IOC comments on ice skating judging controversy

Adelina Sotnikova was celebrating becoming Russia's first ever women's Olympic figure skating champion as claims swirled Friday that the Games' hosts and not the skater had been awarded the gold medal. Duration: 00:45 Feb 21, 2014

Protest as verdict due in anti-Putin protest trial

Russian court was to deliver its verdict Friday against eight people accused of instigating mass riots after an opposition rally turned violent on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president in 2012. Duration: 00:54 Feb 21, 2014

It happens: Tribal Festival

Moradabad, feb 21 (ANI): The ethnic group of Mishing in India's northeastern province of Assam celebrated a seed sowing festival in which devotees prayed to God Donyi-Polo (the god of Sun-Moon) for a great harvest. Called 'Ali Ai Ligang', it is a spring festival associated with agriculture. A participant said the festival marks the ceremonial start of the paddy sowing. The Mishing community in Assam and northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh pray to God Donyi-Polo for the development. During the festival celebrations, a small area of land is marked to resemble a cultivation field. The land is ploughed with spade and then seeds are sowed from a basket by the member of the community. People dance, sing, and feast during the celebrations, and as a mark of honour people offer fish and eggs to the god. The famous traditional 'Gumrag' dance is also performed during the auspicious occasion by people of all ages within the community. However, people within the community opined that 'Ali Ai Ligang' is slowly disappearing from their society due to impact of westernization. Being the largest tribal group found in the northeastern provinces of India, members of Mishing community reside in the districts of Dhemaji, North Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Feb 21, 2014

It happens: Dog Show

Moradabad, feb 21 (ANI): The district administration in Moradabad city of India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh organised a dog show that saw dogs of various breeds participating. The show was organised in the newly inaugurated Deer Park that featured more than 200 dogs, belonging to 22 canine breeds. The dogs walked the ramp, delighting the audience and dog lovers with their performances.The organisers seemed happy with the response they received.All the canines took part in competitions and were also rewarded for their performances.The show featured dogs ranging from six inches to five-feet in height. The major breeds that participated included Labrador, Bhutia, Pomeranian, Pavilion, Bulldog and German Shepherd.During the dog show, the audience was also given information about dogs, their habits and breeds.Spectators and owners of the participating dogs seemed impressed by the show. The main attraction of the show was Dogo Canario from Spain. The dog's owner had specially imported the dog from Spain one year back. The dog was earlier a part of the Spanish military. Apart from that, a small Pomeranian dog, Tuffy, entertained the audiences by its dance performance.Other dogs that were crowd favourites were American pugs and a dachshund by the name Feb 21, 2014

It happens: Dance Festival

Khajuraho, feb 21 (ANI): The world-renowned Dance Festival began in Khajuraho - the city of ancient temples - in India's central province of Madhya Pradesh, with an aim to promote cultural and traditional dances of the country. Dancers performed several old and traditional Indian dance forms like Bharatanatyam and Odissi attempting to keep the dances alive as a part of our heritage. The dancers described their experience of performing in Khajuraho city, a place famous for its temples with exquisite sex sculptures and paintings, a holy one. Many classical artists were honoured at the festival and young dancers got a platform to showcase their talent. The event saw the presence of various provincial leaders including state culture and tourism minister, Surendra Patwa. Many tourists from other countries also made it to the festival to view and participate in it.The week-long event will see classical dancers performing various dance styles including Kuchipudi, Kathak and Manipuri. The festival is also celebrating the exquisiteness and daintiness of human emotions and devout philosophy of Hindu religion. Feb 21, 2014

Andhra Pradesh bifurcation against democracy: Jagan Mohan Reddy

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Reacting on the process of bifurcation of the state of Andhra Pradesh, YSR Congress Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the whole process was against democracy and the democracy was killed in the broad day light in the Parliament. He said that the Lok Sabha proceedings which was cut out off air and was passed arbitrarily was against the principles of the Constitution and such an incident had never happened in the nation. He also said that the prime minister ordered people to get out of Hyderabad but never announce about any capital or financial help. Feb 21, 2014

Over 60 protesters are shot dead in Ukraine protests

Over 60 protesters are shot dead in anti-government protests in Ukraine, as rival sides trade accusations of snipers, EU ministers try to broker an end to the crisis and parliament votes to ban police force against protesters. Duration:01:00 Feb 21, 2014

Libyans vote for constitution panel

Libyans go to the polls to elect a panel to draft a new constitution in the latest milestone in the chaotic political transition following the overthrow of Moamer Kadhafi. Duration: 01:19 Feb 21, 2014

UN chief urges deployment of 3,000 extra troops to CAR

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Security Council Thursday called for a rapid reinforcement "of at least 3,000 troops" to Central African Republic to re-establish order and protect civilians. Duration: 00:48 Feb 21, 2014

AK Choudharys statement clarifies that coup was mind game created by Shashikant Sharma: Defence Exp

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Reacting on Former Lt General AK Choudhary’s statement over an alleged military coup in Delhi, which spooked the UPA government, Defence Expert Bharat Verma said that the coup was a mind game created by the then Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma. He said that Sharma was playing with the minds of the political masters and creating gulf between the political masters and the military. He also said that it was a routine military exercise which takes place every now and then in the national capital. Feb 21, 2014

Gen VK Singhs Aide lashes on Indian Express for mis-presenting facts about military

New Delhi, Feb 21(ANI): Reacting on former DGMO Lt Gen A K Choudhary’s statement, Gen VK Singh’s Aide Kunal Verma said that he gave only matter of fact statement and that Indian Express if mis-presenting the facts about military. He said that when Defence Ministry and prime minister himself clarified on the same, how are the aforesaid newspaper above them. He also said that those were just routine military exercise which takes place frequently. Feb 21, 2014

Nitish calls for Bihar bandh on 1st March demanding special status for state

Patna, Feb 21 (ANI): After central government gave special status to Seemandhra for five years, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called for Bihar bandh on 1st March pressuring for the state’s demand for special status. He said that it is proved that the central government can declare special status for any state if they want and they are doing injustice to Bihar and other such backward states. Feb 21, 2014