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Monday, December 16, 2019

Shubhajit Roy


Citizenship law: Bangladesh protests after convoy of envoy attacked in Assam
Sat, Dec 14, 2019

Protesting against these incidents, Bangladesh’s Acting Foreign Secretary Kamrul Ahsan, in a rare move, summoned Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das at the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry on Thursday evening and requested extra security for the mission.

Assam was setting stage for Abe visit, dates deferred
Sat, Dec 14, 2019

Abe, who was scheduled to arrive on Sunday for a three-day visit (December 15-17), was expected to travel to Guwahati for the meeting. But with the ongoing protests in the region, the situation was considered “not conducive” for a “high-profile visit”.

UN human rights official says Citizenship law is fundamentally discriminatory
Sat, Dec 14, 2019

The US and the UK also issued travel advisories asking their citizens to “exercise caution” while visiting the North-East in the wake of the Citizenship Bill protests in Assam and other places.

Bangladesh ministers cancel visit to India
Fri, Dec 13, 2019

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said linking the cancellation of Momen’s visit with CAB was “unwarranted”

As govt reaches out to US Congress to share views, its member slams Citizenship Amendment Bill
Fri, Dec 13, 2019

The US House Foreign Affairs Committee had voiced concerns over the Bill, noting that any religious test for citizenship undermines pluralism, which is one of the core shared values for both India and the US.

CAB protests put question mark on Abe’s plans for Guwahati
Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Another venue which was being considered was Odisha, but that is unlikely to happen since it is too short a notice. Sources said the visit would have to be postponed if the meeting was to be held in Odisha.

In echo of Article 370, Amit Shah becomes Govt face for CAB too
Thu, Dec 12, 2019

As Shah walked out, BJP MPs stood to greet him, he nodded at some, ignored others, and then shook hands with Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan before leaving.

Undermines basic democratic tenet, says influential bipartisan US panel on CAB
Wed, Dec 11, 2019

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an advisory body for the US Congress, took a harder line and called for sanctions against Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other leaders, if the Bill is passed.

Explained: USCIRF, the Commission concerned over Citizenship Bill; what are its functions?
Wed, Dec 11, 2019

The USCIRF is an advisory or a consultative body, which advises the US Congress and the administration on issues pertaining to international religious freedom. Why has it said it is “deeply troubled” by the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha?

India, Australia inch closer to logistics support pact
Tue, Dec 10, 2019

The two sides are working hard on negotiating the LSA, which will allow the countries to use each other’s military bases for logistical support.

India hires US lobbying firm to build image
Sun, Dec 08, 2019

This comes about a month-and-a-half after a US Congressional hearing on the Kashmir situation, where the government was criticised for its decision to revoke special status for J&K under Article 370.

Japan PM Shinzo Abe to visit India on Dec 15, bilateral likely in Assam
Sat, Dec 07, 2019

During the meeting between the visiting Japanese ministers and the Prime Minister on November 30, Modi had said that both he and Abe attach great importance to strengthening the bilateral partnership between the two countries.

Right to life most basic human right: Jaishankar to Sweden counterpart
Tue, Dec 03, 2019

Sweden last week urged India to restore free movement and communication in Jammu and Kashmir.

Explained: Understanding Pakistan SC ruling on Army chief, and why it matters for India
Mon, Dec 02, 2019

In the last two decades, only General Raheel Shareef retired on time, while General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Musharraf stayed on beyond their prescribed tenures.

India, Japan hold first 2+2 meet, tell Pak to act against terror
Sun, Dec 01, 2019

The statement recalled the shared vision of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific region, in which the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity are ensured, and all countries enjoy freedom of navigation and overflight.

Won’t allow third country affect our ties: Gotabaya on India’s China worry
Sat, Nov 30, 2019

This is Gotabaya’s first overseas visit after he took charge of the country as President less than two weeks ago. He invited Modi to visit Sri Lanka as the first head of government after he assumed office.

India, Japan to engage in 2+2 dialogue today
Sat, Nov 30, 2019

So far, only India and the US have the 2+2 ministerial mechanism, although India and Australia also have the 2+2 at the official level. With this, India has 2+2 mechanism with all the Quad countries.

Govt ducks query on buying Pegasus, says committed to security
Fri, Nov 29, 2019

Ravi Shankar Prasad says govt wants to conduct an audit of WhatsApp’s security systems.

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrives, to meet PM Modi today
Fri, Nov 29, 2019

Rajapaksa, brother of Sri Lankan Prime Minister and ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said that he was looking forward to strengthening bilateral relations with Modi and the Indian government.

Fleeing ‘harassment’ in India, 200 held in Bangladesh: reports
Sun, Nov 24, 2019

On Wednesday, Amit Shah told Parliament that the government was planning a nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC).