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Foamy pollution creates huge problems in Bangalore

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This degree of foam on the surface of a lake is a signal of a serious pollution problem. A toxic snowy froth caused in a lake by industrial pollution has spilled over into neighbourhoods in India’s Bangalore city. Source: India Bangalore lake of toxic snowy froth – BBC News Over the years, the 9,000-acre Bellandur…

Dangerous times in India as another rationalist is killed

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Scholar and academic, Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi, has been assassinated in what appears to be retaliation against his outspoken views of Hinduism and his denouncing of superstition. He was 77. His murder is reminiscent of that of Narendra Dabholkar in August of 2013. Renowned Indian scholar and rationalist, M M Kalburgi, has been killed after being shot by unidentified…

Villagers attacked and killed five women in rural Indian community

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Accusations and subsequent deaths for those accused of witchcraft are not uncommon in rural areas of India. In this case, a Kanjia village was complicit in the organized attack that took the lives of five women. Five women have been killed in eastern India by villagers who believed they were witches, according to local officials. The…

Anti-witchcraft educational camps launched in rural parts of India

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News smidgen: Police in India encourage people not to practice witchcraft in order to avoid being arrested, ostracized or killed. Ignorance, illiteracy, ill health and a strong belief in the witchcraft are some of the reasons for the wide practice of “sorcery” and belief in superstition in rural areas of India. Alarmed over the increase in sorcery-related incidents,…

Unproven health advice over UK TV is a no-no

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A TV show claimed a recipe of basil leaves and peppers could prevent cancer. Where did that claim come from? Yoga TV show fined £25,000 over basil cancer cure claim. A digital TV channel has been fined £25,000 after viewers of its Yoga for You show were told basil leaves and black pepper could prevent…

NOT a fish fall in India, but a flood

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This story from Andhra Pradesh province in India circulated saying fish FELL from the sky. But the circumstances and location made it reasonable to assume they just came in with the overland rain water. Villagers amazed by ‘fish rain’ in Vijayawada Villagers of Gollamudi in Nandigama mandal on Friday woke up to a surprising ‘fish rain’ that…

Abusive superstitious thinking against women still alive in India

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In Gujarat, a woman was gang raped for eight months, is now pregnant, denied an abortion, and ordered to undergo “purification tests” by her Devipujak community’s local court, a test never administered to men.The Devipujak group adheres to a strong caste and religious system. Women suffer under it. Sometimes it takes months to “purify” the victim. Source: Indian gang…

Indian “institutes” teaching people “ghost hunting”

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Ghost chasing is becoming a more popular hobby in India. People are paying to take courses from “institutes” to learn how to operate the equipment. It seems like India may be about 10 years behind the US in the popularity of fall for such stuff. An increasing number of urban Indian professionals are signing up…

Conjoined twins considered reincarnation of Ganesha in India

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This is very obviously an incompletely separated set of twins. Eight limbed Indian baby believed to be Hindu god Ganesha. The baby boy, born with four arms and four legs, is causing chaos in Dumri-Isri in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. Locals believe he is the reincarnation of the Hindu deity Ganesha – the…

5 year old girl dies in India after witchcraft ritual

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Up to 14 people were involved and 9 arrested in connection with the neglect death of a child in India. They supposedly used her blood for a witchcraft ritual. 9 held for girl’s death in witchcraft. The report, which is difficult to read, says that one of the accused lured the girl, Gayatri, with chocolates, on…

White tiger dies from cobra bite in Indian zoo

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It’s unclear how this happened but the death has prompted an outcry about the animal’s housing conditions, the breeding of white tigers, and the safety and security of zoo animals. Black cobra’s bite kills white tiger at Indore zoo, snake paralysed. On Saturday morning, the zoo officials found the two-year-old tiger, Rajan, unconscious, bleeding from…

Ancient interplanetary planes create disruption at Indian Science Congress

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What a strange topic for “science” conference. This is possibly another indication of India’s problem separating science fact from fiction. Or just rampant nationalism propaganda? ‘Ancient Indian Planes Could Travel From One Planet to Another’. Aeroplanes existed in India 7,000 years ago and they travelled from one country to another and from one planet to…

Frozen guru in the ashram is causing a stir in the town

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The NY Times covers the Frozen Guru story. Where a Holy Man Lies Frozen, Threat of a Standoff Looms – NYTimes.com. But somewhere inside the ashram, Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan, hidden away in a secret chamber, is the frozen body of its spiritual leader, Ashutosh Maharaj, who was declared clinically dead of a heart attack…

Kerala pursuing anti-superstition law

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It could be that the death of activist Dabholkar has had an effect and reason is spreading across the Indian states. Kerala plans bill to contain black magic and exorcism. The Congress led UDF government in Kerala on said it plans to bring forward a legislation to curb black magic and launch a massive awareness…

There shall be no mocking of astrology in India!

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I disagree fully. Therefore… commence mocking. Astrology is like astronomy, says BJP MP Ramesh Pokhariyal Astrology is like astronomy, claimed a BJP member in the Lok Sabha, drawing protests from some opposition members. While making references to traditional practices such as astrology and ayurveda, Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank said that among others, concept of atom, was…

Hello this is *&@^% calling from Microsoft about your computer

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I must have gotten about 5 of these calls from operators with heavy Indian accents telling me they are calling about “my computer”. At FTC’s Request, Court Shuts Down New York-Based Tech Support Scam Business | Federal Trade Commission. Oh no! You mean the many people who had fun with this frauds now have to…

Exorcism suspected in India after doctor notices injuries to dead woman

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A college student was brought dead to the hospital in Kerala, India. When the doctor noticed injuries on her body consistent with an exorcism, he called police who are investigating. Kerala: 18 year old girl dies during exorcism. In the recurring exorcism killings in Kerala, a college student, Aathira, 18, lost her life in Pathanamthitta…

Indian lawyers convinced their local court house is haunted

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If it’s such a haunted place, why do we have the same low-quality evidence that is only convincing to believers? This is another example of believing is seeing. Lawyers, staff in Delhi’s Karkardooma court complex convinced that it’s haunted. The usual cacophony of lawyers, petitioners and visitors at the Karkardooma Court Complex has of late…

‘Telepathy’ experiment suffers from overzealous news editors

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The headline sounds magical and makes people excited for the reality of psi but… take a closer look. This is not psychic, it’s technology. ‘Telepathy’ experiment sends 1st mental message – Yahoo News. For the first time, scientists have been able to send a simple mental message from one person to another without any contact…

Remembering Narendra Dabholkar a year later

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It was a sad time, one year ago, as a person of great courage and resolve was killed in cold blood. One year later, Indian activist’s slaying still unsolved – LA Times. Thousands of protesters poured into city streets across India on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the unsolved killing of a social activist…

Suspected man-eating tiger killed in India

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Tigers and humans vying for the same space is NOT a good combination. The tigers lose. ‘Man-eating’ tiger shot dead in India’s Maharashtra. Forest workers say they have shot dead a tiger blamed for killing seven people in the past six months in western India. The tiger, described as a “man-eater” by authorities, killed the…