Belgaum, Nov. 18 (PTI): The father of Savita Halpannavar, who died in Ireland after doctors allegedly refused to terminate her pregnancy, today said he would write to the President and Prime Minister demanding that India press for an independent inquiry into his daughter’s death.
The Indian dentist’s father demanded that an Indian be appointed on the inquiry committee. He also requested the government to take the issue to the International Court to punish the doctors involved.
London (PTI): Two letters written by Mahatma Gandhi, including one to Rabindranath Tagore’s eldest brother Dwijendranath, will go under the hammer next month at a Sotheby’s auction.
Alwar (PTI): The Centre is mulling setting up gyms in gram panchayats to enable youths to focus on fitness, Union sports and youth affairs minister Jitendra Singh said in Rajasthan on Sunday.
Durban (PTI): A school with a Hindu ethos is set to open in the Indian suburb of Phoenix early next year. Languages such as Hindi and Tamil will be taught in the school, apart from the usual South African curriculum. The Phoenix Hindu School will also offer courses on yoga, meditation and Indian music.
Etawah (PTI): A teenager bit off the tongue of a youth, who allegedly tried to rape her at a village in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. Kailash Bahelia, 25, barged into the house of the 17-year-old girl who bit him in an apparent act of self-defence. The arrested youth is in hospital, police said.
Umaria (PTI): A tigress was electrocuted when a high-tension wire fell on it near a village in Madhya Pradesh, forest officials said on Sunday. The tigress had killed a cow in the village and was pulling its prey into the forest when it hit an electric pole connected to a high-tension line.
Sermon to judges
New Delhi, Nov. 18 (PTI): Judges need to change their mindset and be more sensitive to the problems of litigants who approach them for getting timely justice, Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir said today.
“Lack of sensitivity creates distance between justice seeker and provider,” he said at a conference on “Equitable access to Justice”.
New Delhi (PTI): A set of wooden toys, reportedly made by M.F. Husain when his first child was born, is set to be auctioned on November 21. The painter, who passed away last year, was employed in a toy manufacturing unit early in his career. The auction house Art Bull has sourced the items from a private collection.
New Delhi (PTI): The Delhi government has launched a drive to crack down on motorists who do not have a valid pollution certificate. The drive came amid widespread concern over drop in air quality that has been blamed for the smog cover, which recently blanketed the city.