17 April, 2014: News Updates from India

17 April, 2014

1. Anti-nuclear lobby opposes commercial deal for Jaitapur project during polls: The anti-nuclear lobby led by the Konkan Bachao Samiti (KBC) has urged the Election Commission of India and the chief electoral officer (CEO) to direct the Centre to defer the signing of  between the Nuclear Power Corporation () and French major for the  nuclear power project till the Lok Sabha elections are over. http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/anti-nuclear-lobby-opposes-commercial-deal-for-jaitapur-project-during-polls-114041700508_1.html

2. Kudankulam: PMANE Protesters Take to Streets Over Sonia’s Visit: The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) organised a black flag protest at Idinthakarai against AICC president Sonia Gandhi’s visit to the State on Wednesday. On their 975th day of the anti-KKNPP struggle in Idinthakarai, PMANE members covered their mouths with black cloth and held placards condemning the Congress-led UPA government. http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/PMANE-Protesters-Take-to-Streets-Over-Sonias-Visit/2014/04/17/article2173017.ece

3. Daily wage labourers pitch in for the Left parties: Puducherry has been closely associated with communism for several generations, with V. Subbiah’s protests against the French regime bringing about the eight-hour work day for the first time in Asia. Since then, the Left parties have had some strongholds in the Union Territory. For the working classes especially, the Left parties have a special meaning to them. http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/puducherry/daily-wage-labourers-pitch-in-for-the-left-parties/article5917611.ece

4. Fireworks manufacturers invited for talks in Delhi: Fireworks manufacturers in Sivakasi have been invited to New Delhi for talks on April 21 with officials in the Department of Industrial Policy and to discuss the concerns raised by the cracker industry. http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/fireworks-manufacturers-invited-for-talks-in-delhi/article5921408.ece

5. Anna Hazare’s office gets threat calls: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/anna-hazare-s-office-gets-threat-calls/article1-1208895.aspx

6. Naxal areas seek better execution of package: Lingering insecurities over the rehabilitation and “poor” implementation of the special package for Naxal-affected areas should remain in the priority list of Lok Sabha candidates, said residents of Kudremukh National Park. http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/naxal-areas-seek-better-execution-of-package/article5921558.ece


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