Govt decides to confer Bharat Ratna to Vajpayee and Madan Mohan Malaviya

New Delhi, Dec 24 (ANI): Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said that the government has decided to confer Bharat Ratna to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malaviya. The Centre's announcement on Bharat Ratna awards comes a day ahead of the veteran BJP leader's birthday, which falls on December 25. The BJP government had already declared to celebrate December 25 as 'Good Governance Day'. Dec 24, 2014

West Bengal bakery makes Christmas cakes to honour Peshawar School Attack victims

Siliguri, Dec 24 (ANI): A bakery in Siliguri city of West Bengal baked innovative cakes ahead of Christmas to commemorate the victims of Peshawar school attack that left at least 141 people dead, most of them children. The Peshawar attack-themed cakes are covered in white icing and have a gun with a dove - a symbol of peace- on top. The bakery owner felt he had a responsibility to spread the message of peace, as a reminder to people to not to forget the horrific incident during the Christmas festivities. At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed earlier this month, when Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, leaving the world reeling in terror. The bakery also has on sale Christmas cakes commemorating the untimely death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who died last month after being struck by a ball that led to a "catastrophic" injury causing "massive" bleeding to his brain. Dec 24, 2014

MDMK demands files on Subhas Chandra Bose to be 'declassified'

Chennai, Dec 24 (ANI): MDMK took to streets in Tamil Nadu to demand central government to declassify files related to the disappearance of freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose. MDMK led by party Chief Vaiko and another regional party Trinamool Congress (TMC) held a joint protest saying the inquiry report on the leader's death must be made public. Reportedly, there are several files which have been categorised as Secret and Classified relating to issues like acquisition of Jankinath Bhavan (now leaders birth place museum) by the then government of Odisha, the appointment of inquiry committee to review the circumstances of Boses death and his mortal remains kept in Rankoji temple in Japan. Vaiko said the government must not hide the truth and the files related to leader be placed in public domain. Dec 24, 2014

Bangladeshi former minister sentenced to death for war crimes

Dhaka, Dec 24 (ANI): A former junior minister in Bangladeshi military government was sentenced to death after war crimes tribunal found him guilty of atrocities during the country's war of independence from Pakistan more than four decades ago. Syed Mohammad Qaisar, 73, was found guilty of 14 out of 16 charges including genocide, rape, extortion, arson and torture committed during the 1971 war, prosecutors said. State prosecutor Tureen Afroz told reporters outside the closely guarded court, after the verdict that wounds of rape are greater than wounds of bullets. Qaisar denied the charges and his lawyer, Syed Mohammad Shahjahan said his client would appeal as he didn't get proper judgment. The tribunal began hearing cases in 2010 with the support of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Dec 24, 2014

Govt may confer Madan Mohan Malaviya with Bharat Ratna, grandson says matter of sheer happiness

Allahabad, Dec 24 (ANI): As the reports of government likely to confer Madan Mohan Malaviya with India's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna. The government is likely to announce the name of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Madan Mohan Malaviya for the award and is expected to recommend the names to President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday after a cabinet meeting. Malaviya's Grandson Girdhar Malaviya said that it's a matter of sheer happiness and proud. He said that the prime minister's decision is good though late. He also expressed gratitude towards central government for choosing a good leader for Bharat Ratna. Dec 24, 2014