Varanasi Jan 02 (KMS): Indian Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hit out at the BJP government over the plight of a 14-month-old girl, Champak, whose parents were arrested for participating in an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest defying prohibitory orders, saying it is the moral duty of the government to allow the child’s mother to go home.
On December 19, people gathered in Beniya Bagh area of Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency, to protest against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), defying section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) imposed by police.
Champak’s parents, activists Ekta (32) and Ravi Shankar (36), who run an NGO, Climate Agenda, were among those arrested in connection with the protest. »

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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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Lucknow, Jan 01 (KMS): The Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday said it had written to the Union home ministry seeking a ban on the Popular Front of India, a week after its chief and several other leaders were arrested in connection with violence in the state during anti-Citizenship Act protests. At least 17 members of the Islamist organisation have been arrested for allegedly inciting protestors.
At least 19 people have been killed in the state in the past two weeks during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. The police have been accused of excesses, with 15 of the 19 deaths caused by firearm injuries. The police in Bijnor district are accused of torturing five minors and other detainees. »

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New Delhi, Jan 01 (KMS): The protests over the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) entered their 20th day on Wednesday, showing no signs of abating either in India or abroad, as the Indian diaspora has held demonstrations in the US.
The protest that started in India’s Northeast on 12 December prompted another among students of a prominent university in the Indian capital, where large arson attacks and violence left about 100 students and 35 policemen injured. Several vehicles were also set on fire or damaged, though it is believed that it was done by outsiders, RIA Novosti reported. »

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Mumbai, December 31 (KMS): Amid continuing India-wide protests, nearly 100 organizations from across the country have decided to fight against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) as well as the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR) under a single banner: We the People of India.

Yogendra Yadav, founder of Swaraj Abhiyan party, a constituent of ‘We the People of India’, addressing a press conference at the Mumbai Press Club said that the BJP-led Indian govt could only resort to using repression as a means of silencing the masses. He appealed all those protesting against the CAA, NRC, and NPR to come under a single banner – We The People of India. He said, “This is the first phrase of our Constitution and there can’t be anything bigger than that”. »

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Srinagar, December 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, students and businesses are the worst sufferers as the internet services remain suspended since August 5, this year, when Modi-led Indian communal government repealed Kashmir’s special status, divided it into two union territories and put it under military siege.

Hundreds of students, who aspire to appear in various competitive examinations, have to make frequent visits to the internet kiosks set up in offices of deputy commissioners of some districts.

Maleeha Aijaz, who is preparing to appear in the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) exams, in a media interview in Srinagar said, “We have no information regarding what all documents we have to keep with us. After waiting for the turn for hours, we are turned back if something is missing.” »

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Meerut/Lucknow, Dec 28 (KMS): India deployed thousands of police and shut down mobile internet services across many cities on Friday to control protests against a new citizenship law, with flashpoint Friday prayers passing largely peacefully, a British wire service reported.
However, thousands of demonstrators, waving Indian flags and holding placards rejecting the new law, protested peacefully in Bengaluru city amid a heavy police presence.
“I am here because the NRC is wrong,” said Iqbal Ahmed, 42, a Muslim carpet seller and one of the protesters, referring to the register of citizens. »

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New Delhi, Dec 28 (KMS): At least 27 people have been killed and thousands have been arrested amid demonstrations in India against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), a new law that allows immigrants of religious minorities in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh to seek Indian citizenship while excluding Muslims from that prerogative.
Passed in early December, the new law has put India’s 200 million Muslims on high alert and joins a growing list of controversies spurred by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government, which is accused of pushing a Hindu-nationalist agenda. Critics say that the CAA undermines India’s secular 1949 Constitution which ensures equality for all religions. »

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New Delhi, Dec 27 (KMS): Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Thursday slammed the people calling for protests in the country against the new citizenship law, saying leadership was not about guiding crowds including students “to carry out arson and violence”.
His remarks drew sharp criticism from some retired and serving military officers, who accused him of needlessly wading into the raging political controversy over the controversial law.
“Leaders are not those who lead people in inappropriate directions, as we are witnessing in a large number of university and college students […] This is not leadership,” said Gen Rawat, speaking at a healthcare leadership summit here. »

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