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WION evening news brief, December 25, 2017

Kulbhushan Jadhav met his wife and mother in Islamabad on December 25. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Dec 25, 2017, 01.28 PM (IST)

Kulbhushan Jadhav meets wife, mother at Pakistan Foreign Affairs ministry

Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav met his mother and wife at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Islamabad for 45 minutes today.

Pakistan confirmed Mr Jadhav's meeting with family was a "humanitarian" one and did not constitute "consular access", a request India has repeatedly made.

Delhi Metro's Magenta Line inauguration: PM Modi asks people to use public transport & save fuel costs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday advocated the use of public transport to save on fuel and costs associated with the import of petroleum, saying travelling on a metro train should be a "prestige issue".

Addressing a rally after inaugurating a 12-km stretch of Delhi Metro's Magenta Line, PM Modi said governments incur a lot of cost in creating infrastructure but when it is ready it benefits generations to come.

RK Nagar bypoll loss: AIADMK removes 9 office bearers

The loss in RK Nagar bypoll - late chief minister Jayalalithaa's constituency - has not gone down well with her party, the AIADMK.

The party on Monday removed S Vetrivel, Thanga Tamil Selvan, Rangaswamy, Muththaiya, VP Kalairajan, Va Pugazhenthi, Nanchil Sampath, CR Saraswathi and Sholinghur Parthiban after a high-level committee meeting. The meeting was called to discuss party's performance in RK Nagar bypoll in which VK Sasikala's nephew TTV Dhinakaran emerged victorious.

These nine office-bearers were removed as they were supporting Dhinakaran, sources said.

From Jerusalem, Netanyahu offers Christians personal tours of Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered to play tour guide to Christian pilgrims on Sunday in a message relayed from Jerusalem, whose recognition as Israel's capital by US President Donald Trump has split global Christian opinion.

A Christmas Eve video on Twitter showed Netanyahu against the backdrop of East Jerusalem, an area laden with Jewish, Christian and Muslim shrines that Israel captured in a 1967 war and which Palestinians want as their own future capital.

In the message, titled "Merry Christmas from Jerusalem, the capital of Israel!" he described Israel as a haven for its 2 percent Christian minority because, he said, "We protect the rights of everyone to worship in the holy sites behind me."

Tiger Zinda Hai earns Rs 114.9 crores within three days of its release; smashes records

2017 was a year when most big-budget films failed to create an impact at the Box Office. It was also a year where smaller-budget, content-driven films made more impact with filmgoers. Barring "Baahubali 2" and "Golmaal", no other film was a stupendous success commercially. Until Salman Khan's film, "Tiger Zinda Hai" released. 

Within three days of its release, the film has entered the esteemed Rs 100 crore club and has earned Rs 114.9 crores.