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IWPC protests harassment of woman journalist in Chhattisgarh

New Delhi : The Indian Women's Press Corps (IWPC) on Monday protested against the intimidation and harassment of a woman journalist by people said to be functionaries of the BJP and Congress in Chhattisgarh.

In a statement issued here, IWPC expressed shock over the harassment of Malini Subramaniam, a contributor to online news portal Scroll, at the instigation of some political functionaries in Jagdalpur area of Bastar district.

In Photos: Protest processions mark day in Valley before the 3rd anniversary of hanging of Afzal Guru

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net

Srinagar: A day before the third anniversary of hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was convicted and hanged for his alleged role in the December 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament, the Valley on Monday witnessed an uneasy calm. Most of the day was occupied with protest rallies by different separatist groups.

Importantly, Guru was hanged on February 9, 2013 inside Tihar Jail in Delhi, whereas Maqbool Bhat, the founder of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front was also hung in the same jail on February 11, 1984.

Odisha government to blame for girl student's suicide: NHRC

Bhubaneswar : The NHRC on Monday issued notice to the Odisha government, holding it responsible for negligence in publishing an erroneous exam result that led to the suicide of a Class 10 girl student.

The National Human Rights Commission asked the Odisha government why it should not recommend payment of Rs.3 lakh as monetary relief to the kin of the girl student, who committed suicide after getting an erroneous result. It gave six weeks' time to the state government to respond.

Women to operate two-wheeler ambulances in Tamil Nadu

Chennai : In a first-of-its-kind, Tamil Nadu will now have women paramedical members weaving in and out of traffic on their two-wheeler ambulances to provide medical help, drastically reducing the response time.

Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Monday flagged off the '108' two-wheeler ambulance service here involving an outlay of Rs.70 lakh.

A total of 41 two-wheeler ambulances -- 31 motorcycles and 10 scooters -- have been pressed into service and based on the response, the service will be expanded, the government said in a statement.

A new Darul Uloom trains women qazis

New Delhi : The Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan on Monday announced the formation of Darul Uloom Niswaan, a centre for Islamic learning and theology which is training women qazis.

The initiative began in Jaipur with a group of 30 Muslim women who have embarked on the journey to become qazis, the women's group said in a statement here.

The training programme in Jaipur is the first in the series of a year-long training which will include learning on theology, history of Islam, the Indian constitution as well as principles and values of Islam.

11 child traffickers held in Delhi

New Delhi : Eleven members of a child-trafficking gang, including two women, have been arrested for kidnapping two children using the same modus operandi of abducting them in the presence of their family members, police said on Monday.

The children have been rescued safely and handed over to their families.

The first child, aged just seven months, was kidnapped on January 4 from Alipur in west Delhi, while a one-and-half-year old was abducted a week ago from Swaroop Nagar in north Delhi, police said.

26 swine flu deaths in Punjab; committee to review situation

Chandigarh : Twenty-six people have died of swine flu in Punjab in recent days, the state's health minister said on Monday.

Health Minister Surjit Jayani said that till date, 183 suspected cases of H1N1 have been reported, out of which 57 cases were found positive for H1N1.

गुपलापुर: जहां सरकारी योजनाएं सफ़ेद हाथी की तरह हैं!

Mohammad Aijaz for TwoCircles.net

बरेली : उत्तरप्रदेश की अखिलेश सरकार वर्ष 2016 को 'किसान वर्ष' के रूप में मना रही है. अखिलेश यादव का मानना है कि –‘प्रदेश और देश का विकास तब तक संभव नहीं है, जब तक कृषि को बढ़ावा नहीं दिया जाएगा और किसानों की खुशहाली के बिना देश खुशहाल नहीं हो सकता.’

Don't harass innocent Muslims, Bukhari tells Modi

New Delhi : Prominent Muslim leader Syed Ahmed Bukhari on Monday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said innocent Muslims must not be harassed in the name of fighting the Islamic State.

Security agencies must be more transparent while detaining terror suspects, the Shahi Imam of the 17th-century Jama Masjid here told Modi during their half hour meeting at the prime minister's residence.

Encroachment notice against temple sparks tension

Patna : An attempt by authorities in Bihar's Begusarai town to remove a Hanuman temple sparked street protests, officials said.

Scores of residents and Bajrang Dal activists took to the streets as news spread that the temple built on a road in Lohia Nagar may be removed.

Bajrang Dal members blocked roads and shouted slogans against the district administration.

To bring the situation under control, officials assured the demonstrators that an investigation would be ordered to know who issued the notice to remove the temple.

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