1111 couples tie the knot in Nigeria mass wedding

A total of 1,111 Muslim couples tied the knot at a mass wedding on Thursday in Nigeria's second largest city of Kano as part of a government to prome stable families. Divorcees and widows were paired up with suitors in a match-making program. Dec 20, 2013

London theatre roof collapse injures 76

Investigators were seeking Friday to establish why the ceiling of a packed London theatre collapsed, injuring 76 people and coating terrified audience members with rubble. Dec 20, 2013

It happens: KASHMIR GLOBAL FILM FEST

Srinagar city, Dec 20 (ANI): Kashmir came alive with a big cinematic extravaganza, as it hosts the first-ever Kashmir International Film Festival (KIFF) post insurgency. Documentaries from across the globe hit the big screen of Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Center located on the banks of the famed Dal Lake in Srinagar city, which is hosting its first-ever international film festival in more than 23 years. The fest was being held after a lull of more than two decades in the valley since the eruption of militancy in 1990. The theatres remained shut following a diktat by of separatist's outfits in the region. The screening of movies was once again halted in early 2000 after grenade attacks inside the hall premises.Twenty-three films, including some based on the history and culture of Kashmir, were enthralling the audiences in the region. Short films from countries like Germany, Afghanistan, France, and Pakistan besides the ones made by Kashmiri youths were being screened at the four-day long festival. Dec 20, 2013

It happens: BAMBOO ORCHESTRA

Kochi, Dec 20 (ANI): Folklore musicians, 'Vayali Folklore Troupe' enthralled the audience as they played near-extinct original folk songs on entirely handmade bamboo percussion instruments in India's southern Kochi city. The troupe from Thrissur district in Kerala is now gaining popularity and is known as the "Bamboo Band" locally and is receiving calls to conduct such shows in public for entertainment and special functions. The instruments for the bamboo orchestra are hand-designed, given its final form at Kattappana in Iduki district of Kerala and the raw material is procured from the pristine hills of Wayanad. In the orchestra, the flute is the lead instrument. Among other instruments are Mulam Chenda, Mulam Thudi and Mazha Mooli. The team has come up with innovative instruments as well, an example being a five-drum set, The cylindrical instruments are characteristic of the African 'Conga'. The drumhead is a calf-skin cover fastened with strings of rope while the base is left open and struck with bare hands.The annual event is being organised by the Kerala State Bamboo Mission of the Kerala Bureau of Industrial Promotion under the Department of Commerce and Industry. Dec 20, 2013

AAP on Arvinder Singh Lovely's remark

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): The AAP on Friday stated it is not indulging in any war of words with any political party but has a proper action plan, after Congress Delhi president Arvinder Singh Lovely said that the AAP should not test the patience of Congress. The party also said that it is a new inning to see political transformation in a new way. Dec 20, 2013

US treatment of diplomat atrocious, apology is must: Manish Tewari

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Friday said the United States of America authorities have behaved atrociously with Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade. He wanted the United States to make good its actions. He added that the minimum demand made by India needs to be done by the US. Dec 20, 2013

India must insist that US drop charges against Khobragade and apologize: BJP

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): Senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday were unanimous in their insistence that the United States must drop visa fraud charges against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade and apologies to her and the Government of India for what it called an unnecessary incident of mistreatment that could affect bilateral ties between the two countries. Dec 20, 2013

Sailor Captain Sunil James reaches Mumbai, thanks PM

Mumbai, Dec 20 (ANI): After long wait and struggle for the family of Captain of Indian Merchant Navy, Captain Sunil James finally reached Mumbai to perform last rites of his 11-month son, Vivan who passed away while James was in Togo Jail. James, on his return, thanked Indian Prime Minister and Togo President among others for his release. The Indian merchant ship captain was under arrest in Togo since July for allegedly aiding pirates. Dec 20, 2013

Congress dont see Narendra Modi as competition: Meem Afzal

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): As the speculations of DMK favoring BJP following DMK Chief M Karunanidhi’s praise to Narendra Modi are doing rounds, Congress Spokesperson Meem Afzal said that the party doesn’t see Modi as a competition. He said that it may have come due to Tamil Nadu local politics which hardly matters to Congress. Dec 20, 2013

AK Ganguly insulting other judges, should resign: Shivanand Tiwari

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): After Former Supreme Court Judge AK Ganguly was denied a copy of the law intern's affidavit on grounds of confidentiality, JD (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari said that Ganguly is insulting other judges too and should resign soon. He said that if there had been some other person accused of a case like this, would he, as a judge, have allowed him to continue with his position. Dec 20, 2013

Congress delayed reservation to jats: Naqvi

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday slammed UPA and Congress for delaying reservation to the jats. He said that it is taking all these decisions after they have realized that they are left with only few months in power and they can't implement the decisions they have taken now. He further said that his party had raised the issue of jat reservation several times but Congress had always opposed it. Dec 20, 2013

US denied dropping case against Devyani, Indian politicos remain firm for apology

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): After the US hardened its stand on Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade and denied dropping the case, Indian politicos remained firm on its demand and asked for the same. Parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath said that US should drop charges and drop all the cases against Khobragade. Further, BJP leader Kirti Azad said that there should be seriousness in the case and apology is demanded. Congress leader Jagdambika Pal also followed the suit. Meanwhile, BJD leader Jay Panda said that firmness on the stance should be changed as US is a friendly nation. Dec 20, 2013