Govt sure Citizenship Bill will pass Rajya Sabha test, Northeast shuts down in protest

As the BJP-led central government gets ready to table the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha or Upper House of Parliament on Wednesday, the Northeast has erupted in protest.The legislation will fast-track citizenship claims from persecuted minorities from Muslim-majority Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. People in the Northeast fear that large numbers of Hindu migrants from Bangladesh, who they say are intruders, will swamp their homeland.So, the protesters clashed with police, set fire...

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Why hang us, asks Delhi gang-rape convict; cites Vedas, Puranas and Gandhi

Akshay Kumar Singh, one of the four men convicted for the 2012 gang-rape and murder of a young girl, on Tuesday filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against the death penalty awarded to him and three others by the top court two years ago.In his plea, Singh, 32, also asked the Supreme Court why it was continuing with death penalty as a punishment when lives are already getting shorter. His petition referred to the Vedas, Puranas and Upanishads to argue that there was a time, in Satyug, when...

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Volkswagen Nivus may rival Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Hyundai Venue in India

Volkswagen has teased the Nivus in Brazil. Expected to take it to emerging markets, India too may see the vehicle in the times to come.The compact SUV segment in India is an arena which has been fought for every inch of space it has on offer. A number of major car makers in the country have tried to grab bragging rights here with Maruti Suzuki's Vitara Brezza managing to stay ahead. In a bid to challenge that authority, however, Volkswagen may consider bringing in the Nivus which has the ability...

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Dressed in dhoti and sari, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo receive Economics Nobel

Indian-American economist Abhijit Banerjee, along with his wife Esther Duflo and fellow economist Michael Kremmer, received the Nobel Prize in Economics at a ceremony in Oslo on Wednesday.The three were awarded the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.While Banerjee wore a dhoti and a bandhgala jacket (traditional Indian attire), wife Duflo chose a blue sari for the occasion. Kremmer, meanwhile, was seen in a suit as they received the prize.They...

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JNU protest 2019: Students marching towards Rashtrapati Bhavan over hostel fee hike lathi-charged

Hundreds of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students were lathi-charged by police and several of them allegedly detained briefly when they tried to march towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan against the hostel fee hike on Monday.The students’ march, second in a month, led to traffic congestion in south Delhi and left scores of Metro commuters stranded for hours with three central Delhi stations being closed as a precautionary measure.Amid heavy police deployment and barricades beginning right outside...

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Citizenship Bill gets Lok Sabha nod after fierce day-long debate

The Lok Sabha passed on Tuesday a controversial bill that grants citizenship to religious minorities from three Muslim-majority countries in India’s neighbourhood after a fierce nine-hour debate in which Opposition parties alleged the draft legislation violated the Constitution by linking faith to citizenship.The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) 2019 seeks to amend the 1955 Citizenship Act by granting citizenship to Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Christians, Parsis and Jains who entered India from...

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Top Karnataka Congress leaders quit posts after bypoll loss

With the Congress winning a mere two of the 15 seats which went to bypolls, the top leaders of the party in Karantaka accepted responsibility for the outcome and offered their resignations to the party high command.Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, Siddaramaiah, who is also the leader of opposition in the assembly, and who had singlehandedly led the campaign of the party, quit saying he accepted “moral responsibility” for the defeat.The Congress was defending 12 of the 15 seats which went...

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BJP’s Karnataka win emboldens B S Yediyurappa’s position in party

With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday winning 12 of the 15 seats that went to bypolls on December 5, chief minister B S Yediyurappa (BSY) has emerged as the victor and indispensable to the party.In May 2018, the BJP, under Yediyurappa, failed to win a simple majority in the assembly polls, despite emerging as the single-largest party. Many thought 76-year-old Yediyurappa’s political career was almost over.But the BJP won 25 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 parliamentary polls, though...

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Telangana high court to hear petition against encounter of 4 accused in rape-murder of veterinarian

The Telangana High Court will on Monday hear the case of encounter deaths of the four men accused of raping and killing a 26-year-old veterinary doctor last month. The court had on Friday directed the state government to preserve the bodies of four accused till 8pm on December 9.The court had issued the directive treating as a petition a representation received in the Office of the Chief Justice alleging that the ‘encounter’ was extra-judicial killings and requesting judicial intervention.All...

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Yediyurappa set to retain power in Karnataka as BJP leads in 11 of 15 seats in bypolls

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa looks set to retain power in the state as early trends in the counting of votes for December 5 bypolls are giving his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), an edge. After seven rounds of counting in 15 constituencies, the BJP is leading in 11, Congress in two, Janata Dal (Secular) [JD(S)] in one and an independent candidate in one.In two of the 15 constituencies - Yellapur and Hirekepur - the BJP has significant lead. While Shivram Hebbar is the BJP candidate...

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