Republic Day parade rehearsal, Macron in China, and other news in pictures

A paramilitary band marches in front of India Gate during rehearsals for the upcoming Republic Day parade amidst morning fog on Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, in New Delhi on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

A paramilitary band marches in front of India Gate during rehearsals for the upcoming Republic Day parade amidst morning fog on Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, in New Delhi on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.   | Photo Credit: AP

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4.15 p.m.

Republic Day rehearsal

Rehearsals are under way for the 2018 Republic Day parade to be held at Rajpath.

8.30 p.m.

Korean talks

Head of the North Korean delegation, Ri Son Gwon shakes hands with South Korean counterpart Cho Myoung-gyon after their meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, South Korea, on Tuesday.

Head of the North Korean delegation, Ri Son Gwon shakes hands with South Korean counterpart Cho Myoung-gyon after their meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, South Korea, on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

The discussion of North Korea's nuclear programme and its weapons arsenal, which is solely aimed at the United States, would negatively impact inter-Korean ties, a North Korean official said on Tuesday while finishing up talks with the South. Read more

7.40 p.m.

Threat against 'Padmavat'

Rajput Karni Sena President Lokendra Singh Kalvi addresses the media a in Dehradun on Tuesday.

Rajput Karni Sena President Lokendra Singh Kalvi addresses the media a in Dehradun on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: PTi

The Karni Sena, a Rajput outfit, on Tuesday once again threatened the makers of the controversial film Padmavat of dire consequences if it was released on January 25.  The film, cleared by the CBFC after a few cuts and renamed from Padmavati to Padmavat, is scheduled to release on January 25 across India. The film will, however, not be released in Rajasthan.

Addressing reporters, National Convenor of the Karni Sena, Lokendra Singh Kalvi (in picture) said they will financially harm the producer of the film Sanjay Leela Bhansali and said their demand now was a ban on the film. 

6.45 p.m.

Tamils' heroic sport

A banner, in connection with Jallikattu festival put up in front of a hypermarket in Thoothukudi on Tuesday.

A banner, in connection with Jallikattu festival put up in front of a hypermarket in Thoothukudi on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: N. Rajesh

 

The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), which recently framed new guidelines for conducting jallikattu in the State, has urged the Tamil Nadu government to ensure compliance with the new norms. It has also constituted committees, which would inspect the venues whenever the bull-taming sport is held. Read more

5.15 p.m.

Protest in Jammu

Police take action against the National Health Mission employees as they raise slogans during a protest rally, in Jammu on Tuesday.

Police take action against the National Health Mission employees as they raise slogans during a protest rally, in Jammu on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: PTi

Over a dozen staff of the National Health Mission were injured when the police resorted to lathicharge and fired smoke shells to prevent their march to the Civil Secretariat, in Jammu on Saturday.

3.00 p.m.

 

French President Emmanuel Macron in China

Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, and French President Emmanuel Macron review a Chinese honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, and French President Emmanuel Macron review a Chinese honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

 

President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday offered to open up France to Chinese investment in exchange for greater access to Chinese markets for French companies, warning that existing trade imbalances would lead to protectionism, reported Reuters.

Macron is on the second leg of a three-day state visit in China with a delegation of 50 business leaders he hopes will help reduce a 30-billion-euro ($36-billion) trade deficit with China.

“We have an access to markets which is unbalanced, unsatisfying,” Macron told members of the French and Chinese business community at a start-up incubator in Beijing.

1.30 p.m.

 

Tamil Nadu's transport strike continues

Share autos and autorickshaws are in huge demand following the indefinite MTC workers strike. A scene at near Ambattur OT Bus Terminus in Chennai on Tuesday.

Share autos and autorickshaws are in huge demand following the indefinite MTC workers strike. A scene at near Ambattur OT Bus Terminus in Chennai on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: M. Vedhan

 

With Tamil Nadu's indefinite transport strike entering its sixth day, commuters have been left stranded on Tuesday as well. Private vehicles like share autos and autorickshaws have been in high demand.

Transport Minister M.R. Vijayabaskar on January 6 said many employees were getting back to work considering the wage revision offered by the government, besides respecting the Madras High Court directive. He had exuded confidence that more employees will return to work and operations would resume across the State on January 7.

However, the Madras High Court on Monday refused to vacate the interim order passed by it restraining State transport corporation employees, especially bus drivers and conductors, from continuing the ongoing strike demanding better wages than what was offered by the State government during the wage revision talks held on Thursday.

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12.30 p.m.

 

Heavy security in Delhi for Jignesh Mevani’s ‘Yuva Hunkaar’ rally

Large crowds gather at Parliament Street in New Delhi for Jignesh Mevani's Yuva Hunkaar rally

Large crowds gather at Parliament Street in New Delhi for Jignesh Mevani's Yuva Hunkaar rally   | Photo Credit: V.V Krishnan

 

Large crowds gather at Parliament Street in New Delhi for Jignesh Mevani's ' Yuva Hunkaar' rally.

Around 2,000 security personnel, including the paramilitary forces, have been deployed in the national capital in view of the ‘Yuva Hunkaar’ rally spearheaded by Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani.

The Vadgam MLA is expected to hold the rally at 12 noon on Tuesday at Parliament Street even as the Delhi Police maintained that no permission had been granted for the same.

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11.45 a.m.

Autos overshadow gadgets at CES 2018

Kazuo Hirai, president and CEO of Sony, speaks during a Sony news conference at CES International, in Las Vegas.

Kazuo Hirai, president and CEO of Sony, speaks during a Sony news conference at CES International, in Las Vegas.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

The smartphones and other small machines that used to dominate the annual CES gadget show have been overshadowed in recent years by bigger mobile devices- namely, automobiles. Auto companies typically save more practical announcements about new cars, trucks and SUVs for the upcoming Detroit auto show. But major automakers like Toyota, Kia, Hyundai and Ford have a noticeable presence at this week’s tech showcase in Las Vegas. CES is a chance for carmakers and suppliers of automotive parts and software to display their wilder and far-out ideas.

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10.50 a.m.

Donald Trump takes victory lap

President Donald Trump arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, after travelling to Nashville, Tennessee, and Atlanta, Georgia.

President Donald Trump arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, after travelling to Nashville, Tennessee, and Atlanta, Georgia.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

Connecting with rural Americans, President Donald Trump on Monday hailed his tax overhaul as a victory for family farmers and pitched his vision to expand access to broadband internet, a cornerstone of economic development in the nation’s heartland. “Those towers are going to go up and you’re going to have great, great broadband,” Mr. Trump told the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Farm country is God’s country,” he declared. Mr. Trump became the first President in a quarter-century to address the federation’s convention, using the trip to Nashville as a backdrop for a White House report that included proposals to stimulate a segment of the national economy that has lagged behind others. His Southern swing also included a stop in Atlanta for the national college football championship game.

9.30 a.m.

Clashes in Tunisia

Police vehicles stop in front of burning tires set up by protesters during demonstrations against rising prices and tax increases, in Tunis, Tunisia, on Tuesday.

Police vehicles stop in front of burning tires set up by protesters during demonstrations against rising prices and tax increases, in Tunis, Tunisia, on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

 

One person was killed on Monday during clashes between security forces and protesters in a Tunisian town, the government said, as demonstrations over rising prices and tax increases spread in the North African country. A man was killed during a protest against government austerity measures in Tebourba, 40 km west of Tunis, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. He had had chronic breathing problems and died due to suffocation from inhaling tear gas, it said. Anger has been building up since the government said that, from Jan. 1, it would increase the price of gasoil, some goods, and taxes on cars, phone calls, the internet, hotel accommodation and other items, part of austerity measures agreed with its foreign lenders.

9.00 a.m.

Olympics talks begin

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, third from right, and the head of North Korean delegation Ri Son Gwon, third from left, with their delegation meet at the Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone in Paju, South Korea on Tuesday. South Korean media said North and South Korea have begun talks at their border about how to cooperate in next month's Winter Olympics and how to improve their long-strained ties.

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, third from right, and the head of North Korean delegation Ri Son Gwon, third from left, with their delegation meet at the Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone in Paju, South Korea on Tuesday. South Korean media said North and South Korea have begun talks at their border about how to cooperate in next month's Winter Olympics and how to improve their long-strained ties.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

North and South Korea kicked off their first formal talks in more than two years on Tuesday, with both sides expressing optimism ahead of discussions on how the North’s athletes can attend the Winter Olympics in the South despite tensions. Regardless of its narrow, primarily sporting agenda, the meeting is being closely watched by world leaders eager for any sign of a reduction in tensions on the Korean peninsula amid rising fears over North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

8.30 a.m.

Annual procession

Filipino Roman Catholic devotees jostle to get closer and kiss the image of the Black Nazarene in a raucous procession to celebrate its feast day in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday.

Filipino Roman Catholic devotees jostle to get closer and kiss the image of the Black Nazarene in a raucous procession to celebrate its feast day in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

A massive crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics joined the annual procession of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ under tight security. Hundreds of thousands of devotees join the traditional, hours-long but raucous procession around Manila streets which usually leaves several people injured.

7. 30 a.m.

Emmanuel Macron in China

French President Emmanuel Macron (C) visits Forbidden City, in Beijing, China on January 9, 2018.

French President Emmanuel Macron (C) visits Forbidden City, in Beijing, China on January 9, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

 

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said he hopes to forge a partnership with China on climate, security and other issues during a visit to expand European ties with Beijing. The trip comes as Britain’s impending departure from the European Union and the more inward-looking policies of U.S. President Donald Trump have raised the prospect of a possible realignment of global influence. China and France have promoted themselves as leaders on global warming after Mr. Trump pulled out of the Paris climate agreement.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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