Citizenship Bill won’t directly benefit NRC excludees: Home Ministry official

first_imgNon-Muslims excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam would not immediately or directly benefit from the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, a senior Home Ministry official said.The comment by the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, comes as the Centre faces a backlash in the northeast, including in BJP-ruled Assam, over the Bill. Those vehemently opposed to the Bill fear that it would make it possible for the government to grant Indian citizenship mostly to illegal Hindu migrants from Bangladesh in Assam, who came after March 1971, in violation of the agreement of the Assam Accord, 1985. Almost 40 lakh people were excluded from Assam’s final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) that was published on July 30 last year. The NRC is a Supreme Court monitored exercise that was carried out in the backdrop of the Assam Accord. Almost 30 lakh of those excluded from the NRC have filed claims to be included in the list of citizens. Government officials would now examine these claims and the final NRC would be published later.The future of those people whose nationality was “indeterminate” was yet to be decided, the official said.“Those who will not make it to the final NRC, does not mean they will immediately get citizenship,” the official asserted. “There will be legal hurdles because in their application for NRC they claimed to be Indians. You cannot suddenly change your stand. There won’t be a blanket citizenship offer.”The Intelligence Bureau (IB) told a joint parliamentary committee on the Citizenship Bill that those who have come to India from the three countries under reference due to religious persecution but have not declared so at the time of their arrival in India “will have to prove that they came to India due to religious persecution, if they had not declared so at that time of their arrival in India.”The law seeks to grant Indian citizenship to members of six communities — Hindus, Christians, Parsis, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs — who came to India till December 31, 2014. It also reduces the mandatory requirement of 12 years stay in India to seven years to be eligible for citizenship if they do not possess any document.“The Bill is not only for Assam, it’s for the entire country. There are many people who came from the three countries due to religious persecution,” said the official.The official added that the application for citizenship would be approved only after the concerned State government cleared it.last_img read more

Rally in support of Kaepernick planned

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL game at Levi’s Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPFilm maker Spike Lee is backing a rally in support of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who provoked controversy last season by kneeling during the US national anthem to protest against injustice in America.According to a social media post by Lee on Tuesday, the “United We Stand” rally for Kaepernick, organized by several civil rights groups, will start at 5pm (2100 GMT) on August 23 outside the NFL headquarters on Park Avenue in New York City.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers “I Did Not Organize And Set Up This Protest. However I Still Support My Brother And His Stance On The Injustices In The USA,” Lee said in a separate Twitter post.Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers signal caller, remains unemployed a month before the start of the regular season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Seattle Seahawks are the only team that has hosted Kaepernick since he opted out of his contract with the 49ers and became a free agent.Lee and others have suggested that teams are avoiding Kaepernick, who was 2-10 as a starter with the 49ers last season, because of his anthem protest. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell denied this month that Kaepernick was being “blackballed” but Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin said last week that he believes NFL owners are “trying to send a message” by not signing Kaepernick.“It’s frustrating because you want to have guys who are willing to speak out about things that they believe in, whether you agree with it or not,” Baldwin told ESPN.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malaysia urges Indonesia to keep a lid on haze ahead of SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Mueller report update What the special counsel said and how to read

first_imgIt’s been over a month since special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election became available to the public, with a fair number of redactions. But today marks the first time Mueller spoke out on the report in a 10-minute public statement to explain why he won’t further testify to Congress on the report’s contents.”The report is my testimony,” said Mueller, a former FBI director. “I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress.”Mueller also announced his resignation from the Department of Justice and said the special counsel’s office is closing now that its investigative work is done.The 448-page report, available as a PDF for download from the Justice Department’s website, is the culmination of a high-profile, nearly two-year investigation that captured the attention of Americans and interested onlookers abroad. Beyond posing questions about the relationship between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign and whether they worked together to secure his victory, it also shined a light on how the US election system was vulnerable to manipulation from outside forces. The investigation came to an end on March 22 when special counsel Mueller delivered his report to US Attorney General William Barr.The bottom line: There’s no question Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election and that its attacks on the US “deserves the attention of every American,” Mueller said Wednesday.Two days after receiving the report in late March, Barr sent a four-page summary to Congress with his conclusion the Trump campaign didn’t conspire with Russia on the interference and that Trump didn’t obstruct justice. On April 18, the Justice Department livestreamed a press conference — about an hour before the release of the redacted report — in which Barr stated that no conspiracy was found between the Russians trying to undermine the election and any Americans, including members of the Trump campaign.  But Barr’s summary and press conference has set off its own controversy, with Democrats and other critics of saying Barr misrepresented the findings and left the public confused.  More on the Mueller report Justice Department indicts 12 Russian cyberspies suspected… Now playing: Watch this: In the past two months, lawmakers have weighed in, with Democrats saying Barr showed bias toward Trump and Republicans saying the public release of the redacted report was a positive thing. Critics note details in the report paint Trump in a negative light. Although Mueller’s investigation didn’t establish conspiracy on the part of the president, it made no definitive determination on obstruction of justice. Barr’s March 24 letter quotes the Mueller report as saying that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him” on the matter of obstruction. Barr has opted not pursue an investigation into the questions surrounding obstruction.The law doesn’t require the DOJ to release a report on a special counsel investigation. But the president indicated on March 20 he wanted the report released and said, “Let people see it.” Politicians from both major parties continue to insist that the full report, with a minimum of redactions, be released.What we know about the redactionsAt his April 18 press conference about the release of the Mueller report, Barr said there are “limited redactions” in the version of the report released to Congress and the public and that they are “clearly labeled.” He went on to explain that there are four categories of redactions in the report:Grand jury materialInformation that would disclose sensitive sourcesInformation that would impair other casesInformation that would implicate the privacy or reputation of third partiesHe also said that no redactions or recommendations for redactions were made by people outside the Justice Department and no redactions were made based on the president’s executive privilege. Top Democrats in Congress have called for the release of the Mueller report in its entirety. In a joint statement on March 24, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer said Barr isn’t a neutral observer and that his letter “raises as many questions as it answers.”On May 1, Barr appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions about the Mueller report, and he defended his March 24 summary and his overall assessment of the investigation. The day before the hearing, it was revealed that Mueller had written a letter to Barr saying, in part, that the attorney general’s summary “did not fully capture the context, nature and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions.”In the meantime, what Mueller found during his 675-day investigation could lead to a widening of the partisan divide in the US, with Trump supporters likely to view the final results of the Mueller probe as exonerating the president, while his detractors see the report’s contents and existing indictments as ample proof of wrongdoing.How to read the Mueller Report for freeYou can access Mueller’s report at the Department of Justice website. Since it’s in PDF format, you can download the file to your device for offline viewing or transfer it to another device like a phone, tablet or e-reader.You can also read the 448-page report directly here: Meanwhile, six Trump associates have been accused of crimes that include financial malfeasance and lying to investigators, and five of them have already been convicted or pleaded guilty. The most prominent are Paul Manafort, former chairman of the Trump 2016 campaign; Michael Cohen, a former Trump lawyer; and Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser. Mueller also has indicted longtime Trump political adviser Roger Stone over his alleged ties to WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign. Why Trump is unlikely to be impeached With Trump himself unlikely to be indicted or subpoenaed and the Senate controlled by Republications, making it unlikely they would uphold a vote to impeach, impeachment had been deemed unlikely. Even before Barr’s summary to Congress, that option became even more unlikely when Pelosi stated in early March that she doesn’t support impeachment, saying that unless there’s overwhelming evidence, impeachment would become too partisan and divisive to make it worth dominating the agenda of Congress. But after Mueller’s May 29 press briefing, more than three dozen Democrats — and one Republican — have called for impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives to begin.  Congressional investigations will continue Even without an impeachment effort, we will see more investigations. The House Intelligence Committee announced in February it was widening its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 US election. As CBS News reported, the committee’s chairman, Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, pointed out that a new addition to the five lines of inquiry would be “[w]hether any foreign actor has sought to compromise or holds leverage, financial or otherwise, over Donald Trump, his family, his business, or his associates.” Separately, the House Judiciary Committee has launched an investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey.Schiff has also pushed for Mueller to appear before the House Intelligence Committee to testify about the investigation: What’s the backstory here?Mueller’s investigation has led to indictments of six of Trump’s advisers, along with 26 Russian nationals, including some on charges of hacking. Indictments against 12 of the Russians were tied to malware that infected the servers of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election campaign. The compromised servers enabled the theft of thousands of emails that were subsequently published by WikiLeaks. No new indictments were expected, according to CBS News. And long-running Justice Department policy means that it’s unlikely a sitting president would be indicted. In fact, Mueller specifically cited the department’s policy as the reason his office couldn’t even consider charging Trump with a crime.  The president wasted no time responding to Barr’s initial summary on March 24, tweeting: “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION.” He has repeated that statement multiple times since then, though Mueller’s remarks on May 29 call into question the president’s summation of the report since Mueller’s team opted not to exonerate the president on possible obstruction charges. Said Mueller, “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”  In response, Trump criticized Mueller this week as a “never Trumper.” Originally published March 24. Updates, March 27: Adds Amazon listings; March 29: Adds information on when the report will go to Congress; April 9: Adds Barr’s statement on when he’ll send the report to Congress; April 15: Adds that DOJ will release the report on April 18; April 17: Adds information on the Attorney General’s press conference; April 18: Adds official link to the report and information about the redactions. April 19: Adds background information. May 1: Adds reference to Barr’s appearance at a Senate hearing. May 28: Adds news of Robert Mueller’s first public statement about the report. May 30: Adds additional comments from Mueller’s public statement and details around new calls for impeachment proceedings. Now playing: Watch this: No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2019center_img AG Barr: Trump campaign did not work with Russia in election… 1:45 1:59 The House Intelligence Committee has formally invited Special Counsel Mueller to testify on the counterintelligence investigation.After a two year investigation, the public deserves the facts, not Attorney General Barr’s political spin. pic.twitter.com/PWIXvl7MLv— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 18, 2019 Tags The facts on the Trump-Russia case How to read the Mueller report for free AG says no evidence of Trump collusion in report Findings will be delivered to Congress on CD, says report Memes all about being redacted for your amusement Security Why the Mueller report was released to the public In addition to the president, other top Democratic and Republican lawmakers have said they want the full report released. They include Pelosi, the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, and Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida.The Justice Department worked with Mueller’s team to redact certain information from the public version of the report. During his Senate confirmation hearings in January, Barr told senators he wanted to release as much of the report as possible, “consistent with the law,” as reported by CBS News. Barr said he would be clear about the redactions, according to The New York Times. Who’s been indicted so far As detailed by The New York Times, 32 people have been charged with crimes by Mueller, including 26 Russian nationals who are unlikely to stand trial. Those indictments include charges against 12 Russian hackers alleged to have been behind cyberattacks in 2016 against the Democratic National Committee and against 13 Russians for spreading disinformation on social media, as well as the propaganda efforts’ chief accountant. last_img read more

NASA and USAF killed astronauts to cover up fake moon landings says

first_imgNeil Armstrong descending off the landerProject Apollo ArchiveConspiracy theorists have long been alleging that NASA, the United States space agency has faked the moon landing to proclaim their space dominance during the Cold War. In the course of time, these conspiracy theorists have also figured out several anomalies from NASA’s moon landing photo, and they claim that the space agency is involved in the coverup.Adding heat to their claims, the family of NASA’s former astronaut Virgil Grissom has claimed that the United States space agency might have been behind the sinister activities. It should be noted that Virgil Grissom, along with his fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger B. Chaffee died on January 27, 1967, during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission. Many people, after the death of Grissom, had revealed that the NASA astronaut was a whistleblower who wished to reveal that the space agency had no plans to actually land on the moon.”I think it was intentionally sabotaged by someone, it’s been a question in my mind. What was found in the accident investigation and how was that handled, was the CIA involved or whoever. It was done intentionally,” said Scott, son of Grissom, Daily Star reports.Grissom’s widow Betty had also urged NASA to give a clear answer over the demise of her husband. “I feel like it is up to NASA to come forward and give us a direct answer to what really happened,” she said.Shockingly, Thomas Baron, quality control and safety inspector for North American Aviation (NAA) who compiled a report outlining issues with parts, equipment and procedures at NASA before the tragic incident was also killed in a car crash. It should be noted that Baron was killed just six days after he leaked the Apollo tragedy findings to the media.”I believe that Thomas Baron was murdered because he had the truth to tell about the Apollo project,” said Bill Kaysing, a moon-hoax investigator.A few months back, popular conspiracy theorist Graham McHardy known by his YouTube channel’s name ‘Streetcap1’ had died mysteriously, and many people claimed that his death was manipulated by USAF and NASA. Before his death, McHardy had spotted several anomalies in NASA lunar photos, and it made many believe that NASA is covering up sinister secrets associated with Apollo missions.Despite all these popular conspiracy theories, there are no visible pieces of foul play evidence in any of the above-mentioned incidents.last_img read more

Road crash kills one

first_imgA man was killed while another injured when a pick-up van hit a rickshaw in Dakpara, Keraniganj in Dhaka on Wednesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Shafiqul Islam, 52, son of Sohrab Hossain of West Rabishur.The accident took place around 11:45 pm when a pick-up van hit a rickshaw carrying Shafiqul and his wife Saima, leaving them injured, said Shaker Mohammad Zibaiyer, officer-in-charge of Keraniganj Model Police Station.Later, they were taken to Mitford Hospital where the doctors declared Shafiqul dead.last_img read more