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Two women killed in ghastly accident in Gundya

Puttur: Two women died after a tanker rammed into a jeep in Addahole cross near Gundya near Nelyadi here on Monday August 10.

The deceased have been identified as Rukmini (35) and Bhavani (40) both residents of Gundya. Four people were severley injured in the incident including the jeepi driver. They were admitted to a private hospital.

The accident took place when a tanker moving from Bengaluru to Mangaluru rammed into the jeep. The occupants of the jeep were going towards Sakleshpur. The jeep was completely mangled in the incident. The driver of the tanker fled from the scene soon after the accident.

Nelyadi outpost police rushed to the spot and inspected. A case has been filed in Puttur traffic police station.

  • Published in D.K.

Indian women ready for New Zealand challenge

Bengaluru: The Indian women’s cricket team will take on New Zealand in their first ODI tie at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday with both teams having one eye firmly fixed on the World Cup qualification. The hosts are rooted to the bottom of the eight-member table while the visitors lie just one place and a point ahead of them.

Given the scenario, the two sides will be keen to bolster their chances to move into the top four and gain an automatic qualification into the World Cup and bypass the qualification process. With only the first three of the five-match series carrying ICC ranking points, a 3-0 win for India will see them jump to the fourth spot while a similar whitewash will see the White Ferns joint third with West Indies.
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Lioness strays into temple, attacks two in Gujarat; rescued

Vadodara: An Asiatic lioness, which strayed into a Shiva temple in rain-ravaged Amreli district and attacked two women devotees, was rescued and released into the jungle after a 15-hour-long operation by forest officials.

The incident took place yesterday in Ingrola village when the local women reached the temple to offer prayers and spotted the lioness inside, M R Gurjar, Deputy Conservator of forest, Amreli division told.

As soon as the two women entered the temple, the lioness attacked them, leaving the duo injured following which they were admitted to a nearby hospital, the official said.

Gurjar said the lioness might have taken shelter inside the temple due to inundation and rising water levels in the Shetrunji river nearby, owing to heavy and incessant rains resulting in a flood-like situation there.

Many prides of lions are usually seen lazing on the banks of the river, said Gurjar.

According to him, the animal was rescued after a 15-hour-long operation by a team of forest officials in the wake of torrential rains lashing the area making it difficult to mobilise men and material for such an operation.

Roads leading to the temple were completely submerged after the district received 22 inches of rainfall, he said.

However, around 1.30 AM today, forest officials overpowered the lioness and tranquilised it, ending the operation, Gurjar said.

The caged lioness was later released into the jungle.

In another incident, a lioness was found dead today after it allegedly got stuck in muck at an agricultural field in Bhavadi village of Amreli.

The carcass was recovered from the muddy spot and sent to a veterinary hospital at Dhari town early this morning for post-mortem, said Gurjar, adding that the animal might have been caught in flash floods which cut off this worst-hit district from rest of Gujarat for days.

Anshuman Sharma, another Deputy Conservator of Forests, said, "There are at least 50 lions who have made 25 villages on the banks of Shetrunji their permanent homes. The river was in spate since Tuesday night and has been flowing above the danger mark.

It inundated all these villages yesterday. After the water recedes, the forest teams will be in a position to asses the damage in the sanctuary area of Gir forest, which is home to 511 Asiatic lions."
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Women of the desert set example of determination and will

The difficult circumstances and hard life many Saudi women face in the desert have not stopped them from providing for their families. Al-Riyadh Arabic daily spoke to two women who have shown extreme resilience in the face of financial and personal loss and who used their own talents to provide for their families. The women, showing extraordinary perseverance, talked about their experiences of living far from the relative comfort of major cities and how they earn money to provide for their families.


Umm Saeed, who estimates her age to be around 52, lives 140 kilometers north of Najran in a small governorate called Thar. She got married at a very young age due to traditions and customs observed in her family. She had 15 children – eight sons and seven daughters – with her husband who died after suffering a brain stroke.

“My husband had a brain stroke that left him completely bedridden. Our life has changed ever since the day he suffered the stroke. We took several loans out and tried to treat him at different hospitals in Riyadh but to no avail. He eventually died after a long struggle with his medical condition,” Umm Saeed recalled.

The death of her husband had taken a big toll on her. Suddenly, she found herself alone to take care of her 15 children. She began learning how to make handicraft products including traditional utensils and used her talents to earn money. She also taught one of her sons how to drive a car so he could drive her around and take her to the nearest city to buy supplies for her handicraft business.

“I didn’t and still don’t need anyone. My children and I can take care of ourselves,” she said.

New challenge

Ever since her husband passed away, Umm Saeed has bravely faced any problems in her life. When two of her children had an accident that left them with permanent disabilities, she stood by them and helped them through the rehabilitation process. Later, she found suitable brides for them and both her sons now have children and live happily with their wives while Umm Saeed continues to meet her sons’ as well as her grandchildren’s needs.

‘The bakery saved us’

Another success story of a woman who has struggled and sacrificed her youth to see her children happy is of Halwa Al-Masni, who runs a small bakery with the help of her daughters.

“My husband is very old and my children are illiterate and unemployed due to problems with their National ID papers,” Al-Masni said. She came up with the idea of making and selling bread together with her daughters in order to earn enough money to get by.

“It is not an easy job to knead a large amount of dough every day and mix it with oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla then place it in a big tray? ?to carry it to the bakery shop. We make good money from selling bread and sometimes we prepare large amounts of bread for weddings and other events,” she said.
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Egypt imposes new restrictions on women traveling to Turkey

Females are now also required to get a security clearance before traveling to Turkey.Egypt's airport authorities banned on Friday eight women from travelling to Turkey for not having the required security clearances, Cairo airport security director said. 

The passengers have not been allowed to board planes and were asked to get permits from passports authority, Tarek Fathy, the airport security director, told Ahram Online.

In December 2014, the interior ministry mandated that Egyptian males aged between 18 and 40 years old who wish to travel to Turkey, Iraq or Libya need to receive security approval from passport control authorities.

The measure, now effectively applied to females as well, aims to control the flow of jihadists to the Islamic State militant group that controls large swathes of Syria and Iraq.

The Turkish border is one of the easiest places for fighters to cross into northern Syria.

Relations between Egypt and Turkey soured in 2013 after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi -- a close ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- and the subsequent crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood group.
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Aligarh: First woman to fight for AMU student union presidentship found dead

Asma Javed, who had grabbed headlines in 2011 as the first woman in the history of the Aligarh Muslim University to contest for the post of president in the Students’ Union for 2010-2011 session, was found dead in her apartment in Aligarh’s Shamshad Market area by the police on Wednesday.

Her brother Salman Javed said he filed a missing complaint with the Civil Lines police station as her mobile phone was switched off. “Mother had spoken to her last Thursday and since Saturday her mobile phone was switched off. We asked people in Aligarh to check her apartment and they said that it was locked from outside,” he said.

“On Monday morning, I started from Balrampur at 8 am and reached Aligarh at around 12:30 am, at night. On Wednesday, our relatives in Aligarh told us that the neighbours are telling them about a (foul) smell (from the house). We went there and the police broke the locks and saw her dead body,” Javed said.

“We broke open the doors at 10 am on Wednesday; she had been strangled to death,” said Civil Lines inspector Suryakant Dwivedi. A PRO of Aligarh SP J Ravinder Goud said, “Asma had been killed two-three days before her body was found. She had injury marks on her neck and head. According to prima facie reports, she was murdered and whoever murdered her locked the apartment from outside. We are investigating the case and are questioning two persons, with whom she was said to be in a relationship.”

Asma was also reportedly under depression. Her brother Salman said that she was enrolled in a Basic Training Certificate (BTC) course in Hathras. About two years ago, she had completed her PhD from AMU. In the academic year 2010-11, she became the first woman in the history of the university to contest for the post of president in the Student’s Union, eventually losing out to Abu Affan Farooqui.

In 2006, as a post-graduate student in Hindi Department, she had also filed a complaint of sexual harassment against a teacher in the Sanskrit Department and was also allegedly shot at immediately after she had lodged the complaint and had received threat calls.

Later, around 200 students had sat on a protest outside the Vice Chancellor’s residence in her support.

  • Published in National

Helpline for women, children and senior citizens launched at SP’s office

Mangaluru: Dakshina Kannada police department on Monday April 27 launched a helpline for women, children and senior citizens at the officer of superintendent of police (SP) here.

SP Dr.Sharanappa launched the 1098 helpline which is also liked to the missing child bureau.

Speaking to the media he said, "This helpline has been launched in coordination with various departments and NGOs. This is a comprehensive effort to respond to the people's problems.

He further added that people coming here to complain can also avail vehicle facility if they want to go to other departments or places in connection to their complaint.

Staff from NGOs will be available to answer the helpline calls from 10 am to 5.30 pm every day. The SP office, where the helpline is located, will be open round the clock to respond to calls he added.

Replying to a question on rape cases, he said, "During 2013, 26 rape cases were reported in Dakshina Kannada and in 2014, 42 cases of rape were reported. This increase was mainly due to the change in the definition of rape. About 50 percent of such cases are related to love affairs."

To a question on cyber crime, he said, "The police are monitoring, it is a part of surveillance. Training to handle cyber crimes is being provided at PSI level."

Today, highly qualified people with double degrees are joining the department, hence we have more qualified people," SP said.
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Wife among four held for man's murder

A woman, who had hatched a plot along with her paramour to kill her husband, has been arrested by Talkad police.

Neelavathi, wife of Basavaraju alias ‘Chikkavanu’, of Bheema Madrahalli in T Narsipur taluk, is the accused. Following her arrest, the police apprehended her paramour Siddaraju, of Eshwaregowdanahalli in Nanjangud taluk, and his friends Basavaraju and Revanna.

On March 14, the police had recovered a body with a towel around the neck, from River Cauvery at Hemmige village. A chit with a cellphone number was found on the body. When the investigators called the number, the person who received the call introduced himself as Mahadevaswamy of Bheema Madrahalli. He told the police that he had given the chit to Basavaraju.

When probed further, Prathiba, 12-year-old daughter of the deceased, and the villagers pointed their fingers towards Neelavathi.

Neelavathi, who confessed to hatching the murder plot, revealed that she decided to get rid of her husband as he was frequently quarrelling. On that ill-fated day (March 12), Neelavathi convinced her husband to take her to a temple in Thayur.

Later both had planned to visit Biligere, Neelavathi’s sister’s place.

As planned by Neelavathi, Siddaraju and his friends stalked the couple when they alighted the bus at Thayur gate. Siddaraju, who attacked Basavaraju, strangulated him with his towel. The trio later  transported the body on a two-wheeler to the river.
On March 23, Siddaraju and his two friends were apprehended at T Narsipur bus stand, according to SP Abhinav Khare.
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