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India hails ‘strong’ ties with Israel after welc...

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New Delhi: India has hailed relations with Israel as “very strong” days after it urged Palestinians to consider a contentious US-devised Middle East plan. In a tweet posted in Hebrew language on Thursday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his satisfaction with New Delhi’s cooperation with Tel Aviv. “Thank you very much, my friend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. India-Israel relations are very strong…. We share common values,” Modi tweeted in response...

Muslims have 150 countries to live, Hindus have only one: Gu...

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New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday said that Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) must be implemented in letter and spirit across the country and said Muslims have 150 countries where they can go, but “for Hindus there is only one country – Bharat”. Wilayat Times reports that  JKNS monitoring says, leading a rally in support of CAA at Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Ashram, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani said while Muslims have 150 countries where they can go to, “for Hindus there is...

Muslims don’t need to worry about citizenship law :PM ...

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New Delhi: Narendera Modi, the Indian prime minister, has defended his government’s new citizenship law to try and counter the continuing countrywide protests against it, in which some 21 people have so far died in clashes with police. “We passed this bill to help the persecuted (non-Muslims),” Mr Modi declared at a rally in New Delhi on Sunday, where he accused the country’s opposition parties of spreading lies that it had been enacted to snatch away people’s nationality rights. In...

Huge gatherings in decades over India`s new controversial la...

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New Delhi:More than 1,500 protesters have been arrested across India in the past 10 days as protests continue to erupt across the country over a controversial citizenship law, officials say. Additionally, some 4,000 people have been detained and then released. At least 19 people have been killed in clashes between police and protesters since the Indian Parliament passed the law on December 11. The law aims to grant citizenship to minorities of the Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Sikh, Jain and Parsi...

Indian Foreign Minister cancels US meeting over Kashmir crit...

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New Delhi:India’s foreign minister has “abruptly cancelled” a meeting with senior United States Congress legislators after his demand to exclude a congresswoman critical of India over Kashmir was rejected, according to a report. Citing congressional aides, The Washington Post on Friday reported that Subrahmanyam Jaishankar was scheduled to meet members of the US Congress Foreign Affairs Committee, which included Democratic leader Pramila Jayapal. The Post said Jayapal is sponsoring...

India passes controversial Citizenship bill that excludes Mu...

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New Delhi:India’s parliament has passed a bill that would give Indian citizenship to immigrants from three neighboring countries but not if they are Muslim. The controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) will fast-track citizenship for religious minorities, including Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Opposition parties say the bill is unconstitutional as it bases citizenship on a person’s religion and would further marginalize...

Supreme Court judge raises referendum in Article 370 case...

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New Delhi: Supreme Court judge Surya Kant caused a stir in the courtroom on Wednesday when he mentioned “referendum” while seeking to know how the government of India could have ascertained will of the people of former state of J&K in the absence of an elected assembly. Kant made the remark while hearing a host of petitions challenging the validity of the government actions stripping the state of its special status and bifurcating it into two union territories as part of a five-judge bench...

Indian Army gets new US assault rifles in Kashmir Valley...

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New Delhi: In a major boost in defense system in Jammu and Kashmir and on the Line of Control (LoC), the Indian Army has started inducting its newly acquired American SiG Sauer assault rifles in operations. In addition, the Indian Army has also started getting supplies of ammunition for its sniper rifles as more than 21 lakh rounds have been ordered from vendors. “The first lot of 10,000 SiG 716 assault rifles has arrived in India and has been sent to the Northern Command,” top Indian...

PM Modi offered for Joint Work, I rejected says Sharad Pawar...

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New Delhi:CP chief Sharad Pawar has said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had proposed “working together” but he rejected the offer. Pawar made the claim in an interview to a Marathi TV channel on Monday. “Modi had offered me to work together. I told him that our personal relations are very good and they will remain that way but it is not possible for me to work together,” Pawar said. Pawar dismissed reports that Modi government offered to make him India’s President. “But...

Ayodhya-Babri Masjid Verdict:Land must be given to Hindus fo...

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Saturday paved the way for the construction of a Ram Temple by a Trust at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot an alternative 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a “prominent” place in the holy town in Uttar Pradesh In a bid to put an end to the more than a century old dispute that has torn the social fabric of the nation, the court in a unanimous 5-0 verdict ruled that the 2.77 acres of disputed land...