End violence against women, say Nobel peace laureates

New Delhi : Women Noble Peace laureates Monday called on the Indian government to take more decisive steps to end sexual violence in India and internationally.

"The laureates are calling on the Indian government to take more decisive steps to end sexual violence in India and internationally - among them, endorsing the G8-backed Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict," said global human rights organization Breakthrough in a statement following an event featuring laureates Jody Williams and Shirin Ebadi.

Lalitha Kumaramangalam takes charge as NCW chair

New Delhi : BJP leader Lalitha Kumaramangalam Monday took charge as the chairperson of the National Commission for Women and said that she will work for uplift of women without politicising issues.

Kumaramangalam also demanded more powers for the NCW, an official release said here.

On the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, she admitted that there was misuse to some extent.

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi had announced her name earlier this month.

Emotional support for Jayalalithaa in Bangalore

Bangalore : About 500 men and women from Tamil Nadu crossed into Karnataka Sunday to extend emotional support to jailed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Carrying posters with pictures of 'Amma', as Jayalalithaa is popularly known, the protesters from Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri and Hosur areas staged a demonstration on the city's outskirts.

Police prevented them from going to the central jail where Jayalalithaa was sent to late Saturday after being sentenced to four years in prison for corruption.

अस्मानामा : मैं तो चार से निक़ाह करूंगा, लेकिन तुम्हारा क्या?

By अस्मा अंजुम खान, TwoCircles.net,

(अंग्रेज़ी पढ़ाती हैं और ढेर सारी बातें करती हैं.)

शनिवार का दिन मेरे लिए एक मशक्क़त से भरे हफ़्ते के अंत का सूचक होता है. पिछले छः दिनों के भीतर किए गए कामों के बाद मिलने वाला आराम मुझे अपने आगोश में लेने लगता है. इसी बीच एक शनिवार को एक बहन आती है और मुझे गले से लगाकर फूट-फूटकर रोने लगती है. उसने बताया कि आयशा और अन्य उम्माहतुल मोमिनीन के बारे में मेरी बातों ने उसके दिल को छू लिया. लेकिन अपनी उस रुलाई के बारे में पूछे जाने पर उसने जो बताया, उससे मैं न सिर्फ़ चकित हुई बल्कि अगले कुछ हफ़्तों तक मेरे भीतर डर बैठ गया था.

Indian women's compound archery team claims Asiad bronze

Incheon:The Indian women's team won the bronze medal in the compound archery event of the 17th Asian Games at the Gyeyang Asiad Archery Field here Saturday.

The Indian team comprising Trisha Deb, Purvasha Sudhir Shende and Jyothi Surekha Vennam won 224-217 against Iran's team of Sakineh Ghasempour, Maryan Ranjbarsari and Shabnam Sarlak for India's first medal from archery in Incheon.


Charges framed against rapist, killer of journalist's widow

New Delhi: A court framed rape and murder charges against 22-year-old domestic help, accused of raping and murdering the 81-year-old widow of a former news agency journalist at her residence here, sources said Friday.

"Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna Wednesday framed rape, murder and destruction of evidence charges against Neeraj Saifi," said court sources.

Saifi, a resident of Madhubani in Bihar, was working as domestic help in the house of the elderly woman.

The court fixed Nov 7 for commemcing prosecution evidence in the case.


68 percent Delhi women at risk of cardiovascular diseases

New Delhi : Over 68 percent of women above the age of 35 years in Delhi are at the risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), revealed a survey report Thursday.

The three-year-long survey named Saffola Life, which is India's largest study on risk factors causing heart diseases, said that Indian women are more at risk of heart diseases today than three years ago.

According to the report, obesity, a factor closely associated with heart diseases, is highest among women above 35 years of age in Delhi.

Hyderabad's IT corridor to have all-women police station

Hyderabad : The Telangana government has decided to set up an exclusive all-women police station in Cyberabad, the information technology (IT) district housing several IT giants, a minister said Thursday.

IT Minister K. Tarakarama Rao said the police station will be opened in 10 days in IT corridor under Cyberabad police commissionerate limits.

At executive council meeting of Nasscom, the apex body of IT industry, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao assured that special emphasis will be laid on security of women working in IT sector.


Committed to women's reservation in parliament: Naidu

New Delhi : Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkiah Naidu Thursday said the National Democratic Alliance government is committed to raise the representation of women in parliament.

"We must get more women in the parliament as soon as possible and the government is committed towards women's reservation," Naidu said while addressing the Assocham Ladies League(ALL) here.

He hoped the Women's Reservation Bill would be passed in the Lok Sabha soon.

Two killed in Meghalaya police firing

Shillong: A man and a woman were killed while five people were injured Wednesday when police opened fire to disperse a mob that attempted to attack a police station in Meghalaya, an official said.

The incident occurred in Mookhep area in East Jaintia Hills.

The mob attempted to attack the police station after a boy was picked up by police for allegedly pelting stones at vehicles on the national highway 44 during the indefinite economic blockade sponsored by the Movement of Indigenous People Rights and Livelihood (MIPRL).