Saradha scam: Mamata demands arrest of union minister's wife

Kolkata: In an angry retaliation over the Saradha scam issue which has again grabbed the spotlight, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday wondered why the wife of a union minister, named by the scam kingpin in a letter to the CBI, was not arrested.

Accusing the union minister of instigating police to arrest Trinamool Congress leaders, Banerjee said she had seen name of the minister's wife in the April (2013) letter written to the Central Bureau of Investigation by Saradha group chairman and managing director Sudipta Sen - who is now under arrest.

Women turnout highest-ever in LS polls in Karnataka

Bangalore: The turnout of women voters at 65.81 percent in all the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka was the highest in a parliamentary poll in the state, an official said Saturday.

"Turnout of women was an impressive 65.81, marking the highest participation of female voters in a parliamentary election," state chief electoral officer Anil Kumar Jha told reporters here.

The previous highest was in the 1999 mid-term polls at 64.99 percent and 63 percent in the 2004 general election.

First woman Delhi chief justice to take charge Monday

New Delhi: Justice G. Rohini will Monday assume charge as the first woman chief justice of the Delhi High Court, 47 years after the court was established in October 1966.

Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, registrar general of the high court, said Justice Rohini, the seniormost judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, reached the national capital Friday and will take charge Monday.

Justice Rohini will be the 10th woman judge among the 40 judges in the Delhi High Court. She is expected to stay for a period of four years if not elevated to the Supreme Court during her tenure.


Oman national held in Hyderabad for marrying minor girl

Hyderabad:A 61-year-old Omani national was Saturday arrested for allegedly marrying two minor girls in the old city of Hyderabad within a week by paying money to their poor families, police said.

Police busted the racket by arresting 11 others including two 'Qazi' (priests) who performed the illegal marriages and brokers including four women.

Indian women beat Ireland 2-1

New Delhi: The Indian women's hockey team put on an inspiring show to beat Ireland 2-1 in their second Test match in Dublin.

The win was India's second consecutive one against Ireland in the three-Test series.

India opened the account in the 18th minute when Soundarya Yendala made no mistake in converting a penalty corner and taking a 1-0 lead, Thursday. Two minutes later, Sunita doubled the lead through a field goal as India dominated the first half of the game.


'Sports can empower women'

New Delhi: Social pressures shouldn’t restrict any woman to pursue a career in sports, said a former international volleyball player who believes sports has the power to empower women.


'Honour killers' death sentence commuted to life imprisonment

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Thursday commuted, to life imprisonment, the death sentence to three men for killing a teenage couple for "honour" as they were against their marriage, saying they are not menace to the society and they can be reformed.

A special bench of Justice S.Muralidhar and Mukta Gupta also freed two women who were awarded death sentence in the case while giving them "benefit of doubt", saying they could be at best be said to be spectators to what was being done by the three men in the house.

FIR against Misha Bharti for poll violation

Patna: An FIR was Thursday lodged against Misha Bharti who is contesting from Patliputra seat in Bihar for forcibly entering a polling booth and allegedly damaging an EVM machine.

A district official said an FIR was lodged against Bharti, daughter of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, on the basis of a written complaint of the polling booth presiding officer at Dehri village in Patna district.

Meanwhile, Bharti has denied the allegations.

Irom Sharmila not allowed to vote in Manipur

Imphal: Human rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a fast for 13 years against a special, stringent anti-terror act in Manipur, was Thursday not allowed to vote in the Lok Sabha polls as per law.

"Under Section 62 (5) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, a person confined in jail cannot vote," an Election Commission official told IANS.

"Sharmila earlier submitted an application expressing her desire to cast her vote. But we cannot entertain her prayer as per law," he said.

NHRC directs Rajasthan government to compensate woman

New Delhi : The NHRC Wednesday asked the Rajasthan government to compensate a woman who delivered a baby by the roadside after a state government health centre refused to admit her.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the government, through its chief secretary, to pay monetary relief of Rs.50,000 to the woman, a resident of Bhilwara district.

Taking cognizance of the incident, the commission asked the government to send a compliance report along with proof of payment within six weeks.