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Amnesty International has issued a damning appraisal of working conditions for foreign nationals brought to Qatar as domestic labor. False promises on pay and conditions, physical abuse and rape were among the charges. Read more in DW.

A year on from the world’s worst garment factory disaster a “miracle” survivor, who was plucked from the rubble in Bangladesh after 17 days, has married and found a new job. Like thousands of other survivors, as well as the rescuers who often had to perform impromptu amputations on the spot, Ms Akhter still suffers from insomnia and panic attacks. Read more in RTE News.

A kidney as dowry

A woman set herself on fire allegedly due to harassment by her in-laws despite donating one of her kidneys to her husband as a part of a dowry deal about six months ago in Jharkhand in eastern India. Read more in the Times of India.

Men planning families

After decades of witnessing the country struggle to bring its burgeoning population figures under control, with mixed success, there are indications that the penny is finally dropping. In Punjab, men appear to be recognising that family planning is as much their concern as that of their wives. Read more about Pakistan in the Dawn.

Crime reporter Lucky Jain

‘Journalism is a profession in which you get associated with the common man and with those in the administration. That is why I wanted to be a crime reporter.’ Crime reporter for the last 2 years with popular Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar in Udaipur, Rajasthan, Lucky Jain feels that with alertness and solid information, one can easily cover stories on crime. Read more about Indian women in Khabar Lahariya.

My definition of love

“Love is a feeling. And feelings are abstract. How can anyone babble about something that is so intangible? You can never define feelings in their entirety. All you can do is interpret them, and relate them to something that is understandable.” Read more from Nepal in My Republica.

Transgender Islamic website

A Pesantren Waria (Islamic boarding school for transgenders) in Yogyakarta has once again opened its doors, and brought the subject of freedom of religion for all — regardless of sexual orientation — back into the public arena. Read more about Indonesia in the Jakarta Post.

Delhi gets its first woman Chief Justice

Justice Gorla Rohini has become the first woman Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. Read more in the Hindu.



24.04.2014 | 9:35