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 >>
Earlier reports claimed that BlackBerry is finally releasing its own line of Android phones, after its failed attempt to revive its business with a new line of smartphones with its own proprietary software. The company's first foray into the Android market will be through two smartphones, called Venice and Dallas. Reports also showed some leaked images of the rumored devices.
A new report is now claiming that both devices have already arrived in India for testing. According to a report in Tech Times, a website called Zauba which is said to track imports and exports that come in and out of India has listed both BlackBerry Venice and Dallas to have reached the country, which meant that both devices were up for evaluation. The listing detailed that two units of the Dallas and five units of the Venice were received in the country from Canada on July 4.
The value listed for the Dallas is Rs. 24,623 or approximately $388, while the Venice is priced at Rs. 63,262 or approximately $997. The report also said that the BlackBerry Dallas, which is also known by another name the BlackBerry Oslo has already "received certification from Indonesia's e-Postel, Malaysia's e-CoM and Singapore's IDA, which are seen as the equivalent of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)." more >>
Following a mid-June attack on a Christian church in the Indian town of Attingal in Kerala state, Hindu radicals have threatened to wipe out a Christian congregation and burn the church's pastor if they continue to worship and pray in there.
According to International Christian Concern, a U.S.-based Christian persecution monitoring organization, a mob of 200 angry Hindus surrounded the Reaching the World with Love Ministries Church in Attingal on June 14, while about 400 congregants were in the middle of their Sunday worship service.
As the large mob shouted loud Hindu chants, including "Bharat Mathaki" [Hail Mother India], the congregation's pastor, known by the name Shiju, told ICC that 30 Hindus broke into the worship hall, charged at him while he was preaching and began beating him down and caused him internal injuries. more >>
The Evangelical Fellowship of India has reported a violent attack against Christians in the country that was committed earlier this month when over 200 Hindu radicals stormed a Protestant church in the town of Attingal, Kerela, beating up the pastor and some of the worshipers, and breaking the altar.
EFI shared the news with Fides News Agency, reporting that the attack took place on June 14. The radicals apparently shouted slogans like "Bharat Mathaki Jai" ("Hail Mother India") during the attack, which was broken up after police arrived.
Christians in Attingal have since staged a protest march in the city, calling for harmony and religious freedom, while counter-demonstrators reportedly chanted anti-Christian slogans and threats. more >>
A nun in the Indian city of Raipur has allegedly been gang-raped in what Christian community leaders are calling an ongoing "anti-Christian hate campaign."
While police in Raipur's Chhattisgarh state are calling the case "attempted rape" and have arrested some of the unidentified men who are believed to have carried out the assault, Arun Pannalal, president of Chhattisgarh Christian Forum, told Voice of America that the woman had indeed been raped.
"We are 100 percent sure that the nun was raped yesterday. There cannot be any dispute over this fact. And it appears to be part of the ongoing anti-Christian hate campaign across the state," Pannalal said. more >>
HTC has not been known for its Android tablets. Through the years, the Taiwanese manufacturer has released less than 10 tablets in total. However, with the success achieved by the HTC Nexus 9, the company could be planning to bank on its good fortune.
According to a recent report by GSM Arena, an entry-level Android slate, codenamed H7, has recently been spotted on India's import website Zauba.
Based on the listing, the HTC H7 will pack a 7-inch display, 1GB of RAM, a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.2GHz, and a 16GB built-in memory. Other features include dual-SIM support, and a price tag of about INR 9,565 or about $150. That means, the retail price for the upcoming HTC slate should be in the sub-$200 range. more >>