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  • Lok Sabha unanimously passes Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Sixth Amendment) Bill,  extending reservation for SCs and STs by another ten years.

  • Arms (Amendment) Bill approved by Parliament,  intends to decrease  number of individual arm license and increase the quantum of penalties for violations .

  • Campaigning for third phase of Jharkhand assembly elections ends; polling for 17 constituencies  on Thursday.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind says crimes against women, forces  society to think its vision of equal rights.

  • In sports, 13th South Asian Games conclude in Kathmandu: India finish on top. 


The Lok Sabha has passed the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019 with bipartisan support. All 355 members in the House voted in favour of the Bill when it was put to division. The amendment seeks to extend reservation for SCs and STs by another ten years. Originally the reservation was to expire by the 25th of January next year.The Bill is intended to extend it till 25th of January 2030.

In his reply to the discussion, Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said, the SCs and STs have been subjected to deprivation and discrimination for long and therefore the extension of reservation is a just move. He said, a new generation of leadership is arising from among the deprived communities due to the political reservation being extended to them.

Earlier, initiating the discussion, Hibi Eden of the Congress said,  a committee should be constituted to study the present socio-economic, education and job status of the Anglo-Indian community in the country.

Welcoming the extension of reservation for the SCs and STs DMK member Kanimozhi stressed that Women’s Reservation Bill should also be passed.

Krupal B.Tumane of the Shiv Sena welcomed the Bill, adding the plight of Anglo-Indians should also be considered.

Sunil Kumar Pintu of the JD(U) welcomed the Bill and suggested that, those from the reserved category who have been elevated to a significant level in terms of economic status and power may give up reservation so that other deserving people in the same category could benefit.

Bhartruhari Mahtab of the BJD expressed concern over the changing demography of tribal and forest areas due to industrialization and urbanization.

Supriya Sule of the NCP, while welcoming the extension of the reservation, said all stakeholders should have been consulted before drafting the Bill.


The Parliament passed the Arms (Amendment) Bill 2019 with the Rajya Sabha approving it today. The Bill seeks to amend the Arms Act, 1959. It intends to decrease the number of licensed arms allowed per person and increase the quantum of penalties for violations of the law. The Bill also increases the duration of the validity of the arms license from three years to five years.

Replying to the discussion, Minister of State for Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy said, the manufacturing of illegal arms and its smuggling is a cause of concern and effective regulations are needed for the safety of the people.

"ये कानून पहले था, उसको थोडा हम सुधार रहे हैं। यह कानून नया नहीं है। आज के दृष्टिकोण से इलीगल आर्मस बढ़ रहे हैं, टेरेरिस्टर है। मैं बताना चाहता हूं पुलिस स्टेशन के ऊपर अटैक करके आर्मस लेकर जा रहे हैं। इसलिए जो पुलिस के पास, सुरक्षा दल के पास, सिक्योरिटी फोर्ससिस के पास गन छीन के ले जाते हैं, उसको कड़ा से कड़ा सजा होना चाहिए।"

Participating in the discussion, Hussain Dalwai of the Congress said, this Bill will impose a strict ban on  illegal arms as most of the crimes are committed by illegal and unlicensed arms. Subhasish Chakraborty of TMC demanded that the government should take strict action for curbing the illegal arms. Shukhram Singh Yadav of Samajwadi Party said, licensing rights should remain with the State government and the arms license renewal process must be simplified. Ramchandra Prasad Singh of the JD(U)  said that  an effective disposal mechanism should be put in place for those who wants to surrender their additional arms. Echoing the same view, V. Laxmikantha Rao of TRS said, issuing authority should remain careful while issuing the arms license. Digvijay Singh of the Congress demanded that the Bill be sent to the Select Committee for further scrutiny. Binoy Vishwam of the CPI said that only one weapon should be allowed per person. 


The Government today clarified that it does not intend to bring ‘water’ in the Concurrent List from the State List. Jal Shakti Minister, Gajendra Singh said in the Rajya Sabha that the subject of water was kept in the State List after detailed deliberations in the Constituent Assembly and the Centre is of the view that the present arrangement should continue. He was replying to a calling attention motion on the need for completion of National Irrigation Projects to tackle the emerging water crisis and to transfer ‘water’ to the Concurrent List from the State List.


India has said the statement made by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, USCIRF on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is neither accurate nor warranted. In response to queries regarding comments made by the USCIRF on the Bill, External Affars Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said it is regrettable that the body has chosen to be guided by its prejudices and biases on a matter on which it has little knowledge and no locus standi. Mr Kumar said the Bill provides expedited consideration for Indian citizenship to persecuted religious minorities already in India from certain contiguous countries.

Mr Kumar added that the Citizenship Amendment Bill does not affect the existing avenues available to all communities interested in seeking citizenship from doing so.

The spokesperson further stated that neither the Bill nor the National Register of Citizens process seeks to strip citizenship from any Indian citizen of any faith. He said suggestions to that effect are motivated and unjustified. 


The Shiv Sena today said that it will not support the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha until there is clarity on the party's queries. Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray said a detailed discussion and debate on the Bill was necessary. After some initial opposition, the Sena had however supported the bill in the Lok Sabha, where it was passed yesterday. 


Assam State BJP President Ranjit Kumar Dass has claimed that the party is committed to fulfilling the Clause Six of the Assam Accord. Clause Six has given special protection to the people of the state. Talking to AIR, Mr. Dass said that a committee has already been set up to implement clause six of the Assam Accord. He also thanked Prime Minister and Union Home Minister for passing the Citizenship Amendment Act.


President Ram Nath Kovind today said incidents of crime against women have been reported from many parts of the country recently. He said such incidents force people to think whether society has lived up to its vision of equal rights. Speaking at a function in New Delhi on the occasion of Human Rights Day, Mr Kovind said effective strengthening of human rights at the ground level is a collective task of society. He said the ideal way to commemorate the day is for the whole world to introspect what more is to be done to uphold the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

"In many parts of the world human rights of those who are vulnerable are flagrantly violated. Thus the ideal way to commemorate the World Human Rights Day, is for the whole world to introspect what more we need to do to live up to the letter and spirit of the sacred text of the declaration."


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said parliamentarian and legislators are a critical part of the democracy. They have a responsibility to take the people voices into parliament and help shape the nation. Speaking at the 3rd edition of the Lokmat Parliamentary Awards  in New Delhi this evening, he said MPs represent the growing aspirations and changing expectations of the people. The Vice President gave away awards to eight Parliamentarians for their outstanding performance and contribution in Parliament.

"The award itself is a very noble idea because identifying the contribution of Members of Parliament, recognizing them, facilitating them is sending a message to the society and also to other Members of Parliament that if you perform better you will also be recognized."


In Jharkhand, campaigning for the third phase of Assembly elections ended this evening. 17 Assembly constituencies spread over eight districts will go to the polls in this phase on Thursday. Due to security reasons, the polling process would be completed in 12 constituencies between 7.00 AM to 3.00 PM. In the remaining five assembly segments- , the polling would continue till 5.00 P.M. In the third phase a total of309 candidates including 32 women are in the fray.

Our correspondent reports on the last day of campaigning, leaders of all political parties remained busy in hectic public meetings and election rallies.

"In the third phase all the political parties raised issues in tune with their political milieu and base during public meetings and rallies. BJP leaders tried to encash their contribution towards good governance  and political stability in the state. Besides this abrogation of article 370, Ram Mandir Ayodhya issue and National Citizenship Register (NRC) issue almost remained part of every BJP campaigner’s address. Congress, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and RJD alliance consistently raised problems of employment, agriculture and problem of tribal land acquisition during their campaigns. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News, Ranchi."


Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar has said that India has reduced emissions intensity of GDP by 21 percent and is on track to achieve the goal of 35 percent  emissions reduction as promised in Paris. He was addressing 25th session of Conference of Parties (COP) under the UN framework convention on Climate Change, in Madrid, Spain today.

The Minister said, India is simultaneously progressing on solar, biomass and wind energy.  The Minister said, from April next year vehicles will be Bharat Standard Six (VI) compliant for emission norms.


India, for the first time, ranks among the top 10 in this year's Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) released today at the COP25 climate summit in Madrid, Spain. The current levels of per capita emissions and energy use in India, ranked 9th in the high category showing that emissions are still comparatively low. However, despite high rating for its Climate Policy performance, experts point out that India has yet to develop a roadmap to phase-out fossil fuel subsidies and reduce the country's high dependence on coal.The index is  jointly presented by German watch, NewClimate Institute and Climate Action Network.   


The International Court of Justice (ICJ) started hearing on the case of Rohingya atrocities by Myanmar today. The case has been brought to the ICJ by Gambia alleging that Myanmar has violated the 1948 Genocide Convention. Gambia is backed by 57 countries of Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC). Myanmar has consistently denied the allegation of atrocities against the Rohingyas.


The Benchmark indices today closed lower, dragged by widespread selling in bank, energy and IT stocks. The rupee, however, appreciated 12 paise against the US dollar. A report 

"Sensex at Bombay stock exchange settled 248 points down at 40,240. Nifty at National Stock Exchange also slipped 81 points to close at 11,857. However, the rupee at forex market appreciated 12 paise to 70 rupees and 92 paise against the US currency. Gold prices fell 95 rupees to 38,460 rupees per 10 gram in the national capital. And ... Brent crude prices were trading around 64 dollars per barrel in intra day trade."  ARJUN CHOUDHARY, AIR NEWS


The 13th South Asian Games concluded in Nepal this evening. Thousands of sports lovers witnessed gala closing ceremony held at historic Dasaratha Rangshala in Kathmandu. Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal, Ishwar Pokharel graced the occasion as Chief Guest. A large number of other dignitaries also attended the closing ceremony. India finished on top with 312 medals comprising 174 gold, 93 silver and 45 bronze.  Host Nepal remained second and Sri Lanka got third place. On the final day of the Games, India clinched 10 gold, 2 silver and one bronze.


In Cricket, the 3rd and final Twenty20 International between India and the West Indies will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai tomorrow.  The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.  Presently the series is level 1 all. All India Radio will broadcast a live commentary of the match alternately in Hindi and English from 6.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. or till the end of the match.  It can be heard on the Rajdhani and FM Rainbow Networks.


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