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Bill may not help many Bangladeshi nationals

Only a small number Bangladeshi nationals are likely to benefit from the Citizenship Amendment Bill, as fewer than 200 people from the neighbouring country have so far availed the long-term visas (LTVs), a senior Home Ministry official said. The number of LTVs issued by the Union Home Ministry to Bangladeshi …

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Confusion over construction plan in Bandipur

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has opposed a proposal to construct elevated roads over the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. The proposal had triggered outrage and protests from NGOs. The tiger reserve, spread over nearly 912 sq km, is located in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka, constitutes an important …

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EVMs become a common grouse

Mamata Banerjee announcesfour-member panel on issue Several leaders of the Opposition who participated in the rally here on Saturday, raised concern on the use of electronic voting machines (EVM). At a press conference later in the day, a four-member committee was formed to look into the malfunctioning of these machines …

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Assam continues to burn

Shirtless rally in Tezpur, women’s march in Tinsukia Protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill showed no sign of waning in Assam on Saturday as agitators staged semi-clad protests in Tezpur, took out a women’s rally in Tinsukia, and organised a citizens’ meeting in Guwahati. In Tezpur town of Sonitpur district …

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Rural housing achieves only 66% target

States are delaying allotment of land for landless beneficiaries, says Centre With two and a half months to go for the end of this financial year, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Grameen) scheme to provide housing for the rural poor has achieved only 66% of its target to complete one …

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Centre invites feedback on draft Emigration Bill

The Ministry of External Affairs will entertain suggestions and comments on the draft Emigration Bill, 2019, giving an opportunity for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to air their views till Sunday. These can be e-mailed to dsoia1@mea.gov.in and so2oia1@mea.gov.in. Official sources said the new Bill would ensure the overall welfare and protection …

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Cabinet clears common building rules

Simplified application forms for planning permission, standardisation of development rules and elimination of the scope for discretion on the part of planning authorities are among the salient features of the Combined Development Regulation and Building Rules, cleared by the State Cabinet at a meeting on Friday. At the meeting that …

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