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Over 350 protestors detained in Delhi

New Delhi: Police detained over 350 protestors including women who tried to stage a demonstration outside the Uttar Pradesh Bhawan here on Friday against alleged police brutalities in the state following agitations over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, officials said. The Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC), which comprises students from various political groups active on the campus, had called for a “gherao” …

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Mobile Internet comes to life in Kargil

Srinagar: Mobile internet facility was resumed in Ladakh’s Kargil district on Friday but there is no word on when Internet services will be restored in Kashmir, where the blackout has completed 145 days after the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution, officials said. In Kargil, mobile Internet services were restored in view of complete normalcy returning to …

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‘Friday prayers pass off peacefully in UP’

Lucknow: Friday prayers passed off peacefully in Uttar Pradesh amid tight security arrangements put in place after last week’s violence by anti-citizenship law protesters. “The entire state was peaceful,” Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police O P Singh told PTI. He said there was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the state. The state was placed under …

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Severe cold wave to grip several parts of India

New Delhi: Cold to severe cold wave is likely to engulf parts of North, East and central India over the next two days, the Indian meteorological department  said on Friday. Several parts of north India have been reeling under a spell of severe cold wave over the last week.  The IMD in its daily weather report said due to persistence …

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Actor Kushal Punjabi ends life

Mumbai: Actor Kushal Punjabi, who appeared in films such as ‘Kaal’ and ‘Lakshya’ as well as the reality show ‘Fear Factor’, was found hanging in his Bandra apartment in the early hours of Friday, police said. He was 42. Punjabi, whose body was found by his parents around 2 am, left behind a suicide note in which he said nobody …

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CAA protests point to PFI’s expanding influence

New Delhi: The President of India signed the Citizenship Amendment Act   on December 13, which was a Friday. For those who are superstitious, the timing of the  law couldn’t have been more grim. Since then, vociferous protests and violence leading to many  deaths, primarily in three states – five  in Assam, 18 in Uttar Pradesh and two  in Karnataka.  The …

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Oppn parties slam Army Chief for CAA remarks

New Delhi: Opposition parties on Thursday hit out at Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat after he publicly criticised people leading protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and demanded an apology from him, saying he “breached the limit” of his institutional role. Leaders of opposition parties, activists and military veterans accused Gen Rawat of making political remarks, thereby compromising the …

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Anti-CAA protests: 1,113 arrests, 5,558 preventive detentions in UP

Lucknow: More than 1,100 people are under arrest and 5,558 kept in preventive detention following violence related to the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests, officials said on Thursday, putting the death toll in police clashes across the state at 19. Giving details of the protests that have rocked the country’s most populous state since last week, police officials said five people …

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Security beefed up

Lucknow: Security was beefed up and patrolling intensified in Uttar Pradesh to ensure peace ahead of the Friday prayers, keeping in mind the widespread violence that hit the state last week during protests against the amended citizenship law. As a precautionary measure, internet services that were resumed after nearly a week were suspended again in Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and …

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BJP govt trying to bring in NRC in garb of NPR: Cong

New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday accused the BJP government of trying to bring in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the garb of the National Population Register (NPR), saying it is evident from the fact that NRC-related questions are being asked in pre-test forms for the NPR. Senior Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken said the government should answer categorically …

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