SC to hear Rohingyas’ plea on Oct 3.

The Supreme Court on September 18, 2017, decided to hear the plea filed by Rohingya Muslims on October 3. Two Rohingya immigrants, who filed the plea, asked for apex court’s intervention in regards with the deportation of the Rohingyas to Myanmar.
According to the media reports, the Union home ministry has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court in which it called Rohingya Muslims a security threat to the country, reported Firstpost. The centre also added that the right to move and settle in the country can only be enjoyed by the citizens of India and any illegal immigrant will face the jurisdiction.
According to a report in the Times of India, the centre will present all the intelligence inputs before the court on October 3.
The Supreme Court has also refused to issue any notice to the National Human Rights Commission, which supports the Rohingyas and is ready to argue against the deportation.
Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren RIjiju, said, “It is a sensitive matter. Whatever government will do, will be in nation’s interest.”, reported the Statesman.

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Center grants citizenship to Chakma-Hajong refugees

On Wednesday, India agreed to grant citizenship to approximately one lakh Chakma-Hajong refugees including Hindus and Buddhists that have been staying in Arunachal Pradesh for half a century, and who had fled from Bangladesh in the 1960’s fearing ethnic cleansing and religious persecution in the Chittagong Hill region of Bangladesh.

This decision was arrived upon in a meeting headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and was presided over by the National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu.

“The Chakmas have settled in Arunachal Pradesh since 1964. But the rights of the Scheduled Castes and indigenous tribes [in the state] will not be diluted.” An unidentified home ministry official said that though the Chakmas and Hajongs would be granted citizenship, they would not have any right to land ownership in the state as reported in Scroll.in

Earlier in 2015, the Supreme Court had requested the Centre to grant citizenship to the Chakma and Hajong refugees. However, several organizations and civil society groups in Arunachal Pradesh were starkly against the move. In their opinion, it would change the demographic dimensions of the state and affect the minority status of the tribal population.

Sources: The Wire, Economic Times

Kiren Rijiju safe after chopper crash lands in Arunachal

 

Minister for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju escaped unhurt on Tuesday after his Mi-17 chopper made an emergency landing on a small field due to bad weather in Itanagar today.

The chopper flying from Guwahati to Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh was forced to make an emergency landing due to heavy rains and fog this afternoon. The Union Minister along with seven other passengers and crew members are safe and have been taken to the Arunachal Pradesh Secretariat reported PTI.

Rijiju later told that he was lucky enough to be landed safely and thanked the BSF pilots who in his words were highly experienced.

India Today reported that the BSF pilots maneuvered the helicopter for around 10 minutes before landing in a small field of an IT college; a post which the Itanagar Superintendent of Police rushed to the spot within half an hour to facilitate rescue operations.

Rijiju was traveling to Ziro to attend the local Dree festival. Rijiju is not the lone victim of unfortunate but potentially fatal emergency landing experience. Earlier in May this year; Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s chopper crashed landed in Latur. Although the chopper took damaged the CM and rest of the passengers left the helicopter unhurt.

 

Sources-

  1. PTI News- http://www.ptinews.com/news/8855350_Rijiju-escapes-unhurt-as-chopper-makes-emergency-landing.html

2. Firstpost- http://www.firstpost.com/india/minister-of-state-kiren-rijijus-flight-makes-emergency-landing-in-itanagar-all-safe-on-board-3775581.html

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India Today- http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/kiren-rijiju-helicopter-emergecy-landing/1/993949.html

 

Rijiju urges Manipur Govt to bring normalcy amidst Curfew relaxations

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju urged the government of Manipur on Friday to help the state return to normalcy by breaking the economic blockade imposed on NH-2 by the United Naga Council on November 1. He stated it to be the duty of the state to stabilize the conditions and ensure removal of the blockade from the highway, reported Scroll.

Rijiju also talked about the worrisome law and order conditions in the state and promised to figure out a solution with the Centre for the same. He is expected to visit Manipur for a day-long trip today.

Meanwhile, on Thursday Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked Nagaland CM T R Zeliang to make sure no problems arise in vehicle movements in Manipur with regards to reports of a blockade of vehicles being called for by the Naga Students Federation in the state.

He also reprimanded Manipur CM O Ibobi Singh on the shortage of goods being caused by the blockade in the state and urged him to take steps to solve the difficulties being faced by the citizens.

The blockade has led to huge problems and increase in violence in the state. A curfew was imposed in the Imphal East district on December 18 by the Manipur government which has been relaxed for Friday between 4 am and 9 pm. However, it is to stay in Lamlong to Yaingangpokpi and the areas between 300 metres on either side of the road.

Sources: India Today, Times Of India

Image source: PTI, Financial Express

Beijing’s warning for Delhi on Karmapa’s Visit

The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje visited the state of Arunachal Pradesh last week and was accompanied by Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who tweeted about the same event.
Following the visit of the Karmapa, China is in hopes that India will not take any actions in order to complicate boundary dispute on the eastern section of the India-China border.
As per TOI reports, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang spoke on the issue saying “We hope India can abide by relevant consensus and refrain from any action that might complicate the boundary question. We should ensure peace and stability of border areas and sound and steady development of bilateral relations serves the common interests of the two sides.”
China’s concerns arise from the fact that Karmapa addressed a massive gathering a Mon region of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as being under its own territory. Mon falls under the area which is part of the boundary dispute between the two countries.
The Karmapa visited the Tawang monastery and the presence of Kiren Rijiju was construed as a sign that New Delhi is extending support to him. While China sees the Dalai Lama in a divisive light, it has refrained from criticizing the Karmapa, who had fled Tibet on similar conditions.
Image Source : Tibetan Review

Four terrorists killed near LoC, one captured

Four terrorists were killed and in an encounter by the Border Security Force (BSF) near the Line of Control in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, on Monday. Additionally, the forces also managed to capture one terrorist, who was found to be a Pakistani citizen. The four killed terrorists were also found to be foreign nationals.

The arrest has been lauded by Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who called it a big achievement on the part of the Indian army. “Catching a terrorist alive is a big success as it brings in open the game plan of Pakistan”, he told The Indian Express. Vital information is expected from the arrested terrorist. The troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir has been in the news lately over the recent period of renewed unrest.

According to India Today, the forces had exchanged fire for a while in an effort to flush out any remaining terrorists in the region. This encounter comes barely a month after he deadly Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant ambush in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district that killed eight CRPF jawans and injured 20 others.

BSF Foils Infiltration Bid

Barely a month after the deadly Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant ambush in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district that killed eight CRPF jawans and injured 20 others, Kashmir has come into the spotlight again for another incident. The Naugam sector near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of the state on July 26th saw another encounter where Border Security Forces (BSF) exchanged fire with terrorists who had entered the region. Four of these terrorists were killed in the ensuing battle, but one was apprehended. The effort went on for a while as the Indian army tried to flush out any remaining terrorists in the region. The captured terrorist has been found to be a Pakistan citizen and the four others have also been found to be foreign nationals.

The arrest has been lauded by Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who called it a big achievement on the part of the Indian army. “Catching a terrorist alive is a big success as it brings in open the game plan of Pakistan”, he told The Indian Express. Vital information is expected from the arrested terrorist. The troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir has been in the news lately over the recent period of renewed unrest.

Sources

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/jammu-and-kashmir-encounter-terrorist-killed-pakistan/1/723979.html

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Arrest-of-terrorist-a-big-success-Rijiju-on-Kupwara-encounter/2016/07/26/article3548085.ece