Vinita Deshmukh gets the 'Laadli Award' for gender sensitivity

Moneylife's consulting editor Vinita Deshmukh won this year’s Laadli Award for her articles on Pune constable Jayashree Mane, who was assaulted by her senior for using RTI


Vinita Deshmukh, the consulting editor of Moneylife was Wednesday felicitated with the Laadli Media and Advertising Award for Gender Sensitivity from the western region for 2013-14. She received the Award for her story on a woman constable from Pune who was assaulted for using the Right to Information (RTI) Act. (Read: Pune constable Jayashree Mane, an RTI user, slapped by her senior )
The Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity highlights, acknowledge and celebrate the commendable efforts by various media at providing gender-just perspectives, portrayals and analysis. Vinita is among the 27 journalists selected by the jury from 588 entries received from western region.
Dr AL Sharada, director of Population First, said, "Many stories are written by journalists but Vinita went beyond news column. She took up the cudgels to bring justice to the lady cop who was assaulted for using RTI". Laadli is a campaign launched by Population First in 2005 to address the mindsets that discriminate against women, promote inequalities and justify gender-based violence.
Vinita Deshmukh said, "The fight for the woman cop is far from over as Pune Police has slapped a departmental enquiry on the constable for approaching media. I, along with RTI activists from Pune are firmly standing behind her."
This year’s awardees include, Femina magazine, Kunal Rajnikant Purohit from Hindustan Times, Shwetha Kannan (Afternoon Despatch & Courier), Gujarat Guardian, Himmat Kataria (Abhiyaan), Kamini Sanghvi (Mumbai Samachar), Ketan Dave (Nav Gujarat Samay), Kutch Mitra Daily, Bhuvanesh Pandya (Rajasthan Patrika), Suman Kachhawa and Varsha Mirza (Daily News), Mohan Maruti Maskar-Patil (Lokmat), Mrinmayee Ranade (MADHURIMA and Divya Marathi), Vrushali Magdum, Tara Kaushal (, Dr Abha Sharma (, 94.3 My FM, Vinayak Gaikwad, Priyanka Desai and Alka Dhupkar (IBN Lokmat).
The winners in Special Jury Citation include, Sukhada Tatke (The Hindu), Marisha Shah (Nav Gujarat Samay), Raj Bhaskar (Sadhana Magazine), Hamari Awaaz (Vividha), Dipti Raut and Priyanka Desai (IBN Lokmat). For social awareness, Aditi Desai from Gujarati theatre has been selected for a Special Award.
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    Assam terror attack leaves 62 dead

    Rajnath Singh has rushed to Assam following a simultaneous attack by suspected Bodo militants in multiple locations 


    Suspected Bodo militants killed 62 people in Assam in multiple locations yesterday evening. The militants struck at around 5 p.m. at Maitalubasti killing 23 people, followed by more killings in Pakhriguri village, Ultapani village Phulbari and Batasipur. 
    These locations fall under the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts. The National Democratic Front of Bodoland or NDFB, a terrorist group, has been active since 1968 and had warned earlier on Monday that if the government did not stop its operations against the NDFB that it would retaliate with terror strikes.
    The NDFB was formed with the purported objective of securing a ‘sovereign Bodoland’ in the areas north of the river Brahmaputra. It has become more active in its attacks as a result of its complaints against migrants coming into the Bodo territory. 
    "I'm upset, despite our appeal, this incident took place and innocent people have lost their lives, it's totally unacceptable," MoS Home Kiren Rijiju said.
    The Prime Minister tweeted about the horrific attacks and termed the attacks cowardly. The Cabinet offered condolences and paid tribute to the victims of the attacks.
    Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be heading to Assam, while the state was under an indefinite curfew after incidents of retaliation by tribals against Bodo communities.
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    Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Madan Mohan Malviya to be conferred Bharat Ratnas

    At 90, Ex-PM Vajpayee and the late freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malviya will be conferred the Bharat Ratna


    The President's secretariat said today that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former freedom fighter and educationist Madan Mohan Malviya would be conferred the prestigious Bharat ratna, India's highest civilian honour. 
    The announcement comes a day before both awardees shared birthdays on 25 December. 
    Atal Bihari Vajpayee being conferred the award gained support and praise from all quarters for his role in leading the nation and making an indelible mark on the India polity.
    Vajpayee served 9 terms in the Lok Sabha and two in the Rajya Sabha, He was one of the founding members of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, some members of which went on to set up the Bharatiya Janata Party. He served as the External Affairs Minister in the Morarji Desai Cabinet and held two terms as Prime Minister, first in 1996 and again from 1998 to 2004, which included the time of the Kargil war.
    The late Madan Mohan Malviya was an important figure in the freedom struggle and a noted educationist with great influence on Indian cultural life. 
    Malviya held the office of the President of the Indian National Congress for two terms. He was one of the early leaders of the Hindu Mahasabha and set up one of the largest educational institutes in India, the Banaras Hindu University.
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