Protest News Updates: 7 March 2018

7 March 2018

Resentment over demolition of Lenin’s statue
SILCHAR, March 6 – The CPI (M) Cachar and Hailakandi district committees have expressed strong resentments over the developments which took place in Tripura after the statue of Lenin was uprooted in Agartala on Monday.Condemning the incident as a shameful act in the history of the nation, Samiran Acharjee, former secretary and veteran leader of the party on Tuesday said, “People behind the heinous incident are influenced by the philosophy of the RSS. Lenin is an international leader and respected across the globe, mere demolition of his statue will not deter the spirit among the followers of his ideals. Those who can destroy the Babri Masjid are torch bearers of fascism,” he said. Read more on this at:

The Assam Tribune:

Anganwadi Workers Stir: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today slammed those who were allegedly trying to make political capital out of the protests of Anganwadi workers and took a veiled dig at CITU, CPI(M)- affiliated trade union, saying their attempts to create “trouble” in the state will not be allowed.
Khattar also took strong exception to the “misguided” statements of the opposition parties on the issue of Anganwadi workers. Read more on this at: The Business Standard:

The Amalgamation of KMWSA & KIT with KMDA : The Kolkata Metropolitan Water and Sanitary Authority and Kolkata Improvement Trust (KIT) has been successfully amalgamated with Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) for better manpower utilisation, Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said today. More on this at: The Business Standard:

Reinstate 11 suspended staff: TNSTC workers: Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) employees associated with a number of trade unions staged a demonstration outside TNSTC Madurai’s headquarters here on Tuesday demanding the reinstatement of 11 employees suspended during the TNSTC employees’ week-long strike across the State in January. More on this at: The Hindu

Police told to act against ‘nokkukooli’ menace: State Police Chief seeks explanation from DPCs
Following a surge in complaints about the ‘nokkukooli’ menace, the State government has given a firm directive to the police to crack down on those attempting to extort money without doing work. More on this at: The Hindu

On the warpath: RTDC staff to hold protest today 7.3.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
While special secretary of tourism department and director of RTDC Pradeep Borad is busy promoting tourism in ITB Berlin, Germany, the employees of RTDC have gone on the warpath once again. The RTDC employees’ union has decided to start agitation from Wednesday against giving the RTDC properties on PPP basis and many other demands including action against the officials who have been responsible for reducing the income of the corporation. The employees have been demanding reopening of the units which have been closed. Notably, about a dozen hotels and motels were closed so that they can be given on PPP basis. Giving the information, Tej Singh Rathore, president of employees union said that the employees will be going on agitation from Wednesday against the government for not giving attention to the corporation and selling of the units of RTDC. He informed that on Wednesday employees will be working wearing black ribbon while on Thursday, a gate meeting will be held in the afternoon to decide on the future … more at: DNA India:

Road widening: action panel to begin hunger strike 6.3.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues
Mananchira-Vellimadukunnu road project in limbo More at:

Director appointed at NERIST, 8-day long stalemate ends 
The Centre today appointed Dr Hardeo Singh Yadav as the director of the North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) near here, ending an eight-day long stalemate at the central institute. The Students’ Union of NERIST (SUN) had been agitating since February 27 demanding appointment of a regular director, but they were not happy with the appointment as it wanted a director from outside. Dr Yadav is a teacher at the NERIST. “The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal based on recommendation of the Search-cum- Selection Committee, for appointment of Dr H S Yadav to the post of Director, NERIST on contract basis for a period of five years from the date of assumption of charge,” a notification of the Union HRD ministry said today. Dr Yadav is currently serving as the senior most professor of the chemistry department in the institute, had served as in-charge director of the deemed university from April 19, 2016 to March 26 last … more at: The Business Standard:


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