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Illegal Arms Factory Busted in UP
An illegal arms factory busted by Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force in Etah on Thursday, 4 January. One smuggler Jarnail Singh was arrested and 71 country-made pistols were also recovered.
Personal Data Hack of 100s of German Politicians, Celebs
Twitter suspended on Friday an account that posted links to sensitive personal data and documents stolen by hackers from hundreds of German public figures and politicians — from every political party but the far-right Alternative for Germany.
The exposed material included addresses, cellphone numbers and chat records, along with banking, credit card and other financial information, German news media said.
33 Arrested in Connection With Violence in Kannur
Police have arrested 33 people in connection with the violence in Kannur district. Country-made bomb was hurled at CPI(M) MLA AN Shamseer's residence in Kannur on Friday, 4 January.
Pak Violates Ceasefire in J&K's Poonch
Pakistan has been violating ceasefire intermittently in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir, since last 48 hours and Indian security forces are retaliating, say media reports.
Five Teens Dead in Polish Escape Room Fire
Five teenage girls died and one man was seriously injured on Friday when a fire broke out in a room where they were playing an escape game in the northern Polish city of Koszalin, officials said.
"The victims of this tragedy are 15-year-old children, girls celebrating a birthday," Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski told broadcaster TVN24.
'Thain Thain' Fame Inspector Injured in Fire Exchange With Criminals
Inspector Manoj Kumar who shouted 'thain thain' to scare criminals during an encounter in Sambhal on 12 October got injured on Friday, 4 January, during an exchange of fire between police and criminals in Sambhal.
SP Yamuna Prasad informed ANI: "Two bike borne miscreants fired at police during which SI Manoj Kumar got injured. During counter-firing, a criminal was also injured. One criminal absconding. Injured have been taken to hospital."
NCP and Cong to Contest Lok Sabha Elections Together in Maharashtra
NCP and Congress are set to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections together in Maharashtra. NCP leader Praful Patel, reportedly said:
“We have decided that NCP and Congress will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections together on 40 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra. However, a decision is yet to be taken for the remaining 8 Lok Sabha seats of the state.”
Jammu Srinagar National Highway Closed Due to Snowfall
Jammu Srinagar National Highway closed due to snowfall in the region.
Floods, Blackouts after Thai Storm, But Tourist Islands Spared
Floods and blackouts caused by Tropical Storm Pabuk left nearly 30,000 people in evacuation shelters across southern Thailand Saturday, as relieved tourists stranded on islands further north were spared the worst and began to plot routes home.
Pabuk, a once in three-decades weather system, packed winds of up to 75 kilometres (45 miles) an hour and brought heavy rains and storm surges as it lashed the entire south of the kingdom on Friday, downing power cables and causing widespread flooding.
Suspected Cow Slaughterers Held after Exchange of Fire in Muzaffarnagar
Two persons, suspected to be involved in an incident of cow slaughter, were injured in an exchange of fire with police in a village here, officials said on Saturday.
The incident occurred in Shikarpur village on Friday evening. Upon receiving information about the alleged incident of cow slaughter, a police team reached the spot and surrounded the suspected cow slaughterers, who opened fire on the personnel, according to Superintendent of Police Alok Sharma.
The police team retaliated. Two suspected cow slaughterers and a constable were injured in the exchange of fire, while two men managed to escape, he said.
Exchange of Fire Between Security Forces and Militants Underway in Aripal, Pulwama
Exchange of fire is underway between security forces and militants in Aripal village of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The area has been cordoned off.
Ex CM Sheila Dikshit May Be Made Delhi Cong Chief
Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit may be made the Delhi Congress Chief, reported NDTV. Ajay Maken stepped down from the post on Friday, 4 January.
PM Modi Lays Foundation Stone of Development Projects in Palamu
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stone of various development projects in Palamu, Jharkhand.
Tiger Found Dead in MP's Amravati
One tiger has been found dead near Motha village of Chikhaldara (territorial) range of east Melghat territorial division, Amravati Territorial Circle.
Cyclone Pabuk to Emerge in Andaman: IMD Issues Warning
India Meteorological Dept (IMD) has issued alert over emergence of cyclone Pabuk into the Andaman Islands. Total suspension of fishing operation over Andaman Sea and adjoining southeast and east central Bay of Bengal from 5-7 January and over east central and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal on 8 January.
Sea condition will be high over Andaman Islands, Andaman Sea and adjoining areas of eastcentral and southeast Bay of Bengal from the evening of 5 Jan till the morning of 7 Jan. The sea condition will be very rough over Nicobar Islands till 6 January.
ED's Plea for Open-Ended Non-Bailable Warrants Against Sandesaras Allowed
Delhi's Patiala House Court allows Enforcement Directorate's plea for open-ended non-bailable warrants against Sandesaras in connection with the alleged Rs 5000 crore bank loan fraud case.
Illegal Sand Mining Case: Residences of IAS Officer, MLA and MLC Raided
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids residences of IAS officer B Chandrakala, BSP leader Satyadev Dikshit and SP MLC Ramesh Mishra in connection with the illegal sand mining case of Uttar Pradesh.
Alok Nath Gets Anticipatory Bail
Dindoshi Sessions Court has granted anticipatory bail to Alok Nath. He is being tried for rape, following accusations made by writer Vinta Nanda.
MP State Cabinet Approves Farmers Loan Waiver Scheme
Madhya Pradesh State Cabinet approves farmers loan waiver scheme. Loans of Rs 2 lakhs taken by farmers will be waived off. Cut-off date has been set as 12 December 2018.
School Bus Falls into Gorge in Sirmaur, 7 Killed
7 killed and 4 children injured after a school bus fell into a gorge in Sangrah area of Sirmaur district.
Vijay Mallya Declared Fugitive Economic Offender
Special PMLA court declares Vijay Mallya a fugitive economic offender. His properties can now be confiscated by the government.
ED Seeks Open-Ended NBW Against Manoj Arora in Money-Laundering Case
Enforcement Directorate (ED) moves Delhi court seeking issuance of open-ended non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Manoj Arora, a close aide of Robert Vadra in a money-laundering case. Matter to be heard on 8 January .
Four Children Injured in an Explosion in Bihar's Kotwa
Four children are injured in an explosion in a farm in Kotwa, in Bihar’s Motihari. The injured children are admitted to a hospital and the police investigation is underway.
Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: 18 Accused Appear Before a Special POCSO Court
18 accused, including Brijesh Thakur appeared before a special POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) court on Saturday, 5 January, in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case. The next hearing is scheduled on 17 January.
Illegal Mining of Minor Minerals Case : Searches Conducted at 14 Places
Searches were conducted at 14 places in Jalao, Hamirpur, Noida, Lucknow & Kanpur in the illegal mining of minor minerals case, according to CBI sources. 11 people including government officials were involved in the case.
Adil Khan, B Chandrakal, then mining officer Moinuddin, SP MLC Ramesh Mishra and his brother, mining clerk Ram Ashray Prajapati, Ambika Tiwari (Hamirpur), mining clerk Ram Avatar Singh and his relative, and Sanjay Dikshit are the accused.
Five Killed After a Scaffolding Collapsed in China's Fujian
Five people were killed after a scaffolding made of bamboo collapsed in eastern China's Fujian province on Saturday, local authorities said.
Four people died on the spot while others injured in the incident were sent to hospital, where another person died, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Petition Against 'The Accidental Prime Minister' Filed Before Delhi HC
A petition has been filed before the Delhi High Court against the movie, 'The Accidental Prime Minister,' seeking ban on the trailer. The plea states that facts have been twisted to malign the image of the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The Petition also states that the trailer of 'The Accidental Prime Minister' is spoiling relations with foreign countries and affects the sovereignty and integrity of India.
The Delhi High Court will hear the argument on the plea on 7 January.
Actor Prakash Raj to Contest Lok Sabha Elections From Bengaluru Central
Actor Prakash Raj to contest 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Bengaluru Central as an independent candidate.
Congress's Motto Is to Create a Fearless Country: P Chidambaram
Hitting out at the BJP, Congress leader P Chidambaram said, “The country is moving from being the Republic of India to being Republic of impunity.” He also added that Congress's motto is to create a fearless country.
BJP Appoints Election Managers Ahead of Lok Sabha Polls
Bharatiya Janata Party appoints election in charge & co-in charge for Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andaman-Nicobar Islands, Karnataka, Delhi, Haryana, Tripura and Jammu & Kashmir, ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Stray Cattle Should Be Shifted to Cow Shelters by 10 January: Yogi Adityanath
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered that all stray cattle across the state should be shifted to cow shelters by 10 January.
Fire Breaks out in Mumbai's Crawford Market
Fire breaks out in Mumbai’s Crawford market area. Eight fire tenders are present at the spot and no causalities have been reported so far.
SIT Arrests Personal Secretaries of UP Ministers on Charges of Corruption
A Special Investigation Team of Uttar Pradesh Police has arrested the personal secretaries of UP ministers Archana Tripathi, Sandeep Singh and OP Rajbhar on charges of corruption and bribery.
Former PDP Minister Javed Mustafa Mir Resigns
Former PDP Minister Javed Mustafa Mir has resigned from the party.
35-Year-Old Man Shot Dead in Delhi's Jhilmil Industrial Area
A 35-year-old man was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Delhi’s Jhilmil Industrial Area. Police investigation is underway and the CCTV footage is being examined.
CRPF Trooper Kills Himself After Shooting 2 Colleagues in Srinagar
A CRPF trooper shot himself dead after injuring two of his colleagues, following a heated exchange of words in a paramilitary camp at Pantha chowk in the outskirts of Srinagar on Saturday night.
The two other CRPF jawans have received bullet injuries but are believed to be out of danger.