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12th December, 2019


  • Parliament passes Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Sixth Amendment) Bill seeking extension of reservation for SCs and STs in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies for another ten years.

  • Government is totally committed to constitutionally safeguard political, linguistic, cultural and land rights of Assamese people assures the Prime Minister; Assam Chief Minister calls for peace; Asks people not to be misled by rumours. 

  • Supreme Court , dismisses a batch of petitions seeking review of its Ayodhya case verdict.

  • In Jharkhand, polling concludes peacefully for the third phase of Assembly elections today; Nearly 62 per cent polling recorded.

  • Maha Vikas Aghadi government allocates portfolios.

  • Light to moderate rains in various parts of Northern India leads to dip in temperature.


Parliament has passed the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Sixth Amendment) Bill 2019 with Rajya Sabha approving it today. The Upper House cleared the bill unanimously as all 163 present members voted in favour of the Bill. The Bill has already been passed by the Lok Sabha. The Bill seeks to extend the reservation for SCs and STs in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies by another ten years till January 25, 2030.

Replying to discussion on the Bill, Law and Justice Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, the government is not in a favour of implementing creamy layer criteria in the reservation of SC-ST. He said, this section has faced discrimination and are extremely deprived and government’s stand has been cleared in the Supreme Court. He also said, the government is trying to set up all India Judicial Service and it is of the view to provide reservation to SCs and STs in it. He reiterated the commitment of the government towards reservation of these communities saying the NDA regime is not going to make any changes in it. He said, government acknowledges the contribution of Anglo-Indian communities in the field of education and armed forces. Cutting across the party lines, opposition parties supported the Bill but raised questions over the non inclusion of Anglo-Indians from the ambit of it. When Minister was replying, members from Congress objected to some of his comments and staged a walk out for a brief period.


Rajya Sabha today passed the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019. The bill aims to modify the list of the Scheduled Tribes in the state of Karnataka by including some communities in it. The bill was passed after brief discussion.


The government has decided to sell its entire 100 per cent stake in Air India under the proposed disinvestment process. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said this in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. He said, after formation of the new government, Air India Specific Alternative Mechanism (AISAM) has been reconstituted and the re-initiation of the strategic disinvestment of Air India has been approved.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured people of Assam that they have nothing to worry after the passing of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. In a tweet, Mr Modi assured them that no one can take away their rights, unique identity and beautiful culture and it will continue to flourish and grow. The Primer Minister said, the Central Government is totally committed to constitutionally safeguard the political, linguistic, cultural and land rights of the Assamese people as per the spirit of Clause 6.

The Clause 6 of Assam Accord seeks to provide constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.


Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal assured that people should not be worried about the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Talking to AIR News, Mr. Sonowal said that culture, language as well as  political and land rights of the people of Assam will be guarded by implementing the Assam Accord. He said that Prime Minister and Union Home Minister already said that, the Centre is committed to implement the Clause Six of the Assam Accord. The Chief Minister said that some people are running propaganda in the name Citizenship Amendment Bill. 

The state government has transferred Guwahati Police Commissioner Deepak Kumar. Senior IPS officer Munna Prasad Gupta will be the new Guwahati police commissioner. Our correspondent reports that two persons succumbed to the injuries at Gauhati medical college and hospital. They were allegedly injured in police action. 3 persons including cops were injured in clashes in Guwahati.

Defying curfew, hundreds of people gathered at Latasil in Guwahati under the aegis of All Assam Students Union. Protesters damaged vehicle and blocked roads. Indefinite curfew continues at Guwahati city and Dibrugarh while night curfew has been imposed at Jorhat and Tinsukia. The army and the Assam Rifles are deployed at Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Morigaon and Tezpur. Train and flight movement has also been affected. At some place protesters attacked the houses of the BJP workers. Educational institutions also remain closed in few districts.


A delegation from Tripura of Joint Movement Against Citizenship Amendment Bill today met Home Minister Amit Shah and discussed their concerns over CAB. They were assured by Home Minister that their concerns would be addressed. After his assurance they have called off their strike.


Replying to debate on Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha yesterday, Home Minister Amit Shah explained the significance of the bill.

"8 अप्रैल 1950 को जो समझौता हुआ उसको दोनों पक्षों ने स्वीकृति दी। अल्पसंख्यक समुदाय के सदस् बहुसंख्यकों के साथ अपने देश की सार्वजनिक जीवन में भागीदारी राजनीतिक अथवा अन् कार्यालय का पद ग्रहण करने तथा अपने देश की सिविल तथा सशस्त्र बलों में सेवा करने का समान अवसर दिया जायेगा। यह दोनों देशों ने एक-दूसरे देश को वायदा किया था। और किसको वायदा किया था, अपने-अपने देश में रहे हुए अल्पसंख्यकों को।"

Talking to All India Radio News, senior political analyst Ashok Tandon also echoed similar views on the bill.

"शरणार्थी कैम्पों में रह रहे थे। इनको नागरिकता नहीं थी। अब इस कानून के तहत ऐसे सभी लोग जो अफगानिस्तान और पाकिस्तान से यहां पर आए, तो जिनका ओरिजिन, कंट्री ऑफ ओरिजिन इंडिया है या था वो कहां जायें। ऐसे लोगों को इस बिल के तहत अब सारी सुविधा दी जायेगी।"


Hindu refugees from Pakistan living in Majnu ka Tila in Delhi are celebrating the passage of Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019.

A family residing in the resettlement colony named their newborn daughter Nagrikta after Parliament passed the bill. Speaking to AIR News, mother of the newborn Aarti said, the baby was born while Lok Sabha was discussing the Bill and they are very happy.

"नागरिकता, खुशी के मारे नागरिकता नाम रखा। हमें बहुत खुशी मिल रही है, हमें नागरिकता मिल गई। दो-दो खुशियां मिली हैं। मेरी बेटी नागरिकता हो गई, नागरिकता मिल गई।"

Mangan who came to Delhi from Pakistan nearly 6 years ago, said, their life was troubled and very painful in Pakistan.

"हमारे को पांच छह साल हो गए हैं वो तो खुशिया हैं हमारी हमारी नागरिकता बन गयी ये अच्छा किया"

A youth Radhe Kishan Advani said, they are celebrating on the passage of the Bill.

"नागरिकता इंडिया की कर रहे हैं, पाकिस्तान से आये तो इंडिया का ही आप को बनाएंगे पहले पाकिस्तानी कैंप बोलते थे अब रिफ्यूजी कैंप बोलने लगे हैं मोदी सरकार का बहुत धन्यवाद"

Majnu ka Tila area is home to about 150 Hindu families who fled Pakistan to seek refuge after religious persecution. 


The Supreme Court, today, dismissed a batch of petitions seeking review of its November 9 Ayodhya land dispute case verdict, which cleared the way for construction of Ram Temple at the disputed site. A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, which took these review pleas for consideration in-chamber, rejected them after finding no merits. 

There were 18 review petitions, out of which nine had been filed by parties who were part of the earlier litigation and the other nine filed by "third parties". The bench considered review pleas of only those who were parties to the four lawsuits filed initially. With the rejection of these review petitions, the consequential request of parties for an open court hearing on these pleas also got dismissed.


In Jharkhand, polling concluded peacefully for the third phase of Assembly elections today. An estimated 62.35 per cent polling has been recorded.

Talking to media persons in Ranchi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Jharkhand Vinay Kumar Choubey said that polling ended peacefully in all 17 assembly segments spread over eight districts.

The CEO said that the percentage is likely to increase after receiving the final poll figures. Mr Choubey said with respect to 2014 assembly elections this time there is 1.67 percent decline in voting percentage on 17 seats.

Electoral fortune of 309 candidates including 32 women candidates are sealed in EVM in this phase.

"In Naxal affected areas voters were enthusiastic to cast their vote. Maximum 77 percent polling registered in Silli constituency followed by 73 in Ichagarh and 70.5 in Ramgarh assembly segment. Out of 17 assembly seats 13 assembly segments crossed the ceiling of 60 percent polling percentage. Divyang voters outnumbered all class of electorates with more than 88 percent turnout witnessed in this section. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News Ranchi"  


In Jharkhand, campaigning for the Fourth and Fifth phase of assembly elections in the state has gained momentum. Senior leaders of all Political parties are taking a whirlwind tour of the state and addressing rallies to woo the voters.


Portfolios in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra were allotted today, two weeks after Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as Chief Minister along with six ministers -- two each from Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress. Our correspondent reports that State cabinet expansion is likely to take place after the winter session of the state legislature ends on December 21.

"Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde has been given the charge of Home, Urban Development, Forest, Environment, Water Supply, Water Conservation, Tourism, Public Undertakings, Parliamentary Affairs departments. NCP minister Jayant Patil has been allocated Finance and Planning, Housing, Public Health. Balasaheb thorat has been given Revenue, Energy, Medical Education, School Education. Nivedita Bhorkar Air News Mumbai"


Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has postponed his visit to India. He was scheduled to arrive in New Delhi this evening to take part in the Sixth Indian Ocean Dialogue in the national capital. Briefing media in New Delhi, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the Bangladesh side have conveyed that the Minister has changed his programme on account of domestic issues pertaining to the commemoration of the ‘Victory Day’ in Bangladesh on 16th December. He added that any speculation, that this development is connected with legislation adopted by Parliament yesterday regarding the Citizenship Amendment Bill is unwarranted.


Delhiites witnessed thundershowers this evening, which brought the temperature down by several notches. The late evening rain also brought the air pollution levels down. The Air Quality Index level came down to 150, which falls in the poor category.  Maximum temperature was recorded at 18 degrees Celsius while the minimum came down to 12 degrees Celsius which is four notches below normal. Met department has forecast thunderstorm with hail tomorrow as well.

Uttarakhand today witnessed fresh spell of snowfall in the higher altitudes along with medium rainfall in many areas triggering cold waves across the state. The MET Department has predicted heavy to very heavy snowfall at altitudes 2200 m and above in Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Bageshwar and Pitthoragarh. Cold day conditions likely to occur at a few places in Uttarakhand on 13 and 14 December. In some districts schools will remain closed tomorrow.

In Himachal Pradesh, cold wave conditions intensified following rain, snowfall in many parts of the state. The meteorological department said the maximum temperature dropped by 7-8 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature in Kufri in Shimla district was recorded below freezing point. The MeT office has issued a yellow weather warning of rain and snowfall in the state tomorrow. In Rajasthan, the weatherman has predicted light rains at some places in the state during next 24 hours. In Jammu & Kashmir light rains lashed Srinagar and other parts of the area. Fresh Snowfall started during the day in the higher reaches of Kashmir and Kargil in Ladakh. It was also reported from Gulmarg in North Kashmir's Baramulla District. Met Office says the decision to allow vehicular traffic on the highway will be taken tomorrow morning on the basis weather and road conditions.


Defending Champion P.V. Sindhu's campaign in the year-ending BWF World Tour Final was all but over after the Indian lost to China's Chen Yufei 22-20, 16-21, 12-21 in Guangzhou, China today.


Domestic Stocks today closed with gains of more than 0.4 per cent amid positive cues from global markets. Sensex at Bombay stock exchange settled 169 points up at 40,582. Nifty at National Stock Exchange also added 62 points to close at 11,972. 


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