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0815 HRS
12.12.2019

THE HEADLINES

  • Polling begins for the third phase of assembly elections in Jharkhand.
  • Parliament passes Citizenship Amendment Bill making illegal migrants of six minority communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible for Indian citizenship.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi describes the Bill a landmark decision for India's ethos of compassion and brotherhood.
  • Britain goes to polls today to elect a new Parliament.
  • And in Cricket, India beat West Indies by 67 runs in the third and final T20 International to clinch the series 2-1.

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Polling has begun for the third phase of assembly elections in Jharkhand. Voting is taking place for 17 seats spread over 8 districts. These districts are Ranchi, Ramgarh, Hazaribagh, Koderma, Bokaro, Chatra, Giridih and Saraikela-Kharsawan. The polling which began at 7 in the morning, will end at 3 PM in 12 constituencies due to security reasons. In the remaining 5 seats - Ranchi, Hatia, Kanke, Ramgarh and Barkattha - the polling will be held till 5 PM. 309 candidates, including 32 women are in the fray in this phase. Chief Electoral Officer of the state, Vinay Kumar Choubey said that more than 40,000 polling personnel have been deployed for the smooth conduct of elections. 


Now, we go over live to our correspondent Dharmendra Kumar Rai for the latest on the polling.


Question 1 : Dharmendra, where are you right now, and have people started to come out to cast their votes.?


"Tanvi, I am at polling booth number 84 of Hatia constituency. It is an ideal booth at Government Primary School in Kanke block of Ranchi. Large number of voters of all age group gathered to cast their votes, specially first time voters are very enthusiastic. They are concerned about their issues like employment, education and other prospects. Women voters are also turn up in large number here."


Question 2 : Yes Dharmendra, and also tell us about security arrangements made this time.


"Tanvi, if we talk about arrangements of security elaborate arrangements have been made. Strict monitoring being undertaken by election commission at the polling booth. Adequate number of security forces have been deployed in Naxal affected areas. Some booths have been re-located."

Meanwhile, Campaigning has intensified for the remaining two phases of assembly elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public meeting in Dhanbad district today. Mr. Modi will seek votes for BJP candidate in a public meeting at Barwaadda Airport ground.

On the other hand, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi will also hold two election rallies in Santhal Pargana region today. The first rally will be held at Mahgama in Godda district and the second one is scheduled at Rajmahal in Sahebganj district.

Thirty-one Assembly seats will go to polls in the fourth and fifth phase of elections.

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The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 has been passed by Parliament, with the Rajya Sabha approving it last night. 125 members supported the legislation while 105 opposed it. The House also negated the amendments moved by the Opposition parties while approving the Bill. More from our correspondent:

"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, Delhi."

Speaking on the bill in the Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Amit Shah asserted that it is not against the Muslims. Mr Shah said, they will continue to enjoy the rights as citizens of the country. He also allayed fears of the people from North-Eastern States, saying the bill will not affect their interests. The Home Minister 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।"

Earlier, the Congress, the Left, the TMC, the SP, the DMK, the BSP, the RJD, the NCP and the TRS opposed the bill terming it unconstitutional. Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal alleged that the bill is an attack on the soul of the Constitution.

"Religion can not be a factor in the acquisition of citizenship that has been rejected by the constitution of India."

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Opposing the Bill, Derek O'Brien of the TMC alleged that the government brought the bill to cover up its mistakes done through the NRC in Assam.

Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena attacked the BJP, saying it is wrong to paint those who opposed the bill, as anti-national.

DMK's Tiruchi Shiva alleged that one particular community has been targeted in this legislation.

BJP Working President J P Nadda said the legislation was necessary as the neighbouring country like Pakistan has failed to protect the interests of minorities. R C P Singh of the JD(U) accused the Opposition of creating fear among the Muslims in the name of this legislation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed happiness at the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill getting nod of the Rajya Sabha. Mr Modi said it is a landmark day for India and the nation’s ethos of compassion and brotherhood. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said the Bill will alleviate the sufferings of many who faced persecution for years. He expressed gratitude to all the Members of Parliament who voted in favour of the Bill.

Home Minister Amit Shah said with this, the dreams of crores of deprived and victimised people have come true. In a tweet, Mr Shah said he is grateful to the Prime Minister for his resolve to ensure dignity and safety to the affected people. He also thanked everyone for their support.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said the legislation will provide a dignified life to the religiously oppressed minorities from India's neighborhood. In a tweet, Mr Javadekar hailed the Prime Minister and the Home Minister for the historic step.

On the other hand, Congress President Sonia Gandhi described the passage of the Bill as a victory of the narrow-minded over India's pluralism. In a statement, she reiterated Congress' determination to be relentless in its struggle against what she alleged is BJP's polarising agenda.

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In Assam, army has been deployed in Guwahati city after student protests took a violent turn last night. An indefinite curfew was imposed in the city last night. Curfew was also imposed in Dibrugarh district. The Deputy Commissioner informed that the army is holding a flag march.

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In Tripura, the indefinite strike by Joint Movement against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was called off this morning after Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb assured the agitating leaders of a meeting with the Home Minister Amit Shah, at the earliest. The Chief Minister along with his Cabinet colleagues had a meeting with the agitating leaders last evening.

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The Andhra Pradesh Government has taken a historic decision to protect women and children. Cabinet headed by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy yesterday approved enacting Andhra Pradesh Disha Act, 2019, Andhra Pradesh Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2019 and Andhra Pradesh Special Court for Specified Offences against Women and Children Act, 2019. The draft Disha Act provides for harsher punishment, including death sentence to those guilty of heinous crimes against women. The Act would cover sexual offences against women and children, acid attacks and harassment of women.

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India and Germany have condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and stressed the need for strengthening international cooperation to combat the menace in a comprehensive and sustained manner. This was resolved at the 8th meeting of the India-Germany Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism in New Delhi yesterday. The Indian delegation was led by Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary for Counter Terrorism in the Ministry of External Affairs.

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The US has welcomed the indictment of Hafiz Saeed, the Mumbai terror attack mastermind and chief of the banned Jamaatud Dawa (JuD). Saeed was yesterday indicted by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court along with three of his close aides on terror financing charges. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells said, the US calls for a full prosecution and expeditious trial in line with its international obligations and bringing of the perpetrators of terrorist attacks like 26/11 to justice.

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Britain will go to polls today to elect a new Parliament. A total of 3,322 candidates are contesting 650 seats this year. We have a desk report:

"This time, Britain's impending exit from the  European Union (EU) played a key role in the campaigning. Prime Minister Boris Johnson from the Conservative party called for a big majority so that he could  swiftly pull Britain out of the EU next month. On the other hand, the main opposition Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn promised a new referendum on Brexit as well as a re-nationalisation of utilities. A snap general election was called to break the Brexit deadlock that gripped Britain ever since the 2016 referendum vote to leave the EU. SUNIL VARMA, AIR NEWS, DELHI."

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A UK court has reserved its judgement on a plea by a consortium of Indian public sector banks led by the SBI seeking a bankruptcy order against fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya. The move is part of banks efforts to recover around 9,000 crore rupees of unpaid loans. Judge Michael Briggs reserved his judgment after hearing arguments from both sides in the insolvency division of the High Court. The petition has been filed by the banks last year, in relation to the lending involving Mallya's now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines.

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In Cricket, India beat West Indies by 67 runs to win the third and final T20 International in Mumbai last night. With this victory, India won the three-match series by 2-1.

Batting first, India made 240 for 3 in the stipulated 20 overs. KL Rahul scored 91 off 56 balls. Rohit Sharma played a power-packed innings of 71 runs, including five sixes and six boundaries. Skipper Virat Kohli gave the finishing touch to the Indian innings with a scintillating unbeaten knock of 70 runs off 29 balls. He hit seven sixes.

In reply, the West Indies managed 173 for 8 in 20 overs, with Kieron Pollard scoring 68 off 39 balls. India and West Indies will now play three ODIs starting from Sunday.

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In Badminton, reigning world champion PV Sindhu lost her opening tie against Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China yesterday. The ace Indian shuttler won the first set 21-18 against Akane Yamaguchi of Japan but lost the second set 18-21.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINE:

  • The passage of Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Parliament dominates top headlines in newspapers today.

  • "After a heated debate, Rajya Sabha clears Citizenship Bill" headlines the Hindu. Reporting on the anti-CAB protests, the Tribune writes "Assam burns, curfew in Guwahati, Army deployed."

  • The Nanavati Commission report giving a clean chit to the then Gujarat government in the 2002 riots gets wide coverage across dailies. "Nanavati Panel gives clean chit to Modi in 2002 Gujarat riots" headlines the Statesman.

  • Under the caption, No Mercy, the Hindustan Times speculates "Quiet preparations on to hang Dec 16 convicts?" as the Tihar officials have begun the preparatory arrangements for the executions.

  • "In a first, Centre to bear 50% of land acquisition cost for Delhi Metro" reports the Pioneer. And "Azadpur set to be Metro's 2nd triple-interchange station" informs the Times of India.

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