New Delhi, Feb 12, Hundreds of youth activists of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) observed a hunger strike here Friday to demand the early building of a controversial shipping channel to link India’s eastern and western coasts.
The Sethusamudram project will help ships avoid a 785-km detour around Sri Lanka.
CPI-M politburo member Brinda Karat inaugurated the protest organised by the Democratic Youth Federation of India’s (DYFI) Tamil Nadu state unit at Jantar Mantar here.
Karat asked the central government to implement the project “without delay”.
The Rs.242.7 billion ($6 billion) Sethusamudram project plans to provide ships sailing between the east and west coasts of the country with a continuous navigable sea-route through India’s territorial waters.
The project is facing opposition on environmental grounds. There is fear that the channel may result in tsunami waves hitting Tamil Nadu and Kerala more fiercely.
The dredging of Ram Sethu, a mythological bridge built by Lord Ram in the Palk Strait, has been opposed by the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Agartala, Feb 9, Citing India’s poor statistics in terms of education, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has demanded a change in the country’s policy to ensure education for all. read more
Kolkata, Feb 6,The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Saturday said it would defer its party congress to a later date next year after assembly elections in Kerala and West Bengal are over. read more
Kolkata, Feb 3, West Bengal’s Power and Non-Conventional Energy Minister and senior Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Mrinal Banerjee died of colon cancer at a private hospital here Wednesday, party sources said. He was 72. read more
Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 3, The ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) is irked after Kerala Governor R.S. Gavai sought clarifications from the V.S. Achuthanandan government over the appointment of a new state Public Service Commission (PSC) member. read more
Palakkad (Kerala), Feb 3, The ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) suffered another setback Wednesday when former Lok Sabha member of the party S. Sivaraman quit the political group, taking the total number of people who have left the party in less than a year to three. read more
Kolkata, Jan 31, West Bengal’s ruling Left Front major Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M) Sunday welcomed the Ranganath Mishra Commission report recommending 10 percent reservation for Muslims and five percent for other minorities in government jobs. read more
Kolkata, Jan 28, West Bengal’s main opposition Trinamool Congress Wednesday announced the launch of a “non-cooperation” against the state’s Communist-led government at all levels. read more
New Delhi, Jan 18, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday paid homage to Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Jyoti Basu by visiting the party headquarters here. read more
Kolkata, Jan 7, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) patriarch Jyoti Basu, in hospital since Jan 1 following a pneumonia attack, continued to be on ventilator support but was stable, a hospital official said Thursday.