Vatican puts up its traditional Christmas tree

Installation of the traditional Christmas tree at St Peter_s square on December 4, 2014 at the Vatican. The tree, that was cut in Calbria southern Italy, is 25,5 metres tall, weights 8 tons and is estimated to be 70-year-old. Dec 4, 2014

Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram violence seek aid

In north eastern Nigeria, thousands have fled their homes for fear of being attacked by Islamist group Boko Haram. In Yola, in Adamawa state, NGOs and charities are doing all they can to help the displaced. Dec 4, 2014

IRC hosts _Quran and Modern Science_ Expo

Aurangabad, Dec 4 (ANI): A three-day exhibition _The Quran and Modern Science_ is being hosted by the Islamic Research Centre (IRC) in Maharashtra. The exhibition aims at making the youth aware of scientific facts stated in the holy book of Quran. President of IRC Advocate Faiz Syed said the motive is to clear the misconceptions of non Muslims regarding the Muslim community. Several illustrated posters quoted verses from the Quran and linked them with discoveries in modern science. A student, Alfia, said the exhibition made them aware how science and Quran are related. Panels were displayed on different subjects like Astronomy, Physics, Geography, Geology, Oceanology, Biology and Embryology. Dec 4, 2014

PM does not want to empower people, says Rahul Gandhi

Amethi, Dec 4 (ANI): Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday during his visit to Amethi district of Uttar Pradesh slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not giving power in the hands of people. Gandhi was speaking at an event organised in his constituency to commemorate the 10th foundation day of Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital, built and run by Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust. Gandhi said he does not agree with Modi_s thinking of concentrating power in the leader_s hand and instead believes in empowering people. Gandhi further said the Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital offered world class services at a fraction of the cost. He added the hospital had so far treated 200,000 people. Dec 4, 2014

Have given orders for investigation: Raman Singh on CRPF martyrs insulted

Raipur, Dec 4 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Thursday reacting over the incident in which uniforms of martyred CRPF jawans killed in the Sukma encounter were recovered from a garbage dustbin near a hospital in Raipur said that it is sad incident. He added that investigation has been ordered and the government will assist in every way possible. Dec 4, 2014

BJP chief alleges Congress has looted Jharkhand

Ranchi, Dec 4 (ANI): BJP Chief Amit Shah alleged that the opposition, Congress party has looted Jharkhand and never allowed a stable government in the state. Shah was addressing a rally in Bermo town in the Bokaro district of the state on Thursday. The first phase of polling was held on Tuesday (November 25). The five-phased polls in the state will end on December 20 and counting of votes will take place on December 23. Shah attacked the Congress party alleging it was responsible for the backwardness of the state. Shah said it was time to vote for change and good governance. Dec 4, 2014

Opposition_s issues addressed in Parliament, they should not disrupt house: Sumitra Mahajan

New Delhi, Dec 04 (ANI): Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said on Thursday that all issues raised by the Opposition parties have been properly addressed in the Parliament so they should not disrupt parliamentary proceedings by continuously adjourning the house. She added that after PM Narendra Modi_s statement about Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti_s language so they should not raise the issue continuously to create chaos. Mahajan said that she will try her best to execute her duty of running the Lok Sabha peacefully. Dec 4, 2014