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Hundreds arrested in India during days of protests over citizenship law

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: More than 1,500 protesters have been arrested across India in the past 10 days, officials said, as police try to quell sometimes violent demonstrations against a citizenship law that critics say undermines the country’s secular constitution. Additionally, some 4,000 people have been detained and then released, the officials …

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India-held Kashmir suffers $2.4bn economic losses since lockdown

SRINAGAR: A lockdown in India-held Kashmir has cost its economy more than $2.4 billion since the Modi government stripped it of its special status, officials of the Himalayan region’s main trade organisation said on Wednesday. “In the last 120 days we have witnessed how each and every sector has bled …

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Indian court refuses to stop implementation of citizenship law

NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court turned down a plea on Wednesday to stop the implementation of a new citizenship law based on religion that has set off violent protests in the country, but said it would hold hearings next month on the sweeping measure. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) makes …

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Dissent, resignations following BJP’s citizenship law

ASSAM: As protests in India, against a discriminatory citizenship law, entered its sixth day, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is facing resistance from within its ranks, as members resign and allies break away. Jagadish Bhuyan, the BJP leader in Assam, parted from his party on December 14, in protest …

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Japan PM planning to cancel trip to India over security fears: reports

NEW DELHI: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to scrap a visit to northeast India as the security situation there deteriorates following the passage of a controversial citizenship bill, media reported on Friday. Abe had announced plans to visit India from Sunday to Tuesday for talks with Prime Minister …

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Modi gets clean chit in Gujarat massacre

NEW DELHI: A commission of inquiry on Wednesday absolved Prime Minister Narendra Modi of any responsibility in the 2002 pogrom of Muslims. The Nanavati-Mehta Commission also absolved the state administration, ministers and police officers from any complicity, direct or indirect, and also ruled out any conspiracy to organise the large-scale …

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Army deployed as contentious Indian citizenship bill debated

GUWAHATI: Indian authorities in the far-flung northeast called in troops Wednesday to help contain demonstrators opposed to contentious citizenship legislation expected to be approved by the upper house, officials said. Troops were deployed to the state of Tripura and were on standby in Assam, a senior army official said, as …

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