Egyptian army today killed two militants and arrested 13 others during a security raid in North Sinai region.
The militants were killed in a fire exchange with the armed forces, military spokesperson Mohamed Samir said.
The security forces also destroyed 12 motorcycles belonging to the terrorists, he added.
North Sinai has been at the heart of many violent attacks by Islamist militants since the January 2011 revolution that toppled the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak.
The military has launched frequent security raids in the area, arrested suspects and demolished houses sheltering terrorists. Tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip have also been destroyed during the campaigns.
The attacks targeting police and military have increased substantially after the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi from power last year.
Many policemen and soldiers have been killed in the attacks which included bombings and shootings.
Over 40 people rescued from flood-hit areas in Bundi
Bundi(Raj), Aug 12 (PTI) Over 40 people stranded at separate places in flood-hit areas of the district were rescued today, with the police sounding an "alert" and issuing prohibitory advisory for visiting tourist places.
About 40 persons stranded at separate places amid the flood water were rescued by the army, police and rescue teams today morning, Superintendent of Police (SP) Bundi, Pankaj Choudhary said.
Amid consistent rains and flood at several places of the district, an alert was sounded today morning, he said.
Twenty two persons, including few children who had gone to their fields in Soya village area yesterday were rescued at about 3 AM this morning, he said.
Seven other persons including five women and two men, stranded in Gwar village in Namana police station area were also brought to a safe place by an army team and rescue personnel, he said.
Also, 12 Bundi residents who had gone to perform 'puja' in a Shiv temple over a river in Khatkad village yesterday were rescued safely, the SP added.
"A prohibitory advisory for the tourists and local people was issued asking them not to visit the tourist places, river banks and dams in the district," Choudhary said.
Police personnel have also been deployed at dangerous points to prevent the people from going there and army, rescue and police teams are alert to meet any rain-related eventuality in the district, he said.
Juvenile Justice Bill introduced in LS
New Delhi, Aug 12 (PTI) A comprehensive bill to tackle increasing crimes committed by youngsters between 16-18 years of age like the Delhi gangrape case and to ensure proper care and protection of needy children, was introduced in the Lok Sabha today.
The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014, introduced by Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, also proposes to repeal the law enacted in 2000 and provides for care and protection of children, their rehabilitation and offences committed against children, among other things.
The changes in the law come against the backdrop of outrage over the lighter punishment of three years in a reform home given to a minor convicted in the December 16, 2012 Delhi gangrape case.
Increasing cases of crimes committed by children aged 16-18 years in recent years makes it evident that the current provisions and system under the Juvenile Justice Act of 2000 "are ill equipped to tackle child offenders in this age group," the statement of objects and reasons of the Bill said.
It also said that the data of the National Crime Records Bureau established that crimes by children in this age group have increased "especially in certain categories of heinous offences."
Numerous changes were required in the existing law to address this, it said and proposed to repeal the 2000 Act and re-enact a comprehensive legislation, which would also provide general principles of care and protection of children.
It also proposes to empower the Juvenile Justice Board to decide whether a juvenile above 16 years involved in heinous crimes such as rape is to be sent to a observation home or tried in a regular court.
However, according to the Bill, in no case the juvenile involved in a heinous crime would be sentenced to death or life imprisonment either when tried under the provisions of JJ Act or under the provisions of IPC.
The Bill also lays down procedures in case of children in need of care and protection, their rehabilitation and social re-integration measures, adoption of orphans, abandoned and surrendered children and offences committed against them.