Petrol & Diesel prices cut by Rs 2 per litre each

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Dec 16 (ANI): Petrol and diesel prices were on Tuesday cut by Rs 2 per litre each as international oil prices slumped to five-year low. This is the eighth straight reduction in petrol prices since August, and fourth in diesel since October. New rates were effective from midnight, Indian Oil Corp, the nation's largest fuel retailer had announced. In Delhi, petrol now cost Rs 61.33 a litre, the lowest in 44 months, as compared to previous price of Rs 63.33. The price has been cut by Rs 2.09 a litre in Mumbai to Rs 68.86. Diesel now cost Rs 50.51 a litre in Delhi, the lowest since July 2013, as against Rs 52.51 previously. In Mumbai, it costs Rs 57.91 per litre as compared to earlier Rs 60.11. Meanwhile, consumers in both Mumbai and the national capital were elated by the cut in prices and credited Modi government for the same. Dec 16, 2014

Family of Indian hostage relieved as Sydney siege ends

Guntur/New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): Family members of Indian hostage took a sigh of relief after the news came of safe exit of their son in Sydney cafe siege. Infosys employee, Viswakanth Ankireddy was among the several hostages who were safely evacuated from the cafe after being held there at a gunpoint. He is a resident of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh. Family members were elated to see Ankireddy coming out of the cafe on television, a dramatic end to a standoff that had dragged on for more than 16 hours. Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin congratulated the Australian authority for handling the grave situation. Australian security forces opened fire as they stormed the Sydney cafe where several hostages were being held. Media said that two people, including the gunman, had been killed. Dec 16, 2014

Nothing changed other than increase in rape cases: Delhi gang rape victim's parents

New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): Two years after a 23-year-old girl was gang raped in Delhi, the victim's mother says number of rape cases and complaints lodged by victims has gone up but the change is yet to be seen. The victim, a physiotherapist student, was repeatedly raped and tortured in a moving bus in New Delhi by five men and a teenager and then thrown off the bus bleeding onto the street. She later died of injuries. The day, December 16 marks the second anniversary of the fatal incident. Meanwhile, Delhi gang rape victim's father said the government should take strict action against the culprits and punish them at the earliest. Dec 16, 2014

Manohar Parrikar & service chiefs pay tribute to martyrs on 'Vijay Diwas'

New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): As the nation remembers the martyrs today on Vijay Diwas, who laid down their lives during 1971 India-Pakistan war, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar along with of Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, Navy Chief RK Dhowan and Air Chief Arup Raha paid tributes at Amar Jawan Jyoti. On this day, the chief of the Pakistani forces, General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, along with 93,000 troops, had surrendered unconditionally to the allied forces consisting of Indian Army and Mukti Bahini, led by General Jagjit Singh Aurora in Dhaka after their defeat in the war. Special programmes have been organised at the headquarters of the Eastern Command at the Fort William in Kolkata to celebrate the day. Dec 16, 2014

At least 57 militants surrender in Imphal

Imphal, Dec 16 (ANI): At least 57 rebels belonging to different outfits surrendered along with their weapons before Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh. Huge cache of arms and ammunitions surrendered by the militants were displayed to the media persons in capital city of Imphal. Principal Secretary, Suresh Babu, said that rebels have taken the right decision to change their lives and tread on to the path of peace. Dec 16, 2014

Christmas cake show delights visitors in Coimbatore

Coimbatore, Dec 16 (ANI): People of Coimbatore city in Tamil Nadu were delighted to see different varieties of cakes during a 15-day Christmas cake show. The show, which began on Sunday, attracted people, especially children, to buy cakes in shapes of Barbie Dolls, Santa Claus, Baby Jesus, cartoon characters, animals in the jungle, etc. He added that it took them 15 days to design the cakes and the show will continue till New Year. A visitor Balaji, who came with his child to buy a cake, said he felt excited to see unique cakes. Christmas is celebrated all over the world on December 25 and as part of the festival celebrations people buy cakes and share it with friends and family. Dec 16, 2014

War in South Sudan enters second year: Red Cross

War in South Sudan is worsening with "extreme violence" and growing hunger, rights groups warned Monday, one year since the start of conflict in which tens of thousands have died. Dec 16, 2014

Three dead, four wounded in Sydney cafe siege

Australian police say three people were killed and four wounded as heavily armed officers dramatically stormed a central Sydney cafe to end a day-long siege sparked when an Iranian-born Islamist took more than a dozen people hostage. Dec 16, 2014

Erdogan answers to EU criticism over Turkey arrests

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday launched a stinging attack on the European Union over its criticism of police raids on opposition media, bluntly telling Brussels to "mind its own business." Dec 16, 2014