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Dalits In News ,Jan. 17, 2008

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Orissa clashes pre-meditated: Minority Commission,Kerala HC directive on SC/ST minister issue...



- Orissa clashes pre-meditated: Minority Commission


Zeenews Bureau 

New Delhi, Jan 17: Sharpening its tone against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's  government for its failure to avert violence in the Kandhamal district in Orissa, the  Minority Commission on Thursday said that the attacks on Christians were pre- meditated.

The Commission strongly criticised the Orissa government for not taking adequate steps in ensuring the safety of Christians living in the state and blamed the right-wing Hindu organisations for the Kandhamal violence in December last year. 

"Right-wing organisations like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, actively involved in anti-conversions, spear-headed the attacks," it said.

The Commission made these statements following its fact-finding mission in Phulbani. However, it stopped short of visiting Kandhamal.

The Commission stressed that the Christian groups were being targeted and the community is living in absolute fear.

It further stated that Naveen Patnaik led government had prior information that there would be disturbances around Christmas.

The state government has come under Minority Commission's scanner for its inaction to prevent the communal conflagration that gripped the state last year.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has, however, been exonerated of conspiracy although the charges of negligence levelled at him by Christian groups still stand.


The Hindu


Kerala HC directive on SC/ST minister issue


Kochi (PTI): The Kerala High court on Wednesday orally directed deletion of the names of Chief Minister V S Achutanandan and SC-ST Minister, A K Balan from the list of respondents in a petition seeking a direction to change the portfolio of the SC/ST minister.

When the petition by Federation of SC/ST state committee and M G Vanitha trust, Kochi, came up before a division bench, the court said the names of the Chief Minister and SC/ ST minister should be deleted.

The case has been adjourned for hearing the government's views.

The petitioners had stated that a person who had 'genuine interst' in the welfare of two communities should be appointed as the minister. They also sought a special audit to find the reasons for the lapse of crores of rupees every year for the welfare of SC/ST department.

The Hindu


CPI leader receives 'Ambedkar award'


Chennai (PTI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi honoured senior CPI leader R Nallakannu with the 'Ambedkar Award' in recognition of his "outstanding contributions" to the welfare of Dalits.

The award, comprising a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a gold medal, was given at a function here on Wednesday on the birth anniversary of Tamil saint-poet Thiruvalluvar.

The 'Thiruvalluvar award' went to Tamil scholar and saint 'Kunrakudi' Ponnambala Adigalar.

Poet Kavithaipithan was given the Periyar Award, Anna award was given to orator Saratha Nambi Aaruran, Kamaraj award to former MLA A R Marimuthu, Bharathi award to poet Soundra Kailasam, Bharatidasan award to Tiruchi M S Venkatachalam, Thiru Vi Ka award to Tamil scholar T Periyandavan and K A P Viswanatham award to poet Velavendan.

The Hindu


Dalit woman on hunger strike


KADAPA: Mala Mahanadu functionaries staged relay hunger strike in front of the Collectorate on Wednesday demanding action against Jammalamadugu DSP Narasimhulu for laxity in arresting two persons who allegedly attacked a Dalit woman.

The aggrieved woman of Jammalamadugu Subbalakshmamma launched an indefinite hunger strike.

The Hindu


CPI(M)'s district meet to focus on water, land, SC, ST issues



Staff Reporter

SANGAREDDY: The Communist Party of India (Marxist)'s tenth Medak district meet slated to begin on Friday would discuss issues like drinking and irrigation water shortage, distribution of land sites besides problems faced by SC, STs and artisans.

District secretary Chukka Ramulu hoisted party flag near the New Bus Stand as a curtain raiser to the three-day district-level meet.

Singur waters

According to a press release here on Wednesday Mr. Ramulu demanded a fair share of Singur water to the district.

He pointed out that the district never received even 5 tmcs of water even though its share of Godavari river water is around 125 tmc.

Mr. Ramulu urged Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy to declare steps taken to complete the Devadula lift irrigation project benefiting Siddipet and Chevella-Pranahita that would irrigate large tracts of parched land in the district.

Land to poor

The CPI(M) also demanded land to all eligible poor and criticised efforts to distribute land under fourth phase without taking into consideration the lists submitted by the CPI(M) during its six-month long Bhoo Poratam in the district.

Public meeting

The District meet would begin with a public meeting near the Babu Jagjeevan Ram statue on Friday. Elaborate arrangements are being made for the meet. CPI(M) district secretariat members B. Mallesh, Rajaiah, district committee members Sayilu, Sateesh also participated in the flag hoisting programme.

The Hindu


Mega job mela for SC candidates


The district administration is holding a mega job mela for unemployed youth belonging to SC community of Hyderabad district on January 18 from 10.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hockey Grounds, Masabab Tank. About 30 private companies will recruit candidates for various posts as per their eligibility. Those selected will be imparted training before being inducted.


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