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MHA tweaks travel norms: Indians over 65, under 15 can use Aadhaar to visit Nepal, Bhutan

NEW DELHI, January 20: Aadhaar cards are now valid travel documents for Indians under 15 and over 65 travelling to Nepal and Bhutan, according to a home ministry communique. Indians other than those in the two age brackets will not be able to use Aadhaar to travel to the two neighbouring countries, for which no visas are needed, clarified the communique issued recently. Indian citizens going to Nepal and Bhutan don't need a visa if they have a valid passport, a photo identity card issued by the government of India...
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BJP backtracks on Sabarimala, calls off relay hunger strike

Thiruvananthapuram/New Delhi, January 20: The BJP, which had hoped to build the Sabarimala temple issue in Kerala as Ayodhya 2.0 before the Lok Sabha elections, on Saturday night called off its relay hunger strike on January 20 as the protest was "not entirely successful". The capitulation on Sabarimala came the same day the Kerala Government told the Supreme Court that 51 women younger than 50 years of age had entered the temple after the September 2018 judgment that had allowed women of menstruating age to enter the shrine. In recent...
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BJP mulls action against Shatrughan for attending Mamata rally

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 20: The BJP on Saturday said it would take "cognisance" of party MP Shatrughan Sinha's presence at the Opposition's rally in Calcutta, indicating the leadership was weighing options of expelling the actor-politician. "Sinha has been speaking against the party at various platforms. It is always important for the BJP to act against such people and the party will take cognisance of it," spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said. Rudy described Sinha as an "opportunist" and said the veteran wants to remain in the BJP to enjoy the perks...
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Uncertainty over prosecution sanction for JNU ‘sedition’ case

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 20: Uncertainty loomed over the grant of sanction to prosecute former Jawaharlal Nehru University student leaders and others in a 2016 sedition case, with the file pertaining to it pending with the Delhi Government's Law Department on Saturday. With a Delhi court on Saturday refusing to take cognisance of the charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police on January 14 for lack of approval, a spokesperson for the Aam Aadmi Party Government said "no file regarding the prosecution sanction in the JNU case has been brought to...
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Rahul Gandhi writes to jailed Manipuri scribe

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 20: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has condemned the arrest and detention of Manipuri journalist Kishore Chandra Wangkhem in Imphal under the National Security Act. "This is another attempt to use the state machinery to silence dissent. Over the past few months, we have witnessed the BJP Government's design to trample on constitutional rights of the people of Manipur," Gandhi said in his letter to the journalist. Wangkhem (39), who was an anchor with a local channel in Imphal, was sentenced to 1-year detention under the NSA in...
World

Trump offers concessions on immigrants in return for wall funds

WASHINGTON, JANUARY 20: US President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to temporarily shield a million immigrants from deportation if Congress authorises funding for his Mexican border wall - an idea Democrats rejected, making the US Government shutdown likely to grind on. Trump attempted to seize the initiative in ending the 29-day partial shutdown, a funding freeze that has left many important Government Departments relying on unpaid or highly reduced staff. His bargain, announced in a televised White House address, held out the carrot of protection from deportation for 2 categories...
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Theresa May wants Irish treaty to break Brexit impasse: Report

London, January 20: British Prime Minister Theresa May plans to seek a bilateral treaty with the Irish government as a way to remove the contentious backstop arrangement from Britain’s divorce deal with the European Union, a newspaper reported. The Sunday Times said aides to May thought a deal with Ireland would remove the opposition to her Brexit plan from the Democratic Unionist Party that supports May’s minority government and from pro-Brexit rebels in her Conservative Party. However the Irish edition of the same newspaper quoted a senior Irish government source...
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The Citizenship (Amendment Bill) 2016 vis-à-vis Article 371 (A) of the Constitution of India and The Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873: An opinion

The Article 11 of the Constitution of India empowers the Parliament to regulate the right of citizenship law. The Citizenship Act, 1955(Act No.57 of 1955), an Act to provide for the acquisition and termination of India citizenship, in 1955, in the exercise of the power preserved to the Parliament under Article 11 of the Constitution of India, the Citizenship Act, 1955, was passed by Parliament and it received the assent of the President on 30th December, 1955. This Act places on a firm ground the acquisition and termination of rights...
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