Anti-CAA bandh called by RJD rocks Bihar; rail, road traffic disrupted


Anti-CAA bandh called by RJD rocks Bihar; rail, road traffic disrupted

Patna: Thousands of RJD supporters fanned out across Bihar on Saturday, disrupting rail and road traffic while trying to enforce a statewide shutdown in protest against the new citizenship law and the proposed NRC.

In the state capital, hundreds of party supporters - among whom children could also be seen - stormed railway stations and bus stands carrying sticks and party flags but they were chased away by police personnel.

In Nawada, bandh supporters staged a demonstration on national highway 31 where they burnt tires on the road causing disruption in the movement of vehicles while agitators protested at Zero Mile Chowk in Muzaffarpur.

 
 

There were reports of bandh supporters squatting on railway tracks in Araria and East Champaran districts.

Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Jitendra Kumar said, "Adequate forces have been deployed in all districts of the state and officials concerned were asked to deal sternly with anyone trying to foment trouble."

The Bihar bandh called by the main opposition party comes barely two days after a statewide shutdown was organised by the Left parties.

The RJD, after initially scheduling the bandh on December 22, had advanced the shutdown by a day in view of police recruitment tests on Sunday.

On Friday night, RJD activists led by leader of the opposition Tejashwi Yadav had taken out a march in the city holding aloft burning torches to garner support for the bandh, which they termed as "an attempt to save the Constitution from the assaults by the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre".

"It will be a peaceful protest. But if the state police indulges in any high-handedness, there would be a backlash", Yadav had said.

 
 
 



NRC not linked to CAA? 5 times Amit Shah said it was


NRC not linked to CAA? 5 times Amit Shah said it was

Violent clashes with police rocked Uttar Pradesh from Gorakhpur to Bulandshahr on Friday while thousands rallied in the national capital with the tricolour and 'Save Constitution' banners as protests raged across states against the amended citizenship law and the proposed NRC, prompting the government to indicate it was ready to accept suggestions.

While the people have hit to streets to protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), the question remains, is CAA linked to NRC?

The government has insisted that the CAA and NRC are completely separate. While speaking at an event organised by AajTak, on December 17 the Union Minister of Law Ravi Shankar Prasad had said that "NRC hasn't been finalised yet. There is no question of joining CAA with NRC as the draft is yet to be completed." He also said that the Act does not take away the citizenship of an Indian national of any religion.

An atmosphere of unrest has gripped the whole of India within 10 days of the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The possibility of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise being undertaken at a national level has only compounded the confusion and fear. But BJP and its supporters have asserted that the CAA has nothing to do with the NRC and that Indian citizens will not be affected by them. Yet those who are protesting are feeling that the combination of CAA and NRC will deny citizenship to certain existing Indian citizens or Indian Muslims.

But the confusion began when Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a few speeches made it clear that NRC and CAA are directly linked.

While the confusion prevails, here's 5 times when Amit Shah NRC and CAA are directly linked:

On April 11, 2019, while addressing a rally in West Bengal, Amit Shah had said, "We will ensure implementation of NRC in the entire country. We will remove every single infiltrator from the country, except Buddha, Hindus and Sikhs," reported CNN..

On April 23, 2019, BJP’s official YouTube channel, shared a video in which Amit Shah can be heard saying, "First the CAB will come. All refugees will get citizenship. Then NRC will come. This is why refugees should not worry, but infiltrators should.”


On May 1, 2019, Amit Shah tweeted a video and quoted saying, "First we will pass the Citizenship Amendment bill and ensure that all the refugees from the neighbouring nations get the Indian citizenship. After that NRC will be made and we will detect and deport every infiltrator from our motherland."


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A tweet by the BJP on November 4 that brought much discomfort and enough cross-questioning from the anti-CAA protesters, has quietly been deleted. The tweet, whose screenshot is available with IANS, read, "We will ensure implementation of NRC in the entire country. We will remove every single infiltrator from the country, except Buddha, Hindus, and Sikhs: Shri @AmitShah."

NRC not linked to CAA? 5 times Amit Shah said it was
During an interview to ABP News, Amit Shah said, "that NRC is linked with CAB. I want to make it clear that first Citizenship Amendment Bill will be introduced, which will give Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddha and Christian from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan citizenship. After which NRC will come and ill remove every single infiltrator from the country." The video was publihed by ABP news on its YouTube Channel on October 2, 2019.




CAA protests: Plea in Delhi HC for contempt action against lawyers who 'disrespected' court


CAA protests: Plea in Delhi HC for contempt action against lawyers who 'disrespected' court

New Delhi: Several advocates on Friday asked the Delhi High Court to take contempt of court action against those lawyers who used derogatory words against judges during the hearing of several PILs relating to violence at Jamia Millia Islamia University.

Senior advocates, heads of bar associations and central government lawyers mentioned before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar the need for contempt action against those who "disrespected the judiciary".

 
 

After hearing the lawyers, the bench said it will refer the matter to one of its relevant committees which will deliberate on it.

On Thursday, several lawyers appearing for pleas in relation to violence at Jamia university, during a protest against the amended Citizenship Act, had used derogatory words against the bench when it declined to grant interim protection to students from arrest.

 
 
 



CAA protest: Delhi Police denies Bhim Army permission to protest at Jantar Mantar


CAA protest: Delhi Police denies Bhim Army permission to protest at Jantar Mantar

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday denied permission to Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad to carry out a protest march against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) from Jama Masjid to Jantar Mantar.

The measures are part of the police efforts to ensure peace and law and order after violent protests erupted against the new citizenship law at various parts of the national capital.

Several protesters and policemen sustained injuries during a protest against the CAA outside the Jamia Millia Islamia on December 15, which later turned violent.

 
 

On December 19, two people were taken into custody for allegedly distributing pamphlets with inciting content on them regarding the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and CAA.

As many as 37 people from North-East Delhi have been kept under preventive detention on Thursday.

Section 144 has been imposed in the Red Fort area to maintain law and order situation after a protest march against the citizenship law was called by various opposition parties. The restrictions are also in place in North-East District.

The Delhi Police have requested the people to not spread rumours and cooperate with the police while holding protests against the CAA in the national capital.

The Act seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and came to India on or before December 31, 2014.

 
 
 



Pakistan resorts to heavy shelling along LoC in Poonch, civilian injured


Pakistan resorts to heavy shelling along LoC in Poonch, civilian injured

Jammu: Pakistani troops continued to target civilian hamlets and forward posts along the LoC in the twin sectors of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir with intense shelling overnight, resulting in injuries to a civilian, officials said on Tuesday.

The Pakistani troops resorted to intense shelling and firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Shahpur Kirni and Balakote sectors overnight, triggering panic among civilians, they said.

 
 

"Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing from small arms and intense shelling with mortars along the LoC in the Balakote sector," a defence spokesperson said.

The Indian Army was retaliating in a befitting manner, he added. In the Shahpur sector, the Pakistan Army targeted villages with 120-mm mortar shells, triggering panic among the villagers, officials said.

Mohammad Showkat (30), a villager, was injured in the shelling and hospitalised late on Monday night, they added. The Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Poonch thrice on Monday.

 
 
 



Atal Bihari Vajpayee statue installed in Lucknow, to be unveiled on December 25


Atal Bihari Vajpayee statue installed in Lucknow, to be unveiled on December 25

Lucknow: A 25-ft bronze statue of former prime minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was installed at the Lok Bhawan building here and is expected to be formally unveiled on December 25, his birth anniversary.

The statue was installed at the Bhawan on Monday night. According to sources, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to unveil the statue.

Sources said that the Prime Minister's Office was yet to confirm Modi's availability on December 25. Sculpted by famous sculptor Raj Kumar Pandit of Jaipur, it statue is going to be the tallest statue in the state.

 
 

Vajpayee's life-size statue was commissioned on March 9, 2019 to Jaipur's Works for Artist Foundry. It has been mounted on an eight feet high base, prepared by the Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Limited.

The statue has come up at the spot where a cut-out of Vajpayee, overlooking the imposing entrance to the Lok Bhawan, was symbolically placed.

Vajpayee represented Lucknow in the Lok Sabha for a record five consecutive terms, which also included his three stints as Prime Minister.

Yogi Adityanath has taken a keen personal interest in the construction of the Vajpayee statue. Though the exact estimate was not known, officials said that the contract for the Vajpayee statue was given for Rs 89.6 lakh.

Last year, a 12.5 ft bronze statue of Swami Vivekananda, made by Maharashtra's Uttam Pacharne, was unveiled at the Raj Bhawan by the then governor Ram Naik and the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Four more statues -- all 12.5 ft high -- that are nearly ready and are being given finishing touches include those of Adityanath's revered gurus Mahant Avaidyanath and Mahant Digvijayanath, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna and also Bhartendu Harish Chandra -- widely regarded as the father of modern Hindi literature and Hindi theatre.

While Bhartendu Harish Chandra's statue would be installed at the Bhartendu Natya Akademi in Gomti Magar, the place and positioning of Bahuguna's statue as well as those of spiritual gurus from Gorakhnath Math, of which Adityanath is the head priest, are yet to be decided.

"Unlike in previous governments when statues were mostly sanctioned on political lines, the Adityanath government is sanctioning statues of leaders which inspire our young generation," said Uttar Pradesh Minister Ashutosh Tandon.

In the Bahujan Samaj Party regime, statues of almost all Dalit icons were installed in various places in the state capital while Akhilesh Yadav, in his regime installed statues of Janeshwar Misra and Ram Manohar Lohia.

 
 
 



Tamil Nadu: To boost train tourism over Nilgiri mountain, 71 foreigners enjoy special ride


Tamil Nadu: To boost train tourism over Nilgiri mountain, 71 foreigners enjoy special ride

Udhagamandalam: As a part of promoting train tourism over Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) section, around 71 foreign passengers from UK, USSR and USA enjoyed a ride on full tariff train-special between Coonoor and Udagamandalam on Monday.

"FTR special run between ONR - UAM using two first-class coaches and one SLR (seating-cum-luggage rack) coach hauled by X 37398 steam loco, 71 foreign passengers arrived from the UK, USSR, USA enjoyed the trip," the Railways said in a statement.

 
 

The passengers who enjoyed the trip took photos of the loco, coaches heritage buildings, tracks and beautiful landscapes, at Lovedale station. Later, all foreign passengers posed for a group photo in front of the engine.

The recently overhauled Swiss X-class steam loco chugged between Ooty and Coonoor on the NMR track. With two first-class coaches and one SLR, the steam loco number X-class 37398 departed from Coonoor at 10.40 am and reached Ooty at 12.20 pm.

The NMR connects Mettupalayam (MTP) via Coonoor with the hill station of Udagamandalam in Tamil Nadu. Built by the British in 1908, it is metre gauge railway, popularly known as Ooty toy train.

It is the only railway line in India which uses a rack and pinion system to climb the steep gradient.

In 2005, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added the NMR to the World Heritage Site.

Covering the majestic Nilgiri mountains, the Nilgiri Mountain Train covers a distance of 41.8 km, travels through 208 curves, 16 tunnels, and 250 bridges in full route trip.

 
 
 



Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha tomorrow


Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha tomorrow

New Delhi: The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which was passed by Lok Sabha yesterday, will be tabled in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, sources said.

The Bill, which seeks to give citizenship to refugees from the Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Zorastrian communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh was passed in Lok Sabha on Monday.

 
 

Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship Bill with a majority of 311 votes against 80 votes in the Lower House where 391 members were present and voted.

The cut-off date for citizenship bill is December 31, 2014. In Rajya Sabha, the Modi government requires the support of at least 123 MPs in the 245-member house.

 
 
 



Over 900 scientists, scholars demand 'immediate withdrawal of Citizenship Amendment Bill


Over 900 scientists, scholars demand 'immediate withdrawal of Citizenship Amendment Bill
 



23-year-old woman set on fire in Bihar after failed rape bid


23-year-old woman set on fire in Bihar after failed rape bid

Muzaffarpur: A young woman was allegedly set on fire by a neighbour after she resisted his attempt to rape her, a police officer said here on Monday.

The 23-year-old victim, who suffered 50 per cent burns in the incident, was currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in the Muzaffarpur town, he said.

 
 

Based on a complaint filed by her mother with Ahiyapur police station, the accused has been arrested, Station House Officer (SHO) Vikas Rai said.

According to the complaint, the woman was alone at home on Saturday, when the accused, who lived close by, sneaked into her house and tried to rape her.

Her mother -- who works at a primary health centre -- rushed home and took her to a hospital after a local informed her about the incident, the SHO added.

Saturday's incident comes less than a week after charred bodies of two women, set afire after suspected rape and murder, were found in Buxar and Samastipur districts.

In another village in Ahiyapur police station area, the body of an eight-year-old girl was found on Friday - stuffed in a bag and dumped in an orchard after suspected sexual assault.

 
 
 



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