Bengaluru, April 8: Today is the first day of nine-day long Chaitra Navratri festival. In Karnataka, this day is celebrated as Ugadi.
Get all the latest national and international news updates of Friday, April 8 here:
12.10 am: NSA Ajit Doval speaks to his Pakistani counterpart Naseer Khan Janjua : Sources
NSA Ajit Doval speaks to his Pakistani counterpart Naseer Khan Janjua : Sources
NSA Ajit Doval speaks to his Pakistani counterpart Naseer Khan Janjua : Sources— ANI (@ANI_news) April 8, 2016
11.45 pm: At least 3 injured, vehicles damaged after firing between two groups of students at Panjab University.
11.30 pm: We're really happy that action is taken: Delhi Mercedes hit and run case victim's sister on arrest of father of accused
11.00 pm: Max, the retired sniffer dog of Mumbai police died today due to an ailment. Max played a key role during 2008 Mumbai attacks.
10.40 pm: We hope that situation will dilute by Monday and it will become normal, says JK Dy CM Nirmal Singh on NIT Srinagar issue.
10.00 pm: Show-cause notice issued to Jamia Milia Islamia professor to explain comments against PM Modi
9.45 pm: Rahul Raj Singh was married but used to tell every girl that he was bachelor, claims Rahul's former lawyer Neeraj Gupta.
9.30 pm: We are committed farmer's welfare: Rajiv Shukla
9.15 pm: Maulana Azad NIT students protest over NIT Srinagar issue in Bhopal.
9.00 pm: Manoj Aggarwal, father of juvenile driver, has been arrested under sections 109 and 304 of IPC in connection with Delhi hit and run case.
8.45 pm: Several arrests have been made in connection with Brussels attacks
8.30 pm: At least 2 dead in apparent murder-suicide at Lackland Air Force base in Texas : AP
8.15 pm: We have asked report from Central Water Commission,says Uma Bharti, Minister of Water Resources on drought in different states.
8.00 pm: Mohamed Abrini, a suspect in Paris arrested says Belgian public broadcaster VRT: Reuters
7.45 pm: Arrest warrants issued against Masood Azhar, Abdul Rauf, Kashif Jan and Shahid Latif by NIA court in Mohali.
7.35 pm: Four minor girls raped in Jalaun. Case registered and victims sent for medical check up.
7.15 pm: Karnataka: Chitradurga district, known for cultivation of corn and coconuts, now suffering from drought.
6.55 pm: Iraq and coalition forces will 'turn up the pressure' on ISIS, Kerry says - AFP.
6.45 pm: Bhumata Brigade activist Trupti Desai, along with other women, arrive outside inner sanctum of Shani Shingnapur temple to pray.
6.30 pm: Govt isnt being very helpful. Plus we cant be sure of the quality of the tanker water that comes, says Dr D Gugale (Pres, Civil Hospital Latur).
6.03 pm: Only emergency surgeries being done in Civil Govt hospital due to water scarcity in Maharashtra.
6.00 pm: We don't have water to drink,neither to feed my animals.Have to walk 10 kms to get water-Nagaraju,Tumkur farmer.
5.47 pm:Farmers in distress in Tumkur district, Karnataka over drought and water crisis in the region.
5.35 pm: Be it Sampla or 'Saanp' how does it matter to Congress?, says Capt. Amarinder Singh on new Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla.
5.30 pm: Group of women enter and pray inside inner sanctorum of Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra.
5.14 pm: Tigress found dead in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra's Chandrapur.
5.00 pm: We reject the statement given by Pakistan High Commissioner, says Kiren Rijiju.
4.45 pm: One NDFB(S) terrorist apprehended from Chirang district in Assam in a joint operation by Army and Police.
4.30 pm: We told him his juniors are not working, says Shilpa,victim's sister on meeting with Police Chief on Delhi hit and run case.
4.28 pm:RSS has the capability of changing the DNA of anti-national elements, says Anil Vij, Haryana Minister.
4.21 pm: BJP candidate Chandra Bose files his nomination from Bhawanipur constituency (WB) against Mamata Banerjee
4.10 pm: Two teenagers apprehended on charges of killing a private cab driver two days back in Najafgarh area of Delhi.
4.03 pm: Security tightened after a grenade blast at Goriwan chowk in Bijbehara (Anantnag, J&K).2 people injured in the blast.
4.02 pm: Mumbai house of Sanjay Kapoor's father has been transferred in the name of Karisma Kapoor.
4.00 pm: Sanjay Kapoor purchased bonds of Rs 14 crores for children- Monthly interest of Rs 10 lakh from bonds for expenses of children.
3.44 pm: SC also quashed FIR lodged by Karishma against her husband and in laws.
3.25 pm: Congress leader Deepa Dasmunsi files her nomination from Bhawanipur constituency (WB) against Mamata Banerjee.
3.15 pm: We will try to ensure the security of the students and justice to the students: BJP on NIT Srinagar issue.
3.06 pm: Congress and AJL submits 2010-11 balance sheet in trial court, argued to keep in it sealed cover till HC's decision in National Herald Case.
3.00 pm: We will definitely go and offer prayers at temple's sanctum today, says Activist Trupti Desai on Shani Shingnapur.
2.57 pm: AAP suspends singer Jassi Jasraj for involving in anti-party activities.
2.50 pm: Blast at Goriwan chowk in Bijbehara in Anantnag, J&K. More details awaited.
2.40 pm: Our Govt has taken strong position in HC. We said we will not provide potable water for IPL matches: Maha CM Devendra Fadnavis.
2.30 pm: News reports that Indian Oil is considering buying equity stake in Cuddalore Refinery of Nagarjuna Oil Corp is totally baseless: Indian Oil.
2.20 pm: If voted to power will give 10 lakh jobs, govt vacancies filled, 2 lakh teachers will b appointed: Rahul Gandhi in Assam.
2.15 pm: Son of the Chhattisgarh CM has offshore bank account and black money but Modi ji not saying a word on it: Rahul Gandhi, addressing a rally in Kamalpur (Assam).
2.10 pm: Karisma Kapoor and Sanjay Kapur come to an agreement on modalities for separation before Supreme Court.
Children will be with Karisma Kapoor and Sanjay Kapur to get visitation right
Children will be with Karisma Kapoor and Sanjay Kapur to get visitation right— ANI (@ANI_news) April 8, 2016
2.05 pm: There is no discrimination in religion, either on caste or on gender: Maha CM Devendra Fadnavis on Shani Shinganapur issue.
1.55 pm: We have long term plan for drought in Thane, conflict between water for industry and other uses, we are working on tertiary recycling: Maha CM Devendra Fadnavis.
Have announced measures and are acting on them in Latur to tackle drought,one being bringing water through Railways to Latur: CM Fadnavis
Have announced measures and are acting on them in Latur to tackle drought,one being bringing water through Railways to Latur: CM Fadnavis— ANI (@ANI_news) April 8, 2016
1.50 pm: Vijay Sampla made new BJP Punjab Chief.
1.44 pm: Security personnel guarding a helipad in Bijapur attacked by Maoists, two jawans injured in Chhattisgarh.
1.30 pm: Shani Shingnapur Trust has decided, temple's sanctum will be open for all, including women, says Nanasaheb Bankar,Trustee.
1.15 pm: BJP Govt needs to ponder over these points- We have permitted Pakistan to put Kashmir onto centre-stage, says Congress.
1.07 pm: Schools close early to enable children to help families in fetching water from long distance, Chattarpur MP.
1.05 pm: Women and children walk long miles through rocky terrain to bring home water. Chhatarpur, MP.
1:00 pm:PM Modi blessed by 'kanyas' at Kamakhya temple Assam earlier in the day.
12.42 pm: Male devotees break barricade and enter sanctum of Shani Shingnapur temple, Ahmednagar Maharashtra.
12.41 pm: Petitioner said govt has made no effort. Court observed that several countries including Pak & Bangladesh also staked claim to the diamond.
12.35 pm: AAP suspends it's party leader in Punjab Jassi Jasraj for anti party activities.
12.30 pm: PM Modi addresses an election rally in Roha (Assam).
12: 15 pm: Our children are scared & so are we. We just want them to be provided security, says Parminder Kaur,Mother of NIT student.
12 noon: KM Mani's (Former Kerala Minister) request to cancel corruption case against him rejected by court.
11:55 am: BSP MP Narendra Kashyap's daughter in law death case: gun was fired point-blank. Both bullet & gun sent for forensic testing, say sources.
11:50 am: SC issues notice to Centre Govt on a plea seeking direction to Centre to establish an old age home in every district in the country.
11:45 am: Fire breaks out in a fire crackers' factory in Indore. 5 firetenders working to douse fire, two seriously injured.
11:40 am: High level meeting between NSA, Director (IB), Home Minister, and Home Secretary in MHA underway.
11:30 am: Police distribute drinking water in Tikamgarh district (MP) as the drought situation continues.
11:15 am: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval reaches Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi.
11:00 am: Theft in a Gurudwara in Gurgaon. Robbers were seen stealing cash from Offertory Box.
10:45 am: SC dismisses a PIL filed by an NGO challenging the grant of 4G licences to Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJIL).
10:30 am: Students are students. They are not Kashmiri or non-Kashmiri: J&K Deputy CM Nirmal Singh NIT Srinagar.
10:15 am: Local women in Chhatarpur district of MP trek long distances to fetch water in hilly regions due to water crisis.
10:00 am: Former Gujarat DIG DG Vanzara arrives in Ahmedabad after court permitted him to enter the state
9:45 am: Madhya Pradesh education department issues direction that all schools in the state be closed by 1 pm, in wake of heat wave.
9:30 am: Security deployment in and outside NIT Srinagar campus in J&K.
9:00 am: Tremors of magnitude 4.5 felt in Hindu Kush Region of Afghanistan today.
8:40 am: "On BJP's foundation day,those who raise anti-national slogans must be told that we are capable enough to break their jaws", says Brijmohan Agrawal.
8:30 am: 'Gudi Padwa' being celebrated in Nagpur (Maharashtra) on the occasion of Hindu New Year.
8:15 am: DGP Javeed Ahmed to reach Bijnor (UP) today, to review NIA officer Tanzeel Ahmed's murder case investigation.
8:00 am: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to address a rally in Kamalpur area of Kamrup district in Assam today.
7:50 am: PM Narendra Modi to address public rallies in Nagaon, Barpeta & Guwahati (Assam) today.
7:45 am: Devotees offer prayers at a temple in Delhi on the occasion of first day of Chaitra Navratri.