Sochi prepares to host world's most expensive Winter Games

Security will fall under the spotlight as Russia prepares to host the most expensive Olympics in history, having transformed the Black Sea resort into a sports complex capable of hosting athletes from around the world. Jan 10, 2014

Akhilesh Yadav defends Saifai Mahotsav, BJP criticizes

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): The BJP on Friday slammed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for defending the Saifai Mahotsav. After the Samajwadi Party's splurge on Saifai Mahotsav drew much criticism, Akhilesh Yadav defended himself and his party saying that whatever was possible for the state government, it has already done it for the Muzaffarnagar riot victims. Yadav added that it was sad that artists who don't know about Muzaffarnagar were asked about it. Jan 10, 2014

Livelihood College a boon for tribals in Naxal-hit Dantewada

Dantewada, Jan 10 (ANI): Dantewada in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh lacks basic facilities like education and healthcare because of threats posed by the Naxals. The area has a low literacy rate and the youth have no employment opportunities. The chances of their being misled by the Maoists are quite high. In the effort to create employment opportunities for the youth and to prevent them from being exploited by anti-social elements, the Livelihood College plays a significant role. The college helps in capacity building of the youth to encourage them to become self-employed. The college has hostel facilities and it aims to improve the skills of the local youth who already have technical qualifications. Many trained youth have decided to work in their villages and towns as outsiders face threats from the naxals. Jan 10, 2014

Mumbai bets on airport revamp to boost global standing

Mumbai unveils its lavish and long-awaited new airport terminal, part of a $2 billion revamp that aims to challenge India's reputation for shoddy infrastructure and boost the financial capital's status. Jan 10, 2014

'No regrets' over North Korea Rodman game: player

Former NBA star Charles Smith says he has 'no regrets' about the trip organised by Dennis Rodman to North Korea where players took part in a match marking leader Kim Jong-Un's birthday. Jan 10, 2014

It happens: Northeast Trade Fair

Assam, Jan 10 (ANI): Officials in India's northeastern Assam organised a trade fair, an initiative to encourage budding entrepreneurs and craftsmen to boost business and commerce in the province. Small businessmen and craftsmen from across the country assembled at the trade fair held in Jorhat district on Wednesday. Some traders came from neighbouring Bangladesh with the motive of showcasing their local skills in textiles. However, the main attraction at the trade fair was an E-Rickshaw (Tuk-tuk) that operated fully on battery. Jan 10, 2014

It happens: Silk Exhibition

Visakhapatnam, Jan 10 (ANI): Businessmen held a colourful seven day silk expo in port city of Visakhapatnam on Saturday organised by the Silk Mark Organisation of India to boost the sales of the famed traditional south silk, also aiming at benefiting the weavers. The exhibition is expected to showcase the entire range of pure silk fabric from remote weaving clusters of India under one roof, which will have 64 participants from over 17 states across the country. From muted shades to bright hues, the expo offers a wholesome shopping experience. Indians have a flair for silk fabric and is widely used by designers for traditional as well as contemporary dresses. About 97 percent of the raw silk is produced in five major states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir. Jan 10, 2014