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Girl child being seen as a buden in India, says UN Report

New Delhi: Indian parents' fear of their inability to find a suitable groom for their daughters along with the societal pressure to pay huge sum of dowry adds to the feeling of the girl child being a 'burden', says a UN report released today.

"The unintended consequences of contemporary social processes, when combined with parental fears of the unattached sexuality of adult daughters in a context of a highly competitive and differentiated marriage market, are compounding the sense of burden represented by the birth of a daughter.

"She now requires many more years at home with higher investments in nutrition, health and education... Sons, on the other hand, embody a range of ritual and economic roles. If the current climate of economic volatility and masculine anomie makes them often fall short of expectations, nonetheless at least one is essential for the future of the family. It is this conjuncture that is producing the falling Child Sex Ratio (CSR)," according to the report 'Sex Ratios and Gender Biased Sex Selection: History, Debates and Future Directions'.

The report explores the various aspects which compounds the problem of declining child sex ratio that India is grappling with despite being one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

"The CSRs have fallen most precipitously during a period of unprecedented economic growth. It has emanated from northern and northwestern India, regions which may be characterized as being in the wake of the Green Revolution and whose levels of prosperity therefore require more careful calibration," says the report.

The report also highlights the analysis of sex selection in urban locations in Delhi and Punjab by Tulsi Patel, a professor of Sociology who elaborated on the 'mindset' of 'young parents in modernizing India'.

Sania appointed brand ambassador of Telangana

Hyderabad: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza was today appointed 'Brand Ambassador' of Telangana. She will promote the new 'state's interests' in India and abroad, according to Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Managing Director Jayesh Rajan.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao handed over a letter of appointment and also a cheque of Rs. one crore to 27year old Sania at an interaction session with industrialists here. "Telangana is proud of Sania who is a true Hyderabadi.

She's now ranked number five in international tennis and we wish she becomes the number one," the Chief Minister said on the occasion.

Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma, Special Chief Secretary (Industries) K Pradeep Chandra and other officials were present.

Mars orbiter completes about 80 per cent of journey

Chennai: Inching closer to the red planet, India's ambitious Mars orbiter spacecraft has covered more than 540 million kilometres, about 80 percent of its journey for its rendezvous with the planet scheduled for 24 September.

The spacecraft has covered a distance of more than 540 million kilometres on its helio centric journey to the red planet, ISRO said today.

"Yes, that is very close to a whopping 80 percent". Mars Orbit Mission and its payloads are in good health," ISRO said on Twitter.

In the last crucial milestone, ISRO performed the second Trajectory Correction Manoeuvre on the spacecraft on June 11 by firing the spacecraft's 22 Newton thrusters for 16 seconds. Midcourse corrections are done to keep the spacecraft on course.

Another trajectory correction manoeuvre is planned for August before ISRO performs the Mars Orbit Insertion in September.

The ambitious Mars mission under a Rs 450 crore project was launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle on 5 November last year with an aim to reach the red planet's atmosphere by 24 September.

The project is expected to provide the scientific community better opportunities in planetary research.

Rape case: Is this the only news you have? asks Siddaramaiah

Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday got annoyed when he was bombarded with questions on the rape of a sixyearold in a school here.

“Is this the only news you have?,” the Karnataka CM asked reporters when he was asked to comment on the incident that has triggered protests across the city and terrified the whole nation.

Siddaramaiah added: "Whatever action is required we will take that...Wherever we can invoke the gunda act we will do that.”

He also accused the opposition BJP of reaping political gains from the case.

The BJP has intensified protests in the city against the Congressled rule in the state. Former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, Karnataka BP chief Prahlad Joshi and other BJP leaders joined the protest against the incident today.

Yeddyurappa has also written to the Centre seeking direction to schools to make moral education compulsory.

MN Reddi, who has taken charge as the Bangalore police commissioner in the place of Raghavendra Auradkar, today met the parents of the sixyearold, who was allegedly raped in Vibgyor High School on July 02.

Reddi said, "I held a detailed conversation with the parents and listened to their concerns, the issues and the problems that they are facing. We tried to chalk out a way, whereby the basic concerns can be quickly addressed by the management. We would advice the management to resolve those issues, whether they are related to safety or security."

"Parents want children to go to the school. In the interest of those who are not attending school, the school has to be open. Hopefully in a week or so, the school should open," Reddy said.

In another important development to be tracked today is the meeting between a delegation of parents and authorities of Vibgyor High School. The parents will then decide whether they would send their children to the school after the incident.

The school has been shut since July 17.

Police arrested skating instructor Mustafa late Sunday on the charge of sexually assaulting the sixyearold in a classroom on July 02.

Irate parents have been protesting against school management for its failure in protecting the child.

As a fallout of the incident, the Karnataka government on Monday transferred Bangalore police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar and Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Kamal Pant.

Auradkar faced public wrath over the handling of the rape cases, including that of a 22yearold college student and a 17yearold seminary student in the city in the last 10 days leading to angry protests and demonstrations.

The official order was issued on a day when the city witnessed a series of protests by hundreds of students, social activists and women's organisations against rising crimes against women and girls in Bangalore and across the state.

CM will meet Sonia Gandhi to discuss issues: Rane

Mumbai: Congress leader Narayan Rane on Tuesday said that AICC president Sonia Gandhi will be requested to intervene and resolve the deadlock over his resignation from the post of Industries Minister.

Rane, told reporters here on the sidelines of his meet with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan that it was decided that Chavan will seek an appointment with Sonia Gandhi in the next couple of days and that he, along with Chavan and Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Manikrao Thakre, will meet Gandhi to discuss the issues with her.

The senior party leader said he was "not satisfied" with the two hour discussion with the state Congress leadership.

"Chavan tried to persuade me to withdraw my resignation and work in the government and the party, saying that my services were needed. But I responded by telling him that the issues raised by me in my resignation letter need to be addressed first," Rane said.

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