India passes contentious citizenship bill amid protests Dec 12, 2019 0 950 12345 AFPGuwahatiIndia’s parliament on Wednesday passed a contentious bill that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from some countries, as hundreds of troops were deployed in the northeast which has been hit by violent protests.The bill will let the Indian government grant citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants who entered India from three neighbouring countries before 2015 -- but not if they are Muslim.The legislation was passed 125-105 by the upper house after the lower house voted in support of it just after midnight on Tuesday. It will be sent to the president to be signed into law, with his approval seen as a formality.“A landmark day for India and our nation’s ethos of compassion and brotherhood!,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. “This Bill will alleviate the suffering of many who faced persecution for years.” Opponents of the legislation have threatened to challenge it in the Supreme Court, saying it violates the principles of equality and secularism enshrined in the constitution.For Islamic groups, the opposition and rights groups this is part of Modi’s Hindu-nationalist agenda to marginalise India’s 200 million Muslims -- something he denies. RELATED ARTICLES Climate activist Greta Thunberg is Time’s 2019 person of the year Dec 12, 2019 0 617 Two killed, 73 injured as Taliban bombers attack US Afghan base Dec 12, 2019 0 261 Three patients die as lawyers clash with doctors in Pakistan hospital Dec 12, 2019 0 1047 Trump trial first priority in January: Senate leader AFP Washington The trial of Donald Trump will be the Senate’s first priority in January if the US president is impeached as expected next week, the top Republican in Congress said on Wednesday. The House Judiciary .. Experts quit Hong Kong police probe, in blow to govt Hong Kong: An international panel of experts hired to advise Hong Kong on the police response to huge pro-democracy protests announced on Wednesday they were quitting, saying the watchdog was not fit for purpose “in a .. Thousands rally in Australia as bushfires burn Canberra: Thousands of people have gathered in Sydney asking the conservative government to take serious and urgent action on climate change as the city remains blanketed by smoke pollution and devastating .. Myanmar’s Suu Kyi rejects genocide claims at top UN court GENEVA: Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi rejected allegations of genocide against Myanmar in the UN’s top court on Wednesday, despite admitting the army may have used excessive force against Rohingya Muslims. Suu .. Britain’s PM Johnson makes final call to voters ahead of ‘tight’ election London: Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a final call to British voters on Wednesday to help him “get Brexit done” by voting for his party in a snap election. Speaking to reporters at a milk depot in northern ..