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  • Discussion underway in Rajya Sabha on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, the legislation will end religious persecution faced by minorities in neighboring countries.

  • Home Minister Amit Shah asserts the bill will not affect interests of people from North Eastern States and Muslim community.

  • In Jharkhand, all arrangements in place for the third phase of assembly elections in 17 constituencies tomorrow.

  • India's latest earth observation satellite to be launched by ISRO this afternoon from Sriharikota.

  • And, in Cricket, India to take on West Indies in the series decider, third and final T20 in Mumbai this evening.


The Rajya Sabha is holding a discussion on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The legislation was introduced in the Upper House for consideration and passing today. The bill has already been passed by the Lok Sabha.

Moving the Bill in the Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Amit Shah asserted that the bill will not affect interests of people from the North Eastern States and the Muslim community. He said the legislation is not against the Muslims. Mr Shah said, they will continue to enjoy the rights given to them as citizens of the country. He said that a misconception has been created that the legislation is against a particular community, which is not true.

मान्यवर मैं पूछना चाहता हूं जो इस देश के मुसलमान हैं इसके लिए इस देश के अंदर कोई चर्चा का कोई चिंता का सवाल ही नहीं है। वो नागरिक है, रहेंगे उनको कोई प्रताडि़त नहीं करेगा।" 

The Home Minister also allayed the fears of the people from the North Eastern States. He said the NDA government is committed to preserving their cultural, social and linguistic identities.

"तीनों पड़ोसी देश इनके धार्मिक अल्पसंख्यकों को संरक्षण देकर इनको नागरिक बनाने की प्रक्रिया का अमेंडमेंट लेकर आए हैं और पूर्वोत्तर के जो राज् हैं उनके अधिकारों को, उनकी भाषा को, उनकी संस्कृति को और उनके सामाजिक पहचान को संरक्षित करने के लिए भी इसके अंदर हम चिंता करते हुए प्रावधान लेकर आए।"

Mr. Shah said the legislation will give a new light into the lives of the people who were facing religious persecution in neighboring countries, namely Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The communities are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians. The Home Minister said these people, who have been living in India for decades, will be given all kinds of rights and facilities. Mr. Shah said the BJP had mentioned in its manifesto that the party will do justice to the religiously persecuted living in India, and the legislation has brought an end their suffering.

Initiating the discussion on the bill, Anand Sharma of Congress alleged that it is against the basic structure of the Constitution.

"The bill that brought is an assault on the very foundational  values of Indian constitution. It is a assault on the republic of India. It is against the very preamble of constitution of our republic."

Earlier, Chairman, M. Venkaiah Naidu rejected the objection by Sukhendu Shekar Roy of the TMC that the bill is faulty in nature and this should be taken into consideration. The members from the Congress and the Left Parties have moved a motion to send the bill to the Select Committee. Our correspondent has more details:

"The Citizenship (Amendment) 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 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. The Inner Line Permit regime is applicable in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram. Government has said that there is a need to differentiate between intruders and refugees and the Citizenship Amendment Bill does not discriminate against anyone and does not snatch anyone's rights. With Diwaker, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill as historic, saying it will end religious persecution faced by the minorities in the neighboring countries. He said the legislation will end instability in the lives of the people who are residing in India, but have not been able to avail the citizenship right and other facilities. Briefing reporters after the BJP Parliamentary party meeting in New Delhi today, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Pralhad Joshi quoted the Prime Minister as saying that the legislation will be written in the annals of history with golden letters.

"पार्टिशन के बाद रिलीजियस प्रस्क्यिूशन के कारण जो माइनॉरिटिज है, इधर चुके है they are residing here paramently but उनके लिए नागरिकता नहीं, वोटिंग पावर नहीं, राशन कार्ड नहीं है। तरह अस्थिर का जीवन जी रहे थे। उनके लिए ये स्वर्ण अक्षर में लिखने का एक बहुत बड़ा निर्णय है।


The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 was introduced in the Lok Sabha today by Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad, with the Opposition staging a walkout. The Minister said the Bill will be sent to a Joint Select Committee comprising members from both the Houses, including the Opposition. He said although the Supreme Court has held that individuals’ data protection is their fundamental right, the corrupt do not have the privilege of privacy. The Minister said, critical data on individuals will not be allowed to go out of the country. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of the Congress contented that the bill is against the spirit of the apex court ruling, saying it can promote snooping. Saugata Roy of the AITC said the Bill enables surveillance of private individuals.


The Code on Social Security, 2019 was also introduced in the Lower House today. It aims at reducing the number of legislations on employees’ welfare and social security from 44 to just four.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said, the government is promoting indigenization in the production of defence equipment and their export. Answering supplementary in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour today, he said equipment like launchers and target locators are being exported in a big way. He said a defence export policy has been put in place.


The Government today said the Staff Selection Commission, SSC, has started a recruitment process to fill up over one lakh posts during this year and the next year. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr Jitendra Singh said the process to fill up over four lakh vacancies by the SSC, Ministry of Railways and Department of Posts is in progress.


In Jharkhand, all preparations are in place for polling in the third phase of Assembly elections tomorrow. Seventeen constituencies will go to polls in this phase. The poll-bound districts are Ranchi, Ramgarh, Hazaribagh, Koderma, Chatra, Giridih and Saraikela-Kharsawan. Polling will start at 7.00 next morning, but due to security reasons, it will end at 3 p.m. in 12 naxal-affected constituencies. In the remaining five constituencies - Ranchi, Hatia, Kanke, Ramgarh and Barkattha - polling will continue till 5 PM. State cabinet ministers, CP Singh and Neera Yadav, AJSU party chief Sudesh Mahto, JVM President Babu Lal Marandi, former state minister and trade union leader Rajendra Prasad Singh, former chairperson of State Women's Commission and litterateur Mahua Maji are among the prominent candidates in this phase. More from our correspondent:

"Elaborate security has been made in all poll bound constituencies. Some polling party  and officials are airlifted to their respective polling booths in remote and naxal affected areas ahead of polling. On all polling booths Central para military armed forces and district police force jawans have been adequately deployed. 2014 booths have been equipped with webcasting facility. In this phase more than 1 lakh 44 thousand people are first time electorates who will be able to cast their votes. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News, Ranchi."


The Supreme Court today said it was considering to appoint a former apex court judge to enquire into the encounter killings of four accused persons in the gang rape-and-murder case of a veterinarian in Telangana. A bench headed by Chief Justice of Indi S A Bobde was hearing PILs, seeking an independent SIT probe into the encounter. The bench also comprising justices S A Nazeer and Sanjeev Khanna said that they are conscious of the fact that the Telangana High Court had taken note of the matter. It said that the top court only wanted that a Delhi-based former apex court judge should enquire into the case. The bench clarified that the former apex court judge, who would enquire into the incident, would sit in Delhi. The bench has now posted the PILs for hearing tomorrow.


The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch its radar  today imaging earth observation satellite, RISAT-2BR1 and nine foreign satellites. RISAT-2BR1 will be launched through Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C48 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The countdown for the launch began at 4.40 pm yesterday. ISRO said, the launch is scheduled at 3.25 this afternoon, subject to weather conditions. PSLV-C48, which is the 50th mission of PSLV, will carry nine customer satellites of Israel, Italy, Japan and USA as co-passengers. These international satellites are being launched under a commercial arrangement with New Space India Limited.


The Nation is remembering Tamil writer and poet Subramania Bharathi on his birth anniversary today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said  ‘Mahakavi Bharathiar’ is a symbol of patriotism, social reform, poetic genius and indomitable sprit of freedom and fearlessness. Mr Modi lauded his vision towards alleviating human suffering and furthering empowerment.


President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended birthday greetings to former President Pranab Mukherjee today. In a message, President Kovind wished a long and healthy life to Mr Mukherjee. In his message, the Prime Minister said Mr Mukherjee has served India with diligence and determination and is widely admired across the spectrum for his intellect, wit and razor-sharp memory.


Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid reached New Delhi this morning on an official visit to attend the 6th India-Maldives Joint Commission Meeting, JCM. He is leading a delegation of various agencies for the meeting scheduled to be held on Friday.

The JCM was established under the agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation signed between the two countries in 1986. It aims at improving bilateral relations in all spheres. Relations between the two neighbours have vastly improved under the Presidency of Ibrahim Mohamed Solih who took over last November.


In UK today is the final day for campaigning for General election to be held tomorrow. A snap general election was called in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock that has gripped Britain ever since the 2016 referendum vote to leave the EU. Latest opinion polls have predicted that the Conservative Party would take 339 seats, up by 22 compared to the last general election in 2017.


Domestic stocks logged marginal gains in afternoon trade amid positive cues from global equity markets. The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange climbed 86 points to 40,326. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange also gained 20 points to trade at 11,877. The rupee appreciated seven paise to 70 rupees and 86 paise against the US dollar in afternoon deals. 


In Cricket, India will take on West Indies in the third and final Twenty20 International at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai this evening.  The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Presently the series is leveled at 1 all. After the T20 series, hosts India and the visitors will play three ODIs starting from Sunday. All India Radio will broadcast a live commentary on the match alternately in Hindi and English from 6.30 p.m. It can be heard on the Rajdhani and FM Rainbow Networks of AIR.


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