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Citizenship Amendment Bill should be made national issue: KMSS’ Akhil Gogoi

Gogoi, along with leaders of the 70 organisations protesting the Bill, has begun a hunger strike from 2 pm Monday at Chachal area here.

Plea filed against citizenship Bill, SC says wait for Rajya Sabha decision

The petition has termed the government’s move as “communally motivated humanitarianism”, and an attempt to differentiate “illegal immigrants” on the basis of their religion and grant them naturalisation.

Singer Zubeen Garg, filmmaker Rima Das and Assamese cultural fraternity oppose Citizenship bill

The Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act 1955 by enabling non-Muslim minority communities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan to seek citizenship in India if they entered the country before December 31, 2014.

Citizenship Bill protests: Black flags greet Assam CM Sonowal in Majuli

As soon as Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal landed, the agitators shouted slogans against him and the Union government, demanding the withdrawal of the controversial bill.

SC keeps plea challenging passport amendment pending till Parliament decides on Citizenship Bill

The top court said this may not be the right stage to examine the petition as the bill hasn't been passed in both houses of Parliament yet. The court allowed the petitioner to raise the issue at an “appropriate time”.

Citizenship Bill protests continue in Northeast

Sporadic demonstrations continued in parts of Assam and a shutdown was observed in Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) on Saturday. Black flags were raised by student bodies across the region, including at the headquarters of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) in Guwahati.

Railway Protection Force rescued 669 minor children from stations and trains in 2018

Most of the children were rescued while they were being trafficked and the traffickers were arrested while they were trying to take the girls outside the state by trains.

Amid citizenship bill protests, MP Bezbaruah refuses to head panel on Assam Accord

The union cabinet, early this month, cleared a proposal to set up a high-level committee to look into the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord of 1985. Home Minister Rajnath Singh had then said clause 6 “wasn’t fully implemented”. 

Protest against citizenship Bill: Assam academic Hiren Gohain, two others booked for sedition

Commissioner of police, Guwahati, Deepak Kumar, told The Indian Express, “Certain statements were made in that meeting on January 8 which we thought needed to be investigated."

After Asom Gana Parishad, 4 BJP allies in North East oppose Citizenship Bill, will discuss future

At least three more regional parties, in Tripura, Nagaland and Mizoram, all in the BJP’s 11-party North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), have called some provisions in the Bill a threat to indigenous communities.

Assam cartoonist faces backlash for anti-Citizenship Bill cartoons

Since December 31, Rajbongshi, has shared seven of his cartoons against the contentious Bill which seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim minority communities from three neighbouring countries.

BJP should seek fresh mandate in Assam: former CM Prafulla Mahanta

The AGP walked out Monday following the BJP’s decision to go ahead with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which proposes to make minority (non-Muslim) immigrants from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan eligible for Indian citizenship.