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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
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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
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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
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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
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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