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Earthquake strikes Philippines, no tsunami risk seen
Source:  BusinessLine
Sunday, 15 December 2019 13:56

The Philippines suffers regular tremors as part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire�, an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin

NRC should be implemented across India including Bihar, West Bengal: Giriraj Singh
Source:  Samachar
Sunday, 15 December 2019 13:55

Union Minister Giriraj Singh speaking to ANI in Patna on Sunday. Photo/ANI

Patna (Bihar) [India], Dec 15 (ANI): Union Minister Giriraj Singh on Sunday said that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) should be implemented across the country, including Bihar and West Bengal.
"The NRC should also be implemented across the country and in Bihar and West Bengal," Giriraj Singh told ANI here.
"The Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) has been passed by parliament. There is some confusion for sure in North-eastern India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that there will be no loss to the North-east due to CAA. But it is painful when students of Aligarh Muslim University, who have been motivated by Rahul Gandhi, protest against the CAA. The CAA is not a law to take away citizenship but to grant it. India is the only country where the opposition is against the country itself," he added.
Protests erupted in several parts of the North-east following the passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act seeks to grant Indian citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsi and Christian communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and who entered India on or before December 31, 2014.
However, the Act will not apply to areas covered under "The Inner Line" notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873.
"Nothing in this section shall apply to the tribal area of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram or Tripura as included in the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution and the area covered under "The Inner Line" notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873," read a Gazette notification. (ANI)

Hong Kong airport posts biggest passenger number fall in a decade
Source:  The Hindu
Sunday, 15 December 2019 13:55

The airport handled just over five million passengers, down 16.2% from a year earlier, Airport Authority Hong Kong said in a statement.

"No Automatic Citizenship": Centre As Northeast Protests Citizenship Act
Source:  NDTV News
Sunday, 15 December 2019 13:54

The centre moved to allay fears over an influx of Bangladeshi Hindu refugees into the North East this morning after violent protests engulfed Assam and parts of the North East for a fourth consecutive...

Lebanon counter-protesters clash with police in Beirut
Source:  The Siasat Daily
Sunday, 15 December 2019 13:54

Both Amal and Hezbollah are partners in Lebanon's cross-sectarian government.

Lebanon counter-protesters clash with police in Beirut

BEIRUT: Dozens of young people opposed to Lebanon’s anti-government protest movement clashed with riot police in Beirut on Saturday, throwing rocks and firecrackers against volleys of teargas.

Late Saturday afternoon, young counter-protesters from an area of Beirut dominated by the powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah and fellow Shiite movement Amal tried to raid a key anti-government protest camp in Martyrs’ Square.

Anti-riot police intervened, firing teargas to disperse them.

The square, in central Beirut, has been at the epicenter of protests which flared in mid-October over perceived official corruption, poor services, and economic woes.

These large anti-government rallies, which grew into calls for a root-and-branch overhaul of the state, have mostly passed off peacefully. 

However, clashes have become more frequent in recent weeks, with supporters of Hezbollah and Amal attacking protest camps in several cities amid counter-demonstrations. 

Both Amal and Hezbollah are partners in Lebanon’s cross-sectarian government.

The counter-protests have taken place in the capital and other Lebanese cities in recent weeks, prompting the leader of Hezbollah on Friday to urge his supporters — and those of Amal — to stay calm. 

Hassan Nasrallah said that the “anger” of some of his movement’s members had gone “out of control” but stressed it had been quickly contained.

In a televised address, he urged his supporters to exercise “patience”.

On Saturday evening, clashes involving anti-government protesters erupted in Beirut at the entrance to the street leading to parliament, which was blocked by security forces.

Images broadcast by local TV channel LBC showed the anti-government protesters trying to break through metal police barricades, and officers firing tear gas and beating them. 

The demonstrators overturned heavy flower pots and shouted slogans hostile to the security forces and parliament speaker Nabih Berri, the footage showed.

Security services had already used force to disperse anti-government protesters earlier this week. 

The protest movement forced the resignation of prime minister Saad Hariri on October 29 and official talks to name his replacement are to start Monday.

The process of forming a government will take place as Lebanon faces an economic crisis.

Check out more stories at The Siasat Daily

Ex-cricketer involved in UP brawl
Source:  Samachar
Sunday, 15 December 2019 13:54

Meerut, Dec 15 (IANS) Former cricketer Praveen Kumar has been accused of beating up his neighbour and manhandling a minor boy.

According to the neighbour, Deepak Sharma: "I was waiting for my son at the bus stop at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Kumar came in his car and started abusing the bus driver first and later, he abused me.

"He was in an inebriated state. He thrashed me and pushed my seven-year-old son. I have fractured my hand."

Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Narain said: "Both neighbours informed the police about the incident. We are investigating the matter based on their statements.

"Further action will be taken accordingly. The medical process is also done."

The victim Deepak Sharma claimed that the police had refused to register his complaint and told him to approach higher authorities as the case is related to an international cricketer.

"Now the police are forcing me to compromise. Moreover, I have started receiving death threats," he stated.

Praveen Kumar refused to speak to the media or issue a stament on the incident.


IIT student Fathima Latheef's suicide case referred to CBI by Tamil Nadu govt
Source:  India Today
Sunday, 15 December 2019 13:53

On November 8, Fathima Latheef, a 19-year-old undergraduate student of Humanities at IIT-Madras, allegedly committed suicide in her hostel room.

No law and order in WB: BJP MP Arjun Singh after attack on his vehicle
Source:  Samachar
Sunday, 15 December 2019 13:52

BJP MP from Barrackpore, Arjun Singh speaking to ANI.

North 24 Pargana (West Bengal) [India], Dec 15 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Barrackpore Arjun Singh on Sunday demanded that President's rule should be imposed in West Bengal after his vehicle was attacked.
"Our car was attacked with bricks and then a bomb was hurled near it, while I was returning from Kankinara. Police is watching silently. There is no law and order in West Bengal. President's rule should be imposed in the state," he said.
Accusing Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government of inciting violence in the state, he said, "The country is watching Trinamool Congress inciting violence. They loot and set houses of BJP people on her. Mamata Banerjee knows that law and order in the state has gone out of her control. Criminals feel motivated in the state," Singh told ANI. (ANI)

Morris Garages bullish on Indian automobile sector, to invest Rs 3,000 crore
Sunday, 15 December 2019 13:50

KOLKATA: Morris Garages (MG), a British automobile brand now owned by SAIC of China, is bullish on Indian market and plans to invest Rs 3,000 crore more in the country, a company official said.

MG Motor India, has already spent Rs 2,000 crore in the country and commenced manufacturing operations at its plant at Halol in Gujarat, the official said.

“We are committed to India and have started our journey in July this year. We have a long-term plan for the country and will make further investment of Rs 3,000 crore,”

MG Motor India chief commercial officer Gaurav Gupta told PTI. The carmaker has so far sold nearly 13,000 units of its internet SUV, MG Hector, he said.

Gupta said the company will launch an electric internet sport utility vehicle and will have a total of four models by July 2021, all in the SUV segment.

With good response from the customers, the company had to increase production levels from November onward, he said, adding that the car manufacturer would focus on the SUV segment as it is fastest growing and in tandem with the global trend.

The company also focuses on expanding customer service centres and around 250 showroom-cum-workshops will be put in place by March 2020, he said.

“In MG, we strive to attain for a balanced work force and diversity is core to the ethos of the company”, Gupta added. (agencies)

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‘Dabangg 4’ has fallen in place: Salman Khan
Sunday, 15 December 2019 13:49

MUMBAI: Superstar Salman Khan said he is glad the fourth instalment of his “Dabangg” franchise has already fallen in place.

The superstar is back in the avatar of cop Chulbul Pandey with “Dabangg 3”, directed by Prabhudeva. But Salman has already started looking at the fourth chapter in the series and is ready to work on it.

“It is very difficult (to take a franchise forward). But this one has fallen in place. Even the fourth one has fallen in place. It happens sometimes, like ‘Rocky’ or ‘Rambo’ series, which falls in place. So this one has too,” Salman said in a group interview.

The actor said “Dabangg 3” is “semi-prequel” as it chronicles both past and present.

“I came up with a thought and Arbaaz and I just kept on improvising, brainstorming. We wanted to start from the present and go in the past to track the journey of Chulbul Pandey and how his past comes in his present. It’s not entirely a prequel. The whole film isn’t set in the past. It’s semi-prequel.”

Over the course of his career, the 53-year-old actor has cemented his position as an action star. But he believes that if there is no emotion in a film, the action is mindless.

“I don’t think anything works better than heroism. If you have heroism in a film, it works. Heroism doesn’t mean you’re romancing a girl or… It means doing something for someone against all odds and you make that happen. Action doesn’t make sense till the time you don’t have emotions backing it.

“It doesn’t matter you jump, punch, kick or the numbers of fighters you fight, if it’s emotions isn’t set in the right place. The action is meaningless,” he added.

“Dabangg 3” is scheduled to release on December 20. (agencies)

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