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  • Agra: Church vandalised by unknown miscreants, FIR registered April 16, 2015

    Agra: A church was vandalised in Agra late Wednesday night by unknown miscreants, triggering outrage among the members of the local Christian community. Police said miscreants broke window panes at St Mary's Church in Rakabganj. An FIR has been lodged against unknown persons, they said, adding that two statues on the...
  • Church must be 'oasis of mercy,' not severe fortress, says Pope Francis April 11, 2015

    Vatican City: Pope Francis has proclaimed a special year of efforts by the Catholic Church to be more merciful and less judgmental. At St Peter's Basilica on Saturday, he listened as a Vatican prelate read excerpts from a papal bull, or decree, in which Francis proclaimed an "Extraordinary Jubilee of...
  • Angelina Jolie named top feminist icon March 29, 2015

    London: Actress-director Angelina Jolie has been named Britain's top feminist icon. The 39-year-old actress topped the poll for her campaigning against rape as a weapon of war in her role as United Nations Special Envoy, beating off competition from iconic women's rights activist Germaine Greer, reports femalefirst.co.uk. "We are driven by the...
  • WB: Missionary school in Jalpaiguri gets threats from unknown persons, asked to shut down March 25, 2015

    Jalpaiguri: A missionary school in West Bengal has received threat calls and letters from unknown persons asking it to be shut down. The school has been warned that if it is not closed down, it will have to face the consequences. Police have lodged a complaint in the case. The...
  • India @ 9 with Zakka Jacob March 24, 2015

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  • News 360: SC axes Section 66A of IT Act, calls it unconstitutional March 24, 2015

    Section 66A of the Information Technology Act has been struck down by the Supreme Court for being "unconstitutional and untenable". The apex court delivered the landmark judgement on Tuesday on a petition filed by Shreya Singhal, who sought amendment in Section 66A of the IT Act. ...
  • Four arrested in Navi Mumbai church attack case: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis March 24, 2015

    Mumbai: A day after assuring that culprits of the Navi Mumbai church attack would be caught at the earliest, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told the state Assembly on Tuesday that four persons have been arrested in connection with the incident. Fadnavis on Monday assured that those responsible for the attack...
  • Church attack: Maharashtra Chief Minister gives police 48 hours to nab attackers March 23, 2015

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said he has directed police to arrest within 48 hours the culprits who hurled stones at a catholic church in Navi Mumbai on Saturday. Fadnavis' assurance came after a delegation of various Christian organisations, led by BJP MLA Ashish Shelar from Bandra (West),...
  • Church attacks: 6 held in Jabalpur, no breakthrough in Maharashtra March 23, 2015

    Jabalpur/Mumbai: Amid widespread outcry over an attack on a cathedral and a church-run school in Jabalpur in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, police on Monday arrested six people belonging to a right-wing Hindu group but let them off on bail soon, drawing flak from the Christian community. But in neighbouring Maharashtra, also...
  • AAP demands speedy probe in Navi Mumbai church attack March 23, 2015

    Mumbai: Condemning the attack on a church in Navi Mumbai, the Aam Aadmi Party on Monday said it seems to be a deliberate attempt to vitiate the social atmosphere and polarise society on communal lines. A team of local AAP activists submitted a letter of complaint to the Khandeshwar police and...
  • Maharashtra Minister sparks controversy, says foreign hand behind church attack March 23, 2015

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse sparked off a controversy by saying that there could be a foreign hand behind the Church attack. The Opposition also created an uproar in the state Assembly over the issue with the National Congress Party walking out of the Assembly over the issue. On Sunday,...
  • MP: 6 held for vandalising church, manhandling Christians in Jabalpur March 23, 2015

    Jabalpur: The police on Monday arrested six people for allegedly vandalising a church and school premises and manhandling some members of the Christian community. The accused were alleged to be activists of right wing Hindu outfits Dharma Sena. The church authorities claimed that the attackers stormed into a Cathedral premises and...
  • MP: Church vandalised allegedly by activists of Hindu outfits in Jabalpur March 23, 2015

    Jabalpur: A church and a school premises were vandalised and some members of the Christian community assaulted and threatened allegedly by activists of right wing Hindu outfits Dharma Sena and Bajrang Dal who accused them of carrying out conversion at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. Police have booked leader of Dharma Sena,...
  • Jabalpur: Church vandalised allegedly by activists of Hindu outfits March 22, 2015

    Jabalpur: A church and a school premises were vandalised and some members of the Christian community assaulted and threatened allegedly by activists of right wing Hindu outfits Dharma Sena and Bajrang Dal who accused them of carrying out conversion at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. Police have booked leader of Dharma Sena,...
  • Navi Mumbai church attack: Suspects grilled, no clues in CCTV March 22, 2015

    Mumbai: Police investigating on Sunday's attack on a church in New Panvel area in Navi Mumbai are grilling some suspects, but are yet to get concrete leads. There are no eyewitnesses to the incident and the scanning of CCTV footage has also not thrown up any substantial leads to identity the...
  • Maharashtra CM promises action against Church attackers March 22, 2015

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday promised action against the three accused who vandalised a church in Navi Mumbai. The Chief Minister said the three attackers have been identified and will be arrested soon. On Saturday morning, three men on a bike were caught on CCTV hurling stones...
  • Indian Christian identity questioned, says head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India March 21, 2015

    New Delhi: Recent attacks on churches and Christians have made many "feel that their Christian identity is being questioned", the head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India on Saturday said, adding that it showed that not everybody had taken seriously the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assurance to minorities. "There are...
  • Mumbai: Miscreants attack church in New Panvel, FIR registered March 21, 2015

    Mumbai: A church was vandalised by miscreants in Mumbai's New Panvel area. According to police, the attack was carried out by two persons who were riding pillion on a motorcycle at around 1:30 AM when they hurled stones at the Saint George Catholic church located near a bridge in the area. In...
  • Church attack and Nun gang rape - A case of complicit inaction? March 19, 2015

    New Delhi: In a television interview in April 2014, a question was posed to the PM Mr Modi on what steps he would take to ensure no churches are broken down if he becomes Prime Minister to which he replied, to the utter shock of many, that he had never...
  • News 360: United Opposition marches against Land Acquisition Amendment Bill March 17, 2015

    High drama was witnessed on the streets of the national capital as Opposition parties unitedly undertook a protest march against the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill on Tuesday. MPs from 14 opposition parties marched from Parliament to Rashtraparti Bhavan. ...
  • Haryana Police arrests main accused in Hisar church attack case March 17, 2015

    Hisar: Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped in to review the investigations, the police has arrested the first accused in the Hisar church attack. An under-construction church in Kaimri village in Hisar was vandalised by a group of people and the cross placed there was replaced with an idol...
  • PM expresses concern over Haryana church vandalism, nun rape case; seeks immediate report March 17, 2015

    New Delhi: Expressing concern over incidents of violence against minorities in West Bengal and Haryana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for facts and action taken report into the incidents. "PMO has asked for immediate report on facts & action taken regarding the incidents in Haryana & West Bengal. PM...
  • UN Secretary General condemns terror attack on churches in Pakistan March 17, 2015

    United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday strongly condemned the terrorist attacks on two churches in Pakistan and called on the government to bring the perpetrators to justice while ensuring that religious minorities are protected. The Secretary-General noted with "grave concern" the Pakistani Taliban's claim of responsibility for Sunday's...
  • Church was built in an "illegal" colony: Manohar Lal Khattar March 16, 2015

    Chandigarh: Amid a row over vandalisation of an under-construction church in Hisar, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday told the Assembly that the building was reportedly built in an illegal colony and the dispute was the result of an altercation between the priest and those who attacked the...
  • Archbishop Thomas D'Souza condemns rape of nun, says protest a spontaneous outburst March 16, 2015

    Archbishop of Kolkata Thomas D'Souza condemned the rape of a 71-year-old nun at the convent school in Nadia district and said that the protest was a spontaneous outburst of the locals as District Administration failed to arrest the accused. He also criticised the vandalisation of church in Haryana. ...
  • Church attacks: BJP says state governments should take action against such incidents March 16, 2015

    Reacting to the church attacks in the country, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday said, "State governments should take action where such attacks are taking place." ...
  • Delhi Archbishop condemns attack on Christians March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Delhi Archbishop Anil JT Couto on Monday strongly condemned the recent attacks on Christians, including the one on a convent in West Bengal, in which a nun was gangraped, and destruction of an under-construction church in Hisar and called for immediate action by authorities to maintain peace and...
  • Were enquired by Bajrang Dal members over Hisar church, claims Haryana village Sarpanch March 16, 2015

    Hisar: After an under-construction church in Kaimri village was vandalised by a group on Sunday night, the Sarpanch claimed that they were enquired by Bajrang Dal members over the church. "Bajrang Dal people had come to us few months back. They asked us if we had given permission for a church....
  • Twin bombings at churches in Pakistan kill 14, wound 78 March 16, 2015

    Lahore: Bombs outside two churches in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed 14 people and wounded nearly 80 during Sunday services, and witnesses said quick action by a security guard prevented many more deaths. A Pakistani Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility. Islamist terrorists in Pakistan have attacked Christians and other religious minorities...
  • Pope Francis condemns the attack on two churches in Pakistan March 15, 2015

    Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the attack on two churches of Lahore in which at least 15 persons were killed and 78 others injured, While addressing in the Vatican City Pope said, "With pain and great sorrow, I learned of the terrorist attacks today against two churches in the city...