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CAA: Student Groups Write to US Congress, Call the Act Illegal

“Hindutva aims to erase India’s diverse myriad of cultures and faiths, redefining the country into a Hindu civilization and promoting violent and exclusionary attitudes toward Muslims," wrote the signatories. 

Bengali migrant labourers in Gurugram worried over CAA

"We are observing the situation but as district administration of Gurugram has not asked us to leave the city, we are staying here but, Muslim community people are more worried than me," said Khurshid Alam native of Dakshin Dinajpur in West Bengal and currently living in South City 1 slum clusters near Mayom hospital.

Fresh protests break out in Delhi’s Jamia

As students joined residents at Jamia's gate no 7, one of the carriageways was blocked and slogans like "We want justice" filled the area.

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad arrested

New Delhi: The Delhi Police arrested Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Saturday for arson and rioting during demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act in...

CAA: Congress organises widespread protests in Kerala

Massive protest in Kerala. Top leaders of the Congress-led the protests in the districts along with party activists in huge numbers. Police detained MP's and MLA's.

Next on Modi govt’s agenda is NPR, Cabinet to meet on Tues

The government has been preparing for the National Population Register (NPR) amid the ongoing protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Private hospitals may suspend cashless service for CGHS/ECHS beneficiaries

The country's healthcare industry is passing through a crisis. Non-payment of legitimate dues by the government is taking a toll on the day to day functioning of the hospitals.

CAA Protests: Eleven Killed in UP, Internet Remain Suspended

“We don’t know who shot him. When we rushed to the hospital, we were told he is dead. We are still figuring out if the police and administration will allow the body to be brought to the house before it can be taken to the graveyard," his family said.

Factional rifts may hurt Kerala Congress(M) in bypolls

"The Congress party should put its foot down and if the faction-ridden Kerala Congress (Mani) is not able to come up with a joint candidate, then the Congress should take over the seat. This acrimony in that party has to be contained quickly, if not the UDF would cut a sorry figure," said the Congress leader.

Honoured to be nominated for FIH awards: Lalremsiami

The 19-year-old, who has already won several tournaments with the Indian team including the silver medal at the Asian Games 2018, said that her job is not just restricted to scoring goals.

After onions, cooking oil gets costlier

"The prices of all edible oils have increased following the rise in palm oil over the last two months. Due to costlier imports from Malaysia and Indonesia, edible oil prices are likely to see a further increase," Oil-oilseed market expert Salil Jain

Council of Ministers meeting: PM to check report card

Modi is reviewing the progress of work done by each ministry in the last six months. They are in groups of eight to 10 ministries in one go who are presenting their case.

FB to stop using phone numbers to recommend friends in 2020

Facebook last year confirmed the use of users' phone numbers for targeting ads and stopped using members' security phone numbers for advertising in June this year.

Resentment among NDA leaders over CAA is visible says Mayawati

Mayawati tweeted: "Voice of dissent against the new CAA and NRC are now being raised in the Central government's NDA. Hence, the BSP demands that it should take back these decisions leaving stubbornness".

Painkiller poisonings among kids on the rise

The study involving more than 200,000 US paediatric cases of pain-relief misuse, abuse or self-harm highlights how the opioid crisis is affecting young people.

Sundar Pichai gets whopping $242mn stock package in new role

The compensation package is being given in recognition of Pichai's "expanded role as CEO of Alphabet and Google".

Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar detained, 10 more held

People were arrested in the Daryaganj area in the violence-related incident during the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens.

US dollar strengthens on upbeat data

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, rose 0.32 percent at 97.6930 in late trading.

Sona Mohapatra pays tribute to India with new song ‘TSONAMI R.A.T mashup’

"This is a tribute to the disparate and yet beautiful amalgamation that is India. This is also a party track to end the year with joy. A song with a deeper intent like celebrating India doesn't need to preach but can just be a simple happy celebration of our diversity and this one is a dance floor chartbuster," said Sona.

Data of 267 million Facebook users leaked online

The information contained in the database could be used to conduct large-scale SMS spam and phishing campaigns, among other threats to the users.

Trump signs controversial $738bn defence bill

The sprawling legislation has stirred up opposition overseas as it contains punitive provisions against Russia, Turkey, and other countries.

US Congressman praises Modi govt for ending discrimination in Kashmir

"The Indian Parliament, with multiparty support, voided the constitutional autonomy of Kashmir, supporting the Prime Minister's efforts to boost economic development, fight corruption, and end gender, caste, and religious discrimination," said Joe Wilson.

Karnataka court pulls up Bengaluru police for ban order

A division bench of the high court headed by Oka and Justice Pradeep Singh Yerur heard the PIL of Karnataka Congress Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Gowda and four others filed against Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao and the BJP government in the southern state.

#Breaking: Police Use Water Cannon Against Women Protesters at Dariyaganj

The violence near Delhi Gate came towards the end of a largely peaceful demonstration held in the area through the day.

India’s ‘export hub’ dream needs new reforms says Gita Gopinath

"GST, which has been very important for formalizing the Indian economy, but again there... certainly more needs to be done on what the rules are, what the rates are going to be..." said IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath. She observed that India has not been able to utilize the opportunity to join the global supply chain during the change in international trade dynamics in recent times.

Congress delegation detained at Manguluru airport

"Our party leaders, who had gone to see the situation, have been detained in Manguluru Airport. I condemn this act to silence us," said former Karnataka Chief Minister and top Congress leader Siddaramaiah.

Amid anti-CAA protests, BJP deletes its tweet on NRC

Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi tweeted five days ago: "Home Minister Amit Shah has stated in his press conference in West Bengal that CAB and NRC go hand-in-hand, Chronologically the first CAB for refugees and then NRC for infiltrators. BJP leaders have expressed that those excluded from final NRC will lose their voting rights."

Anand Mahindra to exit as M&M Exec. Chairman on March-end 2020

The company also informed about the re-designating of M&M Managing Director Pawan Kumar Goenka as 'Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer' with effect from April next year, "till the end of his current term up to November 11, 2020."

Protest march against CAA stopped at Delhi Gate

According to Delhi Police officials, a large posse of security forces was deployed at the Delhi Gate, near the Bahadur Zafar Shah Marg, and barricades were installed at Daryaganj Chowk, around a kilometer away towards the Jama Masjid.

Shreeram Lagoo cremated with full state honours

Draped in the National Tricolour, Lagoo's mortal remains, encased in a glass casket, were later brought to the open ground outside the Balgandharva Rangmandir where the Maharashtra Police accorded a 21-gun salute to the acting legend.

Bhim Army chief joins stir at Jama Masjid, then disappears

Dressed in a white shirt, Chandrasekhar stayed at Jama Masjid for over 15 minutes and then led the march towards the Mandi House, making thousands of supporters to follow.

Messaging apps that work even during Internet shutdown

Firechat, Bridgefy and Signal Offline Messenger are some of these apps that have gained traction after Internet shutdowns cut access to the more popular messaging platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, among others.

CAA should be withdrawn says Oommen Chandy

"The BJP-led NDA government has failed on all fronts and hence to divert the attention of their failures, they are going forward with their party agenda. The CAA should be withdrawn," said Chandy.

Ex Minister Thomas Chandy passes away

Chandy was the state president of his party. He was suffering from cancer and was being treated at a private hospital here when he breathed his last, a party official said.

Khan govt, Army at loggerheads with judiciary in Pakistan

In a series of tweets, Chaudhry said the Army was being "targeted under a specific strategy" to "divide and weaken it".

Court reserves order on Sengar’s sentence

Terming the Unnao victim's case "an extraordinary one", where the court has to "consider her continued suffering", the CBI's Additional Special Public Prosecutor on the previous date of hearing had asked for maximum punishment to be awarded to expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who was convicted on Monday for the rape of a minor in 2017.

Earth’s inner core could be covered by iron ‘snow’

The study proposes the iron snow-capped core as an explanation for these aberrations.

‘NRC to be smooth, no Indian to be deprived of citizenship’

Speaking to the media, he also said that the people coming to India were part of it before Bangladesh and Pakistan were separated.

Sensex tops 41,800, hits new high

The BSE Sensex opened over 100 points higher.

MPs to vote on Johnson’s Brexit deal on Friday

The Bill would also ban the government from extending the transition period, where the UK is out of the EU but follows many of its rules, past 2020.

AAP starts 2020 poll campaign with new slogan

The party is gearing up for the elections as the tenure of Kejriwal as Chief Minister is ending in February 2020.

Russia plans to file appeal against Olympic doping ban

Alexandr Ivlev, head of the Rusada supervisory board, told the local press: "We have made the decision not to accept the decision."

12 districts report protests on CAA, NRC in Madhya Pradesh

Demonstrations swept through a dozen districts as the Congress-ruled state joined the nationwide agitation against the Centre's twin controversial measures, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

Several UP cities face internet shutdown

The cities that are facing a complete internet shutdown include Lucknow, Bareilly, Aligarh, Ghaziabad, Prayagraj, Sambhal, Meerut, Mau, and Kanpur.

Delhi HC rejects Nirbhaya case convict’s juvenile plea

The petitioner stated that no ossification test was conducted by the investigating officers and claimed that the juvenility claim could be raised at any time, even after the final disposal of the case.

450 tear gas shells fired: Jaising to HC in Jamia hearing

This is the most significant attack on the students since Independence, lawyers said as an appeal was made to the Solicitor General to become amicus curiae.

Sturgeon calls for powers to hold independence referendum

Sturgeon said a document with her case supporting a referendum and draft legislation would be sent to Downing Street on Thursday.

‘India should cut reliance on rice for sustainable food supply’

When the Green Revolution came to India, it brought with it an emphasis on high-yielding varieties of rice and wheat, which allowed India to triple its cereal production over the past 50 years.

KL Rahul’s gesture triggers meme fest on Twitter

His fans had funny takes on the intriguing gesture of Rahul, who hit 102 runs off 104 balls.

Diesel prices rise after 9 days, petrol stable

Diesel has become costlier by 15 paise per litre in Delhi and Kolkata, and 16 paise per litre in Mumbai and Chennai.

Jailed Catalan leader entitled to immunity: EU court

On October 14, Junqueras was found guilty of sedition and misuse of public funds and sentenced to 13 years. He was also banned from holding public office for another 13 years.

CM launches WiFi hotspots as Delhi faces internet shutdown

While Kejriwal launched the scheme at ITO bus stand, his deputy Manish Sisodia launched the scheme at the Vishwavidyalaya Metro station.

No need of CAA currently: Kejriwal

On the city facing several protests against the Act, Kejriwal said not just Delhi but the entire nation is facing law and order situation.

‘US cares about minorities, our stand same for India’: Mike Pompeo

India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were also present. 

Racism prevalent in UK armed forces: Report

The BBC has interviewed one former soldier whose complaint of racism was at first dismissed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) but then upheld by the ombudsman.

CAA-NRC Protests Live; Several Detained in Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad

Updates of CAA-NRC Nationwide Protests

CAA-NRC Protests; Ramachandra Guha detained in Bengaluru

"Are we a colonial regime? British Raj used Section 144 to suppress Gandhiji’s movement. I feel sorry for the police that masters in Delhi have to give them these orders," Guha said at the protest. 

Mobile, Internet, SMS services shut in parts of Delhi

Department of Telecom sources said they would not share details on this as it is sensitive information to law and order.

Bayern beat resilient Freiburg 3-1 in Bundesliga

The defending champions were not done with the scoring and added another goal to their lead as Gnabry tapped own his own rebound three minutes later.

73% cyber attacks occur on Microsoft Office products: Report

According to information gathered by PreciseSecurity.com, other exploited applications by cybercriminals included browsers and operating systems, among others.

CAA-NRC Protests: Over a Hundred Students of UoH Detained

The bus in which the students were travelling to the Exhibition ground in Nampally was stopped mid-way by Telangana police. 

Sensex in the red, Nifty holds 12,203

The Nifty was down by 17.90 points to 12,203.75.

China to exempt additional tariffs on more US products

The remaining US products subject to China's first round of additional tariffs will not be excluded for the time being.

Protestors heading for anti-CAA rally detained in Hyderabad

The Left parties and various Muslim organisations have called for a rally from the Exhibition Grounds to State Legislative Assembly building. Police, however, denied permission for the same.

Agra schools closed till Sunday due to cold wave

The maximum temperature here on Wednesday was 17.2 degrees celsius while the minimum was 9.2. But the foggy conditions Thursday morning sent shivers forcing people to stay indoors.

Wasim Jaffer appointed Kings XI Punjab batting coach

No official announcement has been made by the franchise with regards to his appointment. However, his job profile as "batting coach" is on display on the website of the Punjab-based franchise.

British hacker who stole data from US firms extradited

US authorities believe Wyatt was one of the many TDO members who, since 2016, have been hacking US companies, stealing their data, and asking for huge ransoms.

Farhan Akhtar broke law by inviting people to rally: Top cop

Senior IPS officer Sandeep Mittal accused Farhan of breaking the law.

TRAI paper on floor prices could lead to tariff hikes

Citigroup said in a research note that the introduction of floor tariffs is likely to be perceived as positive as it could potentially open up room for further tariff hikes.

Special court verdict based on personal vendetta: Musharraf

Musharraf said on Wednesday that he heard the verdict against him given by the special court on television, adding said that there wasn't an example of a similar case to the one against him where neither the defendant nor his lawyers were given a chance to present their arguments.

CAA, NRC leave awkward footprint on Goa Art festival

One of the exhibits which were found itself out of bounds on Day 4 of the festival which began on December 15, involves the visual depiction of Miyah verse, a unique contemporary Assamese genre of poetry which captures the angst of discrimination towards Assamese Muslims.

NZ scales down search for people missing at Whakaari

Operations will now be headed by District Commander Superintendent Andy McGregor.

Jaipur serial blasts: Court convicts 4 terrorists

The court convicted Mohammad Saif, Sahfarrahman, Sarwar Azmi and Mohammad Salman under different sections including murder, treason, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and Explosives Act, while one accused Shahbaz has been acquitted for lack of evidence by judge Ajay Kumar Sharma.

Nirbhaya case: Delhi court may pass strong order

Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora had on the last date of hearing said that the court is not bound to wait for the legal remedies to be exhausted to pass an order.

Infosys settles visa payment dispute with California

The agreement will result in the case being dismissed with prejudice and was reached to avoid time, expense and distraction of protracted litigation on the charges against the city-based IT behemoth.

SC says no stay on CAA, next hearing on Jan 22

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde orally instructed Attorney General K.K. Venugopal to publicize the aims and objects of the amended Act as people don't know about it.

I-League: Mohun Bagan rope in former Sevilla striker Diawara

"Baba Diawara has applied for his visa and we will confirm on his arrival date soon," the club said in a statement.

UK bans 4 vaping firms from promoting e-cigs on Instagram

The four vaping companies banned from Instagram are British American Tobacco (BAT), Ama Vape, Attitude Vapes and Global Vaping Group.

Sensex, Nifty trade near record levels

At 10.14 a.m. the Sensex was up 63.12 points at 41,415.29. It opened at 41,442.75 from its previous close of 41,352.17.

Delhi HC to hear plea on probe into Jamia violence

The plea also sought medical assistance to those injured in the violence.