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09 April, 2020, 03:06 AM IST



Assam, North East to face fuel supply problems if citizenship agitation continues

Indian Oil Corp (IOC) has been forced to shut down its Digboi refinery in Assam and is operating Guwahati unit at minimal throughput, while Oil India Ltd has been forced to shut LPG production and its crude oil production has dropped by 15-20 per cent, multiple sources at the state-owned companies said.

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Protestors at in Chennai continued their anti-CAA protest ...

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  • Students in large numbers were seen proceeding towards the Secretariat from all directions. Another group has reached Ganeshguri area, around 500 metres from the centre of power. They broke a barricade on GS Road following which the police resorted to lathi charge. Teargas shells were also lobbed at the students who also threw the shells back at the policemen.

    "I would like to tell my Muslim brothers and sisters that false propaganda is being spread on the issue of CAA. This Act is not to take anyone's citizenship but to give citizenship," Home Minister Amit Shah said while replying to the debate on Delhi violence in the Rajya Sabha.

    Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has maintained that less than five lakh people will be eligible to apply under the CAA, and those who are saying that one crore people will come to Assam will have to tender apology to public after the application process is wrapped up.

    Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that Assamese will be made a compulsory subject in all schools of the state and only those who have studied the language till Class 10 will be eligible for its government jobs.

    Mobile internet services resumed in Assam on Friday, ten days after it was snapped in the wake of violent protests over the new citizenship ...

    The BJP president's statement came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a parliamentary party meeting of the BJP asked MPs to spread awareness among the people in small groups about coronavirus and suggested that they should refrain from launching any mass agitation till April 15.

    The sit-in demonstration on the lines of Shaheen Bagh in Delhi began at Park Circus Maidan on January 7 with 60 women protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. "We were requested by the government to stop the gathering of protesters as a sit-in on a rotational basis. This has been allowed by the government," said Asmat Jamil, one of the organisers of Park Circus sit-in.

    ET spoke to the women protesters who said that the police came around 7 am when hardly 25 protesters were there. Salma Ahmed, one of the protesters, said the pressure to end the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has been building up over the last few days and the number of protesters had reduced significantly ever since the lockdown was announced in the city on Monday.

    Guwahati resembled a garrison town with Army, paramilitary and state police personnel occupying the city. Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Tezpur and Dhekiajuli were under curfew. Across Assam, houses of several BJP MLAs and BJP and RSS offices came under attack. Internet services remained suspended in ten districts.

    "You are kindly requested to take necessary action in view of advisory issued by the State Government and the Central Government regarding safety and prevention for COVID-19 and submit a report to the Commission within three days from the date of issue of this letter," the letter from the NCPCR said.

    Former Assam Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi said that he will file civil and criminal case against police in connection with five persons killed during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest.

    The minister said: “We want to be part of the pan-India NRC, however, if that is not happening we already have a petition in the Supreme Court where we have sought 20% re-verification of the names in the bordering districts. "

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