10:02 am Gandhinagar:The Gujarat Police have arrested all the four accused in the February 11 Swaminarayan girls college case where dozens of students were allegedly forced to strip by the college staff. According to sources, the police arrested Principal Rita Raninga, advocate Anita, peon Naina, rector of the girl's hostel Ramila from the Sahajanand Girls Institute (SSGI), which offers graduate and under-graduate courses. The college suspended the principal, the hostel rector and the peon after the police registered charges against them for allegedly forcing over 60 girls to remove their undergarments to check if they were menstruating. The accused were arrested under Indian Penal Code Sections 384 (extortion), 355 (assault with intent to dishonour a person) and 506 (criminal intimidation). According to girl students' allegations, over 60 students were taken to the washroom of the hostel, located on the SSGI campus, by a woman staffer and made to remove their undergarments to check if they were menstruating. Meanwhile, after the National Commission for Women's (NCW) stern actions, SSGI trustees have assured the panel no such convenience would be caused to girl students in future.
10:02 am Mumbai: Indian women's cricket ODI captain Mithali Raj made her debut on the runway at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2020, turning showstopper for designer Payal Singhal in association with Corcal Bone and Beauty. Mithali, who sashayed the ramp wearing a pale blush off shoulder top and lehenga on Saturday. "It's a very different experience. I'm quite excited. I had one rehearsal to get the feel. I had done some charity shows. So, I had a little bit of experience. But I'm not a pro in this. But I hope that experience helped." Playing in front of thousands of spectators and walking the ramp in front of a new audience, how are the experiences? She replied: "The experience is pretty much the same because you have to focus on what you do here the focus is on the walk. You have to follow what you are told to do. At the same time, I enjoy the experience. When we are in the field we enjoy the atmosphere." Commenting on the collection called "Parvaneh" (Persian for eButterfly'), Mithali said: "It's nice because it's wearable and you can wear it on occasion. It has a streak of tradition and at the same time modernity in it. You feel very comfortable wearing them." The line-up comprised contemporary ensembles like modernised trousers, layered shararas, dhoti salwars, low crotch pants and churidaars with an '80s bent. These have been teamed with short jackets in georgette, Chanderi and organza in a colour palette than spans across classic black and white punctuated with grey, rose pink, powder blue and turmeric yellow. Bandhani, abla, ikat, kantha, kashida and gota patti were revisited. Speaking on why she chose Mithali to close the show for her, Payal said: "It was Mithali's debut on the runway and I was so excited to be the one to be able to do it. I fought for her. I really wanted her to be the face of what we were doing. Mithali is stunning. She looks pretty and she is fit, strong. She was a dream showstoppper." She added: "What you saw Mithali wearing was a very powerful outfit. It was hassle free. She loves comfortable clothes and so do I. It was not something which was fussy. But it did not compromise on beauty just because it was comfortable."
04:02 pm Los Angeles: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted that she failed as a mother by making her teenage daughter cry during a "road rage" incident. During her appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", the Oscar-winning actress, 47, confessed that Apple, 15, finds her mortifying, reports dailymail.co.uk. She is mother to daughter Apple and son Moses, 13, from her first marriage to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, 42, to whom she was married from 2003 to 2014. Asked if they are at the point where she is 'embarrassing' to them, she said: "My daughter finds me mortifying. If I do anything in public, past just not talking and standing still, she's like ‘Oh my God stop it!'" She also revealed that Apple has her learner's permit and she drives them to school every day, and one day she drove was the first time she "failed as a mother". "She's a really good driver. I try to be calm and... the first time I failed as a mother, because she went through a red light and I kind of yelled at her," Paltrow said. "Then she started crying and it was just terrible and I felt so bad. So then I was like, OK, you know what, I'm just gonna be chill, and now she's an amazing driver and I think I've learned from my mistakes," she added. Paltrow said that she kind of has, "road rage" in the car, and she can see how her daughter, "takes on certain aspects of you".
01:02 pm Mumbai: Actress Vidya Balan feels that nowadays people in India are feeling worried that their wives, daughters, mothers are standing up and challenging their status quo. She also took jibe at male actors saying that they shut their mouths on relevant issues in the country whereas female actors are more vocal. "I think female actors have been more vocal in a lot of ways and male actors don't open their mouths at all, which is why we are told why don't you stick to what you are doing. There have been threats issued. That's only because we (females) are threatening their status quo," said Vidya, while interacting with students at her alma mater St. Xavier's College, at a conversation named 'Arts She added: "People are worried and I am not saying that just men are worried that tomorrow, their daughters, sisters, mothers, wives, girlfriends or friends are going to stand up and question what is happening around them, and that is where it comes from. It comes from that deep-seeded fear that their status quo is being challenged. I think whoever wants to express should be able to express. In the same way, I will say that peaceful protests are our constitutional right so as long as we are not being violent, we should be able to say whatever we want to say. I think everyone in country should go through our constitution to know about our rights and responsibilities." Vidya is, for the first time working with a female director in her upcoming film "Shankutala Devi". Asked if it is different working with a female filmmaker, she said: "Yes it is. I have just had my first experience. I have done a film which tells a story of mathematician and the human computer named Shankutala Devi, which I also shot in St. Xaviers College. It has been written and directed by Anu Menon So, it's my first experience with a female director." She added: "I don't want to make gender generalisation, but I think experiences and perspectives of men and women tend to differ. So, I would like to call it as some kind of an equaliser and I would like to see that happening across the board. Now, we have more women writers, directors and technicians in films and I feel the women's perspective are a little more nuanced, which is why probably they are finding more opportunity on the digital platforms because it allows you to have more nuanced narrative. In films we keep it is simplistic and that's why it makes all the difference."
02:02 pm Syndey: Women aged 50-70 are more likely to consume alcohol than younger women, at levels that exceed low risk drinking guidelines, according to a new study. The researchers found that despite the potential health risks of exceeding national drinking guidelines, many middle-aged and young-old women who consume alcohol at high risk levels tend to perceive their drinking as normal and acceptable, so long as they appear respectable and in control. For the findings, published in the journal Sociology of Health & Illness, researchers at New Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Australia and Aalborg University in Denmark, investigated the social construction of alcohol use among 49 women aged 50 to 69 in Australia and Denmark. "The research highlighted that respondents from both countries indicated that alcohol use among women their age was normal and acceptable," said study lead author Julie Dare from ECU. According to Australian health authorities, drinking more than two standard drinks on any day increases the risk considerably of premature death over a woman's lifetime. The researchers found that women place more importance on appearing to be in control, behaving respectably, social pleasure and feeling liberated than the quantity of alcohol consumed or potential health risks. While some women reported reducing their drinking due to health concerns, others suggested that positive health behaviours such as exercise served to 'neutralise' alcohol-related health risks. According to the study, health advice and interventions relating to middle-aged and young-old women's drinking practices need to acknowledge that women may socially construct their drinking practices to prioritise matters other than biomedical impacts of alcohol. While the study highlighted many similarities between Australian and Danish women, one interesting cultural difference was the way Australian women thought about alcohol in relation to stress. "If the Australian women had some sort of distress in their lives they believed it was acceptable to drink. They were quite open about this saying 'I just had a bad day, I needed to have a drink'," Dare said. Source IANS
04:02 pm Prenatal factors such as vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy, can influence the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), say researchers. The findings, published in the Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, demonstrated an association between low maternal vitamin D level in early to mid-pregnancy and an elevated risk for diagnosed ADHD in the offspring. The researchers from University of Turku in Finland, included 1,067 children born between 1998 and 1999 diagnosed with ADHD in Finland and the same number of matched controls. The data was collected before the current national recommendation in Finland for the intake of vitamin D during pregnancy, which is 10 micrograms per day throughout the year. In the study, the researchers used the exceptionally comprehensive Finnish Maternity Cohort (FMC) consisting of approximately 2 million serum specimens collected during the first and early second trimester of pregnancy. The research offers strong evidence that a low level of vitamin D during pregnancy is related to attention deficiency in offspring. As ADHD is one of the most common chronic diseases in children, the research results have a great significance for public health, according to the researchers. According to a study the risk of ADHD was 34 per cent higher in children whose mother had a vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy than in those children whose mother's vitamin D level was sufficient during the first and second trimesters. The result was adjusted for maternal age, socioeconomic status and psychiatric history, the research said. Source IANS
06:02 pm Bangkok:13th Edition of Asian Business & Social Forum in Thailand honours Bollywood actress Sunny Leone. Along with husband Daniel Weber Leone received the awards. Receiving Asia One Women empowerment Award under 40 Sunny Leone said "My cosmetic line is a reflection of me, and my team and we have worked really hard to get every aspect of it right .The award completely belongs to the team StarStruck and Daniel that has got the brand global recognition." Sunny Leone is also awarded for influential Asian Award and India's Fastest Growing Brand award for her cosmetic line StarStruck.
03:02 pm Jaipur: Wedding ceremony hosted for 47 differently abled couples at Udaipur Rajasthan on Sunday by Narayan Seva Sansthan (NSS). More than 30 couples have undergone corrective surgery treatment and vocational training from the NSS. The NGO also offered jobs to keep them financially fit and employable. During the wedding took pledge against dowry, the couples got blessed by Padma Shree Kailash 'Manav' Agarwal, Founder, Narayan Seva Sansthan, Kamala Devi Agarwal, President Prashant Agrawal, Director,Vandana Agarwal. Newly married Sonam said, "It is really tough to find a suitable life partner after so many physical problems and financial constraints. We are happy to get married at Mass Wedding Ceremony and hope to have a good life ahead together. We know, it is not going to be easy but together is easy to climb every obstacle by holding hands. " For 35 years Narayan Seva Sansthan (NSS) carried over different social activities including healthcare support, free food, artificial limb distribution, skill education, etc. Through the Mass wedding ceremony, NSS successfully brought in differently-abled persons under a single roof. Through 'World of Humanity' foundation, our efforts are to boost the offering free corrective surgery, skill education with nurturing their skills like sports, Agarwal added.
03:02 pm New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) A total of 31 women have been elected to the Delhi Assembly since its first election in 1993, with highest number of MLAs being 20 from the Congress in a span of 22 years till 2015. In the first and second Assemblies, in 1993 and 1998 respectively, the BJP had one female member in each term to the House, while no other party's female candidate was ever elected to the House after that period. In 1993, the first Assembly of Delhi, there were three women elected to the House. While two of them were from the Congress, one was from the BJP. The two female Congress MLAs were Krishna Tirath and Tajdar Babar and that from BJP was Purnima Sethi. It is worth mentioning that Tirath has been fielded by the Congress again for the 2020 Assembly election from Patel Nagar Assembly. In the next Assembly in 1998 -- when Sheila Dikshit became the Chief Minister of Delhi for the first time -- maximum number of women were elected to the House. The Assembly elected nine women, out of which eight were from the Congress and one was from the BJP -- Sushma Swaraj from Hauz Khas. This was also a landmark year as post this, no female BJP leader has been elected to the House till date. In 1998, BJP's Sushma Swaraj was elected to the House after she served as the Chief Minister of Delhi in the first Assembly for a brief period just before the Assembly elections. Dikshit became the only second female Chief Minister of Delhi. Apart from the two -- Dikshit and Swaraj -- seven other women from the Congress were elected to the House: Tajdar Babar, Kiran Choudhary, Sushila Devi, Anjali Rai, Darshna, Krishna Tirath and Meera Bhardwaj. Both Swaraj and Dikshit passed away in 2019, within a period of one month. In 2003, the third Assembly of Delhi was elected with seven women -- all from Congress. While Tajdar Babar, Krishna Tirath, Anjali Rai and Sheila Dikshit were re-elected, the other three women elected to the House were Kiran Walia, Barkha Singh, and Meera Bhardwaj. In 2008, when the national capital elected the fourth Assembly, there were three Congress MLAs -- Sheila Dikshit, Kiran Walia and Barkha Singh who were re-elected. The political picture of Delhi changed after the Aam Aadmi Party was formed in 2012. The city went for polls in 2013 and there were three women elected to the House, this time, all were from the AAP -- Veena Anand, Rakhi Birla and Bandana Kumari. In 2013, no party got a clear majority and so, AAP and Congress joined hands to form a government for 49 days. Arvind Kejriwal became the Chief Minister of the city but he resigned after 49 days. The city again went for polls in 2015 and this time, the AAP bagged 67 of the 70 seats. There were six women elected to the House and all were from the AAP. While Rakhi Birla and Bandana Kumari were re-elected, Alka Lamba, Bhavna Gaur, Parmila Tokas and Sarita Singh were also elected to the House. Lamba was disqualified from the Assembly after she switched to the Congress in 2019. In the 2020 Assembly polls, she contested from Chandni Chowk as a Congress candidate. Till the sixth Assembly of the Delhi, there were a total of 31 females elected to the House with 20 females from Congress, nine from the AAP and two from the BJP. Also, no independent female has been elected to the Delhi Assembly so far. In 2020 Assembly polls, a total of 79 women are trying their luck with 24 of them from the Congress, BJP and AAP.
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.