Chhota Shakeel, Bhatkal brothers Tiger Memon, 14 others designated terrorists by MHA

From Left: Chhota Shakeel, Riyaz Bhatkal, Sajid Mir

New Delhi, Oct 27: The Ministry of Home Affairs has declared 18 more individuals from Pakistan as terrorists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

The 18 includes Sajid Mir, who was one of the main players in the Mumbai 26/11 attack.

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MHA extends AFSPA in 3 districts, 4 police station areas in Arunachal Pradesh

New Delhi, Oct 02: The Ministry of Home Affairs has declared Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh as disturbed areas. 

Further the MHA also declared four police stations Namsai and Mahadevpur in Namsai, Roing in Lower DIbang Valley and Sunpura in Lohit district also as disturbed areas under the AFSPA. These would remain under this classification for a period of six months. 

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Amnesty’s glossy statement on humanitarian work a ploy to divert attention from their activities

New Delhi, Sep 30: A significant amount of foreign money was remitted to Amnesty (India) without the approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

The MHA issued a statement after Amnesty International India said that it had halted India operations. It has alleged that the operations have been halted due to a witch-hunt by the government. 

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Human Rights can’t be an excuse for defying law of the land: MHA on Amnesty

New Delhi, Sep 29: The stand taken and the statements made by Amnesty International are unfortunate, exaggerated and far from the truth, the Ministry of Home Affairs has said. 

The facts of the matter are as follows:

Amnesty International had received permission under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) only once and that too twenty years ago (19.12.2000). Since then Amnesty International, despite its repeated applications, has been denied FCRA approval by successive governments since as per law it is not eligible to get such an approval. 

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MHA’s decision to sanction NIA branch in Chennai is perfect answer to fighting radicalisation in TN

New Delhi, Sep 29: In an important move, the Ministry of Home Affairs sanctioned three additional branches of the National Investigation Agency. The branches were sanctioned at Chennai, Imphal and Ranchi. 

The NIA has its branches also at Guwahati, Mumbai, Jammu, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Kochi, Lucknow, Raipur and Chandigarh. This decision of GoI will help in ensuring quick response to any emergent situation in the concerned States by the premier anti-terror investigation agency of the country. It will strengthen NIA’s capability in investigation of terrorism-related cases and other national security related matters. It will also facilitate timely collection of crucial information and evidence related to such offences, the NIA said in a note. 

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MHA seeks 3 months time to frame citizenship act rules

mhaNew Delhi, Aug 03: The Ministry of Home Affairs has told a parliamentary standing committee that it would need three more months to frame the Citizenship Amendment Act rules.

The absence of the rules has held up the implementation of the act that confers citizenship to minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The rules once in place would offer citizenship to the persecuted minorities from these countries.

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Invite COVID-19 warriors, avoid crowds, MHA to states in Independence Day advisory

crowds2New Delhi, July 24: The Union Home Ministry has issued guidelines to all States and Union Territories ahead of the Independence Day celebrations.

In its advisory, the MHA has directed States and UTs to avoid large congregations owing to the pandemic. The MHA also suggested that coronavirus warriors such as doctors be invited for the events in the respective States and UTs.

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MHA sets up panel to probe Gandhi family trusts

rah-soniaNew Delhi, July 08: The Ministry of Home Affairs has set up an inter-ministerial committee to conduct investigations on the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.

The committee would coordinate investigations into violation of various legal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, Income Tax Act and FCRA by the above mentioned foundations.

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Schools, colleges to re-open only after consultation with stakeholders: MHA

schoolNew Delhi, June 01: The Union Home Ministry has asked states to consult stakeholders before opening schools and colleges. The MHA asked the states to consult the stakeholders and then provide feedback to the Centre on re-opening of schools and colleges.

The guidelines issued by the MHA speaks of re-opening schools and colleges during phase II of unlocking the country. A decision on this would be taken after July 1, the MHA had also said in its order issued on Saturday.

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States should take more steps to mitigate migrant distress says MHA

migrant-trainsNew Delhi, May 19: The Ministry of Home Affairs has sought more proactive coordination between the states and the Ministry of Railways on the issue of special trains.

For routes, where the migrants are known to be already travelling on foot, arrangements could be made by the states, which are en route, for designated rest places, taking into account the requirement of sanitisation, food and health, Union Home Secretary, Ajay Bhalla said in a letter to the Chief Secretaries.

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