Seven Maoists surrender in red corridor of Chhattisgarh

Ranchi, Aug 21 (ANI): Tired of internal politics, seven Maoists surrender to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Chhattisgarh state. Maoists sent a message to the CRPF stating the various factors responsible for their surrender. They said that promotion to higher levels inside the Maoist organisations is only given to members from Andhra Pradesh. They also said that they were not allowed to meet their family members. CRPF is seeing the surrender as a big achievement, especially because of the surrender of a Maoist named Kranti, who was wanted, in various major operations and attacks by the insurgents. Some of the surrendered Maoists are Improvised Explosive Device (IED) experts. Aug 21, 2014

Artificial limb center in Kanpur provides aid to injured in war torn areas

Kanpur, Aug 21 (ANI): Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) has earned goodwill for the country by providing artificial limbs to the land mine victims in Afghanistan and by setting up a limb fitting facility centre. ALIMCO, which is based in Kanpur, distributes aids and appliances to the disabled free of cost and at concessional rates. Recently, it provided a ray of hope to the survivors of war torn Afghanistan as it set camps in the country where experts took measurements of the disabled for their artificial limbs and also taught how to use them. Aug 21, 2014

Memories of German WWI atrocities haunt Belgium

Bloody German atrocities against Belgian civilians at the outset of World War I still haunt gentle towns such as Dinant and Louvain whose sacrifice sparked global outrage and a drive to curb war crimes. Duration: 02:20 Aug 20, 2014

Lebanese church distributes aid for Iraqi refugees

Members of the Chaldean Diocese in Baabda, were giving food items on Wednesday to Iraqi Christian refugees who fled the ongoing fighting between Iraqi government forces and Islamic State (IS) jihadists in northern Iraq. Duration: 00:45 Aug 20, 2014

Work of US reporter James Foley, purportedly beheaded by IS

Islamic State on Tuesday purportedly released a video showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley. Foley was an experienced reporter who had covered numerous conflicts, contributing to Agence France-Presse and other outlets. Duration: 00:53 Aug 20, 2014

Separatist organisation protests in Kashmir, demands release of prisoners

Srinagar, Aug 20 (ANI): Separatist organisation, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), staged a sit-in protest on Wednesday, as they demanded the release of political prisoners languishing in jails for the past several years. The JKLF members protested in Srinagar city against the apathy of the government towards their long pending demands. The protesters, holding photographs of the prisoners, hoped for early release of people who have been arrested for protesting in the valley. JKLF vice chairman, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, expressed his ire over atrocities committed against Kashmiri prisoners in jails. Aug 20, 2014

Need peoples' mass support: Irom Sharmila after being released from custody

Imphal, Aug 20 (ANI): Human Rights Activist and Iron Lady of Manipur, Irom Sharmila was released from Custody on Wednesday after Court dropped suicide charges against her. Sharmila said that she needs mass support of the people. She also said that her battle against the removal of a draconian law will continue. She began her fast in November 2000 after 10 people were killed in a shooting at a bus stop near her home in Manipur, a remote state that borders Myanmar. Aug 20, 2014

NHRC sends notice to Gujarat Govt. on kids swimming across bridgeless river to reach school

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that in absence of a bridge, about 125 students of five villages in Chhota Udepur District in Gujarat have to swim across the Hiran River to go to their government school in Utavadi Village in Tilakwada Taluka of District Narmada. The villagers have been requesting for construction of a bridge over the river for a very long time but in vain. Accordingly, a notice has been forwarded to Gujarat's chief secretary to submit a report within a month. Aug 20, 2014