Bathinda, Jan 02 (KMS): Protests in India against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) continued on the first day of 2020 as activists of Punjab Students Union, Naujawan Bharat Sabha and Aam Aadmi Party’s student wing Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) held demonstrations in colleges across Punjab under the banner ‘Young India campaign against NRC, NPR, CAA’.
Protests were held at Nehru Memorial College, Mansa; Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Guru Har Sahai in Ferozepur; and government colleges in Malerkotla and Sangrur.
A protest was also held at Mastuana Sahib in Sangrur. In Bathinda, All India Students Association (AISA) held protests at Government Rajindra College and ITI. Activists of Inquilabi Naujawan Sabha and Dr Ambedkar Library and Club also participated in protests at Bathinda. »

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New Delhi, Jan 02 (KMS): Celebrations and CAA protests were the two factors, which kicked off 2020 in India.
There were celebrations across the country to ring in the new year and new decade. However, they were more muted than in previous years.
For those who went out to celebrate, there were dazzling firework displays in major cities like Bengaluru and Mumbai. One of the most popular places that hosted a New Year’s celebration was at the Gateway of India.
However, with the celebrations also came CAA protests. Many took to the streets to carry out fresh protests in order to fight against the citizenship law, which has been deemed controversial. »

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Islamabad, Jan 02 (KMS): Pakistan has reaffirmed its unflinching support and solidarity with the Kashmiris accusing India of stretching the lockdown in Indian occupied Kashmir to 151 days.
“As part of our unstinted moral, political and diplomatic support for the Kashmir cause, Pakistan will continue to raise at all international forums the plight of over 8 million innocent Kashmiris under the brutal occupation of 900,000 Indian security personnel, persecuting them day and night with impunity,” a statement from the Foreign Ministry said.
Terming India’s claims of normalcy returning to the region “farcical”, Islamabad called for urgent and effective steps by the world community to address the human rights situation in the region. »

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Srinagar, Jan 02 (KMS): People in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir woke up to a disappointing New Year’s morning when they found that contrary to pledges, SMS service had not been fully restored to all cellphone networks.
On Tuesday evening, Indian government’s spokesman Rohit Kansal told reporters that as of midnight SMS service would be restored and internet would start working in all government hospitals.
But SMSs were only working on the state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and Jio networks, and messages could not be sent outside the region.
The shortcomings made a New Year’s gift into “a joke,” said Ishtiaq Ahamd, who owns a shop in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital. »

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