#AceBreakingNews – BAY OF BENGAL – May 21 – An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale hit the Bay of Bengal region on Wednesday night, officials from the Indian earthquake monitoring network said.
The epicentre was 10 km below sea level but there is no tsunami alert, said officials from the Indian tsunami warning centre in Hyderabad.
The quake struck at 9:51 pm, about 275 km south east of the Paradip port in Odisha.
Tremors were felt across India, in Delhi-NCR, Chennai, Kolkata and Odisha. In Delhi, many residents said that aftershocks lasted for 40 seconds.
The region is not prone to earthquakes, so it is puzzling seismologists as to why a quake has struck so close to the east coast of India.
In the past, earthquakes have occurred mostly in the region around the Andaman and Nicobar islands which are prone to quakes.
It will take many weeks to resolve why an earthquake struck so close to the coast of India.
#AceNewsServices – KARACHI April 30 – An explosion took place near a mosque in Delhi colony area of Karachi killing at least four persons,including a woman, and injuring more than 20 others, DawnNews reported.
Provincial Information Minister Sharjeel Memon talking to media persons at the blast site confirmed that four persons had died in the explosion.
He also said that three government vehicles were damaged in the attack and that these vehicles were the apparent target of the blast.
The information minister said that there had been an escalation in such incidents after the expiry of ceasefire announced by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Five auto rickshaws, ten vehicles and scores of motor cycles were destroyed as a result of the blast whereas the windows of several nearby buildings were left shattered.
Ten kilograms of explosives were used in today’s explosion, sources in the bomb disposal unit told DawnNews.
They added that around the time of the explosion, a bus with employees of the official residence of the Sindh chief minister had left Masjid-i-Yasrab shortly after Friday prayers.
The sources said the attack was most likely aimed at the bus carrying the CM house employees, adding that the bomber who was in a rickshaw exploded before getting to its target.
Moreover, Inspector General Sindh Iqbal Mehmood said the bus with the CM employees could have been the target of the attack.
Security personnel also claimed to have taken two suspects into custody who were shifted to an undisclosed location for further questioning.
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#AceNewsServices – DELHI – (CNN) — The New Delhi rape case left the whole world wondering why India is treating its women so badly. In fact, discrimination against women already starts in the womb: India has some of the most distorted sex-ratios in the world. There are regions where fewer than 800 girls are born for every 1,000 boys.
For many reasons Indian culture prefers sons. An expensive bride-price, or dowry, is only one of them.
So day-by-day, thousands of parents circumvent rarely enforced laws and have their baby daughters aborted after an ultrasound scan has revealed the sex of the fetus. It is estimated that India has been losing up to 12 million baby girls over the last three decades.
I wanted to find out what it means for a society if such a significant number of women are missing says Carl Gierstorfer.
Editor’s note: Carl Gierstorfer is a journalist and film-maker with a background in biology. He has produced and directed documentaries for German public broadcaster ZDF, Discovery Channel and the BBC. His work on violence against women in India was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
His website is www.carlgierstorfer.com.
Read the Whole Story at: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/11/opinion/india-missing-females/index.html?hpt=hp_t5
US National Security Memorandum: paramount importance of world population control through programs of UN and USAID. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
New Delhi: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a $250,000 grant for the “Delhi Safe City – Free of Violence against Women and Girls”, to be implemented in partnership with Indian civil society organizations.
The grant will be channeled through to UN Women as part of the Global Safe Cities Initiative, a statement said.
The U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy J. Powell said, “The United States recognise’s gender-based violence as a debilitating factor impeding a woman’s active participation in any economy in the world and her ability to access resources and services.
“We are pleased to partner with UN Women to help promote safe cities and reduce gender-based violence, which plagues every country in the world,” she added.