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PM Modi meets prize winners of Techno-Challenge 2015

New Delhi:  Girl students from the New Horizon Educational Institution, Karnataka, who had recently won the first prize in the Techno-Challenge 2015 competition in the United States, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here today.

Inspired by the Prime Minister's Swachh Bharat initiative, these students have developed a mobile apparatus, which connects buyers and sellers of "waste."

The Prime Minister wished the students well in their future endeavors.

Union Minister Ananth Kumar, and MP Prahlad Joshi were present on the occasion.
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Serial rapist has killed over 30 children: Delhi police

New Delhi: In revelations that have shocked even his interrogators, serial killer and rapist Ravinder Kumar has admitted to raping and murdering more than 30 children in and around Delhi, police said on Tuesday.

“Kumar has confessed to murdering more than 30 children after raping them,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Vikramjit Singh told, “Most of the cases have taken place in and around Delhi.”

Mr. Singh said on Monday that Kumar - who hails from Kasganj in Uttar Pradesh but has been living in Delhi - was taken to Narela, Bawana and Alipur, the places in outer Delhi identified by him during interrogation.

“This helped us to establish the fact (about the number of children raped and killed),” the officer told.

“I am monitoring the case myself. The investigations till now suggest that the toll might reach 40,” he added.

Until now, police had thought the number of Kumar’s victims would be around 15.

Police have mounted a massive operation to know if the cases of missing children filed in the past five years in Vijay Nagar, Bawana, Narela, Alipur, Begumpur, Kanjhawala, Samaypur Badli and other areas are related to this case, Mr. Singh said.

The 24-year-old Kumar began his crime spree sometime in 2008, the officer said.

Last year, Kumar was arrested for assaulting a minor boy in Begumpur in south Delhi. He abducted the boy near his house and fled after slitting his throat.

He assumed the boy was dead. But the victim survived as police found him bleeding in a septic tank of an under-construction building, the officer said.

Kumar was let off in that case - because at that time police did not know about the enormity of his saga.

He was again arrested on July 16 for raping and murdering a six-year-old girl in Begumpur. The girl had gone missing on July 14.
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Fraud beaten for cheating over girls

Karkala: An incident where fraud was beaten by Bhajarangadal for cheating over girls had happened in Tellaru 5th cross on Sunday in Karkala.

Tellaru resident Saudat(17) is the accused. On Sunday afternoon he drove in a car with two girls to remote area near Durga. He had borrowed a car from one of his family member and was about to take the girls to Durga.

Bhajarangdal on definite information followed the car drove by Saudat and stopped him in the middle and gave him tight slaps. The two girls are safely handed over to their respective family and the accused is taken to police station by the members of Bhajarangadal.

Cops have taken minutest information from the accused and left him with strict warning and written statement.

The accused is known for misbehavior  and even has allegations of trying to slap his own father.

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News paper delivering girls make their mark

Bengaluru: Even before the break of dawn when most people are still in bed, two sisters get on their bicycles to distribute newspapers. It is after spending over two hours on this job that they get back home to get ready for school.

Seema and Sahana Rajapur study in I PUC and VIII Standard, respectively, and deliver about 150 newspapers every day. “We are only helping our father,” says Seema cheerfully, with a sense of pride. Their father Devendra Rajapur is a newspaper distributor for the last three decades.

“Our father was often complaining that the delivery boys regularly go absent without intimation. It had become routine problem for him and he was finding it hard to find prompt delivery boys. Then we decided to help the father,” says Sahana.

Not that this has affected their academics. Seema has secured 72 per cent marks in the SSCL and now studying in government PU college for girls.

Asked how it feels to do the job which is largely believed as boys’ work, Seema wonders who made this rule. “After all it is simple job and it enables us to help our father. We are happy to do it,” she replies. The father says he is “fortunate to have such caring children.”
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Nigeria abductions: Chibok girls remembered one year on

A procession will be held in the capital, Abuja, with 219 girls taking part to represent each missing girl.

Similar marches are planned worldwide, including in London and Washington.

On Tuesday, Amnesty International said 2,000 girls and women had been abducted since the start of last year, becoming cooks, sex slaves and fighters.
The abduction of the girls in Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria on 14 April 2014 sparked global outrage, with nations such as the US and China promising to help find them. But to date, none has been traced.

The girls' plight drew mass attention on Twitter last year under the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag, with the campaign joined by high-profile figures such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and US First Lady Michelle Obama.
It has been a whole year of agony for the relatives of the missing 219 Chibok girls. There have been a few sightings of some of the abducted students but very little official information from a government that has long promised to rescue them from the clutches of Boko Haram.

One mother told the BBC she sometimes arranges her 19-year-old daughter's clothes in the hope that she is about to return home.

The scale of this conflict is so grim that the Chibok girls represent just a fraction of those seized by the jihadists. Amnesty International says at least 2,000 women and girls have been abducted since the beginning of last year. Many have escaped partly thanks to a recent military offensive - but not the Chibok girls.

Campaigners have criticised the Nigerian government of outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan for not doing enough to find the girls and combat the six-year Boko Haram insurgency in the north.
But Mr Jonathan told the BBC's Newsday that politics had come before the welfare of the girls.
He said: "There's so much about these girls that one can't even comprehend. So much... more of politics than concern about the girls and the stories are twisted and painted different colours."

Nigeria's incoming president, Muhammadu Buhari, said his government would "do everything in its power to bring them home", but added: "We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown. As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can find them."

'Sexual slavery'
A week of events has been organised by the Bring Back Our Girls campaign group in Nigeria to encourage people to remember the girls ahead of the anniversary.

A year-long campaign for the release of the girls has not yet been successful
A video released by Boko Haram last year showed 136 girls, three of whom spoke to the camera
In an open letter on Monday, Ms Yousafzai called on Nigeria's authorities and the international community to do more to secure the release of the girls.

Esther, a mother of an abducted girl, told the BBC: "At night I sometimes wake and wonder, and pray to God to deliver the girls... Whenever I want to eat what comes to my mind is, has my daughter eaten?"

While little has been heard of the missing girls since they were taken from their boarding school, one woman told the BBC that she saw more than 50 of them alive three weeks ago in the north-eastern town of Gwoza.

In its report on Tuesday, Amnesty International said the Chibok girls "were only a small proportion" of those abducted.
It based its report on nearly 200 witness accounts, including 28 women and girls who escaped captivity.

One month after the Chibok attack, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau appeared in a video explaining that the girls had been converted to Islam and married off, fuelling concern that the militants had treated them as war booty and sex-slaves.

Mr Buhari has vowed to "crush" the insurgents. He is due to be inaugurated on 29 May after defeating Mr Jonathan in last month's presidential elections.

Boko Haram at a glance:

Founded in 2002, initially focused on opposing Western-style education
Boko Haram means "Western education is forbidden" in the Hausa language
Launched military operations in 2009 to create an Islamic state
Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria
Has also attacked police and UN headquarters in capital, Abuja
Abducted hundreds, including at least 200 schoolgirls
Pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
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Sharjah resident, 48, accused of physically abusing girls for many years

Sharjah: A man has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting his two daughters who are minors, police said on Monday.

According to the charges, he physically abused the girls repeatedly for years.

The accused, an Asian national, 48, is a resident of Al Qasimiya area in Sharjah.

Mohammad Mubarak Al Gafli, head of the Child Abuse Helpline, told that the father is alleged to have sexually assaulted his daughters who are aged nine and 12, and that the pattern of abuse lasted over a period of years,

The man’s arrest came about after one of the victims eventually confided in her school teacher who, in turn, informed the child abuse helpline.

The Child Protection Department officials took up the matter and approached the school where the girl was with her teacher.

Then they went to the police and lodged a complaint with Al Gharb Police.

Police and officials from the Child Protection Department went to the girl’s house and they found the father with one of his girls who had not gone to school that day because she was sick.

The father was arrested and the girls were taken for medical examination.

The medical report confirmed that the father was abusing his daughters.

The father was referred to the Sharjah Public Prosecution and then the court to issue its verdict in the case. The girls were handed over to their mother.

Police urged caregivers to listen to children carefully given that they were told that one of the victims in question had reported the matter to her mother who is said to have not believed her daughter about the allegation against the father.

Further investigations are ongoing.

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Verdict on Indian girl's death Feb 8

bu Dhabi: An Abu Dhabi court will give its verdict Feb 8 over the death of a four-year-old Indian girl who suffocated in her school bus on a hot day, a media report said Monday.

Naziha Lal Ahmed, the kindergarten student of Al-Worood Academy Private School, was found dead here after apparently suffocating inside the locked bus in October last year, the Khaleej Times reported.

According to the forensic report, the child died due to exhaustion.

The public prosecutor has accused the bus driver and attendant of causing the child's death. The school employee tasked with checking the students' attendance was charged with negligence.

The prosecutor has sought maximum punishment for the accused.
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'Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao' campaign launches in Haryana by Modi

Haryana : In a determined effort to counter the adverse sex ratio in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday launched the nationwide 'Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao' (save girl child and educate her) campaign from Panipat, in Haryana. The prime minister flagged off 72 campaign vehicles (raths) on the occasion that will make people aware about the need to save the girl child in areas where the sex ratio is adverse.

The campaign has been launched from Haryana as the state has the worst sex ratio (number of females per 1,000 males) and child sex ratio in the country. Out of the 100 worst districts in India for sex ratio, Haryana accounts for 12 districts. The campaign, to be initiated in 100 worst districts in the country for sex ratio, will sensitize people about the safety and education of the girl child, skewed sex ratio, prevention of female foeticide and women empowerment. The beginning of the campaign saw its brand ambassador actress Madhuri Dixit, and a number of union ministers, including J.P. Nadda, Maneka Gandhi, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Birender Singh, Smriti Irani, Krishan Pal Gurjar and Rao Inderjit Singh, besides Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and other leaders attending the event.

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