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AASU, NESO call Northeast bandh on Jan 8 against Citizenship Bill

On Saturday, a total of 70 groups led by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) organised a massive protest rally in Guwahati.

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Guwahati, Jan 5 : The All Assam Students Union (AASU), the North East Students Organization (NESO) and 30 other groups have announced a series of protests in Assam over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

Leaders of these outfits representing different indigenous communities of Assam met here on Saturday, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared in Silchar that the his government was going ahead with the controversial Bill.

“We have called for a bandh in the entire northeast on January 8 in protest against the BJP-led government’s move to pass the controversial Bill. A total dawn to dusk bandh will be observed in all the states,” said NESO adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya.

The organisations have also decided to observe January 7 as a black day in Assam. A public rally will be held in Guwahati on January 23.

“The Prime Minister’s statement exposed the double standard of his government. While the government talks of implementing the Assam Accord, the same government is trying to give citizenship to illegal migrants living in Assam by implementing the Citizenship Bill 2016. We are not going to tolerate this at any cost,” AASU General Secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi said.

He called Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal a “puppet” and said the government in the state had failed to respect the sentiments of the people of Assam.

On Saturday, a total of 70 groups led by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) organised a massive protest rally in Guwahati.

KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi dared the Asom Gana Parishad to snap ties with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

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BJP accuses TMC of vandalising posters ahead of Shah’s rally

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Malda (West Bengal), Jan 22 (IANS) The West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday accused the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers of vandalising posters and decorative gates ahead of party chief Amit Shah’s rally here.

“Gates, welcome arches, posters, cut-outs, festoons have been vandalised ahead of our national president’s rally. Gates have set on fire. Vehicles carrying our supporters are being stopped in many places,” state BJP President Dilip Ghosh said.

BJP supporters and activists were threatened and harassed so that they could not attend the programme, he alleged.

“Despite all these, our supporters are active and the process of ‘paribartan’ (change) has been started,” he added.

After high drama over denial of permission for facilitating the landing of Shah’s chopper in Malda, the state’s BJP leadership said that they finally received the clearance at two places in the district.

The BJP received permission to land the chopper at the helipads in Golden Park Hotel here and the one used by the Border Security Force in Malda district.

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Himachal Pradesh: 26 injured after tourist bus skids off road in Bilaspur

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Himachal Pradesh, Jan 22: At least 26 people were injured after a tourist bus skidded off the road near Swarghat area in Himachal Pradesh’s Bilaspur district on Monday.

The 18 injured people have been shifted to the hospital in Nalaghar in Solan district.

Other 8 people who were seriously injured were shifted to PGIMER at Chandigarh.

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Heavy rain, snow lash Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 22: Incessant rain in Jammu division and light to moderate fresh snowfall in the Kashmir Valley occurred on Tuesday as the Met forecast improvement from Wednesday onwards.

“The western disturbance active over Jammu and Kashmir has resulted in rains in the Jammu division and the snowfall in the valley over the past 24 hours, since Monday.

“The system is likely to weaken from Tuesday evening and we are expecting gradual improvement from tomorrow onwards,” a Met official said.

The Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed following landslides and snowfall and reports of an avalanche hitting the highway in the Jawahar Tunnel area.

Srinagar recorded minus 0.2 degrees Celsius while Pahalgam and Gulmarg recorded minus 0.2 and minus 4 degrees, respectively.

Kargil was coldest at minus 12.2, Drass town of Ladakh recorded minus 6.8, while Leh was warmer at 2.8 degrees Celsius.

Jammu city was at 8.7, Katra 6, Batote minus 2.1, Bannihal minus 0.1 and Bhaderwah was at minus 0.2.

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