In a show of solidarity, a phalanx of opposition leaders, including DMK president MK Stalin, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, BSP chief Mayawati, will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Congress chief ministers in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

Bhubaneswar: Belgium wins Hockey World Cup 2018 defeating Netherlands.

DMK President MK Stalin: From the soil of Tamil Nadu, I propose the name of Rahul Gandhi for the prime ministerial candidate.

Tamil Nadu: We aren't going to allow the destruction of the idea of India, the destructions of our institutions, the Supreme Court, the RBI, the EC. And we are going to stand together and do this, says Rahul Gandhi in Chennai.

A rescue helicopter crashed in the mountains near Porto, killing all four people onboard.

Siliguri: Darjeeling Himalayan Railway starts evening toy train service between Siliguri and Rongtong Junctions.

Karnataka: 6 people died and 5 critically injured in a boiler blast in Nirani sugars at Mudhol, Bagalkot district earlier today. More details awaited.

Uttar Pradesh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs Ganga Pujan at Sangam Ghat in Prayagraj.

Chhattisgarh: Bhupesh Baghel to be new chief minister, announces Congress.

Chhattisgarh: Congress leader TS Singh Deo arrives in Raipur, from Delhi.

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Jammu, December 16: Members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) along with children staged a demonstration on Saturday urging the government to ban the use of animals in circuses. The Jammu and Kashmir Governor administration on Saturday has approved a state budget for the fiscal year 2019-20.

The budget was approved by the State Administrative Council (SAC) headed by Governor Satya Pal Malik to give a massive push to public infrastructure in the state. According to a report by ANI, the budget focuses on boosting sports infrastructure for the youth in the state.

Meanwhile, Pakistan, China, and Afghanistan signed an MoU on counter-terrorism cooperation during the second trilateral ministerial dialogue in Kabul.

French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, who is on a two-day visit to India, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The Prime Minister conveyed his heartfelt condolences for the victims of the recent terrorist attack in Strasbourg in France, and said, 'India stands with France in the fight against terrorism'. Drian briefed the Prime Minister on recent developments in the bilateral relationship, and French perspective on regional and global issues.