National and International News in Brief on Jan 18

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Bengaluru, Jan 18: Fierce gun fighting broken out between armed forces and two terrorists in Sopore on Sunday morning.

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Kiran Bedi

8:00 pm: We are peace-loving people and peace is our only concern, said Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal on movie ‘MSG' controversy.

7:12 pm: Another air disaster has been averted. Delhi ATC spots inspection jeep on runway, alerts pilot to abort landing.

6:33 pm: Delhi Congress Chief Arvinder Singh Lovely won't contest Delhi polls.

5:21 pm: Kiran Bedi has been strong detester of Modi ji; recent turn of events suggest she is an opportunist, said Congress leader Shobha Oza on Kiran Bedi joining BJP.

4.20 pm: Expelled AAP leader Vinod Kumar Binny joins BJP.


3.30 pm: US secret service will practice a secret emergency escape route for US President Barack Obama.

3.15 pm: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal reportedly erupts a controversy by saying, "Take a bribe from BJP and Congress, but vote for AAP."

"If they don't bribe you, then demand for it", he says.

3.00 pm: Former World No.4 Tim Henman said that his favourite tennis player undoubtedly is Swiss great and 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer.

2.30 pm: Arvind Kejriwal holds rally in New Delhi; says he is sorry for resigning abruptly from CM's post.

2.15 pm: "Firm on our stand that BJP Prez is linkd with those companies.Our legal deptt will respond to notice", says AAP leader Ashutosh on EC notice to Kejriwal.

2.00 pm: "For the past 8 months what was this govt doing, if they had problem why no action was taken?", says Congress leader Manish Tiwari on CBFC members resignation.

1.45 pm: At least 23 militants surrendered to the government in Afghanistan's Baghlan province, media reported.

1.30 pm: "Not surprising, whoever is in AAP will join BJP, lets see when Kejriwal ji joins", says Arvinder Singh Lovely on Kiran Bedi/Shazia Ilmi.

1.15 pm: During a roadshow in Delhi, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal says his party is not worried about Kiran Bedi's entry into BJP and confidently says, "Delhi people will us 5 years", while adding that the BJP has no agenda.

1.00 pm: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera meets EAM Sushma Swaraj.

12.45 pm: "1 LeT & 1 JeM militant killed in gun battle,arms & ammunition has been recovered", says Abdul Qayoom,SSP on Sopore encounter.

12.30 pm: Three Army job aspirants injured in a stampede at a recruitment camp held in the district sports grounds in Perambalur, Tamil Nadu.

12.15 pm: TMC MP from Bolpur, Anupam Hazra lashes out at the party, says he is unable to do justice with his constituency.

12.10 pm: Former AAP leader Vinod Kumar Binny likely to join BJP.


12.00 noon: I&B Minister Arun Jaitley delivers Justice J S Verma memorial lecture on "Freedom and responsibility of media" in New Delhi.

11.45 am: "Our legal dept will immediately respond to EC,we stand by what we have said", AAP leader Ashutosh on EC notice to Arvind Kejriwal.

11.40 am: Dense fog affected around 100 flights and 60 trains in Delhi.

11.30 am: Ticket checkers mercilessly slapped & punched youth for allegedly travelling without valid tickets in Mumbai.

11.15 am: Neil Robertson knocked out Ronnie O'Sullivan in the snooker Masters with a stunning 6-1 victory in the semi-finals.

11.00 am: Haryana government wants the controversial film MSG to be released. However, HSGPC is demanding a ban on the self-styled Godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's film.


10.45 am: "If there is something wrong in Censor Board, they have to blame themselves, how can new Govt be responsible for that?", asks Union minister Venkaiah Naidu.

10.30 am: RSS leader Sanjay Joshi participates in Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

10.15 am: Kiran Bedi says that she has got a new name, "Kiran Didi". Earlier people named me "Sudhaar Bedi."

10.00 am: Encounter between Army & militants ends in Sopore (J&K), both militants killed, 2 AK rifles and ammunition recovered from encounter spot.


9.30 am: Car runs into pedestrians, 6 injured persons admitted to hospital in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

9.20 am: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis at 'Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon' event.

9.15 am: Government plans to appoint new Governors in at least six states in the next 15-20 days, with Bihar, Punjab & Assam likely among these.

9.00 am: Encounter between Army & militants underway in Sopore (J&K), 1 Jaish-e-Mohammed militant killed.

8.20 am: TV News report says that fierce gun fighting has broken out in Sopore town of Baramulla district in Jamm and Kashmir on Sunday morning.

8.15 am: Exchange of firing on between two terrorists and armed forces in Sopore, area cordoned off in Saidpura area of north Kashmir.

8.00 am: PM Narendra Modi on late Saturday night spoke to Crown Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia & enquired about the health of H.M. King Abdullah, wishing him speedy recovery.

7.20 am: The UN Security Council has welcomed a ceasefire announced by an Islamist-backed militia in Libya and threatened to impose sanctions on those who obstruct peace efforts.


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