Though most vocal among political parties on the passage of the Women's Reservations Bill, arch rivals Trinamool Congress and Left parties have failed to set an example when it comes to nominating women candidates for the Lok Sabha election in West Bengal.
While the candidate list for the 42 Lok Sabha seats announced by the Trinamool Congress has 11 women, the Left Front list has only six.
As the world celebrates International Women's Day today, the discrepancy between promises of empowering women and efforts to keep them becomes prominent, particularly because the TMC is headed by a woman - Mamata Banerjee and the CPI-M has a prominent woman leader - Brinda Karat Although the TMC has nominated more women candidates than the Left Front, it has nonetheless failed to give one-third of the seats to women.
Asked to account for this, TMC general secretary Mukul Roy told PTI, It is a continuous process and nomination of more women will happen slowly. In the panchayat election, we had given 50 per cent nomination to women candidates. In the Lok Sabha, we have given tickets to 11 women candidates. In the 42-member Bengal ministry too, there are only three women ministers.
The CPI(M) leadership, on the other hand, accepted that there should have been more women candidates in the party's list of candidates, but sought to put the blame on the district grassroot level leadership whose mindset, he acknowledged, had not undergone much change and acted as a roadblock.
We may have failed to convince the district and grassroot level leadership on nominating more women candidates, former minister and CPI(M) central committee member Rekha Goswami told.
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A professor of medicine was shot at by some unknown gunmen at her private clinic at Uripok area here but she was out of danger, police said today.
The police said Tarunibala Devi, professor at the prestigious Regional Institute of Medical Science and Hospital (RIMSH) was working at her private clinic when the gunmen who probably used sniper rifle opened fire from some distance at her at around 9 pm last night.
The professor was immediately taken to nearby hospital, police said adding that she regained consciousness but was kept under critical observation.
The motive behind the attack was not yet known and no individual or group has so far claimed responsibility for the crime, they said.
The gunmen fled under the cover of darkness, said police.
In another incident, a car driver identified as Monas Ali (22) who hailed from Sukhanjan (Assam) but was staying at Uripok area in Imphal was shot dead by some militants at Kangpokpi area in Manipur's Senapati district yesterday, police said.
Ali was kidnapped by the militants on February 22 from Awang Boc area near here while trying to go to Dimapur by his passenger vehicle, sources said.
They said the militants had earlier reportedly demanded Rs 15 lakh from the owner of the vehicle who is staying at Khatkhati area in Assam.
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Even as a visiting United States official indicated the country's willingness to work with India's new leader post elections whoever it may be, Washington insisted there is no change in its visa policy in respect of Narendra Modi.
Bhartiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate was welcome to apply for a visa, and obviously that would be considered through the normal process, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters Friday repeating an old formulation.
We don't speculate on visas, of course, and our position hasn't changed on this case, she said when asked to clarify remarks made by US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal to a TV channel in response to a specific question about Modi.
I would just say that the United States has welcomed every leader of this vibrant democracy, and that a democratically elected leader of India will be a welcome partner, Biswal was quoted as saying when asked if Modi would be granted a US visa if he becomes prime minister.
But Psaki said I think she was just reflecting the strength of our relationship with India and it was correct to say that she did not mean to suggest that the Gujarat chief minister would indeed get a visa as it has been taken by some.
Obviously, the elections haven't taken place at this point, but our position hasn't changed on this, which is that Mr Modi is welcome to apply for a visa, and obviously that would be considered through the normal process, she said.
But as to whether Modi would get a visa if he applies, the spokesperson said: We wouldn't make a sweeping prediction for anyone, given visas are confidential.
There are some, perhaps, that may be easier than others, she added.
The US State Department revoked Modi's visa in 2005 over his alleged role or inaction during the 2002 Gujarat riots in which at least 1,000 people, most of them Muslims, were killed. Modi, who denies any wrong doing, has not applied for a new visa after that.
US officials have also shunned him since then. But indicating a major change of policy, US ambassador to India Nancy Powell met Modi at his residence in Gandhinagar last month.
But Washington has sought to portray it as a normal exchange of views with various party leaders before the April-May elections as it does not want to be seen taking sides in the coming elections.
Another indication of US change in policy was the omission of Modi's name from the State Department's annual human rights report. US has glossed over that too suggesting that the report essentially focuses on the previous year.
Asked if Biswal had talked about human rights with Indian officials given that the report mentioned rampant corruption as a major problem, Psaki said she didn't have any more details on her trip but Obviously, we raise human rights issues whenever we can in a range of countries.
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Kangana Ranaut has revealed that her newest flick 'Queen' will always hold a special place in her heart.
The 'Tanu Weds Manu' star told L'Officiel India magazine that 'Queen' is a very significant film in her career and it has pushed her into a better phase of her life.
The 26-year-old actress said that she has evolved as an actor and gone beyond her own limits.
If 'Queen' hadn't happened, she would have been incomplete as an individual and that's why she can say brave things like she wants to move on because she has felt her main purpose as an actor has been served, she said.
Ranaut added that she feels quite empty after 'Queen'.
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The family of comatose Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has reportedly been told that only a 'miracle' can now save the seven-time world champion.
The German suffered serious brain injuries after hitting a rock in a skiing accident in the French Alpine ski resort of Meribel on December 29 last year and at his management's request, the Grenoble hospital treating him has kept news about his condition to a minimum.
According to News.com.au, sources close to Schumacher's family said that retired racer's prognosis is bleak and the family has been forewarned by doctors that only a miracle can bring him back, although they added that there is little hope of Schumacher coming out of the coma successfully.
The report mentioned that Schumacher has been in an artificially induced coma for 69 days as doctors hope that the slowing down of the brain's functions has helped it heal more quickly.
A source said that although his family has talked to him continuously and prayed for him to come out of the coma, however, Schumacher still remains unconscious with tubes feeding him, supplying him with air, giving him medicine and removing waste from his body.
The source also said that although he is a wealthy man and is receiving the best care that money can buy, all the wealth in the world cannot fix what has happened to him.
The report further said that three times daily Schumacher's joints and muscles are massaged to prevent atrophy and bed sores, adding that experts said that the greatest risk of all facing Schumacher in his prone position is pneumonia.
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After failing to meet Narendra Modi at his home-turf yesterday, Arvind Kejriwal is set to challenge the BJP PM candidate by holding a rally today.
Earlier too, he was detained by Gujarat police for holding rallies without permission. Sources say that no permission has been granted to Kejriwal for holding a rally in Gujarat.
In his bid to challenge Modi,Kejriwal dropped with a set of 16 questions for Modi yesterday. While he was not able to meet Modi, he complained, Modi has no time to meet me.
While at Modi's bastion, it was made clear that if Kejriwal has to meet Modi, he should have taken permissions and appointments, neither of which were done.
Hel has spent the last three days touring Gujarat to audit Modi's governance. Yesterday, he dropped in to meet Mr Modi, who is also the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, with a list of 16 questions that challenge his claims of development of Gujarat on his watch.
Kejriwal's road-show in Gujarat has been steeped in controversy.
The Election Commission says he violated the code of conduct by not seeking prior police permission for his procession through the state; his car and that of Mr Sisodia were attacked; and his brief detention at a police station resulted in street battles between workers of his party and the BJP in Delhi and Lucknow.
AAP is trying hard to emerge as the alternative to the Congress and the BJP in Gujarat. While Congress has been supportive of AAP's antics, BJP-AAP clash has been on for some-time outside BJP's main head-quarters.
Meanwhile, people on Twitter are fighting over AAP-BJP tussle:
AK Has accepted that India today arranged him a fight. Will modi accept.wat he uses is from Ambani&adaani??#AKasksModi
— Varadharaj Sukumar (@varadharaj_hsr) March 8, 2014
With every expose tat u make Arvind bhai . You are the one exposed!!..good morning #AKasksModi
— Shyam Panambur (@amishyam) March 8, 2014
#AKasksModi Media built NAMO, public perception built FEKU. Which is more credible ?
— gaurav choudhury (@Vfrnds) March 8, 2014
Arvind Kejriwal had promised he would nevr take 3 things ~ Congress Support. Govt Bungalow. Chartered Flight? #AKasksModi #ItemGirlKejriwal
— Ankit Agarwal #HDL (@ankit86agarwal) March 8, 2014
Can't blame kejri.. Not only him, each and every citizen of India is dying to meet Modiji at least once.. #AKasksModi #ItemGirlKejriwal
— Yuvraj Gokul (@yuvrajsays) March 8, 2014
Ask Kejriwal why does he go soft on USA? Ford Foundation and the CIA by James Petras http://t.co/UgA9ArZZRI #AKInGujarat #AKasksModi #AAP
— Sunil Shibad (@sshibad) March 7, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For 33-year-old video editor and
hemophilia patient Travis Roop, being able to get life-saving
infusions of a blood clotting agent every two weeks, instead of
rushing to treat a bleeding episode, meant he could jog for the
first time. Roop was enrolled in a clinical trial testing a
long-acting treatment for hemophilia B from Denmark's Novo
Nordisk. The therapy is one of several new blood
clotting agents in development that will help hemophilia
patients cut by half, or more, the number of regular
intravenous infusions they need to prevent traumatic bleeding
in their daily lives.
U.S. deadly pig virus cases on the rise
(Reuters) - Cases of the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea
virus, a highly contagious pig disease, are increasing across
the U.S. farm belt, a group of animal health researchers said.
Confirmed cases of PEDv increased by 252 in the week ending
March 1, bringing the total number to 4,106 in 26 states,
according to data released on Thursday by the U.S. Department
of Agriculture's National Animal Health Laboratory Network.
Study ties troubled sleep to lower brain volume
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who have trouble
sleeping tend to have less volume in certain regions of the
brain than those without sleep problems, a new study of Persian
Gulf War veterans suggests. People discount the importance of
sleep. So many things seem so much more important than a few
extra hours of sleep a night, lead author Linda L. Chao told
One in 100 Americans has chronic hepatitis C infection
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - At least one percent of
Americans are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus,
which over time can severely damage the liver, according to a
new study. Hepatitis C has a severe impact on the health and
well-being of millions of Americans, especially baby boomers
(those born from 1945 through 1965), Dr. Scott D. Holmberg
told Reuters Health in an email. He worked on the study at the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta,
Pretty plating can improve likability of foods
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Decorative flourishes normally
reserved for high-end restaurants can make healthy foods seem
more appealing anywhere, researchers say. They tested the same
meals presented differently to diners in a fine restaurant, and
the foods seemed to taste better to participants when arranged
in a creative pattern.
FDA probes cognitive impact of new cholesterol drugs
(Reuters) - The Food and Drug Administration has asked
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi SA
to assess potential neurocognitive side effects of their
experimental cholesterol drug, Sanofi said in its annual report
on Friday. Amgen Inc, which is developing a similar
drug, said it has also been in communication with the agency.
Panel recommends Northwest Bio brain-cancer trial continue
(Reuters) - Northwest Biotherapeutics Inc on
Friday said an independent monitoring board had recommended
that a late-stage study of its experimental brain-cancer
treatment be continued, based on an interim safety review. The
study involves more than 300 patients newly diagnosed with
Glioblastoma multiforme, the most serious form of brain cancer.
The main goal of the trial is to determine if the medicine,
DCVax-L, can delay progression of the disease when taken on top
of standard treatment.
Despite progress, tuberculosis persists in West European
LONDON (Reuters) - Tuberculosis is becoming concentrated
among immigrants, drug addicts, and the poor and homeless in
Western Europe's big cities despite progress in reducing
national rates of the disease, experts said on Friday. The
contagious lung infection, once known as the white plague for
its ability to render its victims pale, skinny and feverish, is
being well tackled at national levels, they said, but is
persisting in high-risk, marginalized groups.
Novartis drug Jakavi seen as blockbuster after positive
ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis drug Jakavi achieved
its main goal in a late-stage trial for patients suffering from
a rare blood cancer, putting it on track to become a potential
blockbuster treatment with sales of $1 billion-plus. Jakavi is
already approved to treat myelofibrosis, a form of blood
cancer, and was tested in a Phase III trial for patients with
polycythemia vera, an incurable cancer associated with the
overproduction of blood cells.
Nurse numbers, education linked to patient death rate
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Both the quality and quantity of
nurses on a hospital staff have significant influence on the
chances patients will die following even simple surgery,
according to a large new study. Researchers found the
proportion of staff nurses with a bachelor's degree and the
number of patients each nurse had to care for could add up to a
difference of 30 percent or more in mortality rates for
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It turns out all those years Russian leader Vladimir Putin was cavorting bare-chested outdoors, demonstrating his judo skills and darting whales, a Pentagon researcher may have been studying him for clues to his behavior.
The Office of Net Assessments, a sort of internal think tank for the U.S. secretary of defense, has spent $300,000 annually since 2009 for research to study the body language and movement patterns of key global leaders, one of them being Putin, who has served as Russia's president and prime minister.
Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon's chief spokesman, said Putin had been studied in 2008, along with Russia's then-President Dmitry Medvedev, and again in 2012.
He denied news reports implying there was an ongoing study of Putin in connection with the current crisis in Ukraine, and said the reports on Putin have not informed any policy decisions by the Department of Defense.
We didn't ... commission a study to study Vladimir Putin's body language, Kirby told a news conference. The researcher ... determines the identity of the individuals that she wants to look at on her own.
There's been no study of Vladimir Putin with respect to the recent crisis in Ukraine, he added.
Kirby said he had not seen the researcher's reports and did not know who in the Pentagon had read them. He said the reports are delivered to the Office of Net Assessments, and like much of its other research do not get circulated widely.
The research on foreign leaders has been conducted for years and at one point was carried out within the State Department, officials said. In the past 10 years, approximately 40 reports have been done on different leaders, a defense official said.
It's a research program that examines the ... body movements and body language of various world figures to determine a better understanding of their decision making process, Kirby told the news conference.
Officials identified the lead researcher as Brenda Connors, a fellow at the Naval War College in Rhode Island and certified movement analyst, who conducts the studies with a small team.
While her reports have not been made public, she has written newspaper articles on Putin that were based on her research and were cleared by the Pentagon, officials said.
One 2004 article published in the Providence Journal in Rhode Island described Putin's movement style as one that shows a man struggling to move forward - a weakness that is proving to be an impediment to both his leadership and Russia's future.
The article said by looking at videotapes in split-second detail it was possible to discover a person's signature movement style, a pattern as unique as a fingerprint.
Putin's inability to integrate movement ... raises obstacles to his sophisticated exercise of power, the article said.
His judo displays show a contender trying to advance, but his movement pattern causes the 'tail' to lag. One could compare this to his desire to move Russia forward while remaining stuck in the Soviet past, it said.
Kirby said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had not read the reports.
Asked about Hagel's view of the reports, Kirby said: The secretary was interested in the press coverage of it.
He asked some questions about it this morning, Kirby added. I suspect he'll be asking more questions about it.
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New Delhi, March 8: 'Metro man' E Sreedharan today came out in support of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, saying he hoped bold decisions under his leadership will hasten government's decision-making process. Our problem is basically delay in taking
REUTERS - Drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd has recalled more than 64,000 bottles of the generic versions of its cholesterol-lowering drug in the United States due to reports of a dose mix-up, U.S. regulators said.
Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with a plane travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.
Flight MH370 disappeared at 02:40 local Malaysian time on Saturday (18:40 GMT on Friday). The Boeing B777-200 aircraft was carrying 227 passengers, including two children, and 12 crew members.
The flight had left Kuala Lumpur at 12.21 a.m. (16:21 GMT on Friday) and had been expected to land in the Chinese capital at 6.30 am (22:30 GMT) the same day, a 2,300-mile (3,700 kilometres) trip.
The airline said it had lost contact with the aircraft about two hours after it took off from Kuala Lumpur, over the South China Sea in airspace controlled by Vietnam, in the early hours of Saturday morning, China's Xinhua news agency reported. The aircraft held a little more than seven hours of fuel when it disappeared.
The aircraft did not enter airspace controlled by China and did not make contact with Chinese controllers, the agency added. Malaysia airlines has not yet confirmed that the flight has crashed. Vietnamese authorities have confirmed that, contrary to infornation reported on chinese and Vietnamese media, no signal from the plane has been intercepted so far.
Chinese state television has reported on one of its official microblogs that China has dispatched two maritime rescue ships to the South China Sea to help in rescue work for the missing MH370 flight. China has not yet received reports of any crashed plane in Chinese waters, the state media also said.
The flight was carrying passengers of 14 different nationalities. The airline has released this list:
1. China – 152 plus 1 infant
2. Malaysia - 38
3. Indonesia - 12
4. Australia - 7
5. France - 3
6. United States of America – 3 pax plus 1 infant
7. New Zealand - 2
8. Ukraine - 2
9. Canada - 2
10. Russia - 1
11. Italy - 1
12. Taiwan - 1
13. Netherlands - 1
14. Austria - 1
Malaysian and Vietnamese search-and-rescue operations are on to find the aircraft.
The airline is Malaysia’s national carrier and one of the largest in Asia, flying about 37,000 passengers daily to 80 destinations worldwide.
Read here: The full statement from Malaysia Airlines.
People across the world have taken to Twitter to share news and updates about the incident, and pray for the passengers and their families.
Prayers for those currently missing on the #MalaysiaAirlines flight & their families.
— chandra thomas (@truechandra) March 8, 2014
My hearts go out to the families whose loved ones are missing #MalaysiaAirlines
— TeganMarelich (@TeganMarelich) March 8, 2014
I cant begin to imagine what the families of the passengers of #MalaysiaAirlines are going through. Prayers their way
— Hana Abdelwarith (@MrsSony) March 8, 2014
Hope they find #MalaysiaAirlines MH370 and everyone is safe and sound. So strange and scary... #PrayForMH370
— Lenore Marks (@dancethat) March 8, 2014
CommentaryWorldDNA Web Team/AgenciesMalaysiaMH370flightSaturday, 8 March 2014 - 9:29amSaturday, 8 March 2014 - 9:29am Relatives of passengers on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cry at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing on March 8, 2014, after receiving the news that the flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew disappeared over the South China Sea early on Saturday en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.Reutersdnai.in/c6Wu
The battle between AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and BJP prime ministerial candidates Narendra Modi has spilled on to social media as a Twitter war has broken out between supporters of the two leaders. Twitter hashtags #NaxalAAP and #ViolentBJP have been trending ever since supporters of the two parties clashed in several cities.
New Delhi, March 8: The Bharatiya Janata Party's second list of candidates for Lok Sabha elections is expected to be released today. The announcement is likely to be made after the party's Central Elections Committee meeting in Delhi today. There