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NCPCR asks DGPs to stop 'misuse of children' in protests against CAA
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has asked the police chiefs of all states and union territories to curb the "misuse of children" in protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in different parts of the country.
The Commission said that children being forced to join protests is violation of children's rights and those responsible may be jailed for upto 7 years.
Entry & exit gates at all Delhi Metro stations opened
The entry and exit gates at all the Delhi Metro stations have been opened now. Normal services have resumed in all stations, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said.
Earlier, as advised by the Delhi Police, entry and exit at Janpath and Jamia stations had been closed in view of protest demonstrations outside Jamia University and in central Delhi.
Security Update— Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (@OfficialDMRC) December 14, 2019
Entry & exit gates at all stations have been opened.
Normal services have resumed in all stations.
Amul, Mother Dairy hike milk prices by Rs 2-3 per litre
Milk distributors Amul and Mother Dairy have hiked milk prices by upto Rs 2-3 per litre in different markets including Delhi-NCR. While Mother Dairy has revised its rates by upto Rs 3 per lite, Amul has done it by Rs 2 per litre.
The new rates will be applicable from December 15.
DMRC: Entry and exit at Jamia Millia Islamia station closed
As per Delhi Police advice, the entry and exit at Jamia Millia Islamia station has been closed. Trains will not be halting at this station, the DMRC said on Saturday.
Students of Jamia are protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Security Update— Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (@OfficialDMRC) December 14, 2019
As advised by Delhi Police, entry & exit at Jamia Millia Islamia station has been closed. Trains will not be halting at this station.
Hoped today PM Modi would break his atrocities on women in UP: Priyanka Gandhi
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday said that on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Uttar Pradesh, she had expected him to finally break his silence on crime against women in Uttar Pradesh.
Modi was visiting Kanpur in UP to review the Namami Gange project to clean the river Ganga. On the same day, a woman was burnt alive by criminals just like the Unnao gangrape victim.
"Today PM Modi was in Uttar Pradesh. Hope that he would finally break his 'maun vrat' (silence) over women's safety and security and heinous crime against women in Uttar Pradesh," she tweeted.
"As for Uttar Pradesh's government, it has become shameless. Law and order is out of their control," she added.
आज प्रधानमंत्री यूपी में थे। आशा है कि महिलाओं की सुरक्षा व्यवस्था और यूपी में महिलाओं के खिलाफ हो रहे जघन्य अपराधों पर अपना मौनव्रत तोड़ देंगे।— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) December 14, 2019
उप्र की भाजपा सरकार तो बेशर्म हो चुकी है। कानून व्यवस्था उसके बस के बाहर की बात है। https://t.co/aZuONoElfh
Mother Dairy hikes milk price by Rs 3/litre
Milk distribution company Mother Dairy has hiked its milk price by Rs 3/litre
Farooq Abdullah's detention extended by 3 months
The detention of Farooq Abdullah, a three-term chief minister of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, was extended on Saturday by three months and he would continue to remain at his residence that has been declared a sub-jail.
Abdullah, a five-time parliamentarian, has been under detention since August 5 when the Centre abrogated special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state.
The stringent 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 National Conference chairman has been booked under the 'public order' provision of the PSA which allows that a person can be kept inside jail from three to six months without a trial, the officials said.
US, UK, other countries warn citizens against travelling NE India
Several countries, including the US, UK, Israel Canada and Singapore, have asked their citizens to exercise caution while travelling to the Northeast India which has witnessed violent protests against the amended citizenship act.
The new amended citizenship law, which provides for granting citizenship to non-Muslim persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, has put the Northeast on the boil, where people fear that it may exacerbate the problem of illegal immigration.
The US government has temporarily suspended official travels to Assam, the epicentre of the protests.
"US citizens in the northeastern states of India should exercise caution in light of media reports of protests and violence in response to the approval of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Government curfews are in place in some areas. Internet and mobile communications may be disrupted. Transport may be affected in various parts," the advisory read.
Citizenship rough: Tough security measures continue at AMU
Tough security measures continued at Aligarh Muslim University on Saturday as a precautionary measure amid student protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Heavy police patrolling is underway at the university circle and other entry points of the AMU campus as a precautionary measure, police said.
Annual examinations are continuing as per schedule and the district authorities and the AMU administration are maintaining strict vigil, AMU spokesman Dr Rahat Abrar said.
AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi files a petition before the Supreme Court challenging the Citizenship Amendment Act.
HP: 170 students among others rescued after being stranded in heavy snow near Shimla's Kufri
As many as 170 students who were stranded amid heavy snowfall near Kufri in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla were rescued early on Saturday, police said.
The 90 students from Maharashtra and 80 students from Rajasthan were on a tourist trip to the state but got stuck in snowfall near Kufri on Friday evening, Shimla Superintendent of Police Omapati Jamwal said.
The bus carrying the students from Maharashtra skidded at Fagu near Kufri around 8 pm while on their way to Manali that left them stranded in snowfall, the SP said.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee warns of strict action, amid violent protests, vandalism across Bengal by people protesting amended Citizenship Act
Swati Maliwal, Chief of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) writes to PM Narendra Modi
Letter reads,"Today is 12th day of my indefinite fast. I wrote to you on 1st day,seeking immediate action.I'm deeply saddened to note that despite this alarming situation&demands from across the country ,there has been hardly any response from you to these appeals."
Letter further reads,"Today is 12th day of my indefinite fast. I wrote to you on 1st day,seeking immediate action.I'm deeply saddened to note that despite this alarming situation&demands from across the country ,there has been hardly any response from you to these appeals." https://t.co/yiiL8S0G3s— ANI (@ANI) December 14, 2019
Air traffic resumes at Srinagar Airport after 8 days
After being disrupted for eight days, air traffic finally resumed at the Srinagar Airport on Saturday.
A SpiceJet flight from Delhi landed at the Srinagar Airport on Saturday afternoon.
Air traffic at the Srinagar Airport remained suspended for eight days due to dense fog and snow which brought down the visibility drastically.
Heavy snowfall and incessant rains have triggered landslides and made the road slippery at many places on the highway.
Thousands protest against Citizenship Amendment Act in Karnataka
Tens of thousands of people protested across Karnataka on Friday against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), an official said on Saturday.
In Shivamogga, Muslim Muttahida Mahaz lead the protests against the CAA. The protesters gave a memorandum to the President of India Ram Nath Kovind through the office of the deputy commissioner.
Assailing the CAB in Bengaluru city, Lok Tantrik Yuva Janata Dal said it will petition the Supreme Court against the controversial citizenship bill which excluded persecuted Muslims from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Congress MP from Kerala's Thrissur constituency files petition in SC today challenging Citizenship Amendment Act
TN Prathapan, Congress MP (Lok Sabha) from Thrissur constituency (Kerala), has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court today challenging the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019
TN Prathapan, Congress MP (Lok Sabha) from Thrissur constituency (Kerala), has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court today challenging the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019. pic.twitter.com/cnRNQZT5s1— ANI (@ANI) December 14, 2019
US concerned about implications of India's new citizenship law: Brownback
The US is concerned about the implications of the citizenship law in India, a top American diplomat responsible for monitoring international religious freedom has said and expressed hope that the government will abide by its constitutional commitments.
The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday and the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, provides for granting citizenship to non-Muslim persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
"One of India's great strengths is its Constitution. As a fellow democracy, we respect India's institutions, but are concerned about the implications of the CAB bill. We hope the government will abide by its constitutional commitments, including on religious freedom," Sam Brownback, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, tweeted on Friday.
One of #India's great strengths is its Constitution. As a fellow democracy, we respect India's institutions, but are concerned about the implications of the #CABBill. We hope the government will abide by its constitutional commitments, including on religious freedom.— Ambassador Sam Brownback (@IRF_Ambassador) December 13, 2019
North Korea conducts another 'crucial test' at Sohae launch site: KCNA Seoul
North Korea has conducted another "crucial test" at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media reported Saturday, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington remain deadlocked with a deadline approaching.
"Another crucial test was successfully conducted at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground from 22:41 to 22:48 on December 13," a spokesman for the North's National Academy of Defence Science said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.
The "research successes" will be "applied to further bolstering up the reliable strategic nuclear deterrent" of North Korea, the spokesman added.
CBI books ex-Sangeet Natak Akademi chairperson Leela Samson over irregularities
The CBI has booked ace Bharatnatyam dancer and former Chairperson of Sangeet Natak Akademi Leela Samson for alleged "unfruitful expenditure" of Rs 7.02 crore on the renovation of Koothambalam auditorium of Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, officials said Saturday.
Samson, a Padma Shree awardee and also a former chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification, has been booked along with the then officers of the Foundation: Chief Accounts Officer TS Murthi, Accounts Officer S Ramachandran, Engineering officer V Srinivasan and proprietor of CARD and Chennai Engineers, they said.
In a complaint, the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Culture Ministry has alleged that the contract for the renovation work was awarded by the officials of the Foundation to consultant architect CARD in violation of General Finance Rules, they said.
Normal life hit in parts of Nagaland in shutdown against Citizenship Law
Schools and colleges were closed, markets were shut and vehicles remained largely off roads in parts of Nagaland on Saturday amid a six-hour shutdown call given by the Naga Students' Federation (NSF), protesting against the amended Citizenship Act, officials said.
State capital Kohima also wore a deserted look with most of the commercial establishments not opening due to the shutdown.
Citizenship Act: 'Gamosa' to 'Joi Aai Asom', the signs of pride that shaped Assam protests
The Assamese 'gamosa' and the salutation 'Joi Aai Asom' along with the cry 'Ho!Ho!' has become the symbol of the protests raging the state against the amended Citizenship Act.
The 'gamosa', a white and red patterned cotton handwoven fabric, is traditionally offered to elders and guests as mark of respect and honour by Assamese people.
"The cultural and linguistic identity of indigenous people of the state are at stake and we cannot tolerate this," said an 18-year old student of a city college.
Many students carry the 'gamosa' with slogans like 'No CAB', 'Withdraw CAB', 'Assam is not a dumping ground', 'We cannot bear the burden of Bangladeshis anymore' written on them.
Citizenship bill protest: Jamia postpones semester exams scheduled today
The Jamia Millia Islamia has postponed all semester exams scheduled on Saturday in view of the tense situation in the varsity over the ongoing protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).
"All the semester exams scheduled today have been postponed," a senior varsity official said.
Jamia students have called a university lockdown on Saturday and had planned to boycott the exams to protest against CAB and also against the Friday's violence following clashes with police during their march.
Protests against citizenship law continue in Bengal
Road and rail blockades continued in different parts of West Bengal on Saturday by people protesting against the amended Citizenship Act.
The Howrah-Coromondol Express and the Howrah-Digha Kandari Express were damaged in the attack.
In Howarh district's Domjur area, the National Highway 6 was blocked as protester set tyres ablaze and ransacked several vehicles, the police said.
Protests over the amended Citizenship Act reached the shores of West Bengal on Friday, with agitators resorting to violence and arson at railway stations and thoroughfares across the state, seeking immediate revocation of the law.
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Rahul Gandhi to take on BJP's policies in Delhi Rally
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that his party has organised a mega rally at Ram Lila ground in Delhi on Saturday, 'against the dictatorship of the BJP government and slaughtering of Indian economy and democracy'. He said that he will address the public gathering over these issues.
Apart from Rahul Gandhi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other senior leaders, including Congress Working Committee members, will also address the rally.
Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Subhash Chopra on Friday said that the "Bharat Bachao Rally at the Ramlila Ground will be historic and he expects that lakhs of people from across the country will participate in this".
The party has made arrangements at Delhi Airport and railway stations to receive Congress workers and leaders arriving from different parts of the country for the rally. He said, "a large number of people will arrive early Saturday morning."
The rally is organised to protest against the economic slump, unemployment, poverty, distress in the farm and industrial sectors, soaring prices of essential goods, including onion, petrol and diesel and other issues created by the BJP Government's 'destructive policies'.
Large hoardings of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have been put up all around the Ramlila ground and across Delhi. Chopra said that the Congress party has launched an aggressive campaign for the promotion of the rally and a 10-km radius of the rally venue has been decorated with tri-colour flags and banners.
Preparations in full swing at Ramlila Maidan for Congress' 'Bharat Bachao' rally
JDU Vice President Prashant Kishor will be meeting Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today
Janata Dal-United (JDU) Vice President Prashant Kishor will be meeting Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today. pic.twitter.com/dG7iWhgZKl— ANI (@ANI) December 14, 2019
Curfew in Dibrugarh (Assam) has been relaxed from 8 am to 2 pm today.
Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha: Curfew in Dibrugarh (Assam) has been relaxed from 8 am to 2 pm today. #CitizenshipAmendmentAct— ANI (@ANI) December 14, 2019
NSF calls 6-hour band on Saturday to protest against amended Citizenship Act
The Naga Students' Federation (NSF) has called a 6-hour bandh on Saturday to protest against the amended Citizenship Act.
The bandh will begin at 6am.
"Pursuant to the resolution adopted in the Emergency Executive Council Meeting of NSF, held on Friday at the Federation's Headquarter, it was unanimously decided to call for a six-hour total bandh in all the Naga inhibited areas, starting from 6am to 12 noon on December 14," a NSF statement said.
Congress to hold Bharat Bachao Rally against Modi govt's policies in Delhi Today
Congress to hold Bharat Bachao Rally against Modi govt's policies in Ramlila Ground, Delhi on Saturday