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The Indian government has been emphasising that the new law will not deny citizenship rights, but has been brought to protect the oppressed minorities of neighbouring countries and give them citizenship. The announcement of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) came amidst the widespread protests in India against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the ongoing maiden official visit of US President Donald Trump to India.

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  • “The assertion that the CAA is against any particular community is erroneous, unfounded and designedly mischievous,” the government said in an affidavit in the Supreme Court. The CAA has in no manner whatsoever made religion a basis of determining citizenship of a person, it said.

    RSS said that the BJP, as the ruling party, should convince other political parties and people on how the move was in the ‘interest of the nation’ and derided “certain parties and powerful lobby” for ‘misleading’ CAA-NPR-NRC protesters.

    The Union home ministry has allocated Rs 40 crore for setting up foreigners’ tribunals, holding centres and the identification and tracking of illegal migrants, for 2020-21. In Assam, the state government has set up six detention centres with aid from the home ministry and referred over 12,000 cases to foreigners’ tribunal from 2017-19.

    The earlier notification which came out on Wednesday in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic defines rules for claiming domicile and access to reserved government jobs for the people of the Union Territory. The reservation will not apply to Group A and Group B posts and only to level 4 posts or posts that carry a payscale not more than level 4.

    The PM set the tone on Friday when, in his address, he questioned the Opposition’s double-speak and termed the CAA as well as other measures such as scrapping Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir as his government “doing the right things”. “People who lecture the world on the rights of migrants oppose the CAA, which has been brought in for migrants,” Modi said.

    The Uttar Pradesh government not only dealt with anti-CAA protests with a heavy hand, killing at least 19 and possibly several more, but also levied huge financial penalties on presumed rioters. It also has put up hoardings and posters with photographs of anti-CAA protesters, as if they were wanted criminals on whose head the government has put a bounty.

    They (couple) have been identified as Jahanjeb Sami and his wife Hina Bashir Beg, said Pramod Singh Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell).

    When Parliament reconvenes after the Holi break, it will discuss the riots in Delhi that have led to more than 50 deaths. The debates in both Houses may well be acrimonious and even ill-tempered, but they are also necessary.

    There is no reason to push the NRC save for communal polarisation, which hurts the economy and foreign policy without winning elections.

    These claims would have been a whole lot more credible if one, the Assam NRC had not happened and, two, home minister Amit Shah had not repeatedly affirmed his intention to implement a nationwide NRC, and three, the intent to give refuge had extended its benevolence to all neighboring countries and all denominations.

    After the Kerala Assembly passed a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act, the state government has moved the Supreme Court challe...

    The Kerala government has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Citizenship Amendment Act and has sought to declare it as ultra vires the Constitution.

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