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Religious places reopen in MP's Indore district after six months

After six months of lockdown due to Coronavirus pandemic, Religious places have been reopened in Madhya Pradesh's Indore district. The restricted numbers of devotees have been allowed to visit the temples daily. The temple administrations have asked devotees to follow all guidelines strictly to prevent the spread of Coronavirus...

Gauhati High Court issues notice to ministries on a plea seeking minority identification at State level

Gauhati High Court's division bench of Chief Justice Koteshwar Singh and Justice Manish Choudhury has issued a notice to the Home, Law & Minority Affair Ministry in a plea seeking identification of minorities at the State level. ..

Mosaic of 4th century found in ancient city Paphos in Cyprus criticizes Christianity, says Archaeologist’s report

Dr Marek T. Olszewski from the Faculty of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw believes that the mosaic was probably inspired by Neoplatonists, a philosophical and religious movement in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD, which had many followers among the then elite who criticized followers of the then-new religion called Christianity...

Babri mosque demolition was spontaneous and not a planned move, says special CBI Court

Special CBI Court has acquitted all 32 accused of controversial Babri mosque demolition case. The Court said there was no conclusive proof against the accused. ..

Woman files a lawsuit against Church priest for raping her during counselling at the Church 40 years ago

Suzuki, a Catholic, was a victim of domestic violence in 1977 and turned to the priest for consolation, according to the lawsuit. She was raped in the upstairs bedroom of the church during a counselling session, and suffered depression for years, it says...

India strengthens Buddhist ties with Sri Lanka, announces a grant of US$ 15 million

In India-Sri Lanka Virtual Bilateral Summit held on Saturday (September 26), India announced a US $15 million grant assistance to Sri Lanka to strengthen Buddhist cultural links between the two countries...

Unidentified miscreants damage fifth temple in Andhra Pradesh within a month

Unidentified miscreants attacked Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh. The Nandi idol of Shiv temple found vandalized in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. This is the fifth temple that has been desecrated within this month (September 2020)...

China demolishes thousands of mosques in recent years, says Australian report

In the report of widespread human rights abuses in the restive region, an Australian think tank said that Chinese authorities have demolished thousands of mosques in Xinjiang province. ..

Study shows black Christians, whether Catholic or Protestant more negative toward President Trump compared with white Catholic or Protestant Christians

Many blacks, whether Catholic or Protestant have faced discrimination in the USA. So far, several related reports have been published in the media. Against this background, the Pew Research Forum has conducted a survey in which these results have come to the fore...

Violence erupts after the conflict in tribal community and Christians in Chhattisgarh

Christian missionaries are being accused of proselytizing by tribal communities in Chhattisgarh. Communities allege that religious conversions have destroyed their ancient traditions and customs. Christian missionaries have also been accused of converting tribal people to Christianity through fraudulent social work. ..

Canada India foundation to donate C$21,000 to Langar at the Golden Temple in Amritsar

The Canada India Foundation (CIF) has announced to donate C$21,000 to the Langar at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Set up in 2007, the CIF is an advocacy group aimed at promoting India-Canada relations...

TN Police seizes 74 ancient idols of Hindu deities allegedly stolen from temples over the years

Crime Investigation Department (CID) recovered 74 antique idols from the house of a French national in Puducherry. The raid was carried out by 20 member team led by Superintendent of Police R Sakthivel on Wednesday (September 23). The seized idols included the deities of Ardhanarishara, Shiva-Parvathi and Alingana Pradosa Murthy. ..

Legal notice issued against TN CM and officials for hurting religious sentiments of Hindus

This is not the first time TN PWD acted against Hindu temples. In 2017 PWD had demolished 70 houses including temples. Now again in August 2020, PWD filed a case seeking demolition of these properties. ..

Pakistani journalist condemns woman's fitness video aired on Pakistani channel, calling it un-Islamic

Pakistani journalist and commentator Ansar Abbasi has condemned a video in which a woman was exercising for her fitness. According to Abbasi, the video is un-Islamic...

Pakistani rights activist claims 171 Hindus converted to Islam

So far, many Pakistani Hindus have converted to Islam. As a result, the Hindu population is severely declining in Pakistan. Earlier in June 2020, over a hundred Hindus were converted to Islam in Badin district of Sindh province...

Roman Catholic Church demands a separate code for ‘Sarna’ Community of Jharkhand

Though the Christian leaders are demanding separate code for Sarna community for the protection of their identity, language and culture, several incidences of conflicts have been reported between the Christian and Sarna communities. ..

Andhra MP seeks intervention of PM Modi over attacks on Hindu temples across the State

During Zero Hour discussion in the Lok Sabha, Member of Parliament from Andhra Pradesh Galla Jayadev expressed concern regarding several attacks on Hindu temples across the State. While narrating the several recent attacks on Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh, the MP urged PM Modi to intervene in the issue...

Non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits stage a sit-in protest in J&K for their rights

In Srinagar, Sanjay Tickoo, the president of Kashmir Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS) started a 'fast-unto-death' for the rights of the non-migrant Pandit community of Kashmir. Along with him, several other Kashmiri Pandits started staged a sit-in protest. They have started a protest at historic Ganpatyar temple in old Srinagar city of Jammu and Kashmir...

Andhra Pradesh Government allows limited devotees to enter the famous Kanaka Durga temple during Dasara festival

In the wake of Coronavirus pandemic, the limited number of devotees following the guidelines of Coronavirus has allowed to enter the famous Kanaka Durga temple during Dasara festival. The temple is located in Vijayawada district of Andhra Pradesh. The temple would be close by 8 pm during the festival. ..

Ancient ‘Sankat Mochan Temple’ in Varanasi reopens for devotees

Sankat Mochan Temple, located in Varanasi city of Uttar Pradesh, has reopened for devotees after six months. The restricted number of devotees will be allowed entry to the temple due to Coronavirus pandemic...

Russian couple marries as per Hindu rituals

There was a time when Hinduism had almost vanished from the soil of Russia & most of the Hindu temples were either converted to Churches or Mosques. However, due to the work of scholars from the religious organization International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and by Swamis from India and small communities of Indian immigrants, Hinduism spread across Russia. ..

China demolishes 1000-year-old Buddhist temple in Shanxi province

Religious oppression has been continued in China under the Communist rule. China has demolished a 1,000-year-old Buddhist temple located in Shanxi province. ..

National Green Tribunal rejects plea for allowing ‘Chhath Puja’ in Rabindra Sarobar

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday (September 17, 2020) rejected the plea of State agency Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) for granting permission for Chhath Puja in Rabindra Sarobar. ..

Ladakh Buddhist Association writes to PM Modi and recommends 'Bharat Ratna' for Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and the US Congressional Gold Medal in 2006. Dalai Lama has been residing in India since March 1959. He was fled from Potala Palace in Lhasa after the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) occupied the Tibet...

Hindu man jailed in Bangladesh for insulting Prophet Muhammad

Bangladesh is a Muslim majority country. Although Bangladesh is officially secular, several cases of discrimination and exploitation of Hindus reported across the country. ..

PM Modi greets people on the occasion of 'Mahalaya'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the occasion of Mahalaya, which marks the end of Pitru Paksha. ..

Racism in Christianity: Church priest compares 'black lives matter' movement with 9/11 attackers

In the Detroit State of USA, the pastor of a Roman Catholic Church has apologized after a fellow priest likened 'Black Lives Matter' (BLM) movement to the people responsible for the 9/11 attacks...

TN Government invites applications from damaged churches for repairing

In Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu (TN), the administration has started receiving the application from churches which need to repair or renovate. ..

Woman church teacher jailed for sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old boy

The woman is identified as Courtney Bingham. She is nearly 20 years older than the boy. She met the teen at the Bethany Baptist Church in Loudoun, Virginia. she had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old boy on a driveway and inside her own house at least ten times...

TTD officials warn devotees about middlemen and fake websites offering tickets for darshan or Job recruitment in temple

According to the officials, some fake websites were offering Seva tickets of Srivari Vastram, Udayasthamana and Abhisekam Sevas by taking money from devotees through online payment...

Kukke Shri Subrahmanya Temple in Karnataka reopens with Coronavirus guidelines

The ancient Kukke Shri Subrahmanya Temple has been reopened to visitors following the Coronavirus guidelines. The temple is located in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. For the last 173 days, the temple was closed due to a Coronavirus epidemic...

Haryana Government bans gathering of devotees at pilgrimage sites during Amavasya

Haryana Government has imposed a ban on the gathering of devotees at any pilgrimage site during Amavasya on September 17. The decision was taken by the Government to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. ..

West Bengal CM announces a monthly allowance of Rs 1000 to 8000 Hindu priests

The CM Banerjee has also announced a room for homeless priests under the Bangla Awas Yojana. The decision was taken ahead of the Assembly Polls in 2021...

Al-Qaeda threatens French President & staff of Charlie Hebdo over reprinting the caricatures of Prophet Mohammed

Al-Qaeda, a banned Islamic terrorist organization has threatened the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo after it reprinted a series of controversial caricatures depicting Prophet Mohammed. Al-Qaeda has threatened to carry out another massacre at the magazine's office located in Paris...

Gujarat temples experience a record number of online Darshan requests in lockdown due to Coronavirus pandemic

Ancient temples in Gujarat have experienced a record number of online Darshan requests across the world in the lockdown which was imposed in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic. ..

Three temple priests murdered in Karnataka

In Mandya district of Karnataka, three priests were found brutally murdered in the courtyard of Sri Arakeshwara Temple. This incident took place in Guttalu village in Mandya, which is 100 km from Bengaluru city. The police have identified the three priests as Ganesh, Prakash and Anand...

Shia-Sunni Conflict: Thousands of protesters chant 'Shias are Kaffir' in Pakistan over comments about Islam

In Karachi province of Pakistan, thousands of Sunni Muslims have protested against Shia Muslims. The protest came in the wake of some major Shia leaders in Pakistan allegedly made disparaging remarks against Islam in a televised broadcast of an Ashura procession last month (August 2020)...

"Blasphemy laws are used against religious minorities in Pakistan such as Hindus, Christians and Sikhs, to violate their human rights and dignity," India says in UN Forum

In the United Nations General Assembly's High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace, India has highlighted the 'culture of violence' in Pakistan. In the statement, India said, "Pakistan's deplorable human rights records and discriminatory treatment of religious and ethnic minorities is a cause of persistent concern for the international community."..

"SIT has been formed to investigate cases of love jihad in Kanpur," says IG Mohit Aggrawal

After reports from several forceful interfaith marriage and conversion cases, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed by Uttar Pradesh Police. ..

Over 4000 temples reopen in Himachal Pradesh as a part of 'Unlock 4'

The Government of Himachal Pradesh has decided to open all religious places across the State as a part of 'Unlock 4'. ..

ED takes action against Church of South India Trust Association for illegal transfer of Defence land in Karnataka

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) took action against the Church of South India Trust Association (CSITA) located in Bangaluru district of Karnataka. The ED has attached assets worth nearly Rs 60 crore of the CSITA in Bengaluru for alleged illegal transfer of land leased to it by the Defence Ministry...

Kerala's famous Guruvayur temple opens for darshan

In Thrissur district of Kerala, famous Lord Krishna temple located in Guruvayur town has been opened for devotees. The temple administration has made arrangements in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic according to the guidelines provided by Central Government...

Home Ministry issues FCRA license to Sri Harmandir Sahib Association

The Union Home Ministry has allowed Sri Harmandir Sahib Association to receive foreign funds to provide free food and other facilities to devotees of Golden temple...

PIL filed in Meghalaya HC to grant minority status to Hindus, Niam Khasi, Niam Tynrai and Songsarek communities

The petitioner alleges that “Section 2(c) of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Act is arbitrary and contrary to Articles 14, 15, 21, 25, 26, 29 & 30 of the Constitution. The Notification dated 23.10.1993 facilitates the violation of fundamental rights viz. right to health, right to education, right to shelter and right to livelihood, etc. It is also against the equality, justice, and secularism, the great golden goals of our Constitution.”..

Odisha Government issues guidelines for the celebration of Durga Puja and other festivals

In the wake of Coronavirus pandemic, the Odisha Government has issued guidelines for the celebration of Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Laxmi Puja in the State. The guidelines are valid till November 2020. ..

Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa proposes ban on cow slaughter

Two years ago, Tamil-dominated North Sri Lanka had witnessed protests led by Hindus demanding a complete ban on cow slaughter. It had generated good support even in the Sinhalese Buddhist-dominated Southern Sri Lanka. ..

Rajasthan Government bans stone extraction for Ram Mandir construction

All the buildings and forts that have been standing in India for quite some time have been built with this stone. Most of the temples of Akshardham, Parliament House, and Red Fort are made of stones of Banshepaharpur...

No foreign trips for Pope this year due to fear of Coronavirus pandemic

In the wake of Coronavirus pandemic, which is spread across the world from China, the Pope has dropped all foreign trips which were scheduled for this year (2020). ..

Superstition leads the conversion of twelve thousand Hindus to Christianity

The sting operation conducted by local media named Buldhana Live has revealed that Christian missionaries in the name of propagation of the religion started a conspiracy to convert the people. The report said that Christian missionaries have claimed that they cure chronic diseases. ..

Bishop of Advent Christian Church arrested for 50 Cr land scam

Tamil Nadu Police has arrested Bishop of Advent Christian Church named S.D. David in connection with an Rs 50 crore land scam. The land is located in Velachery town in Chennai district and it is belonged to the Church. ..

Karnataka Government grants Rs 10 Cr for the celebration of Dasara festival

Karnataka Government has decided to celebrate Dasara festival on a smaller scale due to Coronavirus pandemic. The Government also announced that a grant of Rs 10 crore would be released for the celebrations...

Sudan abandons Islamic Law after 30 years by separating religion from State

Sudan has come a long way to move forward with a separation of religion and State. Under an extreme Islamic rule guided by the norms of Sharia, Sudan has faced massacres, genocide, economic obliteration and even breakage of its southern portion in 2011, which we now know as an independent South Sudan. ..

Home Ministry suspends FCRA license of four Christian evangelical organizations

Christian organizations in India have been facing several allegations of religious conversion by force or fraud. It has been alleged that the Christian organizations in India are converting the non-Christians under cover of social activities. ..

Kolkata's famous Tarkeshwar temple reopens for devotees

Tarkeshwar temple authorities have reopened the temple for devotees. The decision was taken two days back after the guidelines issued by the Central Government in the wake of the Coronavirus epidemic. The temple was closed for the last five months due to lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus...

Hindu organization files complaint against Twitter for ‘derogatory’ post on the Hindu goddess

Vinod Bansal, the spokesperson of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), has filed a complaint with the Delhi and Mumbai Police against Twitter India over an alleged derogatory remark on a Hindu goddess by Iranian-Canadian author Armin Navabi earlier this month...

Vaishno Devi Shrine ties up with Indian Post office to deliver Prasad across the country

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has tied up with the Indian Post, for the speedy delivery of Prasad to the devotees across the country. ..

Pilgrims leave Govind Ghat Gurudwara for Hemkund Sahib

According to the officials, the pilgrims need to show negative Coronavirus test reports done within 72-hours before proceeding for the yatra. Moreover, only 200 pilgrims will be allowed to leave from Govindghat to Hemkund Sahib every day...

Persecuted 182 Hindus and Sikhs arrive in India from Afghanistan

After facing oppression from Islamic fundamentalists in Afghanistan, 182 members belonged to the Hindu and Sikh communities have arrived in India. The special flight was arranged for their arrival. ..

Turkish Islamic Foundation demolishes Greek Orthodox Church

The St. Georgios Greek Orthodox Church, which was restored and transformed into a cultural centre by the Nilüfer Municipality in Bursa, was taken from the municipality and transferred to an Islamic Foundation...

After arrest, Church pastor accepts sexual abuse and forced religious conversion allegations of a minor girl

In Gujarat, a pastor of Khlesia Church in the Rabari Colony area, Ahmedabad, sexually abused a minor girl, made her nude videos, and threatened her to convert her religion to Christianity...

Abuse in Church: Former head pastor of Church indicted on child pornography charges

In the Texas State of USA, two men, including the former head pastor at a local Church, were indicted on child pornography-related charges...

"Hindu widows entitled to share in all properties of a deceased husband", says Bangladesh HC

High Court of Bangladesh has ordered that Hindu widows will get a share in all kinds of properties, agricultural land and non-agricultural land, of their deceased husbands. Earlier, the law entitled the Hindu widows only to the homestead property of their husband...

Ayodhya Development Authority (ADA) unanimously passes the map of proposed Ram Temple in Ayodhya

The map for the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya has been unanimously approved by the Ayodhya Development Authority (ADA)...

"I won't condemn cartoons of Prophet Mohammad," says France President Emmanuel Macron

By quoting France has a freedom of expression; President Emmanuel Macron said that it was not his place to pass judgment on the decision by satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to republish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad...

NIA books Islamic preacher Zakir Naik in the case of abduction & forced conversion of an Indian girl to Islam

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has booked Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and two hardline preachers of Pakistan origin in the case of abduction and forced conversion of a Chennai based Hindu girl to Islam...

Joe Biden greets Jain community on the concluding day of Paryushan and Das Lakshan festival

US Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden has greeted the Jain community on the concluding day of Paryushan and Das Lakshan festival...

Amid Coronavirus pandemic, mosques in Goa to reopen

In the wake of Coronavirus pandemic, all religious places were closed for the last few months. Though the Goa has experiencing the daily rise in Coronavirus cases, Association of All Goa Muslim Jamaats has decided to reopen all mosques across the State...

Radical Sikhs raise pro-Khalistan slogans at the Akal Takht in Punjab

On the death anniversary of terrorist Dilawar Singh, an assassin of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, some radical Sikhs have raised pro Khalistan slogans at the Akal Takht, the supreme temporal seat of Sikhs, in Amritsar...

Muslims break Government's restrictions on Muharram festival in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic across the country

All-State Governments have imposed several restrictions on the celebration of any festivals in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic. Group of Shia Muslims had filed a petition in the Supreme Court (SC) to conduct the procession on Muharram. However, SC declined the permission for possession and quoted that if permitted, then one community would be targeted for the spread of Coronavirus...

ISKCON to build Radha Gopal Mandir Vedic India Cultural Centre in Varanasi by 2023

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has announced that it is going to develop a grand Radha Gopal Mandir Vedic India Cultural Centre in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh, the second such after Kanpur...