2:30 pm: IPL team Mumbai Indians appoints Zaheer Khan as Director of Cricket Operations

1:37 pm: Australia: 3 Indian nationals went missing from Moonee beach yesterday, 2 bodies recovered, search for other person underway.They jumped into water to rescue drowning children(from family) but were caught in the currents. The children were saved by a rescue team&taken to hospital.

1:29 pm: West Bengal: Calcutta HC asks BJP to give three tentative dates for the ‘Rath Yatra’. Court also asked BJP for the video footage of the meeting held between BJP delegates and the state government on December 13. Matter fixed for hearing for tomorrow

1:21 pm: Mumbai: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis orders enquiry into the yesterday’s fire at ESIC Hospital in Andheri that claimed 9 lives. CM also spoke to PM Modi & Union Min JP Nadda. CM expressed grief over loss of lives & prayed for speedy recovery of injured;assured reqd. assistance.

12.45 pm: Rahul Gandhi: We will not let PM Modi sleep till he waives of loans of farmers, all opposition parties will unitedly demand this. Till now PM has not waived off a single rupee of farmers.

12.15 pm: Narendra Tomar, Union Minister after BJP’s parliamentary party meeting: We were briefed on Triple Talaq by the Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the government’s priority is to get the bill passed. Court decisions on 1984 anti-Sikh riots and #RafaleDeal were also discussed.

11.55 am: Maharashtra: ESIC Kamgar Hospital staff protests alleging inadequate facilities in the hospital in Andheri, Mumbai. 8 people had died in a fire that broke out in the hospital yesterday.

11.40 am: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal: Welcome court’s decision against Sajjan Kumar, at last after 34 yrs Sikh community got some justice. Hope other big leaders involved in this will also be punished & similarly perpetrators behind 2002 Gujarat riots & Muzaffarnagar riots also get punished.

11.20 am: Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 pm after uproar over Supreme Court’s Rafale Verdict and 1984 anti-Sikh riots verdict.

10.20 am: Lucknow: Samajwadi Party protests in Uttar Pradesh Assembly premises over agrarian issues, law and order situation in the state and other issues.

10.15 am: KM Ashokan, father of Hadiya, 26-year-old Kerala woman who converted to Islam and married a Muslim man in 2016, has joined the BJP. Ashokan had approached Court alleging his daughter was a victim of ‘love jihad’

9.50 am: Aircel Maxis case adjourned till 11th January by Delhi’s Patiala House Court. The court also extended the interim protection of Karti Chidambaram and P Chidambaram till 11th January in both CBI and ED cases.

9.45 am: Trinamool Congress gives notice under Rule 267 in Rajya Sabha to take up discussion on ‘jobs and unemployment of youth‘

9.40 am: Agra: BJP MLA Udaybhan Chaudhary threatens SDM Garima Singh, says ‘Don’t you know I am an MLA? Don’t you realize my power, the power of democracy?’ He had gone to meet the SDM over farmer issues.

9.30 am: Virat Kohli: Bhuvi hasn’t played a lot of test cricket recently, Umesh picked 10 wickets in his last match and was in good rhythm so we picked him. We could have considered Ashwin if he was fully fit.

9:17 am: Indian national Hamid Ansari who was lodged in a jail in Pakistan, is being released today. His mother says, “He went with noble intentions but initially went missing and was later caught and framed. He shouldn’t have gone without a visa. His release is a victory for humanity.”

8:58 am: Jharkhand: A para teacher K K Das, died allegedly due to cold while sitting on strike outside state minister Louis Marandi’s residence in Dumka. He was protesting for regularization of services. Dr D Kumar(in pic) says, “He was brought dead, postmortem will reveal cause.” (16-12)

8:57 am:  Australia beat India by 146 runs to win the second test at Perth. Four match series now level at 1-1.

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