79% Women’s report harassment and abuse, trend more prevalent in Northern India, reveals a Study

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net

New Delhi: A recent research by UK-based advocacy group ActionAid has once again highlighted the grim situation of women's security, with a study that has revealed that 79% women in India had reported harassment and abuse.

The survey conducted by multinational advocacy group in four countries – United Kingdom, Thailand, Brazil and India – has found that nine per cent of city women have “experienced” rape in India besides 21 per cent of women complaining that they faced “another form of physical sexual assault”.

Surge in female contestants, not MLAs

By Saumya Tewari

Female contestants increased across the four states that went to polls recently - but not legislators - and three times as many women contested in Kerala compared to the 2011 elections, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of electoral data.

Two of the four states had incumbent women chief ministers - West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee and Tamil Nadu’s J Jayalalithaa - and they registered consecutive victories for their parties.

Increase in women candidates, not MLAs

Kiran Bedi appointed Puducherry Lt. Governor

New Delhi: BJP leader and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi was on Sunday appointed Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique here said.

"The President of India is pleased to appoint Kiran Bedi to be the Lt. Governor of Puducherry with effect from the date she assumes charge," it said.

The Congress-DMK alliance returned to power in the union territory after the May 16 elections to the 30-member assembly.

Kiran Bedi appointed Puducherry Lt. Governor

New Delhi: BJP leader and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi has been appointed Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, a Rashtrapati Bhawan communque said on Sunday.

"The President of India has been pleased to appoint Ms. Kiran Bedi, to be the Lt. Governor of Puducherry with effect from the date she assumes charges of her office," it said.

Happy to see girl students shine: Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated the students on their success in various examinations, and said he was “happy to see girl students shine”.

“Congratulations to all candidates for their scores in examinations. Happy to see girl students shine,” Modi said in his radio address 'Mann Ki Baat'.

He spoke about a student, Gaurav from Madhya Pradesh, who had scored 89 percent but his family was not happy as they wanted him to get 90 percent.

'Sadhvi can go bathe in Kumbha mela, but my son can’t be moved out of solitary confinement?’ questions mother of 26/11 accused

By Special Correspondent, TwoCircles.net,

Mumbai: The mother of Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, an accused in 26/11 Mumbai attacks has reacted sharply to the fulfillment of Sadhvi Pragya Thakur’s demand of being taken out of prison for making bathe in the Simhastha Kumbh Mela after she sat on hunger strike. Ansari’s mother questioned if there is different law to deal with his son whose demand to move him out of solitary confinement was never considered during the last 40 months.

Delhi girl Sukriti Gupta tops CBSE class 12 exam

New Delhi : Sukriti Gupta of Montfort School here on Saturday topped the class 12 examination of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), securing 99.4 percent marks.

The CBSE announced the results of the examination, which was held from March 1 to April 22, for all its regions.

Gupta, a science stream student, scored full marks in Physics and Chemistry while she got 99 out of 100 in English, Mathematics and Computer Science each. Her aggregate marks were 497 out of 500.

First British woman in space reunited with Russian crewmates

London : The first British woman in space was reunited on Friday with her Russian crewmates on the space flight which took place 25 years ago.

Helen Sharman became only the 12th woman to fly into space when she took part in the flight in the Soyuz TM12 spacecraft which blasted off from Kazakhstan, Xinhua reported.

Her two fellow crewmates were Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Artsebarsky and Sergei Krikalev and their flight docked with the Mir space station on May 20, 1991.

The team spent six days on the orbiting space station, carrying out scientific experiments.

Only 2 percent increase in women legislators in Bengal

Kolkata : Though the number of women contesting the 2016 West Bengal assembly polls increased to 198 as against 174 in 2011, only 40 were elected and make 13.6 percent of the members of the 294-member assembly, an increase by two percent over the last election.

In 2011, altogether 174 women had contested out of a total of 1,792 contestants, while 2016 saw as many as 198 women battle it out among 1,961 candidates. A total of 34 had won in 2011.

Assam verdict shows how AIUDF got it wrong, paid the price for being complacent

By Amit Kumar, Twocircles.net

The Assam state elections results have made it clear that the Bharatiya Janata Party has decimated the incumbent Congress to end their 15-year reign and Sarbananda Sonowal will now be the first BJP Chief Minister in a north-eastern state.

Of the 126 seats, the BJP, in alliance with the Asom Gana Parishad and the Bodoland Popular Front, has won 86 seats, while AIUDF, with 14 seats, got four less than the previous elections.