News Flash: Congress quesions PM Modi's surprise visit to Pak; terms is pre-planned move
New Delhi, Dec 25: The world is celebrating Christmas today. Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members also celebrate birthday of former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Get all news updates in brief from India and other countries of the world here on Dec 25, 2015.
1.23 am: Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) makes debut on popular social networking platforms Facebook & Twitter.
1.13 am: Tremors felt in Delhi NCR.
11.11 pm: India-Pakistan Foreign Secretary level talks on January 15 in Pakistan.
10.44 pm: Coast Guard rescue 8 fishermen from a sinking Vessel off Murud.All fishermen are rescued safely and are being brought to Mumbai.
9.59 pm: PM Narendra Modi leaves from former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's residence in Delhi after wishing him on his birthday.
8.54 pm: PM Narendra Modi meets supporters outside Palam Airport in Delhi.
8.43 pm: PM Modi arrives in Delhi from Lahore, received by EAM Sushma Swaraj.
8.10 pm: President Pranab Mukherjee at Tirupati Temple in Tirumala(AP).
7.31 pm: PM Narendra Modi leaves from Lahore for Delhi.
6.30 pm: I reject completely Sushma Swaraj's claim that this is statesman like: Anand Sharma, Cong on PM Modi's Pak visit
He has not done so to promote India’s national interest: Anand Sharma, Cong on PM Modi’s Pakistan visit— ANI (@ANI_news) December 25, 2015
6.12 pm: PM Narendra Modi & Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif at latter's residence in Lahore.
PM visits PM Sharif's home in a special gesture, where his grand-daughter's wedding is being held : MEA pic.twitter.com/mqt3Uut3Tx— ANI (@ANI_news) December 25, 2015
5.59 pm: I think its a very nice diplomatic step and an important move: Anupam Kher on Modi-Sharif visit.
5:46 pm: This visit of PM Modi to Lahore is an important step in our relations with Pakistan, says Ram Madhav, BJP.
5:45 pm: PM Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif at latter's residence in Lahore.
5.25 pm: Delhi: Youth Congress protest against PM Modi's visit to Lahore.
5.10 pm: PM Narendra Modi received by Nawaz Sharif; both PMs board Pak PM's helicopter, head for an undisclosed location.
5.05 pm: PM Narendra Modi's arrives in Lahore; PM Nawaz Sharif welcomes him.
4.50 pm: PM Modi's plane lands at Lahore Airport: Pak Media.
PM Narendra Modi lands in Lahore: PTV pic.twitter.com/88NsEanIU5— ANI (@ANI_news) December 25, 2015
4.35 pm: PM Modi scheduled to land at Lahore airport at 4.15 pm Pakistan time: Pak media.
4.28 pm: Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan TS Raghavan reaches Lahore airport from Islamabad: Pak media.
4.20pm: One Maoist militant arrested and 59 IEDs recovered from Kumandi forest in Latehar (Jharkhand) in an operation by Security forces.
4.10 pm: EAM Sushma Swaraj calls meeting of BJP spokespersons and TV panellists.
4.05 pm: Mr.Modi has made an adroit move,indicates that he wants good relations: Hamid Haroon,Senior Pakistan journalist.
4.00 pm: All domestic flights to Lahore have been diverted; PIA to facilitate ground handling of PM Modi's flight: India Today.
3.55 pm: Kya aaj ki mulaaqat ke baad Dawood Ibrahim Bharat ke hawaale kiya jaaeyga?: Sanjay Raut,Shiv Sena
3.45 pm: PM Narendra Modi takes off from Kabul enroute to Lahore.
WATCH: PM Narendra Modi takes off from Kabul enroute to Lahorehttps://t.co/sMHu9G0L6g— ANI (@ANI_news) December 25, 2015
3.36 pm: PM Narendra Modi leaves for Lahore from Kabul.
PM Narendra Modi leaves for Lahore from Kabul pic.twitter.com/PY1O5e5imb— ANI (@ANI_news) December 25, 2015
3.32 pm: There is a certain spontaneity about this meeting (Modi-Sharif), which is encouraging: Salman Haider, Former Diplomat.
3.30 pm: Hope this is beginning of a constructive and uninterrupted dialogue: Naeem Akhtar, PDP on PM Modi-PM Sharif meeting.
3.25 pm: PM Narendra Modi leaves for Kabul airport after meeting diplomats and officials at Indian Mission; Nawaz Sharif to welcome at Lahore: TV Reports
3.10 pm: PM Modi meets Indian Embassy officials in Kabul, Afghanistan.
3.00 pm: PM Narendra Modi meets Chief Executive of Afghanistan Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul.
2.55 pm: PM Narendra Modi met former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul.
2.50 pm: PM Narendra Modi's plane lands at Lahore airport, Nawaz Sharif to welcome him: Pak media
2.28 pm: If the decision is not preposterous then it is utterly ridiculous: Manish Tewari,Congress on PM Modi to meet Pak PM.
2.20 pm: 'That's like a statesman. Padosi se aise hi rishte hone chahiyen,' tweets EAM Swaraj on PM's tweet on meeting Pakistan PM today.
That's like a statesman. Padosi se aise hi rishte hone chahiyen. https://t.co/dM26am9tWf— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) December 25, 2015
2.00 pm: Better relations with Pakistan are in interest of the region,we will keep raising our concerns too: Nalin Kohli,BJP.
If 2 countries can try to work out a relation that brings peace not only b/w them but entire region is something to be welcomed-Nalin Kohli— ANI (@ANI_news) December 25, 2015
1.40 pm: Looking forward to meeting PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore today afternoon, where I will drop by on my way back to Delhi: Tweets PM Modi.
Looking forward to meeting PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore today afternoon, where I will drop by on my way back to Delhi.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 25, 2015
1.20 pm: Punjab Congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira joins AAP.
Punjab Congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira joins AAP pic.twitter.com/dSuMztazR3— ANI (@ANI_news) December 25, 2015
1.10 pm: I don't think enough preparation or understanding of the Odd Even formula has been done: Sheila Dikshit
1.00 pm: PM Modi to call on Afghanistan CEO Abdullah Abdullah shortly
12:44 pm: TN CM Jayalalithaa writes to PM Modi requesting GoI to revisit issue of levying Spectrum Charges on the Police Radio Network.
12:39 pm: When a Kabuliwala can once again come across easily to win Indian hearts, says PM Narendra Modi.
12:25 pm: I hope that the day will come when energy from Central Asia will power prosperity in our region, says PM Modi.
12:07 pm: I stand here representing my people-in admiration of your achievements, with gratitude for your friendship, in solidarity for the future, says PM.
11:45 am: In the heart of every Indian and Afghan, there is boundless love for each other, says PM Modi in the Parliament of Afghanistan.
11:25 am: Deeply touched that you have chosen to name one of the wings in this building Atal Block, says PM Modi in Afghan Parliament.
11:08 am: Today we work to fulfil Atal ji's dreams, if we complete the work he started that will be the best birthday wish for him, said BJP minister Nitin Gadkari.
11:00 am: Fire broke out at a plastic waste factory early today morning, more than 6 fire tenders got the fire under control.
10:37 am: A man received electricity bill of Rs 2,032 crore in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh.
10:21 am: Bengaluru doctor designs device to give throat cancer patients their lost voice back.
10:12 am: Gas tanker truck fire in Nigeria killed more than 100 people.
9:55 am: I said that secular leadership and Muslim intellectuals should come together and find a solution to this, said Ompal Nehra.
9:45 m: PM Narendra Modi met President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
9:24 am: UP Minister Ompal Nehra's ministerial stature has been stripped off over his "Ram and Krishna temple" comment.
9:11 am: Unique Christmas Cakes were seen in a bakery in Siliguri, West Bengal.
8:43 am: US officials publicly shamed Indian students, locked them up like criminals for 16 hours, at Abu Dhabi Airport.
8:38 am: Today it's Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's birthday. Narendra Modi wished him on Twitter.He wrote, "I wish the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Nawaz Sharif on his birthday and pray that he remains in wonderful health."
8:30 am: "Be it as a party leader, Parliamentarian, Minister, Prime Minister, Atal ji distinguished himself in every role. This is his speciality," tweeted Modi on Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday.
8:15 am: Coldwave gripped Varanasi, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.