CHRISTMAS

  • Hindutva ideologue opposes HRD Minister, says there shouldn't be politics on Xmas 3 hours 41 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Hindutva ideologue and author Dinanath Batra has come out in the open to oppose HRD Ministry's decision to celebrate Good Governance day on December 25. "It should not have happened. The order as wrong so it has been withdrawn. I am not one with the government on this...
  • UGC to varsities: Observe Christmas day as 'Good Governance Day' 10 hours 48 minutes ago

    New Delhi: UGC has asked universities across the country to observe December 25 as 'Good Governance Day' amid the controversy over organising events on the occasion which requires physical presence of students in campus on Christmas. However, in communication sent to all vice chancellors, UGC has made it clear the competition...
  • Centre cites a 1987 circular in its defence on Good Governance day celebration on Christmas Yesterday

    New Delhi: After being targeted by the opposition over an official circular that reportedly stated that Navodaya Vidyalaya schools should stay open on Christmas in order to observe Good Governance day, the government has found an ammunition to hit back at the Congress. The BJP-led government at the Centre has released...
  • SpiceJet hits ground, spoils year end plans for thousands of people Yesterday

    New Delhi: Shweta, a housewife from New Delhi is terribly disappointed. Her five year old dream of spending the year end with husband and children in Goa has hit a huge roadblock. She had booked the tickets three months ago on SpiceJet. Now the airline is in deep trouble and...
  • Opposition parties target Modi government over HRD circular on school to stay open on Christmas 2 days ago

    New Delhi: The united opposition targeted the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday over an Human Resource Development Ministry circular that reportedly said that schools should stay open on Christmas in order to observe Good Governance day. The Congress, TMC, NCP, Left parties staged a walk out from Lok Sabha accusing...
  • SC refuses to extend Italian marine's stay in Italy 3 days ago

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has rejected a plea by Italian marine, accused of two shooting Kerala fishermen, to extend his stay in Italy. The apex court has asked Italian marine Massimiliano Latorre to return to India by January 16, 2015. Latorre had approached the SC seeking an extension of two...
  • Finding Christmas gift for wife Michelle is a puzzle for Barack Obama too 3 days ago

    Washington: Running America, President Barack Obama can do. But finding a gift for his wife Michelle is a tough one. "She's very fashionable and she looks good. I'm worried about buying her clothes," the President said on the radio show 'On Air With Ryan Seacrest'. "On Christmas Day, she will look at...
  • Navodaya Vidyalayas put on hold 'Good Governance Day' plans 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Caught in the middle of a controversy, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti on Monday night advised its regional officials against going ahead with the 'Good Governance Day' celebrations on Christmas till the issuance of a circular by CBSE in this regard. "Since CBSE has not yet issued any circular so far...
  • Conversion row: Additional security sought for churches on Christmas eve 4 days ago

    Aligarh: Amid the proposed mass conversion ceremony by leaders of an Aligarh-based outfit on December 25, the Christian community has sought for additional security for their churches in the city. "Following reports that the organizers of this 'ghar wapsi' programme may shift their venue to different rural-based destinations in Aligarh and...
  • No directive to keep schools open on Christmas, clarifies government 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Refuting reports of the government's plans to keep schools open on Christmas to observe Good Governance day, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani said that students are not being asked to come to schools. "There is an essay competition planned, but it is voluntary and online," she...
  • Book passes for Taj Mahal online from Christmas 6 days ago

    Agra: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is ready to launch its online entrance ticket booking to the Taj Mahal from Christmas day. Tourism personnel in Agra have welcomed the long pending initiative which hoteliers think will curb unauthorised entry, fake ticket selling and other dubious means to gain entry to...
  • JK Rowling won't release 12 'Harry Potter' short stories December 10, 2014

    Los Angeles: Author JK Rowling has denied reports that she is releasing 12 'Harry Potter' short stories for Christmas this month via her site Pottermore. Pottermore's Facebook account said that the media incorrectly assumed their post, reported Ace Showbiz. "Just to put everyone straight on the misleading media reports of 'Twelve New...
  • J&K polls: Invisible native Christians, least talked about and most neglected December 9, 2014

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar has two churches - Holy Family Catholic Church on Maulana Azad road and the Protestant's All Saints Church near Sher-E-Kashmir cricket stadium. These churches look almost invisible most part of the year and come alive during the Christmas in December. But, this time there...
  • Christmas special: J.K. Rowling to release 12 new Harry Potter surprises December 7, 2014

    Los Angeles: Acclaimed author J.K. Rowling will release 12 new Harry Potter surprises during Christmas holidays. Rowling gifted her rabid fans with 12 new Harry Potter items for the 12 days of Christmas. Starting Dec 12, every day at 1 p.m. London time, new writing by J.K. Rowling will pop up on...
  • Emergency: where did Santa go? Wisconsin boy dials 911 in search of Santa Claus! December 4, 2014

    Mayville, Wis.: Two young brothers from southeastern Wisconsin are likely hoping they haven't landed on Santa's naughty list after police showed up at their doorstep. The boys, ages 3 and 6, thought the best way to get in touch with the North Pole was by phone. And for youngsters of that...
  • Over 1,000 people dressed as angels, wise men and religious royalty set a Guinness record for the largest live nativity scene December 3, 2014

    Provo, Utah: More than 1,000 people dressed as angels, wise men and religious royalty gathered at a park in Provo, Utah, and set a new Guinness record for the largest live nativity scene. The event on Monday featured a variety of performers who made videos posted on YouTube. It is also...
  • Katie Price gets breast reduction surgery for Christmas November 29, 2014

    London: Singer Katie Price returned here looking fragile following a breast reduction surgery that she underwent in Belgium. The surgery was Price's Christmas gift to herself, reports dailymail.co.uk. Price was so upbeat about going under the knife that she even tweeted shots of her new implants while preparing for the surgery. She...
  • Santa's little helpers break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Christmas elves in Bangkok November 26, 2014

    Bangkok: Hundreds of Thai schoolchildren on Tuesday clustered into the shape of the word "Siam", the former name of the Southeast Asian country, as they broke the world record for the largest gathering of Christmas elves. As many as 1,792 of Santa's little helpers, aged between nine and 15, donned red,...
  • Pennsylvania town's 'ugly' Christmas tree sparks public outcry, residents complained it ruined their holiday spirit November 23, 2014

    Reading, Pa.: A Christmas tree that might make Charlie Brown think twice is getting kicked to the curb a little early after residents of a Pennsylvania town complained it was too ugly. Reading's (REH'-dingz) spindly 50-foot spruce drew the ire of residents who said it was ruining their holiday spirit. Now a...
  • Children from slums join cake-mixing ceremony: Smile Foundation November 21, 2014

    Kolkata: In a unique initiative to bring smiles on the face of the have-nots, the Smile Foundation introduced 10 kids to a cake-mixing ceremony to ring in the Christmas. A Smile Foundation spokesperson said, "The ten children were all from the underprivileged background hailing from downtown areas of the city"....
  • Robin Williams' film 'A Merry Friggin' Christmas' re-cut to pay tribute to the late actor November 4, 2014

    Los Angeles: One of Robin Williams' last film "A Merry Friggin' Christmas" has been re-cut to make it a 'fitting tribute' to the late actor-comedian. While talking to New York Daily News newspaper, film's director Tristram Shapeero said that he has changed the planned ending in order to honour the screen...
  • Snapshot: Grumpy Cat's Hollywood debut is here, and it's everything you wanted it to be September 12, 2014

    Take a bow, Tardar Sauce. The moroselooking feline meme sensation became quite a celebrity in 2012. Now, it is ready for its Hollywood debut. The film, titled, 'Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever' is now being shot. Will old Grumps live up to his name? Or will he actually get to...
  • Watch: Woman thought she's lost her childhood teddy bear forever, her boyfriend surprises her with an incredible gift on Christmas January 30, 2014

    With more than a million hits, the video of a very loving man gifting her fiancee her childhood stuffed toy that she lost years ago is trending on YouTube. Vas Alli, the mushy boyfriend, had been planning to sweep Jessica off her feet with something special this Christmas. After a...
  • Bigg Boss 7: Elli Avram makes Christmas special for Tanishaa, Sangram December 27, 2013

    New Delhi: On account of Christmas, Bigg Boss organised a special surprise for the housemates with former contestant Elli visiting the house as Santa and bringing in gifts for everyone. Elli entered the house late in the evening dressed up in a red Santa like outfit and carried a basket...
  • Puducherry: 2 groups gangrape 21yearold twice, 10 arrested December 27, 2013

    Karaikal: The Karaikal Police in Puducherry has arrested 10 people for the alleged gangrape of a 21yearold girl on Christmas eve. The girl was allegedly abducted and gangraped not once but twice by two different groups on Christmas eve. The girl had accompanied a female friend to Karaikal to meet...
  • Biting fish injure more than 70 bathers in Argentina December 27, 2013

    A swarm of biting fish injured more than 70 people who were bathing at a popular beach in Argentina on Christmas, a medical official said on Thursday. A sevenyearold girl had her finger partially amputated and dozens more suffered bite wounds on their extremities from the fish, a relative of the...
  • Alleged visa fraud not necessarily a grave crime: US attorney December 26, 2013

    Washington: The US can still withdraw the alleged visa fraud case against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, although it could face some difficulties before the judiciary, according to a top American lawyer. "I think, in this particular case, when the issue is not necessarily mistreatment in a physical...
  • Christmas day blasts kills 37 in Baghdad December 26, 2013

    Terrorists in Iraq targeted Christians in three separate Christmas Day bombings in Baghdad, killing at least 37 people, officials said on Wednesday. In one attack, a car bomb went off near a church in the capital's southern Dora neighborhood, killing at least 26 people and wounding 38, a police officer said. Earlier,...
  • Edward Snowden warns of loss of privacy in Christmas message December 26, 2013

    Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who revealed details of electronic surveillance by American and British spy services, warned of the dangers posed by a loss of privacy in a message broadcast to Britain on Christmas Day. In a twominute video recorded in Moscow, where Snowden has been granted...
  • Pope Francis urges atheists to join forces with believers December 26, 2013

    Pope Francis, celebrating his first Christmas as Roman Catholic leader, on Wednesday called on atheists to unite with believers of all religions and work for "a homemade peace" that can spread across the world. ...
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