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As soon as the Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed in both houses of Parliament and given Presidential assent making it a law, loud murmurs started about another proposed legislation -- a nationwide NRC. So what is the NRC that the opposition is worried about and has many concerned? What is NRC? NRC is the National Register of Citizens. The NRC identified...
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that he will be meeting Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma later in the month to find a way to resolve issues of the state over The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from three countries in India's neighbourhood. "We came up with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The...
National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on Saturday warned all police chief of all states against "misuse" of children in protests against the newly-enacted citizenship law. In a letter sent to DGPs of all states, NCPCR chairperson Priyank Kanoongo said that some groups were involving children in protests. "This is to bring to your kind attention the misuse of...
Over a fortnight into office, all eyes are on the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government's much-anticipated stand on the implementation of the contentious Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, according to highly placed sources. The previous Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena regime had stayed enforcement of the amended MVA rules following an uproar from all over the country on the exorbitant...
Asserting that religious freedom in Pakistan continues to "deteriorate" under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has said that discriminatory legislation by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government has empowered people with "extremist mindsets" to carry out attacks on religious minorities. In its 47-page report titled, 'Pakistan-Religious freedom under attack', released in...
CPM quietly helps BJP in the battle against Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal
Accusing some political parties with "religious fundamentalism and communal intentions" of deliberately trying to stoke violence, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday warned that her government would not tolerate any disruption and vandalism and deal strictly with the perpetrators. "Once again I appeal to all not to resort to violence and disturb public order, tranquility and peace," Banerjee...
The government may bring certain healthcare services under the GST net, touching upon a sensitive area, as it looks to give a leg up to revenue mobilisation hit hard in the ongoing economic slowdown. Official sources said the Finance Ministry, which had deliberations with the state governments on measures to boost GST revenue, is likely to recommend bringing premium healthcare...
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday launched a scathing attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over 'My name is not Rahul Savarkar' remark, stating that the later cannot face torture in the prison the way Hindu ideologue Veer Savarkar did. "Rahul Gandhi's statement is shameful, maybe he does not know about Savarkar. He faced torture for 12 years...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his cabinet ministers to give a detailed presentation on their ministries on December 21 at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg here. Sources have revealed that the under-performing ministers might be dropped from the cabinet which indicates the much awaited first cabinet reshuffle of NDA-II. Sources said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah, working party president J.P....
The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) appeared to have an unholy nexus with the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise, said Asaduddin Owaisi, Lok Sabha member from the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), in a petition challenging the Act in the Supreme Court. According to Owaisi, the NRC is aimed at identifying "illegal migrants" residing in India. Owaisi urged the top court...
The Shiv Sena, alliance partner of the Congress in Maharashtra, reacted sharply to Rahul Gandhi's jibe `my name is not Rahul Savarkar' on Saturday, saying there could not be any "compromise" on the Hindutva ideologue. "Veer Savarkar is an idol of whole country and not just Maharashtra. The name Savarkar denotes pride about nation and self. Like Nehru and Gandhi,...
Major protests in Assam and some other parts of the northeast against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act have taken many in the BJP by surprise but they believe that the gains for the party will be more than any loss from implementing the contentious law. With the BJP in power in Assam and the rest of the northeast, either on its...
The detention of Farooq Abdullah, a three-term chief minister of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, was extended on Saturday by three months and he would continue to remain at his residence that has been declared a sub-jail, officials said here. The case of Abdullah, also a five-term parliamentarian, was reviewed by the advisory board of the Home Department of...
BJP-Shiv Sena script spectacular saffron success
The Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party is ready to make any "political compromise" with the Shiv Sena if the latter encountered problems with allies - the NCP and the Congress, in implementing the Citizenship Amendment Act, a senior leader said here on Saturday. Former minister Ashish Shelar said that for the BJP, the nation takes precedence over everything else and implementing...
Exit poll results: Stock market opens on high note, Sensex up by 950 points
Commodity markets currently dwelling at multi-year lows are set for revival as global growth is seen to attain slow-but-steady pace in the coming year, a report said. According to a report by Edelweiss Professional Investor Research, commodity prices are expected to exit the "unexciting downward trend which had its roots in the 'Global Financial Crisis'. The report predicts commencement of a...
Rahul Gandhi: Farmers won't face jail for loan default in congress rule
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday reiterated his stand and said that he will not apologise for "rape in India" remark. "I was told by the BJP in Parliament yesterday, 'Rahul ji, you gave a speech. Apologise for that.' I was told to apologise for something which is right. My name is not Rahul Savarkar. My name is Rahul Gandhi....
Violence broke out in West Bengal on Friday against the Citizenship Amendment Act as also a possible NRC exercise as protesters vandalised and set fire to railway stations, and squatted on the tracks and highways, disrupting train services and vehicular movement. In Beldanga of Murshidabad district, a mob torched the station master's cabin and ransacked the ticket counter before setting...
The curfew, enforced in Guwahati due to the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, was relaxed for seven hours since 9 a.m. on Saturday, as the situation improved in Assam, even though train services continued to be affected. In Dibrugarh municipal area, the curfew was relaxed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., officials said. With prohibitory orders relaxed till 4 p.m.,...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here to chair the first meeting of the National Ganga Council and review the ambitious ''Namami Gange'' project. The prime minister, who is attending the meeting at Chandra Shekhar Azad Agriculture university, was received at the Chakeri airport by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other dignitaries. The Prime Minister's Office had said on Friday that Modi...
One who doesn't fight injustice in the country will be judged as a coward, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi said at a party rally here. At the Bharat Bachao Rally (Save India Rally), she said, "One who doesn't fight against injustice in country will be judged as a coward. If we remain silent, our revolutionary Constitution will be destroyed and country's...

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