New Delhi, Dec 24: Greeting the nation on Eid-e-Milad-un Nabi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, Dec 24, wished that compassion and brotherhood prevails in society.
From politics to sports, get all the latest national and international news updates of the day here:
2.08 am: NABARD to provide financial assistance of ₹75 crore to Rajasthan for infrastructure facilities at village level.
1.42 am: India-Russia ties truly meet the test of a special & privileged strategic partnership says PM Mod.
12.44 am: Midnight mass on Christmas eve in Mumbai.
11.44 pm: India&Russia are working on nuclear energy and together to contribute in solving global warming says PM Modi.
11.21 pm: India and Russia will fight and end terrorism together says PM Modi.
10.30 pm: Cultural performances underway at Expo Centre. PM to address Indian community shortly.
8.29 pm: I will ring up PMO tomorrow to seek an appointment with PM Narendra Modi: Suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad.
7:22 pm: BJP leader Angad Yadav arrested for his alleged involvement in murder of Congress's Rajnarayan Singh in Azamgarh(UP).
7:20 pm: People throng markets on Christmas eve in Panaji (Goa).
7:15 pm: We will support this initiative wherever required, says Nitin Gadkari,Transport Minister on Odd Even Formula.
7:00 pm: One terrorist killed in an ongoing encounter between terrorists and Army in Bandipora(J&K).
6:30 pm: 70 naxals (15 women) surrendered before police in Chintalnar area of Sukma district in Chhattisgarh earlier today.
6:20 pm: Commerce Ministry issues notification for removal of minimum export price on onions.
6:15 pm: Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a 45-feet high sculpture of Santa Claus on the beach of Puri (Odisha).
Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a 45-feet high sculpture of Santa Claus on the beach of Puri (Odisha) pic.twitter.com/dPQfybngpR— ANI (@ANI_news) December 24, 2015
6:00 pm: PM Narendra Modi & President Vladimir Putin begin the 16th Annual Summit in Kremlin.
5:55 pm: 2012 gangrape victim Nirbhaya's parents met UP CM Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow.
5:45 pm: Shayad unke (BJP) sapno mein bhi Rahul Gandhi aa rahe hain: Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress.
5:35 pm: It's unfortunate that politics has come down to allegations and counter-allegations: Shanta Kumar,senior BJP leader
5:20 pm: ULFA General Secretary Golap Baruah alias Anup Chetia released from Guwahati Central Jail today: Police.
5:16 pm: Jaitley ji has a spotless personality,be it politically,financially or character-wise.Imposing baseless allegations on him not right: Ramdev.
5:10 pm: PM Narendra Modi lays wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Alexander Garden in Moscow.
5:05 pm: Defamation case filed by father of cricketer Himmat Singh against Kirti Azad and three others.
4:50 pm: 1 dead, 13 injured after a helium cylinder exploded in a school in Kalyan area of Thane district (Maharashtra).
8 children are among those who were injured when the helium cylinder belonging to a balloon seller exploded in Thane (Maharashtra).
4:40 pm: We have decided to implement, the benefits to be given teachers under 6th pay commission from 1st January,2016: MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
4:35 pm: Congress president Sonia Gandhi to visit Kerala on 30th December, for a day.
4:30 pm: ULFA leader Anup Chetia who was granted bail yesterday by Guwahati court, released.
4:10 pm: I believe I am a BPL Category MP. There should be a separate category for BPL MPs: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress.
3:56 pm: Hizbul Mujahideen claims responsibility for Bijbehara(J&K) attack on Police convoy.
3.45 pm: Jaitley ji should worry about language of his own leaders rather than worrying about us: Ashutosh, AAP on FM's blog.
3:30 pm: He is undergoing few tests, but there is nothing to worry about: Jitendra Singh,MoS,PMO on J&K CM Mufti Mohd Sayeed.
3:25 pm: The Committee also decided to issue a notice to former Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf to respond to the charges against him #BCCI.
3:20 pm: We hope people will follow the Odd Even Formula. We will prosecute them if they don't: Muktesh Chander,Special CP Traffic.
3:15 pm: There is a competition going on between Rahul ji and Kejriwal ji on who will abuse PM Modi more. Would like to advise you that don't lower level of political discourse further and concentrate on serving Delhi: Srikant Sharma,BJP.
3:02 pm: Some months ago a few Members of the BJP made statements which were not appreciated even by the Party: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
What about the statements made by the Hon'ble Delhi CM about PM and others, both inside and outside Delhi Assembly?
People in positions are expected to act with restraint. They cannot be outlandish.Vulgarity is not a right available to them: Jaitley in his FB post.
3:00 pm: Is vulgarity the new norm of Indian politics? I hope not: FM Arun Jaitley in his FB Post "Stray thoughts after the winter session".
2:45 pm: Is shooting down a crusader agnst corruption the new definition of acche din:Ashwani Kumar,Cong on K Azad suspension.
2:35 pm: The mob acted on the basis of a rumour, in which Akhlaq was murdered and his son injured-Sanjay Yadav,SP,Gr.Noida on Dadri chargesheet.
The report on meat found in Akhlaq's home has not yet come from Forensic lab-Sanjay Yadav,SP,Gr.Noida.
2:30 pm: In Margarshak Mandal meet it was concluded that Kirti Azad's suspension sends message that voice of whistle blowers is being supressed: Sources.
It was also discussed in the Margdarshak Mandal meet that Kirti Azad 's suspension will do more harm to party than good: Sources.
2:25 pm: I presented my case before the committee,hope I get justice and start playing again: Ajit Chandila.
2:15 pm: J&K CM Mufti Mohd Sayeed admitted to AIIMS with fever. He is undergoing tests. Condition is absolutely stable: AIIMS.
2:05 pm: Eight migrants, including 6 children, drown off Turkey: AFP.
2:00 pm: Gangster Ashwin Naik's police custody extended till December 27 by Mumbai Court.
1:50 pm: Delhi CP BS Bassi & LT Guv Najeeb Jung pay tribute to head constable who lost his life in Karkardooma court firing.
1:47 pm: Verdict on fate of tainted players delayed in BCCI disciplinary committee, next meet to be held on 5th Jan.
1:46 pm: MP Govt to implement 6th Pay Commission.
1:45 pm: 70 naxals (15 women) surrender before state police in Chintalnar area of Sukma district in Chhattisgarh.
1:42 pm: We have secured the release of 5 Indian sailors from pirates in Nigeria: EAM's tweet.
1: 40 pm: 2 policemen injured after terrorists open fire in Anantnag, Jammu & Kashmir
1.23 pm: Water cannons used on contractual teachers protesting outside Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's residence.
1.20 pm: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar directs, diesel vehicles older than 15 years be prohibited from plying on roads in Patna.
1.15 pm: Senior BJP leader LK Advani leaves MM Joshi's residence in Delhi.
1.05 pm: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha pays homage at MGR memorial.
12.45 pm: President Putin gifted PM, 18th century sword from Bengal that belonged to the Najafi Dynasty.
12.32 pm: Senior BJP leader LK Advani reaches MM Joshi's residence in Delhi.
12.30 pm: We regret the impact this may have had on certain students and their families, says US Embassy statement.
12.15 pm: "Rahul ji is sermonizing on corruption, he should be reminded of fact that he along with Congress president are out on bail", says BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.
12.10 pm: 3-year old child dead after being run over by a school bus in Delhi's Shahbad dairy area.Agitated locals set bus on fire, pelt stones at PCR.
12.05 pm: Delhi is now a smoke chamber,best thing we've managed to do is, we have got people talking about it, says Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain.
12 noon: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar dedicates first cable-stayed bridge of North India to the nation.
11.45 am: BJP president Amit Shah speaks at Senior citizen Kesari club in Delhi.
11.30 am: "Person who used to say "na khaaunga na khaane dunga", he is silent now", says Congress Vice Preisdent Rahul Gandhi on DDCA scam.
Cricket scam aya, Modiji chup hain. Jo vyakti kehte the na khaunga na khaanay doonga vo chup hain: Rahul Gandhi pic.twitter.com/v57jrv4vzK— ANI (@ANI_news) December 24, 2015
11.15 am: We have to make this people's movement. Odd Even Formula can't be forcefully implemented, says Arvind Kejriwal.
Medak: Telangana CM KC Rao takes part in ‘Ayutha Chandi Maha Yagnam’ as Telangana faces drought-like situation pic.twitter.com/l7PJTsGI5S— ANI (@ANI_news) December 24, 2015
11.00 am: "I appeal people of Delhi to follow this. Odd Even Formula is for you, for your children, says Arvind Kejriwal.
10.50 am: "Govt can take up an initiative but everyone needs to participate in Delhi to make those initiatives successful", says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
10.40 am: Telangana CM KC Rao takes part in ‘Ayutha Chandi Maha Yagnam' as Telangana faces drought-like situation.
10.30 am: At least 25 people are killed and 107 injured in a fire at a hospital in Jazan, southern Saudi Arabia.
Pres. Putin gifted PM a page from Mahatma Gandhi's diary containing Bapu's handwritten notes (Source: PM's Twitter) pic.twitter.com/Uy2SEbLA3W— ANI (@ANI_news) December 24, 2015
10.20 am: "I confirm I will assist Kirti Azad to draft a reply to the notice from BJP. Further, I will say that he is still a member of BJP. I have every right to assist him", says BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.
10.10 am: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to visit Israel & Palestine next month.
10:00 am: Pakistan recalls diplomat from Dhaka after she was named for allegedly financing extremists for espionage.
9:30 am: For an unbiased investigation in DDCA case, Arun Jaitley has to resign from his post: Dilip Pandey, AAP
9:15 am: At least 3 people confirmed dead as tornadoes sweep through Mississippi (USA): AP
9:00 am: If raising voice against corruption is anti party activity, then by that order corruption is acceptable in BJP?: Dilip Pandey on Kirti Azad
8:45 am: They suspended R Jethmalani,Kirti Azad,next on the list is Shatrughan Sinha.They don't like ppl who ask questions on corruption-Digvijaya Singh
8:30 am: I am not surprised because BJP is against all those who fight against corruption-Digvijaya Singh (Congress)
8:15 am: Guwahati Sessions Court grants bail to ULFA leader Anup Chetia in the last of the four cases registered against him.
8:00 am: First indigenously designed and built frigate INS Godavari decommissioned in Mumbai