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Here are the Highlights of January 8:

6:00 pm: Union Minister V Muraleedharan: Centre is closely monitoring the developments in the Gulf region. EAM has spoken to his counterparts in Jordan, Oman, Qatar, France & UAE. He has also spoken to Foreign Minister of Iran and the US Secretary of State.

5:50 pm: Indian Naval Ship Sumedha, presently on Anti Piracy Patrol in Gulf of Aden, provided fresh water and medical supplies to the crew of stranded dhow Al-Hamid on 6th January. The dhow had suffered a broken main engine shaft. Later, tt was towed to safety away from the Somali coast.

5:45 pm: Prof Ashwini Mohapatra, JNU Teachers' Federation:We appeal for normalcy on campus. JNUTF urges the Administration to ensure that those students who are registering in new semester are not subjected to any harassment&coercion by those averse to normal functioning of the University

5:40 pm: Maharashtra: Bharatiya Janata Party loses Zila Parishad elections in Nagpur. BJP faces defeat in Union Minister Nitin Gadkari's home village Dhapewada. Congress emerges as single largest party with 31 seats.

5:30 pm: Iranian Ambassador to India Dr. Ali Chegeni: Chabahar Port is a symbol of very good friendship between India, Iran, Afghanistan, Commonwealth of Independent States, Europe, whole Persian Gulf. It does not belong only to Iran and India. Chabahar will go on, don't worry about it.

5:25 pm: Iranian Ambassador to India Dr. Ali Chegeni: Whatever we have done is a part of our response. Millions of people who participated in the funeral of General Qassem Soleimani had demanded the government for it. We have done it. We are not looking for war.

5:15 pm: Iranian Ambassador to India Dr. Ali Chegeni: India is a part of the region. It should be a part de-escalation. We are welcoming any initiative from our good friends from India.

5:05 pm: Iranian Ambassador to India Dr. Ali Chegeni: We are not looking for war. We are living in this region peacefully with our brothers and sisters including India. We don't want any tension/escalation in this region.

5:00 pm: Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy held a meeting, today, to review the working of Department of Panchayat Raj and Rural Development.

4:55 pm: Madurai: Fans of Rajinikanth offer special prayers at a temple for success of his upcoming movie 'Darbar'. A fan (pic 4) says,"We kept fast for 15 days & performed 'Man Soru’ (Eating food on floor without plate). This will definitely result in grand success of movie"

4:45 pm: Himachal Pradesh: After fresh snowfall, total 588 roads have been closed, 2436 electricity supply lines disrupted and 33 water supply schemes hampered in the state. In 8 districts of the state, 1 feet to 4 feet snow has accumulated at different locations.

4:40 pm: Government sources: Some masked persons have been identified, soon police will crack the identity of the masked men seen in the videos who vandalised public and private property in Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University and attacked students

4:30 pm: A Delhi court has directed urgent medical treatment to Bhim Sena Chief Chandrashekhar Azad till tomorrow if required. The court was hearing his plea for medical treatment. Matter adjourned for Jan 9 as Investigating Officer did not submit Azad's medical report in court today.

4:20 pm: Ukraine's embassy in Iran issues new statement on the plane crash in Iran, omitting the mention of engine failure as the cause: Reuters

4:20 pm: Tripura: Border Security Force, today, seized 2.267 Kg gold worth Rs 95 lakhs from the outskirts of Agartala. The consignment consist of 12 gold biscuits and 4 bars. One Jahangir Hassan who was carrying the consignment from Bangladesh has been arrested & his mobile phone seized.

4:10 pm: JNU violence case: Police received total 11 complaints from JNU. 1 from a professor, 3 from ABVP students and 7 from JNUSU and other students. Local police have forwarded the complaints to Delhi Police Crime Branch SIT

4:00 pm: Lawyer Shishir Tripathi’s family to get Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia from Dist. Admin, Rs 50,000 each from Lucknow Bar Association&Central Bar Association. Case registered. 1 police personnel suspended for negligence.1 person arrested,police raids underway at 45 locations to nab 4 accused

3:45 pm: CBI vs CBI: Delhi High Court asks CBI director to appear before it if the CBI does not conclude its probe by Feb10, the next date of hearing. Court grants 4 weeks more time to CBI to conclude its probe in corruption case against Rakesh Asthana and others.

3:40 pm: Daryaganj violence case: A Delhi court to hear bail plea of 15 accused tomorrow at 2 pm.

3:30 pm: Dhananjay Kumar, Spokesperson Air India: This may lead to increase in flying time by approximately 20 minutes for flights from Delhi and 30 to 40 minutes for flights from Mumbai. The situation is being closely monitored.

3:25 pm: Dhananjay Kumar, Spokesperson Air India: Safety of our passengers and crew members comes first. In light of the tensions within the Iranian airspace a decision to temporarily reroute flights of Air India (AI) and Air India Express (AIX) overflying Iran has been taken.

3:20 pm: Seemapuri violence case: A Delhi court to hear bail plea of 10 accused tomorrow at 2:30 pm.

3:15 pm: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on a social media campaign to boycott Deepika Padukone's movie after she joined JNU students at protest y'day: This is a democratic country, anyone,any artist can go anywhere and put forth his or her view

3:10 pm: Delhi: Congress Working Committee(CWC) meeting to be held on January 11

3:05 pm: Jammu and Kashmir: One civilian injured in grenade attack at Habak Chowk in Srinagar.

3:00 pm: Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu warns of 'resounding blow' if Iran attacks Israel: AFP news agency

2:50 pm: Delhi: Protest at Delhi University's North Campus against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), and in support of BharatBandh called by ten trade unions.

2:45 pm: Lucknow: 32 year old lawyer Shishir Tripathi beaten to death in Krishna Nagar late last night by five people. One accused arrested. Police has sent body for postmortem.

2:40 pm: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee: Bandhs called by them(Left parties) earlier were rejected. They want to get cheap publicity by calling bandh and hurling bombs on buses. Instead of gaining this publicity, political death is better.

2:32 pm: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee: CPIM has no ideology. Planting bombs on railway tracks is 'gundagardi'. In the name of movement, commuters are being beaten up and stones are being pelted. This is 'dadagiri', not a movement. I condemn this.

2:25 pm: Govt of India: Cabinet has also approved a MoU between India and United Kingdom for enabling energy self sufficiency for Indian Railways

2:20 pm: Govt of India: Cabinet approves ratification of migration and mobility partnership agreement between India and France; agreement signed in March 2018, is valid for 7 years and incorporates provisions for auto-renewal

2:15 pm: Union Cabinet approved in-principle strategic disinvestment of equity shareholding, in Neelachal Ispat Nigam Ltd, of Minerals and Metals Trading Corporation Ltd, National Mineral Development Corp, MECON and Bharat Heavy Electrals Ltd

2:12 pm: Union Cabinet approves conferring status of Institution of National Importance(INI) to a cluster of Ayurvedic institutions at Gujarat Ayurved University campus in Jamnagar

2:07 pm: Crashed Ukraine plane had 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians on board, reports AFP quoting a Ukraine minister

2:03 pm: DMK MP Kanimozhi on a social media campaign to boycott Deepika Padukone's movie after she joined students at Jawaharlal Nehru University,during protest over y'day: I don't watch many hindi movies, they're actually making people like me go&watch her movies&support her

2:00 pm: Jammu and Kashmir: Terrorists lob grenade at Habak Chowk in Srinagar.More details awaited.

1:45 pm: Sanjay Paswan, BJP MLC and former Union Minister: People of Bihar want to see a BJP leader as Bihar CM, BJP is the strongest and most active party in the state. Ultimately we will abide by what PM Modi and Sushil Modi ji decide,but we are capable of winning elections alone

1:35 pm: Iran Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says 'slap in face' delivered to US: AFP news agency

1:30 pm: JNU VC: This morning met Amit Khare and GC Hosur at MHRD and briefed them on the steps being taken at JNU to bring normalcy. All efforts are being made to facilitate winter semester registration for willing students and a conducive environment for their academic pursuits.

1:20 pm: Maharashtra Minister Ashok Chavan: Whatever happened in JNU, anyone will speak against it. I don't see anything wrong in Deepika Padukone supporting the JNU protest.

1:15 pm: Karti Chidambaram & his wife's statement: The complaint is therefore non-est in law. We will bring this fact to the notice of the Trail Court and move the Madras High Court against the order of the Trial Court.

1:10 pm: United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab: We condemn this attack on Iraqi military bases hosting Coalition -including British forces.We urge Iran not to repeat these reckless and dangerous attacks, and instead to pursue urgent de-escalation.

1:00 pm: Karti Chidambaram & his wife's statement on dismissal of their plea by Chennai Court in alleged non-disclosure of income of over Rs 7 cr - "IT dept's complaint was based on notice of re-assessment, proceeding of which abated on Dec 31. No order of assessment of demand was passed"

12:52 pm: Delhi: DMK MP Kanimozhi meets Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union President Aishe Ghosh in the campus.

12:47 pm: CBI tells Supreme Court that investigation in all 17 shelter homes cases, including Muzaffarpur(Bihar) shelter home abuse case, has been completed. No girl was killed in Muzaffarpur shelter home and skeletons found were not of inmate minors, AG KK Venugopal says.

12:40 pm: Supreme Court today said, it will take a call after talking to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde, as to whether the review petitions filed by many telecom companies, against its judgment on Adjusted Gross Revenue(AGR), will be heard in an open court or not.

12:32 pm: Punjab: Protesters block a railway track in Amritsar during #BharatBandh call by ten trade unions

12:28 pm: Maharashtra Assembly has ratified the 126th constitutional amendment(for extension of SC/ST reservation) passed by Parliament in December 2019

12:25 pm: A protest march underway in Delhi. Ten trade unions have called for #BharatBandh today against 'anti-worker policies of Central Govt'

12:22 pm: Supreme Court issues notice to the Government on a plea filed by National Council of Dalit Christians seeking Scheduled Caste status for Dalit Christians.The petitioner says the change of religion does not end social discrimination against lower castes.

12:15 pm: West Bengal: A clash erupted allegedly between Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Students' Federation of India (SFI) workers in Burdwan during the Bharat Bandh called by ten trade Unions against 'anti-worker policies of Central Government'

12:10 pm: Maharashtra Minister Jitendra Awhad on FIR against students protesting at Gateway of India against JNU Violence: I am the representative of students in the cabinet and I will ensure that there is no injustice done to them, I will talk to CM and find out a way to resolve the issue.

12:05 pm: Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar reached Union HRD ministry to meet HRD Secretary Amit Khare.

11:53 am: West Bengal: A bus vandalised in Cooch Behar during the Bharat Bandh called by ten trade Unions against 'anti-worker policies of Central Govt'

11:47 am: Jai Kumar Singh, Minister of State for jail: Tihar jail had written to avail the service of hangman from Meerut for the execution of Nirbhaya Rape case convicts. We have approved permission for the same.

11:37 am: Congress Central Election Committee meeting for Delhi assembly elections to be held on January 11 at party interim president Sonia Gandhi's residence

11:30 am: Singapore Airlines: In view of the latest developments in the region, all our flights in and out of Europe will not be flying over the Iranian airspace. We will continue to monitor the situation closely

11:20 am: Iran: Ukrainian aeroplane carrying at least 170 passengers and crew which crashed near the airport in the capital, Tehran.

11:18 am: Reports that 80 people killed in Iran missile attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq. Press TV cannot independently verify the reports on the number of casualties: Iran's Press TV

11:08 am: No survivors on Ukrainian jetliner that crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran's main airport with at least 170 people on board: AP quoting Iranian officials

11:00 am: Supreme Court today, decided to hear on January 10 the Central Government's plea seeking to transfer those PILs filed and pending in various state High Courts, against validity of , to the Supreme Court.

10:50 am: Supreme Court today, decided to hear on January 8 the Central Government's plea seeking to transfer those PILs filed and pending in various state High Courts, against validity of , to the Supreme Court.

10:45 am: Kerala: A protest march underway in Thiruvananthapuram. Ten trade unions have called for today against 'anti-worker policies of Central Govt'

10:40 am: Maharashtra PWD Minister Ashok Chavan: State Government supports today's call of different trade unions, Govt at the Centre is an anti-labour Govt

10:35 am: West Bengal: Four crude bombs recovered by Police from railway track near Hridaypur station in North 24 Parganas.

10:30 am: Directorate General of Civil Aviation: We had held meetings with the concerned Airlines and have sensitized them to remain vigilant and take all precautions

10:20 am: Tamil Nadu: Protest underway on Mount road in Chennai. Ten trade unions have called for #BharatBandh today against 'anti-worker policies of Central Govt'

10:15 am: Government Sources: India tells all Indian carriers to avoid airspace of Iran, Iraq and the Gulf following tension in the region

10:10 am: MEA: In view of the prevailing situation in Iraq, Indian nationals are advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Iraq until further notification. Indian nationals residing in Iraq are advised to be alert and may avoid travel within Iraq. Our Embassy in Baghdad and Consulate in Erbil will continue to function normally to provide all services to Indians residing in Iraq

10:00 am: Indian Navy: INS Sumedha came to the rescue of the crew of the dhow(traditional wooden vessel) Al-Hamid on 6 January. Al-Hamid was detected by Navy Helicopter launched from the deck of INS Sumedha, which confirmed that the vessel was in distress&drifting near coast of Somalia. A boarding team along with a naval technical team embarked Al-Hamid for routine checks onboard and render assistance. The crew of Al-Hamid comprised of 13 Indian citizens.

9:40 am: National Anti-Doping Agency: Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel has found weightlifter Sarbjeet Kaur guilty of anti-doping rule violation. Penalty of ineligibility for a period of 4 years imposed. She was tested positive earlier following intake of prohibited non specified substance

9:35 am: A 4.9 magnitude earthquake struck near #Iran's Bushehr: United States Geological Survey

9:30 am: Chidambaram advises JNU VC to leave varsity

9:20 am: Mumbai: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited employees protest against Govt decision of strategic disinvestment of Bharat Petroleum

9:15 am: Sensex at 40,675.40, down by 194.07 points

9:10 am: Ahmedabad: Police has registered FIR against members of ABVP and NSUI for the clash that broke out yesterday between the two student groups.

9:05 am: Iranian state TV reports Ukrainian airplane carrying 180 passengers and crew has crashed near airport in capital, Tehran: AP

9:00 am: A proposal regarding construction of the Shaheed Ashfaqullah Khan Zoological Garden in Gorakhpur was passed by UP cabinet yesterday, Zoo will be built on 121 acres of land.

8:55 am: Drizzling in parts of Delhi, visuals from Feroz Shah Road.

8:45 am: Siliguri: A North Bengal State Transport Corporation(NBSTC) bus driver wears a helmet in wake of protests during #BharatBandh called by ten trade unions against 'anti-worker policies of Central Govt'. 

8:35 am: Delhi: Union Cabinet meeting to be held at 10 am today

8:25 am: US President: All is well!Missiles launched frm Iran at 2 military bases located in Iraq.Assessment of casualties&damages taking place now. So far,so good!We have most powerful& well equipped military anywhere in world,by far!I will be making statement tomorrow morning

8:15 am: Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif: Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched. We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.

7:55 am: West Bengal: Protesters block railway track in Howrah. Ten trade unions have called for #BharatBandh today against 'anti-worker policies of Central Govt'.

7:45 am: Northern Army Commander Lt General Ranbir Singh is in China where he is scheduled to meet and interact with the senior People’s Liberation Army leadership. He would also be visiting the training institutions of the Chinese military

7:30 am: A Delhi court yesterday issued death warrant against all 4 convicts of 2012 Delhi gang-rape case, execution to be held on 22nd January at 7 am in Tihar's jail cell 3.

7:25 am: Tihar Jail officials: Tihar to conduct dummy execution in coming days but not today. It will be done in jail 3, where the execution will take place. At the time of the dummy execution, the executive engineer of PWD, superintendent and other jail officials will be present.

7:20 am: Oil prices spike more than 3.5% after Iran hits base used by US in Iraq: AFP news agency

7:15 am: Jammu and Kashmir: Temperature drops in Doda district as the region received fresh snowfall and rainfall. Doda has been receiving rainfall since last three days. Dessa, Nagni, Dedni, Jai, Padri and Gandoh areas of the district also received snowfall.


7:10 am: Jonathan Hoffman, Assistant to the US Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs: At approximately 5:30 p.m. (EST) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq. It's clear that these missiles were launched from Iran & targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting US military & coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil. We're working on initial battle damage assessments.

7:00 am: Nine rockets hit Iraq base housing US troops, reports AFP news agency quoting security sources.

Posted By: Talib Khan