Blast hits Hezbollah heartland in Beirut

An explosion hit Hezbollah's southern Beirut bastion on Tuesday, the Lebanese Shiite movement's television channel Al-Manar said. The blast occurred on a busy commercial street that was targeted by a deadly bombing in early January. Duration: 00:41 Jan 21, 2014

Delhi chief minister vows to escalate protest

New Delhi's chief minister vows to escalate his sit-in protest after sleeping overnight on a pavement despite warnings that he is risking the gains of his new anti-corruption party. Duration: 00:41 Jan 21, 2014

Thousands brave cold to protest in Kiev

Thousands of Ukrainians brave temperatures of minus 10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) to take part in a standoff with police. Duration: 00:43 Jan 21, 2014

Thai protest leader, a saviour or criminal?

As the de facto leader of the anti-government demonstrations across the Thai capital, Suthep Thaugsuban is adored by his fellow protesters but his critics say he is a threat to democracy. Duration: 02:22 Jan 21, 2014

Congress leader accuses BJP of nexus with Maoists in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Jan 21 (ANI): Bhupesh Baghel a Congress leader in Chhattisgarh hit out at ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for their connection with Maoists through traders. Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress chief, Bhupesh Baghel, accused the BJP, saying that BJP-RSS had connection with the contractors. Jan 21, 2014

Badalta Manzar (Dec 19, 2013): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

The technical educational college was the long pending demand of the Poonch district students. The start of polytechnic college few days back in district Poonch is a educational gift for the students of district poonch. A larger population of Schedule Tribes including the Gujjar, Bakerwal and Gaddi community are residing in Kathua district and are engaged in traditional professional of Cattle grazing like Goats, Sheep’s , Horse and Buffalos in upper reaches of hilly areas to earn their livelihoods. Although the state govt. with the assistance from the central govt. is keen on upgrading the health infrastructure in Kashmir valley particularly in the rural areas. Jan 21, 2014

Badalta Manzar (Dec 26, 2013): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) central sponsored scheme is beneficial scheme for the Remote areas and far- flung areas of Udhampur district. In present times when special focus is laid on providing the better healthcare facilities in the rural areas the community health centre in the border village Zachaldara of north Kashmiris district Kupwara is without an ambulance since past many years. From infant mortality to immunization, from pre-school education to women's health, the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) has policies on everything, which makes it a good scheme on paper. Jan 21, 2014

Badalta Manzar (Jan 09, 2014): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

The Kashmir Valley is considered a ‘Paradise on Earth’ and it is visited every year by lakhs of domestic and foreign tourists. A mystical historical cave in Kenur village of Budgam District has been neglected by the local administration. The government is implementing many schemes to promote education in the rural areas. But, a lot more still needs to be done. Jan 21, 2014

SC commutes death sentence of 15 convicts to life imprisonment

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday commuted the sentences of 15 death convicts to life imprisonment, due to delays in their execution. The death penalty of 13 condemned prisoners has been commuted to life because of delay on part of President to decide their mercy pleas. The other two were given life sentence after it was revealed that the imprisonment while awaiting their sentence, had turned them mentally ill, according to media reports. The Supreme Court further said a minimum of 14-day gap is required between the information given to condemned prisoner about rejection of mercy plea, and the actual execution date. The decision of the SC is likely to impact many other death row cases. Jan 21, 2014

Kumar Vishwas in trouble again over racist joke on Kerala nurses

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party's Kumar Vishwas' racist quip on nurses from Kerala has landed him in fresh controversy, even as his party battles allegations of racism and sexism. Vishwas, in a YouTube clip is seen lampooning the ubiquitous Malayalee nurse as a "kaali peeli" sister. The AAP leader, who is set to challenge Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, is now at the receiving end in Kerala as progressive organizations in the state called his remarks "racially offensive" and launched a protest against him demanding his apology. Jan 21, 2014

Shashi Tharoor given a clean chit in Sunanda Pushkar's death probe

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD) Shashi Tharoor has been given a clean chit in his wife Sunanda Pushkar's death probe. The autopsy report of Sunanda Pushkar was given to the Sub-Divisional Magistrate Alok Sharma by All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) stating drug overdose may have caused her death. Jan 21, 2014

Politicos slam Arvind Kejriwal's dharna

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): Politicos on Tuesday attacked Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal for lea's demand to suspend police officers for dereliction of duties in an alleged drugs and sex racket case. Jan 21, 2014

Japanese companies use advanced technology to make healthcare and beauty products

Tokyo, Jan 21 (ANI): ASTALIFT is an anti-ageing skincare product created by FUJIFILM in 2007. The product's advanced understanding of the process of oxidation, used in photo technology to prevent photo fading caused by UV rays, allows it to apply its expertise to skincare products designed to combat skin ageing and the onslaught of freckles and blemishes. Jan 21, 2014