These are the top stories today.
Pathankot attack: With questions being asked on how six terrorists managed to reach Pathankot airbase undetected, Punjab police began probing the “possible role of a smuggler-terrorist nexus” as a facilitator. Police are also studying nine phone calls to Pakistan — the first was an incoming call and the other eight were calls made to Pakistan — from the mobile phone of taxi driver Ikagar Singh whose body was found at a spot before the Katloh bridge over the Ravi. Read more here
Actor Sanjay Dutt to walk out of Yerawada jail on February 27
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and currently lodged in Pune’s high-security Yerawada Central Prison, will walk out of jail on February 27 after the Maharashtra government cleared a proposal for remission of his sentence. Read more here
North Korea’s Hydrogen bomb test: “With the perfect success of our historic H-bomb, we have joined the rank of advanced nuclear states,” a state television news reader announced, adding that the test was of a “miniaturised” device. The surprise test was personally ordered by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and came just two days before his birthday. Read more here
Retirement rumours for Dhoni: Greying beard, a hint of baldness, a thickset frame, and the weight of Indian cricket on his shoulder – that was MS Dhoni at the start of 2015. The new year, though, couldn’t have started more differently. A year after Test retirement, the finish line seems near. Sentimentalism is in air. Is he ready to pack up and leave cricket after the T20 World Cup?
He just smiles when you ask that question. Read more here
Deepika Padukone to start shooting for XXX: The Return of Xander Cage in February
Actress Deepika Padukone is all set to start shooting for her first Hollywood project in February 2016. ‘XXX: The Return of Xander Cage’ director D.J. Curaso confirmed the news on Twitter that the film’s shoot begins in January but Bollywood beauty will join them from Feb. Read more here