Bear mauls man in Chhattisgarh's Surjapur

Surjapur, Jan 06 (ANI): A bear created havoc in a village in Chhattisgarh after it mauled a man. The man was attacked by the bear in the forest area of Surjapur district. The villagers shouted and tried to shoo away the animal but could not save the man. Reportedly, the man was an employee of Chhattisgarh Forest Department. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (wildlife), Kailash Chandra Bebarta said the bear had attacked many animals before and the villagers were living in fear. The man died on the spot. He was a part of the team that had gone to capture the bear but the team failed in their operation. Forest authorities later shot dead the animal. The victim's body has been sent for post-mortem. Jan 6, 2015

One of two constables accused of raping girl in Badaun arrested

Bareily, Jan 06 (ANI): One of the two absconding constables accused of raping a minor girl at a police station in Badaun, has been arrested. The second constable accused of the crime is still absconding. The Uttar Pradesh's Special Task Force has been roped in to hunt down the accused. Constable Avanish Yadav was arrested when he was about to board a train for Delhi from Bareilly junction late Monday night. The horrific incident took place on New Year's eve when the 14-year-old girl had stepped out of her house to relieve herself. The girl's mother had alleged that she was abducted by constables Veer Pal Singh Yadav and Avanish Yadav. However, the accused constable denied all charges and demanded probe. Superintendent of Police, Bareily, Rajiv Mehrotra applauded the development in the case and said that the second accused will soon be nabbed. Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government has announced a compensation of Rs five lakh for the victim. Jan 6, 2015

MHA proposes to set up Investigative Units to counter crime against women

New Delhi, Jan 06 (ANI): The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) proposed to set up Investigative Units on Crimes against Women (IUCAW) in 20 percent of districts in each state. The cost for such units will be shared equally by the state and the Centre. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in a letter to all the Chief Ministers, stated that there is a need to strengthen various elements of the criminal justice system, namely, investigation, prosecution and trials by courts, to deal with the issue of rise of crimes against women. The Home Minister took to twitter to share the contents of his letter. He tweeted, "Keeping the issue of crimes against women in mind I have written to all state CMs advising them to strengthen the criminal justice system. There is an urgent need to strengthen investigation, prosecution and trials by courts to deal with the issue of crimes against women. MHA has come up with a proposal to set up Investigative Units on Crimes against Women (IUCAW) in 20% of the districts of all the states. The IUCAW will help the investigative machinery of the States in cases like Rape, Dowry Death, Acid Attack and Human Trafficking," he added. Jan 6, 2015

Religious barriers fade as Hindus lend hand in making Tazia for Muslim brothers

Gorakhpur, Jan 06 (ANI): India is known for its diversity that is marked by harmonious relations between people of different communities. And examples of this ethos can be found throughout the country. One such example comes from Gorakhpur, where a Hindu, Puran Kumar makes Tazias for Muslims, who use it during processions of Islamic festivities. The Tazia maker believes that through his work he is able send out a message of brotherhood and harmony between different communities. The joint participation of people in important events of different communities is an example of interfaith harmony that exists in the country. A Tazia is a replica of the tomb of Imam Hussain that is carried in processions during Muharram. Jan 6, 2015

Brick industry prospering as workers from different faiths work together

Midnapur, Jan 06 (ANI): Midnapur, located in India's eastern state of West Bengal is known for many small and big business development. One of them being the brick industry... Owned by a Muslim, the industry employs large number of labours belonging to different communities, who work together, presenting the ethos of harmony and brotherhood. The brick industry, as a means of livelihood, for both Hindus and Muslims has helped them to live together in an atmosphere of peace and harmony. Without any religious intolerance, both the communities are working hard to expand their business to earn a better living. Jan 6, 2015

Syrian refugees rescued at sea recount ordeal

Relief centres in Milan have been providing refuge to a growing number of Syrian refugees who were rescued from the Blue Sky M ship which was stranded near the Greek island of Corfu. Jan 6, 2015

Tunisians react to the nomination of a new PM

Ex-interior minister Habib Essid, who held a number of posts under Tunisia's ousted regime, has been tasked with forming a government as prime minister designate, he announced Monday. Jan 6, 2015

Old regime security chief to be named as Tunisia PM

A top security official of ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali is to be named as prime minister designate following Tunisia's first free presidential and parliamentary elections, his party said Monday. Duration: 00:39 Jan 5, 2015