Gujarat CM faces women's protest in home district

Mehsana (Gujarat) : A day after Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel asserted there was no question of providing quota in jobs and education to Patidars, men and women from her community on Wednesday demonstrated as she campaigned in her home district of Mehsana.

Police charged with canes at over 500 protestors, more than half of them women, who broke through barricades here as they vented their anger against the chief minister as she campaigned in north Gujarat for the second phase of the local government bodies elections slated for November 29.

Maldives vows to eliminate violence against women

Male : The Maldives government said on Wednesday it remains committed to eliminate violence against women.

The government will continue to step up its efforts to protect females from the flagrant violation of human rights, Xinhua quoted Maldives Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon as saying while commemorating the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women.

BJP leader suspended from Delhi assembly for derogatory remark

New Delhi : BJP lawmaker O.P. Sharma was suspended from the Delhi assembly for making derogatory remarks about his AAP counterpart Alka Lamba in an incident that led to uproar in the house.

An enraged Lamba, who lunged at Sharma with other AAP legislators, tried to slap him. But it did not connect.

Though Sharma's remarks could not be clearly heard, Delhi assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel quoted Sharma as having termed Lamba "a woman who roams in the night".

Mamata slams Modi government over flood relief fund

Kolkata : Lamenting the Centre's financial non-cooperation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday charged the Narendra Modi government with double standards over providing flood relief.

"We have been pleading for release of relief funds for the floods, but the Centre, ignoring our pleas, has preferred to sit over the issue for months. On the other hand, they were happy out help out Tamil Nadu immediately," Banerjee said at an event in Hooghly district's Arambagh.

Mobile phone-based alerts for pregnant women launched

Kolkata : A mobile phone-based alert system for pregnant women in rural areas was launched here on Monday to help them stay healthy till delivery.

Called 'M-Health Service', the service requires the would-be mothers to register via a cellphone. Periodic text messages will convey to them necessary treatment details to take care of issues that crop up during pregnancy.

Bihar to initiate moves to ban liquor

Patna : The Bihar government will soon take steps to impose a ban on liquor in the state, Excise and Prohibition Minister Abdul Jalil Mastan said on Monday.

The minister made the comments soon after taking office.

"We will start work to impose a ban on liquor in Bihar. It would be visible in the next six months," he told the media here.

In July, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had declared that prohibition would be imposed if he retained power in the assembly elections.

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अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net

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Minor girl's death triggers protest in Bengal, locals allege rape

Kolkata : The death of a minor girl, who was allegedly raped, triggered protests as irate locals ransacked the house of the purported perpetrator of the crime in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district on Sunday.

Family members and neighbours of the girl, a student of Class 10, accused police of refusing to register a rape case despite receiving a complaint. The incident took place in Kakdwip.

The family members even refused to perform the last rites unless police launched a rape case against the accused, who has been taken into custody on murder charge only.

Fringe fundamentalists are now mainstream: Teesta Setalvad

By Anurag Dey

Kolkata: India is going through difficult times where the "once fringe" fundamentalist groups have now become mainstream and, with the complicity of "fascists in positions of power", are running the show, says leading human rights activist Teesta Setalvad.

Sharmila Tagore lauds Yemeni director for highlighting women's sufferings

Kolkata : Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore heaped praises on Yemeni filmmaker Khadija Al Salami, considered the first woman director from her country, for being courageous enough to highlight the sufferings of women in the name of religion and tradition in her film "I Am Nojoom, Age 10 And Divorced".

At the closing ceremony of the 21st Kolkata International Film Festival on Saturday, Tagore, who was heading the jury selecting the best woman director and film from 14 short-listed films, lauded Salami's bravery.