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Six died due to panic over NRC, will never allow it in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, while speaking at a Trade Union meeting, stated, "I am sad that 6 people have died in Bengal due to panic created over NRC. We will never allow NRC here. Please have faith in me". Banerjee further spoke on clashes at Jadavpur University, and added, "I believe protests are important in a democracy. The day protests lose their value, India will stop being India. Democracy still exists in Bengal while there is no democracy at a few places. We have seen what happened at Jadavpur University". Earlier, on Thursday, a clash erupted in the University after Union MInister for the state, Babul Supriyo, went there to participate in a freshers event. Src: https://bit.ly/2kP2MwI

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Unique multi-purpose identity card is possibility: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, while addressing a function to lay the foundation stone for a new building in New Delhi to house the Registrar General of India (RGI), stated that India could have a single multi-purpose unique card that will serve as an identity card and double up as a voter card, PAN, and even a passport. Shah further said, “We do not have the scheme to introduce a multi-purpose identity card but this a possibility.” As per media report, Amit Shah’s announcement of a multi-purpose identity card and many statements promising like Assam citizen list renew the possibility that the population register could be revived. The reports added that to enable a citizens register is already in place as the Citizenship Act empowers the Centre to compulsorily register every citizen and issue multi-purpose national identity cards. Src: https://bit.ly/2mwJ49p

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Punjab: 83-year-old gets Master's degree in English

In Punjab's Hoshiarpur district, an 83-year-old man identified as Sohan Singh Gill had completed his master's degree in English from a university from Mahilpur decades ago. As per media reports, on the advice of his vice-principal, he wanted to do post-graduation in English. However, he got married in 1958 and left for Kenya with his wife. Gill added, "In 2018, I decided to prepare for the MA course in English remembering my vice-principals advice". The reports included that Gill finally received an MA English degree from Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar. “I hope there are enough employment opportunities for the youth in our country so that they don’t have to leave India in search of jobs”, Gill expressed. Src: https://bit.ly/2kZdelc

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Uttar Pradesh: 91-year-old watchman asks for monetary help from govt

In Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad district, a 91-year-old man working since 1944 as a watchman has been asking for monetary support from the govt. As per media reports, the watchman has been identified as Diwan Singh and lives in Dugrawali village in Loni town. Singh, in an interview, stated, "I have been working since 1944. Now I earn Rs 2,500 per month. I have not been retired by the govt. I want the govt to help me financially". The reports further added that Singh used to work as a watchman of his native area during the British era and does the same work now. Src: https://bit.ly/2m2UtNU

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