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With Protests Started Amit Shah Summoned Top Police And Intelligence Officials At Around 2 AM On December 12

New Delhi: At around 2 am on December 12, Home Minister Amit Shah summoned Tapan Deka, Additional Director, Multi-Agency Centre, and GP Singh, Inspector General, National Investigation Agency, to his house. The summons came a few hours after the Rajya Sabha cleared the Citizenship Amendment Bill after a heated debate. It also came a little after the President accorded his approval and the Citizenship Amendment Act was notified.

By then, reports of violence and destruction of public property had started coming in from Dibrugarh and Guwahati. Flanked by Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and Arvind Kumar Director, Intelligence Bureau, both Assam cadre officers, Shah said he had decided to send the summoned officers to tackle the violence in Assam. He was annoyed that the on-going violence had been under-assessed by the state’s BJP government. After despatching Deka, a former leader of the All Assam Students Union (AASU) and a top-notch counter-terror operative, and Singh, a man with a proven record of managing law and order in the region, by a special flight to Guwahati at 4 am. Shah signed off. The results of that move are now evident.

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Indian Origin Lisa Nandy Emerges As One Of Two Frontrunners To Replace Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn

New Delhi: Daughter of a West Bengal-born Marxist Lisa Nandy has emerged as one of two frontrunners to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who led the party to one of its worst defeats in last Thursday’s UK elections.

Nandy, 40, Labour MP from Wigan, Greater Manchester, is the daughter of Dipak Nandy, a respected academic who settled in the UK in the mid ’50s. Nandy confirmed she is ‘seriously considering’ running for the leadership. 40-year-old Rebecca Long-Bailey, MP from Salford and Eccles is the other favourite in contention.

Jeremy Corbyn wrote in two Sunday papers, apologising for the party’s failure to convert popular policies into a majority vote. His deputy and shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, also accepted blame and apologised.

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UNCSW Says Discriminatory Legislation By Pakistan Empowers Extremist To Carry Out Attacks On Religious Minorities

New Delhi: Asserting that religious freedom in Pakistan continues to “deteriorate” under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has said that discriminatory legislation by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government has empowered people with “extremist mindsets” to carry out attacks on religious minorities.

In its 47-page report titled, ‘Pakistan-Religious freedom under attack’, released in December, the CSW, a commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, has expressed concerned over the increasing “weaponisation and politicisation” of the blasphemy laws and the anti-Ahmadiyya legislation which are being used by Islamist groups not only to persecute religious minorities but also to gain political ground.

The commission said that Christian and Hindu communities in the Islamic nation are “particularly vulnerable”, especially women and girls.

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Rahul Calls Savarkar Names; Stirs Fresh Controversy

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said he "will die but never apologise" for speaking the "truth" as he is a Gandhi and not a Savarkar, and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his "assistant" Amit Shah instead to apologise for "destroying" the economy of the country. Addressing the Congress' mega "Bharat Bachao Rally" at Ramlila grounds here, he took a dig at the BJP for demanding an apology for his "rape in India" remark and said, "The BJP asked me to apologise. My name is not Rahul Savarkar, it is Rahul Gandhi, and I will never apologise for speaking the truth."

"I will die, but I will not apologise for speaking the truth and nor will any Congressman do so. It is Narendra Modi and his assistant Amit Shah who have to apologise to the country for destroying India's economy," he asserted. Accusing Prime Minister Modi of single-handedly "destroying" the country's economy, he said, "All of India's enemies wanted that its economy, which is its strength, should be destroyed." "That work (of destroying the economy) has not been done by the enemies, but by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself. And, (he) still calls himself a patriot," he added.

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Former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah’s House Arrest Extended by Three More Months

New Delhi: The detention of Farooq Abdullah, a three-term Chief Minister of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, was extended on Saturday by three months and he would continue to remain at his residence that has been declared a sub-jail, officials said here. The case of Abdullah, also a five-term parliamentarian, was reviewed by the advisory board of the Home Department of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir which recommended an extension of his detention under the PSA, they said. His house, located at Gupkar Road, has been declared a sub-jail by the Union Territory's Home Department.