Special rooms at TN bus stations for lactating mothers

Chennai : In a novel initiative for the benefit of lactating mothers, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa on Friday announced that exclusive rooms will be provided at bus terminals across the state for them to breastfeed their babies.

In a statement issued here Jayalalithaa said the new initiative will be launched on August 1, to commemorate the 'World Breast Feeding Week'.

'Internet cycle carts' to bring rural women online

Mumbai : In an innovative move to educate rural women about the internet, Tata Trusts and Google India on Friday announced a special programme to send 1,000 specially designed 'Internet Cycle Carts' to remote villages.

Built on the back of a regular bicycle, the carts are modelled on India's traditional distribution system used to ferry everything from ice-creams to industrial goods and will help empower the rural communities.


ABVP protests at St.Stephen's College over sexual harassment

New Delhi: The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Friday staged protests at St. Stephen's College in the north campus here over the alleged sexual harassment of a doctoral student by an assistant professor of the college.

Waving flags, members of the RSS's students wing entered the college premises and sat outside college principal Valson Thampu's office while raising slogans and demanding his resignation.


'Molested' Stephen's student demands principal's resignation

New Delhi: A 27-year-old research scholar who has accused a St. Stephen's lecturer of molesting her said on Friday that college principal, Valson Thampu, must resign if she has to get justice.

"Valson Thampu must resign. He has no right to continue being the principal of St. Stephen's. If he stays, students in the future might suffer the way I am suffering," the victim told IANS.

In the FIR lodged on June 19, the doctoral student said Satish Kumar, also the college's bursar, "sexually assaulted" her on October 15, 2013, inside a laboratory.


Rahbar Free Coaching Centre’s award ceremony held

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Patna: The 69th and 70th award ceremony of city-based Rahbar Free Coaching Centre (run by Bihar Anjuman) was held at Phulwari Sharif, Patna.

The ceremony that was organized at Millat Urdu Girls’ High School on June 28, 2015, started with recital of the Holy Quran by Master Sajjad of Class X, a release from M Naushad Ansari of Peace Foundation, said.

“Harassment of Teesta Setalvad continues; investigation be on objective evidence”

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Dublin (Ireland): Pointing out that the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) decided to refer human rights defenders Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for investigation on June 26, 2015, the Front Line Defenders have demanded that any investigation into their or their NGO be grounded on objective evidence and are carried out in proper legal manner, including ending of attempts to open multiple parallel investigations.

NYT removes Digvijaya's photo in #SelfieWithDaughter article

New Delhi : The New York Times has removed a picture of Congress leader Digvijaya Singh with journalist Amrita Rai, which it mistakenly posted in a story on the #SelfieWithDaughter campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his latest "Mann ki Baat".

The photo of the Congress leader was sent by a prankster, which the noted international daily put along with several others of proud fathers with their daughters.

Widow set afire in MP village

Betul (Madhya Pradesh) : A widow was set on fire in a village in Madhya Pradesh's Betul district allegedly by her relatives in a bid to force her to vacate her house.

A Multai police station official told reporters that Phoolvanti Prajapati, the widow, is a resident of Dunawa village and has a son and a daughter. Her son is serving a jail term and the daughter is married.

Nepali man held for raping, sodomising daughters, son

Panaji : In a shocking incident, a Nepali national was arrested on Thursday by Goa Police for raping and sodomising his biological daughter, a stepdaughter and sodomising his stepson, all of them minors.

Police said the accused 39-year-old casual labourer was arrested after the school in which the three children were admitted to in South Goa's Vasco sub-district, noticed something amiss in their body language whenever they were in the proximity of male teachers.

Khobragade reinstated as director in MEA

New Delhi : Devyani Khobragade, the 1999-batch IFS officer whose arrest and handcuffing in New York in 2013 over alleged visa fraud led to souring in India-US ties, has been reinstated as director in the ministry of external affairs, a few months after she was stripped of her duties and placed on "compulsory wait".

Khobragade has been made director in the ministry's States division since February, said sources.