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

India face security challenges from neighbourhood, should be ready for war on both fronts: IDS Chief

New Delhi, Jan 06 (ANI): Chief of integrated Defence Staff Air Marshal PP Reddy said that India faced security challenges from its immediate neighbourhood. Air Marshal Reddy said India has to be prepared for war on both Chinese and Pakistani fronts. He said India needed to be prepared for complete spectrum of conflicts like militant attacks, sub-conventional conflict, intense conventional war and nuclear war. Reddy also blamed China for assisting other countries against India. Meanwhile, security expert Qamar Agha said India should mobilise international community as the Chinese were trying to establish their supremacy in the Indian Ocean, which is a matter of concern for the whole world. Another Security Expert RK Arora said China is technologically ahead of India in terms of weapons and defence industrial base wise. Jan 6, 2015

Pak helping militants to infiltrate in Indian Territory: Security Expert

Bhopal/ Poonch, Jan 06 (ANI): Security expert said that Pakistan was trying to help militants enter India by firing at border posts in Jammu and Kashmir. Indian and Pakistani troops intensified cross-border firing overnight, even as one Indian border guard died in the firing. A senior Indian official with the border security force said they had retaliated against machine gun and mortar attacks on about 60 positions along a more than 200-km (125-mile) stretch of the border. A security expert, SR Sinho said that Pakistan was helping militants infiltrate in Indian Territory as they were planning something big before January 26. Amid the growing hostility, India's security agencies last week declared a nationwide alert to avoid militant strikes in the lead-up to visits by top US diplomat John Kerry and President Barack Obama later in January. Meanwhile, villagers living along the international border in Poonch district condemned the firing. A resident of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), Mohammad Iqbal said firing was not the solution. Jan 6, 2015

Two militants with possible link to Assam attacks produced in court, taken back to Assam on transit

Alipurduar, Jan 06 (ANI): Police in West Bengal produced two militants in court after speculations of their possible links to guerilla attacks, which left at least 80 dead last month in Assam, surfaced. The two suspects belonging to the tribal militant group National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) were nabbed late Sunday evening from a bus stop in Alipurduar district of West Bengal, which borders Assam. Police said the two suspects were produced in the court from where they were taken back to Assam on transit remand. According to Jaswal, the suspects identified as Ganga Basamatari (29) and Sajid Narjenari (21), both residents of Assam, were trying to escape through West Bengal after the Indian army declared Operation All Out' to reportedly flush out militants belonging to the NDFB. 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

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

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