Here are the top stories of the day.
Pathankot terror attack: At least four terrorists were neutralized by armed forces personnel in a gun battle at the Pathankot Air Force base in Punjab. The attack comes days after PM Narendra Modi’s unscheduled visit to Pakistan. Authorities said helicopters and other military equipment in the base was safe. Read story.
Delhi’s odd-even plan: The ambitious plan of the Delhi government to control vehicular pollution by going for the odd-even rule kicked off on Friday on New Year’s Day. Traffic was relatively light and more than 60 people were challaned for not following the rules. CM Aravind Kejriwal said the reports are encouraging. Read story.
Saudi Arabia executions: Saudi Arabia on Saturday announced the execution of 47 prisoners accused of terrorism charges, including a Shiite cleric who was a central figure in 2011 Arab Spring-inspired protests in the kingdom. Read story.
Kirti Azad’s reply to BJP: In reply to a showcause notice issued to him by the BJP, Kirti Azad, the MP from Darbhanga, denied that he violated party discipline. In his response, he reiterated that his fight was only against corruption in cricket. Azad was suspended last month for indiscipline. Read story.
I am grateful to ‘Allah’ for giving me another chance, says Pak bowler Mohammad Amir: Keen to put the past behind him after being included in the Pakistan limited-overs squad, left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir said he is physically and mentally ready for a comeback to international cricket. Read story.
Tel Aviv shooting: A gunman killed two people outside a popular bar in Tel Aviv in Israel. Three others were also injured in the attack. The motive of the attack was not immediately clear. Read story.
Lalu warns alliance spokesmen: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has cautioned the Grand alliance spokespersons not to exceed the brief given by party leaders. The remark was reportedly aimed at JD(U) spokespersons who had felt hurt after Lalu’s statement on CM Nitish Kumar. The killing of two engineers in Darbhanga has put the spotlight on Bihar’s law and order problem. Read story.