Murder of Sheena Bora – greed and loss of family values in corporate world

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Family values, ethics, relations are all changing in the world of corporates and high society. Everything is fine in the war for wealth and fame. This is one of the lessons that Sheena Bora murder teaches.

Marriages one after another, lies, murders, conspiracies, high level tours world over, purchasing the police and authorities, the latter succumbing to money and pressure – all are there; the rotten side of the society, but well covered until accidentally exposed due to some unexpected incident.

Remember the case of murder of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of former Minister and sitting M.P., Shashi Tharoor as also the murder of Jessica Lal in a Delhi Bar. Cases were closed for lack of evidence or leniently dealt with until something happened to reopen it.

Muscle Power, Money Power and State Authority  combined together sometimes make justice a mockery. It is a ray of hope that at least one in a thousand such cases are exposed despite all the above obstacles.

 

2nd Sept. Strike – TU Demands and Govt. proposals

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There is a propaganda going on that the Govt. has come down and offered many favourable proposals on the demands of the Central Trade Unions raised in connection with the 2nd September  2015 strike. But the reality is different. The government proposals and our demands are given below to understand the actual position. As such, the strike will take place and maximum efforts should be continued to make it a big success.

EXPOSE THE GOVERNMENT’S DECEPTIVE PROPOSALS

  GOVERNMENT PROPOSAL OUR DEMANDS
1. Formula based minimum wage from Rs.7000 per month”

 

Minimum wage for all as per 44th ILC decision,not less than Rs.15000 per month

 

2. “ we will guaranty minimum wages for contract workers” Minimum wages already legally guaranteed for contract workers

We demand “Same wages and other benefits to contract workers as regular workers for same and similar work”

 

3. “ we will have tripartite consultations before labour law amendments”

 

Scrapping of all anti worker labour law amendments both proposed by the centre and enacted by some  state governments, such as Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh which imposes slavery

Labour laws should be amended to expand coverage and improving labour rights.

‘we demand Withdrawal of the prime ministers’ office directive to the states for labour law amendments in line of Rajasthan government

 

4. “social security coverage for ‘volunteers’ such as anganwadi, asha and mid day meal workers under consideration”

 

We demand

Regularisation, minimum wages and pension for all scheme workers as per the decision of the 45th ILC

No cut in budget for the schemes including ICDS, NHM, MDMS and MNREGA, full budgetary allocation for the schemes

 

 

5. Will enhance the bonus ceiling to rs.21,000 and rs.7000’

 

Remove all ceilings for bonus and gratuity payment, upward revision of gratuity calculation

 

6. Government claims of arresting the price rise

 

We demand

Arrest price rise

Universalise public distribution system and

Ban speculation of food items

 

7.         NOTHING TO OFFER WE DEMAND EMPLOYMENT FOR ALL

 

8. NOTHING TO OFFER WE DEMAND STOPPAGE OF DISINVESTMENT OF PSUS

 

9. NOTHING TO OFFER WE DEMAND WITHDRAWAL OF LAND ACQUISITION AMENDMENT BILL

 

10. NOTHING TO OFFER WE DEMAND NO FDI IN RAILWAYS, INSURANCE AND DEFENCE

 

11. NOTHING TO OFFER WE DEMAND RATIFICATION OF ILO CONVENTIONS 87&98

 

12. NOTHING TO OFFER WE DEMAND ASSURED PENSION NOT LESS THAN RS.3000

 

13. NOTHING TO OFFER WE DEMAND UNIVERSAL SOCIAL SECURITY FOR ALL

 

14. NOTHING TO OFFER WE DEMAND STRICT IMPLEMENTATION OF LABOUR LAWS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BMS should rethink about its decision to withdraw from the 2nd September Strike.

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The media report that BMS, in its core-committee meeting today, has decided to withdraw from the strike, if true, is sad and unfortunate. According to the statement of the BMS General Secretary, the government has come with certain satisfactory proposals and hence the strike can be deferred for six months. The governments’ offer is only on four out of 12 issues and even they are not at all satisfactory. All the CTUs other than BMS had rejected them and had decided for the Strike, after meeting the Ministers’ Committee headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitely.

The entire working force in the country are already in full preparation of the strike. The issues raised are crucial and the government is on the defensive. It is unfair on the part of the BMS to leave the joint co-ordination at this crucial time. The workers will not accept this position.

The workers in the country wants a united struggle. BMS should rethink and return to the main stream of the Indian working class and participate in the strike. It is the need of the hour.

Talks fail – No change in 2nd September Strike

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The two days discussion by the  Minister’s committee headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitely failed to deliver goods and the Central Trade Unions will go on strike on 2nd September 2015.  Since the BMS feels that there is some forward decisions on the part of the government, it feels that the strike be deferred and wait for six months. Any how, after all other unions have moved for the strike, BMS is meeting today to discuss the issue again and take decision.

We hope that the BMS will review the entire situation and decide to continue with the strike, thus cementing the unity of the working class.

Aurangzeb Road in Delhi is now APJ Abdul Kalam Road

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Aurangzeb Road in Delhi is renamed as APJ Abdul Kalam Road, in honour of the late President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The decision has been taken by  NDMC, which is the concerned authority.

The decision is welcomed by the various political parties terming it as a tribute to the scientist President, who passed away recently. But at the same time, there are also others, who say that instead of changing the name of an old road, it should have better to give his name to a new road. Historical names need not be changed, some historians have suggested.

OROP – Only assurances

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The Modi Government’s claim that it is an efficient government is in doldrums. The One Rank One Pension (OROP) issue, which the BJP in their election campaign stated that it would be settled if they come in to power, has not been settled, despite the BJP Government in power for more than one year.

It was expected to be announced by the Prime Minister, but nothing happened. It was propagated that it would be issued on 28th August 2015, the war Veteran’s day, but nothing happened.

The Defence Minister is stating that they have agreed in principle on OROP. Does agreeing in principle get releief to the Defence pensioners?

Action, not words are required. Modi Government should issue the orders without any delay.

Another election in Greece on 20th September 2015

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Another election, 5th in six years, has been announced by the Greek Government.The situation arose after some of the members of the ruling party Syriza left and the government became a minority. Prime Minister Tsipras had resigned a few days back, which resulted in the fresh election which will be held on September 20th.

Update state support to older peoples – SC to Central government

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New Delhi, Aug 28 The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to update its national policy that envisages state support to ensure financial and food security, health care, shelter and other needs of older persons across the country.

The social justice bench comrpising justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit said “national policy on old age homes is 15 year old. You need to update it. So much has happened since 1999.”

The court said that revisiting the 1999 NPOP has become necessary in the wake of the enactment of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.

The National Policy on Older Persons (NPOP) envisages state support to ensure financial and food security, health care, shelter and other needs of older persons, equitable share in development, protection against abuse and exploitation and availability of services to improve the quality of their lives.

It also provides state support on issues like social security, inter-generational bonding, family as the primary caretaker, role of NGOs, training of manpower and research.

The court expressed dissatisfaction over the reply filed by the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry and said that it had not disclosed the steps taken so far for setting up old age homes.

Earlier, the apex court had issued notice to the Centre on the PIL seeking setting up of old age homes with basic healthcare facilities in every district of the country. (PTI)

 

Ambedkar House in UK acquired by India

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The Government of India has acquired the House in London, where Dr. Ambedkar stayed while he was studying in London School of Economics during 1921-22. The deal to hand over the Rs. 31 crore property has been clinched  on 27th August at London. The  2,050 Sq. feet house is situated at 10, King Henry’s Road in London.

It is stated that the house will be made a monument to the architect of the Indian Constitution. A decision to be appreciated.

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