The Citizenship Amendment Bill has been passed by the Rajya Sabha with 125 votes in support and 105 against it.
Criticising the passage of Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha, the Congress president said it is victory of bigoted forces over India’s pluralism
A proposal moved by the Opposition in Rajya Sabha to send the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, to a select committee of the House has fallen. While 99 members voted in favour of the proposal, 124 voted against it.
A curfew has been imposed in Guwahati and mobile internet services will be suspended in 10 districts of Assam for 24 hours starting 7 pm today as thousands of protesters descended on the streets in Assam against the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was stuck at the Guwahati Airport for some time amid massive protests. Security personnel however managed to take the Chief Minister to his residence.
Police fired blank shots, tear gas shells and lathicharged the protesters in different parts of Guwahati. According to media reports, two columns of the Army have been asked to remain on standby.
The protests are being compared in their magnitude to the violent six-year movement preceding the Assam accord of 1985.
Internet services in ten districts of Assam to be suspended for 24 hours, beginning 7 pm on Wednesday, say Officials, amid protests over Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is stuck at Guwahati Airport amid protests over Citizenship Amendment Bill in Assam.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said unity in diversity is the ethos of the state and people here are not divided on the basis of caste, creed and religion.
Her statement came when the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is being debated in Rajya Sabha. The contentious Bill that seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees coming from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan after facing religious persecution there, was passed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
"Unity in diversity is the soul of the state and we don't divide people on the basis of caste, creed and religion.
We believe in staying together. We are one family and no one staying here can say that he is deprived," Banerjee said at the Bengal Business Conclave held in this coastal town.
In Nanavati-Mehta Commission report tabled in Gujarat assembly, it is mentioned that the post Godhra train burning riots were not organized, Commission has given clean chit given to Narendra Modi led Gujarat Govt
In view of the massive protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Assam, the Northeast Frontier Railway on Wednesday cancelled many trains and rescheduled a few that originate from the state.
At least 14 trains have either been cancelled, short terminated or diverted anticipating "disruptions in train movement," NF Railway Chief Public Relations Officer Subhanan Chanda said in a statement.
Out of these, eight trains have been "completely" cancelled, while the rest have been short terminated, the statement said.
A day after total shutdown in Assam to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, fresh protests erupted in the state on Wednesday when the legislation would be debated in the Rajya Sabha.
To tackle the situation, the police had to fire rubber bullets and resort to lathi charge on the protestors in Dibrugarh district, police said.
A journalist was injured in stone pelting by a mob and the police lobbed tear gas shells to disperse them near a polytechnic institute in Dibrugarh town, police said.
Though no organisation has called for a bandh on Wednesday, people have come out in large numbers in Jorhat, Golaghat, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Sivasagar, Bongaigaon, Nagaon, Sonitpur and several other districts since morning.
Tyres were burnt and logs placed on the roads and rail tracks to stop movement of vehicles and trains across the state, officials said.
Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse protesters to clear the roads and rail tracks near Chaulkhowa in Dibrugarh.
Rubber bullets were fired and lathicharge was carried out against agitators at Moran in the district, police said.
Five people were killed in a jihadist attack on a hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, police said Wednesday, adding that the victims were three civilians and two members of the security forces.
"Our brave security forces ended the terror attack on SYL hotel rescuing more than 80 people including government officials and civilians who stayed at the hotel when the attack occurred," the police said in a statement.
"The number of the dead we have confirmed is five, among them two members of the security forces and three civilians," it said, adding that five jihadist fighters also died in the assault claimed by the Al-Shabaab militant group.
The CAB is a attempt by Modi-Shah Govt to ethnically cleanse the North East. It is a criminal attack on the North East, their way of life and the idea of India. I stand in solidarity with the people of the North East and am at their service, tweeted Rahul Gandhi
President Donald Trump warned Moscow against meddling in next year's election, the White House said Tuesday, but Russia's foreign minister denied the issue came up in a Washington meeting that drew controversy for occurring at all.
On the very day that House Democrats unveiled impeachment charges against Trump related to election interference, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Trump behind closed doors at the White House after saying he sought more cooperation.
The White House in a statement said that Trump "warned against any Russian attempts to interfere in United States elections and urged Russia to resolve the conflict with Ukraine." Speaking to reporters moments afterward, Lavrov said he had not seen the White House account but said: "We haven't even actually discussed elections." US intelligence found that Russia, among other steps, manipulated social media to sway the 2016 election in Trump's favour.
Air Quality Index (AQI) at 403 in 'severe' category, in Patparganj and at 341 in 'very poor' category in area around India Gate.
A powerful US Congressional committee will begin on Wednesday debate on the two articles of impeachment charged against President Donald Trump.
The Democrats on Tuesday charged President Trump with two articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress by pressing his Ukraine counterpart for help in attacking his rivals in the 2020 election.
The impeachment process was launched after an anonymous whistleblower complained to Congress in September about a July phone call by Trump to Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler alleged that Trump, a Republican, was trying to undermine the 2020 election for his own benefit.