Supreme Court gives four weeks to the Hindu nationalist government to reply to about 143 petitions, challenging the decisive Citizenship Amendment Act.
The 24-year-old IIT student says he still loves India despite the far-right Modi government deporting him for participating in a protest against a newly passed citizenship law, which reminds him of earlier 'fascist regime' laws.
Both amendments to citizenship rights laws and the National Register of Citizens will place pressure on Pakistan and Bangladesh to accept those stripped of nationality.
Student unions were banned in the country in the 1980s but now Imran Khan's government is at a crossroads between lifting the curbs or facing fresh opposition in the form of campus activism.
The South Asian nation was among the first countries to ban the use of plastic and polythene bags in an effort to stop them collecting in waterways and on land.
India's new citizenship law and its plan to conduct nationality tests sparked popular fury across the country, which the far-right BJP government is trying to muzzle with brute force.
Demonstrations continue against controversial law seen anti-Muslim even as leader of volatile northern state and hardline Hindu monk, Yogi Adityanath, defends mass arrests, sealing of properties, and heavy fines, to quell protests.
Buddhist-majority Myanmar has long considered the Rohingya to be "Bengalis" from Bangladesh even though their families have lived in the country for generations.
Facing criticism over its inept response to airpollution, the Bangladeshi government shut down several 'illegal' brick kilns in Dhaka, affecting tens of thousands of low-income workers.
Thousands rally in protests against new citizenship law seen as anti-Muslim, while Hindu nationalist ruling party releases video with animated Muslim characters as part of publicity blitz to try to bust "myths" around the law.
PM Narendra Modi defends controversial citizenship law but says nearly 200 million minority Muslims "don't need to worry at all" –– provided they are genuine Indians.
Islamic summit ends in Malaysia with PM Mahathir Mohamad saying Iran, Malaysia, Turkey, and Qatar are considering "trading using the gold dinar and barter" as a hedge against any future economic sanctions.
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