Maoists Disrupting Democracy

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By Fakir Mohan Pradhan
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) appears to be trying to stare down the ‘critical situation’ facing the movement, exploiting the vulnerabilities of the security arrangements to perpetrate violence in the heightened atmosphere of the ongoing General Elections. Despite increased Security Force (SF) presence to secure free and fair polls, the Maoists have hit multiple States in the areas where elections were held on April 10, 2014, in the second of the nine-phase election declared by the Election Commission.

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Improving Access to Safe Fertility Treatments

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Ontario Sharing Cost of IVF to Help People Who Cannot Conceive Children

By A Correspondent

Ontario intends to help more people expand their family by increasing access to fertility treatments.

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Mayhem In India: Cars, Lorries And Weddings

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By Graham Peebles *

Along with the choking fumes and piles of putrid waste, sound systems and a constant bombardment of honking horns from cars, lorries and screaming buses assault residents and the unprepared in towns and cities throughout India. Loudspeakers are used to spread political propaganda; celebrate and circulate expensive arranged and prolonged weddings; and, mounted outside temples and mosques, loudly proclaim the jargon of the just and the righteous path to salvation.

Noise pollution in the cities and towns is unbearable and adversely affects people's health: hearing complaints,

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Keeping Children Safe From Harmful Diseases

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Ontario Strengthens Immunization Requirements for Next School Year

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Ontario is helping children and youth stay healthy by requiring their immunizations to be up to date before they return to school in September.

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Gujarat Jobless Growth: Some Statistics

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By Sanjeev Kumar *

One can imagine the concern of a State for providing employment for her citizen, were there has not been a single Public Service Commission exam held in last 10 years. NSSO’s data shows that the growth rate of employment in Gujarat during 1993-94 to 2004-05 was 2.43% which reduced to near zero per cent during 2005 to 2010. The stagnant employment growth in the last five years in Gujarat is better than negative employment growth rate at the national level but lags far behind other equally well off states such as Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Unemployment rate in Gujarat in 2009-10 was 9.9% while the national figure was 9.3% and 5.8% for Tamil Nadu, 5.9 for Maharashtra and 8.6 for Haryana.1 It rose to 10% in 2011-12 for Gujarat.2

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Gujarat: Just Another Smelly, Dusty, Congested State

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By Sanjay Austa *

Has Gujarat , the most western lying Indian state finally fallen off India’s map to sit at the high table of developed nations in the West? It would seem so if you go by the frenzy that’s been whipped around what is being called the ‘Gujarat Development Model’, and the giant strides of progress that are said to be made in the state under the stewardship of its Chief Minister and Prime Minister hopeful Narendra Modi.

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J & K Kupwara: Gateway of Terror

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By Anurag Tripathi
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On April 7, 2014, five persons, including one Junior Commissioned Officer of the Army, two Policemen and two terrorists, were killed and six Security Force (SF) personnel were injured in a gun battle in the Zunreshi area of Chowkibal in Kupwara District of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The exchange of fire ensued when an SF unit, on receiving information about the presence of a group of four or five Lashkar-e-Toiba ( LeT) terrorists in the area, launched an operation. The remaining terrorists managed to escape.

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Jharkhand: Maoists: Never say Die

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By Fakir Mohan Pradhan
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

Turning adversity into advantage is easier said than done, but when the adversary lets his guard down, difficulties diminish. After the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) managed to engineer a succession of attacks during the earlier phases of the General Elections in different States, especially Chhattisgarh and Bihar, Security Forces (SFs) and poll officials were expected to be more cautious. Jharkhand had a surprisingly peaceful poll during the first two phases on April 10 and April 17, in areas where the Maoist threat was much higher, and this appears to have seduced a section of election officials and SFs to relative complacence during the third phase, for which a tragic price has been paid.

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World Premiere of Anusree Roy’s New Work

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Sultans of the Street at Young People's Theatre

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The world premiere of multi-award winning playwright Anusree Roy’s very first Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) play, Sultans of the Street, is being presented at Young People's Theatre from April 28 to May 15.

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MAY 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 10










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