Kerala challenges Indian citizenship law in top court Jan 15, 2020 0 783 12345 DPANew DelhiIndia’s southern state of Kerala on Tuesday became the first in the country to legally challenge a new citizenship law that has sparked nationwide protests.The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 is a violation of several articles of the constitution, including the right to equality, Kerala’s left-wing government said in its petition before the Supreme Court.The law also goes against the secular nature of the constitution, according to the petition available on legal website LiveLaw.Kerala’s assembly was also the first state assembly in India to pass a resolution against the law, which is strongly backed by the federal government and the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).There have been demonstrations for weeks against the CAA, which omits Muslims from a list of religious groups from three neighbouring Muslim-majority countries who are entitled to fast-track citizenship. Critics have said the law defies India’s secular constitution and constitutes an attempt at marginalising India’s minority Muslim population.The BJP government says the law would not affect the rights of any citizen of India, Hindu or Muslim, and has accused opponents of spreading misinformation.At least 60 petitions filed by political parties and civil society groups challenging the validity of the new law are pending before the top court and are due to be heard on January 22.In India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, which is ruled by the BJP, authorities have already started enacting the law as of January 10.State minister and spokesman Shrikant Sharma told reporters on Monday that the government had begun identifying illegal migrants who might be eligible for citizenship under the law. RELATED ARTICLES Tens of thousands Filipinos in limbo as volcano could spew lava, ash for weeks Jan 15, 2020 0 758 JAPANESE PREMIER ABE WRAPS UP GULF TOUR IN OMAN Jan 15, 2020 0 656 Over 130 dead as severe weather hits Pakistan, Afghanistan Jan 15, 2020 0 1091 House to vote today to send Impeachment case to Senate, says Pelosi AFP Washington The US House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday on sending articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate, setting the stage for the president’s trial for abuse of power, House Speaker .. Malaysia drops sex assault probe of PM-in-waiting Anwar Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim will not face charges over claims he sexually assaulted a male former aide, prosecutors said on Tuesday, the latest such scandal to tarnish the veteran .. Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills nine in China Beijing: An enormous sinkhole swallowed a bus and pedestrians in northwest China, sparking an explosion and killing nine people, state media said on Tuesday. Footage showed people at a bus stop running from the .. US slaps sanctions over North Korea overseas workers Washington: The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on two companies for exploiting North Korean overseas labour after a UN deadline to return workers who bring vital revenue to the regime. The Treasury .. Ireland to hold early election on Feb 8, says PM Varadkar Dublin: Ireland will go to the polls next month in an early general poll, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday, as he seeks to capitalise on a successful Brexit deal and restored power-sharing in Northern Ireland. .. Russia hacked company key to Trump’s impeachment, says security firm Washington: Russia’s military spy agency hacked a Ukrainian gas company linked to the impeachment of US President Donald Trump, a California-based cybersecurity company said on Tuesday. Starting in November, .. US sanctions lead to shortages of cooking gas in Cuba Havana: Cuba is suffering from shortages of cooking gas due to US sanctions on the island, the state oil company Union Cubapetroleo has said. Sanctions that were announced in November on the state energy company .. Microsoft CEO critical of new India citizenship law New Delhi: Microsoft’s chief executive hit out at the government of his native India and joined criticism of a new citizenship law. Speaking at an event in New York, Microsoft boss Satya Nadella implied the law could stop a ..