Two women Maoists surrender in red corridor of Jharkhand

Ranchi, Dec 02 (ANI): Two women Maoists surrendered before the police in Ranchi city of Jharkhand. The duo was serving as the armed commanders and took part in several fierce battles against police. Speaking to mediapersons, Inspector General of Police (IG) (Ranchi zone) MS Bhatia said the two will be compensated as per the Maoist surrender and rehabilitation policy. Meanwhile, the 19-year-old Maoist, Pramilla who had taken up arms seven years ago in her school going days, urged other Maoists also to surrender. The rebels have operated for decades across a wide swath of central and eastern India, and grew in strength during recent times in areas where poor, tribal villagers came into conflict with mining companies seeking resources for industrialisation. Dec 2, 2014

Urs of Sai Akbar draws Hindu and Muslim devotees, promotes interfaith harmony

Rajouri, Dec 02 (ANI): Sufism in India has served to promote a common way of understanding the world. People from different faiths and all walks of life congregate at Sufi shrines to pay their respects. One such place is the Mausoleum of Sufi Saint Sai Akbar in Rajouri district of India’s northern state of Jammu and Kashmir that attracts Hindu and Muslim devotees. Every year large number of people visit the shrine to pray for the well-being of their loved ones. Though devotees throng the shrine throughout the year, the Urs or the death anniversary of the saint attracts a large number of people. During the Urs people from different faiths sit together, eat, drink and pray with equal devotion. Mass prayers are held on the occasion, which present a perfect picture of religious amity. Dec 2, 2014

Hindu children study in Islamic institute in Surat, present perfect example of communal harmony

Surat, Dec 02 (ANI): Surat, situated in India's western state of Gujarat, houses the culture of harmony between different faiths - that is upheld by the people of different faiths residing here. The Madarassa Islamic High School of Motavarachha area of the city is a perfect example of this ethos. Being a Islamic institute it has place for Hindu children who have been studying here since its inception. Established in the year 1905, the students here are taught about different subjects. The school believes that in order to achieve holistic development a comparative study of all religious text is important. And the youth must be aware of the commonality of different religious to give a better understanding of other faiths. Dec 2, 2014

Pakistani refugees living in India's Kashmir face unemployment issue

Kathua, Dec 2 (ANI): Pakistani refugees living in Jammu and Kashmir, on Monday (December 01), say that they are facing the problem of unemployment, adding they would vote for an honest and people-friendly candidate in the ongoing assembly elections in the valley. Around 70,000 families are living in a refugee colony in Kathua district and complain of no jobs. A resident of the colony, Joginder Sharma, said that there must be special educational policy for refugee colonies and a coaching centre too. He also said that there should be reservation for refugees in schools and colleges as well. Another resident, Yash Pal, said that the Refugee colony needs to develop and they want a leader who is honest and would work for their cause. Assembly elections began in the state on November 25 and are being held in stages, with results due in December. Dec 2, 2014

'Contact tracers' hunt down Ebola in Sierra Leone

Faced with an Ebola outbreak which has killed almost 1,500 people, Sierra Leone is relying heavily on so-called 'contact tracers' to ensure those who have been in contact with victims are monitored. Duration: 02:19 Dec 2, 2014

ICC rejects Congolese warlord Lubanga's appeal

The International Criminal Court on Monday upheld Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga's conviction for using child soldiers in his rebel army, handing down its first-ever appeals verdict. Duration: 00:34 Dec 2, 2014

MH17 jet wreckage ready for transport to Netherlands

Six more coffins carrying body parts of victims from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands from Ukraine on Friday, with nine victims of the July disaster still unidentified. Duration: 00:44 Dec 2, 2014

Egyptian opposition calls liberation of Mubarak "black day"

Leftist leaders condemned Saturday's dismissal of murder charges against Hosni Mubarak, on which Hamdeen Sabbahi, who lost the May presidential election to Sisi, commented it was a "black day in Egypt's history." Duration: 00:38 Dec 2, 2014

Peugeot holding 'intense' talks on return to Iran

France's PSA Peugeot-Citroen is in "intense" talks about resuming production in Iran, halted since March 2012, a top representative of the automaker said in Tehran on Monday. Duration: 00:38 Dec 2, 2014

French business owners protest taxes, red tape

Several hundred business owners demonstrated in Paris on Monday to protest hefty taxes, charges and stifling regulations they say are driving their firms into the ground. Duration: 00:58 Dec 2, 2014