Security intensified in Bangladesh ahead of Dec. 30 polls, ceremonial welcome to Bhutan Prime Minister in Delhi, and other news in pictures

Bangladesh police's elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel patrol on motorcycles ahead of the general elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018

Bangladesh police's elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel patrol on motorcycles ahead of the general elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018   | Photo Credit: AP

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Patrolling intensified in Bangladesh

Campaigning ended on Friday for Bangladesh’s December 30 general election as army troops patrolled the streets along with paramilitary forces and police with intensified nationwide security 48 hours before voting.

“I expect the law enforcement agencies to ensure security so the people cast vote freely to their desired candidates and return home safely,” Chief Election Commissioner Nurul Huda said as the military and paramilitary forces set up makeshift camps across the country after being called out on election duty.

6.25 pm

Ceremonial welcome to Bhutan Prime Minister

Bhutan Prime Minister Lyonchhen Dr. Lotay Tshering being welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the ceremonial Reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Friday, December 28, 2018

Bhutan Prime Minister Lyonchhen Dr. Lotay Tshering being welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the ceremonial Reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Friday, December 28, 2018   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced a financial assistance of ₹4,500 crore to Bhutan for its 12th five-year Plan, after holding wide-ranging talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering.

In a media statement, Mr. Modi said hydro power cooperation with Bhutan was a key aspect of the bilateral ties, and that work on the Mangdechhu project would soon be completed.

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5.30 pm

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore launches book on hockey legend Dhyan Chand

Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore during the Launch of Book on Major Dhyan Chand, published by The Hindu group, in New Delhi on Friday, December 28, 2018.

Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore during the Launch of Book on Major Dhyan Chand, published by The Hindu group, in New Delhi on Friday, December 28, 2018.   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

 

Hailing hockey legend Dhyan Chand as an iconic international sportsman, Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore hoped the game would benefit from the rich legacy left by past stalwarts.

Releasing GOAL, an autobiography of Dhyan Chand, at his office in New Delhi on Friday, Rathore said, "Every sport should have a place under the sun. People have regionalistic likings as well for sports. And then there are multiple sports that have a pan-India appeal."

GOAL, published by Sportstar, is a 261-page book where Dhyan Chand takes the reader on his hockey journey. Apart from memories of his playing days, the legendary forward gives important tips on the technicality of the sport.

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10.30 a.m.

 

Foundation Day of the Indian National Congress

Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Former PM Manmohan Singh during the Flag hoisting ceremony on the occasion of 134th Foundation Day of the Indian National Congress at the AICC Hqrs in New Delhi on Friday, December 28, 2018

Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Former PM Manmohan Singh during the Flag hoisting ceremony on the occasion of 134th Foundation Day of the Indian National Congress at the AICC Hqrs in New Delhi on Friday, December 28, 2018   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

 

Today is the 134th Foundation Day of the Indian National Congress. Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and several party leaders were at the Flag hoisting ceremony at the AICC Headquarters in New Delhi.

 

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Sri Lanka set massive 660 to chase

Henry Nicholls celebrates after scoring a century during play on day three of the second cricket test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018.

Henry Nicholls celebrates after scoring a century during play on day three of the second cricket test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

In the Christchurch Test, New Zealand declared their second innings on day three at 585 for 4 with centuries by Tom Latham (176) and Henry Nicholls (162). That left Sri Lanka chasing a mammoth 660.

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Bumrah jolts Australia

India's Jasprit Bumrah, left, celebrates after getting Australia's Shaun Marsh, right, out LBW during play on day three of the third Test between India and Australia in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018

India's Jasprit Bumrah, left, celebrates after getting Australia's Shaun Marsh, right, out LBW during play on day three of the third Test between India and Australia in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018   | Photo Credit: AP

 

After India declared at 443 for 7 on day 2, the Indian seamers reduced Australia to 89 for 4 at lunch. Jasprit Bumrah troubled the batsmen the most picking up two wickets while Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja picked up the other two.

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