France's novel solution to stagnating economy: more tax

The New Year in France will prove to be more expensive than the last. Value-added tax is set to jump on January 1, leaving restaurant owners and hotel managers to fret about their already dwindling customers. Duration: 02:08 Jan 1, 2014

Police rescue construction workers abducted by Maoists in Jharkhand

Deoghar, Dec 31 (ANI): Police on Tuesday rescued seven labourers, who were abducted by Maoists from a construction site, after the team launched a joint search operation in Jharkhand. The workers were abducted on the night of December 22 while they were engaged in the construction of a bridge in Deoghar district of the state. Superintendent of Police, Prabhat Kumar, said that the abduction of construction workers might be related to levy. Dec 31, 2013

Arvind Kejriwal now moves to reduce power bills in Delhi

Kaushambi, Dec 31 (ANI): After fulfilling his party's promise of providing free supply of 700 litres of water every day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday initiated steps to reduce power bills by asking the three private power distribution companies to present their case on their likely audit by the CAG. Dec 31, 2013

Air Marshal Arup Raha takes over as Indian Air Force Chief

New Delhi, Dec 31 (ANI): Ace fighter pilot, Air Marshal Arup Raha, took over as the Indian Air Force Chief succeeding incumbent Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne on Tuesday. He previously served as the Vice Chief of the Air Staff Dec 31, 2013

Aircraft makes emergency landing on highway in MP due to wind direction change

Betul, Dec 31 (ANI): A private plane in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh made an emergency landing on a national highway on Tuesday, following risk of accident due to change in the wind direction. After the plane took off, the strong winds went in the opposite direction and forced the pilot to land on the highway. Dec 31, 2013

India gears to welcome 2014 with music and food festivals

Goa/ Assam, Dec 31 (ANI): Leaving behind memories of an eventful year, India geared up to move into 2014 with celebrations, music and food festivals. Thousands of foreign tourists thronged India’s party capital, Goa, which boasts of colonial Portuguese charm, sun-kissed beaches and great seafood. Dec 31, 2013

Japanese Companies Use Traditional Techniques For Modern Products

Tokyo, Dec 31 (ANI): Japan has rich tradition in food, culture and lifestyle which is well explored in the modern times. “Woshoku”, a traditional Japanese cuisine has recently been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, while “Sake”, a traditional alcoholic beverage, made from rice and water, is also enhancing its global recognition. Dec 31, 2013

Oil train derails in North Dakota

Train wagons carrying crude oil explode sending a massive mushroom cloud of flames skywards after derailing in North Dakota. Duration: 00:32 Dec 31, 2013

Israel releases 26 prisoners

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas greets former prisoners at his presidential compound in Ramallah after Israel released 26 detainees. Duration: 00:59 Dec 31, 2013