Being hit by a partner is not a ‘lifestyle choice’ – when are we going to stop blaming women?

There is an epidemic of domestic abuse in this country. More than a quarter of women aged 16 to 59 have experienced it at some point in their lives, according to the Government’s own figures. Many victims are trapped in violent relationships, unable to leave because refuge places are in short supply, and they have nowhere else to go. In such circumstances, who could possibly believe that staying with a brutal partner is a ‘choice’, rather than a counsel of desperation? Yet a major new report shows that too many of the…

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Future Retail, Future Consumer, Future Lifestyle hit record highs

Shares of Kishore Biyani – led Future Group companies are on a roll with Future Lifestyle Fashions (up 8% at Rs 389), Future Consumer Products (up 8% at Rs 48) and Future Retail (up 5% at Rs 512) hitting their respective lifetime highs on the BSE. Future Enterprises, which, hit its 52-week high of Rs 44, rallied 6% in intra-day trade on Wednesday. At 11:25 am, the S&P BSE Sensex was up 0.47% at 31,440 points. All these stocks become multi-baggers and have rallied between 120% and 295% in the calendar year 2017 so far, against 18% rise…

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Kids from Economically Weak Backgrounds May Hit Puberty Early. Here’s Why

Puberty refers to a time and age in life when a girl or boy becomes sexually mature and they may also undergo other physical and hormonal changes. The first sign of puberty in girls is usually breast development and in young boys is when their voice deepens and facial hair appears. In general, the process usually occurs between the age of 10 to 14 in girls and 12 to 16 in boys but a new study has discovered that kids who belong to weak economic backgrounds may experience puberty much…

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E-startups: Bhu:sattva’s fashion products made from organic natural farmers a hit in India, abroad

Ahmedabad-based organic textile start-up Bhu:sattva redefines organic fashion as more than just khadi, offering an experience it calls “from field to fashion”. It provides eco-friendly classic clothing across India, which are created from organic crops in soil that has also been certified as organic. The website has recently been expanded to include “art-inspired clothing”, and it plans to have a mobile application on Android as well as iOS platforms within the next six months. “We are one of a kind since we offer an organic experience through our clothes. From…

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Education in Kashmir hit hard, schools remain shut

Srinagar: A bleak future stares hundreds of thousands of youth with 27 schools set ablaze in the Kashmir Valley in the past few weeks and all educational institutions shut for five months, leaving them with few options — either leave the state, do homeschooling or worse –join ranks of stone pelters. Four months of renewed unrest and violence that has resulted in 92 deaths, the failure of effective governance in the state and the lack of any central government initiative to resolve the political imbroglio have left the common citizens…

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Poorest countries hit hardest as world lags behind on global education goals

The international community has not only failed to meet the education targets set out in the millennium development goals, it is also highly unlikely to meet the 2030 deadline for education laid out in the sustainable development agenda, with the poorest countries the hardest hit, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. Unesco’s global education monitoring report 2016 shows that just 64 countries of the 157 tracked by the report met MDG 2, which called for every child in the world to receive a full course of primary…

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403 Vehicles, 45 People, Cops Ignored Dying Man. Driver Who Hit Him Finally Detained

NEW DELHI:  Police have detained the milk delivery man seen on CCTV footage hitting a pedestrian with his tempo in Delhi and then driving off without helping the victim. He is now being questioned. On camera, the tempo driver approaches 36-year-old Matibool, the man he hit, but turns away quickly, looks up and down the road, checks his tempo and then drives off. Matibool, an e-rickshaw driver, lay bleeding on the road in west Delhi’s Subhash Nagar for over an hour on Wednesday morning. No one tried to help; the…

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