Maoists blow up government building using powerful explosives in Odisha

Malkangiri, Dec 24 (ANI): Maoists blew up a government block office building at Padia area of Malkangiri district in Odisha. The red rebels set the building on fire before triggering a powerful blast, causing extensive damage to the structure, there have been no reports of any injuries till now. Police said a combat operation is underway. In the meanwhile, local residents said at first they mistook the attack as Christmas celebrations but soon realized that the building was on fire. Maoists had blown up the new building of Padia block office in September, 2010, following which business was carried out from the old building that is now destroyed, said Police. Dec 26, 2013

Riot-hit victims in Muzaffarnagar refuse to trust UP government

Muzaffarnagar, Dec 26 (ANI): Victims of the Muzaffarnagar riots lamented over the lack of basic amenities and criticized the state government for negligence as they languish in relief camps. Days after Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, visited the riot-hit district of Muzaffarnagar, the dwellers at the relief camps presented a picture contrary to what political leaders had said. Languishing in makeshift tents without proper facilities, the people are a dejected lot. A camp dweller, Rahim Ahmed said they have been living in deplorable conditions and now do not even trust the authorities as they have not been able to induce any hope of normalcy. Dec 26, 2013

2013, the year of the 'selfie'

From presidents to royals to the average Joe - everyone, it seems, snapped a selfie in 2013. Memorable ones include politicians taking photos of themselves at Nelson Mandela's memorial, and an astronaut's self-portrait in space. Duration 02:15 Dec 26, 2013

Thousands of people flock to Bethlehem for Christmas

Thousands of Christians flocked to the historic site of Jesus's birth in Bethlehem for Christmas. Jerusalem's Latin patriarch Fuad Twal celebrated a midnight mass attended by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas. Duration: 01:31 Dec 25, 2013

Pope prays for South Sudan, Syria on first Christmas

Pope Francis on Wednesday called for humanitarian aid access in Syria and "social harmony" in South Sudan on his first Christmas in the Vatican after months of shaking up the papacy with his humble style and common touch. Duration: 00:46 Dec 25, 2013

Christmas in mud as rain pelts Philippine disaster zone

Survivors of the Philippines' deadliest typhoon spend a gloomy Christmas Day surrounded by mud as heavy rain drives many inside their flimsy shelters, dampening efforts at holiday cheer in the deeply devout nation. Duration: 01:00 Dec 25, 2013

Maoists hack two to death in Jharkhand

Simdega, Dec 25 (ANI): A couple in Jharkhand's Simdega district was hacked to death by Maoists. Although the motive behind the incident remains unknown, police were seen inspecting and interrogating people at the crime scene. The deceased identified as Kanti Aind and her husband Sunil Aind were killed by the Maoists for no apparent reason. Primary reports indicate that the couple was getting ready to celebrate Christmas and then the extremists entered their household and murdered them. Dec 25, 2013

Puri: Famed Indian artiste Sudarshan makes 35-feet high sand Jesus

Puri, Dec 25 (ANI): Famed Indian sand artiste Sudarshan Patnaik has erected a 35 feet high sand sculpture of Jesus Christ in the scenic beach of Puri, expecting to set a new world record, this Christmas. The 75 feet wide sculpture of Jesus was made using at least 1000 tonnes of sand. Internationally acclaimed Sudarshan made this huge statute in just 3 days before the Christmas Eve and was assisted by 25 students. Dec 25, 2013

BJP cries foul as AAP set to form govt in Delhi with Congress' conditional support

New Delhi, Dec 25 (ANI): BJP leader Vijendra Gupta on Wednesday claimed that the Congress and AAP have a joint agenda of promoting an anti-Modi sentiment in the country. The AAP in its manifesto has promised that it would send the city's corrupt lawmakers to jail within one year. Meanwhile, the Congress Party said it wouldn't interfere in the functioning of AAP and its internal matters. Dec 25, 2013

Will 'manage' to pass Jan Lokpal Bill in 15 days: Kejriwal

Kaushambi, Dec 25 (ANI): Aiming to curb corruption in the national capital once he is sworn-in as the Delhi CM on 28th December, 2013, AAP Convener, Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday reiterated that his government will manage to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill in the state in 15 days. Dec 25, 2013

CBI gives Amit Shah clean chit, Ishrat's family still hopes for justice

Thane, Dec 25 (ANI): Speaking on CBI's decision of not charging former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah in connection with the Ishrat Jahan 'fake' encounter case, sister of Ishrat Jahan, Nusrat Jahan on Wednesday said that she still believed in the law and hoped for justice for her sister. Dec 25, 2013