Four months after self-immolation bid, unemployed woman dies

Chandigarh: An unemployed woman who had set herself ablaze outside the residence of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here in December last year has died, police said on Saturday.

Gurpreet Kaur, who hailed from Gurdaspur district, had set herself ablaze outside Badal's residence in the high-security Sector 2 on December 12 after she was not allowed to meet him.

She was admitted to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital in Sector 16 with over 20 percent burns. Police said the woman was in hospital since December.


288 percent rise in teen rape suspects, India mulls new law

By Chaitanya Mallapur ,

Rape is the fastest-growing crime among juveniles; 86 percent of teens arrested for various crimes come from poor families, only six percent were homeless and less than six percent were girls, crime data for the last 10 years reveals.

Arrests of juveniles in the 16-18 age-group increased 60 percent from 2003 to 2013, the highest among all three juvenile age groups, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a division of the home ministry.

Female activist killed in Pakistan

Islamabad:A female Pakistani human rights activist was shot dead in Karachi after hosting a discussion on allegations of torture in Balochistan province, a media report said on Saturday.

Sabeen Mahmud, who founded the social forum T2F, was shot dead on Friday night, minutes after the end of an interactive discussion, "Unsilencing Balochistan", which was attended by journalists and rights activists, including the founder leader of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons, Abdul Qadeer Baloch, Dawn online reported.

Stories of women's empowerment, a werewolf

A book analyses the drivers of change and the repercussions of present-day gender revolutions, a man in today's Kolkata meets a man who claims to be a werewolf. Some light and some heavy dosage, the IANS bookshelf this weekend has reality meeting fantasy. Take a look.

1. Book: Half A Billion Rising; Author: Anirudha Dutta; Publisher: Rainlight; Pages: 247; Price: Rs.395

Aamir crusades against Indian social evils at NY summit

New York : Superstar Aamir Khan discussed India's social evils like female foeticide, gender inequality and honour killing at the Women in the World Summit here, saying change can be brought by reaching out to people with love and affection.

He also cited the need to leave behind the common perception of “real men don't cry”, and finding a new definition of masculinity.

Locals keep Delhi’s oldest orphanage running

By Mohammed Anas,

New Delhi: Little Zoobi was dropped by her mother a year back at ‘Bacchon Ka Ghar’, Delhi’s oldest orphanage, in Matia Mahal locality in the walled city. She has now accustomed to her new home, bajis (wardens), sahelis (friends) and aapis (elder sisters). Only occasionally, she craves for her home and her late father. But solace comes in the company of Shaila, Ashiya, Ruby and others who have also lost their fathers and share the shelter with Zooby.

Indian women finish seventh in Hawke's Bay Cup hockey

Hastings (New Zealand): The Indian women's hockey team defeated Japan 3-2 in the seventh-eighth position classification match to secure the seventh spot in the Hawke’s Bay Cup tournament here on Sunday.

It was the team's second consecutive win against Japan, after beating them in a bronze medal match at the 17th Asian Games last year.

India overturned a 0-2 goal deficit to clinch the victory on Sunday.

Kerala village Nadapuram wins union award for empowerment accountability

Nadapuram Panchayat in Kozhikode district is being governed by IUML for few decades now.

By Shafeeq Hudavi, TwoCircles.net,

Kozhikode: Nadapuram often comes to the headlines for bad reasons, political and communal clashes. The riot hit Grama Panchayat in the rural outskirt of the Kozhikode district in Kerala has, however, brought cheers to the entire state by bagging the Panchayat Empowerment Accountability Incentive Scheme award, instituted by the Minstry of Panchayati Raj for the best Grama Panchayat in the country.

Assam singer faces gender discrimination; barred from performance as she refused putting traditional chadar

By Abdul Gani, TwoCircles.net,

Guwahati: Even as several measures are being taken in minimizing the gender discrimination in the country, a female singer in Assam was barred from performing at a function, allegedly for not wearing a particular kind of dress.

Tripura CPI-M leader sent to police custody over wife's murder

Agartala: A court in Tripura on Saturday sent senior CPI-M leader Jitendra Das, his two brothers and nephew to six-da'sy police custody in connection with the murder of his wife Kalpana Das, police said.

Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Jitendra Das, his two younger brothers and nephew were arrested by police on Friday in connection with the murder of 62-year-old Kalpana Das, who was a retired employee of Tripura police department.

She was found dead at their home at Ranir Bazar, near here, on Thursday morning.