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 >>
During the ZenFestival event held in New Delhi, the Taiwanese smartphone giant Asus launched four new smartphones that show off everything from top-of-the-line flagship phones to more affordable choices.
The smartphones launched were Zenfone Selfie, Zenfone 2 Laser, Zenfone 2 Deluxe and the leader of the pack, Zenfone Max. They also launched the Asus ZenPad 8.0/7.0.All four phones are based on Android 5.0 Lollipop and feature 4G LTE support and dual-SIM (Micro-SIM) dual standby support.
The first one to be unveiled was the Zenfone Selfie which was created with 13-megapixel rear and front camera. Such camera really lives up to its name being the perfect device in capturing selfie photos. The device is also designed with a 5.5-inch Full HD display, with an octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and storage capacity of 2GB/3GB RAM. more >>
The Xiaomi Mi 4i is the latest smartphone from the popular Chinese manufacturer, and it has already been made available in selected markets throughout Asia.
But for consumers and Android fans who look for a bigger storage, Xiaomi unveiled a 32GB edition that will make its way on July 28 via a flash sale. In the report by GSM Arena, the device will only cost INR 14,999 or about $235 via Xiaomi's official website.
For people who have missed the unveiling of the 16GB model, the Xiaomi Mi 4i packs a 5-inch display with Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, 2GB of RAM, an octa-core CPU, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset, and Adreno 405 GPU. more >>
A Hindu nationalist organization has converted 39 people from Dalit Christian families to Hinduism in a controversial ceremony aimed at making them eligible for a government benefits program.
"We are moving ahead with our initiative and more families from other religions will be reconverted to Hinduism soon. We are being approached by many people who want to come back to their original faith," said Viswha Hindu Parishad Alappuzha District Chief Prathap G Padickal, according to the Times of India.
The "ghar wapsi" programme in Kerala's Alappuzha district previously oversaw another 30 Dalit Christians convert to Hinduism in December 2014. more >>