08:07 am New Delhi, A slew of women's safety measures that were promised under the Rs 1000 crore Nirbhaya Fund are either work in progress or have been non-starters. A breakdown of Nirbhaya Fund spending in the last five years, shared in Parliament by Union Minister for Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani, show big gaps in money approved and spent. The lion's share of the fund -- Rs 2,840 crore -- has been approved for "safe city proposal" covering Delhi and seven other state capitals (Kolkata, Mumbail Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Lucknow). The proposal was cleared in march 2018, but so far only Rs 733.92 crore has been spent. A proposal to set up a computerized state-wise vehicle tracking platform was cleared under the Nirbhaya Fund earlier this year in February with an approved funding of Rs 463.88 crore, but so far no amount has been spent. The setting up of fast-track special courts for which Rs 767.25 crore were proposed, no approval of funds has been given so far. The proposal was cleared in November 2018. Another project which has failed to take off is the setting up of Organized crime Investigative Agency (OCIA) for which Rs 83.20 crore were proposed in 2015. No funds have been approved for the agency. A sum of Rs 110.35 crore demanded by the ministry to implement a Safe City Project by the Commissionerate of Police in Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar in Odisha is however pending approval for the past two years. The bulk of the corpus has been spent by the Union Home Ministry. The only project where the funds have been utilized effectively is the setting up of Emergency Response Support System which was proposed in 2014. Out of Rs 321.69 crore approved, Rs 292.15 crore have been spent. Apart from the Home Ministry, the Railways, Department of Justice and the Ministry of Women and Child Development have also undertaken projects with funds from the corpus that are in various stages of implementation. On the One Stop Centre (OSC) that is being set up by Ministry of Women and Child Development, only Rs 49.87 crore have been spent out of approved fund of Rs 867.74 crore. The amount released for the project approved in 2015 is Rs 288.88 crore.
05:07 pm Meerut, Undeterred by the threats to Kolkata BJP MP Ishrat Jahan - a Lord Hanuman devotee and a petitioner in a triple talaq case, 42-year-old Shaheen Parvez, also a devotee of Lord Hanuman, recites the Hanuman Chalisa regularly. Shaheen says, "I am not scared of anyone. I will not let someone who claims to be a custodian of religion dictate my choices. My choices are mine alone." She adds, "We live in a country where we should respect each other's religion. What is wrong in learning about other religions too? After all, there is no greater religion than humanity." According to Shaheen, she has been reciting the Hanuman Chalisa since she was in college. "The school I went to, taught us about all religions - Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Christianity. I felt good whenever I recited Hanuman Chalisa and I have continued the practice till this day," she recalls. Shaheen says she feels good about the fact that she is making an effort to blur religious divides and that too, at a time when there is a great deal of negativity on the issue. Shaheen keeps an idol of Lord Hanuman in her house and worships it daily. The metal idol is adorned with 'Tulsi' beads and she performs 'aarti' on a daily basis. She says that her family has never objected to her choice. source:ians
08:07 am BY PUJA GUPTA New Delhi, For ace couturier Suneet Varma, every person has got a "light within" which makes them unique. Drawing inspiration from these energies, the designer curated his latest collection titled "Amara", showcased on the second day of the FDCI India Couture Week (ICW) 2019 on Tuesday. "'Amara' means the light within. I have met a lot of people over the course of work in this industry in the last 31 years. The more people I meet, the more girls I dress, my believe that there is light within everyone gets stronger. Some of them are aware of it, and a lot of people don't know this. I am more interested in the light that is within a bride. " Varma presented 52 pieces, including lehengas, sarees as well as contemporary wears with bead work, Swarovski crystals, mirror work and intricate hand embroidery. He has used Indian silhouettes, traditional motifs and applique on a wide range of fabrics like satin, silk, net and georgette. Ivory, beige and icy pink dominated the ensemble. Dark shades of midnight blue and burgundy with silver accents were used. Ditching too much of red or dark navy blue which the designer has used in the past, there were hues of green, light blue and gold. Varma said the idea was to create beautiful clothing, not necessarily only traditional as people today are more open about fashion, and are addressing and talking about it. "For me everything should come from the heart. It cannot be about the colour of the season or what would sell, and is commercial. It will sell regardless. I have to be happy with what I do," he said. (Puja Gupta can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)
09:07 am New Delhi, Actress Kiara Advani dazzled the opening show of India Couture Week (ICW) 2019, wearing a red-coloured quintessential bridal lehenga. Kiara walked the ramp as the showstopper for ace designer Amit Aggarwal who kickstarted the 12th edition of the show on Monday with his collection called 'Lumen'. The actress was welcomed on the ramp with loud cheers. With sleek hair and subtle makeup, she adorned a green-coloured statement necklace to give a much-needed contrast to her look. Speaking about her outfit, Kiara said: "Amit's works are stunning. The sculpting of this outfit, or the organza, I absolutely love it. Amit makes statement pieces, something which I really like. You can figure out from a distance if it's a Amit Aggarwal piece." For soon-to-be-brides, the "Kabir Singh" star said: "Girls, wear something which is light and have fun. It's your day. Try to be as light as you can be." She said: "Whenever I'm going to get married, I'm sure I would wear something which is light and allows me to breathe and have fun."
05:07 pm New York: Researchers have found that women are significantly more likely to suffer injuries than their male counterparts in frontal car crashes. Researchers said that belted female occupants have 73 per cent greater odds of being seriously injured in frontal car crashes compared to belted males (after controlling for collision severity, occupant age, stature, body mass index and vehicle model year). "Until we understand the fundamental biomechanical factors that contribute to increased risk for females, we'll be limited in our ability to close the risk gap," said Jason Forman, Principal Scientist at University of Virginia. According to the researchers, newer automobiles have tended to exhibit a decreased risk of injury overall. Specifically, risk has decreased for skull fractures, cervical spine injury and abdominal injury. Injury risks to the knee-thigh-hip region and the ankle are also significantly reduced. The study, published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention, is an analysis of crash and injury data compiled from 1998 to 2015. These data come from a sample of police-reported crashes in the US. It focused on frontal impact crashes with belted occupants, aged 13 and older. The data included nearly 23,000 front-end crashes involving more than 31,000 occupants, and a nearly equal number of females and males. "These results provide insight into where advances in the field have made gains in occupant protection, and what injury types and risk factors remain to be addressed," Forman said.
05:07 pm New Delhi: Fashion designer Anita Dongre says she has faced numerous challenges throughout her career, but she always found inspiration in the strength of women around her. Her label AND has launched videos of women and their inspiring stories of overcoming challenges through their initiative 'ANDiRISE'. "Having faced a number of challenges throughout my career, I have always found inspiration in the strength of women around me. The ANDiRISE platform is a beautiful amalgamation that commemorates these inspiring women who have overcome hardships in life through hope, courage, and wisdom," Dongre said in a statement. It is a platform for women to share their stories of grit, determination and breaking stereotypes. Four videos have been launched as part of the initiative, and they include international swimmer and fitness enthusiast Rujuta Bhatt; the 'Modern Sufi' creator Vani Kabir, IT professional and aspiring life coach Manisha Mangret; and architect, writer and founder of Moms & More Namrata Kalia.
05:07 pm Washington: Call it new-age dating but nearly one in four women now go on a date not for the sake of romance or building a long-term relationship but grabbing a free meal, an interesting study has revealed. The new phenomenon is a "foodie call" where a person sets up a date with someone they are not romantically interested in, for the purpose of getting a free meal. New research finds that 23 to 33 per cent of women in an online study admitted they have engaged in a "foodie call". The researchers from California-based Azusa Pacific University and University of California-Merced found that women who scored high on the "dark triad" of personality traits (psychopathy, Machiavellianism, narcissism), as well as expressed traditional gender role beliefs, were most likely to engage in a "foodie call" and find it acceptable. "Several dark traits have been linked to deceptive and exploitative behaviour in romantic relationships, such as one-night stands, faking an orgasm, or sending unsolicited sexual pictures," said Brian Collisson from Azusa Pacific University in a paper appeared in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. In the first study, 820 women were recruited. They answered a series of questions that measured their personality traits, beliefs about gender roles, and their "foodie call" history. They were also asked if they thought a "foodie call" was socially acceptable. Twenty-three per cent of women in this first group revealed they'd engaged in a "foodie call". "Most did so occasionally or rarely. Although women who had engaged in a foodie call believed it was more acceptable, most women believed foodie calls were extremely to moderately unacceptable," the findings showed. The second study analyzed a similar set of questions of 357 heterosexual women and found 33 per cent had engaged in a "foodie call". For both groups, those engaged in "foodie calls" scored higher in the "dark triad" personality traits. The researchers also note that "foodie calls" could occur in many types of relationships, and could be perpetrated by all genders.
05:07 pm London: Motherhood teaches women to become comfortable with their bodies as they learn to focus on breast functionality as opposed to the aesthetics of breasts and the body, says a new study. The study, published in the journal Body Image, suggests that perfectionism is related to breast size dissatisfaction, but only in non-mothers. Of the 484 Italian women surveyed for the study, 69 per cent reported breast size dissatisfaction, with 44 per cent wanting larger breasts. "There is the fact that becoming a mother naturally results in changes to the appearance of the breasts, particularly in terms of their size," said study co-author Viren Swami, Professor at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Britain. "But perhaps the most relevant is that becoming a mother -- and particularly the experience of breastfeeding -- may focus women's attention on breast functionality as opposed to focusing on the aesthetics of breasts and the body," Swami added. Perfectionistic self-presentation -- the desire to create an image of flawlessness in the eyes of other people -- is known to contribute towards negative body image. The study found that breast size dissatisfaction was associated with higher levels of two of the three factors behind perfectionistic self-presentation - non-display of imperfection and perfectionistic self-promotion. However, this association was not found among the 54 per cent of women surveyed who were mothers. This was particularly the case among women who had more than one child. "Our findings suggest that motherhood may help to decouple the link between perfectionistic self-presentation and breast size dissatisfaction," Swami said.