Bengaluru Police commissioner says threats by Islamic State taken seriously

Bengaluru, Dec 15 (ANI): Police in Bengaluru on Monday said that threats by Islamic State on Twitter about carrying out Sydney-like siege in the city were being taken seriously after an armed man walked into a downtown Sydney cafe, took hostages and forced them to display an Islamic flag, igniting fears of a jihadist attack. Bengaluru police commissioner MN Reddy said they were investigating threats by Islamic State militants, who have warned of taking Bengaluru hostage. Meanwhile, Reddy said that they had sent a notice to Twitter Corporation in India regarding information on a company executive suspected of operating a pro-Islamic State Twitter account. Police on Saturday arrested a company executive suspected of operating a pro-Islamic State Twitter account that pumped out a stream of updates on the violent group's military campaign from his base in Bengaluru. Dec 15, 2014

No efforts spared to secure Indian cricket team, GoI monitoring situation: MEA on Sydney attack

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Monday gave updated information about the attack on a café in Sydney, Australia. Akbaruddin said that the Indian cricket team is a national treasure and no efforts will be spared to secure the players. He added that the Government of India is in constant touch with the government representatives and the local authorities in Sydney which are giving all possible information. He added that at this stage it would be best to allow the Australian authorities to do their work effectively. Dec 15, 2014

Despite changes, Delhi women still fear for safety

Two years after the fatal gang-rape of a student on a Delhi bus and a week after a female passenger was allegedly raped by her Uber taxi driver, the issue of women's safety is again under the spotlight. Dec 15, 2014

AFP looks back at 2014's top news stories

From the Ebola epidemic to the Hong Kong democracy protests, conflicts around the world to George Clooney's Venice wedding, AFP looks back at the top stories of 2014. Dec 15, 2014

Tirupati MLA M Venkataramana passes away in Chennai

Chennai, Dec 15 (ANI): Tirupati MLA and Telugu Desam Party leader M Venkataramana passed away on Monday morning while undergoing treatment at Apollo hospital in Chennai. Venkataramana was admitted to Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences in Tirupati after suffering a stroke on November 15. After undergoing treatment for over a fortnight, the Venkataramana who was discharged from SVIMS was shifted to Apollo hospital at Chennai where he underwent a bypass surgery. However the MLA's condition started deteriorating and he passed away on Monday morning at around 7.30 am. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. Dec 15, 2014

One Indian among hostages inside Lindt cafe, EAM in touch with the embassy, says Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said that some information has come that there is one Indian among the hostages inside the Lindt cafe in Sydney. He added that External Affairs Ministry is keeping in touch with the Indian embassy as well as that of the counterparts. Earlier in the day, an armed man took an undisclosed number of people hostage at the Martin Place Cafe in Sydney and displayed a black flag with Arabic script in the window, sparking a security alert in Australia. Authorities in Australia have reportedly sealed off surrounding streets in Sydney, evacuated people from buildings, and suspended rail services following the incident. Dec 15, 2014