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A destroyed house near the LoC after heavy shelling from the Pakistani side of the border. (File Image: News18)

A destroyed house near the LoC after heavy shelling from the Pakistani side of the border. (File Image: News18)

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The farmers of villages in RS Pura and Suchetgarh sectors - known for growing the fabled basmati - are living in fear due to the roaring guns on both sides of the restive international border. This sowing season, they are fearful of stepping on to their fields, lest unexploded shells that are littered around might go off and kill or maim them. In all, 12 people, including 5 soldiers, have lost their lives in the fresh bout of firing along IB and LoC. More than 50 civilians have been wounded, an indication that populated areas are being targeted.

India is projected to grow at 7.4 per cent in 2018 as against China's 6.8 per cent, the IMF said, making it the fastest growing country among emerging economies following last year's slowdown due to demonetisation and the implementation of the GST.

With Karnataka due for elections, both the ruling Congress and opposition BJP have gone on an all-out beef focused social media war with each other. Congress, in its latest video, has poured scorn on BJP by calling it "Beef Janata Party" while poking fun at what it called "hypocrisy" on the beef ban issue.

Terming the issue as "serious", the Supreme Court assured that it will look with "objectivity" the petitions demanding an inquiry into circumstances surrounding the death of CBI Judge BH Loya. A bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, said that it will take a call on ordering a further investigation into the matter after looking at the facts and the records "dispassionately".

Actor-turned-politician and Jana Sena party chief Pawan Kalyan kickstarted his "political tour" by offering prayers at the Anjaneya Swamy temple in Kondagattu in Jagtial district of Telangana. The three-day tour is the first official political yatra for the actor ahead of 2019 state Assembly elections. “Power star” Pawan Kalyan has already announced that his party Jana Sena would contest elections in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

The day Andhra Pradesh chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu packed his bags for the World Economic Forum meet in Davos to woo global investors to his new capital Amaravati, his arch-rival and YSR Congress Party chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy entered the temple town Tirupati in the southern-most part of the state. He completed his 900-km padayathra named "Praja Sankalpa Yatra". With this he has covered the entire Rayalaseema region by foot. In an exclusive interview to News18, Reddy said that he is ready to go with Modi if he grants special status to Andhra Pradesh.

Members of the sand mafia made a daring murder attempt on an inspector in Bhind district in Madhya Pradesh by trying to run him over with a sand-digging machine while he tried to stop illegal quarrying activity in the district. The officer escaped unharmed only after fleeing the spot. Meanwhile, the ruling BJP has said that the murder bid only exposes the "nervousness" of the mining mafia.

Dravidian and Ambedkarism style fan frenzy kicked off in a small way for actor Kamal Haasan with his fans showcasing posters carrying images of not just their star but also Periyar and Ambedkar outside his office in Alwarpet.

The 20 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs, who were disqualified, have withdrawn their petition from the Delhi High Court against the order and will now file a fresh petition.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia penned an open letter to Delhiites, terming the disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs in the Office of Profit case as “BJP’s dirty politics”.

Even though the Speaker of the Delhi Assembly has not received any official communication, the government notification, disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs, issued cannot be ignored. Post the notification, the disqualified AAP MLAs cease to be members of the House and can no longer claim their entitlements, including their salary from that day onwards. This is the road ahead for the disqualified MLAs.

The governments of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh moved the Supreme Court, seeking modification of its order allowing pan-India exhibition of controversial movie Padmaavat, which is scheduled for release on January 25. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud agreed to hear the plea by the two BJP-ruled states today.

With the Narendra Modi government all set to present its last full Budget before the 2019 General Elections, an RSS-inspired group of chartered accountants has predicted that the Budget’s biggest announcement will be related to the farm sector. The group is also of the view that the government must tax agricultural income of high-net-worth individuals (HNIs).

Varun Grover accurately sums up the controversy surrounding 'Padmaavat’. Watch the stand-up act here.

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In Gurmehar Kaur’s memoir, ‘Small Acts Of Freedom’, she writes the story of three generations of women —her nani (maternal grandmother) Amarjeet, her mother Raji, and Gurmehar herself. Gurmehar manages to beautifully weave together the stories of mothers, wives and daughters of the men who fight wars to protect the country. The book, like Kaur’s placard that she got trolled for, tells why it isn’t important to hate the ‘enemies’. It’s the story of women and their ‘freedom’.

The government has promised that India’s first bullet train will be operational within five years. But what will it take for the bullet train to succeed in India? Well, bullet trains have failed in other countries because of poor ridership and lack of revenue. But this problem is not likely to happen in massively populated India. So Prime Minister Narendra Modi should ignore the critics and go big on the bullet train.

Those who have followed Sheila Dikshit’s career trajectory closely would vouch for her ability at histrionics and the use of right words at the right time. Much before a Nitish Kumar or for that matter Narendra Modi, it was Sheila Dikshit who mastered the art of development politics. Her success as CM was largely due to the understanding of the limited powers her position had, something which her successor Arvind Kejriwal refuses to comprehend.

On reel

A 100 square feet room in Jaipur has been a ray of hope for many distraught Muslim women. Since 2015, this all-woman Shariah Court has decided matters ranging from petty family and domestic issues to that of Talaq and Halala which have frequently led to the harassment of Muslim women in the country. Watch the video here.

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