21 December 2019

FLASH NEWS: Protests swell, allies push back: Govt signals a climb down on all-India NRC as toll rises to 11 in UP; Malaysia's PM Mahathir slams India's citizenship law


Protests swell, allies push back: Government signals a climb down on all-India NRC
As protests against the new citizenship law swelled nationwide and there was a pushback from state governments and even its allies, the first voices from the government and the ruling BJP were heard Friday climbing down on the plan for a pan-India NRC).While JD(U) president and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the NRC would not be implemented in Bihar, Lok Janshakti Party president Chirag Paswan said his party would not support any legislation which is not in the interest of the common people. Both are BJP’s allies in Bihar and had supported the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament.Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said there is “no plan for a nationwide NRC” and that “there has so far been no discussion on the matter at any level of government.”Speaking to The Indian Express, Naqvi added: “NRC is limited to Assam. There is no plan of NRC in any other part of the country. You are talking about an unborn baby…Spreading rumours about it.” Indian express
CAA protest: Death toll rises to 11 in UP as violence grips agitation
At least 11 people, including an 8-year-old boy, have lost their lives in Uttar Pradesh as the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act turned violent in the state, officials said on Saturday. 4 deaths were reported from Meerut district, while the boy lost his life in a stampede in Varanasi when a violent mob was being chased by police personnel, they said. Lucknow, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Meerut and Sambhal were some of the areas that were worst-hit by the anti-CAA protests. Mobile internet services remain suspended in Aligarh, Mau, Azamgarh, Lucknow, Kanpur, Bareilly, Shahjahanpur, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Sambhal and Allahabad in view of the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Stone-pelting or more serious clashes with police were also reported from Bhadohi, Bahraich, Amroha, Farurukhabad, Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Hapur, Hathras, Bulandshahr, Hamirpur, and Mahoba districts.indiatoday
CAA protests: UP man was out to get ration when he was shot, says family
Lucknow :“I told him to get ration. Groceries were almost over and there was a curfew-like situation,” says Shabeena (28), whose husband Mohammad Wakeel (32) died on Thursday of a bullet injury during the violence in Lucknow’s Aminabad area. Shabeena and Wakeel married on November 4 last year.indianexpress
"Cop Said He Would Tear My Beard": Lucknow Journalist Omar Rashid Detained, Released
Lucknow: A journalist with The Hindu newspaper was picked up by the Lucknow police from a city restaurant, detained for over two hours at a police station and then a police post, and finally released after harrowing moments where he was accused of conspiracy in Lucknow violence against the Citizenship Amendment Act on Thursday that saw one person killed.Omar Rashid is the Uttar Pradesh correspondent for The Hindu newspaper, and says he was busy with filing his story at a local restaurant along with a friend when the police arrived. "I was using someone's WiFi in the hotel. Suddenly about four to five people in plain clothes came and they started interrogating my friend. They asked him to identify himself. The asked me to identify myself. They then put him in a jeep and ask me to also come along. I identified myself as a journalist and told them who I am. They insisted I went with them," Omar Rashid said in an interview to NDTV.
15 Arrested For Citizenship Law Violence In Old Delhi, Detained Minors Released
New Delhi: 15 people have been arrested in connection with Friday's violence in Old Delhi during a protest against the new citizenship law, the police said today. The remaining people, of the nearly 40 who were detained in clashes, have been released. Eight of those detained by the police were minors aged between 14 and 15 years. All the minors have been released only after their parents went to the police station to collect them.NDTV
40 detained over violent protest in Delhi's Daryaganj; 42, including 8 cops, injured
New Delhi:Delhi Police detained 40 people in connection with a violent protest in Daryaganj here on Friday, officials said. According to the police, the protesters set ablaze a private car parked at Subhash Marg, Daryaganj. The fire was immediately doused with water and fire extinguishers.The Delhi Police resorted to lathicharge and used water cannon to disperse protesters as violence marked a march against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on Friday with stones being hurled on security personnel."Hours after the violent protest near Delhi Gate, around 42 injured people, including eight policemen, got medical treatment at Lok Nayak Hospital," Dr Kishore Singh, MS, Lok Nayak Hospital told PTI. Indiatvnews
After giving cops the slip, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad surrenders at Jama Masjid
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad surrendered before the Delhi Police and was taken into custody from outside Delhi’s Jama Masjid in the wee hours of Saturday. On Friday, Azad held protests against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act despite no permission and gave cops the slip in Delhi’s Jama Masjid.“He surrendered before the police at Gate No. 1 and is being taken to the Crime Branch’s office have for further investigation,” a police officer said.  Indian Express.
I&B issues second advisory to TV channels to refrain from promoting ‘anti-national attitudes’
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Friday issued a second advisory to all private television channels asking them to refrain from broadcasting content that is “likely to instigate violence or which promotes anti-national attitudes”. The last advisory issued by the ministry was on December 11 after the Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha and violent protests erupted in the North East against the legislation.scroll
'Won't Be Pressured': Government Officials On S Jaishankar's Cancelled US Meet
New Delhi: A distorted narrative is being peddled over Foreign Minister S Jaishankar's move to cancel a meeting with senior US lawmakers in Washington, D.C., earlier this week, government officials have said. Mr Jaishankar had cancelled a meeting with the powerful US House Foreign Affairs Committee because he did not want to meet Democrat Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, a known critic of India's stand on Kashmir. Government officials said that since Ms Jayapal is not a member of the committee Mr Jaishankar was under no obligation to meet her. "No Foreign Minister of any independent country should be pressurised into meeting politicians with their own agendas," officials said.NDTV
'People dying': Malaysia's Mahathir slams India's citizenship law
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has criticised India's new citizenship law, which is seen as discriminatory against Muslims and has sparked deadly protests across the South Asian country.Speaking on the sidelines of the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019 on Friday, Mahathir questioned the "necessity" of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), when Indians have "lived together for 70 years"."People are dying because of this law. Why is there a necessity to do this when all the while, for 70 years, they have lived together as citizens without any problem?" he asked.aljazeera
Jharkhand Exit Poll Results 2019 Live Updates: Congress-JMM set to storm to power with 38-50 seats
The Congress and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha are all likely to form the next government in Jharkhand, the India Today and Axis My India Jharkhand exit poll results have predicted. Congress-JMM alliance is expected to win 38-50 seats in the 81-member Jharkhand assembly. The exit poll predicts the BJP to win 22-32 seats. Jharkhand is the third state to go to polls after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Currently, the Bharatiya Janata Party is in power in Jharkhand. This time, the Jharkhand assembly election was held in five rounds. There are a total of 81 assembly seats in Jharkhand. The key parties in the fray include BJP, Congress, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha and the All Jharkhand Students Union. Follow IndiaToday.in's live blog for latest updates on Jharkhand exit poll results 2019.indiatoday


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