CSIR UGC NET 2019 Exams Not to be Held in Assam on December 15 Due to CAB Protests, NTA to Announce Fresh Dates Soon
Protest in Assam against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 (Photo Credits: IANS)

New Delhi, December 14: With reports of 'violent' protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in the North-East making the headlines of national media, National Testing Agency (NTA) on Saturday announced the postponement of Joint CSIR-UGC NET December 2019 exam at the cities of Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, Sivasagar, and Tezpur in Assam. Also, the exams have been postponed for Shillong in Meghalaya.

Informing about the latest announcement, NTA said, as quoted by news agency ANI, "Joint CSIR-UGC NET December 2019 exam at the cities of Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, Sivasagar, and Tezpur, scheduled for December 15, has been postponed. Revised date of examination will be announced soon." It further added that Joint CSIR-UGC NET December 2019 exam scheduled for tomorrow in Shillong, Meghalaya has also been postponed and the next date would be announced soon. Assam Unrest: Internet Ban Extended Across State Till December 16 as Tensions Prevail Over Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Here's ANI tweet:

It is to be known broadband services have been curtailed in Guwahati and Dibrugarh till December 16, while in the other districts of Assam mobile internet has been scrapped until further orders. Also, mobile internet has been scrapped in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura and Manipur. Apart from this, curfew have been imposed to maintain law and order and disrupt the protesting voices.

Meanwhile, Additional Chief Secretary -- Home and Political Department of Assam -- Kumar Sanjay Krishna said that internet services to remain suspended till Monday morning in 10 districts -- Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup. Assam DGP BJ Mahanta informed that in last few days they have arrested more than 100 people and detained nearly 2,000 people, out of which they are still examining some. He said that they have let go those who had just participated in the demonstrations and not indulged in lawlessness. Citizenship Act Protests: Indian Army Issues Advisory Against Social Media Posts Spreading 'Fake News' on Northeast Unrest

In other states too, the protesters were seen uniting against Centre's decision to implement CAA. Reports arrived that the protests against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAB) turned violent in West Bengal, with five empty trains being set on fire by arsonists in Murshidabad district on Saturday. In several parts of West Bengal, including state capital Kolkata, massive rallies have been taken out by protesters who have opposed the passage of CAB by Indian Parliament. The agitators have alleged a ploy by the central government to "oust Muslims" through the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) while granting citizenship to non-Muslim refugees via the CAB.

According to the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, the Centre would grant Indian citizenship to all non-Muslims refugees fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the controversial bill and made it an Act on the intervening night of December 12-13.