Indian-American Bhagwati Agrawal listed among CNN's top ten heroes

By Arun Kumar

Washington : Indian-American Bhagwati Agrawal is listed among CNN's Top 10 Heroes of 2015, for bringing safe drinking water to more than 10,000 drought-stricken people in his native Rajasthan.

Each of the ten "everyday people doing remarkable things to make the world a better place" will receive $10,000 and be honoured at "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute," a globally broadcast event on December 6.

The CNN Hero of the Year chosen on the basis of readers' votes will receive an additional $100,000 for his cause, CNN announced Thursday.

Women to be inducted as fighter pilots: IAF chief

New Delhi : Women would soon be inducted as fighter pilots in the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said here on Thursday.

"We have women pilots flying transport aircrafts and helicopters, we are now planning to induct them into the fighter stream to meet the aspirations of young women of India," Raha said at the 83rd Air Force Day parade.

The event was held at Hindon Air Force base.

According to officials, there are around 300 women pilots in the Indian Air Force.

Somnath Bharti gets bail in domestic violence case

New Delhi : A court here on Wednesday granted bail to Delhi's former law minister Somnath Bharti, who is accused in a domestic violence case filed against him by his wife Lipika Mitra.

Additional Sessions Judge Anil Kumar released Bharti on bail, asking him to furnish a personal bond of Rs.1 lakh and a surety of the like amount.

He was also barred from leaving Delhi without permission.

The court observed that Bharti's custody is no more required for investigation purpose and no purpose is going to be served by keeping him in custody.

1,000 girls get school uniforms stitched by "Sakhi"

Jaipur : All of them may not have been able to go to school but a good number of rural women in Rajasthan, who are part of mining giant Hindustan Zinc's women empowerment campaign "Sakhi", are now engaged in stitching uniforms for school going children.

And they are not complaining. Twenty "Sakhi" women from Matoon in Udaipur, recently completed a project of stitching uniforms for 1,000 Anganwadi children in just 19 days, an official statement said.

A similar project of "Sakhi" in Debari in Udaipur is on to produce uniforms for 1,000 boys, the statement added.

Many Christians come out opposing ban on play ‘Agnes of God’

By TCN News,

Mumbai: Several Indian Christians have criticized demand by some catholic groups to ban a play titled 'Agnes of God' and have requested not to consider protest against play by certain Christians as the views of the entire Christian community.

The pain of Dardpora: Kashmiri half-widows living in a state of limbo

By Muhammad Zulqarnain Zulfi

Dardpora (Jammu and Kashmir): Lying near thick deodar forests, terraced cornfields, apple orchards and jagged mountains, the hamlet of Dardpora looks idyllic. But this Kashmiri village nurtures deep wounds from decades of conflict and hides within its fold a substantial number of what has come to be known as "half-widow".

Absconding Assam legislator arrested on rape charges

Guwahati : Assam legislator Gopinath Das, who was absconding since last month, has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the rape of a minor domestic help, police said on Sunday. The legislator has denied the allegation.

The girl's family filed a police complaint against the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) legislator from Boko assembly constituency, saying Das raped her in his vehicle last month.

Woman named cleanliness ambassador after row over toilet

Bhopal : A woman in a Madhya Pradesh village was named a cleanliness ambassador by local authorities after she walked out on her in-laws because they did not build a toilet at the house.

The move to appoint Seema Patel, a resident of Chowkipura village in Betul district, as a cleanliness ambassador will spread the message of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Clean India campaign, authorities said.

Seema asked her in-laws to build a toilet at the house, but they did not to do so. Following this, she left the house.

CBI questions Mayawati over NRHM scam

New Delhi : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday questioned former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati here in connection with the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam.

Sources said a team of CBI sleuths questioned Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati for over two hours at her residence in Central Delhi in connection with embezzlement of funds in implementation of the health mission. Mayawati was at the helm of affairs in Uttar Pradesh from 2007 to 2012 when the scam occurred.

Bigger conspiracy behind killing: Greater Noida victim's wife

Greater Noida : The killing of a man in a village here following rumours that his family consumed beef was part of a bigger conspiracy with two right-wing organisations operating in the area to spread communal disharmony, his widow said on Friday.

A mob beat to death 50-year-old Akhlaq and critically injured his 21-year-old son Danish in Bisara village in Greater Noida on Monday night.