08:56 JUST IN: A 28-year-old woman was stabbed while waiting for a friend near Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Race Course on Thursday night.
08:51 No evidence of Bengaluru mass molestation, says police chief:
Days after the uproar over alleged incidents of mass molestation on New Years Eve in the central business district of Bengaluru, the citys police commissioner said police did not find evidence of any kind of molestation in the footage from 60-odd CCTV cameras.
Commissioner of Police Praveen Sood told reporters: On January 2, one of the newspapers raised this issue with still photographs, blurred photographs. We had to take it very seriously. We could not ignore it. At the same time, we cannot imagine things. We started looking into the whole video footage from approximately 55 to 60 cameras, he said. These videos were also sourced by the media from the police. We could not find any kind of molestation, said Sood, who took charge on January 1.
He said four separate cases had been registered on the basis of media reports. He added that four youths had been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a woman from the Northeast.
According to the police, the images of women crying on shoulders of policewomen and friends were not linked to incidents of molestation, but reactions to stampede when the police resorted to lathicharge to control the crowd in CBD. Sood asked mediapersons why incidents of alleged mass molestation were not brought to his notice on January 1 when he took charge and interacted with reporters.
08:23 BJP national executive meet to laud PM Narendra Modi, government:
The Bharatiya Janata Party national executive, to meet for a two-day session on Friday and Saturday, is likely to pass a resolution lauding the leadership provided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the past few months.
With particular mention of the September 29 surgical strikes by the army on insurgent camps across the Kashmir border and the demonetisation decision.
The meeting comes barely a month before the assembly polls in five states, including in Uttar Pradesh. The political resolution is expected to touch upon the several pro-poor, pro-farmer and like schemes the PM has announced.
The earlier meeting was at Kozhikode, Kerala, on September 23, 24 and 25, right after Uri terrorist attack on September 18. The latter had dominated the proceedings.
The meet will see speeches on the international support India has received on the issue of terrorism. It will refer to the Modi governments decision to implement one rank, one pension for retired defence personnel. But, the focus, according to sources, will be the coming polls and the governments efforts at welfare of the poor.
— Archis Mohan/Business Standard
08:19 JUST IN: Terrorists opened fire on a guard outside National conference MLC Showkat Ganie’s residence in Shopian. The guard fired back in retaliation
08:01 Wanted Lashkar commander killed in an encounter in Budgam: Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorist Muzzafar Ahmed has been killed in encounter in Machu area of Budgam of Jammu Kashmir in the early morning hours. According to reports, one policeman has also been critically injured in the encounter.
00:16 Trump insists he is ‘big fan’ of US intel community:
President-elect Donald Trump insisted that he supports the US intelligence agencies despite having cast doubts on their conclusion that Russia interfered with the US presidential election.
“The media lies to make it look like I am against ‘Intelligence’ when in fact I am a big fan!” Trump said in a two-tweet statement.
“The dishonest media likes saying that I am in Agreement with Julian Assange – wrong. I simply state what he states, it is for the people…to make up their own minds as to the truth.”
Trump has cited WikiLeaks founder Assange to express doubts that Moscow was behind the hacking of Democratic Party computers and accounts that led to the release of embarrassing documents and emails via the anti-secrecy group.
The White House, FBI and CIA have all said the top levels of the Russian government were behind the hacking and leaks, which hurt Trump rival Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
But Trump appeared to reject the intelligence agencies’ conclusions in tweets Tuesday and yesterday, preferring Assange’s view.
“Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta’ – why was DNC so careless?” he said, referring to the Democratic National Committee and from Hillary Clinton campaign chief John Podesta.