Carol singers, music bands gear up to welcome Christmas

Kochi, Dec 22 (ANI): With Christmas just a couple of days away, the festive fervour has engulfed Kerala as carol singers and music bands were seen performing ahead of the festival. A band called “Raga Deepam”, which has been playing Christmas carols for the last eight years, has already started their journey with their music to different places in Kerala. Most of the band troupes gather in front of shops and houses to make people happy and dance to the tunes of their music. Dec 22, 2013

Tourists throng Shimla for white water rafting

Himachal Pradesh, Dec 22 (ANI): Tourists are thronging to Shimla in large numbers to enjoy white water rafting and hot water spring this winter. Tattapani, which is 55 kilometres away from Shimla, has become a favourite tourist destination owing to adventure sports and scenic beauty. One of the main attractions which is drawing tourists is the white water rafting in Sutlej river. The local travel agents confirm that there has been tourist influx during the winter season as people want to enjoy snowfall and other adventure activities. Dec 22, 2013

AAP should form government in Delhi: JD (U)

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): JD (U) Leader, KC Tyagi on Sunday said that his party is in favour of AAP forming government in Delhi. He further said that the Congress and the BJP should give unconditional support to AAP for a year. Dec 22, 2013

Omar Abdullah on Indian diplomat's arrest in US

Srinagar, Dec 22 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday praised the Indian Government for taking a strong stand against the United States over the arrest of Indian Diplomat Devyani Khobragade. Dec 22, 2013

Narendra Modi's wax statue unveiled in Mumbai

Mumbai, Dec 22 (ANI): BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's wax statue was unveiled on Sunday in Mumbai just before his public rally. The wax statue is 5.10 feet high, which is exactly the same height as that of Modi. This statue, in which 35 kg of wax has been used, is made by Sunil Kandloor within a period of one month. BJP president Rajnath Singh was also present on this occasion. Dec 22, 2013

AAP Ministers to Take Oath at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday: Report

In a meeting held on Sunday, the AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal stated that the final decision to form a government in Delhi will be made on Monday. AAP has decided to take an opinion poll from the people of Delhi asking them for their opinion on whether AAP should form a government or not. Dec 22, 2013

Heartening to know Pak liberals renaming squire on Bhagat Singh: Tewari

Chandigarh, Dec 22 (ANI): I and B Minister, Manish Tewari on Sunday said that it was heartening to know of liberals in Lahore trying to rename a squire for Shaheed Bhagat Singh who was martyred there. He further said that India and Pakistan shared a common heritage and it was ironical that Pakistan had elements like Jamaat-ud-Dawa Chief Hafiz Saeed. Dec 22, 2013

Jayanthi Natarajan's resignation depicts her failure, Cong in tatters: CPI

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): Even as Jayanthi Natarajan resigned as union environment minister reportedly part of a planned shake-up of the Congress and government by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi in the run-up to general elections next year, CPI Leader, Atul Anjan on Sunday said that Natarajan's resignation depicted her failure and Congress's tattered state. Dec 22, 2013

Will pass Lokpal and send BJP, Congress to jail if we form govt: Kejriwal during AAP's public meetin

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): The AAP on Sunday held public meetings at about 80 places in Delhi. The party is seeking people's opinion on whether it should form the government in Delhi or not. Making his party's agenda clear that they want to eradicate corruption, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal stated that if AAP forms government in Delhi, it will pass the Jan Lokpal Bill and will send BJP and Congress to jail. Dec 22, 2013

Will pass Lokpal and send BJP, Congress to jail if we form govt: Kejriwal during AAP's public meetin

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): The AAP on Sunday held public meetings at about 80 places in Delhi. The party is seeking people's opinion on whether it should form the government in Delhi or not. Making his party's agenda clear that they want to eradicate corruption, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal stated that if AAP forms government in Delhi, it will pass the Jan Lokpal Bill and will send BJP and Congress to jail. Dec 22, 2013

PM judged by his economic reforms not length of tenure, tweets Jaitley; Cong reacts

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): A day after calling him 'helpless', Senior BJP Leader Arun Jaitley on Sunday tweeted that a PM is judged not by the length of his tenure but by the economic measures he advocated for the country. Reacting to the same, Congress Leader, Harish Rawat came out in support of Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh. Dec 22, 2013

North India reels under severe cold wave

New Delhi/Srinagar/Shimla/Amritsar/Ludhiana, Dec 22 (ANI): An intense cold wave continues to grip north India with several regions facing extremely low temperatures. Dense fog engulfed the plains of Northern region, affecting air and rail traffic while the plains of the Kashmir valley are experiencing seasons' first snowfall. Dec 22, 2013

After 272 public meetings AAP to declare next move, confident of completing manifesto: Kejriwal

Kaushambi, Dec 22(ANI): After the 272 public meetings this weekend, the Aam Aadmi Party will get down to counting votes before taking a final call on seeking support from the Congress and forming the next government in Delhi, a move termed suicidal by the BJP. AAP Convener, Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that their party was confident of addressing all issues mentioned in their manifesto. Dec 22, 2013