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Citizenship Bill won’t affect Arunachal: Khandu

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Shillong, Dec 6 : Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu said on Friday that the proposed amendment to the Citizenship Act, 1955, will not affect the state since the rights of the indigenous people of Arunachal were protected within the Indian Constitution.

“Northeast as whole has its own unique provision under the Indian Constitution, so does Arunachal Pradesh. We are already covered under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act of 1873, the Chin Hill Regulations Act of 1896 and other acts and rules in place to protect the interests of indigenous people of the state of Arunachal Pradesh,” Khandu told journalists.

“I don’t see the Citizenship Amendment Bill to be problematic for Arunachal since we are protected,” he added.

The Chief Minister, who led a delegation comprising leaders from different political parties and civil society groups, in a recent consultative meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, had sought special provision to protect the interests of indigenous tribal communities of Arunachal, which should be in accordance with the public sentiments.

“We have requested the Centre to exempt Arunachal Pradesh from the Citizenship Amendment Bill. The Home Minister has assured us that Arunachal Pradesh and the northeast will be kept in mind before drafting the Bill. Let us see how the draft Bill comes up,” Khandu said.

The Bill will be introduced in the Parliament on December 11 after the Union Cabinet gave its nod to it on Wednesday. The Cabinet approval came after Shah held consultative meetings with the Chief Ministers of the northeastern states, leaders of different political parties and civil society groups and other stakeholders in New Delhi.

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Three-day lockdown in UP from Friday night

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Lucknow, July 9 : The Yogi Adityanath government on Thrsday announced a three-day lockdown in Uttar Pradesh from 10 p.m. on Friday to 5.a.m. on Monday.

All markets, food grain markets and other establishments will remain closed during this period and the supply of essentials will be ensured through doorstep delivery.

The movement of trains and air services will continue but road transport will be shut down. Buses, however, will be made available to air and train passengers.

Petrol pumps and hospitals will function normally.

The three-day lockdown is being enforced in view of the spurt in number of Corona cases in the state.

An official statement said that goods carriers will be allowed to operate and construction activities will also continue.

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To forestall Dubey’s surrender, police presence near news channels, courts bolstered

Checking of vehicles was conducted at various points in Noida and Greater Noida.

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Vikas Dubey.

New Delhi/Noida, July 8 : Amid speculation that wanted gangster Vikas Dubey might surrender either in a court or a news channel office, police presence has been increased outside such premises in Noida.

The Film City in Noida’s Sector 16, where many national news channels” offices are located, saw heightened police presence on Wednesday. It was apprehended that the gangster might sneak into any news channel office to evade the UP Police, which is trying to arrest the absconding accused in the killing of eight policeman as early as possible.

“We have increased the presence of the police teams at various strategic locations in Noida. Strategic routes are also checked. We are searching for the gangster and have deployed our men at all possible places where there is a slightest possibility of him being seen,” DCP, Noida, Sankalp Sharma said.

Checking of vehicles was conducted at various points in Noida and Greater Noida.

Heavy security was deployed outside the Noida court on Wednesday after speculation of Dubey attempting to surrender before the court made rounds.

Also in Delhi, police presence was heightened at strategic locations and men in plain clothes were deployed outside various courts to check the possibility of Dubey’s surrender.

The UP gangster has kept the police teams of not just UP but all the adjoining states on high alert after he went underground following the killing of eight policemen approaching his home in Kanpur.

Earlier on Wednesday, Haryana Police arrested three close associates of Dubey from Faridabad after a glimpse of the gangster was caught in a hotel CCTV on Tuesday afternoon. The gangster, however, gave the police a slip.

Earlier the UP Police gunned down Dubey”s close aide Amar Dubey in Maudaha, Hamirpur in UP. He was involved in the July 3 shootout. Crackdown by UP Police has also started in Greater Noida and Bulandshahr, while the bounty on Dubey was doubled to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 2.5 lakh.

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BJP leader, family members killed by terrorists in Kashmir

The family had component of 8 security people but unfortunately none of them was there at the time of the incident.

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Srinagar, July 8 : A BJP leader and an ex-district president of the party for North Kashmir’s Bandipore was killed by suspected terrorists on Wednesday evening.

According to sources, the former BJP president of Bandipora district Wasim Bari was at his shop with his father and brother when some unidentified terrorists struck and shot at them injuring them critically. All three succumbed to the injuries.

The family had component of 8 security people but unfortunately none of them was there at the time of the incident.

DGP, J&K Dilbag Singh told IANS that a probe has been ordered and all the eight men who were assigned on BJP leader”s security are being arrested.

Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav condoled with the family and tweeted: “Shocked and saddened by d killing of young BJP leader Wasim Bari and his brother by terrorists in Bandipora. Bari”s father who is also a senior leader was injured. This despite 8 security commandos. Condolences to d family.”

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