907

NPR in Odisha not to have a question on birth place of the parents of the residents

New Delhi: The National Population Register (NPR) in Odisha will not have a question on birth place of the parents of the residents and will have an additional question on other backward classes (OBCs) in the state, Biju Janata Dal MP Pinaki Mishra said Tuesday.

The NPR is being updated across the country from April 2020 to September 2020. Kerala and West Bengal has already announced that they will not update the NPR whereas Punjab will not seek answer to question on birthplace of parents.

“The BJD has a strong objection to 13(2) in the NPR questionnaire which seeks details of the birthplace of the parents of the respondent. We have decided to delete the column on parents’ birthplace,” Mishra said after a meeting of the BJD’s Parliamentary party. He added that the Central government has already clarified that replying to question on birth of one’s parents was optional.

906

India registers strong protest over alleged abduction of a woman from Hindu minority in Pakistan

New Delhi: India summoned a senior official of the Pakistan high commission and registered a strong protest over the alleged abduction of a woman from the Hindu minority during her wedding ceremony, people familiar with developments said.

The family of Bharti Bai, a 24-year-old Hindu woman from Hala in Pakistan’s Sindh province, has alleged she was kidnapped by unidentified people when she was set to be married to a Hindu man. A Muslim man has claimed she converted to Islam and married him last December.

The people cited above said the official of the Pakistan high commission was summoned to the external affairs ministry and served a strong demarche or a formal diplomatic correspondence against the alleged abduction of the Hindu woman from her marriage ceremony on January 25 with the help of police in Hala city.

905

Students protest forced Dhankhar to leave JU campus where he had gone to preside over convocation

New Delhi: The state education minister Partha Chatterjee did not attend the convocation, even though CU officials claimed that invitations had been sent to him and chief minister Mamata Banerjee as well.

On December 24, 2019, a protest by students forced Dhankhar to leave the Jadavpur University (JU) campus where he had gone to preside over the annual convocation. The governor is the chancellor of all state-run universities.

Nobel laureate Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee was conferred an honorary D.Litt at the convocation ceremony. Since the governor had not yet signed the D.Litt certificate to be handed over to Banerjee, students allowed the governor to reach the ‘green room’ of the auditorium. Dhankhar signed the certificate in the green room, sitting next to Banerjee, and then moved out because the students had vowed not to allow him on the dais.

904

Nine-judge bench set up to hear petitions on Sabarimala to wrap up hearings within 10 days

New Delhi: The nine-judge bench set up to hear petitions on Sabarimala and other issues may wrap up hearings within 10 days, Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde indicated on Tuesday.

Chief Justice Bobde had earlier this month set up the bench to decide constitutional questions that were raised by a five-judge bench that last year heard the review petition against the Sabarimala verdict.

Chief Justice Bobde had then asked the parties to reframe the questions that the nine-judge constitution bench should answer, just as they had done for the Ayodhya land title dispute.

One meeting was convened by the Registrar General of the top court on January 17 in this context.

807

Govt signs peace accord with all four factions of NDFB and two other influential regional outfits

New Delhi: The Union government signed a peace accord with all four factions of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and two other influential regional outfits in an agreement aimed at ushering in political and economic stability in the Bodo-dominated regions of Assam by bringing an end to a decades-old armed movement for a separate state.

The All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU), which was once part of the movement for a separate Bodoloand, and the United Bodo People’s Organisation (UBPO) were among the signatories of the accord, which did not accede to the demand for a new state but pledged more powers for the Bodo-dominated regions in the North-east state.

The deal was signed in the presence of home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi. Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, state minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the home ministry’s joint secretary, Satyendra Garg, and the top leadership of all four factions of the NDFB and the ABSU, among others, were present .