within a weeks time. The senior counsels, bar council members, the executive committee of the association and former presidents of the advocate association convened a joint meeting on Thursday to discuss on the future course of action in pursuant of the strike. During the meeting, it was resolved to temporarily suspend the relay hunger strike that began on February 5 and to demand immediate appointment all judges cleared by the collegium that is pending …
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KVM hospital stir: conciliatory talks fail 8.2.2018 Hindu: National
Nurses threaten to go on Statewide agitation
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Fire & Ice: Sehwag, Afridi spice it up on Lake St Moritz 8.2.2018 General News
At his prime, Virender Sehwag never had “surface tension”. Now at 40, with spectacles and big bald patch, it still does not matter. Just like he had thrashed a young Shoaib Akhtar 10 years back on turf wickets, a slightly round Akhtar was handed the same treatment in front of 500-odd spectators at the inaugural St Moritz Ice Cricket Challenge. Mostly Asian expatriates and tourists along with a few bewildered locals trying to figure out what the game was all about were present. A Swiss sitting on the stands commented: “This game seems as relaxed as a game of golf. Very relaxed I must say.” There was Sehwag hitting those sixes at the backdrop of breathtaking Alpine range, Shahid Afridi’s customary celebrations, Akhtar sledging Sehwag in jest — every ingredient needed to make the event a success. The ground is basically the frozen St Moritz lake and the matting pitch fixed on a wooden plank. Pink ball is being used but as Sehwag wants at least T10 to be included in the …
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Mutt head resumes fast seeking apology from Vairamuthu over 8.2.2018 General News
The head of Manavala Mamuni Mutt here today resumed his indefinite fast demanding an unconditional apology from popular film lyricist Vairamuthu for his alleged remarks against Goddess Andal. Sri Ramunuja Jeer (mutt head) of Sri Manavalamauni Mutt withdrew his fast last month stating that he would wait till February 3 and then resume it if Vairamuthu did not apologise. As there was no response from the poet till today the religious head decided to resume his fast. A large number of people from different sub-sects of Hindu religion had staged protests in parts of Tamil Nadu demanding unconditional apology from the lyricist. Cases have also been filed against the poet in Chennai and Rajapalayam. In his address at a literary event at Rajapalayam in Virudhunagar district, Vairamuthu had last month spoken about Goddess Andal and it was also published in a Tamil daily. It led to outrage among devotees, who alleged that the lyricist had offended the Goddess and them conversely by
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China’s dominance at Hambantota Port worry many 7.2.2018 General News
As Sri Lanka celebrated 70 years of independence on February 4 from the UK, its people fear that the country faces a new form of colonialism, which is China.In an op-ed written by Jonathan Hillman, titled- “The hazards of China’s global ambitions,” for the Washington Post, China took over the Hambantota Port in December last year. The port was never meant to be operated by China. However, a Chinese state enterprise financed it, creating a debt that Sri Lanka could not reply.According to government sources, around 95 percent of the Sri Lankan government’s revenue goes toward debt payments. If Sri Lanka cannot clear its payments, it will have to enter negotiations again with its creditors, which also include China.Both Sri Lanka and China are developing a financial centre on a reclaimed land. Also, China agreed to provide USD one billion to construct three 60-storey towers last month. It also controls one of the container terminals in the Colombo port after expanding and modernising it .
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Nebraska school will not punish alt-right student who says he loves violence 9.2.2018 Reuters: World News
LINCOLN, Nebraska (Reuters) – A self-proclaimed white nationalist student who appeared in a video saying he loves violence will not be disciplined by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the school’s chancellor said on Thursday.

  

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Thai activists who protested junta surrender to police 8.2.2018 General News
Nearly three dozen Thai democracy activists turned themselves in to police today after being summoned in connection with a protest calling for the ruling military government to step down and relinquish power through elections. All were released the same day. The legal aid group Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said the activists were charged with violating the ruling junta’s ban on political assembly and nine faced an additional charge of sedition. “I don’t understand why I have been charged,” said Netiwit Chotipatpaisal, a student activist. “I think Thailand is a strong country. But to arrest those who think differently and speak out and to accuse them of sedition shows how ineffective our leaders really are.” Thailand has been under military rule since a 2014 coup, but the junta is under increasing pressure both at home and abroad to return the country to civilian governance. Repeated postponements of promised elections and several corruption scandals have in recent …
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Pashtun Long March wake-up call against fundamentalism: Ghani 9.2.2018 General News
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday came out in support of Pashtun Long March, which is being organised in northwestern Pakistan against authorities who carry out abuses against the ethnic tribe.”I fully support the historical #PashtunLongMarch in Pakistan. The main purpose of which is to mobilise citizens against fundamentalism and terrorism in the region,” Ghani said in a tweet.Pashtun Long March is a protest movement led by young Pashtuns from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), where they have long been the targets of military operations, internal displacement, ethnic stereotyping and abductions by the security forces.He said the historical importance of the march traced back to the great proponent of Bacha Khan, whose philosophy was based on the non-violent ideology.Ghani said the march was a positive initiation against fundamentalism that morally bound each and everyone to support Pashtuns.The President also called on the media to impartially fulfill their ..
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Size problem: Shrinking diamond content in jewelry is a headache for miners 9.2.2018 All International Stories
The anemic growth has forced gem producers to respond in recent years
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Your mobile phone can give away your location, even if you tell it not to 9.2.2018 Business Standard: Tech World
Measuring how a phone moves when its owner is walking could suggest how old a person is, whether they are male
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Nebraska school will not punish alt-right student who says he loves violence 9.2.2018 Reuters: World News
LINCOLN, Nebraska (Reuters) – A self-proclaimed white nationalist student who appeared in a video saying he loves violence will not be disciplined by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the school’s chancellor said on Thursday.

  

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