Four held for gang rape in Bihar

Patna : Four of the six men who gang raped a young student in Bihta near the Bihar capital were arrested Friday, police said.

The higher secondary student and resident of Bhojpur district was gang raped by the six in Bihta, about 30 km from here, Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Jitendra Rana said.

Four of the six were arrested Friday, and police teams were conducting raids to nab the other two, he said.

Policeman used stolen AK-47 to extort Rs.10 lakh

Hyderabad : The policeman, who opened fire from a stolen AK-47 at a top executive of a pharma company here Wednesday, had abducted "a person with luxury car" from the same area and extorted Rs.10 lakh in February, police said.

Police, however, has not named the victim.

Constable P. Obulesu, who stole the firearm in December last year from the armoury of anti-Maoist force Greyhounds at Gandipet here, took the victim to Kotthur of Mahaboobnagar district and left him there along with the car.

45 killed in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

Lagos : Members of the armed terrorist group Boko Haram have killed at least 45 people in a village near Mafa city in the northern Nigerian state of Borno, media reported citing municipal sources and witnesses.

The radicals attacked Azaya Kura Wednesday, just one day before the Nigerian government refused to extend the state of emergency imposed 18 months ago in Borno and two other northeastern states in the country due to the Boko Haram attacks.

Man throws grenade at Kashmir poll rally, arrested

Srinagar : People attending an election rally in Kashmir Friday caught a man who threw a hand-grenade at the rally in Kulgam district and handed him over to police.

A police officer told IANS here: "People, attending a PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) rally in Ganiwana area (Damhal Hanje Pora tehsil), which was being addressed by local candidate Abdul Majid Paddder, caught 26-year-old Naushad Alam Ganai, who threw a grenade at the rally."

"Luckily, the grenade did not explode and rolled into a drain. People saw Ganai throw the grenade and caught him."

Terror plot averted in Meghalaya

Shillong : Seven insurgents were arrested in Meghalaya Thursday, as police averted a plot to carry out an explosion in the assembly constituency of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma.

The seven militants were arrested from South West Garo Hills district based on inputs about their bid to carry out explosions in the region.

"We have foiled their plot to carry out explosions in Ampati and attacks on police personnel in South West Garo Hills," district police chief Ramachandran Muthu told IANS.

Britain lauds inclusion of Libyan groups in terror list

London : British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has welcomed the UN Security Council's decision to put Libya's Ansar Al Sharia Benghazi (AAS-B) and Ansar Al Sharia Derna (AAS-D) in the list of terrorist organisations.

Both groups have links with Al Qaeda and are responsible for acts of terror in Libya, including bomb attacks, kidnappings, and murder, said Hammond in a statement issued by the government Wednesday.

India calls for action to stop terrorists exploiting the net

By Arul Louis,

United Nations : Citing the use of internet technologies during the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, India has called for changes to the management of the internet infrastructure to prevent terrorists from exploiting it.

India's UN Ambassador Asoke Kumar Mukerji, speaking to the UN Security Council Wednesday during a marathon session on international cooperation to combat terrorism, drew attention “to the increasingly sophisticated use of technology and communications to commit ever more barbaric acts of terror”.

Woman thrown off train in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal : A young woman was seriously injured after being thrown off a moving train in Madhya Pradesh when she resisted an attempt to snatch her purse, the authorities said Thursday.

The incident took place when Ritu Tripathi, who works at a coaching institute in Delhi, was travelling to Ujjain on board Malwa Express.

Two youth tried to sit on her berth when the train was between Lalitpur-Beena station. When Tripathi protested, the duo left but soon returned to snatch her purse.

Tripathi managed to nab one of them, when the other youth pushed her off the train.

Terrorism can hamper fertility

London : A significant study has revealed that on average, terrorism decreases fertility - reducing both the expected number of children a woman has over her lifetime and the number of live births occurring during each year.

"Besides illuminating another far-reaching effect of terrorism, the relationship between terrorism and fertility will be critical to understand when policymakers attempt to deal with other demographic transitions and security concerns," said Claude Berrebi from Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Three injured in Bengal crude bomb blasts

Kolkata : Three people were injured in two incidents of crude bomb blasts in West Bengal Thursday, police said.

The first blast took place in Mohanpur area in North 24-Parganas district. Two labourers were injuries when a crude bomb went off while they were filling up stone chips in sacks near a construction site.

"They have sustained injuries on hands and chest and have been admitted to a hospital," said a police officer.