Bengaluru, Dec 31: Follow the latest national and international news updates of the day here:
7:10 pm: New Year celebrations begin in Sydney
6:15 pm: Gujarat BJP minorities cell president Mehboob Ali Chisti says, 'can't link terrorism to religion'
5:35 pm: Hectic parleys continue in Jammu and Kashmir but National Conference mocks PDP over its grand alliance pitch
4:50 pm: TMC supporters raise slogans against govt's ordinance route on Land Acquisition Bill, burn black copies of the ordinance
3.25 pm: 20 crude bombs recovered from Parui area of Birbhum district (WB), later defused by local police
3.20 pm: Search for wreckage, victims of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 "halted" temporarily due to adverse weather
3.12 pm: President Pranab Mukherjee approves new panel for the appointment of Supreme Court and High Court judges
2.48 pm: BSF jawan killed, another injured in Pak firing on patrol party in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir: BSF official.
2.35 pm: DCP Sandip patil checks security arrangements at MG Road for New Year celebrations in Bengaluru
1.50 pm: Police recover 50 crude bombs from a village in Birbhum, West Bengal. The bombs were found in 2 containers.
1.30 pm: Sanjay Patel, BCCI Secretary says, "Sad Dhoni decided to quit test cricket suddenly, but certainly its taken after a lot of introspection,BCCI accepts it."
1.20 pm: Jammu Congress leader Saifuddin Soz meets J&K Governor NN Vohra.
1.15 pm: Swami Agnivesh welcomes UP CM Akhilesh Yadav's decision that all CM's must come forward and make 'PK' entertainment tax-free.
1.00 pm: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis says, "Censor board has given 'A' certificate to the film 'PK'."
12.45 pm: Congress leader Manish Tewari says, "By bringing an ordinance in land issue, govt has sent a message- it's a Govt of the corporate, by the corporate & for the corporate."
12.25 pm: J&K poll mandate is a big responsibility for PM Narendra Modi, says Mehbooba while invoking development agenda of Vajpayee.
12.17 pm: No need to make government in a hurry, J&K gave a decisive as well as divisive mandate: PDP's Mehbooba Mufti
11.45 am: Day after announcing his retirement, MS Dhoni is spotted at Melbourne airport accompanying team India who depart for Sydney
11.10 am: Jammu : PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti meets J&K Governor NN Vohra over J&K Government formation
11.00 am: A leader who runs away, how do you think he can be trusted again : Sheila Dikshit on Arvind Kejriwal
10.50 am: TRAI recommends 3G spectrum base price at Rs 2,720 cr per MHz pan-India for proposed auction.
10.32 am: Chinese Liberation Army soldiers are intercepted entering Depsang, east Ladakh: Times Now
10.24 am: BJP-TMC turf war escalates, TMC MP Idris Ali claims Saradha allegations are false.
10.10 am: Former US President George W Bush has been released from hospital, a week after he was admitted for breathing troubles
9.55 am: Government partially uplifts ban on Tatra trucks, assures changes in defence procurement policy
9.50 am: 2 killed in hotel fire near Siliguri Bus Stop, fire noticed at 1:30 am.
9.18 am: Mehbooba Mufti likely to meet J&K Governor NN Vohra over J&K Government formation
8.40 am: UN Security Council rejects Palestine's demand for a resolution to end Israeli occupation in 3 years
8.00 am: India-Pak talks at appropriate time; forces to respond with double the energy to border firing: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to NDTV