Minor girl's death triggers protest in Bengal, locals allege rape

Kolkata : The death of a minor girl, who was allegedly raped, triggered protests as irate locals ransacked the house of the purported perpetrator of the crime in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district on Sunday.

Family members and neighbours of the girl, a student of Class 10, accused police of refusing to register a rape case despite receiving a complaint. The incident took place in Kakdwip.

The family members even refused to perform the last rites unless police launched a rape case against the accused, who has been taken into custody on murder charge only.

Caste System needs to be revised not the system of reservation

Heart of Darkness: Why Kashmiris link power woes to India-Pakistan dispute

By Sheikh Qayoom

Srinagar : Electric power woes in winter have become endemic in Jammu and Kashmir and, for the moment, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. People of the state have become cynical enough to say that the problem would be solved only after India and Pakistan resolve the Kashmir issue.

Many in the state trace the problem to the Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan, though new power projects have not kept pace with demand.

Sharmila Tagore lauds Yemeni director for highlighting women's sufferings

Kolkata : Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore heaped praises on Yemeni filmmaker Khadija Al Salami, considered the first woman director from her country, for being courageous enough to highlight the sufferings of women in the name of religion and tradition in her film "I Am Nojoom, Age 10 And Divorced".

At the closing ceremony of the 21st Kolkata International Film Festival on Saturday, Tagore, who was heading the jury selecting the best woman director and film from 14 short-listed films, lauded Salami's bravery.

India's ancient values important amid intolerance: President

New Delhi : Underlining that pluralism and multi-culturalism were at the core of India's psyche, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said the world was witnessing "the worst impulses of intolerance" and it was time to reinforce the values that bind together a diverse India.

Inaugurating the first-ever international conference of Indologists at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mukherjee said the world was struggling to deal with the kind of hatred never seen earlier.

Faiz remembered at AMU on his death anniversary

By TCN News

Aligarh: The University Debating and Literary Club, in association with University Drama Club, University Fusion Music Club, University Western Music Club and University Fine Arts Club, Aligarh Muslim University organised a programme titled “Irtiyash” at Cultural Educational Centre, AMU to commemorate the 31stdeath anniversary of noted Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

Shabana Azmi invites crowd for Nirbhaya's tribute

Mumbai : Veteran actress and social activist Shabana Azmi has urged the public to come in "large numbers" to pay tribute to the December 16, 2012 Delhi gang rape victim at Jantar Mantar here.

The tribute for the victim who was named as Nirbhaya by the masses, will be held on December 16.

"Met Nirbhaya's parents today. They are organising a shradhanjali (tribute) for her on 16 December at Jantar Mantar. Please come in large numbers," the veteran actress tweeted on Friday night.

महागठबंधन के लिए आसान नहीं है विधानसभा अध्यक्ष का चयन करना

By राजन झा

नवगठित बिहार विधानसभा में अध्यक्ष के पद को लेकर महागठबंधन में आम सहमति बनाना कठिन होगा. महागठबंधन के तीनों घटक दलों कांग्रेस, जनता दल यूनाइटेड और राष्ट्रीय जनता दल द्वारा इस पद के लिए अघोषित तौर पर अपनी दावेदारी पेश की गई है.

गठबंधन के सभी दल अध्यक्ष पद पर अपने पसंदीदा व्यक्ति को ही बैठाने की कोशिश में है. राजद की तरफ से अब्दुल बारी सिद्दीक़ी, कांग्रेस की तरफ से सदानंद सिंह और जनता दल यूनाइटेड की ओर से श्रवण कुमार का नाम प्रमुखता से लिया जा रहा है. ये तीनों नेता अपने अपने दलों के शीर्ष नेतृत्व के काफी विश्वस्त माने जाते हैं.

Indian women not dictated over dressing: Smriti Irani

New Delhi : Women in India are not told what to wear and how to wear what, union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani said here on Friday.

In a packed hall at the Women in the World Summit, India, the minister was booed by the audience after she made the statement saying: "Women in India are not told what to wear. They are not dictated how to wear any thing."

Growing intolerance in India is worrying: Shabana Azmi

New Delhi : Veteran actor Shabana Azmi on Friday expressed support to those raising issues of intolerance in the country. She said "the growing intolerance is worrying" and that the fringe elements need to be "put down".

"The growing intolerance in the country is extremely worrying. The debate currently is not just about putting the fringe elements down, but also about respecting dissent," Azmi said while addressing a session at the Women in the World India Summit.