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In Rajya Sabha, women members harp on women's quota
New Delhi : Cutting across party lines, women members in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday stressed the need to get passed the bill providing for 33 percent reservation to women in legislature.
 
"I am very happy that the Rajya Sabha passed the legislation. I hope the bill will be passed this year perhaps in the Lok Sabha," senior parliamentarian and Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah said in the upper house.
 
Women MPs were given an opportunity to speak for three minutes each on Tuesday on the occasion of the International Women's Day.
 
"I agree that all women members should speak, as the prime minister said in the Lok Sabha... time has come for men also to speak of women empowerment," she said.
 
Heptullah said she was happy that more women members were being elected to parliament.
 
Congress parliamentarian Renuka Choudhary, a former union women and child development minister, made a strong pitch for equal treatment to women.
 
She also paid tributes to women like Rohith Vemula's mother, Neelam Katara and Nirbhaya's mother.
 
"After 16 Lok Sabhas, we have just 12 percent women," Choudhary lamented.
 
She also called for a change in perception vis-a-vis women: "We come here because the constitution gives us the right, not for anyone's entertainment. We are not the perks of your job."
 
Congress member Rajni Patil urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get the women's reservation bill passed.
 
"We urge the government, specially the prime minister, that if you have the will, fulfil the promise you made to the women for 33 percent reservation. Get it passed, you have the power in the Lok Sabha," she said.
 
Sasikala Puspa of the AIADMK also asked if the dismal 12 percent women members in parliament was any justice to them.
 
"Most effective solution for women empowerment is not only economic growth but their participation in decision-making. Parliament has only 12 percent women. Is this gender equality? Is this social equality?" she posed.
 
Senior Congress member Ambika Soni said she was disappointed that women members were given only three minutes each to speak.
 
"I gave a zero hour notice with the hope that we can have a debate.... we were told all women will be given three minutes. I came with great hope but speak with disappointment," she said.
 
Kumari Selja of the Congress questioned Modi's silence on the women's reservation bill.
 
"Maybe, this is just a tokenism, we are not discussing it. We had hope the prime minister will talk about reservation," she said.
 
Earlier, Rajya Sabha Chaiman M. Hamid Ansari, in his address to the upper house, said it is a "bitter truth" that the programmes for women empowerment have not worked. 
 
"It is a bitter truth that various programmes, measures and vision documents by governmental and non-governmental agencies have fallen short of achieving the objective of women's development," Ansari said.
 
A constitutional amendment bill to provide one-third reservation to women in state assemblies and parliament was passed by the Rajya Sabha in March 2010 amid protests by some regional parties but collective support of the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party and Left parties.
 
The fate of the bill remains uncertain as experts opine that the bill, passed by the Rajya Sabha and sent to the lower house, lapsed with the dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha.
 
Earlier in the day, Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the Lok Sabha also sought an early passage of the “long-awaited” bill that seeks to reserve a third of legislative seats in India for women.
 
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SC to hear plea to restrain Mallya from leaving country
New Delhi : The Supreme Court will hear on Wednesday a plea by the consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India seeking to restrain beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya from leaving the country.
 
The apex court bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice U.U. Lalit agreed to hear the plea after Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi mentioned the matter on Tuesday for an early hearing.
 
The consortium of banks has sought the impounding of NRI Vijay Mallya's passport.
 
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manoharlalsharma

1 year ago

it is learned from media that he already out of country and enjoying with his son quality time.

B. Yerram Raju

1 year ago

Judiciary should demonstrate through quick resolution of all legal disputes relating to the financial sector through exemplary punishments where required and also dispassionately give opportunity to those borrowers who have been slapped with acquisition proceedings on many a small borrower to cover up the banks' supervisory and monitoring lapses.

Women outnumber men when it comes to Google Search in India
New Delhi : When it comes to Google Search, more and more Indian women across age groups are using the search engine -- outnumbering men by a whooping margin -- on issues ranging from beauty and fashion to health and fitness, the company has revealed.
 
Middle-aged women in the age group of 35-44 years are spending more time on Google Search, outnumbering the growth of middle-aged men by a whopping 123 percent, the company has revealed. 
 
This is year-on-year (YoY) growth measured in terms of “time spent in minutes” on Google Search, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.
 
“The internet is playing an incredibly important role in changing the lives of women in India. It is great to see how women are taking to the internet in greater numbers and increasing their time spent, even outpacing the time spent by men,” Google said.
 
Interestingly, the search engine also recorded a significant uptake in search usage by upper middle-aged women (above 55 years).
 
In 2015, this category outgrew the younger women user base (age group of 15-24 years) and working women (age group of 24-35 years).
 
In terms of growth in “search minutes,” women outnumber men in younger age-groups as well. In the 15-24 age-group time spent by women grew by 110 percent as compared to 104 percent by men. 
 
In the 25-34 age-group, time spent by women grew by 108 percent as compared to 98 percent by men.
 
Google also revealed that there are more mothers using Google search when compared to fathers. One in three (33 percent) women who are mothers are on the web while only one in four fathers are on the web.
 
“This trend is likely to continue growing as India’s vast rural population of over 800 million comes online and experiences the power of the internet,” the company said. 
 
Interestingly, this is not just limited to the fashion and beauty segments. 
 
Women are outpacing men on searches in their fascination for food being three times higher, same is the case with entertainment (family television) and finally two times higher interest even around health and fitness.
 
India currently holds the world’s third largest internet user base after China and the US with approximately 325 million active users. 
 
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