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No question of extending Article 371 to J&K: Jitendra Singh

Article 371, which has special provisions and is applicable in some states especially in the Northeast, safeguards the rights of native people with regard to religious or social practices, customary laws and procedures, ownership and transfer of land and resources, and employment and education.

Citizenship law divisive, against spirit of Constitution: Kamal Nath

"I am deeply hurt that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the central gove...

It's time to rise to save country, its democracy: Sonia Gandhi

Addressing the party's "Bharat Bachao Rally" (Save India) at Ramlila Maidan he...

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  • While there is no review of scrapping of “special status” for J&K, sources indicated that domicile policy for the two Union territories will be notified soon. The policy will specify a domicile cut-off period for residents. A proposal on the table is to make 15 years of residency in the Union Territory a mandatory requirement for domicile status.

    While tendering evidence before the committee, Kashyap had deposed: “...mentioning minority communities, namely, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, and Christians, is violative of the Constitution because Article 14. JPC report said Vishwanathan referred to Section 6A of the Citizenship Act, 1955, amendments to which may be ultra vires.

    Constitutional experts are unanimous in their view on the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 that granting citizenship is the sole discretion of the Union of India and states have no role in matters of citizenship enacted through amendment of the Constitution.

    At the Bharat Bachao Rally (Save India Rally), she said, "One who doesn't fight against injustice in country will be judged as a coward. If we remain silent, our revolutionary Constitution will be destroyed and country's division will start."

    The winter session that began on November 18 had 20 working days. While the Lok Sabha outshone Rajya Sabha with 116% productivity to 99%, the quality of debates in the Upper House was better with less disruptions. However, the monsoon session,which was the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha, had a better record.

    "The ease of (doing) business has improved, but it’s not easy. It is an economy that wants to protect its place in the world from anything outside and try to build it inside, which is very, very difficult," David Weinberg, global chief operating officer at Skechers told ET.

    Diplomatic sources said the European Union has already taken up the issue with New Delhi as it was concerned over certain provisions in the proposed legislation.

    "The Bill fundamentally challenges the idea of India that our forefathers fought for and, in its place, creates a disturbed, distorted and divided India where religion will become a determinant of nationhood," Sonia Gandhi said. She also reiterated Congress' determination to be relentless in its struggle against what she alleged was the BJP's "dangerously divisive and polarising agenda".

    Reservation for members of SCs and STs, given for the past 70 years in Lok Sabha and state assemblies, is due to end on January 25, 2020. The bill, which saw heated exchange between the treasury and opposition benches, was approved unanimously in Rajya Sabha. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad assured the House that the Modi government would not end reservation.

    Initiating the debate on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Congress member Manish Tewari said the government has come up with the measure for a political motive "which everyone knows", but did not elaborate. He also said that the Bill was violative of the provisions of Articles 14, 15, 21, 25 and 26.

    Anand Sharma also asked the government why was it in a hurry in bringing the legislation. "Jaldbaaziu kyun (Why are you in a hurry)? You should have referred it to a standing committee of Parliament and introduced it in the next session," he said after Union Home Minister Amit Shah tabled the bill in the House.

    The supplications of banks on behalf of their rich clients are endless and often bordering varied oddities.

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