New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) A school dropout, Jenpu Rongmei, 29, was as disillusioned and angry as many youngsters in Dimapur, Nagaland, till one day he lost his younger brother to a drug overdose.
Bangalore, June 16 (IANS) The Child Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP), a Bangalore-based NGO fighting for shared parenting in case of divorce or separation, Sunday demanded reforms in family laws -- to make them gender neutral. "The anti-father mindset unfortunately persists in our society. In divorce and separation cases, one of the parents, out of revenge, deprives the child of the love, affection and care of the other parent," CRISP founder and president Kumar
Chandigarh, June 15 (IANS) The Punjab government Saturday announced that registration of marriages in the state would be mandatory in future. The Punjab cabinet, which met here Saturday, gave the go-ahead to the Punjab Compulsory Registration Marriage Rules, 2013, for registering marriages of the residents of the state
Sydney, June 15 (IANS) A married Indian couple have won the right to stay in Australia, for now, after seeking refugee status claiming they might be killed if they returned to India as they are from different castes. A court in Canberra ruled in favour of the couple who hail from Punjab after their plea for refugee status was rejected by Australian immigration and refugee authorities.
Mumbai, June 15 (IANS) Ten staffers of Standard Chartered Bank have embarked on a unique 4,000-km-long journey on motorcycles to mark a decade of the bank's global programme challenging blindness, an official said here Saturday. The staffers will undertake the journey from Mumbai to Khardung La in Ladakh, the highest motorable road in the world, to raise funds for the SCB's 'Seeing Is Believing' international project aimed at tackling avoidable blindness and visual impairment
Kolkata, June 14 (IANS) For the first time, the West Bengal government Friday declared a half-day holiday for state government employees on the occasion of Jamai Sashthi son-in-law day. Following a directive from Chief Minster Mamata Banerjee, the state government issued a notification to all its departments announcing that offices would be over for the day at 2 p.m.
New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) Around 23 percent or more than one-fifth of India's elderly are known to have experienced abuse in the form of disrespect, verbal abuse, neglect while some have even faced assault, according to the "Elder Abuse in India 2013" report. The report by Help Age India was released on the eve of "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day" which would be celebrated worldwide Saturday. To commemorate the day, the elderly of Delhi have organized a candle light vigil at Jantar Mantar at 6:30 p.m.
Mumbai, June 14 (IANS) The Indian Navy has safely disposed of 90 unexploded ordnances, believed to be of World War II vintage, discovered during dredging operations in the Mumbai Harbour over the past few days, a defence official said here Friday. The recoveries were made during operations by two dredgers to widen and deepen the main shipping channel which can improve capability and facilitate movement of higher tonnage and deeper draught vessels for the Mumbai Harbour.
New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) India's population is expected to surpass China's around 2028, according to a UN report launched Friday. The report, 'World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision', has projected that the global population will touch 9.6 billion by 2050, with most growth in developing regions, especially Africa. "The current world population of 7.2 billion is projected to increase by almost one billion within the next 12 years, reaching 8.1 billion in 2025 and 9.6 billion in 2050," said a statement from the UN office in Delhi.
Agartala, June 14 (IANS) Unable to afford costly treatment for their six-month-old daughter, a daily-wage labourer and his wife strangled her to death and dumped her body in a ditch near their home, Tripura Police said Friday. Police Thursday arrested Laba Debnath, 53, the father of the ill-fated child, who confessed that he and his wife killed their baby girl Lina and later dumped her in a ditch near their Teliamura home in west Tripura, 55 km northeast of the state capital