Pakistani woman climbs world's seven highest peaks

Islamabad : Samina Baig became the first Pakistani woman to climb seven highest peaks in seven continents in under eight months, media reported Sunday.

Baig, 23, has completed the challenge of climbing seven of the highest mountains around the world, including Mount Everest which she scaled in May 2013, Dawn online reported.

Baig accompanied by her brother Mirza Ali, flew out to Russia, after Alaska, where they went on to scale the highest mountain in Europe, Mt Elbrus in Russia, which is 5,642 metres tall, bringing their 'Seven Summits' adventure to an end.

Railway employee's gang-rape: Bengal women's panel seeks report

Kolkata : The West Bengal Commission for Women Saturday said it will seek a report from the railway authorities after a woman employee filed a police complaint saying she was repeatedly gang-raped by four of her colleagues.

The women's panel took suo motu cognizance of the complaint of the employee at the city's Chitpur railway yard.

The woman narrated her ordeal to a TV channel and said four of her colleagues have been repeatedly raping her.


UN body concerned about impact of Gaza violence on women

United Nations : The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Friday expressed its deep concern about the impact of the ongoing Gaza conflict on women's health and access to safe births.

"Reports of the destruction of hospitals and health facilities are particularly disturbing as some 45,000 pregnant women in Gaza are currently in need of maternity care," Xinhua quoted the UNFPA as saying in a press release.

Lucknow woman's family stages sit-in, demands CBI probe

Lucknow : The family of a Lucknow woman, who was murdered last week, Friday began an indefinite sit-in here, trashing police investigations and demanding the case be handed over to the CBI.

Alleging that there was "more to it than met the eye", the family junked the Uttar Pradesh government's claim that so far they had not made any formal request for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe.

"This is a white lie. We have sent the request duly signed by us to the Chief Minister's Office by registered post," a family member told IANS.


Himachal to provide bicycles to women labourers

Shimla : Himachal Pradesh will provide household items, including a bicycle, to women labourers and insure all workers enrolled under the state Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, an official said Friday.

The cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Thursday allowed amendments in the Himachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Welfare Board (Regulation and Employment and Condition of service) Rules of 2008, a government spokesperson told IANS.


NCW seeks guidelines on online content offensive to women

New Delhi : The National Commission for Women (NCW) Thursday said the government should create guidelines for intermediaries to pull down any content offensive to women from the internet.

In a statement released after a day-long consultation on cyber crimes against women, the NCW called for sensitising police regarding cyber crimes.

"The government should provide guidelines for intermediaries to pull down any content offensive to women," it said.


Ramadan 1435: Unframed

By Shuchi Kapoor, TwoCircles.net


Members of the Muslim Youth Committee pose with the props when they got together for their community iftaar. This group organizes help for the needy and orphans as well as raising a consciousness among their community. Both girls posing in this picture work at an institute for differently-abled people.

A Pakistani woman expatriate struggling in acquiring inherited properties

By Naveed Baloch, TwoCircles.net,

Islamabad: “I came to my homeland with a hope, a belief in the system of justice, but it is too late for me”. These were the words of a senior citizen and Pakistan origin British national woman who is stranded in Pakistan as she is in litigation of her family shares. Despite knocking every door to get timely justice, she is not expecting to fly abroad until late September this year.

Ramadan 1435: Choices

By Shuchi Kapoor, TwoCircles.net


A woman in jilbab checks out a wide variety of Hijab that is available for purchase in a shop in Chennai.

Ramadan 1435: TCN series

Saudi Arabia allows women to participate in municipal polls

Riyadh : A new law that allows women in Saudi Arabia to vote and contest in municipal elections has come into force, a media report said Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia's Council of Ministers at a meeting chaired by Deputy Premier and Defence Minister Crown Prince Salman Monday approved the legislation that gives men and women equal right to stand as candidates, vote and nominate others in next year's municipal council polls, Arab News reported.

Women were not allowed to participate in the elections in 2011.