Four Indian youths ‘planning to join IS’ arrested in Syria
Syria has arrested four Indians who had gone to that country allegedly to fight alongside the Islamic State (IS), Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Walid al Moualem said. Moualem, who is also the foreign minister and on a three-day visit to India, said “the young men” had entered through Jordan and were arrested before they could join the outfit. Read more here
Pakistan on dangerous road, God’s army won’t feel my absence: Azhar goes online
The road that the government of Pakistan is taking — in its crackdown against the Jaish-e-Muhammad — is “very dangerous for this country” and its steps against mosques, madrasas and jihad are a danger to the unity and integrity of Pakistan, Maulana Masood Azhar wrote while news of his detention was coming in. The piece, written under his pen name Saidi, was published this evening in Al Qalam, considered the Jaish’s online mouthpiece. Read more here
Yes, odd-even will be back in Delhi, says Gopal Rai
Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai finally put an end to speculation and answered the question on the minds of lakhs of Delhi residents. Odd-even operations, the government’s pollution-control plan that will conclude on January 15, will be back for a second phase, said the minister. Read more here.
Comedian Kiku Sharda held for mimicking Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim
The Haryana police arrested actor-comedian Kiku Sharda from Mumbai and brought him to Kaithal for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by mimicking Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Sharda was released on bail in the case registered against him in Kaithal. However, the comedian was arrested again on his way to Delhi as there is a similar case against him in Fatehabad. Read more here.
Opinion: What works for women at work
If the government does succeed in making private employers provide increased maternity leave and in providing crèches at or near workplaces, that will certainly be a step towards somewhat easing the double burden that working mothers face. But there’s more to it. Read Jayati Ghosh’s piece here.
Guns, a dagger and perfume, what the Pathankot terrorists carried
AK-47 assault rifles, a grenade launcher, a dagger, cough tablets and some perfume are among things the Pathankot airbase attackers were carrying, recoveries made by the Air Force and the National Security Guard have revealed. A wire cutter recovered by the Air Force also strengthens the theory that the terrorists entered the base by scaling its 11-ft wall and snipping concertina wires, sources told The Indian Express. Read more here.