LIVE News Updates: Govt contracts import of additional 12,660 tonnes of onion
Govt contracts import of additional 12,660 tonnes of onion
The Centre on Thursday said it has contracted to import an additional 12,660 tonnes of onion and the shipment will reach India from December 27 onwards.
With this, the total quantity of imports that have been contracted so far reached approximately 30,000 tonnes, but there is no respire in the commodity's prices as the government looks clueless.
Onion prices are soaring above the Rs 100 per kg mark for weeks now, pushing the Indian kitchen staple out of the reach of the poor and lower middle class.
Bus terminus set on fire in Assam's Dibrugarh
A bus terminus of the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) in Dibrugarh was set ablaze by protestors on Thursday, officials said.
A large number of people reached the ASTC terminus at the Chowkidingi area of the city and vandalised the complex and set it on fire, they said. Army and fire tenders were rushed and they doused the flames without much damage, a senior district official said.
Indefinite curfew imposed in Assam's Tezpur and Dhekiajuli towns : officials
Indefinite curfew has been imposed in Assam's Tezpur and Dhekiajuli towns, officials said on Thursday.
Govt resorting to 'divide & rule' to hide its failures: Priyanka Gandhi
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has attacked the Narendra Modi government, saying that government must be resorting to 'divide and rule' to hide its failures on various fronts, as she shared a news report based on government data showing lowest employment rate in decades.
"Whenever a government is more interested in divide-and-rule, we must probe as to what are the fronts on which it is trying to hide its failures," she tweeted.
जब सरकार फूट डालो और राजनीति करो में ज़्यादा दिलचस्पी ले, तब हमको ये ज़रूर पड़ताल करनी चाहिए कि वो कौन से मोर्चों पर बुरी तरह विफल है। वो क्या नाकामी है जो जनता से छुपाना चाहती है?https://t.co/gdPvNcXOIB— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) December 12, 2019
ED arrests Shivinder Singh in Religare PMLA case
The ED on Thursday arrested former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Singh in a money laundering case related to alleged misappropriation of funds at Religare Finvest Ltd (RFL), officials said.
They said an Enforcement Directorate (ED) team reached the Tihar jail here and placed Shivinder Singh under arrest as per provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Shivinder Singh was in judicial custody after the Delhi Police's Economic Offences Wing had arrested him and others recently. The ED had earlier arrested Shivinder Singh's brother Malvinder Mohan Singh in this case.
Jharkhand Assembly polls: Around 62% voter turnout till 5 PM in 3rd phase
The voter turnout in the third phase of Jharkhand Assembly polls was 62.03% till 5 PM.
Kerala will not accept Citizenship Amendment Bill, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Kerala will not accept CAB. CAB is unconstitutional. The central government is trying to divide India on religious lines. This is a move to sabotage equality and secularism, said CM
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan: Kerala will not accept #CitizenshipAmendmentBill (CAB). CAB is unconstitutional. The central government is trying to divide India on religious lines. This is a move to sabotage equality and secularism. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/QjlrMOBZO0— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2019
BJP MP's PSO commits suicide
The Personal Security Officer of BJP MP Braj Bhushan Sharan Singh allegedly shot himself with his service pistol on Thursday, police said.
Head Constable Unish Kumar (46), a resident of Narela was posted with the security unit of Delhi Police, they said.
Stones thrown at Assam police chief's convoy in Guwahati
Stones were thrown at Assam Police chief Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta's convoy on Thursday when he was touring the city, ravaged by violent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
The cavalcade was on the Guwahati-Shillong Road near Christian Basti where it was attacked. Stones were thrown at several vehicles in the convoy that was on its way from the Secretariat.
The convoy had to stop several times as the entire stretch was blocked by protesters who put up wooden structures and iron barricades.
India's Industrial Production (IIP)
Industrial production contracts 3.4 pc in Oct against 8.4 pc growth in same month a year ago: Official data
Retail inflation rises to 5.54 per cent
Retail inflation rises to 5.54 per cent in November from 4.62 per cent in October: Government data
Maharashtra portfolio allocation
Congress gets Revenue, Energy, Education, PWD, Textiles, Women and Child Welfare ministries in Maharashtra government
Maharashtra portfolio allocation: Balasaheb Thorat (Congress) gets Revenue, School Education, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries; Jayant Patil (NCP) gets Finance and Planning, Housing, Food Supply & Labour https://t.co/1iepoyPHyn— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2019
Nirbhaya convict's review plea
SC three-Judge bench to hear on December 17 review petition of one of the convicts in 2012 gang rape case.
Supreme Court three-Judge bench to hear on December 17 review petition of Akshay Kumar Singh, one of the convicts in 2012 gang rape case. pic.twitter.com/fjoz9OK8dX— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2019
Nirbhaya case: Tihar Jail's Superintendent has written to us requesting to send two hangmen to carry out execution, says ADG (Prisons)
Additional Director General (Prisons): Tihar Jail's Superintendent has written to us requesting to send two hangmen to carry out execution of convicts who have been given capital punishment. We will send hangmen even on short notice.
Anand Kumar, Additional Director General (Prisons): Tihar Jail's Superintendent has written to us requesting to send two hangmen to carry out execution of convicts who have been given capital punishment. We will send hangmen even on short notice. pic.twitter.com/42jHPEN3Xc— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 12, 2019
SC dismisses pleas seeking review of Ayodhya case verdict
The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a batch of petitions seeking review of its November 9 Ayodhya land dispute case verdict, which cleared the way for construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site.
A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, which took these review pleas for consideration in-chamber, rejected them after finding no merits.
Supreme Court dismisses all the review petitions in Ayodhya case judgment
Supreme Court dismisses all the review petitions in Ayodhya case judgment
Supreme Court dismisses all the review petitions in Ayodhya case judgment. pic.twitter.com/vZ2qKdk59A— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2019
Actor and Assam BJP leader Jatin Bora resigns from the party
Actor and Assam BJP leader Jatin Bora resigns from the party.— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2019
Northeast burning, it's a repeat of Jammu and Kashmir: Ghulam Nabi Azad
Terming the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) passed by Parliament unconstitutional, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Thursday that the entire northeast is "burning" in protest against the legislation, and what is happening in the region is a repeat of what happened in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha said the Congress has been trying to highlight that the bill "violated" constitutional provisions and the government was "suppressing" the voice of people from the northeast.
Asked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assurance earlier in the day to the people of Assam, the epicentre of the anti-CAB protests, that their culture and rights would not be affected, Azad said assurances don't really matter when people are being "killed".
Union Minister RS Prasad writes to Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court over 'crimes against women'
Union Minister RS Prasad writes to Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court over 'crimes against women',stating,"Hope you will appreciate that completion of trial within 2 months&appeals within 6 months of cases of rapes is now a statutory obligation under Criminal Law(Amendment) Act"
The letter further states, "We owe it to our daughters and sisters and their families who are unfortunate victims of these heinous crimes, a fair and prompt trial. The Union govt is committed to support efforts in enhancing safety of women and children in all possible manner." https://t.co/nPImDqjTjy— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2019
In Assam's Chabua, MLA Binod Hazarika's residence set ablaze, circle office burned down by anti-CAB protesters, said officials, reports PTI
Mamata convenes meeting of MPs, MLAs to chalk out strategy for countering citizenship bill
West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday convened a meeting of party MPs and MLAs on December 20 to devise the party's strategy to counter the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
Banerjee, who has been stridently opposing the implementation of both NRC and CAB in Bengal, has asked the TMC leaders and lawmakers to attend the meeting without fail, a party leader said.
"An emergency meeting has been convened by the TMC chief on December 20. All leaders, including district presidents, MPs and MLAs have been asked to be present at the meeting without fail. A strategy will be chalked out to counter Citizenship (Amendment) Bill," he said.
Citizenship Bill discriminates against Muslims: IPS officer
Maharashtra cadre IPS officer Abdur Rahman, who resigned from service to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), on Thursday said the bill is against the idea of India and discriminates against the Muslim community.
"I have made an appeal to all my brothers and sisters of the nation, especially the tolerant, secular and justice- loving Hindu brothers, who have an idea of a prosperous and united India, to oppose the bill," Rahman said.
The bill clearly discriminates against the Muslim community, he claimed, adding that religion cannot become a basis of giving citizenship to people or depriving them of it.
"It is completely unconstitutional and against the very basic feature of equality. The bill violates Article 14, 15 and 25 of the Constitution. It is against the ethos and very spirit of the Constitution," he said.
Guwahati police chief removed, several officers transferred amid CAB protests in Assam
In a major reshuffle, the Assam government on Thursday replaced the Guwahati Police commissioner and a senior officer responsible for law and order in the state, amid violent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, officials said.
City police chief Deepak Kumar was removed and Munna Prasad Gupta was appointed in his place, Commissioner and Secretary (Home and Political) Ashutosh Agnihotri told PTI.
Thousands of people defied curfew in Guwahati and took to the streets, prompting police to open fire, even as protests against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill intensified in the state.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen cancels his visit to India
Sources: Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen cancels his visit to India. He was scheduled to visit India from December 12-14. pic.twitter.com/RIlftZoC8O— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2019
Students protest at Delhi University against citizenship bill
A group of student organisations held a protest at the Delhi University on Thursday against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
The meeting was called by students' bodies like the SFI and Pinjra Tod under the banner Collective-DU at the arts faculty in the campus.
Amid curfew, passengers stranded at Guwahati airport as Assam remains on boil
Hundreds of passengers remained stranded at the Guwahati airport on Thursday due to indefinite curfew and Internet clampdown in the city as Assam continued to remain on the boil over the citizenship bill.
Thousands of people defied curfew in Guwahati on Thursday and took to the streets, prompting police to open fire as protests against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill intensified in Assam.
JNU students boycott exams over fee hike issue
The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students boycotted the exams on Thursday over the hostel fee hike issue, even as the School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies (SSIS) saw students appearing for their papers.
Sources said the SSIS was the only school where exams were held.
Anti-CAB stir: People defy curfew, police open fire as Assam turns war zone
Thousands of people defied curfew in Guwahati on Thursday and took to the streets, prompting police to open fire, even as protests against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill intensified in Assam.
Police said they had to open fire in Lalung Gaon area in Guwahati after stones were hurled by protestors. The agitators claimed that at least four persons were injured in the shooting.
Police also had to fire in the air in several other areas of the city, including the Guwahati-Shillong Road which turned into a war zone as protestors vandalised shops and buildings, burnt tyres and clashed with security forces.
Police open fire to disperse protesters in Guwahati, some injured
Police opened fire to disperse protesters at Lalungaonn area in Guwahati, some persons have been injured, said Officials, according to PTI
Police open fire to disperse protestors at Lalungaonn area in #Guwahati, some persons reportedly injured: Official— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) December 12, 2019
45.14% voter turnout recorded till 1pm, in the third phase of polling in Jharkhand assembly elections
45.14% voter turnout recorded till 1pm, in the third phase of polling in Jharkhand assembly elections— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2019
Congress on PM Modi tweet: Our brothers & sisters in Assam cannot read your 'reassuring' message
Our brothers & sisters in Assam cannot read your 'reassuring' message Modiji, in case you've forgotten, their internet has been cut off. https://t.co/mWzR9uPgKh— Congress (@INCIndia) December 12, 2019
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on CAB: Unrest is across the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad: Unrest is across the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. But worst situation is in northeastern states, as a result of the passage of #CitizenshipAmendmentBill2019 in both Houses. People of northeast, irrespective of religion, are against bill pic.twitter.com/CCuFqYl394— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2019
All train services to Tripura, Assam suspended; 12 companies of RPSF dispatched: Railways
The decision was taken on Wednesday night in view of the security situation in the region, Northeast Frontier Railway spokesperson Subhanan Chanda said, adding many passengers are stranded in Kamakhya and Guwahati.
After a railway station in Dibrugarh's Chabua, the hometown of the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, was set on fire by protestors late on Wednesday night and the Panitola railway station in Tinsukia district torched, 12 companies of the Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF) have been dispatched to the region, DG of RPF Arun Kumar told PTI.
BJP brings in discriminatory citizenship bill while celebrating Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary: Priyanka
Lashing out at the BJP, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday said the saffron party is bringing in the discriminatory citizenship bill at a time it is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi with fanfare.
"At a time when the BJP is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi with such fanfare, they are also bringing a discriminatory bill that is hurting the soul of the Constitution. The Congress will fight the divisive agenda of the BJP with all its strength," she said on Twitter.
Jammu & Kashmir: Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation in Poonch district today
Jammu & Kashmir: Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms & shelling with mortars along LoC in Shahpur, Kirni & Qasba sectors in Poonch district today at about 1130 hours. Indian Army is retaliating.— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2019
Assam CM on CAB: I appeal to the people to maintain peace and not get misled
Court defers judgement in Muzaffarpur shelter home case due to unavailability of judge
Muzaffarpur shelters home case: The pronouncement of judgement is now to be passed on 14th January, 2020.— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2019
Earlier, it was scheduled to be passed today but due to the unavailability of the concerned judge, it has been deferred. #Bihar
Supreme Court orders a three member judicial inquiry into Telangana encounter
Supreme Court orders a three member judicial inquiry into #TelanganaEncounter which is to be headed by former SC judge VS Sirpurkar. SC says no other court or authority shall inquire into this matter until further orders of this court. https://t.co/pnCRkqeWfZ— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2019
CAB: AAP MP has given 'Suspension of Business Notice' in Rajya Sabha, on protest in Assam, Tripura & northeastern region
AAP MP Sanjay Singh has given 'Suspension of Business Notice' in Rajya Sabha under rule 267, on 'protest in Assam, Tripura & northeastern region over #CitizenshipAmendmentBill2019' pic.twitter.com/aoJ4P2zBcr— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2019
CAB: Congress MPs have given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha
Congress MPs Manicka Tagore and Abdul Khaleque have given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha, over 'highly volatile situation in northeast India after #CitizenshipAmendmentBill2019' pic.twitter.com/cBVYC1VaVc— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2019
Indian Union Muslim League have filed a writ petition against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 in Supreme Court today.
Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) have filed a writ petition against #CitizenshipAmendmentBill2019 in Supreme Court today.— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2019
2 civilians injured in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Poonch
LIVE News Updates: Voting underway for 3rd phase of Jharkhand Assembly Elections, 12.8% turnout till 9AM
21 passengers trains suspended under north east frontier railways.
Greater Noida: Air Quality Index (AQI) at 416 in 'severe' category, in Knowledge Park-3
Greater Noida: Air Quality Index (AQI) at 416 in 'severe' category, in Knowledge Park-3. pic.twitter.com/SUiOHRUlw7— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 12, 2019
Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) will file a writ petition against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 in Supreme Court today
Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) will file a writ petition against #CitizenshipAmendmentBill2019 in Supreme Court today.— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2019
Jharkhand is voting on Thursday in the third of the five-phase assembly election
The third phase of polling began on Thursday morning on 17 constituencies in Jharkhand, which votes in five phases to elect 81 members of the legislative assembly.
The voting commenced at 7 a.m., amidst tight security arrangements.
While the polling exercise on five seats - Ranchi, Hatia, Kanke, Ramgarh and Barkatha will continue from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. , voters in the remaining constituencies can vote till 3 p.m.
There are a total of 309 candidates including 32 female whose fate will be decided by 56,06,743 voters including 26,73,991 female and 95 third gender. These 17 seats are spread across Ranchi, Hazaribagh, Chatra, Giridih, Bokaro, Koderma and Saraikela.
In the third phase the key candidates are three ministers- CP Singh, Ramchandra Sahis and Neera Yadav, Former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi and former Deputy Chief Minister and All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) president Sudesh Mahto.
Of the 17 seats, BJP, JMM and Congress had won 10, three and two seats respectively in 2014 Assembly elections.