It happens:Special Midnight Mass for Christmas

Kolkata, Dec 27 (ANI): Christians across various cities in India reveled in festive spirit as they sang carols in decked up churches while attending special midnight mass prayers on the Christmas Eve. Marking the annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas is celebrated across the world on December 25. The midnight mass precedes the Christmas day and the church resounds with joyful singing of Christmas carols and thanksgiving. In Kolkata city of eastern state of West Bengal on Wednesday, devotees gathered to attend the special mass and sang carols to celebrate the Christmas spirit. A large number of people gathered at the San Thome Church in southern city Chennai and participated in the Christmas celebrations with fervor. Hundreds of worshippers also participated in a Christmas Eve mass and sang Christmas carols in western Mumbai city. The churches were decorated with colorful lights and idol of baby Jesus Christ along with Mother Mary and Joseph placed in the Christmas stable. The priests performed rituals and organized the prayer session with an aim to mark the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ. Dec 27, 2013

It happens: Biggest Sand Jesus

Puri, Dec 27 (ANI): Famed Indian sand artiste on Tuesday has erected a 35 feet high sand sculpture of Jesus Christ in the scenic beach of Puri, expecting to set a new world record, this Christmas. The 75 feet wide sculpture of Jesus was made using at least 1000 tonnes of sand in eastern Odhisa's Puri beach. The internationally acclaimed sand artiste, Sudarshan Patnaik, made this huge statute in just 3 days before the Christmas Eve and was assisted by 25 students. Meanwhile, tourist from across the world thronged the beach for a glimpse of the marvelous structure. This was Patnaik's gift to the tourists visiting Puri during the ongoing Christmas holidays. Dec 27, 2013

BJP will gain from Narendra Modis clean chit in Gulberg case: Raman Singh

Raipur, Dec 27 (ANI): After Narendra Modi was given clean chit in Gulberg Society massacre case by an Allahabad court, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said that BJP will definitely gain from the same. He also said that Congress is defaming its opposition party which is not right. Dec 27, 2013

Severe cold grips Indias Northern provinces

Jammu and Kashmir/ Himachal Pradesh/New Delhi, Dec 27 (ANI): New Delhi and other parts of north India continued to reel under severe cold with icy winds plummeting the temperature further on Friday. The landscape remained snowy in northern states of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, with most parts freezing at sub-zero temperature. The cold tightened its grip with residents in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir complaining of the freezing conditions. According to media reports, some people have also died due to the prevailing chill in the northern provinces. In Himachal Pardesh, the temperature remained two degrees below normal. Dec 27, 2013

Kamal Farooqi on Mulayam SinghYadavs statement over Muzaffarnagar riot victims

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Kamal Farooqi on Friday expressed anguish at Mulayam SinghYadav’s statement regarding the riot victims of Uttar Pradesh. Yadav had made a statement that those living in the relief camps are not actually riot victims, but conspirators and political activists planted by the Congress and the BJP. Adding spark to the controversy came the remark of the principal home secretary Anil Gupta who said that nobody can die of cold. Dec 27, 2013

Six more Greenpeace activists leave Russia

Five British Greenpeace activists and one Canadian flew out of Russia on Friday following an amnesty which halted their prosecution for a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic. Dec 27, 2013

Rahul Gandhi disagrees with Maha Govt s stand on Adarsh report, BJP says time up

New Delhi, Dec 27 (ANI): Even as Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi on Friday openly declared war on corruption, saying that he did not agree with the Maharashtra government’s decision to reject the probe report into the Adarsh scam, the BJP said that time was up for the Congress, and that it was a late realization. Dec 27, 2013

Will decide next course of action in Adarsh issue: Prithviraj Chavan on Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Dec 27 (ANI): Even as Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi on Friday openly declared war on corruption, saying that he did not agree with the Maharashtra government’s decision to reject the probe report into the Adarsh scam, Maharashtra Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan said that his government will decide the next course of action in the issue. Dec 27, 2013

Demolition of illegal settlement in Delhi leave poor struggling with cold

New Delhi, Dec 27 (ANI): Authorities in the New Delhi demolished illegal hutments near a metro station without prior warning, leaving hundreds of aged people, women, children and newborns naked and exposed to the horrors of chilly winter. The settlement under the metro line was put up on illegal grounds and on Thursday, a few bulldozers came and mowed down the hutments of hundreds of people living there, leaving them with no roof above their head. Dec 27, 2013

Russia's Pussy Riot calls for Putin to go

The freed members of the Pussy Riot punk band said Friday they still wanted Russian President Vladimir Putin out of power and would like freed ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky to replace him. Dec 27, 2013

Three killed, hundreds arrested in Egypt clashes

Three people were killed in clashes and 265 arrested in Egypt on Friday in a crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations after the movement was labelled a terrorist group. Duration: 00:41 Dec 28, 2013