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  • Citizenship Amendment Bill, introduced in Lok Sabha amidst uproar by the Opposition; 293 MPs vote in favour of introducing the Bill while 82 MPs vote against move.

  • Home Minister Amit Shah says, Bill is not against the minorities; Opposition claims it is regressive.

  • BJP wins two seat and leading in 10 in Karnataka; counting underway for 15 Assembly seats

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi hails trends of Karnataka Assembly by-poll results; says, it is a reflection of people's mandate for party.

  • World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, meeting in Switzerland today to decide on suspension of Russia from all sporting competitions.


The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 has been introduced in Lok Sabha, after rejecting the Opposition’s objections over its introduction. The Bill was introduced after division of votes in the House. 293 Members voted in favour of introducing the Bill while 82 voted against the move.

"अद्यधीन मत विभाजन का परिणाम इस प्रकार है। पक्ष में 293, विपक्ष में 82, मंत्री जी अब विधेयक को पुन: स्थापित करें। महोदय मैं विधेयक को पुन: स्थापित करता हूं।"

Earlier, Home Minister Amit Shah  introduced the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019  in the House amidst uproar by the Opposition members.The legislation is intended to amend the existing law in order to grant exemption to illegal migrants in selected categories.

Introducing the Bill , Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Bill is not against minorities and does not violate Article 14 of the Constitution.

"ऑर्टिकल-14 रीज़नेबल क्लासिफिकेशन के आधार पर कानून बनाने से रोक नहीं सकता है। 1971 में श्रीमती इंदिरा गांधी ने एक निर्णय किया कि बांग्लादेश से जितने भी लोग आये हैं सारे लोगों को नागरिकता दी जाए। अब मुझे एक बात बताइये कि फिर पाकिस्तान से आए हुए क्यूं नहीं लिए।

ये बिल कहीं पर भी इस देश की प्वाइंट जीरो-जीरो एक प्रतिशत भी इस देश की माइनॉरिटी के खिलाफ नहीं है।"

Congress, TMC and DMK members opposed the introduction of the Bill in the House. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, it is regressive and violates Article 14 of the constitution.

"I do not have any qualms to opine that this is a regressive legislation. It is nothing but a targetted legislation against the minority people of our country."

RSP leader N K Premchandran also opposed the Bill  saying it violates the basic feature of the Constitution. Prof Saugata Roy of TMC also opposed the Bill’s introduction. 

Talking to media outside Parliament House, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said, the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 is in the interests of Northeastern States and the country. He expressed confidence that the Bill will get nod from both the Houses of Parliament.

"दोनों सदन में पास हो जाएंगे। ये देश के हित में है। जो कुछ भी भारतीय जनता पार्टी नरेन्द्र मोदी जी के नेतृत् में और अमित शाह जी के नेतृत् में हम करते हैं तो देश हित में करते हैं।"

Our correspondent takes a look at the salient features of the Citizen Amendment Bill:

"The Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants of six communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible for Indian citizenship. The communities are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians. The legislation relaxes the 11-year criteria for citizenship to six years for refugees belonging to these six religions. The Bill also proposes to give immunity to such refugees facing legal cases after being found illegal migrants. The Amendment will not be applicable to the tribal areas of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram or Tripura as included in the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution and in the areas covered under the Inner Line Permit (ILP). The ILP regime is applicable in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram. Deeksha Saksena for News Desk."


In Karnataka, BJP is leading in State Assembly by-polls and set to retain power as per the indications of available counting trends. The party candidates have won in Yellapura and Chickballapura and lead in 10 other constituencies. Congress is leading in Hunsur and Shivajinagar. JD(S) has failed to retain its stronghold in Krishnarajapete, Mahalakshmi layout and Hunsur.

Speaking to media persons in Bengaluru, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa thanked people for providing stability to his government. He said, his government will work for the development of the State for the next three and half years. He said, all the disqualified MLAs are now qualified due to the mandate of people and will be made Ministers.


Prime Minister and senior BJP leader Narendra Modi has welcomed the verdict of the people in Karnataka Assembly by-elections. Addressing a public rally Barahi in Hazaribag district of Jharkhand today, he said that the public mandate is for those who deliver. The Prime Minister said that it is also a rebuke for those who have not respected the people's mandate.

"ये पूरे देश के तमाम राज्यों के लिए संदेश है कि अगर कोई जनादेश के खिलाफ जाएगा, जनता का विश्वासघात करेगा, जनता के पीठ में छुरा घोंपेगा तो पहला मौका मिलते ही जनता उसे पूरी सजा देगी।  अब कर्नाटक में जोड़-तोड़ वाली नहीं वहां की जनता ने आज मोहर लगा करके सीधे मजबूत सरकार को  नई ताकत दे दी है।"

Prime Minister appealed people to vote to BJP for stable and strong government in the State.

Meanwhile, campaigning is in full swing in poll-bound constituencies for third and fourth phase of Assembly elections. Polling for the third phase would be held on Thursday in 17 constituencies spread over eight districts.  In fourth phase, Fifteen Assembly segments spread over four districts will go to the polls on 16th of this month.

Star campaigners of all national and regional parties are undertaking whirlwind tours, intensifying the canvassing in support of their party candidates. A report --

"Hectic campaigning is underway in Assembly constituencies of Koylanchal region, Ranchi, Hazaribag and other districts. Senior BJP leader and Chief Minister Raghbuar Das is holding several public meetings  and road shows. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leaders Shibu Soren, Hemant Soren are addressing joint public meetings with Congress leaders. Jharkhand Vikas Morcha, All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), RJD, JD(U) leaders are also addressing public meetings to garner votes for their party candidates. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News, Ranchi."


President Ram Nath Kovind today said, India's mercantile class has contributed immensely to country's development. He was presenting Lakshmipat Singhania - IIM, Lucknow National Leadership Awards 2018 in New Delhi, today, Mr Kovind said, Mahatma Gandhi appreciated the role played by business leaders during country's freedom movement.

"Following the Mahatma's words, several illustrious industrial families put the nation above their business interests. Gandhiji believed true economics must follow ethics. He favoured a version of economics that would not disregard moral and sentimental considerations. While he realised the importance of money, he was consistent in laying emphasis on combing business with ethics and trust."

The President added that with the right leadership, any challenge can be met. He also said that ethics, truth and trust are being recognized as important components in business studies.


Rajya Sabha today expressed condolence over the killing of 43 people in a tragic fire incident in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi. In his observation, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu termed the incident as unfortunate and painful and wished speedy recovery of the injured persons. He also expressed concern over the inadequate safety measures in the building which caught fire. The House observed two minutes silence as the mark of respect to the departed souls.

Later during Zero Hour, Mr Vijay Goel of BJP said, no lesson was learnt from the Uphaar Cinema fire tragedy in the national capital. He said, large number of illegal buildings without fire safety measures and the city is vulnerable to fire hazards.

Mr Sanjay Singh of Aam Aadmi Party also expressed grief over the killing of people.  Binoy Vishwam of CPI also expressed anguish. 


Meanwhile, in Delhi fire erupted in the same building of Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road this morning, where a massive blaze claimed at least 43 lives yesterday. The Fire Department officials said, they received a call about the blaze at around 7.50 A.M. after which two fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Some materials stacked inside the building had caught fire. However, the blaze was brought under control within 20 minutes.


The Civilian Traffic on 300 kilo-metre long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway resumed today, after remaining suspended yesterday. To avoid any traffic jam and accident, it has been decided to allow only one-way traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway from today till further orders. Today, the vehicles were allowed to move from Jammu to Srinagar. 

In a related a development the  historic Mughal road which connects the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region to South Kashmir's Shopian district was also cleared of accumulated snow and thrown open for one-way traffic after remaining closed for more than a month.

Meanwhile, Air traffic remained suspended for the third-day today at Srinagar International Airport due to dense fog and very poor visibility.


In Gujarat, Police today detained hundreds of Congress workers including State Congress President Amit Chavda following the Opposition party’s march towards State Assembly in Gandhinagar to raise the various issues. Congress has called for - March to Vidhansabha and Gherao to Vidhansabha this morning on the opening day of three-day Session of State Assembly. Congress is agitating against the alleged irregularities in recruitment test of government jobs, security of women and plight of farmers following unseasonal rains in the State.


Domestic Stocks today logged marginal gains of around 0.3 per cent in afternoon trade amid mixed cues from global equity markets. Sensex at Bombay stock exchange climbed 121 points to 40,567. Nifty at National Stock Exchange also added 38 points to trade at 11,959.

The rupee at forex market also appreciated marginally by seven paise to 71 rupees and 13 paise against the US dollars in afternoon deals. 


World Anti-Doping Agency WADA will hold a crucial meeting at Lausanne, Switzerland, today to decide the fate of Russia on suspending them from sporting competitions, including the Olympic Games. WADA's Executive Committee is expected to consider a recommendation by its Compliance Review Committee which has suggested suspending Russia for four years from sporting competitions. The Review Committee accused Moscow of falsifying laboratory doping data handed over to investigators earlier this year.

Such a heavy sanction would see Russia ruled out of next year's Tokyo Olympics and the Winter Games in Beijing in 2022.


Finland's Social Democrats elected a 34-year-old former Transport Minister to the post of Prime Minister, making her the youngest head of government in the country's history.

Sanna Marin narrowly won yesterday's vote to replace outgoing leader Antti Rinne, who resigned on Tuesday after losing the confidence of the coalition partner over his handling of a postal strike.

Parliament is expected to formally swear in the new Prime Minister tomorrow.


South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned Miss Universe for the year 2019, beating more than 90 contestants. The 26-year-old Tunzi was declared the winner at Atlanta in United States yesterday. This is the third Miss Universe crown for South Africa.

Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson was named the first runner-up, followed by Mexican contestant Ashley Alvidrez as the second runner-up. Indian contestant Vartika Singh crashed out of the competition after securing a place in the top 20.


The Supreme Court today agreed to hear one of the PILs seeking an SIT probe into the killing of four accused in Disha case in Telangana. The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.  The accused were arrested on charge of gangrape and murder of a veterinarian doctor. Telangana Police on Friday said that the accused were killed in an exchange of fire with police.

The PIL claimed that the alleged encounter was fake and FIR should be lodged against police officials who were involved in the incident.   

A Bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde took note of the submissions of the plea seeking independent investigation against the police officials concerned. There is another similar petition saying the SIT probe should be monitored by former Apex Court judges.



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