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Justice For Payal – Justice demanded for Mumbai Medical Student who Committed Suicide




Dr. Payal Tadvi is a postgraduate student of gynecology who committed suicide after being continuous torture by three of her seniors. Payal Tadvi coming from the Tribal category in rural areas commits suicide after casteist slurs and torture by seniors, identified as Dr. Hema Ahuja, Dr. Bhakti Mehar, and Dr. Ankita Khandelwal.

Priyanka Sharma will be released.

Supreme Court grants conditional bail to BJP youth wing worker Priyanka Sharma on tendering written apology for putting objectionable picture of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media.

UPSC results 2019: Meet Bhopal’s Srushti Deshmukh, topper among women candidates

Srushti Jayant Deshmukh (23) of Bhopal has topped among woman candidates in UPSC civil services final examinations 2018 results of which were declared on Friday.

She has got overall 5th rank among candidates who were declared successful in the examination, as per results.

The first civil servant in her family Srushti completed bachelor of engineering (Chemicals) from a private engineering college in Bhopal in 2018.

“It is consistency in studies and faith in oneself that helps one achieve one’s goals”, she said on Friday evening while jubilant over her selection in the most prestigious civil services of the country.

Arundhati Roy among 200 writers who appealed to Indians to vote out hate politics

Over 200 Indian writers on Monday issued an appeal to Indians to vote out hate politics. The signatories include Amitav gosh, Arundhati Roy, Girish Karnad, Nayantara Sahgal, Jeet Thayil, Romila Thapar and Vivek Shanbhag.The Indian Cultural Forum has shared this appeal, urging people to vote out hate politics. The petition sheds light on the incidents of intimidation and censorship that writers, artists and filmmakers have gone through, the citizens who have been lynched and discriminated against on the basis of caste and religious differences, and the hate politics that has been used to create fear and divide the country.



Read the full text of the appeal:



Let us vote against hate politics. Let us vote for an equal and diverse India.

The upcoming election finds our country at the crossroads. Our Constitution guarantees all its citizens equal rights, the freedom to eat, pray and live as they choose, freedom of expression and the right to dissent. But in the last few years, we have seen citizens being lynched or assaulted or discriminated against because of their community, caste, gender, or the region they come from. Hate politics has been used to divide the country; create fear; and exclude more and more people from living as full-fledged citizens. Writers, artists, filmmakers, musicians and other cultural practitioners have been hounded, intimidated, and censored. Anyone who questions the powers-that-be is in danger of being harassed or arrested on false and ridiculous charges.

#Pollachi sexual abuse case: AIADMK youth member expelled after police complaint



An #AIADMK youth wing member from Pollachi has been expelled from the party after it came to light that he was allegedly involved in multiple cases of sexual harassment.

The party cancelled Nagaraj's membership soon after a police complaint was filed by the victim's brother. In addition, DMK chief MK Stalin raised doubts whether the ruling AIADMK was "colluding" with the perpetrators of the crime.

Kylie Jenner takes the crown as world's youngest-ever self-made billionaire

As part of the Forbes billionaires list, it was announced that the 21-year-old reality star took the throne from Mark Zuckerberg.Kylie Jenner marked a milestone moment with a visit to a strip mall. For the past three years, her Kylie Cosmetics had only sold its makeup online and briefly in pop up shops. But after signing an exclusive distribution deal with Ulta, the beauty retailer, Kylie Cosmetics was rolling its $29 lip kits—a matte liquid lipstick and matching lip liner—into Ulta’s 1,000-plus stores. And Jenner showed up to the Richmond Avenue Ulta in Houston to greet customers, sign autographs on lip kits and, of course, pose for selfies with her fans. Over the next six weeks, Kylie Cosmetics sold $54.5 million worth of products in Ulta, according to estimates from Oppenheimer. “I popped up at a few stores, I did my usual social media—I did what I usually do, and it just worked,” she says.


Narendra Modi congratulates Apurvi Chandela after gold medal in ISSF World Cup 2019



Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela on Saturday clinched a gold medal in the Women's 10 metres Air Rifle event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup.

Chandela made the country proud at the Dr Karni Shooting Range in New Delhi, shattering the world record by shooting a total of 252.9 points.

Twitter was flooded with reactions shortly after Chandela's win with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra amongst those who congratulated the shooter following her victory. Here are some of the best tweets:

Lipi Singh, IPS : The tough police officer with courageous attitude

Lipi Singh is 2016 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre. She is currently posted in Patna district as SDPO of Barh. In a short span of time, she has attracted attention for being a tough police officer. Her courageous attitude against mafias of Barh and Mokama regions is being applauded. In fact, Anant Singh has become a foe of Nitish Kumar precisely because of her. Lipi Singh has broken the illegal businesses of Anant Singh in the area.Lipi Singh is the daughter of senior JDU leader and former UP Cadre IAS officer RCP Singh. She might have got favourable area for being the daughter of the right hand man of Nitish Kumar. However, taking a look at her performance, it can be safely say that Lipi Singh is completely apolitical when it comes to dealing with law and order of her area.


Father: RCP Singh, Rajya Sabha MP from Bihar

Educational Qualification: Lipi did schooling from Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram. She has completed degree in Law from Delhi University. In fact, RCP Singh had planned Law profession for both of his daughters. However, Lipi had some other plans to make her father proud. She cracked UPSC Civil Services Examination in her very first attempt in 2014. She got allied services and didn’t join. In her second attempt, she got IPS with All India Rank of 114.

Religion: Hindu

UPSC topper, Garima Yadav is the winner of Miss Charming Face Beauty Pageant, 2017



Garima Yadav is the winner of Miss Charming Face Beauty Pageant, 2017. She emerged as the winner leaving behind contestants of 20 states with her mesmerizing beauty, curvature body and attractive figure. What makes her apart is the scintillating smiling face.Garima is not only a model and beauty queen. She is also a great example of ‘beauty with brain’. Just like another Haryanavi heart throb, Manushi Chillar, she has done exceptionally well in shaping her career. UPSC has recently released the result for CDS and the All India Rank of Garima (for Officers’ Training Academy, Women) was SECOND.


Garima Yadav will soon become the lieutenant. She is still preparing for UPSC Civil Services Examination. You may find her name among topper of UPSC in coming months.


Educational Qualification: Garima has completed schooling from her village. She got admission in the prestigious St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University on the basis of her exceptional performance in Class XII examination.


Awards and Recognition: Garima was first selected for the Flying Officer of the Indian Airforce. However, she didn’t join and decided to prepare for UPSC Civil Services Examination.

Ekta Kapoor welcomes first child via surrogacy



TV czarina Ekta Kapoor, is all set to experience the topsy-tuvry journey of a mother. The 43-year-old was blessed with a baby boy through surrogacy on January 27. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, the little munchkin is absolutely healthy and will be home soon.

Ekta, who is unmarried, seems to have taken inspiration from her brother Tusshar. As he had welcomed Laksshya Kapoor through surrogacy using IVF in 2016. Ekta is fond of kids, and especially her nephew Laksshya. She loves to post happy nd fun pictures with him on her Instagram page.

Proud to be 1st Hindu-American to run for President: Tulsi Gabbard

US Democratic Presidential aspirant Tulsi Gabbard has said that she's "proud to be the first Hindu-American to run for President". Gabbard was born in American Samoa to a Samoan-European father and a mother who is of European descent but practises Hinduism. The 37-year-old lawmaker from Hawaii adopted Hinduism when she was a teenager.


United States Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard said she and her supporters are victims of “fear, suspicion and religious bigotry”. Gabbard, the first Hindu member of the Congress, announced on January 11 that she will run for president in 2020.

“I am proud to be the first Hindu American to have been elected to Congress and now the first Hindu American to run for president,” Gabbard wrote in an editorial in Religious News Service on Saturday. “While the headlines covering my announcement could have celebrated this historic first, and maybe even informed Americans about the world’s third largest religion, some have instead fomented suspicion, fear and religious bigotry about not only me but also my supporters.”

Gabbard’s links with the Bharatiya Janata Party and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been a topic of debate in the United States. When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the US in September 2014, he made it a point to meet the legislator. When Gabbard got married the next year, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav flew in from India with a special message from Modi.

“I too have been accused of being a ‘Hindu nationalist’,” the Hawaiian democrat wrote. “My meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India’s democratically elected leader, have been highlighted as ‘proof’ of this and portrayed as somehow being out of the ordinary or somehow suspect, even though President Obama, Secretary Clinton, President Trump and many of my colleagues in Congress have met with and worked with him.”




An article in The Intercept earlier this month had described Gabbard as “a polarising figure” whose “progressive domestic politics are at odds with her support for authoritarians abroad, including Modi, [Egyptian President Abdel Fattah] Sisi, and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad”.

Several pre-teen girls subjected to breast-ironing in UK: Report



An African practice of “ironing” a girl’s chest with a hot stone to delay breast formation is spreading in the UK to “protect” young girls from unwanted male attention, sexual harassment and rape, a media report said on Saturday.

The Guardian reported that community workers in London, Yorkshire, Essex and the West Midlands informed the newspaper about cases in which pre-teen girls from the diaspora of several African countries were subjected to the painful, abusive and futile practice.

Former first lady Michelle Obama was voted the woman most admired by Americans this year, knocking Hillary Clinton from the top spot


Michelle Obama has bested Hillary Clinton as America's most admired woman in Gallup's most recent poll.

This is the first time in 17 years that Clinton has not been voted most admired woman. This year she came in third with four per cent of the vote after Oprah Winfrey in second with five per cent and Obama with 15 per cent.

Obama recently finished touring her bestselling memoir, Becoming, whereas Clinton has withdrawn more into a private life after running for president and her time as secretary of state and first lady.

The Gallup poll surveyed a random selection of 1,025 adults from Dec. 3 to 12 for its results. The annual poll began in 1946.Barack Obama came in first for most admired man at 19 per cent, beating U.S. President Donald Trump, who came in second at 13 per cent. It is the 13th time that an incumbent president didn't win most admired man, with former U.S. president Gerald Ford the only other president who fell short.

Obama has held the title for 11 consecutive years and is now just one first-place finish short of being voted most admired man the most times. Dwight Eisenhower currently holds that honour.

Others that made the top 10 include Melania Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, Angela Merkel, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Ellen DeGeneres and Nikki Haley for women, and George W. Bush, Pope Francis, Bill Gates, Bernie Sanders, Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama and Joe Biden for men

Tarana Burke : The lady who started the #MeToo movement long before twitter hashtag


Have you heard of #MeToo? If you're on social media, watch the news or occasionally browse the web, chances are you probably have.


In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal, it has been virtually impossible to avoid the hashtag.


#MeToo has been tweeted millions of times - encouraging people across the world to come forward with their stories of harassment and abuse.

When she created a community initiative to connect survivors of sexual violence, Tarana Burke could never have imagined that one day it would become a global movement.

#MeToo Rising in India

India has been very vocal about the #MeToo uprising. Citing media intelligence firm Meltwater, Times of India reports that the country accounted for a quarter of online conversations on the subject in October, ahead of the US. The movement found nearly 29,000 mentions in editorial news in India, and 3.7 mentions on social media globally. Earlier, a Google Trends tool showed people across the country were searching for the speak-out hashtag, quashing claims of the movement being elitist. #MeToo has taken down several powerful men in its wake, including junior foreign minister MJ Akbar and filmmaker Sajid Khan.

The #MeToo movement, which began in the United States more than a year ago  gained traction in India late September after actress Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of inappropriate behavior on the sets of a film they were shooting in 2008.

Since then, the hashtag has became a rallying cry against sexual harassment, with multiple women coming out with their #MeToo stories. The list of some of the prominent names who have been caught in the web of #MeTooIndia allegations so far can be read here
  
Globally after the #MeToo movement, Employment lawyers and executive compensation experts say some companies have begun tweaking employment agreements with top executives, being more explicit about sexual harassment in the wording of severance arrangements or in their language about what constitutes “cause” for termination -- which can allow them to avoid paying severance or accelerating the vesting of stock when someone is shown the door.

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Google created Me Too Rising, a visualization of the global #MeToo movement through Google Trends data.  

On the site, you can look at global interest starting last fall and watch as consciousness spreads over time. In the past year, #MeToo has been searched in 195 countries—that's every country on earth. You can see the cities where it was trending on different dates and see what’s happening now at local levels with city-specific Google Search results for “Me Too.” And the sexual assault resources page has information for anyone who needs help or wants to learn more about sexual assault.There was an article by first post which states that  " India shines bright for the wrong reasons on Google's interactive map on #MeToo movement ".  Here is the site for reference



About Tarana Burke 
Tarana Burke (born September 12, 1973) is an African-American civil rights activist from The Bronx, New York who founded the Me Too movement. In 2006, Burke began using the phrase "Me Too" to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in society, and the phrase developed into a broader movement, following the 2017 use of #MeToo as a hashtag following the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. Time named Burke, among a group of other prominent activists dubbed "the silence breakers", as the Time Person of the Year for 2017. Burke attends public speaking events across the country and is currently Senior Director at Girls for Gender Equity in Brooklyn.

Burke was born in The Bronx, New York, and raised in the area. She grew up in a low-income, working-class family in a housing project and was raped and sexually assaulted both as a child and a teenager. Her mother supported her recovery from these violent acts and encouraged her to be involved in the community. In her biography she states that these experiences inspired her to work improve the lives of girls who undergo extreme hardships. As a teenager, she became involved in working to improve the lives of young girls living in marginalized communities. Burke attended Alabama State University then transferred and graduated from Auburn University. During her time in college, she organized press conferences and protests regarding economic and racial justice.


What is Metoo campaign?
Tarana Burke, a social activist and community organizer, began using the phrase "Me Too" in 2006, on the Myspace social network as part of a campaign to promote "empowerment through empathy" among women of color who have experienced sexual abuse, particularly within underprivileged communities.

What is the #timesup movement?
Time's Up (movement) Time's Up is a movement against sexual harassment and was founded on January 1, 2018, by Hollywood celebrities in response to the Weinstein effect and #MeToo. As of February 2018, it has raised $20 million for its legal defense fund, and gathered over 200 volunteer lawyers.

Sruthi Hariharan accused popular pan-south India actor Arjun Sarja of sexually assaulting her during the shoot of the bilingual film 'Vismaya'.



A week after actor Sangeetha Bhatt became the first prominent face from the Kannada film industry to speak up on #MeToo, popular actor Sruthi Hariharan has accused popular pan-south India actor Arjun Sarja of sexually assaulting her during the shoot of the bilingual film Vismaya.

In a long Facebook post where she detailed the alleged harassment she faced, Sruthi said she was excited about working with Arjun Sarja as she grew up watching his films. She accused the actor of running his hands up and down her back and pulling her towards his body without her consent during the rehearsal of a romantic scene.

“The first few days seemed normal, I played his wife in the film and that day we were to do a romantic scene where we had to hug each other after a brief dialogue. During the rehearsal, we delivered our lines and Mr. Arjun hugs me. With no forewarning or permission, he runs his hands intimately up and down my back. He pulls me closer with my body taut against his and asks the director if we could use this idea of foreplay in the scene. I was aghast,” she wrote describing the incident.

She continued, “I am all for depicting realism in cinema, but this felt absolutely wrong. His intent seemed anything but professional. I hated that he did it and angry that I didn't know what to say then.”

She also stated no other actor she has worked with suggested such improvisation.



However, this was not the only incident. She further alleged, “During the course of production, every smutty innuendo he made, created an unpalatable work environment for me. His salacious invitations to meet him after work appalled me.”

Who is Rehana Fathima ?

Rehana Fathima is known for her angst over a male professor's comments on the students' breasts. The professor compared them to watermelons and further advised girls to cover themselves since they attract men.

In protest to this, Rehana Fathima, a 31-year-old government employee, she posed nude with watermelons. The model and activist from Kochi received massive backlash for the same. However, she explained that this was needed because she wanted "to question the restrictions regarding a woman baring her body", as per a report in The Times of India.

She was also a part of several other movements of dissent. Fathima was the first woman to participate in the traditional Onam tiger dance, Thrissur Pulikali, that is traditionally done by all-male troupes. She has also been a part of the Kiss of Love campaign against moral policing, as per TOI.

Fathima had earlier posted a picture of her wearing the 'mala' on Facebook with a single word caption: "Philosophy".

But Rehana Fathima is no stranger to controversies or standing up to them. She broke into the headlines in March this year when, in protest against comments from a professor in Kozhikode who said women should cover their watermelon-like-breasts, she posted pictures of herself with watermelons covering her breasts. Hours after sharing the pictures, they were taken down by Facebook after a flurry of trolls and threats.
In 2014, she participated in the Kiss of Love campaign in Kerala against moral policing. Her partner, filmmaker Manoj K Sreedhar, had shared a clip of the kiss on Facebook. She was the only woman in the Ayyanthol PuliKali team, a traditional Onam tiger dance usually done by all-male troupes. She had then told Manorama she had always wanted to “perform in a space dominated by men”.

Rehana, a telecom technician with BSNL, has also acted in an art film named Eka which focussed on intersexuality. The posters of the film carried the tagline: ‘I am intersex. I have a penis and vagina by birth. I want to live’. The producers of the film claimed it was the first film of its kind to be produced in India.

The 31-year-old government employee and mother-of-two, Rehana was born in an orthodox Muslim family. She says she became disillusioned with religion after her father’s death. A report in the The Times of India quoted Rehana as saying she wants to question the restrictions regarding a woman baring her body and make a point on women’s assertion of her own self. Her Facebook bio seems to sum her up well: ‘Break the rules’. Rehana has come back without entering the temple, but her trek was yet another bid to break the glass ceiling.

#MetooIndia Movement catching momentum in India

In 2017, India was witness to the widespread #MeToo movement online, which prompted many survivors to speak up on social media about the harassment and abuse that they had faced over the years and continued to. It was also the year that a list of academics accused of sexual harassment was published by Raya Sarkar, which lead to a larger debate about due process and its failings — the very reason that prompted the making of such a list.


How #MeToo movement started ?

The Me Too movement (or #MeToo movement), with many local and international alternatives, is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault. #MeToo spread virally in October 2017 as a hashtag used on social media in an attempt to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace. It followed soon after the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein.Tarana Burke, an American social activist and community organizer, began using the phrase "Me Too" as early as 2006, and the phrase was later popularized by American actress Alyssa Milano, on Twitter in 2017. Milano encouraged victims of sexual harassment to tweet about it and "give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem". This was met with success that included but was not limited to high-profile posts from several American celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Lawrence and Uma Thurman.

The phrase "Me too" was tweeted by Milano around noon on October 15, 2017, and had been used more than 200,000 times by the end of the day, and tweeted more than 500,000 times by October 16. On Facebook, the hashtag was used by more than 4.7 million people in 12 million posts during the first 24 hours. The platform reported that 45% of users in the United States had a friend who had posted using the term.

#MetooIndia Movement

Our society is decaying as we live and breathe.

It seems mostly everyone has had some type of sexual misconduct in their lives. And it has taken decades for many to bring up that experience into their current reality. It’s a nightmare all over again.


It all started with writer Mahima Kukreja calling out comedian Utsav Chakraborty for sending her a picture of his genitalia without consent.

“This happened two years ago. I was new to the city (Mumbai). He sent me a dick pic. I told Tanmay Bhat and Kunal Kamra about it. Kamra alerted others of Utsav’s behaviour. But AIB continued to give him work. A 17-year-old intern at OML had to quit because of workplace harassment. If people had held Utsav accountable for his behaviour then, he would not have gone and harassed so many other women. I am myself mentally exhausted and in trauma reading account after account of women who are writing in to me about his behaviour. I’m glad people are talking about it,” she said over the phone.

She posted screenshots of her chats with other women who shared similar incidents when Chakraborty privately messaged them asking for nude pictures, his phone number, or sent them dick pics. Among the accusers is a woman who was 17 when the stand up comic allegedly asked her for a photo that showed her cleavage. Chakraborty put out a tweet saying he has never asked an underage person for nudes. Kukreja says a floodgate of allegations will open if more women come forward. Comedy collective All India Bakchod put out a statement saying they were sorry and that they “let their cognitive biases do the work our critical faculties should have”.

In response, Chakraborty, who first spoke of “context”, and belligerently challenged his accusers, later said he was sorry and faced a “scary personal truth”.

“It's a little too late now but I am sorry. I really am. The past 24 hours were a crucible. I faced a very scary personal truth. I can't think of myself as a victim anymore. Please tell me what to do now. How to make things right? I don't want anyone to be hurt anymore,” he wrote. What is evident is the complicity of men in the industry who have helped people like Chakraborty thrive and continue to get work.


In a  separate instance, Sandhya Manon (https://twitter.com/TheRestlessQuil) accused Gautam Adhikari, who was editor in chief of the Mumbai edition of DNA at the time of the incident. She says that after an evening outing, when he was dropping her home, he forcibly kissed her and later warned her against telling anyone else that it happened.

#MetooIndia movement is catching momentum and people are coming out on Social Media platform like twitter to post their anger.

Who is Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad?

Ms Murad is an Iraqi Yazidi who was tortured and raped by Islamic State militants and later became the face of a campaign to free the Yazidi people.


Human rights campaigner Nadia Murad won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for her work against sexual violence in conflicts around the world. Born and raised in Kocho, a village Northen Iraq, Murad was enslaved and tortured by Islamic State militants in 2014, and lost 18 members of her family. Murad, who belongs to the Yazidi minority was repeatedly subjected to rape and other abuses while being kept in captivity. She was even forced to marry a Jihadist.

Ms Murad did not just lose her mother in the genocide. She endured three months as a sex slave at the hands of IS militants. She was bought and sold several times and subjected to sexual and physical abuse during her captivity.

After escaping, she became an activist for the Yazidi people, campaigning to help put an end to human trafficking and calling on the world to take a tougher line on rape as a weapon of war.

Harvard economist Gita Gopinath appointed chief economist at IMF


Gita Gopinath has been named as Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), becoming the second Indian to be appointed to the position.

Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan had served as Chief Economist of the IMF.

Gopinath would succeed Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld, who is to retire at the end of 2018, the IMF said in a statement Monday.

Currently, Gopinath is the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University.

Saba Qamar trolled for smoking and her outfit in a leaked pic

Last year Mahira Khan was subject of much trolling and now its Saba Qamar who is seen smoking  and dressing inappropriately in some leaked pictures with Ranbir Kapoor."hindi Medium" actor Saba Karim is seen holding a cigrette in the picture.