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Examination Boycott by Teachers in Maharashtra

College and university teachers across Maharashtra have been boycotting examination-related work for close to three months now, but the state government has shown little initiative in resolving the dispute. Repeated protests by teachers for a redressal for issues related to arrear payments, eligibility, service conditions, pay scales and unionisation have been ignored by the government, leading to the present impasse.

Contract Teachers in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra government's new scheme for appointing teachers in schools and colleges on contract at low salaries has justifiably come up against stiff resistance.

MUMBAI- Justice by Encounters

Aggarwal. Mayawati's desperation, which had begun on the eve of September 21 on the speaker's issue, increased. But while consolidating upper caste MLAs, Kalyan Singh was also sending a message to the backwards. A near-complete upper caste shift in favour of the BJP would mean an increase of at least 3-4 per cent in the BJP's stable 33 per cent vote-base. In UP, unlike Bihar, upper castes still carry 40 per cent votes in certain constituencies and decide the poll outcome. But, and this is crucial, an upper caste wave would give the BJP additional votes of the backwards; the BJP had retained about 30 per cent of the backward vote in 1996, and another tilt of 5 per cent or so would alter the scales in its favour. The crucial role here can be played by the kurmis and the kocris who remain unaccommodated with the SP or the BSP.

Defining Union Work

A recent ruling of the Bombay High Court on the right of a worker to undertake full time union work during office hours has raised a set of troublesome issues for workers and unions, while managements have been quick to seize the opportunity to launch yet another offensive against workers and unions. The judgment may well prompt some rethinking on the organisation and functioning of trade unions.

Chintapalli Arson Case-Report of the Peoples Tribunal

Union (AASU) where the former executive, generally viewed to be favouring amiable relations with the AGP government, has been replaced by a new executive more strident vocally. Perhaps such stridency is a necessary requirement for a student body like the AASU whose legitimacy as a political force in the state is linked to the distance it visibly maintains from the government in Dispur

Anti-Sikh Riot in Bidar

Ranvir Nayar Vrijendra The riots were politically inspired and were basically rooted in the rivalry between two trusts over a proposed medical college in Bidar. The police and the administration failed to discharge their duty during the three days of active rioting.
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