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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Assam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Assam. As per reports, Modi will inaugurate a petrochemical project and will then address a rally in the tea garden belt in Moran, located around 40km from Dibrugarh. Modi will also head to Sibsagar where he would deliver an address at the annual conference of Srimanta Sankardeva, a 15th century Vaishnavite saint.

Former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan to be prosecuted for Adarsh

Former Maharashtra CM and top Congress leader Ashok Chavan will be prosecuted for allegedly playing the main role in the Adarsh scam. As per reports, Chavan resigned as the CM of the state due to the scam. Currently, Chavan is the President of the state Congress Party. Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra, has informed the CBI that proceedings can be launched against Chavan.   

Kejriwal says centre wants to impose President's rule in Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said the Modi government wants to impose President’s rule in Delhi just like Arunachal Pradesh. The Chief Minister accused the government of instigating the strike called by the sanitation workers in the city. The strike has led to a huge garbage crisis in Delhi.

InFocus launches new budget smartphone

InFocus has unveiled a new smartphone in India. The budget smartphone, named InFocus Bingo 21, is priced at Rs 5,499. The phone is available in colours of white, blue and orange and can be bought from online stores. InFocus Bingo 21 supports dual-SIM and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The phone is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Shark L (SC9830) SoC and has 2GB of RAM.

Arun Jaitley says GST would soon become a reality

Finance minister Arun Jaitley, who inaugurated a two-day India Investment Summit in New Delhi, expressed hope that the opposition parties will see reason and the Goods and Services Tax will become a reality. The Minister said that most parties have supported the GST, however, he expressed confidence that others would see reason and the law will soon become a reality.

Uttar Pradesh government to bring new act for the safety of tourists

To ensure the safety and security of tourists, the government of Uttar Pradesh will be bringing a new act under the tourism policy 2016. Commenting on the new act, Navneet Sehgal, Principal Secretary Tourism, said that it is being brought for the security of tourists who visit the state. He further said the act will save them from any kind of exploitation.  

Hyderabad lab develops world's first Zika virus vaccine

Scientists at a lab in Hyderabad said that they have developed the world’s first vaccine against the Zika Virus. As per media reports, the Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech International Limited has said that it has patented the Zika vaccine. The outbreak of the Zika virus has been reported in more than 20 countries in Latin America. The virus, which has suspected links to birth defects, has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization.   

Panasonic India launched new headphones

Panasonic India has unveiled two new headphones. As per media reports, the two new headphones include the Panasonic HD5, which is a hi-res headphone and BTD5 – a Bluetooth headphone. The Panasonic HD5 hi-res headphone costs Rs 9,490, while the BTD5 bluetooth headphone will be priced at Rs 6,490.

Indo-French Joint Exploration of Mars, Venus on Cards

Chief of French space agency (Centre national d'études spatiales - CNES), Jean-Yves Le Gall, said that after India successfully put their Mars Orbiter Mission – Mangalyaan – on orbit, France is willing to support India’s next mission for exploring Mars as the former has knowledgeable scientists for Mars and Venus. He said India’s MOM mission showed how smart work can help in manufacturing low cost space missions and went on to call it a good example of Make in India's low cost manufacturing.

Mohammad Shami included in India squad for World T20

The Board of Control for Cricket in India said that pacer Mohammed Shami has been included in the Indian team for the World Cup T20 which will begin next month. As per media reports, Shami was suffering from a knee injury and has not played for India since 2015. Pawan Negi, uncapped left-arm slow bowler who represents Delhi in the domestic circuit, has also been included.

SC asks BCCI to implement Lodha panel recommendations

To ensure more transparency in the operations of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the Supreme Court has asked it to implement the Lodha panel recommendations on structural changes. The Supreme Court judges said that the BCCI should understand that this is not a second innings and it’s all over.

Sexual Harassment charges on Indian hockey captain

Indian hockey captain Sardar Singh has been accused of sexual harassment by his British fiancee. According to the woman, the two met during the London Olympics and got engaged in 2012. The woman has filed a written complaint withLudhianapolice but an FIR is yet to be registered. The 21-year-old has also accused Sardar of forcing her to abort their child in 2015 after which he abandoned her.

Irrfan Khan turns down Spielberg's movie offer

Known for his acting prowess both in Bollywood and Hollywood, Irrfan Khan feels that India is going to get bigger in the West as Americans are on the lookout for talent and are eyeing India. The statement follows close on heels of the actor’s refusal of a Steven Spielberg movie. The director had approached Khan for his latest venture which would also feature Scarlett Johansson. Khan said he turned down the offer because the character being offered to him did not have ‘much scope’.

Farhan Akhar and Adhuna part ways

As per a statement issued on behalf of actor-director-producer-singer Farhan Akhar and celebrity hair dresser Adhuna, the couple has mutually and amicably decided to separate after 16 years of marriage. As responsible parents, the couple ascertains to keep their children protected from unwarranted speculation and public glare. Farhan and Adhuna dated for three years before getting married in 2000. They have two children.

Asin ties knot with Micromax co-founder Rahul

Asin of Ghajini fame got married to Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma in two private ceremonies held in New Delhi. Akshay Kumar, Asin’s co-star in Housefull 2 had introduced her to Mr. Sharma and served as the best man, marking his presence on both the occasions. A private party is scheduled to take place at Rahul Sharma’s Delhi farmhouse today, followed by a grand reception in Mumbai on 23 January.

Island Express derails in Tamil Nadu: More than 20 injured

More than 20 people were injured when six coaches of the Island Express, which was heading to Bengaluru, derailed near Natrampalli. As per reports, the incident occurred some 90km from Vellore in Tamil Nadu during the early hours of Friday. The accident happened when the train was crossing Vetapattu village in Natrampalli. The injured passengers have been admitted to the government hospital in Natrampalli and Tirupattur

Tanzanian envoy heads to Bengaluru

The High Commissioner of Tanzania to India John Kijazi will travel to Bengaluru along with officials of MEA to reach out to African students and ease their concerns regarding the attack on a Tanzanian student in the city. The envoy expressed outrage at the alleged stripping of the 21-year-old student and said she was attacked because she is black. The envoy also said that the attack had an element of racism.

More Pathankot style attacks could follow, says Hafiz Saeed

Terrorist Hafiz Saeed has warned that more Pathankot style attacks could follow. 65-year-old Saeed at a rally in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir referenced the assault on the air force base in Pathankot and said that more attacks could follow. As per media reports, seven military personnel were killed in the attack.