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  • Catalonia's Parliament has proposed former leader Carles Puigdemont as a candidate for the post of the President. Roger Torrent, the speaker of the newly elected parliament, said Puigdemont has been nominated as a candidate to govern the region again.



  • Turkey has urged the United States to stop backing the Kurdish YPG in Syria.A spokesperson for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters that Kurdish fighters are using US-supplied weapons against Turkish troops trying to oust them from the Afrin region.



  • A South Korean appeals court today jailed former Culture Minister Cho Yoon-Sun for two years for her role in drawing up a blacklist of 10,000 artists seen as critical of ousted president Park Geun-Hye's government. Cho had initially been acquitted in July and given only a suspended sentence on a minor related charge.




  • A team of the Union HRD Ministry has conducted a survey on the quality of food being served to the students in Punjab during the mid-day meal.The team visited the government schools at Model Town, Garha, Shakarpur, Bhogpur, Sabowal and others and conducted the survey.



  • The CBI has begun a probe into a 487 crore rupee scam related to over valuation of inferior quality of coal imported from Indonesia, which was passed on to NTPC and other power generation companies in collusion with officials.The action of the agency came on the basis of a Directorate of Revenue Intelligence investigation which had shown over invoicing in the imports between 2011-12 and 2014-15.




  • Uttar Pradesh and Bihar witnessed very dense fog in the wee hours today.The MeT Department said the foggy conditions were observed at isolated places over Sub­ Himalayan West Bengal and moderate fog at over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and in Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura.



  • Uttar Pradesh and Bihar witnessed very dense fog in the wee hours today.The MeT Department said the foggy conditions were observed at isolated places over Sub­ Himalayan West Bengal and moderate fog at over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and in Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura.



  • The Jammu and Kashmir government has announced various initiatives for inclusive development of the tribal population in the state. The initiatives include special ration cards, setting up of tribal research institutes and Eklavya Mode Residential Schools among others.




  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said India is projected to grow at 7(point)4 per cent in 2018 as against China's 6(point)8 per cent, making it the fastest growing country among the emerging economies.



  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said India is projected to grow at 7(point)4 per cent in 2018 as against China's 6(point)8 per cent, making it the fastest growing country among the emerging economies.



  • The Supreme Court has said, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) can continue with its probe into the alleged love jihad case of Kerala, but cannot investigate the marital status of the man and the woman.A bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, said this after the NIA told the court today that it had made substantial progress in the investigation which was conducted following the apex court's direction.



  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India means business and presents an exciting opportunity for the global businesses. Addressing a round-table of top CEOs in Devos last night, Mr Modi narrated India's growth story.




  • Textiles Minister Smriti Irani today said, India has the potential to be the one-stop sourcing destination in the area of textile.Addressing India-ASEAN: Weaving Textile Relations in New Delhi, Ms Irani said, India and the ASEAN nations can join hands and further encourage textile manufacturing.




  • The Supreme Court has said, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) can continue with its probe into the alleged love jihad case of Kerala, but cannot investigate the marital status of the man and the woman.A bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, said this after the NIA told the court today that it had made substantial progress in the investigation which was conducted following the apex court's direction.




  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked India and Pakistan to address their outstanding issues through dialogue.He also ruled out any mediation to resolve the Kashmir issue unless all parties agree to it.




  • For the first time, All India Radio will be part of the Republic Day parade, showcasing its journey of more than eight decades in the domain of public service, promotion and preservation of socio-cultural and linguistic heritage. AlR will be leading a series of 23 tableaux during the Parade and will feature Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly address Mann Ki Baat.




  • The owner of Mumbai's Kamala Mills compound, Ramesh Gowani, was arrested in Mumbai last night on Monday night in connection with the pub fire, which claimed 14 lives on December 29 last.Police informed the news agency that Gowani has been taken into custody under IPC section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder).




  • The Nation pays homage to India's great freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his 121st birth anniversary today. It was on this day in 1897, Netaji was born in Cuttack, Odisha.



  • India today said it will work "closely and constructively" with all the members of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, RCEP, for early conclusion of the negotiations for a mega trade deal. Addressing Asean-India Business and Investment Meet and Expo in New Delhi, the Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu said the negotiations have been on for the last five years and they are slow because the diversity of economic strengths of all the countries.




  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Swiss President Alain Berset in Davos last night and discussed ways to deepen bilateral ties on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual summit.Mr Modi said in a tweet that on reaching Davos, held talks with the President of the Swiss Confederation and reviewed the scope of our bilateral cooperation and discussed ways to deepen it even further.


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