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0815 HRS

0815 HRS.

13th December, 2019


  • President Ram Nath Kovind gives assent to Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

  • Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal appeals for peace and says all steps will be taken to safeguard the interests of  people of the state. 

  • Campaigning intensifies for fourth and fifth phases of Jharkhand Assembly elections.

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says Centre to honour its commitment to states with regard to GST compensation.

  • Heavy rain lashes several parts of North India; Met department issues red in parts of Uttarakhand.


President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, turning it into an Act. According to an official notification, the Act comes into effect with its publication in the official gazette yesterday.  The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday and by the Lok Sabha on Monday.

The Act makes illegal migrants of six communities - Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till the December 31st, 2014 eligible for Indian citizenship. The amendment is not applicable to the tribal areas of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram or Tripura as included in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution and in the areas covered under the Inner Line Permit. The Government has said that there is a need to differentiate between intruders and refugees and the Citizenship Amendment Bill does not discriminate against anyone and does not snatch anyone's rights.


Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the people of the state need not worry about the Citizenship Amendment Bill as their traditions, culture, language, and political and land rights will be protected by implementing Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. Mr Sonowal said some people are trying to spread misinformation to mislead people and aggravate the situation.

"I appeal all section of society please come forward and create a situation of peace and tranquility. So that we could create an environment through which our young generation boys and girls student community can study and excel there academic brilliance in the journey of their career building process. And I hope the people of Assam will consider our appeal sensibly".

The Chief Minister said, a committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Justice Biplab Sarmah, who has been given the task to prepare recommendations for ensuring the constitutional safeguards of the people of Assam.

Meanwhile, indefinite curfew continues in Guwahati city and Dibrugarh while night curfew has been imposed in Jorhat and Tinsukia. The Army and Assam Rifles have been deployed in Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Morigaon and Tezpur. Train and flight operations have been affected. Educational institutions also remain closed at a few districts. Senior officials are keeping a close watch on the situation.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured the people of Assam that they have nothing to worry after the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Addressing a rally in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, 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 Prime 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 of the Assam Accord.

"नॉर्थ-ईस् के करीब-करीब सभी राज् इस कानून के दायरे से बाहर हैं। नॉर्थ-ईस् समेत पूर्वी भारत को जिसे कांग्रेस ने अपने हाल पर छोड़ दिया था, हम उसे भारत के विकास का ग्रोथ इंजन बनाने के लिए काम कर रहे हैं। नॉर्थ-ईस् के, विशेषकर आसाम के अपने भाइयों -बहनों को अपील करता हूं कि आप अपने इस सेवक पर, अपने इस मोदी पर विश्वास रखिए। मैं नॉर्थ-ईस् के भाइयों-बहनों की किसी परम्परा, भाषा, रहन-सहन, संस्कृति किसी पर आंच नहीं आने दूंगा"  


The Inner Line Permit (ILP) regime has been extended to Manipur.  President Ram Nath Kovind signed an order in this regard. The move comes two days after Home Minister Amit Shah said that Manipur will be brought under the inner line permit regime. 

Manipur is the fourth state after Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram where the ILP regime has been made applicable. outsiders, including people from other states of the country, need to take permission to visit the ILP-regime states.


In Jharkhand, campaigning has intensified for the remaining two phases of assembly elections. 31 constituencies, mostly in Koylanchal (कोयलांचल) and Santhal Pargana (संताल परगना) regions, will go to polls in the fourth and fifth phases of the polls. Star campaigners are undertaking whirlwind tours in support of their party candidates.

"Addressing a public meeting in Littipara constituency in Pakur district senior BJP leader and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh alleged that Congress and its allies are desperate to grab power by any mean.The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) President Shibu Soren addressed rally in Poreyahat in Godda. Mr. Soren said only JMM and Congress can emancipate tribal people from scourge of exploitation. Jharkhand Vikas Morcha Chief Babu Lal Marandi claimed that in this election people want to change and bring new party government in Jharkhand. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News, Ranchi".

Senior BJP leader and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will address three public meetings today in Bagodar, Bengabad and Madhupur. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari will hold rallies in Pathargama and Rajmahal. Meanwhile, polling concluded peacefully for the third phase of Assembly elections yesterday. An estimated 62.35 per cent polling was recorded.


The Supreme Court will hear on December the 17 the plea filed by one of the four death-row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape-and-murder case seeking review of its 2017 judgement awarding him death penalty. A three-judge bench will hear the plea filed by convict Akshay Kumar Singh.

The apex court had on July the 9th last year dismissed the review pleas filed by the three other convicts Mukesh, Pawan Gupta  and Vinay Sharma, in the case saying no grounds have been made out by them for review of the 2017 verdict.


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has rejected the allegation of discrimination against non-BJP ruled states over the issue of GST compensation. She said, no state has been given the compensation since August and the Centre will honour its commitment to the states with regard to GST compensation. The Minister said this while replying to discussion on Appropriation (No 3) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha yesterday.

She said, IGST dues pertaining to 2017-18 were discussed in the GST council and a Group of Ministers has been formed to look into the issue.

After the Minister’s reply, the Rajya Sabha returned the Appropriation (No 3) Bill, 2019 to Lok Sabha. The Bill is related to issuing of additional government expenditure of over 21,246 crore rupees in the current fiscal.


The centre has contracted to import an additional 12,660 tonnes of onions and the shipment will start reaching India from the 27th of this month. An official release said with this, the total quantity of imports that have been contracted so far reached approximately 30,000 tonnes.

Department of Consumer Affairs has also directed state-owned trading agency MMTC to issue fresh tenders for additional 15,000 tonnes of onions.


Heavy rain lashed several parts of North India, including the national capital last night, under the influence of a western disturbance. The high altitude areas of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh including the famous ski resort of Gulmarg also experienced moderate snowfall, while the plains were lashed by rains yesterday. The weatherman has issued an orange warning for the twin Union Territories for moderate to heavy snowfall and rain today.  The 270-km Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed yesterday evening following moderate snowfall in and around Jawahar Tunnel.

In Himachal Pradesh Cold wave conditions intensified following rain and snowfall in many parts of the state for the last two days. The higher reaches of the hill-state in Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu and Shimla districts received snowfall whereas several other areas of the state witnessed rain. MeT department has forecast more rain and snowfall in the state today as well. In Uttarakhand red has been issued in wake of heavy rain and snowfall forecast by the Met Department.

"In Uttrakhand, due to extreme cold heavy snowfall at higher reaches all schools up to class 12th and Anganwadi Kendra have been closed in Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Dehradun and some other districts today. The state has issued a red for heavy snowfall in Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarkashi Disricts of Garhwal region. Raghwesh Pandey, AIR News, Dehradun".

In Rajasthan, heavy hailstorm across the state affected normal life and damaged Rabi crops.

"After the sudden change in the weather yesterday, heavy rain occurred with hailstones in many districts including Nagaur, Jhunjunu, Bikaner, Churu, Sikar, and Alwar. It causes extensive damage to the Rabi crops. Four persons have died due to incidents related to lightning. Expressing concern over the hailstorm and crop damage,  Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot directed officials to conduct survey of loss to crops.  The Met Department has said that in the northern part of the State, dense fog will remain in effect from today. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur".

In Madhya Pradesh, Shajapur received heavy rainfall and hailstorm yesterday.  Rain with high speed winds lashed several parts of Uttar Pradesh yesterday evening, bringing down the temperature several degrees  below normal. Several areas received hailstorm as well.

The national capital also experienced rain with strong winds, which is expected to improve the city's air quality.


The Uttar Pradesh government is taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mission to clean river Ganga to its logical conclusion.  Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath  yesterday visited Kanpur to take stock of preparations for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the city tomorrow for National Ganga Council Meeting.

"Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that Prime Minister Narendra Modiji has taken forward the campaign of Namami Gange for the cleanliness of Maa Ganga. After inspection, He said that  Kanpur's Sisamau Nallah that was the largest sewer drain in Asia, and for the 120 years the entire sewer of Kanpur city used to fall in to this  drain has been  fully tapped. He said The sewer has been  diverted to Sewer Treatment Plant and  not a single drop of sewer is falling in the Ganga. The CM said that dozens of such channels have also been tapped.  MS Yadav, AIR News, Lucknow."


Today is the last day of the Winter session of Parliament. The Anti-Maritime Piracy Bill, 2019 has been listed for consideration and passing in the Lok Sabha. Several key bills were passed in this winter session, including the Constitution Amendment Bill, and Chit Funds Amendment Bill.


In Britain, the ruling Conservative party led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson is all set to win overall majority in the snap elections held yesterday. According to the exit poll, Tories will get 368 out of 650 seats in the lower House of Commons. Labour will get 191, the Liberal Democrats 13 and the Brexit Party none. The final results are expected to be known by this evening.

Johnson had campaigned on a promise to get Brexit done vowing to end years of political turmoil over Britain's future that has weighed on the economy and divided the nation.



  • Newspapers this morning focus on the situation in the North East.

  • "Two killed in police firing in Guwahati as thousands defy curfew; PM urges calm", is the headline in The Times of India.

  • "Ayodhya order final, Supreme Court dismisses review pleas", highlights the Hindustan Times.

  • On portfolio distribution in Maharashtra, the Pioneer writes "Sena retains Home, plum Urban Development Ministries; NCP gets Finance, Congress Revenue portfolios in Uddhav-led Maharashtra government".

  • "Stop FPIs from Short-selling Stocks, Sebi Tells Custodians", is the lead in The Economic Times. The move comes after the markets regulator spotted instances of trade by foreign investors, selling shares as they don't have.

  • A lotus on your passport! The Statesman quotes MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar as saying, the symbol of our national flower on new passports is part of enhanced security features to identify fake passports."


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