News Archive :: 2012 / 01

Bringing in the new year with style

Mumbai , Jan 1

Party animals hit the most famous party spots right before midnight to bid farewell to the old year and ringed in the new year in style as others enjoyed last day of the year at their homes, watching television, and munching midnight snacks.

Meghalaya greets New Year in its own style

Shillong , Jan 1

At the stroke of midnight, a group of revellers welcomed the New Year in this mountainous state capital of Meghalaya by plunging into icy water at Crinoline swimming pool.

Wild celebrations in Hyderabad

Hyderabad , Jan 1

Wild celebrations broke out in this city and other parts of Andhra Pradesh to welcome the New Year.

Quake strikes near New Zealand's Christchurch city

Moscow , Jan 1

An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale Saturday struck near New Zealand's Christchurch city, which had witnessed serious damage after being hit by 6.3-magnitude earthquake in February.

Moscow rally halted as police arrest protesters

London , Jan 1

Russian police arrested protesters trying to attend a Moscow rally Saturday.

Gomez gave first salary to pay rents

London , Jan 1

Singer-actress Selena Gomez admits she had handed over her first salary to her family to pay their living expenses.

Ukraine gas transit system price to fall in 2012

Moscow , Jan 1

Ukraine's gas transit system that Kiev presently estimates to cost $20 billion may become significantly cheaper, said Alexei Miller, the head of Russia's gas giant, Gazprom.

PM begins new year with prayers at Golden Temple (Lead)

Amritsar , Jan 1

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh began the new year Sunday by offering prayers at Harmandar Sahib, the holiest of Sikh shrines, popularly known as the Golden Temple.

British woman is 'director of bed bouncing'

London , Jan 1

A woman hotel employee in Britain is having her bottom insured for a whopping four million pounds (Rs.33 crore) after she landed a job to test the softness of beds for hotel guests.

Get set for comedy, thrillers in 2012

New Delhi , Jan 1

So, we are into 2012. Get ready for a dose of Bollywood comedy and thrillers with an interesting mix of movies like "Players", "Agneepath", "Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu", "Jodi Breakers" and "Agent Vinod".

Hazare hospitalised for chest infection, stable (Lead)

Pune , Jan 1

Anna Hazare has been admitted to a private hospital here for chest infection and is stable after treatment and feeling better, an aide said Sunday.

Dark new year for cyclone-hit Tamil Nadu districts

Chennai , Jan 1

Tamil Nadu welcomed 2012 with celebrations but it was a dark new year for people in Cyclone Thane-hit Cuddalore and Chidambaram districts as there was no power supply. The cyclone has killed 46 people in south India.

'Kolaveri Di' success proves power of online medium: Shadow Band

New Delhi , Jan 1

The success of Tamil-English number "Kolaveri di" even before its official launch has proved the power of online social networking platforms. Members of music group Shadow Band feel the online medium has given a window to new talent and can be a stepping stone to a career in Bollywood.

Dilip Kumar wishes fans pleasant 2012

New Delhi , Jan 1

Veteran actor Dilip Kumar has wished his fans a wonderful New Year and at also remembered his wife, Saira Banu's mother on her birth anniversary.

Toll in Andhra hooch tragedy rises to 13

Hyderabad , Jan 1

The death toll in the hooch tragedy in Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district rose to 13 with three more people succumbing Sunday, police said.

Celebrations galore as 2012 dawns in Kolkata

Kolkata , Jan 1

Some spent a romantic ‘evening in Paris’ while others went for a ‘mysterious Egyptian night’ as Kolkatans ushered in the New Year merrily wining and dining at star hotels and clubs while belly dancers gyrated to the choicest of tracks by international DJs.

Music, dance and crackers greet New Year in Bangalore

Bangalore , Jan 1

With foot-tapping music, drum beats, dance, wild cheering and a burst of crackers, as the clock struck 00.00 hours, Bangaloreans greeted 2012 in style.

World celebrates arrival of 2012

London , Jan 1

People in different parts of the world took to revelry as they celebrated the end of 2011 and ushered in the New Year 2012 at midnight.

Emergency declared in Nigeria

London , Jan 1

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in parts of the country in the wake of attacks from the Islamist group Boko Haram, the BBC reported.

Iran denies launching missile in Persian Gulf

Moscow , Jan 1

A high-ranking Iranian Navy official has denied the country test-launched a wide-range missile during ongoing sea exercises in the Persian Gulf, saying that the launch was postponed, Iranian news agencies reported.

PM offers prayers at Golden Temple on New Year

Amritsar , Jan 1

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived at the holiest of Sikh shrines 'Harmandar Sahib’, popularly known as Golden Temple, early Sunday to offer prayers on the first day of the New Year.

TV shows encourage artist development: Kelly Clarkson

London , Jan 1

Singer Kelly Clarkson, who won “American Idol” in 2002 believes TV talent shows encourage new talent.

PM shown black flags by Anna supporters outside Golden Temple

Amritsar , Jan 1

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was shown black flags by anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare's supporters as he came out of the Golden Temple here after offering prayers on the first day of the new year Sunday.

Spirituality can never be uprooted from India: American guru

Pune , Jan 1

Spirituality is so deeply ingrained in India that it can never be uprooted from this country, says a leading American yoga guru who has spent six decades spreading Kriya Yoga and 'Sanatan Dharma'.

Hazare hospitalised, under treatment

Pune , Jan 1

Anna Hazare was rushed to a private hospital here and is under treatment and feeling better, an aide said here Sunday.

New year begins on pleasant note for Delhiites

New Delhi , Jan 1

2012 began on a pleasant note for Delhiites Sunday as the skies turned clear and the minimum temperature settled one notch above average at 8.4 degrees Celsius.

Why India should avoid landing in hot waters of Hurmuz (Comment)

As Iran and the United States move towards a standoff in the Strait of Hurmuz, India is going to find itself in a serious dilemma because of its close relations with both the countries. To use the old Greek mythological term, India will be caught precariously between the proverbial Scylla and Charybdis.

7-magnitude quake hits Japan

Tokyo , Jan 1

An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale Sunday jolted the Izu islands of Japan but there were no immediate reports of any damage or casualties.

Eight killed in Andhra on New Year's Day

Hyderabad , Jan 1

At least eight people were killed on New Year's Day in accidents in different parts of Andhra Pradesh, police said Sunday.

'Jaadu Ki Jhaapi' from B-Town on New Year's day

New Delhi , Jan 1

Good health, love and happiness is what Bollywood celebrities wished for their family and friends as they reach out to give a "jaadu ki jhappi" on Twitter on the first day of 2012.