Pistorius trial to begin amid blaze of publicity

Star Olympian Oscar Pistorius faces a possible life sentence when he goes on trial, accused of murdering his girlfriend in a Valentine's Day shooting that shocked the world. Duration: 02:02 Feb 28, 2014

Badalta Manzar (Feb 27, 2014): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

South Kashmir’s Shopian district is known all over the country for the quality of apples produced here. The state govt. claims to have spent millions of rupees on roads, but all this seems only to be on paper. A damaged building and shortage of teachers at the Government high school Kabukote in Rajouri district is causing many problems to students of the school. Feb 28, 2014

Counterparts of BSE in Toronto eyeing India: Canadas Governor General

Mumbai, Feb 28 (ANI): Canadian Governor General David Johnston said on Friday that Toronto Stock Exchange was keen on partnering with Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), while attending opening bell event during his week-long state visit to India. Johnston and his wife Sharon Johnston are visiting India with the aim of strengthening bilateral and economic ties. Johnston said that Canada was looking to establish themselves in infrastructure, energy and food security, and education, innovation and entrepreneurship sectors of India. Johnston said that Canada was particularly interested in venturing with India and both the countries shared traditions of parliamentary democracy. Feb 28, 2014

LJP alligned with BJP only after Modi got clean chit: Chirag Paswan

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): A day after the LJP confirmed its alliance with the BJP, Chairman of the LJP's parliamentary board, Chirag Paswan on Friday said that his party has put national interest ahead of the party and personal interests. Paswan added that his party aligned with the BJP only after its PM Candidate Narendra Modi was given a clean chit in the 2002 communal riots case. Feb 28, 2014

Was aware of consequences I will be facing: Shivanand on his suspension

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): Suspended JD (U) Leader Shivanand Tiwari on Friday slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying that he isn’t realizing that he is chosen by people in a democratic society. Tiwari added that he cannot stay silent and was aware of the consequences he will be facing for raising his voice against Kumar. Feb 28, 2014

Cabinet approves President's Rule in Andhra Pradesh

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): The Union Cabinet on Friday decided to impose President's Rule in Andhra Pradesh, which is being split to create the new state of Telangana. The state has been without a chief minister after N. Kiran Kumar Reddy resigned from the post and the Congress Party to protest against the passage of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2013, which paved the way for the creation of the new state of Telangana. Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan had recommended for a spell of central rule after Reddy's resignation. The assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh are due along with the Lok Sabha elections. Feb 28, 2014

Modi, BJP should introspect before accusing Congress of dynastic politics: Shakeel Ahmad

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): Commenting on the alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad on Friday said that BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi should introspect his own party before criticizing others of family politics as he was doing the same. He further said that Vilas Paswan joining the NDA did not make sense as Paswan had left BJP due to Modi's role in the Gujarat riots. The BJP and the LJP have sealed a seat-sharing pact for the coming Lok Sabha elections in Bihar. Feb 28, 2014

Heavy rains a curse for farmers in MP, Shivraj Singh Chouhan announces relief

Bhopal, Feb 28 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday said that wheat at Rs one per kg will be provided for eight months to farmers who have suffered over 50 per cent crop-loss due to rain and hailstorm in the state. The Chief Minister who visited hailstorm-affected areas also took stock of the damaged crops and held discussions with hailstorm-hit farmers. Consoling farmers, Chouhan said that the state government will provide them all possible help. Feb 28, 2014

Gazans turn to solar power as fuel crisis bites

On the roof of Gaza City's children's hospital, a pristine row of solar panels gleams in the sunlight, an out-of-place symbol of modern, clean energy in the impoverished Strip. Duration: 02:21 Feb 28, 2014

From Maracana to the sambadrome, Rio honors Zico

Zico may have failed to lift the trophy in three campaigns, but the former football legend's legacy will be at the heart of Rio Carnival celebrations marking World Cup year in Brazil. Duration: 02:15 Feb 28, 2014

Romania hopes to curb massive deforestation

Deforestation is spreading at an alarming rate in South-Eastern Europe, a region hosting vast old-growth forests and home to thousands of bears, wolves and lynx. Duration: 02:35 Feb 28, 2014

Politicos react as BJP demands AK Antony's resignation

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): Hitting out at the Defence Minister AK Antony over the resignation of Admiral D K Joshi as Navy Chief and the submarine mishap, BJP had demanded that AK Antony should resign on moral grounds. Speaking on the same, SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that he is not in the favor of Antony's resignation as not all time a minister is responsible. Further, NCP leader DP Tripathi said that asking resignation of Antony is not right as he is an honest Defence Minister. Meanwhile, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Defence Minister should be held answerable. Feb 28, 2014