Kenyan authorities arrest three women over terror links

Nairobi: Kenyan authorities said that three women, suspected of being suicide bombers, were detained in the coastal city of Mombasa.

Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa said the three were arrested in Elwak town on the Kenya-Somalia border as they attempted to sneak into Somalia to join Al Qaeda-affiliated Somalian militants, Xinhua reported on Monday.

"They boarded a bus from Mombasa and were to travel to Somalia via Mandera. In Somalia they were to become jihadi brides and were supposed to be trained as suicide bombers," Marwa said.

World Women's Chess semi-final: Harika draws against Mariya in first game

By Venkatachari Jagannathan,

Chennai : India's Grandmaster (GM) Harika Dronavalli on Sunday drew her first game in the World Women's Chess Championship 2015 semi-final round against Ukraine's Women GM (WGM) Mariya Muzychuk in 60 moves at Sochi in Russia.

The 24-year-old Dronavalli (FIDE rating 2492), ranked 16th among the women chess players, drew the game fighting hard against the 23-year-old Muzychuk (FIDE rating 2526) ranked 12th in the world.

Playing white pieces, the Ukranian opted for the Scotch opening.


Maneka Gandhi asks home ministry to consider women's quota in police

New Delhi : The women and child development ministry has requested the home ministry to take up with the various state governments the issue of 33 percent reservation of posts for women in police forces, official sources said on Sunday.

In a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi was cited to have said: "I request you to take up the issue of 33 percent reservation for women in police forces at your level so that together we can address the problem of violence against women."

Government not utilising Rs.2,000 crore Nirbhaya Fund, SC told

New Delhi: The Supreme Court was told Friday that the government was sitting on Rs.2,000 crore earmarked under the Nirbhaya Fund - meant to be spent for ensuring the safety and dignity of women - that was created after the December 16 Delhi gang-rape.

The social justice bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit was told that so far the government has sanctioned only one scheme of Rs.150 crore and another scheme of Rs.200 crore has yet to emerge from the gover nment files.


Giving wings to dreams and a Sunday School!!

An inspiring story of a bunch of dedicated volunteers who work for realizing the dreams of students from low-income area of Hyderabad

By Rupa Abdi for TwoCircles.net,

Hyderabad: Don’t allow yourself to be misled because of her burka and hijab or her surroundings. She is not just another ordinary Muslim girl living a simple life. She is an engineering student who also works part time for an NGO called Helping Hands.

RS chairperson admits impeachment motion against MP judge

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha chairperson Hamid Ansari has admitted a motion of impeachment moved by 58 members of the house against Madhya Pradesh High Court judge S.K. Gangele who has been accused of sexually harassing a woman judge in Gwalior.

The MPs had earlier this month submitted the motion to Ansari for initiating the impeachment process of Justice Gangele, who is now serving in the principal bench in Jabalpur.

Now, Jalpaiguri missionary school receives threat letter

Kolkata: Even as police are yet to make any arrest into the gang rape of a nun in a convent in West Bengal's Ranaghat, a Christian missionary school in Jalpaiguri district has received a series of threat letters and a phone call - one of which even hinted at a replay of the Ranaghat crime.

The nuns of the St. Capitaneo Higher Secondary School for Girls at Champaguri in Nagrakata block received five threat letters and a phone call between March 11 and 21.


WhatsApp rape videos: Accused sent to one day police custody

New Delhi: A court here on Wednesday remanded an accused arrested in connection with rape videos that were posted on phone messaging service WhatsApp to a day's police custody.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sujit Saurabh allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to quiz accused Kalia Sahoo alias Subrat Sahoo till March 26.

Sahoo was arrested from Bhubaneswar on March 23 and brought to Delhi after a local court there granted three days transit remand to the CBI.


Northeast India to get ready-made garment units

By Sujit Chakraborty,

Agartala: The Indian government plans to set up ready-made garment manufacturing units in each of the eight northeastern states which, among other things, would boost local employment, particularly for women.

This is being done to boost the textile industry in and export of ready-made garments from the region, officials here said.

NHRC orders probe into abduction of woman by BJD MLA

Bhubaneswar: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the Odisha government to conduct a fresh inquiry by the Crime Branch into the alleged involvement of an BJD lawmaker in molesting and abducting a woman in November 2013.

The NHRC directed the state chief secretary and Director General of Police (DGP) to conduct an inquiry by CB/CID and submit action taken report within four weeks, said human rights activist Subash Mohapatra, who had filed the complaint, on Wednesday.