Daily Bulletin: Modi to inaugurate slew of infra projects in Odisha, Violence in Kerala as CPM, RSS workers clash over Sabarimala; top stories for today

Narendra Modi to inaugurate a basket of projects in Odisha today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a basket of central government projects in Odisha worth more than Rs 4,500. The projects will be inaugurated during Modi's visit to Baripada in Mayurbhanj district. This is his second visit to the eastern state in less than a fortnight. He had unveiled a slew of projects in Bhubaneswar and addressed a BJP rally near Khurda on 24 December.

The projects to be dedicated to the nation in Baripada include four laning of the Rs 828.36 crore 43.2 km Rimuli-Koida section of NH 215, four laning of 104.2 km of Singara-Binjabahal section of NH-6 at a project cost of Rs 1,313 crore, four laning of 53.2 km of Koida-Rajmunda Section of NH-215 at a project cost of Rs 1,176.4 crore, the officials said.

Preliminary probe suggests Sabarimala devotee died of injuries, not cardiac arrest

In a major embarrassment for Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the preliminary probe by the police suggests that Chandran Unnithan, a member of the Sabarimala Karma Samiti who died as protests raged on Kerala, was possibly injured during protests as devotees clashed with the ruling party's workers. His preliminary autopsy report suggests he died from injuries to the skull and subsequent bleeding. This is contradictory to the claims of Vijayan, who had said that Chandran had died of cardiac arrest. Vijayan on Thursday morning told the media, "There was tension at Pandalam at 6.30 pm yesterday. A person named Chandran Unnithan got injured in it. As per the information received he died of cardiac arrest at the Believer's Church hospital at 11 pm. Cardiac arrest can't be due to stone pelting."

 Daily Bulletin: Modi to inaugurate slew of infra projects in Odisha, Violence in Kerala as CPM, RSS workers clash over Sabarimala; top stories for today

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

CBI makes a u-turn on Rakesh Asthana probe within minutes

Minutes after transfer of Joint Director V Murugesan was reported, the CBI issued a fresh order stating that he would continue to be in-charge of probe against Special Director Rakesh Asthana, officials said Friday.

The agency had issued an order Friday transferring Murugesan from Anti-Corruption wing which was probing the case against Asthana to Economic Offences wing.

Within minutes the transfer was reported in the media, the agency issued a subsequent order stating that Murugesan will continue to "supervise" case against Special Director Rakesh Asthana, officials in the know of development told PTI.

Former AAP leader Ashutosh says AAP planning to contest LS polls with Congress

The Aam Aadmi Party and Congress are likely to fight the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Delhi and maybe even in Punjab, together, journalist and former AAP leader Ashutosh has written for a news portal he co-founded.

In a piece that Ashutosh wrote for satyahindi.com, published on 1 January, he says that between AAP and Congress, it was Kejriwal who proposed the idea of the alliance first.

‘The truth is that Kejriwal decides what happens in AAP. And Kejriwal wants an alliance with Congress. He has been pushing for it for the past one year. Some other parties have also worked as communication channels for AAP and Congress,” Ashutosh wrote.

Protests rage on in Kerala two days after women from 'banned' age group entered shrine; house of CPM leader attacked

Violence erupted across Kerala Friday night with bombs hurled at the house of Thalassery MLA and CPM leader A N Shamseer among other places. Unidentified persons riding a bike hurled a bomb at Shamseer's house at Madapeedikayil near Thalassery in Kannur district of northern Kerala at around 10.15 pm, police told PTI.

"This was an RSS conspiracy to instigate violence in the state. They intend to create violence and destroy the peaceful atmosphere of the state," Shamseer told media.

The attack happened when the Left leader was attending a peace meeting organised at Thalassery after widespread violence had hit the state following the hartal declared by right-wing groups over the entry of women in Sabarimala.

Bombs were also hurled at CPI(M) leader and former Kannur district secretary of CPI(M) P Sasi's house at Thalassery and a CPI(M) activist Vishak attacked at Iritty, a place in Kannur district. In another development, prohibitory orders have been issued at Pandalam, Adoor and Kodumon police station areas in Pathanamthitta district for seven days. Two shops and the house of a CPI(M) local leader at Adoor were also attacked with bombs on Friday. Seven persons were injured in these attacks.

Marcus Harris's 77 not out guides Australia to 122/1 at lunch on Day 3 of Sydney Test

Opener Marcus Harris was unbeaten on 77 as Australia made the most of the helpful conditions on offer for batters to reach 122/1 at lunch on Day 3 of the fourth Test at Sydney. No 3 batsman Marnus Labuschagne was batting on 18 alongside Harris at the end of the session, with the partnership between the two worth 50. The only dismissal of the morning was Usman Khawaja, who fell for 27 after offering a catch to Cheteshwar Pujara, giving Kuldeep Yadav his first wicket of the series.

Follow live updates on the day's play here.

Normal for producers to avoid clash with Thackeray: Aamir Khan

There is no bigger star than Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray in Maharashtra and it would not be surprising if a producer decides against releasing his or her film on the day a movie on the late political leader hits theatres, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan said Friday.

The superstar, who is also a filmmaker, said producers always look for a "good date" to release their films.

The 53-year-old actor added it was "normal" for producers to not release their respective movie on a date when another big film is hitting theatres.

Khan's comments came amid media reports claiming that release of two flicks 'Cheat India' and 'Manikarnika - The Queen of Jhansi' - was being postponed in view of a film on Thackeray making it to theatres on January 25 to avoid a clash of the three movies at the box office.

The film, Thackeray, is based on the Shiv Sena stalwart's life and has actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui essaying the role of the late leader.


Updated Date: Jan 05, 2019 08:01:26 IST