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Indian-American Raja Krishnamoorthi wins Chicago Democratic nomination

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Chicago: Businessman Raja Krishnamoorthi has won the Democratic nomination in a Chicago-area congressional district over a suburban mayor and state legislator.

The race in the 8th district was an open primary after US Rep Tammy Duckworth opted for a chance to replace Republican US Sen Mark Kirk over re-election. Krishnamoorthi headed into Tuesday’s open primary with name recognition, high-profile endorsements and a fundraising advantage.

He lost a congressional primary bid to Duckworth in 2012. He’s a former Illinois deputy state treasurer who runs a research and development lab.

Also running were Villa Park Village President Deb Bullwinkel and Sen Michael Noland. The district covers northwestern Chicago suburbs.

Krishnamoorthi says he wants to protect Social Security and Medicare along with passing “common-sense” gun laws. He narrowly lost a 2010 primary bid for Illinois comptroller.

(The article was first published in fox32chicago.com)

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NCW Rejects Finding That “India Is world’s most dangerous country for women”

The Commission rejects the survey in question

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NCW Rejects Finding That "India Is world’s most dangerous country for women". Pixabay

The NCW today rejected the finding of a survey that India is the world’s most dangerous country for women, and said the countries that have been ranked after India have women who are not even allowed to speak in public.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation, after a survey of about 550 experts on women’s issues, has ranked India as the world’s most dangerous country for women, followed by war-torn Afghanistan and Syria, due to the high risk of sexual violence.

National Commission for Women Chairperson Rekha Sharma rejected the survey report, claiming that the sample size was small and could not be representative of the whole country.

“The Commission rejects the survey in question. For a nation as big as India, with a population of approximately 1.3 billion, the sample size of the survey is not representative of the country as a whole,” she said.

“Women are very aware in India of issues and there is no way that we could be ranked number one in such a survey. The countries that have been ranked after India have women who are not even allowed to speak in public,” Sharma said, without naming a specific country.

The poll was conducted online, by phone and in person between March 26 and May 4 with an even spread across Europe, Africa, the Americas, South East Asia, South Asia and the Pacific.

The poll was a repeat of a survey in 2011 in which Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India, and Somalia were named as the most dangerous countries for women.

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women sitting on bench. Pixabay

The survey asked respondents which five of the 193 UN member states they thought were most dangerous for women and which country was worst in terms of healthcare, economic resources, cultural or traditional practices, sexual violence and harassment, non-sexual violence and human trafficking.

Respondents also ranked India the most dangerous country for women in terms of human trafficking, including sex slavery and domestic servitude, and for customary practices such as forced marriage, stoning and female infanticide, the foundation said in a statement.

Also read: Women safety: Execution of laws more important than formation

There was no official response by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. (IANS)

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