Students Of Jamia Millia Islamia Released After Being Kept In The Police Stations For Over Six Hours

New Delhi: As many as 50 Jamia Millia Islamia students who were detained after a clash with the Delhi cops were released in the early hours of December 16 after being kept in the police stations for over six hours.

The demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise took a violent turn on Sunday after protesters attempted to march towards arterial south Delhi roads and were stopped by the cops. The police said they had to resort to lathi-charge and fire tear gas shells after protesters started pelting stones and smashing cars and vehicles. The protestors set fire to at least four DTC buses, too, the police said.

Following the clashes, the police entered the university campus and detained several students. While 35 were detained at Kalkaji police station, 16 were detained at the New Friends Colony (NFC) police station near the varsity.


Snow Covers North Indian Himalayan Tourist Centres

New Delhi: Famous tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh, including Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie and Kufri, witnessed snowfall overnight which led to the mercury dropping to sub-zero levels on Saturday, leaving the rooftops of houses and the pine trees sparkling in white, shrouded in a thick blanket of snow. Between Friday 5.30 pm and Saturday 8.30 am, Dalhousie received 60 cm of snow, the highest in the state, followed by Kufri (20 cm), Shimla (13 cm) and Manali (10 cm), Shimla Meteorological Centre director Manmohan Singh said.

Lahaul-Spiti's administrative centre Keylong and Kinnaur's Kalpa each witnessed 13 cm snowfall during the period, he said, adding Kothi received 30 cm of snow, Chhatrari 18 cm, Bijahi and Khadrala 14 cm, Theog 12 cm and Janjheli 10 cm. Dhauladhar hills and Bhagsunag in Kangra district also witnessed snowfall. Minimum temperatures in Kufri, Manali, Shimla and Dalhousie were recorded at minus 3.9 degrees Celsius, minus 1.8 degrees Celsius, minus 0.5 degrees Celsius and minus 0.4 degrees Celsius respectively.


Violent Protests Erupt In Some Areas Of Uttar Pradesh And West Bengal On Citizenship Amendment Act

New Delhi: Violent protests against the newly-enacted citizenship law spread to Muslim concentrated areas of West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh with agitators resorting to arson and stone pelting in several areas. In West Bengal, capital Kolkata witnessed snap demonstration at several places, bringing traffic to a standstill, while mass protest rallies were carried out in Muslim-dominated districts of rural Howrah, Murshidabad, Birbhum, parts of Burdwan and North Bengal.

In Murshidabad district, bordering Bangladesh, protesters set the Beldanga railway station complex ablaze and thrashed railway security personnel deputed there. Protesters also pelted stones at trains at Uluberia and Chengail in Howrah, injuring two drivers and an RPF personnel. Additional police forces were rushed to the troubled spots.  “Several parts of the station, RPF kiosks were set on fire and the tracks vandalised. Services have come to a halt here,” a senior RPF official said.


India’s Industrial Output Shrinks Further To 3.8 Per Cent While Inflation Swells At 5.54

New Delhi: The government distress on economic front is continuing with India’s industrial output shrinking further while inflation swelled, official data released showed, highlighting challenges for policymakers battling an economic slowdown amid surging food prices.

Factory output contracted 3.8% in October after shrinking 4.3% in September, in sharp contrast with an 8.4% expansion in October last year. Retail inflation continued to surge in November, fuelled by soaring food prices, as prolonged rains dampened vegetable supplies.

Experts said if economic growth does not show signs of an uptick in the December quarter, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may come under pressure to give further monetary stimulus to support the economy, given the fact that retail inflation is driven by food prices and is not across the board. Vegetable prices surged 36% in November from a year ago, data released by the National Statistics Office showed.


Rajya Sabha Passes CAB To Seek Fast-Track Citizenship To Persecuted Minorities Coming To India

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 with 125 members voting for it and 105 voting against it. The bill seeks to fast-track citizenship to persecuted minorities coming to India from three neighbouring countries - Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The BJP-led central government pushed for the bill arguing that it is India’s duty to give these minorities a dignified life.

The Lok Sabha had already passed the bill. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said the passage of the bill marks the victory of narrow-minded and bigoted forces. “Today marks a dark day in the constitutional history of India. The passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill marks the victory of narrow-minded and bigoted forces over India’s pluralism. The Bill fundamentally challenges the idea of India that our forefathers fought for and, in its place, creates a disturbed, distorted and divided India where religion will become a determinant of nationhood,” she said in a statement.