Congress workers protests against Ramdev over black money

Haridwar, Dec 22 (ANI): Thousand of workers of youth wing of Congress party held a demonstration against yoga guru Ramdev in Haridwar city. Irate workers broke police barricades and tried to proceed towards Ramdev's hermitage. Police used water canons and resorted to mild force to disperse the protesters. The workers alleged that Ramdev, in his campaign during general elections, had promised that if Narendra Modi came to power, he would bring back black money within 100 days, but nothing happened even after 200 days of Modi's rule. Congress has been accusing Prime Minister Modi-led government for not keeping its promise of bringing back the black money. Dec 22, 2014

Tourists enjoy snowfall in Kashmir

Gulmarg/Amritsar, Dec 22 (ANI): Tourists enjoyed sleigh rides in Gulmarg area of Jammu and Kashmir as it received snowfall. Tourists threw snowballs at each other and were delighted to see snowfall. The fresh spell of snowfall came as a boon for tourist guides and operators as they hope it will increase tourist inflow in the state. Meanwhile, snowfall in upper regions of Kashmir impacted several northern parts of the country as temperatures plummeted in various regions, forcing residents to stay indoors. Dec 22, 2014

Pune needs green zones, says Prakash Javadekar

Pune, Dec 22 (ANI): Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that Pune, which is reeling under pollution, needed forest lands. After holding a detailed discussion of creating green zones in the city, the minister said there was a need to make the city environment-friendly. He added that initiatives to start metro railway services in Pune will also be hastened besides constructing a 2500-metre cargo terminal at Pune airport. Dec 22, 2014

Kejriwal promises not to resign as Delhi chief minister, if elected again

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal said he would not resign as chief minister of Delhi, if elected to power, as he had done earlier this year. Hitting out at ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Kejriwal said that the party failed to fulfill the promises it made during parliamentary polls in April-May. The elections are likely to be held early next year as no party is in position to form the government. Dec 22, 2014

Dense fog engulfs Delhi; trains, flights disrupted

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): Dense fog enveloped Delhi on Monday, adversely affecting flights and trains. According to the media reports, 16 flights were delayed due to dense fog. Fifty trains were also delayed while 12 others were rescheduled due to fog. Visibility on roads also remained very poor. According to Indian Meteorological Department the sky will remain cloudy on Monday. The maximum and minimum temperature is likely to be around 16 and 6 degrees Celsius, respectively. Dec 22, 2014

Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid offers prayers at Sufi saint shrine in Ajmer

Ajmer, Dec 22 (ANI): Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid offered prayers at the historic 13th century shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer in Rajasthan. Security arrangements in the city were beefed up during his visit in wake of Peshawar attack. Hamid arrived by a special helicopter and headed straight to the shrine. Hamid is on a six-day visit to India to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries. He is visiting India on an invitation by President Pranab Mukherjee, who visited Bangladesh in March 2013. His visit to India is the first by a ceremonial head of state of Bangladesh since 1972. Dec 22, 2014

Differentiating reaction come in as VHP claims it re-converted at least 300 Christians in Gujarat

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): Differentiating reaction come in as VHP continues its ‘Ghar Wapsi’ programme and claimed that it re-converted at least 300 tribal Christians back to Hinduism in Gujarat. While BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain & Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the re-conversion was voluntary and were not carried out by force, the opposition leaders had a different view. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that such acts will give a wrong image of India to the world. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that all the secular and democratic forces of the country should and together against such forces. Meanwhile, CPI leader D Raja also said that there is nothing new and such acts are being carried out by these leaders since long. Dec 21, 2014

Young Entrepreneurs in Manipur generate employment for locals

Manipur, Dec 22 (ANI): After obtaining his master's degree in Social Work from Maharashtra, Aaron Pam Shang returned back to his village in Imphal West and established Sharon industries in 2010. He produces a wide range of products including phenyl, dish wash, cleaning detergents and herbal disinfectants and even supply raw material to local self-help groups to generate employment. The aim was to generate employment for the youth. Aaron markets his products in Manipur and has achieved a monthly turnover of Rs. 10 lakh. He has set-up an outlet in Nagampal and sells raw material to SHGs and others. At present, eight workers are employed in the factory. With the decline in insurgency, many educated youth from Manipur are setting up businesses in their villages and towns. It not only helps in generating revenue for the state but provides work to many unemployed youth. Dec 22, 2014

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