21:19 Donald Trump's campaign headquarters vandalised with graffiti:
Republican Presidential front-runner Donald Trump's Massachusetts campaign headquarters has been vandalised with obscene graffiti and the word 'Nazi' spray-painted on it.
Trump's Massachusetts campaign headquarters in Littleton was discovered vandalised with graffiti and obscenities.
A Littleton police officer in a marked cruiser near the town common was approached by a woman who reported the vandalism, according to a police statement.
The graffiti, scrawled in red and orange paint across the wall and windows of the campaign headquarters on King Street, included a phrase with an expletive and the word 'Nazi', the Boston Globe reported.
'These types of acts are surprising and certainly not representative of the kind of town that Littleton is and the kind of people who live in this community,' Littleton Police Chief Matthew King said in the statement.
Police plans to review surveillance footage in the area, including a nearby gas station, according to the statement.
20:20 Have written to governor on discussion with PDP, says BJP:
Expressing confidence that the Bharatiya Janata Party's alliance with the People's Democratic Party will continue in Jammu and Kashmir, its leader Nirmal Singh on Sunday said the party has written to Governor N N Vohra saying it will have a discussion on whatever decision the PDP takes.
"Till now we all were in mourning. We will see. There have been no discussions on that (government formation), (but) it is expected that the way things were going earlier, that (alliance) would continue. I am praying that we soon have a system in place," Singh, former deputy chief minister, said.
"The party has said we want (discussion) and we have written a letter to the governor yesterday and told him that we will have a discussion on whatever decision the PDP takes," he said.
Singh said no discussions on government formation in the state have taken place between the PDP and the BJP so far because of the customary four-day mourning period following the demise former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
The mourning period ended today.
20:10 Coalition missile hits MSF clinic in Yemen, 3 killed:
A missile hit a health centre operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in northern Yemen today, killing three people and wounding 10 others, the aid agency's spokeswoman said.
The missile struck the medical facility in the Razeh district of Saada province, according to communications officer Malak Shaher.
She said MSF could not specify whether the centre was hit in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition or by a rocket fired from the ground.
Saada is the heartland of the Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels that the coalition has been bombing since March in support of Yemen's beleaguered government.
MSF last month accused the coalition of bombing its clinic in Taez, southwest Yemen, where nine people were wounded including two agency staff.
The coalition said at the time that it would investigate MSF's claim.: AFP
19:45 Security tightened around IAF's Chabua airbase after intel alert:
Security has been tightened around Indian Air Force station at Chabua in Assam's Dibrugarh district following intelligence inputs about threats to the air base, a police official said.
Following the Pathankot terror attack, police has received certain inputs which need to be corroborated and confirmed in consultation with various agencies and security forces but security has been tightened around the airbase, Dibrugarh Superintendent of Police Bir Bikram Gogoi said today.
"Security measures are being taken accordingly by the police, Army and IAF so that any unwarranted situation may be avoided," he said.
"After receiving the input, the IAF has restricted entry of casual workers in the base. The identity of these workers who are engaged for various works by contractors are cross checked and verified," sources at Chabua airbase said.
Chabua is a key base of the IAF and it has the latest airplanes including the Sukhoi-30 MKi and Chetak helicopters.
18:55 PDP MLAs' meet over govt formation soon:
The People's Democratic Party legislators in Jammu and Kashmir will shortly hold a meeting over the formation of a new government in the state.
Bharatiya Janata Party, the PDP's ally in the state, expressed confidence that the alliance will continue without any hiccups.
"The PDP is yet to take a decision, we are sure that the BJP along with the PDP would be able to achieve Mufti sahib's vision for J&K," Ram Madhav, who looks after the BJP's Jammu and Kashmir affairs, said.
18:08 Will continue to fight against graft in DDCA, says Kirti Azad:
Suspended Bharatiya Janata Party member of Parliament Kirti Azad today said he will continue to fight against alleged corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association and that nobody can deter him from this campaign, a day after the cricket body filed defamation suits against him and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Unfazed by the BJP's disciplinary action against him, Azad also continued his attack against Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the DDCA corruption issue.
Reiterating his corruption charges against the cricket body, Azad accused it of 'cost escalation without proof' in renovating Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in 2008.
Azad also said he has sought time from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explain the case to him.
Responding to the defamation suit filed against him by the DDCA, Azad said he was 'grateful' to all those who filed a case against him and warned 'there will be more (evidences against corruption) coming out one after the other'.
"If you want to do PhD in corruption, go to DDCA, you will get your degree in one month," Azad said.
He said he would honour whatever decision the BJP takes in his case.
17:30 BSF apprehends man moving suspiciously near Gurdaspur border:
A man, allegedly moving suspiciously near a Border Security Force post in the border area of Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district, was apprehended today and handed over to police.
The man, identified as Harpreet Singh alias Honey, was wearing a trouser similar to army fatigue and was allegedly hiding in the bushes when he was caught by the BSF, Station House Officer of Dera Baba Nanak Paramjit Singh said.
BSF seized his mobile phone which was allegedly used to take pictures of army tanks and government buildings, Paramjit Singh said.
The man was handed over to the police, he said, adding that investigation was going on. Gurdaspur, particularly its biggest town Batala, has been on high alert as locals have been reporting sighting of suspected terrorists over the last few days.
17:06 India did not give communalism to the world, says PM:
India has not given communalism to the world but only spirituality, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, asserting that saints and other learned men have always espoused for 'rashtra dharma
' (duty to nation).
Modi, while unveiling the 300th book penned by prominent Jain monk Acharya Ratnasundersuriji Maharaj in Mumbai through a video conference, said former President A P J Abdul Kalam believed in India's legacy of spirituality and had said it can help mankind deal with the major challenges it is facing today.
"The world has not been able to understand us the way it should have. India is a country which has never followed sectarian tendencies. India has never given communalism but spirituality to the world. Sometimes, community can be a creator of problems but spirituality provides resolution to problems," he said.
Modi described the monk as a 'great social reformer and spiritual leader' who has expressed his views on all concepts and objects of the universe through his various books.
The book, My India, Nobel India
, in four languages -- English, Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi -- was released at the Somaiya Grounds in Sion-Chunabhatti area in Mumbai during the Sahitya Satkar Samaroh programme on the concluding day of the 10-day-long religious and spiritual conclave.
16:43 BJP's 'fact-finding' team to visit Malda:
The Bharatiya Janata Party has set up a three-member fact-finding team, which will visit the Malda district in West Bengal where communal violence had erupted last Sunday following the alleged blasphemous comments by a right-wing leader.
The team, set up by BJP president Amit Shah, will be headed by party national general secretary and member of Parliament Bhupender Yadav, a party release said on Sunday.
Party MPs S S Ahluwalia and B D Ram, a retired director general of police, will be the two other members of the team, it said.
The fact-finding team will submit its report to Shah after visiting the violence-hit area, the release said. Assembly elections in West Bengal will be held this year.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to visit the Malda district on January 18.
On January 3, a mob protesting against the alleged blasphemous comments by a right-wing leader had resorted to violence in Malda district during which a police station was also attacked.
16:02 Sonia meets Mehbooba Mufti, offers condolences:
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad met People's Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti at the latter's residence in Srinagar on Sunday.
Azad said that their visit was just to offer prayers and condolences to the family of the late chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.
"She visited for the long association Mufti sahib had with the family and the party," Azad said after the meeting.
Union minister Nitin Gadkari also reached at Muftis
residence to meet her.
15:15 Triple murder rocks Delhi:
A family of three was found dead in their house under mysterious circumstances in old Rajendra Nagar, New Delhi on Sunday.
The husband was found dead in a cupboard in his house and the police are investigating if it was murder or he committed suicide. Nothing is, however, clear as of now.
"Their house was also found ransacked," Joint Commissioner of Police (Central Range) S K Gautam told the media.
The wife and their son were also found dead in the house with strangulation marks around their neck.
According to reports, the bodies of the three were found when their maid arrived on Sunday morning.
No arrests have been made so far and the police have launched a thorough probe.
15:12 JUST IN: Congress President Sonia Gandhi reaches Srinagar to meet Mehbooba Mufti.
15:09 Mexico drug lord's interview with Sean Penn led to his arrest:
A secret interview of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, the notorious drug lord rearrested on Saturday, with United States actor Sean Penn helped authorities locate his whereabouts, a Mexican law enforcement official said.
The world's most-wanted drug trafficker was arrested after a shootout in Los Mochis in his home state of Culiacan, six months after he escaped Mexico's 'most-secure' prison.
Five people were killed during the operation that led to the recapture of Guzman, who has twice escaped from prison.
Mexico's Attorney General Arely Gomez said that Guzman's contact with actors and producers for a possible biopic, helped the authorities get a new lead on tracking and capturing the world's most notorious drug kingpin.
On Sunday, a Mexican official said it was the interview with Penn that led authorities to Guzman in a rural part of Durango state in October. The raid was aborted at the time because he was with two women and child. But they were able to track him to Los Mochis, Sinaloa, were he was captured on Saturday.
The interview between Guzman and Penn, purportedly held in late 2015 in a hideout in Mexico, appeared on Saturday on the website of Rolling Stone
14:48 Ghulam Ali to release music of 'Ghar Wapsi' in Mumbai:
Ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali, whose several concerts recently were cancelled due to protests, has lent his voice to a patriotic song in an upcoming movie.
Its director-producer Suhaib Ilyasi says Ali will launch the music of Ghar Wapsi
in Mumbai on January 29. If he attends, it will be his first event in the city after his concert in October was scrapped following threats from the Shiv Sena.
The music launch will also be attended by singers Sunidhi Chauhan and Sonu Nigam, Ilyasi said.
"I hope the Ghar Wapsi
music launch will be smooth and successful without any hiccups," Ilyasi said.
14:02 Under pressure after Cologne sex attacks, Merkel backs tougher asylum rules:
Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, has proposed tougher laws that would make it easier to deport migrants after a wave of sex attacks in Cologne that were allegedly carried out by asylum seekers -- an incident she is reported to have described as 'a bombshell'.
Merkel is said to have made the remark while speaking to members of her Christian Democrat party at its closed-door annual policy meeting in the western city of Mainz on Saturday, sources told Der Spiegel. The gathering -- which was reportedly 'very heated' -- focused on introducing tougher criminal penalties following the Cologne attacks.
The far-right in Cologne held a protest march against Germany's open door migration policy.
13:35 Fire at Delhi slum kills three children:
Three children of a family, including a six-month-old boy, died and another was severely injured in a fire that broke out at a slum cluster in northeast Delhi's New Usmanpur area, police said today.
Police suspects that the fire was caused by a short circuit followed by three cooking gas cylinders explosions.
The deceased have been identified as Reena, 10, Meena, 7, daughters of one Kallu Ram, and his six-month-old son, Mubarak.
Their neighbour's son Shakhuddin also got trapped inside a burning shanty and he is now admitted in a hospital with 60 per cent burn injuries, said police.
More than a dozen shanties were gutted by the fire and it took the firefighters around three hours to douse the flames and finish the cooling operation, said an official at Delhi Fire Services.
13:08 Nepal suffers aftershock 9 months after devastating earthquake:
A mild tremor measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale jolted eastern Nepal around midnight, in an aftershock of the Gorkha quake that devastated the country nearly nine months ago.
According to the National Seismological Centre, the earthquake was recorded at around 11.28 pm with its epicenter in Ramechhap district, 200 km east of Kathmandu.
The tremor, listed as an aftershock of the April 25 temblor, was felt nearly nine months after the devastating quake that had its epicentre at Barpak of Gorkha district, 200 km west of Kathmandu.
With this, as many as 424 significant aftershocks (of local magnitude 4.0 or above) have followed the devastating earthquake, NSC records show.
12:14 Congress dismisses Tewari's comments on troops' movement controversy:
The Congress today rejected the comments by party leader and former information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari that the report alleging an unexpected movement of a military unit towards Delhi from Hisar in Haryana in 2012 was true.
"I'm again clarifying there is absolutely no truth in it. It was inappropriate, unnecessary and completely wrong to suggest there was truth in those allegations when made," Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.
"My colleague (Manish Tewari) was neither a member of the Cabinet Committee on Security, nor of any other relevant decision making body," Singhvi said.
Tewari on Saturday had brushed aside allegations that the news item concerning troops' movement was 'fake' and said that it was an 'unfortunate but true' story.
Congress leader A K Antony, who was the defence minister at the time when the incident was reported, said, "I've already spoken in Parliament regarding this issue. Please see my previous comments."
The Indian Express
had on April 4, 2012, reported that late on the night of January 16, 2012, central intelligence agencies reported an unexpected (and non-notified) movement by a key military unit from the mechanised infantry based in Hisar (Haryana) as a part of the 33rd Armoured Division (which is a part of 1 Corps, a strike formation based in Mathura and commanded by Lt Gen. A K Singh) in the direction of the capital, 150 km away.
11:52 Manish Tewari draws flak for saying troops' movement report was true:
Following the furore over former information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari admitting that the Raisina Hill incident was reported correctly by the Indian Express
in 2012, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh, the then Army chief general, dismissed the Congress leader's statement saying 'he has no work these days'.
"Manish Tewari ji
has nothing to do these days. There is this book of mine, ask him to read it and everything will be clear to him," the retired Army general told reporters.
Singh was referring to his autobiographical book Courage and Conviction
where he has criticised various situations in which he was involved, including alleged corruption in the Indian government and the role of Indira Gandhi in Operation Bluestar.
Earlier, Tewari brushed aside allegations that a news item concerning troops' movement published by the Indian Express
was 'fake' and said that it was an 'unfortunate but true' story.
"At that time, I used to serve in the Standing Committee of Defence. And it's unfortunate, but the story was true. The story was correct. I am not getting into an argument. All I am saying is that to the best of my knowledge that story was correct," said Tewari.
Questing the timing of the admission made by Tewari, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday said his comments have become a 'suspect' and put the United Progressive Alliance regime under the scanner.
"Manish Tewari's comments raise the question about the timing of the statement. His comments become a suspect. I would only ask why was he quiet when his government had denied that there was anything like this happening when they were in power," BJP leader Siddharthnath Singh said.
10:10 1400 undertrials can be released, Delhi govt tells HC:
The Aam Aadmi Party government has told the Delhi high court that over 1,400 undertrial prisoners can be released from jails of the national capital if the Supreme Court's order that arrests can be made only if they are required is followed.
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath was also told that the trial court and police were violating the Supreme Court direction, which attracts contempt of court proceedings against the authorities concerned.
"If the Supreme Court order is followed that the police should not arrest persons unless they are required and courts should not authorise detentions in a mechanical manner, at least 1,460 undertrial prisoners will get the benefit, who can walkout of the jail immediately," the Delhi government's senior standing counsel Rahul Mehra said.
Some 1,460 undertrial male prisoners are lodged in jails of Delhi for offences which are punishable with less than seven years of jail term, he added, while referring to the status report filed by the Delhi government.
10:04 SC clears expert of perjury charge in Jessica case:
The Supreme Court has quashed the perjury proceedings initiated against a ballistic expert in the Jessica Lall murder case by the Delhi high court in 2013, saying it was "unjust" to attribute any motive to him for changing his original stand.
A bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur, while clearing P S Manocha of the charge under section 193 of the IPC, said he has been consistent that a definite opinion in the case could be given only if the suspected firearm is available for examination.
"We fail to understand how the stand taken by appellant (Manocha) attracts the offence of perjury. The appellant has all through been consistent that as an expert, a definite opinion in the case could be given only if the suspected firearm is available for examination.
"It is nobody's case that scientifically an expert can give a definite opinion by only examining cartridges as to whether they have been fired from the same firearm. It was the trial court which insisted for an opinion without the presence of the firearm, and in that context only, the appellant gave the non-specific and indefinite opinion," the bench, also comprising Justice Kurian Joseph, said.
00:21 Police clash with protesters angry about Cologne sex attacks:
German protesters angry about the New Year's Eve mob sex attacks and muggings in Cologne, Germany, clashed with police on Saturday.
Police responded with tear gas and water cannons after right-wing groups threw beer bottles at officers in riot gear. Police drove them away and many protesters ended up boarding trains and leaving. No injuries were reported.
Many of the protesters were angry at police reponse to the attacks as well as the influx of migrants and refugees into Europe.
00:20 Policeman shot; suspect 'did it for ISIS':
A 30-year-old man who allegedly ambushed and shot a Philadelphia police officer sitting in his patrol car confessed he did it in the name of the Islamic State, presumably referring to the terrorist group ISIS, officials said Friday.
Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, was hit three times in the left arm on Thursday night and suffered "some very serious injuries that will require multiple surgeries," police Commissioner Richard Ross told reporters.
Despite being seriously injured and bleeding heavily, the veteran officer got out of his patrol car and shot the assailant in the buttocks, Ross said. The gunman was apprehended by other officers, Ross said.
00:13 Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks are intact, says Sartaz Aziz:
Pakistan today said Foreign Secretary-level talks with India are "intact" and it was following the leads provided by New Delhi which has linked the talks, scheduled for January 15, to Islamabad's decisive action on
the Pathankot terror attack.
"We are investigating the Pathankot incident while the foreign secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan are intact," Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said here today at a function in National College of Arts Lahore.
Aziz, however, did not mention the progress Pakistan has achieved on the leads provided by India.
"We are investigating the Pathankot incident," was Aziz's answer when he was asked by a reporter in this regard.