1. President Ram Nath Kovind today gave his assent to the bill providing for 10% reservation in education and government jobs for economically weak from upper castes.

2. Hailing Shah Faesal as an "efficient" and "dedicated" IAS officer, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Saturday said although the former's decision to join politics was personal, he could have served people better as an officer rather than as a politician.

3. National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah Saturday said if his party is elected to power with a majority in the upcoming assembly elections, it would establish a truth and reconciliation commission to probe killings in Jammu and Kashmir.

4. Necessary measures would be taken for the promotion and development of the industrial sector in Jammu and Kashmir, Governor Satya Pal Malik said Saturday.

5. Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Saturday extended warm greetings to the people on the auspicious occasions of Lohri and Makar Sankranti.

6. Over 500 passenger vehicles were cleared Saturday despite snowfall which disrupted traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country.

7. Jammu and Kashmir Congress on Saturday expressed shock over the killings of two soldiers and an Army porter in Rajouri district and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government had "failed" to give a befitting response to the neighbour.

8. Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbag Singh Saturday rewarded 18 members of a J&K Central Police Water Sports team for their performance in the 18th All India Police Water Sports Championship 2018.

9. Weather woes to continue during the next 24 hours before decrease in precipitation from January 14 in the Kashmir valley, where fresh snowfall since early Saturday resulted in considerable drop in the maximum temperature though minimum temperature was above normal due to overcast sky.

10. Vice-captain Rohit Sharma was at his majestic best but his 22nd ODI century went in vain as Australia registered an emphatic 34-run win in the first ODI of the three-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), on Saturday.

11. Taking on the Congress over the Ram temple issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the opposition party was trying to impede the judicial process for resolution of the matter.

12. Once-arch rivals Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) announced Saturday their tie-up in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, sharing 38 seats each and keeping the Congress out of the alliance.


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Gaurav Sharma