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Goa DGP, on official visit to Delhi, dies of cardiac arrest

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New Delhi: Goa DGP Pranab Nanda died of cardiac arrest in the early on Saturday, Inspector General of Police Jaspal Singh said. The 57-year-old officer was on an official visit to the national capital when the incident happened.

Nanda, a 1988 batch Indian Police Service officer, belonged to the Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and other Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre, and had taken charge as Goa Director General of Police in March.

“It is too shocking,” Singh said, commenting on the DGP”s sudden demise.

Both Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat have condoled the death of the top cop.

“Shocked and saddened by the untimely demise of Shri Pranab Nanda (IPS), DGP, Goa. My deepest sympathies to his family members. May God comfort them in this hour of grief,” Sawant tweeted.

Nanda, whose wife Sundari, has also served as Director General of Police of Puducherry, was attached to the Intelligence Bureau for nearly two decades, before he was posted as DGP of the coastal state earlier this year.

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Citizenship Amendment Bill gets President Kovind’s assent, becomes Act

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New Delhi: In a late Thursday night order, President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, letting it become an Act allowing Indian citizenship to six non-Muslim minority migrants facing religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

As per gazette of India, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 of “Parliament received the assent of the President on December 12, 2019, and here by published for general information”.

The Act comes into effect with its publication in the official gazette.

As per the Act, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 and facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday and by the Lok Sabha in a midnight sitting little past on Monday.

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