People throng cake show in Bengaluru ahead of Christmas

Bengaluru, Dec 22 (ANI): Christmas is just round the corner and the very mention of this festival automatically brings scrumptious cakes to everyone's minds. To add to the festive fervour, the annual cake show in Bengaluru city in Karnataka is back. 75-years-old, Ramachandran has been organising this festival for the last 40 years. The highlight this year is a 25x22 feet cake replica of the Indian parliament. A member of the organising team, Gautam, said it took three months for almost 30 people to finish this mega project. Like every year, this year too, the cake show is attracting thousands of visitors. On display at the cake show were 25 other models of cakes out of which five are wedding cakes while others have been modelled on amusement parks and various comic characters. Dec 22, 2014

Protest in Miami against US-Cuba rapprochement

Waving US and Cuban flags, about 200 people - many from dissident Cuban organizations - gathered Saturday in Little Havana, Miami, to protest against US President Barack Obama's announcement of a rapprochement with Cuba. Dec 21, 2014

Tunisians vote for post-revolution president

Tunisians voted Sunday in the runoff of the first free presidential election in the country's history, the final leg of a four-year transition from dictatorship. Dec 21, 2014

Kolkata holds peace walk to commemorate victims of Pakistan school attack

Kolkata, Dec 21 (ANI): Various non-governmental organisations and schools participated in 'Walk for Peace' in Kolkata on Sunday (December 21) to commemorate the victims of Taliban attack on a school in Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on December 16 when Taliban gunmen broke into the school and opened fire, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years. After the attack, the Taliban had declared that all of those children deserved to die because they were part of the military establishment. The incident has given rise to an unprecedented outpouring of grief, anger and tribute paying ceremonies across the country. The attack on a military-run high school, struck at the heart of Pakistan's military establishment, an assault certain to enrage the country's powerful army. Dec 21, 2014

Tulsi Gabbard meets Indian techies to boost cyber security cooperation

Bengaluru, Dec 21 (ANI): Tulsi Gabbard, who is the sole Hindu member of the US Congress, on Sunday (December 21) discussed about various collaborations between India and US in IT hub of Bengaluru. Gabbard met chairman of National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) product council Ravi Gururaj and interacted with pioneers of IT sector and entrepreneurs. The Congresswoman said that US had more defence ties with India than any other country. She added that a country should have stability for strong national defence, which is also important for economic development. Lauding Modi's efforts for Yoga day, Gabbard said it was a great thing for India. Dec 21, 2014

Condemning reactions flow after Hafiz Saeed referred as 'Saheb' in a UN letter

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): India went fuming on Sunday after United Nations referred to 26/11 Mumbai attack master-mind Hafiz Saeed as 'Saheb' in a letter by UN Security Council. Congress leaders Manish Tewari and Rashid Alvi condemned this saying that UN should recognize terrorists who attack one country can be international terrorists. CPI leader D Raja said that UN Security Council will have to explain their act. CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury said that Indian representatives in the UN should have raised objection to it. Security Expert Praful Bakshi said that it may be a typing error, but if it is not then such an act is against humanitarian laws. Dec 21, 2014

Village council in Bihar bans jeans, mobile phones for school girls

Gopalganj, Dec 21 (ANI): A village council in Bihar came up with a diktat banning girls from wearing jeans and using mobile phones in schools. In a meeting, a number of guardians proposed the girls should not sport anything 'indecent' like jeans, which seems to be 'exposing and inviting', in order to protect the social atmosphere. The council, taking notice of the plea, has unanimously decided to verbally request villagers to direct their ward not to wear jeans in schools. The council issued its diktat in various government schools asking the heads to declare the same. Dec 21, 2014

Marathon runners defy gravity in nation's tallest run 'Skyscraper Dash' in Mumbai

Mumbai, Dec 21 (ANI): Enthusiasts of tower climbing raced up 52 storeys as they participated in a marathon to conquer skyscraper in Mumbai on Sunday. Several participants, irrespective of their age, took part in the vertical marathon called 'Skyscraper Dash'. The marathon took place at India's tallest commercial tower Kohinoor Square. The building has 1250 stairs. The Kohinoor Square building is 203 metres high, and 43 ascents and 42 descents to the top is equivalent in height to climbing up Mount Everest and coming back down. Children were also seen taking part in the event enthusiastically. A child participant, Saimansa enjoyed the run. Cash prizes were arranged for the top three participants of each of the challenge of the race. Food and beverages, music and festivities were also part of the event. Dec 21, 2014

Punjab CM defends state Revenue Minister after ED summons him in drug racket case

Amritsar/ New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): In a major jolt to Shiromani Akali Dal, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia in a drug racket case. Majithia's name first surfaced in the Rs 6,000 crore international synthetic drug case when Jagdish Singh Bhola, who is a dismissed Deputy Superintendent of Police, claimed that the youth Akali leader had assisted him in procuring synthetic chemicals and precursors from owners of pharmaceutical units in Punjab. While politicos from rival parties slammed the minister, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal defended him saying summon does not mean he is a culprit in the case. Dec 21, 2014

Pakistanis pray, resolve to return to stricken school

Thousands of Pakistanis flock to a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Sunday to mourn the 149 people -- mainly children -- massacred by the Taliban and demand action against militants. Dec 21, 2014

Anant Vikram Singh joins BJP

Lucknow, Dec 21 (ANI): Congress leader Sanjay Singh's son Anant Vikram Singh on Sunday joined BJP. Singh along with his supporters reached Lucknow and joined the party. He has been in news since past two to three months over the controversy about the ownership of the Amethi Palace. Uttar Pradesh BJP President Laxmikant Bajpai welcomed Singh with garlands and welcomed more to join BJP through its mobile messaging service. Dec 21, 2014

PM Modi congratulates J-K, Jharkhand for high voter turnout in assembly polls

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand for recording a high voter turnout and said that this reflected the victory of a democracy. Prime Minister tweeted "Record overall turnout in J-K and Jharkhand Assembly polls is a victory of democracy. I congratulate the people of these states." Earlier on Saturday, Jammu and Kashmir registered its highest voter turn-out in assembly elections in the last 25 years. The Election Commission had announced that while the turnout was average 76 percent, the overall polling percentage in the state in all phases was 65.5 percent. Jharkhand also broke all previous polling records to witness over 66 per cent of turn-out in the five phases. Dec 21, 2014