Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Man marries dog

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(P. Selvakumar, left, places a garland on a sari-draped former stray female dog named Selvi , during a marriage ceremony in Manamadurai, 470 kilometers (494 miles) south of Chennai, India, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007. Selvakumar married a female dog in a traditional Hindu ceremony as an attempt to atone for stoning two other dogs to death, an act he believes cursed him, a newspaper reported Tuesday.)

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In southern India a 33-year-old man in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu has married a dog in a bid to ward off the "curse" of a canine couple he had killed 15 years ago.

Selva Kumar tied a 'mangal sutra' on the animal, named Selvi, at a Ganesh temple in Manamadurai, about 50 km from Madurai on Sunday.

The 10-year-old saree-clad "bride" was brought to the temple in a grand bridal procession. After the function, the bride was feasted with bread.

Kumar, who vowed to protect Selvi all through its life, said he married the animal as per the advice of an astrologer.

"I will take care of it till its death."

According to him, he had clubbed to death a dog-couple when they were mating and hung them on a tree when he was 18-years old.

After that incident, he suffered a stroke, he could not move his left arm and legs and turned deaf, Kumar said.

"I am able to walk only with the help of a stick, he said.

Kumar claimed that the astrologer had told him that he had the "curse of dogs" after having a simple glance on him.

The astrologer advised him that all his problems would be solved once he did the penance by marrying a bitch, Kumar said.

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Man fights tigress using a bicycle

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NAGPUR: Ever heard of a man putting up a fight against a tiger.

This 21st century 'Tarzan' put up a brave face by using his bicycle as a shield to save himself from a tigress that attacked him on Monday evening near Mangrud village, 12 km from Sonapur.

According to official sources, the victim, Balaji Vithoba Kohde (35) was on his way to Mangrud from Talodi on his bicycle when he was attacked by the animal at 4.45 pm near a water canal. Read more.........Man fights tigress using a bicycle

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A bride married twice in one night!

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For a bride in Jharkhand state of India, it was a tale of two marriages and a divorce in one night - and all for the colour of a motorbike.

Farhana was married to Riyaz Ansari on Nov 8 in Ormanjhi block of Ranchi, 35 km from the state headquarters.

After the marriage, Riyaz and his father Aalimuddin Ansari, residents of Ramgarh district, desired to see the bike gifted as dowry.

Riyaz got angry when he found a black Hero Honda bike. He had demanded a red-coloured Bajaj Discover. The bride's family tried hard to pacify him, but an angry Riyaz divorced his new bride.

The shocked villagers beat up the bridegroom and his father and handed them over to police.

The parents and villagers were very disappointed over the development.

Then, Yasin Ansari, who had come as 'barati' (member of groom's party), offered to marry Farhana, which the girl's family accepted with happiness. Farhana was married to Yasin.

The police at the initiative of the village elders released Riyaz and his father.

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Python dies after having swallowed goat

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At Vellore in Tamil Nadu state of India a 12-feet-long python has died after having swallowed a 15-kg weighing goat at Rangampettai village in Pernamput, 70 kms from here.

According to forest officials, the python which had strayed out of the nearby forest in search of food on Friday, swallowed a goat which was grazing along the forest fringes.

The python, unable to digest its huge catch, was seen lying still for almost 24 hours with a bloated stomach.

The forest officials who reached the village on Saturday after coming to know about it, saw a dead python. Officials said they could even feel the legs and horns of the goat inside the snake's stomach.

The python was later buried by the forest personnel.

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Talking HIV/AIDS through fun games

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New Delhi, India: A 'Bunti Aur Babli' visual trick game, a 'jadoo' photograph that changes colour and a chaupal dice game -- these are all part of a massive initiative to inculcate awareness about HIV/AIDS among villagers in a fun way. And it is showing results.

The initiative, launched by the central government's National Literacy Mission in tandem with the Unesco, involves tactful weaving in of facts on HIV/AIDS and women's empowerment through games during adult literacy classes in rural areas. Read more....
Talking HIV/AIDS through fun games

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Man kills priest while aiming at pig

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BANGALORE: A temple priest was shot dead in Hoskote police limits on Saturday morning. The police said the priest was accidentally shot by his landlord, who was aiming at a pig. Read full story................Man aims at pig, but kills priest

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'Mentally ill' woman chained for 3 yrs

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BHUBANESWAR/BALASORE: A voluntary organisation rescued a 30-year-old woman who was chained for the past three years by her family at Jidtal village in Balasore district. Her family claimed she was "mentally unstable". Read full story...........'Mentally ill' woman chained for 3 yrs

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Court to decide, Cremation or burial?

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In West Bengal State of India, a 70-year-old woman's body has been lying in a Kolkata morgue for the past one week as her children have approached the Calcutta High Court to decide whether she should be buried or cremated.

A Hindu by birth, Pari Mallik, a resident of Chhoto Mallikpara in Howrah, had married a Muslim after the death of her first husband -- a Hindu.

Pari died on Oct 30 and her children from her first marriage want her last rites to be performed according to Hindu rituals while her second husband and daughter want a burial, local reports said.

Both the families have now approached the Calcutta High Court seeking to perform her last rites according to their own religious practices.

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Diwalis forever together for these twins

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AMRITSAR: Mohna and Sohna are inseparable—they are conjoined twins who can’t be surgically separated because they share vital organs.

Mohna and Sohna, which means special in Punjabi, were born to a taxi driver and his wife in 2003. The couple abandoned the children and their home now is an orphanage in Amritsar.

Four years down the line they are the orphanage’s brightest spark, spoilt and love having every one at their beck and call.

“Doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi saw the children and told us that they are inoperable.

If surgery is ever tried not only will one of them will die but the other one can’t live because of the shared organs,” says Dr Inderjeet Kaur, of the Pingalwara Charitable Society, which runs the orphanage.

The children go to school in the morning and long rides on their pram in the evening. When one wants to be free of the other they have devised their own method of making their way around the complex.

They keep the orphanage’s officials on their toes and behave like individuals on their own right.

“One is quiet and the other is not. One loves to go out and the other likes being inside. Some times they fight with each other but they are joint in the shoulder so they have to accommodate one another,” says their caretaker Kanwaljit Kaur

Kanwaljit says Mohna and Sohna love Diwali—the lights lend a sparkle to their eyes and the sisters smile at each other and enjoy the crackers from a safe distance.

Mohna and Sohna are too young to realise that they will never be independent each other but till they grow up they are loving this united life.

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Friday, November 09, 2007

When killers come with gift boxes

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Beware of strangers who come to your house bearing Diwali gifts or other gifts. A woman in Mumbai who opened the door to unknown persons carrying a gift box was murdered and robbed of cash and valuables worth Rs 4 lakh. The incident occurred at the Vasai residence of Maniben Bhanushali (50). The assailants have not been identified. Read more.........Now, killers come with gift boxes

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Woman strangulates daughters to death

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In a gruesome incident, a woman strangulated her two daughters at Naya Mhowgaon under Bargonda police station of Mhow tehsil, 21 kms from Indore in Madhya Pradesh state of India and surrendered herself at Mhow sub-jail.

A woman identified as Shahnaz Bi (28), wife of Nadim Ahmad, a resident of Naya Mhow Gaon, arrived at Mhow sub-jail asking the jail cops to hang her as she had killed her two daughters. For a moment, the jail cops were taken aback and could not believe her but later informed about the matter to Bargonda police. Read more........Woman strangulates daughters to death

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Marriage party held captive & assaulted

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Villagers, infuriated over a dowry demand by the father of two grooms getting married to two sisters here, held the marriage party captive and fired at police which intervened, killing a constable and injuring six others. Read more........Villagers assault barat over dowry demand, kill policeman

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Woman buried and dug up alive in Himachal village

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A woman who insisted her followers bury her alive has been dug out alive hours after the incident by the police in a Himachal Pradesh village.

Sapna Kumari, 18, in Chamba valley's Khalani village some 450 km from here, had been claiming she was the snake goddess being worshipped by villagers for the past three months.

Villagers had been visiting her in large numbers to seek her blessings. She insisted they bury her alive (samaadhi) in a deep pit as hundreds -- including media persons -- watched.

A few hours later a police team led by Chamba police chief S.R. Rana dug out the woman and found her alive. They took her to a hospital.

'She was found to be in good health, but showed signs of hysteria,' the doctor who examined the young woman, Ashish Sharma, said.

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Teenage fan clings on to actor's car for 40 km!!!!!!

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West Bengal - India :A 19-year-old boy clung on to the rear of popular Bengali actor Subhashis Chattopadhyay's car and travelled for more than 40 km just to express his immense desire to become an actor.

The incident occurred late Sunday night under Taldanga police station area in West Bengal's Bankura district when Swarup Barik of Khichka village clung on to the exhaust pipe of the actor's car, local reports said.

Though Barik sustained burn injuries on the way, he never gave up with the hope of realising his dream of becoming an actor. Read more.........Teenage fan clings on to actor's car for 40 km

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Indian girl born with 4 arms and 4 legs undergoes surgery

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Revered by some in her village as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess,Laxmi, a 2-year-old girl born with four arms and four legs has undergone surgery to live her with a normal body.

The girl named Lakshmi is joined to a "parasitic twin" that stopped developing in the mother's womb. The surviving fetus absorbed the limbs, kidneys and other body parts of the undeveloped fetus.

A team of 30 doctors removed the extra limbs and organs, surgery that is successful & would give her a good chance to live past adolescence. Read more......Indian girl born with 4 arms and 4 legs undergoes surgery

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Youth stones brother to death

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A 20-year-old man, frustrated and angry with his family, allegedly stoned his eight-year-old brother to death near their home in southwest Delhi, police said.

'The accused, Sonu, in his interrogation confessed that after his marriage five months ago, he was not given due care and affection by other family members. He started feeling lonely and dejected,' Deputy Commissioner of Police Shalini Singh said. Read more...........Youth stones brother to death in Delhi

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Poor kids to feast on 'tallest' sandwich

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A resort at Kovalam in Kerala state of India claims, it has broken the existing record for the tallest sandwich.

The current title is held by O'Brien's Irish Sandwich Bar for a 42-foot-tall sandwich made in 2003.

"A tourist brought over 25 poor children and the sandwich will be eaten soon," said Raja Gopal Iyer, director of the resort. Read more.........Poor kids to feast on 'tallest' sandwich

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Man murders wife, then falls asleep

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BANGALORE: The police have arrested Govindraj (38), a plumber, for killing his wife Sampangamma (32). A resident of Motappanapalya, Govindraj stabbed Sampangamma.

A quarrel broke out between the couple and an inebriated Govindraju stabbed Sampangamma with a kitchen knife. He then fell asleep in a drunken stupor. Read more........Man murders wife, then falls asleep

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Lecturer throws acid on student

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A lecturer who threw acid at a girl student for rejecting his marriage proposal was arrested from an Andhra Pradesh town in India.

Ch. Damodaram, who teaches in a private college in Visakhapatnam, threw acid on K. Kalpana, 19, in Palasa town in Srikakulam district. Read more....Lecturer arrested for throwing acid on student

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Arm raised over his head for two decades.

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“Hindu holy man Baba Hath Khada — last seen at the Ardh Kumbh mela in Allahabad, India — has kept one arm raised over his head for nearly two decades. Why we don’t know.”

Here is this holy man in India, doing a seemingly strange thing which may look "weird" to many.

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Pulling Maruti van with Moustache

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This man's moustaches are so strong that he can pull a Van (small car truck) with his moustaches. Yes, a man in Orissa state of India has claimed that he pulled a Maruti van for a kilometre - with his winding moustache.

As thousands watched in Balasore town, about 200 km from here, Siba Prasad Mallik, 34, said he dragged the van after tying the two ends of his moustache to the vehicle Thursday.

'I did this to see my name registered in a record book,' he said.

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Advance booking for Crematorium

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In the city of Nagpur in Maharashtra State of India Municipal Corporation which controls the crematoriums is introducing an advance booking system for cremations.

As per the scheme, interested parties shall have to make a call for reservation for the platform where corpses are burnt for a three-hour duration, Additional Municipal Commissioner, Atul Patne said.

The phone call will ensure a proper platform at a select crematorium of your choice and the civic body will allocate shops for supply of fuel and firewood for cremations, Patne said. Read more...............Now advance booking for crematorium in Nagpur

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Friday, November 02, 2007

His name is Mr (A -1+ 5)

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Here is an artiste from Mumbai formerly known as Prince, who changed his name to Aminusone Plusfive (A-1+5) two years ago. His earlier name was Jawed Shaikh Nawab.

As per him the seemingly random numerals have a deep significance, explains the 45-year-old. On April 1, 2005, the man formerly known as Nawab opened a restaurant and called it A-1+5 Snack and Juice Centre, after the date on which it began operations. The minus and plus signs were included because as Mr Plusfive says, "Our life is full of minuses and pluses. When we sleep at night, we are as good as dead and when we wake up a new day unfolds and new additions are made." Read more..........Meet Mr (A-1+5) from Mumbai

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Maoist ideologue in jail swallows SIM card

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In Chhattisgarh state of India, when Police recovered a mobile phone from the possession of Narayan Sanyal, the highest-ranking Maoist ideologue lodged in Bilaspur Central Prison, he swallowed the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card of the mobile in an attempt to destroy the evidence.

Mobile Phone was recovered from Sanyal’s possession after a surprise check by the prison authorities, following a tip off.

“As the raid began, Sanyal took out the SIM and swallowed it and hid the handset in his undergarments,” the Inspector-General said. Read more at Indian Express...........Chhattisgarh: Naxal leader in jail swallows SIM card

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Buy tea from post offices

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In Uttar Pradesh state of India, now you shall be able to buy tea, recharge card, pay bill, exchange soiled notes, insurance and loans at your nearest post-office.

"On offer is a vibrant basket of services as we have a robust network with 17,568 post-offices and presence in Uttar Pradesh since 1879. So today we have both the manpower (57,658) and network to sell any viable product," said Abha Singh, director, postal services, Uttar Pradesh. Read more........Now, buy tea from post offices

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Woman Tonsured & Paraded

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In India's Bihar state, a 58-year-old woman was allegedly paraded with her head tonsured at Hardayalpur village under the Mokama police station.

Her Crime: her son fell in love and subsequently married an upper caste girl belonging to a financially well-off family. Read more.........Woman tonsured for son's 'fault'

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World Toilet Summit opens in New Delhi

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World Toilet Summit has opened in New Delhi. It includes such ideas as a solar-powered commode that runs without water, the 2007 World Toilet Summit is no bathroom novelty show.

Participants at New Delhi's four-day gathering of experts, toilet aficionados, and even royalty from 44 countries are grappling with health and sanitation issues that endanger almost one-third of the world's people who don't have toilets.

The United Nations estimates there are some 2.6 billion people without access to basic sanitation, over half living in India and China.

In India there are 700 million people who do not have access to safe and hygienic toilets. Is it the same India where economy is growing at 9-10% every year????

Read more.........World Toilet Summit gets down to business in New Delhi

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Goon-turned MLA bashes TV reporters

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Meet Anant Singh who is a Janata Dal (U) legislator in Bihar State of India & is having several crimes under his belt.

As per TV reports, Singh and his musclemen roughed up three media reporters after holding them hostage for a few hours. Two reporters and a cameraman were injured in the assault that left them with serious cuts and bruises including a few broken bones.

Prakash Singh and Habib Ali, who work for a private news channel, had gone to Singh's house seeking his reaction on the murder of a girl who had alleged sexual exploitation by him.

The MLA has been arrested. The two journalists who were held hostage by Singh and beaten with rifle butts and lathis.

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'Cuisine Tourism' in Indian Kitchens

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In India, Indian kitchen is nowadays turning into a center for "Cuisine Tourism".

Quoting about $20-50 per person per meal, Indian kitchens across cities are fast becoming business centres that are redefining cuisine tourism. For their part, hosts are going all out - taking tourists to the vegetable market, handing them out the rolling pin to make chapatis and teaching them the right mix of spices for curries - to ensure that cuisine tourism tempts the world to their kitchens. Read more..........Indian kitchens turning into a hub for cuisine tourism

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Opium Served at Indian National Party 'BJP' Luncheon

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BJP is the Oppostion Party in Indian Parliamnet. As per media reports, it is alleged that in a special lunch thrown by Jaswant Singh (BJP leader) for BJP dissidents in Barmer in Rajasthan state of India, opium was served.

The Vasundhara Raje government is studiously silent but the congress has demanded an enquiry into this opium row.

Opium was served in Kesar Milk which is a welcoming tradition in this part of the state.

If true the minimum punishment for the offence is of ten years in jail under the NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Act...........Read more at NDTV..........Opium servings at BJP luncheon

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Farmers take to horse breeding as alternative source of income

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Farmers in Punjab in India are taking to horse breeding as an alternative source of income.

Farmers in south-west Punjab have adopted horse breeding as an allied profession.

The fertile soil and green pastures give Punjab a natural advantage to breed racehorses cheaply. Read more..........Punjab farmers take to horse breeding as alternative source of income

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

He enjoys playing with electric current!

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Touching a heater when the electric switch is on, is something that is dangerous, could even be fatal. But Saroj Kumar of Uttar Pradesh loves playing with electric current.

Believe it or not, Saroj Kumar of Parankha Village in Uttar Pradesh's Hardoi District can touch an electric heater with bare hands and still remain safe and sound. The 29-year-old has an unusual immunity to electric current. Read more................He enjoys playing with electric current!

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A Club for people with negative blood group

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A non-government organisation (NGO) named Medical Bank in Kolkata in West Bengal state of India has opened a club for people with negative blood group.

The NGO has opened "Negative Blood Group Club" to help in emergency, as it turns a crisis during medical emergency. On an average, one in every 4,000 people has AB negative blood group. The ratio of A, B or O negative blood is 1:1000. Read more...............Kolkata has a club for people with negative blood group

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

UFO Sighted in Kolkata

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As per Aaj Tak TV channel report a bright spherical object, streaking across the eastern sky have left many Kolkata residents intrigued.

A claim by a senior executive of a private company that he had captured on video camera an unidentified object in the eastern sky early Monday had left scientists and the media in a tizzy, triggering a frenzy among people to spot the object.

Farhan Akhtar claimed to have captured the bright multi-coloured object from his 10th floor flat at Kalikapur in east Kolkata in West Bengal state of India, around 3.20 a.m. Monday. He said the phenomenon lasted for around three hours and disappeared when daylight appeared.

The video footage of the object, as telecast on a Bengali television channel, showed the fireball changing its shape from a round object to a triangle and then turning into a straight line.

The object, spotted at a 30-degree angle from the horizon, also emitted a bright light that formed almost a halo and radiated a range of colours.

"If the person who shot the object with his handycam is to be believed, the fireball was seen moving from the east to the west. I first thought it could be a fragment of the Holmes Comet that had broken up on Oct 24, but if it is indeed a remnant of Holmes, it should have been seen in the western sky and also at 60 degrees above the horizon. But this is not the case here," M.P. Birla Planetarium director Debprosad Duari said.

"The object could be Venus because it is spotted in the eastern sky. But one cannot capture Venus on his handycam so close and so bright. So, if it is not Venus or a Holmes Comet, then it must be an optical illusion or just a figment of one's imagination," he said.

Duari said he would like to tally the claims made by a US citizen recently regarding sighting of an unidentified flying object with the claims made by the city-based executive.

Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics astro-particle physicist Kamalesh Kar said: "A cosmic body cannot change its appearance so rapidly. An expert needs to observe it for a longer period to comment on it. It is very difficult to draw any conclusion based on television pictures."

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Thief swallows diamond

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A trickster in Mumbai in Maharashtra state of India tried to cheat a diamond merchant by swallowing the original jewel and replacing it with a flawed duplicate, but doctors at Mumbai's JJ Hospital X-rayed the accused, located the diamond and gave the man an enema to recover the stone 12 hours after he had gulped it down. Read full story............Thief swallows diamond, docs flush it out

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Man shoots Sister in parking lot rage

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In India's Financial Capital Mumbai, Lalit D'Souza, who owns a chain of restaurants in the city, shot his sister Laurna six times after a heated argument over parking at their posh Cuffe Parade residence, Sainara, at around 3.30 am on Sunday.

Police said D’Souza, 37, and Laurna, 40, were in an inebriated state at the time and that they were not on good terms because of a property dispute. Read more..........Hotelier Lalit D'Souza shoots sis 6 times in parking lot rage

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Security guard shot at for an Orange

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In India's capital New Delhi, a security guard was allegedly shot and injured by a colleague here for merely refusing to share an orange.Read more......Security guard shot at for an Orange

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Man gambles wife in India

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During Durga Puja festivities that concluded recently in India, a man in a Bihar village staked his wife to another villager after he lost his money, land and possessions in gambling.

Umashankar Choudhary of Chaksaid village in Vaishali district gambled his wife, Sunanina Devi, to Manoj Singh of the same village.

'Umashankar gambled his wife when he lost his money, land, gold chain, motorcycle and even his watch in gambling,' said Mahavir Pal, a local politician.Read more......Man gambles wife in Bihar village

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Dead Boss's office looted by Employees

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In an incident in Pimpri near Pune in Maharashtra state of India, three employees working in the office of their deceased boss took away important documents and cash from his office. Their Boss was a sharebroker & was recently killed in a road accident..............Employees loot dead boss's office

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'Dress Properly' for a morning walk

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Now if you go for a morning walk, maintain decorum as you have rules to abide by. Early birds in Surat in Gujarat state of India were in for a bad start on Saturday when they were barred from entering the campus of Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, because they were in shorts! Read more.......'Dress right' for a morning walk

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New Yorker beaten in India for Demanding Dowry

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Patiala (Punjab): As per Indian TV Channels report, a New York-based non-resident Indian (NRI) doctor was arrested here on Friday for demanding a dowry of Rs 50 lakh, but not before he and his family were given a sound thrashing by the bride's side for putting forth such a demand just before the wedding was to commence here.

The doctor, Gurpreet Singh, and his parents were arrested by the Patiala police after the girl's family filed a police complaint.

Singh and his relatives originally hail from Ludhiana district. They have been settled in the US for many years. They were assaulted and beaten up by the bride's family and friends at the Chahal Marriage Palace - an upscale wedding venue - here.

The groom, Gurpreet Singh, received sound thrashing from several relatives and his turban and other finery for the occasion went flying. His father was not spared either.

Total chaos prevailed at the marriage venue where hundreds of guests from both sides had gathered for the wedding. The police were called and they took the groom and his relatives away.

"I thought they would lynch the boy," said a relative who witnessed the scene at the wedding venue.

The bride, a doctor herself, refused to marry Gurpreet after the dowry demand was made on Thursday night. But the bride's family did not call off the wedding ceremony in order to teach the groom and his family a lesson in full public view.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Doctors left locket in child's lungs

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As per Indian TV channels report, doctors at the Delhi Government-run LNJP Hospital have allegedly left a locket inside a nine-month-old boy's chest after lung-surgery.

Uday was operated upon over the weekend and the locket, which he was wearing at the time of the surgery, was detected after a X-ray two days later.

Hospital Medical Superintendent and doctors were not available for comment. Surender Kumar Jha, the child's father, first admitted the child to Kasturba Gandhi Hospital on October 19 with complaints of cold, chest congestion and fever. ''He was referred to LNJP and was diagnosed with pleural effusion. The doctors said the boy needed an operation to drain out water and puss that had collected in his lungs,'' he said. ''After the surgery the child has been crying continuously.

After the X-ray I have been running after doctors to tell me what was happening but nobody helped,'' he added.

Mr Jha alleged that the hospital was trying to cover up the the incident and was trying to save its doctors.

The Indian Medical Association has sent a team to the hospital and are looking into the incident.

Delhi Health and Family Welfare Minister Yoganand Shastri has ordered an inquiry. ''In case negligence is proved, strict action will be taken against the erring doctors,'' he warned.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Boy dies after being punished for reaching school late

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Here is a 16-year-old student from Ahmedabad in Gujarat state of India who was told to run five times around his school ground for being late. Student collapsed after completing three rounds and died this morning before he could be taken to hospital.

Milan Tanna, usually punctual, had reached Narayan Guru School 15 minutes late and was ordered to do the rounds as part of what principal Taruna Ben claimed was “routine” punishment to “maintain discipline”.

It proved fatal as the Class XI student didn’t regain consciousness after he collapsed. By the time he was rushed to a hospital, he was dead. Read more.......Late for school, boy made to run to death

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Find Corporate Uniforms on rent

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It is not only bridal dresses and jewellery that are available on rent. Now even corporate uniforms can be rented.

Chennai-based Lindstrom India Services Pvt Ltd, a 100-percent subsidiary of Finnish company Lindstrom Oy, has launched work wear services in India, which will include renting uniforms to firms.Read more.........Now, corporate uniforms on rent

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When 'New-age Draupadi' walked out with the winner

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“ Ab hum apne apko daon par lagate hain. Jo jitega, hum par usi ka hak” hoga (now I put myself at stake. I will belong to whoever wins)."

The above words are of a woman from Teldiha village of Bihar's Banka district in India who lost herself away in a game of dice to a villager on Dussehra day.The 25-year-old woman was taken by the victor to his house from where she was 'rescued' and restored to her husband two days later after fellow villagers intervened.

In Mahabharat, Pandavas gambled away their wife Draupadi to Kauravas but this moderen day Draupadi, has been a regular visitor to the Jua Mela or gambling fair organised here during Dussehra. She always won "handsome amounts". This year too, she won Rs 1,400 during the initial one-hour game. Then her luck ran out and she ended up losing even her principal — Rs 700. "In exasperation, she yelled, “ ab hum apne apko daon par lagate hain. Jo jitega, hum par usi ka hak” hoga (now I put myself at stake. I will belong to whoever wins)." Read more..............................'New-age Draupadi' walks out with winner

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IT Employees found 'inappropriately' dressed sent home to change

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In India IT is a hot word as India produces remarkably good IT professionals in the world. But here is one India’s top IT company "Tech Mahindra" with its head office in Pune in Maharashtra state which has enforced a strict dress code for its employees.

"Employees found "inappropriately" dressed are being sent home to change. Over 23,000 professionals work at Tech Mahindra's global network of 24 locations, including 11 development centres and 13 global sales offices."

Employees would be given a warning for the first offence. In case the offence is repeated, the employee will be slapped with a penalty of Rs 1,000, the dress code says.
Read more.......Are you sure IT's proper dress?

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Elephants die after Beer binge

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Six elephants, including three calves, died after raiding an Indian village's rice beer and rampaging through a paddy field where they were electrocuted, as per the officials and residents.

Enticed by the aroma of rice beer being brewed by local tribal people, a herd of about 40 wild elephants came sniffing around the village of Chandan Nukat, about 250km west of Shillong, the capital of the north-eastern state of Meghalaya.

The elephants gorged on the beer on Sunday night after taking apart casks kept outside by local villagers and ran through a nearby paddy field that had an electrical pole running through it. Read more.........Elephants die after beer binge

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Man burns wife in full public view

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Two months ago, Babita from Gaya district in Bihar State of India was poisoned by her husband, a quack, for not bringing enough dowry. She survived, thanks to the spurious poison.

This time, however, Babita wasn't lucky. Sanjeet had poured kerosene over his wife before flinging a match stick. The police in Gaya district have registered a case of dowry death against Sanjeet and his parents after the incident in Maulanagar village over here........Read more........Man burns wife in full public view for dowry

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'Parents' kept their child chained along side the dog.

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Here is an instance from a place "Idukki" in Kerala state of India where parents of a three-year-old child kept their child chained at home along side the family's pet dog. They were charged with attempt to murder and also under juvenile justice laws and were sent to judicial custody here.

The 'parents', Benny, 35, and Manju, 34, and Benny's father Antony, 65, were arrested after a relative of theirs brought the matter to light.

Visiting the home, the relative found the child, Araomal, chained along side the family's pet dog. Read more.......'Parents' nabbed for keeping child chained

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Private Detectives to Spy on Children

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Here is new trend for the parents in Gujarat state of India where parents are hiring private detectives to spy on their teenage children during Navratri when late-night dance celebrations attract tens of thousands of youngsters.

"It is strange to pay someone to keep a night watch on my daughters but it is better than regretting later," said S. Doshi, a 42-year-old mother of two girls, aged 17 and 19. Read more..........Navratri is boom for private detectives

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Ravan, Kumbhakaran and Meghnad in Designer Clothes

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The tradition may be centuries old in India but the look is definitely new. Effigies of Ravan, Meghnad and Kumbhakaran to be burnt here at Gandhi Maidan in Patna in Bihar state of India during Dusshera festivities have designer clothes this year.

'Designer clothes have replaced the traditional clothes of three effigies this year to make them more attractive to young people,' as per Ashok Sudhakar, the man behind the new look............Read more...........Ravan in designer clothes in Patna

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Monday, October 22, 2007

When, 'Witches' cure the ill by slapping them

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A group of women, believed to be blessed with powers of witchcraft, claim to have treated people suffering from dreaded ailments like cancer and Aids by stroking or even slapping them - an annual tradition in a Chhattisgarh slum during the festive Navratri season.

As hundreds of people gathered at the banks of a pond at a slum called New Purena, on the outskirts of Raipur, about five women began their ‘healing’ with cries of “Maa Jagdambe” at midnight Friday.

They picked up a few children suffering from heart ailments, three women with cancer and two HIV-positive rickshaw pullers from the crowd of around 500. Read more............Here, 'witches' cure the ill by slapping them

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3-year-old Girl makes Musical album

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She will turn three on Nov 2, but little Asthajitananda Bordoloi from Assam has already etched her name in history by cutting a musical album under the banner of HMV Saregama India Ltd.

By releasing the nine-track Assamese VCD titled 'Tumar Ganor Kulaat', Asthajitananda is said to have become one of the youngest Indian singers ever to have an album released under a big label like HMV. Read more........Three-year-old Assamese girl makes music history

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Tired at work? Your garment will massage you

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Here is ajacket which will "massage" you — right in the middle of your all important board-room meeting, while driving, or even during a movie. This innovation, made of brown corduroy, has vibrators at the back and shoulders. If a massage is not enough to relax you, your favourite music on the click of a button, will do the trick. The right pocket of the jacket has a plug to attach an MP3 player or an iPod, the ear piece of which comes out right next to your ears.

These may not remain mere wishes any longer, with students of the National Institute of Design (NID) creating special garments to make you feel better. Read more.......Tired at work? Your garment will massage you

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Where Ravana is worshipped as son-in-law and learned man

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The burning of Ravana's effigy marks the triumph of good over evil during Dussehra across the country but in two towns of Madhya Pradesh, Ravana is worshipped as a son-in-law and a learned man.

Members belonging to Hindu sect Namdeo Vaishnav Samaj in Mandsaur town, around 350 km from here, worship Ravana on Dussehra and believe that his wife Mandodari hailed from the town. So residents thus regard him as their son-in-law. Read more......A 35-feet, 10-headed statue Where Ravana is worshipped as son-in-law and learned man

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Where Durga gets a Gun salute during puja

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Durga Puja is celebrated by the Jharkhand Armed Police in Ranchi not with the traditional incense and flowers but with a gun salute. And the deity is not a 10-armed idol of the goddess but a 'kalash' or a sacred urn!

What's more... apart from the goddess, sophisticated weapons like Self Loading Rifles, pistols, carbine guns and grenades are also worshipped at the Jharkhand Armed Police-1 (JAP-1) grounds in Ranchi. Read more.......Where Durga gets a gun salute during puja

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Beauty pageant to find Miss & Mr. Donkey

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At Looniyawas, around 20 km from Jaipur in Rajasthan state of India, a donkey fair is held every year & it's on nowadays. It's a 500-year-old traditional donkey fair. Over here Donkeys from various parts of the country come for a three-day fair.

Traders have also caparisoned their donkeys and horses in a bid to entice the highest bidder.

"I came here on Thursday from Gujarat and since then I have been busy dressing up my donkeys. In today's world it is necessary to have good packaging to get a higher price," said Ram Singh, a donkey seller He said he must have put in at least Rs.1,000 on decking up his four donkeys.

As per Bhagwat Singh Rajawat, the vice-president of the fair organising committee, "We are trying our best to make the fair attractive, and on Saturday we have planned a beauty pageant where Miss Donkey and Mr. Donkey of the fair would be chosen by a panel of judges."

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Walk more to Charge Your Cellphone

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A group of students in Surat in Gujarat state of India have developed a footwear which can generate enough electricity to charge a cellphone. Springs attached to the heel propels a small wheel attached to a dynamo to generate power.

So now if you walk more, you can talk more. Read more.......Walk more if you want to talk more

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Five Lions electrocuted in India

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In a shocking instance, five Asiatic lions were electrocuted in Amreli district within the Gir forest range in Gujarat state of India.

Dead bodies of five lions in a field in the village has made forest department in state sit up. Preliminary examination has revealed that they were electrocuted accidentally. The village is near the Gir sanctuary the only abode of Asiatic lions in the world.

The incident took place when the lions tried to enter into a farm, which had electrified fencing. It happened about a week back. this came to the notice of the forest department when it launched search for five lions which were missing. The department tracks movement of all lions in the Gir forest, Chief conservator of Gir forest Bharat Pathak said.

Forest department found badly decomposed bodies of three lioness and two lions. On inquiry the farmer said that he had buried the dead lions to avoid any problem. the farmer Durlabhji Vadodoria and four others have been arrested in this case.

Inspection of the bodies confirms the accidental death, as the bodies are intact. There is no indication of any kind of poaching. Forest department sources say electrified fencing was a very common phenomenon in the region as wild animals like blue bull are a great threat to the farmers.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Just Log on to attend Funeral

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Christians in Chennai in Tamil Nadu state of India are figuring out a way to include the entire family at funerals, even if they cannot be physically present.

The Madras Cemeteries Board will soon start online telecast of funeral services, a move seen as keeping pace with the times, since several kin of the deceased stay too far away to make it the ritual. Read more.......Can't make it to funeral? Just log on

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Sister marries Brother

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A Dalit girl, reported missing since October 7 and later traced by the police to Hulas Tola village in Bhojpur district in Bihar state of India, stunned everybody by claiming that she had married her own brother. Read full story..........Girl ties knot with brother

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A 50-foot tall Sandwich

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After a 10-hour effort by 42 employees, a Kerala state resort prepared a 50-foot tall sandwich with an eye on breaking the world record for the tallest sandwich ever.

Uday Samudra Leisure Resort at Kovalam claimed it broke the existing record for the tallest sandwich, held by O'Brien's Irish Sandwich Bar that made a 42 feet tall sandwich April 25, 2003. Read full story.......This sandwich is for record books

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Cop wrote letters for 22 yrs to get back job

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It took Subal Moharana from Harirajpur in Orissa state of India, 22 years to get back his job with Railway Protection Force after a dismissal for allegedly stealing 25 kg of coal from a wagon.Read full story.........Cop wrote letters for 22 yrs to get back job

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Where ailments are cured with hot iron rods!!!!!!!

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Call it superstition, blind faith, lack of education, proper awareness or just the stupidity but residents of some villages in Jodhpur district in Rajasthan state of India would rather subject themselves to hot iron rod treatment at the hands of witch doctors instead of going to qualified doctors.

Most people of Doli, over 30 km from Jodhpur city, and nearby villages are all for the witch doctors’ prescription. And shockingly, the same treatment is given to sick animals as well!

Bruise marks can be seen on the bodies of a majority of villagers. Read more......Treating ailments with hot iron rods!

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Railway station, where dogs enjoy a feast every day

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As the train reaches the Hind railway station in Uttar Pradesh state of India and the loco siren whistle hoots, several dogs run up to the drivers for their food.

The locomotive (engine) drivers of the trains running between Delhi and Saharanpur via Shamli, also known as the sugar-belt track, do not miss to feed dogs with Chapatis here.

"I am here for the last four years and ever since I came here all the drivers have been feeding the dogs here everyday," said S. P. Singh, Station Master of the Hind Railway Station.Read more.......Uttar Pradesh's Shamli railway station, where dogs enjoy a feast every day

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Monday, October 15, 2007

One in seven people go to bed hungry,every day in India

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Today, India's benchmark Bombay Stock Excahnge Index ( BSE) crossed 19,000 & it is daily making new high records. India may be the second fastest growing economy in the world but it still has a long way to go in eradicating hunger where it is ranked at 94th position well behind neighbouring China and Pakistan, a global report says.

According to the latest Global Hunger Index 2007 from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), although India has improved its score of 25.03 on the index compared to 33.73 in 1990, it is lagging behind China and Pakistan ranked at 47th and 88th positions, out of the total list 118 countries, respectively.

The index is mainly based on proportion of undernourished in the population, prevalence of underweight in children under five years and those under-five mortality rate.

"One in seven people go to bed hungry every day. That's 854 million people worldwide. Hunger is one of the world's major problems and therefore one of its most important challenges," say the report's authors.


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A Dictionary of Demons

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Intersted in knowing about the grandfather of the demon King Ravana? Or may be his children? Ravana, the archetypical 'Rakshasa,' was a gentleman yet ogre and son of a Brahmin, a great scholar of Sanskrit and devout worshipper of Shiva and if author Nandita Krishna, a Chennai-based historian and environmentalist is to be believed, Rama and Ravana did exist.........Read full story........Now, a dictionary of demons!

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Cash rewards to kill 400,000 rats

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In India, north-eastern state of Mizoram has offered cash rewards for people to kill a population of an estimated 400,000 rats as widespread destruction of paddy crops by the ravenous rodents has sparked fears of a famine in the region,as per a news report "We are motivating villagers to kill rats and bring tails as evidence to local authorities," James Lalsianliana, the head of the state's rodent-control cell told, "We are awarding two rupees [5 cents] per rat killed."..........Read more.......Indian state offers cash rewards to kill 400,000 rats

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

A Tree laden with books

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A roadside tree at the gate of the Ambar Hall in Kothrud in Pune city in Maharashtra state of India is currently drawing huge crowds. The reason — instead of fruits and flowers, the tree is laden with books written in Marathi. Read full story here..............A tree to teach reading habits

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Trekker survives 32 days in dense forest

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A man from Pune in Maharashtra state of India got lost in the dense forest of the Sahyadri ranges near Khandala & spent 32 days without food and potable water before finding his way back to civilisation. Read full story here.......Pune trekker survives 32 days in wild

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