Muslim girl in Mumbai denied room on rent

Mumbai : A 25-year old London-educated woman advertising professional was refused permission to hire a flat in Wadala, central Mumbai on grounds that she was a Muslim.

Maharashtra Minority Affairs Minister Eknath Khadse has ordered a probe into the incident here on Wednesday.

Armies need to end bias against women, says German minister

New Delhi : Armies need to get rid of prejudice that women are less abled than men, as future wars will be dominated by brain power and not muscles, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.

She was delivering a lecture organised here by Observer Research Foundation, an independent think tank based in India.

The German minister said that there are not many women in leading position in the German army, adding that subjective evaluation from men officers may be blamed for it.


Iranian women urge UN to halt Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen

Tehran : Hundreds of Iranian women rallied in front of the UN office in Tehran on Monday to protest against Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes on Yemen.

The protestors, in black robes, held placards condemning the Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen and offering support to the Yemeni people, Xinhua news agency reported.

They urged the UN to put an end to the airstrikes and the bloodshed in Yemen, chanting slogans against Saudi Arabian, US and Israeli authorities.

"We Iranian women want to give our support to Yemeni women," said Zahra Abbasi, a leader of the protestors.

Women's power extends beyond banking: Naina Lal Kidwai

By Aparajita Gupta,

New Delhi : Women have broken through the glass ceiling not just in India's financial services space, holding top positions in top banks, but have also made a significant mark in a host of other industries, says Naina Lal Kidwai, executive director of HSBC Asia Pacific.

The editor of "30 Women in Power: Their Voices, Their Stories" that was released here on Monday, the Harvard-educated Kidwai says Indian women today lead large organisations - in banking, law, media, IT, advertising, governance, healthcare, consulting, consumer goods and non-profits.


Prof Vimal Thorat delivers lecture on Dalit feminist writing at MIT

‘Babasaheb Ambedkar instilled a consciousness in women who then resolved to have their children, especially daughters, educated’

By Umang Kumar for TwoCircles.net,

Cambridge MA: Professor Vimal Thorat, current co-convener at the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) and former professor of Hindi at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) spoke at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on "Caste and Gender in Dalit feminist writing" on Thursday, May 21. The event was organized by the Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia.

Through the people's lens: Modi's development model so far

Dr Rahul Pandey, Bobby Ramakant and Dr Sandeep Pandey, Citizen News Service - CNS

Story of Modi’s development model so far: Cutting health and education expenditure, forcing land acquisition, buying expensive jets and unsafe nuclear power, benefitting Big Business, diluting employment guarantee, fanning communal fires, exploiting Ganga, curbing dissent and shielding governance from public scrutiny.

Telangana man arrested for rape, murder of daughter

Hyderabad:Police in Telangana have solved the mystery behind rape and murder of a minor girl with the arrest of her father, who committed the beastly act in an inebriated condition.

Meghawat Kamal (38) tried to mislead police by lying that some unidentified people attacked him, kidnapped his 15-year-old daughter, gang raped and murdered her. He even inflicted an injury on his forehead to convince police.

The incident occured on May 21 night near Ijrachittampalli near Vikarabad in Ranga Reddy district, about 75 km from here.


The iron lady of Tamil Nadu (Profile)

By Venkatachari Jagannathan,

Chennai : J. Jayalalithaa, often described as the 'Iron Lady of Tamil Nadu', returned to power on Saturday - after a seven month break that ended when she was acquitted in a corruption case, bringing joy to her party cadres and an apparent relief to several sections of the people.

Jayalalithaa was sworn-in as chief minister for the fifth time on Saturday.

Delhi Metro makes coach location convenient for women

New Delhi : To facilitate boarding and alighting of ladies from the same coach and avoid inconvenience to women passengers travelling on Line 1 (Dilshad Garden to Rithala), the Delhi Metro from Saturday has decided to change the locations of the ladies coach, an official statement said on Friday.

While lady passengers boarding the trains from Rithala going towards Dilshad Garden are advised that the last coach of the train will be the ladies' coach, for those travelling from the opposite direction the first coach will continue to be the reserved coach as before.


Golf: Indian girls slip to ninth place

Hong Kong: The Indian golf team of Gaurika Bishnoi, Ridhima Dilawari and Nishtha Madan ended the second day in tied ninth position at the 37th Queen Sirikit Cup Asia-Pacific Invitational ladies team golf championship here on Thursday.

The Indian trio assembled a card of 151 for the two days for a team total of 298 that saw them slip to ninth from overnight fourth position.

Bishnoi, 17, currently third on the IGU's ladies amateur tour, paced the team with a 74, while Dilawari, ranked second, added a 77 for the team total 151 in windy conditions.