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Assam burns over CAB

Guwahati/Agartala: Guwahati, the epicentre of anti-CAB protests, was placed under indefinite curfew while Army was called in at three places and Assam Rifles personnel were deployed in Tripura on Wednesday as the two northeastern states plunged into chaos over the hugely emotive Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, officials said. Army PRO Lt Col P Khongsai said two Army columns have been deployed …

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Post-Godhra riots: Nanavati panel gives clean chit to Modi

Ahmedabad: Over 17 years after the post-Godhra riots, the Nanavati Commission has given a clean chit to the then chief minister Narendra Modi’s government for the violence that killed 1,000 people in Gujarat, but said local Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal workers were involved in incidents in their areas. The two-member inquiry commission’s report, which runs into more …

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Former SC judge may probe Hyderabad killings

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it is considering appointing a former judge of the apex court for inquiry into the encounter killings of the four accused in the gang rape-and-murder case of a veterinarian in Telangana. “We are conscious of the fact that the Telangana High Court had taken note of it,” a bench headed by Chief …

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Sena dismisses Joshi’s musings on reunion with BJP

Mumbai: A day after former chief minister and former Lok Sabha speaker Manohar Joshi predicted that the Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party may reunite in the near future, the party (Sena) rejected it outright as “his personal views”, here on Wednesday. Senior leader and deputy chairperson of the Maharashtra legislative council Neelam Gorhe  said in a statement that there’s …

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Panel to address concerns of Assamese people: Shah

New Delhi: Amid parts of Assam on the boil over the controversial citizenship  amendment bill, 2019, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said in the Rajya Sabha that a  panel under Clause 6 of the Assam Accord would address all the concerns of the local people  related to their linguistic, cultural and social identity.  “I want to assure all …

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Inner line permit regime extended to Manipur

New Delhi: The inner line permit  regime was extended to Manipur on Wednesday with President Ram Nath Kovind signing the order in this effect. The decision comes two days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced in the Lok Sabha that the ILP would be extended to Manipur to allay fears of the people of the northeastern state about the …

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Protests over Citizenship Bill hit nation

New Delhi/Guwahati/Agartala/Itanagar: The national capital and many other parts of the country Tuesday witnessed protest demonstrations by political parties, student bodies and civil society groups over the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Despite a boost in opposition numbers in the Rajya Sabha against the contentious Bill, the BJP is confident that the proposed legislation will be passed by the House with …

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Won’t support Bill till we get clarity on Sena queries: Uddhav

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said the Shiv Sena will not back the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha till there is clarity on the party’s queries posed in the Lok Sabha. The Lok Sabha passed the Bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees coming from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan after facing religious …

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JD(U) divided over CAB

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), a BJP ally, on Tuesday appeared divided on supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament, with two top party functionaries calling the legislation “discriminatory and unconstitutional”. Party vice-president Prashant Kishor and general secretary Pavan K Varma voiced disappointment over the JD(U) backing the Bill in the Lok Sabha, and urged Kumar to “reconsider” …

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Over 1,000 scientists, scholars demand withdrawal of Bill

New Delhi: Over 1,000 scientists and scholars have signed a petition demanding that the Citizenship Amendment Bill in its current form be withdrawn, with noted academician Pratap Bhanu Mehta saying the legislation will transform India into an “unconstitutional ethnocracy”. The scientists and academicians said the use of religion as a criterion for citizenship in the proposed Bill would mark a …

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