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Michelle Obama on book tour encourages girls at London school

LONDON: Michelle Obama on Monday returned to a London school she had visited as US first lady encouraging students to "practice sisterhood" as she presented a new memoir of her life. Obama is in the British capital to promote her hotly-anticipated book, "Becoming", which has already sold more copies than any other book published in the United States this year. She told some 300 students -- mostly girls aged between 11 and 18 -- at a north London school that her past visit there as first lady in 2009 had inspired her to…

Zainab’s murderer to be hanged on Oct 17

LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Friday issued death warrants for convict Imran Ali who has been awarded capital punishment for raping and murdering Kasur’s little Zainab. The convict will be sent to the gallows on October 17, the ATC judge ruled. Death row prisoner Imran Ali was handed four counts of death penalty, one life term, a 7-year jail term and Rs4.1 million in fines in the Zainab rape and murder case. Read: Kasur child rapist handed down death penalty in three more cases In August, an…

Malala hopes to work with PM Imran for girls’ education

LONDON: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai says she hopes to work with newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan to make Pakistan a global leader in education. In a congratulatory message, she said: “Congratulations to the new Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan and his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for their electoral victory. I am encouraged and hopeful by his wish to ensure peace and prosperity in Pakistan and his focus on education for the children of Pakistan.” “With PTI’s focus on education in…

Police rescue 24 girls from care home in Deoria district of Uttar Pradesh, arrest four

NEW DELHI: Police have rescued 24 girls and shut down a care home that had been operating illegally in Uttar Pradesh after a youngster living there fled and complained to officers about sexual exploitation. They arrested four people on suspicion of trafficking and closed the home that has been operating in Deoria district in northern Uttar Pradesh, 325 km (200 miles) from the state capital Lucknow, police said after Monday’s rescue. This is the second instance of sexual abuse in homes for destitute children in less…

India police widen investigation into Bihar shelter where girls allegedly raped

NEW DELHI: Police on Monday widened an investigation to include the possible murder of a girl at a shelter in Bihar, where 29 young girls were allegedly raped and tortured. Police carried out a dig at the home, Seva Sankalp Samiti, which was run by a local non-profit organisation, after some of the girls who used to live there alleged that a girl had been murdered. “During the recording of their statements, 2-3 girls said that one girl was murdered and to verify that we did the digging today, but we did not find anything…

‘Chak De!’ girls to team up for yet another sports-related movie

MUMBAI: After Almost 10 years from the release of the Shahrukh Khan starrer hit movie Chak De India. The Girls Hockey team portrayers have united once more for yet another sports-related movie.  Sagarika Ghatge, Chitrashi Rawat, and Vidya Malavade have reunited one more and have joined Milind Ukey’s upcoming Marathi film, Monsoon Football. It has taken 11 years for this trio to re-group for another sport-centric film. Last seen in the hockey-centric Chak De! India, the girls have decided to hit the ground…

Being called ‘fat’ in early teens tied to later eating disorders for girls: study

WASHINGTON: For teen girls, being called “fat” by friends or family may contribute to later developing eating disorders, and the harsh word from family members seems to carry the most weight, a recent U.S. study suggests. Weight stigma - the negative stereotypes, social devaluation and pervasive mistreatment of heavier individuals - is strongly implicated in disordered eating, the research team writes in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Previous studies have found that being teased about weight is associated with…

India approves death penalty for rape of girls under 12

NEW DELHI: India’s cabinet on Saturday approved the death penalty for rapists of girls below the age of 12, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an emergency meeting in response to nationwide outrage in the wake of a series of cases. The executive order, or ordinance, amends the criminal law to also include more drastic punishment for convicted rapists of girls below the age of 16, government officials said. The order, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, will come into effect once it is signed by President Ram Nath…