Seven killed as protests against citizenship law turn violent in U.P.

  • Home Ministry says there will be no discrimination against Muslims and undocumented people.
  • At least seven people were killed in Uttar Pradesh as the protests against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) turned violent in many parts of the State on Friday.


Finalise draft regulations within a month, NGT tells pollution board

  • Following a plea seeking enforcement of environmental norms by hotels and banquet halls, the National Green Tribunal on Friday directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to finalise the draft regulations within one month.
  • A Bench headed by NGT chair- person Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to ensure compliance of environmental norms by marriage halls, restaurants, motels, hotels and banquets.


Massive preparations for J&K Investors Summit next year

  • The J&K administration has embarked on massive preparations to organise the ‘J&K Global Investors Summit ­2020’ next year to attract investors to the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh, where buying land was restricted prior to revocation of Article 370 and 35A.
  • “The investors Summit will provide an opportunity to allay fears and apprehensions from the minds of out- side business community about investment in J&K. It will present immense opportunities to develop contacts between the local and out- side business community and will provide not only primary employment but also generate secondary and ancillary employment opportunities for youth,” said J&K Chief Secretary B.V.R Subrahmanyam, who chaired the first meeting of the apex committee on Thursday.


Common documents enough to prove citizenship: MHA

  • The Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday said guidelines for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) were yet to be drafted but Citizenship of India may be proved by giving any document relating to date of birth or place of birth or both.
  • “Such a list is likely to include a lot of common documents to ensure that no Indian citizen is unduly harassed or put to inconvenience,” a Ministry spokes- person said.
  • Indian citizens do not have to prove any ancestry by presenting documents such as identity card, birth certificate etc of parents/ grandparents dating back to pre ­1971 situation. March 24, 1971 was the cut­off date for Assam’s NRC conducted under the supervision of the Supreme Court as per the Assam Accord, 1985, and was not related to countrywide citizens’ register. Ac- cording to the Citizenship Act, anyone born on or after 26 January, 1950, but before 1 July, 1987 was an Indian citizen by birth. “The people born between these years are naturalised citizens by now and would be having some kind of document as a proof of their birth here,” the spokesperson said.
  • The spokesperson said, “For illiterate citizens, who may not have any documents, the authorities may allow them to produce witnesses or local proofs sup- ported by members of the community.”