News Updates

25th July - 1st August
  • Assam NRC draft: 40 lakh fail to make it to citizenship list
    Amid heightened tension and tight security, the registrar general of India on Monday released the “final draft” of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in which the names of 2.89 crore out of 3.29 crore applicants were included, but 40 lakhs didn’t find mention, leaving them worried about their fate.
    They now face a nearly month-long process of filing claims and objections that begins from August 30. Though the government has ruled out taking coercive action against anyone, the draft NRC, touted to be proof of Indian citizenship in Assam, evoked angry reactions from Opposition parties that called it an exercise aimed at playing vote bank politics by dividing and ruling.
    To be officially recognised as an Indian citizen, residents of Assam had to submit documents proving that they or their families lived in the state before March 24, 1971. Family-wise application forms were to be submitted for getting names included in the updated NRC.
    According to the 1985 Assam Accord, the date of detection and deportation of foreigner from the state is March 25, 1971, irrespective of any religious affiliation, while for rest of India the date of detection and deportation of foreigners is 1951.
    The release of the NRC final draft, that is being monitored by the Supreme Court since 2015, marks the near culmination of a gigantic task aimed at addressing concerns of indigenous Assamese people over the presence of illegal migrants from Bangladesh.
    Over Rs 1,220 crore have been spent on the exercise since September 2013 during which 5.5 lak documents were sent to different states for verification and 27 lakh hearings held for special verification. The first NRC was prepared in 1951 following the first wave of immigrants from the then East Pakistan. The second wave of immigrants followed the creation of Bangladesh in 1971. (Asian Age 31.7.2018)
15th July - 24th July
  • Iran becomes India's No. 2 oil supplier, ahead of Saudi Arabia. (Reuters: 24.7.2018) Army wants Major General, not Colonel, as minimum retirement rank'. (Tribune: 18.7.2018)
  • Cong, others move no-trust motion against govt. (18.7.2018)
10th July - 13th July
  • Iran slams India for not fulfilling making promised investments in Chabahar port. (Asian Age: 11.7.2018)
  • Delhi getting buried in garbage, Mumbai sinking but govt doing nothing: SC
    The bench also slapped a fine of Rs two lakh each on "remaining defaulting states/UTs" whose lawyers were also not present in the courtroom during the hearing, without naming these states. (the Indian Express, 10 July, 2018)
  • UK-Ireland style open border best solution for Kashmir, says former CM Farooq Abdullah. (Hindustan Times 13.7.2018)
3rd July- 10 July
  • India, China to hold maritime dialogue
    In a move that indicates a growing thaw in military-level ties between India and China the two nations will conduct a bilateral maritime dialogue and Chinese Defence Minister Lieutenant General Wei Fenghe is expected to visit New Delhi.
  • Already a 10-member Chinese delegation, including eight from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), is on four-day visit to India. This includes a meeting with the Army’s Sukna-based 33 Corps that looks after Sikkim, the site of the Doklam stand-off last year.
  • The maritime dialogue would be at the Joint Secretary-level, sources confirmed; the last one was in 2016. This one comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a keynote address on June 1 at the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore focusing on the Indo-Pacific region. Modi’s speech had asked countries to follow ‘rules-based’ order and India’s stand of cooperating with the US on the ‘Indo-Pacific’ was considered a counter to China’s growing aggressiveness in that region.
  • On China’s position in the Indo-Pacific waters and the contested South China Sea, a source said, “We have never been critical. We have only asked for a rules-based order.”
  • In the recent past, separate bilateral maritime dialogues have already taken place with France and Indonesia. Sources said that besides China, India would be conducting a similar dialogue with Russia. (Tribune, 5 July, 2018)
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