Armed with a small point-and-shoot camera, and with the courage of a hungry traveler who has a profound love for exploring ruins, Victoria Lautman shares how she stumbled upon India's unexplored ruins.
Lautman is a Chicago-based adventure-journalist who is "obsessed" with finding stepwells, huge and cavern-like wells that require people to descend sets of steps before obtaining water. According to CNN, stepwells have an amazing history of old since way back A.D. 600, wherein the architectural sites were once adored but are now forgotten.
However, Lautman is on a journey toward uncovering the beauty of the structures hidden in the suburbs of India. She says her travels have been assisted by none other than drivers, villagers, and other people who would like to help in her goal of having the world remember the forgotten ruins. more >>
Hindu radicals reportedly attacked a group of Christians with guns, axes, spades and clubs during a prayer meeting at a village in Jharkhand state, India. Despite the beating, which sent six people to the hospital, Christians refused to stop worshiping Christ and turn to Hindu idols, as they were told.
Morning Star News reported Tuesday that 15 or so Hindu extremists threatened to "finish off" the group of 30 Christians, including a pastor, if they continued praying to Christ.
"Thereafter, two men entered and asked the pastor and the others to go outside, but the Christians refused to go," the Rev. Akash Nandi said of the attack that occurred earlier this month. more >>
When it comes to purchasing a new tablet, it's apparent that there is a wide array of brands available to choose from. While leading brands like Samsung and Apple are very rampant in the market today, lesser known brands like Pantel Technologies are offering gadgets for a low cost.
The latest one in the Pantel Technologies Private Limited line is the low-cost Android tablet dubbed as Penta T-Pad. According to Phone Radar, the Penta T-Pad WS704DX tablet has been released in the Indian market with price tag of Rs. 4,999. The product will be exclusively available in Homeshop18, which the store warmly welcomed. The COO of HomeShop18, Vikrant Khanna, stated that they are excited about the exclusive launch of the device in their store. more >>
Hindu radicals in India have intensified their threats, forced conversions and persecution of Christians, saying they would cut them "into pieces" if they continue to worship Christ. Such threats have already forced at least 10 Christian families in a northwest province to flee from their homes and villages.
Church leaders told the Christian persecution watchdog Morning Star News that the 10 families fled from their homes in the Indian state of Rajasthan, which shares a border with Pakistan, because of death threats coming from Hindus seeking to turn Christians away from Christ and "reconvert" them to Hinduism.
The Hindu extremists have threatened to harm anyone who mentions Christ's name or participates in church functions. The threats have prevented Christians in the area from worshiping for over two months. more >>
Christians in India marked the seventh anniversary of the Orissa attacks on Monday, praying for close to 100 Christians who were massacred by Hindu extremists who were pressuring them to convert. An Archbishop has said the faith of Orissa's Christians has grown stronger in the face of persecution.
The Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, His Exc. Mgr. John Barwa SVD, told Fides News Agency that Christians "gather in prayer for the victims, reiterating, all together, our common commitment to promoting peace, justice and hope. The faith of Christians in Orissa has become stronger in the face of persecution."
The major attacks on August 31, 2008, in Orissa also left close to 56,000 Christians homeless after 300 churches and 6,000 homes were raided and looted. The Hindu mob reportedly organized against Christians who they accused of converting Indians to Christianity. more >>
Five people have been arrested and charged with human trafficking after allegedly selling young girls from West Bengal to Haryana men who were looking for brides.
A state known for its extremely declining sex ratios, Haryana will most probably see more arrests in the future, officials say. Local police said they rescued four women, of which two were minors, who were allegedly brought to Delhi from West Bengal and were sold in Haryana for Rs50,000 (approximately $764) to Rs1 lakh (approximately $1,529). more >>