India to welcome 69,944 babies on New Year’s Day, Pope ushers in 2019 with ode to motherhood, and other news in pictures

A baby girl born at a Delhi hospital at 12.20 a.m. on January 1, 2019. Photo: Twitter/@UNICEFIndia

A baby girl born at a Delhi hospital at 12.20 a.m. on January 1, 2019. Photo: Twitter/@UNICEFIndia  

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‘Around 18% of total baby births are estimated to take place in India’

India would welcome as many as 69,944 babies on New Year’s Day, the highest in the world, the UNICEF said on January 1.

India would be followed by China which would welcome 44,940 babies, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund said in a report. In Nigeria, 25,685 babies will be born, it added.

The report also noted that on January 1 around the world, families will welcome countless Alexanders and Ayeshas, Zixuans and Zainabs, but in several countries, many babies will not even be named as they would not make it past their first day. In 2017, about 1 million babies died the day they were born, and 2.5 million in just their first month of life. Among those children, most died from preventable causes such as premature birth, complications during delivery, and infections like sepsis and pneumonia, a violation of their basic right to survival, the UNICEF said.

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‘Allow yourselves to be led again as children are led by mothers’

Pope Francis has ushered in the New Year with an ode to motherhood, reminding the faithful that a mother’s example and embrace is the only antidote to today’s disjointed world of solitude and misery.

Pope Francis delivers his message as he celebrates a new year Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on January 1, 2019.

Pope Francis delivers his message as he celebrates a new year Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on January 1, 2019.  

 

Pope Francis celebrated Mass on January 1 in St. Peter’s Basilica to formally open 2019. In his homily Pope Francis urged Catholics to allow themselves to be led again as children are led by their mothers.

The New Year followed a disastrous 2018 for Pope Francis, which opened with the explosion of the global sex abuse scandal and ended with the sudden departures of the Vatican spokesman and deputy in a sign of discord and dysfunction within the Holy See.

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Telangana, A.P. High Court Chief Justices sworn-in

Thottathil B Radhakrishnan onb Tuesday took over as the first Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court, which came into existence on the first day of 2019. The separate High Court for Telangana came into existence following the division of the High Court at Hyderabad.

Law students pose for a selfie after the swearing in ceremony of judges for High Court of Andhra Pradesh, in Vijayawada on Tuesday.

Law students pose for a selfie after the swearing in ceremony of judges for High Court of Andhra Pradesh, in Vijayawada on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: V. Raju

 

The A.P. High Court at Vijayawada also came into existence today. Justice Chagari Praveen Kumar took oath as Judge of Andhra Pradesh High Court at IGMC Stadium in Vijayawada on Tuesday. He will serve as acting Chief Justice.

11.45 am

Brisbane International tennis tournament

Andy Murray of Britain reacts after winning his match against James Duckworth of Australia at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

Andy Murray of Britain reacts after winning his match against James Duckworth of Australia at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

Britain's Andy Murray on Tuesday, won his first round Brisbane International clash, defeating Australian James Duckworth 6-3, 6-4.

According to The Guardian, the win was Murray’s first event since September after a hip injury limited his season to six tournaments. The dual champion extended his Brisbane record to 10-0, booking a second round clash with fourth-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev.

10.30 am

Security beefed up at Bhima-Koregaon

Security personnel vigil at the war memorial site at Bhima-Koregaon, where Dalit community members gather to pay respects at the victory memorial to the Mahar soldiers who fought with British to defeat the Peshwa regime, on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

Security personnel vigil at the war memorial site at Bhima-Koregaon, where Dalit community members gather to pay respects at the victory memorial to the Mahar soldiers who fought with British to defeat the Peshwa regime, on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Jignesh Mistry

 

The Maharashtra government has made heavy bandobast for visitors to the memorial at the Bhima Koregaon on Tuesday.

A total of 5,000 constables, 12 State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) platoons, 1,200 homeguards will be deployed. Inspector General of Police, Superintendent of Police and eight additional SPs along with other officers will be on the field. Additional 2,000 volunteers too have been posted.

On January 1 last year, riots broke out in Bhima Koregaon after thousands of people — largely from Dalit community clashed with right-wing Hindutva groups

To avoid repeat of violence near the Koregaon Bhima war memorial in Pune district on January 1, 2018, the police has taken preventive action against 1,200 people, including barring some from entering the area and externment of some others.

Senior police officials said that those who have been prohibited from visiting Koregaon Bhima and the surrounding area include right-wing Hindu leader Milind Ekbote and members of the left-leaning cultural group Kabir Kala Manch (KKM).

 

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New Year celebrations in London

Fireworks explode over The London Eye and Elizabeth Tower near Parliament as thousands of revelers gather along the banks of the River Thames to ring in the New Year on January 1, 2019 in London, England.

Fireworks explode over The London Eye and Elizabeth Tower near Parliament as thousands of revelers gather along the banks of the River Thames to ring in the New Year on January 1, 2019 in London, England.   | Photo Credit: Getty Images

 

Britons ushered in the new year with the familiar chimes of Big Ben, even though the world famous clock has been disconnected for more than a year because of a conservation project.

Parliament announced last week that the clock’s massive bell would sound to mark the new year with the help of a specially built electric mechanism to power the hammer, which weighs about 440 pounds (200 kilograms). The clock mechanism, which has kept time since 1859, has been dismantled as part of the renovation work.

New Year’s Eve without Big Ben would be positively un-British. The comforting chimes are used by TV and radio stations throughout Britain to herald the moment of transition from the old to the new year.

8.00 a.m.

Car slams into pedestrians on Tokyo road

Police and firefighters inspect around the site of a car attack near Takeshita Street in Tokyo, early Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

Police and firefighters inspect around the site of a car attack near Takeshita Street in Tokyo, early Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

Police said a car slammed into pedestrians on a street where people had gathered for New Year’s festivities in downtown Tokyo, injuring eight people.

Police took into custody a man in his 20s but did not further identify him. They say he is suspected of intentionally trying to kill people by driving the car through the street.

NHK TV footage showed a small van with the entire front end smashed and officers and ambulance workers rushing to the scene.

The crash occurred early Tuesday on Takeshita Dori, well known to tourists and pop culture and fashion fans, that runs right by Meiji Shrine in Harajuku.

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A new year in Mumbai

Birds fly about as the sun serenely rises over Mumbai in the new year

Birds fly about as the sun serenely rises over Mumbai in the new year   | Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre

 

2018 was a year of hits and misses for the city’s public transport, but the new year is slated to bring some relief to commuters

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