Woman scientist, UN official among India's top analytics

Kolkata : A woman data scientist, a member of the UN's Big Data innovation initiative, analytics thought leaders and a analytics head of a leading online shopping portal are among the top 10 Indian experts who made the biggest impact on the analytics industry in 2014, a new report says.

The annual ranking of the 10 most influential analytics leaders in India by the Analytics India Magazine honours individuals in analytics/Big Data industry who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential individuals in India.


Ban on "India's Daughter": Don't shoot the messenger

By Arun Kumar,

India’s ban on a BBC documentary on the gang rape of an Indian woman has drowned out the real issues in a chorus of righteous protests over the “wrongs” done by foreign media - the plight of women in India.

Without even watching the documentary “India’s Daughter” about the Dec 16, 2012, rape of the woman who has come to be known as ‘Nirbhaya’ or ‘Braveheart’ in a bus in New Delhi, critics have accused BBC of “voyeurism” and worse for interviewing one of the convicted rapists.

Pakistan activist honored with International Women of Courage Award

Islamabad : After youngest ever nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai, the scenic Swat valley is again in the limelight on the world scene due to another brave woman from the area -- Tabassum Adnan, the founder of an NGO.

In recognition of her service for women's rights, the US has awarded Adnan the 2015 Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award, Dawn reported.

Deputy Secretary Higginbottom presented 10 extraordinary women from 10 countries the award. US First Lady Michelle Obama would join Higginbottom and the award winners as a special guest.

Activists oppose ban on 'India's Daughter'

New Delhi : Women activists on Thursday strongly opposed the blanket ban on a BBC documentary titled "India's Daughter" on the December 16, 2012 gang rape of a young woman in Delhi, arguing that the "knee-jerk" reaction constitutes an attack on freedom of expression.

"I have seen the documentary. It is powerful and moving. It does not sensationalize anything," CPI-M politburo member and women's rights activist Brinda Karat told IANS.

"This is the fourth time that the government has banned a documentary without viewing it," she said.


78 percent Indian women consider India safe to travel

New Delhi : A majority of Indian women of various age-groups across the country feel India is a safe place to travel, reads a survey.

HolidayIQ, India's travel and holiday information portal, conducted a survey among 20,000 women across the country in the first week of March to understand whether women felt safe while travelling in the country.

It was found that as many as 78 percent Indian women aged between 18 and 64 feel India is a safe place to travel, read a statement.


Centre to launch three-day campaign for better women's health

New Delhi : The union health ministry will launch a three-day nationwide campaign for ensuring better health for women, it was announced here Thursday.

The launch will coincide with the International Women's Day on March 8 and the campaign will focus on providing ante-natal and pre-natal services in health facilities.

"Under the initiative, special health check-up camps will be held at district hospitals, sub-district hospitals and community health centres on three days from March 8-10," union Health Minister J.P. Nadda said.


Equality still a far cry for Indian women, say activists

(International Women's Day is on March 8)

By Sreeparna Chakrabarty,

New Delhi : Despite several success stories, Indian women continue to be bogged down by the dual problems of violence and denial of access to resources, remaining largely deprived of the coveted status of "equality", activists say.

Some of these activists feel that women in the country remain "second-grade" citizens who have made little progress despite constitutional guarantees of equality.


Former female rebel arrested in Sri Lanka

Colombo: Police in Sri Lanka have arrested a former top female Tamil Tigers leader who headed a naval unit of the rebels, officials said on Tuesday.

Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said women's wing leader Murugesu Bairahi was arrested at Colombo's main international airport while she was about to leave the country, Xinhua news agency reported.

Rohana said the Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) of police had launched a probe over reports that the rebel leader had arrived in the country.

Andhra forms women's empowerment corporation

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday constituted a women's empowerment corporation as part of its efforts to eliminate poverty and improve the human development index of the state.

The Andhra Pradesh Mahila Sadhikara Samithi (APMSS), as the corporation will be known, will work on programmes, schemes and activities for poverty elimination in both rural and urban areas.


Women activists oppose airing of December 16 convict interview

New Delhi : Women's rights activists came out strongly on Tuesday against the airing of an interview of one of those convicted in the December 16 gang rape, terming it "totally unacceptable" and "very disturbing".

"This is very, very disturbing. The case is still pending," Akhila Shivdas of the Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR) told IANS.

Women's rights activist Ranjana Kumari told the media: "This is totally unacceptable. We have to draw an ethical boundary. I do not understand why they are doing it (airing the interview)."