A). India Successfully Test-fires Homegrown Supersonic Interceptor Missile, BigStories
India today successfully test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile capable of destroying any incoming enemy ballistic missile at low altitude.
This the second time that the missile has been test-fired in less than a month and is part of an effort to put in place a multi-layer missile defence system.
B). US King Trump Finally Spoke On Kansas Shooting, But Family Waits For Justice, BigStories
With sorrow hanging in air, Srinivas Kuchibhotla’s family gave a teary send-off to the young engineer, who was killed in an alleged hate crime in Kansas, US.
However, the bigger question now is what will happen to his family and whether the US will be able to deliver justice to the resilient widow Sunayana Dumala.
C). PM Modi’s Juicy Jibe At Rahul Gandhi: Everyone Knows It’s Coconut Water, BigStories
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed an election rally in poll bound state of Uttar Pradesh where he launched a scathing attack on the incumbent Samajwadi Party government and said that the people of Uttar Pradesh will take revenge from the party who looted them for last 15 years.
Praising the people for showing their confidence in Bhatiya Janata Party, PM Modi claimed that the people of UP have made the party victorious in the first five phases that have taken place, and now whatever votes come will be a bonus.
D). Rs 10,000 Fine For Keeping More Than 10 Notes Of Scrapped Currency, BigStories
The government has notified the law that makes holding of more than 10 scrapped notes punishable with a minimum fine of Rs 10,000.
The Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Act, 2017, was passed by Parliament last month with a view to eliminating the “possibility of running a parallel economy” using the old Rs 500/1,000 notes that have been demonetised.
E). Indian Equities Surge On Global Cues, Healthy Auto Results, BigStories
The key indices traded with gains of more than half a per cent each, as healthy buying was witnessed in stocks of banking, healthcare and metal stocks.
The wider 51-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) edged up by 53.65 points or 0.60 per cent to 8,933.25 points.
F). Gambhir Bats Against Sehwag For ‘Despicable Mocking’ Act, Defends Gurmehar, BigStories
Gambhir, who said that “a part of me is gone with Virender Sehwag’s retirement”, today called his act of mocking Gurmehar “despicable”.
The video posted on Gambhir’s official Twitter account, read: I have utmost respect for the Indian army. Their service to the nation and all of us is unmatched.
G). Kashmir Schools Reopen After Months Of Disruption, Students Resume Studies, BigStories
Schools in Kashmir division and other areas falling under the winter zone in Jammu region reopened today after remaining closed for months.
Schools in the Valley were closed due to repeated disruptions in the academic calendar due to the unrest and the subsequent winter break.
H). Is Al-Qaeda Number 2 Dead? United States Probes Strike In Syria, BigStories
The US government is investigating whether Al-Qaeda’s number two has been killed in Syria, an official said, amid reports of a US strike in or around Idlib.
The agencies were working to confirm whether Abu Khayr al-Masri is dead, in what would be a major counterterrorism coup, the official told AFP, on condition of anonymity, yesterday.
I). New ‘Avatar’ Game In The Works, BigStories
The game is slated to release for PC and consoles, reports aceshowbiz.com.
Back in 2009 shortly after the movie was released, Ubisoft released “Avatar: The Game”, which was set two years before the events of the film.
J). Shooting World Cup: Jitu Rai’s Grit Wins Him Gold In 50m Pistol Event, BigStories
Jitu Rai clinched the gold medal with yet another stirring comeback while compatriot Amanpreet Singh bagged the silver in men’s 50m pistol event as India secured its first yellow metal in the ongoing ISSF World Cup, today.
Entering the event a day after claiming the 10m pistol bronze, Rai upped the ante as the final closed in on the elimination rounds.