Quoting anecdotes, he said Indian concept about women never painted them as inferior and the very concept that woman is inferior to man was repugnant to various schools of Indian philosophy.
Woman was not a body but persona, mind, intellect and above all 'universal mother," he added.
Drug haul case: Arrested accused attempts suicide
One of the key accused in the drug haul case from Zirakpur allegedly attempted suicide, even as Punjab Police maintained that no decision has been taken yet on summoning boxer Vijender Singh after the Olympic medallist's name cropped up.
"The key accused Anup Singh Kahlon attempted suicide. He took out a wire from the bucket used for bathing and tried to slit his wrist with it, but he is out of danger," Fatehgarh Sahib's Senior Superintendent of Police, H S Mann said today.
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Forensic expert concludes the three girls weren't raped, contradicts post-mortem report
NDTV: The forensic expert looking into the death of three minor sisters from Bhandara in Maharashtra has reportedly concluded that the girls died of drowning and were not raped, as stated in their post-mortem report.
The forensic expert has said that as per his investigation, the girls bore no external injuries on their bodies and their clothes and jewelry etc were intact. He has also said that tests prove there were no signs of poisoning or strangulation.
Chennai-based students on indefinite fast on Tamils issue
Eight students of a city-based college have embarked on a fast-unto-death here demanding action against Sri Lanka for alleged war crimes.
The students of Loyola College here began their fast yesterday to press for their seven-point charter of demands, including an independent probe against Colombo for alleged war crimes, referendum on Tamil Eelam (separate homeland for Tamils) and slapping economic sanctions on Sri Lanka, a protester Joe Britto said.
A fire has broke on the 4th floor of Mantralaya building at Mumbai. Seven fire tenders are at the spot and are trying to control its spread.
Seven-year-old Aaryan becomes youngest to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
Defying his young age, seven-year-old Aaryan Balaji has added another record to his name by becoming youngest mountaineer to climb Africa's highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro (5895 mtrs/ 19343 feet).
His young age notwithstanding, he created adventure history by climbing Mt Kilimanjaro on February 25 this year.
Aaryan made the nation proud by unfurling the tricolour at the frontier of adventure activity that challenges the human spirit of courage and survival.
Boxer Vijender Singh had met alleged drug dealer a few times
Boxer Vijender Singh and his friend Ram Singh had met alleged drug smuggler Anup Singh Kahlon a few times, sources have revealed. Yesterday, Vijender Singh's wife's car had been recovered from outside Anup Singh's house, NDTV reports.
Ram Singh has reportedly said that he, along with Vijender, met Anup Singh at least 4 times since December, sources said.
Thousands of policemen, snipers to guard Pak PM
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf will spend about five hours in Jaipur along with his family members before heading to the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer on Saturday.
The Ajmer district administration has deployed more than 1,000 policemen in and around the shrine.
The Jaipur police have also made adequate arrangements for security of Ashraf at Hotel Rambagh Palace where he will stay for five hours and have lunch with Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid.
Afghanistan: Suicide bomb attack outside defence ministry as US defense chief visits
Afghan officials say there was an explosion outside the Afghan defense ministry causing multiple casualties, as US defense secretary Chuck Hagel visits the country. Afghan police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai says an apparent suicide attacker on a bicycle hit the main entrance to the defense ministry around 9 am local time.
Officials are still trying to determine the number of casualties. Hagel was in a meeting at a coalition facility in Kabul and defense officials say he is in a safe location and unharmed.
No clean chit yet to Olympian Vijender Singh in Rs 130 crore drug bust in Mohali: Police
CNN-IBN reports: Olympic bronze medalist Vijender Singh is under the police scrutiny in the drug haul in Mohali and police said that the interrogation so far establishes no direct link to him but hasn't given him the clean chit either. Twenty six kilograms of heroin worth Rs 130 crore was recovered from a house in Zirakpur, outside Chandigarh.
Police sources, however, said that accused Anup Singh Kahlon in a shocking claim revealed that two of his clients were Olympic medalist and sporting icon Vijender Singh and another boxer Ram Singh.
Hopes fade of Higgs particle opening door to new realms soon
"The chances are getting slimmer and slimmer that we are going to see something else exciting anytime soon," said physicist Pauline Gagnon from CERN near Geneva in whose Large Hadron Collider (LHC) the long-sought particle was found, Reuters reports.
Five days of presentations on the particle, the Higgs boson, at a scientific conference high in the Italian Alps point to it being the last missing piece in a 30-year-old cosmic blueprint and nothing more, physicists following the event say.
Conclave to elect new pope to start March 12, the Vatican said on Friday, with no clear favourite to take charge of the troubled Church.
US honours Delhi Braveheart with Women of Courage award
23-year-old physiotherapy intern,whose brutal gang rape on a moving bus in Delhi in December inspired widespread protests, has been posthumously presented with the International Women of Courage Award.
As none of the family members of the victim were present to accept the award, it was presented to the Indian Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao, media reports said.
Man arrested for allegedly raping sister-in-law at knife point
A man was arrested for allegedly twice raping his 23-year-old sister-in-law at knife point at their house here, police said on Friday.
"The incident was reported on Wednesday after the victim, resident of Mansarovar Park in east Delhi, approached her parents and told them about the incident. The accused Saurav Kumar was arrested the same day," said a police officer.Read more
Update to Bitti Mohanty's arrest
It is being alleged that Bitti Mohanty was working at State Bank of Travancore with identity as Raghav Rajan.
While speaking to a TV channel, Kannur SP said the police were still ascertaining the identity of the arrested person.
Bitti Mohanty, who was allowed a 15-day parole to meet his ailing mother, jumped parole in 2006 and was absconding since then, Zeenews reports.8.45 am
US cancels award for Egyptian activist over 9/11 remarks: The United States has cancelled the International Women of Courage Award to the Egyptian activist Samira Ibrahim after coming to know that she had in the past praised the 9/11 attacks.
Son of former Odisha DGP arrested in Kerala for raping a German national
Son of former Odisha DGP Bitti Mohanty has been captured and arrested in Kannur, Kerala for raping a German national in 2006, NDTV reports.
He was sentenced to 7 years' imprisonment and was missing since 2006.
Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf's trip to Ajmer today has hit a sour note with the Ajmer Sharif spiritual head saying he will boycott the visit in protest against the recent brutal killing and beheading of Indian soldiers by the Pakistani Army.
"I will not welcome the Pakistani Prime Minister during his visit here in protest against the beheading and killing of Indian soldiers by Pakistani Army on LoC. The incident hurt Indians but their (Pakistan) government is not understanding our sentiments so I took the decision," Ajmer Sharif Dargah Diwan, Zainul Abedin Ali Khan told reporters.
Khan's boycott will be largely symbolic because he is seen as a ceremonial head. The Khadims, who control the 12th century shrine of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, escort visiting dignitaries and assist pilgrims at the dargah.
Security in and around the shrine has been beefed up for Ashraf's visit today.