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Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal Government is likely to add Singur movement to school syllabus

The land of 997.11 acres was acquired for setting up Tata's small car-Nano factory in 2006 and the acquisition was vehemently protested by the peasants of Singur

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Children studying in School in India. Wikimedia Commons

Kolkata, September 3, 2016: The Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government on Friday said it is considering to incorporate the peasant’s movement in the state’s Singur in school syllabus and sending a proposal to the Syllabus Committee for its observation and evaluation.

“(State) school education department received proposals from all the sections of the society requesting to incorporate historical win of peasants in Singur in the school syllabus. The department is sending the entire matter to school syllabus committee for its observations and evaluation,” said Education Minister Partha Chatterjee.

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Welcoming the proposal, State Syllabus Committee Chairman Aveek Majumder said: “We will discuss with educational experts, education minister and all concerned people about how to incorporate the it in the syllabus.”

The land of 997.11 acres was acquired for setting up Tata’s small car-Nano factory in 2006. The acquisition was vehemently protested by the peasants of Singur.

Demanding return of 400 acres to “unwilling farmers” (from whom land was allegedly taken against their will), the then opposition Trinamool Congress-led byMamata Banerjeespearheaded a violent and sustained peasants movement that ultimately forced the automobile giants to shift its plant to Sanand in Gujarat.

Subsequently, civil society organisations, state government and Tatas moved to Calcutta High Court for seeking justice. The matter moved to Supreme Court.

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The apex court on Wednesday set aside the land acquisition by the previous Left Front Government in West Bengal and ordered to return the land to the owners within 12 weeks.

“In recent times, no mass movements except Singur have got recognition from the apex court. Student must learn it. Education Minister’s proposal is welcome and it is a right decision,” said Trinamool Congress Vice President Mukul Roy.

Opposition have termed the move as “a political decision”. (IANS)

 

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    court Justice Misra said the State’s policy to establish a small car industry
    would have “ultimately benefited the people and the very purpose of
    industrialisation.” The factory would have opened up job opportunities in the
    State and attracted investment. Justice Mishra concluded the acquisition did
    indeed qualify to be for a public purpose. SO , WHAT WENT WRONG ?

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  • asit guin

    Supreme
    court Justice Misra said the State’s policy to establish a small car industry
    would have “ultimately benefited the people and the very purpose of
    industrialisation.” The factory would have opened up job opportunities in the
    State and attracted investment. Justice Mishra concluded the acquisition did
    indeed qualify to be for a public purpose. SO , WHAT WENT WRONG ?

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The Senate stands at an impasse while the nation collapses around it.

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The dome of the U.S. Capitol is seen beyond a chain fence during the partial government shutdown in Washington, Jan. 8, 2019. VOA

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The partial shutdown of the Government of the United States has now entered Day 31. With as many as 800,000 federal employees furloughed, the entire nation remains in a turmoil due to the longest government shutdown in the history of United States.

The shutdown which started on December 22 of 2018, due to the disagreement of United States Congress and the President Of United States on ‘Border Security Funding’  has followed us well into 2019 and still has bleak chances of ending.

President Donald Trump remains undeterred in his conquest to get the funding for wall, no matter who pays for it, it seems. In a tweet and several different speeches, during the presidential election race of 2016, the then presidential candidate Donald Trump promised that “Mexico will pay for the wall”. However, he now demands almost $5Bn from the taxpayers of the country.

The country’s senate remains at an impasse and the only ones affected? The people.

Thousands of federal employees joined hands in protests and social media to share their stories of how exactly the shutdown is affecting them. Many employees have had to set up Gofundme donation websites to get by or to meet their basic needs. The shutdown led the hastag, ‘#ShutdownStories’ trend on twitter. Even students who rely on free or reduced fee meals at school are impacted. The lunch menus at schools are being revised so as to conserve food and funding.

As the shutdown drags on, it sees many businesses also take a hit. Mohammad Badah, a local falafel street vendors who saw a steep fall in his sales said,” Usually I do in this area, like 60-70 customers, so far I did like 19 customers today.” Badah can now afford to operate only one of his two trucks.

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Meanwhile, there is no budging on the democratic or republican side. President Donald Trump proposed a deal to the democrats in which he backs away from a simple demand for border funding and now offers a 3 year extension of the program for refugees and immigrants who came to America illegally as minors, also called ‘Dreamers.’ Democrats, however rejected this deal saying that Donald Trump’s proposal is “unacceptable” and said the president’s proposal was “not a good-faith effort.”

The Senate stands at an impasse while the nation collapses around it.