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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.

    The government is planning to roll out the tele-law facility across all common service centres, covering more than half of rural India, in the next financial year, according to top official of CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd.

    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 sole Kashmiri judge on the Article 370 bench of the Supreme Court, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, on Thursday sought to know if any constitutional provision or even a Constitution could ever be a permanent structure.

    Jammu and Kashmir High Court chief justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajesh Bindal in its court on its own motion stated that current J&K police security is porous and urged home ministry to provide CAPF security to both wings of the High Court J&K and all district courts of J&K.

    Farooq Abdullah, a five-time Parliamentarian, has been under detention since August 5 when the Centre abrogated special status of J&K and bifurcated the state. The Public Safety Act (PSA) was first slapped against him on September 17, hours before the Supreme Court was to hear a petition by MDMK leader Vaiko who claimed that the NC leader was detained illegally.

    The top court's remarks came after some of the parties, challenging the Centre's decision of abrogating Article 370 of the Constitution, said there were two conflicting decisions by a 5-judge bench of apex court given in 1959 and 1970. The provisions were abrogated by the Centre on August 5.

    The top court, which was hearing a batch of petitions challenging the abrogation of the provisions of Article 370, also raised the point that if the decision rested with people then will it be a case of "referendum, concurrence or consultation".

    The Congress said that these protests, which, according to officials, claimed at least two lives in Assam on Thursday, are "spontaneous" and are not linked to any political party. The Congress also accused the government of asking the media not to show the "real picture" in the northeast.

    In a written reply to a starred question in the House, Reddy said regular attempts of infiltration by terrorists through the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir sponsored and supported from across the border are being made. "84 such attempts have been made from across the border and it is estimated that 59 such terrorists could have infiltrated," he said.

    According to Google 2019 Year in Search report, netizens in India searched for a variety of topics, seeking information on Article 370, exit poll, black hole and 'Howdy Modi' event.

    A five-judge bench of the court led by Justice NV Ramana, began hearing arguments against the decision four months after it was done. The state has since been under a complete lockdown activists say, a charge the government has denied. The government insists that everything is normal in the state.

    "Human rights is not part of this 2+2 discussion that's taking place next week, although I'm confident that issues on Kashmir and the threat perceptions that India sees will obviously be a part of the agenda,” Alice G Wells, the acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, said on Wednesday at a programme.

    First Secretary in India's Permanent Mission to the UN Paulomi Tripathi was responding to remarks made by Pakistan's Munir Akram, who focussed a majority of his speech on India and its internal matters, including J-K, the abrogation of Art 370, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the National Register of Citizens and the Supreme Court's Ayodha verdict.

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