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Malaysian PM Mahathir raises citizenship law, India hits back
Sat, Dec 21, 2019

Talking to reporters after visiting the media centre at the Kuala Lumpur Summit on Friday, the Malaysian PM said, “I am sorry to see that India, which claims to be a secular state, is now taking action to deprive some Muslims of their citizenship.”

Jaishankar cancels key US Congress panel meeting to avoid a J&K critic
Sat, Dec 21, 2019

Jayapal introduced a resolution calling for lifting of curbs in J&K; Elizabeth Warren says deeply troubling.

2+2 dialogue: India, US conclude Industrial Security Annexe agreement
Fri, Dec 20, 2019

The US remained cautious in its position on the new citizenship law in India.

Afghan NSA meets Ajit Doval, India says no persecution of minorities under Ashraf Ghani
Fri, Dec 20, 2019

The government said religious persecution of minorities is not taking place under the government led by Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani.

Concern over excessive force: UN seeks restraint
Thu, Dec 19, 2019

Responding Wednesday in Delhi to a question on the protests at Jamia Millia Islamia, Stephane Dujarric, the UN chief’s spokesperson, said: “We very much call for restraint and urge full respect for the rights of freedom of opinion and expression and peaceful assembly.”

Government defends citizenship Act in Geneva, slams Imran Khan remarks
Thu, Dec 19, 2019

Imran Khan on Tuesday said millions of Muslims could flee India due to the “curfew” in Kashmir and the new citizenship law.

China’s bid to rake up Kashmir in UNSC fails
Wed, Dec 18, 2019

China had earlier managed to hold informal closed-door consultations on Kashmir in the UNSC on August 16, 11 days after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 on August 5.

US to India on CAA: Respect right of peaceful assembly
Wed, Dec 18, 2019

It also sets the stage and tone for the 2+2 ministerial dialogue between two sides on Wednesday in Washington DC — External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with their American counterparts, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark T Esper.

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.

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