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— 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.
For this reason even if IPL matches are shifted, we have no problem: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis pic.twitter.com/uxIyesxTdg— ANI (@ANI_news) April 8, 2016
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.
Humare mazdoor, kisaan, berozgaar yuva ke ghar jab bhi bimaari hoti hai inke paas paise nhi hote-Rahul Gandhi pic.twitter.com/zpDwdhLybG— ANI (@ANI_news) April 8, 2016
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).
Modi ji did 30 meetings in Bihar, people heard his speeches and gave him a message when results came-Rahul Gandhi pic.twitter.com/6daCEIqxwd— ANI (@ANI_news) April 8, 2016
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— 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— 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.
Fire breaks out in a fire crackers' factory in Indore. 5 firetenders working to douse fire, two seriously injured. pic.twitter.com/26myfAj4QY— ANI (@ANI_news) April 8, 2016
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.
Police distribute drinking water in Tikamgarh district (MP) as the drought situation continues. pic.twitter.com/KN9qt4gx3i— ANI (@ANI_news) April 8, 2016
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.
Caught on Cam: Theft in a Gurudwara in Gurgaon. Robbers seen stealing cash from Offertory Box (Source: Gurudwara)https://t.co/VvnqFwrUre— ANI (@ANI_news) April 8, 2016
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.
Water crisis:Sleepless nights fr Latur,Maha residents as they travel long distances to fetch water in late night hrs pic.twitter.com/NWJSiBLHmc— ANI (@ANI_news) April 8, 2016
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.
'Gudi Padwa' being celebrated in Nagpur (Maharashtra) on the occasion of Hindu New Year. pic.twitter.com/dgevKXGk4Q— ANI (@ANI_news) April 8, 2016
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.
Devotees throng temples in Allahabad to offer prayers on occasion of Chaitra Navratri pic.twitter.com/oHCeEezNrQ— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 8, 2016