Bengaluru, Mar 24: Festival of colours--Holi is being celebrated with great fervour on Thursday, March 24, all across India. All wholesale commodity markets, including those of metals, will remain closed today on account of 'Holi'. The BSE, NSE, forex and commodity futures markets will also remain closed.
Get all the latest national and international news updates of the day:
12:00 pm: Belgian ministers offer resignation over Brussels suspect 'errors': media.
10:00 pm: Due to a technical issue with one of the aircraft, Jet Airways has combined its flights from Amsterdam to Mumbai and Delhi: Jet Airways.
9:00 pm: Wagah Border (Amritsar): BSF jawans & Pak Rangers celebrate Holi with flowers.
8:35 pm: Suspicious suitcase found below Chakki Bridge in Pathankot (Punjab), Police team at the spot and area has been evacuated.
8:25 pm: Pakistan High Commissioner to India, assured APHC that there was no change in the Pak's Policy on Kashmir: APHC.
8:15 pm: Hurriyat leaders held talks with Pak High commissioner on various issues related to Kashmir, recent meeting of Indo Pak EAMs and the efforts for the restoration of dialogue process between the two countries besides exchanging ideas over other issues: APHC
8:00 pm: Bomb threat to AI 965(Mumbai-Hyd-Jeddah) flight,threat later declared as Non Specific.Threat call was received at Air India Bengaluru office.
7.22 pm: The Jet Airways crew of Amsterdam-Mumbai recovery flight, to transfer all its guests and crew.
7.08 pm: Obedullaganj (Raisen, MP): Unknown people attack Panchayat's Chief Municipal Officer Bhupinder Singh's residence, kill his wife & daughter.
7.00 pm: On the day of Holi as many as 5624 motorists prosecuted for various traffic offences: Dr. Muktesh Chander, Spl Commissioner Traffic, Delhi.
6:38 pm: BJP never made any extra demand, Agenda of Alliance that was formed is still the same: Jitendra Singh
6:28 pm: We will take a decision after the meeting of MLAs tomorrow: Jitendra Singh, MoS PMO on J&K govt formation
6:21 pm: Jet Airways has said that it has already relocated its guests and crew from Brussels to Amsterdam by road yesterday, and that today, it will fly 3 recovery flights from Amsterdam for Delhi, Mumbai and Toronto to transfer all its guests and crew.
6.00 pm: Swearing in date will be decided after meeting with the J&K Governor, says Muzaffar Baig, PDP.
5.35 pm: Other things will follow with consultation with our alliance partner, says Naeem Akhtar, PDP after PDP MLAs meeting
5.25 pm: Camp of 26 Bn Guna burns down in fire at Simhastha checkpost in Ujjain (MP); 3 SLR rifles & 200 cartridges destroyed.
5.19 pm: We feel that its time India and Pak need to go ahead with talks, says Mirwaiz Umar Farooq after meeting Pak High Commissioner.
5.18 pm: Actor Govinda celebrates Holi in Mumbai.
5.00 pm: Thank you for choosing me as the leader of PDP legislature party. You all are my strength: Mehbooba Mufti
4.50 pm: Visuals from PDP MLAs meeting at Mehbooba Mufti's residence (J&K).
4.30 pm: Mehbooba Mufti unanimously elected as the leader of PDP legislature party.
4.15 pm: Actress Sunny Leone celebrates Holi festival in Surat (Gujarat).
4.00 pm: BSF jawans celebrate Holi in Siliguri (West Bengal).
3.30 pm: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari joins Holi celebrations at Umerkot.
3.25 pm: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Yadav celebrate Holi in Patna
3.00 pm: PDP MLAs arrive for meeting at Mehbooba Mufti's residence
2:58 pm: Holi visuals from Goa
Holi celebrations in Panaji (Goa), foreigners also participate. pic.twitter.com/J3xL3DbUIG— ANI (@ANI_news) March 24, 2016
2:40 pm: Crude bomb blast in Titagarh (North 24 Parganas district, Kolkata), one injured.
2:33 pm: Visuals from JNU campus
Holi celebrations in JNU Campus, Delhi. pic.twitter.com/L0IjCaq3UP— ANI (@ANI_news) March 24, 2016
2.13 pm: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi celebrates Holi with his Special Protection Group personnel in Delhi.
2.09 pm: BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav and Jitendra Singh (MoS, PMO) to meet BJP legislators in Jammu on Thursday, March 24.
2.07 pm: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq reaches Pakistan High Commission in Delhi.
2.00 pm: He came to meet his parents, didn't disucuss any political or election related issues: MK Stalin on MK Alagiri, says Karunanidhi meet.
1.30 pm: BJP has its legislators' meeting in Jammu tomorrow, after that there's a call on BJP President by J&K Governor, says BJP MLA Ravinder Raina.
1.26 pm: Ramdev and Amit Shah have hatched conspiracy to destablize Uttarakhand Govt, says Kishore Upadhyay,Congress.
1.24 pm: Belgian and French media report a second suspect is believed involved in Brussels subway attack, says AP
1.00 pm: In a rare statement, David Headley says that the act committed by Ajmal Kasab was not good. The whole act of 26/11 was not a good one and I had already pleaded guilty for the same.
I had another attack on mind. This time it was with the al-Qaeda. The targets that I had to survey was given to me by Ilyas Kashmiri of the al-Qaeda. He paid Rs 1 lakh Pakistan rupees for my expenditure.
12.56 pm: Yesterday we got a complaint via twitter about the misbehaviour of an Uber cab driver-MB Borlingaiya, DCP Bengaluru.
12.55 pm: Headley disclosed that Pak ISI had provided huge finance for completion of 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai, says Ujjwal Nikam,Spl public prosecutor.
12.46 pm: I was planning an attack on India after 26/11 also. This time on instructions of Al- Qaeda not LeT, says David Headley during cross examination.
12.25 pm: Policemen play Holi with injured Police Horse 'Shaktimaan' in Dehradun.
12.15 pm: I didn't speak to any MLA or party worker in this regard even in my dreams, let alone Amit Shah or Modi, says Ramdev.
12.00 pm: Ruckus at KanhaiyaKumar 's program in Hyderabad.
11.40 am: "If LeT assailant who attempted to attack Bala Sb escaped from custody then why did Police hide the fact?", asks Shiv Sena on David Headley.
11.35 am: SAS Geelani reaches Pakistan High Commission in Delhi.
11.30 am: "I visited the Taj hotel with my ex-wife Faiza. When I shooting pictures of the hotel, she was not aware of the purpose", Headley tells court.
11:10 am: "I communicated in code language with my wife Shazia says David Headley. The NIA did not ask me any questions about Shazia. I never told them not to ask me anything about her. They chose not to raise this issue, Headley also told the court. I have always been cooperative with the investigation. In fact I promised the US authorities (FBI) that I would cooperate within half an hour of my arrest", says David Headley.
10.45 am: Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi celebrates Holi at his residence in Delhi.
10.17 am: I communicated in code language with my wife Shazia says David Headley. The NIA did not ask me any questions about Shazia. I never told them not to ask me anything about her. They chose not to raise this issue, Headley also told the court.
I have always been cooperative with the investigation. In fact I promised the US authorities (FBI) that I would cooperate within half an hour of my arrest, Headley added.
10.03 am: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal celebrates Holi at his residence
9.45 am: Car stolen from a civilian at gunpoint by 3 armed men in Pathankot has been recovered at Pasyal village.
9.20 am: Realise horror of Brussels attack, consider tough action. Approve waterboarding against terrorists, says Donald Trump.
9.15 am: People celebrate Holi in Mathura
8.37 am: In the US there is no such thing as seeking or pleading pardon. You can either plead guilty or not guilty. It was only before this court in Mumbai did I seek pardon, says Headley dyring cress-examination.
I have no benefit in giving a testimony before this court. It will not help my case in the US. No benefit to US protection programme by me giving a testimony before this court, Headley said.
8.30 am: Headley during cross examination says an attempt to kill Bal Thackeray was made by Let but he didn't have first hand knowledge about it.
8.07 am: David Headley's cross examination continues at the Mumbai court today.
8.00 am: BSF and Pakistan Rangers exchange sweets at the borderwhile celebrating Holi.