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
20 crude bombs recovered from Parui area of Birbhum district (WB), later defused by local police pic.twitter.com/JohOgy4Y3a— ANI (@ANI_news) December 31, 2014
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
Jammu : PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti meets J&K Governor NN Vohra over J&K Government formation pic.twitter.com/nLWf6AqK62— ANI (@ANI_news) December 31, 2014
11.00 am: A leader who runs away, how do you think he can be trusted again : Sheila Dikshit on Arvind Kejriwal
A leader who runs away, how do you think he can be trusted again : Sheila Dikshit on Arvind Kejriwal pic.twitter.com/38b9g5cu12— ANI (@ANI_news) December 31, 2014
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