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Delhi to host first ever Pravasi Sansad Conference:The National Capital Delhi will host the first ever Pravasi Sansad Conference on Tuesday; Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to inaugurate the event; 124 MPs and 17 mayors from 20 countries are participating.

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Jammu and Kashmir: 1 terrorist killed in Budgam:Encounter between armed forces and terrorists holed up inside a home in Jammu and Kashmir’s Badgam district. One terrorist killed; hunt on for other attackers.

Bail denied to Ryan student murder accused:A Gurgaon court denies bail to 16-year old boy accused of murdering a 7-year student in Ryan International School; the court had reserved its order after hearing both the parties on Saturday; next hearing fixed for 22nd January.

SC agrees to review section 377 in LGBT case:Supreme Court gets ready to revisit its previous decision on homosexuality; Bench headed by Chief Justice Deepak Mishra says plea against section 377 of Indian Penal Code outlawing unnatural sex will be heard by a larger bench.

Fewer Chinese soldiers on borders: Army Chief Bipin Rawat:Army Chief Bipin Rawat says the number of Chinese soldiers patrolling the borders has gone down after the resolution of the Doklam standoff; lays stress on induction of modern and indigenous weapons in the armed forces.

Kashmir experiences season’s coldest night, Delhi improves:Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, experienced the coldest night of the season in the state as the cold wave sweeping the Valley tightened its grip.

Bengaluru: Five charred to death as fire breaks out in restaurant:Five people died after a fire broke out at a restaurant in Bengaluru early this morning.

Despite Supreme Court’s ban, reports of Triple Talaq still pouring in:Even though Supreme Court has declared Triple Talaq as unconstitutional and government is committed to bring a strict law, reports of men still giving instant triple talaq are still pouring in from various parts of the country.

AAP Rajya Sabha candidate N D Gupta faces objection by Congress:The Election Commission has issued notice to Aam Aadmi Party’s Rajya Sabha candidate ND Gupta over allegation of holding office of profit.

PM: Give top priority to Cyber Security issues:Prime Minister Narendra Modi says cyber security issues should be given top priority; urges use of technology to pin point problem areas on radicalization, lays emphasis on open exchange on information between states and authorities to keep nation secure.

Nepal: Intense cold weather claims at least 13 lives:In Nepal intense cold weather has claimed at least 13 lives. Two persons died in Saptari district and one in Parsa district on Monday due to extreme cold.

Anti-Pak protest by Indian Americans, Afghan & Baloch descents in Washington:A group of Indian Americans, Afghan and Baloch descents stage protests against Pakistan outside Pakistan’s Washington embassy; raise slogans against Pakistan for disrespecting mother and wife of Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav during their recent visit to Pakistan.

Iranian oil tanker still ablaze as rescuers search for missing mariners:A tanker carrying Iranian oil that collided with a Chinese freight ship in the East China Sea on Saturday (January 6) was still ablaze on Monday morning (January 8), a South Korean coast guard official and China’s state broadcaster CCTV said, as emergency rescue teams continued to search for the missing crew.

Mt. Washington was second coldest place on Earth during ‘bomb cyclone’:Newly-released videos give a glimpse into the dramatic and severe weather recorded at the peak of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington over the past two days when the location was said to be the second-coldest place on Earth.

Sydney swealters in heatwave reaching 47.3 degrees Celcius:The Australian city of Sydney sweltered on Sunday (January 7) with temperatures soaring to above 40 degrees Celsius. In the western suburb of Penrith, the mercury hit 47.3 C (117.14 F), making it the hottest day since 1939, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

France marks three years since Charlie Hebdo attack:French President Emmanuel Macron laid a wreath on Sunday in honour of the slain journalists of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo which faces falling sales and stifling security measures three years after it was attacked.

Theresa May plans Cabinet rejig as Brexit enters new phase:British Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing to shuffle her Cabinet as she tries to bolster her authority ahead of a crucial new phase in Brexit negotiations.

India announces visit of PM Modi to Davos for WEF:Prime Minister will visit Switzerland from 22-23 January 2018 ; During the visit, PM will deliver the keynote speech at the plenary session of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland on 23 January.

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Considering incentives for states promoting exports: Prabhu:The commerce and industry ministry is mulling incentives for states which play a proactive role in promoting exports as it will help boost economic growth, Union Minister Suresh Prabhu said.

Telecom Department puts in hard work to realize PM’s vision of Digital India:Major milestone achieved in fulfilling Prime Minister’s Digital India dream; First phase of work related with Bharat Net scheme completed; 1 lakh gram panchayats connected through broadband network; Govt hopeful of connecting all 2.5 lakh gram panchayats by the end of the year.

Stocks scale record highs as investors eye earnings, budget:Stocks rose to fresh life-time closing high levels on optimism over earnings, growth and upcoming budget, with the benchmark BSE Sensex jumping 199 points to end at record 34,352.79 and Nifty scaling the 10,600 mark for the first time.

5th Blind Cricket WC: Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 9 wickets:The fifth edition of Blind Cricket World Cup got under way on Monday; Hosts Pakistan beat Bangladesh by nine wickets in the inaugural game at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Usain Bolt secures trial with Borussia Dortmund:Sprint legend Usain Bolt said that he hopes to still see his dream of becoming a professional footballer come true when he undergoes a trial at German top- flight club Borussia Dortmund.

Hockey India names 20-member men’s team for NZ tour:Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh may feature in his first competitive event in eight months after being named in India’s 20-member squad for a four-nation tournament in New Zealand.

Australia rout England by an innings to win Ashes 4-0:Australia ruthlessly extinguished England’s resistance to claim an innings victory in the fifth Ashes Test and complete a 4-0 series rout on the final day in Sydney on Monday.

Former champion Victoria Azarenka withdraws from Australian Open:Former champion Victoria Azarenka, who has been locked in a custody battle over her young son, pulled out of the Australian Open on Monday.

Cape Town Test: SA beat India by 72 runs, take 1 – 0 lead:South Africa bowled out India for 135 in their second innings, registering a 72-run victory on the fourth and penultimate day of the opening cricket Test in Cape Town on Monday; Hosts lead the three-match series 1-0.

‘Padmavati’ to release as ‘Padmavat’ on January 25:Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial Hindi film ‘Padmavati’, which stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, will release on January 25 as ‘Padmavat’.

Weinstein casts ‘black’ shadow on Globes, ‘Three Billboards’ wins big:“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won four Golden Globes, including Best Drama, in an overtly political awards ceremony on Sunday where Hollywood’s biggest turned up in black to say it was “Time’s Up” for sexual harassment.

A look at the Golden Globes’ winners:The 2018 Golden Globe Awards, chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, were handed out at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on Sunday (January 7), hosted by U.S. comedian Seth Meyers.

Oprah declares ‘new day’ for women in powerful Globes speech:Oprah Winfrey on Sunday declared a “new day” for women and girls facing down abusive men as she delivered a stirring speech at the Golden Globes.

Golden Globes: Meyers tears into Hollywood sexual misconduct in monologue:The host for Golden Globe Awards 2018, Seth Meyers, classily took on some of the most powerful and now disgraced men in Hollywood, Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey as he took the bull of sexual harassment by the horns in his opening monologue.

‘Blackout’ on Golden Globes red carpet for harassment victims:Usually at the Golden Globes, the red carpet is awash in color. This year, it was a total blackout.

Tips to get rid of SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder:In the cold and foggy weather during winters, feeling low or having mood swings is quite common. Seasonal Affective Disorder also known as – SAD, is a repetitive pattern which affects many people during gloomy weather conditions.

Reason behind motorcycle collisions decoded:The most common type of collisions involving motorcycles may result from the driver’s inattentional blindness – the failure to notice an unexpected object in plain sight, a study has found.

Watching TV crime shows does not make better criminals:Watching popular crime TV shows or forensic science dramas does not help criminals learn how to better conceal their wrongdoings, a study has found.

Once a record holder, US astronaut & moonwalker John Young dies:John Young, a legendary US astronaut who went into space six times, orbited the moon and then walked on its craggy surface, has died, NASA has announced.

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