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Shashi Tharoor

11:00 pm: First of all I welcome BJP that they publicly accepted they do not have an honest face to compete with Arvind Kejriwal-Kumar Vishvaas

10:36 pm:

9:52 pm: The then Central Union minister Tharoor lost his wife and that is why this case is being sensationalized: P R Jaikrishnan

9:09 pm: Mukul Roy is the largest witness in Saradha scam & shud help expose the internal matters, but he has instead put it on halt:Rahul Sinha(BJP)

9:00 pm: 

8:30 pm: Cong candidature for Delhi Assembly polls: Sharmistha Mukherjee ( D/o Prez Pranab Mukherjee) to contest from Greater Kailash

8:06 pm: Cong releases its 3rd list of candidates for Delhi Assembly polls

7.15 pm:

7.00 pm: "He did not come to the Press Conference. We have filed criminal defamation & an official complaint to EC already", says Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhay on Arvind Kejriwal.

6.50 pm: "We suspect terrorists could try and create trouble ahead of President Obama's visit", says Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister.

6.45 pm: Delhi: BJP election committee meeting underway

6.40 pm: "Kiran Bedi's recent move is in contrast to her earlier stand", says AAP leader Somnath Bharti on Kiran Bedi joining BJP.

6.30 pm: "Kiran Bedi joining BJP is in itself welcoming move.We give chance to talent, give chance to women", says BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.

6.25 pm: Within minutes of Shashi Tharoor calling media 'obnoxious', Delhi Police Commisioner acknowledges that facts coming out from media being noted.

6.15 pm: An ugly spat on an Air India flight has come under the scanner of the Delhi police probing the murder of Sunanda Pushkar. [Read more]

6.00 pm: "Meri Dilli, bahut kuch karna hai", says Kiran Bedi on joining BJP.

5.45 pm: "It is shocking and sad at the same time", says Congress leader Ajay Maken on Kiran Bedi joining BJP.

5.20 pm: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor praises PM Narendra Modi during a press conference in Kolkata, West Bengal, says he was touched by PM's praise.

5.15 pm: 

5.10 pm: BJP CEC meeting on Delhi elections to be held on 19th January: Sources

5.00 pm: Congress leader JP Aggarwal says, " Whatever BJP is doing is out of desperation, don't think it will have any impact."

4.55 pm: AAP leader Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh congratulate Kiran Bedi for joining BJP.

4.50 pm: "Kiran ji was against party politics during India against corruption movement, she seemed to hv changed her point of view", says AAP leader Atishi Marlena.

4.45 pm: AAP sharpens attack on Satish Upadhyay, says he was getting money from power companies

4.40 pm: After BJP's masterstroke plan, Aam Aadmi Party addresses news conference, levels fresh charge against Delhi BJP Chief Satish Upadhyay.

4.30 pm: Kiran Bedi addresses media shortly after joining the BJP at the party headquarters.

4.25 pm: Amit Shah keeps suspense over who will be the face of Delhi CM candidate and from which seat Kiran Bedi would contest elections, says Party's parliamentary board will decide it.

4.20 pm: "I extend my heartiest wishes to Kiran Bedi ji for joining BJP, her presence will strengthen our Delhi unit", says BJP President Amit Shah.

4.15 pm: Kiran Bedi formally joins BJP.

4.00 pm: Amit Shah, Arun Jaitley, Dr. Harshvardhan, Satish Upadhyay, Kiran Bedi & Prabhat Jha at BJP Party office.

3:45 pm: Clash between TMC and ABVP over nominations viz-a-viz student union polls at Bagdogra in West Bengal.

3:31 pm: In next few days definitely he too will be questioned, said Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi about Shashi Tharoor in connection with Sunanda Pushkar murder case.

3:12 pm: A day after a church was vandalised in west Delhi, cops arrest 3 people. Delhi Police add that the men arrested have no political links.

2:56 pm: Satish Upadhyay has to save his skin, so he will certainly say that he will file a defamation case. Let him, said Arvind Kejriwal.

2:37 pm: Indian Army issued high alert in all schools in Jammu and Kashmir saying the militants may carry terror attack ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to India. Obama is scheduled to visit the country Republic Day on Jan 26.

Sonia Gandhi

2:21 pm: BJP to meet Election Commission to complain against Arvind Kejriwal who accused the party's chief in Delhi Satish Upadhyay of corruption.

2:01 pm: Bollywood veteran actress Jaya Prada joined BJP and said, "It is a pride to join BJP. It is a happiest day of my life."

1:33 pm: I want to expose Aam Aadmi Party for what it is and I will do whatever I can to that effect, said former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi.

1:07 pm: TMC workers protest after TMC leader Mukul Roy was summoned by CBI in Saradha Chit fund scam in Kolkata.

12:45 pm: Encounter underway between militants & Army in Shopian in Jammu and Kashmir.

12:21 pm: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that Congress President Sonia Gandhi had interfered into the probe of Sunanda Pushkar death case in 2013. She alleged had used her channel through the then home minister Sushilkumar Shinde.

Terrorist

12:10 pm: 2 terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district, south Kashmir.

12:01 pm: Rate cut will leave more money in the hands of people for greater spending and help in reviving investment cycle, said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

11:34 am: According to Pakistani media, Pakistan to ban Haqqani Network, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD).

11:12 am: Arvind Kejriwal to submit proof against Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay.

Jammu and Kashmir

10:35 am: Encounter between security forces and militants underway in Shopian's Kharot.

10:14 am: Bihu celebrations in Guwahati.

10:11 am: Pongal celebrations in Chennai.

10:03 am: Worshipers take holy dip, offer prayers on the occasion of Makar Sankranti in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.

9:55 am: Let him got to the court. Judgement will help us as Arvind Kejriwal has evidence against him, said AAP leader Somnath Bharti in connection with allegations against Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay.

Amar Jyoti Jawan

9:25 am: All three service chiefs pay tribute at Amar Jawan Jyoti on the occasion of Army Day in Delhi.

9:20 am: BJP likely to release its 1st list of candidates for Delhi Assembly polls.

9:15 am: Polluting River Yamuna can now attract a fine of Rs 5,000.

Brett Lee

9:10 am: Australian bowler Brett Lee announces his retirement from all forms of cricket.

9:00 am: RBI cuts repo rate by 25 basis points to 7.75% with immediate effect, cash reserve ratio remains unchanged at 4%.

Pongal

8:35 am: Sri Lanka to release 15 Pondy fishermen as Pongal gift.

8:15 am: Cristiano Ronaldo's son is a Lionel Messi fan!

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