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 >>
Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer Asus unveiled a new model of its Asus ZenFone 2 Laser in India, this time with a much larger display than the first two models of the phone. The phone with model number ZE601KL will only be available in India and will come with a 6-inch display, according to a report in Tech Times.
The phone's price point will be Rs. 17,999 or roughly $275 and will be mainly available via e-commerce vendors like Snapdeal, Amazon and Flipkart. After mid-December, the device will be on sale via physical stores in the country as well. Color options for this model are Gold, Red and Silver.
According to the Tech Times report, this is the third model of the ZenFone 2 Laser that has been made available in the Indian market. A smaller ZenFone 2 Laser 5.5 was released in October which has a 5.5-inch screen, while a much smaller ZenFone 2 Laser 5 is also available. The latter has a 5-inch screen. more >>
Another Chinese device manufacturer has released a smartphone with high end specs without the high end price in India. Called the Q Terra, the phone is manufactured by Qiku and will cost Rs. 21,999 or around $329. According to a report in Tech Times, Qiku is a joint venture between manufacturer Coolpad Group and a global Internet company named Qihoo 360 Technology. The company said that the new smartphone will have similar specs with those made by Xiaomi and OnePlus but will have the advantage of being cheaper.
Qiku India's CEO Varun Sharma said that the Q Terra is their answer to the increasing number of Indian consumers who "are becoming evolved users of smartphones and need a premium experience." The Q Terra will offer "the best in class experience at an affordable price."
The device comes with a 6-inch full HD IPS display. Under the hood, it is powered by a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor clocked at 1.82 GHz, paired with 3 GB of RAM. Internal storage is at 16 GB and is expandable up to 128 GB via a microSD card. more >>
A network of over 1,100 Christian nuns have reportedly been dressing as prostitutes and infiltrating brothels around the world in a mission to save victims of sex trafficking.
"I'm not trying to be sensational, but I'm trying to underscore the fact this is a world that has lost innocence ... where dark forces are active," John Studzinski, the investment banker and philanthropist who chairs the Talitha Kum network, told Reuters.
"These are problems caused by poverty and equality, but it goes well beyond that." more >>
Microsoft is reported to have scheduled the launch of its latest Lumia phones in India two days ahead of the December UK launch date. According to a Tech Times report, the company has sent out invites for a November 30 event in New Delhi and Mumbai to Windows Insiders who are based in India. The event is said to be where the company will unveil the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL smartphones. The UK launch event on the other hand is scheduled for December 2.
Both the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will be running on the new Windows 10 mobile and will be the first smartphones to come pre-installed with the OS. According to the report, those who attend the launch event will be able to test drive and get some hands-on experience with the new devices.
The event invite said: "Be one of the first to get a hands-on look at these new devices, discover new Windows 10 features and chat with Microsoft experts about all the exciting details. Enjoy a live demo of Continuum for Phones and watch the Lumia 950 and 950 XL turn an external screen into a PC-like experience." more >>
Scott Kelly is one of the world's most-loved astronauts, and just recently, he took the social media world in a "UFO" ride when numerous users suggested that his November 2015 photo apparently shows an unidentified flying object.
In the photo that the NASA astronaut said was taken atop India, a cigarette-looking object with lights on both ends can be seen in the top corner. Captioned "Day 233. Once upon a #star over Southern India. #GoodNight from @space_station! #YearInSpace," fans immediately speculated that Kelly's post was hinting of an alien flyby.
Kelly is the only astronaut who broke the U.S. record for staying in the International Space Station for the longest time and he is known for the photos he takes from inside the ISS on his Twitter account. more >>