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List of Top 5 Indian Cities to celebrate Incredible Christmas!

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more

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December 20, 2016: Christmas is a sacred religious festival that is celebrated worldwide. It is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ on December 25, every year. People exchange gifts, decorate their homes, share meals and wait for Santa Claus.

With around 27.8 million Christians, Christmas is one of the major festivals of India. It is a great time to be with friends and family. But if you are not planning on staying indoors this Christmas, here are the top 5 places for celebrating Christmas in India:

  1. Mumbai

If you want a traditional Christmas or the modern one with late night party, Mumbai is the place for you. The city has a large Catholic community with many churches. These churches are renowned for their Christmas Eve celebration. If you want a space, you better arrive early as thousands of people line up to attend the midnight mass. These churches include Mount Merry Church, Holy Family church, Mahim Shrine, etc.

Malls and Markets are all filled with Christmas decorations and amazing offers. Bandra and Hill Road have sidewalks lit up with Christmas trees.

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2. Shillong

Christians form the majority in Meghalaya. So, the celebration of Christmas brings joy and gaiety as people of other religion join in to welcome the Prince of Peace of Jesus Christ. The Christmas carols bring sunshine to the city of orchids and pines. People visit the Cathedral church, one of the oldest churches in Northeast India, to attend the Midnight Mass.

At All Saints Cathedral, as part of the pre-Christmas celebration, the century-old fir tree is illuminated. The warm greetings, carols, bells and the tall Christmas tree all add up to the festivities. You can hear some local bands play Gospel music in the churches. Local dance troops perform across the city.

3. Puducherry

Puducherry, also known as Little France, has major western influence because of the presence of Anglo-Indians. The Christmas celebration in Puducherry reflects classy moments in a unique way. Midnight masses are organised at all the churches.  Official leaders from the Christian missionaries deliver their official messages to people.

The Church, Sacred Heart of Jesus, is decorated beautifully. Special service is conducted in churches like Church of our Lady Lourde at Villianoor. The observation of huge Cathedral is totally different from the rest of the places.

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4. Lansdowne

If you are looking to celebrate Christmas away from the crowd, Lansdowne is the place for you.  Plan your own little celebration with some music, bonfire and a Christmas tree. The Ottawa Farmers’ Market’s Christmas Markets could be a special treat. They have live local music.

There are over 100 vendors who sell locally grown food, and arts and crafts. It is a great stop for shopping gifts, stocking stuffers and buying ingredients for the delicious holiday dinner.

5. Kerala

People attend Midnight masses at the Church. The relaxed ambience in the houseboats mixed with the atmosphere of festivity has a charm of its own. Carols are sung in all the churches.

People make traditional dishes like Kappa biryani, Acchapam cookies, kappa stew and Neyyappam. Families recreate the birth of Jesus by making cribs and place paddy and hay to capture the actual nativity.

 by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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Sanitization to Fight Coronavius Begins in UP

Massive sanitization drive begins in UP

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A massive sanitization drive began in major cities in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. (Representation Image). Pixabay

A massive sanitization drive began in major cities in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. This is the latest news in India.

Rajkumar Vishwakarma, DG, fire services, told reporters that sanitization was being done with sodium hypochlorite and fire personnel had been instructed to take care and not to spray the disinfectant on human beings and animals.

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The sanitization will be done using sodium hypochlorite. (Representational Image). Pixabay

Spraying will also not be done inside any building due to electrical connections.

Fire personnel have been asked to take photographs and post it on WhatsApp media groups. They have been asked to avoid calling the media personnel to the sanitisation sites to avoid risks.

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Earlier this week, about 50 migrant workers who were at a bus station in Bareilly, were sprayed with sodium hypochlorite by the sanitisation staff. Those who were sprayed, including children, complained of itching in the eyes and rashes on the body.

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Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had expressed his concern over the incident and assured action against the guilty.

District magistrate Bareilly, Nitish Kumar said that the incident happened due to ‘over-zealous’ workers. (IANS)

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People Have Faith in Modi Government to Handle COVID-19 Crisis

Over 83% trust Modi govt will handle COVID-19 crisis well

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The Narendra Modi-led central government is leaving no stone unturned in fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic. Wikimedia Commons

As the Narendra Modi-led central government is leaving no stone unturned in fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic, 83.5 per cent people from various states “trust in government” in handling the crisis.

The findings came out in the IANS-CVoter exclusive tracker on COVID-19 Wave 2 survey conducted during last seven days among 18 plus adults nationwide. The findings and projections are based on Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI).

Replying to a question “I think Indian government is handling the coronavirus well”, 83.5 per cent people agreed that they trust in government’s steps being taken in fight against the deadly disease, and 9.4 per cent expressed their disagreement. The survey was conducted on March 26 and 27. Of the 83.5 per cent who showed their trust in government, 66.4 per cent strongly agree with the opinion and 17.1 agree with the view.

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A similar survey on the same question done on March 17 and 18 showed that 83.6 per cent people expressed their trust in government in fight against the pandemic which so far has claimed 29 lives and over 1,000 conformed cases. A total of 13.7 per cent people expressed their disagreement.

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83.5 per cent people from various states trust the Modi government in handling the COVID-19 crisis. Wikimedia Commons

As per the tracker, the data is weighted to the known demographic profile of the states. Sometimes the table figures do not sum to 100 due to the effects of rounding, it says. “Our final data file has socio-economic profile within plus 1 per cent of the demographic profile of the state. We believe this will give the closest possible trends.”

The Tracking Pol fieldwork covers random probability samples during the last seven days from the release date and that the sample spread is across all assembly segments across all states. This survey covers all states in India and was conducted in 10 languages as part of our routine OmniBus, it says.

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“This is a thorough random probability sample; and we are ensuring a proper representative analysis by statistical weighing of the data to make it representative of the local population as per the latest census and or other available demographic benchmarks.”

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The data clarified that it strictly follows the WAPOR code of conduct (World Association of Public Opinion Research) for our ethical and transparent scientific practices and have incorporated the PCI (Press Council of India ) guidelines as our SOP (Standard Operating Procedures). (IANS)

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Consumer Spending on App Store got Around $277mn on Christmas Globally: Report

The top non-game app for overall spending on Christmas was Tinder, which saw is gross revenue near $2.1 million globally

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Consumer spending in apps and mobile games on Christmas accounted for about 5 per cent of all revenue generated by the stores in December, which reached nearly $5.1 billion globally, it added. Wikimedia Commons

Consumer consolidated spending on the app stores totalled a record $277 million on Christmas Day 2019, showing a 18.7 per cent rise year on year.

Apple’s App Store accounted for 70 per cent of spending between the two platforms at $193 million, growing about 16 per cent year on year. Approximately $84 million was spent on Google Play, which represented year on year growth of 2.7 per cent, revealed analytics firm Sensor Tower recently.

Consumer spending in apps and mobile games on Christmas accounted for about 5 per cent of all revenue generated by the stores in December, which reached nearly $5.1 billion globally, it added.

This was 8 per cent greater than the approximately $4.7 billion spent across both platforms during December 2018.

The majority of mobile spending on Christmas, approximately $210 million, was focused on the Games category, which generated 76 per cent of revenue across both stores and grew about 8 per cent year on year from $195 million.

PUBG Mobile from Tencent’s TiMi studio led in-game spending with $8.5 million, up 431 per cent from the $1.6 million players spent in the game on Christmas 2018.

Non-game apps accounted for approximately 2 per cent more of all spending this Christmas compared to a year prior, bringing in an estimated $67 million. This reflected year on year growth of about 24 per cent from $54 million.

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Approximately $84 million was spent on Google Play globally, which represented year on year growth of 2.7 per cent, revealed analytics firm Sensor Tower recently. Pixabay

Entertainment category apps, which include SVOD services such as Disney+ and Tencent Video, accounted for the largest portion of non-game spending-24 per cent-on the App Store, while 16 per cent of Google Play revenue outside of games came from that store’s top-earning category for the day, Social.

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The top non-game app for overall spending on Christmas was Tinder, which saw is gross revenue near $2.1 million globally. (IANS)