Anti-government protests spread across nation after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf worker killing

Karachi/Lahore/Islamabad, Dec 09 (ANI): Protests by Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party widened across the country after activists from his party was gunned down in clashes with the ruling party's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) during a shutdown strike in Faisalabad city. The killing sparked protests in other cities of the country including Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. The protesters also took to streets in Mutan, Gujrat, Guranwala, Sialkot, Peshawar and Hyderabad. The protesters in Karachi held banner that read "We condemn in strongest words the atrocities committed in Faisalabad". The demonstrator shouted "Go Nawaz Go" and "Go Shahabaz go". Earlier in the day as the news of PTI worker's killing spread, Imran Khan reacted to it in Islamabad before leaving for Faisalabad where he was due to address a rally. Dec 9, 2014

Pakistan's envoy says both countries must work on bonding peacefully to bolster ties

New Delhi, Dec 09 (ANI): Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit said that both nuclear-armed neighbours must work on bonding peacefully with each other in a bid to bolster ties, while attending classical musical event in New Delhi. Speaking to a mediapersons at the event, Basit said if both neighbours work on their issues peacefully a solution can be worked out soon, which will enhance future engagements. The guests were also awed by the delicacies served at the event, prepared by Pakistani chefs. Muslim Pakistan maintains Kashmir should have been included in its territory when British-ruled India was partitioned into independent India and Pakistan in 1947. India rejects that. Dec 9, 2014

Dalai Lama leaves for Rome to attend World Nobel laureates Summit

Kangra, Dec 09 (ANI): Tibetan spiritual leader the 14th Dalai Lama left for Rome to attend 14th World Summit of Nobel laureates, which was earlier scheduled in South Africa but cancelled in protest over denial of visa to him. The summit was suspended earlier in September after the South African government failed to issue a visa for the Dalai Lama who wanted to attend the summit in Cape Town. Tibetan PM in'exile Lobsang Sangay said Dalai Lama's participation sends as a positive message across the world for human rights and basic freedom. Tibetan administration is quite pleased that the Nobel laureates unanimously decided to move their conference to Rome with the participation of Dalai Lama. Dec 9, 2014

Sangai festival promotes Manipur as a tourist destination

Manipur, Dec 09 (ANI): Thousands of locals, domestic and foreign tourists flocked the Hapta Kangjeibung palace compound in Imphal to witness the annual Sangai festival organized by the Manipur Tourism Department. The 10-day long cultural extravaganza, known earlier as the Manipur Tourism Festival was renamed Manipur 'Sangai Festival' in 2010 to popularize "Sangai", a rare species of deer found in the state. Various ethnic tribes of the state showcased their indigenous handicraft and handloom items. Handmade traditional attires, jewelery, decorative items and household products were greatly appreciated by the visitors. Participants from neighbouring Thailand and Myanmar also set up their stalls and had a variety of products on display. A wide range of adventure activities were a major attraction for the children and adults alike. The visitors also got a chance to savor a variety of indigenous food. In the evening, the Bheigyachandra Open Air Theatre was jam-packed as visitors thronged to witness a variety of cultural performances. Dec 9, 2014

Govt creating shelf of 500 ready-to-launch projects for infrastructure growth: Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi, Dec 09 (ANI): Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that the government was creating a shelf of 500 ready-to-launch projects to bolster infrastructure in the country and will start necessary processes soon. Addressing an Infrastructure summit, organised by Indo American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) in New Delhi, Gadkari said that out of 2, 80, 000 crore rupees worth of projects, 1, 80, 000 crore rupees had already been put to use. Gadkari said that tenders would be given once all necessary processes were dealt with. The projects, he said, cost more than 3 lakh crore rupees. He added that the cabinet had taken a decision to make model agreement to solve discrepancies. He also said electronic toll system would be installed across India and suggested building more water ports, seaports and bus ports. Dec 9, 2014

Sushma Swaraj says terrorism serious challenge for SAARC nations

New Delhi, Dec 09 (ANI): Militancy is one of the serious challenges that is being faced by the South Asian region, said Union Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, while speaking at event of SAARC in a gobalising world in New Delhi. Swaraj said that there was no region in the world that shares history, culture and geography like the eight counties of SAARC do. She said if SAARC nations work together, they can solve any problem. Swaraj also said the nations should share information to neutralize threats posed by militants. Dec 9, 2014

Dogs get their own Christmas party in Los Angeles

Santa Claus paid a visit to a party organized for dogs in Los Angeles. Thirty dogs, and their owners, took part in the celebration put together by the "Southern California Brussels Griffons Club." Dec 9, 2014

British millionaire Dewani acquitted of 'honeymoon murder'

A South African judge clears British millionaire businessman Shrien Dewani of murdering his bride on their honeymoon, saying prosecutors failed to make the charge stick in a sensational trial where his sexuality played a key role. Dec 9, 2014

UN appeals for $16.4bn for aid work in 2015

The UN appealed Monday for $16.4 billion (13.4 billion euros) to provide aid to nearly 60 million people worldwide next year, with almost half the amount aimed at helping victims of Syria's drawn-out conflict. Dec 9, 2014