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Pope visits iconic religious sites in Is...

Pope visits iconic religious sites in Istanbul

ISTANBUL — His head bowed and hands clasped in front of him, Pope Francis on Saturday stood in two minutes of silent prayer facing east inside one Istanbul’s most important religious sites, as he shifted gears toward more religious affairs on the second leg of his three-day visit to the... read more »

Hosni Mubarak sentenced to life over protester deaths
Egyptian court dismisses murder charge a...

Egyptian court dismisses murder charge against Hosni Mubarak

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Saturday dropped its case against ousted President Hosni Mubarak, his interior minister and six aides on charges of ordering the killing of protesters during the 2011 revolt that removed him from power. The court also cleared Mubarak and a former oil minister of graft... read more »

Nigeria vows to track down militants

Nigeria vows to track down militants

Nigeria’s president has pledged to track down those responsible for Friday’s attack on a mosque in the northern city of Kano that reportedly left 120 dead and a further 270 injured. The Islamist militant group Boko Haram is suspected of carrying out the attack though so far no one has claimed... read more »

After U.S. President Barack Obama raised the issue of religious intolerance in India, The New York Times published a very strong editorial criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for what it calls his “dangerous silence” on a series of communal events in the country.The editorial, by the NYT editorial board, lists recent attacks on churches and reports of Ghar Vapsi or conversion and marks out the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) for its proposed conversions programme in Ayodhya in March this year, saying the group “was playing with fire.” “Mr. Modi’s continued silence before such troubling intolerance increasingly gives the impression that he either cannot or does not wish to control the fringe elements of the Hindu nationalist right,” the NYT editorial surmised.Full text of the Editorial published in the New York Times on February 6, 2015:What will it take for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak out about the mounting violence against India’s religious minorities? Attacks at Christian places of worship have prompted no response from the man elected to represent and to protect all of India’s citizens. Nor has he addressed the mass conversion to Hinduism of Christians and Muslims who have been coerced or promised money. Mr. Modi’s continued silence before such troubling intolerance increasingly gives the impression that he either cannot or does not wish to control the fringe elements of the Hindu nationalist right.Recently, a number of Christian churches in India have been burned and ransacked. Last December, St. Sebastian’s Church in East Delhi was engulfed in fire. Its pastor reported a strong smell of kerosene after the blaze was put out. On Monday, St. Alphonsa’s Church in New Delhi was vandalised. Ceremonial vessels were taken, yet collection boxes full of cash were untouched. Alarmed by the attacks, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has urged the government to uphold the secular nature of India and to assure its Christians they are “protected and secure” in their own country.There is also concern about the mass conversions. Last December, about 200 Muslims were converted to Hinduism in Agra. In January, up to 100 Christians in West Bengal “reconverted” to Hinduism. Hard-line Hindu nationalist groups, like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), make no secret of their support for a “homecoming” campaign designed to “return” non-Hindus to the fold. More than 80 per cent of Indians are Hindu, but Pravin Togadia of the VHP says his organisation’s goal is a country that is 100 per cent Hindu. The only way to achieve that is to deny religious minorities their faith.The VHP is reportedly planning a mass conversion of 3,000 Muslims in Ayodhya this month. The destruction of the Babri Mosque there in 1992 by Hindu militants touched off riots between Hindus and Muslims across India that left more than 2,000 people dead. The VHP knows it is playing with fire.Mr. Modi has promised an ambitious agenda for India’s development. But, as President Obama observed in a speech in New Delhi last month: “India will succeed so long as it is not splintered along the lines of religious faith.” Mr. Modi needs to break his deafening silence on religious intolerance.
PM Modi thanks voters in Jharkhand, says...

PM Modi thanks voters in Jharkhand, says ensure same results as LS polls

Expressing his gratitude to the people of Jharkhand for reposing their faith in him during the Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged the voters here to ensure the same results in the assembly elections. “When I came during the Lok Sabha polls at the same venue, this... read more »

Patna blasts an act of terror: Rajnath Singh

Islamic State a major challenge, some youths are swayed by its ideology: Rajnath Singh

NEW DELHI: Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday that there may be many terrorist organizations in the world but the government will not allow them to get a foothold in... read more »


Actress Khushboo likely to join Congress today

Chennai: Famous actress Khushboo is likely to join the Congress on Wednesday. She is in New Delhi and is expected to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice President Rahul... read more »


Recipe: Papad curry

Ingredients: Two or three papads, two medium-sized potatoes, one teaspoon kala jeera, half teaspoon chilli powder, half teaspoon turmeric powder, half teaspoon coriander powder, salt to... read more »


Amitabh Bachchan shares ‘Shamitabh’ sketch online

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchanhas shared a black-and-white sketch of R Balki’s upcoming film Shamitabh on his blog. The 72-year-old sports a pensive look with heavy beard in the... read more »

Indian student assaulted in Australia, brother seeks justice

Panjab University proposes 5% fee hike for 2015-16

CHANDIGARH: A Panjab University (PU) committee has proposed a five per cent increase in tuition fee for students enrolled at the university’s teaching departments, institutes, and regional... read more »