Assam’s ‘horny committee’ gets it on!

Assam’s ‘horny committee’ gets it on!

Assam has a ‘treasure trove’ of rhino horns. But there were rumours that the ‘genuine’ rhino horns were being sneaked out and sold in the black market. Now Assam has a ‘Committee for the examination of Rhino horn’. The rhino horn verification process initiated by the State government got under way on Saturday with the […]

Drought spreads liver-cancer causing fungus on crops in India

Drought spreads liver-cancer causing fungus on crops in India

Do you know that prolonged drought can cause cancer of the liver?  Aflatoxin, a liver cancer-causing agent produced by fungi, accumulates on crops like maize, sorghum, coffee and groundnut as a result of stress from prolonged droughts. Exposure to aflatoxin is responsible for 25,200—155,000 liver cancer cases worldwide, according to a UN study. Short-term high […]

Spurned woman burns lover with acid!

Spurned woman burns lover with acid!

MULTAN, PAKISTAN: It’s rare to find women throwing acid on men, but such cases of vitriolage do take place! A Pakistani woman who apparently threw acid on her boyfriend after he refused to marry her was arrested in a rare case of a woman attacking a man, Pakistani policemen  said Thursday (June 16). The policemen […]

These Beautiful Boys are the death of Afghan Cops

These Beautiful Boys are the death of Afghan Cops

The Taliban are using beautiful boy slaves as ‘honey traps’ to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the common practice of “bacha bazi” ­­ or ‘boy play’ ­­ to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of such assaults said. The ancient custom is prevalent across Afghanistan, but nowhere does it […]

Bihar Airport Police stub Bathroom Smoker

Bihar Airport Police stub Bathroom Smoker

Patna: We know Bathroom singers can be annoying and Bathroom smokers even more so, but this 25 year old Bihari bathroom smoker found out that lighting up in the loo can get you to the lock-up. Or as they say, a puff in the loo may and you in sing-sing! [Those who didn’t get the […]

Bangladeshi Islamists brutally kill Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, liberal Muslims

Bangladeshi Islamists brutally kill Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, liberal Muslims

DHAKA (Bangladesh) Unidentified men hacked to death a Christian grocer in Bangladesh’s north-west on Sunday (June 5), say international media reports. The numbers of attacks on religious minorities and secular activists by Islamist militants are growing. “Sunil Gomes was hacked to death at his grocery store just near a church at Bonpara village,” Shafiqul Islam, […]

Father and Uncle kill girl, escape, in Madhya Pradesh

Father and Uncle kill girl, escape, in Madhya Pradesh

In yet another dastardly deed, a  girl was  stabbed to death by her father and uncle on Friday in a suspected case of “honour killing” in Gwalior in (Madhya Pradesh). Police said the victim,  ‘Seema’, was killed at a shelter for women in the Hazira area of the city, more than 400km from capital Bhopal. […]

Uncomfortable but Actual : Raghavan’s book on India’s War

Uncomfortable but Actual : Raghavan’s book on India’s War

Historian Srinath Raghavan in his latest book, India’s War: The Making of Modern South Asia, 1939-1945 (Allen Lane), details India’s contribution to World War II. The book explores the war’s impact on the Independence movement, how it was during this period that the Army saw its biggest expansion, and why this inquiry is important from […]

Thirsty Latur gets water bill from Centre: a rupee a litre!

Thirsty Latur gets water bill from Centre: a rupee a litre!

Weeks after the Indian Railways was praised for coming to the rescue of the thirsty people of Latur by dispatching a water train, guess what? The Railways has sent the drought-hit district a bill of Rs 2.16 crore for the service rendered. Latur District Collector Pandurang Pole said the bill arrived about ten days ago. […]

No Widows in this MP Tribal Community !

No Widows in this MP Tribal Community !

Girls married to Gond bridegrooms in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla district, will never ever end up as  widows. According to their tradition, if a woman’s husband dies, she is married to the next bachelor in the family – regardless of age. If there are no eligible boys, the village elders  (usually a woman) will present  the woman with  […]

India rubbishes official US report on religious freedom violations

India rubbishes official US report on religious freedom violations

New Delhi: The Indian government was  severely critical of an official US government report that claimed religious freedom in India was on a “negative trajectory” in 2015 as religious tolerance had “deteriorated” and that violations of religious freedom had “increased”. The report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom also named some top BJP […]