These are the top stories of the day.
Pathankot investigation: Nearly two weeks after terrorists affiliated to the Jaish–Mohammad infiltrated an Air Force base in Pathankot and engaged in a gunbattle with security personnel, sources in the NIA told the Indian Express that the gunmen rested for upto 24 hours in the airbase shed. Reportedly, investigators have evidence that the terrorists had eaten a meal inside the shed. The attack in Pathankot has put the spotlight back on Pakistan and its handling of terrorist networks. Read more here.
Obama’s State of the Union address: US President Barack Obama made his last State of the Union address to the Congress asserting that the US was the most powerful nation on Earth. In his address, he focused on a range of issues that included terrorism, public healthcare and internal politics. He said the fight against ISIS cannot be seen as World War III. Read more here
Attack on Indian consulate: Senior Afghan police official told PTI that Pakistan military officers were involved in the attack on the Indian consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif in that country. There was an intense gun battle between security forces and militants on January 3 at the consulate. The militants were well-trained and well educated, the official said. Read more here
The Jallikattu row: The Supreme Court on Tuesday put a stay order on the conduct of Jallikattu, a popular bull-taming sport in Tamil Nadu. The stay order is seen as a slap on the face of the government which had issued a notification changing an existing 2011 order. Both AIADMK and the DMK has requested PM Narendra Modi to issue an ordinance so that the sport can be practiced as part of Pongal. Read more here
Battle of rallies in Punjab: It’s a three-way race in Punjab as the AAP, SAD and the Congress all go out to stage massive rallies at the annual Maghi Mela in Muktsar. For the first time, Manpreet Badal led PPP will not be holding a rally. The Congress led by its new state president Amarinder Singh wants to go all out before the state elections next year. Read more here