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HIGHLIGHTS AT 1700 HOURS


Following are the top PTI stories at 1700 hours:

DEL19 UP-LD-ALLIANCE

SP, BSP agree 'in principle' on alliance

Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have agreed to an alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, an SP leader has said.

MDS2 KL-SABARIMALA LD VIOLENCE

Sabarimala violence: Politically sensitive Kannur boils over

Kannur/Thiruvananthapuram: Violence involving BJP-RSS and ruling CPI(M) workers rocked politically volatile Kannur district in north Kerala with a number of houses and shops of rival leaders and workers being attacked over the Sabarimala issue.

CAL12 JH-PM-2NDLD IRRIGATION

Modi dubs Congress's farm loan waiver as 'misleading'

Daltonganj (J'khand): Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a dig at the Congress for "misleading" farmers in the name of loan waiver, in spite of considering them as merely a "vote bank".

CAL11 PM-ODISHA PROJECTS

PM launches a basket of projects worth Rs 4,500-cr in Odisha

Baripada (Odisha): Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a number of central government projects in Odisha worth more than Rs 4,500 crore.

MDS3 KL-SABARIMALA-MINISTER

Kerala minister calls Sabarimala tantri 'Brahmin monster'

Kochi: A senior Kerala minister attacked the Sabarimala temple's Tantri (chief priest), calling him a "Brahmin monster" for conducting a 'purification' ceremony after two women in the menstrual age group entered the shrine.

DEL11 HP-2NDLD BUS

6 children, driver killed after school bus falls into gorge in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla: Six children and the driver of their school bus were killed when the vehicle fell into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh's Sirmaur district, police said.

CYCLONE-ANDAMANS

Cyclone 'Pabuk' moves towards the Andamans; yellow alert sounded

New Delhi: A 'yellow' alert has been sounded for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as a cyclonic storm is moving towards the archipelago, the Home Ministry said.

DES12 PB-DARWIN DASHVATAR

Dashavatar gave better theory of evolution than Darwin: Andhra University VC

Jalandhar: Andhra University vice-chancellor G Nageshwar Rao has claimed that Dashavatar, which talks about ten avatars of Lord Vishnu in Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita, has a more developed theory of evolution than the one proposed by 17th century English scientist Charles Darwin.

BUSINESS

DEL16 BIZ-BANK-STRIKE

2 bank unions call for two-day strike on January 8-9

New Delhi: A section of PSU bank employees would go on a two-day strike on January 8 and 9 in support of the nation-wide strike call given by 10 central trade unions against the government's alleged anti-worker policy.

DEL18 BIZ-INDIGO-ENGINE

IndiGo plane suffers mid-air engine failure, govt to review incident

Mumbai: An IndiGo Airbus A320neo plane suffered a mid-air engine failure with a "loud bang" on Thursday and the civil aviation ministry has taken serious note of the incident, sources said.

LEGAL

LGB2 MH-COURT-MALLYA

Court declares Mallya a fugitive economic offender

Mumbai: A special court in Mumbai declared absconding liquor baron Vijay Mallya a fugitive economic offender (FEO) on a plea of the Enforcement Directorate.

LGD10 DL-COURT-LD CHOPPER

VVIP chopper case: Delhi court sends Christian Michel to judicial custody

New Delhi: A Delhi court sent alleged middleman Christian Michel, arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, to judicial custody.

FOREIGN

FGN8 UN-SABARIMALA

UN encourages all to respect rule of law: UN chief's spokesperson on Sabarimala row

United Nations: Noting that the Supreme Court in India has ruled on the issue of women entering the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, a spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said the world body encourages all to respect the rule of law. By Yoshita Singh

FGN7 UN-INDIA-ROHINGYA

UNHCR seeks clarification from India over repatriation of Rohingya to Myanmar

United Nations: The UN refugee agency has expressed regret over India's decision to repatriate a group of Rohingya to Myanmar, saying it has sought clarification from India on the circumstances under which the asylum seekers were sent back, voicing concern over the unconducive conditions for such returns. By Yoshita Singh

SPORTS

SPF14 SPO-LD IND

India inch closer to maiden series win before bad weather stops play

Sydney: India closed in on their maiden Test series triumph in Australia before bad light and rain combined to delay the inevitable, adding more hours to a wait of 71 years. By Chetan Narula

SPF23 SPO-FOOT-ASIAN-IND

India face Thailand in AFC Asian Cup campaign opener

Abu Dhabi: Underdogs India will look at their impressive results in recent months for inspiration when they open their AFC Asian Cup football campaign against Thailand here Sunday.

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