Severe cold grips Indias Northern provinces

Jammu and Kashmir/ Himachal Pradesh/New Delhi, Dec 27 (ANI): New Delhi and other parts of north India continued to reel under severe cold with icy winds plummeting the temperature further on Friday. The landscape remained snowy in northern states of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, with most parts freezing at sub-zero temperature. The cold tightened its grip with residents in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir complaining of the freezing conditions. According to media reports, some people have also died due to the prevailing chill in the northern provinces. In Himachal Pardesh, the temperature remained two degrees below normal. Dec 27, 2013

BJP will gain from Narendra Modis clean chit in Gulberg case: Raman Singh

Raipur, Dec 27 (ANI): After Narendra Modi was given clean chit in Gulberg Society massacre case by an Allahabad court, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said that BJP will definitely gain from the same. He also said that Congress is defaming its opposition party which is not right. Dec 27, 2013

It happens: Biggest Sand Jesus

Puri, Dec 27 (ANI): Famed Indian sand artiste on Tuesday 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 in eastern Odhisa's Puri beach. The internationally acclaimed sand artiste, Sudarshan Patnaik, made this huge statute in just 3 days before the Christmas Eve and was assisted by 25 students. Meanwhile, tourist from across the world thronged the beach for a glimpse of the marvelous structure. This was Patnaik's gift to the tourists visiting Puri during the ongoing Christmas holidays. Dec 27, 2013

It happens:Special Midnight Mass for Christmas

Kolkata, Dec 27 (ANI): Christians across various cities in India reveled in festive spirit as they sang carols in decked up churches while attending special midnight mass prayers on the Christmas Eve. Marking the annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas is celebrated across the world on December 25. The midnight mass precedes the Christmas day and the church resounds with joyful singing of Christmas carols and thanksgiving. In Kolkata city of eastern state of West Bengal on Wednesday, devotees gathered to attend the special mass and sang carols to celebrate the Christmas spirit. A large number of people gathered at the San Thome Church in southern city Chennai and participated in the Christmas celebrations with fervor. Hundreds of worshippers also participated in a Christmas Eve mass and sang Christmas carols in western Mumbai city. The churches were decorated with colorful lights and idol of baby Jesus Christ along with Mother Mary and Joseph placed in the Christmas stable. The priests performed rituals and organized the prayer session with an aim to mark the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ. Dec 27, 2013

It happens:Crafts Fair

Bhubaneswar, Dec 27 (ANI): The eighth edition of annual crafts fair in eastern province of Odisha has become an open forum for weavers, artisans, painters and sculptors as more than 300 participants are displaying their craftsmanship at the event. The Toshali National Crafts Mela (fair) - 2013 is being held in eastern Bhubaneswar city in Odisha. The annual fair started its first edition in 2006 with an aim to bring the economically deprived weavers and artisans to limelight and provide them exposure to showcase their talent. This year, the fair revolves around the theme 'Symphony in Tassar', which depicts the state's tasar (a variety of silk) tradition, unveiling the process of the tasar production to finished products. The visitors at the fair are also fascinated by the new ideas and products being incorporated at the event this year. The fair is also hosting cultural programmes, where eminent artists and troupes from different parts of the country are performing. Moreover, an eating joint with 30 food stalls is offering regional and multi-cuisine delicacies and tickling the taste buds of the people. Dec 27, 2013

Beirut car bomb kills Lebanese anti-Syria figure

A huge car bomb rocked central Beirut on Friday, killing five people including an influential member of a coalition opposed to the Syrian regime, and leaving cars ablaze and buildings wrecked. Dec 27, 2013

Auto Union gives 7 days alternative to Kejriwal for rolling back CNG prices

New Delhi, Dec 27 (ANI): After CNG prices in Delhi raised up by Rs.4.50, Taxi & Auto Union General Secretary Rajendra Soni gave an alternative of 7 days to Delhi’s to-be CM Arvind Kejriwal to either roll back the CNG prices or revise the auto fares. He said that if the demands are not fulfilled, the autos would resist to ply on Delhi roads thereafter. Dec 27, 2013

UP govt insensitive, people will give proper answer: BSP on UP secy remark

New Delhi, Dec 27 (ANI): After UP Principal Secretary Anil Gupta said that ‘nobody can die of cold’, BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadoria said that UP government has become insensitive and that people of the state will give them proper answer during the polls. He said that many irresponsible statements had taken place in Muzaffarnagar since the riots, but such actions will be countered by the people of the state. He also said that people now will not be misled. Dec 27, 2013

Akhilesh pulls up UP Home Secy for nobody dies of cold' remark

Lucknow, Dec 27 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday pulled up Anil Gupta, the state's Home Secretary for his remark on Muzaffarnagar relief camp deaths. Yadav said one should be cautious before issuing any statement on a sensitive issue. Dec 27, 2013