National & International news updates on January 4

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Bengaluru, Jan 4: Catch all the latest national and international news updates on January 4, Sunday here:

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5:10 pm: Abhishek Banerjee, TMC MP and nephew of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, has been slapped at a East Midnapore TMC rally.

4:34 pm: I reduced electricity bills by half in 48 hours after coming to power, we did what we said, said Arvind Kejriwal about his 49 days stint as Delhi CM.

4:06 pm: The hike in prices by the BJP Govt has suffocated an aam-aadmi, said former Delhi CM and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal.

3.30 pm: Samajwadi Party spokesperson on BSP MP Jugal Kishore's allegations on Mayawati say, "EC must hear all leaders who have made such charges, such a political party should not be allowed to operate."

3.00 pm: North Korea rebukes the US for imposing fresh sanctions on Pyongyang for its alleged hacking of Sony Pictures.

2.30 pm: Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi says, "Pak PM was invited for swearing-in ceremony by Congress or BJP? Was he our guest or BJP's?"

2.00 pm: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal says, "We have been patient. They throw stones at me, what have we done? The video shows a clear picture of how BJP attacked AAP."

1.45 pm: On Ceasefire violations, MoS Defence Rao Inderjeet Singh says, "Its a problematic situation, our forces are alert."

1.30 pm: "Saina Nehwal is a good player too, if she also gets the award, we will be happy, " says Wrester Satpal, Sushil Kumar's coach.

1.15 pm: Sources say security & checks increased after threats received regarding the Delhi-Kabul flight.

1.00 pm: Operation All Out against militants in Saralapra (Assam) launched.

12.45 pm: Jaharkhand CM says, "Focus has to be on infrastructure now, a sector that was sidelined by the previous govt."

12.30 pm: Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das meets PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

12.15 pm: DMK leader MK Stalin rubbishes reports of rift in the party, says the rumours are false & he is not aspiring for any position.

12.00 noon: "This was an operation supported by Pak army, evidence totally points towards it", GVL Narsimha Rao, BJP on Pak boat says.

11.45 am: BJP leader Sambit Patra on Robert Vadra says, "The investigation proved that the land had been acquired from fake persons. Wrongdoers will not be spared."

11.30 am: Security on high alert after Air India hijack threat in Kolkata.

11.15 am: Protest outside Salman Khan's residence in Mumbai:

11.05 am: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy says, "Looks like Pak is fighting for its survival because they seem to be abandned by everyone."

10.55 am: The Labour Ministry is preparing a mega housing scheme to offer affordable houses to over 5 crore subscribers of retirement fund body EPFO in the backdrop of the government's mission 'Housing for all by 2022'.

10.45 am: A Norwegian cargo ship with 19 Filipino crew members sank off the coast of southern Vietnam with only one man known to have survived.

10.30 am: Qamar Agha, Security Expert says, "Pak is trying to create problems for India, this is their old policy. Pak is failing."

10.15 am: BJP leader Arjun Ram Meghwal says, "Wherever Robert Vadra misused his power and broke revenue laws, action shud be taken & investigation shud happen."

10.00 am: MK Stalin offers to quit DMK as his supporters want him to replace Karunanidhi as the party chief.

9.45 am: "Society and not the govt is responsible for crimes like rapes," says UP Women and child Welfare Minister, Aruna Kori.

9.30 am: India searches for second Pakistan boat which came from Karachi.

9.25 am: President, Vice President and Prime Minister greet the nation on the occasion of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi.

9.20 am: Gujarati actor Upendra Trivedi passes away in Mumbai after brief illness.

9.10 am: Samajwadi Party MLA Kaptan Singh Rajput convicted in the murder case of shooting Tatya Kisan in 2002.

8.45 am: AirAsia tragedy: Indonesia suspends AirAsia's Surabaya-Singapore route.

8.30 am: PM Narendra Modi wishes Myanmar on its Independence Day.

8.15 pm: Delhi: Security tightened at airport after hijack threat made by an anonymous caller to Air India office in Kolkata

8.00 am: Cold wave in Shimla continues

7.30 am: It is reportted that the Pakistani boat was on suicide mission and its arget was Porbandar naval facility. [Read more]

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