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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

'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.