Citizenship Bill: Understanding the clause that exempts ILP, Sixth Schedule regions

amit-shah-north-eastNew Delhi, Dec 05: The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is all set to be tabled in the Parliament after the Cabinet gave its nod to the same.

The primary intention of this Bill is to provide citizenship to Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Several such persons are living in India since the time of partition and are without any legal rights.

The Modi government says that this Bill is aimed at correcting a historical wrong.

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A burden of Rs 1,800 crore: Do the Gandhis miss feeling like the PM with SPG cover withdrawn?

spg-mnAn extremely important Bill was passed by the Parliament, which is aimed at reducing a big burden on the exchequer. The Special Protection Group (Amendment) BIll cleared the Rajya Sabha hurdle and as expected the Congress staged a walk out.

The Congress even cited a security breach at the home of its leader, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, but remained mum on why it brought up the incident six days after it had taken place. The Congress has been alleging political vendetta behind the move to withdraw SPG security to the Gandhis.

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Security is not a status symbol: Here is how many times Rahul, Sonia, Priyanka violated SPG norms

New Delhi, Dec 03: Over the years, the Special Protection Group security had become a status symbol. The Modi government brought an amendment to the Special Protection Group and the same was passed in the Rajya Sabha today.

The Congress has been alleging that the decision to withdraw the SPG security to the Gandhi family was a political vendetta. However, the decision taken by the government was purely based on the threat assessment that is conducted periodically.

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The much needed amendment and why SPG won’t be a status symbol anymore

New Delhi, Dec 03: Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill has been passed in the Rajya Sabha. The amendment Bill has several changes and one of them is that the family members of a former prime minister who don’t reside with him at his official residence will not be guarded by SPG commandos anymore.

Further the amendment also says that those who reside with him at his allotted accommodation will get security cover of the elite force only for five years.

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NCP MLA wants Bhima Koregaon case dropped: Is there no limit to playing with national security?

jitendra-Ahwad1When a government is trying to crush the Naxal movement, which has claimed so many lives, especially that of our brave soldiers, is it even fair to be complacent and issue such irresponsible statements pertaining to the dropping of the Bhima Koregaon case?

“Those arrested in the Aarey agitation have been freed. This government should now free those arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case. They were booked on false cases. This is our government”.

This was a tweet that was put out in Marathi by NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad. It would be interesting to see, what the Maharashtra chief minister, Uddhav Thackeray would do now owing to alliance compulsions. Let us remind you that the CM had once called these persons a threat to democracy.

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Maharashtra: Congress to be content with Speaker’s post, 12 ministerial berths

thackeray-pawar-soniaNew Delhi, Dec 01: After winning the trust vote, the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress alliance appears to have some consensus with regard to the ministerial berths.

The Congress had asked for the post of Deputy Chief Minister, but negotiations have resulted in the NCP getting the post. The Congress would settle for the post of Speaker and 12 ministerial berths.

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Internal contradictions within Congress-NCP delays Cabinet formation

shivsena-ncp-congressNew Delhi, Nov 30: The Uddhav Thackeray-led alliance of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress may have it easy at the assembly today when it faces the floor test. The alliance claims that it has the support of over 162 MLAs, which is way ahead of the magic mark of 145.

Following the trust vote, there would be several issues for the alliance to sort out. There appears to be some disagreement on the post of deputy chief minister. Earlier, it was said that this post would go to the NCP and the Congress would have its Speaker.

Maharashtra: Floor test may be just a formality, but the real drama follows later

New Delhi, Nov 29: It may be a mere formality, but the floor test that Uddhav Thackeray is likely to take on Saturday would be an interesting one to watch.

Thackeray who took oath as chief minister of Maharashtra on Friday is likely to take the floor test at 2 pm. If all goes as per plan, then the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP together have 162 MLAs on the floor of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.

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From new Army Chief to CDS, why December will be an important military year for India

New Delhi, Nov 29: The Government of India will appoint the new Chief of Defence Staff in December. The government would also make another crucial appointment of Chief of Army Staff as General Bipin Rawat would be retiring as the chief on December 31.

The three names in contention for the post of Army Chief are Vice-Chief Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh and Southern Army Commander Lt Gen S K Saini.

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Jharkhand polls phase II: 67 of 260 have pending criminal cases against them

jharkhand112New Delhi, Nov 28: Out of the 260 candidates analysed, 67 have pending criminal cases against them in Jharkhand. 44(17 per cent) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves says a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms.

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