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How non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan can become Indian citizens? MHA explains
India

How non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan can become Indian citizens? MHA explains

The nine states where Indian citizenship by registration or naturalisation is given under the Citizenship Act, 1955 to non-Muslim minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Maharashtra

Explained: How India grants citizenship to minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan
India

Explained: How India grants citizenship to minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan

Matters related to citizenship are handled by the Centre but it can delegate powers to state officials. Now the Ministry of Home Affairs has empowered two districts in Gujarat to give citizenship to minority communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan under the Citizenship Act, 1955

Centre to grant citizenship to minorities of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan under Citizenship Act, 1955
India

Centre to grant citizenship to minorities of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan under Citizenship Act, 1955

According to a Union home ministry notification, those Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians residing in the districts of Anand and Mehsana in Gujarat will be allowed to register as a citizen of India under the Citizenship Act, 1955

Ministry of Home Affairs says 7,306 Pakistanis awaiting Indian citizenship
India

Ministry of Home Affairs says 7,306 Pakistanis awaiting Indian citizenship

The power to grant Indian citizenship lies with the MHA which approves the application after detailed verification and scrutiny

More than six lakh Indians gave up citizenship since 2017, Centre tells Parliament
India

More than six lakh Indians gave up citizenship since 2017, Centre tells Parliament

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai also said that as per the information available with the Ministry of External Affairs, a total number of 1,33,83,718 Indian nationals are living in foreign countries

Conflicting judgments, absence of guidelines, litany of documents: India's citizenship conundrum is a mess
Politics

Conflicting judgments, absence of guidelines, litany of documents: India's citizenship conundrum is a mess

Multiple conflicting judgments have only deepened the confusion rather than solving it.

Stormy Winter Session ahead in Parliament as BJP set to push Citizenship (Amendment) Bill despite protests from several quarters
Politics

Stormy Winter Session ahead in Parliament as BJP set to push Citizenship (Amendment) Bill despite protests from several quarters

The Narendra Modi government is set to push for the passage of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament's Winter Session starting from Monday

Divisive politics won't work in West Bengal, says Mamata Banerjee hours after Amit Shah's speech on NRC at Kolkata
Politics

Divisive politics won't work in West Bengal, says Mamata Banerjee hours after Amit Shah's speech on NRC at Kolkata

Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday cautioned the people of West Bengal against divisive politics and said it will not work in the state.

Captain Amarinder writes to S Jaishankar for Centre's help in securing Punjab youth's release from Malaysian jail
India

Captain Amarinder writes to S Jaishankar for Centre's help in securing Punjab youth's release from Malaysian jail

Captain Amarinder Singh has written a letter to External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, seeking the Centre's help for the release of a Punjabi youth from a Malaysian jail.

Around 200 Sri Lankan refugees submit petitions to district collector’s office seeking Indian citizenship in Madurai
India

Around 200 Sri Lankan refugees submit petitions to district collector’s office seeking Indian citizenship in Madurai

More than 200 Sri Lankan refugees living in Tamil Nadu's Madurai district for 29 years submitted petitions to collector's office on Monday to seek the Indian citizenship. 457 Sri Lankan refugees have been living in Madurai ever since they fled their worn-torn nation in 1990 in the refugee camps provided by the Tamil Nadu government. The lack of Indian citizenship makes it difficult for these refugees to apply for a secured job.

'Stand to protect India, but seen as doubtful citizen': Army soldier who served at Siachen fighting to prove citizenship in Assam
India

'Stand to protect India, but seen as doubtful citizen': Army soldier who served at Siachen fighting to prove citizenship in Assam

Shahidul Islam, hailing from Assam’s Barpeta district, has served in Baramulla in north Kashmir, and at the Siachen Glacier. "I have been posted in Kashmir, Kargil, and Siachen. I love my country and stand to protect it. But back home (in Assam), I am (seen as) a doubtful citizen," he said.

Citizenship bill protests: Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur CMs urge Rajnath Singh to ensure Rajya Sabha doesn't pass law today
India

Citizenship bill protests: Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur CMs urge Rajnath Singh to ensure Rajya Sabha doesn't pass law today

Political parties have been protesting against the citizenship bill, which will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha today, on the grounds that the bill seeks to grant nationality to non-Muslims who came to India till 31 December, 2014, a greater deadline from 1971 as per the Assam Accord.

Mehul Choksi is still Indian citizen, says govt official; reiterates efforts for fugitive jeweller's extradition from Antigua
World

Mehul Choksi is still Indian citizen, says govt official; reiterates efforts for fugitive jeweller's extradition from Antigua

Fugitive jeweller Mehul Choksi, a main defendant in India’s largest bank fraud case, is still an Indian citizen despite holding an Antigua and Barbuda passport, an Indian official told Reuters, adding that the government is pushing for his extradition.

Protests against citizenship bill continue unabated in Assam; agitations held in Guwahati, Tinsukia, Tezpur
India

Protests against citizenship bill continue unabated in Assam; agitations held in Guwahati, Tinsukia, Tezpur

Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill showed no sign of waning in Assam on Saturday as agitators staged semi-clad protests in Tezpur, organised citizen's meeting in Guwahati and women held a rally in Tinsukia.

Union minister Giriraj Singh supports Meghalaya HC's 'Hindu rashtra' judgment on granting Indian citizenship
India

Union minister Giriraj Singh supports Meghalaya HC's 'Hindu rashtra' judgment on granting Indian citizenship

Union minister Giriraj Singh on Thursday sparked controversy when he supported Meghalaya High Court's 'Hindu rashtra' judgment.

Applying for Indian citizenship? Narendra Modi government makes it mandatory to declare religion on registration form
India

Applying for Indian citizenship? Narendra Modi government makes it mandatory to declare religion on registration form

Amendments were brought in Schedule I of Citizenship Rules, 2009 which requires certain categories of people to declare their religion while applying for Indian citizenship.

SC rebukes Assam NRC coordinator, registrar general for press statements, says they 'could be sent to jail for contempt'
India

SC rebukes Assam NRC coordinator, registrar general for press statements, says they 'could be sent to jail for contempt'

A bench comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi and R F Nariman accused the officials of making statements on modalities which squarely fell in the SC's domain.

My NRC experience similar to driving on highway pockmarked with potholes: How one Assamese made it to the list
India

My NRC experience similar to driving on highway pockmarked with potholes: How one Assamese made it to the list

I am on a week's leave in Assam and this has nothing to do with the NRC. My being here is, as they mention in movies, “highly coincidental”.

Election Commission in focus after release of Assam NRC final draft; fate of D-voters in its hands ahead of 2019 polls
India

Election Commission in focus after release of Assam NRC final draft; fate of D-voters in its hands ahead of 2019 polls

The 40 lakh people left out of the Assam NRC final draft can submit their claims, objections and corrections to Seva Kendras from 30 August to 28 September.