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Weightlifter Sanjita wins India's first gold at Commonwealth Games
Report dated 25/07/2014 @ 8:29 PM
Khumukcham Sanjita has won India's first gold in the women's 48kg weightlifting, on the opening day of the 20th Commonwealth Games. She won with a total lift of 173 kg. She just missed the Games record held by Augustina Nkem Nwaokolo.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu bagged silver in the event with a cumulative effort of 170kg. Nigeria's Nkechi Opara was a distant third.
It was a contest between the two Manipuris in the event that India has dominated for a while in the Commonwealth Games going back to the days of Kunjarani Devi who is now a women's coach and who was with the two lifters cheering them on in her vernacular language.
Mumbai model accuses Police Officer of rape
Report dated 25/07/2014 @ 8:22 PM
Senior IPS officer in Mumbai, Sunil Paraskar, who has been accused of assaulting a woman when he was Additional Commissioner of Police last year, has been booked for rape on the complaint of the model who said he raped her several times, including once at a hotel.
Police have filed an FIR but say they are treading cautiously as a senior officer has been named.
Paraskar is currently Deputy Inspector General, Protection of Civil Rights Unit at the police headquarters, and what's worse is that he was in charge of the area where the complaint has been filed against him.
The case is to be investigated by the women's wing of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch.
India ranks second in murder, third in rape in world
Report dated 24/07/2014 @ 3:26 PM
According to the UN Crime Trends Survey 2010, India is third among the top 10 countries where the highest number of rapes have taken place, while in cases of murder, India comes second. The US recorded 85,593 cases of rape followed by Brazil with 41,180.
Among murder cases the UN report said the highest number had taken place in Brazil followed by India at 43,335. These were followed by Nigeria, Mexico, Congo, South Africa Colombia and Pakistan according to the Global Study on Homicide in 2013.
One in three of world's child marriages happens in India
Report dated 24/07/2014 @ 3:19 PM
A UNICEF official researching child marriage in India, said in traditional Indian society girls are seen only as future mothers and wives. In rural Indian villages there are concerns about the safety of girls, as if a girl is married off early, the logic is that her husband can protect her. This also blocks the possibility of a girl bringing dishonour to her family by selecting her own undesirable partner.
In 2006 India passed a law banning child marriages but implementation of it is weak because of social pressure, and child marriages are rarely reported to local authorities because few people see it as breaking a law.
The Indian government says it has taken steps to end child marriages including the establishment of a National Commission for Protection of Child Rights in 2007.
Samajwadi Party parliamentarian Dharmendra Yadav says poverty leads to a lack of education and poor uneducated families just want to avoid huge dowries by giving away their daughters in marriage at an early age.
Sania Mirza appointed Telangana brand ambassador
Report dated 24/07/2014 @ 3:18 PM
Tennis stat Sania Mirza, 27, has been appointed 'Brand Ambassador, of Telangana. She received the letter of appointment from chief minister K Chandrasekha Rao along with a cheque of Rs.1 crore for her training for the upcoming tournaments.
At an interaction session with industrialists in Hyderabad, the minister said Sania will be an inspiration for many and everyone is proud her native place is Hyderabad. She now ranks number five in international tennis.
Mirza congratulated the minister on becoming the first CM of Telangana and requested him to promote the sports sector in the state. She called herself a true Hyderabadi and Telanganite and will strive to fly the flag of Hyderabad at international events. She said her Tennis academy needs to be expanded in order to attract domestic and national players.