"Harmony Foundation is delighted to felicitate Sanjiv Bhatt with the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice, 2012," Mathai said.
Bhatt, while thanking Harmony Foundation for choosing him for the award, also expressed gratitude towards his wife and children and dedicated the award to his mother, who passed away recently.
"I would not have taken the stand, which I will keep taking on, without the support of my wife, daughter and son," he said.
Shinde writes to political parties on changes required in rape laws
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has invited suggestions from the various political outfits on amendments to rape laws. Shinde, who has written to all political parties, asked them to give suggestions to the Justice Verma panel.
The committee - headed by former Chief Justice of India J S Verma - was constituted to look into possible amendments to criminal law so as to provide for quicker trial and enhanced punishment for those accused of 'sexual assault of extreme nature against women'.Read more
Rights panel sends notice to Karnataka cops on minor's rape
The National Human Rights Commission Monday issued notice to Karnataka Police for not arresting two people who allegedly raped a five-year-old girl in Bidar district.
"The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that a five-year-old girl was raped by two men in Bidar and who were yet to be arrested," said an NHRC official.
Notice has been issued to the superintendent of police, Bidar, calling for a report on the mid-December matter within four weeks.
The girl was referred to Niloufer Hospital in Hyderabad from a government hospital in Bidar for surgery, according to the media report.
The commission observed that the contents of the press report, if true, raised a serious issue of violation of human rights of the girl.
24 witnesses have been named in the charge sheet of the Delhi gang-rape case according to reports. The Delhi government has announced Rs. 15 lakh compensation and a government job for one member of medical student's family.
13 year old girl raped in Karnataka; one held
One person has been arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old school girl at Kattaya village in Karnataka's Hassan district, police said today.
Rangaraju, who was absconding after the incident on December 18, was arrested today, police said.
The incident happened on December 18 evening when the girl needed to go to school to go on a study tour, sources said.
Rangaraju, who took the eighth standard student on his motorcycle following her mother's request to drop her at school, allegedly raped the girl and threatened her not to disclose the incident, police said.
McGrath to be inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that former Australia bowler Glenn McGrath will be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on January 4, 2013 during the lunch interval of the third Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Sydney.
McGrath becomes the 68th male member of the Hall of Fame and joins fellow 2012-13 inductees West Indian Brian Lara and England's Enid Bakewell in being recognized by the ICC and the living members of the Hall of Fame.
Girl hangs herself after scolding from father
A 23-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her home in Ratanlalnagar locality here, police said today.
Upset with a scolding by her father, the girl, who was preparing for her B Ed entrance examination, went to her room and hung herself yesterday, police said.
In a separate incident, Manu Rathore (21) attempted suicide by consuming poison in Nehru Nagar due to hardships faced as a result of unemployment, police said.
His family members rushed him to hospital but he succumbed, they said.
Both bodies were sent for postmortem and police are probing the deaths.
Bihar college girl alleges gang rape, then retracts
A Bihar college student has alleged that she was gangraped by two young men with a medical test proving the charge to be true, but she later retracted her statement.
The 17-year-old student of a local intermediate college from Basudeopur in Samastipur district alleged that she was gangraped by Virender Mahto and Sunil Kumar of her village three days ago, Kalyanpur Superintendent of Police, Varun Kumar Sinha said today.
The victim who also lodged an FIR was taken to a hospital for medical examination where it was confirmed that she was raped, Sinha said.
The victim, later said that she had a relationship with one the accused and decided to frame both following a dispute over money, the SP said.
He said that a five-member medical board headed by Civil Surgeon A V Sahay has been constituted to investigate the gang rape charge.
Traffic restrictions eased near India Gate, Raisina Hills
Traffic restrictions imposed near India Gate and Raisina Hill to contain protests over the gang-rape of a 23-year-old girl were eased today even as protests continued in the capital.
Vehicular movement was allowed on Central vista of India Gate as well as cross traffic on Rajpath.
Metro stations, which were yet to be reopened, were also opened for the public.
Police had imposed locked down at India Gate and Raisina Hill following violent protests against the gang-rape incident.
Though traffic was allowed today, a large number of police personnel were deployed on approach roads to India Gate and Raisina Hill.
Small protests were held in the capital on New Year Eve in memory of the 23-year-old girl, who died on Saturday morning and cremated yesterday.
People gathered at Jantar Mantar in the morning. Some of the protesters were on hunger strike.
Sonia not to celebrate New Year in view of gang-rape incident
Congress President Sonia Gandhi will not be celebrating the New Year in view of the gangrape incident in the national capital.
"Sonia Gandhi has appealed to partymen and well-wishers against coming to her to extend New Year greetings in the wake of gangrape incident," party General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said here today.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Gandhi were present at the airport when the mortal remains of the 23-year-old gangrape victim were flown in here yesterday morning from Singapore where she was shifted from Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital for treatment. She died in Singapore's Mount Elizebeth Hospital on Saturday morning.
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Two women attacked with acid in Uttar Pradesh
A nurse and a teacher were seriously injured when a youth threw acid on them at Aryapuri locality here, police said today.
Usha Sharma (35), a nurse, and Bobby (45), a teacher, were returning home in a rickshaw when the youth threw acid on Usha yesterday. They were rushed to hospital in a serious condition.
The accused Pawan Kumar has been arrested.
According to police, Usha, who is married, and Pawan were involved in a relationship. However, Pawan was planning to get married to another girl which had upset Usha.
Dense fog disrupts 40 flights in New Delhi
Dense fog enveloped the Indira Gandhi International Airport here this morning, disrupting the schedule of around 40 flights.
Overnight around 16 flights were delayed. Around five flights were cancelled either due to operational reasons or due to poor weather, an airport official said.
Fog started to descend on the airport from last night but it started to become dense around 7 AM, forcing authorities to implement low visibility procedures.
Dense fog returned to the capital yesterday after a four-day lull, affecting over 130 flights.
Delhi government launches 24/7 helpline for women
The Delhi government today launched a round-the-clock helpline '181' for helping women in distress.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had announced the setting up of this helpline last week following widespread protests in the city in the wake of the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old medical student. After battling for her life for 13 days, the girl died in a Singapore hospital on Saturday.Read more
Delhi Metro stations around Connaught Place to close early on New Year's Eve
Three Metro stations in and around Connaught Place will be closed three-and-a-half hours before the usual time on Monday in view of security restrictions due to New Year celebrations.
Rajiv Chowk, Barakhamba Road and Patel Chowk Metro stations will be closed from 7.30pm on New Year's Eve.
However, inter-change will be allowed at Rajiv Chowk station.
Kundankulam prepares for protest on New Year's eve
Last minute preparations are on in the villages of coastal Tirunelveli in southern Tamil Nadu as protesters opposing the construction of a nuclear power plant in Kundankulam prepare to host a New Year's eve celebration, marking their struggle.
Thousands of people have gathered on the beaches of the villages of Tirunelveli, activists led by the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) said in a media release.
Chinese leaders watch Peking Opera for New Year
Top leaders of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Sunday watched the Peking Opera at a gala here to celebrate the New Year.
Xi Jinping, general secretary of CPC central committee, and Vice Premier Li Keqiang were among 1,000 people who attended the event at the National Center for Performing Arts.
The programmes included excerpts from classical Peking Opera "The fourth son visits his mother" and a series of other traditional works, Xinhua reported.
The 200-year-old Peking Opera, which combines instrumental music, vocal performances, mime, dance and acrobatics, was regarded as a cultural treasure of China.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has listed the Peking Opera as an intangible cultural heritage.
Indian owner of US supermart found dead in store
An Indian man, from Andhra Pradesh, who runs a super market in the US, was found dead at his store under suspicious circumstances, according to reports.
According to R Shyam Sunder Reddy, an advocate in Karimnagar, his brother-in-law Goli Venkat Reddy, 48, runs a super market at Cincinnati in Ohio. He left his hometown for the US about 12 years ago.
The victim is married to Kavitha, a software engineer, and has a son named Praneeth.Read more
Sunando Sen, the 46-year-old Indian immigrant who died after being pushed in front of a subway train in New York by a woman, will be cremated on Monday by his friends.
Indian ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao expressed her condolences on the death of Sen on micro-blogging site Twitter, describing it as a senseless and foul murder.
Sen's cremation is expected to be held in New York since he has no family in India.
New York police have arrested and charged 31-year old Queens resident Erika Menendez with second-degree murder as a hate crime in Sen's death.
She pushed Sen to his death in front of an oncoming subway train at the Queens station on December 27.
In a statement to the police, Menendez said she harbourbed hatred for "Hindus and Muslims" after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US and pushed Sen off the platform because she thought he was a Muslim.
In a statement released by the district attorney's office, Menendez is quoted as having told the police "in sum and substance" that "I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I've been beating them up."