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Tag: Citizenship Amendment Bill

Muslims Of India Need Not Fear, CAA Doesn't Threaten Their Citizenship: Ajmer Dargah Spiritual Head

Jaipur: The Citizenship (Amendment) Act is not against Muslims of the country and they need not fear as it does not pose any danger to their citizenship, the spiritual head of Ajmer Dargah Zainul Abedin Ali Khan said on Thursday. He said the government should constitute a high-power committee considering the sentiments of Muslim community […]

UN Human Rights Chief Concerned Over Citizenship Law

United Nations: The UN Human Rights head has expressed concern over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), but said that “the goal of protecting persecuted groups is welcome.” “While the goal of protecting persecuted groups is welcome, this should be done through a robust national asylum system that is premised on the principle of equality and […]

'States Have No Powers To Refuse Implementation Of Citizenship Act'

New Delhi: State governments have no powers to reject the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 as the legislation was enacted under the Union List of the 7th Schedule of the Constitution, a top official said on Friday. The statement came after chief ministers of West Bengal, Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh announced […]

Muslims Urge Odisha CM Naveen Not To Implement CAB

Bhubaneswar: Members of Chauda Mahala Muslim Jamat from Bhadrak today met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik citing their concerns over the safety of their community after the enactment of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019. The members urged the CM not to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the State. “Amid growing concerns […]

CAB: 2 Die In Police Firing As Assam Remains On Boil

Guwahati: Amidst reports of two protestors dying in police firing, thousands of people defied curfew to hit the streets as the raging agitation against the Citizenship Amendment Bill saw the house of an MLA and a circle office being set ablaze, while the government removed two key police officers on Thursday. The army conducted a […]

President Nod For Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Turned Act

New Delhi: In a late Thursday night order, President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, letting it become an Act allowing Indian citizenship to six non-Muslim minority migrants facing religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. As per Gazette of India, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 of “Parliament received […]

Column: When Exactly Was The BJD ‘Secular’?

By Sandeep Sahu Those who value secularism are aghast at the BJD’s decision to support the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Parliament, even after its suggestion to include Sri Lanka in the list of countries from where minorities have fled into India due to religious persecution, was rejected. But frankly, this writer cannot understand why […]

All South Asian Countries Except One Want To Hold SAARC Summit At Earliest: Pakistan

Islamabad: Pakistan said on Thursday that all South Asian countries except one want to hold the SAARC summit, which was called off in 2016, at the earliest, in an apparent reference to India. Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said at his weekly briefing that Pakistan wanted to hold the summit as early as possible. “All […]

Naveen Patnaik's focus on 5T in Odisha
Congress, RJD Slam BJD For Supporting Citizenship Amendment Bill

Bhubaneswar: Opposition parties like Congress and RJD have criticised the BJD for supporting the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the Parliament. Senior Congress leader B K Hariprasad alleged that BJD is supporting the BJP in all the matters out of fear. “I don’t know what kind of deal has been struck but both BJP and […]

TV Channels Cautioned Against Content That Is Likely To Incite Violence

New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued an advisory to private satellite TV channels to be particularly cautious about airing content that is likely to incite violence, promote “anti-national attitudes” and contain anything affecting the integrity of the nation. The advisory was issued after some TV channels beamed footage of violent […]

Landmark Day For India: Modi On CAB Passage

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday described the passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill by Parliament as a “landmark day” for India and its ethos of compassion and brotherhood. The bill will “alleviate sufferings of many who faced persecution for years” he wrote on Twitter. Modi also expressed gratitude to all members of Rajya […]

Maha IPS Officer Quits Over "Communal, Unconstitutional" CAB

Mumbai: A Maharashtra cadre IPS officer on Wednesday said he has decided to resign from the service as a protest against the “blatantly communal and unconstitutional” Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Abdur Rahman, posted as special IGP in Mumbai, issued a statement saying he won’t be attending office from Thursday. Rajya Sabha on Wednesday approved the Bill, […]

Rajya Sabha Passes Citizenship Amendment Bill

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha on Wednesday approved the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, completing the legislative procedure for giving Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Replying to a six-and-a-half-hour debate on the bill, Home Minister Amit Shah said the legislation seeks to provide citizenship to persecuted minorities in the three countries and not […]

Citizenship Bill Against Spirit Of Constitution, Says Scindia

Indore: The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) was against the spirit of the Constitution and also India’s centuries-old philosophy of treating the world as one family, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Wednesday. Criticising the Modi government for bringing the legislation, he said not only the Congress but several other parties were opposed to the bill […]

Northeast On The Boil For The Third Day Over CAB, Assam CM Stuck At Guwahati Airport

Agartala/Guwahati: Agitations in northeast India against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill continued for the third consecutive day on Wednesday with various parties and NGOs including the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) urged the central government to “respect the sentiments of the people of the region”. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was also stuck at the airport […]

24,954 migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan & Afghanistan In Odisha: Census 2011

Bhubaneswar: With the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 stirring up the nation vigorously, post the legislation being vetted by Lok Sabha and when the bill has been tabled today for voting in Rajya Sabha, it’s the precise moment to take a glance at the bill and its impact on Odisha. As per the bill passed by […]

Oppn Speaking Pakistan's Language On Citizenship Bill: Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday accused the opposition of speaking Pakistan’s language on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and asserted that the proposed legislation will be written in “golden letters” in history. Addressing the BJP parliamentary party meeting, Modi said the bill is as “historic” as the government’s decision to nullify Article 370, Parliamentary […]

CAB: UN Chief Wants Laws To Be Non-Discriminatory

United Nations: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wants laws to be non-discriminatory, but will not comment on India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) while the legislative process is still underway, according to his spokesperson. Asked at the daily briefing on Tuesday by a reporter about the bill that was passed on Monday midnight by the Lok Sabha, Deputy […]

India Slams USCIRF Comments On CAB As Unwarranted

New Delhi/Washington: India on Tuesday termed the comments made by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) as “neither accurate nor warranted.” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, in a statement said, the Bill that was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday midnight, “provides expedited consideration […]

CAB Stir: Bandh Agitators Clash With Security Forces In Assam, Train Services Affected

Guwahati: Normal life came to a halt on Tuesday in Assam’s Brahmaputra Valley due to a statewide bandh called by two students’ organizations in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment)Bill, which has received Lok Sabha nod. The 11-hour shutdown, called by the All Assam Students’ Union and the North East Students’ Organisation – an apex body […]

LS Burns Midnight Oil To Pass Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

New Delhi: The controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019, which seeks to give Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday midnight though it was vehemently opposed by the major opposition parties which described it as “anti-Muslim.” However, the government rejected the opposition’s claims, saying the […]

Citizenship Amendment Bill: Congress Smells Nexus Between BJP & BJD

Bhubaneswar: After an hour-long debate, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced in the Lower House based on the division of votes with 293 in favour and 82 against it. And like previous instances, Narendra Modi-led BJP got the support of Biju Janata Dal for the CAB too. After BJD voted in favour of CAB, […]

Congress Divided India On The Basis Of Religion: Union Home Minister Amit Shah

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday launched a scathing attack on the Congress accusing it of dividing India on the basis of religion during its partition, and that the move made at that time, now led the government to bring Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Minister made the remarks during debate on […]

Column: BJD’s Politics of Expediency

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) will in all probability support NDA government’s controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament. It’s refusal to do so, which seems highly improbable, has the potential to change the dynamics of its existing relationship with the Modi-led Centre. The Bill that aims to provide citizenship […]

Cabinet Clears Citizenship Amendment Bill

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved six bills including the Citizenship Amendment Bill and extended reservation for SCs and STs in the Lok Sabha and the State Assemblies for another 10 years. Responding to questions, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said the Citizenship Amendment Bill takes care of India’s interests. “I am […]