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.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh wishes the nation a Happy New Year 2019
Wishing you and your entire family a happy new year. Have a wonderful year ahead. May this year brings happiness and prosperity in your life. नववर्ष की आपको एवं आपके पूरे परिवार को हार्दिक शुभकामनायें।— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) January 1, 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind extends New Year greetings on Twitter in English as well as Hindi
नव वर्ष के अवसर पर सभी को हार्दिक बधाई और शुभकामनाएंl मैं कामना करता हूँ कि यह नव वर्ष, हमारे परिवार, देश और पूरे विश्व में खुशियां, शांति और समृद्धि लाए तथा हमें देश के विकास और प्रगति के प्रयासों में एकजुट होने के लिए प्रेरित करे — राष्ट्रपति कोविन्द— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) January 1, 2019
PM Narendra Modi extends New Year greetings as the nations rings in 2019
Wishing everyone a joyous 2019!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 1, 2019
May everyone be happy and healthy. I pray that all your wishes are fulfilled in 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.
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
WATCH: New Year celebrations in Japan, North Korea
Billboards display New Year welcome in New York
President Ram Nath Kovind calls for making 2019 an year of 'amity, prosperity and happiness'
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Tourists celebrate New Year eve in Kashmir's Gulmarg
Fireworks above Sydney Opera House
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)
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.