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Police to play son for parents of NRIs
Report dated 26/11/2014 @ 7:08 PM
In a novel initiative, Vijayawada city police have come with a plan to ensure the protection of elderly parents of NRIs staying alone in the city. The city police will adorn the role of a foster son.
The police department has created a page on its website for NRIs to fill in the details of their parents. Officials will keep in touch with these elderly people and extend any kind of help they want.
Over 50% prisoners in India are Muslims, Dalits and Tribals
Report dated 25/11/2014 @ 1:56 PM
According to an official report on prisons, three of the most vulnerable sections of Indian society, Muslims, Dalits and adivasis, make up over half of India's prison population, although the proportion of these three communities adds up to just about 39%, their share amongst prisoners is at a high 53%.
In 2013 India had 420,000 people in prison, nearly 20% of which were Muslims although the share of Muslims in India's population is just about 13%.
Dalits make up 22% of prisoners and their proportion of the population is around 17%, while advasis make up 11% of prisoners, their share in the general population is 9%.
Experts say this trend is not because these communities commit more crimes, it is because they are economically and socially under-privileged, unable to fight costly cases or even pay bail. Some say these communities are targeted with false cases.
Sadly the proportion of Muslims, dalits and adivasis in prison remains virtually unchanged over the past 15 years indicating that this is a chronic systemic problem.
False dowry charges are grounds for divorce : SC
Report dated 25/11/2014 @ 1:54 PM
The Supreme Court has ruled that if a woman's complaint accusing her husband and in-laws of cruelty turns out to be false, then the man is entitled to a divorce.
Allowing the dissolution of the marriage of K Srinivas and K Sunita the court said they unequivocally found that the respondent wife had filed a false criminal complaint, even one of which is sufficient to constitute matrimonial cruelty, and they will accordingly dissolve the marriage of the parties.
The Court said the Law Commission of India in its reports in 2009 had recommended the introduction of irretrievable breakdown of marriage as grounds for dissolution of marriage and the Amendment Bill of 2013 incorporated this ground and received the assent of the Rajya Sabha.
Women pilots account for 11% in India against world average of 3%
Report dated 25/11/2014 @ 1:50 PM
According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation almost 600 of the 5,050 pilots in Indian airlines are women. At 11.6% this number is way above the 3% global average estimated by the International Society of Women Airline Pilots.
The rise in women pilots continues as in the last five years, of 4,267 commercial pilots licences issued, 628 or 14.7% went to women. As a result Indian carriers are employing more women pilots. Jet Airways and JetLite say 30.5% of their employees are women. At IndiGo 11% of pilots are women, and the number is growing. SpiceJet and GoAir also report that the number of women pilots is on the rise. The merged Air India-Indian Airlines has 171 women pilots and often has an all-women crew operating its non-stop flights to the US.
Harpreet AD Singh, the first woman pilot to be selected by erstwhile Air India in 1988 says airlines saw a rise in women applying to fly in the mid 1980s and 2005 onwards, when private low cost airlines took off. An IndiGo official says they hope for a time when they no longer have to celebrate an all-women crew on board - it should be a common occurrence.
One female pilot says the reason for this growth is the strong family support system they have in India, where women have their families to take care of the children, and that ensures they can take on long flights as well.
India sixth in global ranking of 'ultra rich'
Report dated 24/11/2014 @ 4:04 PM
A recent Wealth-X and UBS World Ultra Wealth Report 2014 found that with $1.01 trillion in assets, 8595 Indians together have taken India to sixth position in a global ranking of high-net worth individuals ie those with a net asset value of more than $30 million, increased to 9.5 percent over the previous year.
India has the third largest population of ultra-rich individuals in Asia, after Japan and China.
India also has more ultra-rich people than Switzerland, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. Those countries ahead of India are the US, Germany, the UK, Japan and China.
The report also stated there are some 5000 NRIs on the global list, a majority of whom are settled in Europe or North America, and noted that promising policy and political changes such as the election of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister, has resulted in growing confidence in the region's prospects.