✔ Rajinikanth declares political debut, to launch party
In a meeting with his fans on Sunday, actor Rajinikanth announced his political debut and said he will launch his own party which will contest all 234 constituencies in the next Assembly polls in the Tamil Nadu. The announcement ends two decades of speculation over the entry of the actor, who enjoys cult status in Tamil cinema, into the political arena.
✔ Rajini’s political entry: Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan wish him luck
As Rajinikanth on Sunday announced his entry into politics, various celebrities including megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Kamal Haasan gave their best wishes to the Tamil superstar.
✔ BJP yeilds to Nitin Patel, hands him finance portfolio
Gujarat’s Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel has won his “battle of prestige” with the BJP leadership conceding to his demand for important portfolios by allocating the crucial finance department, which was earlier given to Saurabh Patel.
✔ Muslim women can travel for Hajj without male guardian: PM
Terming the policy of allowing Muslim women to perform Hajj only in the company of a male guardian as “injustice”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said his government has removed the restriction following which hundreds of women have applied to travel alone for the pilgrimage.
✔ Modi welcomes ASEAN leaders for Republic Day on Mann Ki Baat
The final Mann Ki Baat of 2017 on the final day of the year saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving his speech for the month of December. Listeners gave their inputs over phone and on the MyGov Open Forum.
✔ Pulwama attack: five CRPF jawans killed
Militants on Sunday morning attacked a CRPF installation in south Kashmir’s Pulwama, triggering a gunfight. Five jawans and three militants were killed in the attack.
Jaish-e-Muhammad group claimed responsibility for the attack.
✔ Mumbai Kamala Mills fire: Two relatives of pub owners arrested
The police on Sunday have arrested two persons for allegedly providing shelter to the owners of ‘1-Above’ pub who were booked after a fire at their establishment claimed 14 lives on December 29. The police had booked the pub owners, Hitesh Sanghvi and Jigar Sanghvi, co-owner Abhijeet Manka and others on various charges, including culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
✔ 15 killed as suicide bomber targets funeral in Afghanistan
A suicide bomber targeted the funeral of local official in eastern Afghanistan on December 31, killing at least 15 people, officials said.
Noor Ahmad Habibi, deputy spokesman for the Governor of Nangarhar Province, said the bomber set off his explosives vest among people gathered in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, to mourn a former district chief. He said around 14 other people were wounded.
✔ ‘Covfefe’ and ‘fake news’ banished from Queen’s English
The List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness was released Sunday by northern Michigan’s Lake Superior State University.
✔ All you need to know about the anti-government protests in Iran
Hundreds of Iranians have taken to the streets since December 28 across several cities of the country. The protests initially appeared to target the struggling economy and the resultant price rise, but quickly turned against the Hassan Rouhani regime.