Indian Sub-continent

India's economic growth estimated 4.8% by IMF, Chidambaram thinks it's lower

New Delhi, Jan 21 (PTI) With the IMF lowering India's economic growth estimate for the current fiscal to 4.8 per cent, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Tuesday claimed an attack on the world body and its chief economist Gita Gopinath by government ministers was imminent.

He also alleged that the growth figure of 4.8 per cent given by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is after some "window dressing" and he won't be surprised if it goes even lower.

India: Man get life sentense for sexually assaulting minor girl

Coimbatore, Jan 20 (PTI) A court here on Monday sentenced a 27-year-old man to life imprisonment for sexually abusing a minor girl two years ago.

The prosecution case was that Sathish Kumar, hailing from a village near Gobichettipalayam in Erode district, had abducted the 16-year-old girl in February, 2017, took her to a lonely place and sexually assaulted her as the girl had rejected his love proposal.

India: TDP chief, 17 MLAs taken in police custody

Amaravati, Jan 20 (PTI) Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu and at least 17 MLAs of his party were taken in police custody late on Monday as they tried to conduct a foot march from the state assembly to nearby Mandadam village in violation of prohibitory orders.

TDP leaders started off on the march after staging a sit-in near the assembly main entrance following the suspension of 17 MLAs from the House for the day.

India: Woman IPS officer assaulted, molested by AR rifleman in Manipur

Imphal, Jan 21 (PTI) A woman IPS officer has alleged that a rifleman of Assam Rifles physically assaulted and molested her at a check post near Moreh town in Manipur's Tengnoupal district, police said on Tuesday.

Based on a written complaint of the IPS officer, an FIR has been registered against rifleman P K Pandey and a summons has been issued to him to appear before the police station concerned, the police said.

Manipur DGP L M Khaute told reporters on Monday, "We have contacted the Assam Rifles authorities. A complaint has been lodged by the officer."

India: Modi, Shah are a drag on Indian democracy: Sibal

New Delhi, Jan 21 (PTI) Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Tuesday said the nationwide protests against the amended citizenship law reflected that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah were a "drag on Indian democracy".

Sibal's comments come after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had on Monday lowered India's economic growth estimate for the current fiscal to 4.8 per cent and listed the country's much-lower-than-expected GDP numbers as the single-biggest drag on its global growth forecast for two years.

Indian troops martyr two Kashmiri youth in Pulwama

ISLAMABAD, Jan 21 (APP): Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two Kashmir youth in Pulwama district, today, in Indian occupied Kashmir.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the youth were killed during a cordon and search operation led by Indian central Reserve police Force, Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operation Group of Indian army in Awanitpora area of the district. With the latest killing, the number of martyred youth during the past 48 eight hours has risen to 5. The troops killed three youth in Shopian district, yesterday.

India: Despite protests, CAA will not be withdrawn: Amit Shah

Lucknow, Jan 21 (PTI) Attacking the opposition for "misleading" people on the Citizenship Amendment Act, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said the law will not be scrapped despite the protests over it.

Addressing a rally here in support of the CAA, Shah also declared that construction of a Ram temple touching the skies in Ayodhya will begin within three months.

He said there is no provision in the amended law for taking anyone's citizenship away. A canard is being spread against the CAA by the Congress, SP, BSP, and Trinamool Congress.

How India ended up in turmoil over citizenship

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has been embroiled in protests since December, when Parliament passed a bill amending the country’s citizenship law. The new law provides a fast track to naturalization for some migrants who entered the country illegally while fleeing religious persecution. But it excludes Muslims, which critics say is discriminatory and a violation of India’s Constitution. Here’s a brief look at how India has grappled with citizenship:


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