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Human Rights Watch urges Bangladesh not to lower marriage age

Human Rights Watch urges Bangladesh not to lower marriage ageNew York Oct 13 : Human Rights Watch (HRW) today said the Bangladeshi Government should set 18 as the minimum age for marriage to comply with international prohibitions against child marriage as it claimed that the proposed revisions would reverse the stated government aims to reduce child marriage.

Media reports indicate that the Prime Minister's Cabinet is considering a revision to the law to make 16 the minimum age of marriage for girls. The minimum age for men would be 18.


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella apologizes for remarks on women

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella apologizes for remarks on womenNew York, Oct 10 - Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella apologized on Thursday night for his comment about women at an event in Phoenix after he was blasted on Twitter and blog posts.

Nadella said at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Phoenix that women should not ask for a raise and should just trust the system to pay them well.

According to ABC News, Nadella was asked to give his advice to women who were uncomfortable requesting a raise wherein he said that it was not really about asking a raise and that they should have faith in the system.


Hillary Clinton says IS group more powerful than al Qaeda

Hillary ClintonNew York, Oct 10 - Former U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned that the Islamic State (IS) group is more powerful than al Qaeda because it is the most professional and the best-funded group that the world has ever seen.

According to CBS News, Clinton, in interview conducted by the national co-chairman of her 2008 presidential bid, said that IS group is more advanced and richer than al Qaeda ever was.

She also supported President Barack Obama's plan to conduct airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against the IS group.


Printing your own 3-D car in two days becomes reality

Printing your own 3-D car in two days becomes realityNew York, Oct 9 : Phoenix-based Local Motors has come up with the world's first 3-D printed car 'Strati' that can be built up in approximately 44 hours according to the people's specifications.

The car is built up, layer after layer, by a 3-D printer excluding the fitment of suspension components, seats, lighting and the electric engine and the rough edges can be sanded away for a smoother finish, New York Daily News reported.

Jay Rogers, co-founder and CEO of Local Motors, said that this is about simplification and streamlining and the materials used are about 3,500 dollars.


HRW urges new Afghan leadership to delay executions in rape case

HRW urges new Afghan leadership to delay executions in rape caseNew York, Oct 8 : Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani to delay the execution of five men convicted in a badly flawed trial following the gang-rape of four women in Paghman district near Kabul.

The men, who were convicted of robbery and extramarital sex (zina), are scheduled to be executed today.

President Ghani should order an independent review of the handling of the case by the government, including the police and the prosecutor's office, Human Rights Watch said.


NYC Mayor, Modi discussed need for strong working relationship

NYC Mayor, Modi discussed need for strong working relationshipNew York - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio discussed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi importance of a strong working relationship between India and the US, underscoring that such ties are critical for democracy and security around the world.

The Mayor said he was honoured to have spent time with the visiting Indian leader last week.


Now, a prized Clive Christian special edition perfume with a whopping $228K price tag

Clive ChristianNew York, Oct 7 - British perfumer Clive Christian has created a special edition of his No.?1 perfume in the honor of the opening of the Salon de Parfum boutique at Harrods department store in London, which is priced at a whopping 143,000 pounds.

The special-edition crystal bottle is encased in hand-crafted, 24-karat gold lattice-work and also 2,000 individually set diamonds - including two yellow diamonds and a rare pink diamond on the lion emblem, the New York Post reported.

Christian has said on his website that he was inspired to create an iconic bottle as precious as a crown jewel to mark this special event.


Ex-army ranger held by IS militants says afraid to die

Ex-army ranger held by IS militants says afraid to dieNew York, Oct 06 - A former Army Ranger who is held by Islamic State militants in Syria has said in a letter, revealed by his parents, that he is afraid to die.

According to Fox News, his parents had also received a threat by IS extremists that their son would be beheaded.

The parents, Ed and Paula Kassig said in a statement that a former hostage had told them that their son Peter Kassig had voluntarily converted to Islam last year when he had shared a cell with a Syrian Muslim.


NY Times reporter allowed back into Afghanistan

NY Times reporter allowed back into AfghanistanNew York - A correspondent for The New York Times who was expelled from Afghanistan over a story he wrote about that country's recent presidential election can return after its newly inaugurated president ordered the previous administration's decision reversed.

Mohammad Daoud Sultanzai, an adviser to Afghan President Asharf Ghani Ahmadzai, said Sunday the country's attorney general has been told to allow Matthew Rosenberg back into Afghanistan.

Sultanzai said the decision was made at the beginning of the Eid al-Adha holiday. "During our (presidential) campaign, we committed to respecting the freedom of the media," he said.


Mahatma Modi to Modi as India's Ronald Reagan - a first hand account of 'Modimania' from Ground Zero

Mahatma Modi to Modi as India's Ronald Reagan - a first hand account of 'Modimania' from Ground ZeroNew York, Oct. 5 - Modi mania gripped New York as soon as he arrived in city to attend the 69th session of the UNGA.

"Modi Modi Modi" chants, which had captured the imagination of India and the world during a high decibel general elections held earlier this year, rippled and reverberated in New York like Mexican Wave, as the Prime Minister PM opted to disembark from his tightly guarded cavalcade to shake hands with his fans in almost all locations that he visited during his recent visit.


Mumbai native dies in bus crash in US

New York - An Indian woman succumbed to the injuries she sustained in a fatal tour bus crash last week in Delaware state in the US, the third victim of the accident.

Jyostina Poojari, 43, from Mumbai was a passenger on the tour bus that crashed on September 21.

She sustained multiple traumatic injuries and was transported to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center in Newark where she remained in critical condition.

She was pronounced dead yesterday, Sergeant Paul Shavack of the Delaware State Police said in a statement.

Poojari was the third female passenger who died from injuries sustained in the fatal tour bus crash.


Peaceful protests achieve more than military aggression: UN

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moonNew York - As the world grapples with "increased sectarian violence" and conflict, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the international community to follow Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence, saying the Indian leader proved that peaceful protests accomplished much more than military aggression.


Modi has more American FB fans than many US politicians

Modi has more American FB fans than many US politiciansNew York - Prime Minister Narendra Modi's fan following is not only restricted to India but he is also popular in the US where he has more Facebook fans than most current members of Congress, governors and other political leaders, according to a media report.

Modi's American Facebook base of 170,529 as of Wednesday is larger than all but 21 American elected officials and current candidates, the New York Times reported citing Socialbakers, a site that tracks social media accounts.


India donates a million dollars to UN for women empowerment, gender equality

India donates a million dollars to UN for women empowerment, gender equalityNew York, Oct. 2 : India has donated a million dollars to the United Nations women's body for women empowerment and gender equality.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj handed over the cheque as India's contribution to the core voluntary budget of UN Women to Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the United Nations yesterday for fiscal 2014-2015.

While handing over the donation, Swaraj reaffirmed New Delhi's commitment to the goals of UN Women, including gender equality and gender mainstreaming.


PM Modi leaves for Washington DC

PM Modi leaves for Washington DCNew York Sept. 29 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday left for Washington DC, the capital of the United States, after completing his engagements in New York .

In Washington DC, he will be staying at the Blair House, the official guest house of the US President.

Prime Minister Modi will be hosted by President Barack Obama for dinner on his arrival tonight. The two leaders will hold bilateral talks on Tuesday.


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