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Happy New Year 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: 2019 ushered in with celebrations across world

Happy New Year 2019: The world welcomed the new year with great zeal and zest as we ushered into 2019. In Mumbai, the new year celebration at Bandra Reclamation was marked by extensive fireworks.

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In Mumbai, the new year celebration at Bandra Reclamation was marked by extensive fireworks. (Express photo: Amit Chakravarty)

Happy New Year 2019: The world welcomed the new year with great zeal and zest as we ushered into 2019. In Mumbai, the new year celebration at Bandra Reclamation was marked by extensive fireworks. People gathered in large numbers in Ahmedabad to welcome the new year 2019. In Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, tens of thousands gathered around Sky Tower as fireworks exploded from the top of the 328-meter (1,076-foot) structure. Across the southern hemisphere nation, thousands took to beaches and streets, becoming the first major nation in the world to usher in 2019.

Reporters were the guests of honour at the New Year’s Eve party in New York’s Times Square on Monday, in what organizers said was a celebration of press freedom after an unusually deadly year for journalists at US news outlets, Reuters reported. On the other hand, France deployed more than 1,47,000 security forces nationwide for New Year’s Eve unrest as yellow vest protesters prepared to join the public revelry.

New Year’s Day, which according to the Gregorian calendar falls on January 1, is one of the most popular occasions across the globe and people irrespective of religion, caste and creed celebrate it in their own ways.

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Indian, Chinese armies meet at Nathu La on New Year's Day

The armies of India and China met at Nathu La in Sikkim on Tuesday and exchanged pleasantries on New Year's Day.

"To enhance mutual trust and faith amongst troops of Indian Army and Peoples Liberation Army (PLA), (they) jointly celebrated New Year on 01 Jan at Nathu La by greeting each other and extending best wishes. The delegation was led by Colonel level officers @adgpi @SpokespersonMoD," the Eastern Command of the Army said in a tweet.

The armies of the two countries were locked in a stand-off at Doklam in 2017.

A ceremonial Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) to celebrate the New Year was also held on Tuesday.

India to welcome 69,944 babies on New Year's Day: UNICEF

As many as 69,944 babies will be born on the New Year's Day in India, the UNICEF said in a statement Tuesday. This would be the highest number of babies born on the first day of the year, followed by China, which would welcome 44,940 newborns and Nigeria with 25,685 newborns.

Rishabh Pant turns babysitter for 'Mrs Paine' on New Year's day

After the banter between Rishabh Pant and Australia captain Tim Paine made headlines in the third Test in Melbourne, India’s wicketkeeper-batsman actually turned babysitter for Paine. Bonnie Paine, Tim’s wife, posted a picture of Pant with her babies and said ‘Best Babysitter.’ READ MORE 

Boy dies of bullet injuries during New Year’s eve celebrations

An eight-year-old boy died of bullet injuries he suffered during New Year’s eve celebrations in northeast Delhi’s Usmanpur area, police said Tuesday.

The incident took place at around 11 pm and police were informed about it by hospital authorities.

An investigation revealed that the boy sustained bullet wounds during New Year’s eve celebrations organised near his residence, a senior police officer said. READ MORE

New Year bash: 455 cases of drunk driving in Mumbai

Mumbai police have registered at least 455 cases of drunk driving in the early hours of the New Year Day on January 1, an official said Tuesday. Till December 31 midnight, police had caught 1,533 drivers, and 76 of them were found positive in a breath analyser test,

New year will be beginning of Pakistan's golden era: PM Imran Khan

PM Imran Khan on Tuesday said the new year will be the beginning of Pakistan's golden era as he vowed to address the perennial issues of poverty, illiteracy, injustice and corruption in 2019.

Khan took to microblogging site Twitter to greet people and share his New Year resolution with the countrymen. "Our New Year resolution is to wage jihad against the 4 ills of our country: poverty, illiteracy, injustice and corruption," he tweeted.

This is how sports stars are celebrating New Year 2019

After a heavy sports year, athletes from all around the world welcomed the New Year in their own way. Most sports stars from across sports shared their moments celebrating and welcoming the New Year 2019.  Read full details here.

US military apologises for New Year’s Eve tweet about dropping bombs

US Strategic Command, STRATCOM, Monday apologised for its New Year’s Eve tweet that said it was ready to drop something “much bigger” than the traditional Times Square crystal ball in New York. For more details, read here.

Many instances of firecracker bursting violating SC order observed on New Year's eve: Officials

Even as the national capital continued its battle with toxic air, several instances of firecracker bursting, before and after the time limit fixed by the apex court, were observed in Delhi-NCR during New Year celebrations.

Over 500 drink-and-drive cases in Delhi on New Year's eve

A total of 509 drunken revellers were penalised by the Delhi Police on New Year's Eve, with a majority of them being youngsters, officials said Tuesday.

Slight respite from cold wave condition for Delhiites on New Year's Day

On New Year's Day, there was some respite for the people in Delhi from the cold wave conditions with the minimum temperature being recorded at 7 degrees Celsius against 3.8 degrees Celsius the previous night.

Parties, fireworks mark New Year celebrations in Goa

Thousands of people rang in the New Year at beaches in Goa as the year 2018 faded into night and celebrations continued till early morning of Tuesday. The famous beach destination is known for New Year revelry and night-long parties that typically begin on December 30 night and continue till New Year Day. On December 31 night, the roads leading to beaches were chock-a-block with people. 

Visuals from Kolkata's iconic Howrah Bridge on first day of the year

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Union law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad wishes everyone a happy and prosperous year ahead

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh wishes the nation a Happy New Year 2019

President Ram Nath Kovind extends New Year greetings on Twitter in English as well as Hindi

First sunrise of the year 2019

Devotees throng to Golden Temple, Amritsar on first day of the year

Visuals from first morning of 2019

Rahul Gandhi extends New Year greetings to everyone

PM Narendra Modi extends New Year greetings as the nations rings in 2019

Donald Trump wishes the world a Happy New Year 2019

Aarti at Siddhivinayak Temple on first day of 2019

Visuals from Howrah Bridge

Celebrations in Mumbai, Ahmedabad mark the beginning of new year 2019

Police personnel deployed in large numbers across the national capital on New Year's Eve

Around 15,000 police personnel have been deployed across Delhi to ensure that New Year's Eve celebrations go on smoothly. Special traffic arrangements have also been made, with more focus to Connaught Place and the areas around it.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai on New Year's Eve

Skaters form human chain to welcome 2019

Skaters form a human chain in the shape of 2019 to welcome New Year, at Ice Skating rink Lakkar Bazar in Shimla. (Express Photo by Pradeep Kumar)

Denmark: People participate in the annual New Year's dip in Copenhagen harbour

People participate in the annual New Year's dip in the harbour of Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo: Reuters)

WATCH: New Year celebrations in Japan, North Korea

Billboards display New Year welcome in New York

Billboards welcome in the new year in New York's Times Square. (Photo: AP)
Billboards welcome in the new year in New York's Times Square. (Photo: AP)

President Ram Nath Kovind calls for making 2019 an year of 'amity, prosperity and happiness'

President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday greeted countrymen on the eve of new year and called them to commit themselves in making 2019 a year of "amity, prosperity and happiness". Kovind extended his best wishes to all fellow citizens in India and abroad, and to the global community. "Let this moment of renewal commit us to making 2019 a year of amity, prosperity and happiness," he said in a message.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday greeted countrymen on the eve of new year and called them to commit themselves in making 2019 a year of "amity, prosperity and happiness". Kovind extended his best wishes to all fellow citizens in India and abroad, and to the global community. "Let this moment of renewal commit us to making 2019 a year of amity, prosperity and happiness," he said in a message. (PTI)

WATCH: Spectacular fireworks during New Year celebrations in Hong Kong

Tourists celebrate New Year eve in Kashmir's Gulmarg

Tourists enjoy second phase ride near the Affarwat peaks in Gulmarg on New Year eve. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)
Tourists enjoy second phase ride near the Affarwat peaks in Gulmarg on New Year eve. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Fireworks above Sydney Opera House

The show was to feature more than 100,000 pyrotechnic effects accompanied by music culminating at midnight with ``(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,'' made famous by Aretha Franklin, who died in August. Police said they were taking precautions to prevent any terrorist attack, but assured revelers there was no specific threat.``We put obstacles between those large crowds and vehicles to ensure people can get in and out safely and enjoy their night in safety,'' police Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Walton said.
The show was to feature more than 100,000 pyrotechnic effects accompanied by music culminating at midnight with "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,'' made famous by Aretha Franklin, who died in August. Police said they were taking precautions to prevent any terrorist attack, but assured revelers there was no specific threat.``We put obstacles between those large crowds and vehicles to ensure people can get in and out safely and enjoy their night in safety,'' police Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Walton said.

WATCH: Fireworks at Austrlia's Sydney harbour

Australia: Sydney harbour dazzles with fireworks, New Year festivity

A thunderstorm drenched tens of thousands of people as they gathered for Sydney's traditional spectacular fireworks display, creating a show of its own with dozens of lightning strikes. Police estimated that more than a million people crowded Sydney Harbor to view the glittering fireworks. People began gathering early in the day at popular vantage points, including the Opera House and the ends of the Harbor Bridge. (Associated Press)

(Photo: AP) 

WATCH: Fireworks at Auckland's Sky Tower

Fireworks in Auckland, New Zealand

Across the southern hemisphere nation, thousands took to beaches and streets, becoming the first major nation in the world to usher in 2019.

(Photo: AP)

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Last year, Australians welcomed 2018 with rainbow-themed fireworks in Sydney. (Source: Indian Express/Designed by Gargi Singh)

Last year, Australians welcomed 2018 with rainbow-themed fireworks in Sydney. While in Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, tens of thousands had gathered around Sky Tower as five minutes of nonstop pyrotechnics exploded from the structure’s upper decks.