Chidambaram attacks BJP over CAA, calls it ‘divisive, discriminatory against Muslims’

NEW DELHI – Former Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party, saying that it has shown its real face in the West Bengal manifesto. The former minister said that the BJP has revealed its true face in the party’s West Bengal election manifesto as it has made clear that on the first day of government, the BJP will approve the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). “The CAA will divide the country, discriminate against Muslims and deprive millions of Indians of their birthright of citizenship. The…

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11 Bangladeshi members of Tablighi Jamaat allowed to go home

New Delhi: 11 Bangladeshi nationals who are associated with Tablighi Jamaat were allowed to go home in accordance with a direction issued by a Lucknow court. They were made part of a nationwide with-hunt launched against Tablighi Jamaat members in the wake of a congregation a held at the Jamaat’s headquarters, in which several individuals had contracted Covid-19. The 11 were arrested on March 31 last year from a private guest house in Kajipur locality here where they had been staying after coming from Delhi’s Tablighi Jamaat congregation, Senior police official…

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Mizoram CM urges Modi to provide asylum to Rohingya refugees

“I understand there are certain foreign policy issues where India needs to proceed cautiously. However, we cannot ignore this humanitarian crisis,” the Chief Minister said in his letter to the Prime Minister. AIZAWL/NEW DELHI — Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide asylum, food and shelter to those refugees who have arrived in the state since the military seized power in Myanmar last month. Zoramthanga in a letter to Modi sought his intervention so that the refugees from Myanmar are given asylum, food and shelter in…

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Massive fire breaks out at Rohingya camp in Bangladesh

At least 3 dead, many missing, eyewitness says, authorities trying to contain blaze DHAKA – Hundreds of shanties were gutted after a massive fire broke out at Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh on Monday, according to eyewitnesses and authorities. “We have got the report of fire and we responded to the incident. We are trying to control the blaze,” Mohammad Shamsud Douza, additional commissioner of the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission, told Anadolu Agency. Meanwhile, eyewitnesses at the camp in Cox’s Bazar said the fire started at around 3.30 p.m.…

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CAA is unconstitutional as it distinguishes between persons on the basis of religion, says ex-Supreme Court judge

New Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge Justice V. Gopala Gowda has described the Citizenship Amendment Act as unconstitutional saying that it distinguishes between persons on the basis of religion. Referring to the apex court’s 1994 judgment in S.R. Bommai‘s case, Justice Gowda emphasised that the parliament or a state legislature cannot enact a law on the basis of religion. He was speaking at the launch of a book, Citizenship, Rights and Constitutional Limitations, authored by senior advocate K.S. Chauhan. The event was also attended by former Vice President of India Hamid Ansari. During his speech,…

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