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Sushmita Sen to judge Miss Universe 2017 pageant

Sushmita Sen to judge Miss Universe 2017 pageant

  • Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen has confirmed that she is on the judging panel of 65th edition of the pageant. 
  • The 41-year-old model-turned-actress was crowned Miss Universe in Manila in 1994.
  • Sushmita said she is excited as well as overwhelmed to return to the pageant 23 years later.

 

Microsoft to fire 700 employees

Microsoft to fire 700 employees

  • Microsoft may cut 700 jobs during its earnings call on January 26.
  • The company had earlier made announcement regarding offloading 2,850 employees by June 2017. 
  • The aim of this layoff is reportedly to update skills in various units.
  • Microsoft has a workforce of about 113,000 people.

 

Jallikattu likely to be held in Madurai tomorrow: Sources

Jallikattu likely to be held in Madurai tomorrow: Sources

  • Sources said arrangements to hold Jallikattu in Madurai will begin soon after the state ordinance is cleared.
  • The Governor is expected to sign an ordinance on Saturday.
  • Earlier on Friday, the Centre had cleared the Tamil Nadu govt's proposal to promulgate an ordinance to hold the bull-taming sport.

Pakistan asks India to suspend work on hydro projects in J&K

Pakistan asks India to suspend work on hydro projects in J&K

  • Pakistan's 2 parliamentary committees, in a joint resolution, asked India to suspend the construction of Kishanganga and Ratle hydropower projects.
  • The two projects are being constructed on the Jhelum and Chenab rivers.
  • The committee also asked the World Bank to form an arbitration court to resolve water dispute.
Xiaomi Mi 6 to launch in mid-March: Report

Xiaomi Mi 6 to launch in mid-March: Report

  • Xiaomi Mi 6 might be released in mid-March this year. 
  • A report revealed that the Mi 6 smartphone might enter trial production next month in February.
  • The smartphone will cost approximately Rs 19,757. 
  • The smartphone is expected to come with a flat screen display.

One killed, 12 missing in boat capsize in China

One killed, 12 missing in boat capsize in China

  • One person was killed and 12 others were reported missing when a Chinese fishing vessel capsized in East China Sea.
  • The boat, Liaoda Zhongyu 15126, with 13 crew on board sank on Friday.
  • China's navy has rushed two frigates and a drone to conduct search operations.

Jallikattu row: AIADMK is exploring legal options to ban PETA

Jallikattu row: AIADMK is exploring legal options to ban PETA

  • The AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu is now exploring legal options to ban the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which supports the Jallikattu ban.
  • Tamil Nadu Education Minister K Pandiarajan informed this. 
  • An Ordinance was brought in yesterday by the AIADMK to sidestep the ban.

Brazil ex-coach Carlos Alberto Silva dies

Brazil ex-coach Carlos Alberto Silva dies

  • Former Brazil football coach Carlos Alberto Silva died aged 77.
  • The cause of the death is not yet known.
  • Silva coached Brazil from 1987 to 1988.
  • He led Portuguese side FC Porto to two league titles in 1992-1993 and later briefly managed La Coruna in Spain.

Jyotiraditya Scindia to release Congress Goa manifesto on Jan 23

Jyotiraditya Scindia to release Congress Goa manifesto on Jan 23

  • Senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia will release Congress Goa election manifesto on January 23.
  • The party is contesting in 37 out of 40 assembly constituencies in Goa.
  • Reportedly, issues like ban on Casinos, Special Status to Goa and employment generation would figure in the manifesto.

Bihar forms massive human chain to support liquor ban

Bihar forms massive human chain to support liquor ban

  • The Bihar government, led by Nitish Kumar has launched a ‘Nasha Mukt' state-wide campaign today. 
  • As part of the campaign, the world's largest human chain has been formed in Patna's Gandhi Maidan. 
  • RJD chief Lalu Prasad, the Congress, and even opposition BJP leaders participated in the human chain.
Australian Open 2017: Sania, Bopanna enter mixed doubles 2nd round

Australian Open 2017: Sania, Bopanna enter mixed doubles 2nd round

  • Sania Mirza and Rohana Bopanna advanced to the mixed doubles 2nd round with respective partners on Saturday.
  • Bopanna and his Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski beat Michael Venus and Katarina Srebotnik 6-4 6-7, 10-7.
  • Mirza and Croatia's Ivan Dodig beat Laura Siegemund and Mate Pavic 7-5, 6-4.

China acquires 40% stake in Pakistan stocks exchange

China acquires 40% stake in Pakistan stocks exchange

  • A consortium led by Chinese firms has acquired 40% stake in Pakistan Stock Exchange for $85 million.
  • The move is aimed at mobilising funds for the $46-billion CPEC project. 
  • The consortium comprises Chinese Financial Futures Exchange Company Ltd, Shanghai Stock Exchange, Shenzhen Stock Exchange, among others.

SRK, Sunny Leone promote 'Raees' on Bigg Boss 10

SRK, Sunny Leone promote 'Raees' on Bigg Boss 10

  • Shah Rukh Khan and Sunny Leone will join Salman Khan in the Bigg Boss house this 'Weekend Ka Vaar'. 
  • The special episode featuring the trio will telecast on Saturday at 10.30 pm.
  • Shah Rukh Khan last came to Bigg Boss house with Kajol to promote their film Dilwale.

Bairstow to replace injured Hales for India T20I series

Bairstow to replace injured Hales for India T20I series

  • Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow will replace injured opener Alex Hales in England's squad for the 3-match Twenty20 series against India.
  • Hales had fractured his right hand while attempting a catch in the second ODI in Cuttack.
  • He will also miss the T20 series that starts on January 26.

UNLF militant, arms smugglers held in Manipur

UNLF militant, arms smugglers held in Manipur

  • 2 women arms smugglers and an illegal weapons manufacturer were arrested by security forces in Churachandpur district.
  • A six 9-mm pistols, five magazines and a live round were also seized from them.
  • In a separate operation, police arrested a UNLF militant from Keisampat area in Imphal West district.

Serena Williams reaches Australian Open quarterfinals

Serena Williams reaches Australian Open quarterfinals

  • The six-time Australian Open winner reached quarter finals defeating fellow American Nicole Gibbs in 63-minute match on Saturday.
  • Williams beat Gibbs 6-1, 6-3 in the third round.
  • She will next play No. 16 Barbora Strycova, who beat No. 21 Caroline Garcia 6-2, 7-5.
PM Modi to attend Combined Commanders conference in Dehradun

PM Modi to attend Combined Commanders conference in Dehradun

  • PM Narendra Modi arrived in Dehradun on Saturday to inaugurate the Combined Commanders Conference. 
  • He earlier reached the Indian Military Academy (IMA) campus from the Jolly Grant airport in a special Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper.
  • Modi would be in the hill state for over six hours.

6 CPM activists arrested in Kerala for murder of BJP worker

6 CPM activists arrested in Kerala for murder of BJP worker

  • The Kerala police have arrested six persons in connection with the murder of a BJP leader. 
  • The six persons alleged to be CPM workers were picked up after investigations suggested their link to the murder.
  • The police is still ascertaining the exact role played by the suspects.

Jallikattu supporters stage protest in Mumbai

Jallikattu supporters stage protest in Mumbai

  • People took to street in Mumbai to support Jallikattu. 
  • The protest is being carried out in Mumbai's Matunga area where protestors gathered with pro-Jallikattu posters.
  • Protestors are also carrying placards condemning animal welfare organisation Peta.
  • Pro-Jallikatu clan say, protests will continue until a permanent solution is worked out.
George H.W. Bush, wife, showing improvement

George H.W. Bush, wife, showing improvement

  • Doctors have removed former US President George H.W. Bush's breathing tube and he was breathing well on his own at a Houston hospital.
  • Bush remains in intensive care at Houston Methodist Hospital but is comfortable.
  • Former first lady Barbara Bush also remained hospitalized, but she's feeling better.