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4th January News in Nutshell: Important stories of the day

Important stories of the day
India TV News Desk Amritsar January 04, 2017 19:45 IST
India TV News Desk

National News

Seven-phase polling in UP; Punjab and Goa to vote on Feb 4, Uttarakhand on Feb 15; Counting on March 11

The Election Commission of India has announced the dates for the Assembly elections in five states -- Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Goa.

Assembly polls: Govt’s plan to advance Budget to Feb 1 under review, says Election Commission

The Election Commission of India on Wednesday said that it was reviewing the Centre’s plan to present the Union Budget on February 1, days before five states, including politically crucial Uttar Pradesh, votes to choose a new government.

Navjot Singh Sidhu to contest from Amritsar East as Congress nominee, says wife Navjot

Putting an end to the speculations regarding cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Siddhu following his exit from the Bharatiya Janata Party, his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu today said that he will contest the Punjab Assembly polls on a Congress ticket.

TMC workers step up offensive, set BJP office in Hooghly on fire

Trinamool Congress workers today attacked an office of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in West Bengal’s Hooghly district.

Three days on, police detain 6 suspects in Bengaluru molestation case; FIR registered

Three days after the New Year eve revelry turned into a nightmare for several women who were molested at a large gathering in city's downtown area, police today finally detained at least six suspects in connection with the crime.

International News

History made, five Indian Americans take oath as members of Congress

Five Indian Americans took oath as the members of the Congress yesterday, creating history for a minority ethnic community that comprises just one per cent of the population.

Indus Waters Treaty: US signals it won’t mediate between India and Pakistan

The US administration is not ready to initiate the process to resolve the water dispute between India and Pakistan saying both countries should work together to resolve their differences.

Turkey Parliament approves extending state of emergency by another three months

Turkey’s Parliament on Tuesday approved a government-backed motion to extend by another three months the state of emergency.

Business News

Goods and Services Tax to miss April deadline, signal state Finance Ministers

Posing fresh roadblocks to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rollout, finance ministers of states have said that the new tax regime cannot meet the government's April 1 deadline.

PM Modi's new year sops to cost exchequer Rs 3,500 cr annually: SBI

The government will have to make an additional budgetary provision to the tune of Rs 3,500 crore to pay for the slew of welfare measures announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the poor, pregnant women and farmers on the eve of the New Year, says a report.

Now, go cashless with Paytm at PVR, Cinepolis and amusement parks

Mobile payment and e-commerce platform Paytm on Wednesday announced that it has partnered with PVR, Cinepolis, amusement parks and gaming parlours to enable cashless payments.

Entertainment News

Will Shah Rukh and Mahira give new love anthem with ‘Zaalima’?

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan is leaving no stone unturned to keep curiosity alive among the audience for ‘Raees’. After releasing ‘Laila Main Laila’ featuring sensational moves of Sunny Leone, it’s time for audience to witness the scorching chemistry between SRK and Mahira in ‘O Zaalima’ that is all set to launch tomorrow.

‘Bigg Boss’: Swami Om’s ‘Maalgadi’ not on track, gets into fight with Nitibha

The TV reality show ‘Bigg Boss’ is gaining popularity for its hullabaloo and fights. One contestant, who emerged as an irritating personality for housemates, and viewers is Swami Om. The self proclaimed god seems in no mood to stop his annoying deeds. He has now engaged in fight with Nitibha Kaul.

‘Begum Jaan’: Vidya looks convincing as madam of brothel; Gauhar goes deglam in first look

Actress Vidya Balan united with the National Award winning Bengali director Srijit Mukherji for latter’s Bollywood debut ‘Begum Jaan’.  The first look of the film is out and needless to say, it promises strong performances from the entire cast.

Sports News

BCCI spent over Rs 100 crore spent on legal bills, still failed to avert SC's fury

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s legal expenses went over a whopping Rs 100 crore in last three years, but still failed to bring out desired results for the cricket body.

Premier Badminton League: Chennai outclass Bengaluru 5-0

Chennai Smashers bounced back from their opening match defeat with a thumping 5-0 victory over Bengaluru Blasters in the Vodafone Premier Badminton League (PBL) campaign here on Tuesday.

David Warner dedicates century to Phil Hughes, says he is always in his thoughts

Explosive Australian batsman David Warner has dedicated his 18th Test century against Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground to former teammate Phil Hughes who died at the age of 25 after being hit near the ear by a ball during a match at the SCG.