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Latest News: WhatsApp Down, Several Users Complain

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WhatsApp Limits Message Forwarding to Fight 'Fake News'

WhatsApp will now globally limit message 'forwards' to five chats at a time, a practice it had introduced in India in July last year to crack down on spread of rumours and fake news through its platform.

(Source: PTI)

Earthquake of 6.0 Magnitude Hits Indonesia

Earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 on the Richter Scale hit the Sumba region in Indonesia at 5:29 am (IST).

(Source: ANI)

15 Trains Delayed Due to Fog/Low Visibility

15 trains in and out of Delhi are running late due to foggy weather conditions and low visibility.


Encounter Between Terrorists and Security Forces in J&K's Shopian

An encounter has broken out between terrorists and security forces during a cordon and search operation in Shopian's Zainapora. Two terrorists have been neutralized by the security forces. More details awaited.


Policeman Kills Self With Service Revolver in Chhattisgarh

A police jawan allegedly shot himself with his service revolver in Raipur Police Lines, late last night. Investigations are on. More details awaited.


ADG Issues Order Against Usage of Horse Mounted Police or Horses for Personal Use

ADG Bijay Kumar Maurya issues order to SP’s of various districts and ADG’s of Police Academy Moradabad and Sitapur, stating that horse mounted police and horses will not be allowed in private functions and will only be allowed at govt functions.


MeT Advisory on Rain and Thunderstorms in Uttar Pradesh

An MeT advisory issued Tuesday morning suggests rain/thundershowers with gusty winds are very likely to occur in next 3 hours (valid up to 12:15 pm IST) at some places over Hardoi, Bahraich, Lakhimpur Kheri, Sitapur, Meerut, Hapur, Shamli, Baghpat, Muzaffarnagar, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad and adjoining areas.


More than 100 Experts Urge China to Release Canadians

More than 100 academics and former diplomats are calling on China to release two Canadians who have been detained in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive in Canada.

The letter by a wide array of China experts from around the world is addressed to Chinese President Xi Jinping. It says the arrests of the two Canadians sends a worrisome signal to those who work in policy and research in China.


Indian-Origin Man Jailed for Bomb Hoax in Singapore

An Indian-origin man was jailed for four months for a 2004 bomb hoax at the house of Singapore's first prime minister late Lee Kuan Yew.

Ganesan Singaravel, 61, pleaded guilty to an offence under the Telecommunications Act, reported The New Paper Tuesday.


Rupee Rises 5 Paise Against Dollar to 71.23

The rupee edged 5 paise higher to 71.23 against the US dollar in early session at the interbank forex market Tuesday on fresh selling of the American currency by exporters and banks.

Besides, the dollar's weakness against some other currencies amid lingering worries about a global slowdown, supported the rupee, forex dealers said.


Sensex Drops Over 100 Pts on Profit-Booking, Weak Global Cues

The benchmark BSE Sensex fell over 100 points Tuesday after a five-session winning spree as investors cashed profits in IT, metal, banking, consumer durables, power and auto shares amid sustained foreign fund outflows.

Cues from other Asian markets were weak too.


Tourist Bus Skids Off Road in Bilaspur: 26 Injured

26 people have been injured after a tourist bus skidded off the road near Swarghat area in Bilaspur district. 18 injured people have been shifted to a hospital in Nalaghar in Solan district, 8 seriously injured shifted to PGIMER at Chandigarh.


Avalanche Hits Jawahar Tunnel, Jammu-Srinagar Highway Closed

The Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed on Tuesday following landslides and snowfall and reports of an avalanche hitting the highway in the Jawahar Tunnel area. A team has been rushed to take stock.

Traffic department officials said landslides have hit the strategic highway at some places in the Ramban district, including Digdol, Panthal, Magarkote and Khoni Nallah.

(Source: IANS)

1 Person Killed at Illinois Mall, Shooter at Large

Authorities say a man was shot and killed at a suburban Chicago mall and the suspect remains at large.

Orland Park police say the 19-year-old was shot in the center of Orland Square Mall and ran away before collapsing outside a clothing store Monday evening. The man later died at the hospital.

Deputy Police Chief Joseph Mitchell says a bystander suffered a graze wound to the leg and was being treated at another hospital.

Mitchell says security video showed a male shooter fleeing the mall but it's unclear if he continued on foot or got into a vehicle.


Rahul Gandhi to Hold Public Rallies in Bhubaneswar, Raipur and Patna

Congress President Rahul Gandhi will hold public rallies in Bhubaneswar on 25 January, in Raipur on 28 January and in Patna on 3 February.


SC to Decide Date of Hearing Challenges to Constitutional Validity of Article 35A

Supreme Court says it will decide in chambers the next date to hear pleas challenging the constitutional validity of the Article 35A relating to the special rights and privileges enjoyed by Jammu and Kashmir.


Delhi Court Issues Production Warrant Against Sajjan Kumar

Delhi court issues production warrant for 28 Jan against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in 1984 anti-Sikh riot case.

MJ Akbar Defamation Case: Court Reserves Order to Summon Priya Ramani

Delhi's Patiala House Court reserves the order on whether to summon Priya Ramani as an accused in MJ Akbar’s defamation case. The order will be passed on 29 January.


Chennai Teachers Protest

Members of Government Teachers Association and Government Employees Association are on an indefinite strike to press for their long standing demand regarding scrapping of complementary pension scheme and payment of 21 month arrears pay under Seventh Pay Commission.

The protest comes in the backdrop of severe warning from Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan of disciplinary action against the protestors.

Over 100 teachers are protesting inside the government building Ezhilagam.

(The Quint)

Google to Make Information on Political Ads Public

In the run-up to 2019 general elections, tech giant Google on Tuesday said it will make information on political advertisements on its platform public, providing details like who is purchasing election ads and the money spent.

"To bring more transparency to the online election ads, Google will introduce an India-specific Political Advertising Transparency Report and searchable Political Ads Library. These will provide comprehensive information about who is purchasing election ads on Google platforms and how much money is being spent," Google said in a statement.

The India Political Ads Transparency Report and Ads Library will go live in March 2019, it added.


Businessman Looted of Rs 1.2 Crore in Delhi

Three unidentified assailants looted Rs 1.20 Crore from a businessman near Jhandewalan on Monday night. A police investigation is underway.


Taliban Attacks Afghan Intel Base

Taliban attacked an Afghanistan intel base in Kabul, the local officials confirmed. The attack has killed at least 65 people yet. More details are awaited.


Sensex, Nifty Snap Five-Day Winning Streak, End in the Red

Indian equity benchmarks snapped their five-day winning streak paced by losses in Vedanta, Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata Steel.

The S&P BSE Sensex fell 0.37 percent or 134 points to end at 36,445 and the NSE Nifty 50 Index declined 0.36 percent or 39 points to 10,923.

(Source: BloombergQuint)

Nawaz Sharif Rushed to a Hospital Due to Heart Problems

Pakistan's Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is serving a seven-year imprisonment in a Lahore jail, was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after he complained of heart related complications.

Sharif was taken to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) Lahore from Kot Lakhpat Jail in high security.

(Source: PTI)

Fifth Nun Gets Warning Letter From Her Convent in Kerala

The fifth nun, Neena Rose Edathil, who protested against rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal, has also received a letter dated 12 January from the Missionaries of Jesus (MJ) congregation. However, this one carries a more critical tone when compared to the letters that the four nuns received.

Sister Neena has been asked to report to Generalate at Aradhana Bhavan, Jalandhar Cantonment, Punjab, and meet Superior General Regina Kadamthottu personally on 26 January.

(Source: The News Minute)

Hindustan Times’ Photographer Waseem Andrabi Among 4 Journalists Hit in Shopian

Hindustan Times’ award winning photographer Waseem Andrabi was among the four photo journalists hit by pellets in Shopian after police and the CRPF fired on locals during a clash on Tuesday, 22 January.

Nasir ul Haq of Rising Kashmir, Junaid Gulzar of Kashmir Essence and Mir Burhan of ANI were also hit. The four had gone to Shopian in south Kashmir to cover an encounter.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

US Singer Chris Brown Detained in Paris After Rape Accusation

US singer Chris Brown detained in Paris after rape accusation , according to police officials.

(Source: AP)

School Building Collapses in Uttarakhand's Gopeshwar After Heavy Rainfall

The building of Saraswati Shishu Mandir school has collapsed in Uttarakhand’s Gopeshwar after a heavy rainfall in the region.

The Uttarakhand administration had declared a holiday for the schools on 22 January, in view of heavy rainfall and snow.

(Source: ANI)

Renault to Hold Board Meeting Thursday to Replace Carlos Ghosn

Renault will hold board meeting on Thursday, 24 January, to replace Carlos Ghosn as the chief executive and chairman of the company, who remains in custody in Japan over alleged financial misconduct.

(Source: AFP)

Six Terrorists Killed in Two Encounters in J&K

Three terrorists each were killed in two encounters in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam and Shopian. Arms & ammunition were recovered in both the encounters which took place in open hideouts.

“The security forces managed these operations very well,” Kashmir IG SP Pani said.

(Source: ANI)

Plea in SC Challenges 10 Percent Quota for Poor in General Category

A plea challenging the centre's decision to grant 10 percent quota to economically weaker section of general category in jobs and education was filed in the Supreme Court on Monday, 21 January.

The plea, challenging the Constitution (103 Amendment) Act, 2019 was filed by businessman Tehseen Poonawalla.

It sought the quashing of the bill saying that backwardness for the purpose of reservation cannot be defined by "economic status alone".

(Source: PTI)

Moscow Bound Russian Plane Lands After Take-Off in Suspected Hijack

A plane bound for Moscow has been forced to land shortly after take-off in a suspected hijacking, Russian authorities said.

The National Anti-Terrorism Committee said on Tuesday that an unnamed man on the flight, bound from the Siberian city of Surgut to Moscow, ordered the crew to divert the plane to Afghanistan.

(Source: AP)

Court Orders FIR Against Vijay Rupani for Attack on Bihar Migrants

A court on Tuesday directed police to lodge a case against Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor while hearing a petition, which accused them of inciting attacks on migrants from Bihar.

Incidents of violence against migrants were reported from Gujarat last year, after a man from Bihar was accused of allegedly raping and murdering a girl.

(Source: PTI)

Anti-Terrorist Squad Questions Nine Youths in Maharashtra

The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) brought nine youths for questioning from Aurangabad and Thane district’s Mumbra in Maharashtra. More details are awaited.

(Source: ANI)

2019 Oscar Nominations Announced

The nominations for the 91st Oscars were announced on Tuesday, 22 January by Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani at the academy’s headquarters in Hollywood.

The nominations were announced in 24 categories. The Academy Awards ceremony will be held on 24 February.

Former Indian Hockey Player Raghbir Singh Bhola Passes Away

Former Indian hockey player and a two-time Olympic medalist Raghbir Singh Bhola, has passed away aged 92, his family said Tuesday.

Bhola, who breathed his last on Monday, represented India in the 1956 Melbourne and 1960 Rome Olympics, winning a gold and silver medals respectively for the country.

(Source: PTI)

Two Killed in Avalanche in J&K's Ramban District

Two persons were buried alive and two others went missing on Tuesday, in an avalanche in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district.

Police said the avalanche hit Trigam village around 3 pm. The deceased were identified as Muhammad Rafiq and Sumerna. Efforts were on to locate the missing persons, police said.

(Source: IANS)

Dehradun Declares Holiday on 23 Jan Due to Heavy Rain and Snowfall

The Dehradun District Magistrate has declared a holiday on Wednesday, 23 January for all government & private schools in view of warning of heavy rain & snowfall in the region.

(Source: ANI)

US Supreme Court Lets Military Implement Transgender Restrictions

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Trump administration to go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender people while court challenges continue.

The high court split 5-4 in allowing the plan to take effect, with the court’s five conservatives green-lighting it and its four liberal members saying they would not have.

The Trump administration had urged the justices to take up cases about the plan directly, but the court declined for now. Those cases will continue to move through lower courts.

(Source: AP)

WhatsApp Down, Several Users Complain

Popular messaging platform WhatsApp was down for several users late on Tuesday, 22 January. People took to Twitter to complain about the platform not working.

4 Bodies Found by Madhya Pradesh Police in a Raisen Home

Four bodies & a man in critical condition were found in a home by police in Raisen, Madhya Pradesh, on Tuesday, 22 January.

"Man was admitted to hospital & is out of danger. His wife, 12-day-old daughter, 11-year-old brother-in-law, & mother-in-law were declared dead. Probe is underway," AP Singh, ASP Raisen, said.

(Source: ANI)

Maharashtra: Fire Breaks out in a Car at Eastern Freeway

A fire broke out in a car at Eastern freeway in Mumbais’s Wadala East on late Tuesday night. No casualties have been reported and the fire has been doused.

(Source: ANI)

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