Transgender Persons Bill 2019 is a Blueprint for Discrimination rather than Protection

ON November 26, 2019, the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2019 was passed in the Lok Sabha. The Bill had been passed by the Rajya Sabha in December 2018.

The Bill, far from protecting the rights of transgender persons, actually discriminates against them. It has been passed with total disregard for the concerns expressed by the Trans community about the impact of the Bill.

Government Forced to Backtrack from Signing RCEP

THE Modi government had to make a retreat from signing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Participation) RCEP which was supposed to increase farmers’ woes by making their dairy products highly uncompetitive. The Modi government was about to sign this Agreement which would have facilitated deeper reach of MNCs in dairying sector at the cost of Indian farmers. The Indian farmers’ frontal organization AIKSCC called for a countrywide protests on 4 Nov, the day when this agreement was to come in effect.

Misuse of Ministerial Post and Power by BJP Candidate RK Singh

THE CPI(ML) believes that BJP candidate (and sitting MP and Cabinet Minister) in Ara RK Singh, frustrated by his imminent defeat, could resort to foul interference with the process of free and fair vote-counting. The Ara Mofussil Thana in-charge who was discharging his duty honestly to ensure a free and fair election has been withdrawn from duty and posted at the police line at the behest of RK Singh.

IAF Accidentally Shot Its Own Helicopter, Killed 7 in Budgam Crash

Did IAF Suppress This Fact Till Polling To Avoid Embarrassing Modi Government?

ON February 26, Indian fighter planes dropped bombs in Balakot, Pakistan, in retaliation for the Pulwama terrorist attack. The next day, Pakistan’s Air Force and Indian Air Force clashed, leading to two setbacks for India: the capture of Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman in Pakistan, and the death of six IAF personnel (and a civilian) when an IAF helicopter was shot down in Budgam in J&K.

Hungry India

IN the 2018 Global Hunger Index (GHI) released on October 11, India stands at 103 among 119 nations, and hunger levels in India are categorised by the report as “serious”.

At least one in five Indian children under the age of five suffer from “wasting” (they have extremely low weight for their height due to acute under-nutrition). The only country with a higher prevalence of child wasting than India is South Sudan.