Dalit Christians, members of the lower caste "untouchables" in India, are reportedly planning a nationwide rally in March to demand equal rights and stand up to government discrimination that they say targets them for their beliefs.
The Times of India has reported that dalit Christians are organizing meetings and planning a rally in New Delhi in March in protest against a Caste Order that allows dalits to receive government benefits, but mainly for those who still identify with their Hindu background.
National Council of Dalit Christians advisor E D Charles blamed India's Congress and the ruling BJP party for failing to take into consideration recommendations to provide Christian dalits with equal rights in the country. more >>
The Indian government looks set to deport a Roman Catholic nun who has cared for people with leprosy for over 40 years, after denying her a visa.
UCA News reported that Sister Bertilla Capra of the Missionaries of the Immaculate Congregation first arrived in India in 1970, and has since cared for people with leprosy for over four decades in Mumbai. Up until 2010 she had to renew her visa every five years, but new rules since then mandated that she renew every year.
Her latest visa expired in November, and she has been denied a renewal. Sister Capra revealed that she was told to leave the country in December, and if there is no reversal in the decision, she will have to do just that. more >>
Persecution watchdog groups are speaking out against the arrest of 15 Christians celebrating New Year's through prayer at a parish in the Indian state of Karnataka, where they were surrounded by a radical Hindu mob.
Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians, said that the Christian minority "is vulnerable and subjected to harassment and persecution by both extremist as well as authorities, who are responsible for protecting citizens. Clearly, Christians are considered second-class citizens in secular India."
AsiaNews reported on Monday that the incident occurred at the parish of bannur Jodukatte Puttur on New Year's Eve, where police stormed the Protestant church and arrested the 15 Christian worshipers as a means to "protect" them from a mob of Hindu radicals that had gathered outside. more >>
Lenovo has repeatedly taken to social media to hint at a device that will be released under the tagline "A New Age Dawns" and the hashtag "KillerNote." A report in Gadgets 360 speculates that this is the company's flagship phablet that's called the K4 Note. The social media posts also say that the device will be launched in India during the first week of January 2016.
The K4 Note is said to be the successor of the Lenovo K3 Note, which was released in India in the middle of 2015. The device turned out to be a surprise earner for the company, owing to its relatively low price point for a device with decent specs. According to the Gadgets 360 report, Lenovo reportedly sold over 1.2 million units of the device since its release.
Because of the device's success, the company is said to be getting ready to unveil another phablet as a follow-up to the K3 Note. According to the teaser image shared by Lenovo India, the upcoming device is said to sport a fingerprint sensor, an in-demand security feature among today's smartphones, and has an all-metal body. No other information about the handset's other specs is available at the moment, nor has Lenovo made any official announcement about the device yet. more >>
A new entrant in the smartphone industry, a company called Yu, has officially released what it claims to be the "most powerful phone on the planet." The flagship phone is called Yutopia and it is manufactured by Yu, a company that is partly owned by Indian company Micromax. According to a report in Tech Times, the phone has been officially launched and is only available on the Amazon India e-commerce site.
According to the company's description of the new device, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset paired with 4 GB of RAM. Internal storage is at 32 GB. Its screen is a 5.2-inch display with quad HD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. The screen is also protected by Corning Concore Glass.
Out of the box, it will come pre-installed with Cyanogen OS 12.1 which is said to be based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. According to the company, this OS will give the user "unparalleled control" over their smartphone, because "Customization is the very heart of the Cyanogen experience. More freedom and more choices - from the big picture down to the smallest details. Customize everything." more >>
A persecution watchdog group has started a petition for hundreds of Christian families from over 50 villages in India who have been banned from practicing their faith, and pressured to reconvert to Hinduism.
"Today, we are joining our voice with our Indian brothers and sisters in Christ to call on the Prime Minister of India to specifically address the banning of Christianity. We believe in a society which touts religious tolerance and freedom. No one should be banned from practicing their faith freely. Sign our petition and let Christians in India know they are not alone in this fight," International Christian Concern said in a statement, providing a link to the petition.
Although India's constitution guarantees religious freedom, reports have stated that local authorities in over 50 villages in the Bastar District of Chhattisgarh State have targeted Christians in the region by passing a controversial proclamation that bans the open practice of Christianity. more >>