Citizenship (Amendment) Bill set to be introduced in Parliament despite opposition in northeast
Wednesday, 4 December 2019 The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which has created strong resentment in the northeastern states, is set to be tabled in Parliament with the Union Cabinet on Wednesday giving its clearance to the draft law. At a briefing of the Cabinet meeting, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said the government has taken care of the interests of everyone and "the interest of India".
UP Congress Minority Cell chief, Shahnawaz Alam was arrested by police in Lucknow in connection with anti-CAA protest that happened on Dec 19, 2019. UP Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu and others arrived at Hazratganj Police Station following it. Police baton-charged to disperse the party workers. UP Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu said, "Government is scared, it is attempting to send Congress workers and officer bearers to jail after naming them in false cases. If they don't release him then we will do an agitation tomorrow."
UP Congress Minority Cell chief, Shahnawaz Alam was arrested by police in Lucknow in connection with anti-CAA protest that happened on Dec 19, 2019. Speaking on it, Lucknow DCP (Central), Dinesh Singh said, "Shahnawaz Alam's name had appeared in case related to anti-CAA/NRC protest at Parivartan Chowk on 19th December 2019. The evidence was being gathered since then. He was arrested today after sufficient evidences were gathered. Further action will be taken accordingly."
Amid COVID-19 lockdown and anti-CAA protest, shops reopened in Shaheen Bagh area on May 22. The shops in the area have opened after almost 5 months as they were also closed during anti-CAA protests. Government gave relaxation in COVID-19 lockdown rules and had allowed shops, public transport to function in non-red zone areas.
Giving evidence to the Petitions Committee as part of its Parliamentary inquiry into online abuse, Katie Price spoke of the abuse directed online at her disabled son Harvey. The TV star wants a new UK law to be created to make online trolling a criminal offence.
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Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on June 29 replied to Home Minister Amit Shah's acceptance of Congress' Rahul Gandhi's parliament debate challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Singh said that the party is confident that Gandhi will hold his position and bring home the points that are being raised in this discussion. "Parliament is a forum for debate so let there be a debate. We are quite confident that Rahul Ji will hold his position and bring home the points that are being raised in this discussion," said Singh. Congress had earlier challenged PM Modi to speak in Parliament on Ladakh stand off with China.
On the occasion of sixth International Yoga Day, several union ministers performed yoga on June 21. Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi performed yoga in Delhi. Union Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan performed yoga with his family in Delhi. Union Minister for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel also performed yoga at Delhi's Purana Qila. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar also performed yoga in Delhi. Minister of State (MoS) for AYUSH Shripad Naik performed yoga in Goa's Panaji. Meanwhile, Member of Parliament of Lok Sabha, Pragya Singh performed yoga in MP's Bhopal.
Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar announced 'urban forest' program on World Environment Day. Javadekar said, "India has been able to preserve 8 percent of world's biodiversity. This is no small feat. India has been able to prove that here is a country that can preserve despite constraints. We have decided to launch 'urban forest' program in 200 corporation cities of India. I appeal to all city corporations to map the forest land and degraded land in cities and if that is reserved for creating urban forests, then, it will become a people's movement."
World Environment Day is being celebrated on June 05. Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar and Minister of State for Environment, Babul Supriyo planted the sapling. Union Minister Anurag Thakur planted a sapling on occasion of Environment Day.
Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide on June 14. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted he was 'shocked' by Rajput's demise. Union Minister Smriti Irani mourned actor's death on micro-blogging site. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also paid his deepest condolences to Rajput family. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also took to twitter to express his grief. Rajput gained prominence for his acting in movies like 'Chhichhore', 'M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story'.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired Union Cabinet meeting in the national capital on June 03. The meeting took place at Prime Minister's Office, 7 Lok Kalyan Marg. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari attended the meeting. Union Ministers RS Prasad, Smriti Irani and Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank also attended the meeting in Delhi.
Union Cabinet on June 01 approved Rs 20,000 crore subordinate debts for stressed Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). "This will benefit 2 lakh stressed MSMEs," said Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar.
While speaking to ANI in Bhubaneswar, the Special Relief Commissioner of Odisha, Pradeep Kumar Jena spoke on cyclonic storm 'AMPHAN'. He said, "Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Ganjam may be affected due to the cyclonic storm. The Chief Secretary has requested Union Cabinet Secretary to consider suspending 'Shramik Special' trains from May 18 for three days in the coastal areas.c Odisha government has urged Central Government to suspend Shramik Special trains passing through its coastal area due to cyclone.