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Assam Bandh against Citizenship Bill 2016 : 60 groups protest, BJP govt makes attendance compulsory




Guwahati, Oct 23: At least 60 organisations, including the Congress, have called a 12-hour Assam bandh on Tuesday to protest against a meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Committee with the Ministries of Home and External Affairs over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.However, the BJP-led state government has made it clear that it is compulsory for its employees to attend offices.

The bill seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, drawing opposition from several organisations in Assam.

The BJP leaders who met the Chief Minister on Monday also urged the government not to accord permission to a November 17 meeting of Bengali organisations in Guwahati, supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.

“The proposed meeting on November 17 is likely to result in law and order issues. We will not allow the November 17 meeting,” said Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

He said that according to a Gauhati High Court order, calling a bandh is illegal. “The court has termed the bandh as illegal. We have to follow the court’s order. Those calling a bandh will have to pay for the damages that they cause,” he added.

The BJP government in Assam, led by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, has made adequate preparations to maintain peace and normalcy in the state.

The bandh called by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) is supported by at least 60 organisations and pressure groups in Assam.

The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), which is a partner of the BJP-led alliance government in the state, is organising a rally in protest against the JPC’s proposed meeting with the MEA and MHA on Tuesday. The AGP said that at least 50,000 people will participate in the rally.

The organizations have called the bandh against the JPC meeting with the officials of MHA and MEA without visiting Assam for a second time to take on board every shade of opinion. Although the JPC, led by BJP MP Rajendra Agrawal, had visited Assam in May this year, not all organisations and leaders could meet it.

Sonowal on Monday held a meeting with senior ministers and BJP leaders to discuss the bandh called by different organisations. The government also issued directives to employees to report for duty on Tuesday.

Police have been asked to arrest the bandh supporters, and traders told to keep shops and business establishments open, failing which their trade licences will be cancelled.


The KMSS clarified that the organisation does not support calling bandhs, but a bandh call on Tuesday was necessitated as the BJP-led government in Assam is behaving in a dictatorial manner. “We cannot allow the government to make Assam a second Jammu & Kashmir or a Tripura, where the indigenous people have become a minority,” said KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi.


9 terror suspects arrested in Maharashtra



Mumbai, Jan 23: Ahead of Republic Day, the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Wednesday arrested nine youths suspected of terror links and plans to create disruptions in the state.

On receipt of reliable input about a group aligned with proscribed international terrorist organisation ISIS, ATS Maharashtra conducted searches and seizures at 5 different locations in Mumbra, Thane Dist and Aurangabad on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.

Following the searches, the suspects were detained and
brought to Mumbai since for questioning.

Four were held up from Mumbra, the rest were caught from Aurangabad and have been brought to Mumbai since for questioning.

The ATS sleuths claimed they have found certain objectionable material on the social media accounts of one of the detenus and now the investigators were scanning the phones, laptops, emails, social network sites and other details of all those suspects.

Certain chemicals, powder, mobile phones, hard drives SIM cards, acid bottle, sharp knives etc seized during raids.

In this regard, a case has been registered under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 and further investigation underway.


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PM Modi inaugurates Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose museum at Red Fort



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New Delhi, Jan 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated three new museums inside the Red Fort compound including one on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and his Indian National Army (INA).

The first museum shows artefacts related to Bose and the INA, including a wooden chair and sword used by Netaji, medals, badges, uniforms and more. The INA trials were held in the Red Fort.

Modi also unveiled the ‘Yaad-e-Jallian’ museum on Jallianwala Bagh
massacre in 1919.

It will also showcase the heroism, valour and sacrifices made by Indian soldiers during World War-1.

The third museum is dedicated to the historical narrative of the 1857 War of Independence, which highlights the valour and sacrifices made by Indians in the first war of independence against the British.

The museums have been designed to provide a glimpse to visitors with photographs, paintings, newspaper clippings, ancient public records, audio and video clips, animation and multimedia


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India shares Kartarpur Corridor crossing point coordinates with Pakistan



Raveesh Kumar , MEA

New Delhi, Jan 22 : India on Tuesday shared with Pakistan the coordinates of the Kartarpur Corridor crossing point along the International Border with Pakistan to enable Sikh pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.

“Pursuant to the decision taken by the government of India on November 22, 2018, to expeditiously realise the long pending proposal to establish Kartarpur Corridor, India has today (Tuesday) shared the coordinates of the zero point (crossing point) of the corridor along the International Border with Pakistan,” said an External Affairs Ministry statement.

“India has also proposed two set of dates, February 26 and March 7, 2019, for the visit of Pakistan delegation to New Delhi to discuss and finalise the modalities so that Indian pilgrims can visit the holy Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib using the corridor at the earliest,” it stated.

The Union Cabinet in November last year decided to develop the Kartarpur Corridor from Gurdaspur in Punjab to the International Border to facilitate pilgrims’ passage to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan as part of the 550th birth year celebrations of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev, later this year year.

Later that month, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan performed the ground-breaking ceremony to develop the corridor in the presence of Indian Ministers.

According to reports, in December, Pakistan issued 14 key recommendations to India on the Kartarpur Corridor to facilitate visa-free pilgrimage by Indian Sikhs to the holy gurdwara.

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