Tuesday, January 02, 2007

DYFI hooligans harass commons during bandh

Kerala responds with hartal
Sunday December 31 2006 10:36 IST

T’PURAM: The impromptu hartal called by political parties in the state barely hours after former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was hanged on Saturday caught the public on the wrong foot.

All the major parties - barring the BJP - announced hartals from 3 p m to 6 p m - in one voice. Dharnas and marches against the “imperialist arrogance” marked the hartal.

The abrupt call for hartal by political parties, who were cribbing over issues nearer home over the past few weeks, hit normal life. Shops had to hastily down shutters and trade across the state was hit in a big way.

The Kerala Vyapari-Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi has put the rough estimate of losses due to the hartal around Rs 50 crore.

Local DYFI leaders organised a blockade by laying boulders across the main road at Pulloorkonam near Kovalam. Locals and tourists were caught in the blockade for nearly an hour. The situation was brought under control after police arrived at the spot.

Tension prevailed at Alummoodu, Neyyatinkara, after hartal loyalists assaulted a few women selling fish.

In Thiruvananthapuram, the majority of the shops downed shutters by afternoon. Dharnas and marches were taken out in many places including Bheemapalli and Chakka. Political organisations burned American President George Bush in effigy in many places.

Police have tightened security across the state, especially at tourist centres, police officials said.

Stating that the “American imperialism has raised a grim challenge to the world peace once again through the execution of Saddam Hussein,” Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan said the Iraqi leader would be remembered forever as a martyr who heroically fought the imperialist interests.

“It is deplorable that the heinous act was carried out when the Muslims worldwide were preparing for Bakrid,” he said.

Through its act, America had once again demonstrated that it cared little for world peace and the sentiments of the majority of the humanity, he said.

Source: Newindpress.com

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Communists and Islamic fanatics hold joint rallies

Communists and Islamic fanatics take to streets to condemn Saddam's execution

Kozhikode, Dec. 30 (PTI):
Even as political parties and other outfits in Kerala have called for a hartal this afternoon to condemn the execution of Saddam Hussein, the city witnessed demonstrations by various organisations to vent their anger against "US imperialistic designs".

Hundreds of activists of pro-CPI(M) DYFI and the National Development Front, a Muslim fundamental outfit, Sunni Students Federation and outfits affiliated to the Indian Union Muslim League took out protest marches condemning the "heinous murder" of the former Iraqi President and the "imperialistic designs" of President George W Bush, police sources here said.

The activists held demonstrations in various parts of the city, including the crowded Palayam bus stand, Kidson corner and Maananchira localities, they said.

The NDF activists burnt an effigy of George Bush at Mananchira circle.

In Kasaragod town, the execution of Saddam Hussein evoked widespread protests with major political parties taking out huge demonstrations to condemn the execution.

The constituent parties of the ruling Left Democratic Front and opposition united democratic front, Solidarity Youth Movement affiliated to Jamaat Islami section took out marches here, which were attended by large number of people.

The Muslim League, a UDF constituent, also took out a separate march to condemn the Iraqi developments, leading to the execution of that country's former President.

The DYFI plans to hold a march later to protest the incident. No untoward incidents had been reported during the series of demonstrations, police sources said.

Source : The Hindu

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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Communist Students clash with each other

SFI-AISF clashes hit CPM-CPI relations
Monday November 20 2006 00:00 IST

T’PURAM: Clashes between the workers of the SFI and the AISF have turned an irritant in the CPM-CPI relations. The student organisations of both the parties have been on a collision course for the past few weeks, especially in Kollam district.

The continuing clashes have even become a law and order problem now. Earlier this month, the AISF workers disrupted a meeting addressed by the SFI state president Sindhu Joy at Kottarakkara St Gregorios college.

The other day, a girl student of Chavara Govt College and a member of AISF state committee were seriously injured in an attack, allegedly by the SFI-DYFI workers. Clashes occurred in several other places also, in which many students were injured.

The state leaderships of both the SFI and the AISF are now engaged in a war of words in a very provocative manner. While the SFI leadership flayed the AISF for protecting criminals, the latter retaliated by stating that the SFI had turned an abode of criminals. Meetings and counter-meetings are also going on.

Both the CPM and CPI are extending all sorts of help to their junior comrades in their fight by forming sub-committees at the college-levels. The CPI was very much agitated over the approach of the police in the clashes between the student organisations.

CPI Kunnathur taluk committee secretary has demanded action against a policeman who allegedly helped the SFI workers to attack an AISF worker at Sasthamcotta the other day.

The state executive committee meeting of the CPI which concluded here on Saturday had discussed the issue in a serious manner. Kollam district is a stronghold of the CPI in the state and the AISF has improved its position in few colleges there in the recent years, thanks to the factional feuds in the CPM.

In some areas, those who left the DYFI and the CPM joined the AIYF and the CPI, and helped the AISF in strengthening its base. At TKM Arts and Science College, Karicode, the AISF has been the winners of the college union elections for the last two years.

The clashes were the fallout of the attempts by the SFI, with the active support of the CPM, to regain its lost ground.

Source: Newindpress.Com

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Threatening calls to pilot

Threatening calls to pilot

Threatening calls to pilot
Thursday December 28 2006 10:43 IST

T’PURAM: The family of Dilip Desmond, the pilot who was assaulted by some persons at the Akkulam toll booth on Friday, is under severe threat. Dilip and wife are now getting innumerable calls from mysterious sources asking them to withdraw the case filed by them at the Petta police station.

Dilip, wife Shiny and friend Dr Anirudhan were attacked following an altercation with the toll booth employees.

A district leader of the DYFI is holding the contract for collecting the toll and there are allegations that the police are playing hide and seek under political pressure.

Source : Newindpress.com

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Communists celebrate enslavement of Tibet

On June 10, 2001 Indian Communists celebrated the enslavement of Tibet.

Vol. XXV
No. 23
June 10,2001

50th Anniversary of Tibetan Liberation Celebrated

P Malhotra
THE fiftieth anniversary of the peaceful liberation of Tibet was held at New Delhi on June 5 at A K Gopalan Bhawan in which several prominent leaders participated. The large gathering was addressed, among others, by CPI(M) general secretary Harkishan Singh Surjeet, CPI general Secretary A B Bardhan, Devarajan of the Forward Bloc and the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China’s to India who delighted everyone by speaking in good Hindi before switching over to English.
Addressing the audience, Harkishan Singh Surjeet complimented the people of Tibet for the progress made in the last 50 years of liberation. He said the people of Tibet had made considerable progress and there was all-round development. The Chinese government was also complimented for the development it had undertaken in Tibet. Surjeet said the developed world had been misleading the people by being critical of the progress of the common masses of Tibet. In fact the underprivileged had seen a remarkable progress in a very difficult terrain and atmosphere. Surjeet was critical of the people who doubted Tibet being a part of China. He said if Tibet had not been liberated the region would never have made the remarkable progress that it has. Inspite of all propaganda against China, the fact is that the people of Tibet had cooperated with the Chinese government after their liberation in 1951 which fact had led to full development of the area.
In his short speech, Bardhan highlighted the fact that the life expectancy in Tibet had gone up to over 65 years from 36 years in 1950. This in itself showed that the people’s life standard had improved and they were better off. He criticised the double standards of the NDA government where the government had one stand on Tibet being an integral part of China while the former defence minister George Fernandes spoke of Tibet’s independence.
Devarajan said the coming together of Tibet and China is a fact of life and had been done in the 13th centaury. There was now no need to go over it again and again.
Speaking in Hindi, the Chinese ambassador complimented the CPI(M) for having organised this function and thanked all the important leaders present. He said Tibet is today an autonomous territory where the Chinese central government had invested large sums of money for all-round development. There was total religious freedom in the region. All people were allowed to perform their religious practices and hold Buddhist beliefs.
The ambassador said the Chinese central covernment had carried democratic reforms in Tibet in 1959 which changed the life of 95per cent of the population. These former serfs are now masters of their own destination and the entire class, who had earlier lived in abject poverty, is now well off. At the time of the liberation, 5 per cent of the Lamas controlled 90 per cent of all land and 80 per cent of the social wealth. Today the rural income per person has gone up to over 1100 yuan in Tibet; the urban per capita income is over 5000 yuan.
The ambassador said the signing of the 17-article agreement on the peaceful liberation of Tibet in 1951 was an epoch-making turning point in the history of Tibet. This had brought in stability, unity and a transformation from poverty to prosperity, from isolation to openness.
He said even the Buddhist monasteries were being improved. There was no tax in Tibet. The central government has invested over 441 billion yuan in Tibet for its all-around development.
The Chinese ambassador looked forward to better relationships with India.
Proposing the vote of thanks, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury thanked all present and the Chinese delegation for have participated in the function. He pointed out that the Tibetans had improved their standard of living and that the life in Tibet was much easier than it could be otherwise because of the difficult physical conditions there. He looked forward to a closer relationship between China and India. (INN)

Source: People's Democracy
URL : http://pd.cpim.org/2001/june10/june10_tibet.htm

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

How CPM blocked the screening of Taurus

Old news from the BBC.

Bengal communists rage over Lenin film
Taurus, a film by Russian director Alexander Sukorov on the last few years of Lenin's life, has led to a major controversy among the ruling Communists in the Indian state of West Bengal.

The film was to be screened in the Calcutta annual Film Festival on Friday.

The film potrays a weak and infirm leader, a stark contrast to the firebrand revolutionary who established the world's first communist state But it was withdrawn at the last moment.

Several senior Communist leaders have criticized the film for allegedly distorting the later life of Lenin.

But the state's Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, a big film fan, was believed to have personally suggested the film for screening to the festival committee.

Portrait everywhere

Statues of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin may have vanished in many former Communist countries but he stands tall in the heart of Calcutta.

The city's main thoroughfare is named after him.

His potrait, along with that of his successor Stalin, are prominently displayed in offices of the ruling party.

But when Mr Bhattacharya suggested the screening of the film Taurus at this year's Calcutta Film Festival, little did he know many of his colleagues would react as sharply as they have.

The film on the last few years of Lenin, by Russian director Alexander Sukorov, potrays a weak and infirm leader, a stark contrast to the firebrand revolutionary who established the world's first communist state.

Earlier this week, Bengal's former Chief Minister Jyoti Basu and the Left coalition Chairman Biman Bose severely criticized the film and described it as a complete distortion of history.

Taken aback, Mr Bhattacharya said he would comment later.

A Communist cultural front started demonstrations in some film festival venues, demanding that the film not be screened.

On Friday the audience went in to see Taurus, only to be shown another film, Mother and Son, by the same director.

Many were annoyed.

Avoiding controversy

Festival director Angshu Sur said that the only print of Taurus they had received had to be sent off to London for screening in a festival this week.

But sources in the festival committee said the film had been withdrawn at the behest of the Chief Minister who was keen to avoid a controversy within the party.

The Chairman of the Film festival committee and a leading film and theatre personality, Soumitra Chatterji, told journalists the potrayal of Lenin in Taurus was close to the accounts given by his biographers.

Observers say the Communist party leadership are unhappy with the Chief Minister for taking some recent initiatives without prior approval of the party - and they say the leadership may have used Taurus to embarrass Mr Bhattacharya and show the people that the party, not the Chief Minister, is in charge.

Source : BBC

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Women Maoists blast government buildings

Women Maoists blast government buildings

Raipur, Oct 18: Women Maoist guerrillas have blasted four government buildings in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region, police here said Wednesday.

Over a dozen armed cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), supported by their male colleagues, also blocked traffic on the Antagarh-Koylibera Road late Tuesday in Kanker district.

They detonated explosives inside four buildings, including two schools, in Kanker, 280 km from here, said a senior police officer.

Kanker, Bastar and Dantewada districts form the 40,000 sq km hilly and forested Bastar region, a Maoist stronghold for the last three decades.

The central government has deployed paramilitary forces to contain the rebels who have significant presence in eight of the state's 16 districts.

According to official figures, 374 people -- 298 civilians, 34 police officials and 42 rebels -- have been killed this year till September. Last year, 133 civilians were killed.

Source: NewKerala

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Centre mulling insurance cover for paramilitary forces

Centre mulling insurance cover for paramilitary forces

New Delhi, Oct 17: The government is considering providing insurance cover of up to Rs 10 lakh to nearly seven lakh paramilitary personnel, with the premium for troops engaged in areas affected by militancy or Naxalite violence to be borne out of the Centre's allocations for security related expenses.

CRPF Director General J K Sinha today briefed home ministry officials on a scheme started by paramilitary forces whereby Rs 54 per lakh was deducted from the salary of the personnel, official sources said.

The briefing by Sinha came a day after Home Minister Shivraj Patil announced at a NSG function that the government was contemplating a move to provide insurance cover to Central paramilitary forces.

The sources said Sinha gave a figure of nearly Rs 35 crore as the estimated premium for insurance cover of up to Rs 10 lakh for paramilitary forces in case of death and Rs five lakh for any disability.

The move comes after the Chattisgarh government extended insurance to its police personnel engaged in anti-Naxal operations from Central funds.

According to the presentation, the premium for personnel deployed in the northeast, Jammu and Kashmir and Naxal-hit states could be taken out the funds provided by the Centre for security related expenses.

Sinha also made a presentation on providing health insurance to paramilitary personnel and their family members, but this was in a conceptual stage, the sources said.

Source: NewKerala.com


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Comrades come to blows

Comrades come to blows
Tuesday October 17 2006 09:19 IST

T’PURAM: University College and Government Sanskrit College, both SFI bastions, refuse to stay out of news. All for bad reasons.

The latest incident occurred on Monday. A group of SFI activists from the University College stormed into the Government Sanskrit College and attacked members of the red brigade there.

Three students were injured in the incident. They are Baiju, 22, Azarudeen, 19 and Bibin, 23. They have been admitted to the Medical College Hospital. Of them, Baiju had suffered serious head injuries.

A large contingent of police is posted at the Government Sanskrit College. The Cantonment police have registered cases in this connection.

Some attribute the attack to the group war in SFI. According to sources, University College is a stronghold of the group loyal to the official faction of CPM. Bineesh Kodiyeri, the son of Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, was virtually running the show in the college for the last many years though he was not a student of the college.

On the other hand, the Government Sanskrit College is said to be a stronghold of the VS faction. However, the SFI leadership has refuted the theory. SFI district secretary Kiran Dev told this website’s newspaper that the issue was the fallout of personal rivalries.

The University College and Government Sanskrit College, which are situated on the opposite sides of the MG Road, have always hogged the headlines, though for wrong reasons.

During the tenure of the last UDF Government, the two colleges were the nerve centre of all the student agitations in the city. The agitations had often turned into street wars between the police and students.

Source: Newindpress.com


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Maoist round up

Raipur lays road to fight Naxals
Posted online: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 at 0000 hrs Print Email

RAIPUR, OCTOBER 17: Concrete roads will be the Chhattisgarh government's latest weapon against Naxalites. With landmines claiming an alarmingly high number of casualties, the government has decided to build concrete roads in Naxal-affected areas. Experts feel extremists will not be able to plant landmines easily on these roads.

The decision follows a recent Union Ministry of Home Affairs directive seeking to improve the security scenario and connectivity in Naxal-affected states. An Union Ministry of Rural Development order has also asked the Chhattisgarh government to use Central funds routed through it for building concrete roads in such areas. As an added incentive, funds allocated under the Prime Minister's Rural Roads Development Project, will also be allocated for the project, expected to cover villages with at least 100 families.

Speaking to The Indian Express, state Home Minister Ramvichar Netam said cement roads will help save many lives. “Planting landmines won't be easy. Even if explosive devices are implanted they would be easily detected,” Netam added.

About 40 roads and small bridges are being constructed in Dantewada and Bijapur, while 26 road projects worth about Rs 45.9 crore have been sanctioned for other districts. Construction work on eight roads connecting various villages with the district headquarters at a cost of about Rs 10.6 crore has also begun.

According to official sources, the government hopes the new roads will also help fast movement of security forces. Statistics reveal that of the 880 fatalities in the struggle against Naxals in the state, 220 were killed in landmine explosions.

Security officials have repeatedly asked for better roads in Bastar, Dantewada, Kanker and Sarguja. “These districts have nothing more than a network of kuchcha roads and mud trails where Naxals always have the advantage. They can attack a convoy and vanish on these trails which hamper free movement of vehicles. Installation of IEDs is also much easier than on pucca roads,” the officials added.

According to various estimates, thousands of landmines and IEDs have been planted by Naxalites across Chhattisgarh.

These devices are generally used to target security convoys or civilian targets that can cause high number of casualties.

Source: Indian Express

Breakthrough in rocket launchers case

Mastermind behind case Srinivas Reddy and wife Sudharani surrender to police

HYDEERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh police on Tuesday got a major breakthrough in the investigation of the rocket launchers case when a top naxal operative Srinivas Reddy, the mastermind behind the fabrication of rocket launchers being used by rebels, surrendered himself to the police in Warangal district.

His wife, identified as Sudharani, also surrendered herself to the police.

Reddy is also known as Raghu, Tech Madhu and a host of other names.

The surrender came in the most dramatic circumstances. Accompanied by a local religious leader, the couple is stated to have walked into Gudur police station in Warangal district. When they could not find the Station House Officer, they went to the Circle Office of the station and identified themselves. Police officials, who initially doubted their claims that they were the most wanted couple in the rocket launchers case, took them in custody.

The couple, wanted by Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu police, was on the run ever since the State police seized a huge consignment of launchers and rockets being transported into the jungles in Mahabubnagar district in the first week of September.

The naxal couple, who had been living in a rented a nondescript house in Ambattur area of Chennai since 2002, commissioned several lathe machine workers in Chennai to fabricate different parts of the rocket launchers.

They had used the lorry transport companies, mainly Kranthi Transport, to send across the `finished' products to Mahabubnagar and Prakasam districts.

Sources told The Hindu that Reddy and his wife Sudharani walked into an interior police station in Warangal stating that they wanted to surrender.

Sudharani is stated to be suffering from ill-health. The whereabouts of the surrendered couple, who could provide a great insight into the armed might of the Maoist party, have been kept as a closely guarded secret.

The couple, it is believed, is being driven to Hyderabad for a detailed debriefing session by a special unit of the Intelligence department, detailed to investigate the rocket launchers case. The Q Branch of Tamil Nadu is also on the lookout for the couple after they escaped on a motorcycle from their rented house on September 9.

The police here expected that the couple could surrender themselves after they seized the personal diary of Raghu, entries of which indicated that he was not happy with the functioning of the Maoist party.

Source: Hindu


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Anupam Kher drags CPI(M) leader to court

Anupam Kher drags CPI(M) leader to court
Actor and former Censor Board Chairman Anupam Kher, today initiated criminal proceedings in a magistrate's court against CPI (M) General Secretary Harkishan Singh Surjeet, for allegedly describing him as an "RSS man."

The complaint was filed in the court of Magistrate C B Havelikar by Kher, who personally appeared along with his lawyer Majeed Memon.

The court adjourned the matter to November 17 for verification of the complaint.

Kher, who was unceremoniously removed from the post of Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), dragged Surjeet to court for writing a defamatory article in CPI-M journal 'People's Democracy'.

Kher alleged in the impugned article that he was dubbed as an "RSS man" responsible for saffronising process to suit the Sangh's ideology.

Source: The Hindu

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It's official: China is India's security threat


It's official: China is India's security threat

By Indrajit Basu
The Indian government is drafting a new foreign direct investment (FDI) policy that will, for the first time, include China on a list of countries not limited to Pakistan and Bangladesh that are considered a sensitive for India's national security.

New Delhi has long been wary of allowing Chinese to invest in sensitive sectors, such as ports and telecommunications, but the new edict will extend security reviews to all sectors, including such innocuous sectors as household appliances. For the first time China will be officially labeled a "security risk".

Once the new FDI norms come into effect, it would mean an end to all automatic clearances for Chinese investments under India's supposedly liberalized FDI laws as each an every investment coming from China will have to undergo scrutiny by the Indian security agencies.


Source: Asia Times Online


Monday, October 16, 2006

Maoist Round Up

Top Maoist surrenders

Srikakulam, Oct 16: A top CPI Maoist, Kone Kedandam, 25, Secretary of Konadabaridi Dalam, carrying a reward of Rs one lakh, has surrendered before the district Police Chief.

According to police, Kedandam alias Krishna, who surrendered yesterday, was involved in 13 offences including a bomb attack on TDP Member of Parliament K Yerranaidu during 2004 elections in Srikakulam district.

Prakash surrendered due to ill health, police said adding that he acted as a guard to Gopu Sammireddy, Srikakulam Division Maoist Party Secretary and also worked as courier to various other Maoists, operating in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa boarders.

Source: Newkerala.com

Naxal killed in encounter

Hyderabad : Kalwakurthy dalam commander Raju alias Kiran was killed, while three others escaped, in an exchange of fire with police near Lingasanipalle village in Kalwakurthy mandal of Mahabubnagar on Sunday night.

The police combing party encountered a group of Maoists in the forest area and when asked to surrender they started firing at the police party. In an exchange of fire Raju was killed District committee member Tirumala Balavantu is suspected to be among those who escaped. Police recovered a tapancha and two grenades from the site.

Meanwhile, CPI (Maoist) Kondabaridi area committee secretary K Kodandam alias Prakash alias Kiran was surrendered to Srikakulam SP Manish Kumar Sinha on deteriorating health grounds. He carries a reward of Rs 1 lakh.




CPM delegation to meet Chinese FM for first time

CPM delegation to meet Chinese FM for first time
Beijing, Oct 16: In an unprecedented event, a delegation of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), which is here on a visit to China, will hold parleys with the country's Foreign Minister tomorrow.

The meeting between the CPI(M) delegation led by politburo member Sitaram Yechury, which arrived here today, and Li Zhaoxing comes ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao's first visit to India.

It is for the first time for a CPI (M) delegation to meet with a Chinese Foreign Minister, Yechuri said.

"It is an unprecedented event," he said, adding the Chinese side attaches importance to the visit which comes ahead of Hu's maiden trip to India in November. Hu is also general secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), the top military organ.

Invited by the international department of CPC, the delegation's visit is aimed at promoting bilateral ties and cementing party-to-party relations. They will also meet a politburo member of the CPC.

Yechuri also said China is keen to strengthen relations with India and the visit also takes place at a time when India and China are marking 2006 as the 'Year of India- China Friendship.'

The CPI-M delegation would also meet with the vice minister of the CPC's international department, Liu Hongkai and discuss party-to-party affairs.

They will have in-depth exchanges with the CPC on party-to-party affairs, international and regional situations.

The CPC leadership is expected to brief the CPI-M leaders on the key decisions taken at the party's plenum held last week, especially the plan to establish a 'harmonious society.'

The CPI-M delegation also includes Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar. The other members are former West Bengal Minister Mohammad Ameen, Central Committee member and MLA from Andhra Pradesh P Rammaih and party leader from Maharashtra Kumar Shiralkar.

During their visit, the delegation will travel to Tianjin, a northern port city, Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province, an under-developed area in southwest China as well as Shanghai, the Communist giant's gleaming metropolis.

They will interact with Chinese leaders to find ways to carry forward the activities of the special study group formed to resolve the border dispute between India and China besides touching upon other aspects of bilateral relations, sources said.

They will discuss the relevance of India-China-Russia triangle, India-Brazil-South Africa-China quartet and the possibilities of formation of an Brazil-India-China-Russia- South Africa grouping, they said.

The visit comes at a time when there is a growing bonhomie in bilateral ties as also increase in trade and investment and high-level visits. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao had visited India last year and had revived the age-old "Hindi-Chini Bhai" slogan.

CPI(M) as also other Left parties have taken up strongly with the Manmohan Singh government, which they support from outside, the hurdles in the wake of Chinese investments in key sectors like ports and other infrastructure.

Source:Zee News

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