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Centre will throw “every single illegal immigrant”: Amit Shah

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Centre will throw "every single illegal immigrant": Amit Shah

On Monday Union Minister Amit Shah said that after Assam, the government’s plan to locate and weed out illegal immigrants will be taken across the country. Amid a huge discontent in Assam over the citizens’ registry, in which 19 lakh people have been left out, the minister said yesterday that the center will throw “every single illegal immigrant” out of the country.

“All states are worried about the NRC the national register of citizens),” Mr. Shah said today during his two-day visit to the northeast.

“Assam thinks NRC was wrong, smaller states felt there would be a spillover. Let me assure, not only Assam, we want the entire country to be cleansed of illegal migrants. We already have a plan ready. We will bring all states into confidence,” he said today.

Since the final NRC list was released, a section of BJP leaders in the state had expressed disappointment at the exclusion of a chunk of Bengali Hindus — who constitute 18 percent of Assam’s population and a majority of the party’s vote bank. Party MLA Silditya Dev had even alleged that the NRC as part of a “conspiracy to keep Hindus out and help Muslims”.

Mr.Shah said that NRC was a problem  “A lot of people think many people were left out of NRC. We want to assure that no illegal migrants will be able to stay in Assam and go to another state. We want the country to be rid of illegal migrants,” he said, assuring states like Meghalaya that have expressed concern about illegal migrants from Assam settling in their state.

At a North Eastern Council meeting in Guwahati yesterday, Amit Shah said, “I want to clearly say that 

Not a single illegal migrant will be allowed to stay in the country by the Government of India. That is our commitment”.

The Union Home Minister has also assured that the Centre had “no plan to abrogate the Article 371” of the constitution, which gives north-east its special status.

“Let me clarify this. (Articles) 370 and 371 have no relation. The citizenship bill will not hurt (Article) 371, the government of India will ensure it. We will ensure it does not infringe our tribal laws,” he said today, referring to the government’s plan to bring a bill that will grant Indian citizenship to members of six minority communities from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan even if they do not have valid documents.

The prospect of this that worried the northeastern states that want to keep their tribal culture free of outside influences.

The government’s move to end the special status of Jammu and Kashmir has left states like Nagaland — which also enjoys special status under Article 371 of the constitution – concerned.

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Hazy morning in Delhi-NCR, air quality continues to be ‘poor’

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People residing in the national capital and its adjoining areas such as Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida, and Ghaziabad woke up to a hazy morning on Tuesday as the air quality index (AQI) dipped again to the poor category for the sixth consecutive day.

The data collated by the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) showed the overall air quality of Delhi was docking at 252 at 8:30 am in the morning.

An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.

At Dhirpur, the AQI was 259 at 8:30 am, while at Mathura Road area it dipped to the ‘poor’ category at 296. Furthermore, the AQI near Pusa, Airport, Terminal 3 and Delhi University stood at 215, 293 and 241 respectively.

The air quality index is expected to plunge further around Diwali, if the availability of green crackers, as promised by the Central Government, is not ensured. Last year, during this festival, the apex court had banned conventional firecrackers and passed an order stating that only green crackers with reduced emissions will be allowed.

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Postpaid mobile phone services are restored but the Internet were still down

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Over 70 days after the Kashmir was put under an unprecedented lockdown and all communication lines were snapped, the government has restored postpaid mobile services in the Valley.

Postpaid mobile phone services have been restored on the state-run BSNL network in the Kashmir Valley.

Mobile internet and broadband still continue to be blacked out in the Valley since the August decision that saw a magnanimous shift in the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

On August 5, Home Minister Amit Shah had announced the government’s major decision to scrap Article 370 to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special status and also bifurcate the strife-torn state into two Union Territories.

Ever since, the government has imposed an unprecedented lockdown on the Valley, including the blackout of all communication lines.

On Saturday the J&K administration announced that some 40 lakh postpaid mobile phones will become operational from Monday noon.

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SC rejects PIL seeking to link social media accounts to Aadhaar

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The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a PIL seeking to link all social media accounts to Aadhaar to stop fake, troll accounts from overpowering social media platforms. The court has said all matters need not come to the apex court.

While hearing a PIL on social media accounts, the Supreme Court said, Everything doesn’t need to come to Supreme Court. This issue is before the Madras High Court and you can go there.

The plea sought a direction to the Centre for appropriate steps to link social media accounts with Aadhaar card to ‘check the menace of fake and paid news’. It was filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay.

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