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The CAB addresses only a part of the problem caused by the movement of peoples across international borders. There is still the outstanding issue of what to do with those whose presence in India is demonstrably illegal. It is finding a humane solution to that problem that should occupy the national attention now, not denying justice to those who sought the protection of Mother India.

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  • Under the Paris Agreement, India pledged to reduce the emission intensity of its gross domestic product (GHG emissions per unit GDP) by 33-35 per cent over 2005 levels by 2030, however, India does not plan to bring a legislation to achieve this target, the environment ministry told Parliament recently.

    According to the amended Act, members of Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 and facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

    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.

    He complimented the members for making this session productive and for improving the quality of debates. The Rajya Sabha chairman said the seriousness is borne out of a definite sense of purpose of enhancing the dignity of this august institution. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the House during the valedictory remarks.

    Speaking in the Upper House, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the authority would also be responsible for regulating any other IFSC centre which comes up in the country in future as well. She was responding to Congress member Jairam Ramesh who said the authority has been set up to just cater to one centre in Gandhinagar.

    Union Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad in Rajya Sabha said that two Houses of Parliament are sovereign in law making. He said, “We respec...

    CAG laid the report on Union Government (Defence Services)-Army in the Rajya Sabha but failed to lay it in Lok Sabha. This stopped Comptroller and Auditor General Rajiv Mehrishi from releasing the report. But sources in Rajya Sabha, who accessed the report, claimed that the audit highlights the condition of Indian Army in high altitude areas.

    The bill was passed with 352 members voting in favour and none against it. The reservation for SCs, STs and Anglo-Indians given for the past 70 years in Lok Sabha and state assemblies was due to end on January 25, 2020. The reservation for Anglo-Indians is set to expire on January 25 next year as the Bill does not extend the facility to the community.

    The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 proposes to accord citizenship to illegal Hindu, Sikh, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christian migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. It, naturally, implies that migrants, who identify themselves with any group or community other than those mentioned above, from these countries won't be eligible for citizenship.

    Moving the legislation in the Upper House, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said effective control over arms and ammunition is very important for safety and security in the country. He said the bill seeks to bring in stringent punishment for people involved in illegal manufacturing of arms while ensuring easier provisions for people with licensed arms.

    The man who led the committee says Data Protection Bill could potentially ensure no oversight on govt agencies.

    The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, was passed by Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Lok Sabha cleared the Bill on Monday.

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