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Delhi HC Orders Permanent Commission To Women in Navy

New Age Islam News Bureau

5 Sept 2015

Ashley Callingbull being crowned Mrs. Universe in Minsk, Belarus. Credit: Courtesy of Ashley Callingbull's Facebook page


 Delhi HC Orders Permanent Commission To Women in Navy

 Screening All Women for BRCA Gene Mutations 'Worthless'

 Mrs. Universe Calls out Canada's Neglect of Aboriginal Women

 British Mother-Of-Five Arrested After Attempting To Flee To Syria with Children

 Judge grants Salma Hayek restraining order against 2 women

 West More Afraid Of Hijab than Nukes: Pak Jamaat-e-Islami Chief

 Kenya Court Recommends "White Widow" Case Be Dropped

 Girl Who Cried Before Merkel Gets Residency

 Saudi Women Seek Fixed Jobs at Haj Ministry

 ‘Are Women’s Health Clubs Still Lacking in Saudi Arabia?’

 Prime Suspect In Parveen Rehman Murder Case Not Yet Traced, SC Told

 Divorced Non-Muslims Must Settle Prior Civil Issues before Marrying Muslims — Nancy

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau






Delhi HC Orders Permanent Commission To Women in Navy

September 5, 2015

New Delhi, Sep 4: The Delhi high Court on Friday allowed a plea of naval women officers for permanent commission in the force, saying it would "frown upon any endeavour to block progress of women".

A division bench of Justice Kailash Gambhir and Justice Najmi Waziri said that naval women officers can now have full term service and can avail of retirement benefits, noting "sexist bias and service bias would not be allowed to block progress of women".

 Nineteen serving and retired women navy officers had moved the high court for permanent commission alleging gender discrimination.

Women have been given only short-term commissions in the Navy, the maximum term of which is only 14 years. Due to this, they cannot be eligible for pension which requires a minimum 20 years of service.

In 2010, a similar high court order allowed women permanent commission in the army and the air force, noting that women officers "deserve better from the government".



Screening All Women for BRCA Gene Mutations 'Worthless'

4 September 2015

The researchers say that for every 10,000 women screened for BRCA gene mutations, only four cases of breast cancer and two cases of ovarian cancer will be prevented.

The viewpoint has been written by Dr. Patricia Ganz, a director of cancer research at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centre of the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), and Elisa Long, PhD, assistant professor at the Anderson School of Management, also at UCLA.

They calculate that for every 10,000 women screened, BRCA testing - compared with family history-based testing - would prevent four cases of breast cancer and two cases of ovarian cancer. Dr. Ganz says:

"The cost of BRCA testing would need to drop by 90% for testing to be cost-effective for the whole population."

The authors add that the impact of BRCA screening would be to extend patients' lives by an average of only 2 days.

There would be no benefit for almost all women undergoing BRCA testing, according to the authors. For the 99.75% receiving a negative genetic test, it would not mean any increase in life expectancy.

The screen would not eliminate the need for regular mammograms either, and could provide false reassurance. The article concludes:

"Even though a very small percentage of women would benefit from universal BRCA testing, at $2000 to $4000 per test, such a strategy is an inefficient use of health care resources."

Of the 233,000 breast cancers diagnosed annually in the US, BRCA gene mutations account for 5-10%, although the cases usually develop at a younger age, often in both breasts, and often as a more aggressive subtype such as triple-negative breast cancer.

Affordable in the future?

he US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommend BRCA genetic testing - which is most commonly done with the Myriad test - only if there is a known family history of breast, ovarian, tubal or peritoneal cancer.

Dr. Long says a new $249 test recently announced by Color Genomics could encourage other companies to introduce lower-cost genetic tests and make universal screening more practical and more affordable.

Providing personalized genetic counseling services on such a large scale, though, would not be practical.

"It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," says Dr. Long. "If only 1 in 400 women across the country have one or both of the BRCA-1 or BRCA-2 mutations, universal screening would cost $1 million to $2 million to detect a single BRCA mutation, or nearly $400 billion to screen all women in the US."

Dr. Long - who carries the BRCA1 mutation herself and has recently survived triple-negative breast cancer - says there are better alternatives:

"Perhaps this money could be better spent on other diagnostic tools for young women, such as MRIs [magnetic resonance imaging], to have the greatest impact."

On a personal level," she adds, "I would have benefitted tremendously from universal BRCA testing, because I had no family history of breast cancer. But as a health services researcher, I must also consider the relative value of different medical interventions."

"Many patients wish to know more about their genetic risk factors," she continues, "and as more firms begin to offer genetic testing, we should expect the price to decrease, eventually making this an affordable policy."

Written by Markus MacGill



Judge grants Salma Hayek restraining order against 2 women

Associated Press By ANTHONY McCARTNEY

5 Septemebr 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered two women to stay away from Salma Hayek and not attempt to contact the Oscar-nominated actress for the next three years.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carol Boas Goodson granted Hayek's request for a restraining order against Liana Philippon and Odette Bodagh, who the actress stated in court filings impersonated her and made a veiled threat to kidnap her daughter.

The order also covers Hayek's husband and 7-year-old daughter.

Bodagh said during Friday's hearing that she thought she had a relationship with Hayek but didn't realize she was scaring the actress until the temporary restraining order was granted. Philippon did not attend the hearing.

"I thought there was a relationship," Bodagh said. "I was under the impression I was talking to Salma."

Bodagh tearfully apologized for scaring Hayek.

"I am so sorry I did it," Bodagh said. She urged the judge to reject entering the order against her, saying it would affect her career.

"You have, even by mistake, become a stalker," Goodson said.

"This case arised out of a bizarre pattern of behavior by two apparently mentally disturbed individuals," Hayek's court filings stated. "Their actions include, among others, concocting ruses to meet Hayek's family members to obtain Hayek's contact information, impersonating Hayek to another celebrity, attempting to directly contact Hayek herself, and impersonating Hayek in contacting Hayek's minor child.

"In one communication while posing as Hayek, Philippon made a veiled threat regarding kidnapping and ransoming Hayek's minor child," the filing stated.

After the hearing, Bodagh said her marriage ended because of her infatuation with Hayek and she moved to Los Angeles with Philippon, now her ex-girlfriend, because she believed she was communicating with the actress.

Bodagh said she would not attempt to contact Hayek again.

Hayek, who did not attend the hearing, was nominated for an Academy Award for her starring role in the 2002 film "Frida."

Her attorney, Bryan Sullivan, declined to comment after the hearing.



British mother-of-five arrested after attempting to flee to Syria with children

September 4, 2015

A mother-of-five has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction amid fears she was travelling to Syria to join Islamic State. Zahera Tariq, 33, was arrested at Luton airport on Thursday (3 September) as she arrived in the UK on a flight from Istanbul, Turkey.

Tariq and her sons Muhammad, 12, Amaar, 11, Aadid, four, and daughter Safiyyah, nine, were reported missing from their home in Waltham Forest last week.

They were pictured on CCTV on 25 August as they flew to Amsterdam from London City airport and then travelled to Turkey, where they were detained by authorities. Her four children have been taken into police protection. The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that Tariq was traced by counter terror police after an appeal for information from the public.

It's the latest report of a suspected British jihadist attempting to flee to Syria with their family.

43 British women and girls are now in Syria, many having gone to join Isis to become "Jihadi Brides," according to counter-terrorism chiefs at the Metropolitan Police. In the last two years high-profile reports of women and girls to have fled to Syria have included the Glasgow public schoolgirl Aqsa Mahmood; the three schoolgirls from East London, Amira Abase, Kadiza Sultana and Shamima Begum; and three Bradford sisters who took their nine children with them.

One woman from Manchester, who fled to Syria with her five children, is now desperate to return to the UK after experiencing the harsh reality of life under Isis. Shukee Begum left last year and made her way into Syria via Turkey.

The woman was reportedly married to an Islamic State fighter and claims she only travelled to Isil's self declared capital of Raqqa, with the intention of persuading her husband, Muftah el-Deen, a jihadist and also a British national, to return home with her.

Her husband is believed to have died in conflict and Begum is now appealing for help to return home to safety with her three daughters and two sons, who are aged between one and 12.

Just two out of 600 females who have fled from the West to join Islamic State (Isis) have returned home from Syria, government figures show.



West More Afraid Of Hijab than Nukes: Pak Jamaat-e-Islami Chief

September 04, 2015

LAHORE - West is more afraid of Hijab than nuclear bomb, according to Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq.

Addressing a Hijab conference organised by the JI women wing at a local hotel, Haq said the west wants to wipe out all signs of Islamic culture and civilization.

He said: “The colonial powers have launched a cultural attack on the Ummah, and are targeting the Islamic signs and symbols.

The Holy Prophet (PBUH), moral values, jihad, family system and Hijab are their special targets.

“In France, Holland, and Denmark, Hijab has been banned while the female students and Muslim women w