Security experts say convergence with US on extradition of Tahawwur Hussain Rana unlikely

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Security experts on Sunday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would have to find a way to demand extradition of Tahawwur Hussain Rana from the US during President Barack Obama’s visit for Republic Day celebrations. Rana was arrested in Chicago by the FBI on October 18, 2009 for plotting an attack on Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which ran cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in 2005, US authorities said in court documents. Security Expert Uday Bhaskar said that it was difficult to expect a convergence between Washington and New Delhi on militancy in relation to Pakistan. Another Security Expert Kamal Mitra Chenoy said Modi would have to find a polite way to convey the demand. Dec 28, 2014

Robbie Williams likes to Skype wife before performing on stage

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Robbie Williams recently admitted that he chats with his wife Ayda Field on Skype before his performances on stage. The Brit singer said that technology had made the world a lot smaller and has made relationships a lot easier, as sometimes he even carried his computer on stage, an online portal reported. The 'Candy' singer further said that Skype seemed as a last option for his little Williams family to stay in touch and take them everywhere he wants. Williams later added that her daughter Theodora Rose, was obsessed with ' Frozen' and they listens to the movie songs in the car wherever they go. Dec 28, 2014

Tea plantation workers in Assam return to work after militant attack

Sonitpur, Dec 28 (ANI): Life returned back to normalcy as tea plantation workers in Assam returned to work after at least 80 people were killed by a tribal militant group. Militants fighting for a separate homeland for indigenous Bodo tribesmen went on a killing spree in Assam on Tuesday, killing 80 people in four attacks in the space of an hour, the deadliest violence in months. Hundreds of plantation workers armed with spears and bows and arrows defied a curfew imposed in response to the rebel attacks and surrounded police stations in Sonitpur district, the area worst hit by the militant violence, saying authorities had failed to protect them. Two days since the army took control of the area, the tea plantation workers in Biswanath Chariali town of Sonitpur district are trying to put the attack behind them. Dec 28, 2014

Reactions pour in after IIT-Delhi Director resigns alleging pressure from the government

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Reactions poured in on Sunday after Director of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD) Raghunath K. Shevgaonkar resigned two years before the completion of his term. According to the media reports, the resignation came due to tremendous pressure from the ministry, which wanted to lend IIT ground to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for opening a cricket academy. IIT Alumni Association Secretary CK Jain said that it is very unfortunate that government is trying to take IIT under it. IIT Alumni Association former President Subodh Jindal requested the government to take the director’s resignation back. IIT Alumni Association President Ashok Kumar said that the whole IIT Delhi alumni are not happy with his resignation. Dec 28, 2014

Assam Violence: Centre should have taken more steps to curb militancy in North East, says former CM

Rajkot, Dec 28 (ANI): Former Assam Chief Minister and Asom Gana Parishad President Prafulla Kumar Mahanta on Sunday while commenting on the recent attacks in Assam said that Central government should have taken tough measures to control militancy in North East region. He added that when Congress was in power in Assam, the problem had arisen and is still continuing. He further stated that he wished peace to prevail in the region. Dec 28, 2014

Justin Bieber buys private jet for himself on Christmas

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Justin Bieber recently bought a private jet for himself this Christmas. The 'Baby' hit maker wished everyone a merry Christmas and posted a picture of his new private plane with its luxurious interior on Instagram, and captioned it as the new jet for Christmas , and it's beautiful, an online portal reported. The Canadian singer's plane comes with shiny paneled walls, cream-colored leather seats and gold pillows with other luxurious features. Dec 28, 2014

BJP and Congress in war of words after Rajnath says govt formation not possible in JandK without BJP

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): BJP and Congress engaged themselves in war of words after Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that a new government in JandK is not possible without the BJP. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that BJP's presence in the state government is not at all important but will prove to be negative for the state. Meanwhile, BJP supporting Singh's statement said that people have given a mandate in favour of BJP and the party respects the same. Sambit Patra said that the party has made clear that it is open for alliance with whichever party offering to come together. Dec 28, 2014

IIT Delhi Director resigns alleging govt pressure, politicos condemn

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Political leaders condemned resignation of IIT-Delhi Director Raghunath K Shevgaonkar two years before the completion of his term. Accoring to reports, Shevgaonkar submitted his resignation alleging government pressure. He was unhappy with a proposal to set up a cricket academy of campus and, over payment of alleged dues to BJP leader and former IIT faculty Subramanian Swamy. Congress leader JP Aggarwal said that when a big personality like him has tendered his resignation, there would be pressure from government over the same. AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal said that government should avoid interfering with such educational institutions. Dec 28, 2014

Political parties gear up for Delhi Elections as PM all set to kickstart campaigning on Jan 10

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Political parties geared up for elections in Delhi even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to kickstart campaigning for the party on January 10. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that Modi will start campaigning and that BJP will surely come to power in the national capital. Congress leader JP Aggarwal said that the party is nowhere behind and is preparing for the assembly elections. AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal also geared up for the polls and said that Delhi is different from other states and there is no 'Modi wave' but 'AAP's wave' here. Dec 28, 2014

PM Modi named 'Person of the Year' by ToI, BJP welcomes

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been named as the 'Person of the Year' by Times of India. The news was welcomed by the BJP leaders. Party Spokesperson Sambit Patra said that it was a welcome decision and soon he will become the international person of the year due to his spreading influence. GVL Narasimha Rao said that PM Modi is becoming popular far and near due to his strong governance policies. Dec 28, 2014

Congress leaders feel proud as party marks 130th foundation day

New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): Congress party, led by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, marked its 130th foundation day on Sunday (December 28). Senior Congress party leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said winning or losing was a small thing against the sacrifices made by the creators of the party during independence. Janardan Dwivedi, also expressed proud to be a part of the party. Congress party president Sonia Gandhi unfurled a flag at party headquarters in New Delhi in presence of several senior leaders. Dec 28, 2014

Tourists throng hill resort of Shimla after fresh snowfall

Shimla, Dec 28 (ANI): Revellers are thronging the hill resort of Shimla city after it witnessed fresh spells of snowfall. Shimla, the summer capital during the British Raj, witnesses a rush of tourists during Christmas and New Year. Officials say there has been a significant rush this year with both domestic and foreign tourists visiting Shimla and nearby tourist destinations of Kullu, Manali and Kufri. Tourists, mostly from southern and northern states, visit Shimla to enjoy the cold weather. Vice-Chairman of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Board, Vijay Singh Mankotia said hotels were offering discounts to lure the visitors. Most of the budget hotels have full occupancy due to unprecedented rush of the tourists. Dec 28, 2014

AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore missing with 162 on board

London, Dec 28 (ANI): AirAsia flight QZ8501 travelling from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people on board has lost contact with air traffic control. The airlines' authorities said in a statement that the rescue operations and search for the flight were being conducted under the guidance of Civil Aviation Authority. An official with the transport ministry said that the plane lost contact over the Java Sea between Surabaya and Singapore. The Air Asia also said in a statement that 162 passengers and crew were onboard of which 1 is from Singapore, 1 from Malaysia, 3 from South Korean & 157 from Indonesia. Dec 28, 2014

PM Modi lauds Guru Gobind Singh's courage as Sikhs celebrate his birth anniversary

New Delhi/ Amritsar/ Patna, Dec 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lauded Guru Gobind Singh's courage and spirit of sacrifice on his birth anniversary. "The life and ideals of Guru Gobind Singhji inspire eternally. He epitomised ultimate courage and a spirit of sacrifice. I bow to him," the Prime Minister tweeted. Meanwhile, people in Amritsar celebrated the Sikh leader's birthday. They took a dip in the holy pond and sought blessings from the almighty. Guru Gobind Singh formed the Khalsa by selecting five persons from different castes belonging to different regions. He baptised them as Sikhs, thus giving a lesson of casteless society and national integration. Community kitchens are also being organised. Dec 28, 2014

People in Kerala creates world record for largest Santa Claus gathering

Thrissur, Dec 28 (ANI): Largest gathering of people dressed at Santa Claus entered Guinness Book of World Records during an event in Kerala. Total 18,112 people gathered at a place and participated in ‘Buon Natale 2014’ in Thrissur district and broke Northern Ireland’s record of largest gathering of people dressed as Santas. Last year, the event saw 5,000 Santas taking part in it but this year the participants broke the existing record of 13,000 Santa gathering. One of the organisers of the event, Father Injodikkaran, said a cultural programme was organised for the participants and other people. Dec 28, 2014