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  • In an editorial in the party's Marathi mouthpiece "Saamana", the ruling party demanded that Union Home Ministry issue orders to file cases against those who make derogatory comments on Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar, and demanded Bharat Ratna for him.

    Till September 2019, over 870 keys had been signed across religious destinations like Amritsar, Dwarka and Haridwar last year, showed data real estate services firm JLL shared with ET. These rooms across hotels are expected to be operational in the next two years.

    NIIF already counts CPPIB, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, AustralianSuper, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Temasek, Axis Bank, HDFC Group, ICICI Bank and Kotak Mahindra Life Insurance as investors in the NIIF Master Fund, along with the government of India.

    “I personally believe that science flourishes where there is a real freedom of thought, opinion and minimal ideological interference. Although the autonomy of science remains an open question,” UK based Nobel prize winning biologist Venkatarman “Venki” Ramakrishnan said in an interactive session on “Science and Society” at Bangalore International Centre on Wednesday.

    "We don't understand why (the Indian government) did it.It was not necessary," Hasina told the Gulf News in an interview, referring to India's new citizenship law. Bangladesh, where 10.7 per cent of the 161 million population is Hindu and 0.6 per cent Buddhist, has denied any migration to India because of religious persecution, the paper said.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said a section of the youth is being misguided about the Citizenship Amendment Act and asserted that it will not take away anybody's citizenship. Modi also said whoever has faith in India and believes in its Constitution can become an Indian citizen. Modi said that some people with political interests are deliberately spreading rumours about the new citizenship law.

    The apex court said importance of the press is well established and is a valuable and sacred right enshrined under the Constitution. "This right is required in any modern democracy without which there cannot be transfer of information or requisite discussion for a democratic society," a bench headed by Justice N V Ramana said.

    The top general, who inducted the Sukhoi-30 MKI squadron here, was responding to a question about any possibility of a war emerging between India and Pakistan." All the defence services are tasked to be prepared for any option that may emerge.

    Owing to India's fascination with gods, travel companies and hotels are ramping up their presence in religious destinations in and outside India.

    The institutions will get a customised mobile application powered by the lender through which users will be able to pay donations, settle utility bills and make other payments.

    India is a vibrant democracy that need to recognise and address to religious freedom and human rights, said a State Department official in the wake of enactment of Citizenship Amendment Act. Pompeo met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar for a bilateral meeting. Thereafter, they were joined by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for 2+2 dialogue.

    Pakistan and China along with Myanmar, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan were placed in the list for having engaged in or tolerated "systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom," Pompeo said.

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