Superstitions

  • Today is Friday the 13th and a full moon; an event that will happen next only after 35 years June 13, 2014

    New Delhi: While there is no major astronomical significance of a full moon happening on Friday the 13th, but for the superstitious it might hold some spookiness. More so, given that this concurrence will happen the next time only after 35 years on August 13, 2049. The moon will rise in...
  • Pune: Narendra Dabholkar murder case cracked, 2 arrested January 21, 2014

    Five months after he was brutally shot dead in Pune, the police have cracked rationalist Narendra Dabholkar's murder case. Two people have been arrested on the basis of a ballistic report of the gun used in the murder. ...
  • 45-year-old woman stabbed at Birkera-Tongritoli Village over witchcraft charges January 8, 2014

    A woman, whose children accused some people of calling her witch , has been killed by unknown persons in Gumla district, the police said on Monday. The body, bearing stab signs, of forty five-year-old Bitni Devi at Birkera-Tongritoli Village under Raidih police Station was recovered in the morning, the police said. It bore stabbings. In their...
  • Maharashtra: Woman beheaded in human sacrifice ritual, six arrested December 14, 2013

    On the day Maharashtra legislature passed the much-awaited anti-superstition bill, Thane district police arrested six men for murdering a 50-year-old woman in a ritual human sacrifice. District Superintendent of Police Anil Kumbhare on Saturday said the accused were arrested last night. The victim, whose headless body was found last month, has...
  • Maharashtra: Anti-superstition bill tabled in state Assembly December 11, 2013

    Nagpur: The Maharashtra government on Wednesday tabled the anti-superstition bill in the state Assembly during the ongoing winter session in Nagpur. This bill seeks to replace the anti-superstition ordinance that was promulgated in the wake of the killing of noted rationalist and anti-superstition crusader Narendra Dabholkar. The proposed bill's ordinance was issued...
  • Politics over Anti-Superstition Bill in Karnataka November 19, 2013

    Bangalore: There is an infamous ritual of babies being thrown from the top of a temple in Bagalkot to make them stronger, and there is the 'made snana' or rolling over left-over food eaten by Brahmins at the Kukke Subramanya temple near Mangalore. Yes, you read it right. These are...
  • Ujjain: People follow a bizarre ritual, let bulls run over them November 5, 2013

    Ujjain: Several people in Madhya Pradesh have put their lives in danger as they take part in a ritual owning to a superstition. According to a superstition people throw oneself down on the road and let bulls run over them after their wishes and desires are fulfilled. The life threatening ritual...
  • Dabholkar murder: Pune police quizzes Sanatan Sanstha worker August 29, 2013

    Pune: Pune police on Wednesday picked a Sanatan Sanstha worker from Goa as part of its probe into the murder of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar. The Sanatan Sanstha worker has been brought from Goa to Pune fro preliminary enquiries. However, the police have denied that anyone from the Sanstha has...
  • Dabholkar murder case: Pune police visits Goa ashram August 28, 2013

    Ramnathi: The trail of the murder case of anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar has taken the Pune police to a ashram in Goa. The police team on Wednesday visited the Sanatan Sanstha Ashram at Ramnathi in Goa where they are questioning the members. Dabholkar, who led a campaign against anti-superstition,...
  • CCTV footage of assailants released in Dabholkar murder case August 25, 2013

    Mumbai: In a crucial development in the case of the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar on August 20, Maharashtra police have released CCTV footage of the two alleged assailants on bike. The footage which shows the assailants on the bike was recorded around 6:30 am before the incident happened at...
  • Anti-superstition ordinance promulgated in Maharashtra after Dabholkar's murder August 24, 2013

    The anti black magic and superstition ordinance has been promulgated in Maharashtra, four days after the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune. Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan has given his assent to the anti black magic and superstition ordinance. "The ordinance has been promulgated," a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said in Mumbai this...
  • Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan signs anti-superstition ordinance August 24, 2013

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan has given his assent to the anti black magic and superstition ordinance. The move is likely to relieve preassure from the Maharashtra government which has been under severe criticism for the delay in the Bill. The state government on Wednesday had cleared...
  • Anti-superstition bill forces responsible for Dabholkar's killing: Prithviraj Chavan August 22, 2013

    Blaming opponents of the anti-superstition bill for the killing of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has said organisations behind such acts should be be isolated and their activities stopped. Amid spontaneous public outrage and grief over 69-year-old Dabholkar's killing in Pune on Tuesday, the state government on Wednesday...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai August 21, 2013

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  • Dabholkar murder: Is there a climate of intolerance in Maharashtra? August 21, 2013

    A day after Dr Narendra Dabholkar, who was running an anti-superstition movement in Maharashtra and had even drafted a bill for the purpose in the late 1990s, was shot dead in Pune by two motorcycle-borne assailants when he was out for a morning walk, Maharashtra Chief Minster Prithviraj Chavan alleged...
  • News 360: Maharashtra Cabinet clears anti-superstition ordinance a day after Dabholkar's murder August 21, 2013

    A day after the murder of prominent rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar in Pune, the Maharashtra Cabinet has cleared the anti-black magic and superstition ordinance. Dabholkar had been campaigning for this legislation for over a decade. ...
  • Maharashtra Cabinet clears anti-black magic and superstition ordinance August 21, 2013

    Mumbai: A day after the daylight murder of prominent rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar in Pune, the Maharashtra Cabinet has cleared the anti-black magic and superstition ordinance. The Dabholkars had been campaigning for this legislation for over a decade. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan was even heckled by protesters on Tuesday...
  • Police release sketch of Dabholkar's killer August 21, 2013

    Pune: A massive manhunt has been launched to trace and arrest the two alleged killers of prominent anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar in Pune. Police officials say the two assailants came on a motorcycle and shot dead Dhabolkar who was on a morning walk near the Omkareshwar temple in Pune. Pune...
  • Narendra Dabholkar murder: Politicians call for bandh in Pune today August 21, 2013

    Pune: A day after prominent rationalist and social activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead in Pune, political parties have called a day-long bandh. Dr Dabholkar was spearheading a campaign for the Maharashtra government to pass an anti-superstition, anti-black magic Bill. Rationalists and politicians have come out strongly against Dr Dabholkar's...
  • Are rationalists under threat in India? August 20, 2013

    Anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead on Tuesday while he was on a morning walk in Pune. ...
  • Activists protest murder of Narendra Dabholkar, demands probe August 20, 2013

    Social activists on Tuesday expressed their shock and anger at the murder of anti-superstition activist and editor of 'Sadhna' weekly Dr Narendra Dabholkar. Dabholkar was shot dead on Tuesday while he was on a morning walk near the Omkareshwar temple in Pune. ...
  • Shock, outrage at anti-superstition activist Dabholkar's murder August 20, 2013

    Mumbai: Social activists on Tuesday expressed their shock and anger at the murder of anti-superstition activist and editor of 'Sadhna' weekly Dr Narendra Dabholkar. Over a hundred activist on Tuesday gathered at Shivaji Mandir in Dadar to protest the brutal killing of Dabholkar. They demanded that the government must act...
  • Pune: Anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar shot dead August 20, 2013

    Pune: Leading anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead in Pune on Tuesday morning. Dabholkar was shot dead while on a morning walk near the Omkareshwar temple. Dabholkar was the editor of a weekly titled Sadhana. Initial reports suggest that four rounds were fired and he succumbed to bullet injuries...
  • Maharashtra Assembly to table anti-superstition bill July 14, 2013

    Mumbai: The long-pending anti-superstition bill would be tabled in the monsoon session of the Maharashtra Legislature, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said on Sunday. "We will table the Bill on anti-superstition after discussion with the representatives of the 'varkaris' (devotees of lord Vitthal)," Chavan told reporters on Sunday. He said that the...
  • UP: Man uses hot milk to massage himself and a boy April 17, 2013

    Chandauli: A strange case of superstition was seen in Uttar Pradesh's Chandauli. A man poured and massaged his body with hot milk in front of a huge crowd which included many children. After massaging his body with the hot milk, the man caught hold of child and poured hot milk on...
  • Rajasthan: 5 of a family commit suicide to meet god March 29, 2013

    Jaipur: Superstition and blind faith can prove to be fatal. A family of five people in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan consumed poison and died in the belief that they would meet god. The family of a photographer Kanchan Singh residing in Gangapur city consumed cyanide laced laddoos on...
  • Talaash: Should Aamir practise what he preached? December 7, 2012

    New Delhi: For close to three months Bollywood actor Aamir Khan made Indians squirm with guilt and denial and forced them to face their dark side over a series of well researched and executed social documentaries on rampant social inequalities. The straight talking, intense host of 'Satyamev Jayate' tore apart the...
  • Punjab: People offer toy plane seeking visa to go abroad November 25, 2012

    Talhan: What does a toy plane have to do inside a shrine? Well, if it is Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh Gurudwara, the toy is at the heart of prayers of those who are seeking visa to go abroad. Strange it may sound though but this gurudwara in the tiny village...
  • K'taka: Delayed order dampens rain poojas July 28, 2012

    Bangalore: The state government had asked all temples under the Muzrai Department to conduct special poojas and homas on Friday and next Thursday to “get good rains”. It had also announced Rs 17 crore for this. But poor planning by the government resulted in most of the temples not performing...
  • Andhra Pradesh: Man beats wife to force abortion April 3, 2012

    Hyderabad: In a brutally shocking incident, a man in Guntur district along with his parents, allegedly beat up his six-month pregnant wife with an iron rod on the stomach causing her to undergo a miscarriage on Sunday. Police say the family, blinded by superstition and faith in a baba, believed that...