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Nitish says no to NRC in Bihar

Patna/New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday declared that the planned National Register for Citizens will not be implemented in the state, becoming the first major NDA ally to reject the controversial measure that has been stoutly opposed by several non-BJP Chief Ministers. As the JD-U veteran lends weight to the chorus against imposition of the NRC, the …

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Sengar gets life term in Unnao rape case

New Delhi: Expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar will remain in jail till his last breath for raping a minor girl in Unnao in 2017, a Delhi court said on Friday while terming his offence as a “depraved act” of a “democratic functionary” leading to erosion of citizens’ faith in him. Sending out a stern message, the court decided to …

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Exit polls predict hung assembly in Jharkhand

Ranchi: Most exit polls telecast by news channels soon after voting ended for the fifth and final phase of the Jharkhand elections on Friday indicated a hung assembly. Results for the elections to the 81-member state assembly will be announced on December 23. The ABP/C-Voters has given 35 seats to the Opposition alliance of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, the Congress …

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MHA: states have no powers to refuse CAA implementation

New Delhi: State governments have no powers to reject the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), as the legislation was enacted under the Union List of the 7th Schedule of the Constitution, and the National Population Register, which is to be carried out next year, a top official said on Friday. The statement came after chief ministers of West …

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CBI court convicts Ranchi’s Nirbhaya accused

New Delhi: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ranchi on Friday convicted a 23-year-old habitual offender, Rahul Raj, for the rape and murder of an engineering student, on the fourth anniversary of Delhi’s Nirbhaya case, in a swift trial that was completed in a little over a month, officials said. Special CBI judge AK Mishra found Raj …

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Violence spreads to new areas in UP

Lucknow: Anti-citizenship law protestors clashed with Uttar Pradesh police after Friday prayers in several cities previously not hit by the agitation, including Firozabad and Bhadohi, and hurled stones and torched vehicles in some areas when they were stopped from taking out rallies. The new areas hit by the violence included Bhadohi, Bahraich, Farrukhabad, police said, besides Gorakhpur and Sambhal, which …

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‘Mamata must apologise for suggesting referendum on CAA’

New Delhi: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday demanded an apology from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for suggesting a UN-monitored referendum on the amended citizenship law, which has sparked protests in the country. “It is shocking that Mamata Banerjee is talking about referendum. Who is the UN body to monitor the referendum? This is an insult to the …

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Ships entering Indian waters are subject to environment laws: NGT

New Delhi: There is lack of effective monitoring of air pollution caused by ships entering Indian Maritime Zone, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has observed and said that vessels entering Indian waters are subject to environmental laws. A bench headed by Justice Raghuvendra S Rathore said all the vessels, Indian and Foreign, entering into Indian Maritime Zone are subject to …

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ANTI-CAA PROTESTS RAGE ACROSS INDIA

New Delhi: Simultaneous protests raged in multiple cities on Thursday with thousands-strong crowds of students, activists and others defying prohibitory orders to voice their dissent against the new citizenship law, resulting in violence in Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka, where two people were killed in police firing. Besides, the two deaths in Mangaluru, a 25-year-old man died of firearm injury which …

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Mangaluru, a war zone

Mangaluru/Bengaluru: Two persons were killed in police firing on Thursday as protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, turned violent in Mangaluru, even as scores of people, including historian Ramachandra Guha, were detained in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka, police said. Police sources said protesters tried to lay siege to the Mangalore North police station and tried to attack police …

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