Dubai, Dec 18, 2019: Indian Pravasi Forum UAE issued a pressed statement on Wednesday condemning the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 adding that the act threatens nation’s multiculturalism. The press statement also added that the Act was contrary to the constitutional values of the country.

“strongly condemns the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, passed by Indian Parliament, which threatens the country's multiculturalism and it is contrary to the constitutional value of the country” the press statement stated.

Forum’s President Javed stated that Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) contravenes Article 14 of the Constitution and leads to the Dual Nation doctrine as a prelude to partition. With the enactment of this law across the country, the religion of the original inhabitants will be compromised and there will be hostility, discrimination, violence and injustice among the citizens.

“Indian citizenship has always been firmly rooted in the country's constitution, which emphasizes equality, regardless of gender, caste, religion, class, community or language.

“This unconstitutional act also violates and shreds the provisions in the Indian constitution that guarantee citizens' right to equality, equality before the law and non-discriminatory treatment towards the citizens of the country” the press statement added.

Along with the CAA the organisation also opposes NRC which it added would violate Citizenship Act & it is against the ethos of India’s Constitution.

“Indian Pravasi Forum respectfully request that the Supreme Court of India to declare this law being an ultra-wires  which infringes on the basic structure of the Constitution, that undermines the humanity, equality and secularism of the country, and it is against imparting all equitably” the statement further added .

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Rajkot, Jan 17: Shikhar Dhawan missed a well-deserved ton by a whisker but laid a solid platform for the aggressive duo of skipper Virat Kohli and KL Rahul to ensure a commanding total of 340 for 6 against Australia in the second ODI here on Friday.

Back in form since the last T20 encounter against Sri Lanka, the senior opener looked solid in his 90-ball-96 while Kohli, back at his familiar one drop position, held the middle-order with a 78 off 76 balls and Rahul (80 off 52 balls) provided the final flourish in what was much improved batting performance from the hosts.

While Dhawan added 81 for the opening stand with Rohit Sharma (42) who would regret this missed opportunity on a batting belter after getting set, the southpaw also had a vital 103-run stand with Kohli for the second wicket.

The Kohli-Rahul duo's 78-run partnership off 10.3 overs was also pivotal as it helped the latter to launch a final assault during the end overs.

While Dhawan's innings had 13 fours and a six, Kohli had six hits to the fence including a classic jab-flick off Pat Cummins (0/53 in 10 overs). Rahul's was a stand-out innings with six boundaries and three -maximums, one of which was a lofted cover drive off Mitchell Starc (0/78 in 10 overs), who had a forgettable day.

Adam Zampa (3/50 in 10 overs) was once again the stand-out performer taking Kohli out of equation for the seventh time in limited overs just when he was looking to get his 44th ODI ton.

At the start, Dhawan began with a bowler's bck-drive, giving a glimpse of what was in store. The southpaw completed his sixth fifty versus Australia in 60 balls as he played shots all around the ground.

The last time Dhawan scored successive fifties was in January 2019 against New Zealand. This was his 29th in 50-over cricket.

The left-hander was particularly harsh on left-arm spinner Ashton Agar (0-63 in 8 overs), whom he hammered for two successive fours in the 25th, a sweep and a reverse-sweep, and then in 27th over stuck a four and a six, not allowing him to settle down.

In fact the 77 runs from 10 overs bowled by fifth and sixth bowling option Marnus Labuschagne (0/14 in 2 overs) was the difference from the last game.

However, Dhawan missed out on his 18th ODI hundred by four runs when he pulled a Kane Richardson ball straight to fine leg in 29th over.

Shreyas Iyer (7) fell cheaply. But Kohli was in sublime touch as he ran the singles and doubles with intensity and also it the loose balls for boundary.