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ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar, holding the model of PSLV C-40, seen with R. Sivan, to-be Chairman, ISRO and K. Unnikrishnan, SDSC Director at Sathish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on Friday.   | Photo Credit: K. Pichumani

12:50 pm

Karni Sena activists protest release of Padmavat

Police detain Karni Sena activists protesting near CBFC office on Pedder road against releasing film Padmavat.

Police detain Karni Sena activists protesting near CBFC office on Pedder road against releasing film Padmavat.   | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini

 

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial Hindi film Padmavati, which stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, will release on January 25 as Padmavat.

Padmavati — now Padmavat — was earlier slated for release on December 1 but got stuck after the Karni Sena claimed that the film distorted historical facts related to the Rajput community.

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12.00 pm

Jallikattu preparations

A bull being trained for Jallikattu, on Friday morning, in Tiruchi.

A bull being trained for Jallikattu, on Friday morning, in Tiruchi.   | Photo Credit: A. Muralitharan

Bulls are being trained for Jallikattu in some districts as the bull-fighting season is coming near.

11.00 am

ISRO successfully launches its 42nd Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle

ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar, holding the model of PSLV C-40, seen with R. Sivan, to-be Chairman, ISRO and K. Unnikrishnan, SDSC Director at Sathish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on Friday.

ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar, holding the model of PSLV C-40, seen with R. Sivan, to-be Chairman, ISRO and K. Unnikrishnan, SDSC Director at Sathish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on Friday.   | Photo Credit: K. Pichumani

 

India today successfully launched weather observation satellite Cartosat 2 Series and 29 other spacecraft onboard its dependable Polar rocket from here.

The successful orbiting of the satellites by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV C-40 comes four months after the Indian space Research Organisation’s mission to launch backup navigation spacecraft IRNSS-1H onboard PSLV-39 ended in a rare failure.

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10.00 am

Delhi air quality 'Very Unhealthy'

Ragpickers seen collecting from the waste materials lying near the banks of Yamuna river on a foggy day. The Air Quality Index for Delhi says 'Very Unhealthy' with PM 2.5 from 170 to 350 Points with 8 degree Celcius at 8 am on January 12, 2018.

Ragpickers seen collecting from the waste materials lying near the banks of Yamuna river on a foggy day. The Air Quality Index for Delhi says 'Very Unhealthy' with PM 2.5 from 170 to 350 Points with 8 degree Celcius at 8 am on January 12, 2018.   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

 

Pollution levels in Delhi usually remain in the ‘very poor’ category. A ‘very poor’ AQI comes with the warning that people may develop respiratory illness on prolonged exposure while exposure to ‘severe’ air affects healthy people and seriously impacts those with existing respiratory or cardiovascular diseases.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered Good, 51-100 Satisfactory, 101-200 Moderate, 201-300 Poor, 301-400 Very Poor, and 401-500 Severe.

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9.00 am

Nigeria holds mass burial for farmers killed in ethnic conflict

Men march along a truck carrying the coffins of people killed by the Fulani herdsmen, in Makurdi, Nigeria.

Men march along a truck carrying the coffins of people killed by the Fulani herdsmen, in Makurdi, Nigeria.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

 

Seventy-three people killed since the start of the year in communal violence between semi-nomadic herdsmen and farmers were buried in Nigeria on Thursday highlighting a bloody conflict over fertile land that is taking on political significance. The mass burial took place in Makurdi, in the central state of Benue, where thousands of mourners took to the streets to watch the funeral procession. The killings occurred in remote parts of Benue, the state worst hit by clashes that have killed at least 83 people since December 31.

8.00 am

Republic Day preparations in full swing

BSF contingent marching during a rehearsal for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi.

BSF contingent marching during a rehearsal for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

 

Men in crisp uniforms prepare to march across Rajpath as preparations proceed in full swing for Republic Day parade on January 26, 2018.

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