US House approves $1.1 trillion spending bill

Facing intense pressure to avoid a government shutdown, the US House of Representatives passes a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill , sending it to the Senate barely two hours before a midnight deadline. Duration: 00:19 Dec 12, 2014

Pak MPs failed to meet Sumitra Mahajan because of me: Mani Shankar Aiyar part - 1

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Thursday while addressing a press conference said that he should be blamed for delaying Pakistan MPs because of which the MPs failed to meet Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan. The visit of a Pakistani parliamentary delegation to the Lok Sabha created a flutter after the delegation members claimed that the Speaker did not meet them after giving time. The delegation comprising 12 Pakistani parliamentarians arrived on an initiative taken by the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency and their visit to the Parliament House was arranged by Mani Shankar Aiyar. Dec 12, 2014

Elaborate security for PM Modis rally in Kashmir

Rajouri, Dec 12 (ANI): Security forces made elaborate arrangement on Friday (December 12) for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rally in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of recent militant attacks. The armed security personnel sensitised the nearby mountainous region as well as the rally venue to prevent any untoward incident. Modi will address an election rally in Rajouri district to seek votes for Bharatiya Janata Party in the fourth phase of polls. The polling will end on December 20 and the results will be declared on December 23. Dec 12, 2014

Police constable injured in attack by juveniles in Meerut succumbs to injuries

Meerut, Dec 12 (ANI): A police constable who was injured in an attack by a group of inmates of a juvenile justice home succumbed to his injuries on Friday (December 12) in Meerut city of Uttar Pradesh. A group of 16 juvenile justice home inmates attacked the police personnel when they were being brought back to Meerut from Bulandshahr after their court appearance on Thursday. According to police, the juveniles were passing lewd comments on women and when the policemen objected, the boys attacked them. Senior Superintendent of Police, Meerut, Onkar Singh, said the policemen were battered by cricket bats. Additional force has been rushed to the spot and police personnel have been positioned outside the juvenile home. Dec 12, 2014

Cab drivers protest in capital, seek revoke on cab companies' ban

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): Hundreds of cab drivers on Friday (December 12) held a protest in New Delhi, demanding the Central government to revoke the ban imposed on a few cab companies, which they said was affecting their business. The Central government has requested that all state governments ban Uber and all other unregistered, web-based taxi companies from operating due to passenger safety concerns after one of the Uber Company's drivers was arrested for allegedly raping a young female passenger. Shouting slogans, the protesting cab drivers demanded the government to revoke its earlier order of ban on some cab companies. Dec 12, 2014

Japan voters ready unenthusiastic yes to PM Abe

Japan will hold a general election this weekend that looks likely to return Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to power and might even give him the momentum to press ahead with badly-needed structural changes, despite an expectedly low turnout. Duration: 4:05 Dec 12, 2014

Odd Ones Out: Powerful Pictures of 2014 [PHOTOS]

When pictures of celebrities and major events go viral on social networking and news sites, there are a few, odd, yet amazing pictures that are overshadowed as they are not shared by many. Dec 12, 2014

It Happens : Tree Plantation Drive

Visakhapatnam, Dec 12 (ANI): Residents of the Visakhapatnam planted new trees amid song and dance to create awareness about the need for plantation after hundreds of trees in the city were destroyed by cyclone Hudhud in October. Local residents and volunteers of India Youth for Society were seen dancing on the road to spread awareness about tree plantation. Children and parents also participated in the event with enthusiasm holding placards reading ‘Adopt a plant’, ‘Protect Trees’ and others. The dances attracted a large number of locals who stood watching and clicking pictures on their mobile phones. Dec 12, 2014

It Happens : Art Fair

Tamil Nadu, Dec 12 (ANI): A three-day exhibition on contemporary work displaying a vast range of artistic practice left visitors spellbound in Tamil Nadu. The exhibition is unique as it displays more than 100 exhibits of nearly 60 talents from across the country. The organiser of the exhibition, Geetha Mehra, said that the exhibition covers a wide range of art works. The exhibition displays mesmerising work on various objects including paper, wood, bronze, plastics, broken glass and mud. The work of Valay Shinde, in particular was widely appreciated. Shinde’s work was a tribute to those people who help society function smoothly but receive no recognition. Visitors flocking to the exhibition were amazed at the range of the different mediums on display. The three- day exhibition culminates on December 08. Dec 12, 2014

Ramdev welcomes UN's decision to celebrate Yoga Day, calls it PM Modi's victory

Haridwar, Dec 12 (ANI): Yoga Guru Ramdev on Friday hailed UN's decision to celebrate June 21 as International Day of Yoga and said India was always recognized for its Yoga. The United Nations declared June 21 to be celebrated as International Day of Yoga, a demand put forward by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the United Nations early this year. The 193-member UN General Assembly approved by consensus a resolution establishing a day to commemorate the ancient practice. Modi tweeted after the decision by the UN that "Am seeing tremendous enthusiasm among all of you after the @UN declared 21st June as 'International Day of Yoga.' It is very gladdening." Dec 12, 2014