Arunachal hosts festival to promote adventure tourism

Aruncahal Pradesh, Dec 5 (ANI): Mechuka in West Siang district of Aruncahal Pradesh is one of the most picturesque destinations in the Northeast. Efforts are high to make it a popular destination for adventurers. Recently, the second edition of adventure festival 'Mechuka 2014', was held with participation from tourists from across the country. The three-day mega event featured various adventurous activities like trap shooting, mountain biking, para gliding, rappelling, archery, rafting and kayaking. Besides adventure and sports activities, cultural performances of various communities mesmerized the visitors. Ethnic cuisine, handicrafts and traditional attire were also displayed. Dec 6, 2014

New coins to help ease Zimbabwe cash crunch

Zimbabwe's central bank unveiled special coins on Friday to ease a shortage of low denomination cash, which has forced shoppers to accept sweets or pens in lieu of change. Dec 6, 2014

Mexico leader vows to revive tourism in violent state

Mexico's embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto pledges to revive tourism in Acapulco during his first visit to violence-torn Guerrero state since the apparent massacre of 43 students in September. Dec 6, 2014

Thousands march in Hungary in anti-graft protest

Several thousand Hungarians protested against corruption in Budapest on Thursday, the latest demonstration challenging the government of controversial Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Dec 6, 2014

Green 'Earthship' homes do their bit to save the planet

Amidst worries about global warming and resource depletion, some US communities have turned to ultra-sustainable housing, known as 'Earthships'. Examples can be found across the world, but their spiritual home remains in New Mexico. Dec 6, 2014

Central America's new coffee buzz: renewable energy

That morning cup of coffee gives many of us a needed boost, but Central American coffee farmers have found a new source of energy in their beans: turning agricultural wastewater into biogas. Dec 6, 2014

Obama names Ashton Carter as defense secretary

US President Barack Obama on Friday named a former Pentagon deputy chief, Ashton Carter, to be his new defense secretary. If confirmed, Carter would replace Chuck Hagel who announced his resignation last month. Dec 6, 2014

Soldiers still dying as Ukraine creeps towards ceasefire

Ukraine said Friday it had lost another six soldiers in the past day as reports continued of intense battles for control of a flashpoint eastern airport despite tentative steps towards a comprehensive ceasefire. Dec 5, 2014

French troops destroy weapons in CAR

As the first anniversary of the French Sangaris operation in Central Africa nears, troops go on patrol and destroy weapons and ammunitions they have gathered. Dec 5, 2014

Ebola tests the limits of even the most hardened aid workers

Ebola is an invisible and deadly enemy that imposes drastic security measures on health workers. It has tested the limits of even the most hardened humanitarian workers with 20 years of experience working in extreme conditions. Dec 5, 2014

Kenyans react as intl court drops case against president

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor on Friday dropped crimes against humanity charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, dealing a blow to the tribunal after a long-running and troubled case. Dec 5, 2014

Maharashtra Cabinet Expansion: Ministers take oath

Mumbai, Dec 5 (ANI): After getting back together with its age old ally Shiv Sena, Devendra Fadnavis led BJP government in Maharashtra on Friday carried out its first cabinet expansion. The Shiv Sena joined the Maharashtra government with 10 of its nominees, including five of cabinet rank while an equal of 10 nominees were included from the BJP. The ministers took oath in the presence of state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Maharashtra governor C Vidyasagar Rao at the Vidhan Bhawan in Mumbai. Shiv Sena leaders Subhash Desai, Divakar Raote, Ramdas Kadam, Eknath shinde and Dr Deepak Ramchandra Sawant took oath as the Cabinet Ministers. Dec 5, 2014