Man stabbed his wife in UP court

Mathura: A man has stabbed his wife in a court in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura district, police said.

Laxmi Devi, a mother of three children, is battling for her life in a hospital in Agra after her husband slit her throat and stabbed her several times Friday, police said.

Her husband Prem Pal Singh, a retired armyman, has been arrested after the victim's brother and the court intervened to protect her.

The couple had approached the court in a domestic violence case filed more than a month ago. A dowry case is also pending against Prem Pal Singh.


Kurdish women fighters, an unprecedented example of equality in Middle East

Madrid : The Syrian city of Kobane, where resistance against jihadis of the Islamic State (IS) has become a symbol of Kurdish unity, is also an unprecedented example of equality for its women, who fight side by side with men in the streets.

The images of Kobane, under siege by the IS for the past 40 days, and especially of women of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) defending their city with a Kalashnikov in their hand and a smile on their face, have been seen worldwide on social networks.

UN chief seeks help against female genital mutilation

Nairobi: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called on the media Thursday to speak out and help put an end "within this generation" to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a practice suffered by 130 million girls and women around the world.

In an event in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, Ban expressed his support for an international media campaign to raise awareness of FGM.

"The mutilation of girls and women must stop in this generation - our generation," the UN's highest-ranking official declared.

Proposal to legalise prostitution to be placed before SC panel: NCW

New Delhi : The proposal for legalising prostitution in India will be placed before the Supreme Court constituted panel Nov 8, National Commission for Women (NCW) chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam said Wednesday.

"The proposal for legalising prostitution will be put forth in the National Consultation scheduled to be held on Nov 8 by Supreme Court panel...," Kumaramangalam said in a statement.


Woman saves Indian from Bangladeshis' captivity in Baharin

Manama: An Indian, allegedly tortured and held hostage in Bahrain by five Bangladeshis for a paltry BHD800 ransom (about $2,000), was rescued with the help of his co-worker, an Indonesian woman, in an undercover police operation.

The five Bangladeshi carpenters are now standing trial in connection with last year's abduction of the 28-year-old Indian in Isa Town, about eight kilometre from capital Manama.

Modi is dynamic, says Sania

Hyderabad: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza Tuesday described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as "an extremely dynamic personality".

Asked how she felt when Modi congratulated her after her WTA year-end championship, Sania said it was great.

"He (Modi) is an extremely dynamic personality. He is a great leader. I have met him twice. He tweeted to me a few times which is very exciting," she said here on her return from Singapore.

Kerala government gives three job options to returnee nurses

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government Tuesday offered three options to the 534 nurses who had to return from Iraq and Libya due to the conflict in those countries.

The options were finalised at a meeting here chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and attended by officials and representatives of five companies owning hospitals in the Middle East and in the country.

Of the 534 nurses, 39 hold a BSc nursing degree, while the remaining hold a diploma in nursing.


Three Russian women drown off Goa coast

Panaji: Three Russian women tourists drowned while on a boating excursion to see dolphins in the sea off Goa, police said Tuesday.

The incident took place at mid-day off Betul beach in South Goa, 50 km from Panaji.

A police official said the women were on a dolphin sighting trip in a motor-powered boat, when the vessel capsized after encountering a large wave.

"They were trapped under the boat and drowned because they could not breathe," a police official engaged in the rescue work said.


Tourist trampled to death by elephant in Kerala

Idukki (Kerala): A school teacher from Gujarat on a holiday here was crushed to death by an elephant as she fell to the ground while clicking pictures with her four-year-old son. The police Tuesday described it as an accident.

Deepali, 27, was part of a 14-member holiday group from Gujarat's Narmada district. The incident took place Monday evening at the elephant camp here.


All-women police station opened in Dharamsala

Dharamsala : After Shimla, this town in Himachal Pradesh Monday became the second in the state to have an all-women police station.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh inaugurated the police station, a statement said.

Singh said such police stations would provide easy access to women in registering complaints. "More such police stations would be opened in the state," he added.

Shimla's all-women police station was opened Aug 11.

The women police station is headed by an officer of the rank of deputy superintendent of police.