Published on June 22nd, 2013 | by admin0
Reports of rape, murder of stranded women shocks Uttarakhand, Red tape keeps this differently abled woman in a bind, Singapore haze hits record high from Indonesia fires, Palestinian wins Arab Idol for first time and more !!!!
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Reports of rape, murder of stranded women shocks Uttarakhand: Uttarakhand reeled in horror on Saturday as reports came in that a stranded woman tourist and her daughter were raped and murdered in Gaurikund area of Kedarnath valley. Another stranded woman, from Bihar, too was reportedly raped in the area. What’s more, criminals reportedly murdered three brothers — all mule traders — in the same area and looted Rs. 17 lakh from them. Read More
Red tape keeps this differently abled woman in a bind: Rail concession yet to be sanctioned despite representations.For one-and-a-half years, armed with her disability ID card, Tamil Selvi, a Dalit woman from Dharmapuri, has been struggling to get rail travel concession. Despite help from various quarters, including secretaries of two government departments, her claim lies tangled in bureaucratic interpretations of the ‘nature of disability’.Tamil Selvi’s left leg was crippled by polio and she cannot walk unless she wears callipers. She has a disability certificate issued by the Tamil Nadu Differently Abled Persons Welfare Board. Her picture in the card has her displaying the bad leg, calliper and all. And yet, her battle rages on, particularly with a senior doctor of Dharmapuri Government Hospital, reducing her to tears as the establishment remains unrelenting and humiliating at the same time. Read more
Singapore haze hits record high from Indonesia fires: Pollution levels soared for a third day in a row in Singapore, as smoky haze from fires in Indonesia shrouded the city state. The Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) hit 401 at 12:00 on Friday (04:00 GMT) – the highest in Singapore’s history. The index also reached 400 in one part of Indonesia, which is readying helicopters and cloud-seeding equipment in an effort to tackle the fires. Indonesia has said it is unfair to blame it solely for the forest fires. A senior official in the Indonesian president’s office said fires had been spotted on land owned by 32 companies in the region, some of them based in Malaysia and Singapore. Schools in parts of Malaysia and Indonesia have closed temporarily. Read More
Palestinian wins Arab Idol for first time: A wedding singer from a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip has become the first Palestinian to win Arab Idol, in a contest which has captivated millions of viewers, including President Mahmoud Abbas. Mohammed Assaf, 22, beat finalists Egyptian Ahmed Jamal and a Syrian woman, Farah Youssef on Saturday in the singing competition broadcast by the Saudi-owned MBC Group. Viewers from across the region voted for their favorites. Shortly after winning, the young singer saluted the people of Palestine, “who have been suffering under occupation for decades.” President Mahmoud Abbas had earlier spoken to Assaf by phone and instructed Palestinian embassies abroad to urge expatriates to vote for him, calling the singer “the pride of the Palestinian and Arab nation”. Read More
Trafficked men are being forced to work for fishing industry in Thailand for little or no pay: A new report by the London-based Environmental Justice Foundation estimates 27 million people are victims of human trafficking around the world. Many are sold into sex slavery. But in Thailand, men are being trafficked to work in the fishing industry. They are forced to labour for up to 20 hours a day with little or no pay. The UN has found that nearly 60 percent have witnessed the murder of a fellow worker. Watch here