The Indian Police found 200 children to work in a tile manufacturing industry in Telangana, India. Μost of them are younger than 14 years old. The number of child labor amounts to 5,7 million in India and to 168 million worldwide accounting to the ILO.
The Modi government has taken the dangerous step of deepening military collaboration with the United States by agreeing to allow US armed forces to use base facilities in Indian naval and air force bases.
The US Defence Secretary and the Indian Defence Minister have announced an in principle agreement has been reached for a Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA). This is just another name for the Logistic Support Agreement (LSA) that the United States enters into with military allies like Philippines, South Korea and Japan. Unlike what the Defence Minister says, refueling, maintenance and repair facilities for American ships and airplanes will require the stationing of US armed forces personnel on Indian soil on a regular basis.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) strongly condemns the terrorist attack on the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot. The ongoing operation to clear the terrorists from the base has entered the fourth day. Seven defence and security personnel have died fighting the terrorist squad. The Polit Bureau conveys its heartfelt condolences to the families of these brave men who have laid down their lives in the line of duty.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) condemns the violence which has engulfed various parts of Gujarat resulting in arson and deaths of nine people. The manner in which the police and the administration handled the aftermath of the August 25 rally organized by the Pattidar organizations contributed to the eruption of violence. The CPI(M) calls for the immediate restoration of peace and normalcy.
Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) - CPI(M) -, and Sudhakar Reddy, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India - CPI - have issued the following statement:
The BJP and the Prime Minister have threatened to go to all the Left constituencies protesting against the Left parties role in the so-called »disruption« of the parliament, particularly the Rajya Sabha. Official statistics report that the Rajya Sabha worked for a barely nine per cent of the allotted time. The BJP displays selective amnesia by forgetting that the Rajya Sabha functioned for just two per cent of the time in the 2010 winter session. The BJP then led the disruption demanding action against those involved in corruption belonging to the then UPA government led by Dr. Manmohan Singh.
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India has issued the following statement today to the Media welcoming Supreme Court order on CBI probe into Vyapam scam:
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India expresses its satisfaction over the verdict of the Supreme Court transferring the Vyapam case of Madhya Pradesh to the apex court. The comment of the Supreme Court on the state governor is very severe. An accused in a case of corruption coupled with crime and mysterious deaths cannot occupy a constitutional post. He should not also be allowed to enjoy any immunity.