Ethiopia studying Indian self-help groups to empower women

By Sreeparna Chakrabarty,

New Delhi : A strong network of self-help groups (SHGs) has managed to improve the social condition of women in Ethiopia and the east African country is now studying Indian models to ensure their financial empowerment.

"We have these neighbourhood groups. They almost control every household," Tesfayenesh Lema Agregaw, director (Youth Affairs) in Ethiopia's ministry of women, children and youth affairs, told IANS during a knowledge exchange visit here with her colleagues.


Honour for AMU teacher

By TCN News,

Aligarh: Dr. Ghazala Yasmin, guest teacher, Department of Applied Mathematics, ZH College of Engineering and Technology at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has been awarded the “A K Agarwal Prize for Best Publication of the Year 2014”.

Special police teams in Hyderabad for women's safety

Hyderabad : Hyderabad Police Friday set up 100 special teams to check harassment of women in public places.

To be called 'She' teams, their members will keep a tight vigil at places where sexual harassment is common.

Each team comprises five police personnel and they have been provided small cameras to record the movements of suspects.

Police Commissioner Mahender Reddy told reporters that the teams will mingle with the general public, including women to keep an eye on the suspects.


Men's groups resent move to empower women panel

New Delhi : Men's rights groups, fighting for shared parenting in case of divorce, Thursday protested the central government move to empower the National Commission for Women (NCW) with powers to direct police to arrest the accused in crimes against women.

In a missive to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Bangalore-based NGO Child Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP) said: "If the NCW is elevated, it will lead to a complete disintegration of the Indian judicial system."


Rajnath Singh concerned over low representation of women in jobs

New Delhi : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed concern over low representation of women in many fields, including police where it is less than 10 percent.

Addressing the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Indian Women's Press Corps here Sunday, Singh recalled that one of the first things he did after becoming home minister was to issue an advisory to Delhi Police, and police in other states, to fill 33 percent posts with women.

Women comprise 5.5 percent of 288-member Maharashtra assembly

Mumbai : Barely 5.5 percent of the 288-member Maharashtra legislative assembly are women, according to an analysis of poll results Monday.

Of the total 4,119 candidates, who contested in the Oct 15 election, only 276 women were in fray from mainstream political parties and a few Independents.

At the end of counting Sunday, only 16 (out of 276) were declared elected, all from the major parties.

Among the winners, 10 belong to the Bharatiya Janata Party while five are from the Congress and one from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

Asma Nama- Sensitivity Quotient: A Simple Note on Simplicity and Sensitivity

By Asma Anjum Khan for TwoCircles.net,

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An Afghani child falls asleep after hard work at a brick kiln. Children as young as three year olds do hard labour, as seen here.

Record 13 women get elected to Haryana assembly

Chandigarh: Haryana's legislative history has a new entry - 13 women candidates have been declared elected to the new state assembly Sunday out of the record 116 who had contested.

Out of those elected, eight belong to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), three to the Congress and one each to the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC).

Country's richest woman loses in Haryana polls

Chandigarh: Savitri Jindal, the richest woman in the country, lost from the Hisar assembly seat, officials said Sunday.

Jindal, who was elected from Hisar in 2005 and 2009 and is a minister in the outgoing Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government in the state, lost to BJP candidate Kamal Gupta by 13,646 votes.

Jindal, who is the mother of billionaire industrialist-cum-politician Naveen Jindal, trailed during counting. She was the Congress candidate on the Hisar seat.

Molestation charges against a college teacher in Karimganj district of Assam: What is the truth?

By Mustafa A. Barbhuiya,

Curfew has been imposed for last two days in the Karimganj district of Assam after massive street protests from people of minority community over attack on a college teacher by alleged right wing Hindutva activists.