National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), a banned insurgent group fighting for a sovereign land for Bodo people, has signed a tripartite agreement with the central and Assam governments to suspend operations, officials said on Friday.
The governments of Rajasthan, Kerala, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, all non-Bharatiya Janata Party ruled states, have lodged protests against the NPR. The state assemblies of Kerala and Punjab have adopted resolutions boycotting the NPR exercise. Question on “date and place of birth of parents” in NPR is being flagged by states.
Tripura government will hold a census within 15 days to ascertain the number of Bru refugees and provide them land for resettlement, officials said after the state signed a revised 'four-corner agreement' to resolve the 22-year-old refugee crisis.
73 districts were covered in the test, where samples of nearly 30 lakh individuals were collected. In 80% cases, respondents provided details voluntarily but were hesitant to share PAN details, following which the decision to drop the PAN column in NPR came according to sources.
The term was used to brand JNU students after 2016 but recently BJP leaders have used it to refer to political opponents. PM Modi and home minister Amit Shah have used it in their speeches during several rallies to attack the opposition, including Congress’ Rahul Gandhi.
West Bengal recorded the highest number of crimes (744) committed by foreigners in 2018 followed by Karnataka (175) and Himachal Pradesh (147), according to 2018 National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report.
The panel may also seek the report prepared by Delhi Police’s joint commissioner Shalini Singh on JNU’s Sunday violence. Singh was to submit her report to the home ministry. JNUSU has claimed that members of RSS’ student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) were behind the violence. ABVP has denied the allegations.
The student agitation at the JNU campus almost ended a month ago, after a formula devised by the HRD ministry was agreed at the highest levels to restore normalcy in the university.
Home ministry officials said the CAA rules will list the documents that can be used to apply for citizenship under the CAA, apart from a report by the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO).
The officials have asked for details from the three state governments to ascertain if the members resorted to violence in their individual capacity or had support of their organisation, which had been on the radar for the past several years when its members were charge sheeted by various police agencies for unlawful activities.
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