CIVILIAN

  • Iraq PM orders halt to shelling of civilian areas September 13, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraq's prime minister said on Saturday that he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of "innocent victims" as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by the Islamic State extremist group this summer. "I issued...
  • Civilian killed in Ukraine shelling despite truce September 7, 2014

    Donetsk, Ukraine (AP): One civilian was killed in shelling in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol and large explosions were heard near the airport in Donetsk early on Sunday, raising fears that a ceasefire signed two days ago is on the verge of collapse. Blasts from the area near the airport...
  • Five civilians killed in Iraq airstrike miss September 5, 2014

    Mosul: Five civilians were killed and eight injured when warplanes missed their target on Friday in an attempted strike on the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul used as headquarters by Islamic State (IS) militants, local sources said. Iraqi warplanes carried out the attack on the consulate headquarters...
  • J&K: Another ceasefire violation in RS Pura sector, one civilian injured August 22, 2014

    Jammu: Another incident of ceasefire violation was reported from RS Pura Sector in Jammu last night. Heavy firing commenced in the area of Abdulian and Korotana from 2 AM, continuing till early morning. One civilian has been injured after a shell hit his home near the LoC. No casualties have...
  • Bombing in northern Afghanistan kills 4 civilians June 25, 2014

    Kabul: A bomb hidden in a push cart and detonated by remote control near a government building in northern Afghanistan killed four people on Wednesday while a rocket attack near the Kabul airport wounded four, officials said. The explosion, which struck early on Tuesday morning near the governor's building in...
  • Murli Manohar Joshi conferred Russia's highest civilian award June 18, 2014

    Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi was on Wednesday conferred Russia's highest civilian award for foreign nationals, "Order of Friendship", for his championing role in fostering ties between the two countries. Joshi was bestowed the award by visiting Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry O Rogozin at a function at the Russian embassy...
  • '135 civilians killed in Nigerian attacks' April 13, 2014

    Abuja: As many as 135 civilians have been killed since Wednesday in north east Nigeria, a senior official from the region has revealed. According to Borno state senator Ahmed Zannah, the killings were carried out in at least three separate attacks in the state. The attackers are suspected to be from...
  • Three Australians of Indian origin get Australia Day honours January 30, 2014

    Three Australians of Indian origin have received Australia's prestigious civilian honours for their exceptional contribution to the society. Sadanandan Nambiar, Radhey Shyam Gupta and Pratish Chandra Bandopadhayay were the recipients of the Australia Day Honours, which were announced on January 26, the national day of Australia. Nambiar, who works with the Commonwealth...
  • Research is harder than cricket, says CNR Rao November 16, 2013

    Bangalore: Professor CNR Rao, who was awarded the country's highest civilian honour, on Sunday expressed his happiness on being conferred the award. The 80yearold scientist said that he was happy as the country has finally recognised his work after a decade. Speaking to CNNIBN, Rao said: "I have worked very hard...
  • CNR Rao, a high priest of pure science gets Bharat Ratna November 16, 2013

    New Delhi: Eightyyearold Prof. Chintamani Nagesha Ramachandra Rao has been chosen for India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna. The world renowned chemist was named for the top civilian award along with Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. However, both Rao and Tendulkar share nothing in common. Sachin is a national sporting...
  • 400 Indians in Pakistani prisons, confirms MEA November 1, 2013

    Around 400 Indians are in Pakistani prisons, of whom 90 have completed their sentences and are entitled to be released and sent home, a top official said on Thursday. According to external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, of the 400 Indians, 214 are civilian prisoners while 186 are fishermen. He said the...
  • J&K: Two youth open fire at security forces' vehicles, civilian injured September 28, 2013

    Srinagar: Two youngsters on a scooter opened fire in Sanat Nagar, Srinagar on Saturday. A civilian injured himself after he panicked hearing gunshots. The youngsters opened fire on vehicles of the security forces between Sanat Nagar and Hyderpora bypass road, official sources said. Army, police reached the spot and carried out...
  • 116 civilians freed after Philippine troops retake rebel-held villages post 9-day standoff September 17, 2013

    Philippine troops have recaptured 70 percent of the coastal areas of a southern city that were occupied by Muslim rebels and rescued 116 of more than 100 civilians held hostage in a nine-day standoff, the military said on Tuesday. About 64 hostages were freed or escaped during military operations early on...
  • 1,429 Syrians killed in August 21 chemical weapons attack, says US August 31, 2013

    A Syrian chemical weapons attack killed 1,429 Syrian civilians, including 426 children, an unclassified report by US intelligence agencies concluded on Friday. President Barack Obama is using the report to make the case for retaliation against the Syrian government. The report, based partly on intercepted communications, said US authorities have a high...
  • Afghanistan: Kunduz district governor, civilians killed in suicide bomb attack August 30, 2013

    A suicide attack in Afghanistan's northern province of Kunduz killed a district governor, his bodyguards and civilians at a mosque on Friday, government officials said. The group that included the governor of the Archi district were attending a ceremony for a tribal elder who had died the day before, the officials...
  • Hamid Karzai condemns killing of 12 civilians by Taliban August 28, 2013

    President Hamid Karzai has condemned the killing of 12 Afghan civilians including five aid workers in two separate attacks as he concluded talks in Pakistan aimed at fostering peace. The New York-based International Rescue Committee (IRC) confirmed on Tuesday that five Afghan staff members, all men in their 20s, were taken...
  • Srinagar: Policeman killed in a terror attack, one civilian injured August 26, 2013

    Terrorists on Monday shot dead a policeman and took away his service rifle in Anantnag district of south Kashmir, officials said. A civilian was also injured in the firing and was hospitalised, they said. Constable Salamatullah was shot at from point blank range by some unidentified ultras in village Khudwani, 62-km...
  • Militants attack police patrol party in Anantnag, constable killed August 26, 2013

    A policeman was killed and a civilian injured when militants opened fire on a security patrol in Anantnag district of south Kashmir on Monday, officials said. Unidentified militants opened fire on a police patrol party at village Khudwani, 62 kms from Srinagar around 1 PM on Monday, killing a cop -...
  • 'Terrorists be held accountable for attacks on civilians' : United Nations August 20, 2013

    India has called for holding terrorists and illegal armed groups accountable for attacks against civilians and UN peacekeepers. Addressing a special meeting of the 15membered powerful body of the United Nations during an open debate on "Protection of Civilians in armed conflict", Indian Ambassador the UN Asoke Kumar Mukerji said efforts...
  • Defence Ministry okays night flights to Srinagar, Omar says infrastructure first July 16, 2013

    Srinagar: For people of Jammu and Kashmir, night flights remain a dream despite Defence Ministry giving its nod for extending flight time till 10 PM as infrastructure issues are yet to be solved by Indian Air Force and Civil Aviation Ministry. Defence Ministry gave its clearance and according to a letter...
  • Young pilots proved their metal in Uttarakhand: Air Cdre Rajesh Isser July 3, 2013

    Air Commodore Rajesh Isser was the overall head of Operation Rahat, the largest heliborne evacuation and rescue operation in the history of the world. Talk to the man about how the IAF and its flyboys went about the mammoth task and the challenges they faced on the way. Air Commodore...
  • American diplomat, 6 others killed in Afghan attacks April 7, 2013

    Kandahar (Afghanistan): Terrorist killed six Americans, including a young female diplomat, and an Afghan doctor in a pair of attacks in Afghanistan on Saturday. It was the deadliest day for the United States in the war in eight months. The violence hours after the US military's top officer arrived for...
  • Irom Sharmila re-arrested in Manipur March 14, 2013

    Imphal: Activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on fast for more than 12 years demanding repeal of the 'draconian' Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Manipur, was re-arrested by state police, officials said on Thursday. Sharmila, who was released on Tuesday by the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Imphal East,...
  • Syria death toll likely near 70,000, says United Nations February 13, 2013

    United Nations: The death toll in Syria is likely approaching 70,000 up almost 10,000 from the start of the year, and civilians are paying the price for the UN Security Council's lack of action to end the conflict, the UN human rights chief said on February 12. Navi Pillay,...
  • South Korea launches first civilian rocket January 30, 2013

    Seoul: South Korea launched its first space rocket carrying a science satellite on Wednesday amid heightened regional tensions, caused in part, by North Korea's successful launch of its own rocket in December. It was South Korea's third attempt to launch a civilian rocket to send a satellite in orbit in...
  • J&K: Curfew lifted from Pulwama, fresh clashes erupt January 1, 2013

    Srinagar: Two persons were injured as fresh clashes erupted between protesters and police soon after the curfew was lifted today from Pulwana town in south Kashmir after four days. A group of youths pelted stones at security personnel who chased them, officials said adding two youths were injured in skirmishes...
  • Clashes erupt in Pulwama after alleged army firing December 28, 2012

    Pulwama: Four civilians were allegedly injured in an army firing at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir, sparking protests and clashes between civilians and the security forces on Wednesday. The locals say army personnel opened fire after a vehicle carrying injured soldiers to hospital got stuck in a traffic jam. The army...
  • Unearthed mass grave stirs Sri Lanka's troubled past December 19, 2012

    Matale (Sri Lanka): A mass grave unearthed in Sri Lanka has stirred memories of the country's bloody insurgencies and sparked calls for an official inquiry in the island nation that has drawn global scrutiny for its chequered human rights record. At a building site near a hospital in Matale, a central...
  • Civilian deaths drop 36 per cent in Afghanistan: UN May 31, 2012

    Kabul: The number of Afghan civilians killed has dropped 36 per cent so far this year compared with last, the UN said on Wednesday, the first time the death toll has declined over multiple months since the United Nations started keeping track. The senior UN envoy for the country, Jan Kubis,...
  • Afghan killings suspect could face death: US March 13, 2012

    Washington: The US soldier, who killed 16 civilians in Afghanistan could face a death penalty if convicted, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said, while asserting that the tragic incident was but an "isolated" one. The suspect, who has been arrested, went on a killing spree over the weekend, shooting down civilians,...