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Rendered stateless: The second drafting of Assam’s Nationals Register of Citizens (NRC) was released on Monday. However, the massive Supreme Court-monitored exercise to identify genuine Indian nationals living in Assam excluded over 40 lakh people from the final draft list. The draft triggered a political slugfest with the opposition alleging that it was the BJP's “gameplan” to divide the people for electoral gains. It has also given rise to fears that stripping almost four million people of their citizenship could pave the way for one of the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world as it would create the world's largest stateless population. Read more on NRC on News18.
Maratha stir: Fresh violence with arson, roadblocks, attacks on police and shutdowns rocked several parts of Maharashtra over the demands for Maratha reservations. As sporadic violence broke out across the state, one person committed suicide by jumping under a running train on Monday.
Crude dismissal: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said lynching was not unique to her state and that she would have to be “rather much than god” to know about every incident happening in every remote corner of the state. The comment comes in the wake of lynching of Rakbar Khan by a group of seven persons in Alwar almost two weeks ago.
Insult mining: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday slammed his allies, the Bains brothers of Lok Insaf Party (LIP), for 'insulting' the new Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly who is a Dalit.
Lonely airport: Sri Lanka and India seem to be on the opposite sides of the table on a crucial issue of bilateral ties. Earlier this month, Sri Lankan civil aviation minister Nimal Siripala de Silva had told the Parliament that the government had asked the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to submit its business plan to operate the loss-making Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. However, India’s minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha on Sunday told Parliament that there was no proposal under consideration for the AAI to buy a controlling stake in the airport. Sinha also clarified that there were no plans for the AAI to build a flying school and a maintenance, repair and overhaul unit at the airport.
Historic reform: As DMK chief M Karunanidhi lays in bed fighting for his life, a reform for which he has battled since 1970 has finally taken root. For the first time in Tamil Nadu, a temple in Madurai has broken caste barriers and appointed a non-Brahmin priest.
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As speculated, more than four million people have been left out of the complete draft National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The NRC authority has not revealed the reason for rejection, citing protection of the individual’s privacy. It just mentioned two categories of people who could not make it to the complete draft as ‘on hold’ and ‘rejected’. Abdul Kalam Azad writes that illiterate, rural persons are not the only ones excluded from the list.
The final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam was published on Monday. If a person's name does not appear in the draft NRC then he or she will have to apply in prescribed forms in their respective Sewa Kendras and these forms will be available from August 7 to September 28. To know more about NRC and what happens to those whose names are not in the List, watch the video.
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