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Surge in female contestants, not MLAs
Female contestants increased across the four states that went to polls recently - but not legislators - and three times as many women contested in Kerala compared to the 2011 elections, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of electoral data.
 
Two of the four states had incumbent women chief ministers - West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee and Tamil Nadu’s J Jayalalithaa - and they registered consecutive victories for their parties.
 
Increase in women candidates, not MLAs
 
While both the incumbent CMs won, there was no significant increase in the number of female members of legislative assembly (MLAs) elected to the four state assemblies.
 
Kerala, the state with the best indicators of gender development, saw almost three times as many women contestants during the recent elections as it did in the 2011 elections. However, only eight of 105 contestants (7.6%) won.
 
A third (33) of female candidates contested as independents in Kerala.
 
West Bengal’s new assembly has six more women MLAs as compared to 2011. Assam’s women MLAs dropped to eight from 14.
 
The number of women MLAs increased by one in both Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
 
Do women leaders give more tickets to women candidates?
 
The highest proportion of tickets was given to women by Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu over the past five elections, except in 2011, when more women were given tickets by the rival Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), according to data collated by Gender In Politics, a web-based project that tracks women in politics, using data from the Election Commission.
 
Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress gave 15% of its tickets to female candidates in 2016, up from 14% in 2011.
 
The Communist Party of India (Marxist), the longest-serving ruling party in West Bengal, was always ahead of other parties in the state in selecting female candidates.
 
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BSE appoints ex-SC Judge Vikramjit Sen and ex-expenditure secretary Sumit Bose as directors
The BSE, India's oldest stock exchange, has appointed two members, including Supreme Court's former Justice Vikramjit Sen and former secretary for expenditure Sumit Bose on its Board. In a statement, the bourse said, it has received approval from market regulator SEBI for these appointments as public interest director effective from 19 May 2016.
 
Justice (rtd) Sen is a retired judge of the Supreme Court. He has practiced in all the courts in Delhi, although primarily in the High Court of Delhi.  He has experience in handling civil, arbitration and commercial disputes.  He maintained a special interest and consultancy on minority rights.
 
Bose is a 1976 batch officer from the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) and had served as a Secretary in various departments of the MP state government. He served as a Secretary for Expenditure for the Government of India from May 2011 to August 2012. He is currently on the Fiscal responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Committee recently formed by the central government.
 
"These prestigious and independent appointments will further strengthen and enhance the expertise of the BSE Board," the bourse said in the release.
 

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Bharti Enterprises' initiative helps eight undertrials get bail
New Delhi: Nyaya Bharti, the corporate initiative by Bharti Enterprises to provide legal assistance and aid to underprivileged undertrials across the country, on Monday said it has facilitated eight deserving undertrials' release on bail from jails in Delhi-NCR.
 
"With the release of the first set of underprivileged undertrials, we have made a beginning towards reaching out to and assisting the undertrials who are languishing in jails for minor offences," said Rakesh Bharti Mittal, co-chairman, Bharti Foundation.
 
The lawyers from Nyaya Bharti have provided legal aid, filed bail applications and also represented the undertrials in various Delhi courts, the statement said.
 
Nyaya Bharti was launched in November 2015 under the aegis of Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises.
 
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