Festivities begin at Sochi 2014 Olympic Games

Celebrations began in Sochi on Friday morning as spectators arrived at the "Live Site", where they'll watch the 2014 Winter Games opening ceremony on a big screen. Duration: 01:00 Feb 7, 2014

Rioters set South African townships ablaze

Protesters burn tyres and stone cars in the township of Hebron, near Pretoria, calling for service delivery. It comes just months before the South Africa elections, announced for 7th May 2014. Duration: 01:00 Feb 7, 2014

Badalta Manzar (Jan 30, 2014): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

The district authorities of Kulgam distributed wheel chairs and other equipment among disabled kids of the district, under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) scheme, sponsored by the central govt. The education department had identified some 50 kids from poor families, including tribal families among whom some 36 wheel chairs, 24 special tricycles, 12 brail kits, 104 MR kits and 11 hearing devices were distributed. The residents of Barthana face many problems due to the bad condition of roads. Barthana is just seven kilometers away from Lal Chowk, Srinagar. Unfortunately, the condition of the link road is very bad and residents of the area and other adjoining places, including Arampora and Qamerwari, are facing inconvenience. To provide better health facilities to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the central government has launched many schemes. NRHM is one of them. Many facilities are being provided under the scheme to people in Rajouri district. Feb 7, 2014

Demonstrators, police clash over Brazil fare hikes

More than 1,000 demonstrators protesting hikes in public transport fares clash with police in Rio in the latest example of simmering social tensions in the run-up to this year's World Cup. Duration: 01:39 Feb 7, 2014

Southwest England battles floods and record rainfall

As southern England experiences its highest level of rainfall in almost 250 years, people in Somerset race against the clock, and the rising waters, to save belongings and livestock. Duration: 01:44 Feb 7, 2014

Narendra Modi says BJP to empower people if voted to power

Ahmedabad, Feb 7 (ANI): BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said on Friday that his party aimed to empower people if it comes to power in the general elections, as he shared his vision of 'brand India'. Modi said this on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of the 'Business Conclave' in Ahemdabad. Modi also said that Gujarat has made an immense contribution towards the country's growth. Feb 7, 2014

Rahul Gandhi pitches for minorities, extends support to their battle

Ranchi, Feb 7 (ANI): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that his party would like to be a part of the minorities' battle and help them grow. Gandhi visited Jharkhand on Friday (February 07) to encourage the party workers ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha polls. He interacted with tribal women and heard their problems. Gandhi was expected to undertake a road show from Hazaribagh to Ranchi. Further addressing the answers of the tribal women he said that they need to pressurize the government to have their rights. Feb 7, 2014

Khap Panchayats are NGOs: Bhupinder Hooda

Chandigarh, Feb 07 (ANI): Defending Khap Panchayats, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday described them as NGOs. He also said that Khaps are part of Indian culture. Feb 7, 2014