Saradha scam case: Madan Mitra sent to judicial custody

Kolkata, Dec 19 (ANI): TMC leader and West Bengal Transport and Sports Minister Madan Mitra arrested in the Saradha scam was on Friday yet again denied bail and sent to judicial custody till Jan 2 by a court in Kolkata. Dec 19, 2014

Rajasthan govt's Bhamashah Yojana to empower women financially

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje says that the influence of women is increasing day by day in all fields of society. Her government has launched the Bhamashah Yojana for the financial empowerment of women and it will benefit nearly 1.5 crore women in the entire country. The program is effectively co-ordinated with the 'Jan-Dhan Yojana' initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Recently in an award ceremony organized by 'The Sunday Standard', Raje, who was the Chief Guest, presented awards to the Sunday Standard Devis. Twenty women were honoured for their exceptional contribution in the fields of law, art, health, business, fashion, adventure, hospitality, policing, architecture and music among others. Raje said that Rajasthan is no longer a state of women wearing long veils and occupied with household chores all day, instead they are representing the society individually. Apart from easy loans for poor women, Raje has also introduced scholarships for girl children and pension for the benefit of old women. Dec 19, 2014

Govt tables GST Bill in Lok Sabha, Jaitley says bill may increase taxation

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): The Central government on Friday tabled the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in Lok Sabha. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the government aims to bring the tax into effect from April 1, 2016. Government will compensate its state governments for revenue losses due to the new nationwide Goods and Service Tax. He added GST will also add to country's gross domestic product (GDP). The bill introduced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley needs the support of two thirds of members of parliament as well as ratification by state legislatures which is expected to happen by the next session of parliament. Dec 19, 2014

Drone sales could take off this christmas in the US

Small flying machines are all the rage amongst technology enthusiasts, many of which gathered at the Los Angeles drone expo this past weekend to not only to look at new models but also to size up potential gifts for their loved ones. Dec 20, 2014

Turkey court releases anti-Erdogan editor, arrests TV chief

A Turkish court on Friday ordered the release of an anti-government newspaper editor but the head of a national television network remains in custody in a controversial case that has strained relations with the European Union. Dec 20, 2014

S. Leone limits Chistmas activities to stem Ebola spread

Sierra Leone has launched sweeping efforts to stem the spread of Ebola in the west of the country. While church services will be allowed to go ahead over the festive period, public gatherings and entertainment have been banned. Dec 20, 2014

1 House owner prepares to move in for Christmas

Liverpool's Homes for a Pound scheme is designed to get first-time buyers onto the property ladder and breathe new life into rundown areas. Just a few weeks before Christmas the first member is preparing to move into his new home. Dec 19, 2014

A tough Christmas in Russia as currency slumps

The ruble has over 50 percent of its value since the beginning of the year because of EU and US sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, combined with falling oil prices. Dec 20, 2014