Spat with minister: Haryana transfers woman police officer

Chandigarh : The Haryana government transferred IPS officer Sangeeta Kalia on Saturday, a day after she refused to leave a meeting when Health and Sports Minister Anil Vij told her to "get out" after a heated argument over liquor smuggling.

"Sangeeta Rani, superintendent of police, Fatehabad, has been posted as Commandant 4th IRB (India Reserve Battalion), Manesar, relieving Vikas Dhankar of the additional charge," a state government spokesman said here.

Om Prakash is the new district police chief in Fatehabad.

Naidu bats for women's quota bill, uniform civil code

New Delhi : Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said political parties must reach a conclusion on the long-pending women's reservation bill and attacked the Congress over the alleged remarks of its leaders.

Participating in a debate on 'Commitment to Constitution' in the Lok Sabha, Naidu also pitched for a common civil code and inter-linking of rivers.

He said there was a need to focus on the women's reservation bill that provides for 33 percent seats in parliament and state assemblies for women.

Bihar liquor ban should be 'participatory', not agenda: Experts

By Bhavana Akella and Sushil Kumar

New Delhi : Bihar on Thursday joined the states that have banned liquor, with newly elected Chief Minister Nitish Kumar prohibiting sale and consumption of alcohol from April 1, 2016. But experts feel the decision should be "participatory" and not a "political agenda".

Gujarat, Nagaland, Manipur (in some parts), and Union Territory of Lakshadweep have banned liquor while Kerala has since August 2014 been implementing the ban in a phased manner.

Seed companies involved in child labour in India, reveals study

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net

New Delhi: In a shocking revelation, a study has pointed out the grim realities on the use of child labour grim reality in seed-producing companies, along with the non-payment of minimum wages to workers, especially women.

According to study “Soiled Seeds - Child Labour and Underpayment of Women in Vegetable Seed Production in India”, conducted by Dr. Davuluri Venkateswarl, almost 1.56 lakh Indian children are producing vegetable seeds out of which 50,000 are below 14 years of age.

Gujarat CM faces women's protest in home district

Mehsana (Gujarat) : A day after Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel asserted there was no question of providing quota in jobs and education to Patidars, men and women from her community on Wednesday demonstrated as she campaigned in her home district of Mehsana.

Police charged with canes at over 500 protestors, more than half of them women, who broke through barricades here as they vented their anger against the chief minister as she campaigned in north Gujarat for the second phase of the local government bodies elections slated for November 29.

Maldives vows to eliminate violence against women

Male : The Maldives government said on Wednesday it remains committed to eliminate violence against women.

The government will continue to step up its efforts to protect females from the flagrant violation of human rights, Xinhua quoted Maldives Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon as saying while commemorating the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women.

BJP leader suspended from Delhi assembly for derogatory remark

New Delhi : BJP lawmaker O.P. Sharma was suspended from the Delhi assembly for making derogatory remarks about his AAP counterpart Alka Lamba in an incident that led to uproar in the house.

An enraged Lamba, who lunged at Sharma with other AAP legislators, tried to slap him. But it did not connect.

Though Sharma's remarks could not be clearly heard, Delhi assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel quoted Sharma as having termed Lamba "a woman who roams in the night".

Mamata slams Modi government over flood relief fund

Kolkata : Lamenting the Centre's financial non-cooperation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday charged the Narendra Modi government with double standards over providing flood relief.

"We have been pleading for release of relief funds for the floods, but the Centre, ignoring our pleas, has preferred to sit over the issue for months. On the other hand, they were happy out help out Tamil Nadu immediately," Banerjee said at an event in Hooghly district's Arambagh.

Mobile phone-based alerts for pregnant women launched

Kolkata : A mobile phone-based alert system for pregnant women in rural areas was launched here on Monday to help them stay healthy till delivery.

Called 'M-Health Service', the service requires the would-be mothers to register via a cellphone. Periodic text messages will convey to them necessary treatment details to take care of issues that crop up during pregnancy.

Bihar to initiate moves to ban liquor

Patna : The Bihar government will soon take steps to impose a ban on liquor in the state, Excise and Prohibition Minister Abdul Jalil Mastan said on Monday.

The minister made the comments soon after taking office.

"We will start work to impose a ban on liquor in Bihar. It would be visible in the next six months," he told the media here.

In July, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had declared that prohibition would be imposed if he retained power in the assembly elections.