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Didi protests against NRC in West Bengal

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Didi protests against NRC in West Bengal

On Thursday  West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Mamata Banerjee led a protest march against the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Mamata Banerjee said that the BJP led government cannot shut Bengal’s mouth like they were able to do in Assam. She also said that she did not agree with the NRC for the sake of religion.

State BJP president, Dilip Ghosh had said that the NRC cannot be implemented under Trinamool Congress regime. However, Ghosh said that the NRC will be taken up in the state and illegal immigrants will be identified and driven out just the way it was done in Assam.

“You won’t be able to shut Bengal’s mouth as you did in Assam by using your police. Suddenly, you are teaching us religion as if we don’t celebrate Eid, Durga Puja, Muharram, and Chhath Puja,” Mamata Banerjee slammed the BJP’s claims on bringing NRC to Bengal.

She also said that if BJP leaders wished to come to see how Bengalis celebrated Durga puja, they were welcome. “They can come for khichdi, payesh as Prasad,” she said.

Both the Trinamool Congress and the BJP are engaged in competitive politics over celebration of Durga Puja in the state.

Mamata Banerjee said, “For the sake of religion, for the sake of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and Christians, I don’t agree with the NRC.” She also said that they did not need lessons on religion from the BJP.

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New York: 4 dead, 3 injured in shooting in Brooklyn

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New York City police say four people have been killed in a shooting in Brooklyn that also injured three others.

An NYPD spokesman says police responding to a call about shots fired just before 7 am Saturday found four men dead at the scene. A woman and two men suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the shooting took place at 74 Utica Avenue, in the Weeksville neighborhood of Brooklyn. That address corresponded to a private social club on an online map of the street, but police couldn’t immediately describe the type of building in which the shooting took place.

No arrests have been made. Police said the information is preliminary and didn’t provide further details.

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Women and children exempted from the odd-even scheme in Delhi

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Women and people traveling with children under 12 years of age will be exempted from the odd-even scheme, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday.

At a press conference at the Delhi Secretariat, Arvind Kejriwal said that privately-owned CNG vehicles will not be exempted from the scheme, unlike last time.

The road-rationing of the Delhi government to curb pollution will be implemented for the third time in the national capital after Diwali from November 4 to 15.

“Women driving alone, cars having all women as occupants and women accompanied by children aged less than 12 years will be exempted,” he said.

The decision has been taken keeping in mind their safety, Arvind Kejriwal added.

A decision on whether two-wheelers should be exempted from the scheme or not is yet to be taken and we are consulting experts, he said.

Earlier, sources in the transport department said the government may exempt women, two wheelers and CNG-run vehicles this year as well just like the last two editions of scheme in 2016.

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Pakistan is failed to internationalize Kashmir Issue: PaK Imran Khan

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Pakistan is failed to internationalize Kashmir Issue: PaK Imran Khan

Admitting that Pakistan has failed in its attempts to internationalize the Kashmir issue, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that he is “disappointed with the international community” over the issue.

Pakistan has been repeatedly snubbed by the international community on several platforms after it cried foul over India’s decision to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, with many countries backing New Delhi on the matter.

“(I am) Disappointed by the international community…There’s no pressure yet on Modi,” Imran Khan said, adding, “We’ll keep putting the pressure.”

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Pakistan’s envoy to the UN Maleeha Lodhi were also present at the press conference where Imran Khan spoke.

Both PM Modi and Imran Khan are currently in New York for the UN General Assembly. The two Prime Ministers have also held separate bilateral meetings with US President Donald Trump, who renewed his offer to mediate between the two countries while underscoring that he’ll only do so only if asked by both countries.

Imran Khan also acknowledged India’s economic stature and global prominence while theorising why Pakistan’s narrative on Kashmir is being overlooked. “The reason is that people look upon India as a market of 1.2 billion people,” he claimed.

Even as the world community has respected India’s decision in Kashmir, Pakistan has vowed to bring the topic up when Imran Khan addresses the UN General Assembly on Friday.

Earlier this month, Pakistan Interior Minister Brigadier Ijaz Ahmed Shah had admitted that Islamabad has failed to get support from the international community over its stand on the Kashmir issue. “People do not believe us but they believe them (India),” the minister had said.

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