WION news brief, December 21, 2017

Voters at a booth in RK Nagar on December 21. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Dec 21, 2017, 03.14 AM (IST)

Live Updates: Voting begins in RK Nagar bypoll

Voting began today in the prestigious RK Nagar bypoll in Chennai after a high-voltage campaign by the ruling AIADMK, Independent candidate TTV Dinkarakan and DMK for late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa's seat.

The bypoll was initially scheduled for April 12 but the Election Commission cancelled it over allegation of votes being bought by parties in the vote-for-cash scam.

Delhi fog: 30 trains delayed, 15 cancelled

For the second consecutive day today, trains continued to get delayed and cancelled in the national capital due to fog.

Thirty trains were delayed, 11 rescheduled and 15 cancelled due to low visibility and other operational reasons, ANI reported.

Several trains have also been delayed in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh on account of fog.

Delhi court to pronounce verdict in 2G scam today

After seven years, a Delhi court will today pronounce its verdict in the 2G spectrum allocation scam cases, which rattled the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government during its second term.

The judgement by special CBI judge OP Saini will decide the fate of former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and several others accused in the 2007-08 case which, as per a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, caused a loss of Rs. 1.76 lakh crore to the state exchequer.

South Korean army fires warning shots after North Korean soldier defects across DMZ

As a North Korean soldier crossed the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) today, South Korean soldiers fired around 20 warning shots as troops approached the border, the South Korean defence ministry said.

The Northern border guards appeared to be searching for the man, who had earlier crossed the DMZ under thick fog, a ministry spokesman told AFP.

Just a month after a North Korean soldier defected to South Korea, another soldier from Kim's regime crossed the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) today.

Taimur Ali Khan's first birthday was strictly a family affair; see inside pics

Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan's baby boy turned one on Wednesday and the couple brought in his birthday at the Pataudi Palace in an intimate gathering. In attendance were Kareena's parents, Randhir Kapoor and Babita and sister Kareena Kapoor along with her two children. Saif's mother, actress Sharmila Tagore was also present and so were Kareena's uncle Karan Kapoor and cousin Zahaan. 

The center of attraction was, of course, the birthday boy, Taimur. A celebrity in his own right, Taimur cut his birthday cake along with his parents while his grandmothers looked on. The cake was a three-tier cake, complete with animals and a mini-jungle.